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G-24 nations to focus on job creations and effective social protection for poor: Mukherjee
Expressing concern over the current global economic scenario, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the G-24 nations will focus on job creation and effective social protection for the poor and the vulnerable. ANI

India's missile technology at par with global best: DRDO
After the successful launch of its Agni-V missile, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday said India was now at par with the most of the developed nations of the world in the domain of missile and defence technology. ANI

Kaushik Basu clarifies on economic reforms statement
Following the controversy around the statement made at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on economic reforms in the country, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Kaushik Basu on Friday clarified that the central message of his talk was the possible European crisis in 2014 and not India's 2014 general elections. ANI

Dilshan murder case: Retired Army officer sentenced to life imprisonment
A court in Chennai on Friday sentenced a retired Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Kandasamy Ramaraj to life imprisonment for murdering 13-year-old Dilshan in July last year. ANI

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate seventh civil services day tomorrow
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the seventh Civil Services Day being held in New Delhi tomorrow. ANI

CBI team meets army chief over Tatra bribery claims
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team met Army Chief General VK Singh on Friday to seek clarification over his claims that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by an equipment lobbyist to clear a defence deal. ANI

Modi opposes meat exports
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his opposition to the meat exports. ANI

India-US relations on strong footing: Mukherjee
The Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said the relations between India and the United States have evolved in recent years into a global strategic partnership, based on shared values and increasing convergence of interests on regional and global issues. ANI

PM inaugurates linear accelerator at Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday inaugurated the state-of-the-art linear accelerator with intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy and SRS/SRT facilities at the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati. ANI

Nagaland's business community complains of militant outfits extorting money
The young business community of Nagaland, which has recently started their business in the state, has complained of Naga militant outfits extorting money from them. ANI

Yechury terms Basu's 'economic reforms' remark to be flimsy excuse
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury on Friday termed Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu's 'major economic reforms unlikely before 2014 polls' remark to be a flimsy excuse. ANI

Maoists say Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka will be tried on April 25
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 Friday saying the MLA will be tried in a people's court on April 25. ANI

Mining scam: CEC recommends CBI probe against Yeddyurappa
In a major setback to former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, the Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against him in connection with his role in the mining scam. ANI

Suspected militants kill police officer in Kashmir
Suspected militants Friday killed a police officer here. ANI

Kaushik Basu's remark on economic reforms receives flak from Shahid Siddiqui
The statement of Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu in Washington that major economic reforms are unlikely before 2014 polls are attracting flak from the opposition and even the government is expressing reservation in endorsing his statement. ANI

Manmohan Singh asks insurgent groups in Assam to give up violence, start talks
Asserting that the new wave of development in Assam has been made possible by a period of social peace and political stability, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said violence provides no answer and that diverse groups can fulfill their aspirations only through engagement in the democratic process. ANI

India looking for economic reforms, says Narayanasamy
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V. Narayanasamy, on Friday played down Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu's remark that reforms are unlikely before the 2014 elections, saying India is looking forward in spite of the economic breakdown in the whole world. ANI

Security beefed up in Assam for PM's visit
With the anti-talk faction of ULFA led by Paresh Baruah calling for a 12-hour shutdown in Assam to protest against the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, security has been stepped up in the state to avoid any untoward incident. ANI

Participate in the Vaseline Men Faceoff Contest with Shahid Kapoor and Win a Galaxy Tab
Vaseline Men presents ‘The Vaseline Men Face Off Challenge’, a photo contest hosted on the Vaseline Facebook Page where men stand a golden opportunity to challenge Shahid Kapoor by uploading their pictures on ( The picture that generates maximum ‘likes’ will be declared the winner and also presented with a Samsung Galaxy Tab Business Wire India

Center for Knowledge Societies Launches the ‘Bihar Innovation Lab’, an Institution for Rural Innovation through Design Collaboration
Centre for Knowledge Societies (, an innovation consultancy that helps product and service companies imagine new possibilities, today announced the launch of the Bihar Innovation Lab (BIL), a revolutionary concept that promises to change the face of healthcare and rural innovation in Bihar Business Wire India

Indian SMEs Set for Next Level of Growth
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‘Enviro-Challenge’- A Collection of Quiz Questions on the Environment Launched during Earth Day Celebrations at TERI
At the Earth Day function organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a book ‘Enviro-Challenge’, which is a compilation of quiz questions on various aspects of the environmental was launched by renowned polar explorer Sir Robert Swan Business Wire India

GIBSS Wins Sankalp 2012 Award for Clean Tech
GIBSS, a company focussed on making “buildings zero net energy” with the use of its environmentally and socially responsible demand side technologies, has been awarded the Sankalp Awards 2012 for the most innovative sustainable and scalable company in the Clean Tech and Clean Energy Sector Business Wire India

PVR Cinemas Selects Kronos Workforce Management Solutions
PVR Cinemas, one of the leading motion picture exhibitors in India and a pioneer in the multiplex format, has chosen workforce management solutions from Kronos Incorporated to manage its workforce Business Wire India

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