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BJP to lay claim for government formation in Punjab, Goa and Uttrakhand
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said it will lay its claim for forming government in the states of Punjab, Goa and Uttrakhand after results of the assembly polls in five states were announced. ANI

Cotton export banned, Sharad Pawar says not consulted
Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar here on Tuesday said he was not consulted on commerce ministry's decision to put a ban on cotton exports. ANI

Congress is a sinking ship of politics, anyone who board will sink as well: Ramdev
Mocking the Congress party for putting up a dismal show in assembly polls, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev here on Tuesday said the Congress is a sinking ship of politics, anyone who board will sink as well. ANI

Samajwadi Party to form next govt in UP, BJP in Goa, SAD-BJP in Punjab
The Samajwadi Party has recaptured power in Uttar Pradesh, routing the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress. ANI

Akhilesh Yadav thanks people of Uttar Pradesh, says Mayawati built statues will not be razed
Samajwadi Party leader and son of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday thanked the people of Uttar Pradesh for voting in favour of Samajwadi Party. ANI

Digvijay Singh shares responsibility for Congress defeat in UP
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday said that Congress party was unable to win the confidence of people in Uttar Pradesh and personally took the responsibility for the defeat. ANI

India, China hold first meeting of working mechanism on border affairs
The first meeting of the working mechanism for consultation and coordination on India-China border affairs was held in Beijing on March 5 and 6. ANI

Rahul Gandhi takes responsibility of defeat in UP
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accepted responsibility for the party's poor performance in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. ANI

Mulayam Singh Yadav will be CM of UP: Shivpal Singh Yadav
With the Samajwadi Party (SP) taking a clear lead in Uttar Pradesh, senior party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav on Tuesday said Mulayam Singh Yadav would be the chief minister of the state. ANI

MEA identifies two Indians killed Malaysia bus accident
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday identified the two Indian nationals killed in a bus accident in Malaysia. ANI

Vice President Ansari greets people ahead of Holi
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Tuesday greeted the citizens of the country ahead of Holi, the festival of colours. ANI

Samajwadi Party takes clear lead in UP, set to form govt.(Lead: SP)
The Samajwadi Party (SP) is moving towards a simple majority in Uttar Pradesh and is likely to form the next government in the state. ANI

Upset Khurshid defends Rahul, says elections are not about responsibilities
Stating that elections are not about responsibilities, a visibly upset Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said the Congress Party will look into the entire picture and come to a conclusion. ANI

Prakash Mishra appointed new NDRF and Civil Defence chief
The Ministry of Home Affairs has appointed Prakash Mishraas the new Director General of the National Disaster Response Force and Civil Defence (NDRF and CD). ANI

Samajwadi Party takes front seat in UP, SAD-BJP in Punjab
With the counting of votes underway in five states of the country, the Samajwadi Party (SP) is leading in 187 seats in Uttar Pradesh, while the SAD-BJP alliance is ahead in Punjab. ANI

Clear-cut anti-Congress mood visible throughout country: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday welcomed vote trends in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa, claiming that there was a clear-cut anti-Congress mood throughout the country. ANI

BJP confident of forming Government in Uttarakhand
Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Tuesday expressed confidence of forming the government in the state. ANI

Congress campaign against BSP has helped SP: Sachin Pilot
With the Congress slipping to fourth position in Uttar Pradesh, Minister of State for Communication and IT Sachin Pilot on Tuesday said the Samajwadi Party (SP) gained an advantage from the Congress campaign against the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). ANI

Rajiv Shukla plays down dismal performance of Congress in UP
Congress leader Rajiv Shukla on Tuesday played down the dismal performance of the party in Uttar Pradesh, saying the ruling party at the Centre will play an important role in the future of Uttar Pradesh after the formation of this legislative assembly. ANI

Delighted BJP charges Congress with following negative appeasement politics
Asserting that development has to reach every citizen of the country, an extremely pleased Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday charged the Congress Party with following negative appeasement politics to woo voters. ANI

Samajwadi Party leading in 148 seats in UP, big jolt to BSP
With the counting of votes underway in five states of the country, the Samajwadi Party (SP) is leading in 148 seats in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

'Poll results very hopeful for BJP': Shahnawaz Hussain
With latest trends showing improved performance in the current elections by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, senior party leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday said the reports that have been coming from the various states appear to be very hopeful, and added that the hard work put in has been given due recognition. ANI

Despite negative trends, Rawat confident of Congress forming Government in UP
Despite early negative trends, Congress leader Harish Rawat expressing confidence on Tuesday said that his party has very good chances of forming the government in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Early trends: SAD-BJP alliance leading in Punjab
The Shiromani Akal Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance took lead after the initial hour of counting, while the Congress was trailing. ANI

Early trends: Uma Bharti leading in Charkari, Mishra ahead in Lucknow East
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Uma Bharti and Kalraj Mishra are leading in their respective assembly constituencies as per the early voting trends in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

UP polls: 'Congress should be close to 100 seats': Rita Bahuguna Joshi
An extremely confident Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Tuesday said that her party would manage to get close to approximately 100 assembly seats in the state. ANI

Election results 2012: SP leading in UP, Congress in Punjab, Manipur
With the election process underway in five states of the country, the Samajwadi Party (SP) is leading in Uttar Pradesh, while the Congress Party is ahead in Punjab and Manipur as per the early trends. ANI

Assembly polls: Counting begins in five states
The counting of votes to the assembly elections for the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa began amidst tight security today. ANI

Steria: 2011 Annual Results Organic Revenue Growth: +3.3%Operating Margin Rate : 7.4% Attributable Net Income up by 26.4% to €55m
-- Like-for-like revenue increased by 3.3% in the 2011 financial year relative to 2010 -- The operating margin2 rose by 7.8% to €129.9m, or an operating margin rate of 7.4% (+30 basis points relative to 2010) -- Despite an increase in non-recurring restructuring charges, attributable net income reached an all-time record, rising by 26 Business Wire India

AVIGHNA India Ltd. Launches the One Avighna Park Project
Avighna India Ltd., a company which has carved niche for itself in real estate market with its eco-friendly projects has launched one of its most exclusive projects of Mumbai, One Avighna Park at Curry road. Scheduled for completion in December 2013, it blends the ideal harmony between one’s lifestyle and standard of living Business Wire India

Power Circle Promises Xxtra Discounts in 30 Seconds on any Purchase
Power Circle- India’s strongest Consumer Group has started a strong and a unique value proposition of promoting its interesting promise called the “30 seconds promise”. This promise suggests that on Any Purchase, Save Xxtra in just 30 seconds by making use of Power Circle’s customer friendly portal or quick call centre staffed with prompt purchase managers Business Wire India

Expedia Rolls Out its First 360 Degree Ad Campaign in India
Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company, has announced the launch its first ever 360 degree advertising campaign including TV commercials in India. Conceptualized by India’s leading advertising firm, Lowe Lintas, the campaign centers focuses on ‘Expedia- one word for travel’, a brand name that works as a binding factor for travelers globally Business Wire India

Akamai Observes Encouraging Trends in Hyperconnectivity and Connection Speeds Across India
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere, has released its Third Quarter, 2011 State of the Internet report, based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ Business Wire India

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