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No indication of hacking of NSG website: Ministry of Home Affairs
Amid reports in a section of the media that the NSG website has been hacked and some information on it has been stolen, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday informed that there is no indication that the NSG website has been hacked. ANI

India bans import of rough diamond from Zimbabwe
India has imposed a ban on the import of rough diamonds from Zimbabwe, in wake of reported acts of human rights violations in the African country. ANI

Thomas directs food ministry officials to visit states to review storage of foodgrains
Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Prof. K. V. Thomas has directed senior officials of his ministry to undertake tours of states within next two-three weeks to review the status of off take of foodgrains allocated to Public Distribution System (PDS). ANI

Pressure on agri commodity prices likely to continue: Rahul Khullar
Commenting on the rising price of agricultural commodities, Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar on Wednesday said that the pressure on agri prices is going to continue. ANI

Mayawati Govt. has lost its balance: Congress
Criticizing the Opposition parties for terming Rahul Gandhi's 'Pad Yatra' to Bhatta Parsaul village a 'political gimmick', Congress Party on Wednesday said the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)-led Government in Uttar Pradesh has lost its balance. ANI

Eight cops injured in blast inside police station in Sopore
At least eight police personnel were injured in a bomb blast that took place inside a police station in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town on Wednesday. ANI

India working to get back criminals taking shelter in Bangladesh: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday said that India is closely working with the Bangladesh Government to get back the criminals taking shelter in their nation. ANI

Maoists, militants are big threats to national security: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the combined efforts of the Centre and the respective State Governments will help fight the menace of Maoists and militants, which have become a major threat to national security. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has a system of SPOs (special police officers) and they have fought against militancy ANI

Digvijay Singh criticizes Opposition parties for terming Rahul's 'Pad Yatra' a drama
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday hit out at the Opposition parties for terming Rahul Gandhi's 'Pad Yatra' to Uttar Pradesh's Bhatta Parsaul village as a drama. ANI

'It is wrong to say that army is involved in Chennai teen killing': Gen. Singh
The Chief of Army Staff, General V. K. Singh issued a statement on Wednesday saying that it was wrong to blame the army for the killing of 13-year-old Dilshan at the Island Grounds in Chennai. ANI

Heavy snowfall increases hydropower production in Himachal
In view of the high snowfall witnessed earlier this year in Himachal Pradesh, the hydropower generation has increased substantially in Kullu region. ANI

2G scam: Maran should be dropped from Union Cabinet immediately, says Jayalalithaa
With the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) stating that a preliminary inquiry suggests that Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran did misuse his office in 2006 to force the sale of Aircel to an industrialist his family was allegedly close to, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa today said that it is high time the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, should drop him from the Union Cabinet. ANI

SC upholds Allahabad HC order against acquisition of Greater Noida land
The Supreme Court today upheld the order of the Allahabad High Court quashing the acquisition of over 156 hectares of land from farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida area and allotting it to the builders. ANI

Delhi HC convicts Sukhdev Pehalwan in Nitish Katara murder case
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday held Sukhdev Pehalwan guilty in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case. ANI

Rajnath Singh rules out alliance between BJP and BSP(I'view with Rajnath Singh)
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of his party having an alliance with the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party in the state of Uttar Pradesh ANI

Congress, BSP projecting and promoting dynastic rule: Rajnath Singh (Interview with Rajnath Singh )
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Wednesday accused the Congress Party, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh of projecting and promoting dynastic rule, both nationally and at the state level. ANI

No need for Rahul Gandhi's land acquisition padyatra: Rajnath Singh (Interview with Rajnath Singh)
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Wednesday questioned Congress general Secretary Rahul Gandhi's decision to undertake a padyatra across Uttar Pradesh to highlight the Mayawati Government's unsatisfactory land acquisition policies. ANI

Supreme Court orders filming of Kerala temple treasure
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the filming of the Rs. 90,000 crores worth of treasure found in the 16th-century Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. ANI

Government releases over Rs.119 crore for fodder production
The Central Government on Wednesday announced that it has released Rs. 119.5 crore to twelve states for the integrated development of fodder under Accelerated Fodder Development Programme (AFDP) in fiscal 2011-12 so far. ANI

Ambika Soni condoles death of film director Mani Kaul
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni on Wednesday condoled the death of eminent film director Mani Kaul. ANI

Noted filmmaker Mani Kaul passes away
Noted filmmaker Mani Kaul, who was considered one of the pioneers of new Indian cinema, passed away here today after prolonged illness. He was 66. ANI

Six policemen injured in IED explosion in Sopore
At least six policemen were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion near a police station in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town on Wednesday. ANI

Protests crowded June, Lok Pal Bill garnered attention says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has expressed regret over the delay in presenting the June 2011 report card. ANI

Implications of Supreme Court judgment on Salwa Judum on anti-Maoist operations
A day after the Supreme Court asked the Chhattisgarh Government and the Centre to desist from appointing tribals as Special Police Officers (SPOs) in its Salwa Judum counter-insurgency operation against the Maoists, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said the government will hold consultations with various chief ministers over the issue. ANI

Chidambaram says no move to impose President's Rule in Andhra Pradesh
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said that there was no move to impose president's rule in Andhra Pradesh. ANI

Rahul Gandhi resumes 'padyatra'
After spending the night in Rampur Badli village, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday resumed his padyatra to meet farmers affected by land acquisition by the Mayawati government. ANI

Jayalalithaa to attend Planning Commission meet in Delhi
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will take part in a Planning Commission meeting to finalise the 2011-12 annual plan for her state.his will be her second visit to New Delhi after assuming to power after the April 13 Assembly polls. ANI

Birlasoft Featured in ‘The 2011 Global Services 100 Companies’
Birlasoft, the global IT services arm of the multi-billion dollar CK Birla Group, today announced that it has re-featured as a 2011 Global Services 100 provider in the 6th Annual GS100 study conducted by Global Services in association with NeoAdvisory, the globalization and sourcing advisory firm. This is a repeated recognition for the company for the past four years Business Wire India

Great Lakes bags MMA Award for ‘Managerial Excellence’
Great Lakes Institute of Management, one of the leading B-schools in India, founded by Professor Bala V. Balachandran, today bagged the prestigious “MMA Award for Managerial Excellence” (MAME) 2011, awarded by the Madras Management Association (MMA) in the category for Educational Institutions Business Wire India

GETIT Partners with to power Classifieds and Local Search
GETIT Infoservices Pvt. Ltd., the leader in directional advertising and pioneer of Yellow Pages in India has announced a strategic alliance with, a leading Hindi news portal, to create two unique services - Classifieds and Local Search sections online Business Wire India

Indo-American Chamber of Commerce honours Hewlett Packard as the Overall Best Company at 7th Indo-American Corporate Excellence Awards (I-ACE)
The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), the only bi-lateral Chamber of Commerce in India, formally honoured Hewlett Packard (HP) India Ltd., as the Overall Best US Company in India at the 7th Indo-American Corporate Excellence Awards (I-ACE) held at Hotel Trident, Nariman Point in Mumbai also commemorating the American Independence Day. The chief guest at the event was Mr Business Wire India

In Plain Sight: Patented Aster Data SQL-MapReduce® Technology Opens Eyes to Big Data Opportunities
The Next Big Thing in analytic business foresight began in 2005, when Mayank Bawa and Tasso Argyros were students at Stanford. Their dorm room conversations evolved into an innovative analytic processing framework today known as SQL-MapReduce® which brings the power of big data processing techniques to more business users than ever Business Wire India

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