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PM condoles passing away of Suresh Tendulkar
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of noted economist Suresh Tendulkar. ANI

S. Chandrasekharan appointed Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
S. Chandrasekharan, a 1975 batch officer of the Indian Railway Account Service has assumed charge as the new Secretary for Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. ANI

Hazare sends clear warning to Govt., threatens to go on a fast
After the government and the civil society representatives failed to arrive at a common draft on the Lokpal Bill in their final meeting, Gandhian Anna Hazare stating that the government is not serious on the issue, on Tuesday threatened to go on a fast. ANI

Identify steps necessary for introduction of accrual accounting: Pranab Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that accrual based financial reporting in the government is an important initiative in the reform of the system of accounts and financial reporting in the public domain. ANI

Meira Kumar convenes all-party meet on Women's Reservation Bill tomorrow
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has convened an all-party meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the Women's Reservation Bill. ANI

BJP questions delay in monsoon session of Parliament
Commenting on the delay in convening the monsoon session of Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said the delay in calling the session of Parliament puts a question mark on whether the UPA enjoys a majority at the Centre or not. ANI

Karunanidhi meets Kanimozhi at Tihar Jail
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief Karunanidhi met his daughter Kanimozhi, who is presently lodged at the Tihar Jail here in connection with the 2G spectrum scam, on Tuesday evening. ANI

Amritsar tea traders demand trade deal with Pakistan
Tea traders in Amritsar have demanded the opening up of trade with Pakistan, as it would provide entry into the markets of Central Asia where tea is in great demand. ANI

Bodoland outfit talks with Central Government interlocutor positive
The pro-talks faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland- Progressive (NDFB-P), a militant outfit in Assam, has reckoned that talks with the Central Government interlocutor, P. C. Haldar, have been positive so far. ANI

Final meeting on Lokpal Bill ends, differences on six issues remain
The final meeting between the government and civil society representatives on the Lokpal Bill ended here on Tuesday evening with divergent views remaining on six issues including bringing the post of Prime Minister under the purview of Lokpal. ANI

Arunachal RTI forum asks Sonia to take action against Atum Welly
Arunachal Pradesh RTI activists have written a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi demanding her to take action against State Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly, charging him with practicing nepotism by illegally appointing his relatives in connivance with a high-ranking officer of the state. ANI

'Morning walk with tree talk' campaign gaining popularity in Kashmir Valley
The campaign titled 'Morning walk with tree talk', an environment protection campaign is gaining popularity in the Kashmir Valley. ANI

Jayalalithaa writes to PM, demands safe release of Tamil Nadu fishermen
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has written a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, urging him to intervene in the safe release of 23 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka on June 20. ANI

Kerala CM Chandy promises punishment against culprits in minor girl rape case
Expressing concern over the awful case of sexual exploitation of a minor girl by nearly 100 men, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said the police is actively probing the case, and promised stern punishment against the culprits. ANI

Chidambaram reviews overall situation in Kashmir
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday expressed satisfaction after reviewing the security situation and developmental scenario in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Kejriwal accuses Govt. of using CBI to arm-twist opposition parties
RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption, on Tuesday accused the government of keeping the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) out of the Right to Information (RTI) Act's ambit so that it can arm-twist its political opponents. ANI

UP Human Rights Commission seeks reply from Mayawati Govt. on rape cases
With the sudden spurt in crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh shocking the nation, the State Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Mayawati Government and different district officials, and sought a reply from them by June 28. ANI

Father of conjoined twin daughters pleads with Indian govt. to allow mercy killing
The impoverished family of Indian conjoined twins, Saba and Fahar Shakeel, have sought the help of the Indian government to carry out mercy killings on them to release the twins from their increasing physical agony. ANI

BJP meet to resolve Munde, Gadkari standoff in Maharashtra ends
The meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass to find a solution to the unending rift between party President Nitin Gadkari and Gopinath Munde ended here on Tuesday with the party making all attempts to pacify the sulking leader. ANI

Bamboo makes Jharkhand tribals stay busy at home
For years the adivasis of Jharkhand have been forced to migrate seasonally to areas in Punjab, Assam and Bengal in search of livelihoods and stay away from home for three months in a year. ANI

Mamata to meet Manmohan Singh
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, here today to seek urgent central assistance for her state. ANI

Nothing found in probe into security breach: Mukherjee
After startling revelations of a possible security breach in Union Finance Minister 's office came to the fore, Pranab Mukherjee today said that investigating agencies found nothing during their probe at his office. ANI

Global Financial Integrity chief to visit India
Global Financial Integrity (GFI) Director Raymond Baker will travel to India this week for meetings with government officials, journalists, and civil society organizations. Mr. Baker will also deliver remarks at a press conference Friday afternoon. ANI

Manmohan Singh to convene UPA meet on Lokpal today
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will convene a meeting of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) leaders on Tuesday as part of efforts to ascertain views of the alliance partners over the drafting of the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Last Lokpal Bill drafting meeting to be held today
Representatives of the government and civil society will meet for the last time today to take the process of drafting an effective legislation to combat corruption forward. ANI

Karunanidhi to meet Kanimozhi
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

Mukherjee to address state finance ministers on reforms in financial reporting
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a national conference of state finance ministers here today. ANI

Xebec Partners with Skylark Mansions to give Home Buyers a New Identity
Today real estate advertising has come of age. Every project by a developer is treated like a brand. Real estate developers would like to work with agencies who understand this brand- building approach and deliver solutions which brand the project and thereby help them attract the right TG. Quite often, response of customers in the real estate category is unpredictable Business Wire India

AMUL Crosses 2 billion dollar Sales Turnover Mark
GCMMF which markets the popular Amul brand of milk and dairy products crosses yet another landmark in its long and illustrious history. The results of the apex body of the dairy cooperatives in Gujarat, were declared on 21st June 2011, in the 37th Annual General Meeting of GCMMF Business Wire India

Cox & Kings Announces its Winners to the IIFA Canada Contest
Cox and Kings Ltd, the longest established travel company in the world since 1758 is pleased to announce the winner of the IIFA Canada contest that was part of the campaign to promote Canada as a destination Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Scores with Three-year Deal for Spanish La Liga Rights
ESPN STAR Sports (ESS), Asia’s biggest sports content provider, announced today that it has secured live and exclusive rights to broadcast the Spanish La Liga for the 2012/13 to 2014/15 seasons, on multiple distribution platforms in 18 markets across Asia Business Wire India

Perfios Launches Rupees Seven Crore Give Away
In a bid to reach out to first time internet users and India’s burgeoning Internet savvy workforce, online personal finance software company, Perfios, launches a Rupees Seven Crore giveaway contest of free Gold Edition upgrades. Announcing the month long promotion, CEO and Co-Founder V. R. Govindrajan, popularly known as Govi in the industry, said: “Our vision is very down to earth Business Wire India

India's Village Laundry Service Raises Equity Capital and Hires CEO
Village Laundry Service (VLS), an Innosight Ventures portfolio company, announced today that it has raised Series A financing from Kensington Capital, Index Advisory, and a private India-based investor. The investments will allow VLS to continue the rapid expansion of its chain of laundry kiosks, operated under the brand name Chamak. Business Wire India

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