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Rohit Nandan replaces Arvind Jadhav as Air India CMD
Civil Aviation Ministry Joint Secretary Rohit Nandan will replace Arvind Jadhav as the new Air India Chairman and Managing Director. ANI

Rabindranath Tagore International Prize conferred to Ramapada Chowdhary
The Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) today conferred the Rabindranath Tagore International Prize to Ramapada Chowdhary, a renowned novelist in Bengali Literature, in a ceremony held in New Delhi. ANI

Paswan joins Vaiko's stir against 'genocide' of Sri Lankan Tamils
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday joined the protest led by Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko against the alleged 'war crimes' committed on the Tamil community in Sri Lanka by the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led government. ANI

Air India CMD Arvind Jadhav to be sacked soon: Vayalar Ravi
Union Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Friday confirmed that Air India Chairman and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav would be replaced soon. ANI

Prime Minister greets nation on Rakshabandhan
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has greeted the people of the country ahead of the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan. ANI

US advice over handling of peaceful protests 'needless': India
India on Friday said the United States' inputs on how to handle veteran social activist Anna Hazare's upcoming indefinite hunger-strike was "needless". ANI

India, Iran have found 'workable solution' over crude oil payment row: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that the Iran crude oil payments issue has already been resolved. ANI

President Patil must intervene to resolve Telangana row: TDP
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil in New Delhi today to seek her intervention in the Telangana row. ANI

Corporate endeavours have to be consonant with expectations of democracy: Moily
Union Corporate Affairs Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily has thrust upon a corporate culture that must be familiar to the universally accepted values of good governance - accountability, transparency, responsibility and responsiveness to stakeholders. ANI

June industrial growth encouraging, says Pranab Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that the industrial output growth jumped to 8.8 percent in June, which was above forecasts. ANI

Envoys of five nations present credentials to President Patil
Five envoys presented their credentials to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi today. ANI

Hazare's protest over Lokpal Bill unjustified, says Chidambaram
Terming Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger-strike from August 16 to protest the version of the Lokpal Bill drafted by the government to be unjustified, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday requested the veteran social activist to call of his fast. ANI

Pratibha Patil greets nation ahead of Rakshabandhan
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has greeted the nation on the occasion of Rakshabandhan, which is being celebrated tomorrow. ANI

Aarakshan row: SC to hear Jha's petition on Tuesday
The Supreme Court will hear director Prakash Jha's petition to lift the ban on his latest release 'Aarakshan' (Reservation) on Tuesday. ANI

Anna Hazare free to fast, but in accordance with law: Congress
Ahead of Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger-strike from August 16 to protest the version of the Lokpal Bill drafted by the government, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Friday said the social activist is free to fast, but in accordance with the law. ANI

BJP protests police firing on farmers in Pune
Terming the August 9 police firing on farmers on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway to be inhumane, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists staged a protest here on Friday and demanded the dismissal of the leaders of the ruling party in the state, who had not taken action on the issue. ANI

Security personnel defuse bomb recovered in Assam train
A major mishap was averted in Assam's Gopalpara District on Friday after the security personnel defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which they found inside the Kamakhya-Puri Express. ANI

Bombay High Court grants alleged money launderer Hasan Ali bail
The Bombay High Court has granted bail to stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, on a cash surety of Rs. 5 lakh. ANI

Vice President Ansari greets nation on Rakshabandhan
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari has greeted the people of the country ahead of the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan. ANI

Fugitive druglord Santosh Shetty jailed in Mumbai
Mumbai Police on Friday confirmed that fugitive don Santosh Shetty has been jailed after being extradited from Thailand. ANI

Now, third senior cop targets Gujarat Govt in Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case
In a fresh blow to the Gujarat Government, another senior police officer Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajnish Rai has named Modi's close aide and former state police chief P C Pande as a conspirator in the Tulsi Prajapati 'fake' encounter case. ANI

Website Politics Party on possibility of 'secret deal' between Telegu Desam and Congress
Some groups in the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) have been working on a secret deal earlier this week to align with each other in the next Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh, according to ANI

Israel's new envoy presents credentials to President Patil
Israel's newly appointed ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz presented his credentials to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. ANI

Bangladesh to observe August 15 as National Mourning Day
The Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi will observe August 15 as the National Mourning Day to mark the 36th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, with due honour. ANI

Land Acquisition Bill: Jairam Ramesh assures farmers of adequate compensation
Ahead of tabling the Land Acquisition Bill in the Parliament, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has assured the farmers that they will be provided adequate compensation and steps would be taken to ensure that those who are displaced are rehabilitated. ANI

Pak hands over illegal migrant to Indian Army
In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan Army has handed over a woman,Parveen Akhtar, to the Indian Army. ANI

Tamil Nadu police recovers two antique idols in Chennai
Sleuths of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Tamil Nadu Police have recovered two antique metal idols from two smugglers. ANI

Unknown gas leaking from ground in Gujarat is methane, confirm experts
Experts from the National Institute of Hydrology have confirmed that gas leaking from the ground in the Olpad region of Gujarat's Surat District is methane. ANI

Surat residents stage candlelight rally in support of Anna Hazare
Residents of Surat in Gujarat participated in a candle light rally here on Thursday as a mark of support for popular social activist Anna Hazare. ANI

Heavy rains damage crops, affect normal life in Punjab
Incessant rains over the past couple of days have damaged standing paddy crops, inundated roads and several houses in Punjab. ANI

Maharashtra CM briefs Governor about Pune firing incident
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan met Governor K Shankaranarayanan at the Raj Bhavan here today and briefed him about the August 9 police firing on farmers on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. ANI

Another top cop takes on Modi Govt. now
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajnish Rai, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, has named Chief Minister Narendra Modi's close aide and former Director General of Police (DGP) PC Pande as a conspirator in the Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case. ANI

BJP demands Sheila Dikshit's resignation over 2010 CWG scam
Senior leaders and activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a protest in New Delhi today demanding the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over her alleged involvement in the multi-billion dollar 2010 Commonwealth Games scam. ANI

Homeshop18 Announces Independence Day Shopping Festival extravaganza
HomeShop18, announces Independence Day shopping fiesta for its customers. This Independence day, shop till you drop and get a chance to win a brand new Toyota Etios. If that was not enough, every day, one customer gets a chance to take home a scooty or get a 100% cash back and more Business Wire India

Nominations for ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011 in Last Leg
-- Slated to close on 31st August, 2011 -- Ernst & Young to begin screening process from September 2011 -- Certificate of participation to be given away to all nominees Symbolizing aspirations of millions of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011, a joint initiative of IndiaMART Business Wire India

Union Bank Centre for Banking Excellence Presents 2nd Great Lakes-Union Bank Financial Inclusion Conference at Great Lakes Campus
The Union Bank Centre for Banking Excellence at Great Lakes Institute of Management, a leading management institute, founded by Prof. Bala V Balachandran, hosted the second conference on financial inclusion at their sprawling green campus at Manamai, here today. Dr. Y.V. Reddy, inaugurated the conference and delivered the key note address. Mr. S. C Business Wire India

India Video Presents a Memorable way to Celebrate the 64th Independence Day of India
India celebrates its 64th Independence Day on August 15, 2011. To become part of this joyous occasion, , the largest video portal on India has come up with a unique visual greeting experience. The proud symbol of India – the national flag bearing 3000 images, each pertaining to a video, has been launched as a novel means for users to send Video Greetings from http://www Business Wire India

Relive India’s glorious run at ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on August 15
ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s leading sports broadcaster, will celebrate the Independence Day by reliving historic victory run of Indian cricket team during the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Business Wire India

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