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Mulayam still not sure on presidential candidate
The suspense over presidential candidate continues to mount further as Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has still not fully backed West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee's first choice former president APJ Abdul Kalam for the coveted post. ANI

YSR Congress rejects hike in MSP of paddy
YSR Congress Party on Thursday rejected the proposed hike of Rs 170 in Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy, saying the effective hike was only Rs 90 and the announcement was against the interest of the farmers. ANI

Mamata justifies decision, says Kalam first choice for Prez
As the war of words over the presidential candidate scales up dramatically, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is the first choice for the coveted post. ANI

Prez poll: Crucial UPA meet tomorrow, Mamata to be absent
With no consensus still being achieved over the presidential candidate, the crucial UPA meet will be held here on Friday to decide on the choice for the coveted post of the country. ANI

Nine arrested for violation of Foreigner's Act in Himachal Pradesh: Home Ministry
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday informed that nine people have been arrested for violation of Foreigner's Act in Himachal Pradesh. ANI

Mukul Roy inaugurates TMC's northern zone office at Chandigarh
Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) eneral Secretary Mukul Roy inaugurated the northern zone office of his party at Chandigarh on Thursday. ANI

Suggesting PM's name for President unprecedented: Brinda Karat
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat on Thursday it is unprecedented that the name of sitting Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has been suggested by the UPA's allies for the president's post, and added that this shows the utter lack of principles binding the ruling coalition. ANI

Maoists 'condone' police informers, let them live in
Maoist insurgents have condoned two persons captured by them after trying them at a Kangaroo court at an undisclosed location. . ANI

Gitanjali keen to do well in Russia
Gitanjali, a young gymnast hailing from the city has plans to win laurels at the International Children's Gymnastic Championship in Russia. ANI

Freedom fighters pension to be speedily processed
Minister of State for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh on Thursday said the Union Home Ministry has taken number of steps to ensure transparency and fairness in processing the cases of pension and other facilities to the freedom fighters or their dependents. ANI

Protesting employees clash with police in Srinagar
As the irate employees extended their protest against the state government to the second day, the police resorted to the use of water cannons to disperse them. ANI

UPA to continue consultations on president's election

Cabinet approves proposal for expansion of Civil Air Terminal at Chandigarh Airport
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal of the Ministry of Defence for mutual exchange of 2.50 acres of land between the administration of the Union Territory of Chandigarh and Indian Air Force (IAF) under Ministry of Defence for expansion of the Civil Air Terminal at Chandigarh Airport. ANI

Congress adopting below average approach for Raisina Hills: BJP
Asserting that the President of India should be elected with the consent and agreement of all parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday accused the ruling Congress Party of adopting a below average approach towards the presidential election. ANI

Cabinet hikes in minimum support price of Kharif crops
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today decided to increase the Minimum Support Price for the 2012-13 Kharif season for various foodgrains. ANI

Crime and criminal tracking network project extended up to March 2015
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the extension of duration of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project, scheduled to end on March 31 of this year, March 31, 2015. ANI

Youth workshop to foster culture held in Srinagar
A cultural youth workshop, Jashan-e-Kashmir, was organized here in a bid to promote the culture and heritage of the state among the youth. ANI

Japanese Navy ships call at Kochi
Even as Indian and Japanese Navies completed JIMEX 12, the first ever naval exercise between the two countries, off Tokyo last week, two Japanese navy (Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force- JMSDF) ships-the JDS Murasame and the JDS Harusame-called at Kochi yesterday after completing their four-month-long anti piracy deployment in the Gulf of Aden. ANI

Siachin should not be isolated from Kashmir dispute: Omar Abdullah
The demilitarisation of the Siachen should not be treated separately from the Kashmir dispute, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah advised the Governments of India and Pakistan here on Thursday. ANI

Muslims protest outside Chidambaram's residence
Muslim activists, protesting against the violation of their rights, organised a sit-in protest outside the residence of Home Minister P. Chidambaram here on Thursday. ANI

Prez poll: Biju Janata Dal's support for Sangma continues, says Panda
With the various political outfits adopting a wait-and-watch approach till Congress finalises its name for a presidential candidate, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Jay Panda on Thursday said his party would continue to back former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma for the prestigious post. ANI

JD-U asks UPA to clear its stand on Prez candidate
Expressing surprise over the infighting that is taking place within the UPA over the presidential candidate, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Thursday asked the ruling Congress Party to make its stand clear on the issue. ANI

Trawling ban along Kerala coast begins
Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy has announced a one- and-a-half-month long ban on trawling along the coasts of Kerala. It comes into effect from midnight today. The ban will remain for 47 days till July 31. ANI

Advani meets Jayalalithaa, says NDA meeting tomorrow to discuss Prez poll
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani, who met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa here today, said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will meet tomorrow to discuss their candidates for the presidential elections. ANI

Slum eviction drive turns violent in Cuttack
A slum eviction drive turned violent here after police resorted to baton charge on slum dwellers. ANI

Congress Prez candidate will be decided shortly: Mukherjee
Amid the Congress holding parleys with its senior leaders in the wake of Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Samajwadi Party (SP) stunning the ruling party by proposing three names for the presidential candidate, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said the candidate for the coveted post will be decided shortly. ANI

Congress rejects TMC-SP choices, says Manmohan Singh will remain PM till 2014
Rejecting the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-Samajwadi Party (SP) choices for the President's post, Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi on Thursday said that Manmohan Singh will remain Prime Minister till 2014. ANI

Fire at steel plant in Vizag leaves at least nine dead
At least nine people were killed and 11critically injured, after fire at the recently commissioned oxygen plant in the steel-melting unit of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) here left it completely gutted. ANI

INTACH to host photography competition in Srinagar
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is all set to host a photography competition on the heritage aspect of the city. ANI

Race for President post: DMK leader joins top level Congress huddle at 10 Janpath
DMK leader T.R. Baalu on Thursday joined senior Congress leaders in a meeting with UPA chief Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence, a day after Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee joining hands to reject the candidature of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as president. ANI

Lightning kills five in Jharkhand
Five persons, including a woman and two children died while three were injured when lightning struck them at different places in Dumka, Jharkhand. ANI

Race to Raisina Hill: Pawar for consensus on presidential candidate
Refusing to comment on the names suggested by alliance parties headed by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar has emphasized the 'need for consensus' for someone to be chosen as the President. ANI

24 killed in Gujarat road mishap
Twenty-four people were feared killed after a cement-laden truck, carrying labourers from Gandhidham, overturned in Sanand in Gujarat this morning. ANI

Paswan to support UPA candidate for presidency
Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan has said his party would support any candidate backed by the ruling Congress party. ANI

Presidential Poll: BJP says will reveal its candidate after Congress does
Soon after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh named three candidates for president, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said the Congress Party should announce their candidate for the coveted post, and then they would respond to it. ANI

Presidential Poll: Mukherjee, Antony meet Sonia
A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav put the Congress in a fix by rejecting Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as the first choice candidate for president, Mukherjee and Defence Minister A.K. Antony met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi here today. ANI

CA Technologies Survey Reveals More Than Fifty Percent of Businesses Choose Private Cloud
According to a new survey of North American cloud service providers (CSPs) unveiled today by CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA), more than half reported that their customers are opting for the private cloud services model, while 32 percent are choosing public cloud services. Moreover, these CSPs expect to grow their businesses by 30 percent in 2012 Business Wire India

Sathguru Develops A-Taps For DFK International
Sathguru Management Consultants, a global multi-disciplinary consulting organization with vertical ERP software products to its credit, today announced that its A-Taps smart phone solution successfully implemented for DFK International, London on various mobile platforms like the BlackBerry, i-Phone, Android and Windows Mobile. DFK International (www.dfk Business Wire India

Dorf Ketal Names Daniel NG as President Asia Pacific
Dorf Ketal Chemicals, one of the largest manufacturers of formulation based specialty chemicals to be used in refining, petrochemical & allied industry today announced that Daniel NG has been named as President Asia Pacific Business Wire India Personified by the Blog “Chatur Yatri” commences a brand new concept of a virtual brand ambassador with “Chatur Yatri”. The bloggers on the platform are the 'chatur yatris' or the intelligent travellers who write about their travelling experiences from all over India. This blog is a pan India online travel magazine or travel-e-zine, targeting the youth between 18-30 years of age Business Wire India

Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman of HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation Believes in Good Education that Transforms Lives
Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman of HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation believes that one educated person can transform the lives of almost 10,000 people. Every student in a way inspires his family and then his locality, his peers and eventually his community and more. Education spreads through the concentric cirlces of inspiration, bringing about learning for many people at one given time Business Wire India

Cigniti Announces Strategic Partnership with LEGO® Education for Education Software Testing
Cigniti Technologies announces partnership with LEGO® Education to provide QA services in their Hyderabad facility in their newly established, state-of-the-art, Software Test Lab. This lab will certify next-generation LEGO® Education Software products, which stimulate children’s thought process at an early age Business Wire India

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