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Corruption is essentially a governance issue, says Hamid Ansari
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Friday said that corruption, whichever way it is defined, is essentially a governance issue. ANI

Over 98 thousand villages electrified under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana
Union Power Ministry on Friday said that electrification works in 98,174 villages have been completed and free electricity connections to 167 lakh Below Poverty Line (BPL) households have been provided under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY). ANI

India and Kyrgyzstan hold Foreign Office consultations
The two-day Foreign Office consultations between India and Kyrgyzstan concluded here today. ANI

Rajkhowa-led ULFA central committee drops demand for sovereignty
Arabinda Rajkhowa-led ULFA central committee has dropped their decades old demand for sovereignty and expressed their willingness to seek a constitutional and political arrangement within the democratic framework of the Indian constitution through a peaceful dialogue ANI

Delhi High Court rejects Kalmadi's plea to attend Parliament session
The Delhi High Court on Friday refused permission for suspended Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi to attend the ongoing monsoon session of the Parliament. ANI

Telangana issue still in consultation process, says Chidambaram
Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday appealed to all sections of the people in Andhra Pradesh to allow consultation process on the Telangana issue to reach its logical conclusion. ANI

Land rules violated by Hooda, UPA governments for Gandhi trust: Rajnath Singh
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh has accused the UPA and Haryna Governments of violating rules related to land acquisition and insisted that there has been a gross abuse of political power in allocating land to a trust managed by the Nehru-Gandhi family. ANI

Gogoi describes meeting between Chidambaram, ULFA as significant
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday described the meeting between Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) delegation as a significant process in bringing peace in his state. ANI

C.P. Joshi launches 'Facebook Page of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways'
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr. C.P. Joshi launched the 'Facebook Page of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways' here on Friday. ANI

Delay in paying of NREGA worker wages is the biggest problem: Ramesh
Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has said that the delay in the payment of wages to workers is the biggest problem facing the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). ANI

Government to expand diabetes screening programme
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday said the central government will expand the diabetes screening programme all over the country to tackle its rising cases. ANI

Kashmiri welcome revision of travel advisories by Germany
Travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers and traders in Jammu and Kashmir have welcomed a German Government advisory to its nationals that the ban on their restrictions from visiting the scenic valley has been lifted. ANI

President Patil releases commemorative postage stamp on Rashtrapati Bhavan
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil released a commemorative postage stamp on Rashtrapati Bhavan today. ANI

Delhi CM Dikshit refuses to comment on CAG's CWG report
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday refused to comment on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam that indicts her government for irregularities and over spending. ANI

Sun-driven Ladakh
When I was visiting home for my summer break this time, it struck me how much sunshine this region received. Straddled by the Karakoram range of the Himalayas and adjacent to the Tibetan plateau, Ladakh is called the 'roof of the world'. ANI

Hamid Ali Rao appointed Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Hamid Ali Rao, presently Ambassador and permanent Representative of India to the UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in succession to Talmiz Ahmad. ANI

CISF constable kills fellow colleague at Delhi's Yamuna Bank Metro Station
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable allegedly shot dead a fellow lady constable posted along with him at the Yamuna Bank Metro Station in East Delhi this morning. ANI

Yakshagana should be recognised as the Karnataka art form: Moily
Inaugurating a four-day Yakshagana festival here on Thursday evening, the Union Minister for Corporate Affairs, Veerappa Moily, said that Yakshagana should be recognised as the art form of Karnataka, both in the country and internationally. ANI

CAG report on CWG tabled in Parliament
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam, which indicts the Delhi Government for irregularities and over spending, was tabled in the Parliament on Friday. ANI

Cash for vote scam: Supreme Court slams Delhi Police for shoddy probe
The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the Delhi Police for its shoddy probe of the 2008 cash-for-vote scam. ANI

Nobody pressurised for land allocation to Gandhi charitable trust: Manish Tiwari
Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari has said nobody was pressurised to lease land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) in Gurgaon. ANI

Government to set up panel to monitor misleading advertisements
The central government has decided to set up an inter-ministerial panel of 15 members to suggest ways to monitor misleading advertisements and also review existing laws in order to make them more effective. ANI

CBI engineered by ruling government: Ramdev
Slamming Congress-led UPA government, yoga guru Baba Ramdev has said Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a slave, which is engineered by government. ANI

ULFA delegation to meet Chidambaram in Delhi
An seven-member United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) delegation is expected to meet Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram here on Friday to carry forward the much-awaited peace talks between the government and the outlawed outfit. ANI

PM is being treated as class apart in Lokpal Bill: Jaitley
Criticizing the central government, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is being treated as a class apart in Lokpal Bill for the first time in the Constitution. ANI

Sonia Gandhi's surgery successful
Congress President Sonia Gandhi was recovering in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in the United States on Friday after undergoing successful surgery for an undisclosed ailment. ANI

Mumbai, Mangalore Students Excel; among Top three at Novartis Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp); to represent India at International BioCamp in Basle, Switzerland
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Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education Ranked among India’s Top Distance Learning Education Providers
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UFLEX Ltd Q1 FY11-12 Net Profit Up 58% at Rs. 96 crores
Uflex Ltd, the Bombay Stock Exchange (UFLEX: 500148) and NSE listed, India's largest flexible packaging company continues to grow from strength to strength registering a 58% increase in its consolidated net profit before extra ordinary income for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 at Rs. 95.57 crore as against Rs. 60.50 crore for the same period last year Business Wire India

FEATHERLITE Launches Breathtaking Living Room SOFA’S
Now, Featherlite proudly announces its foray into the LIVING ROOM FURNITURE segment with a first of its kind exclusive store for readymade, high quality, contemporary SOFA’S called “Featherlite Living” Featherlite-Living-Launch_1372 Business Wire India

Sapient Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results and Declares $0.35 Per Share Special Dividend
Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE) today reported the following financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011: -- Service revenues were $254.6 million compared to $200.4 million in the second quarter of 2010, an increase of $54.2 million or 27%. Sequentially, service revenues were up $13.3 million, or 6%, from $241.3 million in the first quarter of 2011 Business Wire India

The Times Group of India Selects Kronos
The Times Group, the largest media conglomerate in India, has selected a comprehensive workforce management suite from Kronos Incorporated to automate and centralize workforce business processes for its 12,000 employees Business Wire India

JRE Group of Institutions led by Educomp & Raffles, Singapore Launches on Aug 5
JRE Group of Institutions (Academic partnership of Raffles Education Corporation Limited, Singapore and Educomp Solutions Ltd, India) is going to be inaugurated on 5th of August, 2011. The welcome ceremony of the pioneer PGDM batch 2011-13 at JRE School of Management will also take place on the same day. Dr. K.C Business Wire India

Global Health Advocates India and INP +, Release Recommendations for the Next Phase of the National Aids Control Programme (NACP 4)
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