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President Patil inaugurates exhibition of innovations at Udyanotsav
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil inaugurated the exhibition of innovations at the ongoing Udyanotsav at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Monday. ANI

Nigerian Foreign Minister to visit India for four days
Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia will arrive India on a four-day visit beginning on Tuesday. ANI

K.V. Thomas calls for effective consumer dispute redressal machinery
Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Prof. K.V. Thomas has called for the effective functioning of consumer dispute redressal machinery in the country. ANI

India closely monitoring evolving situation in Bahrain
Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed on Monday said that India is closely monitoring the evolving situation in Bahrain. ANI

Three security personnel killed in Dantewada Naxal encounter
At least three security personnel are reported to have been killed and seven others injured in an encounter between the Naxals and the security forces in the Morpalli forests of Chhattisgarh's Dantewada District. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee's son joins Congress ahead of WB polls
As West Bengal gears up for the April-May Assembly polls, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee on Monday joined the Congress and is likely to be fielded as the party's candidate for the coming election. ANI

Somali pirates hijacked 174 merchant vessels in last 3 years: Antony
Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday informed that a total of 174 merchant vessels have been hijacked by Somali pirates in the last three years. ANI

Modi has qualities of successful Army commander: Major General Singha
General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General I S Singha of the Golden Katar Division on Monday said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has all the qualities of a successful Army commander, as he keeps deadline for completion of work, and ensures that target is achieved by the set time. ANI

Blast inside Congress head office in Guwahati
A low intensity blast took place inside the Congress head office here on Monday evening. ANI

IGNOU-KVS sign MoU for teachers training
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan (KVS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a national level programme of continuous training of KVS teachers. ANI

Subodh Kant Sahai calls for more thrust on domestic tourism
Asserting that the huge size of domestic tourism helps to sustain the industry irrespective of the variations in international travel, Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai on Monday called for more stress on domestic tourism. ANI

Philippines Foreign Minister to visit India for two days
Philippines Foreign Minister Albert F. del Rosario will arrive India on a two-day visit from Monday. ANI

IAF air warriors to have 3G connectivity for enhanced operational efficiency
Reaping payoffs of the AFNET (Air Force Network), the Indian Air Force (IAF) air warriors will henceforth, remain connected at all times by the IAF's exclusive Wideband CDMA-based 3G portable wireless network, to be operational in June this year. ANI

Six Maoists gunned down in Motihari
In a joint operation, police and paramilitary personnel gunned down half a dozen Maoists and also arrested ten others in Bihar's Motihari district on Monday. ANI

Manmohan Singh orders review of Indian nuclear plants safety system
Assuring the country that its atomic power generators were safe, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said an immediate technical review of India's atomic plants has been ordered to check if they can withstand the impact of large natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes. ANI

CBI grills Kalaignar MD in 2G scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday questioned the Managing Director (MD) of the Kalaignar TV channel, Sharad Kumar, in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Sikh community prays for tsunami victims
Members of Sikh community gathered in large numbers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday to offer special prayers for the victims of tsunami that struck northeast Japan on Friday. ANI

1,704-meter-long noodle from China is world's longest
China has made a new Guinness World Record by coming up with the longest handmade noodle. ANI

Indian security agencies making astonishing demands: Blackberry maker
A top executive of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. said Indian security agencies are making "rather astonishing" demands for increased powers to monitor e-mail and other data traffic, raising serious privacy issues that threaten to harm the country's reputation with foreign investors. ANI

Thiruvananthapuram court allows further probe into Palmolein oil scam
A vigilance court in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday allowed a plea from the prosecution to further investigate the 2000 palmolein import graft case. ANI

Indian student murder: Govt. should take firm action, says BJP
Condemning last week's murder of a female Indian student in Australia, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Monday said the incident has created a sense of insecurity among Indians staying in that country, and added that the government ought to take a firm action in this regard. ANI

Parliament pays homage to Japan quake, tsunami victims
Both Houses of Parliament on Monday paid homage to the thousands of people killed in Friday's devastating earthquake-cum- tsunami in northeast Japan. ANI

Uttar Pradesh residents celebrate 'Laddoo Holi'
The tossing of laddoos at each other marked holi revelries in Uttar Pradesh's Barsana town. ANI

India in touch with quake-hit Japan
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has said that the government is in touch with Tokyo and will provide all suitable help and relief to survivors of the massive earthquake cum tsunami in northeast Japan. ANI

Murder of Indian student in Australia unfortunate: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has termed the rape and murder of a 24-year-old Indian student in Australia as unfortunate, and said that the government is closely monitoring the case to ensure that justice is done. ANI

Oz Govt.condemns murder of Indian in Sydney
The Australian High Commission on Monday extended its sincere condolences to the family and friends of 24-year-old Indian student Tosha Thakkar who was murdered in Sydney last week. ANI

Trinamool Congress to use internet campaign during West Bengal polls
In an endeavor to give a hi-tech touch to the party's poll campaign and to appeal to the young generation, Trinamool Congress has roped in IT wizard and co-founder of Hotmail, Sabeer Bhatia, for better internet campaign for the April-May West Bengal Assembly polls. ANI

India's inflation rises to 8.31 per cent
The inflation has risen to 8.31 percent for the month ended February from 8.23 per cent in the previous month. ANI

ND Tiwari will have to undergo DNA test
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the Delhi High Court order asking former Andhra Pradesh Governor and veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari to undergo DNA test in a paternity case filed by lawyer Rohit Shekhar, who is claiming to be his biological son. ANI

Indian Navy intercepts pirate's ship, nabs 61 pirates
The Indian Navy on Monday intercepted a pirate mother ship Vega 5, 600 nautical miles off the country's west coast and arrested 61 pirates. ANI

Nuclear plants in India are safe, assures Nuclear Power Corporation
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has said that nuclear plants in India are safe but a safety review would be carried following the massive earthquake in Japan. ANI

ANI had published a report with the headline: "PAK COUNCIL PROTESTS USE OF PADDED BRAS BY MUSLIM WOMEN: REPORT" on March 12, 2011. ANI

Dalai Lama to submit resignation as political leader to Tibetan Parliament
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is expected to submit his resignation as the political head to Tibetan Parliament in exile. ANI

Frequent Maoist shutdowns have West Bengal transport industry in a spin
Frequent shutdowns called by the Maoists is severely affecting the transport business in West Bengal's Midnapore region. ANI

Six Naxals killed in encounter in Bihar
At least six Maoists were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Darmaha village in Bihar's Champaran District on Monday. ANI

Indian Navy seizes pirate's ship
Sixty-one pirates have been captured and thirteen hostages rescued from a hijacked pirate mother vessel 600 nautical miles west of the Indian coast in the Arabian Sea on Monday. ANI

Cooper Corporation Pvt. Ltd. launches its revolutionary new Engines in technical collaboration with Ricardo, UK
Cooper Corporation , a prominent global OEM supplier in a variety of engine components has announced its latest technical collaboration with Ricardo UK, to launch its new line of cutting edge Cooper engines Business Wire India

Saviance Technologies Announces Major Client Wins for Innovative Alumni Management and Collaboration Platform ‘Viburnix’
Saviance Technologies, an IT Consultancy and Cloud Software Solutions company today announced new client wins for ‘Viburnix’, an Integrated Alumni Management & Collaboration Solution Business Wire India

Chronic Care Foundation & Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Organizes Parent Awareness Camp on Kidney Diseases in Children
Chronic kidney diseases are one of the most important non-communicable disease epidemics in the world, including India Business Wire India

AGC Networks Introduces Contact Center Solutions in Compliance with Global Information Security Standard PCI-DSS
AGC Networks, India’s leading enterprise communication solution integrator has taken a significant step forward in its Contact Center solutions business by becoming a recipient of the worldwide information security standard certification-PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) for its IVR-Payment gateway integration Business Wire India

Punjab National Bank Standardises IT Infrastructure on Infosys and Oracle
News Facts -- Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s second largest public sector bank, has become the world’s largest site for Infosys’s FinacleTM Universal Banking Solution running on Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise Servers and Oracle Solaris Business Wire India

BoardMarks Education on an Expansion Spree: Launched their Website
Education specialist, BoardMarks, has launched a new dynamic website, showcasing its asset for students, teachers and partners. The website includes all the details and provides accessible information for them. BoardMarks driven by one and only one Source: the student Business Wire India

TERI Acquires WIPRO’s Supercomputer to enhance Climate Modeling Capabilities
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as a premier institute working on climate change issues has acquired the latest state-of-the-art supercomputer from WIPRO, to address the gaps and develop a better understanding of climate variability and climate change at different spatial and temporal scales Business Wire India

Role of Project Management in Operational and Business Excellence Highlighted at PML 2011
QAI, the world's leading workforce development and consulting firm addressing Operational Excellence in IT, BPO and knowledge intensive service organizations, announced its 6th Annual International Project Management Leadership Conference (PML) 2011 to be held in Bangalore on March 24th and 25th, 2011 at Hotel Le Meridien Business Wire India

Chintels unveils it First Development Project ‘Chintels Paradiso’
-- First phase of its 300 acres township project in New Gurgaon -- Proximity of 0 Kilometers from Delhi and only 3 minutes drive from IGI airport Chintels India Ltd Business Wire India

Red Hot Web Gems Rolls Out Personalized Wedding Website for Engaged Couples
The latest addition to the portfolio of wedding allied portals under the canopy of Red Hot Web Gems (RHWG) is – share your story with a free wedding website. The site enables the newly engaged couples to create personalized wedding websites, which have become a rage all over Business Wire India

HOV Services and SourceCORP Agree to Merge
HOV Services Limited. (NSE: HOVS and BSE: 532761), end-to-end global BPO and services company providing Healthcare, Finance and Accounting, E-Content Management, Presentment and HRO services, announced today that an agreement has been entered into to combine its indirect subsidiary HOV Services LLC (“HOV Services”) with SOURCECORP, Inc Business Wire India

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