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Need to stregthen screenplay writing abilities of Indian film writers: Boman Irani
Versatile Bollywood actor Boman Irani has underscored the need to strengthen screenplay writing abilities of Indian film writers. ANI

Upgradation of National Centre for Disease Control approved
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved the proposal of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry for the upgradation of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, at an estimated cost of ' 382.41 crores. ANI

Border Security Force celebrates Raising Day in New Delhi
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday celebrated its Raising Day in the national capital. ANI

President Patil releases commemorative postage stamp on pioneer industrialist Singhania
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday released a commemorative stamp and the first day cover (FDC) brought out by the Indian Posts in honour of Lala Kamlapat Singhania at a function hosted in New Delhi. ANI

Indian will react after complete revelations by WikiLeaks: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday said that the government would react after whistleblower website WikiLeaks completely reveals all the 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables. ANI

No discernible decreasing trend in number of officers in Army: Antony
Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Wednesday said that no discernible decreasing trend in the number of officers in Army has been observed. ANI

TRAI issues unsolicited commercial communications regulations
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday issued 'the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010' for curbing unsolicited commercial communications. ANI

India's exports rise 15.3 percent in October
India's exports rose 15.3 percent in October to Rs.79,763 crores compared to the same period last year.India's exports during October 2010 were valued at Rs.79,763 crores, which was 15.3 per cent higher than the level of Rs.69,175 crores during October, 2009," a statement issued by the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry on Wednesday said. ANI

Pushpanjali Dutta blends Assam's traditional, contemporary designs
Pushpanjali Dutta, a budding fashion designer from Golaghat District in Assam, has gained fame for effectively blending traditional and contemporary Assamese designs in her creations. ANI

India denies visa to former Pak President Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly been denied a visa to attend a seminar scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Saturday. ANI

India all set for French President Sarkozy's four-day visit
India is all set to host French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who will be paying a four-day state visit from December 5-08, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash has said. ANI

Congress leaders call on President Patil with petition seeking Chauhan's resignation
A group of Congress party leaders from Madhya Pradesh met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil here on Wednesday demanding the resignation or dismissal of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. ANI

Scientific expedition completed to mark 30 years of Indian presence in Antarctica
A scientific expedition to South Pole was launched from the Indian Station 'Maitri' at Antarctica to mark 30 years of Indian presence in the Earth's southernmost continent. ANI

Assam's Unified Command reworking strategy to counter NDFB militants
The Unified Command in Assam has fine-tuned a strategy to intensify operations against militants with special attention focused on the Assam-Arunachal border from where they operate. ANI

Manipur celebrates Kut Harvest Festival with gusto
The Kuki-Chin and Mizo tribes of Manipur recently celebrated 'Chavang-Kut', the autumn post harvest festival with great enthusiasm and gaiety. ANI

Indian Aussies exhibition launched in Delhi
Australian High Commissioner to India Peter N Varghese today inaugurated a major photographic exhibition titled "Indian Aussies" by Australian photographer Michel Lawrence at the Australian High Commission premises here. ANI

Chumpo Museum set up to showcase tribal culture of Nagaland
Chumpo in Nagamese, the language of Nagaland, means 'Morung' or 'bachelors' dormitory' ANI

Bru repatriation from Mizoram to Tripura picking up speed
The much-awaited repatriation of tribal refugees from six camps in North Tripura to Mizoram has begun. ANI

Elders Day observed in Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that it is in the interest of society to learn from the vast experience of senior citizens. ANI

CVC Thomas recuses himself from 2G scam
The Government on Wednesday appeared to be saving Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) P J Thomas job by distancing him from investigations into alleged 2G spectrum irregularities. ANI

2G scam: Government told to deposit Radia tapes in Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Central Government to deposit the original recoding of conversations between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and others in connection with the 2G scam with it. ANI

New CBI chief promises transparency
Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer A.P Singh who took over as the Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has assured impartiality and transparency in the working of the organisation during his tenure. ANI

Maoists burn CPI-M activist's house in Jhargram
Maoists burnt down the house of Harish Mahato, a leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist), in Jhargram near West Bengal's West Midnapore district on Tuesday. ANI

Maoists behead a farmer in Jharkhand
A group of Maoists beheaded a farmer in Doodhapani region in Jharkhand's Jamtara district. ANI

International Food and Drink Expo to commence in Delhi on Thursday
Food and Processing Industries Minister Subhodh Kant Sahai will inaugurate an International Food and Drink Expo 2010 here on Thursday. ANI

39-member Andhra Pradesh Cabinet sworn-in
The new Andhra Pradesh Cabinet under Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy was sworn in on Wednesday by the Governor, E. S. L. Narasimhan. ANI

Security personnel working for normalcy in Kashmir, says state police chief
Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Kuldeep Khoda has said the state police and other security outfits are jointly working to restore normalcy in the Kashmir Valley. ANI

Dalai Lama preaches to Russian Buddhists in Dharamsala
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has commenced a three-day Sermon-Retreat for a group of Russian Buddhists at a monastery in Dharamsala. ANI

Cooperation is the means to development: Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called upon all parties, including the opposition to cooperate in the development of the state. ANI

Maoist threat under control to a large extent: West Bengal CM
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said the Maoist problem in his state is largely under control. ANI

P. Chidambaram to Honour India's Brightest SMEs at IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards
-- Grand Awards Ceremony to be held on December 3, 2010 at The Lalit, New Delhi -- Award Jury comprising of Mr. Shiv Nadar, Mr. Uday Verma, Mr. Jagdish Khattar, Mr. Gautam Thapar & Mr Business Wire India

Top UK Sourcing Survey Ranks Wipro #1
Wipro Technologies, the Global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), today announced that Equaterra, independent sourcing advisors in more than 60 countries, shows Wipro as a leader for client satisfaction in its detailed UK IT service provider performance study Business Wire India

Hughes Builds Upon Leadership in Finance & Banking Sector with Major Contract Awards by Indian Banks
Hughes Communications India, Ltd. (HCIL), a leading provider of broadband satellite and managed network services, and wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), today announced two significant managed network services contracts signed with major Indian public sector banks. The first contract award is from Allahabad Bank valued at Rs Business Wire India

Central Bank of Seychelles goes Live with Polaris’ IntellectTM Core Banking System for Central Banks
Polaris Software, a leading Financial Technology company, today announced that Central Bank of Seychelles, the central authority responsible for all monetary issues in the country, has gone live with Polaris’ IntellectTM Core Banking System (CBS) for Central Banks Business Wire India

CISCO Appoints New Head for Data Center Business in India & SAARC Region to Reinforce Cisco’s Thrust in the Data Center Space
Cisco India today announced the appointment of Rajesh Rege as Sr. Vice President – Data Center, for India & SAARC. In this role Rajesh will be responsible for driving and overseeing Cisco’s overall growth and expansion efforts in the datacenter space in this region. Rajesh is an IT industry veteran with over 22 years of experience Business Wire India Launches 'X51': Nominations for India's 51 Most Influential Men, India's biggest lifestyle portal for men has launched 'X51: India's Most Influential Men of 2010' in association with Samsung Galaxy Tablet. The men who made the list come from varied backgrounds - Politics, entertainment, sports, business, arts and humanities - but every single man on the list is a groundbreaker in his respective field, and some are even outright rule-breakers Business Wire India

Terex Increasing Commitment to Indian Market in Support of Infrastructure Investment
Global construction and infrastructure equipment maker Terex Corporation (NYSE: TEX) has been expanding its manufacturing presence in India, according to the company’s executives who met with reporters here today. India’s investment in critical infrastructure, expected to total $500 billion by the end of the nation’s current five-year plan in 2012, is a major factor behind that investment Business Wire India

RE/MAX India Organizes India’s First Business Meet for Brokers – The Great India Property Show
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Traditional Besan goes Digital for Health Among Indians
Rajdhani Besan (of Rajdhani Flour Mills) has launched a digital initiative at to promote health among Indians. This is a unique initiative, since besan is a traditional food product, and this is the first fully digital campaign by any besan brand, to promote health benefits of Besan among Indians, solely through a digital medium Business Wire India

Builders Association of Navi Mumbai Organizes its 11th Mega Property Exhibition 2010 from 3rd-6th December at Palm Beach, Navi Mumbai.
The Builders Association of Navi Mumbai (BANM) is holding its eleventh annual property exhibition from December 3 to 6, 2010. Properties from Vashi, Sanpada, Kharghar, Panvel and many more location would be on display. Approx 100 members are participating in the exhibition which will have 175 stalls Business Wire India

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