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Bank launches beneficiary schemes for apple growers in Jammu and Kashmir
The Jammu and Kashmir Bank has launched special beneficiary schemes for apple growers in the state. ANI

Beni Prasad Verma condoles passing away of Arjun Singh
Union Minister of State for Steel (Independent Charge) Beni Prasad Verma has condoled the death of veteran leader and former Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, who passed away here today. ANI

Mamata Banerjee condoles demise of Arjun Singh
Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has condoled the death of veteran leader and former Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, who passed away here today. ANI

Prime Minister inaugurates township for Kashmiri migrants in Jammu
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday formally inaugurated the Jagti township in the outskirts of Jammu, which has been built for Kashmiri migrants. ANI

President Patil condoles passing away of Congress leader Arjun Singh
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Friday condoled the passing away of veteran Congress leader and former Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh. ANI

Sushma Swaraj satisfied with PM owning responsibility over CVC fiasco
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that the controversy over P.J. Thomas' appointment as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) should rest now following Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's statement that he accepted responsibility for the appointment. ANI

Congress leader Arjun Singh passes away
Congress leader and former Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh passed away in New Delhi on Friday. ANI

Prime Minister takes responsibility for Thomas' appointment as CVC
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said that he accepted responsibility for choosing P.J. Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). ANI

Centre approves setting up of 20 new IIITs on public private partnership
The Central Government has approved setting up of 20 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) on public private partnership (PPP) basis, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari said on Friday. ANI

India to complete 'Operation Safe Homecoming' by March 10: Preneet Kaur
Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Friday said that the Central Government expects to complete 'Operation Safe Homecoming' by March 10. ANI

2011 should see improvement in world economy, says Pranab Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that the global financial crisis and one of the deepest economic downturns witnessed in recent decades has compelled the whole world to rethink about certain principles of economic and financial policy. ANI

US Treasury Under Secretary highlights growing US-India economic partnership
U.S. Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs Lael Brainard on Friday delivered a keynote address here at the Institute of International Finance's (IIF) spring membership meeting, highlighting the United States-India Economic and Financial Partnership, near-term challenges facing the global economy and priority areas for policy coordination. ANI

Enforcement Directorate files chargesheet against Koda
The Enforcement Directorate filed a chargesheet against former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda on Friday in connection with the hawala transactions and the illegal investments case registered against him. ANI

Cash at judge door case: CBI files chargesheet against Justice Nirmal Yadav
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet against Justice Nirmal Yadav on Friday in connection with the 'cash at judge door' scandal. ANI

Industrial Expo 2011 opens in Haridwar
The Industrial Expo 2011 today witnessed a major crowd on the opening day, at SIDCUL, Haridwar , providing a key business platform for the stakeholders. ANI

Budget Session proposed to be cut down
The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) on Friday recommended ending the Budget Session by March 25, curtailing it from the original date of April 21 in view of the elections to assemblies in five states. ANI

Delhi court accepts CBI plea in Bofors payoff case
A Delhi court on Friday accepted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea to shut the Bofors payoff case against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi. ANI

Thomas ceases to be CVC, new CVC in due time: Moily
Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday said a new Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) would be appointed in due course, and added that the government will issue a notification indicating that the post is vacant. ANI

Manmohan Singh says India wants to resolve all issues with Pakistan
Asserting that regardless of the problems between the Asian neighbours, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said India wants to resolve all outstanding issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan through friendly dialogue and constructive and purposeful negotiations ANI

New Congress Working Committee announced
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday constituted a new Congress Working Committee (CWC), retaining key functionaries like Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh. ANI

Ardass Diwas held at Akal Takht for the first time in 26 years
Ardass Diwas was held at the Akal Takht here for the first time in 26 years on Friday to honour the more than 30 people who were killed Hond-Chillar village in Rewari District at the height of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. ANI

Hasan Ali gets IT tribunal notice in Black money case
The Income Tax Tribunal today issued a showcause notice to Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks. ANI

Supreme Court issues notice to Advani and others in Babri Masjid demolition case
The Supreme Court on Friday sent notices to top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh Parivar leaders, including L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, on the CBI's plea against dropping conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case. ANI

Three Maoists arrested in Bastar
Three Maoists were arrested in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, in a joint operation by the State police and paramilitary forces. ANI

Operation 'Safe Homecoming' plays out on Twitter
Operation 'Safe Homecoming', launched by the Indian Government to bring home thousands of Indian nationals stranded in conflict-torn Libya, is a success story. ANI

Didn't know about chargesheet against Thomas, says former CVC
Former Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) Pratyush Sinha has said that he was not aware of the chargesheet against PJ Thomas while clearing his name as Kerala Chief Secretary in 2007. ANI

Centre to take stand on Telangana only after all parties give views: Andhra CM
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said the Centre would take a decision on the Telangana statehood issue only after the all parties give their points of view on it. ANI

Indian army chief to visit US to enhance defence cooperation
In the light of enhanced defence cooperation between India and the United States, over the last five years, Indian Army Chief, General VK Singh will visit the United States from March 7. ANI

Rajya Sabha Question Hour shifted to 2 p.m
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Friday announced that question hour in the upper house would be taken up in the afternoon instead of morning from next week. ANI

Balakrishnan case: SC asks petitioner to submit affidavit in two weeks
The Supreme Court, which heard a complaint filed against National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson and former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan, seeking a CBI probe into his assets, on Friday gave the petitioner two more weeks time to place a further affidavit on record. ANI

Rs 1,550 crore proposed for Northeast infrastructure development
The northeast has come in for special attention in the budget proposals for 2011-12 with special budgetary provisions being made for development of infrastructure in the region. ANI

Surrendered militants being trained to start life afresh
After facing immense hardships in the jungles, members of various militant outfits are now undergoing training at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) in Guwahati to become self-sufficient and economically independent. ANI

A northeast musical fest 'These Hills Called Home' held in Delhi
That music occupies a special place in the hearts of the people of the northeast was visible at "These Hills Called Home" festival, held recently at the Jamia Milia Islamia University in Delhi. ANI

India observes National Safety Day
National Safety Day (NSD) was being observed across the country on Friday to promote the safety of employees in work places. ANI

China aspires to put a man on moon by 2030
In an endeavor to accelerate its efforts to improve space technologies, China is leaving no stone unturned in its long-awaited aspiration of making a moon landing by 2030. ANI

CWG scam: CBI registers case against ex-Prasar Bharti CEO
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a case against former Prasar Bharti Chief Executive Officer (CEO) BS Lalli on Friday in connection with allegations of corruption in awarding broadcasting rights for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. ANI

Bofors payoff case: Delhi court verdict on Quattrocchi today
A Delhi court is likely to pronounce its verdict today on a plea by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to shut the Bofors payoff case against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi. ANI

Cisco Deepens Focus on Promoting Healthcare Solutions in India
Cisco today announced that it will continue to deepen and widen its focus on driving healthcare initiatives in India, especially in the area of remote and virtual healthcare. The announcement was made today at ‘Innovations in Connected Health in India’, Cisco’s first industry event for healthcare in India, held at New Delhi Business Wire India

Jigani, Bangalore: The Next Real Estate Investor Destination
Jigani is located in South Bangalore and is just 11 kms from Electronic City. It is adjacent to the 25,000 acre Bannerghatta National Park, home to rich natural and zoological reserves Business Wire India

THSTI & IAVI Announce New HIV Vaccine Design Program in India
The Translational Health Sciences and Technology Institute (THSTI), an autonomous institute of the Indian government’s Department of Biotechnology, and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has announced an agreement to jointly establish, operate and fund an HIV Vaccine Design Program in India Business Wire India

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