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PM to host dinner for Gilani in Mohali
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will host dinner for his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Mohali, where the two leaders will see their teams clash in the World Cup semifinal tomorrow. ANI

Virbhadra Singh meets Yemen envoy
The Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Republic of Yemen, Khadija Radman Mohammed Ghanem, called on Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Virbhadra Singh here today. ANI

Mozambique Mineral Resource Minister calls on Sriprakash Jaiswal
Mozambique's Mineral Resource Minister Esperenca Bias today called on Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal to further expanding bilateral relations between the two nations in the area of coal mining. ANI

Hamid Ansari stresses on working of 'three language formula'
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Tuesday dwelt upon the working of the "three language formula" in the country. ANI

Omar Abdullah terms Manmohan Singh's invitation to Pak PM 'historic'
Stating that the relationship between India and Pakistan has a direct bearing on Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has taken a historic step by inviting his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Mohali to witness the World Cup semi final clash. ANI

India awaits ratification process for BIPA: Anand Sharma
New Delhi, Mar 29 Emphasizing that the ratification process for the Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement (BIPA) is complete on Indian side, Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma today said that we are awaiting the ratification on the Zimbabwean side before exchanging the instruments of ratification and enabling the agreement to become operational. ANI

Govt. will take all measures to ensure safety of nuclear plants: PM
Asserting that the government will take all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of nuclear plants, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday said the future reactors that will be built in India will have to be certified by the Indian regulatory authority and meet its safety standards. ANI

Northeast tribals want state border issue resolved in upcoming polls
The Rabha tribes residing along the border of Assam and Meghalaya want the border conflict issues along the state boundaries to be resolved in the upcoming state assembly polls. ANI

UP Police baton charge BJP activists in Ghaziabad, Kanpur
Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday baton charged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists, who were protesting against Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government in the state. ANI

2G scam: CBI gets two more days to file charge sheet
The Supreme Court today allowed a two-day extension to theentral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file on April 2 its charge sheet against former Telecom Minister A Raja and some of his close aides in connection with 2G spectrum scam. ANI

India, Pak agree to release prisoners having completed sentence by Apr. 15
Welcoming the release of prisoners and fishermen by each other, India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed they would release those civilian prisoners/fishermen, who have completed their sentence by April 15. ANI

India, Pakistan agree to enhance cooperation to control drug trafficking
Expressing concern over the growing menace of Narcotics/Drugs, India and Pakistan have agreed that cooperation between Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India and Anti Narcotics Forces (ANF) of Pakistan should be enhanced to ensure an effective control on drug trafficking. ANI

India provides assistance of US one million dollar to Myanmar for earthquake relief
India has announced an assistance of US one million dollar for relief and rehabilitation in Myanmar, where there was damage to property and infrastructure following the massive earthquake that hit the region last week. ANI

India, Pakistan share information on 26/11 terror attack, Samjhauta train blast
India and Pakistan have agreed to exchanged progress reports on the probes into the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and the Samjhauta train blast respectively during the Home Secretary level talks, which concluded here on Tuesday. ANI

Delhi Govt. to respond with a point-by-point rebuttal over Shunglu report
Commenting on the severe indictment by V. K. Shunglu-led high-level committee probing delays and irregularities in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that the government will soon respond with a point-by-point rebuttal. ANI

Bahrain FM to visit India for three days
Foreign Minister of Bahrain Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa will begin a three-day visit to India beginning today. ANI

India, Pakistan agree to set up 'hotline'
India and Pakistan have agreed to set up a "hotline" to share information about militants. ANI

India and Sri Lanka agree to avoid use of force against fishermen
To ensure the safety and security of fishermen, India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreed that the use of force cannot be justified under any circumstances. ANI

Africa figures prominently on India's foreign policy radar, says Krishna
Emphasizing that Africa figures prominently on the foreign policy radar of India, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has said that the relations between India and African nations have blossomed into a multi-faceted association, where each one contributes significantly. ANI

Saudi envoy calls on PM, reiterates cooperation with India
The Secretary General of the National Security Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Bander Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Monday during which he reiterated Saudi Arabia's keen interest in further consolidating relations between India and the Kingdom in all areas of cooperation, without reservation. ANI

Satellite navigation project to receive Rs 378 crores
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a one-time grant-in-aid of Rs. 378 crores GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) project that would provide satellite coverage to air traffic not only on the entire Indian airspace but across the Indian Ocean region from South-east Asia to Africa also. ANI

Food Corporation to get Rs 5000 crore working capital loan
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a short-term loan of Rs.5000 crore to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to enable it to meet the working capital requirements. ANI

Preserving Hangul deer in Kashmir
Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir started a fresh census of the Hangul deer or Kashmir stag in Dachigam National Park, with the aim of protecting and preserving the critically endangered animal. ANI

2G scam: Shahid Balwa's brother Asif arrested
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested two persons including Asif Balwa, the brother of DB Reality and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Election clashes in Tamil Nadu, DMK MP detained
Ahead of the crucial April 13 assembly election in Tamil Nadu, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP J K Ritheesh was detained after a clash between his partymen and DMDK-AIADMK workers at Kalavankudi, police said here today. ANI

Shunglu panel blames CWG OC for delay in executing contracts
The Shunglu Committee, appointed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, blamed Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee and certain officials for delay in executing contracts for the games. ANI

Dayanidhi Maran confident of DMK coming back to power
Campaigning ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls, Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran has said he was confident that his party would win again as the State Government had fulfilled all the promises made to the common man. ANI

Bangladeshi liberation fighters go nostalgic on visiting training camps in Jalpaiguri
Mukti Jodhas (liberation fighters) from Bangladesh, who were among those who played a pivotal role in the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, took a time machine ride when they revisited the spot which was used as their training camp then. ANI

Two Maoists surrender in Vizag
Two Maoists including a Divisional Committee Member (DCM) surrendered before police in Visakhapatnam citing ill health on Monday. ANI

2G scam: CBI to file status report in Supreme Court
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is all set to file its final status report in the Supreme Court against former Telecom Minister A Raja and some of his close aides in connection with 2G spectrum scam today. ANI

CWG scam: Shunglu panel likely to submit three more reports
The Shunglu Committee, appointed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is likely to submit three more reports today on irregularities related to Commonwealth Games (CWG) venues and Organising Committee. ANI

IDFC in S&P ESG India Index
IDFC has entered the list of top 50 Indian companies in the S&P ESG India Index. The S&P ESG India Index comprises of 50 of the best performing stocks in the Indian market as measured by environmental, social and governance (ESG) parameters Business Wire India

PRTA Australia chooses Ameyo Contact Center Software for More Efficient Telemarketing Processes
Ameyo - the IP-based call center solution from Drishti-Soft Solutions, India becomes the technology platform powering highly successful telemarketing processes of Positive Response Telemarketing Agency (PRTA), Australia. The later being a leading telemarketer caters to clients from different industry verticals with unique process requirements Business Wire India

Hyderabad the New Indian Centre of IT Excellence, BITS Pilani Takes Over IIT Delhi: GILD.com Report
IT talent has spread across India and is no longer confined to a few small centres, according to the GILD.com IT Talent Report, released today. GILD.com, the fastest growing network for IT professionals in India, analysed over one lakh people across India and found Bangalore no longer holds the top spot for IT excellence Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems Launches its Next-Gen Range of ME Tablets
• First Tablet in the world designed with touch interface for customer service • India’s first Tablet with Localised content HCL Infosystems Ltd., India’s premier hardware, services and ICT systems integration and distribution company, today unveiled its new range of ME Tablets Business Wire India

Religare Wins the Award for “Best Commodity Broker of the Year”
Business Wire India

Positive Moves Expands Hong Kong Team: On-Boards Nanda Sethi to Develop a Stronger Financial Services Practice Servicing South East Asia
Keeping in pace with the firm’s intention to map an accelerated growth in Emerging Markets, Positive Moves has made significant talent investments to bolster its service capabilities in South Asia. “We are pleased to bring on board, Nanda Sethi in Hong Kong who will spearhead our Banking practice across S. E Asia, Greater China and South Pacific Business Wire India

MobiAdz Reaches One Billion Impressions/Month in Record Time
StratosHear, a leading mobile media company, today announced that MobiAdz (www.mobiadz.com) has reached a major milestone in serving one billion ad requests per month. It has achieved this exceptional run rate in just the three months since its commercial launch Business Wire India

International Animal Health Charity - “GALVmed” Expands Operations in South Asia
GALVmed, a UK-based animal health charity which has previously focused mostly on Africa, is now poised to significantly increase its activities in South Asia. GALVmed aims to make livestock vaccines, diagnostics and medicines accessible and affordable to the millions for whom livestock is a lifeline in developing countries Business Wire India

ITShastra Opens Pune Office, Names Sachin Acharya Vice President
ITShastra, a software development, testing and design company for worldwide business needs and offshore project delivery, today announced the opening of its new office in Pune. The company has appointed Sachin Acharya vice president and head of the branch, located in the Pune ITPark at Aundh. “ITShastra has significantly increased its customer base,” explained Prasad Nagool, CEO ITShastra Business Wire India

IDBI Federal Targets HNIs with Wealthsurance Premier
Seeking to target high net worth customers, private insurer IDBI Federal Life insurance Company Limited announced the launch of their wealth-building plan, IDBI Federal Wealthsurance Premier Insurance Plan Business Wire India

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