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Annual conference of state minorities commissions concludes
The annual conference of state minorities commissions concluded here today at Vigyan Bhawan with a number of recommendations for improving the lot of minorities in the country. ANI

Opposition creating hysterical drama over WikiLeaks 'cash for votes' disclosure: Sharma
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Friday defended the Central government and criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for acting hysterically over the recent expose of classified US diplomatic cables by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. ANI

2G scam: Ex-Telecom Secretary Behura's bail plea rejected
A Delhi court on Friday dismissed the bail plea of former Telecom Secretary Siddharath Behura, arrested for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Deficiencies in policy-making, implementation: CAG's audit reports
Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Rekha Gupta, on Friday briefed about the audit reports on civil, scientific and revenue department. ANI

Indian Army is apolitical, says Army Chief
Commenting over a recent incident of a senior army officer praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Army Chief General V.K. Singh on Friday said that the armed forces' are 'apolitical'. ANI

Chief Election Commissioner declares modalities of election
Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Qureshi on Friday spelt out the limitations about expenditure to be incurred by the candidates in the ensuing polls to the legislatures of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, West Bengal and Assam. ANI

Mizoram annual plan 2011-12 finalized
The annual plan for Mizoram for the year 2011-12 was finalized here today at a meeting between Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla. ANI

Former French colony Mahe gears up for polls
Mahe, a small sleepy former French colony near the Kerala border, is all set to hold assembly elections on April 13. ANI

Maoist woman surrenders in Bhubaneshwar
A Maoist woman surrendered before police officials in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa on Friday. ANI

WB polls: Mamata allots 64 seats to Congress
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee, who released the list of 228 candidates for the upcoming West Bengal polls on Friday, allotted 64 seats to the Congress. ANI

Food Security: Inconceivable without agricultural growth
The Budget season is in full swing and allocations for various sectors being hotly debated upon both by policy makers and the public at large. ANI

Allahabad HC upholds CBI stand in Aarushi murder case
The Allahabad High Court on Friday rejected the plea filed by Noida-based dentist couple Dr. Rajesh and Dr. Talwar, challenging the bailable warrants issued against him and his wife, Dr. Nupur Talwar, by a Ghaziabad CBI court, which made them the main accused in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. ANI

Krishna visits Japanese Embassy in Delhi
External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna visited the Japanese Embassy here on Friday and offered his condolences to those killed in the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11. ANI

U.S. envoy declines to comment on WikiLeaks disclosure
U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, on Friday declined to comment on the WikiLeaks disclosure that indicated that the Congress had paid lawmakers to survive a vote of confidence in 2008. ANI

Kerala polls : CPI (M) reverses decision, fields Achuthanandan from Malampuzha
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which was under massive public pressure over its decision to drop Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan from contesting the April 13 Kerala Assembly polls, on Friday reversed its decision and declared that the 87-year-old warhorse will contest from his Malampuzha seat in Palakkad District. ANI

Hotels, resorts are being built in Kashmir to promote tourism
The Department of Tourism in Jammu and Kashmir has started building hotels and resorts along the 55-kilometre-long highway from Srinagar to Gulmarg to attract tourists. ANI

India should be careful when dealing with foreign countries: Antony
Commenting on the WikiLeaks disclosure that indicated that the Congress had paid lawmakers to survive a vote of confidence in 2008, Defence Minister A. K. Antony on Friday said India should be careful when dealing with foreign nations. ANI

PM rejects WikiLeaks expose, says claims are unverifiable
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday rejected outright the WikiLeaks revelations by asserting that the claims are unverifiable and should not be given dignity. ANI

Manmohan Singh pitches for nuclear safety
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that the tragic nuclear incident in Japan in the aftermath of the tsunami and earthquake should make revisit issues of nuclear safety and learn lessons from such experiences. ANI

India needs to deal with corruption: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that India needs to deal with the malice of corruption and improve governance in Asia's third-largest economy. ANI

Jat agitation continues, rail traffic in UP, Haryana in disarray
A large number of trains between Delhi and Lucknow remained cancelled as Jats decided to continue their agitation despite talks with Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram. ANI

WikiLeaks reveals US concerns over Mukherjee's appointment as Finance Minister
A day after WikiLeaks disclosure indicated that the Congress had paid lawmakers to survive a vote of confidence in Parliament in 2008, another Wikileaks exposure reveals Washington's interference in Indian political decisions. ANI

PM says he's not aware of any purchase of votes
Denying an allegation that lawmakers were bought during the July 22, 2008 vote of confidence in Parliament, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said he was not aware of any such transaction having taken place. ANI

Aarushi case: Allahabad HC to pronounce verdict on Talwar's plea
The Allahabad High Court will on Friday pronounce its judgement on a petition filed by Noida-based dentist Dr. Rajesh Talwar, challenging the bailable warrants issued against him and his wife, Dr. ANI

Webonise Lab Announces Jury for Indian Android Developer Contest
Webonise Lab, A pune based start in mobile and web app domain, launched Indian Android Developer Contest on 26th of January 2011. The contest was launched to encourage Indian app developers to develop applications that suits Indian Context Business Wire India

Delhi to Host the 1st Annual India and China Lithium-ion Technology Forum
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has indicated positive growth of 771.18 mobile telecom subscriptions in January 2011 with the percentage of rural subscribers growing into the urban marketshare. The rural markets picked up roughly a quarter percent. Combined, the total penetration of the mobile tele-density has reached 64.74% Business Wire India

DSIJ’s Investor Awareness Programmes now in Rajasthan
In celebration of its silver jubilee, Dalal Street Investment Journal, India's No 1 investment magazine, has embarked on a nationwide programme on educating the potential stock market investors on benefits of investing. DSIJ is organising Investor Awareness Programmes (IAP) across 29 cities covering 12 states. The IAPs kicked off in a big way from Punjab and Bihar in the first week of March Business Wire India

Religare Finvest Partners with IndiaMART.com to Offer Financing Solution to SMEs
-- Religare Finvest Limited (RFL) to bring innovative loan services for SMEs -- Focus on the need to bring better credit facilities to businesses Addressing the credit requirement of Indian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Religare Finvest Limited (RFL), lending arm & wholly owned subsidiary of Religare Enterprises Limited, has partnered with IndiaMART Business Wire India

Canon Launch First Brand Retail Outlet in Mumbai with the Inauguration of Canon Image Square
-- It will be the 2nd specialty brand store in the West for consumer digital imaging range -- Plans 100 stores in 2011 and increase the number of stores to 300 by 2013 -- Canon Image Square will provide opportunities for experiential buying to Mumbai consumers Canon India Pvt. Limited launched its first brand retail store ‘Canon Image Square’ in Mumbai and second in the Western region Business Wire India

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