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Govt. will take strict action against fake flying schools: Vayalar Ravi
Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Wednesday said that the government will take strict action against the fake flying schools enabling pilots to obtain licences without proper training and documents. ANI

Two ULFA militants arrested in Guwahati
Two United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants, suspected to be involved in the bomb blast at the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee office, have been arrested here today. ANI

New focus to national TB control programme
Having achieved global objectives of new case-detection of 70 per cent and treatment success rate of 85 per cent for the last three consecutive years, the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) is being revised with its new objective of Universal Access to Quality TB care for all TB patients. ANI

MOEF gets Rs. 200 crores under bioremediation for first time
Informing about special allocation of Rs. 200 crore under environmental remediation for the ministry in this year's Budget, Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh today said that this will be used for cleaning operations in highly polluted areas. ANI

Trinamool Congress manifesto promises good governance
Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP KD Singh on Wednesday released the party's manifesto for the upcoming assembly polls in Assam promising to ensure 'good governance' and 'impartial administration' replacing the old 'rotten' regime. ANI

Italian envoy summoned over Turban issue
India on Wednesday summoned Italian Ambassador Giacomo Sanfelice Di Monteforte here and lodged a protest against leading golfer Jeev Milkha Singh's coach Amritinder Singh being asked to take off his turban during a security check at Milan airport. ANI

Floral tributes paid to Dr. Lohia on his birth anniversary
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today led the nation in paying floral tributes at the portrait of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia in the Central Hall of the Parliament on his birth anniversary. ANI

Investigations into cash for votes to be completed shortly: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the investigation by Delhi Police into allegations of cash-for-votes during trust vote in the Lok Sabha in 2008 is in progress and will be completed shortly. ANI

Steel Minister asks RINL to explore possibility of cement plant in Visakhapatnam
Union Minister of State for Steel (Independent Charge) Beni Prasad Verma, who reviewed the quarterly performance of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) here, asked RINL to explore the possibility of setting up a slag cement plant at Visakhapatnam, inviting partners of international repute. ANI

300 Pak Hindus in India on pilgrimage tour
About 300 Pakistani Hindus from the Shadani Darbar crossed the Wagah border checkpost into India on Wednesday to undertake a tour of various Hindu shrines in the country. ANI

President Patil emphasizes need for proper sanitation in rural areas
Emphasizing on the need for proper sanitation in rural areas, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday said improved sanitation is regarded as a socio-cultural and economic yardstick for a nation. ANI

Advani believes being PM is his birthright: Manmohan Singh
Reiterating his earlier stand, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, took on the Opposition over the cash-for-votes scandal, describing their approach as undemocratic and jocularly said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani believes being Prime Minister was his birthright. ANI

Delhi court allows CBI to extradite Anderson in the Bhopal gas tragedy case
A Delhi court has allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to seek the extradition of former Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) Chairman Warren Anderson (90), an accused in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, from the United States. ANI

Jat protest continues in Haryana, rail services disrupted
Jats demanding reservation in government jobs occupied 14 railway tracks in Haryana today, which badly disrupted train services in the region. ANI

Enforcement Directorate raids residence of Hasan Ali's accountant
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday carried out searches at the residence of Sunil Shinde, the chartered account of stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks. ANI

Cash-for-votes scam: Opposition targets PM in Lok Sabha
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Opposition continued to attack the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in the Lok Sabha today over the latest WikiLeaks cable on the cash-for-votes scandal. ANI

No election fever in Assam yet
The Assembly election in Guwahati is yet to gain momentum among the urban population here. ANI

Sikkim gets its first Public art festival
Sikkim has organized its first ever art festival in Gangtok to create awareness among the locals about art and environment safety. ANI

Taking education to the next level of human reformation
"Educational refugees" is a term, which aptly describes scores of Ladakhi students pursuing higher education, far away from home in places and cities unfamiliar to them. ANI

Vaiko immerses slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran's mother's ashes in Chennai
Regional Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDKM) Party leader V. Gopalswamy (Vaiko), on Tuesday, immersed the ashes of Parvati Pillai, mother of slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Prabhakaran, in Chennai. ANI

Bangladeshi held in Agartala with foreign currency
The Agartala police have arrested an illegal Bangladeshi migrant carrying foreign and Indian currencies. ANI

20 to 40 percent legislators have criminal records says embarrassed Chief Election Commissioner
Ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in different parts of India, Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi has said that legislators with criminal records are a cause of grave concern and embarrassment for his department. ANI

WHO experts warn of yellow fever virus hitting India, S.E. Asia
A regional health adviser to the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that India and several other countries in South East Asia face an imminent threat from the dreaded yellow fever virus. ANI

Committee to decide on Dalai Lama's political retirement
A committee is to decide whether the, Dalai Lama will retire politically or not. ANI

Kolkata cricket fans pray for India's WC success
Fans in Kolkata are praying for Team India's success in the quarter-final match against Australia on Thursday. The match will be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. ANI and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency Announce Joint Initiative to Support Korean & Indian SMEs
-- Launch an exclusive Korean Products Pavillion on to help Korean SMEs connect with Indian Buyers & vice versa -- Assist in increasing bilateral trade between the two countries -- Mr. Kim Dong-Sun, Administrator, Small & Medium Business Administration provides impetus to the initiative with his presence -- Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, IndiaMART Business Wire India

Underwriters Laboratories Unveils New Water Testing Laboratory in Bangalore, India
Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in advancing safety, announced the opening of its first facility dedicated to water testing and certification outside the United States. Located in Bangalore, India, it allows UL to offer a full portfolio of globally-recognized and trusted services to a key emerging market that is devoted to addressing sustainable water issues Business Wire India

IBF Media brings Cloud Security Event to Mumbai
IBF Media held an exclusive event as part of their cloud computing series in Mumbai with a well attended panel discussion on the latest trends and technologies in cloud security Business Wire India

Business Wire India is the Official News Distribution Partner for Convergence India 2011
The Exhibitions India Group has joined hands with Business Wire India for The 19th Convergence India 2011 international exhibition and conference being held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, during 24-26 March 2011. The forthcoming 19th Convergence India 2011 expo will focus on - 'NextGen Applications & Services...Empowering A Billion Lives' Business Wire India

IIFL Receives Final SEBI Approval to Start Mutual Fund Operations
IIFL Mutual Fund, the India Infoline Ltd sponsored mutual fund, has received final regulatory approval from the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start operations. India Infoline Asset Management Company Ltd is the Investment Manager of IIFL Mutual Fund Business Wire India

Mahindra Satyam Partners with Nimsoft to Deliver Enterprise-class Monitoring Services to Clients
Nimsoft today announced that Mahindra Satyam, a leading global business and information technology services company has deployed the Unified Service Management Platform (USMP)―a managed services platform developed to optimize client infrastructure performance and service levels Business Wire India

Religare Technologies’ Healthcare IT division Wins Multi-Year Contract from Nigerian Lebanese Hospital
Religare Technologies, a leading provider of Healthcare IT products and Solutions, announced today that it has won a multi-year contract from Nigerian Lebanese Hospital, Nigeria, a pioneering effort made by the private sector towards best-in-class Healthcare in Nigeria. As part of the deal, Religare Technologies will automate the entire hospital and provide maintenance for a span of 5 years Business Wire India

Wipro Technologies Recognized as Leading Consulting and Outsourcing Solutions Provider by ‘Consumer Goods Technology’ Readers
Wipro Technologies, the global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), today announced that it has received Reader’s Choice Awards for the third consecutive year from Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) magazine. Wipro Technologies has won spots in the Top 5 for ‘Outsourcing/IT Integration’ and Top 8 in the ‘Consulting’ categories Business Wire India

EMC India COE Appoints Debashis Patnaik to Lead Human Resources
EMC India Center of Excellence (COE) today announced the appointment of Debashis Patnaik as the Head of the Human Resources division. Debashis will be taking over from R.Vidyasagar in this role who is moving on to the next phase of his career in human resources Business Wire India

See How itaas Expands TV Viewing Experience with the Power of Web-Enabled Devices at Convergence India 2011 - Hall 7 Booth A39
itaas, Inc., a leading software technology provider to the telecommunications and broadcast industries, will showcase innovative interactive video applications that demonstrate a multi-screen viewing experience at this year’s Convergence India Business Wire India

BankMuscat Becomes World's First Bank to be People CMM® Maturity Level 3 Certified
QAI (, the leading global consulting and workforce development organization, has recently assessed BankMuscat at People CMM® Maturity Level 3, helping it become the world's first bank to achieve this accreditation for its human resource processes and capabilities Business Wire India

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