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Raghunath Raina breathes his last
Former Indian Information Service Officer Raghunath Raina breathed his last here on Monday afternoon. ANI

CWG scam: Congress suspends Kalmadi
Congress on Monday suspended Suresh Kalmadi after the party MP from Pune was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged role in connection with the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects. ANI

WB polls: TMC MP confident of winning 11 constituencies in Kolkata
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay today said his party will win all the eleven assembly constituencies in Kolkata in the ongoing assembly polls. ANI

US firm to acquire DRDO'S technology for explosive detection kit
A USA based firm Crowe and Company (LLC) today entered into a licensing agreement with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to acquire the technology of explosive detection kit developed by the High Energy Material Research Lab (HEMRL), Pune, one of the constituent laboratories of DRDO. ANI

PM, Sonia Gandhi to visit Puttaparthi tomorrow
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi will visit Puttaparthi on Tuesday to pay their last respects to the late Sri Sathya Sai Baba. ANI

Arrest Kanimozhi, cancel Kalaignar TV's license: Jayalalithaa
With the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) naming Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi' s daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi as a co-conspirator in its supplementary chargesheet in the 2G scam case, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa on Monday demanded that she should be arrested for her alleged role in the case. ANI

Opposition terms Kalmadi's arrest as belated
The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) reacting to the arrest of sacked Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organizing Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, on Monday said the action was 'belated' and only the 'tip of the iceberg'. ANI

Delhi JD-U demands removal of contaminated water plants
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) Delhi unit General Secretary and spokesperson Prabhat Ranjan on Monday expressed displeasure over the black marketing of drinking water in the national capital and demanded that contaminated water plants must be removed with immediate effect. ANI

Roemer to visit USAID projects in Delhi
U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer will be visiting three projects supported by United States Agency for Internationalevelopment (USAID) in the Sanjay Gandhi settlement area of Chanakyapuri on Tuesday. ANI

Devotees flock Puttaparthi to pay last respects to Sathya Sai Baba
Scores of devotees across the world poured into Puttaparthi to get a last glimpse of late spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba, whose body has been kept in Sai Kulwant Hall here. ANI

CBI confirms Kalmadi's arrest, says he will be produced in court tomorrow
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday afternoon formally announced the arrest of sacked Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organizing Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi for his alleged role in the AM Films and Swiss Time scams. ANI

Antony asks defence top brass not to succumb to corrupt practices
Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday called upon top brass of the Army and Air Force not to succumb to corrupt practices indulged in by vested interests in the garb of 'aggressive marketing'. ANI

Tibetans in exile begin indefinite hunger strike to protest Chinese atrocities
Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), an organisation advocating the cause of Tibetans in exile, sat on an indefinite hunger strike here today to protest the lockdown of Tibet's Kirti Monastery by Chinese troops. ANI

Govt. will take decision on army chief's age: Antony
Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday said the government will seek to end the confusion over the age of Army Chief General VK Singh after analyzing all aspects. ANI

Kanimozhi charged with conspiracy in 2G scam case
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi"s daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi has been named as a co-conspirator in the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the 2G spectrum case. ANI

West Bengal a killing field under CPI-M: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday lashed out at the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in West Bengal for turning the state into a 'killing field'. ANI

Supreme Court defers hearing in Aarushi case till July 12
The Supreme Court today deferred the hearing on Noida-based dentist couple Dr. Rajesh and Dr. Nupur Talwar's plea in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case to July 12. ANI

Kerala CM Achuthanandan on day-long fast for ban on endosulfan
Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan began a day-long fast here today to press for the demand for a countrywide ban on endosulfan pesticide. ANI

SC orders magisterial probe into Mirchpur caste violence case
The Supreme Court today ordered a magisterial probe into allegations that victims of Mirchpur caste violence were being targeted by those accused of killing an elderly Dalit and his daughter in the village. ANI

17 people killed, 24 others injured in Beijing building fire
At least 17 people were killed, and 24 others injured, in a building fire in a southern Beijing suburb on Monday morning, Beijing Municipal Police said. ANI

Production stopped after South China noodle makers found using illegal additives
Seventeen starch noodle manufacturers in Dongguan city, south China's Guangdong Province, have been ordered to stop production over the weekend after claims emerged that they had been using illegal additives, the China Daily reports ANI

300 Chinese villagers suffer from food poisoning after eating tainted food
A total of 286 villagers were sent to hospitals for examinations and 91 were diagnosed with food poisoning in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province. ANI

Kalmadi's lawyer denies report of his arrest
Sacked Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organizing Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi' lawyer has denied reports of his arrest in connection with his role in the AM Films and TSR scams. ANI

Air Chief for primacy to operations given prevailing security situation
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik, today reiterated that primacy of operations in view of the prevailing security situation. ANI

10 killed as tractor plunges into canal in Andhra Pradesh
At least ten people were killed in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur District when the tractor on which they were travelling fell into the Nagarjuna Sagar canal on Monday morning. ANI

Manmohan Singh to visit Puttaparthi tomorrow
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will visit Puttaparthi tomorrow to pay his respects to the late Sri Sathya Sai Baba. ANI

CBI arrests Kalmadi for role in CWG scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested sacked Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organizing Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi in connection with his role in the AM Films and TSR scams. ANI

Oz hands over Indian-origin man's body to his wife
The dead body of Lakhwinder Singh, the Indian-origin man who was stabbed at Rushworth in Australia on Friday, has reportedly been returned to his wife in India. ANI

Sachin pays homage to Sathya Sai Baba
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, an ardent devotee of Sai Baba, visited the Prashanti Nilayam on Monday to pay homage to Sathya Sai Baba. ANI

CBI likely to file supplementary charge sheet in 2G scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to file a supplementary charge sheet in the multi-crore 2G Spectrum scam today. ANI

CWG scam: Kalmadi to be questioned by CBI today
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will today question former head of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Suresh Kalmadi, for the fourth time in connection with irregularities in the contract for the Queen's Baton Relay. ANI

Indian alumni call for national institutional reforms on Harvard's 375th anniversary
Marking the 375th foundation day of the world-renowned Harvard University, a stream of eminent Indian alumni, including Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and former Foreign Secretary Lalit Mansingh, launched the 'Harvard India Debates' series in New Delhi. ANI

Campaigning gains momentum in poll-bound West Bengal
Campaigning is in full swing in all 75 seats spread over Kolkata and neighbouring two districts for third phase of assembly polls on Wednesday. ANI

Oil India Limited (OIL) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Sign a Ten Year Agreement to augment Research in Areas of Petroleum Biotechnology and New & Renewable Energy Sources
India’s national oil company Oil India Limited (OIL) signed a ten year MOU today with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to broaden the scope of Joint Research Collaboration in areas of Petroleum Biotechnology and New & Renewable Energy Sources. The MOU was singed by Mr. B N Talukdar, Director Exploration and development, OIL and Mr Business Wire India

Geometric declares Net Profit of Rs. 575.21 Mn for FY11; a rise of 23.3% from the previous year
Geometric Ltd. (BSE: 532312, NSE: GEOMETRIC) announced its Q4 and annual results for FY 2010-2011 at the board meeting held today. Highlights for financial year ended March 31, 2011 (FY11) -- The company’s consolidated revenues rise 21.3% to Rs. 6,206.12 Mn for the year, as against Rs. 5,115.62 Mn last year -- USD revenues rise 26.2% to USD 136 Business Wire India

ORACLE and GILD Launch India’s Greatest Online Competition for the Talent Hunt
ORACLE today announced it has partnered with GILD, India’s fastest growing network for IT professionals, to hold a major online tournament to find India’s most talented Engineering student. The tournament, called Clash of Titans, will be hosted at It is open to students from top institutes across India who will be asked to complete up to four challenges over two weeks Business Wire India

Dhanuka to Expand Channel Network
-- To add 1000 more distributors across India this year; Added 907 distributors in 2010-11 --- Set target of achieving the next milestone of Rs Business Wire India

White Revolution turns a Shade Greener by Plantation of 235 lakhs Trees by GCMMF (Amul)
A new type of green revolution has begun in Gujarat. Four years ago, the 17 Milk Unions affiliated with Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF better known as Amul) decided to launch a mass tree plantation programme involving each and every member milk producer. In last four years, milk producers of Amul have planted around 235 lakhs tree saplings in Gujarat Business Wire India

Collabera Launches OptiMobility Solution
Collabera, a leading provider of end-to-end technology consulting, solutions and services, announced the launch of OptiMobility, a suite of mobility solutions that empowers organizations to create an unwired enterprise and experience significant boosts in workforce productivity, operational efficiency and real-time decision making Business Wire India

Ace Commodity Exchange empanels Dion Global Solutions as CTCL Vendor
Ace Derivatives and Commodity Exchange today announced that the Exchange feed is now available on CTCL (Computer to Computer Link) platform ‘TradeAnywhere®’ provided by Dion Global Solutions Limited (formerly known as Religare Technova Ltd.) With this tie up, Ace members can use TradeAnywhere® solution to access and trade on Ace Commodity Exchange Business Wire India

Optimiza becomes Jordan’s First Company to be CMMI® Maturity Level 3 Certified
QAI (, the leading global consulting and workforce development organization, added yet another page to its record of achievements when it recently assessed Optimiza, Jordan’s leading regional Systems Integrator at CMMI® Maturity Level 3, helping it become Jordan’s first company to achieve this accreditation Business Wire India

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