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Chidambaram terms Hazare's arrest a preventive measure
Asserting that there was no wrongdoing in Anna Hazare's arrest, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said if there is apprehension of breach of peace, there can be arrest as a preventive measure. ANI

PM discusses Hazare's arrest with senior ministers
With the protests against the arrest of veteran social activist Anna Hazare intensifying across the nation, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has called an emergency meeting with his senior ministers to monitor the situation. ANI

Maneka Gandhi pulls up PM over his statement on Hazare's arrest
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday criticized the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, over his statement on the arrest of veteran social activist Anna Hazare. ANI

Protestors demand PM's resignation over Hazare's arrest
Stating that Anna Hazare's arrest was a shameful incident in the history of India, protestors on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over the treatment meted out to the veteran activist, who is spearheading a national campaign against corruption. ANI

Assam Govt. initiating new schemes to boost agricultural productivity
Assam Government is making all possible efforts to increase agricultural productivity by initiating schemes and projects under which farmers in the region are provided both technical and monetary assistance. ANI

Assam hosts' handloom exhibition to promote budding designers
In an endeavor to help upcoming handloom designers and entrepreneurs reach a wider market, a two-day Handlooms and Handicraft Designers' Summer Creations exhibition was recently held in Guwahati. ANI

Kiran Bedi says Team Anna still talking with Government
Stating that veteran social activist Anna Hazare will not come out of the Tihar Jail right now, civil society activist Kiran Bedi on Wednesday evening said the consultations over the venue of fast are still going on with the government. ANI

Youth Akali Dal restructures body, to tap 65 percent of Punjab youth
The Youth Akali Dal (YAD) on Wednesday announced a restructure of its organisation to include new office bearers. ANI

Rajya Sabha takes up impeachment proceedings against Justice Sen
The first impeachment proceedings against a judge was taken up in the Rajya Sabha today, which converted into a court to take up a motion against Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court. ANI

Govt. action against Anna Hazare not mismanaged: Salman Khurshid
With a defiant Anna Hazare still inside the Tihar Jail over the proposed anti-corruption fast, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday refuted charges that action against the veteran social activist was mismanaged by the government. ANI

Jail is the new epicentre of anti-graft protests, says Hazare aide
Manish Sisodia, a close aide of social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday said that in the absence of government permission to hold protests at a public park, they would turn the jail into the new epicentre of their anti-graft protests. ANI

Ramdev submits memorandum to President Patil against Hazare's arrest
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil here on Wednesday and submitted a memorandum against the arrest of veteran social activist Anna Hazare. ANI

Release of Hazare, a ploy by government, says Hegde
Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde has said that the release of social activist Anna Hazare is a ploy by the government. ANI

People display solidarity with Hazare in fight against corruption
In order to show solidarity with social activist Anna Hazare, a large number of people took to streets across the country to support the anti-graft movement. ANI

Food Security takes roots in Chhattisgarh
It has been over ten years since the formation of one amongst the newest states in the Indian Union, carved out of Madhya Pradesh. Chhattisgarh is rich in mineral wealth, forest cover and home to a predominantly tribal population. ANI

Jaitley slams PM on Hazare issue, says India exasperated with corruption
Criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement in Parliament on social activist Anna Hazare, leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said India is exasperated with corruption and the ways of this government. ANI

Hazare's attempt to impose Jan Lok Pal Bill totally misconceived: PM
Emphasising that social activist Anna Hazare may be inspired by high ideals in his campaign to set up a effective Lok Pal, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the former had sought to impose his version of the Lokpal Bill which was "totally misconceived". ANI

Hazare was arrested as a preventive measure: Manmohan Singh
Justifying social activist Anna Hazare's arrest by the Delhi Police, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the former was arrested as a preventive measure. ANI

Corruption has tainted India's reputation as Asia's third largest economy: Official
Foreign investors at present maybe wary and cautious about investing in India, given its galloping inflation, poor growth forecast and several corruption scandals, but the country's chief economic adviser says that all is not as bad as it looks and credit must be given to New Delhi for managing to weather the global downturn of 2008 better than other nations. ANI

Anna free to go: R K Singh
Union Home Secretary R K Singh on Wednesday said social activist Anna Hazare is free to go wherever he wants to. ANI

Congress slams opposition parties for supporting Hazare
Congress party has slammed the opposition for extending support to social activist Anna Hazare's crusade over the Lokpal Bill, even after it being tabled in the Indian Parliament. ANI

Hazare's arrest: Ramdev to meet President Patil
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev will meet President Pratibha Patil to submit a memorandum against the arrest of veteran social activist Anna Hazare. ANI

Lokpal Bill stalemate between Hazare, UPA Government continues
The stalemate between the government and veteran social activist Anna Hazare continues over the proposed Lokpal Bill, with the latter refusing to leave Tihar Jail till he is unconditionally allowed to continue with his fast unto death at Delhi's Jai Prakash Narain Park. ANI

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Dr. Farooq Abdullah Urges the Nation to Transform the Promise of Boundless and Clean Energy into reality on TERI’s Foundation Day
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Citibank India Online Banking Offers Greater Choice to Customers
Citibank India today announced that it has enhanced its award winning online banking platform, with several new features that will help personalize user experience and make online banking more secure and convenient for customers Business Wire India

Ramco Banking Analytics Launches Automatic Submission of Returns for Regulatory Reporting
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GETIT Brings Magic Yet Again! Launches Its Local Search App on the Blackberry
Getit, India’s broadest information search service, launches its pioneering Local Search App on the Blackberry. This new Application makes the searching for your favourite pizza or multiplex easy and instant by providing access to search information anytime and anywhere on your Blackberry Business Wire India

Ocean Optics Adds New Triggering Options to USB2000+ Spectrometer
Ocean Optics ( has added triggering functions to its popular USB2000+ miniature spectrometer to provide accurate timing and synchronization between the spectrometer and other devices. Four low-jitter trigger modes and normal (free-running spectral acquisition) operating modes are now possible Business Wire India

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