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Karnataka CM orders probe into jailbirds roaming freely in Bangalore
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa has reportedly ordered a probe into a Bangalore Mirror expose that reveals how 'VIP' inmates of the Central Jail in Bangalore are allowed to roam free in the city. ANI

Andhra minister's convoy attacked in Warangal by Telangana activists
Telangana activists on Wednesday attacked Andhra Pradesh Handlooms and Textiles Minister Shankar Rao's convoy in Hanamkonda town in Andhra Pradesh's Warangal District when he arrived to pay his last respects to Telangana ideologue K. Jayashankar, who expired on Tuesday. ANI

NAC clears Food Security Bill
The Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) has reportedly finalised its draft of the Food Security Bill and this will be forward to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ANI

Husband of Jaipal Reddy's niece arrested in Hyderabad
The husband of a niece of Union Petroleum Minister S. Jaipal Reddy has been arrested by Hyderabad police for her murder. ANI

West Bengal 2011-12 plan finalized at Rs. 22,214 crores
Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday finalised the 2011-12 plan for the state at Rs. 22,214 crores. ANI

Nuke disarmament can be achieved by step-by-step commitment: Manmohan Singh
The goal of nuclear disarmament can be achieved by a step-by-step universl commitment and application of an agreed multiateral framework that is global and non-discriminatory, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday. ANI

American devotee says he will reveal Sathya Sai Baba secret in six weeks
An American devotee of the late Sathya Sai Baba has said that he will reveal a closely kept secret of the Godman in six weeks. ANI

Expectations should not be pitched too high from India Pakistan talks: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday said expectations from India-Pakistan foreign secretary-level talks should not be pitched too high, because it is one of the relationships that New Delhi is trying to cultivate over the last few months. ANI

Government misleading public on Lokpal Bill: Hazare
Veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare on Wednesday accused the government of trying to mislead the people of the country on the discussions related to the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Singur case: Calcutta HC does not pass interim order on TATA petition
The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday did not pass any interim order on Tata Motors' petition challenging the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011 by which the West Bengal government has taken back possession of the land leased to the company at Singur. ANI

Deshmukh denies talks with Munde, says he is not joining Congress
Rural Development Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh on Wednesday denied having talks with senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde about the latter joining the Congress party in the wake of a rift with other BJP leaders. ANI

CBDT to probe ex-CJI Balakrishnan and kin assets
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to conduct a thorough probe into the disproportionate assets of former Chief Justice of India K.G.Balakrishnan and his relatives. ANI

Munde rules out quitting BJP
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde on Wednesday ruled out quitting the party, saying that he has put across his "grievances" to the party top brass. ANI

New Zealand PM to visit India
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh Key will pay a state visit to India from June 26 to30 at the invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

OIC's incorrect description of Jammu and Kashmir most regrettable: India
India reacted strongly on Wednesday to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) description of the state of Jammu and Kashmir as a region that has been occupied. ANI

Muslim Law Board demands Mumbai land acquired by Mukesh Ambani
The General Secretary of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, Maulana Arshad Madani, on Wednesday threatened to file a case against billionaire businessman Mukesh Ambani for acquiring land belonging to the Muslim Law Board to build Antilla, his 27-storeyed residential skyscraper in Mumbai. ANI

Ahead of FS talks, India releases six Pak prisoners
Ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks to be held in Islamabad on June 23 and 24, India released six Pakistani prisoners on Wednesday at the Wagah border. ANI

Uma Bharti describes Digvijay Singh as Rahul Gandhi's 'spare tyre'
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti has described Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh as Rahul Gandhi's "spare tyre". ANI

Political parties welcome tabling of Women's Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha: Speaker
Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday said that a majority of political parties have welcomed the move to table the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha, but admitted that some are still opposed to it. ANI

Gopinath Munde stays with BJP
After much speculation of Gopinath Munde's differences with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he made it clear on Wednesday that he is not leaving the party. ANI

Protest march in Guwahati turns violent
A protest march led by Right to Information (RTI) activist Akhil Gogoi in Guwahati today turned violent after police lathicharged them. ANI

Incessant rains boost tourism in Dharamshala
Incessant rains in Himachal Pradesh has given a fillip to tourism, as hundreds of tourists are flocking to the famous hill station Dharamsala. ANI

Maoists threaten families of security officials in Orissa
Maoist cadres operating in Orissa have been threatening family members of security officials to prevent them from taking action against the ultras. ANI

Leech therapy popular with locals in Bihar
'Rising numbers of patients in Bihar, who have not been cured using conventional medicine, are now going in for "leech therapy". ANI

J-K government imports harvesters to remove weeds in Dal Lake
The Jammu and Kashmir Government recently imported two harvesters from the USA to remove weeds from the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar . ANI

Deshmukh emphasizes need to strengthen Gram Sabha system
Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Wednesday emphasized the need to strengthen the country's Gram Sabha system to ensure proper implementation of government schemes meant for rural people. ANI

No consensus at all-party meeting on Women's Reservation Bill
An all party meeting on the Women's Reservation Bill ended here with Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar saying that further consultations would continue to arrive at a consensus on the bill. ANI

Three Maoists arrested in Jharkhand
Three Maoist rebels were arrested in Jharkhand's Latehar District on Tuesday. ANI

Minister Bhunia promises relief operations in W. Bengal's flood-hit areas
West Bengal Irrigation Minister Manas Bhunia, who visited the flood-hit areas of West Midnapore, assured locals of immediate rescue and relief operations. ANI

Massive fire damages chemical factory in UP
A major fire broke out at a pesticide-manufacturing factory in Uttar Pradesh's Sehri District on Wednesday, destroying goods worth millions of rupees. ANI

Swaraj demands probe into security breach at Finance Ministry's office
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday criticized the government for accepting the 'chewing gum theory' provided by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) with regard to a serious breach of security at the finance minister's office and demanded thorough investigation to the matter. ANI

Land acquisition shouldn't be through coercion: Jairam Ramesh
Reacting to the row over the acquisition of land by the Orissa Government for the Posco steel project, Union Minister of State for Forests and Environment Jairam Ramesh has said that environmental clearance to a project should not be construed as a licence for the forceful eviction of people. ANI

Use calm to resolve Kashmir problem: Mehbooba Mufti
The President of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, has asked the Central Government to use the prevailing calm in the region to solve the Kashmir problem. ANI

Chidambaram's chopper makes forced landing in Srinagar
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's chopper made a forced landing at the Srinagar airport, just 20 minutes after it took off from Pahalgam on Wednesday. ANI

Meira Kumar calls all-party meet on Women's Reservation Bill
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has convened an all-party meeting here today to discuss the Women's Reservation Bill. ANI

Poll database outfit Empowering India gets digital content gong at 2011 World Summit Award
Empowering India, a database of elections at the state and national level, has received the international digital content award at this year's World Summit Award (WSA). ANI

Australia: AREVA Part of Consortium selected as Preferred Project for Solar Flagships Program
The Australian Government has selected the AREVA Solar, CS Energy and Wind Pros-pect CWP consortium’s “Solar Dawn” as the preferred solar thermal power project in Round 1 of the Australian Government’s Solar Flagships Program Business Wire India

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