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Centre ready to hold a 'Special Session' in Parliament over 2G scam
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre is ready to hold a 'Special Session' in the Parliament over the controversy surrounding the 2G scam. ANI

26/11-terror attack brought sea change in coastal security approach: Antony
Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday said the government is making all out efforts in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack to ensure security of the coastal regions of the country. ANI

Azam Khan's controversial remarks on Kashmir provokes harsh criticism
The controversial statement of Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on whether Kashmir is a part of India has invited ire and harsh reaction from leaders of different political parties. ANI

J-K Govt. lifts ban on SMS on post-paid mobiles
The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday withdrew the ban on Short Messaging Services (SMS) for the customers using post-paid mobile phone, but the ban on sending of bulk messages remained in force. ANI

Russian President leaves for Moscow after winding up India visit
Russian President Dmitry A. Medvedev left for Moscow on Wednesday evening after winding up his two-day state visit to India. ANI

Andhra Congress leaders meet PM, Sonia Gandhi to express concern over farmers' plight
A delegation of Congress MLAs from Andhra Pradesh met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi here on Wednesday to convey the plight of farmers in their region. ANI

Activists protest outside Russian Consulate against proposed nuclear plant
Scores of activists belonging to the 'Committee Against Nuclear Plant and To Save Homes, Life and Livelihood' staged a sit-in protest outside the Russian Consulate here on Wednesday against the setting up of a proposed nuclear power plant. ANI

Advani asks Prime Minister to face JPC probe or quit
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani on Wednesday demanded that the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, should either face a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe over the 2G scam or quit. ANI

Congress hits out at BJP for making remarks against PM over 2G scam
Congress Party slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its renewed attack on the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, at the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)'s public rally here on Wednesday, where they demanded his resignation over the 2G scam. ANI

Medha Patkar slams Pawar over alleged involvement in Lavasa project
Social activist Medha Patkar on Wednesday criticized Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar over his alleged involvement in the controversial housing project at Lavasa near Pune. ANI

Manipur's Tingkai village electrified by solar-wind hybrid project
The authorities have electrified Tingkai village in Manipur's Senapati District through a solar-wind hybrid project after five years of its resettlement in 2001. ANI

Fake nursing institute in Manipur dupes students
Scores of students enrolled in a nursing academy in Manipur's Porampat town were duped after the institute turned out to be a fake one. ANI

Tiger conservation project promoted by Rashtrapati Bhawan
A public art project that aims to raise funds for the conservation of tigers in India, Artiger, began in Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. ANI

Srinagar authorities launch cleanliness drive at Chuntkul lake
Authorities in Srinagar have launched a massive cleanliness drive to restore the glory of Chuntkul, an outflow channel of the famous Dal Lake, which is choked by garbage. ANI

National Handloom Expo 2010 in New Delhi
The Union Ministry of Textiles organised the National Handloom Expo 2010 in New Delhi to promote handlooms in the markets. ANI

Nasik farmers angry at government's decision to ban onion exports
Farmers have expressed their discontentment with the Central Government decision in Nasik to ban export of onions. ANI

Freezing cold continues to grip Himachal Pradesh
People in Shimla suffer as cold wave condition in Himachal Pradesh still persists. ANI

Lucknow's Mughlai dishes quality affected by soaring onion prices
Soaring prices of onion have affected the famous Mughlai cuisine in Lucknow. ANI

Rahul Gandhi assures Prime Minister would soon fix price rise problem
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh would soon fix the problem of rise in prices. ANI

Guwahati hosts Christmas cake festival
To celebrate the advent of Christmas, a cake festival was organised in Guwahati. ANI

Death sentence awarded to Surinder Koli in Nithari killings case
A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here on Wednesday awarded death sentence to Surinder Koli after finding him guilty of rape and murder of 12-year-old girl Deepali in the sensational Nithari killings in 2006. ANI

Sibal slams NDA rally for 'denigrating country's image'
Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rally for attacking government institutions and 'denigrating the country's image'. ANI

Manmohan Singh should face JPC or quit: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday renewed its attack against the Congress and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the 2G scam. ANI

Rid Kashmir from the menace of 'Charas'
The tranquility of Kashmir has been broken more than a few times in the past few months but it seems that the only problem to be sorted is not one that is most apparent ANI

Need to preserve richness of diversity and multi-culturism: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said that it is a major challenge for all of us to ensure that the richness of our diversity and multi-culturism is preserved and nourished. ANI

Rajasthan High Court rejects five percent quota plea for Gujjars
The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday rejected a petition seeking five per cent reservation in government job for the Gujjar community. ANI

Delhi's unauthorised colonies will be legalized, promises Jaipal Reddy
Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy has said that the government would bring in new legislation to protect the irregular and unauthoriesd colonies of Delhi. ANI

Jharkhand police bust Maoist hide out, arrest three
In a major breakthrough during anti Maoists operations, security forces arrested three top ultras in Jharkhand's Bokaro city. ANI

Four Maoists surrender before Andhra police
Four top Maoists laid down their arms before the Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday. ANI

Delhi shivers as mercury dips further
The minimum temperature in the national capital on Wednesday plunged to the season's lowest so far at 5.2 degrees Celsius. ANI

Prithvi-II ballistic missile successfully test-fired
India on Wednesday test-fired two Prithvi-II nuclear-capable ballistic missiles from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur on sea in Orissa. ANI

National Democratic Alliance to hold massive rally in Delhi
After stalling the Parliament for almost the entire Winter Session, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has decided to take its fight against corruption to the streets of the national capital today. ANI

New Coast Guard stations in Lakshadweep to keep pirates at bay
To bolster coastal security and keep pirates at bay, India will open two Coast Guard establishments in Lakshadweep on Friday. ANI

Tasty Diary Specialities Ltd. get the IndiaMART Leader of Tomorrow Award- Agri Business (Food processing) Category
Backed by the commitment to bring welfare to the bottom of pyramid, Tasty Diary Specialities Ltd. is the proud winner of IndiaMART Leader of Tomorrow Award 2010 in Agri Business(Food processing) category. The Honourable Union Minister for Home Affairs Mr. P. Chidambaram, presented the award to Mr. Atul Mehra, Chairman and Managing Director, Tasty Diary Specialities Ltd Business Wire India

Uflex Ltd. Adopts Cricket initiatives of ‘Stairs’
India's largest flexible packaging company-Uflex Ltd., which has a long-standing interest in responsible business practices, has adopted cricket initiatives taken by Stairs, an NGO working towards health, education and sports of underprivileged children Business Wire India

Ugam Solutions Signs MoU with KG College of Arts and Science (KG CAS), Coimbatore
An MoU was signed between KG College of Arts and Science (KG CAS), Coimbatore and Ugam Solutions, a leading provider of marketing decision support solutions to global organizations. The MoU was signed by Sunil Mirani, CEO of Ugam Solutions and Ashok Bakhthavatsalam, Managing Director, KG Information Systems Private Limited and Managing Trustee of KG CAS Business Wire India

Rediff SongBuzz Announces 10 of ’10, the Top Bollywood Songs of the Year
Rediff’s social music streaming service SongBuzz, which enables users to discover new music through people with similar taste in music, today announced their first 10 of ’10 list, the top 10 Bollywood songs of the year. The list is based on the songs that users have been streaming on the service Business Wire India

Polaris, IBM prove Scale of Support for IntellectTM Cards Platform
Polaris Software, a leading Financial Technology company, today announced performance report findings for Polaris’ IntellectTM Cards, which prove its ability to successfully support peak business volumes on existing infrastructure, meeting industry expectations. The research was jointly conducted by IBM Systems and Technology Group ISV Enablement and Polaris Software Lab Ltd Business Wire India

Cisco Accelerates Borderless Networks Outreach through ‘Borderless Profithon’ Partner Programme
Cisco, today announced the launch of Borderless Profithon partner programme aimed at accelerating Borderless Networks business in the SMB and mid-market segment for routing, switching, security and wireless technologies. It is designed to reward partners, and to drive awareness for Cisco’s Borderless Networks Architecture across SMB markets. The programme will remain live until April 29, 2011 Business Wire India

Grohe Introduces the New Euphoria Shower System
Grohe from Germany, the world’s number 1 brand in sanitary fittings offers a perfect showering experience yet again with the launch of its compact and versatile Euphoria Shower System with Thermostatic Bath Spout Business Wire India

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