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Batcha's death not a surprise to people knowing DMK's style of justice: Jayalalithaa
Commenting on the reported suicide of former Telecom Minister A Raja's aide Sadiq Batcha, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday hitting out at her political rival said this does not come as a surprise to people, who know the DMK's style of internal justice. ANI

Manmohan Singh briefed on safety of nuclear installations
In the wake of a nuclear crisis in Japan, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, was briefed on safety of nuclear installations in the country by top atomic scientists here on Wednesday. ANI

India issues two millionth UIDAI number using Morpho's technology
Morpho, a high-technology company that provides identification, today announced that its technology has enabled the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to issue its two millionth identification number under the Aadhaar program. ANI

President Patil inaugurates national festival of tribal dances
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday inaugurated 'Prakriti', the three-day national festival of tribal dances. ANI

India to take up turban issue with Italy
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna condemning the issue of golfer Amritinder Singh being asked to take off his turban at the Milan airport during security check, on Wednesday said the Indian Government strongly protests against such maltreatment and the sensitive matter will be taken up with Italy. ANI

IT notice to Gujarat Govt.: BJP says ploy by Centre
Commenting on the uproar inside the Rajya Sabha over Income Tax (I-T) Department's notice to the Gujarat Government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Tarun Vijay today said the tax probe was a ploy by the Central Government to hit back at the Opposition, as it had been spearheading the issue of black money stashed in foreign bank accounts. ANI

Asma Jahangir urges rivals India and Pakistan to bring common people closer
Terming India and Pakistan's exchange of views initiative or "people to people contact" as being meant for the privileged classes, Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir urged both governments to grant visas to the common people of the two countries. ANI

Farewell Jassal
Nobody quite tied his pagdi (turban) as perfectly as Raminder Jassal. Each pleat ran parallel and was tucked tight, and even at the end of a 12-hour workday, the pug was in place and he was ready to go on camera as if he had just tied his turban. ANI

Subramanian Swamy demands CBI probe into death of Raja's aide
Janata Party President and telecom scam petitioner Subramanian Swamy suspecting a foul play in the reported suicide of former Telecom Minister A Raja's aide Sadiq Batcha, on Wednesday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter. ANI

Bombay High Court satisfied with progress in Adarsh scam
Expressing satisfaction on the progress report submitted to it into the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is on the right track in its investigation. ANI

India to accord high priority to prevention of non communicable diseases
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that India has decided to accord high priority to the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). ANI

Delhi High Court asks DU college teachers to end strike
The Delhi High Court has asked the teachers of Delhi University's Kalindi College, who are on strike seeking action against the president of students' union, to either call off their stir or be ready to face contempt proceedings. ANI

India to take up detention of fishermen with Pakistan
India is expected to raise the issue of detention of fishermen ANI

EC has no power to ban subsidized rice scheme, rules Kerala High Court
The Kerala High Court today said the Election Commission (EC) has no power prima facie to interfere with the Government order to supply rice at Rs two a kg in the state, facing assembly polls on April 13. ANI

Need for early conclusion of investment promotion issue with Nigeria: Anand Sharma
New Delhi, Mar 16 Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma today expressed for an early conclusion of Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) with Nigeria. ANI

India keen on improving ties with neighbours, says Foreign Minister Krishna
Asserting that cross border terrorism continues to be a matter of concern, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Wednesday said India is pursuing a path of dialogue with Pakistan to reduce the trust deficit and resolve all outstanding issues in a spirit of openness. ANI

China safe from radiation leaking from reactors in Japan say officials
Officials in China have said that the country will not be affected by the wide dispersion of radiation from leaking reactors in Japan, in the next three days. ANI

Raja's close aide Sadhick Batcha found dead in Chennai
Tamil Nadu businessman, Sadhick Batcha, known for his close links to former Telecom Minister A Raja was found dead at his home in Chennai. ANI

Hostages rescued from Somali pirates say they were threatened, tortured
The hostages, who were rescued from the Somali pirates, speaking of their captivity on Wednesday said the pirates tortured the officers and threatened everyone with guns. ANI

Jats hint at withdrawal of stir by Thursday
The representatives of the Jat community after an hour-long meeting with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram over their demand for a quota in Central Government jobs on Wednesday hinted that they would withdraw their stir by Thursday. ANI

Maoists blast school building in Bihar's Gaya District
Armed Maoists blew up a state-run school building and a control room of a mobile tower at two different places in Bihar's Gaya District last night. ANI

BJP disrupts proceedings in Rajya Sabha over IT notice to Gujarat Govt.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held up proceedings inside the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday over Income Tax (I-T) Department's notice to the Gujarat Government seeking details on MoUs signed by the state during the recent 'Vibrant Gujarat Investors' Summit'. ANI

India sets up helpline for stranded Indian citizens in Japan
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday setup a helpline for stranded Indian citizens in Japan, following a massive tsunami that struck northeast Japan on Friday. ANI

Corruption becoming threat to India's economic development: Survey
Increasing cases of corruption in India are becoming a threat to the country's economy and will affect the nation's aim to gain over 9 percent growth, says a survey. ANI

India concerned over growth of piracy close to India's western seaboard
The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Annual Report for 2010-11 has expressed serious concern over the increased incidence of piracy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) . ANI

USS Decatur in Chennai on three-day visit
The U.S. Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) will make a three-day port visit to Chennai between March 16 and March 19. ANI

2G scam: Chargesheet to be filed against Raja by March 31
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today told the Supreme Court that a chargesheet will be filed against former Telecom Minister A. Raja in the 2G spectrum scam by March 31. ANI

2G scam: CBI questions Attorney General Vahanvati
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday questioned Attorney General G E Vahanvati in connection with 2G spectrum scam. ANI

2G scam: Supreme Court to take up CBI status report
The Supreme Court will take up the status report submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the massive 2G spectrum scam on Wednesday. ANI

Air India pilots defer proposed strike
Air India pilots have decided to defer their proposed strike till March 31following a move by the Civil Aviation Ministry to set up a three-member committee to examine the wage parity issue. ANI

Congress, Trinamool to hold another round of W. Bengal seat sharing talks
The Congress and Trinamool Congress (TMC) will hold another round of seat sharing talks for the forthcoming West Bengal Assembly polls. ANI

Chidambaram to hold talks with Jat leaders
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will hold talks with representatives of the agitating Jat Community to find a solution to their demand for jobs reservation. ANI

Israel Navy intercepts vessel smuggling illegal Iranian arms
The Government of Israel has confirmed intercepting and searching a merchant ship in which its naval forces discovered a cache of illegal Iranian arms intended for the use of terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. ANI

2011 India Development Marketplace: 30 Proposals short-listed
The 2011 India Development Marketplace (DM) has announced 30 finalists for the competition. (Please refer to Annexure-I for detailed list) The 30 short-listed proposals were selected from 264 entries submitted to the competition and aim to address major development needs in the Indian states of Bihar (33%), Orissa (33%) and Rajasthan (27%) Business Wire India

naseba’s Premier Platform for Procurement Heads is set to Kick Start on March 16th – 17th 2011
The Chief Procurement Officer Strategies Forum India, the latest addition to naseba’s CXO series of events will be held on March 17th – 18th 2011 from 9am onwards at the J.W. Marriott in Mumbai. 100 procurement leaders from top corporations in India will participate at this forum to learn, network and discuss strategies through top-level knowledge sharing Business Wire India

Ingenico and IL&FS ETS Launch Smart Card Based biometric Financial Inclusion Solution
Ingenico (Euronext : FR0000125346 ‐ ING), leading worldwide provider of payment solutions, has joined hands with Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Education Technology & Services Ltd.(IL&FS ETS), India's leading infrastructure development and finance company for the successful launch of Smart Card Based biometric Financial Inclusion solution Business Wire India

TripAdvisor Reveals India’s Top Family Friendly Hotels as Summer Vacation Time Approaches
TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest and most popular travel site, with more than 40 million monthly visitors, today announced the top 10 family friendly hotels in India. Park Hyatt Resort and Spa in Goa takes top honours’ for being family-friendly Business Wire India

Sir Partha Dasgupta Awarded US$300K Zayed Prize
Sir Partha Dasgupta of India was honoured with the US$300K Zayed International Prize for Environment, the world’s most valuable award for the environment, at a glittering function at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. HH Sheikh Mohammed presenting the Zayed Prize trophy to Sir Partha Dasgupta for his contributions to the environment Business Wire India

Yahoo! India R&D to Host ‘HACK U’ for IIT Kharagpur Students
Yahoo! India R&D will be hosting ‘HACK U’– the University Hack Day event for IIT Kharagpur students on campus between 17 and 20 March. Close to 250 students are expected to participate in this four day event of learning, hacking and fun, which is part of Yahoo!’s on-going commitment to nurture talent and innovation among today's student bodies Business Wire India

The Next Stop for India’s Metro Rail Expansion Programme
The metro rail project is spearheading the revolution of India’s transportation system, which is under pressure to meet the country’s rising population and urbanisation standard Business Wire India

element14 Introduces the Versatile Bourns Power Resistors Series across Asia Pacific
element14 (formerly Farnell), the industry’s first fusion of commerce and community supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals worldwide, today announced the addition of Bourns Power Resistor PWR221T-30 series to its inventory portfolio – the broadest range of electronic design centric products stocked in Asia Pacific Business Wire India

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