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Russian President to arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday morning
The President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry A. Medvedev, will be arriving in New Delhi on a two-day visit at 12: 15 a.m. on Tuesday for the 11th India-Russia Summit Meeting. ANI

2G scam: Raja should be arrested, says Jayalalithaa
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa on Monday demanded that former Telecom Minister A. Raja, who has been summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for questioning in connection with the 2G scam, should be arrested on corruption charges. ANI

Manmohan Singh asks Pakistan to stop exporting terror
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday said friendly relations with Pakistan is possible only when it stops anti-India activities on its soil. ANI

Manmohan Singh sees end-March inflation at 5.5 percent
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday said that the rate of inflation would be curbed by early next year to settle at 5.5 percent. ANI

Our good fortune to work under Sonia Gandhi: Manmohan Singh
Praising Congress President Sonia Gandhi's clean politics and her agenda for eradicating corruption, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday termed it his good fortune to work under her. ANI

Nobody guilty of corruption will be spared: Manmohan Singh
Stressing his government's commitment to integrity, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday warned that "nobody guilty will be spared, irrespective of which party he belongs to, and how powerful he may be." ANI

Govt. suspends onion exports till Jan. 15 next year
The Government on Monday decided to suspend onion exports till January 15, 2011, in the wake of rising prices of the commodity, which is being sold at Rs 60 to 70/kg in the retail market at present. ANI

Aspirant cops demand Bihar Govt.'s inquiry in selection process
A group of aspirant cops staged a protest outside Bihar Chief Minister's Nitish Kumar's residence here on Monday demanding the state government to enquire in the matter of selection in police force. ANI

ECI, CEC of Russian Federation to sign MoU in field of elections tomorrow
The Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Russian Federation will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on mutual understanding and cooperation in the field of elections here on Tuesday. ANI

Sibal hits back at BJP for rejecting PM's offer on 2G scam
Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on Monday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for rejecting Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's unprecedented offer of appearing before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in connection with the 2G scam. ANI

Charity horse race organised for blind in Mumbai
A charity horse race was organised for visually impaired children here during the weekend. ANI

Leopards to be relocated in West Bengal
Three leopards will be shifted from the Khayerbari animal rescue centre of West Bengal's Jalpaiguri District to the Alipore Zoo in Kolkata. ANI

Two dalit girls burnt to death in Moradabad
Two girls belonging to the lower-caste dalit community were burnt to death when a mob set fire to their house in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district on Sunday. ANI

Ahmedabad hosts traditional food festival
A three-day traditional food festival was organised by the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) here during the weekend. ANI

Hamid Ansari calls for more funds for State Universities to improve higher education
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Monday said that higher education cannot improve in India unless State Universities, which are the backbone and represent the bulk of enrolment, are able to obtain greater funds, create new infrastructure and enrich their existing academic programmes. ANI

Over 300 dogs participate in Amritsar show
Over 300 dogs of 50 different breeds participated in a dog show organised by the Kennel Club of India (KCI) here recently. ANI

'Think differently, discover the impossible', says Kalam to students
Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Monday called upon the students to discover the impossible, while asking the teachers to encourage the young minds to think differently. ANI

Home Secretary G K Pillai suggests reforms in police force
Union Home Secretary G K Pillai on Monday suggested reforms in the police forces to root out corruption. ANI

Sonia Gandhi promises to take corruption "head-on"
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday reiterated that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government will take "corruption head-on". ANI

Children celebrate advent of Christmas in Kolkata
Children celebrated the advent of Christmas by singing carols and various colourful events to spread the message of love and peace here during the weekend. ANI

Maoists kill railway worker, burn bulldozer in West Bengal
Maoists killed a railway worker and burnt a bulldozer near Nunnungeria village in West Bengal's Jhargram district during the weekend. ANI

'I will cooperate with CBI in 2G scam probe', says Raja
Dismissing reports of him seeking anticipatory bail, former Telecom Minister A. Raja, who has been summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for questioning in connection with the 2G scam, on Monday described the procedure as a natural process, and said he would continue to cooperate with the investigating agency. ANI

Micro finance helping poor in rural Assam
A micro credit scheme is helping people in the rural and interior areas of Assam to reshape their socio-economic conditions by empowering them. ANI

BJP is envious of Congress: Chidambaram
Launching a sarcastic attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday described it as being envious of the Congress and its achievements over the past six years. ANI

World's highest hotel likely in Shanghai by 2014
China is likely to hold the record of having the 'World's Highest Hotel' when The Shanghai Tower J Hotel completes in 2014. ANI

Tourists throng annual 'Hornbill Festival' in Nagaland
Tourists thronged the annual week-long 'Hornbill Festival' that was held here recently. ANI

BJP charges Manmohan Singh of being defensive on 2G scam
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, of going on the defensive and hiding something, after he offered to appear before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in connection with the 2G scam. ANI

Bihar Congress ticket fraud: Wasnik under fire
The final day of the three-day 83rd plenary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Monday saw Congress workers and leaders from Bihar demanding action against the party general secretary in charge of the state, Mukul Wasnik, for allegedly selling tickets meant for deserving candidates who wanted to contest the recently held assembly polls. ANI

2G scam: 'Action will be taken against Raja if he is found guilty', says Karunanidhi
Reacting to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) notice sent to former Telecom Minister A ANI

Manipur hosts Catholic Mission Congress 2010
The first ever Manipur Catholic Mission Congress was held here recently with people from all the districts participating in it. ANI

Fight against Naxalism cannot be won only through security measures: PM
Calling for a rapid development of the Naxal-infested regions, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday said, "fight against Naxalism cannot be won only through security measures. ANI

2G scam: CBI summons A Raja for questioning
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday sent a notice to former Telecom Minister A Raja to appear before it for questioning in connection with the 2G scam. ANI

Fasting TDP chief Naidu taken into custody, hospitalized
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu, who is on a hunger strike demanding compensation for farmers, was forcibly taken into custody and shifted to hospital this morning as his health condition deteriorated following his protest fast. ANI

Light up the Festive Season on your Intel® Atom Powered Netbook with Intel®AppUpSM Center
Intel India brings added joy this festive season with a dynamic combination of chic technology and great offerings to celebrate the holiday season. Consumers can get an interactive, engaging and enhanced computing experience by combining the best of the technology and innovation of Intel Atom processor-based netbooks and engaging content from the Intel® AppUp Center Business Wire India

Finance Experts Recognise Risks as Emerging Markets are Poised for Growth
Experts discussed how markets in China, India and the Middle East are currently poised for economic growth whilst carefully emphasising the necessity to recognise the risks ahead at the CHIME Investment Summit 2010 held at the ITC Maratha in Mumbai on December 13th and 14th Business Wire India

ISLE Organizes International Light Fair in Chennai from 4th to 7th March 2011
Supported by Government agencies like TNEB (Tamil Nadu Electricity Board), TEDA (Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency), Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Industries, NSIC, and others, the Chennai centre of Indian Society of Lighting Engineers (ISLE) is organizing biggest ever Light Fair at Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, from 4 to 7 March 2011 Business Wire India

Aryan Global Networks Launches PhokatCall - a Free Calling Service from Mobile
Aryan Global Networks, a start-up company providing solutions for social media marketing, website and search engine optimization techniques today announced a free calling service from mobile with the introduction of "PhokatCall". “PhokatCall” is a unique service for providing free calls for prepaid mobile users especially in case of a zero balance Business Wire India

DSLRs and Photo Printing Popular amongst all Age Groups – Canon Survey
• Women prefer owning DSLRs over digicams and camcorders • Printer usage for photos most popular among teenagers • Experiential Buying, a new consumer purchase trend in Imaging industry Canon India today revealed interesting findings of an online survey on consumer behavior while buying consumer products like cameras and printers Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan: Indian PPE Market to Grow Past USD300 Million by 2016 as End-user Awareness Rises
With India slowly gaining stature as a manufacturing hub, growth opportunities are rife for manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) across various industries. However, better awareness among end users regarding the importance of good quality PPE and regulatory support will be a prerequisite for the market to reach its true potential. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan ( http://www Business Wire India

Drug Price Inflation Accounts for a Third of the 18.9% Pharma Growth in the Quarter Ending Nov. 2010.
The Indian pharmaceutical market recorded a healthy quarterly growth rate of 18.9% for the quarter ending Nov. 2010. Per PharmaTrac, the market-leading sales audit provided by AIOCD AWACS, drug price inflation accounted for almost a third of this at 5.4%. Drug price inflation is up from 3.1% in the quarter ending Nov. 2009 to 5.4% in the quarter ending Nov. 2010. Total volume growth was 13.6% Business Wire India

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