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Heavy snowfall fails to deter village voters in Himachal
Despite heavy snowfall, people of Himachal Pradesh's Buruaa village actively participated in village body elections. ANI

Heavy snowfall traps tourists in Kullu
A group of tourists was trapped in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district on Friday after heavy snowfall blocked all exit points and created a traffic jam. ANI

Tourists flock to Srinagar, Shimla to enjoy first snowfall
Scores of tourists thronged various hill stations in Srinagar and Shimla to enjoy the first snowfall of the season. ANI

Around 3600 Kannadigas sing to set world record in Bangalore
Around 3600 Kannadigas from different parts of the world sang folk songs in an event to attempt a world record in Bangalore. ANI

Security stepped up in Mumbai ahead of New Year celebrations
Mumbai Police have beefed up security measures to ensure safe New Year celebrations, as intelligence reports have suggested that militants might disrupt the festivities in the city. ANI

Visit Sikkim to savour Lepcha hospitality
The Lepcha tribal community in Sikkim's Dzongu region have come up with unique village tourism by hosting tourists at their homes. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee holds first FSDC meet
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee held the first meeting of Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) here on Friday. ANI

Forest rangers capture wild elephant calf in Jalpaiguri
Forest Rangers of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary captured a two-year-old male elephant calf from the vicinity of Madarihat village in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri District. ANI

Govt. will work with renewed resolve for welfare of people: PM's New Year message
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday greeting the nation on the eve of the New Year 2011, said the government led by him will work with renewed resolve for the welfare of the people. ANI

Govt. excludes Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland from 'Protected Area' for foreigners
The Central Government has now decided to exclude the entire area of the States of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland from the 'Protected Area' regime notified under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958, initially for a period of one year. ANI

Meira Kumar meets non-BJP Opposition leaders to end Parliament deadlock
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar met the leaders of the Left Front and other non-BJP opposition parties at her residence here on Friday in a fresh bid to end the Parliament deadlock over a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Imphal revives lost culture
A two-day cultural programme 'Awakening the past culture' has been organized in Imphal to revive a neglected heritage. ANI

Samba farmers switch to vegetable farming
Farmers of Jammu and Kashmir's Samba village switched over to vegetable farming as it is more remunerative than traditional wheat and rice crops. ANI

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate 98th Indian Science Congress
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate the 98th Indian Science Congress in Tamil Nadu's Chennai city on Monday. ANI

Vice President Ansari greets nation on New Year
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has greeted all citizens of the country on the occasion of New Year 2011. ANI

Vikram Bajwa to highlight justice for Kanishka crash victims
Indian Overseas Congress President Vikram Bajwa has promised to highlight the cause of justice for the 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing victims at the forthcoming Non-Resident Indian Conclave 2011. ANI

Delhi Police beefs up security ahead of New Year celebrations
Delhi Police has stepped up security measures in the national capital on Friday on the eve of New Year 2011 to ensure incident-free revelries. ANI

Vice Admiral D.K. Joshi takes over as CISC
Vice Admiral D.K. Joshi on Friday took cover as the chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) from Air Marshal S.C. Mukul. ANI

Chennai hosts cake exhibition
A unique cake exhibition, displaying several cakes of different shapes and sizes was held in Tamil Nadu's Chennai city on Thursday. ANI

Winter showers intensify cold in Punjab
Winter showers since Thursday made many regions of Punjab endure biting cold. ANI

Mumbai students spread mass awareness on ill effects of tobacco
Scores of students participated in a campaign to spread awareness about the ill effects of smoking and tobacco products in Mumbai. ANI

President Patil greets nation on New Year Eve
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has greeted the nation on the eve of the New Year 2011. ANI

India asks Myanmar to take strict action against insurgent group
Expressing concern on the activities of the insurgent group operating along the India-Myanmar border, India has asked the Myanmar Government to take strict action against them. ANI

Aarushi murder case: Moily meets CBI Director, says will examine lapses in probe
Lashing out at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its decision to close the Aarushi Talwar murder investigation, Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Friday, said that the government will look at the lapses in the probe that led to the case remaining unsolved. ANI

RIM denies allegations of 'installing a network data analysis system' in India
Research In Motion (RIM) has denied an Indian media report that said the company has offered to install a network data analysis system at its India office to allow access to emails sent through its BlackBerry smartphones to Indian security agencies. ANI

Indian firms in crisis after RBI bans use of clearing house for Iran oil shipment
Indian oil firms are facing a crisis after the Reserve Bank of India's declaration that they can no longer use the Asian Clearing Union, a clearing house set up by the United Nations in the 1970s, for commerce between Asian countries. ANI

Yeddyurappa meets Karnataka Governor Bhardwaj, seeks to mend relations
In an attempt to bury the hatchet over differences regarding corruption issues in the state, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa met Governor HR Bhardwaj here at Raj Bhavan today. ANI

Speaker Meira Kumar to meet non-BJP Opposition leaders
In a fresh bid to end the Parliament deadlock, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will today meet the leaders of the Left and other non-BJP opposition parties. ANI

Air Marshal Kumaria to be new Western Command chief
Air Marshal DC Kumaria will take over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command (WAC) here on January 1, 2011. ANI

Gujjars, govt set for third round of talks
A 21-member Gujjar delegation will hold the third round of talks with the Rajasthan government here today. ANI

Chidambaram to visit Tawang today
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will visit Tawang on the Sino-Indian border to review the development projects along the frontier areas today. ANI

ISB & CDM to Host Joint Seminar on Self Reliance in Defence Production
The Indian School of Business (ISB) and the College of Defence Management (CDM) will be organising the first ever joint Seminar on ‘Building Capability through Self Reliance in Defence Production’ on January 7-8, 2011 Business Wire India

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