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Rajiv Kumar Chander appointed next Ambassador of India to Ukraine
Joint Secretary of the External Affairs Ministry, Rajiv Kumar Chander, was on Monday appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Ukraine. ANI

Election Commission launches training courses
Courses for international participants started off today at the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIDEM) - set up by the Election Commission of India. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee urges state governments to reduce levies on diesel, kerosene and LPG
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has urged state governments to reduce levies on diesel, kerosene and domestic LPG in line with the duty cuts undertaken by the Central government, so as to provide some relief to the common man. ANI

Sibal announces entrepreneurship programme for postal department officials
Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday announced an entrepreneurship programme for skill and capacity development of the officials of the postal department. ANI

Antony asks states to open up more avenues for ex-servicemen
Defence Minister A.K. Antony has called for opening up more avenues for ex-servicemen. ANI

Specially-abled boy invents unique chess set in Rajasthan
An eight-year-old specially-abled boy in Rajasthan has invented a unique form of chess, which can be played by six persons at a time. ANI

Heavy influx of tourists boosts tourism in Jammu and Kashmir
With large influx of tourist flocking to Jammu and Kashmir, it has boosted the valley's tourism sector. ANI

Khandu' son all set to be elected unopposed to Arunachal assembly
Decks are cleared for unopposed election of Pema Khandu, son of late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, from Mukto assembly constituency with filing of three sets of nominations by him and no other contestant for the bye-election scheduled for July 14. ANI

Shahzad murder case: Pak Government sets up probe commission
The Pakistan Government on Monday announced the setting up of a five-member Commission of Inquiry to investigate the killing of Asian Times Online bureau chief Syed Saleem Shahzad. ANI

Protesting Congress workers lathi-charged in Lucknow
A group of Congress workers were lathi-charged here this afternoon and the party's president in Uttar Pradesh Rita Bahuguna Joshi, has been taken into custody for flouting prohibitory orders. ANI

Chhota Rajan gang behind J Dey's murder: Mumbai police
The Mumbai police on Monday claimed that notorious Chhota Rajan gang was behind the killing of Mid-Day crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey. ANI

Ranjan Mathai to be India's next Foreign Secretary
Mr.Ranjan Mathai, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer of the 1974 batch, will be the next Foreign Secretary of India, with a term of two years. ANI

Kerala gives up levy on diesel
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said that the state government has decided to forgo the state tax share in the recent increase on diesel price.handy said this in the state assembly while replying to an adjournment notice given by opposition LDF on the issue. ANI

Trinamool attacking Communist party workers, complains Biman Bose
Communist Party of India-Marxist CPI (M) leader Biman Bose has accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists of attacking CPI (M) members in West Bengal. ANI

Rahul Gandhi meets Uttar Pradesh rape victim
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today met the 14-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh, undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after being stabbed in the eye by two men who tried to rape her. ANI

J-K Gujjars seek food-security
Seeking help from National bodies against absolute poverty among nomadic Gujjars-Bakerwals of Jammu and Kashmir, the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, a main organisation of tribals has pleaded the need to formulate a sustainable poverty eradication programme for migratory communities of State. ANI

Maharashtra Government considering relief measures over fuel price hike
In the wake of steep hike in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (cooking gas), diesel and kerosene prices, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said that the state government is now considering how relief can be provided to consumers and the common man. ANI

NRI professionals coming back home, says website survey
Non-resident Indian (NRI) professionals are starting to come back to home and multinational companies are now spoiled for choice in picking from the cream of attractive resource pool of India, says a website survey. ANI

IT skill in demand in other industries also, claims web site survey
A survey undertaken by the website on IT skill hiring in other industries except IT and ITES in India has revealed that IT skills hiring picture is improving for the first quarter and job hunters may want to focus their efforts on banking and financial services, FMCG, telecom and retail sectors. ANI

Carbon trading begins in Himachal Pradesh
A silent but significant revolution is taking place in mid and high hill ranges of Himachal Pradesh where community participation in watershed management programmes is making strong headway for success of world's largest and India's first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project registered for carbon credits by the United Nations. ANI

Four policemen killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh
At least four policemen were killed and three others were injured in a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada District late last night. ANI

Mid-Day scribe murder case cracked: Mumbai police
Mumbai Police's Crime Branch on Monday claimed to have cracked the case involving the murder of crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey after detaining seven persons. ANI

Two terrorists killed in Pulwama encounter
Two militants were killed today in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir's Pulwama District. ANI

Supercomputer “K computer” Takes First Place in World
RIKEN and Fujitsu have taken first place on the 37th TOP500 list announced today at the 26th International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’11) held in Hamburg, Germany. This ranking is based on a performance measurement of the “K computer,”(*1) currently under their joint development Business Wire India

MetLife Partners with ‘India Unite To End Polio Now’ Campaign (IUEPN) for Polio Eradication Awareness Campaign
-- Specially branded bus with Polio eradication messages like ‘Polio ka koi ilaaj nahi, 2 boond har bar hai bachav sahi’, ‘Pehle 5 saal, mere bachhon ko 2 boond har bar’ will be seen on public transport buses Business Wire India

Indian Institute for Human Settlements Receives a Rs. 50 Crore Gift from Nandan and Rohini Nilekani
Nandan and Rohini Nilekani have announced a generous gift of Rs. 50 crore ($ 11 million) to the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) to fund the establishment of its School of Environment and Sustainability. They issued a joint statement, saying that “IIHS is at the convergence of both our interests in education, urbanisation and sustainability Business Wire India

Tata Steel Named to FORTUNE Magazine's 2011 List of ‘World’s Most Admired Companies
Tata Steel has been named as the World’s Most Admired Companies for the second consecutive year in the Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, is given to top executives, directors and financial analysts, to identify the companies that enjoy the strongest reputations within their industries and across industries Business Wire India

Ajay Agrawal to Step Out of His Role as Chief Solutions Officer of UnitedLex
UnitedLex, a global service provider of technology-powered legal and business solutions, announced that Ajay Agrawal, co-founder and Chief Solutions Officer, has resigned from the board of directors of the company, effective June 15, 2011, to pursue a new venture outside UnitedLex Business Wire India

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