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Tiger population rises in Assam's Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park
The endeavor of the government and the locals has finally yielded desired result, as the population of the endangered tiger rose to 143 in Assam's Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park. ANI

Himachal seeks enhancement of import duty on apples
Himachal Pradesh Government on Wednesday requested the Centre to enhance the import duty on apple fruits to safeguard the interests of apple growers of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and north eastern states. ANI

BJP pulls up Congress over land acquisition row
Hitting out at the ruling Congress Party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday highlighted the irregularities observed in the allocation of land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT). ANI

Chidambaram clears his stand on anti-Maoists movement
Clarifying his stand on the verdict of the Supreme Court on Salwa Judum, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that the situation was under complete control of the Chhattisgarh Government. ANI

Devotees deposit handwritten chants at a unique bank in Varanasi
Varanasi, the temple city in Uttar Pradesh, boasts of a unique bank, where devotees deposit their prayers dedicated to Lord Shiva. ANI

Civilians, security persons killed in Naxal related violence have declined in 2011
Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today said the number of civilians and security forces killed in Naxal related violence have declined in the current year. ANI

Special cell set up to deal with terror financing
Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today said the government has constituted a special cell to deal with terror financing and money laundering. ANI

Japanese encephalitis claims more lives in Uttar Pradesh
Japanese encephalitis, a viral disease, continue to affect locals in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur District. ANI

Sachin Pilot inaugurates the 'Colours of Teej'
Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot today inaugurated the 'Colours of Teej', an exclusive exhibition by artisans and weavers from Rajasthan. ANI

Veerappa Moily to inaugurate national festival of Yakshagana at Delhi
Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily will inaugurate the four-day festival being organised by the Karnataka Yakshagana Academy, Bangalore and Academy of Tenkutittu Yakshagana, Delhi, from August 4 to 7 here. ANI

NDMA recommendation to states on nuclear calamity
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Ministry of Culture aims to promote and preserve all forms of art: Selja
Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja on Wednesday said that the mandate of Ministry of Culture is to preserve and promote all forms of art and culture in the country including Assam and other North Eastern States. ANI

Yeddyurappa says that he was made a scapegoat in illegal mining issue
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said that he has been made a scapegoat in the illegal mining scam, which eventually led him to resign from his post. ANI

India desires a stable and prosperous Pakistan: Krishna
Reaffirming its desire to work with Pakistan to reduce the trust deficit and move forward in a friendly manner, India has called for credible and effective action against jihadi leaders such as Hafiz Saeed and terrorist groups such as Jamaat-ud-Daawa and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, who continue to incite violence and hatred. ANI

Ambika Soni slams media for defaming Sonia Gandhi in land acquisition row
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Wednesday criticised media for dragging Congress President Sonia Gandhi and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, in controversial land acquisition row. ANI

117 govt. websites defaced between Jan-June 2011: Sachin Pilot
Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot today said 117 websites of various departments and agencies were defaced by hackers between January and June this year. ANI

She couldn't break from history. Nor can we. India-Pakistan
Zamaana badey shauq se sun rahaa thaa/ hum hii so gaye daastaan kehte kehte: Mir Saqib (The world was listening keenly to our conversation; it is we who got bored, repeating the same words). ANI

Sadananda Gowda elected new Karnataka CM
Lok Sabha MP Sadananda Gowda was on Wednesday elected as the new chief minister of Karnataka.he Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs voted by secret ballot and Gowda, considered to be close to former chief minister B.S Yeddyurappa, won by seven votes. ANI

Govt. will ensure that wages and salaries are paid to Air India employees: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday assured the Lok Sabha that the government will find ways and means to pay the salaries of Air India employees. ANI

WG scam: Sheila Dikshit refuses to comment on leaked CAG report
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday refused to comment on the recently leaked report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which implicated her in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam. ANI

Price rise debate: BJP urges government to overcome inertia
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha, who led the debate in Parliament over the price rise from opposition's side, on Wednesday, urged the government to overcome its inertia and introduce a comprehensive food pricing and management policy. ANI

Karnataka Governor sanctions criminal prosecution of Yeddyurappa
Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj on Wednesday sanctioned the prosecution of outgoing chief minister BS Yeddyurappa for corruption. ANI

Separatists call for shutdown to protest against custodial death in Kashmir
Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday called for a shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir to protest the recent custodial death of Nazim Rashid.e urged the state government to punish the guilty as per law. ANI

To make the poor count, we need to count the poor
We are living in times in which the poor count. It is stated policy to reach the benefits of development to the last served, the most marginalised in society. From this overarching commitment, which in a sense defines policy, intent across sectors is the crucial importance of counting the poor. ANI

Army personnel practice for an upcoming boat race in Kochi
Army personnel are practicing for an upcoming boat race competition to be held in Kochi. ANI

Youth organization protest against illegal Bangladeshi migration in Assam
Activists of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYP), a youth organisation, took out a torch rally to protest against illegal Bangladeshi migration and the rise of prices of essential commodities in Assam. ANI

Mirwaiz seeks human rights' intervention in youth's custodial death
Reacting to the recent custodial killing of a youth, the chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has turned to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to look into alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Protest against Australian radio station for dubbing River Ganga a 'junkyard'
Members of the Vishal Bharat Sansthan in Varanasi have protested against an Australian radio station for describing the River Ganga as a 'junkyard' and India as a 'sh*t hole'. ANI

Gujarat Congress leader criticises Narendra Modi for not appointing Ombudsman
Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia has criticised the Narendra Modi led state government for not appointing a state Ombudsman. ANI

Ex-NSA Mishra accuses UPA Government of strategic ineptness
Former National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra has accused the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government of pursuing policies of strategic ineptness. ANI

Violence in Xinjiang may strain China-Pakistan relations
The restive Xinjiang province in China has been in the throes of violent incidents for nearly a month . In the most recent incidents, about 20 people have reportedly been killed by members of the minority Uighur community in what is being termed as 'terrorist attacks". In yet another incident, about a week ago, rioters stormed a police station in Hotan; the assault left 18 people dead. ANI

Senior Leadership Announcement at JWT Delhi
JWT India today announced the appointment of Sanjeev Bhargava as Managing Partner JWT Delhi. In this leadership role he will be responsible for JWT Delhi and ensure future leadership in our fastest growing and most admired office. JWT Delhi is admired for the bluest-of-blue -chip brands, and a proven track record of winning the best accolades. Sanjeev Bhargava- Managing Partner JWT Delhi Business Wire India

The American India Foundation (AIF) Highlights Skill Development in India
The American India Foundation (AIF), in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NDSC), held its third national knowledge seminar on skill development entitled “Skilling India’s Youth: Successes, Lessons, and the Way Forward” at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on August 3, 2011 Business Wire India

Tata Sky creates history with Tata Sky Mobile Access
Tata Sky, the leading Direct-to-Home service provider, has once again proved its technology dominance with its new Tata Sky Mobile Access application rising to No. 1 application to be downloaded on the App Store within a week of its launch. Speaking on the new landmark, Mr Business Wire India

Canon expands its Document Management Solutions domain
-- Deepens compelling propositions for SMB’s -- Launches easy solution which integrates within your printing environment -- Names the solution as ‘Printeaze’ Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No 1 Business Wire India

AREVA T&D India successfully flags off India’s first 1200 kV Capacitive Voltage Transformer
-- FIRST local manufacturer to have developed and type tested 1200 kV CVT -- CVT will be supplied to Power Grid for its test station at Bina, Madhya Pradesh AREVA T&D India’s Transmission business (part of Alstom Grid) flags off India’s first 1200 kV Capacitive Voltage Transformer (CVT) at Hosur. Areva-1200kV-Flag-Off-Photo Business Wire India

Leadstart Publishing and Landmark Bookstore Host the Launch of Jayanta Ray’s Latest Book ‘Withered Leaves’, Released by the Hands of Prof. Dr. Y. V. Reddy, Padma Vibhushan Awardee and Former Governor of RBI
Business Wire India

Mr Harsh Pati Singhania Congratulates The Graduands at IILM Convocation 2011
The annual convocation ceremony of IILM Institute for Higher Education Lodhi Road, New Delhi and Gurgaon, was held on August 1, 2011. Mr Harsh Pati Singhania, Managing Director, JK Papers Limited, presided over the convocation and awarded Certificates of Merit to the students Business Wire India

Announcing the Karmayog CSR Ratings of India's Largest 500 Companies – 2010
The Karmayog Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) study and ratings present a snap-shot of the largest 500 companies in India, with specific focus on their CSR initiatives Business Wire India

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