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Hazare's campaign challenging the democratic system: Kerala CM
Reacting on the campaign led by veteran social activist Anna Hazare, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said that his campaign is challenging the democratic system. ANI

Anna's health worries doctors, he refuses hospitalization
With Anna Hazare's fast for a strong Lokpal Bill entering its eighth day today, India's top cardiac surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan, who is examining the veteran social activist's health condition, has said that his vital signs are worrying and the blood pressure is not normal. ANI

Jan Lokpal Bill cannot be accepted, it needs discussion: Ahluwalia
Taking a 'u' turn on their viewpoint over the Lokpal Bill proposed by social activist Anna Hazare, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader S. S. Ahluwalia on Tuesday said that version of the Bill cannot be accepted as it needs discussion. ANI

'There should not be so much hue and cry outside Parliament', says Mamata
With social activist Anna Hazare's fast for a strong Lokpal Bill entered its eighth day today, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said there should not be so much hue and cry outside Parliament, where a bill on the issue is waiting to be discussed. ANI

Delhi CM Dikshit hopes Govt. and Team Anna hold positive talks
Asserting that everyone wants to get rid of corruption, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said the dialogue between the government and civil society representatives over the Lokpal Bill has begun and she hoped that the two sides succeed in this process. ANI

Government's draft of Lokpal Bill ineffective, says Javadekar
Demanding government clarification on the prevailing situation in the country, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said the draft of Lokpal Bill presented by the government in the Parliament is ineffective and toothless. ANI

Shri Shri Ravi Shankar optimistic about dialogue between Govt. and Team Anna
With the government appointing Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as its negotiator for talks with Team Anna Hazare over their demand for a strong Lokpal, spiritual leader Shri Shri Ravi Shankar on Tuesday expressed confidence saying the deadlock has been broken and the work will be done now. ANI

BJP should clear its stand on Lokpal Bill, say Hazare's supporters
Supporters of social activist Anna Hazare staged a protest demo outside Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Headquarter here on Tuesday. ANI

Naga leaders embark on journey of hope
NSCN (IM) Chairman Isak Chishi Swu and General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah have had meeting with other Naga leaders over the past ten days, and all are in agreement that there is a need to leave the past behind and work towards a shared Naga future. ANI

PM should not be brought under Lokpal purview, says Jayaprada
With the government busy in holding hectic consultations to find a way out of the logjam with Team Anna, lawmaker and actress Jayaprada on Tuesday said if the Prime Minister is included in the Lokpal, he will be busy only on that and will not be able to concentrate on matters of national and international importance. ANI

Govt. committed to passing a constitutionally valid and best possible Lokpal, says PM to Anna
With Anna Hazare's fast for a strong Lokpal Bill entering its eighth day today, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has written a letter to the veteran social activist saying the government is committed to passing a constitutionally valid and the best possible Lokpal legislation with inputs from civil society with the broadest possible consensus. ANI

Mukherjee to meet Kejriwal, Shanti Bhushan
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who has been designated by the government to represent it at talks with Team Anna on the Lokpal issue, will meet civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal and noted lawyer Shanti Bhushan at his North Block office at 6.30 p.m., the Times Now television channel has reported. ANI

Manipur observes 119th Patriots' Day
Manipuris recently observed the 119th Patriots' Day in capital Imphal in the presence of Governor Gurbachan Jagat and Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh. ANI

Manipuri insurgents nabbed in Guwahati
Assam Police of taken three militants affiliated to the banned Kangleipak Communist Party of Manipur. ANI

Third Front slams Govt.'s version of Lokpal Bill
The Third Front on Tuesday criticized the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for formulating a Lokpal Bill, which was ineffective and weak and would fail to curb the rising corruption in the country. ANI

Assam police seize drugs in Guwahati
Assam Police have confirmed seizing a huge cache of drugs, worth millions earlier this month from two men waiting for a train in Guwahati. ANI

Kejriwal, Khurshid meet on Lokpal issue
Civil society and Right to Information (RTI) activist Arvind Kejriwal met Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid and Congress lawmaker Sandeep Dikshit at Dikshit's residence here this afternoon to work out a solution to the existing stalemate over the Lokpal issue. ANI

South Indian film fraternity joins Hazare's crusade against corruption
Various associations of South Indian film fraternity are observing a day-long fast to express their solidarity for social activist Anna Hazare. ANI

Adamant Hazare firm on Lokpal Bill on eighth day(update- Hazare)
Reiterating his earlier stand the Lokpal Bill should be passed by August 30, veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday appealed his supporters to assemble in thousands and sit on protest outside the Parliament and the houses of their lawmakers. ANI

Delhi plays host to northeast folk musicians
The auditorium at India Habitat Centre came alive as hundreds of Delhites swayed to Naga folk tunes recently. ANI

Parliament adjourned for the day over Lokpal row
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day with the opposition mounting pressure on the Centre and demanding a discussion on the anti-corruption campaign led by veteran social activist Anna Hazare for a strong Lokpal Bill. ANI

Congregation in Anna's support represents real India, says Bedi
With thousands of persons joining Anna Hazare in his crusade against corruption, civil society representative Kiran Bedi urging the supporters to maintain peace and discipline today said people from all walks of life, all religions and backgrounds have gathered for this fight and they represent the real India. ANI

Lack of political will posed biggest hindrance to passage of Lokpal Bill: Kejriwal
Civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the lack of political will posed the biggest hindrance to the passage of Jan Lokpal Bill. ANI

Ex-PM Gujral expresses solidarity with Anna's anti-graft campaign
Former prime minister I.K. Gujaral on Tuesday came out in support of civil society activist and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, saying that had his health permitted, he would have come personally " to show my solidarity with this great cause." ANI

Asian Centre for Human Rights urged to focus on lack of accountability, not Hazare's fast
The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) has urged the civil society organizations to focus on the lack of accountability for corruption rather than fast by Anna Hazare who has been playing brinkmanship with the government. ANI

Justice Hegde sees some progress towards talk on Lokpal Bill
Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N. Santosh Hegde today said there has been some progress with regard to the dialogue between Team Anna and the government on Lokpal Bill, but nothing is concrete. ANI

Parliament adjourned till 2 p.m. over Lokpal row
Both Houses of the Parliament have been adjourned till 2 p.m. today with the opposition demanding a discussion on corruption and Lokpal Bill. ANI

Dairy farming gaining popularity among Assamese youth
With peace and normalcy gradually returning to Assam, small-scale ventures like dairy farming are increasingly gaining popularity in the region. ANI

Hazare claims he is fine and ready for open talks
Despite being on fast for eight days, social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that he is fine and would continue his fast for a week or more. ANI

Hazare's health stable, says Manish Sisodia
Despite being on fast for the last seven days, social activist Anna Hazare's health parameters are "stable", said Manish Sisodia, a close aide of Hazare. ANI

Congress MPs Priya Dutt, Nirupam extend solidarity to Hazare's campaign
Lending support to veteran social activist Anna Hazare, whose fast demanding a strong Lokpal entered its eighth day today, Congress MPs from Mumbai, Sanjay Nirupam and Priya Dutt extended their solidarity support to him. ANI

All-party meet on Lokpal Bill tomorrow
The government has decided to call an all-party meeting on Wednesday to find a way to solve differences over the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Lokpal Bill: Hazare's fast enters eighth day
Social activist Anna Hazare's fast for an effective Jan Lokpal Bill entered its eighth day on Tuesday. ANI

Nandi Award for the Creator of Special Effects for VARUDU
Alagarsamy Mayan, Global Delivery Head -VenSat Tech Services, a Hyderabad and Chennai based Global Media and Entertainment Company, has won the NANDI Award 2010 in “Best Special Effects” category for Telugu Feature Film VARUDU. The Award, constituted by Andhra Pradesh State Government, and presented annually,is the most prominent award for Telugu Films, Theatre, and Television Business Wire India

Sify Launches ‘Stockwatch’ on its Finance Portal
Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ Global Markets: SIFY), a leader in Managed Enterprise, Network and IT Services in India with growing global delivery capabilities, today announced the launch of ‘Stockwatch’ on its finance portal www.sify Business Wire India

Ameyo Call Center Software Powers the First Directory Services helpline of Nigeria
Ameyo - the award-winning communication suite from Drishti becomes the technology behind the very first phone-based directory services in Nigeria - vConnect. The company was looking at advanced automation for complete customer interaction management. Ameyo not just helped them consolidate their customer care processes but also helped them create new business opportunities Business Wire India

Fortress Ensures Machine Safety with New Extracted Key Adaptor
Safety Interlocking company Fortress Interlocks has added its new E1 Extracted Key Adaptor to the amGard range of modular safety gate switch interlocks. The E1 has been designed to ensure that the door to hazardous machinery cannot be opened without removing the safety key, and the machinery cannot then be restarted until the key is returned Business Wire India

Labsphere Sunscreen UV Transmittance Analyzer Ready for New FDA Guidelines
Labsphere’s UV-2000S Transmittance Analyzer for sunscreens is immediately available to assist manufacturers in complying with new guidelines for the labelling of sunscreen products. Issued in June by the United States Food and Drug Administration, the new rules allow US manufacturers for the first time to label products as effective protection against skin cancer and early skin aging Business Wire India

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