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Govt. has taken steps to increase literacy, ramp up higher education: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said the government has taken a number of steps to increase literacy, ramp up higher education particularly in science and engineering, impart skills to young citizens and develop vocational education. ANI

Gujarat porngate scandal: Congress pulls up BJP
Congress Party on Wednesday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the porngate scandal that has now rocked the Gujarat assembly, where two MLAs have come under the scanner for allegedly watching obscene pictures on a tablet during proceedings. ANI

Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa arrives in Delhi to meet BJP top brass
Karnataka strongman B.S. Yeddyurappa arrived here on Wednesday evening to meet the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass amid reports that he may once again be given the chief minister's post. ANI

India will be an open defecation free nation in 10 years, says Ramesh
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has called for making India an open defecation free country in ten years time. ANI

YSR Congress Party romps home in Kovur constituency
YSR Congress President, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Wednesday described the Kovur result as a resolute verdict given by the people against the opportunistic and unscrupulous politics. ANI

Manmohan Singh to visit South Korea, attend Nuclear Security Summit
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will pay a three-day visit to South Korea beginning on Saturday to strengthen strategic partnership and economic cooperation. ANI

Congress makes a comeback in by polls
The Congress party made a comeback in Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat on Wednesday as it won the recently conducted by polls by defeating their rivals. ANI

BJD lawmakers tell centre to stop blame game, provide assistance in Italian hostage crisis
Showing their support for Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) lawmakers on Wednesday told the Centre to stop the blame game and provide all kinds of assistance to the state in resolving the Italian hostage crisis in Odisha. ANI

'I resigned because my party wanted me to quit': Dinesh Trivedi
Former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, who was shown the exit door by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) after he invited the wrath of his party chief Mamata Banerjee over the increase in fares in the railway budget, on Wednesday stated he stood by his party's decision on his resignation. ANI

Goa Tourism Minister dies of heart attack
Goa Tourism Minister Matanhy Saldanha died following a massive heart attack at a hospital here in the wee hours of Wednesday. ANI

BJP instructs Jharkhand MLAs to abstain from voting in Rajya Sabha polls
Senior central leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday announced that they had instructed all party MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) in Jharkhand to abstain from voting in polls for the Rajya Sabha. ANI

Gowda presents Karnataka Budget, Yeddyurappa heads to Delhi
Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday presented the budget for 2012-2013 in the state assembly amid the ongoing political storm over B.S. Yeddyurappa's demand for reinstatement to the top post. ANI

PM likely to call all party meeting on Lokpal issue on Friday
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is likely to hold an all-party meeting this Friday on the Lokpal issue. ANI

Gujarat BJP lawmakers deny watching p*rn in state assembly
Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members of the Gujarat State Assembly on Wednesday denied reports that they were watching pornographic material when the House was in session. ANI

Kids custody row: Govt. puts on hold plan to send EAM official to Norway
Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Wednesday said the government has put on hold the plan to send a senior External Affairs Ministry official to Norway in connection with the NRI child custody case amid reports that there were differences between parents. ANI

'Lifting of ban on Bhagvad Gita good for entire humanity': BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday welcomed a Russian court's decision to dismiss an appeal for ban on 'Bhagvad Gita as it is', saying the religious text is a pure discourse on humanity and only those people can put a ban on it who don't understand humanity or who have no knowledge at all. ANI

BJP leaders meeting in Delhi to resolve Jharkhand Rajya Sabha members selection issue
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are attending a meeting in the national capital to resolve the dispute on Rajya Sabha nominations. ANI

Porngate in Gujarat assembly
After the porngate scandal in Karnataka that rocked the entire nation, two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs were allegedly caught watching obscene pictures in the state legislature on Wednesday. ANI

Prisoners clash with Mau jail authorities in Uttar Pradesh
Irked by the death of an undertrial, the inmates of a prison at Mau in Uttar Pradesh turned violent and clashed with jail authorities on Wednesday. ANI

Lawmakers slam Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for terming Govt. schools as Maoist breeding grounds
Cutting across party lines, lawmakers on Wednesday criticized spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for saying that state-run schools are turning into breeding grounds for Maoists. ANI

India welcomes Russian court's decision to dismiss petition seeking ban on Bhagvad Gita
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday welcomed the decision of a Russian court to dismiss an appeal for ban on 'Bhagvad Gita as it is'. ANI

Italian hostage crisis: Chidambaram says Centre ready to help Orissa
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday rejected Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's charges that the Centre was not helping his state to resolve the Italian hostage crisis. ANI

Labourers do not exist for political parties
Poll period is the zenith of the political drama in the country and perhaps the best time to understand the capabilities of various political parties. Each one of them claims to work for the people, on one condition of course - If "voted to power". ANI

Yeddyurappa to meet central BJP leaders in Delhi
Amidst growing turbulence in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Karnataka government, former Karnataka chief minister and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa is expected to arrive in Delhi by Wednesday afternoon, to hold meeting with the central BJP leadership. ANI

Maoists suggest new names of mediators for negotiation with Odisha government
The Maoists have suggested the names of social activists BD Sharma and Prafulla Samantra as mediators after the Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik rejected Narayan Sanyal. ANI

Mulayam Singh Yadav gets international jurists award-2012
New Delhi, Mar 21 Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will be honoured with the International Jurists Award-2012 by Chief Justice of United Kingdom Lord Phillips on May 28 in London. ANI

Russian court dismisses plea to ban Bhagvad Gita
A Russian court on Wednesday dismissed the petition, which sought to ban Bhagvad Gita considering it to be of extremist nature. ANI

Antony hails voters contribution in UDF win in Kerala assembly constituency
Defence Minister and serious Congress party leader A.K. Antony on Wednesday praised voters for helping the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) to win elections in Kerala's Piravam assembly constituency. ANI

Antony says Pawar is a valued UPA coalition colleague
Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Wednesday said he was not inclined to comment on Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar's reported concern over Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's latest remarks on working with UPA allies. ANI

CPI-M questions methodology of calculating poverty line
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has questioned the present methodology of calculating the poverty line. ANI

Hazel Media Introduces MobQuery for BlackBerry Smartphones in India
Hazel Media, a mobile technology firm, today announced the launch of its enterprise product platform "MobQuery" to enable collection and management of data using mobile devices at Convergence India 2012. This launch is in line with Hazel Media’s strategy to ease data collection, management and analysis for enterprises Business Wire India

Getit Launches New Fashion Micro Community for Women
Getit, the pioneer in yellow pages in India launches a community dedicated to Fashion enthusiasts. Getit aims to make this community a buzzing ground for latest fashion trends and accessories. Here users may share their views on their fashion quotient, provide expert opinion, watch fashion images, and videos Business Wire India

Mr. Nitin Prasad Appointed as New MD of Shell Lubricants India
Shell Lubricants, the global market share leader in finished lubricants announced the appointment of Mr. Nitin Prasad as the new country head – India, Shell Lubricants. Mr. Prasad will be replacing Mr. Donald Anderson, who served this position for the last 3 years. Under Mr Business Wire India

Indusface Announces Strategic Partnership with Leading MSSP Player Telelogix
Indusface, an award winning information security organization, is pleased to announce its partnership with Telelogix IT Services, a leading IT & telecom managed services organization headquartered out of UAE. Telelogix will be the authorized sales arm for IndusGuard, the flagship product of Indusface in UAE Business Wire India

Raytheon to Showcase International Leadership in Aerospace and Defence Technologies at Defexpo India 2012
U.S. major Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will unveil several interactive demonstrations at a new exhibit, has scheduled a media briefing on air and missile defence, and will make available several of its foremost subject matter experts as it showcases its leading international position in aerospace and defence at Defexpo India 2012, March 29 - April 1, Pragati Maidan Business Wire India

element14 Acknowledges Two Top Suppliers at Electronica China 2012
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community, today announced two key awards for their top suppliers at Electronica China 2012 Business Wire India

VIT Vellore and VIT Chennai Chose Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi for Campus-wide Wi-Fi Networks
Ruckus Wireless™ today announced that VIT Vellore and VIT Chennai, India’s leading professional institutions, have deployed Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi to support a campus-wide Wi-Fi network, delivering a high-speed Wi-Fi network to over 20,000 students. The campus-wide consists of over 200 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7962 dual-band 11n Access Points, covering new student hostel facilities Business Wire India

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