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Hazare fast: Deadlock over Lokpal Bill likely to end tomorrow
The deadlock over the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill is likely to end tomorrow, social activist Anna Hazare said here on Friday. ANI

Anna Hazare's 'Lokpal Bill' crusade gets a fillip from his home district
Admirers of social activist Anna Hazare from Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district took to the streets on Friday to extend their support to the crusade for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill. ANI

'People's voice for Lokpal Bill has reached government', says Hazare
Anna Hazare, who is on a fast-unto-death for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill, on Friday said that they have suggested co-chairpersons for the joint committee to draft the Bill. ANI

Burns ward at Delhi's RML Hospital upgraded
Union Health and Family Welfare Secretary K. Chandramouli on Friday inaugurated the upgraded burns ward in the Department of Burns, Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at New Delhi's Dr. RML Hospital on World Health Day. ANI

Kumari Selja takes initiative for slum free Delhi
A meeting has been convened under the chairpersonship of Kumari Selja, Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister, on various issues related to planning and creating a 'Slum Free Delhi'. ANI

Anna Hazare wins Rabindranath Tagore peace award
Social activist Anna Hazare, who is on a fast-unto-death for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill, has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Rabindranath Tagore Peace Prize by the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM). ANI

352 arms licences issued in Nagaland revoked
The Central Government has revoked 352 arms licenses which were issued by the licensing authorities of various districts of Nagaland during the period August 24, 1987 to January 9, 2007, as the licences were without any authority of law. ANI

Supreme Court for day-to-day trial without adjournment in 2G-scam case
The Supreme Court on Friday said that it will direct the special court, set up for trying former Telecom Minister A. Raja and others in the 2G spectrum case, to hold day-to-day trial without any adjournment. ANI

UN forces rescue Indian envoy to Ivory Coast
Indian Ambassador to Ivory Coast Shyama Jain has been rescued by the United Nations forces. All the embassy staff has also been evacuated from the civil war torn country. ANI

Congress terms Hazare's agitation rigid
As the stalemate over the Jan Lokpal Bill continues for the fourth day, the Congress Party on Friday termed social activist Anna Hazare's fast for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill as rigid. ANI

Ramdev extends support to Hazare's crusade against corruption
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has come out in full support of Gandhian Anna Hazare, who is on a fast-unto-death for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill. ANI

Bollywood wants real life to follow reel life, supports Hazare campaign
Bollywood fraternity has come out in full support of social activist Anna Hazare, who is continuing his fast-unto-death for the fourth day today to push the government into introducing a tough new law to curb corruption among politicians and bureaucrats ANI

Prominent cleric killed in Srinagar blast
Jamiat-Ahle-Hadis chief Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah was killed in a blast outside a mosque in Maisuma area here on Friday. ANI

Fruits of growing Indian economy not being enjoyed by all: Mukherjee
The fruits of growing prosperity of the economy are not being enjoyed equally by all citizens owing to gaps in our development efforts and governance practices, said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee at the inaugural session of the CII National Conference and Annual Session 2011 here today. ANI

Manmohan Singh briefs President Patil on Lokpal Bill issue
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, called on President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Friday and briefed her about the efforts being made by the Government to resolve the differences with the civil society activists on the proposed Lokpal Bill. ANI

Does Development justify Degradation?
A Ladakhi proverb says, "Ame oma nat met, gukh pe chhwa gal met" which means " As mother's milk is free of disease, running water is free of germs." Indeed, the gentle yet hardy people of this hauntingly beautiful yet tortuously difficult mountainous terrain have lived for centuries in the lap of nature, both benefiting from and equally nurturing its fragile eco-system. ANI

Hazare writes to PM, Sonia Gandhi
With the Centre turning down social activist Anna Hazare's two demands on the joint committee, the Gandhian, whose indefinite fast has entered a fourth day today, has written a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the Jan Lokpal Bill issue. ANI

Anna Hazare inspires us to sacrifice for India: Kiran Bedi
Civil rights activist Kiran Bedi today said the entire nation got the inspiration of sacrifice from noted Gandhian leader Anna Hazare, whose fast-unto-death entered its fourth day over the enactment of an anti-corruption bill. ANI

Sathya Sai Baba devotes pray for his recovery
Devotees of spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Andhra Pradesh's Puttaparthi town prayed for his quick recovery and said that reincarnation of Baba would take place once he attains 96 years of age. ANI

Lokpal Bill stalemate: Pranab appeals to Hazare to discontinue his fast
After a meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to end the deadlock on the Jan Lokpal Bill issue, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee made an appeal to social activist Anna Hazare to end his fast-unto-death, which has entered the fourth day today. ANI

Lokpal Bill row: Sonia Gandhi meets PM
With veteran social activist Anna Hazare continuing his fast-unto-death for a fourth day on Friday to push the government into introducing a tough new law to curb corruption among politicians and bureaucrats, Congress President Sonia Gandhi met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and discussed the Jan Lokpal Bill issue. ANI

Campaigning gains momentum in poll-bound Assam
Leaders of various political outfits are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters in Assam as campaigning for the second and final phase of elections ends on Saturday. ANI

Hazare calls for 'Jail Bharo Andolan' from April 12
Social activist Anna Hazare, whose fast-unto-death entered its fourth day on Friday, called for a mass courting of arrest by citizens across the country on April 12. ANI

Deadlock over Lokpal Bill continues, Sibal to negotiate third round of talks
As the deadlock over the Jan Lokpal Bill continues for the fourth day today, Union Human Resource and Development Minister Kapil Sibal will negotiate the third round of talks with Anna Hazare's anti-corruption representatives this evening. ANI

Sify Chairman Raju Vegesna Wins the ICC Auctioned Match Ball of the World Cup Finals
Mr. Raju Vegesna, Chairman and Managing Director, Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: SIFY), has won the ICC auctioned Official Match Ball from the India vs. Srilanka final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Bidding in his personal capacity, he emerged victorious at $145, 100. Based in the Unites States of America, Mr Business Wire India

REALBRIDGE Marketing Launches Discount Coupons Web Portal called
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Lufthansa Student Centre Launches Special Offer for Students, including a Chance to Win iPads
A new package of special student offers, including a chance to win one of five iPads, was unveiled this week on the Lufthansa Student Centre, a special microsite for students flying to North America or Europe. The comprehensive bundle of benefits combines Lufthansa Student Specials along with a variety of exclusive partner offers and discounts Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide and Eros Group Sign Management Agreement for a Hilton Hotels & Resorts and a DoubleTree by Hilton in New Delhi, India
Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Eros Resorts & Hotels Ltd, a company of Eros Group to manage two new properties in New Delhi’s fast-growing business district of Mayur Vihar Business Wire India

Autodesk 2012 AEC Software Portfolio Expands Value of Building Information Modeling
Autodesk , Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design , engineering and entertainment software, announced its 2012 portfolio of software for the AEC industry Business Wire India

Autodesk Unveils 2012 Manufacturing Software Portfolio
3D design and engineering software portfolio for manufacturers, including the new Digital Prototyping software portfolio helps manufacturers to design and build better, more sustainable products, reduce development costs and get to market faster Business Wire India

Autodesk Launches 2012 Digital Entertainment Creation Products & Creative Finishing Software
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites give artists and production facilities access to a powerful range of creative toolsets at exceptional cost savings*. Artists can extend their familiar Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Maya software workflow with intuitive tools for sculpting and texture painting, real-time character animation, and effects Business Wire India

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