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Anand Sharma hopeful of growing Indo-US trade relations
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma today expressed optimism over the growing trade and investment relations between India and United States. ANI

India, Japan sign TKDL access agreement
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, signed the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) access agreement with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) here today. ANI

Cabinet approves Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing by India. ANI

Hamid Ansari releases Dr. Vatsyayan's book 'The Darbhanga Gita-Govinda'
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released the book entitled 'The Darbhanga Gita-Govinda' written by noted writer and Rajya Sabha Member Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan here on Wednesday. ANI

Hasan Ali case: ED questions Puducherry Lieutenant Governor
Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh was on Wednesday questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials over his alleged links with Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is facing charges of tax evasion. ANI

Rajni Abbi elected new Mayor of Delhi
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Rajni Abbi was today elected the Mayor of Delhi defeating Congress nominee Savita Sharma by 88 votes. ANI

'I do not support politics of smear campaign': Sonia Gandhi
Congress President Sonia Gandhi replying to veteran social activist Anna Hazare's complaint against her 'colleagues', on Wednesday assured the anti-corruption crusader that she does not support or encourage the politics of smear campaign. ANI

Resolving Stapled Visa Issue: A Litmus test for China
Burying the hatchet, leadership of India and China made serious attempts to mend ties at the sidelines of BRICS summit in China's resort town of Sanya last week. ANI

PM to inaugurate 'Civil Services Day' tomorrow
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate the 'Civil Services Day' here on Thursday. ANI

Allahabad High Court issues notice to Centre over Lokpal Bill
The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Centre on a writ petition filed by advocate Asok Pande and social activist Nutan Thakur challenging the resolution issued by the government to constitute a Joint Committee on the Lokpal Bill. ANI

'We knew our son would do something for India,' says Pulitzer Prize winner's family
The parents of Siddhartha Mukherjee, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner for non-fiction, said on Wednesday that they were certain their son would do something for the country. ANI

India geared up to accept participation of private players in internal security
Emphasising that India is ready to accept participation of private players in internal security, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai today asked private companies to spend at least five to seven per cent of their profits in research and development to get a new technology. ANI

Govt. seeks greater private role in defence sector: Pallam Raju
Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju on Wednesday said the government sought a greater role for the private sector in the defence manufacturing sector. ANI

Manmohan Singh congratulates ISRO on successful satellite launch
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today congratulated the scientists and engineers of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of three satellites by the PSLV - C16. ANI

Lokpal Bill will be drafted irrespective of Bhushans past: Lokayukta Hegde
Karnataka Lokayukta and former Supreme Court Judge N. Santosh Hegde on Wednesday said the Lokpal Bill will be drafted irrespective of the Bhushans past. ANI

Delhi Police arrests MDLR pilot for forging documents
Delhi Police has arrested Swarn Singh, a pilot working with the MDLR Airlines, in connection with the fake flying license scam. ANI

Tourism Ministers conference to kick off in Rishikesh tomorrow
Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai will on Thursday inaugurate the second 'Inter State Regional Conference of the Tourism Ministers of the North-Central States' for development and promotion of tourism at Rishikesh. ANI

Chhattisgarh farmers adopt "Madagascar" method to enhance their crop yield
With food security emerging as a major challenge, India can ill-afford the rising cost of agriculture inputs, declining productivity, non-availability of basic infrastructure and core facilities like irrigation. ANI

Congress, SP seeks explanation over land allotted to Bhushans in Noida
With fresh allegations being made against the Bhushans that they were allotted land by the Mayawati Government in NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh, at a fraction of the original price, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Thursday said the Bhushan family should clear the charges and explain why they paid low rates for an expensive piece of land. ANI

Sonia Gandhi slams CPM rule in West Bengal
Lashing out at the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) in West Bengal, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday charged the state government with failing to carry out developmental works. ANI

Khap Panchayats defiantly oppose Supreme Court ban order
Khaps in most parts of India have defiantly said they will not accept the Supreme Court to stop their actitvities, saying that traditions coming down through the generations cannot be wished away, discarded or disregarded. ANI

Shanti Bhushan sends legal notice to Congress leader Digvijay Singh
Former Union Law Minister Shanti Bhushan on Wednesday sent a legal notice to Congress Party General Secretary Digvijay Singh, asking him to apologise for questioning his character and legal credentials. ANI

2G scam: Delhi court rejects bail plea of five corporate honchos
A Delhi court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of five corporate honchos including promoter of Etisalat DB, Sanjay Chandra, in connection with the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Government cannot alter service conditions unilaterally, rules Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the Government cannot unilaterally alter the service conditions of employees as it would be violative of the Constitution. ANI

Communist Party alleges Trinamool using black money
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) has complained to the Election Commission that Trinamool Congress (TMC) has been indulging in malpractices in the ongoing West Bengal assembly polls. ANI

Jaitapur Project: Ratnagiri situation still tense, but under control
The situation is still tense but under control in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district, where a shutdown was called by Shiv Sena on Tuesday to condemn police firing in which one person was killed while opposing the 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP). ANI

Puducherry Lt. Governor now facing questions over medical college trust
Even as an Enforcement Directorate (ED) team is reported to be on its way to Puducherry to question Lt. Governor Iqbal Singh in connection with a favour that he had done for money laundering suspect and Pune-based stud farm owner Hassan Ali Khan, another controversy has surfaced that could cause him more embarrassment. ANI

Sathya Saibaba suffers liver failure at Puttaparthi hospital
Prominent religious leader Sathya Sai Baba has reportedly suffered liver failure, even as he undergoes treatment for multi-organ dysfunction at a private hospital here. ANI

ISRO's PSLV C-16 rocket launched successfully
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV C-16 was successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Wednesday. ANI

ICICI Bank Identifies TERI to Propagate Research on Energy Efficiency and Capacity Building in Large and Small Enterprises
The Energy and Resources Institute and ICICI Bank Ltd signed a ‘Soft loan agreement’ today to promote research and development in specific areas, such as nano-biotechnology, energy efficient technology, micro enterprise systems and other vital areas of sustainable development. The agreement was signed between Dr. R. K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI and Ms Business Wire India

NXP “Anubhav” University Program Launches “Automotive Center of Excellence” at I 2 IT
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today inaugurated the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Pune in association with the International Institute of Information Technology (I 2 IT). Located at I 2 IT Pune Campus, this Center of Excellence will provide unique infrastructure and collaboration of the Industry and academia Business Wire India

JSW Foundation Inaugurates Glimpses of Glory Exhibition
JSW Foundation, the social development division of the JSW group, inaugurated an exhibition -- Glimpses of Glory, in presence of chairperson Mrs. Sangita Jindal on Monday commemorating Late Mr. Anant Pai, founder and editor of Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) comics Business Wire India

Revolutionary Operating Model for the Mutual Fund Industry
With the sole objective of increasing the efficiency of the mutual fund industry, Mutual Fund NAV Plus introduces a revolutionary operating (business) model enabled by our patent-pending collaborative NAV Plus platform Business Wire India

JantaKhoj and Babajob Tie up for Domestic help and Driver Background Checks
JantaKhoj InfoServices Pvt Ltd, a leading background verifications company, today announced their partnership with Babajob Services Private Limited for domestic help and driver background verifications. Babajob employers can now avail of criminal record, reference, employment, address, driving license and education verification services from JantaKhoj Business Wire India

Jalgaon Kids Set a New Record
Children in Jalgaon set a new record today in dental stem cell banking. 18 children from Jalgaon (Maharashtra) had their teeth extracted at one time to store their dental stem cells. The children ranged from 4 to 13 years of age. Their teeth were extracted at Dhruv Polyclinic in Mumbai for processing and storage with ‘Store Your Cells’, India’s first dental stem cell bank Business Wire India

TSI Launches GEO-COAL Upgrading Technology
Total Sinergy International (TSI) today announced the launch of GEO-COAL technology, a simple and economical process of upgrading the energy content of low rank coal by 50 to 100 percent . A patent has been filed by Drew & Napier LLC Singapore for the breakthrough technology developed in Asia Business Wire India

Indiaplaza Celebrates World Book Day
Indiaplaza.com, the company which pioneered online shopping in India since 1999 is celebrating World Book Day with an unbelievable offer for book lovers – Flat 50% off with free shipping across India on over 8 million books. World Book Day is an annual event that falls on 23rd of April and is organized by UNESCO to promote reading globally Business Wire India

Canon Launches 29 New “Image Perfect” Consumer Products with ‘Gen Next’ Technologies
- Introduces seven entry-level digital cameras variants in the sub – Rs 10,000 - Introduces five Inkjet all-in-one “movie printers” from the PIXMA Black Series - Introduces new technology on ‘low light’ photography. - Releases new campaign featuring Sachin Tendulkar during IPL - Plans to invest approximately Rs 100 crore for advertising Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No 1 Business Wire India

Rikvin Publishes Singapore Taxation 2011 Factsheet
Rikvin, a Singapore company registration specialist has released “Singapore Taxation Report - 2011 Factsheet. The report is a detailed analysis of Singapore’s Tax regime at both the corporate and individual level. The report examines the various aspects of Singapore’s tax regime – the strongest pull factor for international businesses that setup shop here Business Wire India

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