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US' credit rating downgrade unlikely to affect Indian economy: SBI Chairman
The reduction of the United States' top-tier AAA credit rating from New York-based financial services company Standard and Poor's would not have any impact on the Indian economy, said State bank of India (SBI) Chairman Pratip Chaudhary said today. ANI

'Major challenge' Inflation can sustain India's growth momentum: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that India's major challenge in the short-term is inflation, which has implications of sustaining the growth momentum. ANI

BJP blames Prime Minister for appointing 'unqualified' Jadhav as Air India chief
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday held Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh responsible for appointing an 'unqualified' person at the helm of national carrier Air India which apparently led to financial mismanagement and losses as noted in the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report. ANI

India expected to be among top three economies in next two decades: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that India is the second fastest-growing large economy in the world, and is widely expected to be among the top three economies in the next two decades. ANI

BJP demands Dikshit's resignation over CAG's CWG report
Accusing the Congress Party of double standards, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Saturday demanded Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's resignation after she was indicted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India over irregularities observed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG). ANI

Mumbai Police arrests captain, chief engineer of cargo vessel MV Rak
Mumbai Police on Saturday arrested the captain and chief engineer of the cargo vessel MV Rak, which sank off the Mumbai coast on Thursday. ANI

Life arid without stories of Indian heritage and culture: Dikshit
Delhi is bound to become a world heritage city as it has a number of monuments connected to history, said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday. ANI

Women in Panchayats, a partnership that works
In the tribal society of Jharkhand, women have always held a pride of place. The heinous treatment, discriminatory trends that dog many parts of our country, especially in rural areas are not part of the mind-set, the cultural, social ethos of these communities. ANI

Police chief Khoda claims militancy has reduced significantly in Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda has said there has been a significant decrease in militancy. ANI

Chinese man, 80, diagnosed with HIV through 'frequent unprotected sex'
An 80-year-old Chinese man has been diagnosed with HIV, probably contracted through having "frequent unprotected sex." ANI

UPA Govt. not committed to fight corruption: Prakash Karat
Hitting out at the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre over the exclusion of the Prime Minister from the ambit of Lokpal Bill, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said that the government is not serious in dealing with corruption spiralling in the country. ANI

MEA disapproves assault on Sri Lankan pilgrims in Chennai
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has strongly disapproved the unfortunate assault on Sri Lankan pilgrims in Chennai on August 3. ANI

Congress Core Group meeting underway at PM's residence
A Congress Core Group meeting is underway at Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's official 7, Race Course residence to discuss strategies for next week's Parliament session. ANI

CAG report blames Delhi CM for losses, PMO for endorsing Kalmadi
In a big blow to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has indicted the Prime Minister's Office and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in their report on the irregularities observed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG). ANI

Lokpal Bill row: Mumbai tiffin box suppliers to back Hazare's protest
Mumbai city's famed tiffin box suppliers or 'dabbawalas' have decided to go on strike on August 16 in support of veteran social activist Anna Hazare's demand for a stronger Lokpal Bill. ANI

CBI grills Ramdev's key aide Balakrishna in fake passport case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned Balakrishna, a close aide of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, for around seven hours here on Friday in connection with a fake passport case. ANI

Sonia Gandhi moved out of ICU after successful surgery
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who successfully underwent a surgery on August 4, has been moved out of the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in the United States after remaining there for a day. ANI

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