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Resignation of doctor nothing to do with Batcha's death: VK Subburaj
Commenting on the resignation of Dr. V Dekal, who conducted autopsy on the body of former Telecom Minister A Raja's aide Sadiq Batcha, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary, VK Subburaj, on Monday said the resignation has nothing to do with the case. ANI

Vice President Ansari releases "Bismillah Khan: The Maestro from Benaras"
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released a book entitled "Bismillah Khan: The Maestro from Benaras" based on the life of music legend late Ustad Bismillah Khan authored by Juhi Sinha at a function here today to celebrate his birth anniversary. ANI

Black money case: SC extends Hasan Ali's custody
The Supreme Court on Monday extended the custody of Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks, with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) by three more days. ANI

WB polls: EC to visit Kolkata to review poll preparedness
New Delhi, Mar 21 (AN): The full bench of the Election Commission (EC) will on Tuesday visit Kolkata for two days to review the assembly election preparedness in West Bengal. ANI

Court sets aside EC order on rice scheme in poll-bound Kerala
The Kerala High Court on Monday allowed the state government to give rice to all ration card holders at Rs. 2 per kg and set aside curbs imposed by the Election Commission (EC) on the scheme ahead of the April 13 assembly polls. ANI

'We must finish de-greening before starting greening projects': Jairam Ramesh
Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Monday said that we must finish de-greening before we start greening projects. ANI

Indian Govt., World Bank sign agreement for watershed project in Uttarakhand
The Government of India and the World Bank signed agreements amounting to IDA credit of 7.98 million dollars additional finance for the Uttarakhand Decentralized Watershed Development Project which will support the ongoing watershed development Project in Uttarakhand. ANI

Govt. declares Dr. Ambedkar Birthday as holiday
The Government has decided to declare April 14 as a closed holiday on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar for all central government offices, including industrial establishments throughout India. ANI

Protesting Jats threaten to block Delhi-Ambala rail route
The Jats, who have been demanding 27 per cent reservation in Central jobs under the OBC category, on Monday threatened to block the Delhi-Ambala rail route if their demand was not met by March 25. ANI

Delhi CM Dikshit to present annual budget tomorrow
The annual budget to be presented by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit here on Tuesday is expected to focus on the social sector and provide relief to the common man, who is struggling to cope up with the pressure of price rise. ANI

Yeddyurappa-led delegation meets PM, demands special status for Hyderabad-Karnataka
An all-party delegation from Karnataka led by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, here on Monday to demand special status for the Hyderabad-Karnataka area. ANI

CBI prays for abetment to suicide in Rizwanur case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) prayed for slapping abetment to suicide charge against industrialist Ashok Todi and other accused before a city court here on Monday in connection with the murder case of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman in September 2007. ANI

Keralites hail CM Achutanandan's decision to contest polls
Residents of Kerala's Palakkad District have welcomed Chief Minister VS Achutanandan's decision to contest the upcoming assembly polls. ANI

Girls still bearing the brunt of patriarchy?
Living in one of the larger towns of Bihar, change in the world outside does not become immediately apparent, especially if it is to do with perceptions about women. ANI

AIADMK releases list of 160 candidates for TN polls
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief J. Jayalalithaa has announced the names of her party's 160 candidates for the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls. ANI

Minor quake hits J-K, no damage reported
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale hit Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. ANI

'Open-minded' college students largest sperm donors in China
Due to the improved attitudes and increased subsidies, a growing number of college students in China have become sperm donors. ANI

Delegates of global body hail Tibetan parliament elections
A delegation of International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT), a global organisation to advance the Tibet issue in governments worldwide, has hailed the election process of the Tibetan government-in- exile in Himachal Pradesh. ANI

Kirti Azad launches traffic awareness campaign in New Delhi
Spreading awareness on the nuances of safe driving, former cricketer and Lok Sabha MP Kirti Azad urged commuters to follow traffic rules at a special campaign initiated by the Delhi police here today. ANI

W. Bengal tourism industry worries over loss of revenue
The tourism industry in West Bengal fears financial loss during the upcoming assembly elections, as most tourist vehicles have been booked by candidates for campaigning. ANI

International conference on utilization of TKDL kicks off tomorrow
A three-day international conference on 'Utilization of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) as a model for the protection of traditional knowledge' will begin here on Tuesday. ANI

India gravely concerned over air strikes on Libya: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna on Monday said the Indian Government is gravely concerned about the ongoing violence in Libya, and has expressed regret about the air strikes launched by Western countries on that nation. ANI

More Great Wall remains found in NW China
Scientists have discovered many Great Wall remains in the territory of Qinghai Province in northwest China after more than two years of field investigation. ANI

ULFA, NDFB trying to create instability ahead of Assam polls
Ahead of assembly elections in Assam, the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) are desperately trying to spread instability in the state. ANI

India, Bangladesh move ahead to eliminate cross-border terrorism
India's relations with Bangladesh have improved significantly with both nations moving ahead to eliminate cross-border terrorism. ANI

Guwahati University gets community campus radio centre
Guwahati University recently launched the northeast's first community campus radio called 'Radio Luit' to spread awareness, entertain and to highlight community issues among people. ANI

Veteran Bollywood actor Bob Christo passes away
Veteran Bollywood actor Bob Christo, who essayed the role of a villain in films of the eighties and nineties, passed away here on Sunday afternoon. He was 70. ANI

Doctor who performed autopsy on body of Raja aide Batcha quits
The doctor who performed an autopsy and postmortem on the body of Sadhick Batcha, the real estate tycoon and key aide of jailed former telecom minister A. Raja, has resigned from government service. ANI

Tamil Nadu polls: Allies urge Vaiko to reconsider boycott
Allies of the J. Jayalalithaa-led All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) have appealed to M. Vaiko, the leader of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), to reconsider his decision to move away from the alliance. ANI

Indian, Chinese and Canadian businesses, govt. to atend Cleantech Forum in Toronto
The Canada China Business Council and the Canada-India Business Council are pleased to announce that they are hosting a Cleantech Forum for the first time in which representatives from China, India and Canada will be participating. ANI

Kerala polls: Congress's scrutiny committee meets to finalise candidates
A high-level scrutiny committee of the Congress party will meet here this evening to finalise its candidates for the upcoming assembly polls in Kerala. ANI

Congress, TMC leaders meet to discuss W. Bengal seat sharing pact
Key leaders of the Congress party and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) have begun a meeting at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters here this morning to decide on the seat-sharing arrangement for six-phased assembly elections in West Bengal. ANI

HCL Infosystems Launches New Laptop and Desktop Series
HCL Infosystems, India’s premier Hardware, Services and ICT System Integration Company, today unveiled its new range of laptops and desktops. The laptop series - HCL ME 1014 and HCL ME 1015 and desktop series – HCL Infiniti M A365 Pro are packed with unique features embedded with latest technologies Business Wire India

Another Successful Year for IMT Ghazibad Placement
IMT Ghaziabad has successfully completed the placements for the academic session 2009-11. Beginning in mid-December 2010, for the PGDM Batch of 2009-11, almost 300 students have been placed successfully Business Wire India

Institute of Management Technology holds convocation ceremony on March 17th, 2011
The Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, one of India’s premier B-schools hosted the convocation ceremony for the batch of 2009-2011 at its Raj Nagar campus in Ghaziabad. Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Government of India, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion delivered the convocation address Business Wire India

Jagran Solutions Organized the Launch of the New Range of GenNext Pro Series Keyboards of Casio
Jagran Solutions - India’s leading new age marketing agency that provides solutions for Brand Activation via Consumer Connect Strategies, organized the launch Event of CASIO High Grade Keyboards. The objective of the event was to interactively communicate the professional features of Casio’s GenNext Pro series Keyboards i.e. CTK-6000, CTK-7000, WK-6500 & WK-7500. Mr. K Business Wire India

Dynamic Applications to Help Smartphone Market Generate INR 192.74 Billion and Mobile Handset Market, INR 350.04 Billion in 2016, Says Frost & Sullivan
The mature Indian mobile consumers’ increasing preference for high-end handsets and the younger demographics’ desire to use mobile Web 2.0 technologies could see the mobile handset market’s revenues soar from INR 255.91 billion in 2010 to INR 350.05 billion in 2016 Business Wire India

ICICI Bank and Intuit Launch “Money Manager”
ICICI Bank Ltd, India’s largest private sector Bank and Intuit, a leading global developer of business and personal finance management solutions, today announced the launch of “Money Manager” Business Wire India

Texecom Appoints New Head of Export Sales
Texecom, the manufacturer of intruder alarm products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Thornton as its new Head of Export Sales. Mr Thornton’s new role gives him responsibility for overseeing sales activities in all areas outside of the UK, where Texecom has its head office Business Wire India

element14 brings EmTech India 2011 to the Doorstep of Engineers throughout the World
element14 (formerly Farnell), the industry’s first fusion of commerce and community supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals worldwide, today announced that it will be the exclusive video partner of Technology Review’s http://www.element-14.com/community/groups/emtech-india-2011 Business Wire India

2nd Annual IndicThreads.com Conference on Software Quality to Focus on Cloud & Mobile
The 2nd Annual Conference On Software Quality will be held on 25-26 March 2011 at the Hotel Deccan Rendezvous in Pune, India. The conference is a vendor-independent event and the place to present new developments & discuss the challenges in ensuring software quality Business Wire India

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