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Congress, TDP distorting facts, alleges YSR Congress
YSR Congress has taken strong objection to the way in which the ruling Congress and the main opposition TDP were trying to camouflage the assembly records showing the remarks of YSR during his term as chief minister in poor light. ANI

DRDO celebrates National Technology Day
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Dr. V.K. Saraswat on Friday said the exponential growth in technological capability in vital areas of defence, atomic energy and space during the last decade has provided a strategic edge to the nation and helped to boost its image. ANI

Yeddyurappa welcomes CBI probe in illegal mining case
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court order for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the illegal mining case, and expressed confidence that he would be exonerated of all the charges. ANI

Maldivian President arrives on five-day official visit to India
Maldivian President Dr. Mohammed Waheed arrived here this evening on a five-day official visit to India. ANI

INS Viraat completes 25 years in Indian Navy tomorrow
The Indian Navy's largest warship, INS Viraat, completes its 25 years on Saturday. ANI

Institutional mechanism required to tackle terrorism, says Chidambaram
Asserting that the threat perception of terrorism in the country continues to be high, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said an institutional mechanism is required to tackle it. ANI

India to purchase 145 M777 ultra light howitzers from BAE Systems
The Ministry of Defence has cleared a Rs 3000 crore deal to buy 145 M777 ultra light howitzers from the USA defence manufacturer BAE Systems. ANI

Quake rocks Guwahati, tremors felt in Kolkata
An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter Scale shook the northeastern region of the country this evening. ANI

Maldivian President to pay five-day official visit to India
Maldivian President Dr. Mohammed Waheed will arrive here this evening on a five-day official visit to India during which he shall provide an opportunity to both sides to continue the ongoing dialogue and provide further impetus to the bilateral relationship. ANI

Ex-Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa welcomes Supreme Court order, but alleges conspiracy
Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court's order to the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) to conduct a probe in three cases filed against him, but alleged that it was a conspiracy against him to make him an accused. ANI

MCOCA charges against mafia don Abu Salem dropped
The Delhi Police on Friday dropped MCOCA charges against mafia don Abu Salem. ANI

Aarushi murder: Hearing deferred, no respite for Nupur Talwar
Four years after the much awaited trial of the sensational Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case commenced, the sessions court has deferred further hearing of the case till May 14, even as the apex court refused to hear the bail plea of Nupur Talwar. ANI

Arunachalee to serve as NCPCR watchdog in state
Taking serious exception to reports of rampant violation of human rights of the girl child, particularly in the name of child marriage, a National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) team led by Chairperson Professor Shanta Sinha, has announced plans to appoint an Arunachalee to serve as a watchdog of the commission in the state. ANI

Army institutes an inquiry into minor scuffle in Ladakh unit
The army has ordered an inquiry into a minor scuffle that took place between officers and troops of a unit on night 10/11 May 2012 in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Kingfisher pilots call off strike
Pilots of the loss-making carrier Kingfisher Airlines have called off their one-day old strike after being assured that their pending salaries for January shall be paid by May 15. ANI

BJP pulls up Chidambaram for reading out son's letter in Parliament
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday took Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to task for reading out his son's letter in Parliament. ANI

BJP condemns Ambedkar cartoon in NCERT textbook
Charging the ruling Congress Party of committing mistakes and then apologizing for it, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday condemned the cartoon of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar being published in NCERT textbook, saying there is no forgiveness for some heinous crimes. ANI

Court defers orders on Raja's bail plea till May 15
The verdict on the highly anticipated bail plea filed by former Telecom Minister and key accused in the multi- crore 2G spectrum scam, A Raja was deferred till May 15 by a special Delhi court on Friday. ANI

Sibal apologises over Ambedkar cartoon, assures its removal from textbooks
Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday assured that Ambedkar cartoon will be removed from the NCERT textbooks, and apologized to the nation. ANI

Paswan takes on RSS, BJP over Ambedkar cartoon row
Amid the ongoing row over the publication of a derogatory cartoon of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in NCERT textbooks, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said this reflected a particular mindset. ANI

1800 km- long road in Punjab to be upgraded, says Ramesh
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Friday that the Centre would upgrade the 1,800 km-long road in Punjab within a year under the Prime Minister's Road Scheme. ANI

Ajit Singh meets Manmohan Singh over Air India crisis
Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Friday met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and apprised him about the latest developments on the Air India pilots' strike. ANI

Maoist opposition to NCTC is nothing new, say experts
Naxals have called for a nation-wide shutdown on May 16 to protest against the proposed National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the continuance of anti-Maoist operations and the creation of an army training camp in Chhattisgarh. This has been criticised by experts. ANI

Poets in Delhi gear up to revive city's rich poetic culture
Poets in New Delhi are gearing up to revive the rich poetic culture of the city. ANI

Cleanliness drive launched to restore Naini's glory
A cleanliness drive to restore the Naini Lake was organized by the district administration here. ANI

Fake arms deal case: Delhi HC calls for trial court records of Bangaru Laxman
The Delhi High Court on Friday called for the trial court records on former BJP president Bangaru Laxman in connection with the fake arms deal case. ANI

Vijay Mallya says payment of Kingfisher pilots' salaries has begun
Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya on Friday said that he had written to his employees, including pilots', and assured them that their long-overdue salaries would be disbursed from Friday. ANI

Delhi Police arrest suspected Maoist
Police in Delhi on Friday claimed that they had arrested a suspected Maoist belonging to People's War Group. ANI

Air India strike enters Day 4, passengers stranded
The Air India pilots' strike entered the fourth day on Friday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded, as no alternative arrangements were made for them by the airline. ANI

BJP targets Chidambaram again in Parliament over Aircel-Marxis deal
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued to protest against Home Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament over the Aircel-Maxis deal, in which the former is alleged to have given "clearance that was not appropriate" when he was Finance Minister in 2006. ANI

Supreme Court orders CBI probe in three cases against ex-Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe three cases filed against former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. ANI

Supreme Court rejects Air India's contempt plea against pilots'
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a contempt plea of the management of national carrier Air India, saying that the airline and the pilots need to sort out their differences at the negotiating table. ANI

Raja's first bail plea in court today
Former Telecom Minister and a key accused in the 2G telecom scam A Raja's bail plea is likely to be heard in a Delhi court today. ANI

Patnaik has reservations on NCTC in its present form, as it disregards state's interests
Expressing his reservations over the setting up of the National Counter Terrorist Centre (NCTC), Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said the anti-militancy unit in its present form is an attempt to disregard the state's interests and would be detrimental to the federal structure of the country. ANI

Kiran Bedi dubs government's passing of Lokpal Bill sans Lokayukta a breach of trust
Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and Team Anna member Kiran Bedi has said that if government passes the Lokpal Bill sans a Lokayukta, it will be a breach of the public's trust. ANI

Aarushi-Hemraj murder case trial finally begins after four years
The trial in the case involving the double murders Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj, began in a court here today, nearly four years after the crime was committed. ANI

MWH Global Lights 13 Villages in Rural India Through High Efficiency and Eco-Friendly Solar LED Lighting Systems and Lanterns
Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) program, has lit the lives of 2,500 villagers; further expanding the firm’s commitment to sustainability and renewable energy projects Business Wire India

LTE to make Voice and Data Services Cheaper
India is expected to witness a huge business opportunities with the optical fibre network getting completed by the Government of India. While speaking at the inauguration of 3rd LTE India 2012 International Conference at New Delhi, Shri J.K Business Wire India

CA Technologies Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2012 Results
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Hindustan Unilever Launches New Fair & Lovely Advanced Multivitamin
An interesting revelation found that 80% of women in Mumbai, 78% in Kolkata and 76.5% in Hyderabad believe that the best possible fairness results can be achieved by getting a fairness treatment from a skin expert. This was found in a survey conducted by Fair & Lovely that mapped the beauty requirements of Indian women. In spite of this, only 12.2 % women have actually undergone Treatments Business Wire India

Zoho Support Integrates with Facebook and Twitter
Zoho, today announced that Zoho Support, the company's online customer support software, now offers a comprehensive integration with Facebook and Twitter. Companies can now easily employ Zoho Support to engage with and support their customers in real time via popular social networking sites without ever leaving Zoho Support's intuitive user interface Business Wire India

Indus Towers Joins Hands with TERI to Light Rural Villages and Homes through High Efficiency Solar LED Lanterns
Indus Towers made an announcement today that the company would provide high efficiency Solar LED Lighting Systems, to rural areas. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Pankaj Mittal, Chief Human Resources Officer, Indus Towers said, “As a responsible corporate citizen, Indus Towers has always tried to strike a balance between the corporate gains and social upliftment Business Wire India

Shiv Nadar University takes the Indian Education System to New Heights with its Interdisciplinary Learning System
A stellar course design, powered by proven leaders, set at an optimum location promises excellence! Often referred to as one of India˙s foremost research led, interdisciplinary universities, Shiv Nadar University offers a full range of academic degree programs which include undergraduate, postgraduate and professional degrees across a number of disciplinary fields Business Wire India

Opteamix Launches Custom Global Information Technology Capability for the Mid-Size and Small Enterprise
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