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Wasnik releases Braille Edition of Nehru's "Letters from a Father to his Daughter"
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik today said that publishing of the Braille Edition of Jawaharlal Nehru's "Letters from a Father to his Daughter" will help dissemination of information about Nehru among the visually challenged. ANI

India, World Bank to sign loan agreement for cleaning Ganga
The Government of India and the World Bank will sign an agreement tomorrow for cleaning the Ganga River. ANI

Why Brahmaputra could spark Sino India tension in future?
Reacting to media reports of China's plan to divert waters to its upper reaches, official sources on Monday said there is no evidence that China is diverting waters of Brahmaputra. ANI

Ajit Seth assumes charge as Cabinet Secretary
Ajit Kumar Seth, an IAS officer of 1974 batch, Uttar Pradesh cadre, today assumed charge as Cabinet Secretary. ANI

Congress charges Hazare of speaking scripted language
Hours after the civil society activists wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, demanding his inclusion in the Lokpal Bill, the Congress Party took on Anna Hazare, saying that he is speaking the script of those outfits, which are working behind him. ANI

Vasan flags off Thoothukudi-Colombo passenger ferry service
Union Minister of Shipping G.K.Vasan today launched the much awaited Thoothukudi-Colombo passenger ferry service at V.O. Chidambaranar Port in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. ANI

Jayalalithaa to meet Manmohan Singh tomorrow
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who arrived here on a two-day visit today, will meet the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday during which she is expected to expected to discuss the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils. ANI

India seeking reports from China on plans to divert Brahmaputra
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today said that the government was seeking more details from China on reports that it was planning to divert waters of the Brahmaputra to address the needs of its drought-hit regions. ANI

Krishna Tirath pulls up Mayawati Govt. over Lakhimpur incident
Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath condemning the alleged rape-and-murder of a minor girl within the compound of Nighasan police station in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur District, on Monday accused the Mayawati Government of being insensitive to this issue. ANI

Maharashtra CM Chavan rejects demand for CBI probe into journalist's murder
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today rejected the demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the killing of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. ANI

All party meeting on Singur Bill held in Kolkata
An all party meeting to discuss the proposed Singur Bill which aims to return 400 acres of land to the unwilling farmers was held here today. ANI

Brahmputra diversion: India in constant touch with China
Amid reports that Beijing was considering a new plan to divert the Brahmaputra river from its upper reaches, India on Monday said that it is in constant touch with China, and added that there have no been no information on diversion of river waters. ANI

Pressure mounts for investigations into Mumbai Journalist killing
A delegation of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and urged that the killers of senior crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey should be brought to book as soon as possible. ANI

Baba Ramdev's heath stable: Doctors
Doctors attending on Baba Ramdev at the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Jolly Grant, here on Monday said the health condition of the yoga guru was 'stable' and 'under control'. ANI

RSS backs Anna Hazare's protest against UPA
A day after Anna Hazare wrote a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi asking her to rein in her ministers, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has stated that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government should stop making silly and baseless charges against leaders of the anti-corruption movement. ANI

Lakhimpur girl murdered, not raped: Autopsy report
The second autopsy conducted on a minor girl's body, which was found hanging from a tree within the compound of Nighasan police station in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur District on Friday night, confirmed that the victim was murdered. ANI

BJP demands thorough investigation into Lakhimpur incident
Demanding a thorough investigation into the alleged rape and murder of a teenaged girl at Nighasan police station in Lakhimpur District, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused the Mayawati Government of shielding the accused. ANI

India is strengthening transfer pricing provisions: Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said India is strengthening transfer pricing provisions to check misuse of the provisions and efforts to shift profit to another country. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee calls for strong measures to reverse illicit outflows
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday called for strong measures to reverse the ongoing trend of illicit outflows from developing countries and exploitation of their natural resources through abusive transfer pricing schemes. ANI

Law Minister Moily to initiate reform in electoral system by December
Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily has announced the committee on electoral reforms will submit the draft proposal to the government either in the monsoon session of the Parliament or latest by December. ANI

Protest against atrocities on women and children in Manipur
Human Rights activists in Manipur staged a mass rally at Imphal on Sunday to protest against the atrocities committed on women and children by anti-social elements and also personnel of security forces. ANI

CPI-M decides to take corrective steps in West Bengal
Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPM) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said that the party has decided to take corrective steps at political and organisational level in West Bengal following its defeat in the recently held Assembly elections. ANI

UP govt. orders probe into Lakhimpur girl 'murder' case
The Uttar Pradesh Government has ordered a Crime Branch-CID probe into the alleged rape and murder of a teenaged girl at Nighasan police station in Lakhimpur District. ANI

Foreign Minister Krishna asks Saudi Arabia to increase in Haj quot
External Affairs Minister on Monday asked the Saudi Government for an increase in the number of Indian pilgrims permitted to perform Haj this year. ANI

Sweety's NRI encounter
Hallelujah! Cousin Annie is here from New York. Mom called to say, "Annie is dying to meet up with you, her favourite, absolute favourite cousin from back home". Hmm. Did I smell a rat, or was it her Chanel No.5 already? I had one day to get myself organized. ANI

West Bengal Cabinet to discuss Singur Bill
The West Bengal Cabinet will meet here on Monday to discuss the Singur Bill before it is tabled in the State Assembly. ANI

2G case: Kanimozhi's bail plea adjourned till June 20
The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi's bail plea till June 20 in the 2G Spectrum scam case. ANI

Athena Executive Search & Consulting Announces Empanelment as a Member Firm with the Global Association of Executive Search Consultants - AESC
Athena Executive Search & Consulting, a leading boutique retained search firm, has announced the significant development of being the newest firm in India to be accepted as a member by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), the prestigious worldwide professional association of retained search firms Business Wire India

Expedia Research: Over 40% Indians Pay exorbitantly for Overpacking
With airlines becoming stringent and charging as much as Rs. 2250 for excess baggage fees and nearly Rs. 9000 for an oversize or overweight bag,, the world’s largest online travel company carried out an insightful study of the average travelers’ packing habits, focused on highlighting the key mistakes and solutions that travelers should consider Business Wire India

7Seas Entertainment Launches Social Gaming Platform on its Online Gaming Portals &
7Seas Entertainment Limited,a Hyderabad-based independent IP-based games development company today announced that it has added a social gaming platform to its online casual gaming portals and which already have in their kitty over 500 high-scored games across all genres. “Social games have enjoyed a worldwide surge in popularity in recent years Business Wire India

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