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Rare earths will not be used as a bargaining instrument, says China
China has said that it will not use rare earths as a diplomatic "bargaining tool", in response to challenges against its management of the vital metals. ANI

Ministers enjoy that freshness on canvas
New Delhi, Oct ANI

Virbhadra Singh calls for harmony between corporate houses, displaced locals
Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday called for a harmonious relationship between corporate houses and displaced locals in setting up of mega projects like the POSCO after issues concerning land acquisition came to the fore. ANI

Social activist files police complaint against Geelani, Arundhati Roy
Social activist Sunil Pandit lodged a police complaint at the Tilak Marg Police Station here on Friday against Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and writer Arundhati Roy for their recent objectionable remarks over Kashmir's integration with India. ANI

Bhopal Gas tragedy: Victims oppose Government stand
Bhopal gas tragedy victims have slammed the Centre's decision of non-intervention in the ongoing case for the clean-up of the contaminated site against the former Union Carbide company in a New York court. ANI

Five militants surrender in Assam
Five ultras from different militant outfits surrendered before police officials at the Assam Rifles headquarters here on Thursday. ANI

Unmanned aircraft flown by DRDO at Kolar

Peter Varghese welcomes action against Victoria police officers involved in racist e-mail
Australian High Commissioner Peter Varghese has welcomed the strong action taken by the Victoria Police in dismissing four officers following disciplinary hearings in relation to the circulation of inappropriate and offensive emails on Victoria Police computers in 2009. ANI

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate Petrotech International Oil, Gas Conference
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will on November 1 inaugurate the Petrotech International Oil and Gas Conference. ANI

Advani praises Bihar voters for analysing Lalu's bad governance
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani on Friday appreciated the voters of Bihar for voting former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav out of power due to his bad governance in the State for around 15 years. ANI

Kolkata residents rush to buy gold ahead of Dhanteras
Residents in Kolkata rush to the gold outlets to book orders ahead of the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras.ewellers also lure customers with attractive offers during the festive season. ANI

BRO provides free artificial limbs to victims of militant attacks in J-K
The Border Road Organisation (BRO) officers have organised a three-day relief camp here to provide artificial limbs to the victims, who were left handicapped in the militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

West Bengal's jute manufacturers spread awareness on use of natural fibres
In a bid to save the environment, jute manufacturers in West Bengal spread awareness among the consumers on the use of natural fibres instead of plastic and synthetic substances, by creating the largest jute bags in India. ANI

Centre's decision to confer 'National Heritage' status on elephants welcomed
Wildlife authorities in West Bengal hail the decision of Central Government to confer the 'National Heritage' status on elephants, as it would improve conservation efforts. ANI

Bodoland militant arrested in Bangalore
Bangalore police on Friday arrested a National Democratic Front of Bodoland leader along with four associates. ANI

BJP rally against irregularities in Commonwealth Games projects
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a massive demonstration here on Friday, protesting the financial irregularities exposed in projects of the XIX Commonwealth Games. ANI

Sushma Swaraj denies tension between Narendra Modi and herself
Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj on Friday categorically denied there was any tension between her and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. ANI

Adarsh Society scam: 'I welcome any sort of CBI probe', says Chavan
Reacting to the allegations surrounding the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Friday said that he did not abuse his position to help his relatives get flats in the society, and added that he welcomes any sort of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the scam. ANI

President Patil calls for using latest technology
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Friday underlining the need for using latest technology for development said that there is a need to look at methods of doing things in new and innovative ways. ANI

Mukherjee to inaugurate Financial Commissioners, Finance Secretaries Conference
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate and address the second Conference of Financial Commissioners and Finance Secretaries of State Governments and Union Territories here on November 1. ANI

India, Norway sign 'Social Security Agreement'
India and Norway signed a 'Social Security Agreement' here on Friday to enhance cooperation on social security and facilitate the movement of professionals between the two nations. ANI

RTI should not curb principles of other acts, says former CJI Balakrishnan
Former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan on Friday said the Right to Information (RTI) should not curb the principles of other acts. ANI

Imphal's journalists demonstrate for free speech after militant death threats
Hundreds of journalists demonstrate against militant threats that forced media houses to suspend publications in Imphal. ANI

Ajmer blast case: RSS leaders meet to discuss charges on Indresh Kumar
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is holding a three-day national executive committee meeting in Maharashtra's Jalgaon city to discuss its strategy to counter the charges against Indresh Kumar, whose name figures in the chargesheet relating to the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast. ANI

Karnataka HC upholds disqualification of rebel BJP MLAs
The Karnataka High Court on Friday upheld the disqualification of eleven rebel Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators, who were disqualified by the state Assembly Speaker under the anti-defection law. ANI

Sohrabuddin case: Amit Shah gets bail
The Gujarat High Court on Friday granted bail to former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. ANI

J-K interlocutors interact with locals in Jammu
The team of three interlocutors led by Dileep Padgaonkar, the noted journalist interacted with people here on Thursday. ANI

Imphal hosts a theatre festival in memory of thespian Lalit
To commemorate the death anniversary of noted thespian Sorokhaibam Lalit, Imphal organised a ten-day 'Manipur Theatre Day' here. ANI

Curfew clamped in parts of Kashmir Valley
Curfew was imposed in some areas of Srinagar and parts of Kupwara and Banidpora Districts as authorities apprehended protests after Friday prayers. ANI

Supreme Court slams CBI over 2G-spectrum scam
The Supreme Court on Friday slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over the 2G-spectrum scam after the investigating agency sough six months more time for a thorough probe into the case. ANI

Accidental firing injures Rashtriya Rifle soldier in Udhampur
A soldier was injured in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur District after his service rifle accidentally fired on Friday. ANI

Delhi Government to monitor upkeep of Commonwealth Games infrastructure
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has constituted a special committee to co-ordinate the efforts of upkeep and maintenance of newly created assets for the Commonwealth Games. ANI

Ex-IGP gets life imprisonment in Naxalite A. Varghese murder case
Former Inspector-General of Police K Lakshmana, who was convicted by a CBI court for the murder of Naxalite leader A Varghese 40 years ago, was sentenced to life term. ANI

Delhi Metro commuters delayed due to signalling problem
Thousands of Metro train commuters had to put up with long delay at various stations in the national capital on Friday as trains on the Noida Line were delayed due to a signalling problem. ANI

Earthen lamp business picks up in Gorakhpur ahead of Diwali
Potters in Gorakhpur are happy lot these days as their business has picked up ahead of Diwali. ANI

Indian team visits Poonch trade post to review infrastructure, security
A Union Home Ministry team, led by Joint Secretary K Skandan, visited the Poonch trade facilitation centre on Thursday to review trade infrastructure facilities with Pakistan and suggested a tightening of security measures. ANI

Bihar police chief says third phase of assembly polls peaceful
Bihar's Director-General of Police Neelmani has said that the third phase of polls in the state was by and large peaceful. ANI

Illicit liquor consumption claims a dozen lives near Punjab town of Dasuya
At least twelve persons succumbed and over 15 fell ill after consuming country liquor near Dasuya town in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district. ANI

Sohrabuddin case: Gujarat HC to decide on Amit Shah's fate
The Gujarat High Court is expected to deliver its verdict on a petition filed by former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, challenging the rejection of his bail plea by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court today. ANI

Lockheed offers advanced F-16 fighter aircraft to India
US aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation has offered India its tailor-made advanced F-16IN Super Viper aircraft for the Indian Air Force. ANI

Karnataka crisis: Verdict on disqualified lawmakers today
The Karnataka High Court will today pronounce its much-awaited verdict on the disqualification of eleven rebel BJP MLAs today. ANI

Police foil Maoist bid to blow up Aurangabad District school
Police in Bihar's Aurangabad District foiled a Maoist bid to blow up a school building on Thursday. ANI

Vaishali residents boycott polls over poor development angst
Residents of Vaishali in Bihar have decided to boycott the ongoing Bihar state assembly elections, citing poor development as their reason for doing so. ANI

MDMK chief Vaiko demands lifting of ban on LTTE
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) founder-president V Gopalswamy, popularly known as Vaiko, and his followers staged a demonstration here on Thursday to demand the lifting of a ban imposed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). ANI

Fire breaks out at Kolkata's famous Presidency University
A major fire broke out early on Friday at the newly formed Presidency University, which is housed at the erstwhile Presidency College. ANI

India seeks cooperation of Africa in fighting Indian Ocean piracy
India has sought the close cooperation of African countries in combating the problem of piracy in the Indian Ocean. ANI

TERI Organises the 3rd Environment Educators’ Conference to discuss ‘Participatory Approach of Stakeholders towards Environment Education
Educational methodologies based on participatory approach promote sharing of knowledge, experiences and reflections amongst the learners as well as educators. This has been considered significant for teaching and learning Environment Education. To facilitate and promote Education for Sustainable Development, it is vital to understand and share the perceptions and roles of all stakeholders Business Wire India

Cisco WebEx Showcases Webinars as the Emerging Marketing Tool
A marketer’s skills are constantly tested in his bid to cut through the clutter to reach his potential customer. Attention spans barely last a few seconds so holding you audience captive is a necessity Business Wire India

Clark & Kent Launches Asia Coverage for Global Clients
Clark & Kent has been set up as a highly specialized and retained Executive Search & Selection company, helping International clients acquire C-level talent in Emerging Markets, especially CFOs. Clark & Kent is a “Talent Gateway” for North American companies looking at expanding their horizons in the Asian & African markets Business Wire India

Wipro Secures Major IT Services Contract with Electricity North West Limited
Wipro Technologies the global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), today announced that it has entered into a 5 year strategic partnership with Electricity North West Limited to deliver end to end service transition and transformational services to maintain their IT systems through a managed service framework Business Wire India

Canon Forays in Retail Domain with ‘Canon Image Square’
• Sets up exclusive specialty brand store for consumer digital imaging range • Plans 300 stores across 150 cities in 3 years • Bases new approach on exclusive franchisee model • Announces a new division called the Brand Retail Business division Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No 1 Business Wire India

Evaluators across the Region Call for a National Evaluation Policy
The 5-day South-Asian Evaluation Conclave on “Making Evaluations Matter” held in the capital, concluded today with the assembled evaluators re-emphasizing the need for National Policy on Evaluation and its proper implementation. Although more than 90% of India’s development expenditure is funded by the State, most of the efforts at strengthening evaluation practices are from the non-State group Business Wire India

CCCL Reports 8.48% Growth in Turnover in Q2
Consolidated Construction Consortium Ltd. (CCCL) (BOM:532902), an integrated construction services provider having projects in the industrial, commercial, residential, and infrastructure space has announced its Q2 results for FY 2010-2011. For the quarter ended 30.09.10, the total revenue, on a standalone basis stood at 489.52 crores and Profit after Tax (PAT) at 13.73 crores Business Wire India

Aircel Launches GSM Mobile Services in Rajasthan, Completes Pan India Footprint
Aircel completes its Pan India footprint, today with the launch of its GSM mobile services in Rajasthan. Aircel is now present in all 23 telecom circles. With a subscriber base of over 47 million, Aircel, the fifth largest service provider, extended its services all across Rajasthan and rolled out its 23rd circle with Rajasthan. Mr Business Wire India

Altair Engineering to Acquire SimLab Corporation
Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empowers client innovation and decision-making, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire SimLab Corporation. Headquartered in Santa Margarita, Calif Business Wire India

SNAP 2010 – 14 PG Institutes Seats Up for Grabs
With the country’s most coveted examination barely a month and a half away, it’s a hectic time for aspirants who are grappling with college assignments, work schedules and a whole lot of other challenges Business Wire India

Mr. Madhav Acharya, CFO, Crompton Greaves Limited, Chosen Best Performing CFO by CNBC-TV-18
He received this prestigious award from the hands of Union Minister for Corporate Affairs, Mr. Salman Khurshid, at a well-attended function held in Mumbai on October 27th, 2010. This is India’s most distinguished award for excellence in the financial field and presents to the world, stellar individuals driving India to its rightful place in the global economy Business Wire India India Hosting the Largest and Official Online Property Expo Organized by MCHI hosting the Online Expo for the fourth consecutive year organized by Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry(MCHI). The Online Expo is a virtual property exhibition displaying over 15,000+ residential and commercial property listings within India by more than 100 developers and 15+ Housing Finance Institutes Business Wire India

Indian Call Center and BPO Industries Looking to Invest in Customer-Centric Technologies and Hosted Solutions
The Indian BPO and call center sector has been instrumental in India’s economic growth, adding 5 million jobs and USD 15 billion in revenue Business Wire India

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