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Indian rescue team to leave for quake-hit Japan on Friday
India has sent 10,000 litres of bottled water to Japan, reeling under the devastation caused by twin disaster, and said its search and rescue team of 45 members will leave for that country on Friday or Saturday evening. ANI

Singapore, Indian Navies conduct naval exercise
Navies of Singapore and India are conducting the annual Singapore Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) from March 18 to 25. ANI

Planning Commission finalises Tripura 2011-12 plan
The Annual Plan for Tripura for the year 2011-12 was finalized, here today, at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. ANI

Rural Service Delivery exhibition begins in Delhi
A two-day national conference and exhibition on technology solutions for rural service delivery began here this morning. ANI

Korean team calls on Minister Virbhadra Singh
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Virbhadra Singh and a team of senior officers met a Korean delegation here today. ANI

Tourism minister presents awards for excellence in hospitality education
Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai on Thursday presented awards excellence in hospitality education. ANI

People celebrate heritage colour festival in Malwa
People in Madhya Pradesh's Malwa region celebrated the cultural heritage festival of Rang Panchami here on Thursday. ANI

There is no difference of opinion in BJP: Yeddyurappa
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa on Thursday denied reports of any rift in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ANI

Kanchi Shankaracharya launches political outfit in Tamil Nadu
The Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram,Jayendra Saraswati launched a political outfit in poll-bound Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. ANI

Awareness programmes mark World Tuberculosis Day in Delhi
Indian capital New Delhi marked World Tuberculosis (TB) Day with various awareness programmes on Thursday. ANI

Rajasthan's Scindia meets President, demands reconvening of budget session
Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, on Thursday met President Pratibha Devisingh Patiland urged her to order the governor of the state to reconvene the budget session of the state assembly to discuss alleged flaws. ANI

Jat reservation row to intensify after fasting protestor dies
An agitation by the Jat community in Haryana is set to intensify after a protestor, on hunger strike for 12 days, died on Wednesday. ANI

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to focus on drugs, vaccine research
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would focus on investing in drugs and vaccines for diseases like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, the billionaire philanthropist said here on Thursday. ANI

Tiger conservation, a high priority for the government, says Ahluwalia
The Deputy Chairman of India's Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, told a gathering here on Thursday that tiger conservation is a matter of high priority for the Central Government. ANI

Turban row: Sikh outfit leaders meet Italian envoy in Delhi
Shiromani Akali Dal lawmakers met Italy's Ambassador to India, Giacomo Sanfelice di Monteforte here on Thursday over the issue of the forced removal of the turban of a Sikh man during security check at Milan airport. ANI

Top tax evader's accountant terms Enforcement Directorate's actions as 'illegal
A day after sleuths seized several important documents during a raid at his residence, Sunil Shinde, the accountant of top tax evader, Hasan Ali Khan, deemed the actions of the Enforcement Directorate 'illegal' on Thursday. ANI

Police raise women safety concerns in Shimla
Police and social organisations in Shimla have raised concerns over the increasing incidents of exploitation of women in the area. ANI

Jaipur sandstone industry suffers due to Gujjar agitation
Repeated protests by the Gujjar Community is affecting the sandstone industry in Rajasthan capital Jaipur. ANI

Nainital Tourism to greet summer vacationers
As the summer begins, people in the tourism business in Nainital are busy making preparations to greet vacationers coming to the hill station. ANI

Consultative committee lauds Health Ministry's progress in AYUSH sector
Cutting across party lines, a Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today lauded the progress made by the Department of AYUSH in the last sixteen years. ANI

Chennai flag manufacturing business hit by Election Commission rules
Ahead of polls in Tamil Nadu, flag and banner manufacturers are facing huge losses due to the Election Commission's (EC) order directing political parties to use only one flag during campaigns. ANI

Siliguri sex workers demand equal status ahead of polls
Demanding equal status and respect in society, sex workers in Siliguri have urged regional political parties to address their concerns ahead of provincial polls. ANI

Enforcement Directorate arrests farm owner Khan's business partner
A Kolkata-based businessman associate of Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, Kashinath Tapuria, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday in connection with money-laundering and tax evasion charges. ANI

Brinda Karat raises rotten grain issue in Parliament
Senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat on Thursday pulled up the government on the issue of its agencies supplying rotten grain to people living in tribal hamlets of the country. ANI

Jayalalithaa offers 20 litres of water, 20 kg of free rice to BPL families in poll bound Tamil Nadu
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader J Jayalalithaa on Thursday opened her poll bag of freebies that more than matched the ruking Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party's (DMK). ANI

Karunanidhi promises laptops for students if elected
Campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi announced sops for students and senior citizens. ANI

Patil releases postage stamp on freedom fighter Subhadra Joshi
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil released a commemorative postage stamp on freedom fighter Subhadra Joshi hereon Wednesday evening in the presence of Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal. ANI

Government reconstitutes Society of Film and Television Institute of India in Pune
The government has reconstituted the Society of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune for a period of three years with effect from March 4. ANI

SC restrains Jats from blocking supply of essential commodities to Delhi
The Jat panchayats have been directed by the Supreme Court not to block Delhi and stop the supply of essential commodities to the national capital. ANI

Manmohan Singh condoles loss of life and property in conversation with Japan PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, had a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan on Wednesday. ANI

Four labourers killed in Guwahati landslide
Around four labourers have been killed in a landslide in Guwahati. The deceased were daily wage workers engaged in constructing a wall near a hilly area of the city. ANI

Two Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh police crossfire
In a joint operation led by Police Superintendent Mayank Srivastava, police and paramilitary forces gunned down two Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur District. ANI

President Patil's intervention gets job for injured woman footballer
Taking serious note of former Indian women's football team vice captain Madhu Kumari's plight, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has intervened and helped her to get a government job. ANI

Gorakhpur students protest attack on Libya
Students of the Anjuman Islamia Madrasa in Gorakhpur have objected to the United Nations-mandated attack on Libya by allied forces, claiming the offensive is against humanity. ANI

Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates Join Business Leaders and Philanthropists
Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates met with India’s business and philanthropy leaders today to learn about philanthropy directly from them and to discuss their own enthusiasm for the work of philanthropy. “India has a remarkable tradition of giving, said Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and chairman of Microsoft Business Wire India

Dolby Showcases the New Sound of Entertainment at FICCI Frames 2011
At FICCI Frames 2011, Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) will present its vision for the new sound of entertainment and showcase audio technologies designed to transform the way people can enjoy their favorite music, movies, and television programs Business Wire India

MediaTek Launches New Chipset Solutions to Capture Growing Indian Market
MediaTek India, the Indian subsidiary of the Taiwan based, MediaTek Inc., one of the Top 5 fabless semiconductor companies in the world for wireless communications, today announced the availability of 4 new platforms – MT6252, MT6236, MT6573 and MT6276 at the Convergence India,2011. In its 19th year, Convergence India is the region’s largest and most established ICT event Business Wire India

ISAP Launches India Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program in Collaboration with American Society of Agronomy (SA)
Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP) in collaboration with American Society of Agronomy today announced the formal launch of Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Programme in India Business Wire India

Religare Wins the Award for “Best Brokerage Research House”
Religare Capital Markets Limited (RCML), the Investment Banking and Institutional Securities arm of financial services group, Religare Enterprises Limited, has been awarded the coveted Starmine Award for the ‘Best Brokerage Research house’ Business Wire India

Dr. Ashok Kumar, DDG, Central TB Division, at the Inaugural Session of Chehera: The Human Face of TB, says that People Could Avail of the Govt. Run Free TB Treatment Rather than Paying for it by going to Private Practioners
Dr. Ashok Kumar, Deputy Director General, Central TB Division (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-Government of India) asked people on World TB Day to not be afraid of TB because it is completely curable Business Wire India

Hazel Media Targets Vernacular Indic Language Applications Ecosystem for Mobile and Tablet Devices
Hazel Media Pvt Ltd, a Mobility Products and Technology startup company, has announced plans to extend its focus on vernacular language support for Mobile and Tablet devices by partnering with content providers and content distributors Business Wire India

India’s New Platform to Buy and Sell Micro Tasks is rupees4gigs
Want to hire someone to design your business cards, installing wordpress in your server or send a postcard on your behalf? Rupees4gigs will hook you up with people willing to do all sorts of neat things for as low as five hundred rupees. People can use Facebook / Twitter/LinkedIn to sign in to, and then post the task to be accomplished or service being provided Business Wire India

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