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Uma Bharti leads BJP protest against Mayawati Government in Lucknow
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti led a protest by party activists against the Mayawati-led Uttar Pradesh Government on Thursday for not making efforts to improve the weakening law and order situation in the state. ANI

Chidamabaram asks Jharkhand Government to take action against five top cops
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday sent a letter to the Jharkhand Government, demanding a strict review and change of the state police set up. ANI

BJP refuses to comment on Justice Hegde's unreleased illegal mining report
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday refused to comment on the leaked report of the Karnataka Lokayukta JUstice (retired) Santosh Hegde, which indicts Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and several party ministers in the state's illegal mining business. ANI

Couple killed in Jharkhand for practising witchcraft
Some residents of Jharkhand's Lohardaga District lynched a couple after accusing them of practising witchcraft on Wednesday. ANI

Congress leadership behind cash for vote scam: Karat
Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Prakash Karat on Thursday blamed the Congress party leadership for the 2008 cash-for-vote scam. ANI

BJP protests against government atrocities on unauthorised colonies
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists on Thursday staged a protest here against alleged government atrocities on people residing in unauthorised colonies. ANI

Yechury demands resignation of Yeddyurappa on moral grounds
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader Sitaram Yechury on Thursday demanded the resignation of Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, after the state Lokayukta, Justice Santosh N Hegde, indicted him in mining scam. ANI

Slain 26/11 police officer's daughter gets job in Mumbai
Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram said in a statement on Thursday that the daughter of slain 26/11 police officer Vijay Salaskar, Divya Salaskar, has been given a job in the Maharashtra Sales Tax Department. ANI

Chidambaram launches revamped official languages department website
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday launched the revamped website of the Department of Official Languages here. ANI

Chidambaram releases book on disaster management in India
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram released a book on disaster management in India prepared by the disaster management division in the ministry here today. ANI

Congress demands Yeddyurappa's immediate resignation
Congress party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Thursday demanded the immediate resignation of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa after the state's Lokayukta, Justice (retired) Santosh Hegde confirmed that Yeddyurappa has been indicted in his report on the illegal mining scam in the state. ANI

Khurshid refuses to comment on corruption charges against Yeddyurappa
Union Law Mnister Salman Khurshid on Thursday refused to comment on the charges of rampant corruption against Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa referred by state Ombudsman (Lokayukta) Justice Santosh N Hegde in his report. ANI

Khurshid, Natarajan call for stricter enforcement of environmental laws
Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Thursday called for stricter enforcement of the ecological laws at a seminar in New Delhi. ANI

Tourist influx in Kashmir Valley affected by hiked air fare
With the influx of tourists and pilgrims in Srinagar, there has been a sudden hike in air ticket prices. ANI

India's food inflation dips to 7.58 percent; Mukherjee sees further decline
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that the food inflation situation could improve further by year end. ANI

Police arrest Mumbai fashion designer over property dispute
Mumbai Police have arrested fashion designer Anjali Sharma in connection with her role in a property dispute. ANI

Jairam Ramesh to review rural development programs in Chhattisgarh
Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh will visit Chhattisgarh on July 22 to take stock of the progress of the flagship programs of the Ministry in the state. ANI

Team Anna initiates referendum on Lokpal Bill
Social activist Anna Hazare team today initiated a "referendum" on Lokpal Bill in Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency represented by Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. ANI

Cloudburst in Manali: One dead, eight missing
At least one person died and eight were missing, and several others were injured following a cloudburst near Himachal Pradesh's Manali town on Thursday. ANI

Rahul Gandhi urges youth to fight illegal land acquisition in UP
Raising concern over the illegal land acquisition by the Uttar Pradesh government, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged youth of the state to fight for the rights of their farmers. ANI

Karnataka mining scam: Congress demands immediate resignation of Yeddyurappa
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Thursday demanded immediate resignation of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa after Lokayukta Justice Santosh N Hegde Hegde confirmed that Yeddyurappa has been indicted in his report on the illegal mining scam in the state. ANI

Fait Accompli: Kashmir loses one junket genie
There are some embarrassed faces, some awkward silences in newspapers and television channels in North India. They belong to some of those journalists and academicians who availed the hospitality offered by Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, who ran the Kashmiri American Council, also known as the Kashmir Center. ANI

Cabinet approves merger of SBI Commercial with SBI
The Union Cabinet today approved acquisition of the State Bank of India Commercial and International Bank Ltd. (SBICI Bank Ltd.) by State Bank of India (SBI). ANI

Reservation for women in Panchayati Raj institutions to be enhanced
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for enhancing reservation for women in Panchayati Raj institutions from one-third to at least 50 per cent ANI

Cabinet approves draft of Benami Transaction Prohibition Bill 2011
The Union Cabinet today approved a proposal for enactment of a new legislation in the form of the Benami Transactions Prohibition Bill 2011. ANI

Election Commission gears up for Uttar Pradesh polls
Gearing up for next year's Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, the Election Commission (EC) launched a special van to spread awareness among voters in Lucknow on Thursday. ANI

Maoist ultra Arun Tirkey arrested in Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh police arrested a Maoist ultra, identified as Arun Tirkey from Jashpur district. ANI

Karnataka mining scam: Justice Hegde confirms Yeddyurappa's involvement
Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh N Hegde on Thursday confirmed that Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has been indicted in his report on the illegal mining scam in the state. ANI

Krishna to meet Pak FM on July 27
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna will meet Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar for bilateral talks in Delhi on July 27. ANI

SC appoints committee to supervise assets of Padmanabhaswamy Temple
The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed a five-member expert committee to supervise the unearthing and preservation of assets of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. ANI

Yet another call to save the Himalayas
The Himalayan region is a treasure-trove of bio-diversity, of abundant natural resources and a people who live their lives in tune with nature. ANI

Communist party organises protests against corruption, price rise in Kashmir
Activists of Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday carried out a protest demonstration against price rise and corruption in Srinagar. ANI

Mumbai's video surveillance to be upgraded
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that the state government was in the process of putting an improved video surveillance structure in place post 13/7 Mumbai triple blasts. ANI

NIS Patiala to demerge from Sports Authority of India: Maken
Jolted by the recent expose of doping scandal among Indian athletes, Sports Minister Ajay Maken has said that National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala would be separated from Sports Authority of India (SAI). ANI

K. V. Thomas warns states to lift off their grains or loose procurement quota
Food Minister KV Thomas has asked the states to expedite the procurement of 15 million tonnes of specially allocated foodgrains. ANI

India test fires short range ballistic missile
India on Thursday successfully test-fired the first flight of Prahaar, a short-range tactical missile, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur on sea in Orissa. ANI Crosses 3 Million Subscribers Mark, is 115th Most Popular Site in India, India’s first and largest group buying/social commerce portal offering city-specific deep-discount deals, today announced that it has crossed the 3 million subscriber mark Business Wire India

Over 800 developers to participate in Yahoo!’s Open Hack Bangalore
Yahoo! India Research & Development announced its fourth Open Hack in India and 15th globally which will take place on July 30-31st in Bangalore. Building on the success of the most recent Open Hack in Europe which took place in Bucharest in May, Open Hack events take place several times a year in locations all around the world Business Wire India

Paul Writer Launches The Futurist Marketing Hall of Fame
Paul Writer ( a leading marketing advisory firm today announced the creation of India’s first virtual Hall of Fame Business Wire India

Syngene and Endo to expand their Collaboration in Cancer Research
Syngene International, a subsidiary of Biocon Ltd, the Indian biotechnology major, and Endo Pharmaceuticals USA (NASDAQ: ENDP) announced today that they have signed an agreement to expand their collaboration to develop novel biological therapeutic molecules against cancer. Syngene and Endo will partner on two new discovery programmes, strengthening their ongoing alliance in cancer research Business Wire India

Biocon Limited Announces Earnings for the First Quarter Ended June 30, 2011
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