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PM, Sonia congratulate Viswanathan Anand
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday congratulated Viswanathan Anand for winning the fifth World Chess Championship. ANI

Gadkari asks UPA allies to support Thursday's 'Bharat Bandh'
With the NDA all set for a nationwide shutdown tomorrow to protest against the government's unilateral decision to increase the price of petrol, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday asked the UPA allies to join the nationwide protest called by the opposition parties. ANI

Ramdev criticizes PM for failing to tackle corruption
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over his perceived hesitancy in tackling endemic corruption. ANI

BJP demands resignation of Gujarat Governor
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation led by its president Nitin Gadkari met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Wednesday demanding the resignation of Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal. ANI

Vice President congratulates Vishwanathan Anand on winning World Chess championship
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has congratulated World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand on his winning the FIDE World Chess championship Match 2012 today in Moscow. ANI

Jaganmohan Reddy's wife meets him inside Hyderabad's central prison
Bharathi Reddy, the wife of Kadapa MP and YSR Congress Party chief Jaganmohan Reddy, met him inside the central prison on Wednesday after he was sent to 14 days of judicial custody in connection with the disproportionate assets case. ANI

Anna challenges PM to face any probe
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday intensified his attack on the Prime Minister, saying if Dr. Manmohan Singh is honest, then he should be ready to face any kind of probe. ANI

Thirteen killed in Kashmir as car topples in gorge
Thirteen labourers, including three minors were killed, when an overloaded car carrying them fell in a gorge here on Wednesday. ANI

I-T cases finalized before current fiscal not to be reopened: Pranab Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday announced that income tax cases whose assessment proceedings had been finalised before the current fiscal would not be reopened. ANI

BJP asks allies to withdraw support from UPA
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asked UPA allies to withdraw support to the ruling government if it does not respond to the concerns raised by them. ANI

No work, no training, Court tells Air India pilots
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that the striking Air India pilots have no right to train on advanced Boeing 777 as long as they do not resume work. ANI

Team Anna's accusations against PM is lust for their version of Lokpal
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday took Team Anna to task for demanding an independent probe into charges against the Prime Minister, saying it seems that the underlining urge of the civil society activists is that either bring the Lokpal Bill of our choice or be ready to face the accusations. ANI

Trouble in understanding Tamil, cause of 'bitterness' over petrol hike
With M. Karunanidhi making it clear that his party would not impose pressure on the UPA in view of the presidential election, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said there is no bitterness on part of anybody, but the DMK leadership have expressed their concern over the petrol price hike. ANI

No rift between Army, Defence Ministry: General V.K.Singh
On the penultimate day of his distinguished military career of 42 years, Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh, on Wednesday said there was no rift between the Army and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). ANI

Rajasthan to create state task force to curb sex determination
Female foeticide is a growing nuisance in the country, and in this regard Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan met Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to demand the fast tracking of all trials of female foeticide cases in the state. ANI

361 military cadets pass out of NDA
A total of 361 cadets participated in the Passing Out Parade (POP) after successfully completing their stint at the National Defence Academy (NDA) here on Wednesday. ANI

Fire in New Delhi building, no casualties reported
A major fire broke out in a multi-storey building here on Wednesday. No casualties were, however, reported. ANI

Italian marines granted bail
The Kerala High Court (HC) on Wednesday granted conditional bail to two Italian marines, who have been accused of killing two Keralite fisherman off the Needakara coast in Kollam in February. ANI

Ecological imbalance drying up Naini Lake: Expert
An environmentalist has said that the Naini Lake in Nainital, Uttarakhand, is drying up because of ecological imbalance. ANI

Air Marshal DC Kumaria to take over as Vice Chief of Air Staff
Air Marshal DC Kumaria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, the most vital Operational Command of the Indian Air Force (IAF), will assume charge as the new Vice Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters here on June 1. ANI

Bahrain Crown Prince to visit India for two days
Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa will arrive here on Wednesday on a two-day visit in an endeavor to strengthen trade and bilateral ties between the two nations. ANI

Vishakapatnam fisher folk worry about seasonal catch
The uncertainty in weather conditions is worrying fishermen of Vishakapatnam, as it would result in a poor catch this season. ANI

'We have restricted network of Maoists', claims Home Secretary Singh
Union Home Secretary R.K Singh has claimed that the Central Government has been successful in restricting the network of Maoist insurgents. ANI

Karunanidhi does a U-turn, will stay with UPA
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday did a U-turn over his earlier threat of withdrawing support from the UPA, and said that his party will continue to support the ruling alliance. ANI

Tourists complain of negligent attitude towards Sukhna Lake
Tourists and locals have complained about the negligent attitude of the authorities towards maintaining the water level of the famous Sukhna Lake. ANI

Shutdown in Kashmir Valley marks Shopian anniversary
A complete shutdown across the Kashmir Valley marked the third anniversary of the infamous Shopian rape and murder case here. ANI

Hindus, Muslims unite at Srinagar's Kheer Bhawani temple
The Kheer Bhawani Temple in Srinagar saw Hindus and Muslims praying under one roof on the occasion of Jesht Ashtami. ANI

Congress condemns Team Anna charges against Manmohan Singh
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi on Wednesday criticised Team Anna members for levelling corruption charges against Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

Ex-Indian diplomat gets President Obama to autograph a sketch of himself
Former Indian diplomat Placido D'Souza has spent his time after retirement from the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) pursuing his hobby of sketching celebrities and getting them to sign the same. ANI

Petrol price hike: DMK talks tough, threatens to pull out
Key ally of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA-II) at Centre, the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), on Wednesday demanding a rollback of petrol prices, calling the hike "anti people." ANI

Is it all over for the India story? (Article)
It all seemed to be going very well. Till recently, India was hailed as the future economic powerhouse and emerging super power. International industrialists, businessmen were moving to invest in India. They had confidence in India's democracy, rule of law and fairness of the Indian system even as they were aware of the corruption, corrupt practices and bureaucratic hurdles ANI

EC to issue notification on President's poll by mid- June
With the Presidential tenure of Pratibha Devisingh Patil ending on July 24, the Election Commission (EC) has commenced the process for the election to country's top job. ANI

Militants attack CRPF men in Srinagar, eight injured
Two motorcycle borne militants opened fire at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men on Wednesday morning, injuring eight personnel. One of the injured is reportedly critical. ANI

No revolt in Odisha government, claims Jay Panda
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Jay Panda on Wednesday enied reports that there is dissidence within the party against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. ANI

Sibal terms new entrance criteria in engineering innovative
Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal has welcomed the proposed common entrance test for engineering courses from 2013, describing it as a progressive step for XII standard students. ANI

BJP raps Delhi Government for hike in CNG rates
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman has criticized the Delhi Government for increasing the price of CNG (compressed natural gas), while decreasing taxes on petrol in its annual state budget. ANI

Revision of petrol prices lie with state-owned oil marketing companies: Antony
Accepting that the hike in petrol price was too steep, Defence Minister A.K Antony, however, said the right to revise it lay with the state-owned oil marketing companies. ANI

US search for WW-II fighters reawakens interest in Arunachal
A fresh request from the US to resume the search for the remains of American pilots who perished after their planes crashed in the jungles of Northeast India during World War-II has reawakened interest in Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

'Rowdy Rathore' stars grace Hanjer's 'Keep Your City Clean & Green' initiative
'Rowdy Rathore' stars Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha grace Hanjer's 'Keep Your City Clean & Green' initiative. Film stars appeal to citizens to dispose off waste responsibly. Free copies of Hanjer's 'Trash Buster' online educative game distributed. Adfactors PR

SpiceJet posts 46% growth in revenues
SpiceJet posts 46% growth in revenues. Outperforms the domestic industry with a 24% passenger growth. Market share improved from 13.6% to 17.1% in FY 2012 Adfactors PR

Hay Group Study Finds Human Resource Professionals Struggling as Strategic Business Partners
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Haier to Launch India’s first ‘Six Door Refrigerator Series’
Haier, one of the largest Home Appliances & Consumer Electronics brand, globally, and World’s No.1 brand in major appliances, will soon launch India’s first ever Six Door Refrigerator Series. The all new Six Door Refrigerator will be launched under the global brand theme of EcoLife, giving customers an EcoFresh Lifestyle with additional storage capacity & enhanced features Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Scores Big at PromaxBDA India Winning 6 Awards for Creative Excellence
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Frost & Sullivan: With a CAGR of 12.6 Percent from 2010 to 2017, The Indian ECG Market maintains its Momentum even in a Constrained Economic Climate
The Indian ECG equipment market has emerged as one of the most profitable in the patient monitoring sector, marking a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6 percent from 2010 to 2017. The market showed no signs of slowing down even during the global economic downturn, with the stress ECG/TMT market generating $9.1 million in 2010, at a growth rate of 11.1 percent Business Wire India

Catch HDFC Life School Quiz 2012 on ESPN Starting June 04
ESPN STAR Sports today announced that ‘HDFC Life School Quiz 2012’, a special quiz based on theme of Olympic Games, will be televised every week day starting June 04, 2012 on ESPN. The television rounds will see 72 two member teams vie for the title of ‘India’s Top Sports School Quiz Team’ Business Wire India

Asia/Pacific’s Leading Travel Metasearch Site Launches in India
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Solutions Infini India's Fastest Growing Mobile and Internet Company
From a two man army in 2009 to a bustling team of more than 40 people, Solutions Infini has grown in stature to become a force in the Internet and Mobile Solutions space. The company strives to bridge the gap between enterprises and their various clients through concrete connectivity and practical messaging & voice platform Business Wire India

Modern LED Technology Improves Quality, Efficiency and Lifespan of E.N.T. Examination Instruments
Use of light emitting diodes (LEDs) as an energy-efficient light source has become more commonplace recently as the technology has improved over the last few years. The otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes in Riester’s ri-scope® L and e-scope® ranges now use LED lights to provide a clearer image and increased lifespan with their whiter light and excellent efficiency Business Wire India

Labsphere Adds Calibrated Lamp Standards to NVLAP Accredited Range
Labsphere, Inc. ( has earned accreditation as a NVLAP ISO 17025 calibration laboratory for calibrated Forward Spectral Flux Lamp Standards. Earlier this year, the company was also accredited as an NVLAP Lab 200951-0 for calibrated Spectral Flux Lamp Standards Business Wire India

Keeler Launches New Portable Slit Lamp
In addition to its Classic Portable Slit Lamp (PSL), Keeler has launched a new version, PSL One. PSL One offers one standard magnification 10x, a more cost effective option that gives the customer a choice of Keeler slit lamp depending on their practice needs Business Wire India

Castell Improves Delivery Times and Safety Rating with New UPS Systems Interlock
Industrial safety specialist Castell Safety International Ltd (, currently celebrating its 90th birthday, has launched a new multi-voltage interlock primarily for use with uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. The KSUPS+ is a solenoid-controlled trapped key interlock that only permits access to a UPS system once the system has been put into a safe condition Business Wire India

Bio-Chem Fluidics' New Isolation Mini-Valves Control Extremely Low Flows
Bio-Chem Fluidics’ new range of 038T Isolation Mini-Valves provides a completely inert, non-metallic path for highly aggressive and/ or high purity fluids. The valves are designed for use in analytical chemistry and clinical diagnostic applications involving extremely low flow rates Business Wire India

PVR Limited Appoints Energy Advantage India Pvt. Ltd. to Conduct a Total Energy and Environmental Management Assessment
PVR Limited, the country’s pioneer multiplex chain and leading entertainment company has appointed, Energy Advantage India Pvt. Ltd., a global leader in providing total energy and environmental management services, to assess its energy. Energy Advantage will conduct a benchmark assessment of all PVR theatres Business Wire India

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