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NRHM aims to increase public expenditure in health sector: Azad
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that one of the key goals of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is to increase the public expenditure in health sector. ANI

Antony inaugurates DRDO's composite propellant processing facility at Nasik
Defence Minister AK Antony inaugurated the DRDO's state-of-the-art composite propellant processing facility - ACEM (Advanced Centre for Energetic Materials) here today and dedicated the facility to the nation. ANI

PM never approached opposition on Lokpal Bill: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that an economist Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has failed to control price rise, check corruption and take the opposition along on vital issues like the Lokpal Bill. ANI

India, Pakistan working on dates for ministerial level talks
Pakistan has reportedly proposed two separate dates for next month's foreign minister level talks to be held in New Delhi. ANI

Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 begins
The first ever post independence Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 to identify people living Below Poverty Line (BPL) began on Wednesday from Sankhola village of Hazemara block in West Tripura District. ANI

CWG scam: CBI grills BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday questioned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudhanshu Mittal in connection with the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) overlays scam. ANI

Rahul Gandhi slams Mayawati Govt. over death of minor girl in Lakhimpur
Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh): Asserting that there is no hope for justice in the Mayawati regime, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday criticized the Uttar Pradesh Government over the murder of a minor girl in Lakhimpur District. ANI

Team Anna seeks support of Communist Party over Lokpal Bill
Describing the meeting with Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat as positive, social activists Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi on Wednesday said that Karat agreed on several points with the civil society members over the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Mamata Banerjee welcomes SC order on Singur land case
Welcoming the Supreme Court's interim order on the Singur land case, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said the apex court did not stop land survey and the "process of distribution of land". ANI

Free meals at Shirdi in memory of elders or birthdays of children
The ISO certified Prasadalaya at Shirdi, which is managed by the Shree Saibaba Sansthan Trust has promoted a practice of providing free meals to devotees on occasions such as the memory of an elder or the birthday of children. ANI

Cabinet reshuffle exercise 'a work in progress': Manmohan Singh
Responding to a question on the possibility of a reshuffle in his Cabinet, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said it was a work in progress, but refused to divulge the details. ANI

Manmohan Singh open to Rahul Gandhi becoming PM
Commenting on statements from party functionaries that Rahul Gandhi should now become the Prime Minister of the country, a confident Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh stated today that the Congress High Command had entrusted him with his current job and he agreed with the general proposition that younger people should take over. ANI

Shirdi's Prasadalaya achieves a first, using solar energy to make meals for d3 evotees
With an increasing focus on protecting the environment from the ravages of climate change, and promotion of alternative energies such as solar energy etc., the Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar District is taking the lead in this regard through its food service. ANI

Bugging row: 'It is a closed chapter now', says Manmohan Singh
Commenting on the suspected bugging at Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's office, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said it is a closed chapter now, as he had ordered the Intelligence Bureau to investigate after receiving the complaint. ANI

PM terms crackdown against Ramdev's supporters unfortunate
Terming the police crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and thousands of his supporters at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan last month to be unfortunate, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said there was no alternative. ANI

'I have no hesitation in bringing myself under Lokpal purview': Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said that he is ready to come under the Lokpal Bill ambit, but added that his cabinet colleagues feel that it will create instability. ANI

Chennai gets its first e-challan traffic signal system
Tamil Nadu gets it first e-challan (electronic challan) traffic signal system at the state capital, Chennai. ANI

Supreme Court stays return of Singur land to displaced farmers on Tata petition
The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the return of Singur land to the farmers by the West Bengal government. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee congratulates new IMF MD Christine Lagarde
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated Christine Lagarde on her appointment as the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ANI

Second batch of 2,185 pilgrims leave for Amarnath
The second batch of 2,185 devotees left the Jammu base camp for the Amarnath Yatra on Wednesday morning amidst tight security. ANI

Uma Bharti criticises Mukherjee for justifying fuel price hike
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti has criticised Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for justifying the recent fuel price hike. ANI

Farooq Abdullah slams OIC for terming Kashmir as occupied
Reacting strongly to Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), a league of 57 Muslim nations, referring to Jammu and Kashmir as an "occupied" territory, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah has said that OIC has no jurisdiction over Kashmir and should first set its home in order. ANI

Top Eight Colleges from Mumbai Regional Competition, qualify for SIFE India National Competition 2011
Students in Free Enterprise India (SIFE India), a part of SIFE International, a non-profit organisation operating in 39 countries globally, today announced the names of top eight qualifying colleges from SIFE India Mumbai Regional Competition, held at Hotel Intercontinental, The Lalit, Mumbai. The eight colleges, namely, Army Institute of Management – Kolkata, D.Y. Patil University - Dept Business Wire India Launches “Fly & Win” in Association with Delhi Duty Free, India's leading travel search engine, has announced “Fly & Win”, a special promotion in association with Delhi Duty Free Services Pvt. Ltd (DDFS), India’s largest duty-free retail space at T3 at IGI Airport in New Delhi, more details about which are available at www.facebook Business Wire India

GROHE design team named “red dot: design team of the year”
This year, the GROHE design team headed by Paul Flowers has been named “reddot: design team of the year 2011”, thereby joining an elite circle of such renowned award winners as Bose, BMW, adidas, Apple, Sony and Audi. The “reddot: design team of the year” title is a unique accolade and one of the most coveted awards in the global design community Business Wire India

CEOs Target Employee Performance to Achieve Bullish Growth in 2011: report by Hay Group
-- CEOs’ growth targets outstrip economic forecasts -- Firms will therefore demand 7.3 per cent more productivity from workers -- Business leaders to ask more from stretched workforces CEOs have set bullish growth targets for 2011, and are demanding significant increases in workforce productivity to meet them, according to new research from global management consultancy Hay Group Business Wire India

India's One97 invests in LeapSky Wireless of Singapore
LeapSky Wireless (LEAPSKY), a Singapore based organization which provides easy-to-use 3G/Wifi based mobile data services using patent pending ‘Identity Management’ Technology, has closed a significant round of funding with One97 Communications Limited, a leading provider of telecom applications and services in emerging markets Business Wire India

DIGIT – India’s New English Monthlies Growth Leader
DIGIT is India’s best-read technology magazine, according to the Indian Readership Survey 2011 – Q1 published yesterday. The respected survey shows DIGIT achieved the fastest growth among top 10 English monthlies in India across all domains. DIGIT’s readership has increased 30% to 221,000 readers, taking it to 9th position among all monthly English magazines Business Wire India

SeaChanger Nemo Expands Professional Lighting Line
The SeaChanger Nemo product line is designed with a LIFI® plasma light source, delivering energy-efficient, high intensity lighting for professional installations. The Nemo family includes a dichroic colour changing option that provides unlimited colour mixing with a 10,000 lumen output on only 320 watts of power Business Wire India

Bio-Chem Fluidics Educates Customers with New Applications Blog
To increase knowledge and creativity among its customer base of design engineers, Bio-Chem Fluidics has launched its Technology and Applications Blog. Customers can visit the blog at The new blog features technical articles to deepen readers’ understanding of its line of valves and micro-pumps Business Wire India

pinkWhale Healthcare Launches Medical Second Opinion Services in Infertility and Women’s Health
pinkWhale Healthcare Services Pvt. Ltd. announced today the launch of special promotional offer where users can join the program for a chance to win cool prizes! About pinkWhale Healthcare Services Pvt. Ltd. pinkWhale Healthcare Services is an e-Health company offering integrated online and telephone based personal healthcare services Business Wire India

First ever Machinery & Industrial Supplies(MIS) Fair, India to be jointly hosted by Global Sources &
Global Sources (NASDAQ: GSOL), a trade show specialist, in association with are scheduled to jointly host the Global Sources Machinery & Industrial Supplies Fair (MIS Fair) at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from November 23 to 25 Business Wire India

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