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Mumbai residents hold Govt. responsible for petrol price hike
With the state-owned oil companies all set to hike petrol prices by around Rs 3 per litre, the resident of Maharashtra's Mumbai city held the government responsible for the hike. ANI

US sees India as one of its indispensable partners in 21st century: Robert Blake
Asserting that the relationship between the two nations is prospering, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake on Thursday said the United States sees India as one of its indispensable partners in the 21st century. ANI

Bag with lakhs found on Bhopal Express is not mine, clarifies Sandeep Dikshit
Congress lawmaker Sandeep Dikshit on Thursday clarified that bag filled with ten lakhs in cash that was recovered from his berth in the Bhopal Express belonged to a friend of his who was travelling in a different coach on the same train. ANI

Gujarat leaders meet President over Lokayukta appointment issue
A delegation, consisting of two former ministers from Gujarat, met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil here on Thursday in connection with the simmering row over the appointment of Lokayukta. ANI

Janardhan Reddy's supporters in Bangalore protest against his arrest
Admirers of former Karnataka Minister and mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy staged a mass demonstration here on Thursday to protest his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in illegal mining. ANI

Petrol prices up by Rs 3.14 a litre
Petrol prices have been hiked by Rs. 3.14 a litre, which will be effective from midnight today. ANI


Phil Thompson embarks on a talent hunt in Mumbai schools
Legendary Liverpool defender Phil Thompson took out time on Wednesday to train students of a municipal school in Mumbai. ANI

Bihar police chief promises action against guilty in Nalanda baton-charge case
A day after a group of baton-wielding police officials thrashed women in Bihar's Nalanda District, the state's police chief promised strictest legal action against the offenders. ANI

Flood-hit Orissa using self-made rafts to ferry food and victims
Residents of Orissa's Kendrapada district are making rafts from banana stems to carry flood victims and food items. ANI

Rajasthan Govt. orders probe into Bharatpur land dispute clash
The Rajasthan Government has ordered a probe into a clash between two communities over a land dispute in Bharatpur district, which claimed four lives and injured 13. ANI

Small Savings Fund interest rate approved at 9%
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of Ministry of Finance to withdraw the reduced interest rate of nine percent in respect of National Small Savings Fund (NSSF) loans in case a state deviates from the targets in the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act of the state and to restore the original interest rate from the year 2012-13. ANI

CBI to probe case of missing Rajasthan nurse
The Home Minister of Rajasthan, Shanti Dhariwal, has said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe the case of the missing nurse, Bhanwari Devi. ANI

India calls for enhanced energy cooperation in SAARC region
India has called for enhanced energy cooperation in the SAARC region, which will lead to the betterment of the lives of all the people in the region. ANI

IAF choppers carry out flood relief operations in flood-affected Orissa
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched flood relief operations in flood-affected parts of Orissa since the past 48 hrs. ANI

Elephant found dead with injuries to ear trunk in Ramnagar
A 20-year-old elephant was found dead by forest authorities at the Sarpduli Range in the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand with injuries on his ears and trunk. ANI

Subramanian Swamy wants Chidambaram to be made co-accused in 2G scam case
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy, who is the chief petitioner in the 2G spectrum case, today said that former telecom minister A. Raja was not alone in deciding the price of spectrum, and added that Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who was the then finance minister of the country should also be prosecuted in the case. ANI

Sonia Gandhi to attend first meeting after surgery today
Congress President Sonia Gandhi will attend the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting of the AICC here on Thursday to discuss the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh. This will be her first public appearance after returning from the United States, where she underwent a surgery last month for an undisclosed ailment. ANI

J-K CM Omar Abdullah expresses dismay over media speculation on marriage(Update)
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday expressed his dismay and anguish over speculation in the media about his private life and the status of his marriage. ANI

Modi's 'five star' fast, a gimmick, says Gujarat unit of Congress
The Congress party has termed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's three-day fast from September 17 a political gimmick. ANI

CPI-Maoist is the most violent organization in India: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that left wing extremism is the most violent movement in the country. ANI

Chidambaram compliments security forces for 'peaceful summer' in Jammu and Kashmir
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today complimented the Jammu and Kashmir police and the Central Armed Police Forces for adopting a completely new strategy and successfully dealing with the incidents of stone pelting in the state. ANI

Hazare cannot be member of Hindu radical group: Sri Sri Ravishankar
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar has rejected suggestions of anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare being a member of any Hindu radical outfit, including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). ANI

India must build capacity to deal with multiple terror threats: Chidambaram
The challenge of terrorism is a formidable challenge and requires a comprehensive strategy of counter terrorism, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said today. ANI

Intelligence agencies have achieved significant success in terrorism battle: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that the Intelligence Bureau and the intelligence wings of state police forces must continue to do their silent and solid work. ANI

US blaming Haqqanis for recent Kabul attacks to isolate them from Afghan peace talks?
The United States has pinned blame of this week's militant assault in Kabul specifically on the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, in what some see as a bid to salvage nascent reconciliation talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban. ANI

Exiled Tibetan hometown McLeodganj attracting tourists
Home to the exiled Tibetan community, Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh, continues to see a huge inflow of tourists from around the world as it is increasingly making its presence felt in the global scene. ANI

India, Afghanistan conclude talks on forthcoming Istanbul, Bonn conferences
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai concluded his first visit to Afghanistan for foreign office consultations after assuming office. ANI

Delhi court grants Amar Singh interim bail on health grounds till Sept.19
A lower Delhi court on Thursday granted interim bail to former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh till September 19, but has not given him permission to go abroad for treatment. ANI

Oil firms may raise petrol prices by Rs 3 a litre
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is likely to give the green signal to state-owned oil firms to raise the price of fuel by as much as Rs 3 per litre. ANI

Delhi HC blast toll rises to 14
The death toll in the September 7 Delhi High Court blast rose to 14 on Thursday with the death of 34-year-old Mridul Bakshi. ANI

Cash for Votes scam: Delhi Court to hear Amar Singh's bail plea
A lower Delhi court will on Thursday hear the bail application of former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh in connection with his role in the 2008 Cash for Votes scam. ANI

'Epicenter of terror is Afghanistan and Pakistan,' says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were the epicenters of terror. ANI

Bosch Power Tools Launches New Training Centre
-- A world class training centre with investment of Rs. 50 million to cater to needs of the industry -- Initiative aims at increasing efficiency and earning capability of artisans substantially Bosch Power Tools, India’s leading power tools manufacturer, today announced the launch of its state of the art training center in India. Inaugurated by Dr Business Wire India

Belkin Appoints Brightpoint as National Distributor in India
Belkin India, a leading provider of interconnectivity solutions across computing and consumer electronic devices, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Brightpoint India Private Limited (“Brightpoint”) for Brightpoint to be the national distributor of Belkin’s wide range of mobility products Business Wire India

Haier Marks up the Spirited Celebrations this Festival Season
-- Announces its unique promotions with ‘Haier Refrigerator Lao Kismat Chamkao’ offer -- Ushers in prizes worth Rs. 25 Lakhs and a jackpot worth Rs. 2.5 Lakh -- Assured gifts on star products of Haier in the Refrigerator Category, adding zing to the celebrations Haier, one of the largest Home Appliances & Consumer Electronics brand, globally, and world’s No Business Wire India

RICS sets up South Asia Board to Strengthen Presence
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Autodesk Adds Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Revit Structure to Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2012
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, today announced Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2012, the latest version of its award-winning suite of plant design solutions in India. Available in Standard, Premium and Ultimate editions, the new suite simplifies cross-department coordination among process plant design stakeholders Business Wire India

Alfa Laval Wins INR 737 Million Food Order in India
Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling –has won an order for a process solution for an infant food manufacturing plant in India. The order value is about INR 737 million and scheduled for 2013 Business Wire India

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