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Samjhauta Express firebombed, 67 killed

Mostly Pakistani citizens, at least 67 of them, were killed and 50 injured when two firebombs went off on the New Delhi-Wagah Samjhauta Express.

Al-Qaeda finding its feet again: report

leaders of Al-Qaeda operating from Pakistan have re-established significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border, according to Am

India Inc to continue acquisition spree

Analysts say that European pharmaceutical, automotive and IT services companies will be prime targets for takeovers by Indian corporations this year.

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India Ignores Bird Flu As Pak is Affected
Poultry Federation of India (PFI) says that India could have avoided the bird flu epidemic if vaccination was a policy but is too late to avert it.

Ahmadinejad rejects UN nuclear deadline
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a looming UN deadline for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, saying it would not halt the sensitive nuclear activity as a precondition to talks.

Marvels in Stone
The Kalleshwara temple in Bagali, better known as Karnataka's Khajuraho, is truly marvelous, writes B S Narayana Swamy.

FCI Abandons Wheat Tender
The Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) wheat tender was postponed because of poor response from participants owing to tender price much higher than the prices prevailing in the spot market.

SC Demands Quota Reply by Mar 7
The Supreme Court on Monday granted time till March 7 to the Centre to file its reply on the PIL challenging the government’s decision to implement 27% reservation for backward classes in elite central educational institutions.

14 Myanmar nationals arrested in Kashmir
The Border Security Force (BSF) troops foiled an exfiltration bid by arresting 14 Myanmar nationals along the India-Pakistan border in the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Stage set for SAARC meet
With External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee personally inviting Chief Adviser of the Bangladeshi Caretaker Government Fakhruddin Ahmed for the 14th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit, the stage is set for the April 3 and 4.

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Ancient Indian dynasties documented their administration, significant
developments, grants, and milestones as inscriptions in temples. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has documented these inscriptions
from 1886. These pages contain inscriptions from Pallava, Chola,
Pandya, Western Chalukya, Eastern Chalukya, Rashtrakuta,
Hoyasala, Vijayanagara, Vishnukundin, Kakatiya, Reddi, Vaidumba,
Chinda, Eastern Ganga, Gajapathi, Kalchurya, Qutb-Shahi of Golkonda,
and Moghul,  dynasties.

TCS in Talks with Lockheed, Boeing
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is reportedly in talks with Lockheed Martin and Boeing IDS on defense & aerospace engineering and design outsourcing.

Indian Transmission Cos in Africa, West Asia
With African and West Asian regions planning to spend an estimated USD 20 billion in the next four years, Indian transmission companies are flocking for business.

L&T Gets Qatar USD 250m
Larsen and Toubro bagged a contract worth around $250 million from Maersk Oil Qatar for development work at the oil field `Block 5'.

Chetra JV in India
Chetra Industrial Machineries Company, an exclusive trading arm and service provider for some large Russian machinery manufacturers, plans to establish manufacturing facilities in India in joint ventures.

Chevron Expanding RIL Ties?
Chevron Chairman and Chief Executive is visiting India amid rumors that the US company may expand ties with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) in the country's upstream and downstream energy.

W. Australia Invites Energy Investments
Visiting Western Australia leader Alan Carpenter expressed keeness on `widening and deepening' trade ties with India and welcomed investments in the energy sector.

India-Pak Trade Up 129%
There has been a phenomenal spurt of 129 per cent in India's trade with Pakistan in the first seven months of the current fiscal as two-way trade is valued at USD 977.03 million.

German Engineering Federation Bullish on India
The German Engineering Federation feels that the Indian market will have a huge potential in the near future.

Apollo Hospitals Looks for UK takeovers
Largest hospital chain Apollo Hospitals Group, is targetting a number of British healthcare firms, including Priory's Healthcare and Capio UK, for takeovers.

DGH Disputes ONGC Gas Dicovery in KG
The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has disallowed ONGC Krishna-Godavari basin.

Chevron, RIL Joint Bid for Yukos
US oil major Chevron and Reliance Industries Ltd, may jointly bid for the upcoming auction of Russia’s bankrupt oil company, Yukos.

UB Taking Over Whisky Major Whyte & Mackay
United Breweries taking over whisky major Whyte & Mackay




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