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Prez poll: TMC to decide on future strategy at appropriate time
With former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam deciding not to contest the presidential poll against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Monday said that his party chief Mamata Banerjee will take an appropriate decision at the appropriate time over the future strategy. ANI

TMC rules out resignation of party ministers
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Monday rubbished reports that the party ministers have submitted their resignations to party chief Mamata Banerjee, saying it is completely baseless and untrue. ANI

'Pranab Mukherjee is an excellent candidate': Maneka Gandhi
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Maneka Gandhi, who met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee here on Monday, described him as an excellent candidate for the coveted post of President of India. ANI

Obama, Manmohan Singh may meet at G-20 summit
US President Barack Obama may meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at the La Cabos G-20 summit in Mexico. ANI

India-Pakistan talks on Sir Creek commences, Pakistan flexible(Update)
India on Monday said that Pakistan adopted a flexible approach as they discussed the contentious issue of Sir Creek with their counterparts in New Delhi. ANI

India, Botswana to collaborate in field of human settlements
India and Botswana on Monday decided to actively collaborate and share experiences in the field of human settlements. ANI

Chetan Chauhan, Digvijay Singh lend support to save Ganga campaign(Update)
Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan and Congress leader Digvijay Singh joined hands with activists and environmentalists in save River Ganga campaign here on Monday. ANI

Road development, a major achievement in Rajasthan
Roads make a vital contribution to India's economy and to infrastrutural development overall, and, the state of Rajasthan has not lagged behind in this endeavor, implementing various development projects worth Rs.4549 crore to improve over 30,000-kilometers of roads. ANI

Geelani pitches for demilitralisation of Siachin
Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday appealed to Indian and Pakistan governments to withdraw troops from Siachen. ANI

Afghan team in India to study polio eradication
A five-member delegation from Afghanistan was recently on a visit to Moradabad to study the micro-methods for tackling polio in the area. ANI

Raisina race: Kalam chapter closed now, says Mulayam
With former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam finally ruling out that he was not in the race for Raisina Hill, Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday expressed confidence about United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nominee and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee taking charge as the 13th President of India. ANI

Shahjahan's 357th Urs observed in Agra
Thousands of devotees gathered at the Taj Mahal to take part in the 357th Urs of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. ANI

Kalam refuses to contest against Pranab Mukherjee
Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has finally decided not to return to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, saying he never aspired to serve another term or show interest in contesting the election for the coveted post against UPA nominee and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. ANI

Bihar CM Nitish for consensus on Prez candidate, says NDA undecided
Emphasizing the need to arrive at a consensus over who will be the next President of India, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the NDA is still discussing the most viable option. ANI

Bodo National Conference wants peace process with NDFB to be expedited
Members of the Bodo National Conference met the representatives of the Centre recently to urge them to hasten the peace process with the anti-talk National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). ANI

Rope making artisans seek help from West Bengal Govt
Tribals engaged in the traditional rope making business here, are seeking assistance from the West Bengal government to get an get adequate price for their finished goods. ANI

India- Pakistan dialogue over Sir Creek begins in New Delhi
The two-day dialogue between India and Pakistan over the Sir Creek issue began here on Monday, with a view to finding a concrete and amicable solution to it. ANI

Activists protest for Save River Ganga campaign at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial
Activists and Hindu saints gathered at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and urged the central government to ban building of any more dams across the River Ganga and to take adequate steps to restore its sanctity and purity. ANI

Maoists teaming up with northeast militant outfits in Assam
The growing Maoist penetration in Assam and their efforts to set up a network with regional outfits to procure Chinese arms, is causing concern to both the central and Assam state government. ANI

Fire engulfs tyre warehouse factory in New Delhi
A tyre warehouse factory was engulfed by a fire, destroying property and goods worth millions of rupees here. ANI

No rift in NDA, decision deferred to arrive at rational conclusion: Sharad Yadav
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav on Monday rubbished reports that there is a difference within the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the presidential candidate, saying the decision has been deferred so that all leaders arrive at a rational conclusion. ANI

Flood situation in Assam grim
The flood situation continues to remain grim in Nalbari and Barpeta districts of Assam. Twenty-five villages at Mayanag and Bhuragaon in Morigaon district were flooded by incessant rain and land erosion created havoc in Chirang and Dhubri districts. ANI

Anand Sharma pitches for Pranab as President
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has asserted that only Pranab Mukherjee would be elected as the country's next President. ANI

Will quit UPA coalition only on direct request: TMC
Amid the growing strain between the Congress Party and its largest ally, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), over the choice of Pranab Mukherjee as the UPA's presidential candidate, the latter has said it would quit the ruling alliance only if asked to. ANI

Yeddyurappa's bail plea to come up before Karnataka High Court
The Karnataka High Court will hear the anticipatory bail petition of former state chief minister and co-accused in the illegal mining scam, B.S. Yeddyurappa, here on Monday. ANI

Sri Lanka Emerges as SAARC’s Investment Hub
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Stephen Wong Appointed Exset’s Head of Sales, Asia Pacific
Exset, a leading provider of Conditional access and Middleware solutions, announced that it has appointed Mr. Stephen Wong as Head of Sales, Asia Pacific, Exset. "It's our honor to have Stephen on board, and we believe his vision and experience will make Exset a strong local leader in the region, populating our Digital Monetization System in response to the analog switch " said Mr Business Wire India

Biomedical Careers Open Up Through Symbiosis School of Biomedical Sciences
The Symbiosis School of Biomedical Sciences (SSBS) was established in June 2011, to fulfill the long standing need for teaching and training in the field of Biomedical Sciences. The School has also laid the foundation for research on which the upcoming Symbiosis School of Medicine will build, to train not only doctors but also physician scientists Business Wire India

Rohan Tarang Phase 2 New Launches in Wakad Developed by Rohan Builders Located at Pune, Wakad Pune Apartment
Rohan Tarang Phase 2 is new project in waked launch by Rohan Builders Company in Pune. Rohan Tarang Phase 2 offers 3 BHK flats of size 1600 sq ft with carpets area. When you begin a display of a Rohan Tarang house, you begin to perfectly developed gardens or an amazing viewpoint of the whole city sky range Business Wire India

Banyan Tree Infomedia Launches
The e-media company Banyan Tree Infomedia has just announced the recent launch of its latest site (link to , a site that has been aimed at providing information about all the colleges that students, wanting to study in Uttar Pradesh, can join Business Wire India Launches New Brand Campaign - ‘Real Life Mein Aisa Hota Hai Kya’, one of India’s leading e-commerce companies has released a new brand campaign that focuses on the theme – “Real life mein aisa hota hai kya”. Demystifying the myth of online shopping, the video showcases a real life depiction of youths shopping at a mall and extrapolating the same to an online scenario (highlighting the advantages of online shopping over offline) Business Wire India

Bollywood in Centenary Glory, Rare Hindi Film Clips in
Bollywood, one of the largest film production centres in the world, turns hundred years in 2012. To mark this historic occasion, has launched a year-long celebration which will take the viewers to the key moments in the momentous journey of Hindi Cinema Business Wire India

GirnarSoft Moves to a New Office Location in Jaipur
Girnar Software Pvt. Ltd., the proud owner of CarDekho, India’s number #1 auto portal, is pleased to announce that the company has officially moved to a new office location¬ Business Wire India

Ocean Optics and Tornado Medical Systems Partner on New Line of Spectrometers
Ocean Optics ( and Tornado Medical Systems have formed a co-development, manufacturing and distribution partnership for a broad line of spectrometers based on Tornado’s High Throughput Virtual Slit (“HTVS”) technology. The HTVS will form the core of a new line of high performance spectrometers being co-developed by the two companies and sold by Ocean Optics Business Wire India

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