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Govt. committed to sustainable, inclusive economic growth: Sonia Gandhi
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the government is committed to sustainable and inclusive economic growth of the country. ANI

Govt. working seriously to address issue of corruption: PM
Stating that there is public frustration and anger on the issue of corruption, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the government is working sincerely to address this issue through both legislative and administrative measures. ANI

'We need to do better', says PM at UPA II's third anniversary
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who presented the report card of UPA-II as the government completed three years in office, today said that there was a 'need to do better'. ANI

Arunachal is integral part of India, says Bihar lawmaker
The chairman of Bihar Assembly Zila Parishad and Panchayat Committee, Amarendra Pratap Singh, has said that 'the way people from all over the country are harmoniously living in Arunachal Pradesh is proof that the land is an integral part of India and belongs to us Indians'. ANI

UPA-II's three years: Mamata, Karunanidhi skip PM's dinner
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, hosted a dinner at his official 7, Race Course Road (7RCR) residence here this evening to mark the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government's three years in office. ANI

UPA II highlights its achievements on completing three years
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre, which completed its eighth year in power today, claimed that India is now second fastest growing large economy in the world with a GDP growth of 6.9 percent. ANI

'Economy is deteriorating rapidly', says Yechury on UPA-II's three years
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Monday hit out at UPA II as it completed three years in office, saying the government had failed to curb corruption, inflation and unemployment. ANI

Government hints at fuel price hike
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister S.Jaipal Reddy on Tuesday hinted at the possibility of another fuel price hike, even as Rupee depreciated for the fifth consecutive day against the US dollar. ANI

Pakistan still has 42 training camps, claims report
The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday informed that there are approximately 42 training camps in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir and majority of these camps are reported to be active. ANI

President Polls: Sangma appeals to parties to support his tribal platform bid
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma on Tuesday sought to reach out to political parties, saying he hoped they would respond "to the call of conscience of the tribal people of the nation" and support his bid to become India's next president. ANI

BJP predicts collapse of UPA II Govt. over differences with allies
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday predicted and warned that the UPA-II Government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could collapse anytime, as its allies were seemingly unhappy. ANI

Rajasthan Police serves notice on actor Shahrukh Khan for smoking in public
Rajasthan Police on Tuesday served a notice on Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, asking him to appear before a Jaipur court on a complaint that he was seen smoking in public. ANI

Race for Raisina Hill: Leaders undecided over Sangma's candidature
Leaders of various political outfits on Tuesday gave a mixed response to former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma's candidature for the post of President of India, saying they had not yet taken a final call on it. ANI

Minorities in Rajasthan getting share in fruits of development
The Rajasthan Government, headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, has opened a new avenue for minority communities to fulfill their dreams, aspirations and expectations. ANI

Krishna to take up stranded workers issue with Angola
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday saide would be contacting his counterpart from Angola and would discuss the status of the Indian workers stranded in that country without jobs. ANI

Rescue operation almost over at Hampi Express collision site: Railway PRO(Update: Hampi)
The public relations officer (PRO) of Indian Railways, Anil Saxena, on Tuesday said that rescue operations at the train collision site at Penukonda in Andhra Pradesh is almost over with most passengers being sent to their respective destinations safely. ANI

Foreign Minister Krishna rules out pressure from Italy on marine issue
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said there was no pressure from Italian Government on the marine issue, and added that the Central Government would not interfere in the judicial process. ANI

BJP pulls up UPA over alleged scam in coal block allocation
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hit out at the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre over the delay in tabling a CAG report on allocation of coal blocks. ANI

Hampi Express accident in Andhra Pradesh; Indian Railways to induct TPWS
Railway Minister Mukul Roy on Tuesday expressed anguish over the ghastly train accident that took place in Andhra Pradesh, and announced that the Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) presently in use across the entire UK passenger railway network would be inducted in the Indian Railways soon to avoid further accidents. ANI

Give me back my Kirana
What do you do if your neighbourhood grocery store shuts down and you are left with little option but to ask the 'ladies who know' for help? There is this band of 'knowledgeable ladies' in every city who always seem to know where you get what, and the best deals the city has to offer. I have learned, over the years, to tap on these 'google ladies' for information. ANI

Varanasi activists slam Govt. for poor condition of Ganges
Activists in Varanasi have slammed the Central Government for failing to adopt concrete measures to clean the River Ganges. ANI

Action on Supreme Court Haj subsidy order after judgement: Krishna
Asserting that India sends one of the largest Haj contingents to Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said the government will decide on the steps to be taken by it on the Supreme Court order to end the Haj subsidy after receiving the apex court's judgement. ANI

Is DoB issue behind delay in Army Chief's consent for farewell tea party?
Army Chief General V.K. Singh has still not consented to attending the official farewell tea party hosted by the Ministry of Defence in order to avoid his brief profile being read out, including the controversial date of birth in front of Defence Minister A.K. Antony and other top officials. ANI

President poll race hots up; Sangma meets Naveen Patnaik
While the race for India's next President gathering pace, former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma on Tuesday met Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. ANI

Government not sincere about passing Lokpal Bill: BJP
With the government sending the controversial Lokpal Bill to a Rajya Sabha select committee for further scrutiny and discussion on Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has accused the former of not being sincere in its efforts to pass anti-graft proposal. ANI

14 killed as Hampi Express hits stationary train in Andhra Pradesh
At least fourteen persons were killed and 30 others injured on Tuesday when the Bangalore-bound Hampi Express overshot a signal and collided with a stationary goods train at Andhra Pradesh's Penneconda Station. ANI

Virtuous Retail commits USD 600 million for a pan India Retail Portfolio
Virtuous Retail, a retail real estate platform and India's first and only 'Master Retailer' announced the launch of its flagship retail centre VR Surat at a gala event held at The Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate, London on Friday May 18 Business Wire India

CBaySystems Commemorates Medical Transcription Week from 21st- 26th May
CBaySystems- an M*Modal company and India’s largest clinical documentation solutions provider, today announced that it will host a series of employee focused activities to celebrate Medical Transcription Week (MT Week) from 21st to 26th May, 2012 Business Wire India

Parallels Continues to Lead the Hosting and Cloud Services Enablement Industry in Asia Pacific
Parallels® ( www.parallels Business Wire India

Citibank India Strengthens Its Cards Market Leadership with New Strategy
Citibank India today reaffirms its strategy to be a leader in the cards segment by strengthening the offerings of India’s first airline agnostic card, Citibank PremierMiles Credit Card Business Wire India

Shoppers Stop Launches Gift Cards - Powered by QwikCilver Solutions, Pioneer in Prepaid & Gift Cards in India
QwikCilver Solutions, proudly announced today that it has associated with Shoppers Stop and successfully launched the Shoppers Stop Gift Card Program across India. QwikCilver Solutions, the leading Technology and Solutions Provider for Gift Cards in India deployed its robust and flexible Gift Card technology platform and Gift Card ecommerce portal ( www.giftbig Business Wire India

Belkin Celebrates with ‘Champions League’ Winners
Belkin India, a leading provider of interconnectivity solutions across computing and consumer electronic devices, announced the completion of the ‘Belkin Champions League, ‘an initiative for its esteemed channel partners. The program was a celebration of their contribution to Belkin’s success in India. The program began on January 1, 2012 and ended on March 31, 2012 Business Wire India

In the Days of IPL, Kronos Survey Shows Employees Skip Work and Watch Sports Instead
A new global survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute™ at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive reveals that employees around the world have, to varying degrees, called in sick to work over a sporting event Business Wire India

WNS Expands Global Capability, Adds New Delivery Center in South Carolina
WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced the opening of its new delivery center located in Columbia, South Carolina, the company’s first in North America. The center, with a capacity of 300 seats, is expected to provide WNS’s U.S Business Wire India

ACMA to Partner with Messe Frankfurt for ACMA Automechanika New Delhi; also to Jointly Promote Automechanika’s Worldwide Shows
ACMA the apex body of the Auto Component Industry in India will partner with Messe Frankfurt to organise ACMA Automechanika New Delhi. Automechanika is the leading global trade fair for automotive aftermarket products. The show is slated to be held in New Delhi, India in 7 – 10 February 2013 Business Wire India

Alicat Scientific Achieves 200:1 Turndown Ratio
Alicat Scientific, Inc. now offers its Mass Flow Meters and Mass Flow Controllers with the industry’s highest turndown ratio-200:1-as standard. With this wide sensitivity range, original equipment manufacturers and systems integrators can achieve cost and space savings without sacrificing performance Business Wire India

Astral Poly Technik Delivers Robust Topline & EBITA Growth of 41% & 48% Respectively in Financial Year 2011-2012
Astral Poly Technik Ltd., leaders in manufacturing of CPVC pipes & fittings announced the financial results for the Quarter and year ended on 31st March, 2012. Overview of Q4 FY 2011-12 v/s Q4 FY 2010-11 -- Company’s sales from operations increased by 29% to Rs.182.84 Crore for the FY 2011-12 (Q-4) as against Rs. 141.69 Crore in FY 2010-11 (Q-4) Business Wire India

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