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Lalu, Mulayam criticize Chidambaram for 'no intelligence failure' statement
Leaders of the regional Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday criticized Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram over his statement that there was no intelligence failure on the serial blasts that rocked the financial capital of the country on Wednesday. ANI

Congress pulls up Opposition for politicising Mumbai serial blasts
Congress Party on Thursday hit out at the Opposition parties for politicising the serial blasts in Mumbai, which killed at least 18 persons and injured over 131 others. ANI

PM to present awards to best performing states in agriculture field
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will deliver the 83rd Foundation Day Lecture of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) here on Saturday, and present awards to chief ministers of winner states selected for the best performance in agriculture. ANI

Mumbai blasts: PM announces ex-gratia assistance for victims
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has announced ex-gratia assistance of two lakh rupees each to the next of kin of the deceased in Mumbai bomb blasts. ANI

Mumbai blasts: Govt. will prevent such attacks in future, says PM
Condemning the barbaric acts of terror that resulted in the senseless killing and injuring of innocent people in Mumbai yesterday, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the government will do everything in its power to prevent such attacks in the future. ANI

Premature to name militant outfit behind Mumbai blasts: UK Bansal
A day after serial blasts rocked the financial of the country, UK Bansal, Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry, on Thursday said it is premature to name any militant outfit behind the Mumbai blasts. ANI

Hillary to share details of US -Taliban talks with India
United States will update India about its preliminary talks with the Taliban and will also seek India's suggestions on reconciliation when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits India for the strategic dialogue next week. ANI

Sophisticated explosive device used in Mumbai blasts, says Home Secretary
Union Home Secretary, Raj Kumar Singh, on Thursday said sophisticated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) containing ammonium nitrate were in the Mumbai serial blasts. ANI

Rahul Gandhi's statement condones militancy: BJP
Criticizing Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi over his comments on the Mumbai serial blasts, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said his statement abets militants in these blatant acts of violence. ANI

Talks with Pakistan on track, says Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said the talks with Pakistan are on track and there is no change in the foreign minister level talks scheduled to take place in New Delhi on July 27 post the serial blasts in Mumbai. ANI

Ramesh to reach out to people in Maoists affected districts
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that his ministry would reach out to people in Maoists affected districts of the country. ANI

Government committed to combating terrorism: Rahul Gandhi
Congress General Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that it was virtually impossible to stop all terrorist attacks, though every attempt was being made by the government and security agencies to do so. ANI

Govt., RBI working together to reduce inflation: Mukherjee
Stating that inflation figures reported for the month of June 2011 continues to be a matter of concern, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said the government is working together with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to take appropriate steps to reduce inflation to more comfortable level. ANI

Kishore Chandra Deo for efficient implementation of tribal welfare measures
The new Tribal Affairs Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo on Thursday stressed for the efficient implementation of tribal welfare measures. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee condemns Mumbai serial blasts
Stating that the indomitable spirit of the financial capital of the country would once again respond with courage and renewed vigour to such challenges, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the cowardly terrorist attack on the citizens of Mumbai yesterday. ANI

PM, Sonia to visit Mumbai to take stock after serial blasts
A day after three serial blasts rocked Mumbai, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will visit the city on Thursday to take stock of the situation. ANI

Vadodara students light candles to pay tribute to Mumbai blast victims
Students in Vadodara today paid homage to victims of the Mumbai blast by lighting candles on the premises of Maharaja Sayajirao University. ANI

Pradeep Kumar takes oath as Central Vigilance Commissioner
Former Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar took oath of office as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) here today. ANI

Antony asks DGDE to conduct reality check of defence land
Defence Minister A K Antony has directed the Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE) to immediately conduct a reality check on ground to determine the status of defence land all over the country. ANI

Mumbai blasts: Govt. must shed its ambivalence towards terrorism, says Advani
Hitting out at the Centre over Wednesday's serial blasts in Mumbai, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani today said the government must shed its ambivalence towards terrorism, and added that the repeated attacks on the financial capital of the country is not a failure of intelligence, but a failure of policy. ANI

India would like to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said India would like to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan in which all sections of the society, regardless of gender or ethnicity, can work shoulder to shoulder to secure a bright future for the country. ANI

Mumbai blasts an attempt to create tension between India, Pakistan: Farooq Abdullah
Condemning the serial blasts in Mumbai, Union Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah has said that it was an attempt to create tension between India and Pakistan by certain miscreants. ANI

Critical gaps exist in India's security system: Shyam Saran
Following the Mumbai serial blasts that killed at least 17 people, former foreign secretary Shyam Saran has said there are several loopholes existing in India's security strategies. ANI

Vice President, PM condemn Mumbai blasts
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai that claimed 17 lives and injuring many others. ANI

Mumbai limps back to normal after blasts
Life limped back to normal in Mumbai after serial blasts rocked the city killing at least 17 and injured over 130. ANI

High alert across Indian cities following Mumbai blasts
A security alert was sounded across the country in the wake of serial blasts in Mumbai. ANI

13/7 Mumbai blasts: Chidambaram rejects charges of intelligence failure
Union Home Minister P. Chidamabram on Thursday rejected suggestions from the media that there was intelligence failure on the part of the state and central governments in connection with Wednesday's serial blasts in Mumbai. ANI

Every city of India vulnerable to coordinated attack by terrorists: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday described Wednesday's three serial explosions Mumbai as unfortunate and warned that every city of India was vulnerable to coordinated attacks by terrorists. ANI

QSI Healthcare Opens Innovation Centre in India
Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII), a U.S.-based leading provider of high quality clinical, financial and connectivity solutions to medical practitioners and hospitals, has made a foray into the Indian market with the launch of QSI Healthcare in Bangalore, India Business Wire India

Xchanging Appoints Nimish Soni as Executive Director, Offshore Services - Asia
Xchanging (LSE: XCH), the business processing company, announces the appointment of Nimish Soni as Executive Director, Offshore Services – Asia, effective July 2011. Nimish will be based in Bangalore and will be responsible for the company’s BPO and ITO operations in Asia. This will include the company’s operations in India, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan Business Wire India

First- Ever All-Girls Team From India Participated in Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2011
-- 9 Teams from India including the only all-girls team from Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Delhi participated in the contest -- 94 Teams from 12 countries participated in the competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to build next generation vehicles 'Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2011’, an initiative by Shell Plc Business Wire India

Grohe Introduces New Faucet Collection- Allure Brilliant
GROHE from Germany, the world’s number 1 brand in sanitary fittings today announced the launch of the new line of premium bath fittings, Allure Brilliant from the GROHE SPA™ Collection. The new collection combines world-class design with the full gamut of modern technologies which lends your bathroom a unique identity and an exclusive aura Business Wire India

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