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Defence secretary, Air Chief emphasize need for greater mutual synergy
The Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar and the Chief of Air Staff P.V Naik,emphasized the necessity to have greater synergy between Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the IAF HQ to achieve IAF's transformational plan within the laid down time frames. ANI

A two-day workshop on Innovative Ecosystem held in New Delhi
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) under the aegis of India-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) on Thursday organized a two-day long workshop on Innovative Ecosystem in New Delhi. ANI

I-T conducts nationwide raids to probe alleged irregularities in CWG
To probe alleged financial irregularities in Commonwealth Games contracts, the Income Tax Department on Thursday carried out a nationwide raid on more than 50 premises of various companies. ANI

Govt. mulls plans to have development officers in Panchayats, says Dr. C.P. Joshi
The Central Government is seriously considering the proposal to appoint one development officer in every Panchayat, said Union Minister for Rural Development Dr. C P Joshi here on Thursday. ANI

Centre holds consultation with state governments on emigration management
The Government is keen on active partnership with the State governments to provide support and facilities to overseas Indians, said Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vyalar Ravi here on Thursday. ANI

Chidamabaram wants Zonal Councils help resolve inter-state disputes
The Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram, has called upon the States to use the forum of Zonal Councils to resolve inter-State disputes instead of taking ecourse to litigation. ANI

Situation peaceful in Kashmir Valley
The situation remained peaceful today in the Kashmir Valley with no reports of any untoward incident. ANI

Final phase of India -UK air exercise begins in Kolkata
The final phase of India-United Kingdom Air Exercise 'Indradhanush' began here on Thursday with increased number of launches and full scale Large Force Engagement (LFE) missions at Air Force Station Kalaikunda. ANI

Cauvery river issue hots up between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
The decades long dispute over sharing of waters from River Cauvery has once again ignited social and political rivalry between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. ANI

Providing access to information holds the key to alleviate rural poverty, says Ansari
Vice President Hamid Ansari on Thursday said that the key to alleviate rural poverty was to ensure access to information and enable seamless communication on a wide range of themes. ANI

Indian Railways intensifies drive against touts
As part of its bid to ensure a hassle-free train journey for people across the country, the Indian Railways has intensified its drive against touts and undertaken various steps in this regard. ANI

Property rights to be given to urban poor under 'Rajiv Awas Yojana'
Union Minister of Tourism, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja said a new initiative called 'Rajiv Awas Yojana' would be introduced where property rights will be given to the urban poor. ANI

Auto-rickshaw driver sets traffic policeman on fire in Thane
An auto-rickshaw driver set ablaze a traffic police constable, three days after he was fined for traffic violations in Mumbai's Thane District. ANI

Third phase of Bihar Assembly elections witness 53 per cent voter turnout
The third phase of Bihar State Assembly elections today witnessed about 53 per cent of the 1.03 eligible voters exercising their franchise here on Thursday. ANI

Government's Public Diplomacy Division gets prestigious e-governance award for 2010
The Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs was on Thursday given the prestigious India eGov 2.0 Awards 2010 for the most innovative use of social media and Web 2.0 tools in government. ANI

Yale University to collaborate with Indian institutes to promote academic leadership
The Yale University, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, here on Thursday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote academic leadership in India. ANI

President Patil stresses on growth of chemical industry
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday stressed that the growth of the chemical industry should come with greater realisation of an increased attention towards safety, health and environmental standards. ANI

New Chinese regulation seeks to distance Tibet from Dalai Lama
The heads of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Religion and Culture in Dharamsala rejected a regulation imposed by the Chinese Government that aimed at undermining Tibet's traditional Buddhist culture. ANI

Tamil Nadu farmers take to betel nut cultivation
Farmers and traders of Samanoor village in Tamil Nadu's Dharmapuri district make good profits from household business of betel nut cultivation. ANI

State Governments not using Central funds effectively, claims Shriprakash Jaiswal
Coal Minister Shriprakash Jaiswal on Thursday said that some State Governments are not using the funds allocated by the Centre for regional development effectively. ANI

Public not convinced that China will raise its poverty line
The Chinese are skeptical about their government taking steps to spread the wealth more equally and reduce living on or below the poverty line. ANI

Chennai students create robot to monitor underwater seismic activities
University students in Chennai have created an underwater robot to find out seismic gravities and warn about tsunamis. ANI

Pak ceasefire violations aimed at expressing solidarity with terrorists,says brigadier
A senior Indian Army officier on Thursday said that the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan are aimed at expressing solidarity with terrorists and to facilitate the infiltration of militants across the Line of Control (LoC). ANI

Villagers want police protection in Maoist affected Bihar
Villagers from Nagwa Garh near Bihar's Gaya district have protested against removal of police posts which were set up to protect them against Maoists. ANI

Elephant hit by train, rescued in Uttarkhand
A rescue operation on a wild elephant was carried out successfully in Tanda Range forest in Uttarakhand. ANI

Ex IGP Lakshamana sentenced to life imprisonment in fake encounter case
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here on Thursday sentenced former IGP K Lakshamana to life imprisonment in Naxal leader Arikkad Varghese fake encounter case and also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him. ANI

Dispute surfaces in Chinese city over discarded cigarette butt for money exchange
A dispute has surfaced in the Chinese city of Xianyang over residents being offered cold hard cash for each discarded cigarette butt they pick up. ANI

German students pick-up Hindi in Ahmedabad to understand Indian culture
Five German students are here learning Hindi at the Bhasha Bhavan Vidyapeeth Institute. They are on a year-long study tour of India. ANI

Orissa tribal women complain of poor support after husbands demise
Tribal women in Orissa's Rayagada District have complained of poor support after losing their husbands to cholera. ANI

Bihar Govt. has failed on all fronts: Sonia Gandhi
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United Bharatiya Janata Party Government in Bihar has failed on all fronts despite huge resources being sent to it by the Centre. ANI

Delhi HC lawyer charges Audi India with selling defective Rs.40 lakh car
The Indian unit of German car manufacturer Audi is now in the news for the wrong reasons. It has been accused of selling a defective Audi A6 car to a Delhi-based lawyer. ANI

Two killed in Kanpur blast
At least two people were feared killed in a blast that occurred at a Public Health Centre at Barasirohi in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur District on Thursday afternoon. ANI

Gadkari, Dikshit trade charges on Bihar development
Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress continue to trade charges over the state of development in Bihar. ANI

Senior citizens in village protest non-payment of pension
About 2000 old women, hailing from West Bengal's Paschimi Medinipur District, staged a rally to protest against the non-payment of their pension dues. ANI

Army chief confirms probe into Mumbai skyscraper scam
Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh, has confirmed that the army is investigating the alleged role of senior officers in the multi-storeyed Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society scam. ANI

Raising funds for infrastructure development not a big problem: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that raising funds for infrastructure development is not a big problem, and added that progress has been made in the Central Government's flagship 'Bharat Nirman' programme, which aims to upgrade rural infrastructure projects such as roads, water, electricity and telecom connectivity. ANI

CWG scam: Income Tax raids offices of contractors
Offices of several contractors, who were involved with the recently held XIXth Commonwealth Games, were raided by income tax officials on Thursday. ANI

Law Minister Moily says Centre not to pursue Bhopal gas tragedy case in US courts
Union Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily has said that the Central Government has decided not to pursue Bhopal gas tragedy compensation case in the US courts, observing it was not in interest of the country or victims. ANI

India announces doubling its contribution to PPD programme
India has announced doubling of its contribution to Partners in Population Development (PPD) programme, as five countries namely Sri Lanka, Nepal, Brazil, Philippines and Tanzania evinced its interest to join the movement. ANI

Padgaonkar says will talk to separatists when they are ready
Dileep Padgaonkar, one of the three interlocutors appointed by the Central Government, has said the team will hold talks with the separatists only when they are ready to engage in a dialogue, as talks cannot be enforced. ANI

Obama India itinerary finalised, US says it regards India as cornerstone of its Asia policy
The White House has said that it regards India as the cornerstone of its Asia policy, and is therefore, attaching great importance to President Barack Obama's four-day visit to India in the first week of November. ANI

Cash scandal rocks Bihar before Sonia Gandhi's rally
Ahead of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's rally here to woo the voters for the ongoing State Assembly elections, cash scandal rocks Bihar as two Congress leaders have been detained after the police found Rs 6.40 lakh from their respective hotel rooms. ANI

Manmohan Singh heads for Hanoi to attend ASEAN, East-Asia Summits
As part of India's Look East policy which aims at furthering and strengthening its interests in the entire East Asia and South East Asia Region, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh arrives here on Thursday to take part in the 17th ASEAN Summit and other related Summits that are scheduled for tomorrow. ANI

Congress leader slams Sharad Yadav for use of 'criminal' language against Rahul Gandhi
Senior Congress party leader B K Hariprasad has criticized Janata Dal United (JD-U) president Sharad Yadav for using indecent and inappropriate language in describing Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. ANI

US shared intelligence with valuable strategic partner India before 26/11: Roemer
U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer has clarified that Washington did share regular and consistent information with New Delhi prior to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and even later as Washington regarded New Delhi as a valuable strategic partner. ANI

Better relations between India, Pakistan in the interests of both nations: Meira Kumar
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has said that better relations between India and Pakistan are in the interests of both the nations and asserted that New Delhi is taking initiatives in this direction. ANI

BJP leader Naidu demands clear Central policy on Kashmir
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M.Venkaiah Naidu has asked the Central Government to come out with a clear policy on Kashmir and also sought strict action against Booker Prize-winning author Arundhati Roy for favouring secessionists in Kashmir. ANI

BJP's Kashmir unit calls for boycott of central government interlocutors
The Bharatiya Janata Party plans to boycott the three interlocutors appointed by the Central Government to gather views from a cross-section of people and leaders in Jammu and Kashmir on how to resolve the problems besetting the region. ANI

Third phase of Bihar Assembly polls begins amid tight security
Voting in the third phase of state assembly elections in Bihar got underway from 7 a.m. this morning, and it is expected that over ten million voters will exercise their franchise to elect candidates to 48 constituencies. ANI

Xilinx Stacked Silicon Interconnect Extends FPGA Technology to Deliver “More than Moore” Density, Bandwidth and Power Efficiency
Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) today announced the industry’s first stacked silicon interconnect technology for delivering breakthrough capacity, bandwidth and power savings using multiple FPGA die in a single package for applications that require high-transistor and logic density, as well as tremendous levels of computational and bandwidth performance Business Wire India

HOV Services, Ltd Announces Second Quarter and Half Year Fiscal 2010-11 Results
HOV Services Ltd (BSE: 532761, NSE: HOVS), India’s top tier BPO / KPO company today announced consolidated result for the Second quarter and Half Year ended September 30, 2010 Business Wire India

TERI University Hosts its Third Convocation
With the growing need for developing alternative methods through specialised education to create a sustainable living, TERI University graduates today at their convocation ceremony, dedicated themselves to the importance of environmental protection and the need to maintain equity, ecological security, and the wealth of global natural resources Business Wire India

Bringing Light to 50 million People in the Asia and the Pacific region Energy for All Partnership announces “Lighting for All’’ with TERI
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and India’s The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), announced the formation of “Lighting for All” today, aimed at providing clean, affordable, and reliable lighting solutions for 50 million people across Asia and the Pacific region by 2015 Business Wire India Reports Results for the Second Quarter Ended September 30, 2010
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Extreme Networks Delivers Highly Versatile Network Performance and New Design Options for Enterprise Campuses and Virtualized Data Centers
Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today launched a new family of Gigabit Ethernet fixed switching solutions that feature the versatility and performance required for building scalable converged campus networks and virtualized data centers Business Wire India

IHG Launches Holiday Inn Express in India
– IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, has signed a series of contracts for the management of six new hotels with leading Delhi-based developer, Amrapali Group Business Wire India

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Net Sales up 14%, PBT before Exceptional Items grows by 14%
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited has announced its financial results for the third quarter ended 30th September 2010. The Company has posted a Net Sales growth of 14% compared to the previous quarter, while Profit Before Tax and before Exceptional Items has grown by 14%, on a comparable basis. The core pharmaceutical business grew at 15% Commenting on the performance, Dr. Hasit B Business Wire India

VINJEY Software Systems is a Finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 Asia Award
VINJEY Software Systems 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. Vinoth Kumar, Founder & CEO, VINJEY Software Systems Pvt Business Wire India

Oxigen Services ties up with Luup to enhance Financial Services via Mobile Phone
Oxigen Services Pvt. Ltd, today signed a service agreement with Luup, a leading mobile payments company, creating a milestone in the delivery of financial services to Indian communities. The signing ceremony was held during the official visit of a high profile Norwegian delegation to strengthen ties with India, attended by His Excellency, Mr. Trond Giske, Minister of Trade & Industry of Norway Business Wire India

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