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63 percent turnout in fifth phase of Bihar panchayat polls
An estimated sixty three percent voters exercised their franchise in the fifth phase of panchayat polls in Bihar on Tuesday. ANI

Search for missing Arunachal CM now extends to Bhutan, other areas
With the search at high altitude Banggajang and Nagarjiji yielding no results, the search teams have been concentrating at five more locations including Putujiji in Bhutan to trace out the missing chopper of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. ANI

Japanese envoy calls on C.P. Joshi
Japanese Ambassador to India Akitaka Saiki called on Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr. C.P. Joshi here on Tuesday. ANI

Pak warned Osama before US raids: Wikileaks
The latest disclosure by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has exposed Pakistan's blatant lies, as it claims that Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden always received warning before any operation. ANI

Azad calls for organ donation encouragement drive
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad today called for stepping up the drive to generate awareness about organ and tissue donation in the society. ANI

Hamid Ansari calls for out-of-box thinking on quality of higher civil services
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari today called for out-of-the-box thinking on quality and content issues pertaining to higher civil services. ANI

Ludhiana activists ask Centre to take action against striking AI pilots
Members of Hindu-Sikh Jagriti Manch, a city-based NGO, staged a protest here on Tuesday asking the Central Government to take immediate action against the striking pilots of national carrier Air India. ANI

Over 84 percent turnout in fourth phase of West Bengal polls
Over 84 percent polling was recorded in the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly polls in 63 constituencies spread across East Midnapore, Howrah, Hooghly and parts of Burdwan Districts on Tuesday. ANI

ED summons Kanimozhi in 2G case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Fire engulfs saddle-making factory in Kanpur
A massive fire engulfed a small saddle-making factory in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur city on Tuesday. ANI

SC stays probe in Ishrat Jahan case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the fake encounter of 19-year-old Gujarat college girl Ishrat Jahan and three others. ANI

Maoists kill five security personnel in Jharkhand
At least five security personnel were killed and over 31 others injured after Maoists struck in two different districts of Jharkhand on Tuesday. ANI

Killing of Bin Laden certifies that Pak is a terrorist sanctuary: Expert
The killing of Osama bin Laden once again shows that the real terrorist sanctuaries are located not along Pakistan's borders with Afghanistan and India, but in the Pakistani heartland, says strategic analysts Brahma Chellaney in an article. ANI

Vice-President Ansari to visit Dhaka for Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebrations
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will undertake a two-day visit of Bangladesh to participate in the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. ANI

India has emerged stronger over last 65 years: Krishna
Stating that India has emerged stronger over the course of about 65 years, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said New Delhi is well prepared to address developmental challenges and to contribute to global peace and development. ANI

India is aware of China's economic achievements: Krishna
Asserting that India is aware of the stellar economic achievements of China, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said his country is not in any kind of race with Beijing for it has different political, social and economic systems. ANI

India has a strategic relationship with Russia: Krishna
Emphasizing that strategic ties help to build on common perceptions on major issues of international relations, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said that India has a strategic relationship with Russia, as it does with the United States, Britain, France and several other nations. ANI

India considers Malaysia a close friend and partner: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said that India considers Malaysia a close friend and partner, which is evident from the exchange of visits by the Prime Ministers in 2010, and the decision to establish a strategic partnership. ANI

Lokpal Bill will be introduced during Monsoon Session: Krishna
Asserting that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government has always been responsive to the concerns of citizens, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said that the Lokpal Bill will be introduced in Parliamenturing the Monsoon Session. ANI

Guwahati HC introduces video conferencing for quick disposal of cases
For quick disposal of cases, the Guwahati High Court has introduced video conferencing system with its benches spread across six northeastern states. ANI

Cinema halls shut down in Manipur after militant threats
Members of film forum, Manipur today held a sit in protest against the threat by a section of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP). ANI

India committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said that India is committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan through bilateral dialogue, in an environment free from terrorism and violence. ANI

Delhi High Court pulls up striking Air India pilots
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday criticized the striking pilots of national carrier Air India for the loss they have caused to the nation. ANI

Arunachalees unhappy with slow Army mobilisation to rescue CM Khandu
Even after 72hours, there is no trace of the four-seater single engine Pawan Hans chopper that went missing while on way from Tawang to Itanagar with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others on board. ANI

West Bengal polls: 40 percent votes cast in first four hours (Update)
Around forty per cent polling was recorded in the first four hours of voting in 63 constituencies in Howrah Hooghly, East Midnapore and parts of Burdwan Districts of West Bengal on Tuesday. ANI

Taiwan varsities sign academic promotion pacts with Amity University
A delegation of academics and senior members of several Taiwan universities visited Amity University here this week and signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for promoting and exploring academic interaction between India and Taiwan. ANI

Ground search for Arunachal CM Khandu continues
Three thousand security personnel were on Tuesday searching the inhospitable altitudes of Sela Pass to trace the missing chopper carrying Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others on board. ANI

Pilots strike enters seventh day, ICPA writes to PM
With the Air India pilots' strike entering its seventh day on Tuesday, the Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in the matter immediately. ANI

West Bengal polls: 21 percent votes cast in first two hours
Twenty one per cent polling was recorded in the first two hours of voting in 63 constituencies in Howrah Hooghly, East Midnapore and parts of Burdwan Districts of West Bengal on Tuesday. ANI

Australia welcomes Indian decision on Free Trade Agreement
Australia's Trade Minister Craig Emerson has welcomed a decision by the Indian Government to launch negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia. ANI

Jammu, the refugee city of India
It is not a happy city. The winter capital of the strife-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir has too much angst to pass off as just another temple town of India, seeking to profit from tourists who come here either for pilgrimages or for its climate. ANI

Polling underway for fourth phase of West Bengal elections
Polling for the fourth phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal for 63 constituencies is going on today. ANI

Power Gen India & Central Asia is gearing up for the Power Challenges of India’s 12th Plan
POWER-GEN INDIA & CENTRAL ASIA 2011 is one of the leading International Exhibition & Conference on the Power industry which is slated to be held from 5th to 7th May 2011 in Pragati Maidan Exhibition Centre, New Delhi (India) Business Wire India

AKAI unveils India’s Smallest LED TV
AKAI India, one of the largest Japanese Consumer Electronics brands with eight decades of lineage as a technology innovator in consumer electronics, announced the launch of 19” inch LED television, which is the smallest LED available in India. The size and dimension of the LED is perfect for the smaller rooms of the house or a smaller residence Business Wire India

Steria Announces First Quarter 2011 Revenue Growth of 3.5% to €429.1 million
-- Consolidated revenue for the first quarter 2011 rose by 3.5% as compared to the first quarter 2010. On a like for like basis, Group revenue rose by 1.3%. -- The different areas of continental Europe recorded organic growth rates of between 3% and 6%. The United Kingdom should return to organic growth as from the second quarter, in line with the Group's initial expectations Business Wire India

Dion Global Solutions Joins Hands with BC Computers, Sri Lanka
Dion Global Solutions Limited (Dion) announced today that it has signed a strategic partnership with BC Computers Limited, in Sri Lanka. Through this partnership, BC Computers will be distributing the innovative software solutions of Dion and its associated companies in Sri Lanka market Business Wire India

Red Hot Web Gems Releases Step by Step Wedding Planning Guide
Red Hot Web Gems, the company which owns India’s largest network of wedding planning and vendor information resource portals, is delighted to announce the release of “Step by Step Wedding Planning Guide – Plan your Wedding the Right Way”, a comprehensive and user-friendly guide to help the brides and grooms to plan their upcoming nuptial perfectly Business Wire India

Visit Canada this June with Cox & Kings, get the Chance to Rub Shoulders with Bollywood Celebrities at IIFA in Toronto, Canada
Cox and Kings Ltd, the longest established travel company in the world since 1758 gives you a chance to rub shoulders with Bollywood celebrities in Toronto. Plan your holiday to Canada around IIFA and get a chance to win Two couple free stay for 4 days/ 3 nights in Ontario with free tickets to IIFA, Toronto. According to Karan Anand, head-relationships & supplier management, Cox & Kings Ltd Business Wire India

ITShastra’s Advisory Board Adds Dr. Paul Kustes
ITShastra, a software development, testing and design company for worldwide business needs and offshore project delivery , today announced that Dr. Paul Kustes joined the company’s advisory board and will help promote ITShastra efforts within the U.S. Dr. Kustes is a founder and managing director of Venture Consultants, LLC. (VC) Business Wire India

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