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India News on May 31, 2011

  • Today is the World No Tobacco Day
  • Thirty Six people were killed in two separate road mishaps in Assam. In the first accident, 31 passengers including 12 women were killed when a bus fell into a pond in Kamrup district. In the second accident, an oil tanker catched fire when it overturned killing five people.

Direct taxes chief to create revenue probe body to track black money
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chief Sudhir Chandra on Tuesday announced the creation of a Directorate of Income Tax (Criminal Investigation) with immediate effect to track the movement of black money. ANI

PM appeals to Baba Ramdev to call off hunger strike threat
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has appealed to yoga guru Baba Ramdev not to go ahead with his June 4 hunger strike plan over a demand to bring back Indian black money allegedly stashed abroad. ANI

Congress distances itself from Maran over telecom scam
Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari on Tuesday sought to distance the party from Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran's alleged involvement in the multi-billion dollar 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Sushma Swaraj denies rift in BJP over tainted Reddy brothers
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday denied that there was any rift in the party over the tainted Reddy brothers being inducted as ministers in the Karnataka Government. ANI

Major fire destroys Bhiwandi cotton mill
A massive fire destroyed a cotton mill here on Tuesday. ANI

Smoking is just like mouth fresheners for us: Koratpur tribals
The world celebrated Anti-Tobacco Day on Tuesday, but for tribal folk in Orissa's Koratpur District, it made no difference, as they continue to smoke 'Pika' a locally made cigarette, unaware and ignorant of the hazardous effects of tobacco consumption. ANI

362 cadets pass out of National Defence Academy in Pune
The Passing Out Parade (POP) of the 120th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA) took place at Khadakvasla, on the outskirts of Pune, on Tuesday. ANI

Merkel meets President Patil in Delhi
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil here on Tuesday. ANI

India going ahead with anti-piracy operations: Naval Chief
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma on Tuesday said the Indian Navy would be going ahead with its anti-piracy operations and was in control of the situation. ANI

Textile Minister Maran sues Tehelka over 2G license-linked controversy
Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Tuesday issued a legal notice to Tehelka magazine calling its report that he had deliberately delayed clearing application for licenses of certain telecom companies in 2006, a blatant and concocted lie. ANI

Govt not delaying Lokpal Bill: Chidambaram
The Government on Tuesday said it has decided to consult all political parties and state chief ministers on the proposed Lokpal Bill. ANI

Mukherjee confident of maintaining revised estimate and fiscal deficit target
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed confident that the revised estimate at 8.5 percent is similar to the advance estimate and would remain stable in the next few months. ANI

Four dead in Assam petrol tanker explosion
At least four people were charred to death and twelve critically injured when a petrol tanker overturned and exploded near Assam's Bokakhat town on Tuesday. ANI

Sharjah authorities paid blood money to get three Indian prisoners released
Three Indians, on death row in Sharjah, were returned home here on Tuesday after a Dubai-based NGO paid Rs 18 lakh in blood money to save them. ANI

Coal ministry proposes to finance railway racks to speed up coal dispatches
Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Tuesday said that his ministry has proposed to finance the purchase railway of racks to speed up dispatches of coal to various sectors. ANI

Fuel price depends on international market rates: Chaturvedi
Planning Commission Member BK Chaturvedi on Tuesday said the variation of prices in fuels depends on international market rates. ANI

Military approach not only solution for Afghan problem: Merkel
Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said that the problems in Afghanistan cannot only be solved militarily, and that it was important to reconcile with all forces in that country. ANI

22 foreigners injured in Karnal bus mishap
At least 22 foreigners were injured when a bus in which they were travelling collided with a dumper in Haryana's Karnal District on Tuesday. ANI

World's highest railway bridge to connect Kashmir's Valley better
Rising at 359 metres above the Chenab River, the world's highest bridge is being constructed, as part of the under construction railway link project in Srinagar. ANI

No result, but India, Pak agree to continue discussions on Siachen
Presenting their positions and suggestions towards the resolution of troop deployment and demilitarization on the world's highest and toughest battlefield Siachen- both India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to continue their discussions in a meaningful and result-oriented manner. ANI

World Anti-Tobacco Day observed in India
Anti-Tobacco Day was observed on Tuesday across the country. ANI

Punjab reels under oppressive heat wave
The continuous rise in mercury-level has reeled Punjab under oppressive heat wave. ANI

Merkel puts her weight behind Eurofighter hard sell to India
German Chancellor Angela Merkel today pitched for the Eurofighter, describing it as the best product onffer for India. ANI

India, Germany decide to fight terrorism on all fronts
Emphasising that terrorism is a serious challenge, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said it has to be fought on all fronts and not selectively, ANI

German Chancellor meets Manmohan Singh
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh here today to discuss bilateral trade, defence deals and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) succession. ANI

Yoga guru Ramdev keen on hunger strike against corruption
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has said he will go ahead with his hunger strike against corruption from June 4 despite the government's appeal asking him to reconsider his plan. ANI

Dal Lake to have a floating post office
Department of Posts planned to open a floating post office on the Dal Lake in Srinagar to enhance tourists' influx in the Valley. ANI

Talks with Gorkhaland leaders on June 6: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said a meeting of political leaders concerned with Darjeeling Hills would be held on June 6 to resolve the demand for creation of separate hill state. ANI

Bihar Government doctors on strike in protest against fake certificate incident
Bihar government doctors on Tuesday went on a strike in protest against killing of a doctor in the Gopalganj Jail by its inmates for refusing to give them fake certificates. ANI

India to support Egypt's democratic initiatives, may play bigger role in Mid-East peace
External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna has said that the Indian Government is ready to extend its support to Egypt as it takes steps to put in place a democratically-elected government after more than 30 years of dictatorship. ANI

26 killed in Assam bus mishap
At least 26 people were killed when a bus carrying a marriage party plunged into a pond at Sorabori near Hajo in Assam's Kamrup District last night. ANI

Supreme Court grants bail to Binayak Sen associate Guha
The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to Piyush Guha, the man who was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment along with civil rights activist Binayak Sen in a sedition case. ANI

Maoists blow up school building in Bihar
A group of over fifty Maoists blew up a school building at Parchha village in Bihar's Rohtas district on Tuesday. ANI

Indo- American Chamber of Commerce Announces the Curtain Raiser of 7th Indo- American Corporate Excellence (I-ACE) Awards in Mumbai
The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), the only bi-lateral Chamber of Commerce in India, today formally announced the curtain raiser of 7th Indo- American Corporate Excellence (I-ACE) Awards. The Awards ceremony will be held at Hotel Trident, Nariman Point in Mumbai on 1st July 2011, commemorating the American Independence Day. Present on the occasion were: Dr. L.S Business Wire India

Ginger Hotels Tie-Up With (Groupon India) For a Blockbuster All-India Deal
In an unprecedented deal in India, Ginger Hotels, a range of 3-star economy hotels from the house of Tatas, has allied with (Groupon India) to offer up to 70% off on stay at Ginger Hotels. The deal is redeemable at Ginger Hotels in 23 locations in India Business Wire India

SGS Validates TSI’s Proprietary GEO-COAL™ Coal Upgrading Technology
Total Sinergy International (TSI) today announced that its proprietary coal upgrading technology, GEO-COAL™, has been validated by an internationally accredited independent entity, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS). SGS conducted performance tests by analysing sub-lots of coal before and after GEO-COAL processing Business Wire India

WNS recognized with the CISO 100 Awards 2011
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, has been recognized by the Top 100 CISO Awards 2011, for demonstrating outstanding performance in its information security and technology practices Business Wire India

Catch Glorious Moments of India-England Encounters this June only on STAR Cricket
STAR Cricket, the dedicated 24 hours Cricket channel from ESPN STAR Sports, is launching an array of special programs in the run-up to the much anticipated Indian tour of England 2011 Business Wire India

Polaris Launches World’s Leading ‘Basel III - Ready’ Solution
Polaris Software (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology Company, today announced the launch of Intellect TM Liquidity Risk Management (LRM) solution which enables the banks and financial institutions worldwide to comply with BASEL III Business Wire India

HealthLine 24x7 extends its Services to Kolkata, Chennai and Pune, Organizes Health Check up Camps
After the success of HealthLine24x7 in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, Healthcare IT business of Religare Technologies Limited today announced the launch of HealthLine 24x7 - India’s first phone-based and web-based healthcare information assistance service in Kolkata, Chennai & Pune Business Wire India

National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) in collaboration with the Quality Council of India (QCI) introduces Voluntary Certification Scheme for Medicinal Plants Produce
Business Wire India

State Bank of Mysore Signs a Direct Debit Agreement with for Online Shopping
Avenues, South Asia's largest integrated ecommerce company has signed a direct debit agreement with State Bank of Mysore, the premier commercial bank in Karnataka for online shopping facility for its customers. ‘With the tie-up, State Bank of Mysore customers can now shop at thousands of CCAvenue merchant websites’, says Mr. Vishwas Patel, CEO, Avenues. CCAvenue Business Wire India

Ramco Posts Global Income of USD 47.41 m for FY 2010-11. Quarterly Revenue Stood at USD 12.16 m, Grows 34.4% YoY
Ramco Systems Limited (BSE - 532370, NSE – RAMCOSYS, MSE – RSST); a leading software company focused on consulting, products and managed services, today announced, the results for the fourth quarter of FY 2010-11 Business Wire India

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