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UPA Govt. is against anti-graft whistleblowers, says Gadkari
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Monday slammed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre saying that it is against anti-graft whistleblowers. ANI

Mukherjee launches Government's e-payment system
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today formally launched the Central Government's e-payment system. ANI

World's seven-billionth inhabitant born to farmer couple in UP
The world's population touched another milestone today as the symbolic seventh-billionth baby was born to a farmer couple on the outskirts of Lucknow. ANI

Chidambaram defends Abdullah on AFSPA, but justifies further discussions
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said the Congress Party's desire to hold more consultations on revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir is perfectly understandable. ANI

Euro-zone crisis to dominate G 20, feels Pranab Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday expressed hope that the leaders of the G-20 summit would send out a strong message to counter the economic crisis in Europe. ANI

Distribution problems causing agriculture inflation, says Pranab
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday blamed the supply side constraints in agriculture products for the rising inflation in the country. ANI

Arunachal Pradesh CM Jarbom Gamlin resigns
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has reportedly resigned. ANI

Govt. approves risk/ hardship allowance for CAPFs personnel in LWE-affected areas
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said the government has approved the enhanced grant of risk/ hardship allowance for the CAPFs personnel deployed in 35 'focus' districts in LWE-affected areas. ANI

India, Bhutan reiterate commitment to achieve 10,000 MW target power generation by 2020
Expressing satisfaction over the cooperation in the hydropower sector, India and Bhutan have reiterated their commitment to achieve the target of 10,000 MW of power generation in Bhutan by 2020. ANI

SC issues notice to Centre, J-K Govt. on plea for CBI probe into NC worker death case
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir Government seeking their replies on a plea for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the mysterious death of National Conference (NC) leader Mohammad Yusuf Shah Haji. ANI

Gadkari visits Tihar to meet ex-party MPs, Kulkarni
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Monday met two former party MPs Fuggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Singh Bhagora, besides Lal Krishna Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, who are in judicial custody in connection with the cash-for-vote scam. ANI

Omar Abdullah's statement on AFSPA not unusual: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement that Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) should be removed from some parts of the state "is not unusual". ANI

Congress accuses Advani of hypocrisy and double standards
Congress General Secretary BK Hari Prasad on Monday accused veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani of hypocrisy and double standards, saying the latter should have carried out a 'purification' Yatra, instead of his nationwide 'Jan Chetna Yatra.' ANI

Advani terms cash-for-votes scam the dirtiest scandal in history of independent India
Asserting that the corruption has been taken to new levels in the country during the rule of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani on Monday termed the cash-for-votes scam the dirtiest scandal in the history of independent India. ANI

Collective decision should be taken on revocation of AFSPA: Farooq Abdullah
Asserting that there was "massive" public opinion in favour of revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Monday said all opinions, including that of the Centre's team of interlocutors, should be taken on revocation of the controversial act. ANI

Ex- Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda beaten up by jail authorities
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda was on Monday thrashed by jail authorities in Ranchi. ANI

Indo-Nepalese women officers complete first ecological Himalayan trek
India and Nepal have taken their bilateral military ties to a new level by recently completing the first ever Joint Indo-Nepal Women Officers' Ecological Himalayan Trek in Nepal. ANI

Digvijay lashes out at BJP, Team Anna for calling him 'mentally unsound'
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Team Anna for calling him 'mentally unsound.' ANI

Abu Azmi slams Bal Thackeray over opposition to Chhath Puja
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Azmi has slammed Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray for allegedly opposing Chhath Puja, a major Hindu festival which is mostly celebrated in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Advani says Manmohan Singh leading a corrupt government
Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani has said he has lost all respect for Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh because he is leading a corrupt government. ANI

BSP, SP are in cahoots with Congress party: Gadkari
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has said parties like the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) were in cahoots with the Congress party. ANI

Following slur, Hazare decides to adopt charter
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has deferred a revamp of the core committee of the anti-corruption movement, which has come under the scanner in the wake of a slew of bungling and irregularities, till it formulates a governing Constitution. ANI

Nation pays tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 27th death anniversary
The nation on Monday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 27th death anniversary. ANI

Synergy Public Relations nominated as Finalist for Asia Pacific SABRE Awards
Founded in the year 2000 by The Holmes Report; SABRE is the worlds largest award competition for the public relations industry, the SABRE awards celebrate PR campaigns that demonstrate the highest levels of creativity, integrity and effectiveness. The SABRE Awards recognize excellence in public relations Programming Business Wire India

RNCOS Expects Cement Consumption to Grow at 11% CAGR
According to our research report “Indian Cement Industry Forecast to 2012” the country’s cement industry has witnessed tremendous growth on the back of various factors. Recent industry developments and government supportive policies are attracting global cement giants and sparking off a spate of mergers & acquisitions to spur growth Business Wire India

Vriti Wins Deloitte Technology Fast50 2011 & Red Herring Top 100 Asia 2011 Awards
Vriti, India's largest assessment driven smart education exchange bagged two prestigious awards “Deloitte Technology Fast50 2011” & “Red Herring Asia 2011”. Vriti has made it to Deloitte Fast 50 for the second consecutive year Business Wire India

SITA and Malaysia Airlines Scoop Capa it Innovation Award
CAPA - Centre for Aviation today declared SITA and Malaysia Airlines the joint winners of the inaugural ‘IT Innovation of the Year 2011’ award Business Wire India

TNS Becomes First Global Connectivity Provider to Support Connections to Co-Lo Facility of the National Stock Exchange of India
Transaction Network Services (NYSE:TNS) has been added as a service provider by the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) to provide connectivity to NSE’s co-location facility for international direct market access (DMA) clients, enabling direct access to the world’s fourth largest stock exchange.* Business Wire India

POS solutions along with Loyalty Program Boost IT Spend in Retail Sector
The Retail sector is posing a great opportunity for IT marketers at its transition stage from unorganized to organized format. IT spend by Retail sector in India has been highest for last few years averaging 36% CAGR. The estimated spending on IT by retail sector in 2010 remained $1.07 billion according to a recent study done by Annik Technology Services Business Wire India – Winner of Red Herring Asia 2011, India’s leading e-commerce company, has been declared a Winner of Red Herring Asia Awards 2011, which took place in Hong Kong last week. Red Herring’s Top 100 list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs Business Wire India

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