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Mukherjee terms Cabinet reshuffle report to be media imagination
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday termed reports that four senior UPA ministers have written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi offering to step down from their posts to be media imagination, and said all leaders are doing the party work whether in government or outside it. ANI

Norwegian official lauds court decision on children custody row
State Secretary of Norwegian Ministry of Environment, Heidi Sorensen, on Tuesday lauded the ruling of the court to hand over two Indian children in foster care to their paternal uncle in India, and said the decision was in the kids' 'best interests'. ANI

Envoys of twelve nations present credentials to President Patil
Envoys of twelve nations presented their credentials to the President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Tuesday. ANI

Narayanasamy downplays UPA leaders visit at 10, Janpath
Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy on Tuesday downplayed the visit by several senior leaders at Congress President Sonia Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence in the wake of reports over four UPA ministers offering to resign from their posts, and contended that it was a routine meeting. ANI

BJP questions UPA Govt.'s leadership over Cabinet reshuffle report
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday hit out at the UPA Government over reports that four senior Cabinet ministers have written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi offering to step down from their posts, and said the main problem that the country is facing at the moment is the lack of good governance. ANI

Vayalar Ravi dismisses Cabinet reshuffle report
Union Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday rubbished media reports that he along with several other senior UPA ministers has written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi willing to be relieved of their portfolios. ANI

Samajwadi Party has not yet decided on presidential candidate: Mulayam
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said that his party has not yet decided on the candidate for the President's post. ANI

Ministers write to Sonia Gandhi, say they want to work for Congress Party
Several senior ministers of the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-II Cabinet have reportedly written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, saying that they would like to be relieved of their portfolios and would like to work for the party. ANI

Bir Khalsa Dal sets cocunut cracked on heads Guinness record
Breaking coconuts on the head is not for the faint hearted, but a seven-members of the Tarn Taran based Bir Khalsa Dal (BKD) amazed authorities by smashing 59 coconuts in one minute on their forehead during a competition held in Rome for the world record on April 18. ANI

Basavanna's birth anniversary observed in Delhi
A large numbers of Kannada writers, artists and academicians from the national capital on Tuesday celebrated the birth anniversary of the 12th century poet Basavanna, who was a noted mystic and ardent social reformer. ANI

Enrica-Lexie case: BJP calls on govt. to sack Additional Solicitor General Raval
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday called on the Central Government to sack Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval for apparently defending the contention of the Italian Government that their country's ship - the Enrica Lexie - was in international waters and not in Indian waters when its security personnel killed two Keralite fishermen in February this year. ANI

Antony tells Commanders modernisation process will get topmost attention
Asserting that while modernisation remains the topmost priority of the government, Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Tuesday said this however cannot be done at the cost of a set of core values-transparency, probity and accountability. ANI

Chhattisgarh CM urges Maoists not to fix deadline
With the deadline looming large for the safe release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on Tuesday urged the Maoists not to fix a deadline till the negotiations are over. ANI

Chhattisgarh hostage crisis: Govt. should adopt holistic approach, says D. Raja
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Tuesday said the government should adopt a holistic approach to secure the safe release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon from his Maoist kidnappers. ANI

Pak to launch LR missile in Indian Ocean
Days after India successfully test fired the Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V, Pakistan has informed India that it plans to conduct a long-range missile test. ANI

Maoist-nominated mediator urges Govt. to resume talks
B. D. Sharma, one of the Maoist-nominated mediators for negotiations with the government, on Tuesday stressed on the need to have a dialogue to resolve the ongoing conflict following the abduction of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

The motive behind PIL on new army chief's selection merits a probe
The PIL filed in the Supreme Court against the selection of Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh as the next Chief of the Indian Army has been dumped by the august Court where it belongs - in the dust bin. ANI

Race to Raisina Hill: Lalu backs Hamid Ansari as presidential candidate
With the five-year term of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil drawing to a close in July this year, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said Vice President Hamid Ansari should become the country's next president. ANI

Sukma Collector's abduction: Chhattisgarh Govt. names mediators
The Chhattisgarh Government on Tuesday named two former bureaucrats for holding talks with Maoists to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

Sharjah Court adjourns civil case against 17 Indians to May 7
A Sharjah Court that was hearing a case against 17 Indian nationals for their role in the alleged murder of a Pakistani national, has adjourned the civil case till May 7. ANI

Sikh leaders want Manmohan-led Congress Government at Center to quit
There have been strong reactions in Sikh circles to the final conclusion of arguments in the Delhi Court that was hearing cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. ANI

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon
The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon over issues like the granting of statehood for the Telangana region, Naxal issue and defence-related scams. ANI

Collector's abduction: Renuka Chaudhary slams Prashant Bhushan
Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary on Tuesday criticised Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan for refusing to mediate for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

Bhushan refuses to mediate on behalf of Maoists in Sukma Collector abduction case
Team Anna member and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday refused to mediate for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, saying that he was opposed to the collector being used as a bargaining chip by the Maoists. ANI

Krishna welcomes end of Norway custody row
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday welcomed a Norway court's decision to allow two Indian kids to return home in the company of their paternal uncle. ANI

Maoists claim abducted collector's health critical, demand medical help
The Maoists have issued a statement saying that Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon's health is critical and that he is in urgent need of medicine and medical attention. ANI

Maoists menace tops BJP agenda ahead of parliament session
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said the increasing Maoist menace would be priority subject of discussion during the second leg of parliament's budget session, starting today. ANI

Norway custody row ends; children arrive in India
Two Indian toddlers caught up in an almost year-long custody battle in Norway, finally arrived in India today along with their paternal uncle. ANI

Participate in the”Vaseline Stay Ready Contest “And Get a Chance to be on the Cover of a Leading Magazine
Vaseline Healthy White, a skin lightening body lotion presents the Vaseline Stay Ready Contest, a once in a lifetime opportunity to reveal the beauty you are. The winner gets a golden chance to be on the cover of India’s leading women’s magazine Business Wire India

element14 Acknowledges Top Suppliers for e-commerce Achievements at Semicon 2012
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, today announced two Asia Pacific web awards for their suppliers during the Semicon 2012 show held in Singapore Business Wire India

Polaris Revenues Register Growth of 29%; Intellect Sales Cross Rs 500 cr mark
Polaris Financial Technology Ltd. (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology company, today announced the fourth quarter and annual results for FY 2011-12. Key Performance Metrics For the year ended 31 March 2012: -- Revenue grew by 29% to Rs. 2052 crore from Rs. 1586 crore; And for the quarter, Revenue grew by 19% Y-o-Y to Rs. 520 crore from Rs Business Wire India

Gridlogics Launches Web Based Patent Research Platform PatSeer
Gridlogics, a global leader in patent analytic solutions, announced today the launch of PatSeer™ - a Web 2.0 patent research platform that is poised to change how patent professionals collaborate on patent projects with internal and external stakeholders Business Wire India

Siemens PLM Software Introduces Teamcenter 9; Enables Better Decision Making in Product Development
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iYogi is Recruiting 1,000 Tech Support Engineers to Launch On-site Tech Support Services in the United States
iYogi, the leading independent provider of on-demand remote tech support services, today announced the launch of Business NonStop, a platform to recruit and deploy local on-site tech support engineers with skills across a broad range of technologies including computers, networks, consumer electronics and security products Business Wire India

TERI Press Launches New Book Series for Children at The Millennium School, Noida
The latest offering for children from TERI Press published under their children’s imprint Terrapin, Get Well Soon, was released at an event at The Millennium School, Noida organized to celebrate Earth Day Business Wire India

Brickwork Finance Academy: PGP in Finance begins June 2012
Brickwork Finance Academy (BFA), Bangalore is accepting applications for its Post Graduate Program in Finance beginning from June 23rd 2012. BFA’s Post Graduate Program in Finance is meant for those aspiring for a career in credit, investment and risk management areas of finance Business Wire India

‘The Luxury Collection’ Floors by Junckers Addictive Indulgence for your Living Spaces
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New High Powered NIR Light Source from Ocean Optics
Ocean Optics’ ( Vivo NIR Source is a compact, tungsten halogen light source for VIS-NIR spectroscopy across the 360-2000 nm range. Compatible with all Ocean Optics spectrometers, optical fibres and sampling accessories, Vivo delivers powerful output for reflection and other measurements Business Wire India

Castell Appoints New Product Development Director
Castell Safety International Ltd ( has appointed Paul Marks as its new product development director. Castell has chosen to expand and strengthen the NPD team following a record year to April 2011. Paul joins Castell form SMAC Corporation, where he was director and general manager, Europe Business Wire India

Wealth of Useful Customer Information Now Available Online
Pressure relief specialist Elfab ( has added a section to its website where users, members and customers can access technical and other useful information. ElfabTech offers product selectors, disc-sizing calculators, NACE tables, order tracking, customer dossier files, installation videos and presentations. The new site can be accessed on three separate levels Business Wire India

Ziff E-serve Private Limited to Launch an Online Food Ordering Portal
Online restaurant portal is expected to be a successful venture among food lovers. This portal would allow customers to virtually visit restaurants in and around his location and order for choicest recipes without having to move out. Such convenience would benefit individuals, corporate houses, and celebration parties Business Wire India

Pawan Nahar Joins Religare from CLSA
Religare Capital Markets Limited (RCML), the Investment Banking and Institutional Equities arm of diversified financial services group Religare Enterprises Limited (REL), today announced the appointment of Pawan Nahar as Director- Institutional Sales. He will be based at RCML’s Mumbai office and will report into Gautam Trivedi, Managing Director & Head of Equities, Religare Capital Markets Ltd Business Wire India

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