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MSMEs play a pivotal role in nation's development: Virbhadra Singh
Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Virbhadra Singh, on Wednesday said MSMEs have been recognized as engine of growth and have played a pivotal role in the development of the country. ANI

Ambika Soni to inaugurate 'National Community Radio Sammelan'
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni will on Thursday inaugurate the first 'National Community Radio Sammelan' to outline roadmap for community radio stations in India. ANI

India to open Consulate General in Perth
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the opening of Consulate General of India in Perth, Australia. ANI

Pawar gives into Hazare's demand, quits GoM on corruption
Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday evening resigned from the Group of Ministers (GoM) meant to look into the amendments required in the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Cabinet approves comprehensive mission document of national water mission
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the comprehensive mission document of the national water mission. ANI

Fake pilots exam: Civil Aviation Ministry sets up expert committee
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has set up an expert committee to examine the current system of examination of pilots and engineers with a view to make the examination system secure, credible, efficient and in line with modern and best practices. ANI

Afridi's comments will not affect Indo-Pak dialogue process: Omar Abdullah
Asserting that India is far more mature as a country, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi's reported comments will not affect the dialogue process between the two nations. ANI

Hazare writes to PM over Lokpal Bill issue
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is on a fast-unto-death for enactment of an anti-corruption bill to give wider powers to the Ombudsman, has written a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying that his government is misleading the nation. ANI

Congress campaigns with street plays in poll-bound Kerala
With Kerala gearing up for the assembly polls, the Congress party is adopting creative methods to woo the voters by conducting street plays across the state, showcasing ill-governance of the CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF). ANI

UPA Govt. should take Hazare's fast seriously: Jaitley
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Wednesday urged the Congress-led UPA Government to take veteran social activist Anna Hazare's indefinite fast over the demand to involve civil society in formulation of the anti-graft Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill very seriously. ANI

Anand Sharma launches product to promote project exports from India
In a significant bid to give an impetus to project exports from India. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma today launched 'Buyer's Credit Under the NEIA', a new product that will enable Indian companies to be in a competitive position vis-a-vis peers from other nations in project bids. ANI

Hazare fast: Moily says government open to suggestions on Lokpal
Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said the government is open to public suggestions on the proposed Lokpal Bill and has not turned down the demand for setting up a joint committee. ANI

Nirupama Rao to visit Japan
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will pay an official two-day visit to Japan beginning Friday for talks on bilateral, regional and global issues. ANI

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra facilities to be improved: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Wednesday said that China has assured India that facilities for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra would be improved substantively during the current plan period. ANI

Hazare rejects Pawar's offer to quit from Lokpal Bill GoM
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is continuing with his hunger strike demanding enactment of an anti-corruption bill to give wider powers to the Ombudsman, on Wednesday rejected Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar's offer to quit from the Group of Ministers (GoM) meant to look into the amendments required in the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Congress terms Hazare's agitation as premature
As the indefinite fast of veteran social activist Anna Hazare over the demand to involve civil society in formulation of the anti-graft Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill continued for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, Congress Party stuck to its earlier stand saying that the agitation was premature, as the government was open to all suggestions. ANI

Govt. needs to give serious thought to foodgrains export: Pawar
Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said the government has to take a serious thought on storage, allocation of foodgrains to states and exports, as this year's production is highest ever since 1947. ANI

Sonia Gandhi slams LDF rule in Kerala
Lashing out at the ruling CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday charged the state government with failing to carry out developmental works. ANI

Govt. ready to look into Hazare's demands: Sibal
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, who is part of a "sub-group of ministers dealing with the Lokpal Bill, today said social activist Anna Hazare has been reassured that the government would give its full attention to his request. ANI

Chiranjeevi to campaign for Congress in Karnataka
Telegu cine star and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) chief Chiranjeevi will on Thursday campaign for the Congress Party in the by-election to Bangarupalem Assembly constituency in Karnataka. ANI

Understanding Mahatma Gandhi posed problems to many
The controversy over the book written by Joseph Lelyveld on Mahatma Gandhi is not something new. ANI

India monitoring border developments for national security: Krishna
Responding to media queries about reports of the presence of foreign troops in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Wednesday said the government is closely and regularly monitoring all developments along India's borders to ensure the safety and security of the people. ANI

Himalayan Rally of another kind
The entire Himalayan region is in the throes of a transformation, ostensibly towards 'development'. "Development towards what and for whom?" is the moot question, in the present scenario when the pristine environment and the harmony that characterized the way of life of its people is being destroyed. ANI

Tamil Nadu polls: Rahul Gandhi to start campaign from Erode
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will launch his poll campaign for the Tamil Nadu state assembly elections from Erode West constituency on Wednesday. ANI

Fake pilot probe: Two DGCA officials held
Two Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)fficials have been arrested here for allegedly helping pilots procure commercial pilot licences. ANI

India, Thailand to enhance bilateral cooperation in combating terrorism
Recognizing common threats to national security from transnational crimes, including international terrorism, India and Thailand have resolved to significantly enhance bilateral cooperation in combating terrorism. ANI

India, Thailand agree to double trade by 2014
India and Thailand have agreed to double trade volume by 2014, which currently stands at six billion dollars. ANI

Anna Hazare continues fast, protests become national outcry
Social activist Anna Hazare today entered the second day of his fast-unto-death over demand to involve civil society in formulation of the anti-graft Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill. ANI

Sathya Sai Baba's condition stable
Doctors attending to Indian guru, spiritual figure and educator Sathya Sai Baba on Wednesday said his condition was improving but he continues to be on ventilator support. ANI

India, Thailand to boost defence cooperation to tackle piracy
India and Thailand have agreed to pursue high-level dialogue on defence cooperation to tackle the menace of piracy. ANI

Mosaica Education, Inc. Launches American School in Gurgaon
Mosaica Education, Inc. (“Mosaica”), an American education company, today announced the launch of its first premier school in Gurgaon, India today. The launch witnessed the presence of Mr. Gene Eidelman and Dr. Dawn Eidelman – co-founders of Mosaica Education from USA Business Wire India Completes 15 Years of Powering SMEs' Growth & Success
-- 15 year journey credited with bringing over 1 million Indian SMEs online -- Visionary behind the online company Dinesh Agarwal reminisces the journey -- Company board confident of many further glorious years of success The year 2011 is when India completes 15 years of commercial Internet. This is the same year when India's first and largest online B2B marketplace IndiaMART Business Wire India

Pengala Launches Made-for-India Learning Solution that helps Students Learn more, Faster
Pengala Learning Pvt. Ltd., a pioneer in developing learning technology for India, today launched a new learning system that helps students learn better and faster Business Wire India

IHG and Duet India Hotels Group to Develop 19 Holiday Inn Express Hotels
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New Mobility App for Teamcenter Empowers Mobile Workforce to Make Smarter Decisions, Better Products
Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management solution. Through the use of this new app, which is being initially deployed on the Apple Inc Business Wire India

Legal Research goes Mobile with Manupatra Applications
-- Now available on ipad, iphone and Blackberry -- First legal publisher on mobile device Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd., the pioneers of online legal research in India and fastest growing company in comprehensive law publishing, launched Manupatra mobile applications on ipad, iphone and Blackberry Business Wire India

Forevermark Launches with Selected Partner Jewellers in Mumbai and Delhi
Following a successful launch in Bengaluru in January earlier this year, Forevermark, the diamond brand from the De Beers group of companies, is today pleased to announce entry into Mumbai and Delhi through a specially tailored partnership with selected jewellers Business Wire India

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