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India News on July 28, 2011

Hamid Ansari releases the book 'Ross Masaud'
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released a book entitled "Ross Masaud" written by Prof. Hakim Syed Zillur Rehman at a function here today. ANI

Bansal stresses on broader national water policy
Union Water Resources Minister P K Bansal on Thursday said that the revised national water policy will take on board crucial issues such as water demand management, equitable distribution, and allocating priority to water for life-support and ecology. ANI

'BJP should not defend the guilty in Karnataka illegal mining scam': Nirupam
Hitting out at the opposition Bharatiya Janata (BJP) Party, ANI

Maoists forcefully acquire land in Jharkhand's Latehar area
Maoists have forcefully acquired over 100 acres of land in Jharkhand's Latehar District and threatened to kill those who dare to carry out any sort of activity on the land. ANI

Pakistan FM offers prayers at Nizamuddin shrine in Delhi
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar offered prayers at the Nizamuddin shrine in Delhi on Thursday. ANI

India, Lesotho sign MoU on co-operation in rural development
India today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lesotho to extend its cooperation and support in the field of rural development. ANI

2G scam: Sibal refutes claims of former Telecom Secretary
New Delhi, July 28 A day after former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura blamed the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram and former Finance Secretary D. ANI

Mixed public response to outcome of India, Pakistan talk
People across the country expressed different views on the recently held foreign ministerial-level talks between India and Pakistan, which ended on a positive note. ANI

India privileged to be a partner of Maldives: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said that India is privileged to be a partner of Maldives, in their quest to craft a more harmonious and prosperous society. ANI

Indo-Pak talks: MEA rejects inferences of satisfaction on Mumbai trial
Referring to the recently held foreign ministerial-level talks between India and Pakistan, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday rejected inferences that there was any expression of satisfaction on 'the progress on Mumbai trial'. ANI

Yeddyurappa forwards resignation to Gadkari?
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa is close to submitting his resignation, though unconfirmed reports have said that he has forwarded his resignation letter to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari. ANI

Pak leaders should also hold talks with mainstream Kashmir leaders: Abdullah
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said Pakistani leaders should also hold talks with mainstream Kashmiri leaders. ANI

Union Cabinet approves Lokpal Bill
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for the enactment of a new legislation in the form of the Lokpal Bill, 2011, which provides for the establishment of the institution of Lokpal to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. ANI

Revised animal husbandry assistance package for Andaman-Nicobar islands approved
The Union Cabinet today approved further modification of the 'Revised Relief Package of Assistance for the Animal Husbandry Sector for Tsunami affected areas' of Andaman and Nicobar islands. ANI

India grants last- minute reprieve to British nun following deportation outcry
A British nun, Jacqueline Jean McEwan, who is known as a modern-day Mother Teresa, has been granted a last-minute reprieve following an outcry over her deportation order. ANI

India, U.S. to combat terror financing, says U.S. Assistant Treasury Secretary
U.S. Assistant Treasury Secretary, Daniel L Glaser, has said that India and the United States would work together to curb the menace of global terror financing. ANI

Women Maoists surrender on the rise in Orissa
The number of women Maoist surrenders have been on the rise in Orissa, as they complain of being victimised and sexually exploited at the hands of the Maoist leaders. ANI

Cabinet approves Lokpal Bill draft, to be tabled in Monsoon Session
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a draft of the Lokpal Bill, which will now be tabled in the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament. ANI

CW Games scam accused Kalmadi says he's fine, has no memory loss
Coomonwealth Games scam accused and suspended Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi on Thursday denied that he was suffering from dementia as was being reported in the media. ANI

Congress demands CBI probe in Karnataka mining scam
The Congress party on Thursday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the illegal mining scam in Karnataka, a day after the state Lokayukta, Justice (retired) N.Santosh Hegde, named Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and members of his family as having committed acts of corruption in his report. ANI

BJP sets 12-hour deadline for Yeddyurappa to resign
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set a 12-hour deadline for incumbent Karnataka Chief Minister to resign, and sternly warned party lawmakers in the state to fall in line or face the sack. ANI

Yeddyurappa skips BJP parliamentary body meeting, takes early flight to Bangalore
In act of defiance Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yedyurappa decided not to attend a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board in New Delhi on Thursday, and instead, took an early morning flight from Delhi to Bangalore. ANI

Cabinet meeting to take up Lokpal Bill
The Union Cabinet will be meeting here today to decide on a draft proposal of the Lokpal Bill that is to be tabled in Parliament during the upcoming monsoon session. ANI

BJP asks defiant Yeddyurappa to resign immediately
The Bharatiya Janata Party has asked and adviced Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to step down, saying that his continuance in office is untenable in wake of the state Lokayukta's indictment of him in a report related to a mining scam in Karnataka. ANI

Ratnakar Bank Announces Revision of its Base Rate and BPLR
Ratnakar Bank today announced an upward revision of its Base Rate from 9.50 % to 9.75 % and of its BPLR from 14.75 % to 15.00 %. The Bank has also increased its deposit rates by 25 to 50 bps across certain maturities. The upward revision has been necessitated against a backdrop of increasing deposit rates and monetary policy tightening that the market has witnessed recently Business Wire India

Go Green, the Attero Way…..Log onto Atterobay
Attero Recycling, India’s only end-to-end electronic waste recycling company is strengthening its portfolio of e-waste services and solutions with the launch the fist ever organized mobile take-back service through their website- today. Through this unique initiative, Attero is encouraging the recycling and re-use of mobile phones. Atterobay Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports kicks off 1- year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games
With one year to the biggest show on earth, ESPN STAR Sports starts its golden march towards its landmark broadcast of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games across Asia in 22 countries* Business Wire India

Strong Growth in Capgemini H1 2011 Revenues
The Board of Directors of Cap Gemini S.A., chaired by Serge Kampf, convened in Paris on July 27, 2011 to review and authorize for issue the accounts of Capgemini Group for the first half of 2011. To view the key figures, please click on the link given below: Table_1 The Group reports growth in published revenues (i.e Business Wire India

SRF Q1 PAT at Rs. 83 crore, 51% Growth
-- SRF to invest Rs. 290 crore for a thin film BOPET Line in Thailand -- SRF buys back 4,93,527 shares at a total amount of Rs. 15.03 crore till 27th July 2011 SRF Limited, a multi-business entity engaged in the manufacture of chemical based industrial intermediates, reported 51% growth in net profit after tax (PAT) at Rs. 83 crore over net sales of Rs Business Wire India

APAC Businesses Focus Data Protection Strategies on Cloud Computing
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Wipro-Forbes Insights Global CXO Outlook Reveals Strategic Innovation Key Driver for Future Growth
With the blurring of geographic boundaries and the need to expand in global emerging markets, business leaders at the world’s largest companies see strategic innovation as crucial to their future growth plans, according to an exclusive Wipro-Forbes Insights survey Business Wire India

Max New York Life Introduces ‘Guaranteed Monthly Income Plan’
Max New York Life Insurance today announced the launch of “Max New York Life Guaranteed Monthly Income Plan, a unique, first of its kind financial solution, that provides additional boost to the monthly income, with quantum of payout indexed to a benchmark G Sec rate Business Wire India

Ballard Announces Dantherm Power Agreement to Collaborate with Delta Power Solutions in India
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) today announced that Dantherm Power, a Danish system integrator in which it has a controlling interest, has signed a collaboration agreement with Delta Power Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd. [Delta] to market clean energy fuel cell power solutions in the Indian telecommunications sector Business Wire India

Humane Society International and Animal Welfare Board of India ask Commerce Minister to Prohibit FDI that Introduces Intensive Farming Systems
Humane Society International and the Animal Welfare Board of India have asked Shri. Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce & Industry to prohibit foreign direct investment for the rearing of animals in cages, crates, or other forms of intensive confinement that violate the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 Business Wire India

Tejas Networks’ Packet Optical product wins Aegis Graham Bell Innovative Telecom Product Award
Tejas Networks Ltd., a leader in next-generation optical networking products, announced that their Packet Optical Transport (POTP) product, TJ1600, has won the prestigious Aegis Graham Bell Innovative Telecom Product Award 2011 Business Wire India

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