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Singhvi calls for balance between judicial independence and accountability
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is also the chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee, which is examining the government's version of the Lokpal Bill, today stressed on the need to strike a balance between judicial independence and accountability. ANI

Ananth Kumar terms appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat a 'political vendetta'
Terming the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat to be a 'political vendetta', senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ananth Kumar on Tuesday said Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh should make a statement in the House protecting and safeguarding the country's federal structure. ANI

CD row upsets civil society activists
As the controversy over an alleged CD recording surfacing social activist Swami Agnivesh gains momentum, Supreme Court lawyer and civil society representative Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday termed it to be the tactics of the government to create a rift between veteran social activist Anna Hazare and his team. ANI

Bedi's speech does not constitute breach of privilege of Parliament: Kejriwal
RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption, today came out in defence of his fellow civil society activist Kiran Bedi and said her recent speech about lawmakers does not constitute breach of privilege of the Parliament. ANI

Maruti halts production at Manesar Plant over workers' issues
The crisis at India's top car maker Maruti Suzuki's Manesar Plant in Haryana further intensified on Tuesday when the management terminated more workers from its factory unit. ANI

Centre not involved in appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat
Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists staged a demonstration outside the Parliament to protest the appointment of Ombudsman in Gujarat, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid today said that as per his knowledge, the Governor of a State is supposed to consult Chief Justice rather then the state cabinet vis-…-vis the appointment of Lokayukta. ANI

Arunachal journalist denies political gamesmanship in state

India, Australia ink MoU on cooperation on mental health
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare India and the University of Melbourne signed an MOU on Tuesday here to collaborate on strengthening India's national community mental health system. ANI

Patil calls for channelising energies of country's youth on priority
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Tuesday said that greater priority should be given for channelising the energies of the country's youth for the welfare of humanity and for creating peace and harmony. ANI

GDP growth rate disappointing, says Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed disappointment over the slowdown in the country's GDP growth rate. ANI

Privilege notices row: 'Members of Parliament must show a large heart', says Prasad
A day after privilege notices were issued by Parliament against civil society activist Kiran Bedi and actor Om Puri for using 'derogatory and defamatory' language against politicians, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad urged lawmakers to have a large heart and forget about it. ANI

Advani to discuss Gujarat Lokayukta issue with President Patil
With the controversy surrounding the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat gaining momentum, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani terming it to be an attack on the democratic structure of the country, today said that he would soon meet President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the issue. ANI

Andhra HC issues notice to Govt, Qatar Airways for death of Indian woman in Muscat
The Andhra Pradesh High Court has issued a notice to Qatar Airways following a petition seeking compensation for the death of an Indian housemaid. ANI

Vice President Ansari greets nation on Ganesh Chaturthi
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has greeted the people of the country on the joyous occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. ANI

Vice President Ansari greets nation on Id-ul-fitr
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Tuesday greeted the people of the country ahead of Id-ul-fitr. ANI

Hazare's condition stable
Anna Hazare's health is improving and his blood pressure and heart rate are becoming stable, said Dr. Yatin Mehta of Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon, where the social activist has been admitted after he broke his fast on Sunday. ANI

BJP lawmakers stage dharna outside Parliament over Gujarat Lokayukta row
Bharatiya Janata Party (BLP) lawmakers on Tuesday sat on a dharna outside the Parliament complex, protesting against the appointment of R.A Mehta as Lokayukta in Gujarat without the consent of state Chief Minister Narendra Modi. ANI

DGCA to submit preliminary report on Kochi air mishap
An investigation team of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is on Tuesday expected to file a preliminary report on the causes behind a Gulf Air flight (GF 270) skidding off the Kochi Airport runway and geting stuck in mud on Monday. ANI

Family of hostage held by Somali pirates slams government
Family of N. Mohammad Nangi, hostage held by Somali pirates, has criticised the Central government of apathy in making efforts to rescue the victim. ANI

Chandigarh college batch mates of newly elected Nepal PM express happiness
Calling it a proud moment, batch mates of newly elected Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, an alumnus of Chandigarh College of Architecture in Chandigarh, expressed their happiness over his achievement. ANI

Madras HC stays death penalty of Rajiv killers', gives govt. eight weeks to respond
The Madras High Court on Tuesday stayed the death penalty of three assassins of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi after hearing their review petitions presented by eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani here. The court also asked the central government to explain within two months (eight weeks) why it delayed in carrying out the death sentences for over eleven years. ANI

Kashmir's Harud Literary Festival cancelled
Kashmir's Harud Literary Festival has been postponed by the organisers owing to a boycott by a few people, who have refused to allow other voices, including writers, poets and theatre people from the Valley and across India to enjoy the right to express themselves at the event. ANI

New study finds Cervical Cancer as the Largest Killer in Indian Women and Lung Cancer in Males in India
Recent disclosure by WHO, Cervical Cancer has emerged as the largest killer, surpassing breast cancer. Cervical cancer also emerged as a cancer having larger existence among the figures for both men and women put together Business Wire India

Cerma Creates Spin-Off Company Cermavein to Commercialise Steam Vein Sclerosis (SVS™) Technology in Varicose Vein Market
French emerging medical technology company CERMA, specialized in the development of innovative and minimally invasive devices in phlebology and oncology, announced today the creation of spin-off CERMAVEIN. CERMAVEIN was launched to expand commercialization of its proprietary Steam Vein Sclerosis (SVS™) technology for endovenous thermal ablation Business Wire India unveils its new TV Commercial titled “India Shops Online at”
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Aspect Brings Social Media into the Contact Center
Aspect, a leading provider of Microsoft platform solutions, today announced the availability of Aspect® Social Media Channel Integration to help businesses turn social media engagements into productive customer dialogues that create a positive experience and deliver significant business value Business Wire India

Managing Director of Metlife Addresses the New Management Batch at MAPS
Millennium Academy of Professional Studies (MAPS) promoted by Educomp Raffles Higher Education Ltd welcomed their Management batch at their New Delhi campus recently Business Wire India

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