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'Rs.2,756 crores released to states for micro irrigation'
Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Harish Rawat today said that Rs.2,756 crores have been released by the government during the 11th Plan period (till July 31) under Micro Irrigation Scheme to various states. ANI

Centre should take back its Lokpal Bill draft, says Swami Agnivesh
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare's aide Swami Agnivesh today said that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government must withdraw its draft of the Lokpal Bill and table the 'Jan Lokpal Bill' in the Parliament. ANI

Supreme Court lifts ban on 'Aarakshan' in Uttar Pradesh
The Supreme Court today quashed the ban imposed by the Uttar Pradesh government on filmmaker Prakash Jha's "Aarakshan". ANI

Kumari Selja inaugurates photo-exhibition on Croatian world heritage sites
Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja today inaugurated a photo-exhibition on 'Croatian monuments in UNESCO list of world heritage sites'. ANI

Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award 2010 announced
The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award for Service to Children for the year 2010 was announced today. ANI

Tidal energy power project being set up in West Bengal
Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Dr. ANI

Sale of Gandhi cap surges across India as Hazare's crusade gains momentum
A surge in the sale of Gandhi caps was witnessed in Maharashtra and Bihar, as thousands of people came out in support of veteran social activist Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption across the country in the last two days. ANI

AIIMS doctors among the best in the world, says Hamid Ansari
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari has said that Indian doctors, especially those from New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), are among the best in the world as far as delivery of health care and research is concerned. ANI

People's demand for stronger laws against corruption would prevail, says Santosh Hegde
Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N. Santosh Hegde today said that people's demand for stronger laws against corruption would prevail despite the perceived reluctance of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. ANI

Is it time to overhaul the Constitution?
We are a democracy, and the definition of a democracy and minor issues aside, it is a type of governance in which all eligible citizens have a more or less equal say in the decisions that affect their lives and the democratic process is meant to ensure that. ANI

'We must not give up our fight for a strong Lokpal Bill', says Hazare
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who began his 15 days fast for a stronger Lokpal Bill at the Ramlila Maidan here, said that he will not vacate this ground till the Jan Lokpal Bill comes into effect. ANI

Hazare has brought issue of corruption on centre stage, says Azmi
Asserting that the right to formulate laws rests with Parliament, actor and social activist Shabana Azmi on Friday said Anna Hazare has brought the issue of corruption on the centre stage. ANI

Students back Anna Hazare's movement
Scores of school students, who have gathered at the Ramlila Ground here today in support of the crusade against corruption, said that they idolize Anna Hazare for spearheading the movement. ANI

Prime Minister should not fall under the ambit of Lokpal: Omar Abdullah
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that he supports veteran social activist Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption, but contended that the Prime Minister should not fall under the ambit of the Lokpal. ANI

CRPF extends helping hand to Tripura villagers
In an endeavor to reach out to people in remote localities and provide them with stationery and different musical instruments, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) recently organised a civic action programme in the Ganganagar area of Tripura's Dhalai District. ANI

Modeling, the new buzzword among northeast youth
With peace and normalcy gradually returning to the northeast, young boys and girls are looking forward to a better life and taking up modeling as a full time career. ANI

Tripura hosts bamboo cultivation conference
In an endeavor to promote growth of the bamboo sector, a three days National Conference on Bamboo Cultivation and Value Addition was recently held in Tripura. ANI

Dark patches mar Bihar's growth story
There has been a wave of development works in Bihar changing the face of a poor and backward region and fast-tracking it to growth. Noticeably there have been a slew of policy measures that have been in operation slated to bring benefit to communities including Antyodaya, Annapurna, Vikas Mitra, Maha Dalit Poshak Yojna, and Dashrath Manjhi Kaushal Development Scheme. ANI

Sea of humanity awaits Anna's arrival at Ramlila Maidan
With the whole nation uniting to support Anna Hazare in his crusade against corruption, an unprecedented crowd has gathered at the Ramlila Ground here today and awaiting the arrival of veteran social activist, who will launch his 15-day anti-corruption fast at this venue. ANI

Our fight will continue until India is free of corruption, says Hazare
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who moved out from the Tihar Jail this morning, urged people not to give up the fight against rampant corruption. ANI

Mumbai tiffin carriers join Hazare's anti-corruption crusade
Heralding their support to veteran social activist Anna Hazare, the famed Dabbawalas (lunch box carriers) of Mumbai, have declared that they would lend their support to his crusade by observing a strike today. ANI

Advani calls for unity amongst political parties against graft tainted govt.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani has called upon all political parties in the opposition to come together in support of Anna Hazare's movement against graft and in turn corner the Congress-led central government. ANI

Pak envoy hosts Iftar dinner for visiting parliamentarians
Pakistan's High Commissioner Shahid Malik hosted an Iftar dinner for a visiting delegation of Pakistani parliamentarians in thehancery premises here on Thursday. ANI

Delhi's steel and iron merchants join Hazare's anti corruption crusade
Merchants of the steel and iron trading market of Naraina in New Delhi took out a rally in support of the veteran social activist Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption on Thursday. ANI

Hazare to leave Tihar Jail today
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare will finally walk out of Tihar Jail at around 11 a.m. on Friday to head for the Ramlila Ground which will be the site of his ongoing indefinite fast for a strong Lokpal. ANI

Are you Ping or Pong?
Each day, each of us either don the hat of a buyer and in many cases that of a seller Business Wire India

Great Weekend Getaways with Goibibo
For those who missed the bus towards the extended weekend of Rakhi and the Independence day, shall find a reason to smile as Goibibo brings for them holiday options across India at affordable prices. A time to spend quality time with your family & friends to cherish lifetime memories Business Wire India Nurtures Growth for SMEs through HIMTEX 2011
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MoMagic Technologies Announces Strategic Partnership with MediaTek
In order to cater to the ever-increasing demands of Mobile VAS in the Indian market, MoMagic Technologies, a young Mobile VAS company in India has announced a strategic partnership with MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions Business Wire India

The India’s First Ever ‘ABO – Incompatible (Non-Matching Blood Groups) Kidney Transplantation’ using the ‘Immunoadsorption Technique’ Performed in Hyderabad Based Kamineni Hospital
-- While there are 2-3 lakh kidney failure patients in India, a meager 3000 patients go through kidney transplantation due to shortage of cadaver donors or non compatibility of living donors. -- It is estimated that an additional 1,500 live donor kidney transplants could be performed through this procedure each year in India. This marks a new chapter in treating renal failure Business Wire India India Partners with CREDAI Pune Metro’s Online Property Exhibition e-Profest
CREDAI Pune(Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India) has beckoned its landmark event, ‘e-Profest’; a virtual realty expo. After receiving tremendous response the previous year CREDAI Pune have decided to host the experience again this year Business Wire India

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