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Indians wishing to leave Yemen advised to register with Indian Embassy in Sana'a
Indian nationals, who wish to seek help in exiting from Yemen are advised to get themselves registered with Indian Embassy, Sana'a, latest by June 18. ANI

Commonwealth countries discuss ways to increase voters' participation
The Commonwealth Network of National Election Management Bodies (CNNEMB), a network of electoral commissions of the 54 commonwealth nations, which met here on Thursday, discussed ways to increase voters' participation. ANI

India, China revive defence exchanges
As decided during Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit to China in April this year, India and China have finally resumed defence exchanges after a hiatus of more than one year. ANI

Govt. takes on Team Anna, says Lokpal Bill will be drafted by June 30
Stating that the government is committed to a stronger Lokpal Bill, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said the proposed legislation will be drafted by the June 30 deadline. ANI

India, Russia express intent for CECA
India and Russia on Thursday expressed the political intent to move towards a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). ANI

BJP aligns itself with Baba Ramdev
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M. Venkaiah Naidu alleging that the Congress Government is behind corruption in the country, on Thursday said the party fully supports the anti-graft movement of yoga guru Baba Ramdev. ANI

2G scam: BJP reiterates demand for Chidambaram's resignation
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday reiterated the demand for resignation of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, saying that he played a major role as Finance Minister in fixing the price of 2G spectrum. ANI

Brahmaputra dam issue: India monitoring activities across border: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna citing assurances from China, on Thursday said the course of Brahmaputra was not being diverted as was being apprehended, but maintained that activities across the border are being monitored. ANI

India, Japan discuss political, economic engagements with Africa
India and Japan held wide ranging discussions regarding their respective political and economic engagements with Africa; the current security and political situation in various parts of Africa; and issues emanating from Africa with regional and global bearing during the two-day 'Second India-Japan Dialogue on Africa', which was held here. ANI

Talks between Centre, ULFA to resume soon : Gogoi
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday said the next round of talks between the Central Government and United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is likely to resume soon. ANI

Maoists blow up Jharkhand railway track during shutdown
Ranchi, June 16 Maoists blasted a rail track and a mobile phone tower in Jharkhand on Thursday during their 24-hour shutdown. ANI

Damodar Valley Corporation Act 1948 to be amended to include more members
The Union Cabinet today approved introduction of Damodar Valley Corporation (Amendment) Bill 2011 for the reconstitution of the Damodar Valley Corporation with four full time members. ANI

Lokpal issue going to Parliament
Barring the ceremonies, the talks between the government and Anna Hazare's team of negotiators on the draft of the proposed Lokpal Bill are practically over. There is no agreement on whether the Prime Minister and the higher judiciary, including the Chief Justice of India (CJI), should be brought under the purview of the Lokpal or not. ANI

Digvijay Singh takes a dig at Gadkari over his remarks on Sonia
Reacting to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari's remarks that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's resolve to fight corruption is similar to Pakistan fighting terrorism, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh today termed it to be baseless, and described Gadkari as inconsequential. ANI

Lokpal Bill row: Upset Hazare threatens to resort to agitation again
With no consensus being reached between government and civil society representatives during their sixth joint drafting committee meeting on the Lokpal Bill, Gandhian Anna Hazare on Thursday threatened to resort to another agitation if a strong anti-corruption bill was not passed. ANI

Gogoi meets Krishna on Brahmaputra dam issue
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi met External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday and requested him to take up the Brahmaputra River water issue with China. ANI

First Vice President of Afghanistan to visit India for three days
The First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, will arrive here on Thursday on a three-day visit. ANI

India to build strategic crude oil storages at Vizag
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved the enhancement of cavern capacity, manner of utilization and revised cost estimates of Strategic Crude Oil Storage cavern at Visakhapatnam. ANI

Dey murder probe: Maharashtra Govt. asked to file status report by June 21
A day after three people were detained and let off after questioning in connection with the murder of Mid-Day crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey, the Bombay High Court today hauled up the Maharashtra Government, and asked it to file a status report on the probe by June 21. ANI

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate Conference of Social Justice Ministers
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate a two-day conference of the State Ministers of Welfare and Social Justice here tomorrow. ANI

Lakhimpur murder case: CB-CID to file report
The Crime Branch-CID may file a preliminary report on Thursday evening into the murder of a minor girl within the compound of Nighasan police station in Lakhimpur District. ANI

Gogoi to meet Krishna on Brahmaputra dam issue
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will meet External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday to ask him to take up the Brahmaputra River water issue with China ANI

Cabinet approves transfer of lease of defence land to KV Sangathan
The Cabinet today approved the proposal of Ministry of Defence for transfer on lease basis of 15.19 acres of Defence land in perpetuity to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for construction of class rooms and staff quarters and provisioning of various other infrastructural amenities in Gurgaon. ANI

IDFC Announces Strategic Partnership with AFC
The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) today formalised a strategic partnership with the Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IDFC), through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the AFC and IDFC Capital Limited (IDFC Capital), a wholly owned subsidiary of IDFC Business Wire India

RIM and Ingram Micro Join Forces to Expand BlackBerry Enterprise Solutions in India
Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, and Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world's largest technology distributor and a leading technology sales, marketing and logistics company in India, today announced they are working together to provide corporate customers and SMBs with mobility solutions Business Wire India

Shell Advance Announces the Hunt for The Ultimate Riding Wonder of the World
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KBR and Jindal Steel & Power Limited Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Provide KBR’s TRIG™ Solution for Direct Reduction Iron Projects
KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) under which the companies are in discussions regarding the implementation of KBR’s Transport Integrated Gasification technology (TRIG™) for JSPL’s Direct Reduction of Iron (DRI) projects Business Wire India

Hastens Unveils its Best Bed Cornerstone
Why is Hastens considered the “Best Bed” in the world? It’s because sleep is a truly a personal thing and no one can provide you a more comfortable sleep than Hästens Business Wire India

Eicher Trucks and Buses Complete 25 years of Operations in India
Eicher Trucks and buses (ETB) a business area of VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd. (VECV) has completed 25 years of operations in India in the month of June 2011. The first Eicher truck was rolled out from its state of the art manufacturing plant in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh in 1986 and over the past 25 years, the products have got endorsement from happy customers of over 300,000 vehicles Business Wire India

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