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India closely following political developments in Middle East: Ahamed
Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed on Thursday said that the Union Government is closely following the recent political developments in the Middle-East, particularly with regard to safety and security of the Indian community. ANI

Sibal inaugurates 'e-certificate' for candidates qualifying in UGC-NET exam
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday inaugurated the 'e-certificate' for the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) qualified candidates, and released a compendium of UGC schemes. ANI

India records over 90 percent decline in polio cases
India has reported over 90 percent decline in polio cases in 2010 as compared to 2009, according to Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry. ANI

India ready to tackle serious challenges to emerge as a developed country: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday stressed that the country is ready to tackle series serious challenges, including the challenge of rising expectations of a young India, to emerge as a developed country. ANI

'India attaches highest importance to concerns of duped Tri-Valley University students'
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said that the Union Government attaches the highest importance to addressing the concerns of the Indian students affected by the closure of the Tri-Valley University in California, USA. ANI

Cabinet approves scaling up services of management of drug resistant tuberculosis
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday approved the proposal of Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry for scaling up services for diagnosis, care and management of drug resistant tuberculosis under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) with assistance from Global Fund at an estimated cost of Rs.649.02 crore. ANI

India, Bangladesh working closely to strengthen bilateral cooperation: Ahamed
Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed on Thursday said that India and Bangladesh are working closely to strengthen cooperation in a range of issues. ANI

India committed to deepening all-round engagement with ASEAN: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said that India is committed to deepening its all-round engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ANI

Western Air Command chief visits Ambala station
Air Marshal D.C. Kumaria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, visited the Ambala Air Force Station on Thursday. ANI

Hema Malini formally elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka
Actress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president Hema Malini was on Thursday formally elected to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. ANI

Sikh bodies ask Govt to include Kartarpur Corridor in Indo-Pak talks
Leaders of several Sikh bodies, who gathered here along with Sikh devotees, have urged the Indian Government to include the issue of providing safe passage to pilgrims along the Kartarpur Corridor in talks with Pakistan ANI

Electoral Officers asked to monitor, investigate paid news
After the announcement dates for the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala, West Bengal and Puducherry, the Election Commission has asked the Chief Electoral Officers to issue instructions the District Election Officers (DEOs) to immediately constitute district-level committees to monitor and investigate paid news. ANI

SC verdict on Thomas 'vindicates great national aspiration': Jaitley
After the Supreme Court struck down the appointment of former bureaucrat P J Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, on Thursday said the apex court verdict 'vindicates great national aspiration'. ANI

2G scam: Raja's judicial custody extended till Mar. 17
A Delhi court extended the judicial custody of former Telecom Minister A Raja, who has been arrested in connection with the 2G spectrum case, by fourteen days on Thursday. ANI

Telangana issue disrupts Parliament proceedings
The demand for a separate Telangana state disrupted Parliament proceedings on Thursday, with the Lok Sabha failing to transact any business. ANI

SC slams Government for failing to act against tax evaders
The Supreme Court slammed the Central Government today for failing to act against tax evaders and ordered the reinstatement of three key Enforcement Directorate officials who had been transferred midway into a probe, of a multi billion dollar money laundering case against Pune businessman Hassan Ali Khan. ANI

China thinks about banning BPA in baby bottles
With food security gradually occupying priority on its agenda, China might ban the use of organic compound Bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles. ANI

HIV vaccine design program launched in India
The Translational Health Sciences and Technology Institute (THSTI), an autonomous institute of the Government's Department of Biotechnology, and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has jointly announced an agreement to operate and fund an HIV vaccine design program in India. ANI

Heavy rains, snow force shutdown of JK highway for third day
The Jammu- Srinagar National Highway, that connects the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, remained shut for the third consecutive day on Thursday following heavy rains, snowfall and landslides. ANI

Kushinagar monks complain about poor maintenance of old Buddha statue
Buddhist monks and pilgrims in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, have complained about the poor maintenance of the famous Mahaparinirvana Buddha idol. ANI

Andhra Pradesh Congress Minister resigns over Telangana issue
Hyderabad, Mar 3 (ANI: Andhra Pradesh Endowments Minister Jupally Krishna Rao today sent his resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi to mount pressure on the Centre for formation of a separate state of Telangana, ANI

Govt. must explain appointment of Thomas in Parliament: Yechury
Commenting on the resignation of tainted bureaucrat PJ Thomas following a Supreme Court ruling, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury today said the matter does not end with the resignation, and added that the government must answer how the appointment was made in the first place. ANI

Police recruitment camp, a big hit in Jharkhand Maoist-hit areas
A large number of applicants have appeared for a police recruitment camp in the Maoist-hit areas of eastern Jharkhand. ANI

PM to visit Kashmir to announce jobs package for youth
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday and is likely to announce a special employment package for the youth of the state. r Singh will be in the state for two days, where he is expected to address the convocation ceremony of the Sher-e-Kashmir Agriculture University and will also inaugurate housing scheme for Kashmiri migrants ANI

Parliament adjourned till 2.p.m over Telangana issue
The demand for a separate Telangana state rocked proceedings in Parliament on Thursday with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress members from the region forcing an adjournment of both Houses till 2 p.m. ANI

Government respects SC judgement on Thomas, says Moily
Commenting on the Supreme Court's decision to set aside the appointment of PJ Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Thursday said the government respects the judgement of the apex court, which has termed his appointment as illegal. ANI

Jagan will win in Kadapa Lok Sabha by-poll, says survey by, which conducted the 'Voters Attitude Poll' in all the seven assembly constituencies in the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency, has come out with the assessment that former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR's son YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will win the Lok Sabha by-poll. ANI

BJP claims victory on PJ Thomas verdict, says Government 'stands exposed'
Terming the Supreme Court's decision to set aside the appointment of PJ Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) the biggest blow to the Central Government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that the decision has completely exposed government on the issue of corruption. ANI

South Korea, US discuss nuke cooperation programme
South Korea and the United States have began a second round of talks on revising a nuclear cooperation accord, which is due to expire in March 2014. ANI

Parliament adjourned till noon over Telangana issue
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon following an uproar over the Telangana statehood demand. ANI

Over 1000 Indians evacuated from Libya today
About 1050 Indians were evacuated from Libya today, raising the total number of rescued Indians to over 7000, about 20 percent of the total Indian population stranded there. ANI

Sikhs appeal to Pak to ease visa norms for pilgrims
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) has urged the Pakistan Government to liberalize visa norms for Indian pilgrims visiting Nankana Sahib, a holy Sikh shrine there. ANI

Excise duty on 130 items has Punjab manufacturers protesting
The excise duty proposed to levied on 130 items by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Budget 2011-12, has not gone down well with the industrial sectors in Punjab. ANI

India, ASEAN commerce ministers meet in Delhi
Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma met the Commerce Ministers of Thailand, Philippines and Singapore, who are here with a team of delegates, to attend the India- ASEAN Business Fair, which began on Wednesday. ANI

CVC Thomas resigns after Supreme Court tells him to go
Former bureaucrat PJ Thomas, who is facing a corruption case in a Kerala court, on Thursday handed over his resignation to the government after the Supreme Court struck down his appointment as Central Vigilance Commissioner. ANI

Seat sharing talks between DMK, Congress cancelled
The stalemate in the seat sharing talks between the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its ally, the Congress for Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu continues, as the meeting between All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad and DMK chief M Karunanidhi was cancelled this morning. ANI

Supreme Court strikes down appointment of PJ Thomas
The Supreme Court on Thursday turned down the appointment of former bureaucrat PJ Thomas, who is facing a corruption case in a Kerala court, as Central Vigilance Commissioner. ANI

Krishna to address Delhi Dialogue III
The Delhi Dialogue III based on the theme 'Beyond the First Twenty Years of India-ASEAN Engagement' will begin in New Delhi today. ANI

41 persons killed in two Himachal road accidents
Himachal Pradesh Police on Thursday confirmed that around forty-one people, including 32 members of a marriage party, were killed and seven others were injured in two separate accidents in the state's Chamba District. ANI

Goat breeding: the new currency in the desert
The basis of all human civilizations across the world and from times immemorial has been the struggle for survival. In the arid desert region off the Thar, this struggle reflects the starkness of the terrain and the harshness of the climate. ANI

Final verdict on PJ Thomas today
The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on petitions challenging the appointment of former bureaucrat PJ Thomas, who is facing a corruption case in a Kerala court, as Central Vigilance Commissioner, on Thursday. ANI

TV Ratings Continue to Set New & Higher Benchmarks at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
-- Record viewership of more than 127 million people till the 10th match. -- Higher average TVR of 3.1 for the 10 matches compared to ‘07 edition. -- Non-India games continue to reach record highs - Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka encounter saw a peak rating of 11.7 -- Netherlands vs. England game delivered peak rating of 6.6 -- More than 5 million unique visitors make espnstar Business Wire India

India’s First Professionally Managed Bschool in Chandigarh
The biggest challenge most MBA aspirants face today is finding a good bschool within Chandigarh. Out of the 5000 students who appear for the Punjab MBA entrance test, the top 5-10% can choose between the best colleges like UBS Business Wire India

G4S Celebrates Happy Day in India
G4S INDIA, the largest private Security Solutions Group in the country has been at the forefront of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives aimed at enriching the society in which we operate. In its endeavour to contribute towards the society, G4S ‘Happy Day’ was celebrated today, on March 3, 2011 with over thousands of underprivileged children from different NGOs in India Business Wire India

Fujitsu has Highest Growth Among Top 5 Global Server Vendors in 4Q10
Fujitsu has the highest growth among the top five vendors in the worldwide server market for 4Q10, according to the independent market research firm Gartner (Market Share Alert: Server Shipments, Worldwide, 4Q10; Moderate Finish in 2010 for the Server Market, by Heeral Kota and Errol Rasit, ID Number: G00210339). With global year-on-year growth of 12 Business Wire India

Steria and Neology Partner to bring Quality RFID Solutions to India
Steria, a European leading provider of IT-enabled business services, and Neology, a major Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology solution provider, today announced a partnership to develop and deliver RFID solutions to the Indian market. Steria and Neology will focus on developing RFID technologies for various areas where secure & reliable identification is a key requirement Business Wire India

US Canadian Clear Watek LLC Launches Next Generation Industrial Pumps in India
US Canadian Clear Watek LLC, Texas, USA, is launching its ‘next generation’ industrial pumps in India through Chennai based Canadian Crystalline Water India Ltd., in India. Shivsu Canadina Clear Business Wire India

Dalal Street Investment Journal (DSIJ) in Association with CDSL Presents IAPs across 29 Cities
Post-liberalization, stock markets have played an extremely important role in driving the country to become one of the leading economies of the world. Dalal Street Investment Journal (DSIJ), through its media vehicles, has been voicing the economic strengths of India and has played a key role in building the investor confidence in the markets for the past 25 years Business Wire India

Soya’s Inside Story
Ms. Meera Srinivasan, Nutritionist, Hindustan Unilever Limited Research Centre. Soya is packed with health goodies that give it the proud title of the “wonder food”. From controlling cholesterol to preventing osteoporosis and heart-related disorders, this humble bean has been man’s best friend for over 3000 years Business Wire India

iProperty India Now Provides Indian Developers a Global Platform with the 2nd iProperty Expo Luxury Collection, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre on 5th & 6th March 2011
After the grand success of the previous event held in October 2010 where Developers from three continents and over a dozen countries reported sales over S$50 million in property. iProperty Singapore brings back the Luxury Collection Expo by popular demand at the Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on the 5th & 6th of March 2011 Business Wire India

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