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Economy to lift itself from October, predicts Kaushik Basu
India's economy is expected to bounce back from October onwards, Chief Economic Adviser Kaushik Basu said on Friday. ANI

Swami Agnivesh calls for judicial probe in Maoist encounter
Social activist and Maoist sympathiser Swami Agnivesh has called for a judicial probe into gunbattles between security forces and rebels in Chhattisgarh, after the latest exchange of fire. ANI

Fasting Air India pilots seek PM, Sonia's intervention
As the indefinite hunger strike of the Air India pilots entered its sixth day here on Friday, the agitating pilots urged Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to resolve the impasse. ANI

Maoist encounter in Dantewada was a prelude to more violence
The overnight encounter in Dantewada in Chattisgarh prevented a planned attack by Maoists who were mobilising forces in the area. ANI

Karnataka Govt. in fresh crisis, eight ministers resign
Hours after former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's loyalists threatened the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) leadership with resignation by ten ministers, eight ministers resigned from the government, plunging the DV Sadananada Gowda led government into fresh crisis. ANI

Ten Karnataka ministers to resign if Gowda stays CM: Yeddyurappa loyalists
Stepping up their demand to replace Karnataka Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda with Minister of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagdish Shettar, former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's supporters on Friday threatened resignation by ten ministers, if their demand was not met. ANI

Jundal's arrest an "important development" in 26/11 investigations: P. Chidambaram
Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday called the arrest of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative and the alleged 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks handler Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal "an important development as far as the investigation is concerned". ANI

BJP protests power tariff hike in New Delhi
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged mass demonstrations to protest against the recently announced steep hike in power tariff here on Friday. ANI

20 Naxals killed in Chhattisgarh encounter
At least 20 Naxals, including a woman, were killed in a fierce overnight encounter in the dense forests of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. ANI

PETA urges govt. to consider nation-wide ban of use of animals for testing cosmetics
PETA Science Policy Advisor Dr Chaitanya Koduri and Guru S Nair of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee met the Deputy Drug Controller, Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, S. Manivannan, recently, and urged him to consider the possibility of a nation-wide ban onhe use of animals for testing cosmetics. ANI

Sarabjit's family thanks Punjab Govt., Salman Khan for support
Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh's sister, Dalbir Kaur, on Friday thanked the Punjab Government and Bollywood actor Salman Khan for standing by them during this time of crisis by urging the Pakistani Government to let the former return to his motherland. ANI

Maoists must be pressurised to come forward for talks, says G.K.Pillai
Former Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai has urged the need to act tough on the Maoists, saying the ultras need to be "pressurised" into coming forward for discussions and to surrender. ANI

Punjab Assembly passes resolution demanding Sarabjit's release
The Punjab State Assembly on Friday passed a resolution, urging External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, to take up the issue of the release of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, from a Pakistan jail. ANI

ULFA delegation meets Union Home Secretary in Delhi
An United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) delegation, led by its Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, met Union Home Secretary R K Singh here on Friday. ANI

ULFA delegation concerned about illegal immigration: R K Singh
Union Home Secretary R K Singh, who held talks with the ULFA delegation, led by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, here on Friday said the main issue concerning them is of illegal immigration. ANI

Government reconstitutes NAC, makes it a 12-member body
The government on Friday reconstituted the Sonia Gandhi led National Advisory Council (NAC), making it a 12-member body by dropping three members and inducting two new faces. ANI

PM on a two-day visit to Puducherry
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will undertake a two-day visit of Puducherry from this evening. ANI

Patna HC blocks salaries for district magistrates
The Patna High Court has stopped the salaries of four district magistrates till further orders, due to the inordinate delay in payment of dues to a transporter by the Bihar Government officials. ANI

Funds should be found to rehabilitate Uttarakhand disaster victims
Two years ago, Bhor Ram, a resident of Mathoron Village, Bageshwar District in Uttarakhand was left stranded on the remains of his house destroyed by the torrential rains that caused havoc in the remote regions of the state. Till date, Bhor Ram, along with his family, is living in a small cowshed, with little breathing space among the cattle. ANI

U.S District Court lets off Union Carbide, Anderson in Bhopal gas tragedy
In a major jolt to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, a U.S District Court in Manhattan held neither Union Carbide nor its former chairman and chief executive officer Warren Anderson liable for environmental remediation or pollution-related claims. ANI

Home Ministry seeks detailed report on Bijapur firing
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said that a detailed report on the firing between the Maoists and the security forces that took place in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District earlier last night has been sought from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state government. ANI

Dinkar Khullar appointed Indian Ambassador to Belgium
Dinkar Khullar, presently Ambassador of India to Vienna, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Belgium. ANI

Passport Mela to be held at eight passport offices on June 30 and July 1

Abu Jundal's mother claims her son is innocent
Rehana Begum, the mother of Abu Jundal, an alleged conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, has said that her son is innocent and has not been associated with any militant organisation. ANI

16 Naxals killed, two injured in Chhattisgarh encounter
Sixteen Naxals were killed in a fierce encounter with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the jungles of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. ANI

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Steria’s Survey on European Government Leaders Reveals Open Data ‘Critical’ to Reducing Administration Costs
Steria today releases the results of a European-wide qualitative research project which surveyed senior civil servants and public officials in government departments and agencies about their attitudes towards the future of public administration Business Wire India

Petals Wakad New Residential Project Launch by Mittal Agarwal Associates Located at Pune, Wakad Pune Property Bookings Open
Mittal Petals is a splendid venture by Mittal Brothers that promises a captivating lifestyle with extensive lush greenery and connectivity to every important part of the city. Inimitable in its setting, just a stones' throw from the Hinjewadi IT Park, you are treated to all the calmness and the views around are exceptionally breathtaking Business Wire India

Energy Saving Capability Invigorates the Indian Electrical Drives Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan
With energy accounting for 35-40 percent of energy-intensive industries’ production costs, the Government of India is stressing the need for energy efficiency, thereby giving a leg up to the domestic electrical drives market Business Wire India

Xebec Bags Two Silvers at Tag 2012
Xebec Communications, a leading advertising agency in Pune has bagged 2 Silver Awards at the TAG Awards 2012 on 15th June Business Wire India

Dell KACE™ Brings Award-Winning Systems Management Solutions to India
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Siddhartha Upadhyay - Stairs Founder and Secretary General, Visit Stairs Centers in Himachal Pradesh
Mr. Siddhartha Upadhyay, Founder and Secretary General of Stairs, a non-profit organization working towards sports, education and health of underprivileged children, visited the Stairs centers in Himachal Pradesh, where ‘Stairs Khelo Himachal’ the philanthropic endeavor of Stairs is already underway Business Wire India

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