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India News on May 17, 2011


  • Karanataka Chief Minister BS Yedyurappa meets President Pratibha Patil along with his 114 MLAs. One MLA is in hospital while one is in abroad. He also brings letters of support from 5 MLAs. Presents a memorandum to the President.
  • One of the India's most wanted, Wazhul Khan says that he is not aware that he is in the list of most wanted list hiding in Pakistan. He says that he has never visited Pakistan. Says he has been living in Thane for the past 12 years.
  • Highest temperature in Delhi of the season recorded today at 44C.

Lankan Govt. congratulates Jayalalithaa on her victory in Tamil Nadu polls
The visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris has congratulated All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief J. Jayalalithaa for assuming office of the chief minister after her party's landslide victory in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls. ANI

Lanka asks India to stop its fishermen from crossing maritime boundary
Expressing concern over the killing of Indian fishermen in territorial waters of his country, the visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris today urged that there is a need for some attempt to be made to reduce the number of Indian fisherman crossing into his country's waters. ANI

Protest against fuel price hike continues
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena and several local political outfits protested in different parts of the country against the steep fuel price hike. ANI

Chidambaram asks WB Governor to take steps to end post-poll violence
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram commenting on cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal, on Tuesday said that he has asked State Governor M. K. Narayanan to take all measures to stop violence. ANI

Karnataka BJP parades majority, asks Pratibha Patil not to impose President's Rule
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who paraded lawmakers before President Pratibha Devisingh Patil to prove that he has majority in the Assembly, today said that his party has asked that the President's Rule should not be imposed in the state. ANI

Chidambaram admits possibility of error in 'most wanted' list
After Wazhul Kamar Khan, an accused in the 2003 Mulund train blasts, listed in '50 Most Wanted Fugitives Hiding in Pakistan', was found living in India, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said it could be an error, and should not be made into a big issue. ANI

Govt. orders probe into 'most wanted' list of fugitives
The government has ordered an inquiry to find out how the name of Wazhul Kamar Khan, an accused in the 2003 Mulund train blasts, who lives with his family in a Mumbai suburb, has figured in India's most wanted list of fugitives handed over to Pakistan. ANI

Abdullah interacts with Panchayat heads during Jammu orientation course
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday reaffirmed his government's commitment to strengthen the Panchayat Raj system in the state by transferring powers to elected bodies to whatever extent possible. ANI

Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa parades lawmakers before President
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa paraded all legislators supporting his government before President Pratibha Devisingh Patil here on Tuesday. ANI

Just one night of sleep deprivation 'can lead to weight gain'
Scientists have indicated that just one night of sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain. ANI

Chidambaram says peace talks with ULFA will resume soon
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that peace talks with United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) would resume soon. ANI

Chidambaram unveils foundation stone at Agartala for integrated border check-post
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today unveiled the foundation stone for the construction of an Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Agartala. ANI

Australia provides five million dollars boost for research with India
Top scientists will benefit from a multi-million dollar program that could lead to better vaccines, more temperature tolerant crops, healthier foods and greater protection for our marine systems. ANI

No tilling, no chemicals: the mantra for agriculture
Raju, who lives on Tytlus Farm on the Hoshangabad-Bhopal road seems like an ordinary village youth living on an innocuous looking 12 -acre piece of land. It was really a chance visit, my taking a group of journalism students to understand the 'rural scenario'. ANI

India, US discuss counter terrorism strategy ahead of Homeland Security meet
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jane Lute, had a telephonic conversation with Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao today in the run up to the first U.S.-India Homeland Security dialogue to be held in New Delhi on May 27. ANI

Reforms made to 'restore public trust in climate sciences': IPCC chief Pachauri
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman Rajendra Pachauri has said substantial reforms were made during last week's meeting in Abu Dhabi that can 'strengthen the IPCC and help restore public trust in the climate sciences.' ANI

Oommen Chandy to be sworn in as Kerala CM tomorrow
Congress veteran Oommen Chandy will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Kerala on Wednesday ANI

Soon, a simple blood test to detect lung cancer before symptoms appear
In future, a simple blood test may help detect lung cancer within 24 hours after blood samples taken from the patient, even if the patient does not yet have any symptoms. ANI

Quake could cause Himalayan glacial lakes to inundate populated areas
Earthquakes could lead glacial lakes in the Himalayas to cause serious hazards to population centres, scientists have said. ANI

Anti-talk faction of ULFA slaps extortion demand on govt. official
The Paresh Barua led anti-talk faction of ULFA is showing no signs of joining the Arabinda Rajkhowa led ULFA committee for peace talks with the Centre instead it is continuing with its unlawful activities in the region. ANI

Educational institution continue to be victims of militancy in Manipur
Educational institutions continue to be targets of militant organizations in Manipur. ANI

Manmohan Singh to attend India-Africa meet in Ethiopia
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will visit Ethiopia to participate in the Second Africa-India Forum Summit which will be held on May 24 and 25, at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ANI

Maoists kill four of a family in Gumla
In a horrendous act, around 50 Maoists suspected to be cadres of People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) killed four brothers of the same family in Jharkahnd's Gumla District. ANI

Arab League has no position on Kashmir issue: Envoy
The Arab League's envoy to India, Ahmed Salem al Wahishi, has said that the organization has no position on the vexed Kashmir issue that has dogged relations between India and Pakistan. ANI

Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa to parade lawmakers before President
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa will parade legislators supporting his government before President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Tuesday. ANI

Assam Congress legislators to elect leader
Congress Party legislators in Assam will meet here today to elect their leader in the State Assembly. ANI

Cisco Appoints New Sales Head for its Service Provider (SP) Business in India and SAARC Region
*Cisco today announced that Sanjay Rohatgi, an ICT industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, has been appointed as Senior Vice President Sales and the leader for Cisco’s Service Provider business across the India & SAARC region. In this role, Sanjay will lead the telecom vertical business for Cisco, driving the overall growth strategy and sales operations for this high priority sector Business Wire India

Sify Technologies Wins Two Awards for “Best Data Center” and “Innovations in Enterprise Solutions” at CMAI 5th National Telecom Awards 2011
Business Wire India

Lucivid Launches Luci-MP, a Low-Cost High-Definition Video Conference Solution
Lucivid Software Systems Pvt. Ltd. launches Luci-MP, a low cost high-definition(HD) video conference solution. Priced at Rs. 60,000 per unit, it is about 5 times less expensive than competing video conference solutions in the market. Luci-MP supports 10-way video conferencing without the need for any additional hardware. It provides high-definition video on a 1 mbps broadband internet line Business Wire India

Tejas Networks Wins Telecom Technology Award 2011 from India’s Premier Export Promotion Body (FIEO)
Tejas Networks Ltd., a leader in next-generation optical networking products, announced today that they have won the “Innovative Indigenous Telecom Equipment Company Award” given by the Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO). The award was presented by Dr. Rahul Khullar, Commerce Secretary Government of India Business Wire India

Elfab to Safeguard World’s First LNG Plant Supplied by Coal Seam Gas
Elfab, Europe’s leading supplier of rupture discs, has won a USD400k contract to meet the pressure relief requirements of a leading British gas and energy group’s largest ever investment, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) development in north-east Australia. The project is the first in the world to liquefy and ship gas produced from coal deposits Business Wire India

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