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India News on August 25, 2011

Two killed in Kashmir grenade attack
At least two people were killed and four others injured in a grenade explosion in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla town. ANI

Anna's supporters continue to protest across India
Activists under the banner of 'India Against Corruption' and supporters of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is on an indefinite hunger strike to press the civil society's demand for strong and effective Lokpal Bill, staged nationwide demonstrations on Thursday. ANI

Mukherjee holds meet to discuss Lokpal Bill impasse
Amid reports that three versions of the Lokpal Bill will be tabled in the Parliament tomorrow, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is currently holding parleys with Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.K. Bansal, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V. Narayanaswamy, and other senior ministers here this evening to decide on the future course of action. ANI

Anna's health is stable, says Dr. Trehan
India's top cardiac surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan, who is leading the medical team monitoring Anna Hazare's health condition, on Thursday said that his health is stable. ANI

Food inflation a major cause for worry, says Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that despite progressive trends in overall growth rate, the inflation in food and primary articles is a major cause for worry. ANI

Prime Minister's meeting on Anna's letter ends
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's meeting with his key ministers to discuss veteran social activist Anna Hazare's latest message with regard to ending his fast and the impasse over the Lokpal Bill has ended here this evening. ANI

Jan Lokpal Bill must be discussed in Parliament, says Gadkari
Expressing concern over Anna Hazare's health, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that he has written a letter to the veteran social activist saying that his party disagrees to the stand taken by the UPA Government on the Lokpal Bill issue. ANI

Meeting on Anna's letter begins at PM's house
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is presently presiding over a meeting of his key ministers here this evening to discuss veteran social activist Anna Hazare's latest message with regard to ending his fast and the impasse over the Lokpal Bill. ANI

India,Pak intensify water war
India and Pakistan have upped the ante on the issue of constructing another hydro-electric station over the Chenab River at Rattle on the Doda-Kishtwar Highway in Pakistan administered Kashmir. ANI

Indian agro companies eying $2.5bn investment in Africa
In what could be the largest farming deal struck in Africa, Indian investors are ready to spend 2.5 billion dollars on acquiring cheap farming land in the dark continent. ANI

Vilasrao Deshmukh meets Anna Hazare
Union Science and Technology Minister and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Thursday met veteran social activist Anna Hazare, whose fast for a strong Lokpal has entered the tenth day, at the Ramlila Ground here. ANI

Hazare supporters protest at Prime Minister's 7 RCR residence
New Delhi, Aug 25 Veteran social activist Anna Hazare's supporters staged a demonstration outside Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's 7 Race Course Road (RCR) residence here on Thursday. ANI

Govt. ready for talks with Team Anna: Salman Khurshid
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid today said that the government is ready to engage in a dialogue with civil society representatives to end the deadlock that presently persists over passage of an effective Lokpak Bill in Parliament. ANI

Rock band Parikrama performs live on digital platform
It was an evening when fans sitting in the comfort of their homes and offices enjoyed a live 'webcert' of New Delhi-based legendary rock band Parikrama. ANI

Parliament's view on Lokpal Bill must be respected: Khurshid
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid today said Parliament's view on the government version of the Lokpal Bill has to be respected. ANI

Parliamentary process to be followed for passing Lokpal Bill: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minster Pranab Mukherjee has said the Jan Lokpal Bill can be passed in Parliament only in accordance with set procedures. ANI

'We are back to square one,' says Kejriwal
A day after talks between the government and Team Anna had collapsed, civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the situation is back to square one. ANI

Team Anna calls for protest at PM's 7 RCR residence at 5 p.m today
New Delhi, Aug 25 A day after talks between the government and Team Anna had collapsed, Team Anna on Thursday called for a protest outside the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's 7 RCR residence at 5 p.m today. ANI

Lokpal row: Hegde accuses Govt. of changing its stand
With the talks between the government and civil society representatives over the Lokpal Bill issue close to the breakdown stage, former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N. Santosh Hegde today accused the government of changing its stand, and said the main cause of worry is Anna Hazare's health. ANI

Manish Tiwari apologises to Anna Hazare
Stating that there is always room for discourse in a democracy, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari, who was under sharp criticism for his comments on Anna Hazare, today said that he regrets if any of his utterances have caused anguish to the veteran social activist. ANI

Manmohan Singh appeals for collective, credible approach to end corruption
Urging social activist Anna Hazare to give up his fast, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday appealed to lawmakers to collectively work to find credible approaches and solution to problem of corruption. ANI

'Won't die till Jan Lokpal Bill is passed', says Hazare
With his fast entering its tenth day today, social activist Anna Hazare has said that he will not die till the Jan Lokpal Bill was passed, and all his demands are accepted. ANI

The new BMW X3 Launched in India
Visually Stunning, Bigger and More Comfortable, the new generation Sports Activity Vehicle redefines Sheer Driving Pleasure Production of the new BMW X3 commences at the BMW Plant Chennai The new BMW X3 was launched in two diesel variants: BMW X3 xDrive20d and BMW X3 xDrive30d. Dr. Andreas Schaaf, President, BMW India with the new BMW X3 Business Wire India

Canon enhances ‘Style & Technology’ to its New Range of Digital Imaging Products
-- Launches three new cameras with high definition -- Introduces the new Intelligent IS ( Image Stabilization ) system -- Launches the double zoom lens kit offer for the EOS 1100D Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No 1. Complete Digital Imaging Company today announced the launch of three new consumer digital imaging cameras with high definition to widen its product portfolio in India Business Wire India

Expedia Ramps up Operations in India, Appoints General Manager, the world's largest online travel company, today announced the appointment of Vikram Malhi as the General Manager for its operations in India. Vikram will be based out of Gurgaon and will report to Dan Lynn, CEO, AirAsia Expedia Business Wire India

Citrix Sets New Standard for Desktop Virtualization
Citrix Systems today announced a new version of its market-leading see the announcement) to all editions of XenDesktop, making it far easier for customers to deploy highly personalized IDC MarketScape: Desktop Virtualization 2011 Vendor Analysis. Gartner expects mainstream adoption of hosted virtual desktops (HVDs) to take place in 2012 through 2014, with 70 million users by 2014 Business Wire India

Leveraging TaaS for Quality Assurance: AppLabs Webinar
AppLabs, the world's largest software testing and quality management company, today announced that it is presenting a webinar on ‘Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) is fast evolving to be a financially and technically viable alternative to owning testing infrastructure and tools Business Wire India

PVR Opens its 154th Screen with the Largest Multiplex in Surat, Gujarat
PVR Ltd., the leading entertainment company in India, today announced the launch of its 8 screen multiplex at the Rahul Raj Mall with maximum screen share in Surat. PVR enters the third city of Gujarat after Vadodra and Ahmedabad. With the launch in Surat, PVR today stands at 154 screens in 35 cinemas in 20 cities across India Business Wire India

Great Lakes Celebrates ‘Successful Women in Management’ (SWIM) – 2011
Great Lakes Institute of Management, a leading management institute, founded by Prof. Bala V Balachandran, today hosted ‘Successful Women in Management’ (SWIM) - 2011 event. Ms. Tanya Dubash, Executive Director & President (Marketing), Godrej Group, was the Guest of Honour at the Great Lakes Campus at Manamai. Ms Business Wire India

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