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Manmohan Singh greets nation on Onam
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Onam. ANI

Ambika Soni slams Advani for being silent on cash-for-votes scam
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Thursday slammed senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani for expressing his desire to get arrested now when he was aware of the sting operation his party conducted during the 2008 cash-for-votes scam. ANI

Delhi HC blast leaves family of oldest victim in shock
Family members of 87-year-old Nizamuddin Master, the oldest victim of Delhi High Court blast, are in deep shock over his death. ANI

Peace and stability important to boost development in South Asia, says Pak lawmaker
Asserting that peace and stability were prerequisites for boosting development in South Asia, Pakistan lawmaker Farzana Raja on Thursday urged ndia to enhance engagement with its neighbour in social, economic and political spheres. ANI

Delhi HC blast sparks nationwide protest against UPA Govt.
Stung by the blast in New Delhi that killed 12 people and injured 76 others, Indians from all walks of life on Thursday criticized the UPA Government at the Centre for its perceived hesitancy in tackling militancy and for being insensitive towards the victims of extremist violence. ANI

Congress, BJP blame each other over frequent adjournment of Parliament
The ruling Congress Party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) blamed each other over frequent adjournment of the Parliament after it was yet again adjourned on the last day of the Monsoon Session. ANI

Vice President Ansari greets nation on Onam
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansai has greeted the people of the country on the auspicious occasion of Onam. ANI

BJP targets UPA Govt. after CAG report slams Air India
Soon after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) criticized the country's national airline, Air India Limited's (AIL) decision to buy 68 Boeing planes in 2005 in its report tabled in the Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said that yet another scam of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government is being unfolded. ANI

Bihar-based global anti-trafficking trust observes International Literacy Day

NIA announces Rs.5 lakh cash award for information on Delhi blast suspects
Union Home Secretary, Raj Kumar Singh on Thursday that the National Investigating Agency (NIA), which is in charge of the probe related to Wednesday's Delhi High Court blast that claimed twelve lives and injured 75 others, has announced a cash award of five lakh rupees to anyone who provides information about the perpetrators. ANI

River water sharing: India wants equitable arrangement with Bangladesh, says Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said the government is keen to arrive at fair and equitable arrangements for sharing of common rivers with Bangladesh. ANI

Mechanisms in place to reduce Indo-Bangladesh border incidents: Krishna
Asserting that New Delhi is committed to building a strong partnership with Dhaka, External Affairs Minister S.M ANI

CAG castigates oil ministry for allowing Reliance to retain entire D6 area
The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has in a report castigated the Ministry of Petroelum and Natural Gas for allowing Reliance Industries to retain its entire eastern offshore KG-D6 block in contravention of the Production Sharing Contract (PSC). ANI

Air India move to buy 111 planes through debt was recipe for disaster: CAG report
A report prepared by the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which was submitted in Parliament on Thursday, says that the decision by national carrier Air India to acquire 111 planes through debt was "a recipe for disaster" and should have raised alarms in government. ANI

Increasing female literacy can be a force multiplier for pushing socio-economic development: Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday said that increasing female literacy has the potential of becoming a force multiplier in pushing forward socio-economic development of the nation. ANI

Bangalore, Mumbai on high alert after Delhi HC blast kills 12, injures 76
Sensitive cities across India have been put on high alert after a powerful bomb weighing two kilograms and hidden in a briefcase outside the main entrance of the High Court, killed 12 people and left 76 injured on Wednesday. ANI

Manmohan Singh, Gurusharan Kaur pledge to donate their eyes
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and his wife Gurusharan Kaur have pledged to donate their eyes. They signed the National Eye Donation Pledge form today on the occasion of National Eye Donation Day. ANI

President Patil greets nation on the occasion of Onam
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has greeted the nation on the occasion of Onam, which is being celebrated tomorrow. ANI

Sonia Gandhi returns to India after successful surgery
Congress President Sonia Gandhi returned here from the United States this morning where she underwent a surgery last month for an undisclosed ailment. ANI

Advani discloses he was aware of cash-for-votes sting operation
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani today hailed as 'whistle- blowers' the two former party MPs jailed in connection with the cash for vote scam, and dared the government to arrest him claiming that he was aware of a sting conducted by his party in 2008 to expose the United Progressive Alliance's willingness to buy support to survive a trust vote. ANI

Home Secretary confirms blast death toll is 12, assures medical aid to injured
Union Home Secretary Raj Kumar Singh on Thursday confirmed that twelve people had died so far in Wednesday's blast outside the Delhi High Court, and promised that the injured would be given the best possible medical assistance. ANI

Lucknow residents write letters to Lord Ganesha, seek fulfilment of their wishes
Hundreds of Lucknow-based devotees have written a letter to Lord Ganesha to seek fulfilment of their wishes during the ongoing Ganesh Utsav festival. ANI

Hazare condoles with blast victims, dares militants to an open fight
Anti-graft crusader and veteran social activist Anna Hazare has expressed his grief with the families of those killed in Wednesday's Delhi High Court blast and dared anti-social militant elements to a fight in the open rather than claiming innocent lives. ANI

Kashmiris urge govt. to re-start River Jhelum bank beautification project
Residents of Srinagar have appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir Government to re-start a project for beautifying the area along the banks of the River Jhelum. ANI

Omar Abdullah condemns Delhi HC blast, confirms leads in investigation
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has condemned Wednesday's bomb explosion in New Delhi that killed 12 people and injured 75. ANI

W.Bengal farmers urge govt. not to ink Teesta river deal with Bangladesh
Farmers of the Phansidewa block of West Bengal have appealed to the central government to not sign an agreement for the sharing of waters from two rivers- the Teesta and the Feni, with Bangladesh. ANI

Tremor measuring 4.2 on Richter scale shakes Delhi, NCR
An earthquake measuring 4.2 on Richter scale upset the residents in Indian capital and its surrounding areas just prior to midnight on Wednesday. ANI

Delhi HC blast: Manhunt on for terror suspects
A manhunt has been launched for the two persons suspected of planting the bomb outside Delhi High Court which killed 12 people and injured 75. ANI

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh tighten security after Delhi HC blast
After Wednesday's blast outside Delhi High Court, security has been tightened various parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, especially in crowded areas. ANI

Indian Army flags off civilian high altitude trekking expedition in Ladakh
In an endeavour to encourage youth to take part in adventure sports, the Indian Army flagged off a civilian high altitude trekking expedition on Wednesday to Siachen Glacier from Leh in Ladakh. ANI

Delhi HC blast: Anti-terrorist squad sleuths raid HuJI militant's house in UP
A special team of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) conducted raid at the residence of suspected Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) militant Shameem at Launda Jhansi village near Mughalsarai in Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh late on Wednesday. ANI

A day after Delhi HC blast, citizens tense, police questioning three persons in Kashmir
A day after a powerful brief case place bomb explosion outside the Delhi High Court claimed the lives of eleven people and wounded 76 others, the national capital woke up to a tense morning on Thursday with heavy security still at the blast site and in other prime locations. ANI

Delhi HC blast: Death toll rises to 12
The death toll in Wednesday's blast outside the Delhi High Court on Thursday rose to 12 with one of the victims succumbing to injuries at a hospital in Delhi. ANI

BGS Global Hospitals performs very rare Minimal Invasive (Key Hole) Liver Surgery for Metastatic Cancer
-- Minimally invasive or key hole surgery gives immense patient benefits such as minimized pain, fewer complications, early recovery and return to work -- The team of Surgeons with extensive experience in performing advanced laparoscopic surgeries of the liver and pancreas performed this complex surgery The patient could walk comfortably the day after surgery Business Wire India

Two Lead Roles for Roger Dubuis and Gerard Butler
As one of the most charismatic actors of his generation, his mold-breaking personality was bound to lead him into some unusual encounters. Gerard Butler has landed a new role and joined the family of Geneva-based fine watchmaker ROGER DUBUIS. Both of them are more into action than introspection, both approach their art headon, and both are driven by passion Business Wire India

Shell Helix Showcases Rare Photo Exhibit Celebrating Shell’s Longstanding Technical Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari
Shell Lubricants, the global market share leader in finished lubricants (Kline & Company) tries to capture Shell’s shared passion for performance with Scuderia Ferrari over 60 years, at a rare photo exhibition in New Delhi. The exhibition is aimed at celebrating India’s inaugural Grand Prix, scheduled in October this year Business Wire India

Altair ProductDesign Unveils the World’s First Series Hydraulic Hybrid Transit Bus
Altair ProductDesign, a global product development consultancy and wholly-owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering, Inc., today unveiled the world’s first series hydraulic hybrid transit bus. The LCO-140H (Low-Cost of Ownership-1st 40-foot Hybrid) was developed under the BUSolutions program in partnership with Automation Alley, in an effort to revitalize public bus transportation in America Business Wire India

GETIT Launches Special website for Onam
Shopping during Onam is fun but time consuming Business Wire India

eScan Releases its Malware Report for the First Half of 2011
eScan the world’s leading Anti-Virus solution provider has conducted an in-depth research and come up with a comprehensive report based on malware URLs collected for the first half of the year 2011. This report by the world’s leading Anti-Virus solutions provider provides a representation of the growth in malware infected URLs in a span of just 6 months Business Wire India

Ittiam IP Enabled Smartphones and Tablets Cross 10 Million Units in 12-Months
Ittiam Systems today announced that the number of Smartphones and Tablets shipped by its customers exceeded 10 million units in a short span of 12-months. Founded in 2001, Ittiam has been a leading supplier of media processing and communication technologies for a wide range of products Business Wire India

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