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Pallam Raju terms Army Chief's decision to move court as 'unfortunate'
Minister of State for Defence, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, on Wednesday termed Army Chief General V.K. Singh's decision to move the Supreme Court over the issue concerning his date of birth as 'unfortunate' and an appalling precedent for the army. ANI

CEC defends decision of covering statues in UP
Chief Election Commissioner, S Y Quraishi, strongly defended the poll body's move to cover statues and sculptures, depicting the symbol and senior leaders of Uttar Pradesh ruling Bahujan Samaj Party, on Wednesday. ANI

CPM leaders meet in Kolkata to discuss political ideology
Leaders and politburo members of the Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPM) met in West Bengal for a second consecutive day on Wednesday to draft their future strategies and political resolutions. ANI

Team Anna at full liberty to campaign in upcoming assembly polls: Digvijay Singh
With Team Anna all set to launch the voters awareness campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday said Anna Hazare and his aides are at full liberty to campaign, but added that they should first raise their voices against all those involved in corrupt practices during the Mayawati regime in the last five years. ANI

INS Krishna sets sail for one last time before decommissioning
INS Krishna, a warship that was part of the Indian First Training Squadron since 1995, cast off from the Kochi Naval Base for the final time on Tuesday, as she sailed for Mumbai to be decommissioned there later this year. ANI

Digvijay Singh accuses Modi of trying to suppress corruption
Expressing his delight over Gujarat High Court's decision to uphold the appointment of Justice (retired) RA Mehta as the Lokayukta, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Narendra Modi of trying to suppress the rampant corruption in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- ruled state. ANI

Dense fog disrupts air and road traffic in north India
Dense fog wreaked havoc on air and road traffic across northern India as a wave of cold weather intensified further. ANI

Maoists surrender in West Bengal
Four Maoists, who had earlier laid down their arms in front of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, officially surrendered in front of the West Midnapore Police on Tuesday. ANI

Teachers in Jharkhand agitate against Maoist atrocities
The teaching fraternity in Latehar District of Jharkhand held a sit-in rally to protest the frequent abductions of teachers in the state. ANI

Police nab Maoists with explosives in Jharkhand
Police officials arrested two Maoists and seized explosives on Tuesday in Bokaro city of Jharkhand. ANI

Families of Indians aboard Costa Concordia concerned over kins fate
Last week's accident of the Costa Concordia liner off the west coast of Italy has created major worries for the families of the 130 Indians who were on board the ship. ANI

Gurdas Badal vows to generate employment for youth in Punjab
Gurdas Badal, the younger brother of Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, who is contesting election against him in Lambi assembly constituency falling under Muktsar district, has assured the locals of bringing about development and generating employment opportunities for youth, if assured of a clear win in the upcoming assembly elections. ANI

Congress welcomes High Court verdict on Gujarat Lokayukta
The Congress party on Wednesday welcomed the Gujarat High Court decision to uphold the appointment of Justice (retired) RA Mehta as the state Lokayukta. ANI

Sonia slams BJP in Uttarakhand for failing to fulfill its promises
Slamming ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttarakhand for not fulfilling its promises, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has said that her party had drawn major plans for the township of Tehri for improving the conditions of the locals. ANI

Achuthanandan suspects Kerala CM Chandy of spying on Muslims leaders
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) stalwart VS Achuthanandan has assailed Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for allegedly spying on some members of the Muslim community in the state. ANI

Rahul Gandhi beckons youth to change scenario in Uttar Pradesh
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has said that Uttar Pradesh needs a change in the scenario of the government, and only the youth of the region can deliver it ANI

Political battle intensifies in poll-bound Punjab
With assembly elections right around the corner, battle lines are being drawn between contesting parties as political battle reaches its zenith in Punjab. ANI

Manipur voters to be photographed during polls
Voters coming to cast their franchise would be photographed by polling officers during assembly polls as per new directives by the Election Commission, in Manipur. ANI

Political scene getting warmer in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh
With candidates intensifying their mass outreach campaigns, Uttar Pradesh is on the edge, bracing for an intense political battle royal ahead of upcoming assembly polls. ANI

TAKE Solutions Announces Global Release of PharmaReady 5.0
TAKE Solutions Ltd. [BSE: 532890 | NSE: TAKE], a leader in the Life Sciences and Supply Chain Management domains, today announced the availability of PharmaReadyTM 5.0, a web-based regulatory compliance solution suite for Life Science organizations to ensure faster approvals for their new products Business Wire India

SCHWING Stetter Inaugurated its Raipur Branch
SCHWING Stetter India, one of the pioneers of concrete construction equipment in India, today inaugurated its upgraded branch in Raipur. The new branch was inaugurated by Anand Sundaresan, Managing Director, SCHWING Stetter India, and Mr. V.G. Sakthikumar, Chief Operating Officer, SCHWING Stetter India Business Wire India

Belkin Launches Next Generation Routers
Combining strong design with high speed performance, Belkin India, a leading provider of interconnectivity solutions across computing and consumer electronic devices, today launched a range of next generation routers. The range includes the N750 Dual Band, N600 Dual Band, N300 & N150 wireless routers and modem routers Business Wire India

Penguin India Turns 25
2012 is a very special year for Penguin India—for this is the year that everyone’s favourite publisher turns 25! Penguin India will celebrate its 25th year with a series of exciting events, activities and initiatives throughout the year and a Penguin 25th Year Logo. The theme behind all of these is a celebration of the joy of reading Business Wire India

Citi India Recognizes Future Woman Leaders
Citi India today awarded nine first year management students from the leading business schools in the country with the Citi Woman Leader Award 2011-12 and named nine others as runners-up. This unique initiative, now in its second year, aims to identify young talent and promote future women leaders Business Wire India

Now Search for the Cheapest Flights on Facebook and Twitter, India's leading travel search engine, is breaking new ground with the launch of a natural language flight search tool for Facebook and Twitter. The tool will allow Facebook and Twitter users to post a flight request on a wall or send a message to a Twitter page and receive the cheapest flight fare and details within minutes Business Wire India

Accentium Integrates into Taaza, re-launches Site
Accentium Web Pvt Ltd, which is the company behind many successful internet ventures such as,, and, today announced its plans for the focus area for the company,, India’s leading education content portal, has been integrated into, as, in line with a strategic push to make Taaza Business Wire India

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