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Anna Hazare to go on fast unto death over Lokpal Bill
New Delhi, April 4 Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Monday said that he is starting a fast unto death to press for the demand to involve civil society in formulation of the anti-graft Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill. ANI

India deploys relief, rehabilitation team in quake-hit Japan
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has deployed a 46-member Indian Relief and Rehabilitation Team (IRRT) in the earthquake and tsunami affected areas of Japan since March 28. ANI

2G scam: Radia evasive, Tata candid, says Joshi
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday said corporate lobbyist Niira Radia was evasive, while answering the questions in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Govt. to take effective measures to fast track E-Governance: Sibal
Telecom and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that the government will take effective measures to fast track E-Governance and standardised implementation of the services. ANI

India, Thailand likely to sign free trade agreement during Thai PM's visit
India and Thailand are expected to sign a free trade agreement in goods, services and investments during the two-day state visit of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to India beginning on Tuesday. ANI

SC asks Govt. to notify CBI probe into Batcha's death in three days
The Supreme Court today directed the government to issue within three days a notification for handing to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) the probe the mysterious death of former Telecom Minister A Raja's aide Sadiq Batcha. ANI

CMO killing: UP Police announces reward of Rs two lakhs
Uttar Pradesh Police has announced a reward of Rs. two lakhs for providing information about the killers of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) B P Singh, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the posh Gomti Nagar area here on Saturday. ANI

65-70 percent polling recorded in Assam
An estimated 65 per cent of the electorate cast its votes in the first phase of assembly elections in 62 constituencies of Assam on Monday. ANI

SC questions govt on airport ground handling policy
The Supreme Court today sought the government's stand on a plea challenging its ground handling policy at metro and some other airports. ANI

Earthquake rocks North India
An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale rocked most parts of North India on Monday afternoon. The tremors were felt for approximately three seconds. ANI

2G scam: Ratan Tata appears before PAC
Industrialist Ratan Tata appeared before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today for questioning in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Trinamool Congress promises good governance if it comes to power
West Bengal's main opposition party Trinamool Congress (TMC) has promised effective governance if voted to power in the ongoing assembly polls. ANI

CBI chargesheet on 2G scam left out 'core issues': BJP
Charging the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of bending backwards to defend the Prime Minister, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley said the agency's chargesheet in connection with the 2G spectrum case has left out 'core issues' and not significantly dealt with the loss to the exchequer. ANI

'We won the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar': R Ashwin
Cricketer R. Ashwin has said the team won the World Cup 2011 for Sachin Tendulkar. ANI

Sonia Gandhi to visit poll-bound Tamil Nadu, Puducherry
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to visit Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to address election meetings on Tuesday. ANI

Defeat of ruling parties certain in all five state polls: Naidu
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said he was confident that all the ruling parties in the states of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry would witness defeat in the assembly polls. ANI

28th National Kannada Sammelana begins on Apr. 9
The 28th National Kannada Sammelana will be held here on April 9 and 10. ANI

Chhattisgarh farmers benefiting from multi-storied farming
The multi-storied pattern of farming is benefiting farmers of Chhattisgarh. ANI

2G scam: Niira Radia appears before PAC
Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia appeared before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday in connection with the alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum. ANI

Assam CM Gogoi cast his vote, confident of victory
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday cast his vote during the first phase of the state assembly polls in Jorhat town and expressed confidence the Congress victory. ANI

Battle between chemical and organic fertilizer lobbies
A battle of wits is being waged between the lobbies pitching for organic agriculture and those who stick to the current formulae of chemical fertilizer-pesticides usage. ANI

Blossoming almond trees herald spring in J-K, promote tourism
Pleasant weather and blossoming almond trees herald spring in Jammu and Kashmir and have been attracting number of tourists to the region. ANI

Indian Army provide free education to deprived J-K children
The Indian Army is providing free education to deprived children in remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

UP devotees celebrate beginning of Hindu New Year
Devotees in Uttar Pradesh organised cultural events and celebrated Vikram Samwat, the day of new year according to the Hindu calendar today. ANI

Another pilot arrested for forging documents
One more pilot has been arrested here today in connection with the fake flying license scam. ANI

President, PM greet India on Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Chetti Chand, Chaitra Sukladi
President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today greeted the nation on the occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Chetti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba which is being celebrated in different parts of the country. ANI

Tamil Nadu polls: Jayalalithaa slams DMK over price rise
Campaigning ahead of April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls,ll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa has slammed the state's ruling Dravidam Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for corruption and price rise. ANI

Judicial Standard and Accountability Bill to bring more transparency: Moily
Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily has said the Judicial Standard and Accountability Bill slated to be presented before the monsoon session of the parliament would enhance transparency of the judicial system. ANI

Assam polls: 12 per cent vote cast in first two hours
Twelve per cent of the electorate cast their votes in the first two hours of polling in 62 Assembly constituencies of Assam today. ANI

Oz run company denies reports that it won "dubious" contracts during Delhi CWG
An Australian-run company, EKS, has refuted a new report by India's former auditor-general regarding corruption during the Delhi Commonwealth Games that said that the company was awarded "dubious" contracts. ANI

2G scam: Ratan Tata, Radia to appear before PAC
Industrialist Ratan Tata and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia are scheduled to appear before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today in connection with the alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum. ANI

Polling underway for first phase of Assam elections
Polling for the first phase of Assembly elections in Assam for 62 of the 126 seats is going on today. ANI

HCL Infosystems Joins Hands with Dubai Based GEMS Education
HCL Infosystems MEA, a Dubai based subsidiary of HCL Infosystems, India’s premier ICT system integration, Hardware and Services Company, today announced the awarding of a project to provide ICT products to GEMS Education, the world’s largest private K-12 education provider Business Wire India

Largest Maldivian Telco selects Ameyo as their Customer Interaction Technology
Ameyo - award-winning contact center software from Drishti is the technology powering customer support desk of Dhiraagu. The Maldivian telecommunications company chose Drishti's communication suite for implementing an advanced customer care solution to ensure personalized service to their subscriber base Business Wire India

Shell Advance kicks off New Marketing Campaign
After the launch of the highly acclaimed ‘Crystal Car’ and ‘Cut Car’ brand campaigns, Shell Lubricants, the global market share leader in finished lubricants (Kline & Company), is set to unveil yet another advertising campaign focusing on Shell Advance 4 stroke portfolio based on RCE Technology Business Wire India

Sterlite Industries (India) Limited Intimation Regarding Change in Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
The Board of Directors of Sterlite Industries (India) Limited (“Sterlite”) have approved the change in its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr.Mahendra Singh Mehta has been appointed as the CEO of Sterlite Industries (India) Limited consequent to transfer of Mr Business Wire India

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