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India News on June 25, 2011

'Congress not concerned about common man', says BJP
Commenting on the latest hike in prices of diesel, kerosene oil and LPG, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday criticized the Congress party-led UPA government for rendering mere lip sympathy when it concerns the welfare of the poor. ANI

Maran likely to be dropped from Central Cabinet
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is likely to drop Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran during the next reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers. ANI

Railways extend concession to blind, mentally retarded persons
The Union Railways Ministry has decided to extend facility of concession in rail fare to completely blind persons and mentally retarded persons in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee to leave on three-day visit to US on Monday
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will be leaving on a three-day visit to the United States on Monday. ANI

India calls for a unified UN force to tackle threat of piracy to international shipping
Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan on Saturday called for a more coordinated and stronger response from the international community to control the threat posed to international shipping by piracy. ANI

UAE Foreign Minister to arrive in India tomorrow for two-day visit
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will arrive here on Sunday on a two-day state visit to India. ANI

India to discuss piracy problem with Mozambique
Mozambique Defence Minister Filipe Jacinto Nyussi will arrive in New Delhi on Monday on a five-day state visit to India.uring his stay, Nyussi will hold talks with Defence Minister A.K. Antony and the Service Chiefs. ANI

India concludes Double Taxation protocol with Singapore
India has signed a protocol amending Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with Singapore for effective exchange of information in tax matters. ANI

Omar Abdullah calls for public involvement in decision making
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday reiterated his government's determination to involve the public in crucial decision making for holistic and all-round development of the state. ANI

Almost a year after cloudburst, funds yet to reach many Leh residents
Almost a year after cloudburst hit Jammu and Kashmir's Leh district killing over 190 persons, funds are yet to reach many victims while residents are struggling to rehabilitate their homes and lives. ANI

Himalayan Odyssey bike rally kicks off in New Delhi.
The eighth edition of the annual an endurance rally of motorcyclists Himalayan Odyssey was flagged off at New Delhi today. ANI

Person burnt to death in road accident in Varanasi
A person was burnt to death when a truck laden with gas cylinders collided with another truck near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday morning. ANI

Emergency ward of state-run Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital upgraded
Jammu and Kashmir government has upgraded the emergency ward of the state-run Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (S.M.H.S) hospital in Srinagar to provide all facilities to the patients. ANI

Team Anna garnering political support ahead of all-party meeting on Lokpal Bill
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare and key figures in his campaign against corruption have begun meeting political parties to garner support for their version of the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Opposition parties protest against fuel price hike, demand rollback
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other opposition parties on Saturday staged nationwide protests against the hike in the prices of diesel, kerosene and LPG. ANI

Obama's half brother is happy staying in China
Mark Obama Ndesandjo, US President Barack Obama's half brother, has revealed that he is happy to be living in China at the moment. ANI

Maharashtra farmers in distress over delay in monsoon
Farmers in Maharashtra have expressed their apprehension about heavy losses as sowing of 'Kharif' crops, especially cotton, fails to pick up due to the delayed arrival of the monsoon in the state. ANI

Maoist zonal commander arrested from Simdega in Jharkhand
Acting on a tip off, police in Simdega district of Jharkhand has arrested a hardcore Maoist and his accomplice. ANI

JD (U) comes down heavily on UPA Govt on fuel, cooking gas price hike
Janata Dal-United has come down heavily on the Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government for increasing the price of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas. ANI

Top Four Colleges from Northern Regional Competition, qualify for SIFE India National Competition 2011
Students in Free Enterprise India (SIFE India), a part of SIFE International, a non-profit organisation operating in 39 countries globally, today announced the names of top four qualifying colleges from SIFE India Northern Regional Competition, held at Hotel Radisson Suites, Gurgaon Business Wire India Backs Pack Plus South 2011
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Amul rated Top Indian Green brand in the 2011 Green Brands Global Survey
Amul has been rated as the Top Indian Green Brand by the Global Green Brands Study which reveals current consumers’ attitudes and perceptions towards green issues Business Wire India

Nikki Haley, First Indian-American Governor of South Carolina, is India Abroad Person of the Year 2010
Nimrata ‘Nikki’ Randhawa Haley, South Carolina’s first Indian-American and first woman Governor and the country’s youngest, was named the India Abroad Person of the Year 2010 at a ceremony in New York City June 24. The event saw about 400 of the biggest names in the Indian-American community come together at a venue that celebrates the Indian-American journey – The Pierre, a Taj Hotel Business Wire India

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