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India keeping watch on global economy: Kaushik Basu
The Chief Economic Adviser to Finance Ministry, Kaushik Basu, on Monday said India is keeping a close watch on the global economy in wake of the credit downgrade of the US from AAA by Standard and Poor (credit rating agency), adding that the downgrade is not a cause for alarm. ANI

Tibetan PM-in-exile vows to engage with China
Lobsang Sangay, who was sworn-in as Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile at a public ceremony here today, said he will push for dialogue between other representatives of Tibetan exiles and the Chinese Government. ANI

Tributes paid to Tagore on his 70th death anniversary
Scores of students led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid floral tributes to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 70th death anniversary here on Monday. ANI

DoNER Ministry focuses on tourism, hydel power as growth drivers
The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region is ramping up its developmental efforts to boost employment in the region by focusing especially on hydel power generation and the growth of the tourism sector in the region. ANI

Assamese welcome NDBF's unilateral ceasefire declaration
People in Assam have welcomed the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction's ceasefire declaration. ANI

Guwahati hosts FICCI-MEA conclave
With a special focus on India's Look East policy, Guwahati recently played host to the third FICCI-MEA conclave on India's foreign policy. ANI

Fruit processing units coming up in Tripura
The agro-climatic conditions are favorable for the growth of various fruits and horticultural crops in Tripura. This offers great opportunities for fruit processing industries in the region. ecently, a Kolkata based company established a fruit-processing unit in Agartala. The unit collects pineapples from farmers in villages and pays them good money for their produce. ANI

Sadananda Gowda expands cabinet, 21 new ministers inducted
The newly elected Karnataka Chief Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda, on Monday inducted 21 new ministers into his cabinet. ANI

Japanese delegation visits Manipur
A two-member Japanese official delegation led by Minister Naoki Ito, and First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in India, Koju Matsubayashi, recently visited Manipur. ANI

Militants now targeting labourers in Manipur
After targeting employees in the education, banking and hospitality sectors, militants in Manipur are now targeting labourers. ANI

Now, development the watchword in Assam's Baksa District
With militancy on the decline in the northeast, development and progress have become the new watchwords in states such as Assam. ANI

CWG mess: 'I still stick to my statement', says Maken
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) moving separate privilege notices in both houses of Parliament against Sports Minister's statement on the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Ajay Maken on Monday said that he was willing to give clarifications in Parliament on his statement. ANI

Left leader Acharya demands Delhi CM's resignation over CAG's CWG report
Emphasizing on the need for an elaborate discussion after the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reviews the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India's report on irregularities in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG), senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Basudev Acharya on Monday demanded the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. ANI

'Demand for Joshi's resignation an ugly attempt to conceal corruption', says BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said the demand for removal of its senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi as Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman is an attempt by the Congress leaders to cover up their involvement in various corruption scandals. ANI

India needs to activate defence diplomacy in the region
A nation is identified by three main parameters, culture, economy and military might. In the modern context, any nation that has the money and the muscle is taken notice of in the world. ANI

Sweety goes to an Iftaar party
The Ramzaan month should really be in December. ANI

Mumbai oil spill: 'No cause for alarm', says Natrajan
Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanti Natrajan on Monday said there was no need to be alarmed about the oil spill off the Mumbai coast, adding that the situation was being monitored. ANI

Court orders probe into Oommen Chandy's role in Palmolein oil scam
A special court on Monday asked the prosecution to probe the role of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the 1992 Palmolein oil import deal. ANI

Lokayukta court summons former Karnataka CMs Yeddyurappa, Kumaraswamy
The special Lokayukta court today issued summons to former Karnataka Chief Ministers B S Yeddyurappa and HD Kumaraswamy and 14 others to appear before it on August 27 in connection with a private complaint against them alleging denotification of lands favouring Yeddyurappa's family members. ANI

Amarnath Yatra: An environmental disaster in the making
The Amarnath Shiv Lingam has melted once again, ten days before the yatra has ended officially. No one should be surprised or shocked. For the amount of pressure that the shrine board puts on the cave, it's a miracle the lingam lasted this long. ANI

Kashmir tourism industry needs better infrastructure, say some tourists
Tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir want better facilities such as roads, huts and parking facilities. ANI

Parliament adjourned over CAG report on CWG uproar
Parliament was adjourned for the day on Monday following an opposition uproar over the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) indictment of Delhi Government in the Commonwealth Games projects. ANI

Now, engineer comes out with India's first safety intravenous cannule to prevent needle stick injuries
Forty-year-old M K Maan of Mecmaan Healthcare has come up with a safety intravenous cannule, a device that prevents needle stick injuries among healthcare workers. ANI

Arunachal CM Gamlin attends unique fashion show in New Delhi
Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin attended a unique fashion show here on Sunday, which showcased attires of various tribes from the northeastern state. ANI

Lobsang Sangay takes oath as Tibetan PM-in-exile
Lobsang Sangay was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, marking a new beginning for exiled Tibetans as he takes over the political leadership of the movement from the Dalai Lama. ANI

CWG mess: NDA moves privilege notices against Sports Minister Ajay Maken
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Monday moved separate privilege notices in both houses of Parliament against Sports Minister Ajay Maken's statement on the Commonwealth Games. ANI

Internet use for personal work spoiling relationship between employers, employees
A new survey has indicated that employees using the Internet for personal work during office hours is spoiling their relationship with their employers and senior management staff. ANI

Karat slams Dikshit over alleged involvement in CWG scam
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) General Secretary Prakash Karat has criticized Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over her indictment in the recently published Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on irregularities observed in Commonwealth Games. ANI

Eunuchs offer chadar at Ajmer Sharif for speedy recovery of Sonia Gandhi
Eunuchs on Sunday offered prayers at the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty in Ajmer for the speedy recovery of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who successfully underwent a surgery on August 4. ANI

Digvijay Singh defends Dikshit on CWG scam
Defending Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over her indictment in the recently published report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on irregularities observed in Commonwealth Games, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has said the party has decided not to take any action against her. ANI

SC to hear suo-moto case on violence against Ramdev
The Supreme Court will hear today the suo-moto case on the police crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his followers at Ramlila Ground on June 4. ANI

IDBI Federal Launches Insured Wealth Plan
Private life insurer IDBI Federal Life Insurance today announced the launch of its new ULIP called Wealthsurance® Dreambuilder Insurance Plan which will enable customers to save and build wealth under the protective cover of insurance. Wealthsurance® combines wealth creation and insurance protection into one powerful financial solution Business Wire India

Great Lakes Launches its 2nd Batch of Post Graduate Working Professional Program in Management (PGWPM)
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, founded by Prof. Bala V. Balachandran is among the top B-schools in the country. Great Lakes Institute of Management’s Post Graduate Working Professional Program in Management (PGWPM) today, launched its second batch. The Chief Guest for the launch was Shri H. Jayaram, Executive Director & CEO, GMMCO Business Wire India

Interchangeable Optical Filters Enable High Speed Multispectral Imaging Camera
The SpectroCam™ Multispectral Imaging (MSI) Camera is now available from Ocean Thin Films (OTF) in a new development platform that combines a scientific-grade CCD array with a precision rotating optical filter wheel to create the world’s first fully configurable MSI camera Business Wire India

Getit brings Magic to the iPhone by Launching its Local Search App for the first time in India
Looking for something instantly? Getit, India’s broadest information search service, pioneers the launch of its local search App in India. This new Application makes the searching for your favourite pizza or multiplex easy and instant by providing access to search information anytime and anywhere on your iphone Business Wire India

Collabera becomes the 6th CMMI V1.3 Level 5 Organization in the World
Collabera, a leading provider of end-to-end technology, consulting, solutions and services announced that it has been successfully appraised at Level 5 of the SEI’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMi) version 1.3. Collabera is only the second organization in India and the sixth worldwide to have been appraised for version 1.3 of the CMMi practices Business Wire India

Quality Council of India and Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) under Ministry of Defense (GOI) signs MoU
In a historic development a MoU has been signed between Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) and Quality Council of India (QCI) to ensure quality Healthcare services to all its beneficiaries. ECHS aspires to provide to all its beneficiaries high quality medical care Business Wire India

Invitation to Rapaport Press Conference
When: 6.00 pm Mumbai, Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 Where: Ruby Room,Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai,India Rapaport India will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 to address trends in diamond pricing and trading, the positioning and future of the Indian diamond industry and ethical certification as a response to the Marange diamonds Business Wire India

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