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India News on March 23, 2012

Adish Aggawala elected as Delhi Bar Council chairman
New Delhi, Mar 23: Senior Advocate Adish C. Aggarwala has been elected as the new Chairman of Bar Council of Delhi. ANI

Prime Minister to leave for South Korea on official visit
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be leaving for the Republic of Korea on an official visit to the nation on Saturday. ANI

India to highlight country's nuclear security and safety at Seoul nuclear summit
Prior to his departure to South Korea on Saturday, to attend the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, Prime Minister Dr. Mannohan Singh on Friday said that India will highlight the country's nuclear security and safety in order to retain public support for harnessing the benefits of nuclear energy. ANI

Trade and commerce activities gain momentum in Nagaland
The return of normalcy to Nagaland has benefited traders and businessmen of the state. The state, recently, hosted the first international spring expo in Dimapur where both domestic and overseas entrepreneurs exhibited their products. ANI

BJP slams Manmohan Singh over coal scam row
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday lashed at Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over the alleged multi crore coal scam in which the country has reportedly lost up to 11 lakh crore rupees in revenue. ANI

Student protest turns violent in Patna
A protest by student wing of Lok Janshakti Party turned violent on Friday after a mob of students tried to break into the premises of the state assembly in Patna. ANI

Gujarat porngate: Forensic lab gives clean chit to BJP MLAs
The Forensics Sciences Lab (FSL) on Friday gave a clean chit to the two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs in Gujarat, accused of watching pornographic pictures in the legislative assembly. ANI

Explosives, ammunition meant for Maoists seized in Jharkhand
Police in Jharkhand's Gumla District on Friday arrested three men with large quantities of explosives, detonators, arms and ammunitions which was to be sold to the Maoists in the state. ANI

Maoists set ablaze trucks in Bihar, demand release of leaders
In protest against the arrest of their leaders, Maoists, dressed in police uniforms, damaged government property and set ablaze trucks in Bihar's Jamui District on Friday. ANI

Solar lanterns bring light for Manipur villages
Hundreds of people thronged a daylong camp set up by the Assam Rifles at their headquarters in Manipur's Chandel District, where the paramilitary force distributed 200 solar lanterns to 27 villages which face an erratic supply of electricity. ANI

Consensus evades Lokpal, confirms Jaitley
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Friday said a consensus was built completely against the government's proposals on the Lokpal Bill during the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

No consensus yet on Lokpal Bill: Yechury
Even as the government on Friday stepped up efforts to iron out differences on contentious aspects of the Lokpal Bill, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meeting leaders of various parties, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said after the talks that a consensus on the issue was yet to be reached. ANI

Anna threatens to go on another agitation as all-party meet fails to evolve consensus
With the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh failing to evolve a consensus on the Lokpal Bill, veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Friday dared the government that he would now go on another agitation to fight for the enactment of a strong anti-graft bill. ANI

Kashmir aglow with tulips
Preparations are in full swing for an annual tulip festival in Jammu and Kashmir, which is set to be a major tourist attraction. ANI

Central Government aims to increase silk production in Northeast
As the demand for Assamese silk rises across the country, both the state and the central government are taking several initiatives to promote the sericulture industry in the region. ANI

People condemn bomb blast in Manipur
People of Manipur's Pangei area recently organized a sit in protest against a bomb explosion in the region in which a nine-year-old girl lost her life. ANI

Northeast students interact with Union Home Secretary
About 75 students from the eight states of the northeast, recently met the Union Home Secretary R K Singh in New Delhi after the conclusion of their country wide tour. ANI

Tripura hosts tribal festival to promote Northeast culture
Tripura recently hosted a three-day tribal festival where different tribal communities from northeast region showcased their folk dances in an effort to promote and preserve the rich and diverse culture of the region. ANI

Coal scam row: Jaiswal defends released CAG letter
Union Coal Minister Sriparakash Jaiswal on Friday rubbished report that the government released bits of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) letter to deny coal scam report, saying the motive was to provide full information in a concise manner. ANI

Karnataka crisis: Sadananda Gowda denies reports of his resignation
Karnataka Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Friday rubbished reports of his resignation, saying neither the issue of resignation or a change in chief ministership was discussed during his meeting with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) central leadership in New Delhi yesterday. ANI

Maoists damage bridge, building and torch trucks in Bihar district
Police officials in Bihar on Friday confirmed that a bridge and an office had been blown up by Maoists in the state's Jamui district. ANI

Govt. committed to bringing strong Lokpal Bill: PM (Lead: Lokpal)
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said the government is committed to bringing a strong and effective Lokpal Bill. ANI

Delhi Lokayukta sends report to Lt.Governor seeking review of censure of CM Dikshit
The Delhi Lokayukta has sent a report to Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna seeking a review of its earlier recommendation for censuring Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for allegedly misrepresenting facts about construction of low-cost flats ahead of assembly polls in 2008. ANI

Porn Gate: Congress lawmakers stall proceedings in Gujarat Assembly
Opposition Congress lawmakers on Friday stalled proceedings in the Gujarat State Assembly, forcing the Speaker to adjournfor the third consecutive day over the p*rn gate issue. ANI

Major air disaster averted at Mumbai Airport
A serious communication error almost caused an air disaster at Mumbai International Airport on Thursday. ANI

Asian countries to play greater role in future development of gas markets: PM
Asserting that emerging economies of Asia are rapidly increasing their use of natural gas, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said the remarkable growth in the use of gas in Asian economies underscored the greater role that this region is poised to play in the future development of gas markets in the world. ANI

All party meeting on Lokpal underway at PM's residence (lead: Lokpal)
With the UPA Government hoping to arrive at a consensus on issues relating to the Lokpal Bill, an all party meeting is presently underway at Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's official 7, Race Course Road residence, here. ANI

India providing industrial training to Afghan students to open up new employment avenues for them back home
A group of Afghan students are learning entrepreneurial skills in an Entrepreneurship Development Programme at the Technical Service Center of the government-run National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) Limited here. ANI

Odisha hostage crisis enters ninth day, talks in progress for release
Talks have begun for the safe release of two Italian nationals abducted by the ultras in Odisha and the State Government is making all efforts to get the hostages released. ANI

'India is committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan'
India is committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue provided an environment free of terror is created to move forward meaningfully, the government has told members of the Rajya Sabha. ANI

Efforts to reach consensus on Lokpal Bill, all party meet today
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has called an all party meeting here today hoping to arrive at a consensus on issues relating to the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Institute for Competitiveness, India hosts The Lehendakari, H. E. Patxi Lopez, President of the Basque Regional Government in New Delhi
India Inc, particularly SME/MSMEs, intending to invest in Spain's economic powerhouse, Basque, could see expert handholding by the Basque Institute of Competitiveness. Similarly, Basque businessmen, many of them champion SMEs/MSMEs could see similar expertise being shared with them by the Institute for Competitivenss, India Business Wire India

Azimuth Launches Online Soft Skills Courses for Students, Job Seekers & Young Executives
Azimuth a specialist of online professional education and training, today announced the launch of its online eLearning soft skills courses aimed at college graduates, job seekers and young corporate executives Business Wire India

MSLGROUP India Wins Laurels at India PR & Corporate Communications Awards 2012
Hanmer MSL and 20:20 MSL, part of MSLGROUP India, Publicis Groupe’s flagship strategic communications and engagement company and the largest PR and social media network in India today, , have both been recognized by the prestigious “India PR & Corporate Communications Awards 2012” in New Delhi which took place yesterday Business Wire India

The Fastest growing Fashion & Lifestyle Portfolio now on
The dynamic and ever-growing e-retail market in India has a strong new player, With the largest and widest online catalogue of fashion and lifestyle products, is fast becoming the one-stop-shop for Indian consumers in the fashion and lifestyle segment. Jabong Business Wire India

Political Leaders to take on TB Control Challenge in the Run Up to World TB Day
In the run up to World TB Day, a gathering of Members of Parliament, from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare, cutting across party lines today committed to making TB control a priority in their constituencies. TB still causes nearly 800 deaths each day in India Business Wire India

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