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Former President Kalam presents national awards on Technology Day
Former President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, on Wednesday gave away national awards on technology to industrial/individual concern for developing indigenous technology. ANI

Land acquisition stir: Rahul Gandhi assures full support to agitating farmers
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi assuring the agitating farmers of his full support, on Wednesday criticizing the Uttar Pradesh Government demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident. ANI

PM to visit Kabul, to focus on enhancing trade, counterterrorism cooperation
Asserting that India and Afghanistan enjoy a deep and abiding relationship that goes back in time and history, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that he looks forward to exchanging views on developments in the region and the common fight against the scourge of terrorism. ANI

Cabinet approves FDI in limited liability partnership firms
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the proposal to amend the policy on allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) firms. ANI

Cabinet approves new research vessel for Geological Survey of India
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the proposal for acquisition of a new research vessel (RV) by Geological Survey of India for seabed survey and exploration for non-living resources as a replacement of RV "Samudra Manthan" at a revised cost estimate of Rs.549.50 crore. ANI

Bansal calls for strengthening partnership with private sector
Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Pawan Kumar Bansal today called upon the technology development board to further strengthen partnership with private sector in the areas of research and development. ANI

India, Australia to deepen economic partnership: Anand Sharma
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma has stressed India's interest in building long-term relationships with Australia, especially in areas of mutual interest such as mineral resources, agriculture and clean energy. ANI

Rahul Gandhi committed to farmers' cause, says UP Congress chief
Commenting on Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's visit to the Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida, which has seen violent protests by farmers over land acquisition, Uttar Pradesh Congress committee chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi today said that he is committed to the farmers' cause. ANI

Pranab wants Indian diplomacy to acquire a decisive economic perspective
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that Indian diplomacy has to acquire a decisive economic perspective to its thinking and strategic approach to ensure that our interests and security are safeguarded and promoted. ANI

Mukherjee terms sustained growth, inflation as major challenges
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said sustained growth and inflation are among the major challenges faced by the country. ANI

One dead, three hurt in Navi Mumbai port fire
One person was killed and three were injured in a fire that broke out in a container yard near Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) at Uran in Navi Mumbai today. ANI

National Commission of Women praises treatment of injured sportsperson Aruninma Sinha
National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Yasmin Abrar has expressed her happiness over the medical treatment being given to injured sportsperson Arunima Sinha. ANI

Moily welcomes Supreme Court's order on Bhopal gas leak case
Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Wednesday welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court's decision to dismiss the curative petition filed by the nodal probe agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Bhopal gas leak case. ANI

Rural employment programme sees participation by Ambleshwar women
Stung by rampant poverty, scores of women in a village near Raipur, Chhattisgarh, are actively participating in the government's flagship Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme, to financially support their households. ANI

TISS students protest against Jaitapur nuke project
Scores of students of the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) are boycotting their convocation ceremony on Wednesday as a mark of protest against the proposed 9,900 MW nuclear power plant in Jaitapur. ANI

Selja calls for cooperation between India, Kazakhstan to promote cultural ties
Asserting that India and Kazakhstan have rich heritage and culture, Union Minister of Tourism, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja on Wednesday said mutual cooperation and organisation of cultural events and exhibition between the two nations will go a long way in cementing mutual cultural relations. ANI

North East dramatists to perform 1,000 shows of a play a day
A group of 2,500 young dramatists plan to hold 1,000 shows of a play based on class discrimination on a single day in Guwahati. ANI

Maoists blast a lawmaker's Palamu house
Maoists blasted a lawmaker's house in the Palamu region of Jharkhand on Wednesday. ANI

Assembly polls in five states recorded highest voter turnout: Quraishi
Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Wednesday said the recently concluded assembly polls in five states of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout, and termed it to be a positive sign. ANI

Kanimozhi appears before ED in 2G scam case
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharath Kumar appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here today to seek another date instead of May 13 for their questioning in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Australian swimwear designer apologises misuse of Indian religious images
Australian designer Lisa Burke has apologized to the Hindu community for displaying swimwear costumes carrying Indian religious images in the recently concluded Rosemount Australian fashion week in Sydney. ANI

India releases list of 50 most-wanted fugitives hiding in Pakistan
India today released a list of 50 most wanted fugitives hiding in Pakistan, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Lashkar-e-Toiba founder and the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Hafiz Saeed, and Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar. ANI

Heat wave distresses residents in Amritsar, Patna
A heat wave has left the residents of Amritsar and Patna distressed. ANI

US Homeland Security chief to visit India
The U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit India on May 26 and 27, with stops in New Delhi and Mumbai. ANI

India hands over eight Pakistan prisoners at Wagah checkpost
India's Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday handed over eight Pakistani prisoners to the Pakistani Rangers at the Wagah-Attari joint check post after completing transfer formalities related to their jail terms in India. ANI

Devotees throng traditional fair in Himachal Pradesh
Hindu devotees residing in the hilly village of Anni in Himachal Pradesh attended a century-old religious fair here on Tuesday. ANI

Bin Laden killing redefines India's ties with Pak: Air Force chief
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik on Wednesday said the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has redefined the complex relationship between India and Pakistan. ANI

Moily calls for reduction of pending cases in courts
Union Law and Justice Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily has urged to the Chief Justice of India as well as to the chief justices of all high courts in the country to step up efforts towards reducing pendency in courts and improving justice delivery and legal reforms. ANI

Tribals thrash Andhra politicians over proposed mining project
Hundreds of tribals went on a rampage in protest of proposed mining of China clay in Sarayi village in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday and beat up politicians representing the area. ANI

West Bengal's booming carpet industry helping to create new jobs
The carpet industry in West Bengal's North Dinajpur District has opened new job opportunities for its residents for whom the traditional occupation of agriculture is not enough. ANI

Adarsh Society scam: Panel summons to ex-Maharashtra CMs' Deshmukh, Chavan
The inquiry commission probing the Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai has summoned former Maharashtra Chief Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan to appear before it as witnesses. ANI

Bhopal Gas tragedy: Supreme Court dismisses curative petition of CBI (Update)
The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday dismissed the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI's) curative petition seeking restoration of stringent charges against the Bhopal tragedy accused. ANI

Supreme Court ends ban on publishing of Amar Singh's taped conversations
The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday lifted its gag order on the media that restrained the latter from broadcasting and publishing former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's taped conversations with top politicians and Bollywood stars. ANI

Rahul Gandhi meets farmers in Greater Noida
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida, which has seen violent protests by farmers over land acquisition. ANI

India rejects Pak's 'outdated' statement on action against 26/11 accused
India has rejected Pakistan terming New Delhi's demand for action against all those responsible in 26/11 Mumbai attacks as "outdated", saying the country was consistent about this and Islamabad is aware of this. ANI

Air India passengers continue to compalin of chaos
The strike by pilots of Air India may have ended last Friday, but passengers wanting to take its flights, continue to complain about late confirmations, change in flight timings and overall chaos in services. ANI

SC to deliver judgment on Bhopal Gas case today
The Supreme Court of India is expected to deliver its judgment on the Central Bureau of Investigation's curative petition in the Bhopal Gas case today. ANI

Hyundai Packs “Fluidic Sculpture” Punch in the all-New Verna
Hyundai Motor India Limited, the country’s largest exporter and the second-largest car manufacturer, launched the all-new Fluidic Verna today. The new Verna bears Hyundai’s new design philosophy of ‘Fluidic Sculpture’. Fluidic Sculpture design is further accentuated by premium features like chrome plated 2 tone rear garnish and stylish new tail lamp cluster Business Wire India

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept Car unveiled by Mr. Praful Patel, Honorable Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car was unveiled today at Deutsche Motoren by Mr. Praful Patel, Honorable Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. The German Ambassador to India, Mr. Thomas Matussek was present as the Guest of Honour Business Wire India

Jubilant Industries Board approves Scheme of Arrangement to Restructure its Business and enable Foray into Mall cum Hypermarket format
Jubilant Industries Ltd, (JIL) a leading Agri & Performance Polymers company, headquartered in Noida, India, announced today that its board has approved the scheme of arrangement to restructure its businesses by vesting its Agri and Consumer Products business (ACP) with its wholly owned subsidiary Jubilant Agri and Consumer Products Ltd (JACPL) Business Wire India

Experiencing the AGM of Berkshire Hathaway: Through the eyes of an Indian
“I think you have to be there to witness it for yourself” says Mr Vivekananda Murthy when it comes to describing the experience of attending the Annual General Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway and listening to the investing legend , Warren Buffett Business Wire India Deal for Daily Deal Websites
Group deal websites have seen tremendous growth in the last few years, despite recession-driven misery in consumer spending and sluggishness of the advertising market. Be it luxury products, getaways, fine dining or services to pamper ourselves; with group deal, everything is just a click away. What’s most interesting is that these can be availed at an unimaginable discount Business Wire India

AppLabs to Exhibit at 2011 ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Pittsburgh, May 15-17
AppLabs, the world’s largest software testing and quality management company, today announced that is it exhibiting at ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Pittsburgh, PA from May 15-17, 2011 Business Wire India

Extreme Networks Introduces Open Fabric Data Center Architecture for Cloud-Scale Networks
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Xebec Communications, about Two Decades of Excellence and Striving for more
Xebec Communications, with a head count of over 135 employees, at its recently concluded annual conference held in Lonavala, charted out its road map for the future. The conference theme “Discover the leader in you” extolled every individual to strive and achieve full personal and professional potential which would enable the company achieve its goal of hitting the Rs.100 crore sales turnover Business Wire India

Hughes Launches Cloud Services on Microsoft Platform
Hughes Communications India, Ltd. (HCIL), a leading provider of broadband satellite and managed network services, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) today announced that it has partnered with Microsoft to launch a subscription-based messaging and collaborative service built on Microsoft’s Communication Services platform for business customers Business Wire India

Max New York Life Net Up 12 times to Rs. 283 Crores
-- Gross Premium up 20% to Rs. 5,812 crores -- Private Market Share up 199 bps to 7.5% on Adjusted Individual FYP -- Records 37% growth in AUM to Rs. Rs.13,836 Crore Max New York Life Insurance, one of India’s leading life insurance companies today announced its audited results for the Financial Year 2010 -11 Commenting on the performance of the company, Mr Business Wire India

Palintest Launches 9100 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer in its Water Analysis Range
The new 9100 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer from leading water analysis company Palintest Ltd. offers accurate, full-power spectroscopic analysis for the lab environment. This addition perfectly complements the company’s existing and extensive range of photometric and sensor based testing instruments Business Wire India

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