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Clinton meets Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa here. ANI

Congress slams BJP for its double standards
The Congress on Wednesday criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for skirting the issue of Karnataka B.S Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister of southern state of Karnataka and his aides trying to influence the Lokayukta, state level Ombudsman and his probe into illegal mining and other scams in the region. ANI

Kashmir leader, residents condemn arrest of separatist Fai in US
Residents of Kashmir on Wednesday criticised the arrest of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai by American authorities. ANI

BJP slams Mayawati Government over land acquisition issue
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday criticised the Mayawati-led government in Uttar Pradesh for misusing its administrative powers in acquiring land and lower than estimated rates. ANI

India signs 315 million dollar loan agreement with ADB for Karnataka highway improvement project
India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a 315 million dollar loan agreement for the Karnataka State Highway Improvement Project. ANI

Delhi Police arrest Hindustani, second in 'cash-for-votes' scam
Delhi Police made the second arrest in the 2008 'cash-for-votes' scam by taking into custody Suhail Hindustani on Wednesday. ANI

Officials still preparing inventory at Satya Sai Baba's Whitefield hermitage
Trustees of the late Sathya Sai Baba along with a team sent by the Urban District Deputy Commissioner, continue to prepare an inventory of the wealth and assets in the 'Brindavanam' hermitage at Whitefield on the outskirts of Bangalore. ANI

China targets Arunachal karate players, issues them staple visas
Sticking to its position, China has once again issued stapled visas to sportspersons from Arunachal Pradesh, due to which three Karatekas were unable to represent India in the 11th Asian Karate-do Championship (Junior and Cadet) to be held at Quanghou City in Fujjian province of China from July 20 to 25. ANI

Centre asks states to be ready to implement food security norms
The Centre is working on Food Security Bill that will go to the cabinet for approval very soon. ANI

Ghatowar takes addition charge as MOS (Parliamentary Affairs)
Paban Singh Ghatowar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has taken additional charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. ANI

Krishna felicitates new Pakistan FM Khar
External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna has felicitated Hina Rabbani Khar on her appointment as Pakistan's new foreign minister. ANI

Krishna to participate in ninth India-ASEAN post-ministerial conference in Bali
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna will participate in the ninth India-ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Consultations and the ASEAN regional forum ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia from July 22-23. ANI

President Patil to visit Korea, Mongolia
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will undertake a state visit to the Republic of Korea from July 24 to 27 at the invitation of President Lee Myung-bak. ANI

Bareilly baby boy with 34 fingers and toes sets new Guinness record
Akshat, a baby boy over the age of one, registered his name in the Guinness world records for having a total of 34 fingers and toes. ANI

Dalai Lama returns to India from United States
Devotees and admirers of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader welcomed him back on Wednesday on his return from the United States. ANI

UP farmers happy with high court's verdict of returning land to owners
Uttar Pradesh farmers on Wednesday expressed their happiness over the verdict of Allahabad High Court, which struck down the acquisition of 589 hectares of land in two villages of Greater Noida. ANI

Arms seized from militant hideout in Rajouri
In a joint operation, personnel of police and paramilitary outfit in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district has recovered a huge cache of arms, ammunition and allied materials from the hideout of militants. ANI

Home Secretary R.K. Singh to attend SAARC meet in Thimpu
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh will be leaving for Thimphu tomorrow to attend the fourth meeting of Home Secretaries of the SAARC nations to be held July 22. ANI

Cash-for-vote scam: Police quiz Sohail Hindustani
The Delhi police on Wednesday questioned Sohail Hindustani, a suspect and an alleged middleman for his role in the case in the cash-for-vote scam case of 2008 in New Delhi. ANI

Kerala HC directs Air India to pay Rs 75 lakh compensation to victims
The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed Air India to pay a compensation of 75 lakh rupees to the family of a victim killed in the air crash at Mangalore Airport in May last year. ANI

Project 'SANGAM' to help defence pensioners
Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Nand Kishore has recently launched a software project 'SANGAM' for defence pensioners. ANI

Raman Singh meets Chidambaram
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh met Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram to discussed the law and order situation of the state here today. ANI

Three Maoists surrender in Orissa
Three Maoists laid down arms before police authorities on Wednesday in Orissa's Keonjhar District. ANI

Maoists' threat delays bridge construction in Latehar
The delay in the construction of bridges over two major rivers connecting some villages in the Maoist-dominated region of Jharkhand's Latehar District has increased the villagers' distress, particularly during floods in monsoon. ANI

Air India flight makes emergency landing in Kanpur
An Air India plane has reportedly made an emergency landing in Kanpur. ANI

'Those who do not read Gita should leave India', says Karnataka Minister Kageri
Karnataka Education Minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri has said that it the duty of every Indian to respect sacred Hindu text, Bhagavad Gita, else they should leave the country. ANI

VHP activists protest against Digvijay Singh in Allahabad
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists protested against the remarks of senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). ANI

Rahul Gandhi to promote Youth Congress membership drive in Uttar Pradesh
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will undertake a two-day tour from Thursday to promote membership drive of the Youth Congress in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Extremist and three arms suppliers arrested in Ranchi
Jharkhand Police arrested a hardcore People Liberation Front of India (PLFI) extremist and three arms suppliers in two different incidents here on Tuesday. ANI

Why is the educated adivasi woman still in darkness?
The evils of society somehow seem to impact women more. This is true down the ages, in practically every society. ANI

West Bengal development projects and programmes will continue: Amit Mitra
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, who met Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, has said that the developmental projects and programmes of the state will continue. ANI

Anti-Telangana leaders press for unified Andhra Pradesh
Congress leaders who are against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh met Home Minister, P. Chidambaram to persuade the central government to not give into the pressure for creation of the separate state of Telangana. ANI

Pilot project on smart grid technology to be launched across India
Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations, has said that several pilot projects based on smart grid technology would be launched across India to develop the effectiveness of India's power sector. ANI

Jairam Ramesh calls for social audit in anti-poverty scheme
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has emphasised on the need for social audit in anti-poverty Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. ANI

Hillary Clinton to meet Jayalalithaa today
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is on a three-day official visit to India, will meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa here today. ANI

IDFC Announces the Appointment of Girish Nadkarni as ‘Partner’ at its Private Equity Business
IDFC has appointed Girish Nadkarni as ‘Partner’ at IDFC Private Equity business today. A seasoned finance and business professional Girish brings to the table two decades’ of experience in diverse fields like Buyouts, Corporate Finance, Treasury and Risk management, Business Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Financial Reporting, Taxation and setting up new businesses. Mr Business Wire India India Limited Schedules First Quarter Ended June 30, 2011 Earnings Results Conference Call for July 26, 2011 India Limited (Nasdaq: REDF), one of the premier worldwide online providers of news, information, communication, entertainment, mobile and shopping services, will release its results for the First Quarter ended June 30, 2011 at 8.30 am ET (5:30 am Pacific Time / 6:00 pm India Time) on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. In conjunction with this release, will host a conference call Business Wire India

AbsolutData Announces the “Analytics Advantage” Program
AbsolutData Technologies Inc. has recently introduced an innovative program called ”Analytics Advantage” which allow companies to enjoy the benefits of analytics without the cost, hassle and time involved in establishing one’s own in-house capability Business Wire India

LeasePlan Reinforces its Commitment to the Green Cause
LeasePlan India, the country's largest operational leasing company, has launched a plantation drive in Meoka. A small village with a population of about 450 people, Meoka is located on the Gurgaon– Pataudi road, Haryana. As a part of the initiative, LeasePlan undertook the plantation of over 700 trees on an acre of land close to the village school Business Wire India

LoyaltyOne and Direxions Partner for Success in India’s Consumer Market
LoyaltyOne, an Alliance Data company and a global provider of loyalty strategy and programs, customer analytics and relationship marketing services, today announced it has acquired a 26 percent stake in India-based Direxions Marketing Solutions Pvt. Ltd Business Wire India

7Seas Entertainment Launches 10 New Mobile Games
7Seas Entertainment Limited, an IP based independent game development company(BSE—7Seas scrip code 590116), is proud to announce today the launch of 10 exciting mobile games across action, arcade, racing, shooting and sports genres. LEFT:Mr.L.Maruti Sanker,M.D.,7Seas Entertainment Limited & RIGHT: Mr.Bidhan Kankate,Regional Director,NASSCOM Business Wire India

GETIT Launches integrated Digital Services in Kolkata
GETIT Infoservices Ltd., the leader in directional advertising and pioneer of Yellow Pages in India, now goes digital. It launched its two exciting services getitFREEADS-classifieds on phone to buy/sell anything and CallGetit– local search service providing 24x7 right answers in West Bengal, starting with Kolkata Business Wire India

IDG Ventures India invests $3 Million in Vserv, the leading In-App Mobile Advertising Network in India
Vserv, the leader in Mobile In-App Advertising in India, announced today that it has closed $3 Million in Series A funding by IDG Ventures India. Vserv is a leading mobile advertising network focused on emerging markets having delivered In-App and Wap advertising in over 200 countries for leading Fortune 500 brands Business Wire India

Praj Invites Nominations for Maha-Intrapreneur Awards 2011
Maha-Intrapreneur Awards, the novel awards promoting intrapreneurship, now in its fourth year, are open for nominations for the Year 2011 Business Wire India

University confers Honorary Doctorate upon Mr. Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President, Canon India
Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President, Canon India, has been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate degree by Chitkara University; a Chandigarh based leading university of Himachal Pradesh & Punjab. The honor is in recognition of Mr. Bharadwaj’s contribution to Indian business as a leader, marketer and a brand evangelist. Mr. Bharadwaj was conferred the honor at a recent event held in New Delhi Business Wire India

Explore India’s exotic Wilderness with Nature Wanderers’ Latest Photography Expeditions
Nature Wanderers, India’s leading wildlife photography organization, today, announced two of its latest wildlife outing in India that will let photography enthusiasts explore Indian wildlife behind the lens. The group will be kick starting its adventure with a 7 day photo tour of Ladakh from August 24 – 31, 2011 Business Wire India

NetEnrich Earns a Spot as a Leading Technology Startup in the Prestigious Red Herring Top 100 North America
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QAI becomes APMG’s First Registered ATO for MoP™ Training in India
QAI (, the leading workforce development and consulting organization, has become APMG’s first and currently the sole Accredited Training Organization (ATO), based out of India for offering MoP™ trainings Business Wire India

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