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Anna Hazare challenges Govt. for debate on Lokpal Bill
Accusing the Congress-led UPA Government of playing with the sentiments of the people by continuously changing its stand on the Lokpal Bill, veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday said he is ready for an open debate on the anti-graft bill. ANI

India's growth rate reviving slowly, says Kaushik Basu
The Chief Economic Adviser to Finance Ministry, Kaushik Basu, on Thursday forecasts a 7.6 percent growth rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year, and said growth will revive slowly due to a drop in investment and savings rates. ANI

'Congress does not know art of running coalition Govt.': BJP
With the UPA-II plunging into an unprecedented crisis following pressure from its allies, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit out the ruling Congress Party over its alleged failure to run a coalition government. ANI

Newly formed Congress Govt. in U'khand is unconstitutional: Nishank
Expressing his displeasure at the current political turmoil in Uttarakhand, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Thursday termed the newly formed government in the state as unconstitutional in nature. ANI

One killed, five injured in Imphal blast
An eight-year-old girl was killed, while five others sustained severe injuries in a blast that took place in Manipur's Imphal city on Thursday. ANI

Bahuguna takes potshots at former BJP Govt. in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Thursday lashed out at the former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the state over its failure to work for the welfare of the people ANI

CPI demands ouster of Sri Lankan envoy
Outraged by the accusations made by Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to India, Prasad Kariyawasam, on pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) groups lobbying with Tamil Nadu lawmakers, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Thursday demanded his ouster from the country. ANI

Indian MPs not blamed by Sri Lanka, says envoy
Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam on Thursday said that the Sri Lankan government was investigating the role of factions lobbying for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the step had nothing to do with Indian parliamentarians. ANI

UP CM Akhilesh defends inclusion of Raja Bhaiya in cabinet
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday defended his decision to give cabinet berth to Kunwar Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, saying the charges levelled against the latter were politically motivated and were all fabricated by the previous Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government. ANI

Major advancements made for empowerment of women: Economic Survey
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said some major advancements have been made for the empowerment of women over the years. ANI

UPA-II presiding over worst kind of corruption: Mehbooba Mufti
With the government plunging into an unprecedented crisis following the announcement of the Railway Budget, People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said the UPA-II is being seen as presiding over a system of corruption and that has taken the sheen away from their leadership. ANI

BJP seeks explanation from PM on Trivedi resignation issue
With the Trinamool Congress (TMC) mounting pressure on the UPA-II Government to remove Dinesh Trivedi as Railway Minister, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked Prime Minister Dr. Manohan Singh to come forward and give an explanation over the ongoing crisis. ANI

Samajwadi Party terms ongoing row over Trivedi issue 'unfortunate'
The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday termed Trinamool Congress (TMC) party's demand to remove Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi over the proposed rail fare hike as unfortunate. ANI

Trinamool welcomes Akhilesh Yadav's new innings as UP CM
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday welcomed Akhilesh Yadav, becoming Uttar Pradesh's youngest chief minister, saying people of the state have high hopes from the young leader, and see him as a successful politician of the future. ANI

Congress tussle for power in Uttarakhand still persists: Tamta
With the stalemate in Uttarakhand continuing even days after the party high command's decision to chose Vijay Bahuguna as the chief minister, Congress leader Pradeep Tamta on Thursday said the talks to provide justice to Harish Rawat had failed to gain momentum even though he enjoyed the support of a majority of legislators. ANI

Government steps up measures to check fertiliser price rise
The Central Government has taken several measures to check the rise in fertiliser prices. ANI

Public health investment has substantially increased: Economic Survey
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who presented the Economic Survey 2011-12 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, said that there has been an increase in public health investment in the country. ANI

Railway Minister Trivedi says 'no one has asked for my resignation'
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, whose removal has been demanded by his party chief Mamata Banerjee on a hike in passengers fares, on Thursday said that no one had asked him to resign. ANI

PM has not received Trivedi's resignation, says Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said the Prime Minister had not received any resignation letter from Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee asks opposition not to behave like "petulant children"
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that the Railway Budget for 2012-13 was now the property of the House, and vociferously told the opposition not to behave like "petulant children" in the matter concerning the reported resignation of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi. ANI

Akhilesh Yadav becomes Uttar Pradesh's youngest Chief Minister
Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday took oath to office here, to become at 38, the youngest chief minister of India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Is Trivedi the country's railway minister or not, asks opposition
Opposition parties on Thursday asked the UPA-II Government to clarify if Dinesh Trivedi continues to be the country's Railway Minister. ANI

26/11 case: Pak judicial commission in Delhi
A Judicial Commission is visiting India as bilaterally agreed between the two governments to fulfill the legal requirements of the trial of the perpetrators of Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

TMC wants roll back of rail fare hike: Sudip Bandyopadhyay
Slamming Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi for unilaterally deciding on a hike in passengers fares, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Thursday said his party is demanding an immediate roll back of fares. ANI

Has Dinesh Trivedi resigned as Railway Minister?
Doubts still exist on whether Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi has resigned, as he told the Bengali news channel Star Ananda that he had a duty to perform, and would resign as soon as the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh or the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee asked him to. ANI

Dinesh Trivedi sends resignation to Manmohan Singh
A day after Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi came under fire from his party chief Mamata Banerjee for hiking rail passenger fares, the former on Thursday sent his resignation letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, according to television reports. ANI

Akhilesh Yadav to take oath as Uttar Pradesh CM
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav will take oath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. ANI

EFY Awards 2011 to be Announced Tomorrow
EFY Awards 2011, Electronics For You's (EFY's) annual initiative to honour leaders in the electronics industry, will be announced tomorrow at Le Meridien Hotel, Bengaluru. These awards will be presented across 26 product categories to brands voted by the readers of EFY and Electronics Bazaar magazines. The awards also consist of three special categories, selected by a jury of six members Business Wire India

A Momentum to Stem Cell industry: International Conference from March 22 to 24 at ISB, Hyderabad, A.P
The stem cell industry is set for an impetus at the International Conference on Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine 2012: Research to Business (Stemcell 2012). An initiative of Federation of Asian Biotechnology Associations (FABA), the conference is to be held at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad from March 22 to 24, 2012. The event will be inaugurated by Dr Business Wire India

First-ever India Human Development Awards Announced
The first-ever India Human Development Awards Manav Vikas were announced in New Delhi. Kottayam in Kerala, Khargone in Madhya Pradesh; Udupi in Karnataka and Malda in West Bengal have been recognized for excellence in the quality of Human Development Reports for their districts. The overall award for excellence went to West Bengal with two districts amongst the eight finalists Business Wire India

EFY Awards 2011 to be Announced Tomorrow
EFY Awards 2011, Electronics For You's (EFY's) annual initiative to honour leaders in the electronics industry, will be announced tomorrow at Le Meridien Hotel, Bengaluru. These awards will be presented across 26 product categories to brands voted by the readers of EFY and Electronics Bazaar magazines. The awards also consist of three special categories, selected by a jury of six members Business Wire India

Tally Invests to Develop the IT Ecosystem in India
Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd, the leading business solutions company in India, today announced the successful closure of its national series of workshops titled ’The Mathematics of Happiness’ Business Wire India

FICCI-KPMG Paper Lists 8-point Action Agenda to Make India a global Aviation Hub and 3rd Largest Aviation Market by 2020
India’s vision of becoming a global aviation hub and the third largest aviation market by 2020 can be achieved through an 8-point action agenda that pursues policies conducive to the growth of the civil aviation sector and keeps the focus squarely on quality, cost and passenger interest, according to a FICCI-KPMG Knowledge Paper on ‘India: The Emerging Aviation Hub’ Business Wire India

New Greenhouse Gas Standards Unveiled for Corporate Value Chain and Products in India
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol launched two new standards today in New Delhi, India, to empower businesses to better measure, manage, and report their greenhouse gas emissions Business Wire India

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