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Rahul Gandhi to analyze outcome of UP polls on April 6
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has called a meeting of his party leaders in New Delhi on April 6 to analyze the recent poll outcome in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Probe ordered into Kaur's VIP treatment in jail
A detailed inquiry has been ordered into the VIP treatment being provided to former Punjab Minister Bibi Jagir Kaur, currently lodged in Theh Kanjla Jail in Kapurthala in connection with the abduction case of her daughter. ANI

'I am losing my faith in administration', says wife of abducted MLA
Kaushalya Majhi, the wife of abducted Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka, on Tuesday said that she was losing her faith in the administration by every passing day, as there was no information about her husband even after more than ten days of his kidnapping. ANI

Steel Minister presents SAIL's interim dividend cheque to PM
Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma presented an interim dividend cheque of Rs.495.65 crore to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday. ANI

Congress hopes appropriate action will be taken over Kaur's VIP treatment
Reacting to reports that VIP facilities were being provided to former Punjab Minister Bibi Jagir Kaur, currently lodged in Theh Kanjla Jail in Kapurthala in connection with the abduction case of her daughter, Congress Party on Tuesday expressed hope that the judiciary would take cognizance of these reports and initiate appropriate action under the laws. ANI

Security analysts feel US bounty will force Hafiz Saeed into hiding
Security analysts on Tuesday said the 10 million dollars bounty announced by the United States Government on 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed would tone down his activities against India. ANI

Chidambaram finds Pakistan continuing in denial mode on Hafiz Saeed
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said India has consistently pressed for the arrest and interrogation of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, but Pakistan continues to be in a denial mode. ANI

Special treatment to Bibi Jagir Kaur in jail, a dangerous trend, says Congress
Congress party on Tuesday criticized the special treatment provided to the tainted state minister Bibi Jagir Kaur in prison, where she is serving a five year sentence. ANI

BJP flays central government over scams and wrongful economic policies
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday flayed the central government for living under the shadow of scams and wrongful economic policies. ANI

Tripura to set up markets on India-Bangladesh border
Tripura Government would be setting up markets along the border of India and Bangladesh with an aim to provide impetus to trade relations between the two countries. ANI

Israeli embassy car blast: Delhi court dismisses Kazmi's bail plea
A Delhi court on Tuesday dismissed the bail plea of Syed Mohammad Kazmi, one of the accused in the Israeli Embassy car blast case, saying that there was "no substance" in the arguments of the defence counsel. ANI

Antony, army chief pay tribute to Field Marshal Maneckshaw on his 98th birth anniversary
Defence Minister A. K. Antony and Chief of Army Staff General V. K. Singh paid tribute and laid wreaths at the cemetery of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw on his 98th birth anniversary on Tuesday. ANI

Auto strike in Kolkata hits commuters
Auto-rickshaw drivers in Kolkata went off the roads on Tuesday as a mark of protest against the government's decision to hike the prices of fuel. ANI

Foreign tourist ban extended across Maoists-affected districts in Orissa
Local authorities in Orissa have extended a ban on foreign tourists from visiting Maoist-affected areas across the state following the abduction of two Italian nationals. ANI

U.S. bounty on LeT chief Hafiz Saeed validates India's concern: Congress

Autopsy report says MoD official died of suffocation caused from burns
Delhi Police have received an autopsy report which states that former defence ministry official Kumar Yashkar Sinha died of suffocation caused by burns to his body. ANI

PM agrees to have separate meeting with chief ministers on NCTC issue
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has reportedly agreed to have a separate meeting with chief ministers on the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) issue. ANI

Krishna welcomes US 10 million dollar bounty on Hafiz Saeed
External Affair Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday welcomed the U. S. Government's notification of a bounty of 10 million dollars Lashker-e-Taiba founder and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, saying it would send a strong message to the terrorists. ANI

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav scraps Mayawati's decision to provide govt. jobs reservation for SC officers
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has reversed the Mayawati Government's decision to provide reservation to Schedule Caste (SC) officers in promotion in government jobs. ANI

C P Joshi shrugs off corruption claims in World Bank-funded highway projects
Union Transport Minister C P Joshi on Tuesday refused to comment on a World Bank report highlighting prevalent corruption and fraud in national highway projects funded by the bank. ANI

Indian Home Secretary welcomes US decision to announce reward on Hafiz Saeed
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the United States to announced a reward of 10 million dollars for the capture or information leading to the arrest of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. ANI

Recollection of a Communicator: Sam Bahadur will live as a legend (Article)
Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, popularly known in the Army as Sam Bahadur, who passed away on June 27, 2008, would have been 98 year old today. He will live long in the memory of the people of India and inspire generations of officers in the country. ANI

When did Mahatma Gandhi become "Father of the Nation"
The central government has been unable to answer to a Right to Information (RTI) question put up by a ten-year old schoolgirl from Lucknow, Aishwarya Parashar, asking the year when Mahatma Gandhi was conferred with the title of 'Father of the Nation'. ANI

Delhi court rejects bail plea of doctor couple involved in maid harassment case
A Delhi court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of a doctor couple who allegedly left their minor maid locked up and starving in their house while they vacationed in Thailand. ANI

Army Chief seeks more time to reply to CBI on Tatra bribery allegations
Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh has written to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), seeking more time to reply on the agency's query into bribery allegations related to the supply of Tatra trucks to the army. ANI

Kolkata auto rickshaw drivers go on rampage, strike over fuel price hike
Kolkata's auto rickshaw drivers went on a rampage in different parts of the city on Tuesday and held rush hour traffic to ransom in protest over the fuel price hike. ANI

Manmohan Singh may visit Myanmar next month
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, may undertake a visit to Myanmar next month in an endeavor to strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations. ANI

MLA abduction: Maoists set April 5 deadline for Orissa Government
Maoists in Orissa have reportedly released an audio tape in which they have set an April 5 deadline for the state government to meet their demands if the latter wants the safe release of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka. ANI

India welcomes US 10 million dollar bounty on 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed
India on Tuesday welcomed U. S. Government's decision to set a bounty of 10 million dollars for any information leading to arrest and conviction of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. ANI

Adarsh scam: CBI arrests two senior bureaucrats
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two senior bureaucrats-Jairaj Phatak and Ramanand Tiwari - on Tuesday in connection with the Adarsh Housing Society scam. ANI

India welcomes successful conduct of by-elections in Myanmar
India on Tuesday welcomed the successful conduct of by-elections that took place in Myanmar on April 1. ANI

Voter turnout increased satisfactorily across India in latest phase of elections: CEC Quraishi
Chief Election Commissioner S.Y.Quraishi has said that voter turnout in the elections has increased to avery satisfactory level in recent times, adding that the recent assembly elections, one city in a state had witnessed an average turnout of about 80 percent. ANI

Nuke Iran will destabilise W.Asia, not in India's interest: Israeli experts
Since a stable West Asia is in the interest of both India and Israel, India should support efforts to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state, argued strategic experts from Israel at a conference on "Two Decades of India-Israel Relationship" here today. ANI

Government mulling over abolishing Haj subsidy: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday said the central government is mulling over abolishing the Haj subsidy after several Muslim organisations urged the government to remove it. ANI

Kejriwal slams Himachal Government for drafting weak Lokayukta Bill
Team Anna member and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal has slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party led- Himachal Pradesh government for drafting what he called 'a weak Lokayukta Bill'. ANI

Maoists still examining appeals for Italian hostage's release, claims Mohanty
Following several appeals by Orissa authorities for the release of Italian national Bosusco Paolo, the Maoists are reportedly considering these requests, claimed an interlocutor Dandapani Mohanty. ANI

Congress takes on BJP over graft
Congress has launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party for failing to act against the Gujarat Government in the wake of a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report revealing corruption in several dealings. ANI

Shivshankar Menon says public debate on defence preparedness inappropriate
National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has said it is not appropriate to debate on defence preparedness and acquisition process in the public domain due to its sensitive repercussions. ANI

HCL Infosystems Launches its New Sleek U1 Tablet & a Path Breaking Education Tablet – the MyEduTab
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Retail Investor is the Real Winner with Rajiv Gandhi Equity Scheme, says
The Union Budget 2011-12 turned out to be a dampener in many ways – there were no major policy announcements to control fiscal deficit, nor was there any effort to achieve important economic objectives like domestic demand creation and growth in private investments. However, hiding behind the non-events and austerity measures, came a sweet surprise for the retail investors Business Wire India

‘element14 Features’ showcases its one-stop resource hub for Lighting in Asia Pacific
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, today announced additions to its latest instalment of ‘element14 Features’ that focuses on lighting solutions, core products and bestsellers for lighting and LED engineers in Asia Pacific Business Wire India

Powerful Analysis Software allows Real-Time Multispectral Image Collection and Processing
The SpectroCam™ Multispectral Imaging (MSI) Camera from Ocean Thin Films (OTF) is now available with powerful analysis software that allows the user to perform dozens of image processing functions and view the results on a live action image output. Applications include water quality measurements, product screening, machine vision, medical imaging, surveillance and authentication Business Wire India

Low-Power Portable MB Series Flow Meters from Alicat Scientific
Alicat Scientific’s MB series portable mass flow and liquid flow meters utilize a 9 volt battery pack to make metering gas flow, pressure, or water flow in the field and lab convenient and reliable. With eight to ten hours of battery life, the MB series mass flow meters quickly and accurately measure pressure, temperature and volumetric flow in addition to mass flow Business Wire India

Omaxe Connaught Place to be Re-oriented by Beyond Squarefeet
Omaxe group, the Real Estate conglomerate, which has set up more than 13 Malls across north India, will leave no stone unturned in their flagship project, “Omaxe Connaught Place”, and have hired Mall Mechanics, Beyond Squarefeet, to re-orient, market and lease the Mall Business Wire India

IndiSoft Consultancy Services Appoints Ramesh Iyer as SBU-Head, Banking
IndiSoft Consultancy Services, the company that pioneered products in Financial and Healthcare IT, has announced the appointment of Ramesh Iyer as SBU Head –Banking. As SBU Head for Banking, Ramesh will be responsible for building the banking business, including the recently launched RxOffice NPA, a solution for NPA management for financial institutions Business Wire India

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