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India News on March 7, 2011

1400 more Indians pulled out of Libya
Around 1400 Indians have been flown out of strife-torn Libya in the preceding 24 hours, which takes the total number of persons evacuated so far to over 12,000. ANI

Mirchpur case: SC asks Haryana Govt. to identify those who demonstrated
The Supreme Court today asked the Haryana Government to identify the persons and organisation responsible for staging demonstration in December last year against booking of some upper caste people in connection with the Mirchpur caste violence last year in which an elderly Dalit man and his daughter were killed in an arson attack. ANI

Kamal Nath calls for reforms in governance
After receiving the report of the High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath today said the reforms in governance is needed to bring about more developments. ANI

Terrorists use Internet as most potent tool for recruitment, says Pillai
Union Home Secretary G K Pillai today said that terrorists are using the Internet as the most effective tool for recruiting youngsters and to carry out surveillance operations in the country. ANI

Armed forces facing a shortage of 15,004 officers, says Antony
Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday informed that the armed forces are at present facing a shortage of 15,004 officers, and added that several measures are being initiated to motivate the youth to make armed forces a preferable career option. ANI

India, France discuss civil aviation cooperation
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs and Civil Aviation Vayalar Ravi met Thierry Mariani, French Minister of State for Transport, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, to discuss the Indo-French civil aviation cooperation issues. ANI

Praful Patel to hold interactive session with Public Sector Enterprises
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel will hold the first ever ministerial level interactive session with a cross-section of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) here on March 9. ANI

Political leaders welcome Supreme Court judgement on euthanasia plea
Cutting across party lines, political leaders today welcomed the judgement of the Supreme Court, which rejected the petition filed by author Pinki Virani for the mercy killing of comatose nurse Aruna Shanbaug. ANI

President Patil greets women on International Women's Day eve
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil greeted the women across the country on the eve of International Women's Day and conveyed her best wishes to them for their continued success. ANI

Urban infrastructure report submitted to Kamal Nath
The High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure submitted its report to Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath and the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja here today. ANI

DMK pull out from Government put off by a day
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee spoke to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi on Monday and sough one more day's time to decide over the number of seats for the Congress in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls. ANI

Supreme Court gives nod to single common test for medical courses
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Central Government to hold a single eligibility- cum-entrance examination for Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and post-graduate medical courses from this academic session. ANI

Black money case: Hasan Ali Khan detained by Enforcement Directorate
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) detained stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks, for questioning here on Monday. ANI

Delhi Govt. committed to ensure empowerment of women
Asserting that the Delhi Government is strongly committed to the welfare of women from all sections of the society, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said sincere efforts were on to ensure social, economic and political empowerment of the fair sex. ANI

Kashmir University digitises rare manuscripts
The Kashmir University in Srinagar has begun the process of digitising rare manuscripts to preserve the heritage and historical literature of the state. ANI

Egypt requested to intervene to rescue Indian hostages
External affairs minister SM Krishna said he has expressed India's concerns over the rescue of Indian sailors taken hostage by Somali pirates, to Egypt. ANI

Air India to organise All Women Flights on International Women's Day
Air India has organised flights with all women crew together with women dispatchers, women load and trim staff, women engineers, women staff at check-in counters, women doctor for crew breathalyser test, women staff for security checks and women conducting LOSA safety audit on the occasion of International Women's Day tomorrow. ANI

Empowering Indian women gathers momentum
Ahead of the International Women's Day to be celebrated tomorrow, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said that real development cannot take root if it bypasses women, who represent the very pivot around which social change takes shape. ANI

Moily wants a serious debate on euthanasia
After the Supreme Court rejected the petition filed by author Pinki Virani for the mercy killing of comatose nurse Aruna Shanbaug, Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Monday said there is a need for a serious debate regarding the matter. ANI

Chief Election Commissioner reviews election preparedness in Assam
Chief Election Commissioner, S.Y. Quraishi along with two election commissioners have arrived in Guwahati on Monday to review the poll preparedness in Assam. ANI

BJP candidate in Kerala charged for violating election code of conduct
A Bharatiya Janata Dal (BJP) candidate was charged with violating the Code of Conduct of the Election Commission, ahead of state polls in Kerala. ANI

India has 37 percent of women's representation in Asia-Pacific local governments
India has 37 percent of women's representation in the Asia Pacific provincial and regional assemblies, which are the highest tier of sub-national government. ANI

PM's 'New 15 Point Programme' focuses on development in minority areas
Minister of State for Minority Affairs Vincent H. Pala has said that 15 percent of targets and outlays under various schemes included in the Prime Minister's 'New 15 Point Programme' should be earmarked for minorities. ANI

SC rejects Shanbaug's euthanasia plea, lays down guidelines for mercy killing
Rejecting the petition filed by author Pinki Virani for the mercy killing of comatose nurse Aruna Shanbaug, the Supreme Court today laid down certain guidelines for withdrawal of life support systems. ANI

Govt. allows mobile towers near border
The Department of Telecom has decided to permit mobile towers within 500 meters of international border. ANI

Parliament stalled over Mulayam's 'house arrest'
Samajwadi Party (SP) members forced the adjournment of the Lok Sabha twice today, alleging that their leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh were put under house arrest in Lucknow, to prevent them from leading a three day agitation against the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP). ANI

Models gather in Kochi for Miss Queen of India pageant
Contestants for Miss Queen of India 2011 pageant have gathered in Kochi, Kerala to participate in a grooming session. ANI

Rajasthan jewellers happy with direct flight to Bangkok
Jewellery traders from Jaipur are happy with the government's decision to start a direct flight to Bangkok from Jaipur, as it will boost trade. ANI

DMK asked to re-think resignations
As the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) ministers arrived in Delhi to submit their resignations to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has asked them to think one last time about their decision. ANI

Jat agitation in Lucknow disrupts train services
Thousands of Jats in Lucknow have disrupted railway services, following the protest over reservation in central jobs under Other Backward Classes (OBC) category. ANI

CVC appointment was an error of judgement: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today accepted error of judgement in appointing PJ Thomas as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). ANI

Muslims demand 20 percent reservation
Hundreds of Muslims have staged a massive demonstration in Muzaffarnagar demanding 20 percent reservation for the community in every field. ANI

Hindu devotees embark on special journey to retrace ancient road to Puri
Hundreds of Hindu devotees embarked on a spiritual journey on foot from Kolkata to Puri to retrace an ancient road that led to the sacred Jagannath temple. ANI

Supreme Court rejects Aruna Shanbaug's euthanasia plea
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petition filed by author Pinki Virani for the mercy killing of comatose nurse Aruna Shanbaug, confined to a bed in Mumbai's King Edward Memorial Hospital for the last 37 years in a vegetative state after a brutal sexual assault. ANI

Expectant mothers walk on ramp in Delhi to celebrate motherhood
Celebrating motherhood, expectant mothers walked the ramp in a unique fashion show in Delhi. ANI

DMK ministers to submit their resignations to PM
All six Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) ministers - including MK Alagiri and Dayanidhi Mara will submit their resignations to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today. ANI

Bend it like Beckham or like Dulad of Jharkhand?
The fever was at a high pitch; the moment was exhilarating. The event was a women's football match at the National Games held in Jharkhand between Haryana and the home state. In front of a packed cheering crowd at Birsamunda Stadium at Ranchi, Dulad Marandi, a young tribal girl from Dumka scored a spectacular round of four goals, which led her team to a win. ANI

Has the paradigm for women labour changed?
Across millions of households in India, straddling the rural and urban, there seems to be a tacit understanding that women of the house including girls should put in long hours of work to ensure the functioning of the house and the comfort of all members. ANI

Homeshop18 Launches its next-generation e-commerce Portal
-- Aims to be the leading player in e-commerce industry -- Over 450 brands and 1,00,000 SKUs delivered across 3000 locations with free shipping on most of the items -- Unveils the new portal with a fresh new look and exciting user friendly features India’s first and leading home shopping channel HomeShop18 unveiled today, its next generation e-commerce portal Business Wire India

HealthLine 24x7 kick Starts cavity-free Month on Dentist’s Day
On the occasion of Dentist’s Day, HealthLine 24x7 - India’s first phone-based and web-based healthcare information assistance service today kick-started ‘Dental Month’ that seeks to prevent the development of oral disease through education and proactive dental hygiene care Business Wire India

Ingenico and MRL PosNET Launch India’s first Line Encryption Solution
Ingenico (Euronext : FR0000125346 - ING), leading worldwide provider of payment solutions, joined hands with MRL PosNET, a leading Indian merchant services company, for successfully launching India’s first Line Encryption solution on a POS Terminal Business Wire India

GETIT Launches Exciting Services on Phone
GETIT Infoservices Pvt Ltd., the leader in directional advertising and pioneer of Yellow Pages in India, launched two exciting services today. getitFREEADS™ – a free classifieds on phone service where consumers can buy/sell anything and callGETIT™ an information service for 24x7 right answers in Kerala Business Wire India

Haier Launches the New Range of 3D LED TV’s
Haier, one of the largest Home Appliances & Consumer Electronics brands, worldwide, and the global no.1 in refrigerators and laundry appliances today, launched their new range of 3D LED TV in India. Haier’s 3D LED TV range represents the company’s efforts to continuously introduce pioneering, new technologies for the Indian consumer Business Wire India

India goes Cricket Crazy on RockeTalk
World is on a cricket high, but for some it’s even higher! Passion for cricket is taking a new shape for the mobile users. The launch of Cricket World Cup special contests - ‘Cricket Vidhata’ and ‘Funny Commentator Contest’ on RockeTalk, India’s No.1 mobile social network, there’s a great excitement and participation interest amongst cricket lovers Business Wire India

Enjoy Cricket with GROHE
Celebrating the spirit of ICC World Cup 2011, GROHE India in collaboration with Yahoo! Cricket has developed a Cricket Desktop Widget to give you all the live scores updates of the world cup matches. The 24*7 live cricket score desktop widget is a must for all die-hard cricket fans this cricket season. The widget can be downloaded from or emailer Business Wire India

Tanla Announces the Launch of, a New Cross Platform In-Application Billing Service for Mobile Games & Apps
Tanla Solutions [BSE: 532790 | NSE: TANLA] today announced the launch of, a cross platform on device mobile payment service for mobile applications and games. Through a single integration with TPAYmobile, developers get access to billing on over 100 mobile networks as well as the ability to charge through Credit & Debit cards globally Business Wire India

A High Level Delegation from Uruguay Visits the Manufacturing Facility of RRB Energy Limited at Poonamallee
A high level delegation from Uruguay visited the Manufacturing Facility of RRB Energy Limited (RRBEL) at Poonamallee to explore the possibility of business association with the company in the field of Wind Power. Pic.1 : From Left To Right : Mr. Rakesh Bakshi, Chairman and Managing Director RRB Energy Ltd.; H.E. Mr Business Wire India

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