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U.S. envoy engages with Kashmiris in J-K
U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, who is currently on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, is interacting with a cross-section of leaders, students, and youth of the state. ANI

WikiLeaks expose on 2008 cash-for-votes scam not 'concocted': Varadarajan
Reacting on the latest expose by whistle blowing website WikiLeaks that the Congress party had paid huge sums of money to lawmakers to win a confidence vote in Parliament in 2008, Siddharth Varadarajan, Strategic Affairs Editor of 'The Hindu', on Thursday said the report could not be a 'concocted' allegation. ANI

Bahrain assures safety of Indian nationals
The Ambassador of India to Bahrain, Mohan Kumar, called on Prime Minister H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa today, who assured him that the Bahraini authorities will do everything in their power to ensure the safety and security of Indians living in the country. ANI

WikiLeaks disclosure: 'I have not witnessed anything', says Kapur
Nachiketa Kapur, who is in the eye of a storm after WikiLeaks cables claimed that he was involved in paying-off lawmakers to ensure the victory of the UPA Government during the 2008 trust vote in the Parliament, on Thursday denying all the information said that he did not witness anything. ANI

Manmohan Singh visits Japanese Embassy in Delhi
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, visited the Japanese Embassy here on Thursday and offered his condolences to those killed in the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11. ANI

Tamil Nadu polls: Karunanidhi to contest from Tiruvarur
Chief Minister and Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi will contest the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls from Tiruvarur. ANI

Batcha's death due to asphyxia, says doctor
The doctor, who performed autopsy on the body of Sadiq Batcha, a close associate of former Telecom Minister A Raja, on Thursday said that he died due to asphyxia. ANI

Congress slams Opposition, says whole world has rejected WikiLeaks reports
With the Opposition targeting the UPA Government over a WikiLeaks disclosure that indicated that the Congress paid lawmakers to survive a vote of confidence in 2008, Congress leader Rajeev Shukla criticizing the Opposition for disrupting the Parliament on Thursday said the whole world has rejected the WikiLeaks reports. ANI

US envoy meets Omar Abdullah during J-K visit
The United States Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, called on Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here on Thursday during his two-day visit to the state. ANI

Lalgarh killings: SC rejects WB Govt.'s plea against CBI probe
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the West Bengal Government's plea against a Calcutta High Court order for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the January 7 killings in Lalgarh's Netai village. ANI

Greenpeace welcomes China's move to suspend nuke plant approval
Greenpeace has welcomed an announcement by the State Council in China to temporarily suspend approval for nuclear plants. ANI

2G scam: Judicial custody of Raja, three others extended till Mar. 31
A Delhi court on Thursday extended the judicial custody of former Telecom Minister A Raja and three other accused in the 2G spectrum case till March 31. ANI

WikiLeaks disclosure: Allegations totally baseless, says Sharma
Congress MP Satish Sharma, who is in the eye of a storm after WikiLeaks cables claimed that he had played a role in paying-off lawmakers to ensure the victory of the UPA Government during the 2008 trust vote in the Parliament, on Thursday said the allegation was baseless since Nachiketa Kapur was never his political aide. ANI

WikiLeaks disclosure: PM must take responsibility, resign, says Advani
Demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, over a WikiLeaks disclosure that indicated that the Congress paid lawmakers to survive a vote of confidence in 2008, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani today said Singh has no moral authority to lead the government ANI

Germany tops higher education survey by British Council
According to a British Council survey, Germany comes first in an international league table of higher education, ahead of Australia, the United Kingdom and China. ANI

India continuously monitoring situation in quake-hit Japan
India is continuously monitoring the situation in Japan, in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11. ANI

India second in terms of manufacturing competitiveness: Anand Sharma
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma today said that in terms of manufacturing competitiveness, India is ranked second in the world. ANI

Narayanan refutes reports of differences with Prime Minister
Former National Security Adviser MK Narayanan has refuted reports that there was a difference of opinion between him and the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on India's relationship with Pakistan in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

Black money case: Hasan Ali in ED custody for four more days
The Supreme Court granted a four-day custody of Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks, to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday. ANI

Chidambaram concerned over drug addiction among youth
Expressing concern over the growing drug addiction among the youth, Union Home Minister P. Chidamabaram today said India has turned into a big market of narcotics. ANI

Gender equality, advancement of women critical for development: Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday said gender equality and advancement of women, is one of the most critical aspects of development in all parts of the world, as in India. ANI

Ajit Singh denies charges of getting cash for votes
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh today denied allegations that his party was bribed to vote for the Congress-led UPA Government in the 2008 confidence vote. ANI

2G scam: Swamy to appear before Delhi court on Mar. 25
In light of the Supreme Court's direction for setting up a special court to deal with cases relating to 2G spectrum scam in view of the magnitude of the offence, a Delhi court on Thursday marked the file to the District Judge and asked Janata Party President and telecom scam petitioner Subramanian Swamy to appear before it. ANI

Wikileaks should help evolve consensus on core issues of security
The whistle blowing web site Wikileaks has once again gained centre stage in our parliamentary politics. The recent expose has got the opposition baying for the blood of the UPA Government on the issue of a "US tilt' in the cabinet reshuffle of 2006 and allegations of payoffs during the confidence vote in the Parliament on the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008 ANI

WikiLeaks expose: US embassy refuses to comment
The Embassy of the United States on Thursday refused to comment on reported WikiLeaks disclosures that quoted one of its officials as saying that the Congress party had paid huge sums of money to lawmakers to win a confidence vote in parliament in 2008. ANI

Pranab defends PM, says can't confirm, deny WikiLeaks disclosures
Defending the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on the latest WikiLeaks disclosures that indicated that the Congress had paid lawmakers to survive a vote of confidence in 2008, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that it is not possible for the government to either confirm or deny the contents of the cables. ANI

Black money case: ED moves Supreme Court seeking Hasan Ali's remand
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday approached the Supreme Court and challenged the refusal of its plea against the Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks. ANI

17 killed in Maharashtra bus accident
At least seventeen pilgrims were killed and 28 others injured when a bus carrying them fell off a bridge in Maharashtra's Buldana District today. ANI

Parliament adjourned over WikiLeaks disclosures
Both Houses of Parliament adjourned till noon on Thursday after the Opposition slammed the UPA Government over a WikiLeaks disclosures that indicated that Congress paid lawmakers to survive a vote of confidence in 2008. ANI

WikiLeaks exposes UPA's cash for vote deal
A set of India-related diplomatic cables on the Indo-US nuclear deal released by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, claims that an aide of Congress leader Satish Sharma had told a US diplomat that the party had paid crores to several lawmakers to ensure that they voted for the deal in Parliament. ANI

WB polls seat sharing: Mamata sets deadline for Congress
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has now set Thursday evening deadline for the Congress to reach a seat sharing agreement for the forthcoming West Bengal State Assembly polls. ANI

Sadiq Batcha's death: Post-mortem report today
The post-mortem report of Sadiq Batcha, a close associate of former Telecom Minister A Raja, will be released today. ANI

Nomination for first phase of Assam polls ends today
The filing of nominations for the first phase of Assam Assembly elections closes today. ANI

Blow-by-blow account of how US pressure on Pakistan led to release of Raymond Davis
The United States' pressure on Pakistan to release double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis has finally paid off as the US official was freed on Wednesday, reportedly after weeks of secret negotiations between officials of both countries and in lieu of diyat (blood money) of millions of dollars. ANI

GE Healthcare Plans Big Leaps in Cardiac Care with Small, Affordable Innovative Solutions from India
GE Healthcare unveiled today two advanced, cardiac care solutions designed and developed in India for India with an aim to help provide better, affordable early cardiac diagnosis for more people. These innovations – GE MAC 600 and GE VIVID P3 reinforces GE”s healthymagination commitment to provide better healthcare for more people in India and around the world at affordable costs Business Wire India

element14 Community Provides real-time Updates and an Information Resource on Supply Chain Impact of the Japanese Emergency
Following the recent terrible events in Japan, and the uncertain impact on the electronics supply chain www.element14.com/japanemergency Business Wire India

Eye Care – The Next Big Thing in Kerala’s Medical Travel Industry
Medical travel industry in Kerala is all set to broaden its scope through micro cataract surgery and support services for cataract patients. It is considered as the next big thing after Ayurveda and dentistry in the domain of medical travel in Kerala. Micro Cataract Surgery is gaining the attention of cataract patients Business Wire India

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