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Jaswant Singh takes on UPA, says White Paper on black money is like 'bikini'
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh on Monday poked fun at the White Paper on black money tabled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha, saying it is like a 'bikini' as it hides the essentials and exposes only the non-essentials. ANI

Lokpal row: Team Anna to fast from July 25 in Delhi
With the government failing to pass the much-awaited Lokpal Bill on the second last day of the Budget Session in Parliament, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that they would go on a fast again from July 25 at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. ANI

Govt. not serious on Lokpal, alleges Sisodia
Team Anna member Manish Sisodia on Monday lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government for dramatizing the whole issue surrounding the passage of an effective Lokpal Bill. ANI

Offering prayers is not a breach of peace, says Umar Farooq
The chairman of Awami Action Committee, Mohammad Umar Farooq, on Monday hit out at the Omar Abdullah Government in Jammu and Kashmir, saying offering prayers is not a breach of peace. ANI

Beni Prasad Verma terms steel industry's performance "unsatisfactory"
Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma on Monday has termed the performance of the country's steel industry as "unsatisfactory", while releasing a report that serves as a roadmap to attract investment to the sector. ANI

Arms cache recovered from Maoists in Jharkhand
Jharkhand Police recovered a cache of arms, including two guns, 32 bullets, four cell phones and 14 sim cards of various networks from Maoist insurgents after a shootout on Monday. ANI

Ruckus over Lokpal Bill forces Rajya Sabha adjournment
Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were adjourned late on Monday evening after the opposition questioned the government's intention to send the Lokpal Bill to the Select Committee. ANI

Maharashtra deputy transport minister arrested on graft charges
Maharashtra's Minister of State for Transport and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) member Gulabrao Deokar was arrested on Monday, for his alleged involvement in a Rs.46-crore housing scam. ANI

Cracks show up Indian Pilots Guild as two more Air India pilots rejoin work
With two more Air India pilots reporting back to work, cracks reportedly have surfaced in the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), which is spearheading a 14-day-old agitation against the airline. ANI

Competition Commission laws will apply to all, says Moily
Corporate Affairs Minister, Veerappa Moily, on Monday said that no sector, including civil aviation would be exempted from the laws formulated by the Competition Commission of India (CCI). ANI

Ajit Singh chairs Air India unions meeting to end impasse
Civil Aviation Minister, Ajit Singh on Monday chaired a meeting with unions from Air India ,as the strike by pilots entered its 14th day. ANI

BJP disappointed over 'White Paper' on black money tabled by Mukherjee
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday expressed disappointment with the 'White Paper' on black money tabled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in Parliament, saying it did not include crucial information such as names of individuals and action taken in retrieving the funds stashed in foreign banks. ANI

Lokpal Bill not to be passed in Budget Session?
The much-awaited Lokpal Bill is not expected to be passed in the Budget Session of Parliament ending on Tuesday. ANI

BJP pulls up Congress as UPA II completes three years in office
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday took the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to task on completion of its three years in power at the Centre, saying the rule of the Congress-led Government was marked by failures, corruption and economic crisis. ANI

Delhi shelter homes to become all weather homes
Shelter homes in Delhi are being upgraded to make them all-weather homes so as provide a roof to the homeless during summer and rains as well. ANI

Delhi HC blow to ND Tiwari, asks to furnish blood sample by May 26
The Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday asked veteran Congressman N.D.Tiwari to appear before it in person on May 26 to give blood sample for a DNA test to verify whether he is the biological father of 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar, as claimed by the latter. ANI

Miss northeast contest held in Nagaland
The 10th edition of Miss Mega Northeast Contest 2012, held recently here witnessed a captivating blend of beauty and brains as 27 finalists from the northeastern states competed for the coveted title. ANI

Recollections of a Communicator: When India lost Rajiv Gandhi (Article)
Twenty one years ago today the country lost Rajiv Gandhi, the youngest person to have occupied the office of Prime Minister. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Tamil militant suicide bomber at Siriperambudur in Tamil Nadu where he had gone to address an election meeting. ANI

Inter-state bodybuilding competition held in Tripura
The 37th edition of the annual inter state bodybuilding and weightlifting championship, held recently in the state capital attracted over 250 contestants, who were rated on different parameters like physique size, symmetry and muscle definition. ANI

Govt. employees take anti-terrorism pledge on Rajiv Gandhi death anniversary
Anti Terrorism Day was observed throughout the country on Monday with employees in government offices, public sector undertakings (PSU) and other public institutions taking a pledge in this regard. ANI

Assam youth take up development of villages
Youth in the upper Assam region are working to bring a socio-economic change here, with a group of young men providing free education to the needy. ANI

Mukherjee to present White paper on black money in parliament
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherje is likely to present a White Paper on black money in Parliament today, as promised to the House during a debate on the Finance Bill last week. ANI

Mumbai Police detains IPL players after rave party raid
Over 100 people, including 38 women and 19 foreign nationals were arrested by Mumbai Police, who claim to have busted an alleged rave party in city's Oakwood Hotel in Juhu last night. ANI

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav promises to combat crime effectively in UP
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has assured that stringent action would be taken to tackle law and order violations in the state. ANI

Tibet-in-exile leader urges people around Dalai Lama to remain alert amid 'Chinese poison plot' report
Tibet's exiled government in India has urged people living and working around the Dalai Lama to remain on alert after the spiritual leader warned of a Chinese plot to kill him. ANI

Kejriwal feels government is not serious about passing a strong Lokpal Bill
Asserting that the Central Government is not serious about passing a strong Lokpal Bill, social activist Arvind Kejriwal has said Team Anna would decide its future course of action after the budget session of parliament ends. ANI

Nation pays homage to Rajiv Gandhi on his 21st death anniversary
The nation on Monday paid homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 21st death anniversary. ANI

Air India strike: Ajit Singh to meet pilots today
As the strike by Air India pilots entered its fourteenth day on Monday, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said he would meet the pilots with an aim to resolve the crisis plaguing the national carrier. ANI

Polaris Launches Intellect Claims
Polaris Financial Technology Ltd. (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology Company, announced the launch of IntellectTM Claims, a comprehensive cloud enabled claim processing system which caters to several lines of business, including Life and Disability Health Business Wire India

IDBI Federal Makes Online Debut with Termsurance Seniors Insurance Plan
IDBI Federal Life Insurance, a pioneer in product innovations in the life insurance sector in India, today announced the launch of its maiden, unique online product IDBI Federal Termsurance® Seniors Insurance Plan that will be available for purchase online at Business Wire India

GETIT Partners with Supply Chain and Logistics Expo 2012
GETIT Infoservices (P) Ltd., the leader in local search, directional advertising and free classifieds in India associated with the 13th edition of supply chain and logistics expo 2012, one of the most prestigious conferences for profit sourcing as well as practitioners of supply chain management, logistics, transport and procurement Business Wire India

Cornell University and Sathguru to Bring the Hospitality Management Program 2012 in Hyderabad, India
The Hospitality Management Program 2012, a flagship executive education program delivered by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administrations and Sathguru Management Consultants, is all set to offer an in depth look at the elements shaping the future of the hospitality industry in the emerging economies Business Wire India

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