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Shekhar Suman mocks Advani's 'Jan Chetna Yatra'
Dismissing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani's 'Jan Chetna Yatra', actor Shekhar Suman on Tuesday mockingly said that if this was the solution to eradicate corruption in the country, then every person should board a chariot and go on a tour to fight corruption. ANI

India, South Africa sign MoU on electoral cooperation
India and South Africa today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate exchange of knowledge and experience related to the study, reform and management of election administration systems, promotion and implementation of educational research and training programmes, and mutual exchanges to enhance experience in electoral management and administration. ANI

Congress terms Advani's 'Jan Chetna Yatra' a gimmick
Stating that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani was desperate to become the Prime Minister of the country, Congress leader Ashwani Kumar on Tuesday termed his 'Jan Chetna Yatra' a gimmick. ANI

Congress Party will use any means to stay in power: Advani
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani, who began his 38-day 'Jan Chetna Yatra' from Bihar's Sitabdiara village today alleged that the Congress Party is determined to remain in power by all means. ANI

J-K agriculture department trains saffron cultivators
In a bid to boost the production of saffron, the department of agriculture Jammu and Kashmir conducted a training session for cultivators in Pampore, on Monday. ANI

Distinguished workers to be awarded with Prime Minister's Shram Awards on Thursday
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will present the Prime Minister's Shram Awards for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 at the Vigyan Bhawan here on Thursday. ANI

Cyber terror threat a major worry for India: PM
Emphasising that Cyber threats are emerging as a major source of worry, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Tuesday urged senior commanders of the armed forces to remain vigilant to counter the threat of terrorists. ANI

Manmohan Singh cautions commanders to be vigilant on growing terror threat
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today urged senior commanders of the armed forces to remain vigilant to counter the ever growing threat of terrorists. ANI

Hisar bye-poll: Congress charges Team Anna of supporting icons of corruption
Asserting that Team Anna has been exposed by campaigning against corruption in Hisar, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and the party's in charge of Haryana, BK Hariprasad, on Tuesday accused civil society activists of supporting icons of corruption. ANI

Lalu accuses Nitish of encouraging communalism by flagging off Advani Yatra
With Bihar Chief Minister flagging off Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani's 38-day 'Jan Chetna Yatra' at Sitab Diara village in Chhapra, Rashriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today accused Nitish Kumar of acting as a catalyst in influencing the state towards the communal forces. ANI

Jayalalithaa terms CBI raids on Maran brothers' mere eyewash
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Tuesday termed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids on the premises of former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran in connection with the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal as a mere eyewash. ANI

Rahul Gandhi dines at Uttar Pradesh Dalit family's house
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi visited Mendaki village here on Monday night to have dinner with a Dalit family. ANI

Schools reopen in Sikkim after September 18 earthquake
Schools in the state of Sikkim have reopened more than 20 days after the devastating earthquake that shook the north-east states of India, Nepal and Tibet last month. ANI

Manipur CM promises rehabilitation package to surrendered militants
Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has promised a rehabilitation package to four militants belonging to the United People's Party of Kangleipak (UPPK), after they surrendered here on Monday. ANI

Several terrorist infiltration attempts foiled in Kashmir
Major General K. H. Singh, General Officer Commanding of the 25h Infantry Division of Indian Army, has said that several attempts by militants to infiltrate into India have been foiled by the army because of its alertness. ANI

Micro finance institutions not solving poverty problem: Jairam Ramesh
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has said Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) alone cannot solve India's poverty problems and added that the combined contribution of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and MFIs can be a step towards improving the situation for citizens. ANI

Hegde disapproves of Hazare's anti-Congress stance in Hisar bye-polls
Former Karnataka Lokayukta and civil society activist Justice Santosh Hegde has disapproved of Team Anna's anti-Congress stance in the Hisar bye-polls. ANI

Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit criticises Team Anna for targeting Congress
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has criticised Team Anna for targeting the Congress Party on corruption charges. ANI

Kiran Bedi slams Congress for not supporting Jan Lokpal Bill
Former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi has criticized the Congress party for delaying the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill. ANI

Advani arrives in Bihar's Sitab Diara village to begin Jan Chetna Yatra
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani on Tuesday arrived in Bihar's Sitab Diara village, from where he will kickstart his 38-day long Jan Chetna Yatra. ANI

Favourable weather conditions boosting walnut production in Kashmir
Walnut producers of Jammu and Kashmir are satisfied with favourable weather conditions, as it has helped in ensuring a good yield. ANI

The Quest of the Sparrows’ by Authors Kartik Sharma and Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma Released
‘The Quest of the Sparrows’, the much awaited debut novel by authors Kartik Sharma and Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma has been released. ‘The Quest of the Sparrows’ is published by Rupa Publications India Business Wire India

JRE – IGNOU, Adding Employability to Professional Courses
JRE Group of Institutions, an academic partnership with two world class education service providers - Raffles Education Corporation Ltd., Singapore and Educomp Solutions Ltd., India recently announced a sign up with the Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) Business Wire India

ESPN HD now on Tata Sky
After pioneering the launch of HD in India, Tata Sky today announced the launch of ESPN HD on its platform. ESPN HD will showcase exciting sports action in High Definition from ESPN STAR Sports’ stellar line-up of premier international sporting events including soccer, tennis, golf and motor sports among others Business Wire India

GETIT Introduces a Complete Shopping Guide for Diwali
The festival of lights is incomplete without going on a shopping spree, whether it is for electronics, furniture, clothes or cars. Since Diwali is one of the most prominent festivals in India, retailers and marketers offer many discounts and shopping deals to appeal customers Business Wire India

Pure Gold Collagen - Anti-Ageing Liquid Food Supplement Launched
MINERVA Research Labs Ltd today announced the launch of Pure GOLD COLLAGEN, a revolutionary ‘anti-ageing’ liquid food supplement in London. Based on a formula rich in collagen, borage oil, vitamins and hyaluronic acid, it is specifically developed to act on the dermis, to preserve firmness and elasticity of the skin and reduce deep wrinkles from within Business Wire India

MGM Hospitality Signs Definitive Agreements for the Development of Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Skylofts Hotels in Mumbai, India
MGM Hospitality, a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has signed definitive agreements in connection with the development and operation of a Bellagio hotel, an MGM Grand hotel, and a Skylofts hotel, as part of the Maker Maxity mixed-use development complex in Mumbai, India Business Wire India

India's One97 Communications Closes Significant Funding from SAP Ventures
One97 Communications Limited, India's leading mobile Internet company, today announced it has secured a significant amount of funding from SAP Ventures. One97 plans to leverage its unparalleled expertise and reach in mobile ecosystems to create dominance in the mobile Internet marketing and commerce segment. The company also plans to expand its operations in the emerging mobile markets Business Wire India

AJMERA Group Launches Luxurious Condominiums in Bangalore
Ajmera Realty and Infra India, a company focused on premium real estate developments in India, today launched the third phase of its condominium project in Bangalore called “Ajmera Infinity” @ Neeladri”. Scheduled for completion in March 2012, it blends aesthetics with luxury of 82% open space in the citadel of the IT capital of India – Electronics City Business Wire India

Aron Govil Launches His Next Film Project “Kabhi Dil Se, Kabhi Jaan Se”
Filmmaker Aron Govil had announced that he is starting his next film project titled “Kabhi Dil Se, Kabhi Jaan Se”, a romantic action thriller. The script and pre production work has already started and the film will be shot in New York and other parts of USA. Business Wire India

Targus Launches 360 Degrees Rotating Case for iPad 2
US based Targus Inc, maker of the world's top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, recently launched TARGUS 9.7" 360 degrees ROTATING CASE & STAND (BLACK), a new case specifically designed for the Apple iPad 2 Business Wire India

Maveric Systems Signs multi-year Contract with SBI General Insurance
Maveric Systems, a leading global independent software testing specialist, has signed a multi-year contract with SBI General Insurance to provide Software Testing and Validation services. SBI General Insurance, a joint venture between the State Bank of India and Insurance Australia Group, is a greenfield venture in the Insurance domain in India Business Wire India

Indus Foundation 3rd Indo-Global Education Summit 2011 is Back - Bigger and Better
-- More than 200 top foreign universities to participate -- Educational Excellence Without Borders!! Indus Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation for the promotion of higher education in India, today announced the schedule of its third Indo-Global Educational Summit 2011 in November. Te be held in New Delhi (Nov.4-5), Bangalore (Nov. 8-9) and Mumbai (Nov Business Wire India

Moolya Achieves Break Even and Profits in Software Testing Business within First Year of Incorporation
Moolya Software Testing Private Limited (, founded in December 2010 and headquartered in Bangalore, today announced its achievement of making a break even and profits within first year of incorporation. In an all brains meet, the co-founding Director of Moolya and India's leading software tester and consultant, Pradeep Soundararajan made this announcement Business Wire India

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