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Delhi CM Dikshit wishes people on Chhath Puja
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday wished the people of the national capital on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja, a major festival primarily celebrated in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Identity of Indians holding Swiss bank accounts to be revealed after trial begins: Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that the names of Indian citizens holding Swiss bank accounts would only be disclosed once the probe is completed and trial commenced. ANI

Arunachal CM Tuki assures to bring back normalcy in state
Nabam Tuki after taking over as the seventh chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh today in his first message to the citizens of the state assured to bring back normalcy as soon as possible taking views of all affected parties into consideration. ANI

Maoists oppose foundation day celebrations of Chhattisgarh
Maoists forced a daylong shutdown in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur District on Tuesday to oppose the foundation-day anniversary celebrations of the state. ANI

Dhoni, Bindra granted honorary rank in Territorial Army
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra were conferred the rank of honorary Lt. Col. in the Territorial Army on Tuesday. ANI

Haj goodwill delegation calls on Manmohan Singh
A goodwill delegation for Haj 2011, led by Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, K. Rahman Khan, called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday. ANI

AFSPA row: Govt. will take an appropriate decision, says BSF DG
The new Director General (DG) of Border Security Force (BSF), U.K. Bansal, on Tuesday said that his department would implement the Centre's decision on repealing the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir, and added that an appropriate decision on the issue will be taken by the government in the larger interest of the country. ANI

Residents praise Kashmir Government for widening and constructing more roads
Residents of Anantnag in South Kashmir have praised the state government and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for constructing new roads and widening those that already exist. ANI

'White coal' production becoming popular in Rajasthan
The production of white coal (Briquettes made of Biomass) has gained popularity in Jaipur as it helps in the protection of the environment due to low levels of carbon emission. ANI

New Army Vice Chief to focus on modernisation of defence forces
The new Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General Shri Krishna Singh, on Tuesday said that his focus is on the restructuring of the forces for internal and external security of the country and endeavour to mould the Indian Army to be most modern. ANI

Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrated in New Delhi
large number of Kannada writers, artists, professors, and academicians celebrated Karnataka Rajyotsava here today. ANI

Pallam Raju predicts tremendous potential for India-Italy defence industry
Minister of State for Defence Dr. MM Pallam Raju today said that there is tremendous potential for defence industry cooperation with Italy. ANI

Khurshid says Lokpal Bill will be introduced in Parliament in Winter Session
Stating that the Jan Lokpal Bill has been sent to the Parliament's Standing Committee for consideration, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said that he does not see any justification in the continuous disquiet over the issue. ANI

Nabam Tuki promises rule of law on taking over as Arunachal CM
Arunachal Pradesh's new Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said on Tuesday that the rule of law would prevail to ensure peace, communal harmony and speedy development of the state. ANI

Public procurement policy to focus on small and medium enterprises
The Union Cabinet today approved the public procurement policy to boost micro, small and medium enterprises (MSEs). ANI

Envoys of eleven nations present credentials to President Patil
Envoys of eleven nations presented credentials to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Tuesday. ANI

Digvijay Singh now accuses Team Anna of misusing funds
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has hit out again at Team Anna, accusing its members of misusing funds during the anti-graft movement. ANI

Detained Lakshadweep Island tourists reach Kochi safely
As many as 130 tourists, who were detained on the Kalpeni Island of Lakshadweep Islands, were released after a ten hour long hostage crisis owing to permit and other issues. ANI

Coimbatore school kids celebrate Halloween
Children of a private school here dressed up in funny and ghostly attire celebrate Halloween on Monday. ANI

Measurement systems in media need to be robust: Ambika Soni
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Tuesday said that media measurement systems in readership as well as TV ratings need to be robust and reflective of the country's demographic realities. ANI

Nabam Tuki to be new Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki will be the new chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, replacing Jarbom Gamlin, who resigned from office yesterday. ANI

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar wishes people on Chhath Puja
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has greeted people across India on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja, a major festival primarily celebrated in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. ANI

W. Bengal tribal outfit distances itself from separate Gorkhaland state demand
The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad (ABAVP), a non-political tribal outfit in West Bengal, which joined hands earlier with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), has now distanced itself from the separate state demand. ANI

Joint Parliamentary Committee to question Finance Ministry, CAG on 2G scam
India's Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), currently investigating the alleged financial irregularities in the 2G scam, is all set to grill the Finance Ministry and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. ANI

Azam Khan slams RSS leader Sudarshan, Kalbe Sadiq for poll reforms comment
Senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan has criticized former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief K S Sudarshan and Muslim Shia leader, Kalbe Sadiq for jointly giving a call for electoral reforms in the country. ANI

Ratnakar Bank Speedy in Transition, Increases Savings Account Interest Rate to 5.5%
Ratnakar Bank today announced an upward revision of its savings account interest rate from 4% to 5.5%. They are among the first few private banks to make such an announcement. The change in interest rate is effective from today November 1st, 2011. Ratnakar Bank savings account customers enjoy unlimited free ATM transactions across other networks as against five per month for most other banks Business Wire India

India’s first Group Buying Site on Financial Products- (GNB = Group N Buy), a group buying portal for discounted deals on loan products has opened its doors to consumers. The group buying portal for discounted deals on loan products have been launched by Aim Advisory Services Private Limited. The idea is group buying, where GNBIndia Business Wire India

Running out of Gas.. Refuel it with Belkin Power Pack
In a move to engage deeper and connect better with customers, Belkin announced a offer to add to the festivity of the season, ‘Running out of Gas?.. Refuel it with Belkin Power Pack’! The offer which will end on 15 November 2011 gives all Belkin customers a chance to win an assured petrol vouchers on the purchase of Belkin Power Packs Business Wire India

DST Worldwide Services Celebrates Warshik Sammelan
DST Worldwide Services, a provider of industry-leading technology and business process outsourcing services, had a day to remember as it celebrated Warshik Sammelan on October 1, 2011. With close to 2,500 associates and family members attending, the day was filled with a number of festivities and was held at the prestigious Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad. Mr. Krish V Business Wire India

Telstra Expands in India with New Telecoms Licences
Telstra today announced that under its joint venture with Microland, Telstra Telecommunications Private Limited (TTPL) has been awarded three new licences to provide customers in India with international and national long-distance telecommunications and ISP services Business Wire India

Jubilant Q2 FY2012 : Revenue - Rs. 1,048crore, up 22% YoY ; EBITDA - Rs. 241crore, up 58% YoY ; EBITDA Margins at 23.0% ; PAT - Rs. 79 crore
The Board of Jubilant Life Sciences Limited, an integrated pharmaceutical industry player and the largest Custom Research and Manufacturing Services Company in India met today to approve financial results for quarter and half year ending September 30, 2011. Quarterly Results In the Second quarter of FY2012, Revenue was at Rs 1,048crore, up 22% YoY and 11% QoQ Business Wire India

Greentech Foundation to Hold International HR Conference in Srinagar
An International Conference on Human Resources(HR) aimed to emphasize the responsibilities, duties and concern to implement innovative HR practices and systems will be held in Srinagar in January 2012 Business Wire India

QAI Launches the PMI Certified Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) Program
QAI (, the leading global consulting and workforce development organization, is launching a PMI-ACP® Three Day Contact Training Program which is a new credential offered by PMI for people working in Agile project management environments Business Wire India

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