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President Patil approves nomination of Sachin, Rekha to Rajya Sabha
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has reportedly approved nomination of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and veteran actor Rekha to the Rajya Sabha. ANI

U'khand CM asks officials to work sincerely in executing development programmes
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Thursday said he has instructed and advised the officials to work sincerely in executing development programmes, which are being run by the Centre and the state government. ANI

Bhopal activist requests Maoists to release Menon 'unharmed'
The public concern over the health and safe release of abducted Sukma District Collector got a sentimental touch on Thursday, as a local activist in Bhopal organized a blood 'satyagraha' and wrote a letter addressed to the Maoists to release Alex Paul Menon 'unharmed'. ANI

'I was treated quite well', says Jhina Hikaka
Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka, who was released by the Maoists at a village in Koraput, on Thursday said that he was made to stay in adverse conditions in the forest, but the ultras did not ill treat him. ANI

India urges UN member nations to continue financial support to health initiatives
India on Thursday urged the UN member nations to continue their financial and technical support to public health initiatives. ANI

Naraynasamy exhorts IAS probationers to be agents of change at grassroots level
Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, V. Naraynasamy, on Thursday exhorted the young IAS probationers to be agents of Change at grassroots level. ANI

Maoist mediator confident that there would be no loss of life
Human rights activist and academic Professor Hargopal, who has been named as another mediator by the Maoists for talks with the government to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, on Thursday said that he would ensure that there is no casualty on either side. ANI

South-west monsoons to remain normal this year
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that the south-west monsoon season would remain normal this year. ANI

Supreme Court reserves order on defamation case against army chief till May 5
The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on a defamation case filed against Army Chief General V.K.Singh by Lt. General (retired) Tejinder Singh till May 5. ANI

Odisha CM Patnaik expresses delight over Hikaka's release
Expressing his delight over Jhina Hikaka's release from Maoists captivity, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said he was relieved that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA would now meet his family, who were quite distressed and anxiously waiting for him. ANI

Akhilesh opposes chief minister being brought under purview of state ombudsman
A day after Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice N K Mehrotra suggested bringing the chief minister under the Lokayukta's purview, state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, said he was not in favour of such a move. ANI

UN Secretary General arrives in India
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Thursday to kick start his three day official visit to India from 26-29 April. ANI

Maharashtra CM Chavan backs Hazare's view on having strong Lokayukta
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday backed veteran social activist Anna Hazare's view on the need to have a strong Lokayukta to combat corruption. ANI

Suspended Congress MPs protest over separate Telangana state in Delhi
Suspended Lok Sabha lawmakers of the Congress Party from Andhra Pradesh continued to demand the formation of a separate Telangana state, shouting anti-government slogans inside the parliament premises on Thursday. ANI

Modi should contemplate on why U.S. is denying him a visa: Khurshid
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi should contemplate why the United States is still not in favour of giving him a visa. ANI

Ajit Singh justifies decision to hike user development charges at Delhi airport
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Thursday said the government cannot interfere with the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority's (AERA) decision to hike user development charges at New Delhi Airport by 346 percent for next two years from May 15. ANI

Abducted Sukma collector's health condition improving, says Raman Singh
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday said that health of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon had improved after medication. ANI

Collector abduction: Maoist mediator B D Sharma arrives in Raipur
Maoist mediator B D Sharma arrived in Chhattisgarh's Raipur District on Thursday to secure the release of abducted collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

BJP slams Aiyar for 'personal attack' on Jaitley
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday charged Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar of provoking the House through his personal attack on Arun Jaitley during the debate on the Bofors revelations. ANI

Opposition corners UPA Govt., demands re-opening of Bofors case
Amid fresh allegations that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi may have toned down the Bofors Gun deal probe to protect Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and other opposition parties hit out at the Congress in parliament on Thursday over the issue. ANI

BJD MP Jay Panda welcomes release of Jhina Hikaka
Expressing happiness and relief over the release of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka after 32 days of Maoists captivity, Lok Sabha MP from Odisha Jay Panda on Thursday said he was glad that Hikaka was safe and unharmed. ANI

PM congratulates scientists on successful launch of RISAT-1
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday congratulated Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists for the successful launch of the Radar Imaging Satellite-1 (RISAT-1) from Sriharikota island in Andhra Pradesh. ANI

ISRO successfully launches RISAT-1
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday successfully launched the Radio Imaging Satellite -1 (RISAT-1) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. ANI

Maoists release Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka
After being in Maoist captivity for 32 days, Odisha Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka was released on Thursday morning. ANI

Zohra Sehgal: A hundred magical years (Part -2)
"If there is one tragedy in my life today, it is that I can't read and write (due to a problem with her vision). I used to do crossword puzzles night and day. I used read books, one after the other, especially detective novels with a lot of sex in them (winks), my daughter-in-law Seema (grand daughter of Munshi Premchand) used to bring them for me...but now I can't read. I accept it. Its ok.. ANI

Peter England Launches ‘Peter England Bags’
Peter England, India’s largest menswear brand, is embarking on a new journey with the launch its new range of Work & Travel Bags called ‘Peter England Bags’. After meeting success in the apparel segment with over 8 million garments sold every year, the brand is now diversifying into the category of Accessories Business Wire India

Catch the World’s Best Action Athletes at the KIA X Games Asia Live on ESPN
Asia’s biggest action sports competition kicks off in Shanghai and fans can look forward to catching a stellar line up of the sport’s best athletes competing in the KIA X Games Asia 2011, LIVE and exclusive on ESPN from 1.00 to 3.00pm on 29 April - 1 May Business Wire India

Anthelio to Refocus Operations to Help Clients Meet Healthcare IT Market Challenges
Anthelio, the leading independent provider of comprehensive healthcare information technology services and business process solutions for hospitals and other healthcare providers, today announced that the company will be expanding its offering within the Healthcare IT market to help its clients meet current challenges Business Wire India

WNS Wins the Prestigious Golden Peacock Global Award for Corporate Social Responsibility 2012
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, has been recognized by Institute Of Directors (IOD), with the Golden Peacock Global Award for Corporate Social Responsibility 2012. WNS has won this prestigious global award for its ongoing ‘Community Development and Outreach Program’, under the auspices of the WNS Cares Foundation (WCF) Business Wire India

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