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Odisha Govt. gives in to Maoists demands for safe release of MLA, Italian
Odisha Government has bowed down to Maoists demands for securing the safe release of abducted Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka and an Italian from the captivity of the ultras. ANI

CIL yet to take decision on Presidential directive to ink fuel supply agreement
Coal India Limited (CIL) on Wednesday said that they have initiated the process to 'legally vet' the Presidential directive, which required it to sign fuel supply agreements (FSAs) with independent power producers. ANI

PM greets nation on Mahavir Jayanti
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. ANI

INS Chakra would play major role in reshaping maritime operations of Indian Navy: Antony
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Qatar Emir to pay state visit to India
Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani will pay a state visit to India from April 8 to 10 at the invitation of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. ANI

D. Raja calls for parliamentary reforms
Communist Party of India (CPI) National Secretary and Member of Parliament D. Raja today called for effective Parliamentary and Constitutional reforms to strengthen parliamentary democracy in India. ANI

President Patil confers civilian awards to eminent personalities in Delhi
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil presented civilian awards to eminent personalities at a ceremony here on Wednesday. ANI

Congress complains to Punjab Governor over preferential treatment to Jagir Kaur in jail
Congress party leaders met Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil to complain against the preferential treatment being given to the minister Bibi Jagir Kaur in state's Kapurthala prison. ANI

BJP cautious against "sponsored story" of Army movement
With the UPA Government and the Defence Ministry rubbishing media report on movement of troops, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) echoing similar sentiments on Wednesday said there is a need to ensure that there is no room for nor any apprehension for any sponsored story. ANI

Primary health centres, a boon for people in remote areas of Kashmir Valley
Over the past couple of months, residents in Jammu-Kashmir's Gandherbal District have experienced a significant improvement in the overall healthcare after the local administration took apt measures to rectify prevailing drawbacks resulting in revamping of the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) with latest amenities. ANI

BJP asks PM to tell Zardari to stop sponsored terrorism against India
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to tell visiting Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari that no normal dialogue between the two nations is possible unless Pakistan stops sponsored terrorism against India. ANI

Ajmer gears up for Zadari's visit
Protocol and other government officials in Rajasthan's Ajmer city are giving final touches to preparations for Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's visit on April 8. ANI

Omar Abdullah urges government to ban cross border barter trade
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has urged the Centre to suspend cross border barter trade via the Line-of-Control (LoC), and to instead let local businessmen do their transactions in hard cash. ANI

Demand for tree saplings surges among Srinagar farmers with onset of spring
The demand of tree saplings has registered a surge among the Srinagar farmers with the onset of spring. ANI

President, Vice President greet nation on occasion of Mahavir Jayanti
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari have greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, which is being celebrated tomorrow. ANI

Centre alerts Assam and adjoining states before ULFA Raising Day
The Central Government has alert Assam and the adjoining states in the run-up to United Liberation Front of Assam's (ULFA) Raising Day on April 7. ANI

The Parched Himalayan Villages
On 6th March this year, the United Nations announced that the international target to halve the number of people who do not have the access to safe drinking water has been met, five years before the 2015 deadline. ANI

PM calls army movement report 'alarmist', says not to go by face value
After the news of army units moving towards the national capital in January were published in The Indian Express, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh described it as alarmist and added that such reports should not be taken at face value. ANI

Congress condemns spook story on troop movement published in Indian Express
Condemning the media report which suggested that two units of the Indian Army had made a non notified and unexpected movement towards New Delhi, Congress Party on Wednesday said the Indian Express should not have published it, as the matter of the Defence Ministry is linked to the security of the country. ANI

Antony rubbishes army movement report, says confident of armed forces patriotism
Rubbishing the news of two army units moving towards the national capital in January, Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said he had full confidence in the patriotism of the Indian armed forces, adding that they would do nothing to undermine the democracy of the country. ANI

Induction of 'Chakra', a major achievement for Indo-Russia defence cooperation: Kadakin
Russia's Ambassador to India, A.M.Kadakin, on Wednesday said that Indo-Russian ties have taken a major step forward with the induction of the nuclear submarine "Chakra" in the Indian Navy. ANI

Army movement, a reflection of civil military relations in India: Uday Bhaskar
Reacting to news of army units moving towards the national capital in January, defence analyst Commodore (retired) C. Uday Bhaskar on Wednesday said it was a reflection of the state of civil military relations in India. ANI

NSCN-Muivah group to hold talks with central government
Members of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) - Isak-Muivah are set to hold talks with the Central Government and will put forward their demands. ANI

US bounty on Hafiz Saeed will put more pressure on Pakistan: Former IB chief Doval
Former Intelligence Bureau director Ajit Kumar Doval has said the decision of the United States to announce a reward of 10 million dollars for the capture or information of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed would surely put more pressure on Pakistan. ANI

Arun Jaitley accuses UPA II government for violating principles of federalism
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has slammed the Central Government for 'encroaching' upon the rights of the state governments and going against the principle of the federal structure on various issues of national interest. ANI

Huge trust deficit exists between army, govt: BJP
Reacting to The Indian Express report for units moving towards national capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the report exposed the huge trust deficit that exists between the army and the government. ANI

India enters P-5 club with induction of nuclear submarine
India joined the elite club of United States, UK, Russia, France and China with the induction of nuclear power submarine Nerpa on Wednesday, giving a strategic advantage to the operations of the Indian Navy. ANI

Defence ministry denies media report of suspicious movement of army units in January
The Ministry of Defence has rubbished an Indian Express report on two key Army units moving towards the national capital New Delhi without notifying the government. ANI

CORRECTING and REPLACING: ESPN STAR Sports Launches School Quiz; Signs HDFC Life as the Title Sponsor
-- Throws first salvo to promote London Olympics 2012 with the launch of Olympic edition of HDFC Life School Quiz 2012 -- The quiz show to salute famous current and past Olympians who will be seen posing teaser questions to participating children Asia’s leading sports content provider ESPN STAR Sports today announced the launch of School Quiz 2012 with HDFC Life as the title sponsor Business Wire India

QIWI Showcased Range of Payment Solutions during 20th Convergence India 2012
The Convergence India Expo gave the privilege to Qiwi India, leading Payment Solution Provider collecting payments via self-service kiosks, POS, Java and WIN terminals to participate in the “India goes Digital” , the milestone edition- 20th Convergence India 2012 from the 21st March 2012 to 23rd March 2012 Business Wire India

Steria and Learntesting Partner to enable self-study for ISTQB Qualifications
Steria and Learntesting today announced that they are launching a unique self-study environment to support the needs of employees pursuing professional qualifications from the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) Business Wire India

Seminar on ‘ICT in Sustainable Development – The Road Ahead’ Organised by TERI and Dell
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ESPN STAR Sports Launches School Quiz; Signs HDFC Life as the Title Sponsor
-- Throws first salvo to promote London Olympics 2012 with the launch of Olympic edition of HDFC Life School Quiz 2012 -- The quiz show to salute famous current and past Olympians who will be seen posing teaser questions to participating children Asia’s leading sports content provider ESPN STAR Sports today announced the launch of School Quiz 2012 with HDFC Life as the title sponsor Business Wire India

Intuit Asks: Who is the Next Indian “Super Startup?”
Some of India’s most outstanding startup businesses will receive mega funding between Rs. 80 lakhs to 2.5 crores through a Super Angels initiative sponsored by Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) on ET NOW. Intuit a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses is proud to sponsor Super Angels and promote entrepreneurship in India Business Wire India

Rupa Announces a Scintillating Book Series
Rupa Publications is delighted to announce the launch of Horn OK Please: Hopping to Conclusions, the first title in author Kartik Iyengar’s five-book series. Horn Ok Please: Hopping to Conclusions, has enthralled readers with its dollops of irreverent humor, and quirky narrative style, replete with vignettes of his cross-country adventures with friends Business Wire India

Goldwin Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. Wins the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Product Excellence Award of the Year in the Indian Energy Drinks Market
Goldwin Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. has won the ‘The 2011 Frost & Sullivan Product Excellence Award of the Year’ in the Indian Energy Drinks Market category. The company, through sheer grit and determination, backed by extremely smart branding, has emerged a key innovator and value-for-money provider of energy drinks in an extremely short span of time Business Wire India

Interstate Hotels & Resorts Expands India Hotel Portfolio to 13
Interstate Hotels & Resorts today announced that the Company has expanded its signed and managed hotels to 13 with the April 1 management transition of The Turtle on the Beach and Estuary Island Resort in India, both owned by Thomas Hotels and Resorts. Business Wire India

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