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Passport adalat at all passport offices on March 5: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said the next 'passport adalat' will be held on March 5 at all passport offices across the country. ANI

Libyan crisis: India seeks aircraft landing rights in Sehba
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Monday said that India had sought aircraft landing rights in Sehba in interior Libya, where over 1000 Indians have been stranded. ANI

N D Tiwari moves SC against paternity suit
Former Andhra Pradesh Governor and veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court's order to undergo a DNA test on a paternity suit filed by lawyer Rohit Shekhar, who is claiming to be his biological son. ANI

Pradeep Jain thanks FM for giving due importance to real estate sector
Commenting on the Union Budget 2011-12, Pradeep Jain, Chairman, Parsvnath Developers Limited on Monday thanked Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for giving due importance to the second largest employment generating sector of Indian Economy - real estate sector. ANI

Malkangiri court rejects bail application of Maoist Srinivasalu
A local court here on Monday rejected the bail application of Maoist Sriramulu Srinivasalu, one of the ultras whose release had been demanded by the abductors of Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna. ANI

Welfare oriented budget will help build economy's capacity: Prof. Agarwal
Professor J.D. Agarwal, noted economist and Chairman, Indian Institute of Finance reacting to the Union Budget 2011 presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, said It is a well balanced budget which will help building the capacity of the economy. ANI

Aarushi case: Ghaziabad court issues warrants against Talwars
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad on Monday issued bailable warrants against Dr. Rajesh Talwar and his wife Dr. Nupur Talwar in connection with the murder case of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. ANI

Kumari Selja welcomes exemption of customs duty for antiquities
Welcoming the exemption of customs duty for antiquities and works of art, Culture Minister Kumari Selja on Monday said that this will encourage more and more private, corporate and philanthropic organizations and individuals, to promote and popularize Indian art. ANI

CPCB told to file report on level of pollution in river Yamuna
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to file a report on the level of pollution in the river Yamuna within two weeks after examining the sample of its water. ANI

SC issues notice to Union Carbide Corporation, Dow Chemicals
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Union Carbide Corporation, Dow Chemicals and others on a plea filed by the Centre seeking enhancement of compensation to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy from Rs. 750 crore to 7,700 crore. ANI

Virbhadra Singh welcomes budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for MSME sector
Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Virbhadra Singh welcoming the General Budget 2011-12, on Monday said the budget allocation of Rs. 2700 crore for the micro, small and medium enterprises sector will spur growth and development. ANI

Jammu- Srinagar National Highway reopens
The Jammu- Srinagar highway, which connects Kashmir with the rest of the country, was reopened today, for vehicular traffic. ANI

BJP activists walkout of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly
Lawmakers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party and Jammu State Morcha boycotted Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra's address in the state assembly on Monday. ANI

India Inc terms General Budget to be 'positive' and 'growth-oriented'
Terming the General Budget 2011-12 to be 'positive' and 'growth-oriented', the leaders of the Indian industry appeared pleasingly amazed with the unchanged excise rate in major sectors. ANI

Security forces in Jharkhand's Nawadih area introduce community policing
Security forces in Nawadih, Jharkhand have introduced community-policing programme to tackle Maoists in the region. ANI

Fire breaks out in furniture warehouses in Thane
A fire broke out in furniture warehouses in Thane, Maharashtra, on Monday , causing huge losses. ANI

Budget provides Rs. 200 crore for environmental pollution remedy
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday proposed to allocate a sum of Rs. 200 crore from the National Clean Energy Fund as Centre's contribution in 2011-12 for launching environmental pollution remediation programmes. ANI

Ministers Group constituted to tackle corruption
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today emphasized on the need to improve governance through tackling corruption. ANI

Union budget is a missed opportunity: Greenpeace
Reacting to the Union Budget today, environment watchdog Greenpeace said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has not only missed a historical opportunity to ring in a concrete policy to address the soil health crisis but also failed to respond to the aspirations of the farmers in the country. ANI

Andhra Assembly adjourned over Telangana issue
The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was adjourned today without conducting business over the Telangna issue. ANI

Budget has brought no relief to 'Aam Admi', says Opposition
Asserting that nothing has been done to curtail inflation, the Opposition on Monday dubbed the General Budget 2011-12 to be directionless, saying it has brought no relief to the common man. ANI

New series of coins with rupee symbol to be issued soon
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that a new series of coins will be unveiled soon carrying the Rupee symbol. ANI

Five-fold strategy to deal with black money: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said the government has adopted a five-fold strategy to deal with the problem of generation and circulation of black money. ANI

Exit norms of the pension scheme "Swavalamban" will be relaxed
The exit norms of the co-contributory pension scheme "Swavalamban" have been relaxed. ANI

Balanced Budget will promote inclusive growth: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has complimented Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for presenting a good and balanced budget, saying that it will promote inclusive growth. ANI

Rs. 1000 tariff hotels to pay service tax
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that the hotel accommodation with declared tariff of over Rs. 1000 per day will have to pay the service tax with an abatement of 50 per cent. ANI

Higher incentives for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today announced various incentives for micro, small and medium enterprises while presenting this year's union budget. ANI

Scope of exemptions enlarged to improve storage of agricultural produce
In the General Budget 2011-12, the scope of exemptions to improve storage and warehouse, specialty for agricultural produce has been further enlarged. ANI

Two more Air India flight on their way to Libya to bring back stranded Indians
Two special Air India flights - AI 800 (Airbus 330) and AI 171 (Boeing 744) are on their way to Tripoli, where they arrive at mid-day today. They are likely to ferry back around 600 passengers later tonight. ANI

Libya evacuation in full swing: Vayalar Ravi
Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi has said all arrangements for the evacuation of stranded Indians in Libya are in place and is taking place in full swing. ANI

National Food Security Bill to be introduced in Parliament
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday announced that the National Food Security Bill (NFSB) will be introduced in the Parliament during the course of this year. ANI

Mukherjee allocates Rs.2,14,000 crore for infrastructure sector
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday proposed an allocation of Rs.2,14,000 crore for infrastructure sector, which is 23.3 percent higher than the current year. ANI

Manmohan Singh lauds Mukherjee, says budget meets economic challenges
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday praising Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the Union Budget meets all the challenges that the economy faces today including sustaining high growth rates. ANI

Foreign Direct Investment in India to be more user friendly
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that to make the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy more user friendly, all prior regulations and guidelines have been consolidated into one comprehensive document, which is reviewed every six months. ANI

International Award in memory of Rabindranath Tagore
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today announced that an international award with a prize money of Rs. One crore will be instituted for promoting values of Universal Brotherhood in the memory of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. ANI

Finance Minister promises to strengthen regional rural banks
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the regional rural banks will be strengthened to enable them to maintain a Capital to Risk Weighted Asset Ratio (CRAR) of at least nine per cent as on March 31. ANI

Mukherjee announces new tax concession to 'Aam Admi'
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday raised the income tax exemption limit for individuals from one lakh 60 thousand to one lakh 80 thousand rupees. ANI

India continues to face inflation, cause for concern: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said inflation continues to remain a concern, but exuded confidence that the monetary policy of Reserve Bank of India will lead to reduction in inflation numbers in the coming months. ANI

Highlights of Union Budget 2011-12 (Part-V)
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday presented the Union Budget 2011-12 in the Parliament. ANI

Highlights of Union Budget 2011-12 (Part-IV)
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday presented the Union Budget 2011-12 in the Parliament. ANI

Schools in West Bengal's Bankura district lack basic facilities
Two out of 10 state-run schools functioning in Bankura - a Maoist affected district of West Bengal, lack basic facilities. ANI

Highlights of Union Budget 2011-12 (Part-III)
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday presented the Union Budget 2011-12 in the Parliament. ANI

67 more Indians return from Libya
A third batch of 67 Indians arrived in Mumbai from Libya early on Monday morning. So far, over 550 Indians have returned from strife-torn Libya on special Air India flights, but thousands continue to remain stranded. ANI

Alahabad high court to resume hearing of Talwars' plea
The Allahabad High Court will resume the hearing of Nupur Talwar's plea challenging a Ghaziabad CBI court's order which made her and her husband, Rajesh Talwar, the main accused in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. ANI

Highlights of Union Budget 2011-12 (Part-II)
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday presented the Union Budget 2011-12 in the Parliament. ANI

Highlights of Union Budget 2011-12
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday presented the Union Budget 2011-12 in the Parliament. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee to present Union Budget in Parliament
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will present the Union Budget 2011-12 proposals in Parliament today. ANI

Union Budget 2011-12 Favourable for MSMEs: IndiaMART CEO Mr. Dinesh Agarwal
--Progress on GST commendable; look forward to speedy implementation --Appreciate allocation of Rs 5000 cr to SIDBI for refinancing incremental lending by banks to MSMEs; however, better increase was expected --Move to take rural broadband connectivity to all the 2 Business Wire India

A Play-it-Safe Budget with no Bold Reforms: Kiran Majumdar Shaw
Striving to augment growth in the face of rising inflation and falling investor confidence, India needed Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to deliver a 2G Union Budget – a bold statement from the UPA government that addressed Growth and Governance Business Wire India

Indian Innovator in US list of “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers”
Mr. Sai Kumar Rachuri, the Chief Information Office of Ohio Office of Budget and Management, a native of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh who hails from the family of reputed and renowned South India's Biggest retail store chain KALAMANDIR, wins the rare distinction by being named as one of the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” from Government Technology Magazine Business Wire India

Microsoft Launches Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail in India
Microsoft India today announced the launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, a focused offering for the Retail sector in India. This solution offers a consolidated, integrated system that promises the capabilities of a stronger profitable retail supply chain and connected retailing to significantly reduce business complexities Business Wire India

Update on Special Leave Petition in Supreme Court on Tuticorin Smelter
The Special Leave Petition filed in the Honourable Supreme Court of India against the Madras High Court Order wherein Interim Stay was granted vide Order dated October 1, 2010 was heard Business Wire India

Nirmal Datacomm becomes 'Cisco Learning Solution Partner'
In it's bid to become the most credible organization in the space of enterprise technology, technology skill and training, Nirmal Datacomm Pvt Ltd (NDPL) has achieved the accreditation of 'Cisco Learning Solution Partner'. The Cisco Learning Solution Partner (CLSP) is the highest level that Cisco authorizes to offer official technical, product, sales, and solutions training Business Wire India

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