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CPI-M demands probe into 'most wanted' list goof-up
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Friday demanded a probe into the recent goof-up over the '50 Most Wanted Fugitives Hiding in Pakistan' list. ANI

Forest rights activists protest against POSCO project in Orissa
Members of a voluntary group along with many forest rights activists on Friday protested against the decision of the Orissa government to resume land acquisition for the mega POSCO project. ANI

Autorickshaw strike disrupts normal life in New Delhi
Normal life was thrown out of gear in New Delhi on Friday as thousands of autorickshaws remained off roads after their unions called for an indefinite strike to protest the state government's decision to install Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in their rickshaws. ANI

Environment and Forests Ministry to organize stakeholders' consultations
The Union Environment and Forests Ministry is organizing stakeholders' consultations and launching the UN decade on diodiversity for Asia and Pacific on Monday in New Delhi. ANI

Wheat procurement touches 244 lakh tonne
Wheat procurement during the Rabi marketing season of 2011-12 has reached to 244 lakh tonne, surpassing total wheat procurement of 225 lakh tonne during previous Rabi season. ANI

Centre to release Rs.300 crores to eight states for oil palm cultivation
Union Agriculture Ministry has made a detailed work plan for implementing the special programme to increase area under oil palm by 60,000 hectares. Presently, oil palm is planted in about 1.71 lakh hectare. ANI

Civil Aviation Ministry to improve air connectivity in northeast
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday agreed to the request of Development of North East Region (DoNER) Minister Bijoy Krishna Handique to introduce more flights to the Lilabari and Tezpur airports in Assam, which is within the vicinity of Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Court notices to Centre, State over Bhatta-Parsaul issue
The Allahabad High Court today issued notices to the Union Government, the Uttar Pradesh Government and the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police to file their replies within a month on the Bhatta-Parsaul land acquisition and violence issue. ANI

Natak in Karnatak continues, BJP sets five day deadline for Governor Bhardwaj's recall
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today set a five-day deadline for the recall of Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj. ANI

Air Marshal Browne to be next Air Force chief
The Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal NAK Browne, will be the next Chief of Air Staff on the retirement of Air Chief Marshal PV Naik on July 31. ANI

Uttarakhand's G.B. Pant University honors US official
The G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, today honored its former student, United States Chief Agricultural Negotiator Ambassador Islam A. Siddiqui, with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science. ANI

US, Indian law enforcement officials cement security partnership
As part of the ongoing effort to expand counter-terror partnership, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Indian Home Ministry today concluded a five-day seminar for 22 Indian law enforcement officials focusing on advanced latent fingerprint collection techniques-how to gather fingerprints left behind at crime scenes. ANI

India warned it would respond to another attack by Pak-based terrorists post 26/11: Cable
India will have no other choice than to respond in case of another attack on its soil from Pakistan-based terrorists, Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram told US Under Secretary of State Bill Burns in June 2009, a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Pakistan a safe haven for terrorists: Antony
Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Friday said Pakistan must dismantle all the safe havens for terrorists if it wants to improve its relations with India. ANI

Kanimozhi denied bail in 2G scam case
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday denied bail to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Mamata takes oath as eighth W. Bengal CM in Bengali
Trinamool Congress Party chief Mamata Banerjee took oath of office as West Bengal's first woman Chief Minister on Friday. West Bengal Governor M.K.Narayanan administered the oath of office to her. Banerjee who is the eighth chief minister of the state, took her oath in Bengali. ANI

Astra ballistic flight test carried out
India on Monday carried out the ballistic flight test of Astra-Beyond-Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile-from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near here today. ANI

Manmohan Singh dedicates oil refinery project at Bina to nation
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today dedicated the oil refinery project at Bina in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar District to the nation. ANI

Mamata sworn in as West Bengal Chief Minister
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee was on Friday sworn-in as West Bengal Chief Minister. ANI

Money laundering case: Allahabad HC orders probe against Amar Singh
The Allahabad High Court today directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to probe charges of money laundering against Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh. ANI

Motor strike in Kerala disrupts normal life
The dawn-to-dusk motor strike called by trade unions against petrol price hike disrupted normal life across the state on Friday. ANI

Commuters feel the pinch as Delhi autorickshaws go on strike
Commuters are facing a lot of problems in the national capital on Friday as a section of auto unions are on a strike opposing the mandatory installation of GPS system on their vehicles. ANI

CBI withdraws most wanted list from website
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday admitted to goofing up on its 'most wanted' list, that was to be handed over to Pakistan, and has now withdrawn the list from it's website. ANI

LeT, TTP may trigger Indo-Pak war requiring US intervention, fear experts
The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other Pakistani terror groups having links with Al Qaeda may pose a danger to the United States with their ability to trigger a major crisis for nuclear-armed Pakistan, including a war with India, which may require US intervention. ANI

Mamata to be sworn in as West Bengal CM
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee will be sworn-in as West Bengal Chief Minister today. ANI

2G scam: CBI court to decide on Kanimozhi's bail plea
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will pronounce its verdict on the bail plea of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Astral Poly Technik Maintains Consistency of 40% Growth in Q-4 Results, EBITA has increased by 175 bps compared to Q-3 and Board has declared 12.5% Final Dividend
Astral Poly Technik Ltd., leaders in manufacturing of CPVC pipes & fittings announced the financial results for the Quarter ended on 31st March , 2011. Overview of Q4 FY 2010-11 v/s Q4 FY 2009-10 -- Company’s sales from operations increased by 39%, to Rs.141.69 Crore for the FY 2010-11 (Q-4) as against Rs. 102.09 Crore in FY 2009 -10(Q-4) Business Wire India

Akshaya Patra in Association with Aap Ki Rasoi feeds 1300 shelter-less People in Delhi every day
Akshaya Patra Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that feeds over 1.2 million underprivileged children, has been given financial support of `3.54 lakh by Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (DSIIDC) to feed homeless people in Delhi under the 'Aap Ki Rasoi programme', a part of the government's 'Bhagidari' (public-private partnership) initiative Business Wire India

Softcell to Provide Sales and Services Support in India for Macs
Softcell Technologies Limited (Softcell), a leading IT services company providing end-to-end System Integration Services, is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as an “Authorised Apple Reseller” in India by Apple Business Wire India

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