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SGPC petitions president to pardon death row convict Rajaona
The Sikh Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had petitioned President Pratibha Patil to alter the death sentence handed out to Balwant Singh Rajaona for assassinating former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh on August 31, 1995. ANI

Railway Minister Roy stresses need for meeting pending project deadlines
Railway Minister Mukul Roy has stressed the need to meet deadlines set for the completion of pending railway projects. ANI

Opposition flays Modi Govt. for giving clean chit to p*rn gate lawmakers
Opposition Congress lawmakers on Monday protested against the Gujarat government after a forensic report cleared two ruling Bharatiya Janata Party legislators of watching pornography during assembly proceedings. ANI

U.S. says high Indian tariffs may impact trade ties
U.S. Commerce Secretary, John Bryson, on Monday said that high Indian tariffs on the goods manufactured in the United States could cause "meaningful harm" to long-term trade ties. ANI

Brazil President to visit India for two days
The President of Brazil, Dilma Vana Rousseff, will undertake a visit of India from March 30 to 31. ANI

UK-based NRI businessman Mishra offers unconditional apology to BJP leaders for allegations
Non-residenr Indian businessman Anshuman Mishra has apologised to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership for levelling allegations against some of the party leaders of seeking monetary help and other benefits from him. ANI

Orissa CM relieved over release of one of two Italian hostages
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday heaved a sigh of relief over the release of one of the two Italian tourists, Claudio Colangelo, who was abducted by Maoists. ANI

Retired Lt Gen denies allegations of involvement in army chief bribery charge
Retired Lieutenant General Tejinder Singh, whose name is doing the rounds as the man responsible for offering a bribe to Army Chief General V.K. Singh denied the charge on Monday. ANI

Coal Minister Jaiswal slams finance ministry over jewellery excise duty hike
Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has criticised the Ministry of Finance's decision to raise the excise duty hike on jewellery announced in this year's budget. ANI

Orissa assembly adjourns over MLA abduction row
Proceedings in the Orissa state assembly were adjourned on Monday following an uproar over the abduction of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka. ANI

Rawat loyalist Kunjwal elected new Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker
The Congress Government in Uttarakhand won its first trial of strength on Monday with Govind Singh Kunjwal, a close confidant of Union Minister of State Harish Rawat, being elected as speaker of the Uttarakhand assembly. ANI

Govt.-ULFA talks on April 9
The government will hold a dialogue with ULFA representatives on April 9, as part of efforts to bring a lasting solution to the decades-old insurgency problem in Assam. ANI

Madras HC dismisses plea seeking lifting of prohibitory orders at Kudankulam
The Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a public interest petition challenging the prohibitory orders clamped in about 50 villages in Radhapuram Taluk in Tirunelveli District as part of measures taken for commissioning the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. ANI

Married women celebrate Gangaur Festival in Rajasthan
Married women in Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, celebrated the Gangaur Festival with great fervour and devotion over the weekend. ANI

Chidambaram launches industry website for J-K youth
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday launched a website called 'Udaan', for the youth of the state. ANI

DMK lawmakers boycott Tamil Nadu Assembly budget session
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmakers boycotted the budget session of the Tamil Nadu state assembly on Monday over the issue of fund mismanagement by the AIADMK Government. ANI

Aarushi case: Supreme Court issues notice to CBI on Talwars review petition plea
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Rajesh and Nupur Talwar's review petition in the Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj double murder case, which questioned the trial court taking cognizance of the offense of Aarushi's murder against Nupur. ANI

Assam Rifles organises medical camp in Manipur
A team of medical officers and paramedical staff of 24 Assam Rifles organised a medical camp here on Sunday. ANI

MPs slam Kejriwal for demanding cases against 14 ministers
Cutting across party lines, Members of Parliament on Monday criticized Team Anna, and especially Right to Information (RTI) activist Arvind Kejriwal, for demanding the filing of criminal cases against 14 Cabinet Ministers. ANI

TRS calls for Telangana shutdown on Tuesday
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on Monday said that he would organize a shutdown in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. ANI

Ex-army chiefs shocked over V.K. Singh's bribe claim
Former army chiefs on Monday expressed shock over Army Chief General V.K. Singh's allegation that he was offered a bribe of Rs.14 crores to clear the purchase of 600 sub-standard vehicles. ANI

Tibetan protester immolates himself in Delhi
A Tibetan protestor immolated himself at an anti-China demonstration here on Monday. ANI

Goa Police arrest 16 illegal miners
Goa Police have arrested 16 persons for mining iron ore illegally. ANI

Maoists restore promotion of education in Palamu in wake of public ire
Public anger has had its impact on a Maoist outfit in Palamu, Jharkhand, and it sought to restore education in the area and urged villagers to reopen schools, with a motive to avert any kind of inconvenience caused to the students. ANI

Hyderabad hosts India's first ever sky latern festival
Scores of people celebrated India's first ever sky lantern festival here on Sunday. ANI

Assamese showcase craftsmanship ahead of Rongoli Bihu festival
As Rongoli Bihu festival, an annual harvest festival is round the corner, artisans in Sivasagar district of Assam displayed finest craftsmanship for making traditional drums, as there is a surge in sale of the musical instrument during the festive season. ANI

Eight peacock carcasses found in Bijnor forest
Carcasses of eight peacocks were recovered from a forest in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor district. ANI

Italian diplomat hails release of kidnapped tourist
Italian Consul General Joel Melchiori has hailed the release of an Italian tourist, Claudio Colangelo, who was kidnapped along with a friend by Maoist rebels in eastern Orissa state two weeks ago. ANI

Tibetans to protest Chinese president's India visit for BRIC summit
Tibetans living in exile in various parts of India are likely to visit New Delhi during this week's BRIC Summit to protest the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao. ANI

Supreme Court to hear Talwar review plea in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case
The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a review petition filed by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in connection with the 2008 murders of their teen daughter Aarushi and servant Hemraj. ANI

Chidambaram says there's an ulterior motive behind Kudankulam stir
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has said there is "some ulterior motive" behind the Kudankulam nuclear power plant protests. ANI

Supreme Court to hear case on legalizing gay sex
The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the case on legalising gay sex after rapping the government earlier for changing its position on the issue. ANI

Orissa hostage crisis: Govt., Maoists to resume talks
The Orissa Government and the rebel Maoists are likely to hold another round of talks to end the hostage crisis in the state. ANI

Will raise General Singh's bribe claims in Parliament: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that the opposition would corner the government in Parliament over Army Chief General V.K. Singh's claim that he was offered bribe of Rs.14 crore by an equipments lobbyist to sanction approval for the purchase of 600 sub-standard vehicles. ANI

Defence Minister Antony orders CBI probe on army chief's bribe claim
Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into Army Chief General V.K. Singh's claim that he had been offered a bribe of Rs.14 crore by an equipments lobbyist to sanction the purchase of 600 sub-standard vehicles. ANI

Parliament adjourned over army chief claiming he was offered a bribe of Rs.14 crore by a lobbyist
Proceedings in parliament were adjourned on Monday, even as the opposition demanded suspension of Question Hour and an immediate inquiry into a newspaper report that quoted Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh as saying that he was offered a bribe of Rs.14 crore from an equipment lobbyist to clear the purchase of a tranche of 600 sub-standard vehicles. ANI

India Supports Sustainable Palm Oil
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Citi India Appoints Sameer Kaul as Head of Citi Private Bank
Citi India announced today the appointment of Sameer Kaul as the Head of its Private Bank. Launched in 2005 in India, Citi Private Bank (CPB) has grown to be one of the leading wealth managers in India. Globally, CPB has US$217 billion of assets under management, serving more than 26,000 clients, including one-third of world's billionaires Business Wire India

IDBI Federal Bondsurance™ Plan offers Attractive Guaranteed Tax-Free Returns, Life Cover
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TERI in Association with IISD Conducts a Civil Society Workshop on ‘Reforming Energy Subsidies in India’
In an effort to improve public awareness on the options and impacts of energy subsidy reforms in India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) convened a one-day workshop for the civil society to assess government’s strategies for reforming fuel subsidies Business Wire India

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