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NDMA Vice Chairman hands over pre-fabricated shelters to Ladakh AHDC
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Vice Chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy has handed over sixteen prefabricated shelters to the Ladhak Autonomous Hill Development Council (AHDC) in the aftermath of the cloudburst and flash floods in Leh. ANI

Indo-Myanmar 'Home Secretary Level' talks to be held in New Delhi
The sixteenth 'Home Secretary Level' talks between India and Myanmar would be held from December 27 to 30 in New Delhi. ANI

Stop violence in West Bengal, says Chidambaram to Buddhadeb
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has written a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in which he has expressed serious concern about the law and order situation in the state. ANI

Chidambaram felicitates police sportspersons for winning medals at CWG, Asian Games
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday felicitated the police sportspersons, who won medals for the country in the 19th Commonwealth Games and the 16th Asian Games. ANI

PM greets nation on occasion of Christmas
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday greeted the nation on the joyous occasion of Christmas. ANI

President, Vice President greet citizens on occasion of Christmas
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday greeted citizens on the joyous occasion of Christmas, which would be celebrated tomorrow. ANI

Naxalism is an obstacle to country's growth, says Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday called for bringing an end to the Naxal problem in order to sustain the growth rate of 10-11% per cent per annum. ANI

Advani accuses Congress of being over obsessed with BJP's activities
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani on Friday accused the Congress Party of being over obsessed with BJP's activities in raising the issue of scams and demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

India on radar of terrorists, getting threats everyday: Antony
India is on the radar of terrorists and has thwarted more than hundreds of threats from terror outfits in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, according to Defence Minister AK Antony. ANI

Shillong Chamber Choir performs for Govt. officials ahead of Christmas
The members of Shillong Chamber Choir, which impressed US President Barack Obama during his recent State-visit to India, today performed in front of government officials here on Friday. ANI

Governor to address joint session of State Assembly despite political rivalry, says Yeddyurappa
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday said that Governor H R Bhardwaj would address the joint session of the State Assembly on January 6, 2011, despite the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State having political differences with him. ANI

BJP considers 'Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India's ideology':Jaitley
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Friday extending all support to the people here said the party considers Jammu and Kashmir as a part of India's ideology. ANI

Two Coast Guard stations established in Arabian Sea to safeguard India's interest
Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday inaugurated two Coast Guard establishments in Lakshadweep in order to strengthen the coastal security in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks and against the backdrop of rising incidents of piracy near the 7,500 km-long Indian coastline in the past few weeks. ANI

TDP chief Naidu breaks eight-day long fast
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President Chandrababu Naidu, who was on a huger strike for the last eight days demanding better compensation for flood-hit farmers broke his fast here on Friday evening. ANI

Chhattisgarh Police arrest nine tribals for killing a tiger
Chhattisgarh Police has arrested nine tribals for killing a tiger of the famous Kanha Rashtriya Udyan in Chhattisgarh's Kabirdham District. ANI

Cake prices skyrocket in Kolkata ahead of Christmas
Ahead of the Christmas celebrations on Saturday, the prices of cakes have increase in Kolkata following a sharp rise in the cost of its ingredients. ANI

Mukherjee hopes 'Budget Session' of Parliament will function smoothly
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that he hopes the upcoming 'Budget Session' of Parliament due early next year would run smoothly. ANI

Congress demands Ananth Kumar's resignation over Raadia issue
The Congress on Friday demanded the resignation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ananth Kumar over his alleged links with corporate lobbyist Niira Raadia. ANI

CWG scam: 'I am innocent till proven guilty', says Kalmadi
After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at his premises in New Delhi and in Pune for around eight hours, an embattled Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi on Friday said he is ready to cooperate with the investigating agency, and added that he is innocent till the charges against him are proved correct. ANI

West Bengal Naxal violence condemned by Government of India
The Central Government has condemned the despicable acts on the part of CPI (Maoist) and reassured its commitment to root out the menace of naxalism in its entirety. ANI

Migratory birds in Jammu and Kashmir need protection
Authorities of Hokersar Wetlands Sanctuary in Jammu and Kashmir initiate remedial steps to protect thousands of migratory birds, which are affected by the severe cold wave prevailing in the region. ANI

Many Jharkhand villages see 'light for the first time'
The Central Government's 'Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana', which aims at electrifying villages and providing electricity connection free of cost to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families enabled many villages in Jharkhand to see electric lamps for the first time. ANI

Diesel locomotive derails after ramming into freight train in Ambala
A diesel locomotive derailed after it rammed into a Delhi-bound freight train at Ambala in Haryana on Friday morning. ANI

Amritsar devotees to visit temples in Pakistan
A group of devotees have started their journey from Amritsar to Pakistan to pray at various temples falling in Sindh province. ANI

Police arrest 22 women escorts in Thane
Maharashtra Police arrested 22 women, accused of working as escorts in a beer bar in Maharashtra's Thane District. ANI

Bhopal children dress as Santa to spread environment awareness
Prior to Christmas celebrations, children dressed as Santa Claus to spread a message of protecting the environment at a colourful function in Bhopal. ANI

Sonia Gandhi, Chidambaram pay homage to former Kerala CM Karunakaran
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday paid their last respects to veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, who passed away at a private hospital after a prolonged illness here on Thursday. ANI

CWG scam: BJP terms CBI raids at Kalmadi's residences an 'eyewash'.
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Gadkari demands PM's resignation over 2G, CWG scams
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Friday demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in connection with the 2G spectrum and the 2010 Commonwealth Games scams. ANI

Raipur court holds academic Sen guilty of waging war against state
A Raipur Sessions Court on Friday held Dr Binayak Sen and three other people guilty of treason and waging war against the state. ANI

DMK to pull out all stops to save Raja
The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party in Tamil Nadu has reportedly decided to pull out all stops to save and defend the reputation of former Telecom Minister A. Raja in connection with his role in the controversial 2G telecom licensing scam. ANI

Gujjar community continues protests over demand for jobs reservations
Hundreds of members of the ethnic Gujjar community continue to stage protests in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan over a demand for reservation of jobs in government and educational institutions. ANI

Rail service resumes in Kashmir Valley
Train services resumed in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday after being suspended for about six months during unrest in the region. ANI

Kashmir interlocutors to submit report to government in ten days
Dileep Padgaonkar, veteran Indian journalist and one of the three Kashmir interlocutors, said on Thursday, that they will submit the report with their recommendations to the Central Government within ten days. ANI

Mumbai Police releases sketches of four Lashkar terrorists
Mumbai Police has released the sketches of four Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) suspects, who have reportedly sneaked into the city to carry out "violent" attacks with the aim of causing "destruction". ANI

BJP, opposition rubbishes raids on Kalmadi, aide residences
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other opposition parties on Friday rubbished the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) raids on the residences of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWG) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and his aide in New Delhi and Pune, describing it as an eyewash' from the government. ANI

Raja arrives at CBI headquarters for 2G scam questioning
Former Telecom Minister A Raja has arrived at the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here for questioning in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum to certain telecom firms. ANI

CWG scam: CBI raids Kalmadi's houses in Delhi, Pune
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday raided the residences of Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and his personal secretary Manoj Bhure in New Delhi and in Pune in connection with alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Games. ANI

Pt. Motilal Nehru Stadium gets World-Class Fieldturf Hockey Turf
The synthetic hockey turf supplied and installed last month by FieldTurf Tarkett India at Pt. Motilal Nehru stadium in Rae Bareilly, UP has been approved to host the highest level of hockey competitions by the International hockey Federation (FIH), the world governing body for hockey. This artificial turf field provides a great opportunity to nurture local talent Business Wire India

Disney Channel Announces the Premiere of ‘Feluda – The Kathmandu Caper’ Produced by DQE ON JAN 1ST 2011
Disney Channel announces the premiere of FELUDA – THE KATHMANDU CAPER on January 1, 2011 as the special New Year treat for all Disney fans. The title is the first ever animated TV movie based on one of India’s best loved detective series – Feluda, by globally acclaimed Oscar winning director, author Satyajit Ray. The story of The Kathmandu Caper is fast paced, invigorating and action packed Business Wire India

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