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Reddy justifies DDA giving Rs.760 cr to Emaar-MGF for Games Village project
Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Thursday defended Delhi Development Authority's financial package of rupee 760 crore to Emaar-MGF, stating it was given to the private builder to ensure timely completion of the Games Village project. ANI

Jharkhand CM asks Chidambaram for more security during panchayat polls
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram here on Thursday to seek more security for the upcoming panchayat elections scheduled from November 27. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir's merger with India is final: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday stated that Jammu and Kashmir's merger with India was final and there was no scope for reopening of this issue. ANI

Workers strike halts construction of greenfield airport in Sikkim
The construction of a greenfield airport has come to a standstill here after the workers went on a strike on Thursday over their demands for better wage package and medical facilities. ANI

Communists protest over Tamil Nadu Government's labour policies
The Communist Party of India workers staged a protest here on Thursday against the alleged labour policies of the Tamil Nadu Government. ANI

Vayalar Ravi undertakes two-day visit to Hanoi
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi undertook a two-day official visit to Hanoi where he called on Hoang Van Phong, Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam and President of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association. ANI

Manmohan Singh to undertake three-nation Asia tour
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will leave on a three-nation Asia tour, commencing on Sunday (Oct.24). ANI

First phase of Bihar elections witnesses 53 per cent polling
Bihar's 47 Assembly constituencies, spread across seven districts, which underwent poll for the first phase of State Assembly elections on Thursday witnessed 53 per cent polling. ANI

US committed to supporting India's emergence as a global power: Burns
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, William Burns, on Thursday, reiterated Washington's deep strategic interest in India's rise as a global power. ANI

Three Maoists and a policeman killed in Gumla encounter
A policeman lost his life, while three other Maoists were killed in an encounter between Maoists and the police personnel in Jharkhand's Gumla District on Thursday. ANI

Hurriyat chief Geelani heckled in Delhi seminar
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the leader of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference in Kashmir, was heckled by a group of Kashmiri Pandits here on Thursday for his alleged anti-India divisive politics. ANI

White House yet to finalise Obama's schedule for India
The White House has said that it still in the process of finalizing President Barack Obama's schedule for his visit to Asia, including India. ANI

Pakistan's ex-Parliamentarian advocates visa reforms
Pakistan's former Member of Parliament Rai Azizullah Khan has urged the Government of India and Pakistan to bring about basic reforms in visa regulations, to enable people living on both sides of the border to come close to each other. ANI

Prime Minister for comprehensive political solution in J-K: Interlocutors
The three interlocutors, who have been appointed to seek out various shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir, after their meeting with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the Prime Minister has favoured a comprehensive political resolution of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Maluroo encounter ends with capture of third JeM militant
The over eight-hour encounter between three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants and security forces in the Maluroo area on the outskirts of Srinagar has ended with the capture and arrest of the third militant, who was attempting to flee. ANI

DRDO responsible for live bomb explosion that killed 8 in July 2002: NHRC
The National Human Rights Commission has recommended payment of three lakhs rupees each to the next of kin of the eight persons, who died when a live bomb exploded in Chandipur range District Balasore, Orissa on July 26, 2002. Three persons were also injured in the incident. ANI

Ex-Pak lawmaker calls on India and Pakistan to undertake visa reforms
A former Member of Pakistan's Parliament, Rai AzizUllah Khan, has urged both India and Pakistan to bring about basic reforms in visa regulations so that people in both countries can come closer to each other. ANI

Karnataka rebel BJP lawmakers' plea to now be heard on November 2
The Karnataka High Court on Thursday reserved its order on petitions filed by 11 rebel Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state assembly lawmakers challenging their disqualification by the Speaker of the House, K G Bopaiah after their withdrawal of support to the B S Yeddyurappa state government. ANI

Two militants reported killed in Maluroo encounter
Two of the three terrorists have reportedly been killed during an encounter with police and army personnel in the Maluroo area located on the outskirts of Srinagar. ANI

ANI cameraman hurt in encounter between militants, Army in Kashmir
An Asian News International cameraman was injured on Thursday during an encounter between security forces and miltants in Jammu and Kashmir's Maloora area, which is about 15 kilometers from Srinagar. ANI

Non-tribal group calls for shutdown in Jharkhand
A non-tribal backward community group called a strike here today to protest the November 17 panchayat polls being held under a legislation that reserves posts for tribals. ANI

26/11 case: Kasab appears via video-conferencing in Bombay High Court
Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab appeared before the Bombay High Court via video-conferencing on Thursday, which is hearing arguments on confirmation of death sentence awarded to him for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case. ANI

India seeks global cooperation to combat terrorism: Pratibha Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday said terrorism is a global challenge with a world wide network that threatens regional and global security, and added that terrorism has to be confronted with 'all the force at our command and in close co-operation with the international community'. ANI

35 to 40 percent voting in Bihar till 2 p.m.
An estimated 35 to 40 percent voters exercised their franchise so far in the first phase of Bihar Assembly election on Thursday. ANI

India had no specific information on 26/11: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said that India had received only "general and non-specific" information prior to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

CWG infrastructure to be launching pad for future events, says Kumari Selja
Union Minister of Tourism and Housing Kumari Selja said today that the infrastructure that has been developed in Delhi for Commonwealth Games would serve as the launching pad for future events in the country. ANI

Key US officials in India to firm up Obama visit agenda
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert O. Blake are leading a delegation to India in advance of President Barack Obama's expected visit to India. ANI

Fierce gun battle in Srinagar outskirts
A gunfight broke out between security forces and militants in Malura village on the outskirts Srinagar on Thursday morning. ANI

No alimony when live-in relationships break, says Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that women whose live-in relationships end cannot claim maintenance from their former partners. ANI

Congress wins Goa's Valpoi bypoll
Congress wrested the Valpoi seat from the BJP with its candidate Vishwajit Rane winning the election by a margin of over 8,000 votes on Thursday. ANI

Top Maoist commander surrenders in Jharkhand
A top Maoist commander surrendered before the police on Wednesday in Jharkhand's in Khunti district. ANI

More and more youngsters in China opting for divorce
Experts have revealed that China is witnessing a rising divorce rate among youths belonging to the "post-1980s generation", single children who are the product of China's 1979 family planning policy. ANI

India, Oman agree to have 100 million dollar joint investment fund
India and Oman have agreed to use a joint investment fund of 100 million dollars to step up two-way investment. ANI

Moderate voting reported in Bihar
Moderate voting was reported in 47 Assembly constituencies in Bihar. ANI

Karnataka HC to continue hearing on MLAs disqualification case today
Karnataka High Court will continue to hear today the matter related to disqualification of eleven BJP MLAs. ANI

Polling for first phase of Bihar Assembly elections begins
Polling for the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections began on Thursday morning amidst unprecedented security measures. ANI

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Ganesha Now On iPhone; India's most preferred astrological portal associated with Bejan Daruwalla, launches the most comprehensive Ganesha astrology application till date for the devout. Christened as “iGanesha”, it entails more than 70 minutes of audio in English and Hindi describing various facts pertaining to lord Ganesha Business Wire India

Hindustan Zinc Limited Results for the Second Quarter and Half Year Ended 30 September 2010
Hindustan Zinc Limited (“HZL” or the “Company”) today announced its results for the second quarter (“Q2”) and half year (“H1”) ended 30 September 2010. Business Wire India

Delhi to Host the first-ever South Asian Evaluation Conclave from 25-28 October
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Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY RX900 S1 Sets World Record TPC Benchmark
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