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Meira Kumar hopes 'Budget Session' of Parliament will function smoothly
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who has been stepping up efforts to break the logjam in Parliament over a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam, on Thursday said that she is optimistic over the smooth functioning of Parliament in the upcoming 'Budget Session' due early next year. ANI

Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa welcomes Krishna water dispute verdict
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa welcoming the verdict of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal on the division of surplus water from the Krishna River, on Thursday said finally justice has been delivered. ANI

Jaganmohan Reddy meets Pawar, demands better package for Andhra farmers
Former Congress MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy met Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar here on Thursday and submitted a memorandum to him demanding a better relief package for Andhra Pradesh farmers, who lost their crops in the unseasonal rains. ANI

Govt. approves Rs. 1200 crore equity infusion in Air Inida
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday approved the infusion of Rs.1200 crore as equity to Air India and directed its management to work towards the rationalisation of wage structure. ANI

Govt. approves creation of 'Hospitality Development and Promotion Board'
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved creation of 'Hospitality Development and Promotion Board (HDPB)' for approving and facilitating of hotel projects. ANI

Luxury Sikh pilgrimage train departs from New Delhi
A luxury train covering the spiritual odyssey including the five Takhts (temporal seats) of Sikhs was flagged off from New Delhi. ANI

Tourists flock to hilly resorts to celebrate New Year
Tourists from all across the country are flocking to hilly resorts of Dharamshala and Nainital in the hope of celebrating the New Year in pristine snow. ANI

EGoM to examine rationalization of diesel price, says Petroleum Secretary
Union Petroleum Secretary S. Sudarshan on Thursday said the decision with regard to the consideration of revision, rationalization of price of diesel will be examined by the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM). ANI

Indo-Myanmar 'Home Secretary Level' talks begin in New Delhi
The sixteenth 'Home Secretary Level' talks between India and Myanmar got underway here on Thursday. ANI

Assam CM Gogoi invites ULFA chief to join politics
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday invited United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa to join politics, saying that let him serve people through politics. ANI

Railway tracks being doubled in Jammu and Kashmir
The Northern Railway has commenced the doubling of the tracks between Pathankot and Jammu in Samba region of Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Expert committee to decide on EVMs, says Quraishi
The Chief Election Commissioner, SY Quraishi, has said a five-member expert panel would discuss, study and analyse complaints about electronic voting machines (EVMs) and that the Commission would decide after the reports are assessed. ANI

Lucknow's ten-year-old girl gets admission in college in science stream
Sushma Verma of Lucknow has obtained special permission to enter the portals of a college at the age of 10 years in her quest for a degree in science. ANI

Chidambaram says Centre will consult all parties before deciding on Telangana
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said that the Central Government will hold discussions with all political parties before taking an "appropriate" decision on the issue of a separate Telangana state. ANI

Tribunal awards maximum share of Krishna River waters to Andhra
The Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal gave its verdict here on Thursday on the division of surplus water from the Krishna River with Andhra Pradesh getting 1000 Thousand Million Cubic (TMC), Karnataka getting 911 TMC and Maharashtra getting 666 TMC of surplus water. ANI

Murli Manohar Joshi supports demand for JPC on 2G scam
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi issued a statement on Thursday saying that he is not opposed to the party's demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Gujjar protest hits tourism at Sariska National Park in Alwar
Tourists are avoiding visiting Sariska National Park in Rajasthan Alwar district due to the prolonged stir by Gujjars for reclassification and reservation of jobs. ANI

People rejoice as Kashmir receives first snowfall
People rejoiced as the valley region of the Jammu and Kashmir state witnessed the maiden snowfall of the season on Thursday ending the two-month long dry spell of cold wave. ANI

Security beefed up in Varanasi ahead of New Year Eve
Uttar Pradesh Police has beefed up security measures ahead of New Year Eve in Varanasi as policemen and commandos were patrolling public places and along the banks of the River Ganga. ANI

Srikrishna Committee submits Telangana report to Chidambaram
The five-member Justice Srikrishna Committee, which went into the demand for a Telangana state, on Thursday, submitted its report to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram. ANI

Chidambaram invites Buddhadeb for discussion on Bengal situation
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday invited West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to discuss prevailing situation in his state. ANI

Telangana issue: Srikrishna Committee meet to finalise report
Ahead of the submission of its report to the Centre, Justice B N Srikrishna Committee on the Telangana statehood issue on Thursday held its last meeting to finalise the contents of the much-awaited report. ANI

Citibank fraud: Manager surrenders in Gurgaon
Citibank manager Shivraj Puri, accused of cheating investors of around Rs. 400 crore, surrendered in Gurgaon on Thursday. ANI

India needs to challenge China more, say experts

Ashok Singhal accuses Sonia Gandhi of attempt to destroy Hindu culture
Lashing out at Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief Ashok Singhal has alleged that she was destroying Hinduism and that she was "deputed by the Vatican." ANI

Shibu Soren supports Maoists, says Maoism a 'people's movement'
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren has termed the Maoist movement as a people's movement and said that he supports the rebel's cause. ANI

Cold wave kills two in Uttar Pradesh
Two persons died in different parts of Uttar Pradesh as the cold wave prevailed in most parts of the state, taking the toll to 13 this season. ANI

Brinda Karat lashes out at Central government over JPC issue
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat has slammed the central government for not presenting a reasonable argument against constituting a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) over graft charges in the multi-million dollar 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Mamata Banerjee accuses Buddhadeb of being Maoist
Rubbishing Trinamool Congress's links with Maoists as alleged in West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee's letter to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Mamata Banerjee said, "the Chief Minister himself is a Maoist leader." ANI

Gujjar leader ready to talk with Rajasthan govt.
Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla has agreed to initiate dialogue with Rajasthan government over his community's demand for five per cent reservation in state government jobs. ANI

Speaker Meira Kumar calls all party meet over JPC issue
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will hold an all party meet here today as a fresh initiative to break the impasse over a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into 2G spectrum issue. ANI

Justice Srikrishna Committee report over Telangana issue expected today
The five-member Justice Srikrishna Committee, which went into the demand for Telangana state, is expected to submit its report to Home Minister P Chidambaram today. ANI

Sandip Das Director Aircel & CEO Maxis One Of 100 Most Powerful People In Global Telecoms Business’ Gtb Power100 List
Sandip Das, Director Aircel & Chief Executive Officer of Maxis Communications Berhad, has been named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry worldwide, by Global Telecom Business for his game-changing influence on the Malaysian and Asian communications landscape Business Wire India

'Company of the Year 2010' One97 Communications Ltd. To Go for an IPO
One97 Communications Ltd. bagged the IndiaMART Leader of Tomorrow Award in IT/ITES/Telecom category and was also declared the Company of the Year at IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2010 Ceremony held in New Delhi recently. The chief guest at the Awards Ceremony, Honourable Union Minister for Home Affairs Mr. P. Chidambaram congratulated and felicitated Mr Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems to Acquire 20% Equity Stake in Dubai-Based Techmart Telecom
HCL Infosystems Limited, India’s premier hardware, services and ICT system Integration Company, today announced the signing of the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) to acquire 20% equity stake in Techmart Telecom Distribution FZCO, a Dubai-based partner of Nokia Corporation through its Singapore-based SPV Business Wire India

Delta Launches Two New UPS Series in India
Delta India, a world leading provider of advanced power solutions, launched two new UPS in India. The newly launched UPS are Amplon RT 5kVA, 6kVA and 10kVA rack units, and Agilon VX series Business Wire India

India’s Longest Running and Most Prestigious Event for the VLSI/Semiconductor Industry Returns to Chennai After a Decade
After 13 years, Chennai would yet again play host to India’s longest running and most prestigious event for the VLSI/semiconductor industry, the 24th International Conference on VLSI Design (Very Large Scale Integration) and the 10th International conference on Embedded Systems Business Wire India

AGC Networks Wins Award for Avaya’s Best All-Round Performing Partner in APAC
Establishing the standard for excellence in an expanding world of demanding customers, AGC Networks Ltd., India's leading Enterprise Communications Solutions Integrator, bagged the award for ‘Avaya’s Best All-Round Performing Partner in APAC’ at the 2011 Asia Pacific Partner Conference held recently at Macau, China Business Wire India

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