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India keen on improving ties with neighbours: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has said that India has pursued the path of dialogue to reduce the trust deficit with Pakistan and to resolve all outstanding issues in a spirit of openness. ANI

DGCA orders probe into Arunachal chopper crash
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) today ordered an inquiry into the crash of a Pawan Hans helicopter in Arunachal Pradesh in which seventeen persons were feared killed. ANI

India to have normal monsoon this year: Bansal
Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Pawan Kumar Bansal today said that India's monsoon is on schedule and is expected to be normal with 98 percent of the expected rainfall. ANI

Arunima's condition stable: AIIMS Doctors
Doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday said the condition of volleyball player Arunima Sinha, who lost her leg after being thrown out from a running train near Bareilly last week, is stable. ANI

BJP slams Rahul Gandhi over 'rotten system' remark
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday criticized Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi over the latter's 'rotten system' remark in a letter to a former supreme court judge. ANI

Hazare needs good politicians by his side: Swamy
Janata Party President and telecom scam petitioner Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said veteran social activist Anna Hazare is surrounded by bogus NGOs, and added that he needs good politicians by his side. ANI

Congress losing its cool over Jaitapur: Shiv Sena
Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai on Tuesday criticized the Congress Party for losing its cool over the protest related to the construction of the 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) in Maharashtra. ANI

Need to conserve environment in Leh
As I stroll down the streets in Leh, my mind meanders down memory lane, revisiting all those moments of my wonderful childhood. All those childhood pranks suddenly come alive, being naughty at school, laughing with my friends, What remains as a backdrop for all those years is the pristine purity of the land itself ANI

Silk production increases in Uttarakhand
The new technology adopted by scientists at the regional Oak Tasar Research Centre here has resulted in increased production of silk. ANI

Tripura villages witness rapid development
With the continuous efforts put in by the government, the Thakur Para and Madhab Badi villages in Tripura, which till a few years ago were safe havens for militants is gradually witnessing peace and harmony and moving ahead on the path of development. ANI

Five killed in Tawang helicopter crash
At least five persons got killed and nine others were injured, when a civilian helicopter crashed while landing near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday afternoon. ANI

ULFA committed to peace talks with Centre
With peace talks between the Centre and the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) having begun, it seems the hard work put in by the government to persuade the rebels to shun violence and come to the negotiating table has paid off. ANI

Actor Shiney Ahuja appeals against rape sentence in Bombay HC
Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who was convicted last month on charges of raping his 20-year domestic maid, challenged his conviction in the Bombay High Court today. ANI

S.M. Krishna to visit Nepal for three days
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will pay a three-day official visit to Nepal from Wednesday. ANI

PMO sanctions ED to quiz Puducherry Lieutenant Governor
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has reportedly given its nod 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

State cooperative ministers to meet to find ways to revive cooperatives
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will inaugurate the National Conference of Cooperative Ministers to discuss ways to ensure autonomy and democratic functioning in cooperative institutions here tomorrow. ANI

Jaitapur Project: Shutdown in Ratnagiri to protest killing
Shiv Sena today called a shutdown in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district to protest the police firing in which one person was killed while opposing the 9,900 MW Jaitapur nuclear power project. ANI

Supreme Court defers hearing on decriminalisation of gay sex
The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred its hearing on the issue of legalisation and decriminalising gay sex among consenting adults in private. ANI

Indian Navy warship deployed near Somali coast to free sailors
The Indian Navy has sent a naval warship to the Somali coast in order to secure the release of seven of its citizens held captive by the pirates despite taking ransom. ANI

Jaitapur Project: Ramesh accuses Shiv Sena of political opportunism
Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday criticised the Shiv Sena for politicising the Jaitapur nuclear plant issue. ANI

Senior DGCA official sacked over nepotism charge
: The Joint Director of Air Safety at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), R.S. Passi, was removed from his post on Tuesday. ANI

Roots in Kashmir describes Geelani's visit to KP camp a farce
Roots in Kashmir (RIK), a frontline organisation of the Kashmiri Pandits, has described separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's visit to a Pandit camp at Vesu Kulgam in South Kashmir as a farce. ANI

Geelani issues ultimatum to J-K Govt. to revoke Dogra certificate plan
Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has warned of fresh unrest in Jammu and Kashmir if the state government does not withdraw its decision to issue Dogra certificates to the residents of Jammu by April 30. ANI

Supreme Court to hear legalisation on gay rights
The Supreme Court will on Tuesday take up the issue of decriminalising gay sex among consenting adults in private. ANI

Ameyo Powers effective Telesales Operations for Philippines-based BPO
Ameyo - the award-winning call center software from Drishti-Soft powers telesales operations for Cosmotec Contact Center. The latter being a Philippines-based BPO caters to various international clients in a multiple shift scenario. With dynamic process needs, the base technology powering operations had to be stable and reliable Business Wire India

Sterlite Industries (India) Limited Notice of the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Sterlite Industries (India) Limited (NYSE:SLT) (BSE:STERLITEIND) will announce its results for the fourth quarter and full year ended 31 March 2011 on Monday, 25 April 2011. Business Wire India

element14 Introduces more than 14,000 Electromechanical Products in Asia Pacific for Immediate Access
element14 (formerly Farnell Electronics), the industry’s first fusion of commerce and community supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals worldwide, today announces its 130,000-strong inventory now includes over 14,000 electromechanical products for electronics design engineers and purchasing professionals across Asia Pacific Business Wire India

Steelcase Think Art Campaign at the Launch of WorkLife Delhi
Steelcase, the global leader in the office furniture industry, today marked the renovation of its Steelcase WorkLife Gurgaon showroom with the exclusive preview of its new Manifesto and Lexicon furnishing system ranges. These new systems were designed specifically for Gen-Y workers now entering the workforce in large numbers in India and the other Asian regions Business Wire India

Max New York Life Announces Second Edition of its popular Igenius Scholarships
Max New York Life Insurance, one of India’s leading life insurance companies, announced igenius 2011, a unique parent-child engagement initiative to support all-round child development. In the inaugural year, the flagship program igenius scholarship attracted more than 10 lakh participants across 1,000 cities Business Wire India

SonicWALL Extends Partner Program to Deliver improved Technical Support to Channel
intelligent network security and Priority Technical Support service. The new support features SonicWALL Priority Technical Support provides an additional security blanket for our support personnel. It gives us 24x7 access to a pool of senior support engineers so we can quickly resolve client issues,” said Michael Crean, president, Solutions Granted, Inc Business Wire India

Experienced Consultant Jeffrey Rice Joins ITShastra Advisory Board
ITShastra , a software development, testing and design company for worldwide business needs and offshore project delivery, today announced that D. Jeffrey Rice has joined the company’s advisory board. Rice will serve as an advisor for Thinagee Investments India(Thinagee), a subsidiary of ITShastra Business Wire India

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