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Russian President to leave for Agra on Wednesday morning
Visiting Russian President Dmitry A. Medvedev will emplane for Agra at 10: a.m. on Wednesday, and then fly to Mumbai, where he would visit IIT Powai, and also the Film City. ANI

New Zealand Governor General to be Chief Guest of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2011
The Governor General of New Zealand, Sir Anand Satyanand will be the Chief Guest of forthcoming 9th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD)-2011. ANI

Manmohan Singh expresses deep concern over sharp rise in onion prices
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday expressing deep concern over the skyrocketing prices of onions said effective steps should be taken to bring down the prices of the commodity to affordable levels. ANI

People of Kashmir want peace: Dileep Padgaonkar
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, after his visit to the border district of Rajouri and Poonch on Tuesday said the people want peace in the region. ANI

Bombay High Court pulls up Maharashtra Govt. over Adarsh scam
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday slammed the Maharashtra Government over the controversial Adarsh Housing Society scam saying it is 'a clear-cut case of manipulation' by its officers in which everybody who was supposed to clear the file was 'gifted' a flat. ANI

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to have a two-year term
The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday informed that the 'Appointment Committee of the Cabinet' has approved the extension in service of Nirupama Rao as Foreign Secretary till July 31, 2011. ANI

Centre issues terror alert for Mumbai, Ahmedabad following intelligence reports
The Central Government on Tuesday issued high alert for Mumbai and Ahmedabad after specific intelligence reports that some terror outfits are suspected to have positioned themselves in these two cities. ANI

Russia to garner support for India's entry in SCO
Russia on Tuesday welcomed India's intention to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and said that India's entry into the group as permanent member will increase the relevance of the organisation. ANI

Sibal meets Sunil Mittal, Anil Ambani on telecom sector concerns
Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday met Bharti Airtel's Sunil Mittal and Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group (ADAG) chairman Anil Ambani to discuss issues and ways to ensure that the growth of the telecom sector is not derailed. ANI

Rajya Sabha MP Chandrasekhar wants Standing Committee on IT to probe 2G scam
Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has written to the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology urging them to begin an independent probe into the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Gadkari insists on JPC probe in 2G scam
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday insisted that the Central Government must constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum scam, and questioned Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on him being ready to appear before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC). ANI

Unlocking the potential of rural unorganized sector
When we talk of India's mammoth work force, be it in rural or urban scenarios, what comes to mind is the 'unorganised' sector. They form the multitudes that do not 'belong' to a sector governed by a slew of measures in accordance with labour laws or employment terms defined by policy measures ANI

India, Russia sign 30 pacts
India and Russia on Tuesday signed 30 crucial deals in several key areas, including nuclear cooperation, defence, pharmaceutical and space technology sectors. ANI

India Russia urge Pakistan to bring 26/11 culprits to justice
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is in India for an annual summit, today said: " No civilized country can hide terrorists as law abiding citizens." ANI

Russia welcomes India's decision to set up Global Centre for Nuclear Energy
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday welcomed India's decision to set up a Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership here and agreed to discuss future cooperation with this Centre. ANI

Manmohan Singh delighted with Indo-Russian oil, gas pact
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday expressed his delight and satisfaction over India and Russia concluding an inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in the oil and gas sector following the hard work put in by both the sides. ANI

India, Russia focus on UN's draft Comprehensive Convention to fight terrorism
Reaffirming that international terrorism is a threat to global peace and security, India and Russia on Tuesday called for the early completion of negotiations on the United Nation's draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. ANI

CBI questions Nira Radia in 2G scam case
Corporate lobbyist Nira Radia was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Jaganmohan Reddy begins 48-hour hunger strike
Following Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu, former Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday launched his 48-hour 'Lakshya Deeksha', hunger-strike for farmers. ANI

Pawar says onion prices will fall after three weeks
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said that prices of onions are likely to fall only after three weeks. ANI

Explosives seized in Kashmir
Indian Army personnel seized powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and cache of arms and ammunition from Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district during the week-end. ANI

Tibetans are real holders of Nalanda tradition, says Dalai Lama
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that Tibetans are the real holders of Nalanda tradition and are true followers of Indian gurus (teachers). ANI

Gujjar protest in Rajasthan hits rail traffic
Movement of trains between Mathura in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan's Bharatpur was disrupted on Tuesday by Gujjars who have been asking for five per cent reservation in government jobs. ANI

2G scam: Nira Radia being questioned today
Corporate lobbyist Nira Radia on Tuesday reached the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters for interrogation in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Tribal students benefit from Chhattisgarh Govt.'s 'Hostel Scheme'
In its endeavor to promote literacy in the State, particularly tribal children, the Chhattisgarh Government has launched a 'Hostel Scheme' in several interior villages. ANI

ET NOW Features Grand Finale of 'IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2010'
• To telecast the last episode of glittering Awards Ceremony which took place on December 3 • Curtains draw on the season 1 of IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow show on the channel After bringing the champions of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector up and close to a million other entrepreneurs, the IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow show on ET NOW comes to an end Business Wire India

Actis Expands its Experience Centre in Mumbai with the addition of a high-tech Boardroom
Actis Technologies, India’s most trusted audio visual specialists, today announced the expansion of their Experience Center with the addition of a high-tech Boardroom, equipped with cutting edge solutions The Actis Experience Centre (AEC) Mumbai provides hands-on experience of audio and visual solutions catering to the enterprise, government, hospitality, education and residential sectors Business Wire India

Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited Commissions India’s largest grid-connected Solar Farm in Tamil Nadu
Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited (MBCEL), a subsidiary of Moser Baer Projects Private Limited (MBPPL) has commissioned the country’s largest and the first 5 MW solar farm at Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu. The technical expertise for commissioning was provided by the EPC (Engineering Procurement Commissioning) arm of Moser Baer Solar Limited Business Wire India

Cellular Tower Study Debunks Radiation Myth
The first of its kind study, specific to the Indian environment carried out Independently by the Premier Engineering Institutes revealed that “Levels of Radiation” from cellular base stations in Delhi fall hundreds of times below international safety standards, Business Wire India

Heightened Security Concerns Enhance the Market Prospects of Biometrics, Finds Frost & Sullivan
Biometrics is the fastest emerging technology in the Indian securities and identification market and is finding increasing application in various government and non-government applications such as driving license, e-passport, land records, as well as time and attendance Business Wire India

Wipro Technologies Wins Industry Award for Leadership in the Embedded/VLSI Industry Segment
Wipro Technologies, the Global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing Business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT), today announced that it has been awarded the ‘2010 Outstanding Corporate Award' for contribution to the Embedded systems and Very-Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) industry segment Business Wire India

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