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BJP clears its position on Lokpal Bill
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today contended that the Lokpal Bill should not impinge upon the structure of the Constitution and the Central government should not misuse it against state governments or political adversaries. ANI

Renewable energy based smart mini-grid system commissioned
Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde jointly commissioned India's first of its kind Renewable Energy Based Smart Mini-Grid System at TERI Retreat in Gurgaon today. ANI

Salman Khurshid to participate in Singapore International Water Week
Union Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid will participate in the Singapore International Water Week starting from Monday. ANI

Kapil Sibal takes first meeting with embers of Science and Technology advisory
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal today held a meeting with the members of the recently constituted Advisory Committee of Science and Technology. ANI

Campaign mode approach to reduce pendency in courts: Moily
A campaign mode approach is being launched from today till December 31 to reduce pendency in courts, Union Law and Justice Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily has said. ANI

India achieves major breakthrough in solar thermal cooling system technology
Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah today inaugurated the world's highest efficiency solar thermal cooling system at the Solar Energy Centre in Gurgaon, Haryana. ANI

New law for the rights of persons with disabilities
The committee appointed by the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry to draft a new legislation replacing the existing Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, has presented the final draft of the new law. ANI

Kapil Sibal on steps to promote Sindhi language
The first meeting of the re-constituted council of National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language (NCPSL) was held today under the Chairmanship of Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. ANI

Voters complain of corruption in Lok Sabha bye-election in Jamshedpur
People, who exercised their voting rights for the bye-election to the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat today complained about inflation and increasing corruption in the state and at the Centre. ANI

Uttarakhand Govt. issues red alert as heavy rains wreak havoc
The Uttarakhand Government has issued a red alert with the arrival of the monsoons to counter the effect of floods and landslides in the region. ANI

Kejriwal terms meeting with BJP leaders over Lokpal Bill positive
RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption, on Friday said the meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders over the enactment of a strong and effective Lokpal Bill was positive. ANI

Often deprivation leads villagers towards Naxalism
Bihar has many regions, which remain poor, backward reflecting the absence of a development pattern, which would take benefits to those stricken by poverty and resourceless. Perhaps, it is this, which has pushed the people towards another force that offers an alternative although in this case the cure is worse than the disease. ANI

Pakistan-US: A marriage made in hell
Want to eavesdrop on a spousal conversation and thank God that you aren't in an abusive relationship like this one? Read on. ANI

PM discusses current political situation with President Patil
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Friday during which they discussed the forthcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament and the current political situation. ANI

Money laundering case: Mumbai court rejects Hasan Ali's bail plea
A Mumbai sessions court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is accused of money laundering and tax evasion. ANI

Samjhauta blast: Court extends judicial custody of Aseemanand, two others declared offenders
A special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court extended the judicial custody of Samjhauta train blast accused Swami Aseemanand and declared Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra proclaimed offenders (POs) on Friday. ANI

Maoists' threat looms large in West Bengal
Maoists' threat looms large in rebel-infested West Bengal's Lalgarh area as extremists today observed martyrs day in the honour of its cadres killed in police firing. ANI

France committed to civilian nuclear cooperation with India: Jerome Bonnafont
French Ambassador to India, Jerome Bonnafont, has said that France is strongly committed to the development of an innovative, broad-based and dynamic civilian nuclear cooperation with India. ANI

Grover murder case: Jerome gets 10 years, Maria 3
A Mumbai Session Court on Friday sentenced Kannada actress Maria Susairaj to three years while her boyfriend Emile Jerome Mathew, a Navy Lieutenant, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the murder case of television executive Neeraj Grover. ANI

Pakistanis want peace, says Maj Gen (Retd) B.N. Dhar
Major General (Retired) Brij Nath Dhar, a Kashmiri- speaking commissioned officer of the first post-Independence batch of Indian Military Academy Dehradun, says that people in Pakistan want peace and nothing else. ANI

Lokpal Bill row: Team Anna meets BJP leaders
Gandhian Anna Hazare and his civil society activists' team met senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders here on Friday ahead of the all-party meeting scheduled on July 3 to discuss the draft anti-graft Lokpal Bill. ANI

Bad weather suspends Amarnath pilgrimage
The Amarnath pilgrimage was suspended this morning because of bad weather on both routes leading to the cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag District. ANI

India, Malaysia CECA to be effective from Frida
The Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between India and Malaysia, which seeks to boost bilateral trade to US 15 billion dollars by 2015 will come into effect from today. ANI

Rahul Gandhi to visit Forbesganj
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will visit Forbesganj in Bihar's Araria District on Friday to understand the circumstances that led to the killing of four Muslims in police firing on June 3. ANI

Lokpal Bill row: Anna Hazare to meet Sonia Gandhi on Saturday
Gandhian Anna Hazare is expected to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi here on Saturday to seek her support on the Jan Lokpal Bill. ANI

Dhanuka Agritech Commences Trade at NSE
Dhanuka Agritech Ltd, Bombay Stock Exchange listed (BSE:507717), India’s leading crop protection solutions provider and a part of Rs. 500 crores (USD 125 million) Dhanuka Group, has received listing permission on National Stock Exchange (NSE) trading under the scrip code Dhanuka-EQ. The scrip opened at Rs 92.60 and touched a high of Rs 96.95 on the very first day of trading Business Wire India

Uflex Ltd. becomes a member of Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN)
Uflex Ltd., the Bombay Stock Exchange (UFLEX: 500148) and NSE listed, India's largest flexible packaging company, has joined Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) as one of its members Business Wire India

Indian University Team SIFE CBS Named Second Runners-up of 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition
-- Global contest to recognize and encourage young entrepreneurial ideas -- Team from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi with Project ‘Sanitations Solutions’ Dell and the University of Texas at Austin’s RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service have announced the winners of the 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition at an awards ceremony in Austin, Texas Business Wire India

CM Prithviraj Chavan Launches Maharashtra Milestone
Maharashtra Milestone, a bimonthly and bilingual magazine in English and Marathi, dedicated to road transport and safety, was launched by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan here on Tuesday. L to R : Satya Swaroop, Managing Editor - New Media; S.K Business Wire India

Children’s Cube Chair cum Table now in India
furniture introduce a new series of Chair cum Table called Cube Chair. It is made by Childrens Factory in USA and is now imported exclusively to India. The innovative design of the Cube Chair allows the same item to be used for kindergarten children, primary school children as well as adults just by turning it around Business Wire India

GETIT Announces Robust Business Plans to Double its Business in Karnataka
-- Launches getitFREEADS™ on voice -- Launches mobile apps-GETIT SMS App -- Targets to grow SME registrations from Karnataka to around 20,000 SMEs GETIT Infoservices Pvt. Ltd Business Wire India

9XM Plans a Series of Initiatives in the Digital Arena
Having captivated viewers with the most entertaining content on television, 9XM, India’s No.1 Hindi Music Channel , has now planned a series of initiatives for its ever increasing community in the digital space. The animated characters of 9XM have grown very popular on the internet, across social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and 9XM’s official website – www.9xm.in Business Wire India

Innosight Announces Leadership Changes
Innosight, an innovation and growth consulting firm, announced that Matthew Eyring has been elected the firm’s first Managing Partner. In this position Eyring, formerly Innosight’s president, will lead the firm’s strategy and operations. Business Wire India

Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC To Open New Business & Technology Centre in Bangalore, India
Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC, a global leader in specialty chemicals and materials, announced that its subsidiaries, Momentive Performance Materials and Momentive Specialty Chemicals, will open a new regional business headquarters and state of the art Global Research and Development Centre in Bangalore, India. Business Wire India

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