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India to host international centre on energy access
India today offered to set up an international centre on energy access to boost the provision of energy to remote and inaccessible areas. ANI

CBI registers case to probe Batcha's death
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case on Tuesday to probe the mysterious death of former Telecom Minister A Raja's aide Sadiq Batcha. ANI

Maharashtra CM Chavan visits ailing Sathya Sai Baba
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan visited ailing spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Andhra Pradesh's Puttaparthi town on Tuesday. ANI

Ishrat case: SIT submits progress report to Gujarat HC
The special investigation team (SIT), which is probing the encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004, submitted its progress report in the case to the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday ANI

Congress terms Hazare's indefinite fast as premature
Asserting that the Prime Minister has already constituted a sub-committee headed by Defence Minister A K Antony to look into the Lokpal Bill issue, Congress Party on Tuesday termed social activist Anna Hazare's fast unto death as premature. ANI

Lokpal Bill row: BJP asks Govt. not to make a 'prestige issue'
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday made an appeal to veteran social activist Anna Hazare to end his indefinite fast unto death over the Lokpal Bill, and asked the government to incorporate necessary changes in the proposed anti-corruption legislation so that it is more effective, and not make it a 'prestige issue'. ANI

Netherlands Minister Van Hagen calls on C.P. Joshi
Melanie Schultz Van Hagen, Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Netherlands, called on Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr. C.P. Joshi here on Tuesday. ANI

Rahul Gandhi urges Assam voters to elect Gogoi for third term
Criticizing the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday urged voters in Assam to elect Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for the third consecutive term to enable him to carry on with the good work of peace and development. ANI

Religious extremism, the mantra for political power in Pakistan
A young teenager walked up to a bus stand in lower Dir, Northwest Pakistan, on Monday, and blew himself up, killing at least six people. This happened a day after a blast at the 13th century Sakhi Shah Darbar shrine near Dera Ghazi Khan that claimed 50 lives, and left many more fighting for their lives. ANI

Will China keep its promise of undoing stapled visas?
The issue of stapled visa remains unresolved and continues to be a major irritant in Sino-India ties, even as the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, heads for the Chinese coastal city of Sanya on April 12. ANI

West Bengal CM files nomination papers in Jadavpore
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee filed his nomination on Tuesday as a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate from the Jadavpore constituency for the state polls. ANI

Sushma Swaraj hopeful BJP will open account in Kerala
Ahead of April 13 Kerala polls, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, today expressed hope that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will open account in the state following the assembly elections. ANI

Maoists torch road construction machinery in Bihar
Armed Maoists assaulted five labourers and burnt two road construction machines of a private firm at Kanauda village in Bihar's Aurangabad district last night. ANI

CWG scam: CBI raids premises of DDA, CPWD officials
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday ANI

Spiritual leader Satya Sai Baba in critical condition
Doctors attending to Indian guru, spiritual figure and educator Satya Sai Baba on Tuesday said that he remains in critical condition and on ventilator support. ANI

PAC questions Anil Ambani in 2G scam probe
The Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) questioned Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani on Tuesday in connection with the 2G spectrum scam probe. ANI

Manipur youth trained to acquire special skills
Imphal, Apr 5 Sports Minister Ajay Maken inaugurated Youth Employability Skill (YES) Project at Imphal by enrolling 100 youths for skill development. ANI

Cash for votes rains in Tamil Nadu, Rs 5.11 cr seized
In yet another haul of unaccounted cash in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, six bags full of currency worth Rs 5.11 crore have been recovered in Trichy on Tuesday. ANI

Thailand PM accorded ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who is on a day-long visit to India, was on Tuesday accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. ANI

Tributes paid to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his 104th birth anniversary
Several functions are being organised across the country to pay tributes to freedom fighter and Former Deputy Prime Minister Babu Jajivan Ram on his 104th birth anniversary on Tuesday. ANI

Fake pilot probe: Two more arrested for forging documents
Two more persons, including a pilot, were arrested here today by Delhi Police in connection with the fake flying license scam. ANI

Women empowered in Bihar
Bihar certainly seems to be shaking off its yoke of extreme backwardness and poor developmental indices, which have defined the state, indeed, the region, for decades. The second term of the JDU government under Nitish Kumar has been widely perceived as a vote for development as opposed to the caste-equations and patterns of voting that this BIMARU state regularly showed up. ANI

Sonia Gandhi to address election rally in Puducherry
Congress President Sonia Gandhi will address an election rally in Puducherry today to garner support for the Congress- Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) alliance in the Union Territory. ANI

Anna Hazare on fast unto death against corruption
New Delhi, April 5 Veteran social activist Anna Hazare started his indefinite fast unto death on Tuesday to press for the demand to involve civil society in formulation of the anti-graft Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill. ANI

2G scam: Anil Ambani to appear before PAC
Reliance Communication Chairman Anil Ambani is expected to appear before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today in connection with the 2G spectrum scam probe. ANI

W Hotels Worldwide Continues Global Expansion with the Announcement of W Mumbai
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) has announced plans to open W Mumbai, marking the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in India. Business Wire India

Starwood on Track to Open 50th Hotel in India by 2012, Doubling Its Footprint in Two Years
From the Hotel Investment Conference – South Asia (HICSA), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc Business Wire India

CSR and Growth must go Hand in Hand for Inclusive Growth: K D Singh, Chairman, Alchemist Group
Mr K D Singh, Rajya Sabha MP, and the man behind the 10000 crore Alchemist Group says that now the time has come for corporates to not only focus on just profits but do so with a much more bigger focus on corporate social responsibility Business Wire India

Polaris Launches IntellectTM CBX at NACHA
Polaris Software (POLS.BO), a leading Financial Technology Company, today announced the launch of IntellectTM Customer Business eXchange (CBX) during PAYMENTS 2011, NACHA's (National Automated Clearing House Association) annual gathering of industry leaders and payments professionals to address payments convergence and next-generation solutions to P2P and alternative payments Business Wire India

IMI Opens New Windows of Opportunity in the Eastern Region
Good news is in store for B-school aspirants from Eastern India Business Wire India

India’s Generation Y Vacation deprived according to the Annual Vacation Deprivation® survey carried out by Expedia India
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Give in to your Cricket Fantasy as Hungama Launches the Cricket Stock Exchange
Put forth your dedication to your favorite game with the power to build a share portfolio of your favorite cricket teams and players as they perform live. Hungama gives cricket fanatics another reason to rejoice with the launch of the Cricket Stock Exchange (CSX), an online stock exchange where you can trade shares of your favorite teams and players Business Wire India

Harpreet Bhinder Joins iYogi Management to Pursue Opportunities with Channel Partners
iYogi, an on-demand tech support company, today announced the addition of Harpreet Bhinder as its Senior Vice President, Channel Services. Harpreet will be responsible for managing integration and delivery with iYogi’s channel partners including software publishers, hardware manufacturers and retailers Business Wire India

India’s Leading CIO Initiative, the 5th Annual CIO Strategies Forum India will begin on April 7th 2011
The 5th Annual CIO Strategies Forum India, hosted by the international business information company: naseba, is just around the corner and with an acclaimed line-up of leading IT professionals from across the country attending the exclusive initiative, it is set to address the top IT concerns for the year ahead Business Wire India

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