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Mamta meets PM, blames Centre for Bengal's financial mess
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday minced no words in making her displeasure clear over Centre's indecision in granting a bailout package to the state, while claiming that West Bengal's financial position cannot be compared to that of any other state. ANI

Uproar in parliament over suicide of northeast student
The parliament on Friday witnessed uproarious scenes on the issue of suicide by the northeastern student, Dana Silva Sangma. ANI

Assam athlete enters Guinness Book of World Records
Abhijit Baruah, an athlete from Jorhat ,Assam has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the first person in the world to cover 150 km barefoot in 24 hours. ANI

Business enterprises in Tripura reap the peace dividend
Trade and commerce in Tripura has received a major fillip,owing to decline in militancy in the region, with investors across the country converging to explore the business potential in the state. ANI

Maoists expanding base in Assam
In what should be a major concern to the government, the Maoists are reportedly multiplying their numbers and expanding their operations in the state. ANI

Chhattisgarh CM calls for policy to curb Maoist atrocities
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday called for a national policy to curb kidnappings and violence initiated by the Maoists. ANI

Press Council Chairman flays poor development in Bihar
Press Council Chairman Justice (retired) Markandey Katju on Friday flayed the poor level of development in Bihar. ANI

Presidential polls: 'Discussions are underway', says Ambika Soni
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Friday said discussions with allies for post of the highest constitutional authority were underway, and added that there should be no room for any speculation over the presidential candidate. ANI

Avoid an election for president, urges Praful Patel
Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Praful Patel, on Friday said that the post of president should be treated with dignity, and added that if possible an election for it should be avoided. ANI

Digitization process would provide more choices to television viewers: Ambika Soni
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Friday said that the digitization of cable TV will offer more options and choices to television viewers. ANI

Congress yet to consult NCP over presidential candidate: Pawar
Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said the ruling Congress Party had not yet consulted them over the presidential candidate. ANI

Over hundred insurgents surrender in Manipur
In a positive development for promoting normalcy, over hundred cadres belonging to eleven different outfits surrendered here on April 30, making it one of the biggest surrenders in the state till date. ANI

'I may have my share of experiences what one can call racial discrimination,' says Agatha Sangma
Amid the ongoing investigations into several cases of alleged racial discrimination against north-east students in different cities, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma recently revealed that she has also faced racial discrimination as a student. ANI

IGIA named world's most improved airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India, has been named the most improved airfield at the annual World Airport Awards. ANI

Sangma wants Scheduled Tribe person to be president
As the race for Raisina Hill heats up, former Lok Sabha Speaker P. A. Sangma on Friday made a fresh demand that the next president of India should be from the Scheduled Tribe (ST). ANI

Rajasthan CM Gehlot turns 62, recommits to work for people of the state
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot turned 62 on May 3, and used the occasion to rededicate and recommit himself to the task of working for the development of the state and the welfare of its people. ANI

Khurshid asks everybody to have patience on UPA's presidential candidate
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday said the Congress Party and the UPA have still not decided on their presidential candidate, and asked everybody to have patience on the issue, as suggested by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. ANI

Chhattisgarh CM denies any secret deal with Maoists for release of Sukma collector
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday denied any backroom dealing with the Maoists in securing the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

India developing cyber defense program
India is developing a cyber defense program aimed at protecting vital sectors like defense, railways and power, a top military scientist has said. ANI

Uma Bharti asks Anna, Baba Ramdev not to insult Indian democratic system
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti has requested veteran social activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev to present an alternative political system before the country rather than insulting lawmakers and the entire democratic system. ANI

Merely boosting India-Pakistan trust will not solve Kashmir issue: Shabir Shah
Separatist leader Shabir Shah has said the pursuit of confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan would not necessarily end the deadlock over Kashmir. ANI

Vice President Ansari greets nation ahead of Buddha Purnima
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday greeted people ahead of the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima. ANI

Plantronics Introduces New Affordable Unified Communications Headsets That Don’t Skimp on Sound or Style
As companies roll out unified communications (UC) solutions, they struggle to keep the cost per user low while trying to achieve widespread adoption. Great sounding, comfortable and easy to use headsets are a must-have in a UC deployment to enable end users to embrace the new communication platform Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan to Recognize the Industry Once Again at India Healthcare Excellence Awards 2012 Nominations Open Last Date for Entry: 21 June 2012
The size of the Indian healthcare market is abysmally small when compared with similar and dissimilar economies. The per capita spend on healthcare in India is three times lower than China and 150 times lower than the United States of America Business Wire India

Bhaskar’s Local Search and Classifieds Now Powered by Getit
GETIT Infoservices Pvt. Ltd., the leader in directional advertising and pioneer of Yellow Pages in India has announced a strategic alliance with Dainik Bhaskar, one of the largest media houses in India to power their ‘Local Search’ and ‘Classifieds’. The local search and classified services will be powered on Dainik Bhaskar’s Hindi portal (, English portal (Dailybhaskar Business Wire India

Now Own Part of your Favourite Cricketing Star on Tata Sky
In a country where cricket is nothing short of a religion, Tata Sky in association with Universal Collectabillia Private Limited (UCPL) is auctioning four exclusive and unique cricketing memorabilia autographed by India’s top and favourite cricketers namely Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh on its power on channel “Channel 100” Business Wire India

element14 Introduces Omron Cylindrical Proximity Sensors for Industrial Manufacturing Solutions in Asia Pacific
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first award-winning information portal, collaborative community and electronics store for engineers and electronics enthusiasts, introduces the Omron E2A series of Cylindrical Proximity Sensors Business Wire India

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