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2G scam: Asif Balwa sent to 14-day judicial custody
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday remanded Asif Balwa, the brother of DB Reality and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

India positive to liberalise visa regime with Pakistan: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said that India is positive to liberalise visa regime with Pakistan to facilitate greater people-to- people contacts between the two nations. ANI

ULFA calls shutdown in Assam on Apr. 2 to protest PM's visit
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has called for a 12-hour shutdown in Assam on Saturday to protest the proposed visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, where he is scheduled to campaign for the Congress candidates for the first phase of assembly polls on April 4. ANI

Indian official goes missing in Islamabad
India has asked Pakistan to trace the official of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, who has gone missing since Thursday evening while he wasravelling back home. ANI

Govt.'s move to allow more FDI in agri sector will hurt farmer's interests: Karat
Campaigning ahead of April 13 Kerala assembly polls, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) General Secretary Prakash Karat today said the Union Government's move to allow more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the agriculture sector will hurt farmers interests. ANI

Syro Malabar Catholic Archbishop Vithayathil passes away
The Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Catholic church, Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil, passed away at Kochi's Lisi Hospital on Friday afternoon. He was 84 and was ailing for some time from heart disease. ANI

President Patil confers Padma awards on 64 eminent personalities
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil conferred the nation's prestigious civilian Padma Awards to 64 eminent personalities from various fields here today. ANI

Vijayalakshmy Gupta takes over as Secretary (Defence Finance)
Vijayalakshmy K Gupta, an Indian Defense Accounts Service (IDAS) officer of 1974 batch, has taken over as Secretary (Defence Finance) following the retirement of Nita Kapoor. ANI

CBI willing to probe Batcha's death
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday told the Supreme Court that it is ready to probe the mysterious death of former Telecom Minister A Raja's aide, Sadiq Batcha. ANI

Kanimozhi slams opposition for making false promises
Perambalur/ Madurai, Apr 1 Campaigning ahead of April 13 state assembly polls, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi on Friday criticised the opposition parties, saying that they did not fulfil the promises they had made at the time of elections. ANI

Ministries analyzing Shunglu Committee report: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that various ministries are analyzing the reports submitted by Shunglu Committee on irregularities related to Commonwealth Games (CWG) venues and Organising Committee. ANI

Orissa moves SC against denial of green nod to Vedanta mining project
The Orissa Government today approached the Supreme Court challenging the Centre's decision to reject environmental clearance to the Vedanta bauxite mining project in Niyamgiri Hills. ANI

Sonia pulls up AGP, lauds Gogoi Govt. for Assam's development
Launching a blistering attack on the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday said the law and order situation in Assam has changed tremendously in the last ten years with the Tarun Gogoi Government bringing peace and development back in the state. ANI

Puducherry polls: Congress manifesto promises incentives, concessions
The Congress election manifesto for the upcoming assembly polls in Puducherry today promised a slew of incentives and concessions to various sections of people. ANI

SC asks Centre to file CBI report on suspended Prasar Bharati CEO
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Government to file the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on the probe into alleged irregularities by former Prasar Bharati CEO B S Lalli in running the public broadcaster on the basis of which he was suspended in December last year. ANI

Maharashtra opposition accuses Pawar of having links with Balwa
There was chaos in the Maharashtra Assembly on Friday after the opposition accused Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar of having links with DB Reality and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, who is presently lodged in Tihar Jail for his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Mumbai wrapped up in tight security for WC final
Ahead of Saturday's World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka, security officials took their final positions in and around the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. ANI

Appliance industry booms ahead of Tamil Nadu polls
Ahead of April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly elections, the appliance industry in Coimbatore booms after politicians promised to gift them to voters. ANI

Supreme Court to hear Ratan Tata plea to stop Radia tapes
The Supreme Court will hear Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata' plea to stop further publication of the contents of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia tapes today. ANI

Four Maoists arrested in Bihar's Jamui district
Four hardcore Naxalites were arrested at Hasikol in Bihar's Jamui District. ANI

TN polls: Sushma slams Karunanidhi for giving away freebies to woo voters
The leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, has slammed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for giving away freebies to woo voters. ANI

Bengal polls: Mamata undertakes another padayatra in Kolkata
Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee organised another huge padayatra in a bid to oust the Left Front from its 33 years in power in West Bengal. ANI to Sponsor INDEXPO 2011
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Ajai Chowdhry Awarded Padma Bhushan
Ajai Chowdhry, Founder, HCL and Chairman, HCL Infosystems, India’s premier Hardware, Services and ICT System Integration, was today awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian recognition in the country, by The Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the official ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Business Wire India

YuppTV Hosts Online Premier of Bollywood Movie F.A.L.T.U
Global Takeoff Inc., a leading global provider of converged digital entertainment and advertising solutions, today announced that in partnership with Zee Communications, it will release the premier of the movie F.A.L.T.U online to a worldwide audience through YuppTV. F.A.L.T.U starring Jackky Bhagnani and Puja Gupta will hit the theatres on the April fool’s day Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems Implements NOC Project at ONGC Under its System Integration Infrastructure Practice
HCL Infosystems, India’s premier Hardware, Services and ICT System Integration Company, today announced the completion of a prestigious project from ONGC for deployment of Network and Security Operations Centre Business Wire India

DQE Receives Top State Honour’s- Conferred with Excellence Award”
DQE, the global entertainment production and distribution company, today announced that it had received the Excellence Award as the Top Indian ITeS Company in the State from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Information Technology and Communications Department which conferred the award to the organization Business Wire India

New Modular Pneumatic Valve+ Interlock Range from Fortress Interlocks
Fortress Interlocks has redeveloped its Pneumatic Valve+ (PV+) unit into a modular design that allows the configuration of an array of valves, trapped key interlocks and key switches in any combination Business Wire India

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