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Freight train derails in West Bengal
Alipurduar (West Bengal), Around 12 bogies of a freight train, carrying coal, derailed in West Bengal's Alipurduar town on Tuesday. ANI

India-Bangladesh land deal sparks major protests in Assam
The All Assam Student Union (AASU) staged a protest here on Tuesday against the land deal made by the Central Government with Bangladesh. ANI

Congress slams Anna for his statement against PM
Congress Party on Tuesday criticized veteran social activist Anna Hazare for his statement against Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

'Hindi Diwas' to be observed tomorrow
'Hindi Diwas' will be observed all over the country on Wednesday to commemorate the historic occasion, as Hindi was adopted as the official language of constituent assembly on September 14, 1949. ANI

IAP aimed to develop Left Wing Extremism affected areas: PM
Stating that development should be in tune with the requirements of people, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is aimed at bridging the development deficit in the extremely backward areas that are affected by Left Wing Extremism. ANI

Congress slams Advani's plan to undertake 'Rath Yatra' against graft
Hitting out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Tuesday said that his plan to undertake 'Rath Yatra' against graft is useless and unwanted. ANI

Modi begins three-day fast on Saturday for social harmony
A day after the Supreme Court referred the 2002 riots case to the concerned magistrate in Ahmedabad for a decision, an extremely charged Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi stating that the credibility of those who have been spreading lies and defaming Gujarat has come to its lowest ebb, today announced that he will begin a three-day fast on Saturday to promote social harmony. ANI

Prof. Sushanta Duttagupta to be new V.C. of Vishwabharti
Professor Sushanta Duttagupta has been appointed the new Vice Chancellor of Vishwa Bharti University, Shanti Niketan. ANI

LeT militant killed in J-K encounter
A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant identified as Abdullah Uni was killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla District on Tuesday. ANI

Jairam Ramesh wants greater involvement of security forces in Maoist affected areas
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh today said that a greater involvement of the security forces in the Maoist-affected districts would bring about the over all development of the region. ANI

Maoists want to overthrow democracy in India, says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said the objective of the Maoists is to overthrow democracy in the country and establish 'Dictatorship of the Proletariat'. ANI

Airports in India on terror alert
With the Intelligence Bureau (IB) reportedly warning of a possibility of a small aircraft being used to target the Chatrapti Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, the police has stepped up security at all major airports across the country on Tuesday under a nationwide alert. ANI

A healthy Irom Sharmila can espouse the larger cause of her people
Irom Sharmila Charu, also called the "Iron Lady of Manipur" has been on hunger strike since November 5, 2000, for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in her home state. ANI

Mumbai Airport on terror alert
Mumbai Airport has been put on alert after the Intelligence Bureau warned of a possibility of a small aircraft being used to target the airport. ANI

Krishna to visit Hanoi for 14th JCM meeting
External Affairs Minister S. M Krishna is scheduled to visit Vietnam for the 14th meeting of the Joint Commission (JCM) on September 16. ANI

German envoy gives Delhi its own Buddy Bear
Days before the opening of 'Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities', German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek unveiled a special icon in front of the German Embassy in New Delhi. ANI

Antony urges world community to unite in fighting terrorism
Asserting that India has always worked towards achieving friendly and peaceful relations with all its neighbours, Defence Minister A. K. Antony today said terrorism continues to be pose a threat to the world community and all the nations must unite their efforts to defeat the "evil disease". ANI

Omar Abdullah pins hope on adventure sports to boost J-K tourism
The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, has stressed on the need to promote adventure sports as that would provide the much needed impetus to tourism in the state. ANI

Orissa residents complain of administrative apathy as flood situation worsens
Complaining of administrative apathy, residents of Orissa's Sambalpur District, have said the flood situation is taking a turn for the worse, leaving villagers stranded without food and water. ANI

Ramdev to commence a march against graft from Sept. 20
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has announced plans to commence a march against graft from September 20. The march will begin from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Plants that heal
The region of Ladakh set atop the Himalayan plateau, straddled by the Karakoram range is undeniably unique, its topography and climate, its socio- cultural heritage vastly different from the rest of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the country. ANI

Artistes in Assam perform 1,000 shows of a play in a day
A group of around 3,000 young artistes performed 1,000 shows of a play based on class discrimination on a single day here on Monday. ANI

Railway authorities beef up security on Rajasthan's 'Palace on Wheels'
Railway authorities have reportedly taken steps to beef up security on the 'Palace on Wheels' luxury train in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, following a terror attack alert issued by intelligence agencies ANI

Residents seek closure of Koodankulam nuke plant
Residents here were on a day-long hunger strike on Monday, demanding the shutdown of the Koodankulam nuclear power plant in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. ANI

Special CBI Court rejects bail plea of Karnataka mining baron J.Reddy
A special CBI court on Tuesday rejected the bail petitions of former Karnataka Minister and mining baron G Janardhan Reddy and his cousin and brother-in-law B.V.Srinivas Reddy and also granted the CBI custody of Reddy until September 19 on charges of ilegal mining in Andhra Pradesh. ANI

Bail hearing of ex-Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh today
The bail hearing of former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh, who was arrested for his alleged role in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, will be heard by a lower court on Tuesday. ANI

10 hurt as two factions of Communist party clash in W. Bengal village
Two factions of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) left villagers of Majampur, West Bengal, in a state of shock and fear on Monday after clashing violently with each other. ANI

Cash for Votes scam: Amar Singh's bail plea hearing adjourned till Sep.15
The bail plea hearing of former general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh was adjourned till September 15 by a lower court here on grounds of the former ill health. ANI

Centaur Pharma, Makers of Sinarest Celebrate “Anticold Day” and “Common Cold Awareness Week” for the consecutive Third Year
Common cold, although a self limiting disease, is responsible for more loss of work days and school days than any other diseases. To increase awareness regarding prevention and spread of common cold, Centaur Pharma, makers of Sinarest, the No.1 prescribed anticold, has commemorated “Anticold Day” and “Common Cold Awareness Week” programs for the first time in India in the year 2009 Business Wire India

TERI and HUDCO Sign MoU for Promotion of Green Buildings and Energy Conservation in Urban Sector
The Energy and Resources Institute today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Housing And Urban Development Corporation Ltd (HUDCO) to encourage energy conservation in urban areas /cities. -Energy conservation is a key issue for India with its power and energy shortages Business Wire India

Beena Kannan Designed Saris walk the "Swarovski Elements 2011" Ramp
Chennai's Taj Coromendel was the venue of a stellar fashion show "Swarovski Elements". It featured South India's leading textile retail outlets and Seematti Kochi was the sole ambassador of Kerala Business Wire India

Snap 2011 Opens
Internationally renowned Symbiosis International University announced that SNAP 2011 was open for registrations late last month. The common entrance test for admissions to 17 Post Graduate programs at Symbiosis will be held in December 2011 Business Wire India

Listerine Launches Its ‘21 Day Challenge’ To Address Changing Consumer Trends In Oral Care
On the occasion of World Oral Health Month in September, Listerine launched its ‘21 Day Challenge’ to encourage consumers to include mouthwash in their daily preventive oral care routine. In the last one year itself 25% of Indians have complained of bad breath and 13% have suffered from cavities Business Wire India

Citibank India Wins the Dun & Bradstreet Banking Award 2011 for SME Financing
Citibank India today announced that it has been awarded the ‘Best SME Bank’ for 2011, under the Foreign Bank category by Dun & Bradstreet - Polaris Software Banking Award. The Awards seek to recognize the growth and resilience of the Indian banking industry. The winner was determined amongst 62 scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) with a total income of Rs.1000 million and above Business Wire India

L&T InfoTech, Collabera Solutions, Wipro Technologies and Robert Bosch win the QAI High Maturity Best Practices (HMBP) 2011 Awards
QAI (, the world’s leading consulting and workforce development firm addressing Operational Excellence, announced the Awards for High Maturity Best Practices at the 2nd International Colloquium on High Maturity Best Practices (HMBP) 2011 Business Wire India

ClientCurve offers Asia specific B2B Contacts Sharing Platform –
ClientCurve, a leading Sales and Marketing company for technology companies, announced the launch of its new product, a B2B Contacts Sharing Platform. It is an online platform for trading Business Contacts. The product enables the companies to download business directory & contacts to run their marketing campaigns and other marketing related activities Business Wire India

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