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Anna asks Govt. to focus on Lokpal to avoid further public embarrassment
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on the ruling Congress Party, saying the UPA Government should ensure the enactment of a strong Lokpal Bill to save itself from further public embarrassment. ANI

Digvijay Singh slams Team Anna for suspecting PM's role in coal block allocation
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday hit out at Team Anna for suspecting the role of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in coal block allocation. ANI

Digvijay Singh mocks Gadkari for touching Ramdev's feet
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday taunted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari for touching the feet of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, saying that it was not a meeting between a politician and a spiritual leader, but that of two influential businessmen. ANI

Lalu demands CBI probe into Ranvir Sena chief's killing
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday called for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the killing of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh alias 'Mukhiya'. ANI

Monsoon hits Kerala coast
The annual southwest monsoon, considered the key to agriculture, hit Kerala coast on Tuesday thereby bringing much-needed relief to the farming community. ANI

FM to inaugurate DRATS chairpersons, DRTs presiding officers conference tomorrow
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the conference of the chairpersons of Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunals (DRATs) and presiding officers of Debts Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) here on Wednesday. ANI

YSR Congress feels Congress leaders' statements incoherent
YSR Congress Party on Tuesday said the speeches of Congress leaders displayed a sense of frustration and fear of defeat in the June 12 by-polls. ANI

Gehlot meets with Jaiswal, discusses coal allotments for Rajasthan power projects
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Tuesday and requested the government to allot coal linkages for power projects in his state. ANI

Rift in BJP over posters hailing ex-national executive member Sanjay Joshi
Illustrated posters of Sanjay Joshi, the former national executive member of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), hailing him at many places across Gujarat and elsewhere in the country, including New Delhi, accentuated the internal rift within the party on Tuesday. ANI

President Patil felicitates winner of 'Roshni' logo competition
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil felicitated master Robin Singh of Class 9 from Kendriya Vidyalaya Border Security Force (BSF) school at Bandipore in Jammu and Kashmir at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Tuesday. ANI

US Defence Secretary meets Manmohan Singh in Delhi
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who is presently on a two-day visit to India as part of his weeklong Asia tour to explain a new U.S. military strategy to allies and partners in the region, met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday to further deepen defence ties with New Delhi. ANI

UP CM Akhilesh confident of wife Dimple winning Kannauj by-poll
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who has represented the Kannauj seat thrice, on Tuesday expressed confidence that the people of this parliamentary constituency would give his wife, Dimple Yadav, victory in the by-election scheduled to be held on June 24. ANI

Sibal says proposed CET will end capitation fee process in colleges
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday hailed the proposed Common Entrance Test (CET) for engineering courses from 2013, saying this would put an end to the capitation fee process in various colleges. ANI

Congress indulging in reckless criticism of opposition for articulating Govt.'s inefficiencies: BJP
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday accused the Congress of indulging in reckless criticism of the opposition because it was articulating the government's inefficiencies. ANI

Marathons, tree planting drives, seminars mark World Environment Day in India
Green marathons, tree plantation drives, seminars, on-the-spot painting competitions marked World Environment Day in India on Tuesday. ANI

India, Japan to conduct first ever naval exercise
The Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force will conduct their first ever bilateral exercise during the visit of four Indian Navy ships to Japan from June 5 to 9 as part of the scheduled Overseas Fleet Deployment. ANI

BJP empathizes with Jayalalithaa, charges UPA of discrimination
Accusing the UPA Government of discriminating against the non-Congress state governments, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday expressed compassion for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa over her disappointment with the Centre's annual economic package for her state. ANI

Customs officials arrest smuggler at IGI Airport
Air Customs Officers have arrested one person for attempting to smuggle electronic goods through the Green Channel at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). ANI

Congress condemns Modi's derogatory remarks on Indira Gandhi
The Congress Party on Tuesday lashed out at Gujarat Chief Narendra Modi for passing derogatory comments on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. ANI

WB civic body polls: Trinamool Congress bags four seats
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday won elections in four civic bodies, while Left Front retained power in one and the Congress in one Notified Area Authority. ANI

Authorities stage para-Olympic event for specially-abled children in Shimla
Authorities in Shimla organised a para-Olympic event for specially-abled children with an aim of boosting their self-confidence and helping them become a part of mainstream society. ANI

VHP activists protest in Jammu over shortened duration of Amarnath pilgrimage
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) protested on Tuesday in Jammu against the state government's decision of curtailing the period of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage. ANI

Vice-Admiral D.K.Joshi to be next Navy Chief
The government has appointed Vice Admiral D.K. Joshi, presently Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Western Naval Command, as the next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from the afternoon of August 31, 2012. ANI

Bhopal Gas tragedy: Centre taking steps to remove Carbide factory toxic waste, says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who is heading the Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into the Bhopal Gas tragedy, on Tuesday said the Central Government is taking all possible steps to remove the toxic waste lying in the defunct Union Carbide factory premises at Bhopal. ANI

Science Express flagged from Delhi on World Environment Day
In an endeavor to highlight the multifaceted dimension of biodiversity, a special train named 'Science Express - Biodiversity Special' was flagged off from here on Tuesday on the occasion of World Environment Day. ANI

President Patil asks students of Kashmir to place nation first in all activities
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who met a group of around 30 students from Kandi Bowl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara District at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Tuesday, urged them to place the nation first in all activities that they undertake. ANI

Sikkim farmers learn trout farming techniques at Srinagar workshop
Fish farmers from Sikkim are attending a weeklong workshop on trout farming in Srinagar to learn the new techniques of fish farming. ANI

India, US to hold defence talks
The ongoing defence co-operation and regional security situation will figure prominently during a discussion that U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will have with Defence Minister A.K. Antony here. ANI

US Defense Secretary Panetta in India, to discuss next steps in bilateral defence ties
United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in India on Tuesday for talks focusing on Washington's strategic shift towards Asia, even as American officials eye New Delhi as a potentially pivotal partner. ANI

Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple files nomination for Kannuj by-polls(Update)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple Yadav on Tuesday field her nomination papers for Kannauj by-polls. ANI

Krishna leaves for China to attend SCO summit
External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna left for China on a three-day visit beginning today to attend the 12th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Beijing. ANI

Coimbatore house owner claims she has tree bearing record breaking 5000 coconuts
A house owner in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, has claimed that a coconut tree located at the back has delivered a record breaking 5000 coconuts. ANI

CRPF set up camps in Maoist affected villages of Jharkhand
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has set up camps in Maoist infested villages of Jharkhand to combat left wing extremism and bridge the gap between villagers and security personnel. ANI

Mumbai Police raid a bar; detain 11 girls and two bar employees
Mumbai Police raided a bar serving illegal liquor and detained 11 girls, alleged to be a part of immoral trafficking, and two bar employees. ANI

Fire spreads in Nowshera forest area, destroys flora and fauna
A fire engulfed a forest area in Nowshera in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to the destruction of flora and fauna. ANI

Fire engulfs rubber factory in Kanpur
A fire broke out in a rubber factory here on Tuesday. ANI

Gaya District nixing Maoist threat with intensive rural development, better irrigation
Authorities in Bihar's Gaya District have launched a series of intensive development schemes to counter the penetration of Maoists in rural pockets. ANI

Manmohan Singh lacks vision to run country: Modi
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh lacks both vision and gumption to run the country. ANI

Congress not to field candidate against SP's Dimple Yadav in Kannauj by-polls
The Congress has decided not to field its candidate in the Kannauj by-polls against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple Yadav. ANI

Chidambaram meets Bhopal gas tragedy victims
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who is heading the Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into the Bhopal Gas tragedy, met both victims and activists here today. ANI

Sibal calls for reform in polytechnic institutes
Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal has called for reforms in polytechnic institutes to prepare the country for double-digit growth. ANI

Aliens Group Kick Starts their ‘GO GREEN’ Campaign on World Environment Day
Commemorating the 40th World Environment Day, the Aliens Group Hyderabad, one of the most prestigious real estate developers in India, is undertaking several green initiatives this year. As an eco-conscious company, we are planning implementing initiatives both within and outside the company Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan and Fire and Safety Association of India come together to host ‘Indian Fire, Security, and Integration Summit 2012’
The Fire, Security and Integrated Building Management Systems markets shall witness a first-of-its-kind event coming up in June 2012, when Frost & Sullivan along with Fire and Safety Association of India (FSAI) hosts the ‘Indian Fire, Security, and Integration Summit 2012’ (IFSAI Summit 2012) Business Wire India’s Digital Magazine in New Avatar - Style E-Zine
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Marvel Realtors Launches ‘Plant a Tree’ at the Click of a Mouse
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Dell Rolls Out its Free Consumer Laptop Battery Recycling Program across India
Dell today launched its Free Consumer Laptop Battery Recycling Program for its consumers across all major metros and tier 1 cities in India. The Program will now be available at every participating Dell retailer outlet from today, June 05, 2012, in an effort to increase awareness and participation from consumers on recycling E-waste in India Business Wire India

GlobalOutlook Appoints Global CEO
GlobalOutlook, a leading secure cloud-based Business Communication Service provider today announced the appointment of Prabhakar Reddy as their Global CEO. The appointment follows the February announcement by Naya Ventures that the fund would be committing additional funds to expand the management team and grow the company’s international customer base Business Wire India Launches Trip Planner - An Industry First, India’s leading travel search engine, today announced the launch of “Trip Planner” -, a first-of-its-kind product for trip planning and travel research Business Wire India

MAIT Calls for Urgent Intervention from Government to Save Indian IT Hardware Industry
-- Rupee devaluation is bleeding the industry daily during last 90 days -- Urges inclusion of Exchange Rate Variation (ERV) clause concept -- Requests for revision in current contracts & tenders Business Wire India

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