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President Patil to inaugurate seminar on "Universalisation of Roshni"
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will inaugurate a one day seminar on the universalisation of the environmental initiative already in practice in the President's Estate - "Roshni" tomorrow. ANI

2G scam: JPC summons former attorney general Sorabjee
The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probing the 2G spectrum scam has summoned former attorney general Soli Sorabjee. ANI

Bangla Tuli- an exhibition by Bangladeshi artists opens in Delhi
As part of the joint celebrations commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, an exhibition of paintings by eight artists from Bangladesh was inaugurated here today at the Lalit Kala Akademi. ANI

Rahul Gandhi pledges to fight for farmers' cause in UP
Demanding a judicial probe into the violence in Bhatta Parsaul village of Greater Noida, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that would go to every village of Uttar Pradesh and fight for ousting the government. ANI

Congress defends Rahul Gandhi's charges of atrocities against UP farmers
Congress Party on Wednesday strongly backed its General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's allegations of farmer killings and rape by policemen in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

BJP demands JPC probe into UP farmers stir
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday called for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the recent farmers' agitation over land acquisition in Uttar Pradesh. JP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain also criticized Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi over his visit to Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater NOIDA area of Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Civil Aviation Ministry to increase Alliance Air services in northeastern region
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to increase the services of Alliance Air to Lilabari and Tezpur due to non-operation of Pawan Hans Helicopter services to Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Anand Sharma to lead India at India-Africa Trade Ministers' meet
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma will lead India in a special meeting of India-Africa Trade Ministers to be held on May 21 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ANI

Wazhul Khan's name on most-wanted list an oversight by Mumbai police: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said the inclusion of Wazhul Khan's name on a list of 50 most-wanted fugitives could have been a genuine oversight. ANI

Congress assures full support to Mamata Banerjee's new Govt.
West Bengal Pradesh Congress chief Manas Bhunia, who met Congress President Sonia Gandhi here on Wednesday assured support for the new government to be headed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee in the state. ANI

Mayawati Government neglecting poor and lower caste, say Congress leaders
Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Salman Khurshid have accused the Mayawati Government in Uttar Pradesh of neglecting development directed to help the poor and lower caste people. ANI

Chhattisgarh CM, police pay homage to soldiers killed in Maoist attack
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh was on Wednesday joined by police top brass in paying homage to the seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who were killed in a landmine blast by Maoists ANI

Tarun Gogoi sworn in as Assam Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi was Wednesday sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Assam for the third straight term. ANI

Uzbekistan supports India's bid for permanent UNSC seat
India's bid to get a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has got another boost after Uzbekistan assured of full support. ANI

The 'thirsty' areas of Kashmir
"I have to walk one and half kilometer everyday to bring water from the spring. I keep the loaded pot on my head because of which I am losing my hair and my head and eyes continuously pain. What should I care the most, my headache or quenching thirst of my family members, their survival?" ANI

Kaskar was not present at firing spot: Mumbai Police
Mumbai Police on Wednesday claimed that Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was not present at the spot, when gunmen opened fire in a South Mumbai area last night killing his bodyguard. ANI

Karnataka crisis blows over: Yeddyurappa, Bhardwaj share dais
For the first time since the Supreme Court squashed the disqualification of rebel MLAs as illegal, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and state Governor HR Bhardwaj shared dais at a public function here today. ANI

U.S., India announce funding for clean energy research and development
Fulfilling an important step of the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy announced by President Obama and Prime Minister Singh ANI

Maoists blow up vehicle in Dantewada, 7 CRPF personnel killed
Seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on Tuesday night when a commander's escort vehicle was blown up in a landmine blast by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada District. ANI

Rita Bahuguna Joshi says Uttar Pradesh Government is corrupt
Uttar Pradesh Congress State President Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Mayawati over wide spread corruption in the state. ANI

Deforestation cause for rise in temperature in Visakhapatnam
People in Visakhapatnam have blamed the rampant cutting down of trees as a major cause for the rise in temperature. ANI

CBI removes Wazhul Khan's name from 'most wanted' list of fugitives
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has removed the name of 2003 Mulund train blast accused Wazhul Kamar Khan from its most wanted list after it was found that he resides in Mumbai and attends court regularly. ANI

China not encircling India from Sri Lanka: Peiris
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris has dispelled the view that China is encircling India. ANI

India has sufficient land to allow solar power to make major energy contribution: Oz-India report
A groundbreaking report on Concentrating Solar Power has concluded that India has sufficient land to allow solar power to make a major contribution to its energy mix. ANI

Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa to meet HR Bhardwaj
For the first time since the Supreme Court squashed the disqualification of rebel MLAs as illegal, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is likely to meet state Governor HR Bhardwaj here today. ANI

Oommen Chandy sworn in as Kerala CM
Congress veteran Oommen Chandy was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Kerala. ANI

Rahul Gandhi to inaugurate UPCC convention in Varanasi
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will inaugurate a two-day convention of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) at Nadesar in Varanasi today. ANI

Rediff.com India Limited Schedules Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2011 Earnings Results Conference Call for May 24, 2011
Rediff.com India Limited (Nasdaq: REDF), one of the premier worldwide online providers of news, information, communication, entertainment, mobile and shopping services, will release its results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year ended March 31, 2011 at 8.30 am ET (5:30 am Pacific Time / 6:00 pm India Time) on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. In conjunction with this release, Rediff Business Wire India

9.9 Media’s ThinkDigit.com Ranks as the #1 Technology Website by Google Ad Planner
9.9 Media today announced that its website thinkdigit.com has been ranked as the #1 technology website in India by Google Ad Planner. Thinkdigit.com is the preferred online portal for India’s large and growing community of technology enthusiasts. They visit the portal to stay updated on the latest in technology through news, product reviews, updates on software and mobile apps development Business Wire India

Wipro Reaffirms Position as World’s Top Third Party R&D Service Provider
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT), today reaffirmed its leadership position as the Number One third party ‘Global R&D Service Provider’ in a 2011 report released by Zinnov Management Consulting Pvt. Ltd, a leading Globalization Advisory and Management Consulting firm Business Wire India

MediaTek Wins “Best Technology for Mobile Phone” Award at the 5th National Telecom Awards 2011
MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, is pleased to announce that it has received the “Best Technology for Mobile Phone” award at the 5th National Telecom Awards 2011 conference held in Delhi today Business Wire India

Aircel Bags the CMAI 5th National Telecom Award for ‘Innovation in VAS’
Aircel, a leading telecom player with pan-India operations and a subscriber base of over 55 million, introduces an innovative way to connect to your family and friends on Facebook, a social site with over 500 million users around the world, through the new Facebook Voice Updates on Aircel. Aircel was today honored for Innovation in VAS with the CMAI 5th National Telecom Award Business Wire India

SEO Services Company Techmagnate Adds New Client Orient Fans
Techmagnate, a leading SEO Company India, today announced that it has signed on a new client, Orient Fans. Orient Fans is India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of ceiling fans. It also manufactures all other fans and offers lighting products. Techmagnate will be providing Orient Fans with SEO services and SMO services over the next 12 months. Commenting on the new order, Mr Business Wire India

Cloud Computing Conference to be held in Pune, India by IndicThreads.com
The 2nd Annual IndicThreads.com Conference On Cloud Computing will be held on 3-4 June 2011 in Pune, India Business Wire India

IDBI Federal Launches Unit Linked Pension Plan
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