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Sarabjit's sister appeals Centre to take steps for his release
The sister of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian national on death row in Pakistan for past 21 years, on Wednesday requested the Centre to hold talks with the Pakistani Government for the safe release of her brother. ANI

Environment Ministry gives nod to Lavasa
The Ministry of Environment on Wednesday gave the clearance to the first phase of the Lavasa hill city township project located between Mumbai and Pune subject to "strict compliance" of certain terms and conditions. ANI

Setalvad lauds special court's verdict in Sardarpura post-Godhra riots case
Eminent social activist Teesta Setalvad on Wednesday hailed the judgment of a special court in Gujarat, which convicted 31 of the 73 accused in the 2002 Sardarpura post-Godhra riot case. ANI

President Patil, Manmohan Singh greet nation ahead of Guru Nanak Jayanti
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, which is being celebrated tomorrow. ANI

'Have one view on Pakistan', says BJP
Stating that the views of the Centre keep on changing with regard to Pakistan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the government should build one view on its relationship with Islamabad. ANI

Mamata's visit to Police Station un-CM like, behave like CM, says Biman Bose
Senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Biman Bose on Wednesday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for intervening in police proceedings and misusing her authority for the release of Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers. ANI

Hindu organisation slams Agnivesh for participating in 'Bigg Boss'
The Hindu organisation, Arya Samaj, on Wednesday criticized social activist Swami Agnivesh for making his debut in the television show 'Bigg Boss', and said that the latter has hurt the religious sentiments of the saffron clan through his act. ANI

Rishikesh-Karanprayag rail project sparks tug of war between Centre, Uttarakhand Govt.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri on Wednesday expressed his discontentment over Congress President Sonia Gandhi laying the foundation stone of the Rishikesh-Karanprayag rail link project in the state. ANI

Mass awareness tour against corruption is successful, claims Advani
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani, who is undertaking a nationwide 'Jana Chetna Yatra' said on Wednesday that the tour taken by him with an aim to make people aware on the various issues that plague the country has been successful. ANI

Advani's 'No and Yes' of being BJP's prime ministerial candidate
Brushing away the rumours about his selection as prime ministerial candidate by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), veteran party leader Lal Krishna Advani on Wednesday said that the party would decide on the candidate at the time of the elections. ANI

Last rites of Bhupen Hazarika performed in Guwahati
The mortal remains of the Bard of Brahmaputra Bhupen Hazarika were consigned to flames on Wednesday by his son Tez Bhupen Hazarika after full state honours were accorded to him at the Gauhati University campus. ANI

Anna disapproves Lavasa township, writes to Maharashtra CM
Slamming Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over Lavasa hill city township project, veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare today said that the project has violated the course of justice. ANI

Omar Abdullah demands partial revocation of AFSPA from J-K
Ahead of his crucial meeting with the Unified Command to discuss the contentious Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday demanded the revocation of the anti-militancy law from peaceful areas of the state. ANI

Manmohan, Gilani to discuss trade, terrorism in Maldives tomorrow
Ahead of the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani in Maldives, government sources said that justice for 26-11 attack is not a lost cause and Prime Minister Singh will take up all issues, including terrorism when he meets Gilani on the margins of SAARC on Thusrday. ANI

Carnegie Foundation delegation meets Pranab Mukherjee
A high level delegation from a Washington-based global think-tank 'Carnegie Endowment for International Peace' called on Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee at his office here on Wednesday. ANI

RSS leader slams Digvijay Singh over Hindu militancy remark
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar has criticised Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh for his remarks about the radical party comprising of Hindu militants indulging in extremist activities. ANI

Hamid Ansari greets nation ahead of Guru Nanak Jayanti
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has greeted the nation ahead of the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. ANI

2G scam: Notice to CBI on bail pleas of Kanimozhi, four others
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) response on the bail pleas of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament Kanimozhi and four others arrested for their alleged roles in the 2G spectrum allocation case. ANI

Nitish Kumar begins 34-day 'Sewa Yatra' to assess development in Bihar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who began his 'Sewa Yatra' on Wednesday, said he would try to ensure that all the sections of the society reap the benefit of development. ANI

High spirit among people required to eliminate graft from nation: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said that a high spirit is necessary among people to eliminate graft from the nation, besides having an effective Lokpal Bill. ANI

Sonia Gandhi unwell, cancels Uttarakhand rally
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday cancelled plans to address a rally ahead of the upcoming elections in Uttarakhand, as she was suffering from viral fever. ANI

Government launches 'slum free India' scheme
The Government of India has launched a new ambitious programme to make Indian cities "slum-free". ANI

Gadkari expresses grief over Haridwar tragedy
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has expressed grief over the loss of lives in Tuesday's stampede in Haridwar. ANI

Yeddyurappa happy to get bail, expresses faith in judiciary
Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has expressed his delight on being granted bail, saying that he has full faith in the judiciary s that had previously indicted him in connection a with land de-notification case in the state. ANI

India to promote regional integration during SAARC summit: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that India will be promoting regional integration during the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit which kick starts on Thursday in Maldives. ANI

HDFC’S Strategic Foray into the Indian Education Sector
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC) has announced strategic plans to enter the Education Sector. Over the last 34 years, HDFC has played a pioneering role in enabling India’s middle income households to own affordable homes Business Wire India

Plantronics Strengthens its Distribution Network -- Appoints Inflow Technologies as Channel Partner
Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers, today announced that it has appointed Inflow Technologies as the national distributor of its range of Enterprise and Unified Communications (UC) products Business Wire India

HomeShop18.com Launches its Exclusive Shopping Extravaganza ‘November Rush’
HomeShop18.com, India’s largest ecommerce company, has announced a never before month-long promotion- ‘November Rush’ offering stupendous discounts on digital cameras, mobiles, computers, Home & Kitchen appliances, apparel and electronic devices. These are hard to find lifestyle products at very competitive prices Business Wire India

Leeboy Forays into the Indian Market with the Launch
LeeBoy India Construction Equipment (P) Limited (LeeBoy India) today announced its foray into the Indian sub-continent with the launch of the first ever Motor Grader - the 785i - engineered and manufactured in India to international standards Business Wire India

Taste Cabernet Sauvig Non- Red Wine This Winter Season by Nirvana Biosys
Nirvana Biosys, a leading Indian wine company , proudly announces the launch of LUCA Cabernet Sauvignon to let the wine lovers experience a smooth taste all over again. A well structured oak matured wine that has a taste of a true classics. Displays distinctive aromas of berries and oak, with a medium body and well-integrated tannins Business Wire India

Max New York Life H1 FY 2012 Net Up 8 times to Rs. 375 crore
Max New York Life Insurance, India’s leading life insurance specialist today announced its unaudited half yearly results for the Financial Year 2011 -12. The company recorded 8% growth in gross revenue to Rs. 2,873 crore, profit increased 8 times to Rs. 375 crore. The Company also performed well on other parameters like sum assured which increased by 3% and asset under management crossing the Rs Business Wire India

Aprimo Names Gundeep Singh Sandhu Country Manager for India
Aprimo today announced the appointment of Gundeep Singh Sandhu as Country Manager for Aprimo India. In this position Mr Sandhu will be responsible for all of Aprimo’s business with in the Indian market Business Wire India

Eureka Forbes Launches World’s most Silent Vacuum Cleaner- Euroclean IQ
Eureka Forbes, a leading service provider of water purifiers, vacuum cleaners, air purifiers and security solutions, today announced the launch of Euroclean IQ Vacuum Cleaner; world’s most silent vacuum cleaner Business Wire India

Dax Networks Launches DX-137G IP Camera
Dax Networks, one of India’s top Networking companies, has launched DX-137G-FN50-O-H, a 3G enabled 2 mega pixel IP Camera. Priced at Rs. 52,060, DX-137G-FN50-O-H comes with advanced megapixel technology integrated with 3G module and is an ideal surveillance solution for Enterprises. http://daxnetworks.com/Products/IPSurveillance/DX-137G-FN50-O-H Business Wire India

Placement Preparation Service from Freshersworld.com
As placement season has already started, we feel glad to introduce Power Placement Preparation: P3, a one stop shop for placement preparations from freshersworld.com. With more than 3000 engineering colleges in India, the objective behind P3 is to provide focused placement preparation service irrespective of geographic location Business Wire India

Dell India celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its India R&D center
Dell today announced a significant milestone for its India business - the 10th anniversary of its India research and development center based in Bangalore. Dell India R&D has been through an eventful decade and significant investment has been made in building its enterprise business & creating a team of technologists and senior engineers Business Wire India

The Institution of Engineering and Technology launches Corporate and Academic Affiliates
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a world leading professional society for engineers and technicians, announced the launch of the new Corporate Partner and Academic Affiliate schemes to promote and develop knowledge and skills among engineers in India Business Wire India

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