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India to convene BRICS Finance Ministers meeting in Washington
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that India is convening a meeting of BRICS Finance Ministers in Washington DC on September 22, on the sidelines of the Fund-Bank and G-20 Meetings. ANI

Be alert and determined to protect Earth: Jayanthi Natarajan
Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan today said India has successfully phased-out completely the production and consumption of CFCs, CTC and halons. ANI

IAF's Golden Arrows completes 60 years of service to India
'Golden Arrows', the gallant 17 squadron of the Indian Air Force celebrated its 60th anniversary today. ANI

Sachin Pilot inaugurates Nagaland State Data Centre
Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot inaugurated the Nagaland State Data Centre in Kohima today. ANI

Fuel price hike was 'inevitable': Congress
The Congress on Friday defended the decision to raise the petrol prices by Rs 3.14 per litre saying that it was "inevitable" ANI

Court declines anticipatory bail to Swami Agnivesh for statement on Amarnath shrine
A Chandigarh court on Friday reportedly dismissed the plea for anticipatory bail of social activist Swami Agnivesh, who is facing a criminal case for making anti-Hindu remarks on Amarnath Temple, a religious shrine of Lord Shiva. ANI

Ambika Soni discusses controversial River Teesta issue with Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni today met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to discuss the controversial issue of sharing of waters of River Teesta with Bangladesh. ANI

Rice farming in the upswing in India
Rice has been sown in 376.77 lakh hectare as per data received from states as on today, the Union Agriculture Ministry has said. ANI

India, UK inch towards collaborative defence research and development
India and United Kingdom entered into a letter of arrangement (LOA) today to pursue collaborative defence research and development cooperation with UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and facilitate making best use of respective research and technology development capability through joint projects, collaborative research and industry and academia participation. ANI

Kiran Bedi urges Bar Council to urgently take up corruption in courts
With the draft Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill failing to meet the expectations of Team Anna, former senior police officer Dr. Kiran Bedi today urged the Bar Council of India and other organizations to take up the issue of judicial and court corruption. ANI

American fine dining group launches first ever Asian outpost in India
Two living stalwarts of the hospitality industry, Sirio Maccioni, founder of the acclaimed New York restaurant group, Le Cirque, and Capt. C. P. Krishnan Nair, chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, have officially opened Le Cirque at The Leela Palace New Delhi. ANI

India welcomes US move to designate Indian Mujahideen as terrorist organization
India has welcomed a US move to designate the Indian Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and as Specially Designated Global Terrorist. ANI

Padmanabhaswamy Temple's Vault B will not be opened for now, says Supreme Court
The Supreme Court today said that for now, the only unopened vault of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala will remain closed. ANI

Opposition parties across India slam Govt.'s decision to hike fuel prices
Opposition parties across India held protest demonstrations on Friday demanding the Central Government to roll back its decision on the hike in the price of fuel. ANI

BJP flays UPA for increasing fuel prices
Activists of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Friday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here against the government's decision to raise the petrol prices by Rs 3.14 per litre. ANI

Australia, New Zealand to host Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project
Australia and New Zealand have submitted their written proposal to host the Square Kilometre Array, the most powerful radio telescope ever conceived and one of the most ambitious projects of our time. ANI

Patil visits Gurgaon, says empowering women will create stable societies
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Friday said empowering women is important to create stable societies in the world. ANI

Modi should first come clean on past mistakes: Chunibhai Vaidya
Veteran social activist and Gandhian Chunibhai Vaidya urging Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to come clean into the 2002 riots case today stressed that his upcoming fast held no meaning. ANI

Army confirms seizing arms from Kupwara militant hideout
A senior army official has confirmed the seizure of a large cache of arms and ammunition from a militant hideout in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara District. ANI


Huge efforts required to contain Left Wing Extremism, says Manmohan Singh
Stating that the security environment in the country continues to be a matter of concern, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said a huge collective and coordinated effort is required both by the Centre and the States acting in concert to deal with the problem of Left wing extremism. ANI

Danseuse Mallika Sarabhai slams Modi for using public money for fast
Noted Indian classical dancer Mallika Sarabhai has criticized Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for planning to use public money to hold his three-day fast from Saturday. ANI

Manmohan Singh calls for strengthening intelligence capabilities to counter militancy
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday emphasized on the need for improved intelligence agencies to counter militancy, as security environment in the country remains uncertain. ANI

Interlocutors to submit report on Jammu and Kashmir before Oct.12
The Central Government's appointed interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir will submit their report before October 12. ANI

Cross border terrorism is a cause of concern, says Manmohan Singh
Asserting that cross border terrorism is a cause of concern especially in view of reports that fresh batches of terrorist are being pushed into India, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said there is a need to ensure that such attempts are foiled through smooth and coordinated functioning of all security agencies working in the state. ANI

Singhvi renominated chairman of Standing Committee looking at Lokpal Bill
Congress party spokesman and Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Singhvi has been reappointed as the chairman of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances and Law and Justice, paving the way for early consultations on various Lokpal Bills. ANI

Mehbooba Mufti says Centre making Kashmiri youth scapegoats
Leader of the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti, has accused the central government and the Jammu and Kashmir Government of using the youth of Kashmir as scapegoats to cover up militant attacks. ANI

Assam student body protests handing over state land to Bangladesh
The All Assam Students Union (AASU) has protested the recent agreement to hand over Indian land to Bangladesh. ANI


PDP legislator denies secessionist ideas in proposed constitutional Bill
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Nizam-ud-din Bhat, who has been accused of introducing a constitutional amendment Bill with glimpses of secessionist ideas, has denied the allegation, and said that Jammu and Kashmir legislators must be free to propose amendments for the benefit of the people of the state. ANI

Seven militants surrender in Assam
At least seven hardcore militants, six from Arunachal Naga Liberation Front (ANLF) and one from NSCN (Khaplang) laid down their arms before the security forces here on Thursday. ANI

Mukherjee to preside over EGoM on LPG prices
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will preside over an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) meeting on Friday afternoon to consider limiting supply of subsidised LPG cylinders to four to six per household in a year. ANI

Lauren-Jyoti Receives EPC Contract Award for 50 Mw Concentrated Solar Power Plant
Lauren-Jyoti, a Joint Venture of Lauren Engineers and Constructors and Jyoti Power Structures, recently signed an EPC contract with Godawari Green Energy Ltd., a division of Godawari Power and Ispat Limited, for the Design, Procurement and Construction of a 50 MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) facility located in Rajasthan, India Business Wire India to Catalyse Growth for SMEs at Engineering Expo 2011
-- Series of six events to be held, starting from Rudrapur -- Focus on growing engineering industry -- Bring latest technologies & trends in the sector to MSMEs -- Over 150 exhibitors and 15000 visitors expected at the event in Rudrapur Spotting great opportunity for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the engineering industry, IndiaMART Business Wire India

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