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Cabinet approves equity infusion of 1,200 crore rupees into Air India
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved an equity infusion of 1,200 crore rupees into Air India. ANI

Indian modules could have caused Mumbai blasts, says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said that there are indications of involvement of Indian module in the July 13 Mumbai blasts that killed 26 people. ANI

Cabinet approves special scholarship scheme for J-K
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved a special scholarship scheme for Jammu and Kashmir to encourage the youth of the state to pursue higher studies outside their State. ANI

Lokpal Bill row: Govt. is non- serious in tackling corruption, says Kejriwal
Condemning the Lokpal Bill tabled in the Parliament, RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption, on Thursday said the government does not want to deal with corruption seriously, as the common man is unlikely to benefit from the proposed bill. ANI

Land acquisition row: Anurag Thakur demands clarification from Haryana Govt.
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President Anurag Thakur on Thursday demanded a clarification from the Haryana Government over irregularities in land allocation to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT). ANI

Anurag Thakur demands PM's resignation for backing tainted ministers
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President Anurag Thakur on Thursday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh accusing him of continuously backing the tainted ministers and leaders of Congress party and its allies. ANI

Neeraj Grover's parents meet R.R. Patil, seek legal assistance
The parents of slain television executive Neeraj Grover met Maharashtra Home R.R. Patil here on Thursday to seek the best legal assistance in the shocking murder case. ANI

1,734 fast track courts to be set up for quick disposal of cases
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said that the Eleventh Finance Commission recommended a scheme for creation of 1,734 Fast Track Courts (FTCs) in the country for disposal of long pending Sessions and other cases. ANI

CWG scam: Congress defends Sheila Dikshit
Congress Party on Thursday defended Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the recently leaked report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which implicated her in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam. ANI

Photography business booms as tourists return to Kashmir
The influx of a large number of tourists in Kashmir Valley provided impetus to the business of tourist photographers. ANI

Practice of shifting cultivation by Orissa tribals poses threat to environment
Shifting cultivation practiced by the tribals in Orissa's Rayagada District is posing threat to the environment and forest resources. ANI

Brahmaputra dam issue: China not against India's interest, says Manmohan Singh
Responding to concern expressed by the lawmakers over China's plan to build dam across River Brahmaputra, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that China has assured New Delhi that nothing will be done against India's interests in the distribution of Brahmaputra river waters. ANI

What drives young people in Kashmir to self-destruction?
Conflict in any form has a devastating effect not only in terms of violence, destruction of lives and property, collapse of services and compromised pace of development but in more unseen ways, which are equally devastating. The effects of protracted conflict are insidious, marring the psyche of the people, causing injury which are not visible but causing immense pain, trauma. ANI

Sadananda Gowda sworn-in as Karnataka CM
DV Sadananda Gowda was on Thursday sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka. ANI

Krishna urges Sri Lanka to start dialogue with Tamils, and others
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Thursday urged Colombo to start a dialogue with all communities in Sri Lanka including Tamils for a lasting solution to the ethnic conflict. ANI

Multinational retail investors eye Northeast market
With peace and normalcy returning and insurgent groups talking with the Centre, multinational brands are now willing to invest in the northeast market. ANI

Upset Hazare burns copies of government version of Lokpal Bill
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare and his supporters burnt copies of the Lokpal Bill in Pune on Thursday, claiming that the anti-corruption legislation tabled in its present form in Parliament, would not be able to deal with corruption. ANI

Exchange of fire between militants, security personnel continues in Pulwama
The exchange of fire between the militants and the security personnel continued for the second consecutive day in Pachul village of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama District on Thursday. ANI

Lokpal Bill tabled in Parliament
The Lokpal Bill, which aims to set up an anti-corruption watchdog in the country, was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. ANI

Unwell Sonia operated upon in US
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has undergone surgery in the United States. ANI

Sadananda Gowda denies reports of split in Karnataka BJP
The newly elected Karnataka Chief Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda, on Thursday denied rumours of split within the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ANI

Govt. trying to achieve growth with a moderate rate of inflation: Mukherjee
Replying to the debate over rising prices in rising prices, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that there was no inherent contradiction between growth and inflation and the government was trying to achieve growth with a moderate rate of inflation. ANI

Breach in river embankment floods several villages in West Bengal
Over 20 villages were flooded after a breach in embankment of Fulohar River in West Bengal's Malda District. ANI

Land grabbing case: Former DMK minister, four others arrested
Former Tamil Nadu Minister and DMK leader N K K P Raja and four others were arrested here today in connection with a land grabbing case. ANI

Satyam scam: Ramalinga Raju denied bail
A metropolitan court in Hyderabad on Thursday rejected the plea of former Satyam chairman B. Ramalinga Raju, and seven others into the multi-crore financial scam case. ANI

Dalai Lama offers special prayers at Dharamshala's Tsuglag Khang Temple
Commemorating the auspicious day when Lord Buddha gave his first teachings to five disciples, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama offered special prayers at the Tsuglag Khang Temple in his abode in Dharamsala. ANI

CWG scam will be thoroughly investigated: Ajay Maken
Reacting to reports of major irregularities in the Commonwealth Games, Sports Minister Ajay Maken has said the accused would be thoroughly investigated. ANI

No land has been acquired for trust: Singhvi
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said that the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), which is run by party president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, has not forcibly acquired village land in Haryana as has been reported. ANI

Vaiko urges to stop giving economic assistance to Sri Lanka over Tamil row
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Chief V. Gopalswamy, also known as Vaiko, has urged the Indian government to stop providing economic assistance to Sri Lanka, following the alleged 'war crimes' committed on the ethnic Tamil community by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government. ANI

Sadananda Gowda to be sworn in as Karnataka CM today
DV Sadananda Gowda will be sworn-in as the new Karnataka Chief Minister here today. ANI

Dell’s Differentiated Enterprise Solutions and Services Driving Long-Term Value and Growth
-- Indian IT marketplace strategic to Dell growth plans -- With more than a quarter of all Dell employees based in India, it is a key part of Dell’s global growth Dell today shared its enterprise solutions and growth strategy at it’s first-ever industry analyst summit in India Business Wire India

Homeshop18.Com, One of India’s Fastest Growing E-Commerce Companies Announces the Acquisition of Online Books Retailer Coinjoos.Com, one of India’s fastest growing e-commerce companies announces the acquisition of, a niche player in the books, music and movies segment with a massive catalog of over 10 million books. The acquisition will help strengthen its books business and tap the massive books market accessing the technology and resources of CoinJoos Business Wire India

American Megatrends India Launches StorTrends 3400i in India
American Megatrends India, a high-end technology player focused on Embedded, Storage and Telematics solutions, and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Megatrends Inc., USA (AMI USA), today announced the launch of StorTrends 3400i in India. An IP-SAN (Internet Protocol Storage Area Network) storage system, StorTrends 3400i, consists of two Quadcore processors with one processor per controller Business Wire India Reaches Out to Buyers in its New Brand Campaign
-- brand awareness campaign goes live -- Aims to educate SMEs, especially buyers about the benefits of accessing verified suppliers online for their sourcing requirements -- Running successfully on Radio Mirchi (98.3 FM), Red FM (93.5 FM) & all major websites After achieving success in educating suppliers about generating sales online and growing their business, IndiaMART Business Wire India

Ezeego1 keeps the Independence Day Spirit
In celebration of the 64th Independence day,, the online travel market place has pledged to donate Rs. 10 on every flight booking made through its portal for travel between 11th August and 22nd August 2011. The money will go to the Mamta KG School near Worli Naka, Mumbai Business Wire India

GETIT Partners with to power Classifieds and Local Search
GETIT Infoservices Pvt. Ltd., the leader in directional advertising and pioneer of Yellow Pages in India has announced a strategic alliance with, one of the largest Citizen Journalism News Portal in the World and the largest in India, to create two unique services - Classifieds and Local Search sections on Business Wire India provides Platform for Service providers for Indian Weddings
Red Hot Web Gems (RHWG) has announced the much anticipated launch of - Connecting Soon-to-be-Married with Local Service Providers. It enables the bride and the groom to look for the right wedding services providers, ascertain their goodwill on the basis of the client review. BollywoodShaadis Business Wire India

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