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Will the UPA get a new ally or a new Prime Minister?
The headache for the beleaguered UPA coalition government aggravated again on Wednesday when the chief of its key ally Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee rejected Pranab Mukherjee's candidature for the prestigious post of Indian President. ANI

BJP pulls up Congress for playing religion-based politics
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government for playing religion-based politics, and accused it of cheating the common man of the country. ANI

BJP slams UPA over failure to boost economic investment
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday took potshots at the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for its failure to boost economic investment in the country. ANI

Muslim clerics fume after SC rejects 4.5 percent sub-quota for minorities
Muslim clerics on Wednesday denounced the Supreme Court's decision to reject the Central Government's plea of providing 4.5 percent sub-quota for minorities on the basis of religion in central educational institutions out of 27 percent reservation for OBCs. ANI

Nitish slams Centre after SC questions decision on minority sub-quota
With the Supreme Court questioning the decision to give 4.5 percent sub-quota for minorities on the basis of religion in central educational institutions out of 27 percent reservation for OBCs, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday charged the Central Government of deceiving the people of the country by making false assurances. ANI

Mamata, Mulayam throw political googly, reject Congress's presidential candidate
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who met Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav here on Wednesday evening to discuss the presidential candidate, came out with the names of former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee as the apt candidates for the coveted post. ANI

BJP slams Congress, accuses it of "unconstitutional" vote-bank politics
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday accused the ruling Congress Party of indulging in "unconstitutional" vote bank politics, and misleading the socially underprivileged classes. ANI

Kudankulam plant to be operational soon, says V Narayansamy
Minister of State (MoS) at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V Narayanasamy said on Wednesday that Kudankulam plant would soon become operational after enriched uranium is loaded into the reactor. ANI

India asks Iran to cooperate with IAEA
India has asked Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to restore the international community's confidence that its nuclear programme is peaceful in nature. ANI

Sonia proposes Mukherjee as prez candidate; Mamata demurs
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who met Congress President Sonia Gandhi here on Wednesday to discuss possible candidates for president, said the Congress Party's first choice for the coveted post is Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. ANI

Protests against infant deaths in Srinagar
A demonstration against the rising number of infant deaths and lack of medical facilities was held here on Wednesday. ANI

Indian Navy's Pan 'IOR' Operations demonstrate reach of India's maritime diplomacy
Four ships of the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet entered Shanghai today on a four-day port visit, thereby demonstrating the reach of India's maritime diplomacy. ANI

Meeting of committee of eminent freedom fighters in Dehradun tomorrow
A meeting of the committee of eminent freedom fighters would be held in Dehradun on Thursday under the chairmanship of Minister of State for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh. ANI

Police interrogates arrested Chinese nationals
Police in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, on Wednesday interrogated the eight Chinese nationals arrested earlier in the day for violation of visa and work laws. ANI

Baba Ramdev wants president as per nation's liking
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday expressed his warm greetings to all the proposed candidates being considered for the coveted post of President of India, saying the honour of the nation is attached to it. ANI

Mamata vehemently denies linking aid to West Bengal with presidential polls
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday rubbished reports that she has been demanding for a financial package for her state in return for joining hands with the UPA over its presidential candidate. ANI

Nithyananda surrenders to Karnataka court, placed in judicial custody for a day
Self styled godman Swami Nithyananda surrendered before a local court here on Wednesday, and has been placed in judicial custody for a day. ANI

Aiyar lashes out at Azim Premji, Murthy for expressing distrust in govt.
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Wednesday lashed out at Wipro Chairman Azim Premji and Infosys Technologies founder N R Narayana Murthy for distrusting the policies of the government. ANI

Uphaar tragedy still fresh in minds of affected families after 15 yrs
The tragic Uphaar cinema incident observed its 15th anniversary on Wednesday, even as justice continues to elude the relatives and families of its victims. ANI

PM condoles passing away of Mehdi Hassan
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has expressed deep grief over the passing away of noted ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan. ANI

16-coach science exhibition train currently touring in north-eastern states
A 16-coach science exhibition train is currently touring north-eastern states to disseminate information on various scientific explanations and developments in the country, particularly to school students. ANI

Race to Raisina Hill: CPI for consensus on presidential candidate
Amid fresh speculations that former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee's name is being considered among those in the race to Raisina Hill, Communist Party of India (CPI) lawmaker D. Raja on Wednesday did not endorse Chatterjee's name, but emphasized the 'need for consensus' for someone to be chosen as the President. ANI

Police launch search operations for Nityananda in Bengaluru
Bengaluru Police searched the hermitage of self claimed godman Swami Nityananda and has launched an operation to arrest him. ANI

Cyrus Mistry meets Naveen Patnaik in Odisha
Tata Group Chairman designate Cyrus Mistry met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here, with a motive to discuss the progress of the six million-tonne plant in the state. ANI

Russia downplays downgrade threat to India
Russian Ambassador Alexander M Kadakin has downplayed the Standard and Poor's report on India's possible downgrade, calling India a "prospering and growing" country. ANI

CBI conduct raids in premises of 2 MLAs , relatives of Jharkhand legislators
The Central Bureau of Investigation conducted raids in the premises of two independent MLAs and relatives of several legislators with allegations of horse-trading during the March 30 Rajya Sabha elections. ANI

Minority sub quota: Blow to Centre as SC rejects stay plea
Landing a fresh blow to Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the latter's plea to seek a stay over 4.5 percent sub quota for minorities, here on Wednesday. ANI

UP Lokayukta recommends probe against ex-sports minister
The Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh Justice N.K. Mehrotra has recommended an independent inquiry into the disproportionate assets of Ayodhya Prasad Pal, a former sports minister in the Mayawati government. ANI

Major fire at paper mill in Amritsar, army called in for help
Fire fighters continue to struggle with a fire that engulfed Khanna Paper Mill here. ANI

Minority sub quota: SC to hear Centre's petition today
The Supreme Court (SC) will hear the Centre's plea over the 4.5 percent sub quota for minorities, here on Wednesday, after the government presented "relevant" data before the apex court on Tuesday, that formed the basis of creating such a quota. ANI

Krishna Tirath highlights ICDS, multi-sectoral programmes to fight malnutrition
Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath has highlighted the contribution of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and the multi-sectoral programmes of the Government of India in fighting malnutrition in the country. ANI

Chidambaram to visit Ahmedabad today
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will lead a team of union ministers on a visit to Ahmedabad on Wednesday as part of the UPA Government's outreach programme. ANI

Arrest me if I am anti-national, Anna Hazare tells government
Veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare has slammed the central government for alleging that his movement is foreign-funded, saying that if the government perceived him as anti-national, it had the means to arrest him. ANI

Race to Raisina Hill: All eyes on Sonia- Mamata meet
With the race to Raisina Hill entering in its final lap, all eyes are on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee here this evening, even as the ruling UPA works towards building a consensus on its candidate for president. ANI Launches its Own Unique Loyalty Program, the leader in the Indian online fashion & luxury space, launches its own unique loyalty program. Now you can earn points every time you shop online. Additionally, get bonus points for referring friends to sign up for the program. On becoming a member, you get a welcome gift of 50 bonus points from Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems ties up with DT Cinemas for Summer Fun
HCL Infosystems Ltd., India’s premier Hardware, Services and ICT System Integration Company and DT cinemas, wholly owned subsidiary of the DLF group has come up with an innovative offer, to make summer break a fun and engaging time for school students in the Delhi NCR region Business Wire India

Launches 65th ‘Canon Image Square’ Along with New Hyderabad Office
-- 65th Canon Image Store launched in Hyderabad -- Sets up exclusive specialty brand store for consumer digital imaging range -- Plans close to 100 stores across 35 cities in South India by 2015 Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No 1. Complete Digital Imaging Company has launched its 65th Canon Image Store (CIS) along with a new office in Hyderabad Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Grants Al Jazeera Sport Rights to Broadcast first ever LIVE Cricket Content
ESPN STAR Sports, the exclusive Asian rights holder for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) domestic and home international matches, has announced an agreement with Al Jazeera Sport for the television broadcast rights of the Friends Life Twenty20 2012 Business Wire India

Marvel Realtor’s Green Initiative, ‘Plant a Tree Campaign’ Receives Tremendous Response Across India
An innovative tree-plantation drive started by Marvel Realtors - (Pune’s most widely recognized premium green developer) on June 5th, 2012 in order to make surrounding environment greener and sustainable has been successfully completed today. Through this endeavor, over 10,000 trees were planted during a campaign of seven days in various parts of Pune Business Wire India

Banyan Tree Infomedia LLP Launches iflowerstoindia
The latest site to roll off the Banyan Tree Infomedia’s assembly line is This site, as the name suggest has something to do with the sending and receiving of flowers all over India. The idea behind the site is that if you need to tell someone that you are thinking of them, then all you have to do is send them some flowers Business Wire India

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