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PETA activists protest against usage of cow's milk in Chennai
A group of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India activists on Friday demonstrated against usage of cow's milk in Chennai. ANI

President Patil gives away 'Certificate of Honour', Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman'
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today gave away the 'Certificate of Honour' and the 'Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman' to 51 recipients for the years 2008 and 2009. ANI

Andhra Pradesh 2011-12 annual plan finalized
The annual plan for Andhra Pradesh for the year 2011-12 was finalized, here today, at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. ANI

Hundreds of devotees throng Vrindavan temple to celebrate Akshaya Tritiya
Hundreds of devotees thronged the Banke Bihari Mandir in Uttar Pradesh's Vrindavan town on Friday to mark the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. ANI

India welcomes Fatah-Hamas reconciliation
India on Friday welcomed the reconciliation deal between the two leading Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, to set up a transitional unity government and hold elections. ANI

Third meeting of Inter-Ministerial Group on inflation held
A meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on inflation was held here today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor, Union Finance Ministry. ANI

Finance Ministry initiates public debate on negative list for taxation of services
Union Finance Ministry has initiated a public debate on the issue of a negative list for taxation of services as announced by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his 2011 Budget. ANI

Hurriyat Conference (M) leader holds funeral prayers for bin Laden in Srinagar
Hurriyat Conference (M) leader Shabir Ahmad Shah led hundreds of people to offer funeral prayers in the memory of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Srinagar on Friday. ANI

Sibal holds meeting to promote indigenous manufacturing of telecom equipments
Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday held a roundtable conference on manufacturing and research and development in telecom and electronics sector with various stakeholders to deliberate upon the measures to promote indigenous manufacturing of telecom and electronic equipments. ANI

INSARG, NDMA successfully conduct regional group earthquake response exercise
INSARAG (International Search and Advisory Group) Asia-Pacific Regional Group Earthquake Response Exercise was successfully conducted by the INSARAG Secretariat, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), in association with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at Agra today. ANI

Rats, cockroaches on Mumbai-Kerala trains put Indian Railways in dock
A Congress party functionary in Mumbai has alerted Railway authorities to frequently seeing rats and cockroaches in long distance trains. ANI

Political leaders supporting my fast unto death campaign: Ramdev
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, who has vowed to fast unto death in New Delhi on June 4 as part of the 'Bhrastachar Mitao Satyagrah', a drive to remove corruption, on Friday said the political leaders are supporting his campaign. ANI

Delhi CBI court adjourns Kanimozhi's bail hearing till Saturday
A special CBI court on Friday adjourned the hearing on the bail of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi till Saturday. ANI

French naval warships call at Kochi port
The French Navy's Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) 'Mistral' together with Anti-Submarine Warfare Destroyer Georges Leygues, arrived here on a three-day port call. ANI

Madras Regiment to take over guard duties at Rashtrapati Bhavan
The 15th Battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regiment shall handover the charge of Ceremonial Army Guard Battalion at Rashtrapati Bhavan to the 28th Battalion of the Madras Regiment at a ceremonial 'Change of Guard Ceremony' on Friday morning. ANI

Indian Navy thwarts piracy attempt on Chinese ship
The Indian Navy has foiled yesterday an attempt by the Somalian pirates on a Chinese merchant vessel MV Full City in the Arabian Sea. ANI

Adverse climate hits mango crop in Gujarat
Mango growers in Gujarat's Navsari district say the impact of global warming and adverse climate conditions in the region have damaged mango flowers. ANI

Severe heat forces Himachal's tribal shepherds to migrate
With the continuous rise in mercury, the shepherds of Gaddi community of Himachal Pradesh have started migrating from plain areas of Shimla town to the hills. ANI

2G scam: ED moves Supreme Court against Subrato Roy
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved the Supreme Court today seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against Chairman of the Sahara Group, Subrato Roy, for allegedly interfering into the 2G spectrum scam probe. ANI

Reclaiming childhood from the pits of Jharkhand
Sambhu Kumar, 14, gingerly descends into an abandoned mine in the Giridih district of Jharkhand. In one hand, the young boy clutches iron rods, heated to allow greater leverage in digging. In the other hand, he carries a sack. To descend, he uses crevices on the walls of the pit, where one slip will result in a 10 feet deep fall. ANI

PM, Sonia pay last respects to Dorjee Khandu
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today paid their last respects to former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who was killed in a chopper crash in Luguthang near Tawang District. ANI

Hasan Ali case: ED officer suspended for 'shoddy probe'
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has suspended an officer for allegedly conducting a shoddy probe into the money laundering case involving Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan. ANI

Fifth phase of Bengal polls tomorrow, security tightened
Security arrangements have been stepped up in the Maoist-hit districts of West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia and parts of Burdwan district for the fifth phase of West Bengal polls, which is scheduled to be held tomorrow. ANI

Lucknow court sentences BSP MLA to life term in engineer murder case
A special session court in Lucknow on Friday awarded a life sentence to BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari in connection with the 2008 murder of PWD engineer Manoj Gupta in Auraiya. ANI

Kanimozhi appears before special court in 2G case
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi appeared before a special court here on Friday in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Third round of talks between Govt. and striking Air India pilots today
With the pilots' strike entering its tenth-day, the third round of talks between Air India pilots and Civil Aviation Ministry to end the deadlock is likely to be held today. ANI

Jarbom Gamlin sworn in as new Arunachal CM
Jarbom Gamlin was on Thursday night sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh replacing Dorjee Khandu, who was killed in a helicopter crash.runachal Pradesh Governor JJ Singh administered the oath and secrecy to Gamlin, who was the Power Minister in Khandu Cabinet. ANI

Khandu's last rites to be performed in Tawang today
Late Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu's last rites will be performed at his native place Tawang today with full state honours as per Monpa Buddhist traditions. ANI

Sapient Reports First Quarter 2011 Results. Service Revenues Up 32% Over Q1 2010. Non-GAAP Operating Profit Increases 74% Over Q1 2010
Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE) today reported the following financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011: - Service revenues were $241.3 million compared to $183.2 million in the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 32%. Sequentially, service revenues were up $18.5 million, or 8%, from $222.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 Business Wire India

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Net Sales up 11.4%, Profit After Tax (before exceptionals) grows by 16% in First Quarter of FY 2011
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited has announced its financial results for the first quarter ended 31st March 2011. Profit after tax but before Exceptional Item grew by 16%. While the overall sales grew by 11.4%, net sales of the pharmaceuticals business grew by 12.4%. Commenting on the performance during the quarter, Dr. Hasit B Business Wire India

Jagran Solutions brings alive the Red Bull Chris Pfeiffer India Tour 2011
Jagran Solutions - India’s leading new age marketing agency that provides solutions for Brand Activation via Consumer Connect Strategies managed the ‘Chris Pfeiffer India Tour 2011’ for Red Bull across 10 cities in India. The tour was aimed at inspiring more freestyle bikers across the country Business Wire India

Altair Engineering Receives Boeing Performance Excellence Award
Altair Engineering , a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, today announced that it has received a 2010 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance Business Wire India

Kredence Unveils Social Buying Platform GroupByte
Novel e-commerce venture enables group buying in the ‘planned purchase’ category, benefiting consumers with best bargains even on high-value ‘aspirational’ products. Simulating negotiation and bargaining in the physical world in an online environment, GroupByte will bring phenomenal cost savings to individuals and SMEs alike Business Wire India

Manupatra incorporates Latest Technology - Enterprise Search Platform
Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd., the pioneers of online legal research in India and fastest growing company in comprehensive law publishing unveiled its new technology platform - Enterprise Search Platform on the auspicious day of Akshaya Trithiya Business Wire India

Breaking the Mould with New-Age Book Authoring
Barely a month since release, New-generation author & corporate professional, Kartik Iyengar is creating waves with his first Book “Horn OK Please – HOPping to Conclusions” Business Wire India

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