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PM calls for appropriate utilisation of technology in oil exploration, refinery
Emphasising that the UPA Government has an enduring commitment to the development of Assam and the North East, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday said appropriate utilisation of technology in oil exploration and refinery will be of great importance for the country in the coming years. ANI

Delhi Conference wants more international aid to Least Developed Countries
The conference on Least Developed Countries organised here has underlined the need for stronger international commitment at highest political level to implement the agenda of Istanbul conference to be held in May. ANI

Lokayukta Hegde says better governance in India needs 90 percent voting
Lokayukta N Santhosh Hegde said here yesterday that a minimum of 90 percent voting by Indians is necessary for better governance and end all the malices in the country. . ANI

Naxal abducted officials safe in Orissa
The two professors (both from Andhra Pradesh), who were handpicked by the Maoists, to negotiate the release of Malkangiri District Collector R V Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi will hold discussions with the Orissa Government here on Saturday on the demands made by the ultras. ANI

Campaign against domestic violence in Delhi
Voicing her concern against domestic violence, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit on Saturday called for the emancipation of women, as she sked the general populace to value Indian women and keep them safe. ANI

Mumbai wishes Team India Good luck with messages on 100 feet long bat
Cricket fans in Mumbai, rooting for Team India to win the 2011 World Cup trophy, have showed their support by signing a 100 feet long bat. ANI

Malkangiri Collector abduction: Prisoner who Maoists want freed files bail plea
A prisoner named Srinivas Sriramulu, who is one among the seven people the Maoists want freed in return for Malkangiri District Collector R V Krishna, has filed a bail application in the district fast track court here on Saturday afternoon. ANI

Manmohan Singh promises priority for development of Assam, North East
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday said the development of Assam and the North East has always been one of the priorities of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre, and that a number of projects have been initiated for the development of Assam. ANI

Fans dedicate song to Sachin to cheer him for World Cup
First prayers and now a song composition, enthusiasts of cricket in India are doing anything to wish good luck to their heroes. ANI

Farmers' group abducts two government officials in Greater Noida
A farmers' group kidnapped two government officials in Greater Noida in protest against the arrest of two of their leaders. ANI

Each district to have a womens' police station in Kashmir
Many aspects of normal civilian life are compromised in Kashmir, as in any area of conflict. But in Kashmir, there is an overlay of this reality with another one; of women being treated with insensitivity, and in extreme cases- violence.There is an inherited tapestry of Kashmir's societal norms which are discriminatory, that are then exacerbated by the over two decades of conflict. ANI

Two Maoists arrested by Police in West Midnapore
West Bengal Police has taken into its custody two Maoists and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition. ANI

Man kills daughter's lover for family honour in Bijnor
In yet another case of honour killing, the family members of an upper-caste girl in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor District killed a boy of a Dalit family, with whom she was in a relationship. ANI

Malkangiri Collector kidnapping: Maoists extend deadline
Maoists have extended the two-day deadline indefinitely for the Orissa Government to meet their demands in return for the release of Malkangiri District Collector R V Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi. ANI

Will the improvement in Inian internal security scenario last?
The Indian government seems to be in the midst a paradigm shift in its internal security assessment and posture. This is quite visible from the tone and tenor of the considerable number of statements emanating from the corridors of power in New Delhi, especially with regard to Jammu and Kashmir and the Naxal- hit areas. ANI

Manmohan Singh directs CBI to act against Doordarshan DG, Lalli
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has directed reverting Doordarshan Director General Aruna Sharma to her parent cadre and also seeking explanation from her and the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati BS Lalli on the allegations made against them. ANI

Indian Army sentences Lt. General Sahni for three years imprisonment in scam
Lt. General Surendra K Sahni (retired) of Army Service Corps has been found guilty on six of the nine charges in the General Court Martial and sentenced to Cashiering and three years rigorous imprisonment in the dry ration scam. ANI

Corruption in high places in Army has dented its credibility: Antony
Describing honesty and loyalty as the basic traits of a soldier, Defence Minister AK Antony has accepted that some recent instances of corruption in high places in the Army have brought harm to its credibility and image. ANI

IIFL to embark on a Major Financial Literacy Drive, FLAME
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