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Army Chief defends letter written to PM
Defending the letter written by him to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in which he warned that the country's security is at stake, Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh, on Monday said giving details of the preparedness to the Defence Minister and all those concerned is an ongoing process. ANI

NCTC can combat any hostage crisis, says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) could serve as a 'medium or long term' solution to combat any hostage crisis. ANI

Northeastern students face racial discrimination, says Mukul Sangma
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma strongly presented his niece Dana M Sangma's suicide case as 'racial discrimination' against students from northeast India in Delhi. ANI

Afghan Foreign Minister arrives India on three-day visit
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul arrived here on Monday evening on a three-day visit to India. ANI

Dalai Lama returns to Dharamsala, gets warm welcome
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama returned to rousing welcome here today. He had gone on an 18-day official visit to the United States of America (USA) and Canada. ANI

Home Ministry extends SRE scheme to 20 more LWE-affected districts
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday informed that Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme has been extended to 20 more Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected districts. ANI

BJP taunts Congress as Bangaru Laxman resigns
Hours after Bangaru Laxman stepped down from the party's national executive committee, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday hit out at the ruling Congress party and charged it of indulging in tactics to save its allegedlycorrupt ministers. ANI

BJP pulls up Congress over Presidential candidate selection
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday took potshots at the Congress Party over the candidate for the presidential post, saying if the ruling party attempts to make a pure Congressman the President then neither the nation nor the politics of the country is prepared for it. ANI

Nagin Valley reopens for tourists after 22 years
Botpathri (Gulmarg): Out of bounds for tourists, trekkers and locals for 22 years, the picturesque Nagin Valley on the 10-km serpentine stretch of Gulmarg-Botapathri road is now back on tourist map of Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) as an eco -tourism destination aimed to decongest Gulmarg. ANI

Tawang - China's fixation
"At 14,000 feet above the sea, the presence of a certain mystery can be felt, like having stepped into heaven..." is how a "In Search of Greener Pastures" - a touristy blog run by two enterprising Indians, describes Sela, the pass that eventually leads the traveller to the Tawang Monastery. ANI

Chidambaram plays down Bal Thackeray's 'Dirty Picture' allegations
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday rubbished Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's allegations that the 'Dirty Picture' side of the ruling Congress Party had come to the fore through the nomination of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha. ANI

Odisha CM Patnaik rules out Hikaka's resignation under Maoists pressure
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday cleared reports over Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka's resignation, saying there was no reason for a person elected democratically to step down from his post. ANI

Need to find innovative ways to deal with new poll-related problems: Quraishi
Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi on Monday said there is a need to find innovative ways to deal with new problems related to carrying out elections. ANI

Tendulkar's Rajya Sabha nomination perfectly valid: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to Rajya Sabha is perfectly valid under the provisions of the Constitution. ANI

Chidambaram assures early response to formation of Telangana state
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said that the Central Government will respond as soon as possible on the demand for a separate Telangana state. ANI

Maoist don't work under one umbrella, claims senior journalist
Describing the recent Maoist abductions by the Maoists as the work of different rebel groups, a senior journalist and columnist Anil Anand has claimed that the Maoists are not organized and don't work under one umbrella. ANI

Aarushi case: Khurshid refuses to comment on court order
Hours after a CBI court rejected the bail plea of Nupur Talwar in connection with the murder of her teenaged daughter Aarushi, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday refused to comment on the matter, saying it's important that we adhere to the principle of sub-judice. ANI

Indian shooters return after being forced to spend night in hotel lobby
The Indian shooting contingent, including Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang, returned home on Monday after being forced to spend a night in a hotel lobby due to managerial negligence. ANI

"Annandolan" -- Another book on Anna's movement
The enigmatic allure of the 'anti-corruption' agitation spearheaded by Anna Hazare and his brigade has no doubt captured the imagination of the common masses. For nearly a year, it remained the burning topic for electronic as well as print media ANI

Another Naga outfit signs ceasefire pact, but won't surrender its arms
The Kitovi-Khole faction of the Naga Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) has signed the ceasefire agreement with the Central Government, but refused give up its arms before a final solution to the decades old Indo-Naga issue is reached. ANI

Rahul Gandhi visits UP to assess poll disaster
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi arrived here on Monday to take part in a post- Assembly poll review. ANI

Able though disabled
From nursery to class 8th, Wasim Feroz Matoo's mother carried him to school in morning, waited for his classes to get over and then brought him back to the house, keeping aside all her daily chores and leisure. She sacrificed a lot to get her physically disabled son quality education. ANI

Congress still to finalise its choice for President
Amid intense speculation over the next Presidential candidate, Congress Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said on Monday that the process to choose the next candidate for the top post has not kicked off formally, and added that one should not create an unnecessary hype. ANI

Aarushi case: CBI court rejects Nupur Talwar's bail plea
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday rejected the bail plea of Nupur Talwar in connection with the murder case of her 14-year-old daughter Aarushi Talwar. ANI

India, Japan pledge to promote more cooperation in energy sector
India and Japan on Monday decided to intensify cooperation in energy efficiency and conservation sector as well as environmental issues. ANI

Bangaru Laxman quits BJP national executive committee
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman, who was sentenced to a four-year jail term on charges of corruption, resigned from the party's national executive committee on Monday. ANI

Indian Navy gets new base in Lakshadweep to beef up coastal security
To augment the security infrastructure at the strategically important Lakshadweep Islands, a naval base of the Indian Navy was commissioned at Kavaratti today. ANI

Aarushi case: CBI opposes Nupur Talwar's plea for bail
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has opposed Nupur Talwar's plea for bail in connection with the murder case of her 14-year-old daughter Aarushi Talwar. ANI

Four-year prison sentence for ex-BJP chief Laxman insufficient: Hazare
Ralegan Siddhi, Apr 30 (AN): Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has said the four-year prison sentence given to former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Bangaru Laxman on charges of bribery is to feeble to strike fear in the hearts of all corrupt politicians. ANI

Bangladesh -India bilateral ties excellent, says Foreign Minister Moni
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has described bilateral ties between India and Bangladesh as excellent. ANI

No breakthrough in Government-Maoist talks over Sukma Collector's release
The deadlock over the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon persists, with yet another round of talks between the representatives of Chhattisgarh Government and the Maoist rebels ending in a stalemate. ANI

Recovery of human skeletons exposes Maoists atrocities in West Bengal
In a shocking incident, police personnel have recovered human skeletons from a forest area in the Jhargram region of West Bengal. Villagers blamed the Maoists for the atrocity.olice identified the skeletons as belonging to two locals, Tarun Singh and Haripada Dolai. ANI

Aarushi case: Nupur Talwar surrenders before court, applies for bail
Murdered teenager Aarushi Talwar's mother Nupur Talwar surrendered before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad on Monday, following which she was taken into custody. ANI

Wipro to Acquire Analytics Co, Promax Applications Group
Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Promax Applications Group (PAG), a leading player in trade promotion planning, management, and optimization solutions space for a total purchase consideration of AUD 35 Million. As per industry estimates, consumer focused companies spend 12 to 25% of their gross annual sales on trade promotions Business Wire India

Now, Innovative Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Brain Tumours – It’s Just a Four Minute Treatment
-- Non-invasive treatment of benign brain tumours -- Stereotactic Radiosurgery achieves the same result as an open surgery -- Patient benefits: A two day hospital stay, safe and painless BGS Global Hospitals, part of the Global Hospitals Group announced the launch of an innovative Stereotactic Radiosurgery procedure which takes just four minutes to treat brain tumours Business Wire India

GETIT’s Near Me enables Local Search Around You
Have you ever thought that you could get search results of your interest around your location, as close as one to two Kms? It is now possible with GETIT’s ‘NearMe’ feature which has been integrated with all GETIT local search application. GETIT Infoservices Pvt. Ltd Business Wire India

BMW Financial Services steps up Investment in India
The BMW Group has increased its investment in BMW Financial Services India to 5.3 billion Indian Rupees (US $ 106 million) in 2012 from 2.3 billion Indian Rupees (US $ 50 million) in 2010 Business Wire India

Aspect® to be Presenting Sponsor at BPO India Forum
Aspect, a leading provider of customer contact and Microsoft® platform solutions, is pleased to announce that it will be the presenting sponsor for “BPO INDIA FORUM 2012” an exclusive event for C-suite executives and senior decision-makers to be held in Gurgaon and Mumbai on 9th and 11th May, 2012 Business Wire India

Green Manufacturing Practices Growing Rapidly, Notes Frost & Sullivan
Companies are increasingly becoming aware of sustainable practices and adoption of these, as they realize that it will help mitigate their sustainability issues and bring business benefits in the future. According to Frost & Sullivan, adoption of green manufacturing practices is growing rapidly in India Business Wire India

QuickBooks Online Growing Globally
QuickBooks Online, Intuit Inc.’s (Nasdaq: INTU) market-leading cloud-based accounting software, marks one year of international expansion this month, with products now available in Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore. Already the leading online accounting software in North America, QuickBooks Online is emerging as a growing force globally Business Wire India

IT Shastra wins QCI D.L.Shah National Award on Economics of Quality
ITShastra India Private Limited, a Mumbai based premier IT Software Services company, has won the “QCI D.L. Shah National Award on economics of quality” in the Small Scale Units - Service Sector Category Business Wire India

Catalyst Names Wipro IT Business CEO TK Kurien Chair of Catalyst India Advisory Board and Solidifies Expanding Presence in India Inc.
Catalyst, a global organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and business, has announced that TK Kurien, CEO - IT Business and Executive Director, Wipro Limited, will serve as chair of the Catalyst India Advisory Board Business Wire India

Labsphere Launches illumia® Line for Light Measurement
Labsphere, Inc. has introduced the illumia® and illumia®pro series of LED and light measurement systems. The new systems offer flexibility in measuring thermal, optical, and electrical characteristics of LEDs and arrays, as well as solid state and traditional lighting products Business Wire India

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