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India News on May 9, 2012

  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi asks party leaders to fight as one disciplined team in state elections.
  • Aviation Minister Ajit Singh hits at downsizing Air India.
  • Online retailer eBay is planning to expand its presence in India by setting up a new development centre in Bangalore. The company already employs 2200 in its Chennai and Mumbai units.
  • Uttar Pradesh scraps Mayawati's Jewar airport project

Kerala to continue pitching for new dam
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said he would continue with the legal battle in the apex court for the construction of new dam replacing the 119- year old Mullaperiyar dam. ANI

BJP hits out at Congress, calls it a failure
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday in a sharp response to Sonia Gandhi's "fashionable" comment said, that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)- II government had failed to address the problems of people. ANI

BJP slams Centre for jute bag shortage in Madhya Pradesh
Voicing concerns over the shortage of jute bags for farmers, used to store wheat in Madhya Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asked the Centre to immediately resolve the issue. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir Police foils government employees' stir
Police officials in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday foiled a protest staged by state government employees demanding an extension of the retirement age and confirmation of temporary employees. ANI

Munda's chopper mishap: Mulayam for improved safety measures
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday called for improved safety measures in all forms of travel. ANI

Mulayam clueless about UP cop's honour killing comment
Amid the ongoing row over the honour killing comment made by senior Uttar Pradesh police officer, Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday said he had no information about it, and added that his party would responsd only after knowing the full context. ANI

Sonia optimistic ahead of Assembly polls in BJP ruled states
Congress president Sonia Gandhi is optimistic ahead of fresh round of Assembly elections, said Law Minister Salman Khurshid here on Wednesday. ANI

2G scam: Now, A Raja seeks bail
Former Telecom Minister and key accused in the 2-G scam, A Raja has sought bail from a Delhi court on Wednesday, hours after the Supreme Court (SC) granted bail to former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura. ANI

Water shortage grips Bengal villages
Acute water shortage has been causing problems to tribals in several villages of West Bengal, with many areas, like Gopiballavpur bearing the brunt for the past many years. ANI

Delhi HC terms Air India pilots' strike "illegal"
In a major blow to the striking Air India pilots, the Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday termed their strike "illegal", and said there should not be any more strikes or sick reporting till July 13, the appointed day for further hearing of the case. ANI

2G Scam: Ex-telecom secretary Siddharth Behura gets bail
The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to former union telecom secretary Siddharth Behura in connection with the 2G spectrum scam case. ANI

Customs officials arrest one at IGI airport for carrying electrical items worth over Rs.26 lakhs
Air Customs officers arrested a passenger named Mr. Kamal on Tuesday at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport for carrying 1600 nos. of Sony Memory Cards for cyber shot cameras, 3200 nos. of game processors and other electronic items worth approximately Rs. 26.62 Lacs. ANI

Home Secretary Singh lauds Assam Police for killing Maoists
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Wednesday lauded the Assam Police for killing four suspected Maoists, and said that this action would prove to be a setback for the ultras plans to set up bases in the state. ANI

Chief Minister Munda safe after chopper crash: Jharkhand BJP (Lead: Munda)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Deepak Prakash on Wednesday informed that Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, who was injured after his helicopter crash-landed at the Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi, is safe. ANI

UP cop's honour killing comment draws sharp criticism
Minister of State for Home Jitender Singh on Wednesday condemned the honour killing comment's made by a senior Uttar Pradesh cop, saying sensitivity should be maintained while listening to the complaint of everybody. ANI

Trial of Aarushi-Hemraj murder case to start from May 11
A Ghaziabad court on Wednesday transferred the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case to a sessions court while rejecting dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar's counsel's contention that the documents provided by the CBI weren't enough. ANI

Government might consider downsizing Air India: Ajit Singh (Update/Air India Strike)
Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Wednesday said the government might consider downsizing national carrier Air India if the agitation by the pilots continues. ANI

Jharkhand CM Munda injured in chopper crash
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda's chopper crashed while landing at the Ranchi Airport on Wednesday afternoon. ANI

Now, Haryana Govt. department bans staff from wearing "indecent jeans and T-shirts"
The Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) in Haryana has passed a diktat to enforce "decent" office dressing for its staff. ANI

Nupur Talwar writing book on Aarushi's death
Nupur Talwar, accused in the 2008 twin murder of her teenaged daughter and domestic help Hemraj, is writing a book named 'Mystery behind Aarushi's death-Story of an unfortunate mother' inside Ghaziabad's Dasna Jail where she is lodged. ANI

Sonia Gandhi calls on Congress leaders, activists to defend govt., fight as one disciplined team in state polls
Addressing a meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) on Wednesday, party president Sonia Gandhi called on leaders and activists to defend the UPA-II regime's policies and be a disciplined team facilitating greater interaction between Centre and the states. ANI

Striking Air India pilots say 99 percent of their demands should be met(Lead:AI strike)
The Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) on Wednesday said that its striking members would be willing to go back to work if 99 percent of their demands were met. ANI

Pilots strike hurting Air India's credibility, says Ajit Singh
As the strike called by protesting Air India pilots entered its second day on Wednesday, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh termed their action illegal and unjustified, saying they have hurt the credibility of the national carrier. ANI

Passengers worst hit as Air India pilots strike enters day two
The strike called by protesting Air India pilots entered its second day on Wednesday with three international flights being cancelled from New Delhi and Mumbai. ANI

Komli Media Strengthens Global Leadership Team
Komli Media, Asia Pacific's leading media technology platform, today announced the appointment of two executives to its leadership team: Anjali Shrivastava as the VP & Global Head of Human Resources (HR) and Rajesh Ghonasgi as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Business Wire India

Expedia Conferred with Award for “The Best Travel Portal – International”
Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company, has been presented with the reader’s choice award for “The best Travel portal- International”, at an event hosted by The Lonely Planet Group. Mr. Vikram Malhi, Country Head, Expedia India represented the Expedia India team at the event and accepted the esteemed award Business Wire India

Toshiba Wins Rs. 1675 crore Order for Supercritical Steam Turbine and Generator Island Package
Toshiba Corporation, Japan and Toshiba JSW Turbine and Generator Pvt., Ltd. (Toshiba JSW), a Chennai-based Toshiba Group company, today announced that Toshiba Corporation has been awarded a contract for the supply of two units of 660MW supercritical steam turbine and generator island by Meja Urja Nigam Pvt Business Wire India

Polaris Wins Prestigious Award for Best Payments Infrastructure Project for Mid Tier Banks
Polaris Financial Technology Ltd. (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology company, announced that the company won the ‘Best Payments Infrastructure Project for Mid Tier Banks’ award at The Asian Banker Summit 2012 held in Bangkok, for its implementation at The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) for providing the bank with a global cross border and domestic payment platform Business Wire India

Johnson’s Baby Partners with Goonj to Help the Underprivileged
Johnson’s® Baby announces the launch of its “Share the Language of Love” campaign to help young children from underprivileged backgrounds have access to basic baby requirements. The national campaign encourages all mothers to put old, unused or extra baby items like clothes, toys, books, etc. to better use by contributing them instead of holding on to them for emotional reasons Business Wire India Unveils India's Premium Online Car Accessories Store –
-- emerges as India’s first one of its kind store for car accessories -- Stocks a wide spectrum of hard-to-find interior and exterior car accessories -- Customers can order world class car care, cleaning and electronic accessories online -- Customized and Budget friendly car accessory listing India’s No. 1 auto portal, CarDekho Business Wire India

NSF-DBA Expands Pharmaceutical Services in India through Collaborative Agreement with Semler Research Center
NSF-DBA, an NSF International Health Sciences Company with more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, has signed a collaborative agreement with Semler Research Center Pvt Ltd. (SRC) of Bangalore to expand pharmaceutical training, auditing, consulting and testing services throughout India. India has one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical markets in the world Business Wire India

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