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Digvijay Singh backs Rahul Gandhi's statement on Mumbai blasts
Defending the sensitive statement of Rahul Gandhi on the recent Mumbai blasts, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of politicising the matter. ANI

BJP activists protest against Rahul Gandhi's comments on Mumbai blasts
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists staged a protest in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal city on Friday over Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's comments on the serial blasts in Mumbai. ANI

Devotees across India celebrate 'Guru Purnima'
Scores of devotees across India thronged various religious places on Friday to celebrate the Hindu festival of 'Guru Purnima'. ANI

Ishrat Jahan case: Gujarat HC appoints JV Ramudu as new SIT chief
The Gujarat High Court has appointed J V Ramudu, a 1981-batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, as the chief of the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004. ANI

Foreign Secretary Rao to open global conference on fisheries
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will inaugurate a two-day international conference on "Fisheries Issues" early next week. ANI

Mumbai blasts: Munde hits out at PM over intelligence failure
Expressing dissatisfaction with the Centre and the Maharashtra Government for being unable to curb the attack on the financial capital of the country, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde on Friday criticized the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, over the intelligence failure that led to Wednesday's serial blasts in Mumbai. ANI

Gorkhaland interim set up opposed, shutdown in Siliguri
The non-political outfits have called for a 12-hour shutdown here on Friday to oppose the proposed agreement between the West Bengal Government and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to finalise the newly agreed interim set-up in the disputed Gorkhaland region. ANI

Coimbatore traders stop cloth production due to rising cotton yarn prices
In the wake of unprecedented hike in cotton yarn prices, the traders of spinning textile mills in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore city have decided to discontinue production for the next ten days in order to voice their anger. ANI

President Patil on need for war against black money
President Pratibha Patil on Friday said the war against the black money should be fought through domestic and cross-border measures. ANI

Chief Minister Chavan could not contact police chief for 15 minutes after blasts
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that he could not contact the top brass of the police or other officials during Wednesday's serial blasts in Mumbai, as the mobile communication collapsed and the networks were congested. ANI

Noted Puri sculptor creates 8-foot high sculpture on terrorism
Attempting to spread awareness about eradicating the menace of militancy from the entire world, renowned sculptor artiste Sudarsan Pattnaik has created an eight-feet-high sand sculpture on the theme 'stop terrorism' in Orissa's Puri city in the wake of the serial blasts in Mumbai. ANI

Chinese police create ballroom for singing, dancing
The police bureau of Jingjiang city in East China's Jiangsu province, has specially set up a ballroom in its office building to meet the demand of some police officers who like singing and dancing. ANI

Arunachal highway project stalled despite PM's repeated promises
The people of Arunachal Pradesh are unhappy with the slow pace of development of the Rs.125 billion trans-state highway, despite a repeated declaration by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to complete the project by 2013, a step that would boost infrastructure in the strategic northeastern state bordering China. ANI

CCTV footage of Mumbai blasts being scrutinised: Home Secretary
Two days after three serial blasts rocked the financial capital of the country, Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh on Friday said 11 CDs of the CCTV footage of the Mumbai blasts are under investigation, and added that the investigators have identified a scooter in which one of the bombs was planted. ANI

Solar energy being promoted in Manipur
In an endeavor to promote the usage of solar energy, the Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA) has set a target for providing 10,000 solar water heaters under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Energy Mission. ANI

Manipur hosts fourth pineapple fair
The fourth edition of the annual state level pineapple fair was recently organized in Manipur. ANI

Manipur youth want a militancy free education zone
Living under the shadow of guns, blasts, extortion, and violence is difficult and studying in such an environment even more so. No surprise then that students in Manipur want education to be a militancy free zone. ANI

Coir industry creating employment for women in Tripura
Women in Tripura are now taking big strides towards financial independence by taking employment in coir industry. ANI

Northeast militant groups continue to indulge in violence
While most militant groups in the northeast are talking with the government for a peaceful settlement, there are some who are still engaged in violent activities in an effort to create instability in the region. ANI

Cost of living in Beijing higher than New York, says Mercer survey
Global consulting firm Mercer, which is trusted for human relations and related financial advice, products and services, has shown that the cost of living in Beijing is higher than in New York for expatriates. ANI

Tabla playing Bihar kid finds place in Limca Book of Records
A nine-year-old child artist from Bihar's Patna city has registered his name in the Limca Book of Records for playing fourteen 'tablas' simultaneously. ANI

India to host 14th annual meeting of APG on money laundering at Kochi
India will host the 14th annual meeting and 10th annual technical assistance and training forum of the Asia/Pacific Group (APG) on money laundering at the Le Meridien Hotel here from July 18 to 22. ANI

Cash for vote scam: Supreme Court criticizes Delhi Police
Expressing dissatisfaction with the probe done by the Delhi Police in the cash for vote scam that rocked proceedings in the Parliament in July 2008, the Supreme Court on Friday said the investigation must move fast and it must be brought to its logical conclusion. ANI

Journalists protest police brutality in Tripura
Journalists in Tripura protested against police brutality on some of their colleagues at a recently held rally. ANI

GSAT-12 to be launched today
India's latest communication satellite, the G-SAT 12, will be launched today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) in Sriharikota. ANI

Kupwara encounter: Woman hostage rescued
Army officials on Friday rescued a woman held hostage by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara District. ANI

Ramco Systems Selects Paul Writer as its Marketing Advisory Firm
Paul Writer is excited to announce that they were selected by Ramco Systems, a part of $875-million Ramco Group, to support their ongoing marketing efforts to establish leadership for Ramco OnDemand ERP, the most powerful ERP on the cloud. This follows a successful engagement to advise Ramco Systems on the 2010 launch of OnDemand ERP ( Business Wire India

Banyantree Infomedia Launches Extraprepare, India's First Hobby and Educational Resource Tool
India’s fastest growing information network, Banyantree Infomedia has proudly launched Extra-Prepare, a vertical educational directory. Extra-Prepare offers in-depth listings across 8 cities, making it a one-stop information node for all learning needs of people of all ages. It is a focussed portal that enlists information about educational and extracurricular needs Business Wire India

EnglishEdge Launches India’s first Portable Language Lab and Mobile based Language Learning
EnglishEdge, the leader in technology aided language learning has launched India’s first Portable language lab and mobile based language learning services. The introduction of EnglishEdge software on two new platforms – Tablets & Mobiles will take English learning experience to a much higher level Business Wire India

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