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  • AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa takes oath as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at 12:15 today. The oath taking ceremony was held at the premises of Madras University Hall. 33 ministers also take oath.

Vice President, PM greet nation on Buddha Purnima
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh greeted people on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. ANI

Hamid Ansari presents 'Moortidevi Award' to Dr. Raghuvansh
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari presented the 22nd 'Moortidevi Award' for the year 2008 to eminent Hindi writer and thinker Dr. Raghuvansh for his outstanding work "Paschimi Bhautik Samskriti Ka Utthan Aur Patan" at a function here today. ANI

Indian diaspora youth call on Vayalar Ravi
A group of 24 diaspora youth participants of 17th Know India Programme (KIP) from seven nations called on Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs and Civil Aviation Vayalar Ravi here today. ANI

Karnataka row escalates, BJP demands recall of Governor Bhardwaj
Terming Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj's action to be unconstitutional, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday reiterated the demand that he should be called back immediately for failing to act with neutrality. ANI

Rahul Gandhi meets PM, informs him about plight of UP farmers'
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, here on Monday evening to highlight the plight of farmers in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. ANI

NIA files supplementary chargesheet against Aseemanand
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed a supplementary charge sheet against Mecca Masjid accused Swami Aseemanand in Hyderabad special court. ANI

Jayalalithaa appoints Tripathy as Chennai city Police Commissioner
Within 24 hours of taking charge as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa on Monday appointed JK Tripathy as Chennai city Police Commissioner. ANI

Chidambaram to unveil foundation stone for ICP at Agartala tomorrow
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will unveil the foundation stone for the construction of an Integrated Check Post (ICP) here on Tuesday. ANI

Mamata meets PM, Sonia invites them for swearing-in-ceremony in WB
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee, who is all set to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal, met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and Congress President Sonia Gandhi here today and invited them for the swearing-in-ceremony. ANI

Gadkari terms hike in petrol, diesel prices an injustice to poor
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Monday criticized the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre over the hike in prices of petrol and diesel, saying the decision is an injustice to the poor. ANI

Imphal hosts cultural festival for differently abled
Highlighting the need for encouraging persons with disabilities to nurture their talents, a cultural festival for physically challenged persons was recently held here. ANI

Cocoon bank set up in Nagaland to boost economy
Keen to promote the silk industry and boost the economy of Naga villages, authorities in Nagaland have opened a cocoon bank in the region. ANI

Karnataka crisis: Bhardwaj 'totally misfit' for Governor's post, alleges Gadkari
Launching a sarcastic attack on Governor H R Bhardwaj for recommending the imposition of President's Rule in Karnataka, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Monday alleged that the Governor is 'totally misfit' for the post and working at the instance of the Congress. ANI

Petrol price hike is oil firms' prerogative: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the decision to increase petrol prices by Rs. 5 per litre was taken by the state run-oil marketing companies. ANI

Orissa villagers pleased with installation of water supply project
Locals in Gulunda village of Orissa said they are pleased with the supply of potable water after the installation of a water project in the area. ANI

Bus service in Patna revamped
In an endeavor to curtail the monopoly and exploitation by many private bus operators and to benefit the common commuters, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has flagged off an integrated city bus service operated by the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BRSTC) in Patna. ANI

Himachal apple growers seek government aid as industry faces slump
Apple growers across Himachal Pradesh are seeking help from the state government to boost the apple industry. ANI

India, Uzbekistan sign action plan on tourism cooperation
India and Uzbekistan today signed an action plan on tourism cooperation. ANI

Karnataka crisis: NDA leaders to meet Manmohan Singh
The leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are expected to meet the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday evening to discuss the political crisis in Karnataka, and demand the dismissal of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, who has recommended the President's rule in the state. ANI

Manmohan Singh reviews security scenario with top military brass
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today took stock of the country's overall security scenario with the military top brass here. ANI

Government U-turn halts tribal eviction from India's national parks
The Indian government has scrapped its controversial policy of expelling tribal people from wildlife-rich areas to turn them into national parks. ANI

BJP blocks Delhi traffic to protest petrol price hike
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists on Monday blocked traffic in many parts of the capital as part of their protest against the "steepest" petrol price hike. ANI

Jayalalitha sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief J Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for a third term on Monday along with 33 others in her Cabinet. ANI

Karnataka crisis: BJP MLAs to stage protest outside Governor's residence
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers from Karnataka will hold a demonstration outside the Governor's residence against the Governor HR Bhardwaj's move to recommend imposition of President's rule in the state. ANI

Mamata to hold talks with Sonia Gandhi on govt formation
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee will hold discussions with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday on government formation in West Bengal. ANI

Rangasamy to be sworn-in as Puducherry CM
All India NR Congress (AINRC) founder N Rangasamy, whose party made a stunning electoral debut in alliance with AIADMK in the assembly polls, will be sworn in as Puducherry Chief Minister here today. ANI

IDFC’s Central Data Center Awarded the Coveted Uptime Institute Tier III design Certification, First in the Financial Services Sector
IDFC is the 1st Financial Services company in India to be awarded the Tier III Design certification for their Central Data Center by the well recognized Uptime Institute. A Tier III Certification signifies true 24×7 availability as the data centers are designed specifically to ensure that no downtime occurs due to equipment maintenance or replacement Business Wire India

United Bank of India Selects Cisco and Wipro to deploy Wide Area Network Optimization Solution
Cisco today announced that United Bank of India, one of India’s leading nationalized banks, has chosen to deploy Cisco’s wide area network optimization solution across all of its 1,600 plus branches. The solution, to be deployed by Wipro, is amongst the largest globally, for any Public Sector Bank Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports’ Manu Sawhney features in the Top Ten list of Sportcal’s Poll: ‘20 Years of Sport: Who was Most Influential’ for his contributions to the growth of Sports Broadcasting
Manu Sawhney, Managing Director of ESPN STAR Sports, has been voted into the top ten list of Sportcal’s poll on the most influential sports executive over the last two decades. Sportcal Business Wire India

GVK Biosciences is the Preferred provider to Global Health Product Development Partners Consortium
GVK Biosciences (GVK BIO), Asia’s leading drug discovery research & development organization announced today that it has been selected as a preferred provider to a consortium of 14 global Product Development Partners (PDPs) for clinical services in Asia. GVK BIO is the only partner that is headquartered in India Business Wire India

Application Period Open for Ocean Optics Blue Ocean Grants and Challenges Program
Designed to provide funding for new technologies in optical sensing, Ocean Optics’ Blue Grants and Challenges program ( seeks innovative and novel optical sensing technologies that solve problems and improve quality of life. Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply before the deadline June 30, 2011 Business Wire India

Diba PEEK™ Cased Ferrules Offer Fully Inert Fluid Path
Providing an inert fluid path through a completely polymer-based fitting and ferrule system, Diba Industries offers its new line of PEEK™ cased ferrules. The ferrules are designed for instrument manufacturers and end users that require the leak-free security and zero dead volumes of a permanently attached ferrule, without fluid path exposure to stainless steel Business Wire India

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