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India looking forward to enhancing economic cooperation with Switzerland: President Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today said that India is looking forward to enhancing its economic cooperation with Switzerland. ANI

President Patil arrives in Switzerland
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today arrived in Switzerland for a five-day state visit to enhance bilateral relations. ANI

Pressure of population, exploitation of natural resources stress on Himalaya: Vilasrao Deshmukh
Union Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said that the Himalayan ecosystem is vital to the ecological security of the Indian landmass. ANI

Centre will convene all-party meeting to discuss Telangana issue: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that an all-party meeting to discuss the Telangana issue will be convened soon after parties from Andhra Pradesh convey their position to the Central government. ANI

CAG appointed External Auditor of IAEA and WIPO
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has been appointed as the external auditor of two major United Nations (UN) organizations - the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva. ANI

Southwest monsoon withdrawing from northwest India
Monsoon will withdraw with scattered rain/thundershowers over south Peninsula during next week and northeastern states will have isolated rain during first half of the week and thereafter it will withdraw. ANI

MNS to celebrates 86th Raising Day tomorrow
The Military Nursing Service (MNS) will celebrate its 86th Raising Day tomorrow. ANI

NHRC organizes national seminar on elimination of bonded labour
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today organized a national seminar on elimination of bonded labour in New Delhi. ANI

Navy orders eight amphibious assault vessels
The Indian Navy today signed a contract with GRSE, Kolkata, for construction of eight Landing Craft Utility (LCU) for a cost of Rs.2,100 crores. ANI

Sibal releases National Frequency Allocation Plan
The National Frequency Allocation Plan-2011 (NAFP) was released here today by Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal to ensure its efficient and effective management. ANI

Four laning of Lucknow-Sultanpur section of NH-56 in UP approved
The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure today approved the implementation of the project of four laning of Lucknow-Sultanpur section from 11.500 kilometre to 134.700 kilometre on National Highway-56 in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Mukul Wasnik inaugurates multi activity programme in Delhi
Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik inaugurated a multi activity programme on "Towards Holistic Health Care: Improving the quality life of Senior Citizen" here today. ANI

Ahmedabad Police arrests suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt
Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of misusing State machinery during the post-Godhra riots, was arrested on Friday in connection with a complaint regarding coercion of a subordinate. ANI

Helicopters to be deployed in Naxal affected areas, discloses Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said here today that six MI-17 helicopters would be hired on wet lease for anti naxal operations. ANI

Govt. organises job fair in Maoist stricken district of Jharkhand
In a bid to stop youngsters from joining Maoist rebels, the government recently organised a job fair in Jharkhand's Sahibganj District to provide them with employment opportunities. ANI

BJP Parliamentary Board will take a decision on Prime Ministerial candidate: Ahluwalia
Stating that both Lal Krishna Advani and Narendra Modi are respectable leaders of the party, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader S. S. Ahluwalia on Friday said the Parliamentary Board will take a final call on the Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 polls after proper consultations. ANI

Antony calls for speedier settlement of ex-servicemen pension claims
Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Friday urged authorities to find a permanent solution to settle all pending disputes over the pension claims of ex-servicemen 'at the earliest'. ANI

Antony to visit Russia to strengthen defence cooperation
Defence Minister Shri AK Antony will be on a three-day visit to Moscow from October 3-5 to strengthen defence cooperation with Russia. ANI

Railway employees to get 78 days' bonus
The Union Cabinet today accepted the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days' wages for the financial year 2010-2011 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees. ANI

Cabinet approves new Mines and Minerals Bill
The Union Cabinet today approved the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011, aimed at bringing more transparency in the process of allocations for licenses. ANI

BJP leader Rupala rubbishes speculation on Modi's absence at national executive
Dismissing all speculation surrounding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's absence from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive meet, senior party leader Purushottam Rupala on Friday said Modi was engaged in some urgent personal work and that is why he could not come. ANI

Students calls for end to Manipur economic blockade
Imphal, Sep 30 ): A large number of school students of Heirok village in Manipur recently took out a mass protest rally demanding an end to the ongoing economic blockade in the state. ANI

India's Look East policy provides opportunities for northeastern trading, business community
India's Look East policy that focuses on promoting trade with South East Asian countries is creating huge opportunities for the trading and business community of the north-eastern region. ANI

Militancy making life difficult for Manipuris
Several militant groups operating in Manipur are responsible for setting off blasts, kidnapping for ransom, killings and extortion. This has largely affected normal life in the state. ANI

Not just people, artisans too waiting for Durga Puja in North East India
The enthusiasm among people for Durga Puja in northeast India is no less than what it is in other parts of the country. ANI

Baba Ramdev says change economic policies to get rid of corruption
Stating that Jan Lokpal Bill is a small step in the whole process of getting rid of corruption, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev expressing confidence on Friday said we can get rid of hundred percent corruption in the country through a change in economic policies and formulation of laws. ANI

India successfully test-fires Agni-II ballistic missile
India on Friday successfully test-fired ballistic missile Agni-II from Wheeler Island in Dharma village off Odisha coast. ANI

Tripura capital Agartala hosts science congress
To popularize science and technology in Tripura, the state government recently organized a two-day science congress in Agartala for the first time. ANI

Gujarat Congress initiates car rally against Modi Govt. over corruption charges
The main opposition Congress Party in Gujarat on Friday initiated a car rally against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government over corruption charges. ANI

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi absent at BJP national executive meet, sparks speculation
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was not present on the first day of the two-day Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive meet, which began here today. ANI

Money laundering case: Supreme Court denies bail to Hasan Ali
The Supreme Court on Friday cancelled the bail plea of Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali, who was arrested on charges of money laundering. ANI

Gujarat traders initiate campaign against female infanticide
With an aim to boost mass awareness against female infanticide, the members of saree, garment and jewellery traders initiated a special campaign in Surat. ANI

Security personnel arrest two militants in Assam
In a joint operation, personnel of the Indian Army and the paramilitary Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) arrested two militants of the People's Liberation Army here on Thursday. ANI

Maoist interlocutor Sujato Bhadra meets Mamata Banerjee
Human rights activist Sujato Bhadra, who has been playing the role of an interlocutor with the Maoists in West Bengal met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday. ANI

Telangana leaders discuss their demand with Pranab Mukherjee
Senior leaders of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee here in context with their demand for the creation of a separate Telangana state. ANI

Left Front urges Manmohan Singh to own up onus over 2G note issue
The Left Front called upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to own up responsibility for the controversy caused by the Finance Ministry's note in the multi-million 2G spectrum telecom allocation scam. ANI

Omar Abdullah apologises to J-K rape victims
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday apologised for the state government's decision to release the names of over 1400 rape victims along with their addresses. ANI

President Patil leaves for Switzerland, Austria
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Friday left for a state visit to Switzerland from September 30 to October 4 and Austria from October 4 to 7 to enhance bilateral relations with both the nations. ANI

The PoleStar Foundation Announces Winners of 13th Annual PoleStar Awards
The PoleStar Foundation, an independent trust established in 1998 to recognise Excellence in Business and IT Journalism, announced the winners of the 13th Annual PoleStar Awards in a ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency, Chennai on Thursday, September 29, 2011 Business Wire India

Sundeep Malhotra, CEO and Founder, HomeShop18 awarded for “Excellence in Business Leadership”
Sundeep Malhotra, CEO and Founder of India’s largest virtual shopping destination, HomeShop18, has been recognized with the “Excellence in Business Leadership” award at The Asian Leadership Awards held on 25th September in Dubai. The Asian Leadership Awards recognizes business leaders from across Asia Business Wire India

Ghana Airports Invest $15 Million in Sita Systems Upgrade for Passenger and Bag Management
Tourist hot spot, Ghana, is to benefit from new integrated airport systems from airport IT specialist, SITA, designed to improve passenger flow and baggage management at the country’s main airport, Kotoka International Airport. The new systems were commissioned today by Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister for Transport Business Wire India

Grohe Apps for iPads
GROHE from Germany, the world’s number 1 brand in sanitary fittings, introduces exciting apps for Apple iPad users - GROHEpro and GROHEbooks. These allow them to view the latest brochures, product information and design examples by GROHE at any time. Talking about the applications, Mr. Mathew Job, Vice President & Managing Director Grohe India Pvt Business Wire India

1st Cloud Optimized Backup Vault in India Launched
Delhi & NCR-based Ace Data Devices Pvt. Ltd (Ace Data) today announced the launch of a next generation, cloud-based backup & recovery solution “Backup Vault” for the Indian businesses. The product is launched with the technical support of Toronto, Canada-based Asigra Inc. With this Ace Data become one of the first organizations in the country to address the Indian market for such a product Business Wire India

Ramco ERP Enjoys Highest Brand Loyalty Amongst its SME Customers - According to PCQuest Users' Choice Awards
Ramco Systems (BSE - 532370, NSE – RAMCOSYS, MSE – RSST); a software company focused on consulting, products and managed services, announced that according to the PCQuest Users' Choice Awards survey 2011, Ramco Systems enjoys the highest brand loyalty amongst its customers Business Wire India

Indian and U.S. Law Firms Join Forces to Improve Global Business Climate at USIBC’s Legal Services Summit
As fiscal challenges in the Euro Zone threaten to slow economic growth, U.S. and Indian law firms this week gathered at the U.S Business Wire India

Expedia Air Asia JV set to Redefine Travel Landscape for India
- First partnership of this nature between an Online Travel Company and a low cost carrier globally - - JV to provide consumers in India enhanced booking and travel experience with a suite of compelling deals and offers - - Aims to tap the buoyant growth in the Asia travel market – Expedia, Inc Business Wire India

Godfrey Phillips Joins Forces with Women in Leadership Forum India
Leading French business information group naseba has confirmed that Godfrey Phillips India Limited, one of India’s leading corporate houses and flagship company of the K K Modi Group, is the official ‘CSR Partner’ of their 2nd Annual Women In Leadership Forum India Business Wire India

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