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Odisha Govt. gives in to Maoists demands, names Naxals to be released
Odisha Government on Thursday announced the names of the 27 persons, who will be released in exchange for the abducted Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka and an Italian from the captivity of the Maoists. ANI

Member of Parliamentary Committee calls for restrain on defence matters
Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, Naresh Gujral, on Thursday said that people should restrain from discussing defence matters after a report published in a national daily mentioned about the movement of two army unit towards New Delhi in January. ANI

Amit Dasgupta appointed as Ambassador of India to Philippines
Amit Dasgupta, presently Consul General in Sydney, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of the Philippines. ANI

Ramdev to invite Army chief to join his anti-graft campaign
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday said that he would invite Army chief General V.K. Singh to join his campaign against black money and corruption after his retirement. ANI

Jharkhand HC directs EC to probe RS polls money seizure case
The Jharkhand High Court has directed the Election Commission to initiate a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the circumstances, which led to the countermanding of Rajya Sabha polls in the state. ANI

BJP demands Deshmukh's resignation over improper allotment of land in Maharashtra
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded the resignation of Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh from the cabinet over the CAG report against him in connection with the improper allotment of land in Maharashtra in his capacity as chief minister. ANI

BJP MP objects to Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta Bill draft
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Rajan Sushant, who represents the Kangra Lok Sabha constituency in Himachal Pradesh, on Thursday, objected the state's Lokayukta Bill draft, describing it as toothless. ANI

Christians journey to St. Thomas shrine in Kerala ahead of Good Friday
Scores of Christians trekked to the holy shrine of Saint Thomas in Malayattoor town in Kerala's Ernakulam District to offer special prayers for Good Friday. ANI

Congress Party underlines 'need to fight against Naxals in totality'
A day after the Odisha Government bowed down before the Maoists demands for safe release of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka and an Italian from the captivity of the ultras, Congress Party today said the Centre provided full assistance to various state government on such perplexed issues. ANI

Stop leaks, promote better defence communications (Article)
The Army has been in the newspapers headlines for the last three months for all the wrong reasons. The controversy relating to the date of birth of the Chief of Army Staff, General Vijay Kumar Singh, triggered news reports, at regular intervals ANI

Hawala case: Ex-Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda gets bail
Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda was granted bail by the state high court in connection with illegal investments and a hawala transaction case. ANI

Congress refuses to reveal details of Rahul's UP poll review meeting
The Congress Party on Thursday refused to divulge details of the review meeting called by party general secretary Rahul Gandhi to analyze the outcome of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, describing it as an internal matter of the party. ANI

J-K Govt. establishes agri-business centre in Anantnag
In a bid to make farmers aware about new agricultural technologies, the Jammu and Kashmir Government's Department of Agriculture has established an agri-business centre in Larnoo-Kokernag area of Anantnag District under centrally sponsored Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) scheme. ANI

Lalu condemns troop movement story, says roots of Indian democracy very strong
Reacting to a media report that suggested that two units of the Indian Army had made an unexpected movement towards New Delhi, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said the roots of Indian democracy are very strong, and added that India is not Pakistan. ANI

Zardari to arrive in India on Sunday, will visit Ajmer Dargah
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will be arriving in India on April 8 to visit the shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, Rajasthan. ANI

Lalu Yadav demands CBI probe into CAG report on Bihar
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe over findings of a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report that claims that huge sums of money have been misused in Bihar. ANI

CAG indicts Vilasrao Deshmukh in land scam
A leaked report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has reportedly indicted Science and Technology Minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in connection with a land scam. ANI

Rural Kashmir still in dark ages
Development of Indian cities in the recent past has been quite an eye-opener for the world. The world looks at India with pride today, be it in the medical, social, economical or cultural fields. ANI

Babu Jagjivan Ram's 105th birth anniversary observed
The nation paid homage to veteran freedom fighter and former Deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram on his 105th birth anniversary on Thursday. ANI

Baby girl abandoned in Noida
A three-day old baby girl has been found abandoned near a bus stand in Greater Noida town in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Punjab prisons chief rejects Bibi Jagir Kaur's plea for TV in jail
Punjab Director General of Police (Prisons) Shashi Kant has rejected a request from former state minister Bibi Jagir Kaur to install a television in her cell at the Kapurthala Jail. ANI

Swami Nityananda calls for CBI probe into 'unnatural sex' allegations
Self-proclaimed godman Swami Nityananda has claimed he was being 'framed' in a sex-related case and demanded a CBI probe to unravel the 'truth'. ANI

Gujarat Congress accuses Modi of misusing state police
Highlighting the recent spate of crimes in Gujarat, the state Congress chief, Arjun Modhvadia, accused Chief Minister Narendra Modi of misusing the state police. ANI

Congress slams BJP over corruption
Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its inability to curb corruption, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has ridiculed the opposition party for the numerous instances of corruption during its rule, and said it should not be harping over what the UPA Government was doing or not doing. ANI

Amarinder Singh justifies preferential treatment given to Bibi Jagir Kaur in jail
Causing a major embarrassment to the Congress state unit, President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Captain Amarinder Singh, has justified the preferential treatment given to former minister Bibi Jagir Kaur in the Kapurthala prison. ANI

BJP condemns improper allotment of land in Maharashtra
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday condemned the improper allotment of land in Maharashtra as per the findings of the leaked CAG report. ANI

Terrorists continue to operate from Bangladesh, says former diplomat
The Prime Minister's Special Envoy, Mr. Satinder K Lamba, today said terrorists and insurgents continue to operate from Bangladesh despite the government's efforts to contain them. ANI

Will react to leaked CAG report after it is tabled in Maharashtra Assembly: Deshmukh
Union Science and Technology Minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Thursday said that he would react to the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) indictment of him in connection with several alleged land scams after the CAG report is tabled in the Maharashtra State Assembly. ANI

Dara Singh fake encounter case: CBI arrests ex-Rajasthan minister Rathore
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested former Rajasthan minister Rajendra Rathore in connection with the 2006 Dara Singh fake encounter case. ANI

Lalu Yadav meets Mukherjee, discusses jewellers' plight
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday met Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss with him the plight of the jewellers, who are on strike demanding a rollback in the proposed hike in excise duty on gold. ANI

Catch Pepsi T20 Football on ESPN
ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s leading sports broadcaster, brings the innovative Pepsi T20 Football to its Indian Viewers. Pepsi T20 Football’s first on-ground initiative which happened in Chennai over March 31-April 01 weekend was a huge success. Football enthusiasts across the country can see edited version of action from Chennai this Saturday at 15:00 hrs on ESPN Business Wire India

MINI now in India
MINI is at home in 99 countries. And India is the 100th country that MINI will now make its home. MINI is now available in India as a Completely Built-up Unit (CBU) in MINI Hatch, MINI Convertible and MINI Countryman range in powerful and efficient petrol variants with six-speed automatic transmission. Dr Business Wire India

Symbiosis SET: Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune has consistently made it easier for students to get a taste of its varying courses at the undergraduate level for quite a few years now. The benefits of which the students are reaping now and the University can’t be less proud Business Wire India

Octane Marketing Announces the Free Availability of their Annual India e-Marketing Report 2012, creator of India’s first on-demand multi-channel marketing campaigns platform, has announced the free release of its second annual research report “Gearing Up for Growth-India e-Marketing Outlook 2012” on its website Business Wire India

AB SCIEX and Phenomenex Develop Food Safety Solution for India
AB SCIEX, a global leader in life science analytical technologies, and Phenomenex, a global leader in separation science techniques, today announced a new workflow solution specifically tailored for laboratories in India to ensure the safety of spices, teas, fruits, vegetables and other food products for domestic and export markets Business Wire India

INDEEA wins Brands Academy’s Education Excellence Awards 2012
INDEEA (Inter National Development of Excellent Education Academy) has been conferred with the Brands Academy's Education Excellence Awards for the year 2012. *INDEEA* won the award as “The best soft skill-training and personality development Institute in North Maharashtra” and is the only NGO from North Maharashtra that won an award. The award was handed over by Dr Business Wire India

9.9 School of Convergence Graduates Leave the Gate Leading the Pack
2011 was a banner year for student placements at the 9.9 School of Convergence (9.9 SoC). Graduates from the 2011 batch of the Applied Journalism programme found high-paying jobs in some of the nation’s top media companies, ranging from print to broadcast and online media outlets. While 47% of the 9 Business Wire India

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