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2G scam: AIADMK demands dismissal of DMK Govt. for defending Raja
Thousands of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leaders and supporters staged a mass protest here on Tuesday demanding the arrest of former Telecom Minister A. Raja for his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam, and the dismissal of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Government in the State. ANI

Mukherjee favours free flow of information between India, Pak
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee favouring the free flow of information between India and Pakistan, on Tuesday said that some progress has been made about visa restrictions but still there are hindrances, which can be addressed. "There should be free flow and we should encourage the free flow of information ANI

Bombay High Court issues order to seal Sanjay Dutt's property
The Bombay High Court passed an order on Tuesday to seal actor Sanjay Dutt's property in Mumbai after producer Shakeel Noorani dragged the actor to court over losses incurred due to the actor abandoning his film 'Jaan Ki Baazi' midway. ANI

Adarsh scam: Maharashtra Govt. asks two bureaucrats to resign
The Maharashtra Government has sought resignations of two bureaucrats for their alleged role in the controversial Adarsh Housing Society scam. ANI

Centre to introduce new law against land acquisition: Moily
Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said the Central Government would introduce a new law to set guidelines on acquisition of farm land for industrial and other commercial purposes and make sure that the lands are purchased at the existing market value. ANI

Orissa villagers protest over death of a youth under police custody
The residents of Lamdang village, which comes under the jurisdiction of Adaba Police Station in Orissa's Gajapati District, staged a protest on Tuesday over the death of a youth named Pradeep Majhi under the police custody. ANI

Orissa Police detains foreign tourist for entering Jagannath temple
Orissa Police detained a foreign tourist from California on Tuesday, after she entered the Jagannath temple here, where non-Hindus are not allowed entry. ANI

Reservation row: Rajasthan Govt. continuing talks with Gujjars, says Joshi
Union Rural Development Minister CP Joshi on Tuesday said the Rajasthan Government is trying to figure a way out of the deadlock and continuing talks with the ethnic community of Gujjars over their protest demanding quotas in government jobs and educational institutions. ANI

TRS chief threatens to resign over separate statehood demand
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao on Tuesday threatened that he would step down from his post if the Central Government does not present the separate state issue in the budget session of Parliament due early next year. ANI

2G scam: Raja claims 'I fully cooperated with CBI'
Former Telecom Minister A Raja, who is likely to be grilled again by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as part of its probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam, on Tuesday said he 'fully cooperated' with the investigating agency during the two-day probe and would do so in the future as well. ANI

Chennai Police summons Modi in funds misappropriation case
Chennai Police on Tuesday summoned suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi for questioning in connection with a funds misappropriation case filed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary N Srinivasan. ANI

CWG scam: CBI grills Kalmadi aides Bhanot, Bhore
Carrying forward its probe into the several scams surrounding the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday questioned Organizing Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi's key aide Lalit Bhanot and political advisor Manoj Bhore. ANI

DRDO demonstrates indigenous aerostat system
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Tuesday demonstrated its indigenously designed and developed aerostat system capable of carrying electro-optic and COMINT payloads for surveillance. ANI

Telangana issue: Andhra Congress MPs end fast after Govt. withdraws cases
The Congress MPs from Andhra Pradesh's Telangana region gave up their fast on Tuesday afternoon after the government withdrew all police cases registered against students. ANI

Ice-skating coaching camp in Shimla
A weeklong ice-skating coaching camp began in Shimla to train and hone the skills of competitors for the ensuing national ice-skating championship. ANI

Cold wave grips North India, seven dead
The biting cold wave across North India claimed one more life, taking the toll this season to seven. ANI

Congress celebrates 126th foundation day
Congress on Tuesday celebrated its 126th foundation day with its chief Sonia Gandhi unfurling the party flag at a function here. ANI

Chidambaram visits Gadchiroli, reviews anti-naxal operations
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday reviewed anti-naxal operations in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli District. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern over spread of Left-wing extremism
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed his concern over the spread of Left-wing extremism is some of the backward areas of the country, saying that it reflected the failure of the government in meeting expectations of the people to a certain extent. ANI

Activists, civil leaders protest against conviction of Binayak Sen
Social activists continued to protest against the conviction of human rights crusader Dr. Binayak Sen across India. ANI

Jairam Ramesh keen on protective endangered reptiles
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that a sanctuary for ghariyals (fresh water crocodiles) spread over 1,600 sq km will be created along the Chambal River in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to protect the species from extinction. ANI

Fasting Andhra Congress MPs refuse to let go
The fasting Congress MPs from Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday made it clear that they will not call off their protest until all police cases against the students are withdrawn. ANI

Nurses in Bhopal ask for better wages
Around 2,500 nurses in government hospitals of Madhya Pradesh struck work on Monday, demanding a hike in salary and improvement in working conditions, even as the State government invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) on nursing services for three months. ANI

Pune shutdown: Agitators damage eight city buses
A Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sponsored Pune shutdown to protest the removal of the statue of Dadoji Kondadev, considered the mentor of Shivaji, began on a violent note on Tuesday with agitators vandalised eight buses in different parts of the city. ANI

Gujjar agitation enters 9th day today
The deadlock over quota talks between the Rajasthan government and Gujjar protesters continues as the agitation enters its ninth day on Tuesday. ANI

Digvijay Singh lashes out at RSS
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh lashed out at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), saying that its leaders are involved in various conspiracies. ANI

EGoM to discuss high food prices today
An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on food, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, will meet here today to review prices of essential commodities. ANI

The Message from the AICC plenary (Article)
Faced with its gravest political challenge since it came back to power at the head of the United Progressive Alliance in 2004, the Congress has unveiled a tentative plan to fight the BJP and the Left on the issue of corruption. ANI

India, Sri Lanka to hold joint naval exercise in 2011
India and Sri Lanka have decided on a series of measures to enhance defence cooperation between the two countries, including a joint naval exercise between the navies of the two countries in 2011. ANI

JSW Group to Launch the OP Jindal Memorial Lecture Series in Collaboration with Asia Society India Centre
The JSW Foundation, an independent trust of the JSW Group, chaired by Mrs. Sangita Jindal, is hosting an event on January 4th, 2011 in Mumbai, in collaboration with Asia Society India Centre. This event will mark the launch of the OP Jindal Memorial Lecture Series Business Wire India

TripAdvisor Launches Free iPad Applications to Further Empower Travelers on the Go
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the launch of its new application for the iPad, available today in Apple’s App Store. The free application allows travelers on the go to search for popular hotels, restaurants and attractions, as well as find the cheapest flights, from their iPad Business Wire India

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