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Congress, DMK demands PAC chairman Joshi's resignation
Charging Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi of having 'malafide intention' of destabilising the government, the Congress and DMK leaders of the panel on Wednesday demanded his resignation over the draft report on the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

C.P. Joshi emphasizes need to speed up construction of highways
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr. C.P. Joshi today emphasized the need to speed up the preconstruction activities such as land acquisition and utility shifting with a view to hasten the pace of construction of highways. ANI

Govt. committed to provide better irrigation facilities: Salman Khurshid
Union Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid today said that the Central Government is committed to provide better irrigation facilities to the farmers in the country. ANI

61 percent turnout in third phase of Bihar panchayat polls
An estimated sixty one percent voters exercised their franchise in the third phase of panchayat polls in Bihar on Wednesday. ANI

Sitaram Yechury calls for probe of black money usage in WB polls
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury met Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quereshi here on Wednesday and called for investigation of the usage of black money in the ongoing assembly polls in est Bengal. ANI

India to strengthen Karzai's hands
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is expected to make a two-day visit to Kabul soon with the aim of strengthening the hands of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and his government, which is facing criticism for failing to curb violence and corruption. ANI

Strike is against corruption in Air India, say protesting pilots
Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) President Asheem Singh Bhinder on Wednesday said the decision of 660 pilots to go on strike was to challenge the 'mismanagement' and 'corruption' in Air India. ANI

Rinpoche congratulates Sangay on being elected Tibetan PM-in-exile
The incumbent Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile, Samdhong Rinpoche, on Wednesday congratulated his successor Lobsang Sangay. ANI

Rahul Gandhi seeks details from UP Govt. over usage of health funds
Alleging that central funds under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) were not being properly utilized in Uttar Pradesh, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said an application under the Right to Information Act (RTI) has been moved on the issue. ANI

Pallam Raju inaugurates NCC DDGs' conference
Minister of State for Defence Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju inaugurated the two-day biannual conference of the Additional Directors General and Deputy Directors General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) here today. ANI

77 percent turnout in third phase of West Bengal polls
Around seventy seven per cent voting was recorded in the third phase of West Bengal assembly polls in 75 seats covering Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas districts on Wednesday. ANI

Karunanidhi backs Kanimozhi's role as a party worker
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi backing his daughter Kanimozhi, named in the CBI chargesheet in the 2G spectrum scam, on Wednesday said that he views her as a party worker and that her growth in the party had nothing to do with the 'daughter tag'. ANI

PAC charges Raja of misleading Manmohan Singh
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, which is probing the 2G spectrum scam has in its report indicted former Telecom Minister A. Raja for misleading the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in 2008. ANI

We are doing everything possible for a peaceful summer: Omar Abdullah(Part-I)
In an expansive television interview to ANI (part 1), the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, said that his administration was leaving no stone unturned to ensure a peaceful summer ahead. ANI

Justice Nanavati Commission summons Gujarat cop Bhatt
The Justice G.T.Nanavati Commission on Wednesday issued a summons to controversial senior Gujarat police officer Sanjay Bhatt in connection with his latest Supreme Court and SIT deposition that Gujarat Chief Minister Narender Modi had ordered police officers in the state not to restrain rioteers when they were attacking Muslims in 2002. ANI

MNS demands Kalmadi's resignation as Pune MP
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists staged a demonstration outside the house of sacked Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi's here on Wednesday demanding his resignation as an MP representing their city. ANI

Indian diplomat turned artist presents his work on planetary consciousness
Marking his debut in painting, Abhay Kumar, an Indian diplomat turned poet and artist, exhibited his collection in national capital New Delhi recently to mark the establishment of Indo-Russian diplomatic ties. ANI

Installation of audio guide system at Taj Mahal disappoints its lovers
The installation work of an audio guide system in the corridor of India's famous monument to love, Taj Mahal, has created a sense of apprehension that it may get commercialized and lose the charm of its originality. ANI

Delhi HC pulls up Air India for not solving pilots wage issue
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday pulled up national carrier Air India for not sorting the salary-related problems of its pilots. ANI

Delhi Police arrests former cricketer wanted in human trafficking case
Delhi Police has taken into its custody former cricketer Jacob Martin, who was wanted in connection with a human trafficking case. ANI

DMK backs Kanimozhi, says will fight 2G legally
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Wednesday ecided to legally fight the accusations of corruption against party MP and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi on 2G spectrum scam issue. ANI

Hasan Ali money laudering case: Puducherry Lt. Gov.meets Chidambaram
Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram here on Wednesday to reportedly clarify his position on his alleged links to tax evader Hasan Ali. ANI

West Bengal polls: 34 per cent votes cast in first four hours
Thirty four per cent polling was recorded in the first four hours of voting in 75 constituencies in Kolkata and its neighbouring North and South 24-Parganas Districts of West Bengal on Wednesday. ANI

Bombay HC grants actor Shiny Ahuja bail in rape case
Bollywood actor Shiny Ahuja was on Wednesday granted bail by the Bombay High Court in connection with a rape case, and is likely to be released from the Arthur Road Jail here this evening. ANI

Kidnapped Delhi toddler rescued, four arrested
The eighteen-month-old boy, who was kidnapped allegedly by a domestic help from his Delhi home three days ago, has been rescued from Faridabad on Wednesday. ANI

Air India flights hit by pilots' strike
At least 20 Air India flights have been cancelled after some of Air India pilots affiliated to the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), went on strike from midnight to press for their various demands. ANI

West Bengal polls: 18 per cent votes cast in first two hours
Over eighteen per cent polling was recorded in the first two hours of voting in 75 constituencies in Kolkata and its neighbouring North and South 24-Parganas Districts of West Bengal on Wednesday. ANI

Satya Sai Baba laid to rest in Puttaparthi
Eighty-five-year-old spiritual guru Shri Satya Sai Baba, was on Wednesday interred at the very spot from where he used to meet and address his disciples for years. ANI

Sathya Sai Baba's last rites being performed in Puttaparthi
Spiritual guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba's last rites are taking place at the Prashanti Nilayam ashram in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, today. ANI Introduces Group Deals Service In 40 Indian Cities India Limited (Nasdaq: REDF) today introduced its group deals service, named Rediff Deal Ho Jaye!, offering consumers an opportunity to discover new local services at discounted prices. As the pioneer of e-commerce in India and its leading online media company with an audience of more than 15 million unique visitors per month, Rediff Business Wire India

MoneyGram International Launches ""Cricket For Peace"" Album
MoneyGram International (NYSE: MGI), a leading global money transfer company and an ICC partner in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, today launched a unique music album, “CRICKET FOR PEACE Business Wire India

Talisma Transforms India’s Educational Landscape into a Digital Campus
Talisma Corporation today announced the launch of its advanced solutions for Higher Education in India. With the Indian Higher education system evolving rapidly, Talisma Higher Education solutions is the next proactive step to transform the Indian Higher education system from the traditional to a digital approach Business Wire India

Polaris Enters Cloud Computing Space through Strategic Investment in IdenTrustTM
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Torus Spectrometer Delivers High Throughput and Low Stray Light
Ocean Optics ( ) has launched a family of aberration-corrected holographic concave diffraction grating spectrometers that delivers low stray light, high throughput and excellent thermal stability for applications ranging from absorbance measurements of optically dense solutions to fluorescence measurements in solutions and powders Business Wire India

Elfab Flo-Tel+ Burst Detection System Gains IP66 Rating
Leading rupture disc manufacturer Elfab has been awarded an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of 66 for its ATEX-approved burst detection system, Flo-Tel™+. Flo-Tel™+ is the only non-invasive, fail-safe detection system on the market Business Wire India

CSA Approval for Alicat’s Mass Flow and Pressure Devices
Continuing its mission of providing equipment to fit a wider range of customer requirements, Alicat Scientific, Inc. has attained CSA approval for the use of Alicat Mass Flow Meters, Mass Flow Controllers, and Pressure Equipment, in Class 1 Division 2 Hazardous environments Business Wire India

Indusface Expands Global Partner Program to Drive Channel Growth for IndusGuard Security as a Service (SaaS) Offering
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