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FCC Commissioners Clyburn, McDowell to address 2012 NAB show
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Robert McDowell will be featured in the session "FCC Talk: Conversation with the Commissioners" on April 17 at 2:30 p.m. during the 2012 NAB show in Las Vegas. ANI

Sahay terms abduction of Italian tourists to be sensitive issue
Terming the abduction of two Italian tourists by Maoists in Orissa to be a sensitive issue, Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay said the state government should intervene and take effective measures to deal with the situation. ANI

Political crisis in U'khand 'should be considered as solved': Rawat
Congress leader Harish Rawat, who was upset after being ignored for the chief minister's post in Uttarakhand, on Tuesday said the political discord in the state 'should be considered as solved'. ANI

'My sacking was a pre-planned decision of TMC', says Trivedi
Former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Tuesday said the decision to sack him was a pre-planned decision taken by the Trinamool Congress (TMC), and had nothing to do with the fare hike. ANI

14 dead as bus plunges into canal in Andhra district
Khammam, Mar 20: A school bus carrying school children plunged into a canal, killing at least 14 children in Andhra Pradesh's Khammam District on Tuesday. ANI

Supreme Court dismisses government's review petition in Vodafone case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the Central Government's review petition in the Vodafone tax case. ANI

Kingfisher to stop international flights, will operate with 15-16 flights
Kingfisher Airlines is expected scale down operations with only 15-16 planes to be kept operational. ANI

Rescue operation in full swing after nightlong windstorm hits Kashmir Valley
State police officials and local authorities on Tuesday engaged in rescue operations after a nightlong windstorm hit the Kashmir valley damaging several houseboats and uprooting several trees and electric poles. ANI

CPI-M lawmakers protest against Kerala being ignored in railway budget
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) lawmakers on Tuesday protested against the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for ignoring Kerala in the Union Railway Budget proposals for 2012-13 and pressed their demand for introduction of new trains in the state. ANI

Mukul Roy to decide on rollback of hiked fares: Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that the new Railway Minister Mukul Roy would decide on the rollback of hiked fares. ANI

Yeddyurappa's son optimistic about his father's reinstatement as Karnataka CM
As the political crisis in Karnataka deepened further, former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's son B. Y. Vijayendra on Tuesday said he is optimistic that the central leadership would stick to its word and reinstate his father to the top post. ANI

Karnataka CM Gowda to present state budget amid growing political storm
Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda is expected to present the state budget on Wednesday amidst a growing political storm over B.S. Yeddyurappa's reinstatement to the top post. ANI

SAARC nations need to do much more in fight against terrorism: India
Noting that South Asia has been wracked by activities of the world's biggest terrorist actors like Al-Qaeda and its various affiliates, India today stressed the need for strengthening cooperation and coordination between countries to counter terror and bring perpetrators of terrorist acts to justice. ANI

Rajasthan jewellers' strike enters fourth day, business hit
The jewellers' protest against a proposed duty increase on gold imports entered its fourth day on Tuesday. ANI

Protestors block railway tracks in Amritsar following farmer's death
Farmers blocked railway tracks in Punjab's Amritsar District on Tuesday following the death of a farmer. ANI

Maoist negotiator declines to act as mediator to free Italian hostages
Maoist interlocutor Biswapriya Kanungo has refused to mediate in the ongoing Italian hostage crisis in the state, after the Maoists named him as one of three negotiators to hold talks with the government. ANI

New trends of killing the girl child
The U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs report indicating that India is not a safe place for the girl child hit the headlines in many newspapers and news channels in the country. ANI

BJP's amendment on NCTC defeated in Rajya Sabha
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Tuesday secured a victory in Rajya Sabha, as the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) amendment on the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) issue was defeated. ANI

Italian tourists abduction shows NCTC is required, says Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today said that the abduction of two Italians by Maoists in Orissa has underlined the need for setting up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) to tackle extremism. ANI

15 people killed in train jeep mishap in UP district
Fifteen persons were killed and two others seriously injured in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras District when the Mathura-Kasganj Express rammed into a jeep on Tuesday morning. ANI

Himachal Pradesh records rise in foreign tourists inflow
Compared to last year, Himachal Pradesh recorded a sharp increase of 32000 foreign tourists, who made Himachal Pradesh as their favourite destination in the year 2011-12. It was estimated that nearly 4.85 lakh foreign tourists arrived in 2011-12 in the state in comparison to last year's 4.53 lakh. ANI

Mukul Roy takes oath as Railway Minister
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mukul Roy was sworn-in as the Railway Minister of the country on Tuesday. ANI

Ittiam Revenue Crosses US$20 Million with Royalties Contributing Over 35%
Ittiam Systems today announced that its annual revenue crossed the US$20 million mark for the fiscal year ending March 2012. Significantly, royalty income contributed to more than 35% of this revenue, highlighting the excellence achieved by the company with the Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing Business Model Business Wire India

Dalal Engineering Partners with Infor
Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that Dalal Engineering Pvt Ltd, a 55 year old manufacturer of stainless production equipment for the pharmaceutical, chemical and textile sectors is deploying Infor10 ERP Enterprise (LN) to optimise its manufacturing capabilities Business Wire India

Xilinx Inaugurates Expanded Site in Hyderabad for R&D, Technical Support
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today underscored its commitment to the emerging, high-growth market and its growing employee base in India with the inauguration of a new, expanded Xilinx India site in Hi-Tech city Business Wire India

element14 Wins the Tektronix ‘FY2011 ASEAN Channels Growth Award’
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community, is proud to be the recipient of the ‘FY2011 ASEAN Channels Growth Award’ from Tektronix. This accolade acknowledges element14’s continuous success in acquiring new customers, increasing revenue growth and expanding Tektronix’s profile in the region Business Wire India

TERI Organises Eco-tourism Programme in Mukteshwar to Sensitise Youth about Environmental Issues
In order to promote eco-tourism in Mukteshwar, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) organised an eco-tourism programme, where students from as far as Sharjah were apprised of environmental issues. Around 90 students and teachers from DPS Sharjah stayed in the eco-friendly environment in tents lit by solar lanterns. Students were sensitised about renewable technologies and its applications Business Wire India India to Unveil NRI Spaces India to unveil the its new section – NRI Spaces – on 31st March 2012 to offer audiences outside India a host of property investment from top developers from the country. At launch, NRI Spaces will comprise of new projects available by top developers from over 14 metro cities and 1372 sub-locations from India Business Wire India

Ocean Optics Adds Scientific-grade Spectrometer with Enhanced VIS-NIR Response
The Maya2000 Pro-VIS-NIR from Ocean Optics ( is a back-thinned 2D FFT-CCD spectrometer with high sensitivity, 80% peak quantum efficiency and excellent VIS-NIR response. The Maya2000 Pro-VIS-NIR is ideal for low light-level applications such as Raman, as well as for analysis of gases used in semiconductor processing and measurement of biological samples in the life sciences Business Wire India

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