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Cargo vessel M.V. Pavit remains stuck near Juhu beach
Panama-flagged cargo vessel M.V. Pavit, which ran aground near Juhu beach in Mumbai on Sunday, is still stranded despite all the efforts to tug the ship. ANI

IED blast in Imphal: Death toll rises to five
At least five people were killed and 10 others were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) blast rocked the Sangakpam market in Imphal, Manipur, today. ANI

Petition filed in Supreme Court to restrain Anna Hazare from going on fast
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court to restrain veteran social activist Anna Hazare from holding an indefinite hunger strike on Lokpal Bill at the Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, on August 16. ANI

Naved Masood takes over as Corporate Affairs Ministry Secretary
Naved Masood took over as the new Secretary in the Union Corporate Affairs Ministry here today. ANI

India, Afghanistan to strengthen cooperation in media and communication
A delegation from the Afghanistan Information and Culture Ministry called Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry Secretary Raghu Menon here today. ANI

13/7 Mumbai attacks underscores importance of maintaining constant vigil: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said that the 13/7 Mumbai attacks once again underscores the importance of maintaining constant vigil and continuing to build capacity to pre-empt and prevent terrorist attacks. ANI

Loan against gold market in India booming
The easy availability of gold in Indian households and the minimum chance of consumers defaulting on loans, is making the loan-against-gold market grow in the country. The gold loans market now valued at 7.95-9 billion dollars is set to grow manifold as more financial institutions and banks enter the lucrative business. ANI

Punjab varsity vice-chancellor shot, injured
Sri Guru Granth Sahib University (SGGSU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia was shot at while coming out of the university today. ANI

PMO clarifies its position on granting of license for spectrum allocation
Seeking to clarify its position on the unwarranted inferences being drawn from one of its notings on the allocation of spectrum, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has said that it had not looked the other way on issues related to the telecom scam. ANI

Omar Abdullah promises speedy inquiry over custodial killing
Taking a tough stance in the case of a young boy's death in police custody, Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Monday said at no cost the guilty would be spared. ANI

Communist Party keen of functioning of Parliament session
Slamming Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh's remarks that were made day before, at the All-Party meet, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader on Monday said Dr. Singh should first specify which opposition parties and what skeletons was he referring to. ANI

Fresh polls needed in Karnataka, says Moily
Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily on Monday said that fresh polls were needed in Karnataka following the resignation of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa. ANI

Commerce Secretary Khullar calls India, Japan CEPA a major step for East Asian Partnership
Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar on Monday said that India and Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is a major step in the direction of larger vision of an East Asia partnership. ANI

IED blast in Imphal, four feared dead
At least four people were feared dead and ten were reportedly injured after and IED blast rocked the Sangakham market in Imphal. ANI

Website suggests Advani camp seeking to marginalise, expel Yeddyurappa from BJP?
Given the recent political developments in Karnataka and the strong-arm tactics of former chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa, the central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is reportedly considering a series of alternative options to neutralise Yeddyurappa. ANI

Ranjan Mathai looks forward to restoring trust, confidence with Pakistan
Ranjan Mathai, who assumed charge as foreign secretary of India, on Monday said his mandate is to work and restore the trust and confidence with Pakistan. ANI

Rangarajan releases 'Economic Outlook 2011-12'
The Chairman Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Dr. C. Rangarajan released the 'Economic Outlook 2011-12' here today ANI

Not stones, it will rain 'words' in Kashmir next month
The Kashmir Valley battled with stones, shutdowns and curfews in the past, but then moved on to have a peaceful summer this year. Following these winds of change, Srinagar will host a literature festival next month. ANI

Amar Singh slams Mulayam Singh
Amar Singh has slammed Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh, saying that his former party chief had instigated him against the Congress party earlier, but now speaks a different language. ANI

Monsoon session: Lok Sabha adjourned after obituary references
The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Monday after obituary references, the opening day of monsoon session of Parliament. ANI

Medha Patkar calls for concerted efforts to eradicate corruption
Terming the government's version of the Lokpal Bill weak, social activist Medha Patkar has called for concerted efforts to eradicate corruption. ANI

Ranjan Mathai assumes charge as Foreign Secretary
Ranjan Mathai, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer of the 1974 batch, today assumed charge as foreign secretary of India. ANI

Ambika Soni condoles death of veteran journalist Inder Jit
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni has condoled the death of Inder Jit, veteran journalist and former member of the Lok Sabha. ANI

Capgemini India Appoints Anish Sarkar as Head of Consulting
Capgemini, one of the foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced the appointment of Anish Sarkar, as the Head of Consulting for India Business Wire India

Ameyo Call Center Software to Power Outbound Calls for Selfinity BPO
Award-winning call center software Ameyo becomes the technology platform of choice for Selfinity BPO, Bangalore. Ameyo helped them solve the problem of downtime that was eclipsing their business productivity. The solution delivered more connects and ultimately better resource performance Business Wire India - India’s First & Only Consumer Advocate Diamond Website
Looking for a diamond in India just got a lot easier and convenient with the introduction of; India’s first and only consumer advocate diamond website. Whether you are on a diamond-shopping spree or were not satisfied with the last diamond deal struck at the jewellery store; www.pricescope Business Wire India

Kisna VVS Real Diamond Jewellery becomes the Largest Available Diamond Jewellery Brand
Launched in 2005, Kisna VVS Real Diamond Jewellery has set a record by becoming the largest available diamond jewellery brand, crossing 4000 retail jewellery outlets Business Wire India

India Digital Forum 2011 Comes to an end
The conference India Digital Forum ( ) organized by CellStrat ended successfully in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. This conference saw an unending barrage of interest from audience from all over India in addition to the host city Delhi. CellStrat team kept getting calls even on event day until afternoon to enquire about registrations Business Wire India

Shantanu Mitra takes over as CEO of Fullerton India
Shantanu Mitra who was Deputy CEO overseeing risk management and the urban business at Fullerton India takes over as CEO of the company on August 1, 2011. Shantanu Mitra Business Wire India

Mittal Champion Ronjan Sodhi becomes World No. 1 in Double Trap Shooting
Ace Indian shooter Ronjan Sodhi today earned world’s top spot in double trap shooting, as announced by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) when releasing their latest rankings. Until recently, Mittal Champion Sodhi was ranked number 2 in the world and number 1 in Asia in the double trap category Business Wire India

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