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Jayalalithaa rewards Vishwanathan Anand with Rs.20 million
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday rewarded the newly crowned world chess champion, Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, with Rs. 20 million. ANI

Kirti Azad opposes legalizing betting in cricket
Former cricketer and Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Kirti Azad, on Wednesday opposed the move to legalise betting in cricket matches. ANI

Mukherjee calls for ideas to expedite unlocking of resources of various banks
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday called upon the Chairpersons of Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunals (DRATs) and Presiding Officers of Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) to suggest ways to expedite the unlocking of resources of various banks locked in the form of Non Performing Assets (NPAs). ANI

U.S. committed to providing best defense technology to India: Leon Panetta
Stressing that the United States is firmly committed to providing the best defense technology possible to India, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday said the two nations are leaders in technology development and can do incredible work together. ANI

Leon Panetta in favour of US and India welcoming strong China
U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday said Washington welcomes the rise of a strong, prosperous and a successful China that plays a greater role in global affairs and respects and enforces the international norms that have governed this region for six decades. ANI

U.S. wants India to support Kabul through trade and investment, says Panetta
Stating that Washington now has an enduring partnership agreement with Afghanistan, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday said that he has urged the Indian leaders to continue with additional support to Kabul through trade and investment, reconstruction, and help for the security forces. ANI

Planning Commission's toilet controversy refuses to be "flushed"
Planning Commission's toilet confessions are refusing to be flushed away, with activists from various quarters coming out with strong reactions to the Commission's confession of having spent a whopping Rs.35 lakh on renovation of two toilets in its office. ANI

BJP will stand with all voices against corruption: Shahnawaz Hussain
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on Wednesday said there is no question of somebody getting closer or far, and added that every single individual having a love for his country is now worried over the prevailing conditions. ANI

Defence Ministry seeks BEML chief's explanation on legal notice to ex-Army Chief
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday categorically denied giving permission to BEML Chairman and Managing Director V.R.S. Natarajan to serve a legal notice for filing a defamation suit against former chief of army staff General (Retired) V.K. Singh. ANI

Sikh bodies honour Beant Singh killer Rajoana's sister
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) felicitated the sister of Balwant Singh Rajoana, the assassin of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh on the twenty-eighth anniversary of the Operation Blue Star of 1984, here on Wednesday. ANI

Air India crisis should be sorted out immediately: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Wednesday said the issues of pilots of Air India should be sorted out immediately. ANI

MoD asks BEML chief to explain issuance of legal notice to General (Retd.) V.K. Singh
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has categorically denied giving permission to Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) CMD VRS Natarajan to serve a legal notice for filing a defamation suit against General (Retd.) V.K. Singh. ANI

Infrastructure gap in Manipur needs to be bridged on priority, says Montek Singh
Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Wednesday met Manipur Chief Minister OIbobi Singh and said that infrastructure gap in the state needs to be bridged on priority. ANI

J -K Chief Justice to be sworn in on Friday
The newly appointed Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court will be sworn in on Friday. ANI

New paediatric hospital to be built in Srinagar
The Jammu and Kashmir Government plans to build a state-of-the-art paediatrics hospital on the outskirts of Srinagar. ANI

Surat Police officials fight stress through laughter therapy
Surat Police recently organised a laughter therapy session for the officials to cope up with stress. ANI

Rajouri residents facing acute water crisis
An acute paucity of water has added to the woes of residents of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, even as the mercury continues to rise. ANI

Railway expansion work disrupted in Jharkhand due to Maoist threat
Maoists in Jharkhand's Lohardaga district have set fire to machines that were being used at an under construction railway expansion project site, and stalled development projects undertaken by the state government. ANI

Leon Panetta assures Antony that US will transfer technology along with sales
US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta responded positively to Defence Minister A.K. Antony's suggestion that India wanted to move beyond the buyer seller transactions and focus on transfer of technologies and partnerships to build indigenous capabilities. ANI

Assamese celebrate 200th birthday of a banyan tree
A group of environmentalists in Assam celebrated the birthday of a 200-year-old tree on the occasion of the World Environment Day on Tuesday. ANI

'Costly'-Rs. 35 lakhs-Planning Commission toilets angers BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government over reports that the Planning Commission has spent Rs. 35 lakhs on renovating two toilets in its office, saying there is an ocean of difference between what the Centre preaches and practices. ANI

Kin of killed Sikh separatists demand justice
Kin of Sikh separatists who were killed during the 1984 Operation Blue Star feel neglected, as authorities in Punjab have not taken steps to rehabilitate them. ANI

Panetta discusses strategic defence ties with Antony
United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met India's Defence Minister A.K. Antony here on Wednesday and reportedly briefed him about the new U.S. military strategy in the Asia Pacific region. ANI

2G case: CBI court allows A Raja to visit Tamil Nadu
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court on Wednesday allowed former Telecom Minister A. Raja to visit Tamil Nadu. ANI

IndiGo flight makes emergency landing in Nagpur following engine failure
An IndiGo flight to Delhi made an emergency landing in Nagpur on Wednesday morning after one of its engines failed. ANI

Air Force version of 'Akash' missile successfully test fired
India today successfully test fired the indigenously developed Air Force version of the surface-to-air 'Akash' missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district off the Odisha coast. ANI

Villagers cremate male tiger near Bhopal days after electrocution
Villagers living on the outskirts of Bhopal,Madhya Pradesh, cremated a male tiger that was apparently electrocuted two days ago. ANI

Gaya Officers Training Academy poised to conduct maiden passing out parade
The Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Gaya is poised to conduct its maiden Passing Out Parade on June 9 2012, heralding a new era in the history of Indian Army. ANI

Air India to hire more pilots: Ajit Singh
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Wednesday said that the Air India management is planning to hire around 90 more pilots over the next six months, not only for its international operations, but also for its domestic flights. ANI

Panetta pays his respects at India Gate, seeks deeper ties
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is here ona two-day official visit, paid his respects to the Unknown Soldier at India Gate on Wednesday, before heading for talks with Defence Minister A.K. Antony. ANI

Venus transit stuns sky gazers, astronomers across India
The rare astronomical event of Planet Venus passing directly between the Sun and Earth, the century's last transit, stunned sky gazers and astronomers across India on Wednesday. ANI

Now, NCP chief Sharad Pawar greets Baba Ramdev with a hug
After meeting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari, yoga guru Baba Ramdev met key UPA ally and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar here last night. ANI

Sky watchers across India witness rare Venus fly-by
Sky watchers across India witnessed a rare astronomical event of planet Venus passing directly between the Sun and Earth on Wednesday, a transit that won't occur again until 2117. ANI

PM indirectly gained from scam: Hazare
Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare has reiterated that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh indirectly gained through the scam of coal block allocations worth billions of rupees. ANI

Bihar Govt. orders CBI probe into killing of Ranvir Sena chief
The Government of Bihar on Wednesday recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into the killing of Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh alias Mukhiya. ANI

Gadkari invites Manmohan Singh to son's wedding
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh this morning to invite him for his youngest son's wedding later this month. ANI

Ecole Mondiale World School Introduces “Splash”
Ecole Mondiale World School introduces a fitness program for its students called ‘Splash’. Where students swim weekly in class and twice a week after school. Parents support the swimming programme and students swim all year round. They are aware that students must have a letter from home with a reason for not swimming Business Wire India

Zoho Forays into the Indian Market
Helping people work online, Zoho, one of the pioneers in the global SaaS space, has made a foray into the Indian market, with its award-winning suite of business, productivity and collaboration products on the cloud. Zoho’s focus is on providing cost effective solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs) on the go Business Wire India

The Iconic MINI Arrives in Delhi
MINI India announced the opening of Bird Automotive, its first dealership in Delhi. The new Bird Automotive dealership is located at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The dealership will display the MINI Hatch, MINI Convertible and MINI Countryman. The dealership is headed by Mr. Gaurav Bhatia, Managing Director, Bird Automotive. Dr Business Wire India

Collabera Enhances Focus on Infrastructure Management Services, Announces Strategic Partnership with Manageengine
Collabera, a leading global end-to-end information technology consulting, services and solutions company, announced a strategic partnership with ManageEngine, a leading enterprise IT management software division of Zoho Corporation, to ramp up its Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) portfolio Business Wire India

IDS NEXT Launches Advantage Academy
IDS NEXT, leading provider of ERP and total technology solutions for the hospitality and leisure industry, announce the launch of IDS NEXT Advantage Academy, a training facility for end users of IDS Fortune hotel software Business Wire India

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