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Sharad Pawar condoles the death of Dr. P.C. Alexander
Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Sharad Pawar has expressed shock and grief over the sad demise of former Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governor Dr. P.C. Alexander. ANI

Govt. should withdraw its Lokpal Bill: Prashant Bhushan
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday said the civil society activists are firm on their demand for withdrawal of the Lokpal Bill drafted by the government. ANI

Antony asks Navy, Coast Guard to ensure security of coasts
Defence Minister AK Antony today asked the Navy chief and the DG Coast Guard to take all steps required to ensure that incidents like MT Pavit drifting into Indian territorial waters do not recur. ANI

Karnataka Lokayukta registers FIR against Yeddyurappa
Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Shivraj Patil on Wednesday registered a first information report (FIR) under the Prevention of Corruption Act against former Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa. ANI

Confidence restored in stock markets: Pranab Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said that confidence was restored in the equity markets after the stock market witnessed a rise by two percent. ANI

Maharashtra villagers demand action against those responsible for firing on f armers
Irate residents of Maval village near Maharashtra's Pune city today voiced their demand for stern action against those responsible for the police firing on farmers on Tuesday. ANI

Govt.'s Lokpal Bill draft will not end corruption, say civil society activists
Civil society activists criticizing the draft of the Lokpal Bill prepared by the government on Wednesday said it would not be able to curb rising corruption in the country. ANI

T.P. Seetharam appointed next High Commissioner of India to Mauritius
T.P. Seetharam, presently Additional Secretary at Headquarters, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Mauritius. ANI

PM condoles the passing away of Dr. P.C. Alexander
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of former Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governor Dr. P C Alexander ANI

Orissa tribals, students protest against Maoist activities in Koratput
The tribals and the students staged a protest against Maoist activities in Orissa's Koratput District on Wednesday on the death anniversary of tribal leader Arjun Kendruka, who was killed by the ultras last year in a case of mistaken identity. ANI

Home Ministry asks President to reject Afzal Guru's mercy petition
The Union Home Ministry has reportedly asked President Pratibha Devisingh Patil to reject the mercy petition of Afzal Guru, who was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on the Parliament. ANI

Bangladesh parliamentary team ends India visit
A high level 15-member delegation of Bangladesh Parliament led by Dr. Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, MP, Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) visited the Lok Sabha from August 8 to 10. ANI

Nepalese women Parliamentarians on a visit to India: MEA
A delegation of fifteen Nepali women Parliamentarians are presently on a visit to India at the invitation of PD Division of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). ANI

Mercedes Benz opens a newer horizon with the launch of Roadster SLK-350
After successfully unveiling it in the United States this January, the German Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz launched its new model of Roadster SLK-350 here on Wednesday. ANI

Karnataka ombudsman to decide over Yeddyurappa's petition
Karnataka ombudsman Justice (retired) Shivaraj V. Patil has revealed that he would take a position on the petition filed by former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa only after going through the mining scam report prepared by his predecessor Justice (retired) Santosh Hegde. ANI

Maoist League protests against Centre in Kolkata
The Communist Party of India-Maoist League Liberation (CPI-MLL) took part in the protest rally here, and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the various corruption scams that have hit the central government during his tenure of seven years. ANI

Swelling rivers leave UP villagers distressed
The incessant rainfall resulting in flood has added to the agony of the locals here, who are stranded without food and water. ANI

Kashmir has become a police state: Mehbooba Mufti
People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has claimed that Jammu and Kashmir has become a police state. ANI

Indian Embassy in Baghdad facilitating return of Indian nationals from Iraq: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday informed that the Indian Embassy in Baghdad has been proactively liaising with the local and the national authorities in Iraq to facilitate the safe return of Indian nationals, who have expressed their desire to return from Iraq. ANI

India is committed to full international civil nuclear cooperation: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday said India is committed to full international civil nuclear cooperation for the development needs of the country and is engaged in discussions with foreign companies to expand the nuclear energy programme. ANI

Illegal mining scam: Karnataka CM Gowda backs Yeddyurappa
The newly elected Karnataka Chief Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda, on Wednesday came out in full support of his predecessor B.S Yeddyurappa, who stepped down from his post after being indicted in Lokayukta Justice (retired) N. Santosh Hedge's report on illegal mining. ANI

Tibetan exiles felicitate new PM in Dharamsala
Tibetans residing in India and admirers of Tibet from across the world have welcomed their new Prime Minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay as he takes charge at Dharamsala. ANI

BJP demands Chidambaram's resignation over police action on youth activists
There was ruckus inside both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha today with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanding the resignation of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram over the police baton charge on its youth party workers on Tuesday. ANI

'Yakshagana needs UNESCO recognition', says Veerappa Moily
The four-day Yakshagana festival, which concluded here earlier this week, provided a rich fare to people in Delhi making them aware of the rich traditions of centuries old performing art of Karnataka. ANI

Students' association protests against corruption, corporate plunder in Delhi
Members of All India Students Association (AISA) initiated their 100-hour protest campaign against corruption and corporate plunder on Wednesday. ANI

Red Fort attack: Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Arif
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq in connection with the 2000 Red Fort attack case in which three people were killed. ANI

Army, Manipur Police welcome surrender of 16 militants
At least 16 militants from various separatist groups have laid down their arms before the police and the army here. ANI

AI may appeal against Kerala HC Mangalore crash compensation order
Air India will soon take a decision on appealing against the Kerala High Court order that directed Air India (AI) Express to pay Rs7.5 million in compensation to the families of each of the victims of the Mangalore air crash, an airline official has said. ANI

Ex-Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu Governor P C Alexander passes away
Former Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governor P C Alexander died at a hospital in Chennai on Wednesday. He was 90. ANI

Anna Hazare in Delhi to meet parliamentary body on Lokpal
Prominent social activist Anna Hazare has arrived in the national capital with his key supporters to meet the parliamentary standing committee on the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Parliament adjourned till noon over attack on BJP workers', CWG mess
Proceedings in both houses of Parliament-the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha-were adjourned on Wednesday till noon, as the opposition indulged in repeated sloganeering and protest over an attack on workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi and on farmers in Pune, Maharashtra. ANI

Opposition to continue attacking government in parliament on CWG mess
The opposition is expected to continue its vitriolic verbal attack against the UPA Government in parliament on Wednesday, determined not to back down on the CWG mess created by the latter. ANI

Rapaport Group Announces Three Important Initiatives
PRESS RELEASE, August 10, 2011, Mumbai: In a keynote address made to leaders of the Indian diamond industry at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai, Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group, has announced three new important Rapaport initiatives. 1. Diamond Price Index - RAPI Business Wire India

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Net Sales up 13% in Second Quarter of FY 2011
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited has announced its financial results for the second quarter ended 30th June 2011. While the net Sales grew by 13%, Sales of the core Pharmaceuticals and vaccines business grew by 14%. Profit After tax (before Exceptionals) grew by 9% during the quarter, and the Operating Profit margin was maintained at 35% in line with the first quarter of 2011 Business Wire India

WNS’s Group CEO Receives Social Entrepreneurship Award
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced that the Company’s Group Chief Executive Officer - Keshav R. Murugesh, was recognized with the Social Entrepreneurship award at Asia's Best CSR Practices Awards 2011, held at Suntec, Singapore Business Wire India receives Investment from SAIF Partners and MakeMyTrip, India's leading travel search engine, has announced an equity infusion from SAIF Partners, a leading Asian private equity & venture capital fund, and MakeMyTrip Limited, India’s leading online travel company, for a total cash consideration of $18.5 million across investment into the company and purchase of shares from existing shareholders Business Wire India

Capgemini drives automation at Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited
Capgemini, one of the foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced that its integrated solutions system has gone live at Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited. (GMDC). Capgemini won the mandate amidst intense product and vendor evaluation by GMDC to meet their business needs Business Wire India

Expedia Commemorates Independence Day by Launching Month Long Celebrations
As a part of its efforts to ramp up its operations in India,, the world's largest online travel company, today announced an addition of 400 hotels to its domestic inventory. The company is also commemorating India’s 65th Independence Day, by running exciting offers for the entire month, specially for domestic travelers Business Wire India

Anthelio Receives 2011 NASSCOM NExT Practices HR Award for Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Anthelio, the leading independent provider of comprehensive healthcare information technology (IT) services and business process solutions for hospitals and other healthcare providers, today announced that it has received a NASSCOM NExT Practices Award for Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship Business Wire India

Lexington Soft Partners with Electric Cloud to Bring Smart Development Cloud Solutions to South Asia
Chennai, India, August 10, 2011 Lexington Soft Pvt. Ltd., a reseller of best-in-class enterprise software products and software development tools, announced today that it has partnered with Electric Cloud®, the smart development cloud company, to offer the patented and award-winning software development products to customers in South Asia Business Wire India

Mobile Software Development Conference to be held in Pune, India by
The 2nd Annual Conference On Mobile Software Application Development will be held on 19-20 August 2011 in Pune, India Business Wire India

80KwP Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant at the Parliament House Complex Commissioned by Lanco Solar in India
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