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Muslim cleric backs Modi's fast, accuses Congress of fooling people
The chairman of Gujarat Haj Committee, Sufi Bawa, who visited Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the final day of his fast here today accused the ruling Congress Party of trying to fool Muslims with their fake sentiments of harmony and love since the past 55 years. ANI

Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Patil resigns
Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Shivaraj V. Patil resigned from his post today following the controversy over allotment of housing sites for him and his wife. ANI

Sushma terms appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat a breach of constitution
Terming the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat to be a breach of constitution, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, on Monday said Chief Minister Narendra Modi was not even asked on the matter. ANI

Ulama Council activists demand CBI probe into Batla House encounter
Muslim clerics belonging to the Rashtriya Ulama Council led a demonstration here demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Batla House encounter on its third anniversary on Monday. ANI

J-K hosts rafting event to boost adventure tourism
Jammu and Kashmir Government hosted a rafting marathon on Sunday with an aim to boost adventure tourism in the state. ANI

Patil asks students to apply knowledge in a practical, constructive manner
Stating that the achievements of 21st century education will be defined by teaching methodologies that make the students creative thinkers, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said the students should know how to apply the knowledge that they have learnt in school in a practical and constructive manner in today's world. ANI

President Patil visits Ajmer dargah
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday visited the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti here today. ANI

Modi solely responsible for eradication of harmony from Gujarat: Paswan
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday criticised Narendra Modi's fast under 'Sadbhavana Mission', and said that the Gujarat Chief Minister was solely responsible for the eradication of harmony from the state. ANI

Russia assures Koodankulam safe, says protests " unfortunate"
Responding to the ongoing protests in Tamil Nadu and Chief Minister Jayalalitha's letter to Prime Minister in which she asked him to halt work at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project till the fears of the people in the area are allayed, Russia has said that protests in Tamil Nadu against the project is 'unfortunate'. ANI

Narendra Modi ends three-day fast
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi ended his three-day fast for peace, unity and harmony under 'under 'Sadbhavana Mission' here on Monday evening. ANI

JD (U) will comment on Modi's PM candidature only after BJP's announcement: Nitish
In the wake of reports that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is tipped to be the candidate for the Prime Minister's post in the next general elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that his party Janata Dal-United will comment on the issue only after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formally announces it. ANI

Rain, landslides hamper search for earthquake survivors: Onkar Kedia
Home Ministry spokesman Onkar Kedia on Monday said that persistent rain and landslides hampered search for survivors in Sikkim, the epicentre of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit certain parts of the country. ANI

Manmohan Singh sanctions ex-gratia for earthquake victims
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. two lakh each from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the next of kin of persons deceased and Rs. one lakh each to those who were injured in Sunday's earthquake. ANI

Govt. initiates women's empowerment programme in Coimbatore
The Ministry of Textiles has initiated a unique programme to provide women with an opportunity to become self-sufficient. ANI

Monks in Bodh Gaya pray for earthquake victims
Buddhist monks in Bodh Gaya performed special prayers for quake victims as death toll rose to 26 from across areas surrounding India-Nepal border on Monday. ANI

Situation in quake- hit Sikkim under control, says Home Secretary R. K. Singh(Re-issue)
Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh on Monday said the Centre is in touch with the Sikkim Government and the rescue operations in quake -hit areas are continuing. ANI

Oman envoy meets SM Krishna
Ahmed Bin Yusuf Al Harthy, Under-Secretary of Foreign Ministry Oman, met External Affairs Minister SM Krishna here today. ANI

Tributes paid to German missionary Herman Mogling
A large number of Kannada writers, artists, professors and academicians here today paid tributes to a distinguished German missionary who worked for the progress of Kannada language and literature, Dr. Herman Mogling on his 200th birthday. ANI

Will support Modi for Prime Minster's job: Raj Thackeray
Lauding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his three-day fast for promoting communal harmony, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday said he would support Modi's bid for becoming Prime Minister. ANI

Congress leader Digvijay Singh takes a dig at Modi
Taking a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his ongoing 'harmony fast', senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said that he was glad that Modi has embraced the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi instead of Guru Golwalkar. ANI

Venkaiah Naidu lauds Modi for fostering development
Lauding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his three-day fast for promoting communal harmony, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M Venkaiah Naidu has said the latter's move bears testimony to his genuine concern for the state that is forging ahead on a development path. ANI

Muslim cleric slams Modi for his three-day fast
Maulana Abul Qasim Banarasi, the Vice-Chancellor of the Darul Uloom Deoband Islamic University, has slammed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his three-day fast to promote communal harmony, and said that he does not have a genuine concern for communal amity. ANI

Jharkhand bus mishap: Munda visits victims at hospital
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Monday visited victims of a bus accident, which took place near Bundu, about 50 km from Ranchi. ANI

Fitho and Reebok help you train for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2011
Fitho in collaboration with Reebok has started a free marathon training program, called the Reebok Running Squad, that helps people train for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon events- 21 km half marathon as well as the 6k Fun Run. The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is on Nov 27, 2011. More than 600 people have signed up for the program which Business Wire India

Haier Marks up the Spirited Celebrations this Festive Season
-- Announces its unique promotions with ‘Haier Lao Kismat Chamkao’ offer -- Ushers in prizes worth more than Rs. 4.0 crore and a jackpot worth Rs. 2.85 Lakh -- Assured gifts on Haier products, adding zing to the celebrations Haier, one of the largest Home Appliances & Consumer Electronics brand, globally, and world’s No Business Wire India

Ramadorai calls for Larger Role for Sector Skills Councils at FICCI Global Skills Submit
Quality, quantity, relevance, systemic reforms and efficient delivery mechanisms are the key issues for India to tackle if it aspires to create 500 million skilled people by 2022 Business Wire India

FICCI-E&Y Paper Calls for Focus on Improving Quality, Building a brand and Spreading Awareness, enhancing accessibility and Increasing Affordability
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Live Media releases extracts of IMRB Study: Indicates a noticeable Shift in People towards out-of-home Activities
LiveMedia today released extracts of a study done for it by IMRB last year which shows that people are spending increasing amount of their time out-of-home especially in places like Restaurants, Cafeterias, Gymns and Salons Business Wire India

CA Technologies Appoints Tarun Singhal as Director of Communications Service Providers, India & SAARC
CA Technologies, (NASDAQ: CA) announced the appointment of IT and telecoms veteran, Tarun Singhal, to the post of Director of Communications Service Provider, India and SAARC countries. In his new capacity, Tarun will drive the go-to-market strategy for CA Technologies to target the rapidly-growing telecom and Converged Services Platform (CSP) industry Business Wire India

Happy Hens Farm is First Indian Egg Producer to Label Eggs “Free Range”
Humane Society International praised Happy Hens Farm for helping egg consumers make more animal welfare friendly choices by becoming the first Indian producer to label its eggs as “free-range,” as an indication of their hens’ high welfare and space allowances Business Wire India

Tejas Networks CEO & MD, Mr. Sanjay Nayak Wins ELCINA – EFY 'Electronics Man of the Year' Award
Tejas Networks, a leader in next-generation optical networking products, announced today that Mr. Sanjay Nayak, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, has been awarded the ‘Electronics Man of the Year’ Award for 2010-11 by ELCINA, Electronic Industries Association of India. Mr. Sanjay Nayak received the award from Dr. R Business Wire India

PVR bluO marks its debut in the Capital City with the Launch of its Second Center
PVR bluO, India’s popular bowling center today announced the launch of its second and largest centre with 26 lanes at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj. With its 26 lanes of cosmic bowling, state of the art ambience, multi -cuisine menu, lounges, tattoo studio and private karaoke lounge, PVR bluO, Vasant Kunj will be spread across an area of 50,000 square feet super area Business Wire India

Germany, India deepen cooperation in Skills Development
Vocational training is a key area in the Indo-German bilateral collaboration. With a view to further expand the cooperation in this field; Germany is participating at the 4th Global Skills Summit on 15th and 16th September in New Delhi. The event is being organized by Federation of Indian chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of Labour & Employment Business Wire India

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