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Maharashtra Government defends itself in Adarsh society scam
The Maharashtra Government has clarified that land allotted for the controversial Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society in Mumbai and meant for dependants of armed forces martyrs and ex-servicemen, belongs to it and not to the Indian Army or the office of the military estate. ANI

Government trying to slap undue notices against us: Ramdev aide
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev's close aide Balkrishna has criticised the Central Government for slapping unnecessary notices and attempting to stall the fight against corruption. ANI

Centre vigilant over militancy sprouting from foreign soil, says Congress
Congress Party on Wednesday said the Central Government is vigilant over all militancy related developments from foreign soil. ANI

Islamic radicals gaining strength in Maldives, says Ex-Maldivian President
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday condemned the dictatorship of Islamic radicals, who have penetrated deep into the system of his country's governance. ANI

NDMA organizes national workshop of secretaries of disaster management
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) organized the national workshop of secretaries of disaster management here on Wednesday. ANI

Agni-V test fire postponed till Thursday
The launch of 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V has been postponed till Thursday due to inclement weather. ANI

Cable TV digitization will be beneficial to operators: Ambika Soni
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Wednesday assured that the reformed Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Bill, which aims to digitize the cable sector across the country, would be beneficial to the cable operators. ANI

Agni-V launch today would be landmark for India's missile technology, says former Air Chief
Stating that the launch of Agni-V will be a landmark achievement as far as the missile technology is concerned, former Air Chief, Fali Homi Major, on Wednesday this will give a huge edge to the country in as far as its nuclear capability is concerned. ANI

New born baby girl found abandoned in garbage in Gurgaon
A new born baby girl was found abandoned in a dumping ground in Haryana's Gurgaon township on Wednesday. ANI

Government has taken steps to control food inflation: K V Thomas
Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas on Wednesday said the government had taken adequate steps to control spiralling food inflation. ANI

Former Maldivian President Nasheed criticizes Indian High Commission's role during coup
New Delhi, April 18: Expressing unhappiness over the role of the Indian High Commission officials in Maldives, former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday said he was shocked to see how quickly the Indian government recognized the new government. ANI

ULFA calls for shut down in Assam to protest Manmohan Singh's visit
Security is being beefed up in Assam ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Guwahati, as the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) reiterated its call for a state-wide shutdown on April 20 to protest against the visit. ANI

Agni-V will establish India-China strategic parity in nuclear field: Raja Mohan
Stating that the plan to develop a intercontinental ballistic missile has been on the drawing board for a long time, strategic analyst C. Raja Mohan on Wednesday said Agni-V will bring India to a measure of strategic parity with the Chinese in the nuclear field. ANI

Followers of Mahatma Gandhi lament auction of artifacts
Followers of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday lamented the auction of artefacts related to him, saying that such events failed to spread his principles and ideals. ANI

Agni-V to be test fired off coast of Odisha today
India is all set to test fire its 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V on Wednesday from a test range in Wheeler island off the coast of Odisha. ANI

Ex-Maldivan president in India, to meet Manmohan Singh on Monday
Ousted Maldivian President Mohammad Nasheed, who is in India on a six-day visit, has said he would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday as part of his efforts to prove he is the rightful leader of the archipelago nation. ANI

Judgment in case involving Indian children expected on April 23
The hearing in the child welfare case involving two Indian children was held in Stavanger District Court on 17 April. A judgment is expected on Monday afternoon (April 23). ANI

Prisoners clash with Meerut jail authorities
Prisoners from Uttar Pradesh's Meerut Jail clashed with the prison authorities on Wednesday. ANI

NSG to have its Counter Hijacking Unit at Samalkha in Delhi
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram laid the foundation stone of composite structure for the Counter Hijacking Unit of elite National Security Guard (NSG) at the Samalkha Camp here on Wednesday. ANI

BJP holds 'Samanvay Baithak' to discuss current political situation
A day after sweeping victory over all the three newly formed municipal corporations of Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretaries and national office bearers met here on Wednesday to discuss the current political situation and organizational issue. ANI

UP CM Akhilesh to hold "Janta Darbar' every week
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has kick started "Janta Darbar", to be held on Wednesday at his residence. ANI

NCTC meet on May 5 crucial for UPA
The National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) meet scheduled to take place on May 5 will be a litmus test for the UPA Government at the Centre, as some non-Congress Chief Ministers continue to oppose the provisions in the counter-terror body, contending that it will upset the federal structure and encroach on the powers of the states. ANI

MCD elections cannot be regarded as "semi-final" for assembly polls: Sheila Dikshit
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday sought to downplay the Bharatiya Janata Party's clear lead in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, saying that civic polls could not be regarded as a "semi-final" for the assembly elections scheduled next year. ANI

India committed to working with international community: Mathai
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai on Wednesday said India is committed to working with the international community in advancing the common objectives of global non-proliferation and international security. ANI

Train services in Mumbai hit after fire in signal cabins
A massive fire in a signal panel of the Central Railway track disrupted local train services in Mumbai on Wednesday, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded on platforms. ANI

Educate new generation to eradicate social discrimination: Gehlot
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said the new generation of the country should be educated to remove social discrimination existing in the society. ANI

Aarushi case: Court extends warrant to arrest Nupur till April 30
A Ghaziabad court on Wednesday extended the non-bailable warrant to arrest Nupur Talwar till April 30 in connection with the Aarushi murder case. ANI

Kudankulam nuke plant row intensifies as activist slams govt's atomic energy body
Criticizing the Department of Atomic Energy, anti-nuclear activist Neeraj Jain has urged the Central Government to halt operations at existing plants such as Tamil Nadu's Kudankulam project. ANI

Tatra trucks case: CBI conducts raids in Delhi, Noida
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday carried out searches in Delhi and Noida as part of its ongoing probe over the deal to supply all-terrain Tatra trucks to the Army. ANI

Canon Expands Presence in Workgroup Document Management
-- Launches 4 New A4 Copier based MFDs -- Launches 4 New Document Scanners -- Expects to accelerate MDS growth to 50 p.a. Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No 1. complete digital imaging company today announced the launch of new range of imageRUNNER 1700 series and Document Scanners to further strengthen its stand as the market leader in India in Document Management Space Business Wire India

Indusface Launches Powerful Anti Malvertising Feature to Counter Malicious Online Advertisements
Indusface, an award winning website security company, has released a powerful anti malvertising feature in the latest version of its flagship product IndusGuard. This new feature aims to combat the threat that businesses and publishing networks face due to increased spread of malware using online advertising, a lucrative setting for miscreants to attack websites through malvertising Business Wire India

Washington College to Confer Honorary Doctorate on Mr. R. Seetharaman
The Washington College, one of the leading liberal arts institutions in the United States, will confer an honorary doctorate on Mr. R Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer, Doha Bank, it was announced yesterday Business Wire India

Happiest Minds Forms Advisory Board
Happiest Minds Technologies, a next-gen IT solutions & services company today announced the formation of a prestigious Advisory Board comprising of international industry experts Business Wire India

BFC Group Holdings Launches New Retail Network in India
Kingdom of Bahrain based BFC Group Holdings today announced the launch of BFC Forex & Financial Services PVT LTD (BFC Forex) retail network in India, with the inauguration of its first branch and Head Office in Mumbai. BFC Forex is owned by BFC Group Holdings, which was set up in January 2009 when the Islamic Financial Services Group - Bank Alkhair B.S Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Revs Up Motorsports Content with 2 Wheels
With robust interest in motorcycle racing across Asia, ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) has boosted its coverage of the sport by introducing a new motorsports racing programme 2 Wheels, targeted at motor-cycle racing enthusiasts Business Wire India

Thomson Reuters Introduces New Professional Skills Training Program for Lawyers in India
Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the introduction of a new professional skills training program for lawyers in India. The Legal Advancement Program, the first of its kind in India, is specifically designed to prepare newly qualified lawyers for Day One of their professional career Business Wire India

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Hyderabad based Rachnoutsav Events Academy, the First in South Asia to Offer Integrated Learning Program in Event Management and Wedding Planning Launched
-- To set up 5 own centres as well as 10 centres on franchisee mode in next ten years. The expected project cost over ten years is put at INR 75 crore. -- Event Management industry in the country is projected to be Rs. 5000 crores by 2015 Rachnoutsav Events Academy, a full-fledged Events Academy is launched here in Hyderabad Business Wire India

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