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Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves MSP for Kharif Crops for 2012-13
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Tuesday approved the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for 2012-13 season of Kharif crops. ANI

Vice Presidential elections on Aug 7, EC announces poll schedule
The election to the post of Vice President will be held on August 7 and the results will be declared the same day, the Election Commission (EC) announced here on Tuesday. ANI

Mauritius Foreign Minister to visit India tomorrow
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of Mauritius, Dr.Arvind Boolell, will visit India on a four-day trip on Wednesday. ANI

Sharad Yadav meets PM to discuss Bihar power crisis
Janata Dal -United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to discuss allotment of coal blocks to Bihar government for its proposed power projects. ANI

Dalai Lama leads prayer session in Dharamsala
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, led hundreds of monks, nuns and other Tibetans-in-exile as they observed the universal prayer day here on Tuesday. ANI

Kerala to get foodgrains under MSP
Minister of Food and Civil Supplies K.V. Thomas has assured the Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that his ministry would ensure that Kerala is provided food grains under the minimum support price. ANI

North India reels under unprecedented heat wave
A prolonged spell of intense heat wave has gripped north India, forcing authorities to shut schools, even as frequent power cuts and water shortages add to people's woes. ANI

Mukherjee meets Mulayam and Akhilesh; confident of Prez polls
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee met Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here on Tuesday, and said he continues to enjoy the support of various political leaders in the race to Raisina Hill. ANI

Returning officer rejects Team Sangma's demand for scrapping Mukherjee's Prez nomination
Rajya Sabha Secretary General V.K.Agnihotri, who is the returning officer for the July 19 presidential poll, on Tuesday rejected the objection raised by Purno Sangma's election team against UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee's nomination on grounds that he was holding an office of profit when he filed his nomination. ANI

'All sections of society have opportunity to excel in India': PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that all sections of society have the opportunity to excel in India. ANI

Nupur Talwar approaches Supreme Court for bail
Nupur Talwar, accused in the 2008 twin murder of her teenaged daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj, has filed bail application in the Supreme Court, here on Tuesday. ANI

Mulberry fruit processing units create employment opportunities for Kashmir youth
The Department of Agro Industry in Jammu and Kashmir has set up food processing units for the production of Mulberry jams and juices to generate employment for the youth and to prevent the rotting of mulberry fruit. ANI

Assam CM Gogoi thanks PM for central package to tackle floods
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for providing a package of Rs. 500 crore package to tackle the flood situation in the state, which continues to be grim. ANI

Diarrhoea outbreak in Chandigarh leaves over sixty ill
Over sixty residents have reportedly fallen ill in the Vikas Nagar area of the city due to the outbreak of diarrhoea, resulting from contaminated drinking water. ANI

Sharad Pawar allays fears over monsoon delay
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today said that the delay in monsoon is not worrisome and expected the rainfall to be better from next week onwards. ANI

Kashmiri separatist Geelani crosses the line, accuses Centre of creating a state within a state
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the chairman of the hardline faction of the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC), on Tuesday accused the Central Government of trying to create a state within a state by coming up with settlements for Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley, and threatened to agitate against the move to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits. ANI

Bihar BJP leader Sanjay Jha justifies decision to join JD (U)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Bihar, Sanjay Jha, on Tuesday justified his decision to join the Janata Dal (United), saying the latter is an alliance and that he had not gone into some other political party. ANI

Anti-naxal operation: Chhattisgarh CM meets Manmohan Singh
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today in the shadow of the Central Reserve Police Force's (CRPF) June 27-28 anti-naxal operation that left 20 people dead. ANI

Adarsh scam: CBI likely to file chargesheet against accused
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to file itrs charge sheet against the 13 or 14 accused of playing a role in facilitating the Adarsh Housing Society scam that was exposed 17 months ago either on Tuesday or Wednesday, reports said. ANI

'Guru Purnima' celebrations across India
Scores of devotees across India thronged various religious places on Tuesday to celebrate the Hindu festival of 'Guru Purnima' and offered prayers for the well being of their gurus or teachers. ANI

Trinamool to decide on presidential vote three days before election: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that her Trinamool Congress will take a final decision on whether to vote or not to vote in the July 19 presidential elections on July 16. ANI

Baba Ramdev dares Govt. to prove his black money estimates wrong
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has dared the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre to prove his estimate of 400 trillion rupees' worth of black money being stashed in safe havens abroad wrong. ANI

India to raise Jundal's issue during Pak Foreign Secretary's visit
The Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Jalil Abbas Jilani, will arrive here today on a three-day day visit during which he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai. ANI

Karnataka Government resembles 'daily wagers': Moily
In the backdrop of the ongoing turmoil over a demand for a change of leadership in Karnataka, Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerapa Moily has compared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government to daily wagers owing to the instability in its leadership ANI

UN gives Western Ghats world heritage site status
India's Western Ghats have been added to the prestigious list of the United Nation's cultural agency, UNESCO's world heritage sites. ANI

Indian ATM machine fraud gang would fail with such attempts in UK, says expert
Indian fraudsters, who have been arrested in Kerala for stealing money by tricking ATM machines, would not be able to make such attempts in the UK. ANI

Yasin Malik wants Kashmir issue to be prime focus of Indo-Pak talks
The chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Tuesday said that he would like both India and Pakistan to take up the Kashmir issue very seriously so that future generations do not continue to suffer. ANI

Supreme Estado New Baner Apartment Launch by Supreme Universal Group, Baner Pune Apartment Bookings Open
Supreme Estado Pune launched by Supreme Universal Group is a lavishness residential project located in the most demanding city in Pune at Pune – Bangalore Highway, near to Pashankar auto in Baner Business Wire India

Citi India Reports Earnings for the Year Ended March 31, 2012
Citi India reported a strong financial performance for the year ended March 31, 2012. During the period, Profit Before Tax for Citibank N.A. India rose 37% to Rs.3,297 crore in financial year 2011-12 from Rs.2,402 crore in financial year 2010-11. Profit After Tax rose 35% to Rs.1,922 crore from Rs.1,424 crore during the same period. Total assets for Citibank India grew 15% to Rs Business Wire India

Ace Data to Offer “Backup Vault” Cloud Solution to Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
Delhi & NCR-based Ace Data Devices Pvt. Ltd (Ace Data) has entered into an agreement with Indraprastha Medical Corporation Limited (Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals) for providing “Backup Vault” solution for server host applications and database backup.‘Backup Vault’ from Ace Data is a next generation, cloud based backup & recovery solution for Indian businesses Business Wire India

Belkin Launches Screencast AV 4; Ensures a Wireless AV Experience
Belkin India, a leading provider of interconnectivity solutions across computing and consumer electronic devices, announced the launch of the Screencast AV 4, a device that allows the users to connect their Audio Video equipment to their HDTV without the hassle of hiding the clutter of unsightly cables. The Screencast AV 4 enables users to enjoy full HD 1080p resolution and Dolby 5 Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Launches “My Country, My Cheer” Facebook Application for Fans to Shout out their Support for their Country’s Athletes
With just less than a month to go before the world’s biggest sporting event, India sports fans can showcase and share their support for their national athletes with ESPN STAR Sports’ launch of the “My Country, My Cheer” Facebook application. Launched today to welcome the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the application is hosted on www.facebook Business Wire India

Canon’s New Campaign for PIXMA Printers with Anushka Sharma
Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No 1. complete Digital Imaging Company today announced the launch of its new consumer printer campaign around the PIXMA E series, a revolutionary range of home printing solutions. The campaign, ‘Can a printer print love?’ emphasizes on creating awareness around the endless possibilities of printing Business Wire India Revamps its Website, the online leader in the fashion, luxury and lifestyle segment, revamps its website. The new site is a breath of fresh air – for both new and old customers. The website’s trendy new interface with distinguishable categories for women, men, kids and home, make it easier to search exactly what you want Business Wire India

A Different Breed of Financial Portal, Provides Information Bereft of Biases is one of the fastest growing financial information portals in India. Where most financial websites focus on giving ‘calls’, that is putting a Buy/Sell tag with particular stocks (which invariably keeps changing); aims at educating and ‘informing’ its users about the world of investments and finance Business Wire India

APMG Appoints QAI as the First Registered Authorized Training Organization (ATO) for their Portfolio, Program and Project Offices (P3O®)Training in India
QAI (, the leading consulting and workforce development organization, has become APMG’s first Accredited Training Organization (ATO), based out of India for offering P3O® (Portfolio, Program and Project Offices) trainings Business Wire India

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