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NSCN-IM celebrates 33rd Republic Day in Nagaland
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM), an extremist group, celebrated its 33rd Republic Day here on Thursday, as it reaffirmed its demand for 'Nagalim'. ANI

Italian hostage crisis: Odisha Govt. begins talks with mediators
The Odisha Government on Thursday evening began talks with two of the Maoist nominated mediators, Dandapani Mohanty and BD Sharma, for the safe release of two Italian nationals abducted by the ultras. ANI

President, Vice President greet nation on Ugadi
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari have greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Chaitra Sukladi and Cheti Chand. ANI

'Congress, TDP are sinking boats', says YSR Congress after by-poll results
Reiterating that Congress and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) are sinking boats, YSR Congress on Thursday said the two parties were rejected by the people going by the results of the just concluded by-elections. ANI

Narayanasamy defends decision to vote in favour of UN resolution against Sri Lanka
Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office, V. Narayanasamy, on Thursday defended India's decision to vote in favour of the UN resolution against Sri Lanka, saying New Delhi has raised its voice when there is a violation of human rights in any country. ANI

Pak lawyers' delegation arrives in India to study democratic institutions
A delegation of around 205 lawyers of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBAP), led by noted human rights activist Asma Jahangir, arrived at the Wagah border post here on Thursday. ANI

Trivedi flays Govt. decision to roll back hike in rail fare
Former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Thursday ndirectly flayed the Central Government's decision to roll back the hiked rail fares, saying he was concerned about the safety of passengers, which was linked to modernization and resource generation. ANI

Omar Abdullah takes stock of windstorm damage in Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday took stock of the damage caused by a severe windstorm earlier in the week.ddressing legislators in the Jammu, Abdullah gave the details of the destruction caused by the windstorm, which crossed the barometer levels of a cyclone with winds hitting 35 knots. ANI

Less than 200 militants in Jammu and Kashmir, says police chief Khoda
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda on Thursday said that there were less than 200 militants present in the state. ANI

Yeddyurappa meets BJP top brass, confident of reinstatement as Karnataka CM
Karnataka strongman B.S. Yeddyurappa, who is mounting pressure on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) central leadership for his reinstatement as Karnataka chief minister, on Thursday said he is confident that the party will take an appropriate decision in this regard. ANI

Committee to examine facilities for disabled air passengers
The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday constituted a Committee on the 'Rights of Passengers with Disabilities and Reduced Mobility' under the Chairmanship of G. Asok Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation. ANI

CAG report is only a draft report: Mukherjee
With the opposition targetting the UPA Government over a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal block allocation that reported a loss of Rs 10.67 lakh crores, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said it was just a draft report. ANI

CAG tells PMO that news of coal scam draft report misleading
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday, in reference to the lead story published in one of the news daily accusing of scam involving sale of coal blocks, has said that the reports are extremely misleading. ANI

Coal scam: Swamy pulls up UPA Govt., says more scandals are yet to emerge
Taking on the UPA Government over a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal block allocation that reported a loss of Rs 10.67 lakh crores, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said a few more scandals are yet to come out, and added that the total loss to the nation would be more than the GDP of the country. ANI

BJP holds PM, Sonia responsible for coal scam
Charging the Centre of being corrupt from head to toe, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said both Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi should be held responsible for the coal scam. ANI

Coal scam: 'Draft reports are never raised in Parliament', says Shukla
With proceedings in both Houses of Parliament being adjourned for some time on Thursday following opposition pressure over a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal block allocation that reported a loss of nearly 11 lakh crores, Congress lawmaker Rajiv Shukla defended the government, saying that draft reports are never raised in Parliament, as it was wrong convention. ANI

Jagdambika Pal defends Govt. over CAG report on coal block allocation
Amid sharp criticism from leaders of various political outfits over a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal block allocation that reported a loss of Rs 10.67 lakh crore, Congress leader Jagdambika Pal on Thursday defended the government, saying if the coalfields had been auctioned, it would have led to a rise in the cost of power generation. ANI

Coal scam: Communist leaders demand answers from PM
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Thursday sought an explanation from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal block allocation that reported a loss of Rs 10.67 lakh crores. ANI

Karnataka CM row: No change for now, says Gowda
Karnataka Chief Minister Sadanand Gowda on Thursday told media that there would be no change of leadership in the state for now. ANI

UPA Govt. goes on back foot as BJP demands CBI probe into coal scam
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit out at the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre a draft report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on allotment of coal blocks without auction, and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into it. ANI

Norway district court drops hearing of NRI couple's child welfare case
The municipality of Stavanger will seek to clarify the next steps to be taken in this case in dialogue with the lawyer, the private parties and Stavanger District Court, since new developments in the child welfare case involving two Indian children make it impossible to carry out the hearing in Stavanger District Court that was scheduled for March 23. ANI

Mukul Roy withdraws railway passenger fare hike partially
New Railway Minister Mukul Roy on Thursday announced that the hike in passenger fares in the Union Railway Budget of 2012-13 has been withdrawn partially. ANI

Major fire at Hatibagan market, Kolkata
A major fire engulfed the Hatibagan market, one of the oldest trading centres in Kolkata during morning hours today. ANI

Parliament adjourned over CAG coal mining report exposing Rs 11 lakh crore scam
Proceedings in both houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon on Thursday morning after the opposition raised a stink over a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal block allocation that reported a loss of nearly 11 lakh crores. ANI

‘KNOW DISASTER’ Magazine Launched in Patna
KNOW DISASTER, a magazine dedicated exclusively to the issues of disaster preparedness and management, risk reduction and recovery was launched here today at Gandhi Maidan on Bihar Divas, amid celebrations of the Bihar Centenary Year. The inaugural issue of the bilingual quarterly magazine in English and Hindi was jointly released by K.M Business Wire India

Johnson & Johnson Limited & UNICEF Team Up for Landmark Program on Women’s Health & Hygiene
Johnson & Johnson Limited, India and UNICEF have entered into a partnership to raise funds to promote health and hygiene practices amongst adolescent girls in India, benefitting more than five lakh girls over the next three years. An MoU was signed by Mr Swami Raote, Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Division India, and Ms Business Wire India

Fabindia to Retail its Products on
Fabindia, India's largest private retail brand of craft based products has tied up with to retail its products online., the largest online destination for fashion and lifestyle products in the country will retail 26 product categories from Fabindia via its online platform These will include men’s wear, women’s wear, kids wear and accessories Business Wire India

New Holland SKY WATCH (the First GPS/GPRS Enabled Tractor) Delivered at PAU, Ludhiana
New Holland Fiat (India) Pvt Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of CNH Global NV (Case New Holland) and part of Fiat Industrial, today announced the introduction of GPS/ GPRS enabled technology in tractors Business Wire India

Indian Institute of Management – Calcutta Unveils the 4th Batch of Executive Program in International Business in Association with Hughes Communications
Hughes Communication India Limited has launched 4th Batch of EXECUTIVE PROGRAM IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (EPIB) in collaboration with Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, after successful completion of three batches Business Wire India

Annik’s Channel Partner Scorecard Model helps Vendors look Beyond Channel Satisfaction to Improve their Performance
India channel partners are constantly aligning their business model to suit the changing requirements of customers and vendors. Vendors began investing a fair amount in training initiatives as their channel partners moved up from the “box pushing” role. Like any other investment, vendors need active management to ensure maximum return Business Wire India

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