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Manmohan Singh condemns former Afghan President Rabbani's assassination
Stating that India stands by the people of Afghanistan in their journey towards capacity building, reconstruction, development and peace, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday condemned the assassination of former Afghanistan President and High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani. ANI

India, Afghanistan sign deals to bolster strategic partnership
India and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed deals to bolster strategic partnership between the two countries. ANI

UPA committed to an effective Lokpal Bill: Congress
Reacting to veteran social activist Anna Hazare's renewal of agitation, Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi on Tuesday said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government is committed to bring an effective Lokpal Bill with an aim to combat rampant corruption in the country. ANI

BJP clarifies its stance for not actively joining Anna's campaign
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the party's active participation in the campaign for the implementation of an effective Lokpal Bill would have politicised veteran social activist Anna Hazare's biggest movement, which was taken up by the people of the entire country. ANI

Shiromani Akali Dal pledges support to Advani's 'Rath Yatra'
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday pledged support to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani's anti-corruption 'Rath Yatra'. ANI

Krishna asks Pak to extradite Dawood Ibrahim to India
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday asked Pakistan to hand over most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim to India. ANI

Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets Manmohan Singh
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday evening. ANI

India strategically committed to Afghanistan, especially in combatting terror menace: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said India and Afghanistan would be signing a strategic partnership agreement with a focus on combating the menace of terror more effectively. ANI

Siddaramaiah calls for ouster of tainted Karnataka Forests Minister
Leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Assembly, Siddaramaiah, on Tuesday urged Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda to dismiss tainted Minister for Forests CP Yogeshwar from his cabinet. ANI

NC worker death row: Mufti slams Omar for giving statements outside J-K Assembly
A day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah refuted all the charges levelled against him over the custodial death of National Conference (NC) worker, People's Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti slammed Abdullah for giving statements outside the assembly. ANI

Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets Krishna
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai met External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna here on Tuesday. ANI

Not facing pressure to file complaint against Sanjeev Bhatt, says Pant
K D Pant, the main complainant in the arrest of suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjeev Bhatt, has rubbished claims that he was being forced to file a complaint against the latter on Tuesday, and said he lodged the complaint based on the experience that he had undergone. ANI

Manmohan Singh condoles Bhagwat Jha Azad's death
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday condoled the passing away of senior Congress leader and veteran parliamentarian Bhagwat Jha Azad. ANI

We want to contribute in rebuilding Afghanistan, says German Envoy
German Ambassador to India, Thomas Matussek, has said that Germany would play a larger role in the reconstruction efforts directed towards the Afghan civilians, apart from providing military assistance. ANI

BJP justifies Anna's agitation, charges Congress of covering up corruption
Accusing the Congress Party of trying to cover up corruption, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today justified veteran social activist Anna Hazare's agitation, and said the stand of the ruling party on the Jan Lokpal Bill is not clear, and that it should stop beating around the bush on the issue. ANI

Ahmedabad Sessions Court reserves order on Sanjiv Bhatt remand hearing
The Ahmedabad Sessions Court on Tuesday reserved its order on the police plea seeking remand of arrested Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjeev Bhatt till October 7. ANI

Anna's protest against Congress won't affect party: Rashid Alvi
Criticising social activist Anna Hazare for his open threat to work for Congress' defeat in upcoming Assembly elections, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi on Tuesday said if Hazare comes out against Congress, it won't affect the party. ANI

Social activist says police targeting her for crusades against rights violations
Reacting to the raid conducted by police at her residence in Jaipur, Maoist sympathiser and member of People's Union for Civil Liberties organisation, Kavita Srivastava has said the police is targeting her due to her contribution to various crusades to expose government atrocities and other human rights violations. ANI

Boxing champion Mary Kom fighting Manipur's economic blockade
Five time women world boxing champion, MC Mary Kom is facing a stiff fight against the economic blockade in Imphal. ANI

Khurshid refuses to comment on Hazare views
Refusing to comment on social activist Anna Hazare's views, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said he will not comment on anybody's view about what would happen in the next election. ANI

Probe into NC custodial death to be transparent: J-K police chief
Assuring a transparent probe into the custodial death of National Conference worker Syed Muhmmad Yusuf Shah, Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda has said the state authorities would soon deliver of fair probe into the case. ANI

China embracing beauty pageants to attract attention to local charms
Provincial governments in China are embracing beauty pageants, which were once considered taboo, to attract attention to local charms. ANI

Former Bihar CM Bhagwat Jha Azad passes away
Freedom fighter and former Bihar Chief Minister Bhagwat Jha Azad passed away here on Tuesday. He was 89. ANI

Chandrasekhar Rao requests PM to expedite Telangana issue
After meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over the unresolved Telangana issue, the President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) K. Chandrasekhar Rao has requested him to expedite the Telangana statehood issue as early as possible. ANI

Joshi slams Planning Commission's poverty line cap
Criticising Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia for drafting out an unusual Rs 32 per capita per day urban poverty line definition, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manmohan Joshi said the government was trying to save its honour at the international level as till 2015 all developing countries have been directed to lessen their poverty line by 50 per cent. ANI

Online Banking is a Core Business Driver for Citibank in India
Citibank India today announced that over 40% of its customers’ bank online regularly and more customers receive e-statements than paper statements. Close to 60% of the Bank’s customers have signed up for e-statements and nearly 90% of all customer communication is now electronic Business Wire India

Max New York Life unveils its New Feature Rich and User Friendly Website
Keeping pace with changing consumer trends on the internet, Max New York Life Insurance, one of India’s leading life insurance companies, aims to create consumer pull in life insurance, through its new features rich, interactive and user friendly website Business Wire India

Lanco International Super Series to be broadcast throughout India
Hockey Australia is excited to announce that Indian fans will be able to watch their two national teams in action at the upcoming Lanco International Super Series as the tournament will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN STAR SPORTS, from October 20th to 23rd, 2011 Business Wire India Launches Property, one of India’s leading players in Local Commerce and Search, Online and on Mobile, has launched Property, a dedicated site for all Property needs: buying or selling property, rentals, information on localities and brokers, to name a few. The site currently offers over 67,000 unique properties across 42 cities in India. Sulekha Business Wire India

Vietnam Bank of Social Policies to Implement Intellect GUB M180
Polaris Software (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology Company, today announced that Vietnam Bank of Social Policies (VBSP) has chosen Polaris' IntellectTM Global Universal Banking M180 (GUB) to centralise its operations across the bank Business Wire India

PVR Ltd.’s Director’s Cut- the Absolute Ultimate in Film viewing Opens in New Delhi
PVR Ltd., India’s leading retail entertainment company, today introduced a dazzling new concept in the world of movie watching–luxury entertainment at Director’s Cut (DC), at the Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi Business Wire India

Kronos Unveils Latest Version of Workforce Mobile
Kronos Incorporated today announced the latest version of its award winning mobile applications, continuing to deliver on its commitment to develop thenext generation of workforce management.Kronos® Workforce Mobile™ applications improve productivity by making it easier for managers and employees to complete a wide range of workforce-related tasks using a variety of mobile devices Business Wire India

Autodesk Cloud Enables Access to Design Capability from Anywhere, at Anytime
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Chakkilam Infotech becomes India’s Largest Independent Software Testing Firm by Acquiring Cigniti Inc.
Chakkilam Infotech, (BSE: Chakkilam) the independent software testing services company from Hyderabad, today announced the acquisition of Cigniti Incorporated. Cigniti, based out of Irving, Texas, USA, offers consulting and testing services mainly to clients in the US and had declared revenues of US $18 million last year Business Wire India

IDS NEXT Partners with TTI Technologies to Launch Passport Scanners in India
IDS NEXT, global leader in providing ERP and total technology solutions for the hospitality and leisure industries, today announced that it has integrated its Property Management Systems (PMS) with TTI Technologies’ Scan2PMS passport scanner Business Wire India

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