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Crime against women should not be tolerated: Pratibha Patil
In the wake of growing atrocities against women, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday said strict punishments should be meted out to those involved in crimes against women. ANI

Hamid Ansari releases the book "Man's fate and God's choice"
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released a book entitled "Man's fate and God's choice" written by Bhimeswara Challa at a function here today. ANI

Fehmida Mirza calls for fostering Indo-Pak relations
Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker, Fehmida Mirza, on Thursday said that there was need for the parliamentarians to go beyond state level dialogue and ensure that the people of both the nations develop close relations ANI

Salman Khurshid to inaugurate workshop for national level monitors
Water Resources and Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will inaugurate a two-day orientation workshop for the National Level Monitors (NLMs) empanelled for monitoring various schemes of the Ministry of Minority Affairs. ANI

No compromise until Telangana is met: Congress lawmaker
Congress lawmaker K. Keshav Rao on Thursday said they will not retreat from their stand until their demand for creation of a separate Telangana state is fulfilled. ANI

Agarwal assumes charge as Secretary, Department of Defence Production
Shekhar Agarwal, a 1977 batch IAS officer, on Thursday assumed charge as Secretary, Department of Defence Production in the Ministry of Defence. ANI

Food inflation has come down, says Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said a marginal decline in fuel and food inflation is expected in the near future since the latest trends have indicated this. ANI

Red Australian kangaroos lure visitors at Kolkata's Alipore Zoo
Four red Australian kangaroos brought from Czech Republic under an exchange programme have become the centre of attraction at the Alipore Zoological Gardens in Kolkata. ANI

Maran's resignation long overdue: Jayalalithaa
Commenting on Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran's resignation from the Union Cabinet, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Thursday said the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, should have made him resign long ago. ANI

Azharuddin taken into preventive custody in Moradabad
Uttar Pradesh Police detained Moradabad MP Mohammad Azharuddin here on Thursday in a bid to prevent him from visiting a local strife-affected village. ANI

Karunanidhi blames media for Maran's resignation
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi on Thursday blamed the media for Dayanidhi Maran's resignation from the Union Cabinet. ANI

Dayanidhi Maran resigns from Union Cabinet
A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) held him guilty in the 2G spectrum scam, Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday handed over his resignation to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

Auto rally against drug abuse held in Manipur
To spread awareness about the gangers of consuming drugs, an auto rally was recently held in Manipur as a part of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. ANI

India renews iron ore deal with Japan mills, POSCO
The Union Cabinet today renewed a long-term agreement to supply iron ore to Japanese steel mills and South Korea's POSCO for three years starting 2011. ANI

Commanders' Conference begins at Western Air Command
Air Chief Marshal PV Naik inaugurated the two-day Commanders' Conference of the New Delhi based Western Air Command at the Subroto Park here on Thursday. ANI

Cultural cell of Maharashtra Congress calls for improved security at Kerala temple
The cultural cell of the Maharashtra unit of the Congress party has written to the President of India, requesting her office to look into security-related issues connected with the Sree Pathmanabha Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. ANI

UP Congress criticizes police for breach in Rahul Gandhi's security
Hours after a man carrying a licensed revolver was detained while trying to move close to Rahul Gandhi during his padayatra in Jikarpur village of Aligarh District, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Thursday hit out at the state police for the security breach. ANI

Special industry initiative scheme for Jammu and Kashmir approved
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday approved the implementation of the 1000 crore Special Industry Initiative Scheme in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Members of Parliament to get more funds for constituency development
The Union Cabinet today decided to increase the development funds allocated to Members of Parliament under Local Area Development Scheme from the existing two crore to five crore rupees from the current financial year. ANI

Private FM radio networks permitted to broadcast AIR news bulletins
The Government of India has decided to permit private FM radio networks to broadcast All India Radio news bulletins ANI

Cash for vote scam: Supreme Court orders Delhi Police to file status report by July 15
The Supreme Court today ordered the Delhi Police to file its status report by July 15 on the cash for vote scam probe that rocked proceedings in Parliament in July 2008. ANI

Opposition terms Maran's resignation as too late
The Opposition parties on Thursday criticized Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran for delaying his resignation in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Militants rejoining mainstream of Manipur society
Militants in Manipur are realizing the futility of carrying on with the armed struggle and are rejoining mainstream society. ANI

Painting workshop in Tripura focuses on Nobel laureate Tagore
As a part of the ongoing celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, a three-day painting workshop was recently organized in Tripura. ANI

India-Thailand sign pact for agri research cooperation
The northeast region has huge potential in the agriculture sector and the Centre is sparing no effort to help actualize this potential. ANI

Dimapur School doing wonders for disadvantaged children
"Right Vision", the community education centre, in Dimapur is providing free of cost education to hundreds of underprivileged children. ANI

Nagaland celebrates World Music Day'
Music lovers in the northeast were treated to different genres of music on World Music Day. ANI

Centre urges Jharkhand to ensure speedy operationalisation of coal blocks
Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has urged the Jharkhand Government to bring all its allocated coal blocks in operation as early as possible to ensure more availability of coal. ANI

Third volume of Hindi version of Moily's Ramayana Mahanveshnam launched
The third volume of Hindi version of "Shri Ramayana Mahanveshnam" authored by Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily was released here yesterday. ANI

Cabinet appoints new Secretary (West), Defence Secretary
Madhusudan Ganapathi will take over as the next Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs. He will succeed Vivek Katju, who superannuates on August 31, 2011. ANI

Tamil Nadu 2011-12 plan finalized at over Rs.23 K crores
The Planning Commission has allocated a sum of Rs. 23, 535 crores to the state of Tamil Nadu for the year 2011-12. ANI

Uma Bharti defends Advani's Ayodhya 'Rath Yatra'
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti has defended the 'Rath Yatra' taken out by Lal Krishna Advani to mobilise support for the building of a Hindu temple at a disputed site by demolishing the Babri mosque in Ayodhya. ANI

Six security personnel killed in Manipur landslide
Imphal, Jul 7 At least Six security personnel were killed and seven others injured in a landslide at Sinanam area on National Highway 53 in Manipur's Tamenglong District. ANI

Supreme Court appointment of SIT, a slap in Centre's face: A. B. Bardhan
Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary A. B. Bardhan has said the appointment of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) by the Supreme Court to probe the black money case is a slap on the face of the UPA Government. ANI

Britain may play positive role in W. Bengal development
British Foreign Office Minister for South Asia Jeremy Browne has said that his country wants to play a positive role in the development of West Bengal. ANI

33 killed in train-bus collision in Uttar Pradesh
At least 33 people were killed and 17 others injured when a train rammed into a bus at an unmanned crossing in Uttar Pradesh's Etah District on Thursday. ANI

Breach in Rahul Gandhi's security: Man carrying pistol detained
A man carrying a pistol has been detained by Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's Special Protection Guard (SPG) in Jikarpur village of Aligarh District in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

From Ilhaam to Aghaz - The struggle of organising a charity music concert in Kashmir
In the end 'Ilhaam' transformed into 'Aghaaz' to exert past the 'Music is haraam' edict to stage a successful charity concert in front of hundreds of young Kashmiri men and women at the SKIIC auditorium on Tuesday. And what normally would have been a political non-event of sorts gave rare insights into the gradual radicalisation of institutions and individuals in Kashmir. ANI

Hyundai Presents ‘New Fluidic Verna’ to Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), the largest exporter and second largest car manufacturer in India, presented the All New Fluidic Verna to Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth, members of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning team who brought the World Cup back to the country after 28 long years Business Wire India

One97’s Paytm Launches DTH recharges on Internet and Mobile has launched recharges for all major Direct To Home television subscribers, including Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV, Sun Direct, Reliance Digital TV and Videocon D2H with no extra charges. With a 24x7 customer support and great user experience, has become preferred destination for prepaid recharges on internet and mobile Business Wire India

Raju Vegesna Foundation Establishes a New Annadanam Complex in Tirumala, Tirupathi
Her Excellency, The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Patil, today inaugurated a new annadanam complex in Tirumala. Established by the Raju Vegesna Foundation—a not for profit organization founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Chairman of Sify Technologies, Raju Vegesna—this facility will be the largest of its kind in India, with a capacity to serve over 120,000 pilgrims every day Business Wire India

SecondSchool - Deep Understanding, Better Marks
SecondSchool gets ready for the next batch of future mathematics and science scholars. SecondSchool which has started admission for their after school supplemental tuitions for students of classes IVth-Xth, continues its ground breaking work in the field Business Wire India

FedEx Express voted 2011 Best International Logistics Provider in India by Frost & Sullivan
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), and the world’s largest express transportation company, has been recognized as India’s Best International Logistics Provider in Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Voice of the Customer Awards in India Business Wire India Launches Free Online Tax Filing in Partnership with TaxYogi
India’s leading online financial services company,, today announced a free online tax filing service for customers opening a new account with them. They are offering this in partnership with Tax Yogi, a leading online tax filing service Business Wire India

Morris Street India's First Street Rod Launched by Hradyesh
Leader : Entrepreneur unveils hand-made, custom-built, hyper-luxury car Announcing the arrival of India’s First Street Rod World class Street Rods, are finally here, thanks to Delhi’s entrepreneur-pioneer Hradyesh. He launched India’s first custom-built street Rod, “Morris Street”, in New Delhi this afternoon Business Wire India

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