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BJP seeks PM statement on defence preparedness
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday sought an explanation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a parliament panel reported that country lacked defence preparedness. ANI

Foodgrain stock crisis: PM to meet key Cabinet Ministers, Planning Commission chief
Keen to address the nation's foodgrain crisis, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is expected to meet key Cabinet Ministers on Wednesday to discuss the issue. ANI

Confident Vaiko extends support to Rajiv Gandhi's assassins
Marumalaichi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko on Tuesday extended his support to the three accused, convicted in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. ANI

President should be one who can discharge duties based on values, experience: Brinda Karat
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader Brinda Karat on Tuesday asserted that a person who could discharge his or her responsibilities based on values, principle and experience should be the next president of the country. ANI

Political solution to fighting Taliban necessary: Afghan FM
Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Tuesday said that a political approach was needed to counter the Taliban, and added that the Hamid Karzai-led government would be willing to talk with only those groups who recognise and respect the democratic set up and the sanctity of human rights. ANI

Subash Joshi appointed new NSG chief
The government on Tuesday announced the appointment of Subash Joshi as Director General of the National Security Guards (NSG). ANI

Indian Air Force participates in Exercise 'Shoorveer' in Rajasthan
The South Western Command, Army is conducting Exercise 'Shoorveer' in the desert sector of Rajasthan. ANI

Meira Kumar expresses grief over Assam boat deaths
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday expressed her heartfelt grief at the loss lives in the boat tragedy on the Brahmaputra River in Assam. ANI

Police conduct community-policing programme in Maoist-hit areas of Odisha
Police personnel led by senior officers conducted a community-policing programme in Odisha's Maoist-hit Rayagada district to tackle the growing menace of the rebels. ANI

Kannada writer Y. Avanindranath Rao awarded B.M.Shri. Pratishtana Literary Prize
Kannada writer and Central Secretariat Library officer Y. Avanindranath Rao was recently awared the RASA Sahitya Endowment Prize - 2011. ANI

Manmohan Singh is an honest PM, but is remote controlled: Hazare
Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday described Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an honest man, but one who was unable to freely take decisions, and is being remote controlled. ANI

Italy says deal for kin of murdered fishermen a gesture of goodwill, not settlement of claim
Italy on Tuesday said that the compromise reached between it and the families of the two fishermen killed earlier this year by two Italian marines on board an Italian ship Enrica Lexie, was "a gesture of goodwill" and was not to be "misread as a settlement of claim". ANI

SAD yet to decide on presidential candidate, Left has no objection to Pranab being in race
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday said that it was too early to announce whom it would support as a presidential candidate, while the Left Front said that it would have no objection to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee throwing his hat in the ring. ANI

Bangalore Police book two students for murder of Manipur teen Richard Loitam
Bangalore Police on Tuesday booked two students-Syed Afzal Ali and Vishal Banerjee-for the murder of Manipur boy Richard Loitam. ANI

Chhattisgarh CM says Sukma District Collector will be released soon
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said that abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, would be released soon. ANI

India will ensure that Afghanistan does not become target of extremists: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Tuesday said India would ensure that Afghanistan does not become "a target for extremist forces" ANI

Village heads in Kashmir observe hunger strike over ineffective local bodies
Headmen of various villages converged here on Tuesday to protest against the state government's failure to empower their village councils. ANI

Baba Ramdev begins third phase of India tour to awaken people to fight for their rights
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev began the third phase of his nationwide tour on Tuesday from Raipur, Chhattisgarh, to fight corruption in public life and unearth unaccounted money stashed to off shore banks. ANI

BJP denies rift with JD-U over presidential candidate
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday denied having any rift with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) over who would be the opposition's choice for president after Pratibha Devisingh Patil ends her term in July. ANI

Britain's Prince Andrew visits northeastern India
Britain's Prince Andrew, who is on a week-long tour of India since Sunday, Tuesday visited the northeastern state of Nagaland where he paid homage to martyred soldiers at a World War II cemetery in capital Kohima, sources said. ANI

Indian, Afghan foreign ministers hold bilateral talks
Foreign Ministers of India and Afghanistan met here on Tuesday and reviewed progress in bilateral ties. ANI

Thrissur's Pooram Festival attracts hundreds of devotees, tourists
Devotees as well as tourists in large numbers have converged in Thrissur in Kerala to witness and take part in the colourful Pooram Festival. ANI

Minister Mukul Roy expresses solidarity with railway employees on Labour Day
Railway Minister Mukul Roy on Tuesday extended his best wishes to the 14-lakh strong Indian Railways employees network on the occasion of May Day. ANI

Rescue workers continue search for survivors of Assam ferry capsize
Rescue workers continued to search for survivors of the Assam boat capsize tragedy on Tuesday. ANI

Gujarat, Maharashtra celebrate their formation day anniversaries
Maharashtra and Gujarat hailed May Day as the day of their formation. On this day in 1960, the erstwhile state of Bombay was divided into the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. ANI

New J and K power project to benefit 1,00,000 inhabitants
A new power project inaugurated recently by Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) Chief minister Omar Abdullah is expected to benefit about 1,00,000 inhabitants in the Mur and Raipur constituencies of the state. ANI

Ladakh is waking up to the cries of environment
Its summer season and all of us are busy planning the destination that will give us some respite from the sweltering heat of the metropolitans ANI

UK-based rights activist and experts condemn Maoist menace in India
A London-based human rights activist has accused the Maoists of running an extortion economy under the guise of a popular revolution. ANI

Trade unions participate in Labour Day celebrations in Kolkata
Trade unions and members of Communist Party of India -Marxist (CPI-M) congregated at prime locations of the city on Tuesday to mark Labour Day celebrations. ANI

Race to Raisina Hill: BJP, JD-U differ over presidential candidate
A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hinted that it could support the candidature of APJ Abdul Kalam for the post of president, Janata Dal-United (JDU) chief Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said no discussions had taken place within the opposition alliance. ANI

Railway Minister Roy expresses grief over Assam boat tragedy
Railway Minister Mukul Roy on Tuesday expressed deep shock and grief over the loss of lives in Monday's boat tragedy on the Brahmaputra River in Assam. ANI

Supreme Court rejects Tiwari's plea, orders him to give blood sample for DNA test
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the plea of Congress leader N. D. Tiwari to stop the Delhi High Court froming ordering him to undergo a DNA test to prove his paternity in a case filed by Rohit Shekhar. ANI

SC reserves order on Mayawati's plea against CBI probe in disporportionate assets case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati's plea challenging a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the disproportionate assets case lodged against her over eight years ago. ANI

Veterinary doctors examine elephants participating in Thrissur festival
Veterinary doctors are examining elephants that are likely to take part in the traditional festival of Thrissur Pooram in Kerala. ANI

Aarushi murder case: Lawyer says Talwars were in state of shock, could not have killed their daughter
A lawyer defending Dr. Nupur Talwar has told a court here that his client and her husband Dr. Rajesh Talwar were in a state of tremendous shock on seeing their murdered daughter Aarushi, and therefore, could not be held responsible for the latter's murder. ANI

Rajiv Gandhi assassins' pardon pleas moved from Chennai court to Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that it will hear the petitions of three convicts, who are challenging the death sentence given to them for their role in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. ANI

Assam boat tragedy: PM announces ex-gratia assistance for kin of deceased
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has announced an ex-gratia assistance to the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate boat tragedy on the Brahmaputra River in Assam. ANI

Heat wave leaves Hyderabad residents distressed
Residents of Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad are in the grip of a heat wave, and many of them have said that they are forced to stay indoors to avoid the scorching sun. ANI

Supreme Court says army will decide on court martial proceedings in Pathribal fake encounter trial
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said in its verdict on the Pathribal fake encounter case in Kashmir that prior permission of the central government is needed to prosecute army officers. ANI

Jairam Ramesh visits Maoist affected village in Jharkhand
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has visited a village in Maoist infested Jharkhand's Latehar District to review the level of development in that region. ANI

Government-Maoist mediators reach agreement over Sukma Collector's release
Following several rounds of talks, the Chhattisgarh Government and Maoist mediators have reportedly reached an agreement over terms for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

SRF Posts Q4 Net Profit after Tax of Rs. 87 crore
-- FY consolidated net sales at Rs. 3981 crore, a growth of 17% -- FY consolidated PAT at Rs. 379 crore, a decline of 22% -- FY consolidated EBIDTA at Rs. 863 crore, a decline of 9% -- SRF standalone Q4 net sales at Rs. 822 crore, a decline of 3% -- SRF standalone Q4 EBIDTA at Rs Business Wire India

Canon India’s Warm Birthday Wishes for its ‘What Makes us Click’ Icon
Canon India Pvt. Limited, India's No 1. Complete Digital Imaging Company wishes Anushka Sharma a happy and prosperous year ahead on the occasion of her birthday today. Smart, hardworking and vivacious, Anushka has carved a niche for herself in Bollywood through stellar performances recently Business Wire India

Stellar Launches a New Data Recovery Facility in Kolkata
Stellar Data Recovery India’s first & largest name for data recovery software & services today announced the opening of its new facility in Kolkata. This new initiative in East India is a part of company continued geographic expansion in country’s key growth market. Kolkata is an important city in Eastern India and it has experienced immense growth in IT deployment in recent past Business Wire India

First Anniversary of Uflex Khelo Dilli 2011-12 held
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Max Healthcare Reaches Forefront of Technology Adoption to provide Highest Levels of Patient Care and Safety with Dell Services
-- 1st hospital in India and 6th in Asia to receive “Stage 6” recognition from HIMSS -- Wins National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) IT User 2012 award Max Healthcare is one of the premier providers of healthcare services in North India, committed to excellence in medical and service delivery to its patients Business Wire India

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