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Mamata Banerjee promises to make Indian Railways accident-free
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that the Government is making efforts to ensure railway operations accident-free by introducing new technology, expected to be operational within six months to one year. ANI

Antony calls upon Indian Navy to remain alert for maritime security challenges
Defence Minister A.K Antony on Wednesday asked the Indian Navy to remain on alert to handle the maritime security challenges following the existence of the complex maritime security environment in the Indian ocean region. e also called for an increased Navy-to-Navy contact with the Indian Ocean countries to streamline inter-operability issues. ANI

Student wings of Trinamool Congress, CPI (M) clash in West Bengal
Student activists of the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday got engaged into a clash with the students union of the ruling Communist Party of India(Marxist) in Bardhaman district of West Bengal. ANI

Chidambaram to preside over Central Zonal Council meet on Thursday
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will preside over a meeting of the Central Zonal Council that will be convened in the national capital on Thursday. ANI

Significant progress made for coastal security of the country since 26/11: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the steps undertaken to strengthen the coastal security of the country since the Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

Ramachandran presides over conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Incheon
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran on Wednesday presided over the High Level Round Table-3 on Promoting Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into Development for Green Growth at the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference being held in Incheon city of Republic of Korea. ANI

Curfew restrictions relaxed in Srinagar and Handwara districts of Jammu-Kashmir
Curfew restrictions were relaxed on Wednesday evening in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar and Handwara districts while situation remained under control across the Kashmir Valley. ANI

President Patil condoles passing away of veteran freedom fighter Satyawati
President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday condoled the passing away of veteran freedom fighter Satyawati. ANI

President Pratibha Patil underlines private sector role in energy revolution
President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday gave a call to explore public private partnership model for energy revolution and nation's development. ANI

Smart cards for highway tolls mandatory for all vehicles: Nath
Highways and Road Transport Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday said it would be mandatory for all vehicles to have a prepaid chip for toll payments within eighteen months. ANI

Government will check oil price fluctuation: Deora
Expressing his concern over spiralling fuel prices, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murali Deora on Wednesday said the government would intervene if the global oil scenario remained volatile. ANI

Youths participate in Nagaland integration camp
Hundreds of youths from districts across India are participating in a national integration camp here. ANI

Maoists in Bihar ideologically weak: Sharad Yadav
Maoists in Bihar are ideologically weak, Janata Dal-United (JD -U) chief Sharad Yadav said on Wednesday. ANI

Special development plans for Naxal- affected areas
The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, has said that the Commission has firmed up its views on 13,742 crore rupees Integrated Action Plan for the development of Naxal-affected areas in the country. ANI

25,000 kilometers of road to be added by end 2010, says Kamalnath
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath said here today that by the end of the year, 25,000 kilometers of road expansion or construction work is expected to be completed. ANI

Jammu-Kashmir BJP unit to boycott visiting interlocutors
Even as the Central Government appointed three-member team of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir is seeking to interact with all shades of opinion, the State unit of Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to boycott it. ANI

Tourism ministry to promote India's Buddhist circuit
The Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an agency of the World Bank, on Wednesday here to improve and promote the Buddhist tourism circuit in the country. ANI

Opposition UDF overtakes ruling LDF in Kerala civic polls
Confounding poll predictions made by experts, the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), surged against the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala civic body polls on Wednesday. ANI

97pc of Singaporeans work harder to keep spark in marriage in first 5 years
In the first five years of marriage, 97 percent of Singaporeans make small gestures to pacify their spouses when they are unhappy with them, suggests a new survey. ANI

First Indian women's' team returns from S. Arabia with a few surprises
Six eminent Indian women from different walks of life, who undertook a week-long visit of Saudi Arabia from October 8 to 14 with the objective of improving bilateral relations and establishing better people-to-people contacts between both countries, have revealed a few surprises on their return. ANI

Fish deaths worry environmentalists, administration in Gwalior
The mysterious deaths of fish in the historical Janak Lake of Madhya Pradesh capital Gwalior,is causing concern to environmentalists and local administration. ANI

Taj Mahal gets mudpack facial, courtesy rumoured visits by Obama, Sarkozy
India's fabled monument of love, the Taj Mahal, is once again getting beautified. ANI

Final phase of Bihar Assembly polls on November 20
The Election Commission on Wednesday issued notification for holding elections to 26 Assembly seats in Bihar going to polls in the sixth and final phase on November 20. ANI

Rally supporting Indo-Naga peace talks held in Senapati District
A peace rally was organised on Tuesday in support of the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks in Manipur's Senapati District. ANI

Varanasi residents protest against theft at famous Vishwanath Temple
Residents of Varanasi took out a rally in protest against the administration's failure to prevent a robbery at the famous Vishwanath Temple. ANI

Curfew imposed in four districts of J-K
Curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir's four districts on Wednesday to foil a march called by moderate faction of Hurrriyat Conference to the office of the United Nations Military Observers' Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) here demanding withdrawal of troops from Kashmir Valley. ANI

Deepika Padukone, Mallya scion judge models for Kingfisher Calendar 2011
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and Sidhartha Mallya, the owner of Kingfisher Airlines, judged models for the Kingfisher Calendar 2011 here on Tuesday. ANI

Bihar Assembly polls: Election Commission issues notification for final phase
The Election Commission on Wednesday issued notification for holding elections to 26 Assembly seats in Bihar going to polls in the sixth and final phase on November 20. ANI

Correction to Rediff.com India Limited’s Second Quarter Ended September 30, 2010, Earnings Results Conference Call for October 28, 2010; 8:30 AM ET/6.00 PM India Time
Rediff.com India Limited (Nasdaq: REDF), one of the premier worldwide online providers of news, information, communication, entertainment, mobile and shopping services, will release its results for the Second Quarter ended September 30, 2010, at 8.00 AM ET (5.00 AM pacific time / 5:30 p.m. India Time, and not 6:30 p.m. India Time as previously reported) on Thursday, October 28, 2010 Business Wire India

SunBorne Energy and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) bring the World’s best to Launch a Special Solar R&D Project in India
• One of the first few PPP projects in the upcoming area ofsolar energy • A joint effort to make the 20, 000 MW national solar mission a reality SunBorne Energy, a leading specialist in Utility Scale Solar Solutions (50MW+), in partnership with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), is set to launch the first path breaking Research and Development project in India Business Wire India

Accentium Web Owned StudyNation.com is India’s No. 1 Education Site
According to Comscore data for September 2010, StudyNation.com, the education vertical of Accentium Web Pvt Ltd, is the largest education site in India. For September, StudyNation.com received 435,000 unique Indian visitors, which is higher than the nearest competitor Shiksha.com with 373,000 unique Indian visitors, and Minglebox.com with 311,000 unique Indian visitors Business Wire India

Bollywood Enters the Virtual World
Bollywood has woken-up to the wonderful world of social media and of late has been extensively using it to connect and communicate with fans from all over the world. The young Indian, bollywood crazy youth are spending more and more time online, and using the digital medium as a new channel of expression, reflecting their independent and free spirited thought Business Wire India

REEEP South Asia Secretariat in Consonance with MNRE, TERI and UNDP Organize a Seminar on “Solar Water Heating Systems: Global Perspectives” at DIREC 2010
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FORE School of Management, New Delhi Announces PGDM Admission for 2011 Session
FORE School of Management (FSM), the Delhi based Premium Management School, has announced the applications for the admissions in Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) for the upcoming 2011-13 session. The last date for submitting the applications is November 15, 2010 Business Wire India

LG Lights a Diya for CRY
LG Electronics India has launched the ‘Festival of life’ campaign to bring cheer and happiness to the underprivileged children of the society during this festival season. This campaign, better known as ‘Light a diya’, aims to encourage consumers to visit the website People can light a Diya at any of the state/union territory of India Business Wire India

Videocon Achieves Two Million Subscriber Milestone Using Irdeto
Irdeto, the global leader in securing and delivering premium content and digital assets, congratulates customer solution suite to create a distinctive user experience with direct access to premium content, customized delivery and flexible viewing options for consumers Business Wire India

BMW India Leads the Way with BMW Navigation Professional
BMW India will launch BMW Navigation Professional as standard feature on all BMW 7 Series models from 01 November 2010. BMW Navigation Professional is a comprehensive solution with all on board systems. BMW Navigation Professional operates through the on board iDrive control with integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) and a full-colour 10 Business Wire India

Horlicks - GSKCH’s Mega Brand Transforms from a Health Food Drink to a wholesome Food & Beverage Brand
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare unveiled its Mega Brand Horlicks in its new avatar Business Wire India

Haier Launches ‘Tiana’ the Most Advanced Range of Washing Machine
Haier, one of the largest Home Appliances & Consumer Electronics brands, worldwide, and the global no.1 in refrigerators and washing machines, today launched ‘Tiana’ the most advanced range of Washing Machine with Near Zero Pressure Technology. Haier’s new range of Washing Machine represents the company’s efforts to continuously introduce pioneering, new technologies for the Indian consumer Business Wire India

Dr. A. S. Arvind Appointed Strategic Advisor at Ecron Acunova
D. A Prasanna, Chairman of EA, announced the appointment of Dr. A S Arvind as Strategic Advisor. Dr. Arvind will guide the company on operational excellence and will mentor the team. From his immense experience, Arvind will support the clients medically, scientifically and strategically in their clinical development plan Business Wire India

Gunnebo India Appoints Som Gangopadhyay as Vice President Bank Security & Secure Storage
Gunnebo India Limited, a subsidiary of the Gunnebo AB Group, Sweden, one of the world’s leading suppliers of integrated security solutions, today announced the appointment of Som Gangopadhyay as Vice President. Som will be responsible for Bank Security & Secure Storage division of Gunnebo India Business Wire India

Callaway Golf Partners the Indian Business Leaders Summit and Golf Tournament
The Indian Business Leaders Summit & Golf tournament will be partnered with Callaway as the official golfing partner. The Summit happening on the 11th -12th November, 2010 will be the perfect symposium of sports and business Business Wire India

Biocon’s Strategic Foreign Direct Investment in Malaysia to Spur Country’s Biotech Industry
Biocon, Asia’s premier biotechnology company, today announced a strategic foreign direct investment in Malaysia with the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation SdnBhd (BiotechCorp). The investment will be made towards establishing a biomanufacturing and R&D facility in Bio-XCell, a custom-built biotechnology park and ecosystem in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor Business Wire India

Sterlite Industries (India) Limited Unaudited Consolidated Results for the Second Quarter and Half year ended 30 September 2010
Sterlite Industries (India) Limited (“SIIL” or the “Company”) has announced its unaudited consolidated results for the second quarter (“Q2”) and half year ("H1") ended 30 September 2010. Business Wire India

Patni’s Q3 2010 Revenue up 6.7% QoQ
Mumbai, India, October 27, 2010: Patni Computer Systems Limited (Patni) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended 30th September 2010 *Important Note: In Q3 2009, based on prior years tax reviews by IRS, which were concluded during the quarter, certain provisions had been reversed resulting in one time increase in gross profit of US$ 1.2 million, other income of US$ 2 Business Wire India

Exxon Business Group Scales up Operations, Adds School Management Practice
Exxon Business Group, headquartered in Mumbai, is ramping up operations as it adds more clients this fiscal. The group has also started school management practice wherein they’ll be managing schools on 3 to 5 years contracts. Exxon Business Group – established in 1996 by Chairman Mr Business Wire India

Annik Technology Services Pvt. Ltd. is a Finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 Asia Award
Annik Technology Services Pvt. Ltd. announced today it has been selected as a Finalist for Red Herring's top 100 Asia award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the Asia business region. The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across Asia Business Wire India

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