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Manmohan Singh hosts private dinner for visiting Chinese Premier
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, hosted a private dinner for the visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao here today ahead of the delegation level talks scheduled for Thursday during which several agreements are expected to be signed between the two nations. ANI

Frisking row: Sikh delegation meets US ambassador Roemer in New Delhi
A Sikh delegation met United States Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer here on Wednesday to submit a memorandum to US President Barack Obama against hurting religious sentiments of the Sikh community by asking them to remove their headgear at US airports. ANI

Buddhist monks begin eight-day prayer session for peace in Bodhgaya
Thousands of Buddhist monks assembled at the Bodhgaya Buddhist shrine on Wednesday to attend an eight-day prayer session for peace. ANI

China honors Yechury, eight other Indians for promoting bilateral friendship
Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday honored senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury and eight other Indians from various walks of life with the China-India Friendship Award for their efforts in promoting ties and friendship between the two countries. ANI

Hoirose Silthou crowned as 'Orange Queen-2010' in Manipur's beauty contest
Hoirose Silthou, a college going girl, was crowned as the 'Orange Queen-2010' at the recently held Orange Festival in Manipur's Tamenglong District. ANI

Vice President Ansari releases "India - China Boundary Problems, 1846 to 1947"
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari released a book titled "India - China Boundary Problems, 1846 to 1947" penned down by A.G. Noorani, an eminent lawyer, historian and political commentator, here on Wednesday. ANI

New power grid station to benefit 200 villages in Anantnag
At least 200 villages in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district are set to gain benefits from the upcoming Lissar Power Grid Station, which is in the penultimate stage of construction. ANI

India-China rail link through Nepal suggested
Stating that Nepal looks upon both India and China as new opportunities for development, Nepal's Former Foreign Minister Dr. Prakash Chandra Lohani on Wednesday proposed a trans Himalayan rail link, connecting the two Asian giants through the Himalayan Republic. ANI

Joint operations launched to nab militants in Jharkhand
The paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jharkhand Police conducted joint operations and raids to nab militants in different parts of the State on Wednesday. ANI

'India-China friends forever': 'Grandpa' Wen's message to students
The Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Wen Jiabao, was addressed as 'Grandpa' by the children during his visit to the Tagore International School in Vasant Vihar here on Wednesday, where he taught calligraphy to them with the message 'India-China friendship forever'. ANI

'ICSI National Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance' to be conferred tomorrow
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, will be organizing the tenth 'ICSI National Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance' at SCOPE Convention Centre here on Friday. ANI

'Stringent action will be taken against officers involved in Adarsh scam': Army Chief
Army Chief General V. K. Singh on Wednesday said an internal inquiry is on against the officers named in Mumbai's Adarsh Housing Society scam, and added that stringent action would be taken against those found guilty. ANI

More subsidy for industrial units in J-K, North Eastern region
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved modifications in the central capital investment subsidy schemes under the industrial packages available to Jammu and Kashmir and the North Eastern Region (NER). ANI

Ruling Left Front sweeps Tripura's civic polls
The Communist Party of India-Marxist CPI (M) led Left Front government swept the civic polls in Tripura. ANI

Orange festival in Manipur
People are thronging Orange festival organised in Manipur's Tamenglong District. ANI

Rajkot devotees offer woollens to deities
Devotees in Gujarat's Rajkot city are offering woollen apparels to idols of deities as the region witnessed drastic dip in temperatures. ANI

Fuel price hike upsets people across India
The hike in price of fuels has upset citizens all across the country. ANI

Vilasrao Deshmukh underlines need for good corporate governance
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Vilasrao Deshmukh on Wednesday stressed the need for continued adherence to good corporate governance practices and increased sensitivity to social obligations. ANI

Adarsh scam: 'Guilty will not be spared', says Antony
Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said the government and the armed forces will not spare any person, who is found guilty of wrongdoing in Mumbai's Adarsh Housing Society scam. ANI

Supreme Court restrains Delhi Govt. from demolishing night shelters
In the wake of media reports about demolition of night shelters by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and other authorities in utter disregard of the lives of thousands of homeless destitutes, the Supreme Court on Wednesday restrained the Delhi Government from demolishing any such shelter, temporary or permanent, in the national capital. ANI

2G scam: Delhi court reserves verdict on Subramanian Swamy's plea till Jan. 7
A Delhi court on Wednesday reserved its order till January 7, 2011, on the petition filed by Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy seeking prosecution of former Telecom Minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum case. ANI

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrives in Delhi
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived here today on a three-day state visit. ANI

Government committed to strong public sector: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said that the Central Government is committed to a strong public sector in many areas of the economy. ANI

Amity becomes first in India to host "Digitization of Cable TV Distribution System" seminar
For the first time in India, Amity Institute of Advance Telecom Training and Research (AIATTR), Amity University organized an awareness seminar on "Digitization of Cable TV Distribution System" here on Tuesday. ANI

Chidambaram rules out division of Manipur
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said there was no question of dividing the boundaries of Manipur. ANI

Demand for resignation over POSCO unjustified, says Naveen Patnaik
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said that the demand for his resignation by the opposition parties over giving land to the steel maker POSCO is illogical and without any justification. ANI

Chinese Premier to arrive in India today
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will arrive here today on a three-day state visit. ANI

2G scam: CBI raids Tamil NGO close to Kanimozhi
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday raided the office of Tamil Maiyam, an NGO in which Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's daughter and MP Kanimozhi is on the Board of Directors, in connection with the 2G scam. ANI

2G scam: CBI raids Nira Radia's office, residence
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday raided the office and residence of corporate lobbyist Nira Radia in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

IndiaMART Leader of Tomorrow Award - Packaging Goes to Shilp Gravures Ltd.
• Mr. Ambar Patel, MD, Shilp Gravures Ltd., honored to received the coveted Award • Confident that the recognition will strengthen their customers' & associates' faith in the company Geared up to achieve soaring heights of success, Mr. Ambar Patel, Managing Director, Shilp Gravures Ltd., has revolutionized the packaging industry with his creative practices and beliefs Business Wire India

Indian Companies take centre-stage in ArabPlast 2011
The tenth Arab International Plastics and Rubber Industry Trade Show and Conference, or ArabPlast 2011, the Middle East's leading trade expo for rubber, plastics and petrochemicals, has announced a record participation from Indian companies in the upcoming event. Over 100 Indian companies have confirmed their participation in this global event for plastics and rubber industry Business Wire India

INOX Air Products Announces Major Expansion Plans Across the Nation
INOX Air Products announced plans for a massive expansion in its capacities by adding four air separation units (ASU) and liquefiers for the merchant market across India with an investment of more than Rs 600 Cr. All the four new plants are scheduled to come on stream during 2012 and will enhance INOX Air Products merchant capacity by about 60% Business Wire India

International Games now Available on Rediff’s Social Media Platform MyPage; New Alliances with Game Developers Enhances Online Gaming Offering and Enriches User Experience for Millions India Limited (NASDAQ: REDF) today announced that International game developers MiniClip and from the UK, Lumosity, Canadian Revlry, Platogo from Austria, Disney and India Games have uploaded their gaming offerings on Rediff PlayGully, an integrated platform for both online gaming and social media Business Wire India

NIKON starts Collection Centres to cater to wider base of Nikon Customers
Nikon India, the 100% subsidiary of Nikon Corporation the leaders in imaging technology has started Nikon Collection Centre (NCC), an initiative taken by Nikon India to cater to the wider base of Nikon customers by floating Camera Collection Points across locations, especially the non metro areas. Speaking on the occasion Mr Business Wire India

DSM Nutritional Products Introduces Fabuless™ in Mumbai
DSM Nutritional Products, the global Life company headquartered in Switzerland today officially introduced Fabuless™ in Mumbai, with Jörgen Quick, Marketing Manager, Weight Management, DSM Nutritional Products. The program included the introduction of the company and the ingredient, Fabuless™ with its unique role in weight management that helps “one to eat less” Business Wire India

Deltenna's WiBE Increases 2Mbps Broadband Availability in India
Deltenna’s WiBE, a device to deliver fast broadband via the 3G mobile network, even in areas of weak 3G signal, is coming to India. Business Wire India

MoneyGram International and Bank of Baroda Partner to Offer Remittances
MoneyGram International, a global leader in the money transfer industry, and Bank of Baroda have announced they have joined forces to provide global money transfer services. Bank of Baroda was signed as MoneyGram’s international agent network under super-agent UAE Exchange Business Wire India

Market Study: Used Household Items get better price on the Internet than through Exchange Offers, one of India’s leading players in Local and Social Commerce, Online and on Mobile, today announced the results of a study undertaken on the Used Household Items Market in India. This study—a first-of-its-kind analysis of Used Household Item Sales and Purchase behaviour—has been conducted using Sulekha Business Wire India

Fujitsu Expands New Zero Client Portfolio with Two New Models
Fujitsu today announces two new Zero Client models: the Zero Client DZ22-2 and the Zero Client DZ19-2, providing more choices and flexibility that make it easier than ever for companies to integrate Zero Clients into their existing infrastructure Business Wire India

Incentives, Environment Issues and Grants from the Government will Attribute to the Growth of Electric Vehicles (Green Vehicles) Market in India – says Frost & Sullivan
As a major boost to the Indian Electric Vehicle Industry, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently announced a 20 percent financial incentive on the ex-factory price of electric cars and scooters sold in India. This will enable manufacturers to lower the prices and boost sales of Green Vehicles in India Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan Depicts a Bullish Scenario for the Environment Markets at its 2nd Annual Environment Industry Awards Night
Frost & Sullivan presented its 2nd Annual Environment Excellence Awards on Tuesday 14th December 2010 at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai. Frost & Sullivan presented 18 awards to 18 exemplary companies displaying outstanding accomplishments in their respective businesses and achieving a competitive and leading position in their markets Business Wire India

The Prestigious Lord Austin Lecture Held at IIT Madras
One of the Institution of Engineering & Technology’s (IET) prestigious lectures – the Lord Austin Lecture, was held in India for the first time. The first inaugural lecture was held on Saturday, 11 December 2010 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras auditorium in Chennai Business Wire India

Sterlite Industries: Update on Special Leave Petition in Supreme Court on Tuticorin Smelter
The Madras High Court passed an order on 28 September 2010, ordering the closure of the Tuticorin Smelter. Subsequently, the Company had filed a Special Leave Petition in the Honourable Supreme Court of India on September 29, 2010 against the Madras High Court order. Business Wire India

OxiCash ties up with to enhance Entertainment Ticket Sales in India
Oxigen Services India Pvt. Ltd, an IT-enabled multi- services platform and distributor of Recharges, Prepaid subscriptions and Bill payments, today announced a tie-up with, India's premiere E-commerce provider, a one stop shop for entertainment ticketing. Bookmyshow-emailer-pr2 Business Wire India

Lexington Soft Partners with Iron Mountain Inc. to Offer Market Leading Data Protection Products and Services to Customers in South Asia
Lexington Soft Pvt. Ltd., a reseller of best in class enterprise software products and software development tools, announced today that it has partnered with Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the information management company, to offer market leading data protection products and services to customers in South Asia Business Wire India

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