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BJP demands resignation of Antony for his role in Tatra deal
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday demanded the resignation of Defence Minister A K Antony, contending that he was aware about irregularities in the procurement of Tatra heavy duty trucks for the army. ANI

Air India promises to clear longstanding dues, employees union withdraw strike call
The Air India employees' union on Friday withdrew their strike call as the top management of the national carrier promised them clear their longstanding dues. ANI

First half of Parliament budget session ends, to meet on April 24
Parliament's first half of budget session ended on Friday to meet again on April 24. ANI

BJP, TRS stir up demand for formation of Telangana state
Leaders and activists of the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Andhra Pradesh took to the streets in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad on Friday pressing their demand for a separate state of Telangana. ANI

Maoist backed tribal group denies involvement in abduction of BJD legislator
Chief of the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) tribal group Nachika Linga denied assisting rebels in the abduction of Orissa's Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka. ANI

Will do everything to ensure safety of environment, says Jayanti Natrajan
Environment Minister Jayanti Natrajan on Friday said that her ministry would do everything in their power to ensure the safety of the environment in the light of the National Green Tribunal's verdict to suspend the environment license of Korean steel gaint POSCO's 12 billion dollar steel project in Orissa. ANI

No rift between Army and Government: General V K Singh
Chief of Army Staff General VK Singh on Friday said in a statement that there was no rift between the army and the government, and appealed to the media to refrain from projecting issues raised by him in the course of performing his duties as a battle with the government. ANI

CBI court sends Punjab minister Bibi Jagir Kaur to jail for daughter's murder
A special CBI court in Patiala on Friday found Punjab minister and former Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur guilty of forcing her daughter, Harpreet Kaur, to undergo an abortion and sentenced her to five years rigorous imprisonment. ANI

Complaints against BEML being looked into by vigilance authorities
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) today said that Defence Minister A K Antony had asked the Secretary (Defence Production) in October 2009 to look into the various issues raised against the public sector BEML by Congress leader D Hanumanthappa. ANI

Akali Dal calls for abolition of capital punishment
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) party has called on the government to abolish the barbaric practice of capital punishment, saying that the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights, and is a premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state in the name of justice. ANI

India-Brazil conclude agreement on cultural exchange and technical cooperation
The Brazilian delegation led by President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed agreement on cultural exchange and technical cooperation with India. ANI

Reduce dependence on foreign firms, says General Singh
Army Chief General V.K. Singh on Friday said that dependence on foreign firms must be reduced. ANI

Most Members of Parliament are not respectable: Kejriwal(update: Kejriwal)
Most Members of Parliament (MPs) are not respectable, said Team Anna member and Right to Information (RTI) activist Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, adding that he would gladly receive and respond to the privilege notice sent to him by the parliamentarians. ANI

Yeddyurappa hosts breakfast meeting for Karnataka BJP lawmakers
Former Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa hosted a breakfast meeting for state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators at his residence here on Friday. ANI

'Have already said all I wanted to', says General Singh
Army Chief General V.K. Singh on Friday refused to speak on the controversies surrounding him, saying he has already said everything he wanted to. There's nothing left to speak on these matters. I have already said what I wanted to ," General Singh told media after he attended a defence related function at the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) here. ANI

Ranchi police say probing link of Rs.2 crore seized from car to Jharkhand Rajya Sabha polls
A senior police officer in Jharkhand capital Ranchi has said city police has seized an amount of over Rs.2 crore from a car on the outskirts of the city and is probing the possibility of the amount being linked to elections for two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand. ANI

Mulayam Singh calls Team Anna a 'den of criminals'
Slamming Team Anna for using derogatory and unparliamentary remarks in their speeches against the country's lawmakers over the dealay in the passage of the Lokpal Bill, Samajwadi Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday called them a 'den of criminals'. ANI

Congress criticizes Kumaraswamy's claim of bribe offer, Deve Gowda says he was unaware
Congress has criticized H.D. Kumaraswamy, son of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, after the former revealed that his father was offered a bribe for defence deals. ANI

General KT Parnaik says Army prepared to face any trouble
General Officer Commanding-In-Chief, Northern Command , Lt General KT Parnaik has stated that the Northern Command was prepared to face any trouble from neighbouring countries. ANI

Kejriwal speculates, 'people might stop paying taxes soon'
In order to offer a solution to people distressed due to continuous apathy from the administration, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal has said citizens might soon refrain from payment of their taxes. ANI

India Preparing to Become World’s Third Largest Aviation Market
A new report published today by CAPA – Centre for Aviation and air transport IT specialist SITA forecasts that India will become the world’s third largest aviation market by 2020 and examines whether the country has the right investment, infrastructure and regulatory system to enable this growth Business Wire India

Getit Enables Seamless Presence for SME’s Across Web, Mobile and Social Media
GETIT Infoservices Pvt. Ltd. the leader in directional search and pioneer of Yellow Pages in India will now enable SME customers to have presence across Internet, Mobile and Social Media. These new integrated offerings will ensure SMEs have presence across these medium from one common platform Business Wire India

WNS in CISO Power List 2012
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, announced that the company and its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Arup Chatterjee, were named one of the top fifteen companies in the 2012 CISO Power List. The CISO Power List, released by SearchSecurity Business Wire India

MoU between Nalco Water India Limited & Engineers India Limited
Engineers India Limited (EIL) and Nalco Water India Limited (NWIL), a subsidiary of Nalco, an Ecolab Company have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to synergize and integrate the product and service offerings of the two companies. Both companies share a common network of clients Business Wire India

Learn, Excel, Achieve : Part Time Post Graduate Diploma in Management for Working Professionals
A higher degree for a larger purpose. Yes, for the working executive who always wanted to pursue MBA from a premiere B-School, while continuing his professional career the opportunity is here Business Wire India

ITT Exelis and Tata Advanced Systems Limited Partner to Manufacture Generation 3 Night Vision Devices in India
ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) and Tata Advanced Systems Limited have formed a strategic alliance to support Generation (Gen) 3 night vision requirements in India. Business Wire India

Banyan Tree Infomedia Launches coupons109.com
One of India’s fastest growing e-media companies, Banyan Tree Infomedia, has announced the launch of yet another website. The site is called Coupons109.com and is aimed at making everyone’s experience on the internet, that much better. Coupons109.com is the latest addition to the 109 series of websites that started with Local109.in Business Wire India

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