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Maoists kill seven 'Forward Bloc' workers in West Bengal
Suspected Maoists shot dead seven 'Forward Bloc' workers in West Bengal's Purulia District on Friday suspecting them to be police informers. ANI

WikiLeaks release: BJP activists burn Rahul Gandhi's effigy in Kanpur
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists agitated over Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's statement on radical Hindu groups, which was released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, burnt his effigy in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur city on Friday. ANI

Kashmir interlocutor Padgaonkar denies criticizing CM Abdullah
Dileep Padgaonkar, a senior journalist and one of the interlocutors appointed by the Centre to seek out various shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir, on Friday denied media reports that he had criticized Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Government and praised the contents of self-rule document. ANI

Telugu Desam Party begins hunger strike demanding relief for farmers
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandra Babu Naidu and his supporters began an indefinite hunger strike here on Friday to protest the lack of remuneration for flood-hit farmers. ANI

Theatre festival to promote environmental concerns in Assam
The Badungduppa theatre Group has organised a traditional theatre festival to promote environmental concerns in Assam's Golapara District. ANI

Karnataka's 'Pilikula Heritage Village' preserves pottery tradition
The district administration of South Kanara in Karnataka has successfully preserved the artistic tradition of pottery by setting up an exclusive centre named 'Pilikula Heritage Village' near Mangalore. ANI

Muslim devotees mourn martyrdom of Imam Hussain
Muslim devotees walked barefoot on flaming embers to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in Lucknow. ANI

Visitors throng cactus exhibition in Kalimpong
Hundreds of visitors thronged a nursery to see a cactus show displaying unique varieties of the thorny plant in West Bengal's Kalimpong District. ANI

Cactus exhibition in Kalimpong
Hundreds of visitors thronged a nursery to see a cactus show displaying unique varieties of the thorny plant in West Bengal's Kalimpong District. ANI

Chaos at Delhi's Terminal 3 after system collapse
There was chaos at Delhi's Terminal 3 on Friday as all flights were delayed after the computerized check-in system, the ticketing system and the baggage handling system, broke down completely. ANI

Tyre burst at Mumbai's CSIA, all passengers safe
An Air India flight (IC 887) from Aurangabad to Mumbai suffered a tyre burst during taxing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) here on Friday, but all passengers on board were reported to be safe. ANI

Baba Ramdev to enter politics?
Baba Ramdev, renowned yoga guru, on Friday hinted at having political ambitions. ANI

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets Vice President Ansari, Sushma Swaraj
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj here on Friday and discussed a wide range of issues. ANI

WikiLeaks release: BJP has a habit of politicising issues, says Tiwari
Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari on Friday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over their reaction to Rahul Gandhi's statement on radical Hindu groups, which was released by WikiLeaks cable, saying they have a habit of politicising issues. ANI

Russian envoy downplays Haripur nuke reactor plant reservations
Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, on Friday downplayed reservations about setting up nuclear reactors in Haripur, West Bengal. ANI

Reply to Governor on land scams, illegal mining in two days time: Yeddyurappa
Reacting to Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj's letters seeking clarification from the State Government on illegal mining and alleged land scams, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Friday said his office has received two letters and a befitting reply would be given to it within the next two days. ANI

Indian delegation to visit Bangladesh to discuss 'Joint Celebrations'
A nine-member Indian delegation led by Jawhar Sircar, Secretary, Union Ministry of Culture, will visit Bangladesh from December 19 to 22 to finalise the 'Joint Indo-Bangladesh Celebrations' on literary icon Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary in a manner befitting his vision and spirit. ANI

Kashmir interlocutors begin third visit from today
The three interlocutors appointed by the Central Government to seek out various shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir have begun their third visit to the state from Friday, following which they will most probably submit the 'broad contours' for a political settlement to the decades-old issue. ANI

Festivals of China in India played crucial role in increasing awareness: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said the festivals of China in India have played a crucial role in increasing awareness about both countries and their cultures. ANI

Russia does not see India's nuke liability law as an obstacle, but seeks more information
Russia does not see India's nuclear liability law as an obstacle, but adds that it like to have more information on it. ANI

Corporate lobbying not illegal: Khurshid
Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that corporate lobbying within legitimate limits is not illegal, but requires a more transparent model. ANI

Congress sees conspiracy behind WikiLeaks cable release
The Congress on Friday issued a statement saying it suspected a conspiracy behind the release of the WikiLeaks cable, which says Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had told United States Ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer, that the growth of 'radicalised Hindu groups' is a bigger threat to the nation than the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). ANI

Pak should do away with 43 training camps on its soil: Russian envoy
Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander M. Kadakin, on Friday, described terrorism coming out of Pakistan as cancer, and urged Islamabad to do away with the 43 terrorist training camps that are known to be operating from its soil. ANI

Chinese cotton buyers visit Rajkot to buy Shankar 6 variety
Chinese cotton buyers visited Gujarat's Rajkot city to buy the famous Shankar 6 variety of cotton. ANI

Media sensationalised border issue, says Wen Jiabao
The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday said the media exaggerated the boundary issue between India and China. ANI

Chinese Premier calls on opposition leader Sushma Swaraj in Delhi
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj here on Friday. ANI

India conveys its concern to China over terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil
The Centre has conveyed serious concern over terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil to the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao who will be reaching Islamabad today. ANI

Bangladesh to honour 226 Indians for support in 1971 'Liberation War'
Bangladesh will honour 226 Indians for their crucial support during the country's 1971 'Liberation War', as it marks the 40th Victory Day anniversary next year. ANI

Chinese Premier Jiabao heads to Pakistan to boost trade
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao left for Pakistan on Friday for a three-day visit aimed at boosting trade and investment by finalizing 20 billion dollars worth of deals. ANI

Vaikuntha Ekadasi celebrations in Trichy
Devotees took part in a grand procession in Tamil Nadu's Trichy District that marked the beginning of the festival of Vaikuntha Ekadasi on Friday. ANI

Curfew imposed in Srinagar during Moharum
Curfew was imposed in Srinagar on Friday to prevent any untoward law and order incident during Moharum, which is being observed throughout the country. ANI

Students campaign to save tigers in Coimbatore
Over 2000 students took part in a campaign to save the tiger here on Thursday. ANI

2G Scam: Congress says demand for JPC is politically motivated
The Congress party, which heads the UPA Government at the center, has termed the opposition's persistent demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into telecom irregularities as politically motivated. ANI

Ducon Technologies (I) Pvt. Ltd. Announced IndiaMART Leader of Tomorrow – Engineering Products Category
- Mr. Kiran Patil, CEO & Director, Ducon Technologies determined to make the company the most respectable one in the country - Proud to emerge victorious from the huge nominations received in the category Echoing dedication and strive for excellence, Mr. Kiran Patil, CEO and Director, Ducon Technologies (I) Pvt. Ltd Business Wire India

Etisalat Named Best Middle East Wholesale Provider for Third Consecutive Year At Capacity Awards
Etisalat has been named the best wholesale provider of telecommunications services in the Middle East for the third consecutive year at the annual Capacity Awards ceremony which took place in Amsterdam, Holland Business Wire India

SIFY Introduces Microsoft based Applications to Enrich Online User Experience
Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ NM: SIFY), a leader in Enterprise and Consumer Internet Services in India with global delivery capabilities announced a number of interactive user applications to enrich user experience in partnership with Microsoft India. • The first, an Interactive Cricket Scorecard on Sify sports powered by Microsoft Silverlight platform Business Wire India

Nexon Selects PlaySpan’s Monetization Platform For Nexon Cash (NX)
Nexon America, the North American publishing arm of Nexon Corp., announced today a new partnership with PlaySpan, the global leader in monetization solutions for online games, virtual worlds, and social networks, and video games Business Wire India

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