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Merkel, Meira Kumar to inaugurate "Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities"
To commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and India, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will jointly inaugurate the fifteen-month celebrations titled "Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities" here on Tuesday. ANI

India, Germany may discuss Af Pak situation during Merkel's visit
India and Germany are expected to spend considerable time on discussing the International situation and events unfolding in the Af Pak region during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit on Tuesday. ANI

JPC quizzes CAG Vinod Rai on 2G spectrum loss assessment(Update)
The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probing the 2G spectrum scam on Monday questioned Comptroller and Auditor General, Vinod Rai on how he quantified the losses in the spectrum allocation at Rs. 1.76 lakh crore. ANI

Sam Pitroda says India still dependent on imports for electronic hardware
Sam Pitroda, telecom advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday highlighted India's dependence on electronic hardware imports. ANI

Land acquisition bill will protect rights of Scheduled Tribes, assures Tirath
Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath on Monday said the government will protect the interest of Schedule Tribes while formulating the land acquisition bill. ANI

Sri Lankan Opposition leader meets Krishna in Delhi
Sri Lankan Opposition leader and United National Party chief Ranil Wickramasinghe met External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna here on Monday and discussed issues of resettlement of ethnic Tamils and the report of the panel appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations. ANI

Rajiv Sharma joins as NHRC secretary general
Dr. Rajiv Sharma assumed charge of Secretary General, National Human Rights Commission today. He is a 1976 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan Cadre. Prior to his appointment to NHRC, he was holding the post of Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Rajasthan and Principal Resident Commissioner (I), New Delhi. ANI

Government opposes inclusion of PM in Lokpal Bill: Kejriwal
Social activist and member of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Arvind Kejriwal, on Monday said the government has opposed the suggestion of civil society members to include the Prime Minister under the purview of the Lokpal Bill. ANI

2G case: Delhi High Court reserves order on Kanimozhi's bail plea
The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its order on the bail plea of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Pachauri calls for immediate pollution control
Expressing concern over rising pollution in India, R. K Pachauri, chairman of UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday urged the public to minimise pollution, as the effects of global warming are looming large over the world. ANI

Yeddyurappa backs Sushma, says Reddys appointed Ministers after consultations
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa today said that the induction of Reddy brothers in the cabinet was taken after consultation with senior party leaders. ANI

CWG scam: Delhi BJP demands Sheila Dikshit's arrest
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists staged a demonstration here on Monday demanding the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in connection with the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam. ANI

India, Afghanistan sign MoU for cooperation in official statistics field
India and Afghanistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here on Monday for cooperation in the field of official statistics. ANI

2G scam: Delhi court rejects Morani's bail plea
A Delhi court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of Cineyug Films Director Karim Morani in connection with the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Who will rule Russia-Putin or Medvedev?
The joke is doing the rounds in Moscow's chattering classes, who are spending quite a bit of their time guessing who will contest for Russia's Presidentship next year-Vladamir Putin, who was President for eight years and is now Prime Minister, or Dmitry Medvedev who is President until 2012. ANI

Suspicious object found outside Delhi's Gargi College
A suspicious object was found outside Delhi's Gargi College on Monday afternoon. ANI

Indo-Pak Defence Secretary level talks begin, Siachen on agenda
The defence-secretary level talks between India and Pakistan on the long-pending Siachen issue kicked off here on Monday after a gap of four years. ANI

2G scam: CAG appears before JPC
The Comptroller and Auditor General, Vinod Rai, on Monday appeared before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probing the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Non-violence facilitator promoting peace Kashmir
A nonviolence facilitator, Ymani Simmons from America, organised a four-day peace workshop to spread mental peace among youths in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Supreme Court refuses to hear Bhatta-Parsaul farmers' plea
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged atrocities unleashed by Uttar Pradesh government on protesting villagers in Bhatta Parsaul village of Greater Noida. ANI

Minor earthquake shakes Kashmir Valley
A low intensity earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale hit Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. ANI

Bihar government orders probe into doctor's killing in Gopalganj jail
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an inquiry into the killing of a doctor in the Gopalganj Jail by inmates for refusing to give them fake certificates. ANI

Angela Merkel to arrive in India for first inter-governmental consultations
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive here on Tuesday for the first Indo-German inter-governmental consultations. ANI

2G case: Delhi High Court to hear Kanimozhi's bail plea today
The Delhi High Court will pronounce its verdict on the bail plea of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Lokpal Bill panel to meet today
The joint drafting committee for the Lokpal Bill will have its fifth meeting today to thrash out differences that persist between social activist Anna Hazare's representatives and the government on several issues. ANI

Earth Infrastructures Limited Launches Three New Projects
-- Gives a new dimension to Green Building concept by unveiling Earth Tech One, Earth Studios and Earth Copia --- Cumulative Investment in the three projects pegged at Rs Business Wire India

Chemtrols Solar Bags an EPC Contract for a 1 MW Thin Film Plant in Gujarat
Chemtrols Solar, part of the 35 year old Chemtrols Group today announced that it has bagged a turnkey EPC contract for a 1 MW Solar PV Power Plant in the state of Gujarat. The Plant would use state of the art components that include thin film modules from First Solar & inverters from SMA. The project is part of the Phase 2 of the Gujarat Policy and is due to be commissioned by November 2011 Business Wire India

TERI Organizes a Brainstorming Session Commemorating the Birth Anniversary of Late Dr. B P Pal for his Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Agricultural and Horticultural Research
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) organized a Brainstorming Session on Sustainable Agriculture Practices for Food and Nutritional Security today commemorating the birth anniversary of the Late Dr. B P Pal, revered for his outstanding contributions in the field of agricultural and horticultural research Business Wire India

CarWale Proud to Serve 3 Crore Indians
CarWale, India’s No. 1 Automotive Portal has crossed the 3 crore unique visitor mark on its website www.carwale.com since its inception in 2005. CarWale is the first auto portal in India to reach this milestone. CarWale was launched in 2005 Business Wire India

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