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Gadkari more of a businessman than politician: Digvijay Singh
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari, and said the latter is more of a businessman than a politician. ANI

Ambika Soni urges allies, opposition not to take political mileage over price rise
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, on Thursday urged the UPA allies and the opposition parties not to take political mileage over spiraling inflation. ANI

Team Anna's allegations against me motivated: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday rubbished the allegations levelled against him by Team Anna, saying these were 'motivated' and aimed at maligning him. ANI

Chidambaram reviews security situation in Itanagar, Arunachal and J-K
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said that he visited Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month and held a security review meeting with the chief ministers and senior officials of the respective state governments. ANI

India, Pakistan to initiate negotiations on Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said India and Pakistan have agreed in principle to initiate negotiations on a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. ANI

One Pakistani prisoner, 16 Pakistani fishermen repatriated to Islamabad: MHA
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday informed that one Pakistani prisoner and 16 Pakistani fishermen were repatriated to Islamabad on completion of their sentences. ANI

Efforts on to make Delhi tobacco free, says Health Minister Walia
Delhi Health Minister Dr. A.K. Walia today stated that raiding squads of the city government have been strictly enforcing provisions to make Delhi tobacco free as per provisions of Delhi Prohibition of Smoking and Non Smokers Health Protection Act, 1996 and Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003. ANI

Chidambaram urges stakeholders for informal debate on J-K interlocutors' report
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has urged all stakeholders and all those who are interested in finding a peaceful and durable solution to the issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir to read the interlocutors report in full and participate in an informed debate. ANI

Iran Foreign Minister Salehi in Delhi, discusses terrorism and extremism
Stating that India and Iran face threats from terrorism and extremism, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said that he discussed issues of mutual interest to both New Delhi and Tehran along with his Iranian counterpart Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi. ANI

Rs.44.70 crore sanctioned for acquisition and construction of buildings for police
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday informed that sanctions amounting to Rs.44.70 crore were issued for the acquisition of land and construction of office/residential/other infrastructure buildings for the Central Armed Police Force. ANI

Maoists once again geared up to challenge Indian democracy
Underlining the urge to challenge Indian democracy and its institutions, the Maoists have called for a week-long protest in the Dandakaranya Forests (Dandakaranya Special Zone Committee [DKSZC] area) beginning on June 1 and a daylong general shutdown on June 7. ANI

Vice-Admiral Soni takes over as Southern Naval Command chief
Vice Admiral Satish Soni assumed office as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command at Kochi today. ANI

Water coolers, wet jute bags provide relief to animals at Chandigarh Zoo(Update: Animals)
Authorities at the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park in Chandigarh have installed water coolers and wet jute bags in the complex to provide relief to animals from the scorching summer heat. ANI

Dip in militancy in Kashmir, says the state police chief
There has been a significant drop in militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, said the state's Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda, here on Thursday. ANI

Animals and Humans, both suffer in the heat wave of Northern India
Over the past few days, the heat wave of northern India has made both animals and locals run for a cover to protect themselves from the scorching weather. ANI

FM Salehi rubbishes allegations of Iran's involvement in Israel diplomat car bomb attack
Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Thursday rubbished allegations of his country's involvement in a bomb attack on the wife of a Israeli diplomat that took place in the heart of Delhi in February this year. ANI

Maoists destroying school buildings in Jharkhand
Maoists are preventing the children from getting educated by destroying the school buildings across Jharkhand. ANI

Nationwide protests mark Bharat Bandh(Update: Shutdown)
The nationwide shutdown, called upon by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left on Thursday in protest against the steep hike in petrol prices witnessed demonstrations, processions and roadblocks. ANI

Aarushi murder case: Allahabad HC rejects Nupur's bail plea
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday has rejected Dr. Nupur Talwar's bail plea in connection with the four-year old sensational double murder of her teenaged daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj. ANI

Hindus celebrate Ganga Dusshera festival in Varanasi
Thousands of Hindu devotees converged on the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi on Thursday to celebrate the Ganga Dussehra festival which marks the day when the Goddess Ganga descended on earth through the locks of Lord Shiva. ANI

Antony to address Asia Security Summit in Singapore on June 2
Defence Minister A.K. Antony will articulate New Delhi's views on 'Protecting Maritime Freedoms' at the 11th Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2. ANI

At least 7 killed, 24 injured in Doon Express derailment in UP
At least seven persons were killed and 24 others were injured after five coaches of the Doon Express derailed near the Mahrawa Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh's Jaunpur District on Thursday afternoon. ANI

Manmohan Singh appoints Committee to review PSCs in hydrocarbon exploration
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has appointed a Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. C. Rangarajan to look into the design of future Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) in hydrocarbon exploration. ANI

Upset Advani calls for introspection in BJP

Go to Manasarovar as "cultural ambassadors" to China, says Krishna
Asserting that New Delhi and Beijing are commemorating 2012 as the year of friendship and cooperation, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday asked the pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra to see themselves as cultural ambassadors of India to China, and be an important contributor for deepening people-to-people contacts. ANI

'I am leaving the army transparent, on the path of transformation,' says General V.K.Singh
Outgoing Chief of the Army Staff, General V.K Singh on Thursday said he was leaving the 1.3 million force in a "transparent" state and "on the path of transformation." ANI

Nation-wide shutdown: Gadkari refuses to comment on Sanjay Joshi
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday refused to comment on party leader Sanjay Joshi, who is steering the protest against last week's hike in petrol prices near the Akshardham Temple in New Delhi. ANI

Team Anna's 'graft allegations' to slur PM Manmohan Singh's image? Experts deny
Experts have denied that Team Anna's graft allegations would tarnish Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's reputation. ANI

Shutdown is common man's reaction to Govt's wrong economic policies: Gadkari
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday termed the nation-wide shutdown against last week's hike in petrol prices, as the common man's reaction to the wrong economic policies and corrupt governance of the Congress Party. ANI

Former Gujarat CM takes on Modi govt. over misgovernance
Trouble brewed for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as one of his predecessor Suresh Mehta appeared to be fanning political dissent against the present administration after discussions with some disgruntled state leaders. ANI

General Bikram Singh takes charge Chief of Army Staff
General Bikram Singh took charge of the Indian Army on Thursday (May 31), succeeding General V.K. Singh who proceeded on superannuation after 42 years of distinguished service in the army. ANI

Army Chief to retire today
Chief of the Army Staff, General V.K. Singh retires today from the Indian Army after a distinguished 42-year career. ANI

BJP appeals to people to observe shutdown peacefully
With the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) spearheading a nation-wide shutdown in protest against last week's hike in petrol prices, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday appealed to party workers to observe event peacefully. ANI

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Amul – The Taste of India Continues to Commemorate its Producers
GCMMF which markets the popular Amul brand of milk and dairy products has crossed yet another landmark in its long and illustrious history. The results of the apex body of dairy cooperatives in Gujarat, were declared on 31st May 2012, in the 38th Annual General Meeting of GCMMF. The organization symbolizing ‘taste of India’ achieved another milestone by crossing the US $ 2.5 billion mark Business Wire India

A US$ 1 billion Opportunity for Technical Textiles in Healthcare, highlights IKS Report
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Expand your reach with Belkin Dual Band Wireless Range Extender
Belkin India, a leading service provider of interconnectivity solutions across computing and consumer electronic devices, today, announced the launch of its Dual Band Range Extender. The Dual Band Range Extender extends the range of the router, providing seamless WiFi connectivity and eliminates most dead spots Business Wire India

The Next Phase of Telecom Revolution is Data Transfer, Notes Frost & Sullivan
Mobile penetration in India is growing rapidly. Frost & Sullivan predicts that by 2017, the number of mobile subscribers will reach 1,366.4 Million, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9 percent, and mobile penetration is expected to reach 105 percent. Also, as several individuals use multiple SIM cards in the country, the actual number of subscribers is likely to reach 908 Business Wire India

Catch the Games’ Greatest on ESPN Star Sports with 60 Days to the London 2012
With 60 days to go before the world’s biggest sporting event, Indian sports fans can get into the Olympic Spirit with ESPN STAR Sports’ line-up of programmes that will provide the ultimate coverage building up to the London 2012 Olympic Games Business Wire India

Shiv Nadar University Couples Interdisciplinary Education With a World Class Faculty
Not many institutions can handle the mantle of being called one of India’s foremost research led, interdisciplinary universities Business Wire India

Fortress Develops Modern amGard Pro Range of Heavy Duty Interlocks
Industrial safety specialist Fortress Interlocks has significantly developed its amGard range of heavy duty, safety gate switch interlocks to create amGard Pro. amGard Pro builds on the recognised modularity and robust design of the existing amGard range but with added features and benefits identified by market feedback Business Wire India

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