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TRAI releases consultation paper on "auction of spectrum"
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released consultation paper on "auction of spectrum", and has asked for written comments on the issues raised in the paper from the stakeholders by March 21 and counter-comments by March 28. ANI

YSR Congress accuses media baron for trying to defame Jagan Mohan Reddy
YSR Congress Party on Friday said that a media baron was working against the party to defame YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and try to gain mileage in the ensuing by-election. ANI

Information Ministry to constitute committee to review mushrooming of media institutes
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni here on Friday said her ministry in consultation with the HRD ministry was in the process of constituting a committee to review the mushrooming of media training institutes across the country. ANI

Bhubaneswar airport to be upgraded to international airport: Ajit Singh
The Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Friday said the proposal of Odisha Government for the upgradation of Biju Patnayak Domestic Airport Bhubaneswar to International Airport will be processed by his ministry for seeking the Cabinet approval. ANI

Shehla Masood murder case: BJP lawmaker Dhruv Narayan Singh to undergo lie detector test
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday permitted the investigating agency to carry out a lie detector test on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Dhruv Narayan Singh in connection with the murder of Right to Information (RTI) activist Shehla Masood. ANI

Maoist chief Kishenji's close aide Suchitra Mahato surrenders before Mamata Banerjee
Suchitra Mahato, a close aide of former Maoist topgun Koteshwara Rao alias Kishenji, surrendered before the West Bengal Government on Friday. ANI

Madhya Pradesh CM orders judicial probe into IPS officer's killing
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday ordered a judicial probe into the murder of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Narendra Kumar Singh, who was crushed to death allegedly by a member of the mining mafia in Morena district. ANI

Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Goa chief minister
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Parrikar was sworn in as Goa's chief minister for the second time on Friday. ANI

Actor John Abraham gets bail in 2006 rash driving case
A Mumbai sessions court on Friday granted bail to Bollywood actor John Abraham in connection with a 2006 rash driving case. ANI

The best way to select a service chief
Much has been said and written of late about the selection of service chiefs, especially with reference to their dates of birth. ANI

PM releases commemorative stamp in memory of former MP CM Shukla
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, released a commemorative stamp in the memory of late freedom fighter and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shyama Charan Shukla. ANI

Subodh Kant inaugurates Indian Pavilion in Berlin Tourism Fair
Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai on Friday inaugurated the Indian Pavilion, Berlin Tourism Fair. ANI

Actor John Abraham taken into custody after Mumbai court rejects rash driving case surrender plea
A Mumbai sessions court on Friday rejected Bollywood actor John Abraham's surrender plea in the 2006 rash driving case. ANI

BJP, Congress leaders equally involved in MP illegal mining: Sharad Yadav
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav on Friday condemned the brutal killing of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Narendra Kumar Singh, and held leaders of both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress Party equally responsible for illegal mining in Madhya Pradesh. ANI

Ministry of Railways announces 26 new trains
Union Minister of Railways Dinesh Trivedi on Friday announced introduction of 26 new trains, extension of five existing trains, increase in frequency of two existing trains and introduction of new five sub-urban trains. ANI

Congress condemns IPS officer's killing, pulls up BJP Govt. in MP
The Congress Party on Friday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Madhya Pradesh over the killing of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Narendra Kumar Singh, saying it was their way of tackling corruption. ANI

UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna meets Sonia, offers to resign
Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who met Congress President Sonia Gandhi here on Friday to discuss the poll debacle, has offered to resign taking responsibility of the party's dismal show in the state assembly elections. ANI

Digvijay condemns IPS officer's killing, questions mining lease in MP
Condemning the killing of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Narendra Kumar Singh, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday said illegal mining was rampant in Madhya Pradesh and demanded stern action against the menace. ANI

Congress to stake claim to form government in Uttarakhand
Congress Party will meet Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva this afternoon to stake a claim to form the next government in the state. ANI

Sriprakash Jaiswal urges Samajwadi Party to curb violence in UP
Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has urged the newly elected Samajwadi Party (SP) to curb violence in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Nitish hails Badal for outstanding performance in Punjab polls
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has hailed Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for the outstanding performance of the Shiromani Akali Dal -Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in the recently concluded assembly polls. ANI

Badal disagrees with Sonia's view of PPP weakening Congress in Punjab
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has disagreed with Sonia Gandhi's remark that the Punjab People's Party (PPP) had weakened the position of the Congress in the recent assembly elections in the state. ANI

Father of slain IPS officer in MP alleges conspiracy by mining mafia
The father of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Narendra Kumar Singh, who was mowed down by a tractor-trolley in Madhya Pradesh's Morenda District yesterday, on Friday said that his son had to pay for his honesty and alleged that the killing was a 'well-planned' conspiracy by the mining mafia of the region. ANI

Yeddyurappa confident of reinstatement as Karnataka CM
Karnataka strongman B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that he is confident that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will reinstate him as chief minister of the state. ANI

Manohar Parrikar to be sworn in as Goa CM today
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Parikar will be sworn in as the chief minister of Goa here on Wednesday. ANI

TERI in Collaboration with ONGC Organised ‘One Lakh Paper Bags Campaign’ under the ‘Soldiers of the Earth’ Project
TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) in association with ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) organised the One Lakh Paper Bags Campaign under the TERI-ONGC Soldiers of the Earth project to sensitise the youth about environmental issues. The campaign was held at the Ambedkar Auditorium, ONGC Nazira, Assam, on 29 February 2012 Business Wire India

Year of the Dragon Heralds Auspicious 6th Edition of the KIA X Games Asia
The Year of the Dragon promises to usher another successful edition of the KIA X Games Asia (KXG), held in Shanghai for its sixth consecutive year from 28 Apr to 1 May 2012, with the return of the biggest action sports athletes to thrill fans once again at the biggest action sports competition in Asia Business Wire India

TEMA India Raises Concern about the US Assistant Trade Representative’s letter to DoT
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Sify Presents Union Budget 2012 on its Finance Channel
Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ Global Markets: SIFY), a leader in Managed Enterprise, Network and IT Services in India with global delivery capabilities, today announced its line-up of activities towards coverage of the Railway Budget and Union Budget on its Finance portal, Sify Finance ( Business Wire India

New Broadband Visible Light Source Produces Balanced Output
Ocean Optics’ BluLoop Light Source is a compact, LED-based source with balanced spectral output across the visible (400-700 nm) range. When coupled to a miniature spectrometer, optical fibres and sampling accessories, BluLoop is ideal for colour and reflectance measurements and general-purpose VIS-NIR spectroscopy. BluLoop’s four LEDs are packaged in a rugged, small-footprint housing Business Wire India

GoDB Tech and Intel Join Hands to Launch “Project Darpan”
-- ‘Project Darpan’ is a free, multilingual graphical user interface (UI) initiative, to simplify the computing experience for the common man -- To increase broadband penetration in India -- To provide access to India relevant content in local languages and create a framework for monetizing for content providers Business Wire India

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