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Intense heat wave in Amritsar leads to water and power crisis
Residents of Amritsar are facing an acute shortage of water and electricity due to the heat wave. ANI

India asks Pakistan to release Sarabjit on humanitarian grounds
Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Wednesday requested the Pakistan Government to release death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh on humanitarian grounds. ANI

Nine girls, sixteen persons detained in a Mumbai bar raid
Mumbai police have detained nine girls and sixteen other persons, including four staff members of the bar, for their alleged involvement in the flesh trade during a raid here. ANI

Assam Riffles contingent leaves for Haiti
The third contingent of Assam Riffles, comprising ten officers and 150 men, left New Delhi for Haiti today. ANI

Health initiatives in flood affected Bihar
It is that time of the year again, when people in the north Indian plains wait anxiously for the rains to escape the trials of the unbearable Indian summer. The family of Ramdev Safi in Bisphi Block of Madhubani District, Bihar, is waiting too, but with dread and fear: for the water monster, they are sure, will strike again. ANI

Archers return home after booking their berth for Olympics
Indian men's archery team returned home on Wednesday from Odgen, United States after reserving their berth in the upcoming London Olympics. ANI

Team selection based on merit, says AITA
A day after Sania Mirza accused it of chauvinism, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Wednesday said the selection of teams for the London Olympics is purely on the basis of merit. ANI

Centre forms National Monitoring Committee for lower castes
The government, on Wednesday, constituted the National Monitoring Committee for Education with an aim to deal with the issues and problems of the lower castes and the specially abled. ANI

Pranab, Sangma to file nominations for presidential polls on Thursday
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA's) presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee and the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA's) contestant P.A. Sangma will file their respective nominations for the presidential polls on Thursday. ANI

Delayed monsoon troubles farmers in Tripura
A delay in the arrival of the monsoon is troubling Tripura's pineapple growers, as the price of the fruit has shot up in comparison to previous years. ANI

Moily rubbishes rating agencies downgrading of India
Global agencies monitoring various countries' economies and banking norms should redesign their assessment parameters and not arbitrarily come to conclusions like what they have passed on India, Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily said on Wednesday. ANI

Manmohan Singh takes stock of Indian economy
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, took stock of the economy here on Wednesday along with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and PMEAC chairman C. Rangarajan. ANI

BJP pulls up Centre, says 'u-turn on Sarabjit unacceptable'
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday took potshots at the External Affairs Ministry for coming up with a reaction on the Sarabjit Singh case 18 hours after Pakistan's twist, and said New Delhi should ask Islamabad to review the former's case in all fairness. ANI

Pakistan's midnight flip not linked to Jundal's arrest: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said Pakistan's decision to release Surjeet Singh and not Sarabjit Singh has no connection with the arrest of 26/11 handler Abu Jundal. ANI

Bus falls off flyover in Chennai, 30 injured
At least 30 people were injured when a Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus fell off Gemini flyover on the arterial Anna Salai here on Wednesday. ANI

'State actors supported 26/11 massacre': Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said India has got enough information that there was state support for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

Manmohan Singh takes additional charge of Finance Ministry
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has taken charge of the Finance Ministry after Pranab Mukherjee resigned to contest the presidential poll. ANI

Sarabjit Singh's family shocked at confusion created by Pakistan
Sarabjit Singh's family has expressed shock at the confusion created by the Pakistan Government after reports emerged that the authorities had decided to release him, but later clarified that they had taken steps to release another Indian prisoner named Surjeet Singh. ANI

One killed, twelve policemen hurt in Maoist attack in Dhanbad
Maoists attacked a police patrolling team in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, causing one death and critical injuries to twelve others. ANI

Surjeet Singh's family in Punjab delighted to hear of his release
Celebrations began at Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh's hometown here after Pakistani authorities announced that they were taking steps for his release from prison after a long gap of 30 years. ANI

Police arrest seven Maoists, recover arms in Ranchi
Jharkhand Police has arrested seven Maoists and recovered a huge arms and ammunition cache from their hideout near here. ANI

Krishna asks Pakistan to take sympathetic, humanitarian view in Sarabjit Singh case
With Islamabad clarifying that that authorities had taken steps for the release of another Indian prisoner named Surjeet Singh, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday said that he welcomes the decision, but added that New Delhi has consistently urged the Government of Pakistan on several occasions to take a sympathetic and humanitarian view in the case of Sarabjit Singh. ANI

Sangma's son thanks Patnaik for proposing his father's name
Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma's son Conrad Sangma has expressed his gratitude to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for lending support to his father. ANI

Crucial meeting on IIT common entrance test today
Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal will meet the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Directors here today to bring an end to the ongoing row over conducting a common entrance exam. ANI

Max New York Life Insurance, the largest non-bank private life insurer, today announced the completion of its 26% stake transfer to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd., a MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Business Wire India

Myntra Hosts its First Annual Brand Meet 2012 - ‘Brick and Click of Fashion’, in a first of its kind initiative, organised a Brand Meet aptly titled ‘Brick and click of Fashion’ on 22nd June 2012 at their campus in Bangalore Business Wire India

Max New York Life to be Named MAX LIFE INSURANCE
Max New York Life Insurance, the largest non bank promoted private life insurer today announced the completion of 26% of its stake transfer to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd. a MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Business Wire India

Belkin Launches Bluetooth Keyboard for Ipad/Android Tablets
Belkin India, a leading provider of interconnectivity solutions across computing and consumer electronic devices, announced the launch of the YourType™ Bluetooth keyboard .The sleek and stylish keyboard is available in two different variants for the Android Tablets and Apple iPads. The Bluetooth keyboard is designed to facilitate a convenient typing experience on at home, in office and on the go Business Wire India

Astonia Royale New Ambegaon Residential Project Launch by Amit Enterprises Located at Pune, Ambegaon Pune Property
Amit Enterprises launch new township project Astonia Royale located at Ambegaon Pune. Astonia Royale is meticulously planned 2 BHK and 3 BHK Luxurious Apartments with more than 2 lacs sq ft of landscaping around the premises. Internationally acclaimed architects ONG & ONG of Singapore lend a touch of class to the project which is perfect expression of design and space Business Wire India

Software AG: New Business Solutions Support Rapid Introduction of Innovative Business Models within Organizations
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Parallels Plesk Panel 11 Adds Over 80 Features and Improvements, Including Faster Web Site Performance, New Web Presence Builder and Free Support Options
Parallels (, a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and desktop virtualization, today officially launched Parallels® Plesk® Panel® 11, the newest version of its market-leading hosting control panel software. The over 80 improvements in Parallels Plesk Panel 11 are based on customer feedback and Parallels’ vision for the hosting and cloud industries Business Wire India

DBS Bank India Reports Record Revenues and Profits for Fiscal 2011-12
DBS Bank India today declared its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2012. Announcing the results, Sanjiv Bhasin, GM & CEO, DBS Bank India, said: “We registered encouraging growth with a disciplined execution of our strategy and prudent risk management. Our performance was broad-based with growth across all business lines Business Wire India

The Hospitality Management Program 2012 from Cornell University and Sathguru Completes Successfully
The hospitality industry in emerging economies has come a long way since the time it catered to a relatively small number of tourists seeking to imbibe the exotic. Today it caters to a significant number of business travelers, and is host to delegates of international conferences Business Wire India

Annik is now CMMI-SVC+SSD Certified
Annik Technology Services Pvt. Ltd., a leading knowledge services company (headquartered in Gurgaon) has achieved a major milestone in getting CMMI Level 3 Certification. Annik is the first company in India and fifth in the world to be certified on CMMI SVC + SSD model v1.3 . This certification is given to companies who use defined process for managing work Business Wire India

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