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Khar The Bagwati
In a recent film, Zindagi na Miligi Dobara, the Hermes bag was named Bagwati by Farhan Akhtar, deifying the exorbitantly priced bag. ANI

Bihar Government refutes land scam allegations
The Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar has rejected the allegations of the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of irregularities in land allotment by Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA). ANI

Antony pays tribute to Kargil martyrs
Defence Minister A.K. Antony led the nation in paying tribute to Kargil martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti here on Tuesday on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the 1999 Kargil War. ANI

BJP may ask Yeddyurappa to quit as Karnataka CM, working on compromise formula
The central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may ask Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to step down from office in the wake of the criticism coming its way over its inaction after Yeddyurappa's reported indictment in a leaked Lokayukta report on illegal mining. ANI

Australian Innovation Minister meets Indian automotive firm owners
Australia's Minister for Innovation, Senator Kim Carr, is currently on a visit of India to build greaterooperation between the rapidly growing Indian automotive industry and world-class Australian firms. ANI

2G case: Raja does an about turn, says he didn't seek to implicate PM
Former telecom minister A Raja on Tuesday told a Delhi court that he did not seek to implicate the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G telecom case. ANI

Ahmedabad Police beefs up security post-Mumbai blasts as a precautionary step
Police in Ahmedabad have tightened security in and around the city, as a precautionary step in the wake of the recent serial bomb blasts in Mumbai. ANI

Hina Rabbani meets separatist leaders in Delhi
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar met separatist leaders at the Pakistan High Commission here today ahead of Wednesday's foreign ministerial-level talks. ANI

Yeddyurappa blames Krishna for illegal mining in Karnataka
Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, who has been implicated in the illegal mining scam, today alleged that illegal mining began in the state at the time when External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna was the state chief. ANI

2G scam: Congress slams BJP for demanding PM's resignation
Hitting out the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram following former Telecom Minister allegations in the 2G spectrum scam, Congress Party on Tuesday said A. ANI

Raids launched on senior bureaucrats, police officers in Chennai
Anti-corruption officials on Tuesday carried out raids on premises belonging to senior bureaucrats and police officers. ANI

Justice Shivraj Patil to be Karnataka's new Lokayukta
The Karnataka Government has appointed retired Supreme Court judge Justice Shivaraj V Patil as the next Lokayukta of the state. ANI

Indo-Pak foreign secretaries hold cordial, positive discussions
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir had very cordial and positive discussions here on Tuesday during which they reviewed the progress in talks between different ministries and organizations of the two countries in the preceding months. ANI

Allahabad High Court Bench recuses itself from hearing Noida land case
A division bench of the Allahabad High Court today recused itself from hearing a writ petition filed by farmers of Gautam Buddh Nagar district's Deola village challenging acquisition of their land by the Uttar Pradesh Government for housing projects in Noida Extension area, and referred the matter to the Chief Justice with the request that it be placed before the 'appropriate' division bench. ANI

India, Pakistan can come closer as friendly neighbours: Hina Rabbani
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who arrived here this afternoon to participate in the foreign ministerial-level talks on Wednesday, said the two nations can come closer as friendly neighbours with a stake in each other's future. ANI

Hina Rabbani Khar arrives in Delhi for Indo-Pak foreign ministerial-level talks
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrived here this afternoon to participate in the foreign ministerial-level talks on Wednesday. ANI

Nirupama Rao: Guts is grace under pressure
The crisp Mysore silk saree, a small bindi in place, coiffed hair, minimal make up, a Fendi handbag and smart shoes...she has been running up the South Block staircase to her office for 14-hour work days for the last two years now. ANI

2G scam: Raja blames PM again
Hours after saying that he did not seek to implicate the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and former Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, in the 2G spectrum case, former telecom minister A Raja renewed his attack on Dr.Singh, saying that the Prime Minister dhould have referred the matter to a Group of Ministers (GoM). ANI

Karnataka Lokayukta Hegde to submit illegal mining report on Wednesday
Karnataka Lokayukta Justice (retired) Santosh Hegde has said that he will submit his report on illegal mining to the government on Wednesday. ANI

Jairam Ramesh promises to reduce trust deficit in Naxal-hit districts
Stating that the present situation in Chhattisgarh's Naxal-hit districts appears to be grim, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that the programmes of his ministry would give an entry point into reducing the trust deficit between the people and civilian administration. ANI

Indo-Pak foreign secretary-level talks begin in Delhi
Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan-Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir-on Tuesday said they were looking forward to their deliberations with an open mind and would chalk out an agenda for the foreign ministers of the two countries-S.M.Krishna and Hina Rabbani Khar-to discuss on Wednesday. ANI

Nandita Das and Maithili Rao join Advisory Council for New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters
Asia Society India Centre announced the launch of the New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS), a program to identify and support a group of six talented independent screenwriters to develop their feature film scripts by working in a dynamic and innovative environment with guidance from eminent filmmakers and screenwriters Business Wire India

Wipro Recognized as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Comprehensive Finance and Accounting BPO, Global by Independent Research Firm
Wipro BPO, the Business Process Outsourcing arm of Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting, and Outsourcing Business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) has been recognized by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant in the report, "Magic Quadrant for Comprehensive Finance and Accounting (F&A) BPO, Global," authored by Cathy Tornbohm and published June 29, 2011 Business Wire India

Belkin Launches the eco-friendly Conserve Valet USB Charging Station
We are living in a time of inherent contradiction: Just as we’re becoming more conscientious of our consumption and the way we use power, incredible technologies are being introduced to make our lives easier, more entertaining and more productive Business Wire India

Shell Helix Introduces 3-way Program to Launch its association with Formula 1 in India
2011 is shaping up to be a historic year for Indian motorsports as India will host its inaugural Grand Prix on 30th October 2011 and will enter the big league of global motor-sporting nations Business Wire India

Rediff.Com Reports Results for the First Quarter Ended June 30, 2011
The Indian Broadband adoption efforts received a further boost this quarter with the Telecom Commission’s approval of the National Optical Fibre Network proposal valued at US$ 4.4 Bn. As per the Government announcement, the proposal now awaits the Union Cabinet approval Business Wire India

Softcell Technologies to be the Gold Sponsor of the Manufacturing IT Summit 2011
Exito presents the Manufacturing IT Summit from the 25th – 26th August, 2011 in Mumbai. This will be a one of a kind event dedicated to IT infrastructure in the Manufacturing sector. The Indian Manufacturing story boasts of robust growth and is poised to be the biggest player in the global market Business Wire India

Polaris Organises First Ever Global Financial Technology E-Conference
-- Creates a Unique Forum for Industry Experts Across the Globe to Collaborate, Assimilate and Network -- Demonstrates Financial Technology Expertise and Thought Leadership Polaris Software (POLS Business Wire India

FLSmidth Pvt. Ltd. Receives the Frost & Sullivan Product Innovation Award in the Indian Air Pollution Control Equipment Market year 2010
Frost & Sullivan honored FLSmidth Pvt. Ltd. with the Product Innovation Award for the year 2010 in the Indian Air Pollution Control Equipment Market. The award was presented in recognition of FLSmidth’s exemplary achievements in creating innovative vital components for air pollution control equipment Business Wire India

State Bank of Hyderabad ties up with Avenues for Online Direct Debit Facility
Avenues, South-Asia's largest eCommerce company, the parent company of, India's largest neutral online payment gateway is pleased to announce that it has signed a net banking agreement with State Bank of Hyderabad, a scheduled bank and State Bank of India's largest associate bank Business Wire India

Tata Voted the Most Trustworthy Group in India
Equitymaster, India’s first finance website, just concluded its poll on ‘India’s Most Trustworthy Group’. The objective was to find out which corporate entity does the Indian investor trust the most in these days of scams and scandals Business Wire India

U R My Jaan Music is Launched Through Label Aron Govil Music
U R My Jaan: Producer Aron Govil released its upcoming feature film U R My Jaan’s music through its own Music Company Aron Govil Music. Business Wire India

Tej Kohli Foundation Announces Rural Development Initiative in Haryana
In recent years, the world has viewed Haryana as an up-and-coming Indian state that is making real progress. It’s become one of the leading contributors to India’s agricultural production and takes pride in having the majority of winners from the Indian continent at the XIX Commonwealth games. But the reality couldn’t be more different Business Wire India

Indiaplaza Celebrates Quarter million Rakhis Online in 2011, the company which pioneered online shopping in India since 1999 will be delivering their 250,000th Rakhi online this year. To celebrate this unique landmark, will be choosing one lucky brother from their customers who will receive a 5 gram gold coin absolutely free Business Wire India

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