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26/11 case: Kasab refuses to appear via video link
The tantrum of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab continued in the Bombay High Court on Wednesday after he refused to appear via video link before the court, which is hearing arguments on confirmation of death sentence awarded to him for his role in the 26/11 attacks. ANI

Indo-UK air exercise 'Indradhanush' begins at Kalaikunda
The flying exercise missions of Indo-UK air exercise 'Indradhanush' began on Wednesday at Air Force Station Kalaikunda in West Bengal's West Midnapore District. ANI

Shatrughan Sinha dismisses reports of rift with BJP
Veteran actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday denied reports of a rift between him and the party saying that he bore no grudge against any party leader. ANI

Scientific innovation should be harnessed to needs for conservation: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said scientific innovation should be harnessed to the needs for conservation, adding that it is time that the new generation of Indian scientists take on the responsibility of thinking about the future of Indian science. ANI

Pest attack affects Siliguri's tea production
The tea growers of West Bengal's Siliguri District have incurred huge losses in the current year due to pest attack and heavy downpour. ANI

Maoists open fire at passenger bus in Bijapur
The Maoists opened fire at a bus carrying both civilians and police personnel in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District on Wednesday. ANI

Perturbed Sikh diaspora request Obama not to call off Amritsar visit
Perturbed over media reports regarding cancellation of US President Barack Obama's visit to Sri Harmandir Sahib (the Golden Temple), the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), the premier body of the Sikhs, has urged him not to call off his visit to the holy city next month. ANI

Karnataka High Court to resume hearing on rebel BJP MLAs tomorrow
The fate of BS Yeddyurappa-led Government would now be decided on Thursday with the Karnataka High Court to resume its hearing tomorrow on the petition filed by eleven Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rebel MLAs, who approached the court against their disqualification by the Speaker last Monday. ANI

Situation remains peaceful in Kashmir Valley
The situation remained peaceful in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday with no security restrictions imposed throughout the Valley region. ANI

India, Bhutan to enhance cooperation in energy sector
India and Bhutan have decided to boost cooperation in the energy sector. ANI

Buddhist monks demand renewable energy in Bodhgaya
Buddhist monks released sky lanterns before Buddha's 80-feet-tall statue to demand renewable energy as a solution to the power crisis in the religious town of Bodhgaya in Bihar's Gaya District. ANI

West Bengal artists perform dance depicting killing of demon king
Artists of West Bengal's Bishnupur village performed the traditional Rabankata dance after the festival of Dussehra to depict the killing of Ravana, the mythological demon king. ANI

Air India likely to receive 120 million rupee equity, says Praful Patel
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said on Tuesday that the national carrier Air India is likely to receive government approval for rupees 120 million equity infusion by month-end. ANI

No red lines for Kashmir interlocutors, says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said that there are no red lines for interlocutors assigned to find a solution for the restive situation in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Games Village: Urban Development Ministry for penal action against builder
The Union Ministry of Urban Development has been asked to give permission to launch immediate penal action against the builder of the XIXth Commonwealth Games Village for non-execution of the project as per an agreement signed between it and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). ANI

Shirdi's Sai Baba temple goes green with solar steam cooking system
The Sai Baba temple in Maharashtra's Shirdi town has gone green as 'prasadam'in the temple kitchens are prepared through solar-steam cooking system for thousands of devotees. ANI

Folk singer to motivate Bihar voters
The Election Commission has deputed noted folk singer Sharada Sinha to encourage the electorate to vote during the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar. ANI

Punjab farmers blame administration as grains rot due to poor storage
Farmers in Punjab have blamed the administration for the rotting of thousands of tonnes of paddy grains, which was left in the open in Khanna Mandi market, due to lack of storage facilities. ANI

Senior police appointments announced
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday approved the appointment of Directors to the National Police Academy, National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) and Special Director General (DG) Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). ANI

Bihar goes to polls tomorrow
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Bihar for the first phase of Assembly polls beginning tomorrow with voters from 47 constituencies spread over eight districts of the State to vote in this phase. ANI

Praful Patel expects environmental clearance to Navi Mumbai airport project by November
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Wednesday said the environmental clearance to the much-delayed Navi Mumbai airport project is likely to be granted by next month as necessary changes have been made in the project plan to tackle the ecological concerns. ANI

Manipur needs peace for development, says Home Secretary Pillai
Home Secretary G.K. Pillai has said development could not take place in Manipur unless a peaceful atmosphere prevailed in the region. ANI

Cabinet decides to raise minimum support price for Rabi crop
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday increased the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the Rabi crop for 2010-11. ANI

CCEA green signals Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday gave the green signal for the implementation of Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana. ANI

Bhutan King meets Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Wednesday. ANI

Two coaches of metro train derail in Kolkata, no injuries
Passengers of Dumdum-Central Station metro train escaped a major accident after two coaches of a metro train derailed near Central station in Kolkata on Wednesday. ANI

NIMHANS to be an institute of national importance
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to declare National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore as an institute of national importance. ANI

Mamata Banerjee wants joint forces to quit West Bengal's Maoist-hit areas
Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has said her party would continue to demand withdrawal of the joint security forces from West Bengal's Maoist-affected districts. ANI

Central Reserve Police to remain in Lalgarh
CRPF Director General K. Vijay Kumar has said the Para- military forces will remain in Lalgarh and operations against Maoists will be intensified if necessary in West Bengal. ANI

Rajasthan CM satisfied with alertness of forces against terrorists
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed satisfaction over the working and alertness of the state police particularly the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) and said the state security agencies were capable to deal with terrorists threats and foil terror designs. ANI

Arms recovered from Maoist hideout in Bihar
Bihar Police have recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a Maoist hideout near Sheraghati in Gaya District ANI

Karnataka crisis: High Court to decide rebel MLAs' fate today
The Karnataka High Court will hear the petition of eleven BJP rebel MLAs after a division bench gave a split verdict on it on October 18. ANI

Meira Kumar calls all-party meet today
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will meet leaders of all political parties on Wednesday to ensure the 'smooth functioning' of the house during the Winter Session of Parliament. ANI

IDFC releases India Infrastructure Report 2010: “Infrastructure Development in a Low Carbon Economy”
The India Infrastructure Report 2010: Infrastructure Development in a Low Carbon Economy was launched by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Chairman of Council of Environment, Power and Water. The IIR brings together well researched evaluation of legal, financial/fiscal, regulatory, technological, social and conceptual issues on a contemporary theme of relevance to infrastructure development Business Wire India

Radisson Hotel Delhi Named the Best Airport Hotel at the Prestigious World Travel Awards
Radisson Hotel Delhi (NH-8) has been named Asia's best Airport Hotel at the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia. "The award reinforces our position as Asia and India's leading finest business hotel with the unique location advantage of being right next to the international and domestic airport and 5 minutes from the commercial hub of Gurgaon Business Wire India

8th Asian Network for Quality Congress 2010 gets Underway Amidst Expectations of Knowledge Sharing to Boost Inclusive Growth of ASIAN Countries
8th Asian Network for Quality Congress 2010, the largest international quality management event in India was today formally inaugurated by the Dr.V. Krishnamurthy along with delegates from other participating countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal Business Wire India

Vision Solutions Launches Major Updates to Double-Take® Product Suite
Vision Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of information availability software and services with over 25,000 customers worldwide running Windows, Linux, IBM Power Systems and Cloud Computing environments, today launched the newest release of its Double-Take® suite, which includes Double-Take Availability, Double-Take Move, and Double-Take RecoverNow (formerly Double-Take Backup) Business Wire India

Arctern Receives ISO 27001 Certification
Arctern Consulting Pvt. Ltd., and affiliate Arctern, Inc. a global provider of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing services (BPO), announced today that it has attained the globally recognized ISO 27001 accreditation. The certification covers Arctern’s production offices in Bangalore, Mumbai, and Hyderabad Business Wire India

Jasper Infotech Releases Online Couponing Industry Trend Report for the Period Jan – Oct 2010
Bangalore based techie Arvind never thought he would be able to enjoy photography classes for just Rs 149/-. Arvind bought this deal through Says Arvind “I just stumbled upon this website by chance and now I am a regular visitor. I end up saving upto Rs 1500/- per month through Snapdeal ” Arvind is not alone in saving though Business Wire India

E.C. Oxenham Forays into India; forms JV company— Nirvana Biosys
E.C. Oxenham & CY Ltd, Mauritius, having a 75 year heritage of wine making with a French Lineage has entered into an agreement with a group of Indian promoters to form a JV company—Nirvana Biosys, a committed high quality wine making company to capitalize the opportunities in the fast growing wine market segment in India. Under the joint venture, all products and brands in the E.C Business Wire India

Xilinx Transforms Ecosystem to Accelerate Mainstream Adoption of Programmable Platforms
Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) today announced it is transforming its ecosystem by opening the Xilinx platform and supporting key industry standards to establish an FPGA marketplace that extends the breadth and depth of its Alliance Program Business Wire India

SonicWALL Announces Granular Application Intelligence, Control and Real-Time Visualization for Its Next-Generation Firewalls
intelligent network security and Next-Generation Firewall product lines. The new release enhances its existing application visualization dashboard and analysis tools, enabling IT managers to visualize all application traffic and determine drive productivity, while blocking or stateful packet inspection firewalls Business Wire India

Chitkara School of Health Sciences Students Return after Exchange Programme with University of Applied Sciences, Osnabruek, Germany
In its endeavour to provide students with the best educational possibilities, regions leading educational institution, Chitkara University has taken yet another initiative by a student exchange programme with University of Applied Sciences, Osnabruek, Germany Business Wire India

New High Resolution Binocular Loupes from Riester for Surgical, Dental and Veterinary Professionals
Riester is now offering a selection of high performance binocular loupes designed for surgical, dental and veterinary professionals. The loupes help to improve working posture, reduce eye strain and provide a clearer working view. The SuperVu Galilean loupes are available in 2.0x, 2.5x and 3x magnification and working distances from 34cm to 50cm Business Wire India

Blue Star Infotech Appoints Akhila Jha as General Manager – Delivery Operations
Blue Star Infotech (BSI), a provider of software solutions for the global mid-market space has appointed Akhila Jha as General Manager – Delivery Operations. Akhila will be responsible for corporate quality management, program management office, technical training and MIS functions within BSI Business Wire India

Crowcon’s New LaserMethane® mini Gen2 Detects Methane Leaks from up to 100 Metres away in Seconds
The new LaserMethane® mini Gen2 (LMm) portable methane detector from Crowcon Detection Instruments is now available in India through Crowcon’s Indian distributor, Detection Instruments Pvt. Ltd. Designed specifically to detect methane at distance of up to 100 metres in seconds, the ATEX approved, second generation LMm is changing the way methane leaks are detected Business Wire India

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