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Congress leaders advise defence personnel to remain apolitical
In the wake of Major General I S Singha lauding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leaders on Tuesday said that defence personnel, particularly those officers with flag and star status should be apolitical. ANI

All involved in CWG scam must be quizzed: Kalmadi
Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who was quizzed by the CBI for second time today in connection with alleged financial irregularities related to the sporting event, said he wasn't solely responsible for the decisions taken in regard with the Games and that all involved must be quizzed. ANI

CWG scam: Bhanot, Verma sent to judicial custody till Mar. 29
A Delhi court on Tuesday sent former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi's key aides Lalit Bhanot and V.K. Verma to Tihar Jail to 14 days judicial custody over charges of financial mismanagement in the organisation of the 2010 Games. ANI

India, Saskatchewan sign MoU on mineral resources
The Ministry of Mines and the Ministry of Energy and Resources of the Province of Saskatchewan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to establish a cooperation programme in the field of geology and mineral resources. ANI

AERB to reassess safety measures at Indian nuclear power plants
Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) today said it would carry out a comprehensive reassessment of safety and emergency mitigation measures at all the Indian nuclear power plants in the light of the crisis in Japan. ANI

Fake pilot scam: Govt. directs DGCA to probe all pilot licenses
Expressing concern over instances of use of fake documents to get pilot's licences, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday said an instruction has been issued to the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) to examine all the licences issued in the past and to establish a procedure for more detailed verification while issuing such licences. ANI

Manish Tiwari pulls up DGCA over fake pilot scam
Commenting on the recent detection of pilots for possessing fake CPLs (Commercial Pilot Licences) as qualified commanders, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari on Tuesday slammed the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for not being a stern regulator of the aviation sector. ANI

Empowerment of women will require a multi-pronged approach: President Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Tuesday said the dreams of a nation marching forward with equal contribution from both men and women cannot become a reality, till every woman in India, is touched by the refreshing winds of empowerment. ANI

Body of Naxal found during Dantewada search operation
Security forces found the body of a Naxal during a search operation in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, where a fierce encounter with the Naxals took place on Monday. ANI

CBI, ED submit progress report on 2G scam to SC
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) submitted their status reports on the 2G spectrum scam probe to the Supreme Court on Tuesday. ANI

Israel Navy uncovers weaponry onboard cargo vessel
The Israel Navy on Tuesday confirmed that its fighters had intercepted a cargo vessel "Victoria" loaded with various weaponry. ANI

Terrorists can target India's nuke plants: Minister
Minister of State for Home M.Ramachandran on Tuesday told members of the Lok Sabha that India's nuclear power plants could be targeted by terrorists. ANI

Exiled Tibetan Parliament wants Dalai Lama to stay
Some members of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile have reportedly pleaded with the Dalai Lama not to give up his political role, and have asked him to reconsider. ANI

Congress responsible for Gujarat Govt. IT inquiry: Minister
Gujarat's Minister of State for Industries, Saurabh Patel, on Tuesday, blamed the Congress party for an income tax inquiry on several investors who had signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the state government at this year's Vibrant Gujarat Summit (VGS). ANI

Opposition pulls up Govt. over WikiLeaks disclosures
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed heated arguments as the Opposition sought clarification from the government on a series of disclosures made by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Ski-mountaineering expedition held in Srinagar after 22 years
After 22 years, the Winter Games Association in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, organised a 20-day ski-mountaineering expedition. ANI

Nuclear catastrophe in Japan a wake up call for all: Jairam Ramesh
Terming the recent happenings in Japan to be a humanitarian tragedy, Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, on Tuesday said the nuclear catastrophe in Japan is a wake up call for India and all other nations. ANI

Indian Govt. mulling idea of having armed guards on merchant ships
The Indian Government is mulling over the idea of having armed escorts on merchant ships akin to those appointed in airlines in the wake of an increase in the number of attacks by Somali pirates. ANI

Jairam Ramesh assures safety measures for Jaitapur nuclear plant
In the wake of a nuclear crisis in Japan, Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, on Tuesday promised that additional safeguards would be put in place before giving environmental clearance to the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (JNPP) in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. ANI

MEA improving facilities for 'Kailash Mansarovar Yatra'
In an endeavor to make the 'Kailash Mansarovar Yatra' less arduous and more safe for the 'Yatris', the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which organizes the Yatra every year, has brought a change in the route through Narayan Ashram. ANI

Cabinet clears GST Amendment Bill
The Union Cabinet today approved the constitutional amendment bill to roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST). ANI

Cabinet approves establishment of MGIEP
The Union Cabinet today approved the establishment of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP). ANI

Radio collars removed from 12 Indian Tri-Valley students: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in response to a notice from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has informed that radio collars have been removed from 12 out of 18 students in Tri-Valley University in California, USA and the same are expected to be removed from the remaining students very soon. ANI

EU says responding to Japan quake, nuke plant situation
The European Union on Tuesday said that its Civil Protection coordination mechanism (MIC) is preparing to coordinate deployment of in-kind assistance and experts from Europe, as soon as the Japanese authorities request it. ANI

Govt. to constitute mechanism to monitor content on television
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Tuesday informed that the Government would soon announce a self-regulatory mechanism with representation from civil society to monitor content on television. ANI

Infosys asks employees to come back from quake-hit Japan
Against the backdrop of the earthquake cum tsunami, which struck northeast Japan on Friday, Infosys, India's second-largest software services exporter, on Tuesday advised all of its employees to return from that country following a rise in radiation levels. ANI

Uproar in Delhi Assembly over Chauhan tax raid issue
The Budget Session of Delhi Assembly began on a stormy note on Tuesday with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators demanding the resignation of PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan. ANI

Domestic action on climate change, India's strength: Ramesh
Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam ramesh, on Tuesday said that India's strength lay in encouraging domestic action against climate change. ANI

Fourteen year old Chennai girl becomes world's youngest CEO
Sindhuja Rajaraman, a 14-year old girl has become the world's youngest Chief Executive Officer (CEO). ANI

Six killed, 45 injured in Udhampur road accident
At least six persons were killed and 45 others got injured when an over-loaded matador skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur District on Tuesday. ANI

Jat agitation forces cancellation of 66 Lucknow trains
Northern Railway cancelled sixty-six trains on the Delhi-Moradabad section in the wake of a Jat community agitation taking a turn for the worse on Tuesday. ANI

Maoists destroy mobile tower in Bihar's Gaya District
Armed Maoists destroyed two mobile towers and burnt a generator room near the Dumaria police station in Bihar's Gaya District late last night. ANI

Bail plea of nine accused in Malegaon blasts rejected
The Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court today rejected the bail application of the nine accused arrested in connection with 2006 Malegaon blast case. ANI

North Korea ready to take part in six-party talks unconditionally
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday said that they are ready to join the six-party talks on nuclear disarmament unconditionally and wouldn't reject to discuss the issue of uranium enrichment in the talks, the official news agency KCNA reported. ANI

Eight BSF personnel killed in Assam ambush
At least eight Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and eight others injured in an ambush by the anti-talks faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland in Assam's Kokrajhar District last evening. ANI

Tamil Nadu polls: Monitoring cash flow is a great concern, says CEC
Ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S. Y. Quraishi has said the money seized in raids by the state election commission is only the tip of the iceberg. ANI

2G scam: CBI to submit progress report to Supreme Court
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will submit its progress report on the 2G scam probe before the Supreme Court today. ANI

Adarsh scam: CBI raids ex-BMC Commissioner's residence
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday raided the residences of former Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Jairaj Phatak in Delhi and Mumbai in connection with the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam. ANI

President cancels Thomas's appointment as CVC
President Pratibha Patil has cancelled the appointment of P.J. Thomas as Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) after the Supreme Court declared the appointment void on March 3 for his alleged involvement in a corruption case in Kerala in the 1990s.. ANI

Kashmir unrest: Omar Abdullah sanctions Rs 5 crore for 102 killed
In a written reply to the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has informed that his government has sanctioned Rs 5.10 crore for the next of kin of the 102 persons killed in last summer's unrest in the Kashmir Valley. ANI

Autodesk Announces AutoCAD for Mac Availability in India
Autodesk, Inc . a (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, today announced that the AutoCAD for Mac software will be commercially available in India. This version of AutoCAD , one of the most widely used software for professional design and engineering, runs natively on Mac OS X and will increase choice of hardware for the design fraternity in India Business Wire India

Bloomberg Expands Operations in India
Bloomberg L.P. officially opened its new office in Mumbai on Monday, more than tripling the size of its office to accommodate increased customer support for its growing customer base in India and an expanded news reporting operation that has doubled the number of its reporters in the last 2 years Business Wire India

Indusface Helps Secure India's First Online State Elections
Indusface - a leading end-to-end information security organization announced today that it would be assisting the State Election Commission, Government of Gujarat in securing its forthcoming online municipal elections to be held in the city of Gandhinagar, Gujarat state as part of its ongoing engagement with the government Business Wire India

Compuware Gomez Launches New Benchmarks for Indian Travel, Retail and Banking Industry
Compuware Corporation, an industry leader in enterprise software and IT services to build on the asset of comprehensive set of global web performance metrics introduces benchmarks for the Indian Travel, Retail and banking industry. These new benchmarks will provide Indian companies an unbiased view of the state of their web and mobile site performance Business Wire India

element14 Adds all-purpose Common Mode Line Filter from Würth Electronik to Product Portfolio
Business Wire India

DeskStream Wins Advantage AP Best Software Award for 2011
DeskStream, the Silicon Valley-based developer of the high-performance Dynamic Desktop as a Service (DaaS) over the Cloud. The awards were decided by the jury comprised of leaders from the industry, academia and VC communities Business Wire India

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