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Congress slams Mayawati Govt. over deteriorating law and order situation in UP
Stating that the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh has deteriorated, Congress Party on Monday criticized the Mayawati Government for not taking any effective action on crimes against women. ANI

Deve Gowda favours PM under Lokpal ambit, but warns against haste
Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda on Monday favoured bringing the post of Prime Minister under the purview of Lokpal, but warned against any haste in the matter. ANI

Karunanidhi to meet Kanimozhi tomorrow
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Chief Karunanidhi is expected to meet his daughter Kanimozhi, who is presently lodged at the Tihar jail here in connection with the 2G spectrum scam, on Tuesday. ANI

'Donate blood regularly on a voluntary basis': Azad
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad has called upon the young people to get recruited at the nearest blood bank, as voluntary blood donors. ANI

'Greenhouses' are transforming Ladakh
In arid cold desert of Ladakh, the changing seasons signify a completely different lifestyle for its people. Summers are short when few vegetables can be grown in the plain areas and when the cattle herds can be taken up to the mountains to graze in the green, luxuriant pastures ANI

Adarsh scam: Chavan holds Deshmukh responsible
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today filed an affidavit before the Justice Patil Commission in the Adarsh Housing scam, saying the prime land was sanctioned by Union Rural Development Minister and his predecessor Vilasrao Deshmukh, and added that he has done nothing wrong or illegal in the allotment of flats. ANI

CAG report leak: Govt. will probe Reliance Gas deal with an open mind: Reddy
Defending the government's decision to allow Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to sell natural gas at a higher price, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Jaipal Reddy today said the government will probe the gas deal with an open mind. ANI

Rajasthan CM Gehlot clears mercy petition of Pak prisoner
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has cleared the mercy petition of 80-year-old Pakistani national Khalil Chishty serving life term in Ajmer jail, and forwarded it to State Governor Shivraj Patil. ANI

Manmohan Singh asks Chidambaram to see if Pak prisoner can be pardoned
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has asked Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to examine if the request of Supreme Court Judge Justice Markandey Katju for pardon to Pakistani prisoner Khalil Chishty could be considered on 'humanitarian' grounds. ANI

Posco land acquisition postponed again
Land acquisition by the Orissa government for Posco's mega steel project in Jagatsinghpur District was again stopped after the president of a pro-project group resigned today. ANI

SC asks Ramdev's trust to respond to Delhi Police charge
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, asking it to respond to the affidavit filed by Delhi Police on the crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters earlier this month. ANI

Somali pirates nabbed off Gujarat coast
Gujarat Police on Monday arrested fourteen Somali pirates and three Yemeni nationals after the boat's engine broke down near the Junagadh District coastline. ANI

Afghan borders, the biggest threats from terrorism worldwide: India's UN envoy
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Digvijay Singh pulls up Maya Govt., says police structure has collapsed in UP
With several rape cases being reported from Uttar Pradesh within a month, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday accused the Mayawati Government of supporting criminals, saying that law and order has vanished with the complete crash of the police structure. ANI

Digvijay Singh does a u-turn on 'Rahul for Prime Minister' comment
Clarifying his earlier statement on Rahul Gandhi becoming the Prime Minister of the country, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh today said that he respects the current Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, but would like to see the Gandhi scion elected to the prestigious post. ANI

Govt., civil society present contradicting versions of Lokpal Bill meet
Even as the government claimed to have resolved all differences with the civil society activists team led by Gandhian Anna Hazare, the two groups, which met for the eight time today to take the process of drafting an effective Lokpal Bill to combat corruption came out with contradicting versions. ANI

'Those who threw stones yesterday in Kashmir are willing to pick up guns today'
The slogan 'Khoon ka badla June mey' (the murders of 2010 shall be avenged in the summer of 2011) had instilled fear in the hearts of all those who wished well for Kashmir. ANI

Bihu promotes cultural exchange between Assam, Tripura
Bihu, the national festival of Assam, was recently held in Tripura to spread awareness about different existing cultures in the region. ANI

Northeastern states moving ahead on development path
Both the central and state governments are leaving no stones unturned in developing rural areas in the eight northeastern states, as they accommodate a large part of the population of the region. ANI

NIA files chargesheet in Samjhauta blast case
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet against five accused Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Asimanand, Sunil Joshi (now dead), Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji before a special court here on Monday in connection with the Samjhauta Express blast case. ANI

SC rejects Kanimozhi's bail plea in 2G scam case
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the bail plea of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi and directed her to go back to the special court to apply for bail in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Myanmar's visit will vitalize relationship in new political environment: Krishna
New Delhi, Jun 20 External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who left on a three-day official visit to Myanmar, on Monday said the visit would give India and Myanmar an opportunity to further vitalize their multi-faceted relationship in the new political environment. ANI

Ahead of FS talks in Pak, Krishna says terrorism should be dealt with firmly
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Monday said terrorism has to be dealt with firmly for the common good of India and Pakistan. ANI

Three arms smugglers held near Shillong
Police have arrested three arms smugglers and seized a huge cache of arms from them. ANI

Land acquisition for Posco project likely to resume today
The Orissa Government is likely to resume acquiring land for Posco's mega steel plant in the Gobindpur area of Jagatsinghpur District from today. ANI

Chidambaram to visit Kashmir today
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will undertake a two-day visit of the Kashmir Valley from today. ANI

Supreme Court to examine Delhi Police's affidavit on Ramdev eviction
The Supreme Court will today examine an affidavit submitted by the Delhi Police, regarding the pre-dawn crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his aides at the Ramlila Ground. ANI

Supreme Court to hear Kanimozhi's bail plea
The Supreme Court will hear on Monday the bail plea of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Lokpal Bill drafting committee to meet today
Representatives of the government and civil society will meet here today to take the process of drafting an effective legislation to combat corruption forward. ANI

Religare Global Asset Management Appoints Alan Berkshire as President – North America
Religare Global Asset Management (RGAM), a wholly owned subsidiary and the multi-boutique asset management arm of integrated financial services group, Religare Enterprises limited (Bloomberg: RELG@IN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Berkshire as President - North America Business Wire India

Independent Research Firm Ranks Wipro Technologies as a ‘Leader’ among Oracle Service Providers
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) announced that the company has been has been ranked a ‘Leader’ among Oracle Services Providers by Forrester Research Inc Business Wire India

C-DAC Signs MoU with National Archives of India for Digital Preservation of Electronic Records
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Shell India Launches Redesigned Industrial Lubricants Portfolio
Today, Shell Lubricants India announced the launch of its new, improved range of industrial and transmission lubricants and greases. The result of a three-year process, it has been restructured and refreshed to help every Shell Lubricants customer select right level of protection for their equipment with ease and confidence Business Wire India

Citi India Reports Earnings for the Year Ended March 31, 2011
Citi India, reported a strong financial performance for the year ended March 31, 2011. Total Assets for Citibank India grew 17% to Rs.1,11,586 crore at March 31, 2011 from Rs.95,489 crore at March 31, 2010. This growth arose primarily as a consequence of increases in advances to corporate clients and small and medium enterprises by 33% and 35% respectively Business Wire India

Polycom Receives 2011 India Frost & Sullivan ‘Video Conferencing Equipment Vendor of the Year' Award
Polycom has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan ‘Video Conferencing Equipment Vendor of the Year' for the year 2010. The latest trend in the Video Conferencing Industry is embedding video conferencing systems into the unified communication framework of an enterprise. In today’s fast-paced world, Video Conferencing plays an important role in reducing several complexities in the work environment Business Wire India

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