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Flash floods continue to threaten villages along India-Nepal border
The water released by dams in Nepal threatens to flood villages near Siddharthnagar, along the Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Rakesh Sood appointed next Ambassador of India to France
Rakesh Sood was on Friday appointed as the next Ambassador of India to France. ANI

No calendar was specified for signing CSC: Mathai
Foreign Secretary-designate Ranjan Mathai on Friday said that the United States has not specified any "calendar" to India for ratifying its liability law on nuclear damages. ANI

Wait and see what happens hereafter: Krishna on talks with Pak
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said that his talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar were positive, and emphasized that both the countries should wait and see what happens hereafter. ANI

US assured no Tri-Valley type action against Indian students at Virginia varsity: Mathai
Foreign Secretary-designate Ranjan Mathai on Friday said that India is in touch with the United States over the crackdown on the University of Northern Virginia (UNVA). ANI

National Communal Harmony Awards presented
National Communal Harmony Awards for 2009 and 2010 were presented by Vice President M. Hamid Ansari at a function here today. ANI

Pak reciprocates India's gesture, releases 24 Indian prisoners
Reciprocating India's gesture, Pakistan on Friday released 24 Indian prisoners, including 14 Indian fishermen. ANI

No mass SEVIS termination of Indian students at Virginia varsity: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday assured hundreds of Indian students at the University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) that there will not be a mass termination of their SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) records. ANI

Security stepped up in Assam in view of ULFA threats
The police and the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel beefed up security in Guwahati in the backdrop of threats from the 'anti-talks' faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), a powerful separatist group operating in Assam. ANI

Chidambaram to visit Bangladesh
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will be leaving for Dhaka this evening on a one-day official visit of Bangladesh. ANI

Admiral Nirmal Verma takes over as Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman
Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma took over as thehiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) Chairman today. ANI

Civil society members must trust Govt. on Lokpal Bill: Salman Khurshid
A day after the Union Cabinet approved the draft of the Lokpal Bill, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday urged the civil society activists to trust the government on the provisions of the legislation. ANI

Illegal mining scam: Karunakara Reddy demands apology from Hegde
Claiming that the allegations against him into the illegal mining scam were untrue, Karnataka Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy on Friday demanded a public apology from Lokayukta, Justice (retired) N. Santosh Hegde, for 'falsely accusing' him in his report. ANI

Government of India ready for peace talks with ULFA
Centre's interlocutor for peace talks with militant outfits, PC Haldar, has said that both government and the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) group are ready for direct talks as attitude over the last few meets has been favourable to take the talks forward. ANI

Kasab appeals against death sentence in Supreme Court
Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, today moved the Supreme Court challenging the death penalty awarded to him. ANI

Consensus important to choose new Karnataka CM: Rajnath Singh
Prior to his departure to Bangalore to elect a new legislature party leader, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh today said that the decision and selection of a new leader in Karnataka would be taken after a meeting with the incumbent chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. ANI

Laishram Priyankanta, Manipur's rising star
Manipur, which has over the years produced many talented persons, has added another feather to its cap through Laishram Priyankanta, a 15-year-old film director, who currently studies in class 9. ANI

Assam's scratch art exponent gets Guinness record recognition
Apuraj Barooah, a young artist from Assam recently made it to the Guinness World Records for drawing the longest piece of scratch art in London. ANI

Floods cause havoc in Manipur
Due to incessant rains in Manipur, water is flowing above the danger level in most rivers and some parts of the state are flooded. ANI

Paresh Baruah planning terror strikes across Assam: Gogoi
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that he has received intelligence inputs suggesting that Paresh Baruah, the commander in chief of the proscribed hard line faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), is planning terror strikes across Assam. ANI

Chhattisgarh to induct SPOs in Armed Police Force
Chief Minister Raman Singh has said the Cabinet has approved the 'Chhattisgarh Auxiliary Armed Police Force Ordinance 2011', and added that the report has been sent to the Governor for his assent. ANI

Lokpal Bill row: Delhi Police denies Team Anna permission to hold fast
Delhi Police on Friday denied permission to veteran social activist Anna Hazare to hold an indefinite hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar here on August 16. ANI

Yeddyurappa to resign on July 31, BJP central leadership to elect new leader
Under sharp criticism for his alleged role in the illegal mining scam, a defiant Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa issued a statement on late Thursday night, saying he will tendered his resignation on July 31. ANI

Why not a U-turn for policing, Mr PM and Mr PC?
Jehadi terrorist groups are actively and incessantly bleeding India to destabilize it by shattering the country's economy and shaking the morale of its people. ANI

Scratch art exponent gets Guinness World records recognition
Apuraj Barooah, a young artist from Assam recently made it to the Guinness World Records for drawing the longest piece of scratch art in London. ANI

Dimapur hosts second North East Kung-Fu Championship
A three day-long second northeast kung Fu championship was recently held in Asaam's Dimapur District to promote Kung Fu in the Northeast region. ANI

Cultural extravaganza held to promote Khasi culture in Meghalaya
In an attempt to help the youth connect with their culture and spread awareness about it, a traditional Khasi musical evening titled "Pashat la Tynrei, was recently organized in Shillong. ANI

India-Bangladesh reopen border haat after four decades
A traditional border haat (market) along the Indo-Bangla border was recently reopened after four decades at Kalaichar in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills district. ANI

Sify Reports Revenues of $50.73 Million for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011-12
Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ Global Markets: SIFY), a leader in Managed Enterprise, Network and IT Services in India with growing global delivery capabilities, today announced its consolidated results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011-12. Performance Highlights Q 1 FY 11-12: - Sify reported revenues of US $50 Business Wire India

Shell Announces Latest Experts to Join the Seven Riding Wonders Panel
Shell Advance is excited to welcome on board four new panellists to the Seven Riding Wonders campaign; Nicky Hayden, Michael Knaak, Razlan Razali and Javier Alonso will join current panellists Gao Liang, Aspi Bhatena and Augustus Sani Nugroho Business Wire India

Khushro Jalnawala to Make Difference in this Pune Monsoon Racing Season 2011
The Pune Monsoon Racing Season has started from July 21 at the Turf Club. The prize money for the season, at Rs. 7.38 crore, represents a new high, up by 7.5 per cent from the 2010 season. The season will see a record number of millions as well – with six in the classic crop races, eight for the older horses, and the first ever two-year-old million races in the country Business Wire India

Steria Reports Organic Revenue Growth of 5.6% in the Second Quarter of 2011
-- Like-for-like revenue increased by 3.4% in the first half of 2011 relative to the first half of 2010. -- Revenue growth saw a marked acceleration during the second quarter to +5.6% compared with +1.3% during the first quarter thanks to a continued positive dynamic in Continental Europe and a return to growth in the United Kingdom Business Wire India

Brickwork Finance Academy Launches 9 - Month PGP in Finance
Brickwork Finance Academy (BFA), a non-profit organization based in Bangalore, announced the launch of its flagship Post Graduate Program in Finance (PGP). BFA’s PGP is for working people aspiring for a career in finance. It is a 9 - Month program with classes held on Saturdays Business Wire India

MediaTek Announces Investment into Spice Digital
MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announced that it has invested into Spice Digital Limited, one of the largest Mobile Value Added Services ( mVAS ) player in India with presence in close to 20 countries. In connection with this agreement, MediaTek will invest US$ 20 million Business Wire India

Bijou Kurien joins Timex Group India Board of Directors
Timex Group India Limited has appointed Mr. Bijou Kurien as a Director on the Board of the company. Over the last 29 years, Mr. Kurien has been associated with high profile corporates like Hindustan Unilver, Titan Industries and is currently with Reliance Retail Business Wire India

Akamai’s ‘State of the Internet’ Highlights the Challenges and Opportunities for Internet Penetration and Broadband Adoption in India
- India ranks #17 globally in terms of unique IP addresses, #7 in terms of attack traffic origination, #109 in terms of connectivity speed - Global average connection speed increased 23 percent year over year to 2.1 Mbps, while India’s average connection speed increased by only 0.7percent to 0.8 Mbps Akamai Technologies, Inc Business Wire India

ISB iDiya- Social Venture Competition for Working Professionals
The Indian School of Business has announced the launch of the 3rd iDiya Challenge this week. Conforming to ISB’s commitment to continually contribute to finding solutions to societal problems, iDiya was started in 2009 as a national Social Venture Ideas Competition that aims to stimulate, enable and develop high impact, self sustaining social businesses in India Business Wire India

Electric Rotary Valves RV-Series Easily Integrate into OEM Systems
Delivering unobstructed, inert fluid paths with high flow rates and low dead volumes, Bio-Chem Fluidics offers the RV-Series of Electric Rotary Valves. The series features three different models for easy integration into OEM systems Business Wire India

OxiGen and Avenues Team Up to Add New Features to the OxiCash Card
Avenues, South Asia’s largest ecommerce company and Oxigen, the Single Point Recharge company have signed an agreement for its Prepaid VAS Card “OxiCash”. OxiCash is a Prepaid VAS Card that is attached to a mobile number and works like mobile prepaid card Business Wire India

Bank PO Common Entrance Test 2011, Free Mock Test Released
Candidates planning to appear for the forthcoming bank PO common Entrance exam can now get rid of all concerns regarding the exam pattern. Bangalore based JTS Institute has released a Mock Test exclusively for this exam. And the good news is that the mock test is available on net absolutely free of cost. It can be downloaded from www.JTSinstitute Business Wire India

Crowcon’s Tetra 3 Portable Gas Detector used by BBC Film Crew on Indonesian Volcano
A BBC film crew filming sulphur miners in the crater of an active volcano in Indonesia used a Crowcon Tetra 3 portable gas detector to warn them of dangerous levels of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) Business Wire India

Ocean Optics Announces Photo Video Challenge 2011
Ocean Optics, the industry’s leading supplier of miniature fiber optic spectrometers, has opened the submissions period for its second annual Photo and Video Challenge ( for users of the company’s equipment and systems. Cash prizes will be awarded for best overall photograph (US$2,000) and best overall video (US$3,500) Business Wire India

Accudynamics Medical Diagnostic Machine Base Plates Contribute to Accurate Results
Accudynamics’ precision machined base plates provide a stable foundation for medical diagnostic equipment that contributes to the lifetime of the equipment and the accuracy of its test results. Inside medical diagnostic machines, samples of liquid or tissue are mixed, sorted, and analyzed with great speed and precision Business Wire India

Ocean Thin Films Expands PixelTec Patterned Optical Coating Capability
To grow its exclusive PixelTec™ patterned optical coating technology, Ocean Thin Films has expanded its Colorado, USA facility. The pioneer in lithographic patterning of optical coatings, with more than 2 million precision patterned optics delivered, Ocean Thin Films continues to advance its patented process by adding a new clean room and specialty equipment Business Wire India

Commander™ First Elevator Touch Screen Approved for New York City
The Commander™ T2 touch screen car operating panel from TL Jones ( ) has been granted approval by the New York City Department of Buildings Elevator Division in the USA. Developed by TL Jones as a best-in-class product, the T2 is the first touch screen approved in the United States for use as the main elevator car operating panel Business Wire India

Alicat Scientific MCV Mass Flow Controller for Vacuum Industry Features Integrated Pneumatic Shut-Off Valve
For vacuum coating and sputtering processes, Alicat Scientific’s MCV mass flow controller provides the tight shut-off parameters required to maintain product integrity. Its integrated pneumatic shut-off valve is normally closed, affording positive shut-off of 1 x 10-9 atm sccm/sec Helium max. The Alicat MCV accurately controls gas flow rates as low as 0 Business Wire India

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