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India News on May 3, 2012

Vice President presents DADA Saheb Phalke Award 2011 to Soumitra Chatterjee
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Thursday presented the DADA Saheb Phalke Award 2011 to renowned bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee. ANI

TDP secular credentials questioned
The secular credentials of TDP came under heavy fire from YSR Congress Party, which has questioned the sanctity of its moral policing and attempts to whip up religious, caste and other sensitive issues. ANI

Chhattisgarh CM thanks mediators, all relieved after Menon's safe release
Expressing relief over the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday thanked the mediators and all those concerned for their assistance in helping the government during this entire hostage crisis. ANI

India's first newsprint truck routed to Pakistan via Attari - Wagah
In a breakthrough in Indo-Pak trade, the first consignment of 10 MT newsprint was sent from Amritsar to Pakistan through the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Wagah on Thursday. ANI

Sukma District Collector released; thanks mediators, Chhattisgarh Govt.
Abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, who was finally released by the Maoists on Thursday thanked the mediators and the Chhattisgarh Government for helping him come out of this unpleasant hostage crisis. ANI

Ahluwalia loses Rajya Sabha seat from Jharkhand
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader S.S. Ahluwalia has lost the Rajya Sabha election in Jharkhand. ANI

Presidential polls: Mamata Banerjee meets Sonia Gandhi
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee met Congress President Sonia Gandhi here on Thursday and is believed to have discussed the upcoming election for the office of President of India. ANI

Sukma District Collector's family celebrates his release
Family members of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon on Thursday celebrated his release, and thanked the government for its efforts during the entire hostage crisis. ANI

Lok Sabha Speaker must confirm that not a single lawmaker is corrupt: Baba Ramdev
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev voiced his displeasure at the face-off with the political fraternity, including the Speaker of Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar. ANI

Models turn on the heat at a lingerie show in Mumbai
Mumbai hosted a lingerie show this week that saw the presence of shapely and gracious models walking the ramp. ANI

Nainital residents hail government's initiative to set up biogas plants
Residents in the rural regions of Kumaon in Uttarakhand are an elated lot after the state government commenced setting up biogas plants in their villages under the National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) . ANI

Tenable solution to Siachen dispute exists: Kasuri
Former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri has said that a workable solution for the demilitarization of the Siachen Glacier on India's border with Pakistan was considered during his tenure, and it was still tenable. ANI

Maoist mediators to press rebels and secure early release of abducted Sukma Collector
Maoist appointed mediators arrived in Chintalnar forest area of Chhattisgarh on Thursday to hold talks with the ultras and secure early release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

Karmapa Lama attends workshop on global peace in Dharamsala
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje attended a workshop on global peace and Buddhism here earlier this week. ANI

Anna, Ramdev get strength from Sangh, alleges Digvijay Singh
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday hit out at veteran social activist Anna Hazare and Yoga guru Baba Ramdev for calling MPs 'dacoits and murderers', saying they are two sides of the same coin and get the power and strength from Sangh. ANI

BJP seeks government's intervention over atrocities on Hindus in Pakistan
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday asked the government to intervene over the alleged atrocities committed on the Hindu minorities living in Pakistan. ANI

Guwahati-based students demand justice for suicide of northeast student in Haryana
Hundreds of irate and aggrieved students lit candles and marched through the streets of Guwahati in Assam state on Wednesday to protest over the suspicious death of a northeast student, Dana Silva Sangma. ANI

Kolkata sees unprecedented security measures being taken for Clinton visit
Unprecedented security measures are put in place for the first visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to this premier city next week, particularly after a Muslim cleric threatened to protest. ANI

Maoists release Sukma District Collector Menon (Lead: Sukma)
The hostage crisis in Chhattisgarh ended on Thursday afternoon with the Maoists setting Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon free almost two weeks after his kidnapping. ANI

Truck carrying India's first newsprint to Pakistan crosses Attari-Wagah checkpost
In a breakthrough development for trade between India and Pakistan, the first consignment of 10 metric ton of Indian newsprint entered Pakistan on Thursday through the Attari-Wagah Integrated Check Post (ICP). ANI

CPI-M backs Mukherjee for post of president
Politburo member of Communist party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said his party would back Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for the post of the president of the country. ANI

Songadh residents facing acute water shortage
Residents of Songadh, Gujarat, are bearing the brunt of administration's apathy, as they continue to complain about facing acute water shortage with the onset of summer. ANI

Srinagar hosts heritage exhibition
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recently played host to a two-week- long heritage exhibition that included rare manuscripts, works of calligraphy, artifacts and old pictures. ANI

Rajkot celebrates 400 years of its existence with a carnival
The Gujarat Government organised a colourful carnival to celebrate 400 years of Rajkot's existence. ANI

Banerjee to meet PM, Sonia to seek financial package, discuss President poll
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday afternoon. ANI

Aarushi murder case deferred, next hearing on May 9
A Ghaziabad sessions court on Thursday deferred the hearing of the Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj double murder case till May 9. ANI

India to crack down on excessive load of ferries, buses after Assam tragedy
After a ferry tragedy in the northeast Indian state of Assam on Monday, the state's Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered police to crack down on excessive load of ferries and buses, reported local daily The Hindu Thursday. ANI

Congress trying to arrive at consensus on presidential candidate: Renuka Chaudhary
Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary has said the party is trying to arrive at a consensus with the widest consultation in deciding on the next person to be president. ANI

Britain's Prince Andrew visits naval command in Mumbai
Britain's Prince Andrew, who is on a week-long visit to India since Sunday, has toured the western naval command headquarters in Mumbai Wednesday, local media reported Thursday. ANI

New defence procurement policy likely soon, says defence ministry's finance official
The government is planning to come up with a new Defence Procurement Policy (DPP), as the previous one, which is just about a year old, is not working as expected. ANI

Indians less likely to be attacked in Australia, says Immigration Minister
Following a high-level meeting with India's Overseas Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has claimed that Indian students were 'less likely' to be attacked vis-a-vis locals in Australia. ANI

'Disappointed by Lok Sabha Speaker's comment on my statement', says Baba Ramdev
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has expressed disappointment over the political fraternity's reactions, including Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, to his comment that several corrupt politicians and people with criminal backgrounds occupy seats in parliament. ANI

Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon likely to be released by noon
Abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon is likely to be released by his Maoist captors around noon today. ANI

TAKE Solutions’ Manufacturing Customer Recognized with 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Award
TAKE Solutions Ltd. [BSE: 532890 | NSE: TAKE], a leader in the Supply Chain Management and Life Sciences domains, today announced its customer, Midmark Corporation, was recognized with a 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Award in the Global Value Chain category Business Wire India

IDS NEXT Helps Hotels Beat Summer Costs with Energy Saving Technology
IDS NEXT, leading provider of ERP and total technology solutions for the hospitality and leisure industries, announced a new partnership with Energex, a world renowned manufacturer of occupancy based energy management solutions for hospitality Business Wire India

Pulsar Creates History – Crosses 5 Million Sales Mark
-- Only brand in the performance segment to achieve this milestone -- Celebrates 10 years of Leadership The Bajaj Pulsar has yet again achieved a remarkable feat. The brand has crossed the landmark 5 million sales mark, while celebrating a decade of existence. This is a proud moment not only for Bajaj Auto but also the biking aficionados Business Wire India

WNS Enters into Collaboration with Ariba Inc. to Help Clients Enhance the Source-to-Pay Process
WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced its collaboration with Ariba Inc., (Nasdaq: ARBA), the world’s business commerce network, to help its clients enhance their source-to-pay (S2P) process and improve overall business outcomes Business Wire India

Popular Series Mann Ki Baat is back on Doordarshan - Focus on Contemporary Psychosocial Mental Health Issues
‘Mann Ki Baat, Doordarshan’s series on psychosocial and mental health issues is back on popular demand. Telecast begins from 5th May onwards on DD National channel every Saturday at 8.30 a.m., to be re-telecast every Monday at 8.30 a.m. The content for the series has been developed by Dr. Sujatha D Business Wire India

IndiSoft Consultancy Services Expands its Banking Division at Pune
As part of the endeavor to increase their footprint in the Banking and Financial sector, IndiSoft Consultancy Services has opened a new office in Pune on 1st May, 2012. IndiSoft is focusing on the financial sector as part of their larger expansion plans and have evolved a business model with specific thrust in the BFSI Business Wire India

Government Policies and Urbanization Keep the Revenue Meter Running in the Indian Electricity Meters Market - Finds Frost & Sullivan
The highly dynamic Indian electricity meters market is aggressively innovating technologies to keep pace with the rapidly changing technical requirements of end users, mainly, power distribution companies. Most distribution companies have unique needs, which compel companies to offer tailor-made products. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan ( Business Wire India

Icertis Announces Availability of World’s First Contract Lifecycle Management Product on Windows Azure
Icertis today announced the launch of its Contract Lifecycle Management product (ICLM) on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Azure in India. ICLM is a breakthrough solution that delivers significantly improved efficiency in the contracting process at a lower cost, with increased compliance and lower risk Business Wire India

Energy Performance Standards for Air Conditioners Comprehensively Upgraded in India
-- Standards now at 8% higher efficiency for star-rating on split 1 Business Wire India

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