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India to begin talks with other nations over IMF chief selection
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said the government has suggested to its executive directors in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to begin talks with other countries over the selection of the IMF chief. ANI

Next round of talks between Govt. and Ramdev on Friday: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said the next round of talks between the government and Baba Ramdev will be held on Friday to further discuss the latter's proposed hunger strike plan. ANI

Interlocutors interacted with a cross-section of people in J-K in May: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today informed that the interlocutors visited Srinagar and Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, where they interacted with a cross-section of the people. ANI

Eight Pak prisoners repatriated on completion of their sentences: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday informed that eight Pakistani prisoners were repatriated to their country on completion of their sentences. ANI

DG ICAR calls for public private partnership in farm research
Director General Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) Dr. S. Ayyappan has called for Public-Private Partnership in farm research. ANI

Farooq Abdullah calls for greater cooperation between India, Germany in renewable energy
Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah has stressed on the need for greater cooperation between India and Germanyn the field of renewable energy. ANI

BJP pulls up Congress Govt. for probing 2G scam at a snail's pace
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday criticized the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre for probing the 2G spectrum scam at a snail's pace. ANI

Former hockey captain threatens to go on hunger strike over management issues
Former hockey captain Pargat Singh on Wednesday threatened to go on strike over management issues and discrepancy in the organisation heading the national hockey team. ANI

Paternity case: ND Tiwari refuses to give blood sample for DNA test
Veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari today refused to appear in a Delhi High Court dispensary to give his blood samples for a DNA test to ascertain the veracity of lawyer Rohit Shekhar, who is claiming to be his biological son. ANI

Dayanidhi Maran denies 2G spectrum charges
Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Wednesday issued a statement saying the charges against him with regard to the selective handing out of 2G spectrum licenses to telecom service providers are not true. ANI

Afghan Defence Minister condemns militant attacks on foreign missions
Afghan Defence Minister General Abdul Rahim Wardak, who is on a visit to India has condemned the militant attacks on foreign embassies and dignitaries, as cowardly acts against civilian organs. ANI

India committed to strengthen Afghan forces, assures Antony
Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said ndia is committed to building the capabilities of the Afghan security forces. ANI

Baba Ramdev firm on hunger strike plan against corruption
Asserting that the government must act tough on corruption, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday said his fast against corruption will continue till all demands are met. ANI

Black money issue : Dialogue with Ramdev to continue, says Sibal
Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said talks with yoga guru Baba Ramdev will continue over the next couple of days. ANI

PM to chair meeting of railway ministry
For the first time ever, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will on Wednesday evening chair the meeting of the railway ministry. ANI

Sonia Gandhi launches free delivery scheme for pregnant women
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today unveiled a national initiative guaranteeing free delivery, free medicines and diet for pregnant women in government health institutes. ANI

Manmohan Singh reviews nuclear disaster preparedness
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today reviewed issues related to preparedness for nuclear disasters, earthquake, Tsunami in the special meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) here today. ANI

India, World Bank sign 350 m dollar pact to speed up Karnataka highway development
The Indian Government and the World Bank have signed a 350 million dollar loan to accelerate the development of Karnataka's core road network through the Second Karnataka State Highway Improvement Project (KSHIP II). ANI

2G scam: Jayalalithaa says Maran must resign
Tamil Nadi Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran for his alleged role in selectively distributing 2G spectrum licenses to telecom bidders in 2006. ANI

To boost agri-output, Nagaland farmers get tractors, power tillers
Nagaland Government is keen on raising agricultural output and is going all out to motivate farmers. ANI

To monitor bank services in Tripura, Reserve Bank opens new office
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up sub office bank operations in Agartala to monitor banking services in the region better. ANI

Nagaland youth being trained to manage sound
To encourage youth to find out more about live sound management, a three-day workshop was recently held here. ANI

Imphal women street vendors demand space in new complex
Street vendors of Imphal, who are better known as Imas, want the state government to allot them space for their business in the newly constructed complex. ANI

Mukherjee to meet Baba Ramdev over June 4 hunger strike plan
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to meet yoga guru Baba Ramdev to convince him not to go ahead with his hunger strike plans from June 4 over a demand to get Indian black money stashed abroad. ANI

Guwahati hosts education festival for northeast students
Guwahati recently played host to the two-day Edufest 2011 festival to provide information about educational programs and opportunities both in India and abroad. ANI

Manipur celebrates Lai Haraoba Festival
The Lai Haraoba Festival was recently celebrated by Manipuris. ANI

Bihar wants independent body to conduct below poverty line survey
Vijay Prakash, Secretary of the Planning Commission has demanded the establishment of an independent National Poverty Commission for below poverty line survey. ANI

Buddhadeb slams Central Government for frequent hike in petrol prices
In his first public address after the rout in the recently conducted West Bengal Assembly polls, former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee criticised the Central Government for frequent hike in fuel prices. ANI

Paternity case: ND Tiwari to provide blood sample for DNA test
Veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari will appear before Delhi High Court today and give his blood samples for a DNA test to ascertain the veracity of lawyer Rohit Shekhar, who is claiming to be his biological son. ANI

Manmohan Singh to preside over NDMA meeting
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will preside over special meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) here today. ANI

Zed-Service™ - A 360 Degree After-Sales Service Software Crosses 7 Million Service Calls
Zed-Axis Technologies, a New Delhi, India based Software Development Company is pleased to announce the recent milestone accomplished by its flagship product Zed-Service™ ( ), which has successfully handled 7 million service calls in a span of less than 2 years Business Wire India

Lauren CCL Receives Letter of Award to Provide EPCM Services for a 25 MW Solar Power Plant
Lauren CCL Engineers Private Limited (Lauren CCL), a leading EPCM contractor in India, announced today a Letter of Award from Cargo Power & Infrastructure to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management services for a 25 MW Solar Thermal Power Plant to be located in Gujarat, India Business Wire India

A Herculean Call by Dhanuka Agitech Limited for Long-Term Training of Agri-Input Dealers
Dhanuka Agritech Limited, a listed company and a part of Rs. 500 crores (USD 125 million) Dhanuka Group, has requested the Ministry of Agriculture, State Agricultural Universities (SAU), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to start long-term out-reach training to educate agri-input dealers, who are the first source of information regarding agricultural technology to the farmers Business Wire India

CLEAR Launches Breakthrough Formulation in India for Dandruff Removal
The CLEAR Global Scalp Analysis Survey unveiled today in Mumbai shows that nearly 70% of Indian consumers polled have suffered from dandruff in the past 12 months. According to this global survey conducted by the CLEAR Paris Institute, the highest occurrence of dandruff in India is among young adults aged 18 to 30 Business Wire India releases Market Report on Housing Price Inflation in Chennai, one of India’s leading players in Local and Social Commerce, Online and on Mobile, today announced the results of a study undertaken on the increasing rental prices across Chennai. This study, an analysis of over 130,000 rental advertisements posted on for apartments and houses in the city, indicates that house rents have increased by a (weighted) average of 13 Business Wire India

Danieli Corus Bags 1700 crore Order from NMDC
Danieli Corus, a global leader in Iron Making technology, signed a contract with NMDC for the design & supply of the largest Blast Furnace in India. The blast furnace will be NMDC’s first and India’s largest to date. Dr Business Wire India

QAI Certifies its First Innovation Practitioner at MATRIZ Level 1
QAI (, the leading global consulting and workforce development organization, added yet another page to its record of achievements when it recently certified India’s first Innovation Practitioner at MATRIZ Level 1 Business Wire India

Polaris Appoints Pranav Pasricha as Global Head for Insurance Business
Polaris Software (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology Company has appointed Pranav Pasricha as Global Head of Insurance Business. Prior to joining Polaris, Pranav was Executive General Manager – Strategy, Technology and Operations for QBE Australia, one of the top 20 global insurance companies Business Wire India

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