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2G scam: Decision on PM's appearance before PAC at an appropriate time, says Joshi
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday said a letter has been received from the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, adding that a decision on his appearance before the panel in connection with the 2G spectrum scam would be taken at an appropriate time. ANI

ED confiscates Sami's properties, imposes Rs 20 lakh fine
The Enforcement Directorate has confiscated eight flats and five car parking spaces of singer Adnan Sami in Mumbai and slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh on him for acquiring assets without permission of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as he was a Pakistani national. ANI

Shiv Sena activists protest over removal of Konddev's statue in Pune
The Shiv Sena activists staged a demonstration as a mark of protest here on Monday against the City municipal Corporation removing a statue of Dadoji Konddev, considered the 'guru' of Chhatrapati Shivaji. ANI

16th Delhi Book Fair draws attention of young readers
The ongoing 16th Delhi Book Fair has drawn the attention of many young readers, as the publishers have set up their stalls here with a wide range of titles of children literature and games for the weeklong event. ANI

J-K locals stick to traditional methods, tools to fight cold
Despite the availability of modern machineries, the locals in Kashmir valley are using traditional methods and tools to fight cold during the winter season. ANI

Major fire breaks out in stationary bus at Aurangabad
A major fire broke out in an empty stationary bus at Maharashtra's Aurangabad city on Monday. ANI

Gorakhpur forest officials, police launch search operation against panther
The forest officials along with the help of the local police launched a search operation in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur district on Sunday against a panther that has injured nine people so far. ANI

2G scam: AIADMK leaders protest to demand Raja's arrest
Scores of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leaders and supporters staged a hunger strike here on Monday demanding the arrest of tainted former Telecom Minister A. Raja for his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Reservation issue: 'Protest will spread in the whole country', says Gujjar leader
Gujjar leader of National Capital Region (NCR) Veer Singh on Monday slamming the Central Government said the ongoing stir in Rajasthan for five percent reservation in government jobs and academics will spread in the entire country if their demands are not fulfilled. ANI

Jharkhand Police launch a mass campaign to counter Maoist influence
Jharkhand Police launched a mass awareness campaign here to enlighten the villagers about the misconceived objectives of the Maoists so that they do not get influenced by the ideology of the ultras. ANI

Govt. trying hard to manage air traffic delays: Praful Patel
Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Monday assuring that the authorities are trying hard to manage delays in air traffic, said the security of passengers is always on high priority. ANI

Rajasthan farmers use bio-ash to increase onion yield
Farmers in Rajasthan's Bilota village are using bio-ash, a by-product from a nearby factory, as it has increased onion yield this year with around 200-250 quintals. ANI

Maoist fear during Jharkhand village council election, tourism affected
Fear of Maoists has affected the village council elections and the tourism sector in Ghatshila. ANI

Maoists Kangaroo court in Palamu
Maoists organised a 'Kangaroo Court' and gave freedom to two Maoists belonging to 'Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad' (JJP) during the weekend in Jharkhand's Palamu District. ANI

Handkerchief business generating employment in Uttar Pradesh
The handkerchief business has become good source of generating employment in Rudauli village in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad District. ANI

Security stepped up in Karnataka following terror alert
Security has been beefed up in Karnataka, particularly in the coastal areas, following a high alert that some suspected terror outfits might target places of worship and crowded spots. ANI

14-year-old Tamil boy enrols for Master of Computer Applications
A 14-year-old boy has got special permission to pursue a Master of Computer Applications degree at the University in Tamil Nadu. ANI

Andhra Pradesh's 'Amravati Museum' attracts tourists
The Amravati Museum in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district is attracting tourists from across the globe. ANI

Thumbs up for this Caste Panchayat
In Jalore district, Western Rajasthan, the Caste Panchayat which in the region goes by the name of 'Jati panchayat' is active. It sees itself as a body which by virtue of its influence on the local villagers can impose its views on social issues, on what is moral and yes in a sense lead the way for what it defines as 'common good'. ANI

Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek participate in event organised by Bunt community
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her husband Abhishek Bachchan participated in Bunt community event here at the weekend. ANI

Government launches 'Nyay Rath' in Jharkhand district
To provide legal aid at the grassroots level, the government has launched a 'Nyay Rath' (Justice Van) that would visit different villages in Maoist-affected Jharkhand's Palamu District. ANI

Centre will inquire into allegation that Ananth Kumar leaked cabinet secrets: Narayanasamy
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy on Monday said the Central Government will inquire into the allegation that cabinet secrets were leaked by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ananth Kumar to corporate lobbyist Niira Radia during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule. ANI

Andhra Congress demands setting up of Telangana State
The State unit of the Congress in Andhra has supported the demand for the formation of a Telangana State and some members of the State Congress said on Monday that they were prepared to quit their posts for the cause and also went on a "Gandhian fast". ANI

Manmohan Singh writes to PAC chief, says ready to appear before panel
The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, on Monday wrote to Public Accounts Committee chairman Murli Manohar Joshi saying that he is ready to appear before the panel in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Two arms suppliers to West Bengal Maoists nabbed in Lucknow
The Uttar Pradesh police seized arms believed to be meant for Maoist rebels in West Bengal in a raid here on Sunday. ANI

Maoists kill CRPF constable in Chhattisgarh
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was killed and two others injured in an attack by Maoists in the jungle areas of Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region. ANI

Gujjars call for Ajmer shutdown
Gujjars have called for a shutdown in Ajmer on Monday after talks with Rajasthan Government remained inconclusive. ANI

Mumbai Police issues look out notice for Lashkar terrorist
The Mumbai Police on Monday issued a look-out notice for one of the four terrorists who are suspected to be holed up in the city to carry out strikes during the New Year. ANI

Beijing could be tobacco-free by end of 2015
The Health Bureau in China has revealed that in a bid to stub out smoking, Beijing is working on making all public spaces - including work sites and transportation options - tobacco-free by the end of 2015. ANI

Beijing working could be tobacco-free by end of 2015
The Health Bureau in China has revealed that in a bid to stub out smoking, Beijing is working on making all public spaces - including work sites and transportation options - tobacco-free by the end of 2015. ANI

Dense fog envelops Delhi, flights, trains disrupted again
A heavy blanket of fog enveloped the national capital for the second consecutive day today, hitting air and rail services badly. ANI

2G scam: CAG Vinod Rai to appear before Public Accounts Committee
The Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai will appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in connection with 2G spectrum allocation probe today. ANI

IndiaMART.com Furthers SMEs' Interest at 6th TiE Entrepreneurial Summit 2010
- Associates with the Summit as the SME knowledge partner - Partners for the session Brick by Brick - Touching a billion lives - Session 'Technology for SMEs' chaired by Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, IndiaMART.com receives a phenomenal response In yet another strong move towards bolstering the SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) ecosystem in the country, IndiaMART Business Wire India

Challenges Children Face: MANN KI BAAT Explores Psychosocial Issues
MANN KI BAAT, Doordarshan’s popular program on Mental Health awareness, begins a new five episode series on psychosocial issues and challenges children face. The series is being aired on Doordarshan ‘National Network’ every Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 a.m Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems Partners with Ernakulam District Co-operative Bank to provide Interest Free Computer Loans
HCL Infosystems, India's premier hardware, services and ICT systems integration and Distribution Company today announced a business partnership with Ernakulam District Co-operative Bank for providing HCL ME Laptops, with 0% interest. The scheme is being offered to the account holders by Ernakulam District Co-operative Bank for enabling consumer finance for purchase of computing devices Business Wire India

Canvera.com Wins TiE-Lumis Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards for 2010
Canvera.com was today declared the winner of the TiE-Lumis Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards 2010 at the TiE Entrepreneurial Summit 2010, one of the largest entrepreneurship symposium in Asia Business Wire India

Centaur Pharma launches an innovator’s formulation of Timolol Long Acting(Glucotim LA) in India in collaboration with Senju Pharma, Japan
WHO estimates 3.6% of prevalence of Glaucoma in India i.e 40 million Indians at risk of suffering from glaucoma. Hence there is need for an effective, well tested, convenient to use and affordable therapy for masses who are suffering from Glaucoma Business Wire India

Ferns N Petal extends its Services to 150 Countries Worldwide
Ferns N Petals pvt. Ltd., a pioneer in floral retail has tied up with 150 countries across the globe for the cheapest and most reliable delivery of flowers and gift hampers Business Wire India

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