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Top position in IMF should go to best available talent: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday the top position in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should not go to specific countries, but to the best available talent in the world. ANI

No change in alliance with DMK as of now: PM
Commenting on the DMK-Congress alliance after the arrest of Kanimozhi in connection with the 2G scam, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said as of now the DMK is our partner and there is no change in it. ANI

Govt. open to new ideas for fighting corruption: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday said the government led by him is open to new ideas for fighting corruption. ANI

India will maintain 8.5 percent growth rate this year: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that his government's main ambition was to maintain the growth rate of at least 8.5 percent per annum. ANI

Need to think fresh about land acquisition, says Manmohan Singh
Asserting that there is a need to think fresh about land acquisition, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the government is committed to bring this bill for approval in the monsoon session of Parliament. ANI

Headley's trial has not brought out anything new: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday said the trial of Lashkar-e-Taiba's Pakistani-American operative David Coleman Headley has not brought out anything new. ANI

Pak leadership should wake up to stop terror machine: PM
Asserting that the monster of terrorism, which Pakistan has unleashed is hurting both nations, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday asked Pakistan to curb and stop terror machine and Jihadi organisation working against India. ANI

Sheila Dikshit opens transit camp for Urs pilgrims
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday opened a 20-day transit camp for pilgrims going to attend 799th annual Urs of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer Sharif. ANI

Uttar Pradesh villagers angry at authorities after ponds dry up
Villagers in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad District are angry after ponds created under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) remain dry and prove to be of no use to them. ANI

Private sector significant in job market expansion: Omar Abdullah
Underlining the significance of private sector in job market, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday urged the private players in trade, commerce and industry to play their important role in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Organic waste lights up streets of Pune
Electricity generated by processing organic household waste is being used to light up the streets of Maharashtra's Pune city.s many as 225 streetlamps have been lit up by power generated by biogas plants. ANI

British High Commissioner meets separatist leader Malik
British High Commissioner to India Sir Richard Stagg, who is leading a three-member delegation to Jammu and Kashmir to understand the conflict issue in the region met separatist leader Yasin Malik here on Saturday. ANI

BJP will never come back to power: Congress
A day after Sushma Swaraj blamed fellow party leader Arun Jaitley for allotting ministerial berths to the Reddy brothers in Karnataka cabinet, Congress Party charging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in corruption and nepotism, today said the party will never come back to power. ANI

Antony asks Indian Navy, Coast Guard personnel to be vigilant
Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday urged the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard personnel to never let their guard down, reminding that nations which have ignored maritime security have done so only at their own peril. ANI

Gujarat farmers oppose construction of proposed nuclear plant
Farmers in Gujarat's Bhavnagar District have pledged to oppose the construction of the 6,000-megawatt nuclear power plant proposed in Mithivirdi region, saying they would not allow the government to acquire their fertile lands. ANI

Opposition to Posco plant in Orissa
Eight police personnel were taken hostage near Orissa's Paradip town on Saturday by a group of locals, who are opposing the Rs. 52,000 crore Posco steel plant. ANI

Yeddyurappa says he appointed Reddys as ministers
In the wake of a controversy over senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj's remarks about the Reddy brothers, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa asserting that no one exerted any influence on him, today said the decision to give ministerial berths to them was his own. ANI

Delhi Govt. says Shunglu allegations baseless
The Delhi Government today sent its report to the Union Home Ministry on allegations made by the Shunglu Committee about bunglings in the 2010 Commonwealth Games projects. ANI

Monsoon to reach Kerala on Tuesday
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that southwest monsoon will reach the shores of Kerala on Tuesday. ANI

Rohtang Pass link to Lahaul reopens after five months
Rohtang Pass, the road link between Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh, has been reopened for traffic after heavy snowfall shut it down for five months. ANI

Surat diamond workers to have identity cards
The Surat Diamond Association (SDA) has taken an initiative of keeping a database of diamond workers by issuing them photo identity cards. ANI

Slumdog Millionaire did not deserve Oscar, says music director
Bollywood music director Ismail Darbar has alleged that the coveted Oscar award conferred upon movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' in 2009 was compromised and had been "bought" by the recipients. ANI

Climbing Mount Lhotse tougher than Mount Everest, says Arjun Vajpayee
Young Indian mountaineer Arjun Vajpayee, who has returned home after climbing Mount Lhotse, has said that it was a good and tough experience that would help him in the future to scale other peaks. ANI

Row over Afzal Guru's death penalty boils over, victims call for 'immediate execution'
Stung by the delay in executing the death penalty of Afzal Guru, who was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on the Parliament, victims and activists have called for reforms in the country's legal framework to end the perceived 'politicisation' of such sensitive rows. ANI

Corporate Investments Key for India to be World Class in Education: RISE Academy
India’s premier Kota-based IIT-JEE exam training institute – RISE Academy feels that now is the time when the corporate sector should come forward and play a major role in nation building through investments in world class faculty as well as students. “The time is ripe now for corporates to dig into their deep pockets and invest in the education sector Business Wire India

IMT Hyderabad Open for Admissions
IMT Hyderabad is now open for admission. It comes armed with the distinguished IMT reputation and with over 30 years of experience in teaching management students: IMT Ghaziabad is among the top 10 management institutes in India. IMT Hyderabad is sure to follow in its illustrious footsteps. 30 beautifully planned and landscaped acres make up IMT Hyderabad’s fully residential, brand new campus Business Wire India Pushes for Cohesive SME Ecosystem through SME Learning Series
-- Partners with for the Series -- Aims to bring clear understanding of Finance, HR, IT, Communication, Marketing & other business verticals to SMEs -- Roadshows being organised across India; Bangalore & Vadodara events receive huge response Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been playing a vital role in growth and development of Indian economy Business Wire India

ISKCON Food Relief Foundation is Working to Uplift the Society by Giving Healthy Future to India
ISKCON Food relief foundation, an NGO based in Delhi & NCR is working towards the betterment of the society by helping to break the vicious circle of hunger and poverty that restricts educational and development opportunities of unprivileged children by providing them regular, nutritious food as mid day meal Business Wire India

Sony Entertainment Television Announces Launch of The World’s Biggest Singing Show
Sony Entertainment Television today unveiled X Factor India the Indian version of the No 1 singing show globally X Factor. A worldwide phenomenon, THE X FACTOR is a competition series developed by Simon Cowell that gives viewers the opportunity to help choose the next musical megastar Business Wire India

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