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Lalu, Mulayam condemn attack on Anna's convoy in Nagpur (Update)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday condemned the attack on veteran social activist Anna Hazare's convoy in Nagpur. ANI

Govt. determined to facilitate return of Indians stranded in Angola: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said the government is determined to facilitate return of Indian workers stranded in Angola. ANI

CBI raids at Yeddyurapppa's residence blot on BJP's image, says Jagdambika Pal
Congress leader Jagdambika Pal on Wednesday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids at former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurapppa's residence was a blot on the image of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ANI

Deshmukh clarifies CBI raids against Yeddyurappa in illegal mining case
Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Wednesday clarified that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids against former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had not been orchestrated by the ruling Congress Party as perceived by the opposition parties. ANI

Maoist shutdown against 'Operation Green Hunt' hits normal life in Jharkhand
The 24-hour shutdown call by Maoists against the Central Government's para-military 'Operation Green Hunt' paralysed normal life and disrupted transport services here on Wednesday. ANI

Anna's car attacked in Nagpur
Some unknown assailants pelted stones at veteran social activist Anna Hazare's car in Nagpur on Wednesday evening. ANI

Yeddyurappa seeks anticipatory bail plea after CBI raids in illegal mining case
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Wednesday filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court after officials of the investigating agency launched a probe into his alleged role in illegal mining. ANI

Gehlot Govt. providing maximum benefits to common man in Rajasthan
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot recently presented his government's budget for 2012-13, in the state assembly with an aim to promote the welfare of the common people of the state. ANI

No ulterior motive behind attending ex-servicemen rallies: Army Chief
Clearing his position about attending ex-servicemen's rallies under the aegis of Army Headquarters, Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh today exhorted veteran soldiers to take up the case of one rank one pension (OROP) with their elected representatives, so that the required Rs.1300 crore to implement the OROP can be arranged by the government. ANI

Nationwide Maoists' shutdown throws life out of gear, irks locals
The 24-hour shutdown by Maoists on Wednesday against the Central para-military maneuver, Operation Green Hunt, paralyzed normal life and disrupted transport services in the region. ANI

Menon wants indigenous manpower, technologies to tackle cyber threats
National Security Advisor (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon on Wednesday said 'India needs to create a climate and environment within which security is built into our cyber and communications working methods'. ANI

Congress hails UP CM Akhilesh's plan to probe scams during Mayawati's rule
Congress Party on Wednesday welcomed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's plan of probing the scams, which took place during his predecessor Mayawati's tenure. ANI

Congress avoids commenting on CBI raids against Yeddyurappa
Congress Party on Wednesday refused to comment on the raids being conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in connection with illegal mining, and termed the whole episode to be a process of law. ANI

As authorities pass the buck, foodgrains rot
More than 600 quintals of rice is rotting in railway godowns here in Orissa as the authorities have failed to store it in cold storage and refuse to take responsibility for the damage. ANI

UAE Foreign Minister to pay official visit to India
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will pay a two-day official visit to India beginning on Thursday. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee claims India is still going strong
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday defended India's growth story, and said the government would like to create an atmosphere for investment. ANI

Fire engulfs Delhi paint factory, no casualties reported
A major fire broke out at a paint factory in Vijay Vihar area of Delhi on Wednesday, causing heavy damage to goods and property. ANI

Kanimozhi slams Jayalalithaa for spending taxpayers' money on massive ads
With J. Jayalalithaa celebrating her 'one year of achievements' as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister with massive front page advertisements on all national dailies across the country, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi on Wednesday hit out at the AIADMK chief, saying the government led by her has achieved nothing in the last year. ANI

Steps taken to stop smuggling on India -Bangladesh border
The Central Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach for effective domination and to check illegal activities including infiltration on India -Bangladesh border. ANI

Shashi Tharoor backs India's stand on Iran oil export cut
Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday backed India's decision to cut imports of Iranian crude oil by 11 percent to 15.5 million tonnes in 2012/13. ANI

Kochi floating hospital a hit with locals
The floating hospital, built by the state government under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), is proving to be a big boon for locals. ANI

UPA allies to support presidential candidate selected by Congress: Farooq
While the race for India's next President gathers pace, Renewable and Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said all the party leaders are being taken into wide consultation over the issue and would support whosoever will be selected by the Congress ANI

India will raise fugitives issue with Pakistan during Home Secretary talks: R.K.Singh
Union Home Secretary R.K.Singh on Wednesday said he would raise the issue of Indian-origin fugitives allegedly living in Pakistan with Interior Secretary Chaudhry Qamar Zaman when they meet in Islamabad on May 24 and 25. ANI

Improved road connectivity benefits people in Tripura
The decline of militancy in the state has given a fillip to development activities in the region, transforming Tripura capital Agartala into one of the busiest towns of the northeast. ANI

Imphal-Jiribam railway line: First locomotive test run held
The maiden locomotive test run on the under construction Imphal Jiribam railway line was held recently. ANI

Nargesh Keisham: a Manipuri entrepreneur
Young entrepreneurs in the state are coming up with innovative business models that not only generate employment and revenue, but serve a larger social purpose, like prevention of global warming. ANI

Northeast films shine at the 59th national film awards
The recent praise for movies from northeast India, has reinforced the cinematic talent of the region. ANI

Air India begins international operations
Air India on Wednesday began international operations to the U.S. and Europe as part of its contingency plan, despite the pilots' strike entering its ninth today. ANI

After 15 months in Tihar jail, A. Raja heads to Parliament
A day after he walked out of Tihar Jail after securing bail in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, former Telecom Minister A. Raja went to Parliament on Wednesday. ANI

Imperative to ensure foolproof security of nuclear plants: Manmohan Singh
Stressing on the need to have nuclear power plants, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said that it was imperative to ensure safety of such vital installations. ANI

Six Bru families return to Mizoram
In a significant move aimed at restoring normalcy in the region, a group of Bru refugees from the Dhamcherra Khakchand refugee camp in ripura returned to Mizoram under the Centre's repatriation process. The convoy had 32 people including eight children. ANI

Ghaziabad Sessions Court to hear Aarushi murder trial
Exactly four years to the day when 16-year old Aarushi Talwar was found murdered in her bed, a special CBI Court in Ghaziabad will conduct a trial of the accused after multiple court hearings. ANI

Jayanthi Natarajan expresses concern over tiger deaths
Expressing concern over recent tiger deaths in the country, Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said her ministry is constantly looking into the reasons for it. ANI

N D Tiwari paternity row: Hearing on DNA test today
The hearing of the four-year old paternity suit filed against veteran Congressman N. D. Tiwari is scheduled for today in the Delhi High Court. ANI

CBI raids Yeddyurappa's residences in Karnataka
A day after filing a First Information Report (FIR) against former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on charges of illegal mining, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths raided his various residences in Bengaluru and other places in Karnataka. ANI

Zoho Launches Zoho Sites, Website Builder for Businesses
Helping people work online, Zoho today announced the launch of YouTube. Zoho Sites highlights: Mobile website – Websites are automatically optimized for access on mobile devices, eliminating the need to create a separate site for mobile users. Mobile visitors are automatically redirected to the mobile-optimized website Business Wire India

Bar + Beach= A Party! for Indian Travelers: Expedia Flip Flop Report®, the world’s largest online travel agency, today released the results of the 2012 Flip Flop Report, an analysis of behavior and preferences among beachgoers in Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Australia. The survey highlights the shift towards experiential travel amongst Indians Business Wire India

India’s Largest Cinema Chain – Inox Leisure and Fame India Select Barco and GDC Technology for 100% Digital Cinema Conversion
Barco, a global leader in digital cinema technology, is proud to announce that it has been selected as the exclusive digital cinema provider to convert all the cinema multiplexes operated by Inox Leisure Limited (“INOX”) and Fame India Ltd (“FAME”) in India Business Wire India

Veteran School Educationists Advocate EnglishEdge
Today, when technology has become omnipresent, what are the new teaching methods that schools must adopt to match the learning needs of their students? The answer to this question was elaborately discussed by Mr. Ashok Ganguly, former Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) and Mrs Business Wire India

Radisson Blu Hotel Delhi is NOW Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi
Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi is India’s first Blu Plaza business hotel with award winning restaurants and one of the best and most spacious spas in town. Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi is Carlson’s flagship hotel in India Business Wire India

Breakthrough Management Group International (BMGI) announces 1-day “Balanced Scorecard” - Strategy Execution Workshop on June 8, 2012 at Hotel Sofitel, Mumbai
Global Management Consulting firm, BMGI has scheduled a 1 day workshop on the Balanced Scorecard in Mumbai. Research shows that 9 out of 10 companies* fail to execute strategy successfully Business Wire India

Nullcon International Conference on Information Security to make its debut in Delhi
nullcon, the premier source of business and technology for security channel partners serving small and midsize businesses in IT Security will kick- start its 4th International Conference on Information Security in Delhi on 26th September, 2012at the Leela Kempenski Gurgaon Business Wire India

Catalyst Report Shows that “One Size Doesn’t Fit All” When Developing Effective Work-Life Approaches
According to Catalyst’s latest study, Expanding Work-Life Perspectives: Talent Management in Asia, and its related report, Talent Management in India, there’s a mismatch between employees’ workplace flexibility needs and work-life programs at global companies in Asia: programs offered may not be the right fit regionally and, as a result, people may not feel comfortable using them Business Wire India

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