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Manmohan Singh condoles death of former Kerala CM Karunakaran
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the death of veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, who passed away in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. ANI

BJP wants to politicise 2G scam issue: Congress
Congress spokesperson Janaradan Dwivedi on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just wanted to politicise the 2G scam issue with their continuous disruptions in the Parliament over the setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the same. ANI

Congress condoles death of former Kerala CM Karunakaran
Congress Party leaders condoled the death of veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, who passed away in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. ANI

Chandrababu Naidu forcibly shifted to ICU
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President Chandrababu Naidu, who is on a hunger strike for the last seven days, has been forcibly shifted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after doctors reportedly shared concern that he could slip into coma or he could have a cardiac arrest. ANI

Protest in Coimbatore against Rahul Gandhi's Hindu terror remarks
Scores of activists belonging to the Shiv Sena and Munnani Hindu outfits held a massive black flag demonstration against Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi here on Thursday for his recent remarks on Hindu terror released by WikiLeaks. ANI

'I am deeply pained to learn of Karunakaran's demise', says Krishna
Condoling the death of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday said that he is deeply pained to learn of the demise of the veteran Congress leader. ANI

Govt. taking all measures to curtail onion price rise: Thomas
Expressing concern over the escalating prices of onions across the country, Minister of State for Food and Agriculture K.V. Thomas on Thursday said that the government is taking all possible measures to curtail the price rise. ANI

Vice President Ansari condoles death of former Kerala CM Karunakaran
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has condoled the death of veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, who passed away in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. ANI

2G scam probe is moving in right direction: Jayalalithaa
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa on Thursday said the probe in the 2G scam is moving in the right direction with former Telecom Minister A. Raja being summoned to New Delhi for questioning in the case. ANI

Maoists torch 14 vehicles in Orissa
A group of unidentified Maoists set ablaze, 14 vehicles and damaged a mobile communication tower near Mohana village in Orissa's Gajapati District. ANI

Sheila Dikshit blames media for spreading rumours on price rise
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday contradicting her earlier statement that the government is making all attempts to bring the prices under control, blamed the media for spreading rumours on the rising prices of onions. ANI

Crude oil wasted during Mehsana rig mishap
Crude oil worth millions was wasted after several pipes burst during repair work at a rig in Gujarat's Mehsana District. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir schools to remain open during winters
Authorities of Jammu and Kashmir have decided to keep the schools open during the winter season. ANI

Former Kerala CM Karunakaran dies after prolonged illness
Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K Karunakaran breathed his last on Thursday after suffering a stroke and acute breathing problems at a hospital here. ANI

Coimbatore students celebrate arrival of Christmas to spread communal amity
Students of a private college in Coimbatore celebrated advent of the Christmas festival to spread communal amity. ANI

Theme based Christmas cakes herald social messages in Siliguri
Prior to Christmas, unique theme based cakes have been prepared to spread awareness concerning a number of social causes in West Bengal's Siliguri District. ANI

Sibal backs Pranab Mukherjee's comments on 2G scam debate
Union Telecom and Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday backed Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's comments on a debate between the treasury benches and the opposition on the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Banks need to support a vibrant, inclusive economy: President Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday said banks will have to play a pivotal role in India's growth story, and added that the first priority for lenders should be to strengthen themselves to support a vibrant and inclusive economy. ANI

Nirupama Rao to launch MEA and PD Division websites on Friday
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will launch the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Public Diplomacy (PD) Division websites at 3 p.m. on Friday. ANI

Trinamool Congress leaders to meet Manmohan Singh
A team of Trinamool Congress leaders will meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh this evening and apprise him of the alleged deteriorating law and order situation in West Bengal. ANI

High Court directs ND Tiwari to undergo paternity test
The Delhi High Court on Thursday ordered veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari to undergo a DNA test to ascertain the veracity of Rohit Shekhar's claim that he is his biological son. ANI

RSS leader Indresh Kumar questioned for Mecca Masjid blast
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned RSS executive member Indresh Kumar in connection with the blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad in 2007 and the Ajmer blast. ANI

Trade picks up in Gangtok during Dalai Lama's visit
Visitors from across the world thronged Gangtok to attend sermons delivered by the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, providing boost to the trade and business in the region. ANI

Karunakaran's condition continues to be critical
The condition of ailing Congress leader K Karunakaran continued to be critical on Thursday. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee wants apology from Opposition for Parliament deadlock
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday demanded an apology from the Opposition, accusing it of destroying Parliament after they rejected his offer of a special session to discuss the Joint Parliamentary Probe (JPC) issue on 2G scam. ANI

Chandrababu Naidu's health deteriorates as hunger strike enters 7th day
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Chandrababu Naidu, continued his hunger strike for the seventh day today despite a rapid deterioration in his medical condition. ANI

CPI(M) misuses central forces; Mamata threatens to quit
Railway Minister and Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee has said that she was ready to quit if she could not prove that the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) was misusing central security forces brought for anti-Maoist operations in West Bengal. ANI

Train services continue to remain disrupted due to Gujjar agitation
Train services continue to remain disrupted in Rajasthan as Gujjars have stepped up their agitation a day after the High Court kept on hold the state government's Reservation Act giving five per cent extra quota for Gujjars in government jobs. ANI

Verdict on N D Tiwari paternity suit today
The Delhi High Court will pronounce its order on whether veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari would have to undergo a DNA test following a claim by Rohit Shekhar, who claims to be his biological son ANI

Krishna-Hillary discuss Obama visit, Afghanistan
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has invited US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the second round of strategic dialogue during a telephonic conversation on late Wednesday evening. ANI

Duke Fashions India Ltd. Receives IndiaMART Leader of Tomorrow Award 2010 -Apparel and Accessories Category
With its belief in the principles of Total Quality Management, Duke Fashions India Ltd., has revolutionized the Indian apparel industry. As a recognition of his contribution towards the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector, Mr. Kuntal Raj Jain, Director, Duke Fashions India Ltd Business Wire India

Axis Bank to Provide MoneyGram International Remittance Services
MoneyGram International, a global leader in the money transfer industry, has added Axis Bank as a new agent. The bank joined MoneyGram’s international agent network through super-agent UAE Exchange. Axis Bank will offer MoneyGram’s money transfer services at 1,100 locations across the country Business Wire India

Etisalat DB Opens Second Customer Contact Center
Cheers Mobile Services, the GSM service from Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Limited (Etisalat DB), a joint venture between UAE’S largest telecom group, Etisalat and the Dynamix Balwas Group, today inaugurated its second customer contact centre in Noida, India Business Wire India

Security Brigade’s CEO in Top 5 of Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
India's Student Entrepreneur Vineet Kumar, Founder & CEO of Security Brigade and Chairman of National Anti-Hacking Group stands one among the Top 5 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA),2010 held at Kansas City, USA. 21 years old, Vineet currently is a student at Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok. (GSEA official website) Top 30 Business Wire India

The Much Awaited New BMW X1 Debuts in India
The new BMW X1 was launched in New Delhi in three variants: BMW X1 sDrive18i (petrol), BMW X1 sDrive20d (diesel) and BMW X1 sDrive20d Exclusive (diesel) and can now be ordered at BMW dealerships across India. Dr. Andreas Schaaf with the new BMW X1 Business Wire India

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