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Congress calls for collective responsibility to deal with price rise
The Congress party today raised serious concern over rising prices in the country and said it is collective responsibility to devise methods to counter the sudden price, as there is no escape from its effects. ANI

Planning Commission aims nine percent growth rate from 2012
The Planning Commission is hopeful of attaining growth rate of nine percent from fiscal year 2012 onwards. ANI

Nepal PM's visit to India aims to enhance co-operation in economic and political sphere
Nepal Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai today arrived in New Delhi with an aim to enhance co-operation between the two nations in the economic and political sphere. ANI

India, France to review cooperation in defence, space and civil nuclear energy
India and France have resolved to reinforce their bilateral ties on a progressive note and also review international issues of common interest. ANI

Chidambaram writes to Chief Ministers to maintain high vigil to check communal incidents
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has written to the Chief Ministers to maintain a high degree of vigil to check communal incidents in the states. ANI

Delhi CM urged to exempt VAT on items sold through Central Police Canteen
Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh has met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit and requested for exempting the items sold through Central Police Canteen (CPC) outlets from levy or VAT/Octroi in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. ANI

Food inflation rises to 10.60 percent
India's food price index has again touched double digits after it reached 10.60 per cent for the week ending October 8. ANI

Atomic Energy Department constitutes expert group for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has constituted an expert group of 15 specialists with an objective of interacting with the officials of Tamil Nadu government and spokespersons of the people in the neighbourhood of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP). ANI

Farmer fairs in Punjab, Ladakh display latest technology and techniques
Farmers of Punjab and Ladakh got an opportunity to get to know about the latest technology and technique employed in farming to boost agricultural yield with the help of farmer's fairs organized under the aegis of the respective state administrations. ANI

Hurriyat leader Geelani blows hot and cold, says he is willing for talks, if Centre wants
Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday said his outfit is ready for talks if the central government proposes and takes the initiative. ANI

Farooq Abdullah expresses concern over diminishing resources of energy
Highlighting the importance of energy in our day to day life, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah today expressed his concern over the diminishing resources of energy. ANI

Agnivesh asks Kiran Bedi to submit her NGO for probe
Commenting on news reports that former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi presented inflated travel expenses to NGOs and other institutions, social activist Swami Agnivesh on Thursday asked Bedi to tell either the police or the CBI to probe the earnings made from over-invoiced air tickets. ANI

Disenchanted by Maoist ideology, rebel turns into a teacher in Bihar
Disillusioned by Maoist ideology and extremist activities, Nanda Singh, a rebel in Bihar's Gaya District turned into a teacher and is providing education to poor children for free of cost. ANI

Can Ladakh have mobile school for nomads?
Tsering Gurmat is a school drop-out. Nothing uncommon there, except that Tsering had to drop out because of a new primary school established in the neighborhood. The irony is not lost on Tsering's parents, who had hoped to give their children the education they didn't themselves get. ANI

Kiran Bedi accused of inflating travel expenses, says its all for a cause
Former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi has been accused of inflating travel expenses she has been charging NGOs and institutions which invite her for seminars or meetings. ANI

People more keen on buying artificial jewellery this festive season
Due to a surge in the prices of gold and silver price, people are now preferring to buy artificial jewellery during this festive season. ANI

Disillusioned Maoist turns to teaching
Nanda Singh, a Maoist rebel has taken to the teaching profession, educating poor children free of cost, after being left disillusioned by Maoist ideology and extremist activities. ANI

Rahul Gandhi an Italian citizen, cannot be PM thinks Subramaniam Swamy
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy has said Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi is not qualified to become Prime Minister, as he still has Italian citizenship. ANI

Globalisation has still not benefited millions: Rahul Gandhi
Highlighting the disadvantages of globalisation, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has said millions of people are still deprived of its benefits. ANI

Gujarat Muslim artisans preparing ledgers and calendars for Hindu traders
The festival of lights, Deepawali, signifying the victory of good over evil is also serving to strengthen communal bonds with Muslim artisans of the city being busy engaged in making of ledgers and calendars for their Hindu customers. ANI

Potters in Tripura doing brisk Diwali business
Business for potters in Tripura is on the rise as the upcoming festival of Diwali has led to a surge in the demand for pottery items and earthen lamps. ANI

Our campaign not against Congress, but for Lokpal: Kejriwal
Asserting that Team Anna is not against the Congress Party, veteran social activist Anna Hazare's key aide Arvind Kejriwal said our campaign is not against Congress, but for a strong Lokpal Bill. ANI

High security for Jayalalithaa's Bangalore court appearance
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa arrived here on Thursday morning to appear before a trial court in connection with a disproportionate assets case. ANI

Bangladesh PM visits Tin Bigha area
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Dahagram and Angarpota through the Tin Bigha Corridor on Wednesday. ANI

PM assures safety to all stakeholders of Kudankulam nuke plant
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has assured safety to all stakeholders of Kudankulam nuclear power plant project which is being set up in joint collaboration with Russia. ANI

Manmohan Singh says resolving Telangana issue will 'take time'
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has refused to reveal a possible time frame for Telangana state row, saying that resolving the crisis would 'take some time.' ANI

India, China should strive for peace despite border disputes: PM
Commenting on the border row with China, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that both the countries should strive for peace despite border disputes. ANI

Anna's anti-corruption movement has served its purpose: PM
Assuring the enactment of an effective Ombudsman Bill, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that social activist Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement has served its purpose, and added that corruption cannot flourish as a way of life in the country. ANI

Ra.One collaborates with HCL Infosystems to bring Unmatched Cinematic experience this Festive Season
-- Exclusive Ra.One high definition laptop series introduced -- New series with exclusive customized Ra.One skin integrated with HD experience -- Free additional 2 years “Return to bench” warranty -- McAfee antivirus software & license for 3 years HCL Infosystems Ltd Business Wire India

Kizad Reiterates Commitment towards Indian Market
The Abu Dhabi and Mumbai Investment Forum, organized by the Department of Economic Development (DED) witnessed a high-level delegation from Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC). They met Indian leaders and decision makers to discuss and highlight the extensive investment opportunities that Abu Dhabi can offer. Executive Vice President of Industrial Zones at ADPC, Mr Business Wire India

Biocon Launches INSUPen®, a Convenient and Affordable Reusable Insulin Delivery Device
Biocon, Asia’s premier biotechnology company, launched in India its reusable insulin delivery device INSUPen® on October 17, 2011. A world-class, differentiated device based on proprietary German technology, INSUPen® is a first-in-class reusable delivery device - INSUPen is insulin with ease Business Wire India

Canon Rewards Channel Partners Under Wings of Glory Program
Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No 1. Complete Digital Imaging Company recently concluded the “Wings of Glory Program” for its top performing channel partners in the Indian market. The program is Canon’s premier partner incentive program conducted annually, under which it sponsors top channel partners along-with their spouses for a trip to exciting destinations abroad Business Wire India

Cadence Announces Winners of CDNLive India 2011 Best Paper Awards and Cadence India Design Contest
Cadence Design Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Cadence (NASDAQ: CDNS), today announced the winners of the Best Paper Awards at CDNLive! India 2011 and the Cadence India Design Contest Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports acquires Broadcast Rights of KARP Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes for 3 years
Business Wire India

Autodesk showcases its Digital Entertainment and Creative Finishing Range at BROADCAST INDIA 2011, Mumbai
This year at the Broadcast India 2011, held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E), Mumbai from October 20 – October 22, 2011, Autodesk, Inc., is demonstrating its powerful creative software tools for television, film and post-production, with particular focus on Autodesk Flame Premium Business Wire India

TÜV SÜD Academy fosters Vocational Training for Young Indians
TÜV SÜD Academy supports the Mar Invanios Industrial Training Centre in Kerala, India, with a donation of almost 3,000 euros, thus enabling industrial training to be provided for young Indians who normally cannot afford this type of training. Krishnakumar Gangadhara Menon, General Manager of TÜV SÜD South Asia, visited the training centre to find further starting-points for support Business Wire India

Hindustan Zinc Limited Results for the Second Quarter and Half Year Ended 30 September 2011
Mr. Agnivesh Agarwal (Chairman, Hindustan Zinc) – “Hindustan Zinc is currently the world’s largest integrated Zinc-Lead producer and among the lowest cost producers of Zinc-Lead in the world Business Wire India

Biocon Limited Announces Earnings for the Half Year Ended September 30, 2011
Revenues at Rs 978 crores; EBITDA at Rs 282 crores; PAT at Rs 156 crores Commenting on the results, Chairman and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw stated, “I am pleased with the good progress we have made in the first half. I am particularly encouraged that this growth has been attained across all our verticals Business Wire India

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