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SC to decide on Sept. 8 whether to probe Chidambaram's role in 2G scam, says Swamy
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy, who is the hief petitioner in the 2G spectrum case, today said the Supreme Court will decide on September 8 whether to probe the role of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram into the scam or not. ANI

2G scam probe: BJP slams CBI for its 'double standards'
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday criticized the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its 'double standards' and challenged the Central Government to probe all telecom allocations undertaken by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime since 1998. ANI

Gujarat Lokayukta row: Modi asks PM to recall Governor Beniwal
Ahmedabad/New Delhi, Sep 1 Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has written to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, asking him to recall Governor Dr. Kamla Beniwal in the context of the later appointing RA Mehta as the new Lokayukta of the state. ANI

Protectionism will only deepen recession: Anand Sharma
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday stressed the need to avoid protectionist tendencies by the developed economies. ANI

Omar's Afzal tweet draws sharp criticism from Shiv Sena
The activists of the radical Shiv Sena outfit staged a demonstration here on Thursday to protest Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's remarks on the issue of execution of Afzal Guru, who was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on the Parliament. ANI

Kolkata Police expand its ambit with 17 stations, additional personnel
Kolkata Police on Thursday expanded its ambit with 17 stations and additional personnel in an endeavor to aid crime prevention in the city. ANI

RTI activist murder case: CBI would conduct a probe if needed, says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that if required the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would conduct a probe into RTI activist Shehla Masood's murder case. ANI

Chidambaram defends UPA 2 record on death sentence cases
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday defended the record of the second United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government on death sentence cases, saying it was much better than the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) regime. ANI

'We are much more concerned to get justice for Shehla': Tarun Vijay
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay on Thursday refuted all charges about being involved in the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood, and added that he was working vigorously to ensure that she got justice. ANI

Armed forces have plans to deal with border security: Browne
Commenting on the security situation prevailing on India's borders especially with China, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, on Thursday said the Indian Air Force and other services have plans to deal with neighbouring countries in the future, using its military phalanx. ANI

TRAI says Raja followed govt. policy on 2G spectrum allocation
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Thursday gave a much needed boost to jailed former union telecom minister A Raja, when it said that Raja had followed government policy in the distribution of 2G spectrum allocation. ANI

India rejects media reports of confrontation between INS Airavat, Chinese vessel
The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday rejected media reports that claimed that an Indian Navy ship had had a confrontation with a Chinese vessel in the South China Sea off the Vietnamese coast. ANI

Ralegan Siddhi postpones Anna's arrival celebrations
Residents of Anna Hazare's hometown Ralegan Siddhi have postponed his arrival celebrations by a day keeping in view his health and vowed not to indulge in a pompous show as per the veteran social activist's wishes.Anna has not recovered completely as yet, and so, the villagers have decided that the village assembly that we had organised for today should be postponed for tomorrow ANI

Maoists' shutdown call disrupts normal life in Jharkhand
Bringing life to a virtual standstill, Maoist ultras called for a total shutdown in Ranchi on Thursday to protest the ongoing police crackdown on the violent insurgency in the strife-ridden region. ANI

West Bengal government implements various schemes in Maoist affected areas
In a new roadmap for development of Maoist-infested areas, the West Bengal government has implemented various construction schemes, which has opened new avenues for locals to earn a better living. ANI

Budgam looks forward to better infrastructure
Residents in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam District have welcomed the ongoing infrastructure development of the area by the state authorities under schemes like NREGA. ANI

Pakistani Christians, Buddhists now eligible for long-term Indian visas
Indian-origin Christians and Buddhists from Pakistan are now eligible for long-term Indian visas, which could also later render them a permanent resident status. ANI

CBI should probe Shehla Masood murder case: BK Hariprasad
Condemning the recent murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood, Congress general secretary BK Hariprasad on Thursday said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should probe the case. ANI

President Patil calls for reform in higher education sector
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has called for increase in the enrolment ratio of people receiving higher education. ANI

Shehla murder case: Tarun Vijay must demand CBI enquiry, says Digvijay Singh
Congress general secretary and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh on Thursday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay must demand Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry on his own in the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood. ANI

Jharkhand CM Munda discusses development, Naxal threat with Ramesh
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda met Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh here today. ANI

Selena Bijli, Trustee, PVR Nest wins the Bharat Nirman Award for her excellence as a Super Achiever of Today’s India
Mrs. Selena Bijli, Trustee, PVR Nest has won the prestigious 23rd Bharat Nirman Award for ‘Excellence as a Super Achiever of Today’s India’ for her enormous contribution in Social Services. The award was presented at a ceremony held at The Sirifort Auditorium on August 21st’2011, New Delhi. Ms. Deepa Menon, Vice President- CSR & Corporate Communication received the award on her behalf. Mrs Business Wire India

Kolkata gears up for FIFA Football Extravaganza
ESPN STAR Sports (ESS), Asia’s biggest sports content provider, will showcase the first ever FIFA International friendly match to be held on Indian soil between Argentina & Venezuela on September 02, 2011. This match comes LIVE to your television screens from the Mecca of Indian Football, Kolkata’s Yuva Bharati Krirangan, from 6:55 PM onwards on September 02, 2011 Business Wire India Announces Shop and Win Everyday this September, India’s leading e-commerce portal has a treat for all its customers this September - Shop & Win Everyday. It’s a chance for customers to drive home in the all-new, fully loaded Maruti Swift ZXI – the top-end variant of the petrol version Business Wire India

First Energy gets The World Economic Forum Award
First Energy, an alternate energy company from India, has been selected as one of the top 25 Technology Pioneers 2012 by The World Economic Forum. Makers of the Oorja branded stoves and fuel pellets made from agri residue, First Energy was amongst the World Economic Forum’s new class of 25 Technology Pioneers rated as the “most innovative technology start-ups from around the world Business Wire India

Shell Helix Announces the F1 Ticket Winners
Shell Helix, one of the leading global lubricant brand has announced the four lucky winners who will get the opportunity to witness the first ever Indian Grand Prix slated this October for free. The winners are Vishal Talwar of Gurgaon, Amit Singh of Noida, Sumit from New Delhi and Rajesh Bhasin of Mumbai Business Wire India

OSSCS Surgical Technique Comes as a Blessing for Older Children Suffering from Cerebral Palsy
In an yet inimitable medical miracle, older children suffering from the stinging, distressing disease of cerebral palsy have been blessed with a ray of new hope of being alleviated from the agony of having to depend on others for life Business Wire India

Online Eye Donation Campaign by Mulamoottil EHRC a Big Hit
Among the numerous funny posts and junk forwards, a noble message on eye donation is getting immense popularity among Facebook and YouTube fans. A group of people working for the promotion of eye donation, made a specially choreographed Bharatanatyam recital to create awareness on eye donation. They are excited by the encouraging response for their campaign from internet users Business Wire India

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