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Award death penalty for honour killings: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Monday directed courts to view honour killings cases as "rarest of rare" category for awarding death penalty to the convicts. ANI

Nithari killings: Koli files mercy petition before President Patil
Nithari killing convict Surender Koli has filed a mercy petition before President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. ANI

Jayalalithaa reserves comments on DMK's future till May 13
AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa today said that she would reserve her comments till May 13 on the future of the ruling DMK Party that has been hit by the telecom scam. ANI

Expert group to prepare roadmap for green national account: Ramesh
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh today said that the government will set up a high-level expert group to prepare a roadmap for green national account. ANI

No intelligence proof so far about Al-Qaeda's link in J-K: Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday dismisses reports about any links between the Al-Qaeda terror outfit and the militants in the valley. ANI

Eleven labourers killed in Karnataka truck mishap
At least eleven labourers were killed and over nine others got injured, when a truck in which they were travelling collided with a lorry in Karnataka's Koppal District today. ANI

Opposition was never consulted vis-…-vis the Lokpal Bill, says Jaitley
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Monday criticized the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre by citing that the Opposition had not been consulted regarding the draft of the Lokpal Bill until social activists raised this issue in public. ANI

James Bevan appointed British High Commissioner to India
James David Bevan has been appointed as the British High Commissioner to India and will succeed Sir Richard Stagg. ANI

US charge sheets Pak ISI major, four others for 26/11 attacks
With the United States naming Major Iqbal among the five persons having key roles to play in masterminding the terrorist strikes on Mumbai in November 2008, the Indian Government has said there should be no doubt now about the role of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the mayhem that claimed over 300 lives. ANI

Hike in cotton price hits Khadi business in Rajkot
The homespun Khadi business is affected in Gujarat's Rajkot city due to the hike in its rate. ANI

Spring season exhibition attracts tourists in Kashmir
The spring exhibition, organised on the bank of Dal Lake that showcased exclusive collection of crafts and food stalls, attracted many tourists in Kashmir ANI

Maoist shutdown call disrupts normal life in Ranchi
A 24-hour nationwide shutdown call given by Maoists in protest against the anti-encroachment drive in Jharkhand has hit normal life in Ranchi. ANI

Exercise 'Vijayee Bhava' to boost synergy between armed forces
A six-day joint exercise of the Indian Army and the Air Force has started on Monday in the deserts of Bikaner and Suratgarh near the Pakistan border in order to boost the synergy between the defence forces. ANI

Congress condemns land acquisition policies of Mayawati Govt.
The Congress Party on Monday condemned the land acquisition policies of the Uttar Pradesh Government, saying it should involve farmers in development of the Yamuna Expressway project. ANI

Badrinath temple reopens for Hindu pilgrims
Portals of the Badrinath temple situated in Uttarakhand's Chamoli District reopened on Monday after remaining closed for six months. ANI

Last phase of West Bengal polls tomorrow
The sixth and last phase of West Bengal Assembly elections will be held on Tuesday in Maoist-hit parts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts. ANI

PM offers floral tribute to Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today offered floral tribute to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary. ANI

700 applications received from PoK militants to return home: Abdullah
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the government has received nearly 700 applications from local militants in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), who are willing to give up violence and rejoin the mainstream. ANI

Czech Republic Senate President calls on President Patil
The visiting Senate President of the Czech Republic, Milan Stech, called on President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Monday, where the duo discussed issues of mutual interest. ANI

Jawaharlal Nehru Award conferred on Angela Merkel
The jury of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding chaired by Vice-President Mohmmad Hamid Ansari has decided to confer the Award for the year 2009 on Dr. Angela Dorothea Merkel, Chancellor of Germany. ANI

Doctors' strike affects medical services in Hyderabad
With junior doctors at government hospitals going on strike here, medical services in Hyderabad have been severely affected. ANI

Artists make silken umbrellas ahead of Thrissur Pooram
Artists in Kerala's Thrissur District are busy in making umbrellas that would be exhibited during the Kudamattam ritual of the popular temple festival, 'Thrissur Pooram'. ANI

Greater Noida farmers' protests: BJP leader Rajnath Singh arrested
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh, who was on his way to Greater Noida today to meet the protesting farmers, has been arrested while trying to enter Bhatta Parsaul village. ANI

SC stays Allahabad HC order on Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title case
The Supreme Court on Monday stayed a Allahabad High Court verdict on Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute. ANI

Delhi to host BJP chief ministers conclave
Chief Ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states will take part in a two-day conclave here to assess progress of welfare programmes. ANI

Greater Noida farmers' protest continues: BJP to observe 'Black Day'
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will observe a "Black Day" in Uttar Pradesh on Monday in protest against a police crackdown on farmers in Bhatta Parsaul village of Greater Noida. ANI

25 passengers injured as train derails in Madhya Pradesh
At least 25 passengers were injured when six coaches of the Mumbai-Pratapgarh Udyog Nagri Express derailed near Madhya Pradesh's Vidisha District on Monday morning. ANI

SC to hear Ram Janambhoomi-Babri-Masjid case today
The Supreme Court will on Monday hear arguments in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri-Masjid title case in which a bunch of petitions have been filed by various Muslim and Hindu outfits, who have challenged the Allahabad High Court verdict. ANI

SRF Posts 23% Growth in Q4 Profit at Rs. 136 crore
-- SRF standalone Q4 net sales at Rs. 846 crore, a growth of 25% -- SRF standalone Q4 EBIDTA at Rs. 246 crore, a growth of 13% -- FY consolidated PAT at Rs. 484 crore, a growth of 49% -- FY consolidated net sales at Rs. 3391 crore, a growth of 36% -- FY consolidated PBT at Rs Business Wire India

Softcell becomes the First PTC Platinum Partner in India
PTC (NASDAQ: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, announced that Softcell Technologies Limited has been promoted to Platinum Partner status. With this, Softcell Technologies, a Mumbai headquartered premier IT products, solutions, and service provider, is now PTC’s first Platinum Partner in the country after successfully reaching the Platinum Partner revenue target set by the organization Business Wire India

Softcell Wins Check Point “Best Partner of the Year Award”
Softcell Technologies Limited (Softcell), a leading IT services company providing end-to-end System Integration Services, is pleased to announce that it has received from Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP) the "Best Partner of the Year Award" for the Western Region at the recently concluded Check Point Partner Sales Kick-off 2011 event in Goa, India Business Wire India

Top Executives from Citi, VISA, StanChart Join UNIKEN, Foray into Global BFSI Markets
Top executives from Citibank, VISA and Standard Chartered Bank have recently joined UNIKEN, a leading technology innovation company of India. They will be spearheading Uniken’s foray into the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) markets across global markets. Mr. Ajay Seshadri has recently joined Uniken as Director and Head Global Sales Business Wire India

Tunturi Introduces T80 Treadmill: a Delightful Exercise Companion now in India
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