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Rashtrapati Bhavan issues clarification on President's post-retirement home
The Rashtrapati Bhavan has issued a clarification over media reports claiming that President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has 'grabbed' land much in excess of her entitlement to build her post retirement home in Pune, and termed the news items to be factually incorrect and malicious. ANI

India hails Nepal's resolve to rehabilitate former Maoist cadres
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday termed the Nepalese Government's decision to rehabilitate former Maoist combatants as per certain recent pacts, thereby ensuring peace. ANI

India concerned over recent developments in Sudan, South Sudan: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said India is concerned with the recent developments in Sudan and South Sudan. ANI

Odisha Govt. makes fresh appeal to Maoists for MLA's release
Hours after the Maoists released Italian national Paolo Bosusco, the Odisha Government on Thursday evening made a fresh appeal to the ultras to release BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka from their captivity immediately unhurt and in good condition. ANI

President, Vice President and PM greet nation on Vaisakhi
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation on the occasion of Vaisakhi, Vishu, Puthandu, Mesadi, Vaisakhadi and Bahag Bihu. ANI

PMO reviews PPP Projects in Port Sector
As directed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, a review meeting of the Port Sector taken in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) examined the progress made in the implementation of PPP projects in major ports and the progress of dredging activities. ANI

BJP slams UPA Govt. over anti-farmer's policies
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit out at the Congress-led UPA Government following Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh outlining the Centre's anti-farmer's policies'. ANI

Sibal welcomes SC verdict on Right to Education Act
Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday welcomed the verdict of the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act, 2009, which mandates 25 percent free seats to the poor in government and private unaided schools uniformly across the country. ANI

Right to Education SC verdict widely acclaimed by academicians
Education experts from across India hailed the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act, 2009, which mandates 25 percent free seats to the poor in government and private unaided schools uniformly across the country. ANI

Trainer chopper makes emergency landing on top of building in Bangalore
A schweizer trainer helicopter, which was on a routine training sortie, made an emergency landing on top of an apartment in Indiranagar in Bangalore this evening. ANI

Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco professes 'My love for Oriya people will never finish'
Italian national Paolo Bosusco, who was released by the Maoists on Thursday after being in their captivity for almost 29 days, thanked the people of Odisha for their kindness, saying his love for the Oriya people will never finish. ANI

Air India restructuring plan approved
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the turnaround and restructuring plans of Air India. ANI

Cabinet approves amendments of Registration of Birth and Death Act
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the introduction of a Bill in the budget session of parliament to amend the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 to include registration of marriages as well. ANI

Cabinet approves public procurement Bill
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Public Procurement Bill, 2012 that seeks to regulate government purchases of above Rs 50 lakh through a transparent bidding process ANI

Hamid Ansari lauds role of Bihar's legislative council
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Thursday said that Bihar Legislative Council has distinguished itself by taking initiatives for public welfare. ANI

Akhilesh Yadav files nomination papers for legislative council
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday iled his nomination papers for the biennial elections to 13 seats of Legislative Council slated for April 26. ANI

Pallam Raju says Armed Forces produce best thinkers
Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju on Thursday hailed the Indian Armed Forces for grooming some of the finest professionals. ANI

Cabinet extends support for Swavalamban Scheme from three to five years
The Union Cabinet today approved the extension of funding support for implementing the Swavalamban Scheme under the New Pension System (NPS) from present three years to five years for all subscribers who were enrolled during 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. ANI

Three die in road accident in Uttar Pradesh
Three persons were burnt to death on Thursday when a truck caught fire after it was hit by another vehicle in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur District. ANI

'No difference between establishment and armed forces', says Pallam Raju
Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju on Thursday said there is no difference between the establishment and the armed forces, and added that the government is working in harmony with the three services. ANI

Draw held for Kailash Manasarovar pilgrimage
The Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Thursday presided over the computerized draw for the selection of the yatris (pilgrims) for the Kailash Manasarovar yatra this year. ANI

Nupur Talwar moves Supreme Court against warrant
Nupur Talwar accused in the murder of her daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court against the non-bailable warrant issued in her name by a Ghaziabad court. ANI

18 get life imprisonment in Ode village massacre case
Eighteen out of the 23 convicts in the Ode village massacre case that occurred during the 2002 Gujarat communal riots were given life imprisonment by a special court in Gujarat's Anand District on Thursday. ANI

Maoists release Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco
Maoists on Thursday freed Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco after keeping him in captivity for 29 days. ANI

Right to Education constitutionally valid: SC
The Supreme Court on Thursday declared that the Right to Education is a constitutionally valid right. ANI

BJP slams Congress over CWG ahead of Delhi civic polls
Ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed the Congress party for tarnishing the image of the country in the international arena during the Commonwealth Games. ANI

'India willing to discuss Kashmir issue with Pak'
India is willing to discuss about the Kashmir issue with Pakistan to advance the peace talks, but the latter needs to take serious action against militants using its soil to attack India, a top Indian diplomat has said. ANI

Maken accuses MCD of siphoning off development funds
Congress leader and Sports Minister Ajay Maken has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) of siphoning off funds meant for development of civic amenities. ANI

AICTE Adopts Cloud to Improve Technical Education and Prepare Students for the Workforce of Tomorrow
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Microsoft Corporation announced today that AICTE is deploying Microsoft Live@edu as one solution amongst many such initiatives with IT majors and Industries, over the next three months to more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes throughout India Business Wire India

Amul Introduces Amul PRO, new Whey Protein Malt Beverage
Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Amul), India’s largest food products marketing organization announced the launch of Amul PRO, its new Whey Protein Malt Beverage brand. Amul, with annual sales turnover of approx Rs 12,000 crores, is the market leader in all dairy product categories Business Wire India

MUSHKY the uberclass Men’s Wear Launched in Delhi Today
-- Ace cricketer and youth icon Irfan Pathan to be the Brand Ambassador for MUSHKY -- Girls skip the heartbeats with Zulfi Syed joining the ramp MUSHKY the new definition of uberclass men’s wear was launched at Ansal Plaza in Delhi today amidst a jam packed audience. The new launched brand is all set to create a niche for itself in the ready to wear apparel market in India Business Wire India

Logitech Adds 'Touch' to its Wireless Portfolio
Logitech, the global provider of personal peripherals for computers and other digital platforms, today unveiled their latest products in the wireless product category in India. The latest addition to the family - Logitech Touch Mouse M600 — is a wireless mouse featuring a touch surface that lets you navigate intuitively with your fingers Business Wire India

Intuit Honors India’s ‘Super Startups’ on Super Angels
Three promising Indian startups won mega funding worth four crores on the grand finale of the Super Angels sponsored by Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) on ET NOW. Exotel received the highest funding – Rs. 2.5 crores from venture capitalist Karthik Reddy, Cofounder of Angel Fund Business Wire India

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