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BJP pulls up Congress for stressing on Prez poll over economic crisis
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday slammed the ruling Congress Party for laying more importance to the forthcoming presidential poll, while ignoring the present economic crisis prevailing in the country. ANI

Bihar CM Nitish stands by his comment, says 'golden words are not repeated'
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday described his earlier comment that the NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate should be somebody with 'secular credentials' as golden words that could not be repeated. ANI

India, Pakistan for amicable solution of Sir Creek issue
India and Pakistan have reiterated their desire to find an amicable solution of the Sir Creek issue through sustained and result oriented dialogue. ANI

BJP backs Nitish Kumar's remark on secular Prime Minister
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday backed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's recent comment that the NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate should be somebody with 'secular credentials'. ANI

President Patil gives away awards to Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali Prakrit scholars
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today conferred certificates of honour to scholars of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic languages and Pali/Prakrit. ANI

Delhi CM Dikshit orders supply cut to overcome water crisis
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday announced that areas having a water surplus would face cuts and this water would be diverted to localities suffering from acute shortage. ANI

Raisina Hill race: NCP confident of Sangma supporting Pranab
Despite P.A. Sangma remaining defiant over contesting the presidential poll as a candidate of the Tribal Forum of India, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader D.P. Tripathi on Tuesday expressed confidence about the former Lok Sabha speaker supporting UPA nominee and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for the post of President of India. ANI

TDP yet to finalise its choice for presidential polls
Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said his party was yet to finalise a candidate for the presidential elections. ANI

R. Swaminathan appointed Indiana Ambassador to Austria
R. Swaminathan, presently Ambassador of India to Egypt, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Austria. ANI

Accused French consulate official will get due punishment through courts: Preneet Kaur
With the Karnataka Police arresting French consulate official, Pascal Mazurier, accused of raping his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter,Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Tuesday said this is the worst kind of crime that can be committed, and added that the guilty will get due punishment through the courts. ANI

Disgruntled rebel Patel in Delhi to meet BJP leaders
Former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday to meet senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and express his disappointment with the policies being followed by incumbent chief minister Narendra Modi. ANI

NDA gives its leaders freedom to express their views: Swamy
Janata Party president Subramanyan Swamy on Tuesday said that the advantage that the NDA has over the UPA, is that it allows coalition partners freedom to express their views. ANI

Has parliamentary democracy failed in India?
It is not a question that can be answered straight away. The fact is that our founding fathers spent a lot of time studying what would be best democratic governance system for India. That they finally opted for British parliamentary democracy was perhaps also influenced by the fact that most of them had admiration for the manner in which the system had emerged in the United Kingdom. ANI

Khurshid, Lalu give mixed reactions to remark made by Bihar CM Nitish
Senior politicians Salman Khurshid and Lalu Prasad Yadav gave a mixed response to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's demand that the prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 general elections must be a secular person. ANI

'Who is secular in NDA?' asks Lalu Yadav to Nitish
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday took potshots at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his recent statement in which he asked his alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to name a prime ministerial candidate with secular credentials. ANI

Recruitment of children by Maoists - A major concern: Human Rights Watch
The New-York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reported that Maoists in India have been recruiting children to swell their ranks. ANI

Gujarat Police beef up security for Lord Jagannath Yatra in Ahmedabad
Elaborate security arrangements were made in Ahmedabad on Tuesday for the 135th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra to be held from Thursday. ANI

India protests over Pakistan ceasefire violation in Poonch
The Indian Government on Tuesday protested against the Pakistan Army violating cease-fire obligations by firing on army posts in the border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Maoists set ablaze road construction machinery in Gaya
Maoists set machinery on fire, stalling the construction of a road in their hotbed Gaya district in Bihar. ANI

Nominations invited for National Communal Harmony Awards
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) has invited nominations for National Communal Harmony Awards-2012 from individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution for promotion of communal harmony and national integration. ANI

Dindigul fishing festival attracts huge crowds
A fishing festival in Tamil Nadu's Dindigul District witnessed huge participation from neighbouring villages. ANI

Bangalore Police arrest French diplomat for alleged rape of daughter
Bangalore Police arrested French diplomat Rascal Mazurier, 39, here on Tuesday on a charge of raping his three-years-and-nine-month-old daughter. ANI

Salman Khurshid backs Nitish, says prime minister must be a secular
Backing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's statement in which he asked his alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to name a prime ministerial candidate with secular credentials, Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said that India is a secular country and our prime minister should be a secular. ANI

Visitors pay homage to Shah Jahan at concluding death anniversary ceremony in Agra
Thousands of visitors congregated at the Taj Mahal in Agra to participate in the concluding day of 357th Urs (death anniversary) of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. ANI

Confusion lingers on consensus-based president for India
A plethora of nominees and disagreements within political parties continues to be the order of the day in wisely choosing the 13th President of India. ANI

HCL Infosystems unveils Consumer Computing 2012 Charts Robust Road Map for Computing Consumer Products
-- First set of Next Gen Computing Products launched – Beanstalk series AIO PC and Smart Series 1044 Laptop -- Showcases the soon to be launched HCL Ultrabook and the Ultra Small PC – HCL Tiny Top -- Computing Devices with unique combination of Play, Learn and Entertainment -- Sleek, innovative and premium features yet absolute value for money HCL Infosystems Ltd Business Wire India

Akshar Elements New Residential Wakad Project Launch by Akshar Developers Located at Pune, Wakad Pune Apartments
Akshar Developers biggest residential project Elementa in Pune, touching Pune Express Highway, located behind Indira College, covers very large area of 27 acres of land, around 27 high rise towers offering 1.5 BHK, 2.5 BHK, 2 BHK & 3 BHK luxury apartments Business Wire India

Encore Capital Group Uses Kronos Workforce Management Solutions
MCM India Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Encore Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECPG), a leading provider of debt management and recovery solutions for consumers and property owners across a broad range of assets, is now using workforce management solutions from Kronos Incorporated to manage its workforce Business Wire India

VayuGrid at UN's Conference on Sustainable Development
Bangalore based VayuGrid was selected to join world leaders convening in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 for the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development, referred to as Rio+20. VayuGrid will be hosted by the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) during the United Nations Global Compact’s Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Business Wire India

Kochan Group Plans to Launch, An Education Portal Soon
Kochan Group, primarily associated with, a computer and IT cleaning services company, plans to launch an education website for students, soon. Kochan Group is a Delhi based company with an all India reach. About SaralStudy SaralStudy is comprehensive website for education. It caters to the varied needs of school going students throughout the country, online Business Wire India

Sunil Pandita Joins Autodesk India as Country Head for AEC Business
Autodesk India today announced the appointment of Mr. Sunil Pandita as head of its Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) business for the India & SAARC region. Sunil will be responsible for driving Autodesk India’s strategy to foster growth in this fast growing and dynamic segment. Globally and in India too, AEC is amongst the fastest growing industry segments for Autodesk Business Wire India

Fitho Launches Technology-Based Diet Planning Services, for Rs 16 Per Day
-- Launches technology-based customized diet planning services -- Strong focus on balance of technology, high quality nutrition & overall health -- Unlimited access to nutritionists, thousands of meal options & cash on delivery India currently has the 3rd highest number of people with lifestyle and weight related disorders, projected to be no. 1 within a few years Business Wire India

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