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Mukherjee in touch with other Finance Ministers over IMF chief selection
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that he is in touch with other Finance Ministers over the selection of the next chief of the International Monetary Fund, after Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned over a sex scandal. ANI

Mamata Banerjee heralds novel reforms in West Bengal education sector
Under the new regime of the Trinamool Congress party, the West Bengal government has mooted novel reforms in the education sector such as release of the monthly pay of the teachers on the first of every month. ANI

Patkar's anti-land mafia crusade in Mumbai gathers support from Anna Hazare
Renowned social activists Anna Hazare and Swami Agnivesh on Tuesday expressed their solidarity with Medha Patkar who has launched a stir against demolition of slums at Golibar locality in Mumbai, reportedly at the behest of land mafia and real estate developers. ANI

Teachers, students of IITs, IIMs dismiss Ramesh's controversial statement
Students and teachers of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) were dismissive of the statement of Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday. ANI

Pakistan should be denuclearised, says BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday demanded that the international community should prompt an action to denuclearise Pakistan. ANI

I-T department targeting to collect Rs.5.33 lakh crores in 2011-12: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday that for the financial year 2011-12, the income-tax department has been given a tax collections target of about Rs.5.33 lakh crores, which is at 20 per cent growth over the actual collections of the preceding year. ANI

Indo-Afghan pact inked on capacity building in information and broadcasting sector
In a major initiative to boost cooperation in critical sectors of Information and Broadcasting, India and Afghanistan today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for capacity building. ANI

More India built naval ships to be inducted in next 15 years, says Navy Chief
Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma on Tuesday said that almost all the naval ships planned to be inducted in the next 15 years would be built in India. ANI

Canadian pilot for Gadkari's flight arrested for carrying live ammunition
A Canadian pilot of a private airline was arrested in New Delhi on Tuesday after a live cartridge was found in his baggage. ANI

Punjab CM Badal's wife passes away
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's wife, Surinder Kaur Badal, died here this afternoon at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) of throat cancer. She was 72. ANI

Jairam Ramesh wants India to set up national elephant conservation authority
Union Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said the Government will soon set up a National Elephant Conservation Authority to protect and conserve Elephants in the country. ANI

LTTE apologises for Rajiv Gandhi's killing
Pathmanathan, known to be close to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader V Prabhakaran has said that he wanted to apologise for Prabhakaran's mistake in getting former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassinated. ANI

A.K. Seth appointed next Cabinet Secretary
Ajit Kumar Seth was on Tuesday appointed the next Cabinet Secretary succeeding K.M. Chandrashekhar who retires next month. ANI

US Homeland Security chief Napolitano in India for talks

Retirement of Dalai Lama poses a big challenge, says delegate from U.S.
Pema C. Khangtetsang, a delegate from United States said the retirement of the Dalai Lama is a huge challenge, as he has been the leader of six million Tibetans for years. ANI

Kerala CM announces Rs one per kg rice to BPL families
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has promised that all Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the state will be given rice at one rupee per kilogram from September. ANI

Ten policemen feared killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh
At least ten policemen, including an Additional Superintendent of Police were reportedly killed by Maoists near the Orissa and Chhattisgarh border in the insurgency-hit Gariyaband police District last evening. ANI

Rediff.Com Reports Results for the 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2011
For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, our India online advertising revenues grew 24% on a year-over-year basis and 2% sequentially, while our Total India revenue, which includes fee-based and online advertising revenues, grew 20% and 1% for the same respective periods Business Wire India

Drishti-Soft Participating in MECC Conference 2011 at Dubai, UAE
Leading communication technology provider Drishti-Soft, announces participation at this year's MECC event being held in Dubai. The company would be exhibiting and presenting their award-winning contact center solution - Ameyo. Drishti's participation is a part of their market capture strategies for the Middle East region Business Wire India

Wipro BPO recognized as the ‘Best IT Enabled BPO’ by Alsbridge
Wipro BPO, the Business Process Outsourcing arm of Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting, and Outsourcing Business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) was awarded the ‘Service Provider Excellence’ Award in the ‘Best IT Enablement in BPO’ category, at the Outsourcing Center’s 15th Annual Outsourcing and Service Provider Excellence Awards’ 2011 Business Wire India

Pioneering Shareholder Activism among Institutuonal Investors
InGovern Research Services announces the launch of the InGovern Corporate Governance Platform. The proxy vote analysis platform allows institutional investors to analyze various companies, follow the agendas of shareholder meetings, exercise votes and collaborate with other investors. Research based on objective criteria - Governance Radar - is also embedded into the platform Business Wire India

Sify and Deutsche Telekom Sign Partnership to Deliver IP and Virtual Private Network (VPN) Services Globally
Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ Global Markets: SIFY), a leader in Enterprise Network and IT Services in India with global delivery capabilities and a pioneer in consumer internet services announced today their partnership with Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), the international wholesale arm of Deutsche Telekom Business Wire India

Invitation to Rapaport Press Conference on Diamond Prices – Mumbai India
Date : Thursday, May 26, 2011 Time : 12.00 pm Venue : 503 Sukh Sagar Building, N.S. Patkar Marg, Mumbai 400 007, India Rapaport India will be holding a press conference on May 26, 2011 to announce the launch of a strategic new product to that will strengthen and create greater transparency for India’s diamond trade. The press conference will be presided over by Ms Business Wire India

‘Increasing Digitalization, A Security Concern for Organizations,’ says Frost & Sullivan at India Enterprise Security Summit 2011 Presented by Cisco
Tele-commuting and emergence of a mobile workforce are among the fastest-growing trends around the world. Social networking is also on the rise, bridging the gap between personal and professional environments. Proliferation of numerous devices and emergence of technologies such as Virtualization, Cloud Computing, and Xaas, are trends being adopted by organizations across verticals Business Wire India

International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP®) honours ISS in ‘The 2011 Global Outsourcing 100’ List
ISS, world’s leading Facility Services Company today announced that it has been ranked No. 2 on the newly released International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) Global Outsourcing 100 list. This reflects the company's continued mission to become the world's best outsourcing provider. IAOP® is the global, standard-setting organization and advocate for the outsourcing profession Business Wire India

IP Infusion Continues Global Expansion with Opening of New Engineering Development Center of Excellence in India
IP Infusion, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent network software for enhanced IP services, has announced that the company has opened an Engineering Development Center of Excellence in Bangalore, India. The new facility complements IP Infusion’s development center in Sunnyvale, Calif Business Wire India

ITShastra Experiences Significant Growth Through First Quarter 2011
ITShastra, a software development, testing and design company for worldwide business needs and offshore project delivery, today announced that during the first quarter of 2011 it added four new clients, successfully completed 16 projects for existing clients globally and opened a fully-staffed new location in Pune Business Wire India

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