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Cabinet approves amendments in tariff policy
The Union Cabinet today approved amendments in the existing provisions of the tariff policy for providing specific exemptions in the 'Hydro and Transmission Sectors' from the mandatory tariff based competitive bidding, which came into effect from January 6. ANI

Vinay Mittal takes over as Chairman, Railway Board
Vinay Mittal on Thursday took over as the new Chairman, Railway Board and ex-officio Principal Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Railways. ANI

Cabinet approves enhancement of honoraria for anganwadi workers, helpers
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the enhancement of honoraria for anganwadi workers to Rs.3000 from Rs.1500 per month and for anganwadi helpers and workers of Mini-AWCs to Rs.1500 from Rs.750 per month under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme. ANI

Rahul Gandhi to visit Forbesganj on Friday
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will visit Forbesganj in Bihar's Araria District tomorrow to know the circumstances that led to police firing in which four Muslims were killed earlier this month. ANI

Home Secretary R K Singh terms 'Naxalism' to be a big challenge
Terming 'Naxalism' to be a big challenge for the nation, Union Home Secretary R K Singh today said it is necessary for the Central Government to working in close coordination with the Maoist-affected states to confront the menace. ANI

Central Wakf Council extends loan to 137 projects
The Central Wakf Council, functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, has extended loan to 137 projects under its scheme of 'Development of Urban Wakf Properties'. ANI

Raj Kumar Singh takes over as Home Secretary
Raj Kumar Singh, an IAS officer of the 1975 Batch, today took over as Union Home Secretary. ANI

Purulia case: CBI to appeal against verdict
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) issued a statement on Thursday saying that it will appeal through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) against verdict in the Purulia arms drop case. ANI

BJP may not attend all-party meeting on Lokpal Bill on Sunday: Gadkari
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President has hinted that his party may not attend the all-party meeting on the Jan Lokpal Bill on Sunday. ANI

Three Naxal camps destroyed in West Singhbhum
In a joint operation, police and security forces destroyed three naxal camps and recovered a huge cache of arms and explosives at the Saranda forest in West Singhbhum. ANI

Jerome, Maria held guilty in Grover murder case
A Mumbai sessions court on Thursday held small-time Kannada actress Maria Susairaj and her boyfriend Emile Jerome Mathew, a Navy Lieutenant, guilty in the murder case of television executive Neeraj Grover. ANI

West Bengal Govt. asked to file affidavit in Singur land case
The Calcutta High Court today directed the West Bengal Government to file an affidavit in connection with Tata Motors' petition challenging the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011 by July 8. ANI

Departing Roemer hopes India-US partnership will strengthen
US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer, while bidding farewell on his last day in office, expressed hope that partnership between India and the United States will only grow and strengthen in the future. ANI

Saibaba Sansthan treating patients nobly at its hospitals
Treating patients for their various health problems has been a practice at the Shri Satya Saibaba Sansthan in Shirdi, Maharashtra, ever since the times of Saibaba in the latter half of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. ANI

Lokpal Bill row: Anna Hazare meets Bihar CM Nitish
In an endeavor to build a consensus on the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by the civil society activists, Gandhi Anna Hazare met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here on Thursday. ANI

India not encouraged by Pakistan action against terrorism, says Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that India was not encouraged by the action taken by Pakistan so far on dealing with terror groups operating from its soil, adding that this did not mean that India would stop engaging its western neighbour. ANI

Efforts being taken to create additional foodgrain storage capacity: Minister
Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Prof. K V Thomas has said that his ministry has taken various initiatives to create additional foodgrain storage capacity in the country, including 152.97 lakh tonnes capacity in 19 states through private entrepreneurs and central and state warehousing corporations. ANI

Third batch of 2, 163 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath shrine
The third batch of 2, 163 devotees left the Jammu base camp for the Amarnath shrine on Thursday morning amidst tight security. ANI

Team Anna meets Sharad Yadav over Lokpal Bill
Social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and his associates who represent the Civil Society group in the Joint Drafting Committee of Lokpal Bill, met Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav, and sought his support to their version of the Lokpal. ANI

Surrendered militants flay poor rehabilitation package
Surrendered militants, who have joined the mainstream following government assurances of proper rehabilitation, expressed dissatisfaction over the slow implementation of rehabilitation schemes. ANI

Mumbai 2 happened in Kabul and might happen again
Last night, a repeat of the 2008 Mumbai attack took place in Afghan capital Kabul, in the overpowering presence of NATO troops. ANI

2G scam: Under pressure Maran meets PM
Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran, who has recently come under the scrutiny for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam, met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Thursday. ANI

ISB Expands Class Size by 200; Opens Admissions for the Class of 2013
The Indian School of Business (ISB) today announced an increase of 200 seats in its flagship Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management. Strengthened by the addition of a new campus at Mohali, the class size will increase from 570 to 770 for the incoming class. Admissions for the ISB’s Class of 2013 are now open Business Wire India

Asia Knowledge Associates to Organize 'India Stem Cell Conclave 2011'- 2nd and 3rd July 2011
Asia Knowledge Associates is organizing the Second Annual two day conclave and exhibition on Stem cell research and therapy named “India Stem Cell Conclave & Exhibition 2011”. The conclave & exhibition will be held on 2nd and 3rd of July 2011 at the Westin Hotel, Mumbai Business Wire India

NEXT100: The Search for India’s Next Gen Tech Leaders is Back
9.9 Mediaworx (9.9 Media), the publisher of IT NEXT magazine, has announced the launch of the second edition of NEXT100 – India’s most comprehensive effort to identify 100 future CIOs (Chief Information Officers) and technology leaders. These future CIOs, collectively called the NEXT100, will be recognized and honoured at a special awards ceremony in November 2011 Business Wire India

EnglishEdge inks India’s first Portable Language Lab deal
EnglishEdge, premium English learning software has signed India’s first Portable Language Lab deal. Meenakshi World School, Gurgaon becomes the first customer of EnglishEdge Portable Language Lab. The school bought 11 student- trainer tablets on a trolley. The tablets are pre-bundled with curriculum based EnglishEdge software Business Wire India

Wipro builds Private Cloud for OnStream
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) has successfully built a private cloud for OnStream Utility Metering Services Limited. OnStream provides gas and electricity metering solutions in United Kingdom Business Wire India

Leadstart Publishing and Oxford Bookstore Host the Launch of ‘Arindam and the Kalyug Debacle Premonition’ by Rohit Prakash
Leadstart Publishing and Oxford Book store, hosted the formal launch of the fantasy fiction “ARINDAM AND THE KALYUG DEBACLE PREMONITION" on 24th June 2011 at Oxford Book Store, Galleria, Leela Palace Hotel , Bangalore Business Wire India

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