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Kanika Singhal wins Ucmass Competition
Seven year old Kanika Singhal of 1st Standard from St. Joseph’s Convent School wins Ucmass Competition Andhra News

India, Japan reaffirm support for EAS as a forum for dialogue

India, Japan condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
India and Japan has condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purpose. ANI

Rahul Gandhi slams Mayawati for misusing central funds
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati of misusing the funds granted by the Central Government for development of the region. ANI

Ahluwalia calls water most 'underpriced' resource
The Deputy Chairperson of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, on Wednesday said water is the most 'underpriced resource' of the country and called for setting up of a regulatory mechanism to ensure rational water use. ANI

Election Commission to keep tab on use of liquor, drugs during polls
The Chief Election Commissioner, S Y Quraishi, on Wednesday said there is a need to keep a tab on the use of liquor and drugs used by contestants to lure voters during the elections in Punjab. ANI

Russian court dismisses plea to ban Bhagvad Gita
A Russian court has turned down a petition that asked for a ban on a translated version of Bhagvad Gita. ANI

Ailing Anna calls off fast, threatens to campaign against Congress
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare broke his fast for a strong Lokpal Bill on Wednesday evening considering his failing health. ANI

Nitish Kumar opposes forcing of Constitutional amendment
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said Congress Party cannot force a constitutional amendment in Parliament. ANI

Indo-Japan ties a splendid example, says Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday said the India-Japan bilateral relationship is a splendid example of a successful and effective foreign policy working for the benefit of the people of the two countries. ANI

Yechury backs BJP stand on Constitutional amendment
Rajya Sabha member and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury, on Wednesday came out strongly in support of BJP stand on Constitutional status for Lokpal. ANI

Japan to strengthen Naval ties with India
In an endeavour to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two nations, Japan has decided to conduct a joint exercise with the Indian Navy. ANI

Ailing Anna to break his fast today
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is into the second day of his three-day fast for a strong Lokpal Bill, will break his fast this evening. He took this decision considering his failing health. ANI

Strengthening India Oman defence ties
Oman's Minister for Defence, Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi, arrived in India today to strengthen military ties with India. ANI

BJP accuses Congress of deviating from core issue of strong Lokpal
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assailed the Congress party-led Central Government for deviating from core issue of enacting a strong Lokpal Bill. ANI

Prashant Bhushan finds Lokpal Bill fragile
Supreme Court lawyer and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday called the Lokpal Bill passed by Lok Sabha fragile to combat rampant corruption in the country. ANI

Hazare supporters dissatisfied with Lokpal Bill
A day after Lokpal Bill was passed in Lok Sabha, supporters of veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday expressed their dissatisfaction over the present form of the Bill. ANI

Sonia asks Congress MPs to be present in Rajya Sabha
A day after the Central Government faced an embarrassment in Lok Sabha as it could not muster the requisite two-third majority for passing the bill that provides Constitutional status to Lokpal, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday asked her party MPs to be present in the Rajya Sabha during voting and debate on the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Himachal's Jaggery industry providing employment to people from UP
Jaggery production in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmour District is providing employment to the hundreds of labourers from the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Government hopeful of bringing Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha today
A day after Lokpal Bill was passed in Lok Sabha, the Government on Wednesday expressed confidence about bringing the legislation before the Rajya Sabha today. ANI

Kiran Bedi foresees a joint session of Parliament
Close aide of anti-graft crusader, Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi said the proposal for granting a constitutional status to Lokpal is a distraction and a diversionary tactic. ANI

Japanese PM gets ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan
A ceremonial reception was accorded to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here this morning. ANI

Will see model code of conduct is not violated in Uttar Pradesh: Poll official
Uttar Pradesh Chief Election Officer Umesh Sinha has said that post declaration of polls schedule, authorities would see that the model code of conduct is strictly implemented and followed in the state. ANI

Sonia says real face of BJP has come to the fore
Criticising the main opposition for not voting in favour of making Lokpal a Constitutional body, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said that the real face of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come to the fore. ANI

Resident doctors in Rajasthan resume work
Resident doctors who were on strike for the past seven days in support of in- service government doctors, resumed work on Wednesday. ANI

Khurshid happy with Lokpal Bill, disappointed as it failed to get Constitutional status
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid has expressed disappointment over the Constitution Amendment Bill on Lokpal failed in the Lok Sabha. ANI

Anna Hazare's health improves slightly, to continue fasting
The health condition of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who began a three-day fast for a strong Lokpal Bill at Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) ground here, today improved slightly and he has decided to continue his fast. ANI

Yashwant Sinha demands PM's resignation over passage of Lokpal Bill
Soon after the Lok Sabha passed the much-anticipated Lokpal Bill to create an anti-corruption body, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should immediately resign from his post and leave office as the manner in which the Bill was passed was incorrect. ANI

Sibal slams BJP for opposing Constitutional status to Lokpal Bill
Blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not allowing them to give Lokpal Bill Constitutional status, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said that it was due to former's opposition, the Bill could not get the desired status. ANI

Clingle Partners with Red Bull to Provide the Latest Updates from Sunburn Goa 2011
Clingle, the geo-social mobile app that enables users to send location based personal messages with a picture or video or “Clings,” has partnered with Red Bull to provide the latest updates from Sunburn Goa 2011. Clingle allows its users to send “Clings,” with texts and/ or pictures and/ or videos across people in their network to interactively capture check-in moments Business Wire India

BMW Group to Present Strategic Car Models at Auto Expo 2012
BMW Group will participate in Auto Expo 2012 with its two brands BMW and MINI exclusively at Hall No. 9. MINI will debut as a premium brand in India at Auto Expo 2012 with the launch of MINI, MINI Convertible and MINI Countryman exclusively at the MINI Pavilion. BMW India will unveil the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept study and launch the new BMW M5 in India Business Wire India

Online Home Loan Transfer Calculator Launched by for Customers to Save by Switching their Home Loan has launched an online home loan balance transfer calculator which instantly calculates how much you can save by switching your home loan. All you need to do is insert your existing home loan rate and prepayment charges and based on that it gives you instant quote of four other bank rates and tells you how much you can save Business Wire India

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