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Indian Pilots Guild blames Air India management for chaos
Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) President Jitendra Awhad on Tuesday blamed the management for turning a deaf year to their demands leading to a strike by pilots of the debt-laden national carrier, Air India. ANI

Air India sacks ten agitating pilots
Air India today sacked ten agitating pilots, de-recognised their union and sealed its offices, as around 160 of them failed to join duty. ANI

Bangladesh, India discuss water sharing issue
Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dipu Moni discussed water sharing issue with the Indian leaders on an official state visit to New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI

Govt. to bring white paper on black money in current session of Parliament
The Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre will bring a white paper on black money in the current session of Parliament. ANI

Maoists kill abducted police officer in Odisha
The Maoists shot dead a police officer after his abduction in Odisha on Tuesday. ANI

Date of birth controversy could have been avoided, says Army chief
Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh, on Tuesday said the controversy over his date of birth could have been avoided. ANI

Army prepared to take on any contingency: V.K. Singh
Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh, on Tuesday said operationally the army was prepared to take on any contingency. ANI

Foodgrain scam: CBI arrests former sub-divisional magistrate of Uttar Pradesh
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested the former sub-divisional magistrate of Gola, Uttar Pradesh in connection with his role in a foodgrain scam in Lakhimpur Kheri. ANI

CBI arrests BSNL engineers for taking bribes
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested an Executive Engineer (Electrical), BSNL, Kota and an Additional Chief Engineer(Electrical), BSNL, Jodhpur and Jaipur for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.40,000/- from the complainant ANI

Delhi Govt. to set up Green Field World Class Skill Centre at Jonapur
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that the Delhi Government is in the process of 'Setting up of Green Field World Class Skill Centre" at Jonapur in collaboration with the Government of Singapore and preparing trainees to meet the global market requirement by making them 'Mastercraftsman'. ANI

Delhi CM Dikshit pays tribute to martyrs of Harding bomb case
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today paid floral tributes to the Martyrs of famous Harding Bomb case Master Amir Chand, Bhai Bal Mukund and Master Awadh Behari at a simple function organized at MAMC Campus where once used to be the old jail. ANI

Rajasthan Govt. taking steps to promote socio-economic development of minorities
The Rajasthan Government has launched a number of welfare schemes and taking special steps for their socio-economic development for the minority communities in state and they are marching ahead in all walks of life. They are progressing fast and getting their share in the fruits of development. ANI

Karnataka Police justifies decision to arrest Chinnaswamy stadium blast accused (update)
With the Bihar Government crying foul over the arrest of an alleged terrorist from Darbhanga district, the Karnataka Police on Tuesday justified its decision to arrest Mohammad Kafil in connection with the blast that took place outside Bangalore's Chinnaswamy stadium two years ago, saying the local police was not informed only because of the apprehension that the accused may run away or escape. ANI

BJP pulls up CBI for seeking trial against Advani in Babri demolition case
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hit out at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for reiterating its demand to reopen the case against former party president Lal Krishna Advani over his involvement in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. ANI

Artisans urge Omar Abdullah Government to revive heritage art emporium
In a bid to revive traditional art and culture that would provide an impetus to the tourism industry, artisans in Jammu and Kashmir urged the state government to restore a heritage art emporium. ANI

PM, Sonia Gandhi pays floral tribute to Tagore in Delhi
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi paid floral tribute to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore as part of celebrations to mark his 150th birth anniversary in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI

President Patil returns home after visit to S. Africa, Seychelles
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil returned to New Delhi today after wrapping up her nine-day state visit to Seychelles and South Africa. ANI

BJP ups ante against Chidambaram for alleged favouring of son in Aircel-Maxis deal
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday took Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to task for allegedly influencing the Aircel-Maxis deal that eventually benefited his son's company. ANI

Dairy farmers protest in Delhi over milk adulteration, unfair pricing
Dairy farmers from across northern India gathered in New Delhi on Tuesday to protest against the issue of milk adulteration and unfair pricing by private companies. ANI

Clinton says U.S. working with India on Iran oil replacements
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the U.S. is working with India to secure alternative sources of crude supply to Iran, ANI

Kashmiri Hindus protest against inadequate power supply in migrant township
Kashmiri Hindus from the migrant township of Jagti in Jammu and Kashmir staged a demonstration on Tuesday, protesting against inadequate power supply in the township. ANI

2010 Chinnaswamy stadium blast accused arrested in Bihar
Karnataka Police has reportedly arrested a suspected terrorist from Barasmela village in Bihar's Darbhanga District in connection with a blast that took place outside Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium two years ago. ANI

India announces five million dollar contribution to fund innovation
Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Vilasrao Deshmukh on Tuesday announced a five miilion-million dollar contribution to a joint initiative with a U.S. agency to identify and invest in innovation by civil society, and bring them to scale. ANI

Politicians welcome Supreme Court's decision to phase out Haj subsidy
The political leadership on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to phase out subsidies given out to Muslim pilgrims who undertake the religious Haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. ANI

India looks forward to Singapore PM's visit: Krishna
Stating that India-Singapore ties were buttressed by a healthy exchange of visits between leaders and officials, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said New Delhi is looking forward to a successful visit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to India in July this year. ANI

Strike by Air India pilots hits international operations
A strike by pilots of the debt-laden national carrier, Air India, on Tuesday hits international air traffic, following failure of talks with the management on the issue of training for the Boeing-787 Dreamliner. ANI

Clinton meets Sushma Swaraj
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, here on Tuesday.oth shook hands and exchanged pleasantries after their meeting. Swaraj escorted Clinton right up to her car. ANI

Supreme Court disapproves Haj subsidy to Muslims
The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the Government's policy to give subsidy to Muslims for annual Haj pilgrimage and directed that it be progressively eliminated within a period of 10 years. ANI

Gujarat riots case: will Amicus Curiae's report have any impact on Modi?
Detractors of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who were disappointed with the Special Investigation Team's (SIT's) findings in the 2002 Gujarat riots, are fired up after Amicus Curiae Raju Ramchandran's report found Modi culpable. ANI

Clinton calls for larger collaboration between Indian, U.S entrepreneurs
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday urged Indian and American innovators and entrepreneurs to work together to improve the lives of farmers and ordinary people in both countries. ANI

Security situation around Indian Ocean worrisome: Antony
Describing the emerging security matrix in the Indian Ocean Region as "really complex", with "some political developments" and worrisome factors, Defence Minister A.K. Antony today called upon the top brass of the Navy to maintain high levels of preparedness at all times. ANI

Pakistan needs to do more to stop being a launch-pad for terror: Clinton
Asserting that the United States will do everything to prevent terrorists from carrying out evil acts of violence, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said Pakistan needs to do more to stop being a launch-pad for terror. ANI

Pakistan must act against terrorists: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said that Pakistan must act against terrorists, including those who organised the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. ANI

'I am unapologetic for being involved with Ayodhya movement', says Uma Bharti
Refusing to comment on the Ayodhya issue, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti has said she remained unapologetic about her association with the campaign that led to the demolition of the Babri mosque. ANI

Ajit Singh terms Air India pilots' strike illegal
As schedules of national carrier Air India were disrupted with over 100 pilots reporting sick since midnight, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Tuesday reacted strongly, saying the pilot-strike is illegal, especially at time when the national carrier is making big losses despite a huge infusion of public money. ANI

Hillary enjoys warm, vibrant and energetic discussion with Mamata
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly enjoyed a warm, vibrant and energetic discussion with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. ANI

India's First Online Tyre Store -, India's first online Tyre store was inaugurated in Gurgaon by Mr. John Sculley, Managing Partner of Inflexionpoint Acquisition Corporation, Ex CEO of Pepsi and Ex CEO of Apple. The company will sell Tyres online with deliveries across all major cities in India Business Wire India Launches Sports and Hobbies Category; More Categories to be Launched soon, India’s leading e-commerce company has launched Sports and Hobbies category. This is in-line with the company’s strategy of offering the largest selection of products online, across a wide range of categories. is already one of the largest e-retailer across categories like Watches, Fashion accessories, Mobiles, Electronics, Jewelry among others Business Wire India

Hindalco Announces Q4 FY 2011-12 Standalone Results [Unaudited]
-- Highest Ever Aluminium Metal Production -- Commendable performance despite steep cost escalation Financial Highlights Hindalco, the Aditya Birla Group flagship Company today announced its unaudited results for the fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2012. Results for FY12 Standalone Revenues for the year crossed the Rs. 25,000 crore mark and stood at Rs Business Wire India

Brickwork Finance Academy Offers 100% Placement for June 2012 batch
Brickwork Finance Academy (BFA) is beginning the first batch of its flagship Post Graduate Program (PGP) in Finance on June 23rd, 2012. The program combines traditional academic objectives with the practical demands of workplace. It comprises of nineteen individual courses, all focusing on hard finance, in line with the demand of the recruiting market in the financial arena Business Wire India

Accel Frontline Chooses Nimsoft Unified Manager
Nimsoft today announced that Accel Frontline, an IT infrastructure services company based in India, has selected Nimsoft Unified Manager to provide proactive monitoring, incident ticketing and reporting to customers while utilizing minimal on-site resources. Click to tweet: Accel Frontline Chooses Nimsoft Unified Manager to Deliver Monitoring &Ticketing to Customers #ITSM http://bit Business Wire India

Courion to Double Team in India by End of Year
Courion Corporation, the leader in identity and access management for access risk, held a press conference today announcing its plans for expansion in India at their Pune office. In response to the company’s global growth and rapid market adoption of identity and access management (IAM) technology, the company plans to significantly expand its staff in 2012 Business Wire India

HCG performs the first auto liver transplantation in Karnataka
HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd, The Specialist in Cancer Care, performed the first auto liver transplantation ( Ex Vivo liver resection) in Karnataka. Thimme Gowda, 64 year old patient, from Bangalore, was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with Hepato Cellular Carcinoma, at a private hospital in the city. His condition was critical and was referred to HCG from another oncologist for a second opinion Business Wire India

BMGI Showcases Key Success Drivers for Deploying Lean in the Automotive Industry
Business Leaders inspired by the Lean thinking process in Volkswagen, John Deere, SKF, Apollo Tyres and VIP Bags to provide an outsider’s perspective came together to share their views on 23rd of April 2012, at BMGI’s invite only event of “Lean as a Strategic Driver for Business Ecosystem” held at Radisson in Pune Business Wire India

Indian Defense Offset Policy Norms Eased: A Measure to Attract Foreign Players and Incentivize Domestic Private Firms and MSMEs, notes Frost & Sullivan’s Market Insight
In view of the increasing Indian defense expenditure and offsets that are expected to be generated over the next decade; the Indian defense ministry has revised its defense offset norms to increase the interest of foreign companies in India through Joint Ventures (JVs) and formation of an interest base for developing indigenous programs Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems Appoints Neeraj Jaitley as President of Enterprise Solutions
HCL Infosystems Ltd, India’s premier Hardware, Services and ICT System Integration Company today announced the appointment of Mr. Neeraj Jaitley as President of Enterprise Solutions for HCL Infosystems Ltd. He will be leading the company’s B2B businesses that cater to the needs of government and enterprise customers Business Wire India

PVR Ltd. Expands its Footprints in Madhya Pradesh
PVR Ltd., the leading entertainment company in India, today announced the launch of its 3 screen multiplex at Treasure Bazaar Mall in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. The multiplex is spread across an area of 27, 254 sq ft, with a capacity of 821 seats. With this launch PVR now stands at 173 screens in 40 cinemas in 24 cities across India Business Wire India

Real Image Expands Partnership with Barco to Continue Digital Cinema Conversion in India
Real Image Media Technologies, India's leading provider of film, video, and audio technology, recently confirmed an order for 300 DCI-compliant Barco projectors worth $10 million. Included in the offering for the Indian market is a special package for 3D screenings that uses dual DP2K-12C digital cinema projectors to substantially enhance the brightness for 3D movie screenings Business Wire India

India CMO Conclave 2012, 10th and 11th May at the J W Marriott Mumbai
Confianza is hosting India CMO Conclave 2012 on the 10th & 11th of May at the J W Marriott, Mumbai. This year the theme of the conclave is “Pioneering Strategies for Digital Media Revolution”. The 2 day initiative majorly focuses on digital media, mobile, web and social media strategies for the top 125 CMOs coming from the biggest corporate houses in India Business Wire India

TresVista Financial Services Appoints former Apollo Partner, Lukas Kolff and former CIO of Templeton MENA, Joe Kawkabani to its Advisory Board
TresVista Financial Services, a leading provider of high-end research and customized financial services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lukas Kolff, Managing Partner at Bowline Capital Partners, and Joe Kawkabani, former Chief Investment Officer of MENA Equity Investments at Franklin Templeton to its Advisory Board Business Wire India

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