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MCD polls: 'There are winners and losers in every election', says PM
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) taking lead over the Congress to retain its hold in the Delhi municipal polls, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said there are winners and losers in every election and one has to accept it with good grace. ANI

Gadkari hails BJP's win in MCD polls
Hailing the verdict of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said he was optimistic that people would vote for his party in the upcoming Delhi state assembly elections in 2013 and the general elections scheduled in 2014. ANI

Krishna to visit Spain
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will pay a three-day visit to Spain beginning on April 19 for bilateral discussions with Jose Manuel Garcia - Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain. ANI

India accords great importance to equitable health care: Azad
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said the Government of India accords great importance to ensuring equitable health care to all its citizens. ANI

Centre willing to support steps taken by state governments
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that the Central Government is willing to support steps taken by the State Governments in the fight against the Naxals. ANI

YSRC questions Congress secular credentials
Hyderabad, April 17: Questioning the secular credentials of Congress Party, YSR Congress Party on Tuesday said that it was trying to whip up passions on caste and religious lines. ANI

Swami Agnivesh expresses shock over acquittal of Bhojpur dalit carnage accused
Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Tuesday expressed shock over acquittal of 23 persons accused of killing 21dalits in the 1996 Bhojpur massacre case in Bihar by the Bihar High Court. ANI

Only some states harbor mistrust against Central Government: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that only some states harbor mistrust against the Central Government. ANI

Government employees hold protest in Srinagar
Scores of government employees in Jammu and Kashmir staged a protest in Srinagar on Tuesday, against the alleged non-fulfillment of state government's promise of extending the retirement age by two years and making all temporary employees permanent. ANI

Country's first RFID technology based electronic toll plaza to start in Panchkula
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Tuesday informed that the country's first radio frequency identification (RFID) technology based electronic toll plaza will be inaugurated in Panchkula, Haryana on Thursday. ANI

Congress leader Lovely holds votes distribution as reason for defeat in MCD polls
Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely on Tuesday said the main reason for the loss of the Congress Party in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls was that the vote share was distributed among the independent candidates, and that the party lacked behind in giving special emphasis on local issues. ANI

Second version of Aakash tablet to be launched in May: Sibal
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said the second version of Aakash, the '35 dollar' computer tablet, would be launched in May this year. ANI

Court extends Janardhana Reddy's judicial custody
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of former Karnataka minister G. Janardhana Reddy and his personal assistant Mehfuz Ali Khan, arrested in connection with an illegal mining case, till April 27. ANI

TMC diktat detrimental to country's democratic polity: D. Raja
Communist Party of India (CPI) lawmaker D. Raja on Tuesday hit back at the new diktat issued by Trinamool Congress (TMC), saying this kind of hatred and bitterness is detrimental to the democratic polity of the country. ANI

India-US hold dialogue on Asia Pacific region
India and United States held their fifth regional dialogue on the Asia Pacific region in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI

Delhi civic polls: BJP celebrates as results emerge
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Tuesday described the party's win in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls as a verdict against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. ANI

Need to work together for National Ganga River Basin Authority's success: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday said the Centre, the Ganga Basin States, civil society and industry should work together for the success of the National Ganga River Basin Authority, which was set up as a high-level body to give focused attention to fulfilling the sacred and solemn duty to restore the pristine glory of the Ganga and preserve its riches for future generations. ANI

Chidambaram tells state governments to help improve status of underprivileged
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that the country can not grow without the development and improvement in the status of Schedule Castes (SCs) and Schedule Tribes (STs). ANI

CBI quizzes BEML chief Natarajan on Tatra-Army deal
Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) Chairman and Managing Director V Natarajan was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday in connection with the controversy over the deal to supply the all-terrain Tatra trucks to the Army. ANI

CAG report on Maharashtra land row tabled in state assembly
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on a possible land scam has been tabled in the Maharashtra Assembly. ANI

Delhi civic polls: BJP leads in all three corporations (Update)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday showed lead in all three municipal corporations of Delhi. ANI

BJP winning in Delhi civic polls, Venkaiah Naidu expresses happiness
Expressing happiness over the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election results, which clearly indicate a major victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), senior party leader Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that urban voters are fed up with the Congress party. ANI

Odisha MLA abduction: Naxals issue new audio tape
The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, the Maoist group responsible for the abduction of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka, released a fresh audio tape on Tuesday reminding the Odisha Government of the deadline of Wednesday 5 p.m. for the fulfillment of its demands. ANI

No differences between Himachal Govt. and army on land row issue: Brig. Sharma
Brigadier A K Sharma of the Army's Western Command has said the relation between army and the Himachal Pradesh Government is cordial and added that land row would be resolved soon. ANI

Mehbooba Mufti flays Centre's laxity on stopping graft in J-K
People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has criticized the Central Government for its laxity in stopping graft in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

BJP's Jaitley accuses Centre of misusing CBI
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has once again accused the Central Government of misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to target political rivals. ANI

BJP leading in Delhi civic polls
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was on Tuesday leading in all three municipal corporation areas of Delhi. ANI

Canon India Further accelerates the “What Makes us Click” Campaign
Canon India Pvt. Limited, India's No 1. Complete Digital Imaging Company successfully held a three city promotional drive in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore on Saturday to further reach out to the youth with their latest campaign. Also, cashing in on the “shoot and share” emotion Canon launched their ‘What makes us click’ Facebook contest Business Wire India

Indian Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Express their dismay over US India Business Council’s stand on Preferential Market Access
The Telecom Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (TEMA) of India, in a communication to the Honorable Prime Minister, Government of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh have expressed their dismay over the contents of the letter, which was shared with the world media as an attempt to generate an opinion against a sound decision of the UPA government Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Launches its on-ground division ‘Event Management Group’ in India
ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s leading sports broadcaster, announced the launch of its on-ground division ‘Event Management Group’ (EMG) in India. The company further announced that PepsiCo India has signed on EMG to manage its mega football league Pepsi T20 Football’s on-ground events in India Business Wire India

Lush Cosmetics and Humane Society International Launch Global Campaign to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals
Humane Society International and Lush Cosmetics have launched the largest-ever global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. The campaign, launched to coincide with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, is being rolled out simultaneously in 48 countries and more than 700 Lush stores in India, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, Canada, and the United States Business Wire India

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