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India News on June 17, 2011

  • AICC President Sonia Gandhi returns to India from her overseas trip.

'India aims to achieve 9-9.5 percent GDP growth during 12th Five Year Plan period'
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has stressed on the need to sustain and pursue the efforts currently underway to reform the international and national policy regimes for better managing the forces of globalization. ANI

India, Pak Foreign Secretaries to meet for talks in Islamabad
Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad next week to discuss peace and security, confidence building measures, Jammu and Kashmir, and promotion of friendly exchanges, the Ministry of External Affairs said today. ANI

Indian Navy provided security cover to released MV Suez: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said that the Indian Navy provided security cover to Egypt-owned cargo ship MV Suez after it was released by Somali pirates following 10 months in captivity. ANI

Oz to launch new migration policy focusing on skilled labor
In a bid to extract best skilled manpower from India and other countries, Australia is planning to launch a new migration programme titled 'Expression of Interest (EOI)'. ANI

MEA to wind down control rooms, help lines for Indian nationals in Yemen
The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said that the Centre has decided to wind down the control rooms and help lines being operated to help Indian nationals in Yemen. ANI

Germany against capital punishment for Bhullar
Raising strong objection on the death penalty to Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) militant Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, Germany has said it is against capital punishment as it violates basic human right, right to live. ANI

Rice sown in 10.35 lakh hectare
Rice has been sown in 10.35 lakh hectare till date as compared to 10.32 lakh hectare of last year's acreage, according to the Union Agriculture Ministry. ANI

Kashmir not an obstacle in sealing FTA with India: German Envoy
Germany's Ambassador to India, Thomas Matussek, has said that Kashmir is not a major obstacle in signing of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India, and negotiations on the pact are on track as planned. ANI

Population stabilization efforts yielding results: Azad
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday said the Central government will shortly be launching a scheme to make available contraceptives at door steps, in a bid to boost population control efforts. ANI

Vilasrao Deshmukh files affidavit before Adarsh inquiry commission
Union Rural Development Minister and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Friday filed an affidavit before the two-member Adarsh inquiry commission claiming that the Adarsh Housing Society land in Mumbai belonged to the Maharashtra government and was never reserved for defence personnel or Kargil war heroes. ANI

International journalists body disappointed over no progress in J Dey murder case
The Indian Journalists Association (IJA) in Europe has expressed disappointment over the lack of progress in J Dey murder case. ANI

Henba Tensuba, Manipur's rising star painter
Manipur, which has over the years produced many talented persons, has added another feather to its cap through Henba Tensuba, a well-known painter who has won many accolades and his life serves as a role model for the young generation. ANI

India, Bangladesh plan to connect their borders through rail and road
New Delhi, June 17 (AN): Carrying forward the vision of maintaining peace at the border areas and promoting cross-border bilateral trade, India and Bangladesh are working towards connecting their borders through rail and road. ANI

Dara Singh case: Jaipur court rejects bail of four cops
A special court in Jaipur on Friday rejected the bail plea of four policemen named as accused in the Dara Singh fake encounter case. ANI

CBI opposes Kanimozhi's bail plea in Supreme Court
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) opposed the bail plea of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case in the Supreme Court on Friday. ANI

People in Bihar reject "doubled faced" Anna Hazare's anti-graft crusade
Residents in Bihar are up in arms against veteran social activist Anna Hazare's anti-graft crusade, claiming that it exposes his dual character. They have also rubbished the fact that he is a Gandhian on grounds that he supported the violence against Biharis in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra perpetrated by goons of the regional Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which is led by Raj Thackeray. ANI

For a start build buildings for schools
Things are looking up in Bihar, a state which was in slumber for decades. Now this state, which comprises a region with glorious historical traditions, is shaking off its shackles, awakening from its slumber and people are eager for change. ANI

Offences of atrocities against SCs a 'matter of serious concern': Wasnik
Emphasising that "persons belonging to Scheduled Castes constitute the most vulnerable segment of the society," Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik on Friday said offences of atrocities against them continue to be a "matter of serious concern." ANI

Strike at Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar plant called off
The 13-day long strike at Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar plant here was called off late on Thursday night following a deal between the workers and the management. ANI

Manmohan Singh calls for equitable development of all sections of society
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today said that ensuring equitable development of all sections of society, particularly the weaker sections, was central to the Government's agenda of inclusive growth. ANI

Delhi Police justifies crackdown at Ramlila ground in reply to Supreme Court
Delhi Police has defended the crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and thousands of his supporters at Delhi's Ramlila ground on the night of June 4 in their reply submitted to the Supreme Court. ANI

Maoists torch two trucks in Gaya
Maoists set fire to two trucks as they were plying on National Highway-2 in Bihar's Gaya District early on Friday morning. ANI

Northeast athletes demand better infrastructure and facilities
Athletes of the Northeast, who were felicitated at the 60th Plennary Session of Northeast Council held here on Thursday, have requested the government to provide them with better infrastructure facilities and support so that they can make a mark at the international level. ANI

Explosive found inside Guwahati-Kolkata Kanchanjengha Express
Railway Police in Assam averted a major disaster this morning when its personnel recovered a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during a routine checkup from the Guwahati-Kolkata Kanchanjengha Express. ANI

Dara Singh case: Jaipur court to decide on bail applications of four cops
A special court in Jaipur will on Friday decide on the bail applications of four of the 16 policemen, who have been named as an accused in the Dara Singh fake encounter case ANI

Uttar Pradesh CID to submit status report on Lakhimpur case today
The crime branch of the Uttar Pradesh Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will on Friday submit its report on the status of the probe into the murder and alleged rape of a minor girl within the compound of Nighasan police station in Lakhimpur District. ANI

PM inaugurates conference of Social Justice Ministers
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, inaugurated a conference of State Ministers of Welfare and Social Justice here today. ANI

Orissa to resume land acquisition for Posco
The Orissa Government will resume acquiring land for Posco's mega steel plant in Gobindpur area near Jagatsinghpur District from today. ANI to Focus on Addressing Buyers' Requirements in its Next Brand Campaign
-- Slated to start in July, brand campaign to assist buyers in locating right suppliers with right products on platform -- Nationwide campaign to span across print, online, radio & outdoor media Early this year, benefits of going online were brought to the shores of micro, small and medium sized suppliers for their business growth through IndiaMART Business Wire India

Kotak Securities to Pioneer Mobile Trading Services in India
Understanding the need of the vast consumer base, Kotak Securities, one of the oldest and leading brokerage house in India, has now made its Mobile Stock Trader (MST) Application available to 95 % of the mobile phone users Business Wire India

Mobile Conversations comes to New Delhi
afaqs! is all set to conduct its mobile marketing conference, titled 'Mobile Conversations – No Mobile, No Marketing' in New Delhi. This is the third time when Mobile Conversations will be held in New Delhi. It was first organised in the capital in 2008 followed by another successful run in 2010 Business Wire India

Alfa Laval Wins INR 455 Million Food Order in India
Alfa Laval India - the Indian subsidiary of Swedish Alfa Laval Group –has received an order for a complete solution to a vegetable oil plant in India. The order value is about INR 455 million and delivery is scheduled for early 2012. Alfa Laval’s products such as separators, mixers, and heat exchangers will be used for refining different types of crude oils – e.g Business Wire India

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