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Vasan flags off India's first cruise liner "M.V. AMET Majesty"
Minister of Shipping G.K. Vasan flagged off M.V. AMET Majesty, India's first cruise liner and onboard training ship in Chennai today. ANI

Make agriculture more competitive to address climate change: Pawar
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said agriculture has to become more competitive, efficient, and profitable and develop mechanism to reduce its vulnerability to climate change. ANI

Upgraded AN-32 RE aircraft inducted into IAF
Four of the first batch of five AN-32 tactical transport aircraft that recently underwent 'total technical life extension' (TTLE), overhaul and re-equipment at Ukraine were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF), albeit with a new nomenclature-AN-32 RE. ANI

PM calls for speeding up road projects
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said roads are a vital infrastructure, and added that despite improvements this sector still needs efforts to upgrade the quality as well as length of India's national highway network. ANI

Govt. sets up committee to examine suggestions on income tax demand
In an endeavor to deal efficiently with the menace of black money, the government on Wednesday constituted a committee to examine certain suggestions on Income tax demand classified under the categories 'assessees not traceable" and "no assets/inadequate assets for recovery'. ANI

Indian Navy commissions' latest warship-'INS Kabra'
The Indian Navy commissioned latest warship 'INS Kabra' at the Kochi Naval Base on Wednesday. ANI

Railways to create awareness among road users to increase safety
Railway Ministry will observe International Level Crossing Awareness Day tomorrow to sensitise road users about safety rules at unmanned level crossings. ANI

Kanimozhi denied bail, DMK calls emergency meet on June 10
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has called an emergency meeting of the party's top brass on June 10 in the wake of the Delhi High Court denying bail to party chief M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Ramdev eviction: Team Anna ends day-long fast at Rajghat
Gandhian Anna Hazare and his supporters on Wednesday evening ended their day-long fast at the Rajghat to protest the police brutality on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and thousands of his followers at the Ramlila ground here late on Saturday night. ANI

Omar Abdullah approves gas pipeline project for J-K
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday gave nod to the prestigious 750 kilometers gas pipeline project from Bathinda-Jammu to Srinagar to be completed within 36 months from its launch. ANI

Chidambaram defends Govt. crackdown, says Ramdev defied orders
Defending the government crackdown on the yoga guru and thousands of his supporters at Delhi's Ramlila ground, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said Baba Ramdev had been given permission for a yoga camp for 5000 people, but he defied orders as nearly 65,000 people turned up at the venue. ANI

Chidambaram charges RSS with being behind Ramdev's anti-corruption campaign
Union Minister P Chidambaram accusing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with being behind yoga guru Baba Ramdev's crusade against corruption, on Wednesday said the Sangh apex body had decided to support all organisations and individuals raising the corruption issue. ANI

Four dead in Nashik cylinder blast
At least four persons got killed in a suspected gas cylinder explosion in Maharashtra's Nashik city on Wednesday. ANI

Doctors advise ailing Ramdev to end fast
With yoga guru Baba Ramdev's health deteriorating, doctors attending to him, have advised liquid intake and requested him to end his five-day-long fast. ANI

Jayalalithaa announces compensation for Vellore bus mishap victims
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs one lakh to the kin of those killed in last night's road accident at Vellore. ANI

Sushma Swaraj visits Ramdev, supports stir plan
Asserting that the government has forgotten its duties, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said yoga guru Baba Ramdev is working on a stir plan and his agitation is for the entire nation. ANI

India going through 'transparency revolution', but not ready for transition: Antony
Commenting on the mass movement against corruption being carried out in the country, Defence Minister A. K. Antony on Wednesday said India is passing through a 'transparency revolution'. ANI

Ramdev threatens to retaliate with armed protestors
Fuming over the use of brute force on his supporters during their agitation against corruption at Delhi's Ramlila ground, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday threatened the Central Government that next time his subsequent campaigns will have armed protestors. ANI

Anna sets Aug. 15 deadline for Govt. over Lokpal Bill
Gandhian Anna Hazare on Wednesday gave the government a deadline of August 15 to agree to their demands for enactment of the proposed Lokpal Bill. ANI

Police crackdown on Ramdev was a throttling of democracy, says Anna Hazare
Gandhian Anna Hazare on Wednesday said the police crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters during their agitation against corruption at the Ramlila grounds, was a throttling of democracy. ANI

India warned US not to be drawn into Pak's India-driving "game" on Afghanistan
Last year, India had warned the United States of Pakistan's "game" of enlisting American support to "drive India out of Afghanistan" by presenting "fabricated" evidence of alleged Indian misdeeds in the region, a leaked diplomatic cable has revealed. ANI

Militant infiltration from across Kashmir border continuing, says Kuldeep Khoda
Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda has said security forces needed to be on alert as efforts to infiltrate from across the border into Kashmir region are still on. ANI

23 killed in Tamil Nadu bus mishap
At least twenty three people were charred to death when the private bus they were travelling in plunged down a bridge and caught fire near Kaveripakkam in Tamil Nadu's Vellore District last night. ANI

2G scam: Kanimozhi's bail plea rejected
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Ramdev eviction: Anna Hazare begins fast at Rajghat
Shouting slogans like 'Vande Mataram' and 'Inquilab Zindabad', Gandhian Anna Hazare and his supporters began a day-long fast at Rajghat to protest the police brutality on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his followers at the Ramlila Maidan ground on Saturday night. ANI

India's latest warship INS Kabra joins Navy
India's latest warship, INS Kabra, which is named after an island of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, was commissioned today at Kochi. ANI

Indian diplomat's personal collection to showcase Russian art
An exhibition of Russian contemporary art from the private collection of Indian artist, poet, and diplomat Abhay Kumar will showcase another facet of universalism and creative diversity. ANI

Ramdev eviction: Team Anna on fast at Rajghat
Gandhian Anna Hazare and his supporters will hold a day-long fast at Rajghat here today from 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to protest against the police crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his followers at the Ramlila Maidan ground on Saturday night. ANI

Swipe your Visa Debit Card at Barista Lavazza for Coffee and Cash
In a move that will further increase convenience for cardholders in India, Barista Lavazza and Visa have joined hands to launch Cash at PoS – the country’s first cash withdrawal facility at the point of sale in a retail store Business Wire India

BMW India Announces the Opening of Bavaria Motors in Goa
BMW India announced the opening of Bavaria Motors, its new dealership facility in Goa. Bavaria Motors brings to Goa BMW standards of sales and service and the same international experience as any BMW dealership worldwide. Dr. Andreas Schaaf, President, BMW India with Mr. Vishal Agarwal, Managing Director, Bavaria Motors Business Wire India

Ameyo Awarded as the ""Best Contact Center Technology Platform"" at MECC 2011 in Dubai, UAE
Drishti-Soft along with their VAR (Value Added Reseller) - City Services exhibited at the Middle East Call Center Event 2011 held in Dubai, UAE. Along with a highly successful stint at the exhibition, the companies also won a joint-award for their technology deployment at Department of Transport (DoT), Abu Dhabi Business Wire India

Religare Securities Limited Appoints Manish Shah as Head of Priority Clients Group
Religare Securities Limited (RSL), a wholly owned subsidiary and the broking arm of Religare Enterprises Limited (REL), a leading emerging markets financial services group, today announced the appointment of Manish Shah as Head of Priority Clients Group (PCG), Religare Securities Limited Business Wire India

Homeshop18 Expands its Reach to Over 50 mn Households Across the Country
India’s first and the leading home shopping channel, HomeShop18 today announced tie-up with the leading DTH (Direct-to-Home) service provider, SUN Direct to expand its reach across nation. The current tie-up has been strategically formulated to strengthen the distribution and cater to a larger audience with a key focus on the southern markets Business Wire India

Global Hospitals at Chennai Performs the Country’s First & Most Complex Surgical Exercise: A Successful Simultaneous Swap Liver Transplanation Surgery on Two Adults
-- Two Sri Lankan Donors’ livers swapped to save lives of their respective Liver transplant patients in the family. -- Simultaneously four surgeries performed on two donors & two recipients -- Innovative surgical procedure to significantly address acute shortage of organs and pave way to save more lives Business Wire India

Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) Expands its Channel Networks in SAARC Region
The PBBI sales team has added another feather in their cap through the partnership into an emerging market. The organization is very excited to enter into Bangladesh market as it is one of the fastest progressing countries in the SAARC region Business Wire India

Blue Star Infotech Recognized as one of the Leading R&D Service Providers in Software/ISV and Healthcare Segments by Zinnov Management Consulting
Blue Star Infotech Ltd(BSIL, BSE/NSE: BLUSTINFO), a provider of outcome based IT solutions to the global market, has been recognized as one of the leading R&D service providers to global ISVs as well as to the Healthcare vertical by Zinnov Management Consulting, a leading globalization advisory firm. BSIL has been positioned in the “Execution Zone” in both the segments i.e Business Wire India

Max New York Life Launches ‘Fast Track Plan’
Max New York Life Insurance today, launched ‘Fast Track Plan’, a highly customizable unit-linked life insurance plan that offers consumers the opportunity to catch up on lost time for those life needs they may have de-prioritised for more immediate needs. Fast Track helps plan their savings in a faster and more efficient manner to fulfil their goals Business Wire India

Indian Company accelerates India’s Bachat Lamp Yojana Program by Helping Replace 400 million Light Bulbs with high tech equivalents
It looks like the common light bulb’s days are numbered. The Bachat Lamp Yojana program has recently announced plans to scrap 400 million light bulbs by 2012 in an effort to reduce India’s energy consumption. Horizon Light and Energy Pvt Ltd aims help the yojana by replacing inefficient incandescent bulbs with its recently launched low energy, high tech replacements Business Wire India

Mint Pod – A Mini In-flight Package of Maximum Fun
Betting on the fact that entertainment while on a flight is the need of the hour, coupled with the fact that low cost carriers business model do not permit personalized entertainment systems, IP Avenue, a Mumbai based technology company has launched MINT POD - My Interactive Nano TV. Mint Pod Business Wire India

Landmark Bookstore and Leadstart Publishing Host the Launch of ‘Broken Hearts, a Debut Novel by Shrenik Mutha
Landmark Bookstore and Leadstart Publishing on 2nd June 2011, launched the book ‘Broken Hearts’ by Shrenik Mutha at a jam packed Landmark outlet at S.G.S mall,Camp, Pune. The venue was bustling with friends, family of the author and the fans of Randhir Khare, eminent Author, Professor, Artist and Poet Business Wire India

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