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Aarushi case: Allahabad HC reserves order till March 18
The Allahabad High Court today reserved its judgement till March 18 on a petition filed by Noida-based dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who challenged a Ghaziabad CBI court's order, which made them the main accused in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. ANI

Mumbai court adjourns Hasan Ali case till tomorrow
A Mumbai court on Tuesday remanded Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks, in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate for a day and adjourned the hearing following differences over the issue of jurisdiction. ANI

PM assures farmers that their interests will be protected
Reiterating the government's deep concern for farmers' welfare, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, who met a Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) delegation here today assured them that their interests will be fully protected at all times. ANI

Govt. will engage with civil society in addressing concerns over corruption: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that the government will engage with civil society in addressing concerns over corruption. ANI

BHEL facing competition from China: Praful Patel
Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Praful Patel today informed the Parliament that Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is facing competition from China and other countries in the core area of equipments required for power plants and in other areas. ANI

Mamata, Ambika Soni voice support for Women's Reservation Bill
Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee and Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni echoed their support for the Women's Reservation Bill on International Women's Day today. ANI

Women's insecurity in capital a matter of shame, says Delhi CM Dikshit
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said it is a matter of great shame that women do not feel secure in the capital of the country. ANI

President Patil felicitates first women paramilitary regiment in Delhi
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the occasion of International Women's Day today felicitated the country's first paramilitary battalion comprising exclusively of women. ANI

Delhi student killed, incident shocks city
The killing of Radhika Tanwar, a second-year degree student, on the International Women's Day has shamed the national capital with political leaders condemning the incident described it to be really sad, as it took place at a time when the nation is talking of women empowerment. ANI

India to build stronger trade, economic ties with Brazil: Anand Sharma
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma today said that India is desirous to build stronger trade and economic ties with Brazil. ANI

India releases eight Pakistani prisoners at Wagah check post
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday handed over eight Pakistani prisoners to the Pakistani Rangers at the Wagah joint check post. ANI

DMK-Congress seat sharing impasse ends, Congress gets 63
The impasse between the Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) over seat sharing for the upcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu came to an end on Tuesday evening with the former being allotted 63 seats. ANI

New CVC will be appointed soon: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said a new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) will be appointed soon. ANI

WCD Ministry committed towards socio-economic empowerment of women
Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Krishna Tirath on the occasion of 'International Women's Day' today said her ministry is committed towards the socio-economic empowerment of women. ANI

720 Indians evacuated from Libya in last 24 hours
The External Affairs Ministry on Tuesday said that as scheduled, two Air India 747 special flights brought home another batch of about 720 persons from Libya in the past 24 hours as part of 'Operation Safe Homecoming'. ANI

Election Commission bans two rupees per Kilogram rice scheme in Kerala
The Election Commission on Tuesday banned Kerala cabinet's decision to extend provision of rice at two rupees per kilogram to all ration cardholders. ANI

DMK ministers meet Pranab, as discussions on seat sharing continue
As the stalemate between the Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) over seat sharing for the upcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu continues, DMK stalwarts M K Alagiri and Dayanidhi Maran met Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today to find a solution to the ongoing crisis. ANI

IIT Delhi top university for IT graduates in India
Bangalore, March 08 (ANI/Business Wire): Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, which has been created as a centre of excellence for higher training, has been ranked as India's top university for IT graduates, according to GILD report. ANI

Police beat up Samajavadi party activists in Bijnor
Police on Tuesday beat up protesting Samajwadi Party (SP) activists, as they blocked roads in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor district. ANI

Chicken culling starts, as bird flu strikes Tripura
Veterinaries in Tripura have started the process of culling chickens, after an outbreak of Avian Influenza or bird flu in the state. ANI

Egyptian team in Jaipur re-preserves 2300 old mummy
A three-member team from Egypt on Tuesday re-preserved a 2,300 old Egyptian mummy in Jaipur, Rajasthan. ANI

Surekha Yadav drives Deccan Queen on International Women's Day
On the occasion of International Women's Day today, Surekha Yadav, Asia's first woman train driver, got the opportunity of driving the Deccan Queen, one of India's most prestigious trains. ANI

BJP wants Women's Reservation Bill to be passed after consensus
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that it wants the Women's Reservation Bill to be passed in the Lok Sabha after a consensus is evolved on the issue. ANI

IAF orders probe against Wing Commander for taking bribe
The Indian Air force on Tuesday ordered a court of inquiry against Wing Commander A. K. Thakur for allegedly taking bribe. ANI

CPI-M to decide on Kerala CM Achuthanandan's candidature
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) is expected to take a final call here today to decide whether Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan should be fielded for the upcoming April 13 assembly polls to lead the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF). ANI

Train services in Kashmir resume after blast
Train services to Srinagar, have resumed on Tuesday morning after militants blew up a portion of a railway track near the city. ANI

Will Hasan Ali be booked on terror charges?
The Supreme Court on Tuesday mulled invoking terror and other stringent penal charges against Hasan Ali, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks, for his alleged links with arm dealers and people linked to terror activities. ANI

India celebrates International Women's Day
International Women's Day is being celebrated across the country on Tuesday to mark the achievement of women in different spheres of life. ANI

"I am a victim of political conspiracy", says Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks, today said he is a victim of a political conspiracy. ANI

Fans lathi-charged outside Vidarbha stadium
Fans clamouring to buy tickets for the India-South Africa match were lathicharged outside the Vidarbha Cricket Association in Nagpur this morning. ANI

'Dalai Lama's death will not affect Tibet'
A high-ranking Chinese official has said that the Dalai Lama's death will not affect the Tibet autonomous region's overall situation, but will likely have some minor impacts. ANI

Congress-DMK talks on seat sharing continue
The impasse between the Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) over seat-sharing for the upcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu continues. ANI

ED arrests Hasan Ali, to be produced in court
Hasan Ali, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks, was arrested late night by the Enforcement Directorate in Mumbai under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. He will be produced in a court today. ANI

Positive Moves Launches London Operations
Positive Moves, a leading Executive Search firm, has opened its second European office in London today, as part of its ambition to be a global executive search leader. London is a key office for Positive Moves, given its strategic advantage of being the financial center of the world Business Wire India

Reebok Energizes Viewers with the All New Zig Sonic Commercial Starring MS Dhoni & Yuvraj Singh
This ICC Cricket World Cup, Reebok brings the enormously admired faces of Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the high decibel ZigTech commercial, part of a new global ZigTech TV campaign with eight different TV spots featuring some of the world’s greatest athletes Business Wire India

SonicWALL Releases Continuous Data Backup 6.0 Firmware and New High Capacity Appliance Product Line for Backup and Disaster Recovery
SonicWALL, Inc. , the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today launched its next generation of Continuous Data Protection (CDP) solutions. Built from the ground up with an entirely new architecture, SonicWALL CDP 6.0 automatically preserves and protects business-relevant data assets against loss from file, device, and location based disasters Business Wire India

IDBI Bank Goes Live with Oracle Financial Services Asset Liability Management and Oracle Hyperion Planning to Control Risks and Improve Profitability
News Facts -- IDBI Bank, one of India’s leading commercial banks, has implemented Oracle Hyperion Planning to automate budgeting and planning processes Business Wire India

Steelwedge Appoints Srinath Bhupalarao to Head Sales and Services in India
Steelwedge, the leader in cloud-based sales and operations planning (S&OP) solutions, announced today that Srinath Bhupalarao has joined the company as Assistant Vice President of Sales and Global Services. Based in Hyderabad, Mr Business Wire India Turns Pink to Promote Women in the Workplace
Global professional social network ApnaCircle-Viadeo is showing its support for International Women’s Day and female workers everywhere by turning its website pink on Tuesday, 8th March, 2011. ApnaCircle was merged with Viadeo, the leading global professional networking site in July 2009 Business Wire India

Triveni Engineering & Industries Ltd. receives the Frost & Sullivan 2010 Growth Excellence Award in the Indian Water and Wastewater Treatment Market
Frost & Sullivan honored Triveni Engineering & Industries Ltd. with the 2010 Growth Excellence Award in the Indian Water and Wastewater Treatment Market. The Award was presented in recognition of Triveni’s exemplary achievements in water and wastewater treatment projects Business Wire India

Dr. Patwardhan Takes Over as Vice-Chancellor SIU
Symbiosis International University instated Dr. Bhushan Keshav Patwardhan as Vice Chancellor of Symbiosis International University. A Search-cum-Selection Committee constituted as per the University Grants Commission Regulation-2010, submitted its recommendations to Dr.S.B.Mujumdar, Chancellor, Symbiosis International University (SIU) & appointed Dr. Bhushan Keshav Patwardhan as Vice Chancellor Business Wire India

Mahindra and Cisco to Collaborate in Areas Such as Smart Cities, Virtual Dealership, Sports and Entertainment, and Cloud Services
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Cisco today announced the signing of a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which the parties intend to collaborate on go-to-market strategies in areas that include smart cities, virtual dealership, sports and entertainment, and cloud services Business Wire India

Indians Most Likely to Adopt Payment Card Fraud Solutions
Indians are significantly more willing to take precautions against card fraud than other markets in Asia Pacific, according to the Visa Payment Card Security Study Business Wire India

Wadhawan Lifestyle Retail Announces Exclusive Master Franchise Agreement with Adolfo Dominguez
Adolfo Dominguez (AD), the first Spanish designer label has recently launched in the capital and is already set to launch two more stores in India’s key metros within its first year. Founded in 1973, with over 600 points of sales in over 37 countries, Adolfo Dominguez’s foray into India came as a natural extension of the brand’s growth in Asia Business Wire India

GILD Releases First Monthly IT Skills Report for India
GILD, the fastest growing network for technology professionals today announced the release of the first ever GILD Talent Report for the India market. The report is a comprehensive analysis covering over one lakh IT professionals who are active members of the GILD network Business Wire India

The Combat Plan for India’s 2011-2012 Defence Budget
A recently conducted poll by IQPC has revealed that over 33 percent of Indian defence and national security professionals agree that the country should invest in coastal security with a similar percentage casting their votes for increased investment in cyber-security Business Wire India

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