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LeT also killing Pakistanis: Asfandyar Wali Khan
Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan on Thursday said India should not hold Pakistan responsible for the terror attacks carried out by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit, as they even kill Pakistani army men and innocent citizens. ANI

Govt. committed to bring fair merger, acquisition regime for economic growth: Deora
Union Minister of Corporate Affairs Murli Deora on Thursday said that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) will soon finalise regulation on mergers and acquisitions that may create monopoly in the market. ANI

We should revisit blasphemy law: Asfandyar Wali Khan
Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan on Thursday said that there is a need to revisit the blasphemy law. ANI

Be well prepared to provide quality health: Azad tells medical fraternity
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today called upon the medical fraternity to be well prepared to tackle the problems and challenges emerging from newer concerns of various diseases like Cancer, Cardio Vascular and Chronic respiratory diseases. ANI

Faster and sustainable growth objective of 12th FYP: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said that the objective of 12th Five Year Plan beginning 2012 must be faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth. ANI

Lokayukta Hegde contemplates stepping down from Lakpal panel
Karnataka Lokayukta and former Supreme Court Judge N. Santosh Hegde on Thursday said he was seriously reconsidering his decision to be on the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill. ANI

Karat slams Trinamool Congress over links with Maoists
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Thursday charged the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of having links with the Maoists. ANI

CD row: Civil society members back Bhushans
RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption, commenting on the CD controversy on Thursday said this is a malicious campaign against the panel members of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, and added that there is no question of Bhushans resigning over the issue. ANI

Central excise, customs and service tax officials stage protest for promotions, better wages
Superintendents of Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax observed a massive Shantigoshthi at the Jantar Mantar here today. ANI

Supreme Court pulls up Govt. over black money probe
Reiterating its concern that black money is being earned from drug trafficking and terrorist activities, the Supreme Court on Thursday came down heavily on the government with regard to its probe on the black money issue. ANI

CD row: Anna Hazare leaves onus on Bhushans
Leaving the onus of getting out of the CD controversy on the Bhushans, veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday said he would speak only on the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Rizwanur case: Kolkata court directs framing of suicide charges against Todi
A city court here on Thursday directed framing of abetment to suicide charge against industrialist Ashok Todi and three others accused for the murder case of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman in September 2007. ANI

Indian Army helicopter goes missing in Sikkim
An Indian Army helicopter with two pilots and two jawans on board has reportedly gone missing in North Sikkim today. ANI

Jalandhar hotelier's son shot dead by nephew of Akali Dal MLA
Gur Kerat Singh, the son of hotelier Rajbir Singh, was allegedly shot dead by the nephew of a Shiromani Akali Dal MLA here this morning. ANI

2G Scam: PAC unlikely to summit report
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, which is headed by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi, is unlikely to submit its report on the 2G spectrum scam during its current tenure. ANI

Bhushans must clarify themselves on CD row: Digvijay Singh
Sharpening his attack against former law minister Shanti Bhushan, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, commenting on the CD controversy, on Thursday said the Bhushans must clarify themselves on the incident and stop threatening people with a defamation suit. ANI

Arunachal MP puts Pawan Hans in dock, blames poor upkeep for crash
Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy today raised question mark on the credibility of Pawan Hans helicopters after a 24-seater MI 172 chopper operated by the company crashed on Tuesday, demanding to fix accountability on poor maintenance and mandatory inspections of the services as per DGCA rules. ANI

Australia donates Rs 350,000 to Delhi NGO Maitri
Australian High Commissioner Peter Varghese presented a cheque for 3.51 lakh rupees to New Delhi-based NGO Maitri. ANI

Agnivesh terms CD controversy a conspiracy against Hazare's movement
Expressing surprise over conflicting forensic reports on the CD allegedly containing a conversation between former law minister Shanti Bhushan and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, social activist Swami Agnivesh on Thursday said it is a conspiracy against the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare. ANI

Bhushan CD not tampered with: Sources
The Bhushans, who are a part of the Jan Lokpal Bill, suffered yet another blow on Thursday, as a government-owned forensic laboratory reported that a CD allegedly containing a conversation between former law minister Shanti Bhushan and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was not doctored. ANI

Campaigning for second phase of West Bengal polls ends today
Leaders of various political outfits are wooing voters in West Bengal as campaigning for the second phase of elections comes to a close today. ANI

Anna Hazare pleased with Sonia Gandhi's response
A day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi wrote back to him saying that she did not support or encourage the politics of "smear campaigns", veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday thanked her for the response, saying that he is pleased that she doesn't endorse such means. ANI

Manmohan Singh hopes to introduce Lokpal Bill in Monsoon Session
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said the UPA Government hoped to introduce the anti-graft Lokpal Bill in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament beginning in July. ANI

Manmohan Singh seeks bureaucrats cooperation to fight corruption
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday sought the cooperation of bureaucrats in tackling corruption boldly. ANI

Third phase of panchayat polls begins in Kashmir
Polling was underway for the third phase of the multi-phased anchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. ANI

Sathya Sai Baba very critical, organs stop responding
Prominent religious leader Sathya Sai Baba's ealth condition has turned extremely critical, after some more organs stopped responding to reatment. ANI

Hindustan Zinc Limited Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended 31 March 2011
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‘Planet Earth’ Series of Books Launched at the Earth Day Celebrations in TERI
At the Earth Day function organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) a special series of books titled “Planet Earth” was launched by the Mr. Keshav Chandra, Secretary, Department of Environment, Government of Delhi, along with Dr. R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI. TERI has been generating awareness amongst the students and youth by celebrating Earth Day since the year 1996 Business Wire India

TERI in Consonance with Govt. of Delhi-NCT and NDPL Celebrates Earth Day 2011: “Forests for our future”
Celebrating United Nations 2011 theme “The International Year of Forests”, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in consonance with Govt. of Delhi-NCT and North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) celebrated Earth Day 2011 - “Forests for our future”. Present on the occasion was Mr. Keshav Chandra, Secretary, Department of Environment, Government of Delhi, Dr. R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI, Mr Business Wire India

CMS Info Systems Hires Brinks CEO to Lead Securitas Cash Management Business
CMS Info Systems, a Blackstone portfolio company, today announced the appointment of Anup Neogi as Sr. VP & COO of the Securitas Cash Management business. CMS Securitas is currently the market leader in India’s fast growing ATM and Cash Management services with more than 40% market share Business Wire India

Equitymaster, India’s First Online Investor Education Initiative, Completes 15 Years Today , India’s first finance website, completes 15 years today. Launched on 22nd April 1996, Equitymaster was established with a simple objective– To empower the investor by giving him honest, unbiased investment opinions. And today, 15 years down the line, Equitymaster continues to remain true to its objective Business Wire India

Haier Launches New Range of Air Conditioners this Summer
Haier, one of the largest Home Appliances & Consumer Electronics brands, worldwide, and the global no.1 in refrigerators and laundry appliances today, launched their new range of Air Conditioners in India. Haier is known for its innovative & technological advanced products. This summer the demand for cooling products is on an all time high Business Wire India Introduces International Magazine Subscriptions has now introduced international magazine subscriptions, with over 45,000 international magazines to choose from. Magazine Business Wire India

Banyantree Infomedia Launches Answerify, India’s Most Comprehensive Answer Site
Banyantree Infomedia has added yet another feather to their cap by globally launching a brand new sub domain, ‘Answerify’. After the tremendous response to the beta version of Answerify, which was launched 8 months back, the full-fledged version was unveiled yesterday, with full public access. Answerify an advanced question and answer portal will be initially hosted on Business Wire India

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