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President Patil confers gallantry, distinguished service awards
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday conferred three Kirti Chakras and 18 Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty. ANI

Science and technology aims to infuse spirit of discovery in children: Bansal
Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Pawan Kumar Bansal today said that his ministry will take steps to give a larger platform to children interested in innovative scientific research work. ANI

Arunima shifted to AIIMS Trauma Centre
Volleyball player Arunima Sinha, who lost her leg after being thrown out from a running train near Bareilly last week, has been moved to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Trauma Centre here after it was detected that her amputated left leg had been infected and swollen. ANI

74 percent turnout in first phase of West Bengal polls
Around seventy four per cent voters exercised their franchise as polling ended in the first phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections for 54 seats spread over the six northern districts on Monday. ANI

Sibal stresses for developing special plan for disabled
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal today said there was a need for developing a national special skill development plan for people with disabilities (PwDs). ANI

MHA permits ED to quiz Puducherry Lt Governor
The Union Home Ministry on Monday gave permission to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to question Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh on his alleged links with Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is facing charges of tax evasion. ANI

Binayak Sen freed from Raipur prison
Civil rights activist Binayak Sen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of sedition by a Raipur court on December 24, has been released on bail today. ANI

Amar Singh dares Bhushans over controversial CD
With the war over the alleged fake CD reaching the Supreme Court, former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh on Monday challenged former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan to produce the voice samples. ANI

CD row: Many in Hazare's team are tainted, says Amar Singh
Former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh, who handed over a copy of the controversial CD to the Delhi Police, on Monday said many members in the team of veteran social activist Anna Hazare are tainted. ANI

More Indian nationals evacuated from Abidjan
A group of 44 Indians have been evacuated from Abidjan, the capital of civil war-torn Ivory Coast, to neighbouring Ghana, on an aircraft chartered by the Ministry of External Affairs. ANI

Abduction attempt for ransom by militants continue in Manipur
People in Manipur continue to suffer, as there is no end to abductions for ransom by militants. ANI

An identity crisis for tribal communities
Today, there are several regions, many of them forested and inhabited by the tribal communities, which have become flash-points of violence where Naxalism has taken root. ANI

Indian media ripe for regulation, must strive for balance between quantity and quality: Baru
The impressive growth of Indian media in recent years has not been matched by a similar rise in professional standards, both on the editorial side and in business ethics and practices of media firms, and media accountability, claims veteran journalist and former Media Adviser to the Prime Minister Sanjaya Baru. ANI

CBI to probe Maoist leader Azad's killing
The encounter killing of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and freelance journalist Hem Chandra Pandey in July last year will now be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). ANI

Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express arrives seven hours late
The Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express, which caught fire earlier this morning near Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, has arrived in New Delhi around seven hours late. ANI

Apple crop in Shimla affected by bad weather
Bad weather and decreasing temperatures in Shimla are affecting Himachal's apple growth and farmers are fearing a loss of 30 per cent in the crop turn over. ANI

Foreign flower brands capture markets in Uttar Pradesh
Flowers grown abroad like Gerberas, Lilies, Carnations and American Roses have taken over the local market in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad District. ANI

Punjab sports industry marked records growth
The sports goods industry has witnessed an exceptional growth in Punjab and now dwells a place of importance in the markets in view of its growing potential for employment and exports. ANI

Drainage work on airport road causes traffic jam in Kashmir
Drainage work on the only road leading to Srinagar International Airport in Hyderpora Square of Jammu and Kashmir is causing traffic jams. ANI

Election Commission acting against DMK, alleges Alagiri
Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M. K. Alagiri on Monday alleged that the Election Commission is acting against the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, with the aim of causing its defeat in the Assembly elections. ANI

Lokpal Bill row: Anna Hazare writes to Sonia Gandhi
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has written a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi drawing her attention to the ongoing campaign being led by party leaders against civil society members of the Lokpal Bill Joint Drafting Committee. ANI

Supreme Court bans employment of children in circuses
The Supreme Court today banned the employment of children in circuses and directed the government to rescue children employed in the sector. ANI

Court seeks CBI's reply on tagging Swamy's plea on 2G scam
A special court on Monday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) whether Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy private complaint in the 2G spectrum case could be tagged with the agency's FIR in the case. ANI

Justice Iyer apologizes to Rahul Gandhi
Former Supreme Court judge V R Krishna Iyer, who had launched a scathing attack on Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, on Monday sent an apology letter to him. ANI

Brisk polling in West Bengal, nearly 50 percent turnout till 1 p.m.
Around fifty per cent of the electorate cast their votes in the first six hours of polling in 54 Assembly constituencies in six North Bengal districts on Monday. ANI

W. Bengal polls: 35 per cent vote cast in first five hours
Thirty-five per cent of the electorate cast their votes in the first five hours of polling in 54 Assembly constituencies in six North Bengal districts on Monday. ANI

Legal awareness camp in Maoist affected Latehar
A day-long legal awareness camp was organised in Maoist affected Jharkhand's Latehar district for generating awareness of rights as knowledge. ANI

W. Bengal polls: 14 per cent vote cast in first two hours
Fourteen per cent of the electorate cast their votes in the first two hours of polling in 54 Assembly constituencies in six North Bengal districts on Monday. ANI

DDA housing scheme draw of lots today
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will hold a draw of lots to select successful applicants for a housing scheme on Monday. ANI

Irate villagers throw eggs, tomatoes on Jaipal Reddy
Irate residents of Gangirala village in Andhra Pradesh's Chevella assembly constituency hurled eggs and tomatoes on Union Petroleum Minister S. Jaipal Reddy's vehicle on Sunday, as he refused to be drawn into making a comment on the future of a Telengana state. ANI

Community fishing encourages fishing culture in Kashmir
Community fishing in traditional ponds in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District encourages fishing culture and also fulfils the demand of locals on economical rates. ANI

Young girl from Arunachal to lead international expedition to Mt. Everest
A young girl from Arunachal Pradesh has been selected to lead the International Everest Expedition (IIE) 2011, creating history of sorts in Indian mountaineering. ANI

Hasan Ali case: Enforcement Directorate to question Tapuriah, Pandey
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is expected to question Amlendu Pandey, the suspected aide of Pune-based stuf farm owner Hasan Ali Khan in connection with a massive money laundering case. ANI

Binayak Sen to be released today
Civil rights activist Binayak Sen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of sedition by a Raipur court on December 24, is likely to be released today. ANI

Fire on Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express, all passengers safe
Three coaches of the 12951 Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire in the wee hours on Monday near Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh. ANI

Polling underway for first phase of W. Bengal elections
Polling for the first phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal for 54 constituencies is going on today. ANI

Polaris Wins Two Prestigious Awards for its Highly Innovative Core Banking and Wealth Implementations
Polaris Software (POLS.BO), a leading Financial Technology Company, today announced that the company has bagged two prestigious Technology Implementation Awards at the 5th Asian Banker Awards ceremony held in Hong Kong Business Wire India

ENM Research Report on Anna Hazare’s Fast
ENM, India’s premier full-fledged electronic news monitoring agency, has released its Anna Hazare's fast-unto-death report. The report is a minutely detailed report on the series of actions taken to appeal to pray for a 'better and corruption free India. ENM’s report documents activities in the way and manner in which Anna Hazare’s Fast unto death for Lokpal Bill reported on television Business Wire India

Solar: AREVA Awarded Major Contract in Australia
AREVA has been awarded a major contract to install a solar thermal addition to CS Energy’s coal-fired Kogan Creek power station in Queensland, Australia. This solar boost project, supported by the Australian and Queensland Governments, will be the world’s largest solar integration with a coal-fired power station. Construction of the AU$ 104 Business Wire India

American Megatrends India achieves ISMS Certification
American Megatrends India Pvt Ltd (AMI India), a high-end technology player focused on Embedded, Storage and Telematics solutions, and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Megatrends Inc., USA (AMI USA), today announced that its Information Security Management System (ISMS) has been assessed and certified as per ISO 27001:2005 standards by Vincotte International India Assessment Services Pvt Business Wire India

Mumbai Mobile Payments Conference attracts Eminent Speaker line-up
SWIFT, the financial messaging provider for more than 9,500 financial institutions and corporations in 209 countries, today announced the line-up of global and local industry influencers set to take part at its upcoming event, Innotribe Mumbai: Mobile payments – Connecting the unbanked on June 1-2 Business Wire India

“Education without Character Serves No Purpose” - Honourable Justice Shri. P. Jyothimani, High Court of Madras, said at Sri Sai Ram Engineering College’s 12th Graduation Day
“Education should mould youths of good character, as education without character serves no purpose. It is more important for the youth to achieve moral values, confidence and capability along with education to face challenges of the world honestly. It is nothing but confidence of Mahatma Gandhiji achieved us freedom from the mighty British in a non-violent way,” said Honourable Justice Shri. P Business Wire India

Star TV and Dolby Collaboration Brings Cinematic Surround Sound and Premium Listening Experiences to Living Rooms Across India
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) announced that Star TV is using Dolby® Digital Plus to deliver cinematic surround sound and premium listening experiences through four of its leading high-definition (HD) channels in India: Star Plus, Star Gold, Star Movies, and Star World. Business Wire India

QAI becomes Registered Education Provider (REP®) of Scrum Alliance®
QAI (www.qaiglobal.com), the leading global consulting and workforce development organization, has recently become the Registered Education Provider (REP®) of the internationally recognized body, the Scrum Alliance® Business Wire India

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