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US says India will get more access to Headley
US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Friday assured India of more access to Lashkar-e-Taiba's Pakistani-American operative David Coleman Headley, who has pleaded guilty to doing some groundwork for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that killed over 160 people. ANI

India, Ethiopia sign Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement
India has signed a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with Ethiopia for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. ANI

First meeting of Security Advisory Council to Civil Aviation Ministry held
The first meeting of the Security Advisory Council to the Civil Aviation Ministry was held here today, under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, Dr. Nasim Zaidi. ANI

Navy Chief stresses on need to be prepared for 'unforeseen challenges'
In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Pakistan naval-cum-air force base PNS Mehran in which at least 10 security personnel were killed, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma has stressed on the need to ensure that the country's naval units are kept at the highest state of readiness to meet unforeseen challenges. ANI

Sowing of kharif pulses, oilseeds begins
As per latest reports received from different states, sowing of kharif pulses and oilseeds has further progressed in different parts of the country, according to the Union Agriculture Ministry. ANI

Handique reviews progress of gauge conversion of railway line in northeastern region
Union Minister of Development of North East Region (DoNER), B. K. Handique, has reviewed the progress of the broad-gauge conversion of the Lumding-Silchar-Jiribam railway line project at a meeting in New Delhi today. ANI

India, US reaffirm strategic importance of cooperation on security during bilateral dialogue
India and United States on Friday reaffirmed the strategic importance of bilateral cooperation on matters of security. ANI

Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue begins today
The Homeland Security Dialogue between India and the United States begins here on Friday. ANI

Nation pays homage to Nehru on his 47th death anniversary
The nation on Friday paid homage to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 47th death anniversary. ANI

BJP workers celebrate Nitin Gadkari's birthday
Supporters and party workers celebrated the birthday of haratiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari here on Friday. ANI

Cleanliness drive at Dal Lake
Authorities in Srinagar have launched a massive cleanliness drive to restore the glory of the famous Dal Lake, currently choked by weeds and garbage. ANI

Nagpur traffic policemen get free sunscreen lotions
In an initiative to aid traffic policemen who are exposed to excessive sunlight, volunteers on Friday distributed bottles of sunscreen lotions free of cost in Nagpur. ANI

Kiran Bedi lauds role of Indian women in UN peacekeeping forces
Social activist and former police officer Kiran Bedi on Friday praised the active role played by Indian women in the United Nations peacekeeping forces. ANI

UK female vets give 'vision' to tortured Indian dancing bears
UK based female vetnary doctors who call themselves the 'Bear Repair Squad' gave a new vision to an Indian 'dancing bear' named 'Lily' by operating after she went nearly blind from cataracts on both the eyes because of the torture she faced during her stay with the troupe. ANI

Australian mission in Delhi clears 100,000th visitor visa for the year
For the first time ever, the Australian High Commission in New Delhi has passed 100,000 visitor and temporary entry visas in a program year. The 100,000th visa for the 2010-2011 program year was issued on May 23 in New Delhi. ANI

2G case: Delhi High Court denies iPad use to Asif Balwa
The Delhi High Court on Friday denied the use of the iPad for the purpose of reading the bulky chargesheet to 2G scam accused Asif Balwa. ANI

India, Afghanistan sign MoU on culture
India and Afghanistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further enhance cultural ties here on Friday. ANI

IAF mountaineers to scale Mt. Rudugaira in alpine style
A 10-member Indian Air Force (IAF) mountaineering team led by Wing Commander SK Kutty set off on an alpine style mountaineering expedition to 5,885-metre Mt. Rudugaira from the Gangotri region on Friday. ANI

RECOLLECTIONS OF A COMMUNICATOR Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru, 47 years later
Forty- seven years ago on May 27, there was heavy downpour in Delhi. That was the day when India heard that first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was unwell, had passed away. ANI

Indians in Yemen asked to leave the country
The Ministry of External Affairs has advised Indian nationals living in Yemen to exit the country through whatever commercial means available keeping in view the evolving situation and the increase in violent incidents. ANI

Chidambaram compliments Roemer for promoting Indo-US counter-terrorism cooperation
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday thanked Ambassador Timothy J Roemer for his efforts to promote India-US relationship and counter-terrorism cooperation, in particular, over the course of the past two years. ANI

German Foreign Minister to visit India
The German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Guido Westerwelle, will undertake a two-day visit to India beginning on Sunday. ANI

Chidambaram calls for appropriate technologies to boost Indo-US homeland Security
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday stressed the need for appropriate technologies, equipment and systems for strengthening homeland security between India and United States. ANI

Egyptian Foreign Minister to visit India for five days
Egyptian Foreign Minister Dr. Nabil Elaraby will undertake a five-day visit to India beginning on Friday. ANI

Chidambaram calls for strategic Indo-US partnership to counter terrorism
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said strong and effective India-US cooperation in counter-terrorism is indispensable for strategic partnership between the two nations. ANI

REFLECTIONS OF A COMMUNICATOR: Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru, 47 years later(Article)
Forty- seven years ago on May 27, there was heavy downpour in Delhi. That was the day when India heard that first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was unwell, had passed away. ANI

Chauhan says Centre has given partial relief to MP
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has criticized the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for giving partial amount of the relief package of about 7.36 billion rupees to the drought-affected region of Bundelkhand. ANI

President Patil rejects mercy petitions of two convicts
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has rejected the mercy petitions of two convicts, Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar of Punjab and Mahender Nath Das of Assam, following the recommendations from the Union Home Ministry and cleared the way for their execution. ANI

Skill development of Kashmir youth
Union Minister of State for Earth Science, Science Technology, Planning and Parliamentary Affairs, Ashwani Kumar has said the government would spend about 10 billion rupees for the development and upgrading the skills of the youth in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Ailing Rajnikanth to fly to Singapore for further treatment
Tamil superstar Rajnikanth, who is presently undergoing treatment at Chennai's Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre (SRMC), will be flying to Singapore for further treatment on Friday night. ANI

Gandhi City to Raise US $25 million through PEs
Gandhi City for Advanced Research & Development Ltd, which has received approvals to set up the country’s first R&D based Special Economic Zone (SEZ), will shortly raise US $25 million, as the first phase of investment for the project Business Wire India

HOV Services, Ltd Announces Fourth Quarter and Yearly Fiscal 2010-11 Results; Recommends a Final Dividend of Rs. 2/- per Equity Shares to its Shareholders
HOV Services Ltd (BSE: 532761, NSE: HOVS), India’s top tier BPS company today announced consolidated result for the fourth quarter and 12 months ended March 31, 2011. The company’s board of directors in the meeting also recommends a final dividend of Rs. 2/- per equity share of Rs. 10/- each for the year ended March 31, 2011 subject to the approval of the shareholders Business Wire India

Wipro Cited as a Leader in SAP implementation by Independent Research Firm
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT), today announced that the company has been cited as a Leader in “The Forrester Wave™: SAP Services Providers, Q2 2011 (April 2011)” and has some of the strongest skills of SAP service Indian providers Business Wire India

Riverbed Receives Frost & Sullivan 2011 India WAN Optimization Controller Vendor of the Year Award
Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that it has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2011 India IT & Telecom Excellence Award for Wide Area Network (WAN) Optimization Controller Vendor of the Year. Riverbed® was given this recognition for delivering exceptional business performance for the year 2010 Business Wire India

Back to the Future: Carefully, Royal Enfield becomes a Global Brand Again
In the last 5 years, Royal Enfield has made significant strides in the global market. From North America to Europe in the West and Japan to Australia in the East, today Royal Enfield has a pride of place across the globe Business Wire India

Homeshop18’s Website enhances its Baby Care and Kids Range
India’s leading e-commerce platform, to spread cheer in your shopping life with super value deals and exciting new products month on month. www.homeShop18 Business Wire India

Ocean Optics Sensors USP Class VI Certified
Expanding the potential applications for its oxygen and pH sensing patches, Ocean Optics ( has obtained United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Class VI certification for these products. The company’s HIOXY coating for RedEye Oxygen patches and Sol-gel coating for pH applications have successfully met the stringent testing criteria required for this certification Business Wire India

Volk’s MERLIN® Condensing Lens Assembly Facilitates Switches Between Corneal and Retinal Views
Volk Optical has built on its recently launched manually operated MERLIN® with a new Condensing Lens Assembly (CLA). This new option provides vitreoretinal surgeons the same detailed retinal views through the microscope, with the convenience of fully automated operation Business Wire India

Alicat Portable Calibration Unit Provides Mobile Calibration Standard
Providing an efficient and affordable secondary calibration standard, the Portable Calibration Unit (PCU) from Alicat Scientific integrates three Alicat Laminar Mass Flow Meters into a portable industrial briefcase that can be taken anywhere Business Wire India

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