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'Healthy Youth-Healthy Kashmir' half marathon awakens youth
While the country was busy enjoying the festival of Holi, a unique event of half marathon was being held in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag District, in which boys and girls of the valley ran together. ANI

Close partnership with Japan on global environmental issues: Bansal
Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Pawan Kumar Bansal today said that India and Japan will have closer partnership with the Indian Science and Technical institution in the field of climate change, sustainable development and global environmental issues. ANI

Bhopal gas tragedy: CBI moves Delhi court for Anderson's extradition
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) moved a Delhi court on Tuesday to obtain a 'Letter Rogatory' to the US authorities for extradition of Warren Anderson, the then CEO of Union Carbide India Limited, to stand trial for his criminal culpability in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. ANI

Discussion on cash-for-votes scam as important as Finance Bill: Jaitley
Slamming the Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government for refusing to discuss WikiLeaks expose on the cash-for-votes scam, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, on Tuesday said that the discussion on the leaked cables was as important as the Finance Bill. ANI

President Patil lauds Bihar Govt. for spreading education
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil praising the Government of Bihar for its several initiatives aimed at providing educational benefits to women, on Tuesday said the efforts of governments should be to enable even the weaker sections to enjoy the fruits of development. ANI

Maharashtra cop who conducted 'sting operation' on Hasan Ali suspended
Maharashtra Government today announced the suspension of senior IPS officer Ashok Deshbhratar, who secretly carried out a sting operation, while interrogating Pune based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks. ANI

Krishna Tirath to inaugurate annual meet of adoption agencies
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath will inaugurate the annual meet of adoption agencies here tomorrow. Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), an autonomous body under Ministry of Women and Child Development is mandated to regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions ANI

Cash-for-votes scam: Congress pulls up BJP for disrupting Parliamentary proceedings
The ruling Congress party slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for disrupting the proceedings inside the Parliament on Tuesday over their demand for immediate debate on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's statement on the cash-for-votes scandal exposed by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. ANI

Salman Khurshid lays foundation stone for NPCC's office complex in Gurgaon
Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid today laid the foundation stone of the Office Complex of National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) at Gurgaon, Haryana. ANI

We are trying to make Delhi safer: Girija Vyas
National Commission for Women chairperson Girija Vyas on Tuesday said the commission is trying its best to make Delhi safer for women. ANI

CWG scam: ED to summon Kalmadi for violation of forex rules
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is likely to summon former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and other officials for alleged violations of forex rules during the conduct of the 2010 sporting extravaganza. ANI

Wikileaks cables are accurate: Narendra Modi
Gujarat's chief minister Narendra Modi has said that WikiLeaks cables about him are accurate and speak well of his stance against America's take on communal riots in the state. ANI

Kumari Selja emphasises need for adapting various ways of conserving water
Union Minister of Tourism, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja on Tuesday emphasized the importance of water conservation, its judicious use and proper management if the earth is to be rendered livable for future generations. ANI

Dekal submitted his resignation much before post-mortem, says Dr. Elango
The Resident Medical Officer (RMO) at Royapettah Government Hospital, Dr A. Elango, reacting to the controversy surrounding the resignation of Dr. V Dekal, who conducted an autopsy on the body of former Telecom Minister A Raja's aide Sadiq Batcha, on Tuesday said the doctor had submitted his resignation on March 3, much before Batcha's post-mortem. ANI

Sanjay Singh takes over as Secretary (East) in MEA
Sanjay Singh, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1976 batch has taken over as Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). ANI

Yeddyurappa-led delegation meets Jaiswal, demands more coal linkages for Karnataka
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa accompanied by Energy Minister Shoba Karandlaje called on Minister of State for Coal Sriprakash Jaiswal here on Tuesday demanding adequate supply of coal and more coal linkages for the power projects in Karnataka. ANI

Fake pilot scam accused deny allegations, blame academy
Anoop Choudhary, one of the two pilots accused of forging papers for obtaining license has denied the allegations levelled against him and said he has been framed because of the misdoings of the academy. ANI

Jat agitation continues, want talks with centre
Jat protesters demanding reservation for the community in government jobs are likely to hold another round of talks with the Centre on the issue even as the agitation continues to disrupt train services in many parts of Haryana. ANI

Ambika Soni condoles death of senior journalist Alok Tomar
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has condoled the death of veteran Hindi journalist Alok Tomar, who died of a heart attack at the Batra hospital here on Sunday. ANI

Bill, Melinda Gates meet Health Minister Azad, discuss issues relating to polio vaccination
Software billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, who co-chair the international philanthropic organisation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, called on Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here on Tuesday. ANI

President Patil to felicitate Nirmal Gram Puraskar awardees
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will felicitate over 2808 Nirmal Gram Puraskar awardees from 21 states at a function in Vigyan Bhawan here on Wednesday. ANI

CEC to review poll preparedness in West Bengal
A six-member team led by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S Y Quraishi will visit Kolkata today to review the preparedness of the upcoming Assembly polls in West Bengal. ANI

Wikileaks revelations not flattering but nebulous
The latest WikiLeaks revelations, accessed and published in the Hindu, paint a none too flattering picture of Indian polity. ANI

Live boob job webcast causes controversy in China
A live broadcast of breast augmentation surgery in China has sparked some controversy around the country. ANI

Mukherjee announces withdrawal of service tax on healthcare
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of five percent service tax on healthcare. ANI

BJP moves privilege notice against PM in cash-for-vote scam
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday moved a privilege notice in the Lok Sabha against Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's response to the WikiLeaks cables that suggested that the Congress had bribed lawmakers to win a confidence motion in 2008. ANI

Rajnikanth pledges help to tsunami victims of Japan.
India's ionic actor Rajnikanth has promised to help Japan's tsunami victims. He was participating in a condolence meeting in Chennai. ANI

Uproar in Parliament over PM privilege motion
Proceedings in Parliament were brought to a complete standstill on Tuesday, with members of the treasury and the opposition trading verbal charges over the issue of moving a privilege motion against the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha continues tea export ban
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), a regional outfit in West Bengal, has said it will continue its call for a ban on the export of Darjeeling Tea till the demand for a hike in the wages of tea garden workers is met. ANI

GM 'human' milk 'to hit Chinese shelves in 2yrs'
An expert in biotechnology has predicted that genetically modified (GM) dairy products that are similar to human milk will appear on the Chinese market in two years. ANI

Central Government employees to get six percent dearness allowance hike
The Union Cabinet is set to approve a six percent increase in dearness allowance for nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 38 lakh pensioners during its meeting here on Tuesday. ANI

“Indiaplaza Launches the Amazon Kindle 3 in Indian Rupees”
The pioneering Indian internet retailer today announced on their website, the availability of the e-book reader from Amazon, the Kindle in Indian Rupees. The Kindle has been available in India from for a while now but customers can now purchase the Kindle and pay conveniently in Indian Rupees Business Wire India

Birlasoft unveils Customer Insight Lab to help Businesses with Customer Acquisition, Engagement and Retention
Birlasoft today announced investments to set up a Customer Insight Lab at its Bangalore facility in India Business Wire India

Madan Padaki, Co-founder and CEO, MeritTrac Services is chosen for the Young EDGE Award 2011
“The Members particularly recognised your commitment to support higher education by co-founding MeritTrac that is making tremendous impact in the areas of online examination, skill assessment, placements and entrance examinations. The committee appreciated your efforts in bringing out very effective technological solutions to support higher education. Business Wire India

India Leadership Conclave & Business Leadership Awards 2011 Gain Momentum
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Eureka Forbes Limited receives the Frost & Sullivan’s Best Company of the Year Award 2010 for the Indian Residential Point-of-Use Water Treatment Systems Market
Frost & Sullivan honored Eureka Forbes Limited with the Best Company of the Year Award for 2010 in the Indian Residential POU Water Treatment Systems Market. The company has exhibited excellence in growth by expanding its customer base in all market segments. Over the years, it has developed seven state-of-art water treatment technologies to address 17 diverse water conditions in India Business Wire India

IBF Media to Host Event on Cloud Security
IBF Media will be continuing its Cloud Computing series of events with a panel discussion on Cloud Security at the ITC Grand Central Hotel, Mumbai, India on March 23, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. This event is part of the Cloud Computing technology series that kicked off early in 2010 Business Wire India

Humane Society International Congratulates Hotel Ramada Plaza, New Delhi for Hatching New Cage-Free Egg Policy
Humane Society International applauds Hotel Ramada Plaza, New Delhi for joining the international movement away from confining egg laying hens in tiny cages. Most egg laying hens in India are confined in battery cages that provide each bird less space than a standard sized sheet of paper to spend her entire life Business Wire India

ITShastra To Soon Launch Investment Firm To Aid Entrepreneurs Throughout India
ITShastra, a software development, testing and design company for worldwide business needs and offshore project delivery, today announced that it is in the process of launching Thinagee Investments India (Thinagee) , an investment firm that will focus on advancing innovative technology and service provider companies Business Wire India

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