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Home Ministry issues high alert after Varanasi blast (Lead: Varanasi blast)
The Home Ministry has issued a high alert across Uttar Pradesh following the low intensity blast that ripped Varanasi's Dashashwamedh Ghat on Tuesday evening. ANI

Varanasi blast: PM appeals for calm, asks for report from Home Ministry
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has appealed to the people to maintain calm and asked the Home Ministry for a detailed report into the blast that took place at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi on Tuesday evening. ANI

Mamata Banerjee rules out differences with UPA Govt. over 2G scam
Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday ruled out any differences with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre over a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum scam, even as she maintained that there should be a discussion in the Parliament over the issue. ANI

Armed Forces Flag Day observed on Tuesday
Armed Forces Flag Day was observed throughout the country on Tuesday to remember the sacrifices made by the gallant servicemen in defending the integrity of the nation. ANI

16th Technology Summit kicks off in New Delhi
The 16th Technology Summit began here on Tuesday with Germany as the partner country. ANI

Land Scam: Karnataka High Court issues notice to Yeddyurappa
The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in connection with a land de-notification in Bangalore. ANI

UP Food Scam: Onus of distributing food grains lies with State Govts.: Pawar
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the responsibility of distributing foodgrains lay with state governments, adding that it is upto the courts to decide what action is to be taken with regard to the alleged food scam in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Tamil Nadu's Mettur Dam touches full level of 120 feet
The Mettur Dam or Stanley Reservoir, which is located in Tamil Nadu touched the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 120 feet on Tuesday. ANI

Media in India, Pakistan must play responsible role in cementing ties
An eminent Pakistani journalist has said "the media can and play a responsible and vital role in cementing worthy relations between India and Pakistan." ANI

Over a dozen injured in Varanasi blast
At least 18 to 20 persons are reported to have been injured in a blast at the Sheetla Ghat here on Tuesday evening. ANI

Germany, India inaugurate Indo-German Science and Technology Centre
Parliamentary State-Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Thomas Rachel, inaugurated the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) in Gurgaon with his DST counterpart, Dr. T. Ramasami, today. ANI

Supreme Court bans sale of 'gutkha', 'pan masala' in plastic pouches
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a ban on the sale of tobacco products like 'gutkha' and 'pan masala' in plastic pouches from March 2011, while asking the government to carry out a survey on the ill effects of these products within eight weeks. ANI

Manmohan Singh to broaden India-EU engagement in Brussels
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will be visiting Belgium for the 11th India-European Union Summit, which is being held in Brussels on December 10. ANI

Manipur promotes unity, oneness through Imphal national integration camp
Manipur capital Imphal recently played host to a national integration camp, which aimed to promote unity and oneness among youth of different regions across the country. ANI

Musharraf's comment on failed Agra Summit: 'Hidden Hand' says 'Maine Dekha Hai'
Senior External Affairs Ministry official Vivek Katju on Tuesday said he had read former Pakistan President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf's acerbic comment that he was the "Hidden Hand" who was responsible for the failure of the India-Pakistan summit meeting in Agra in 2001. ANI

PM to discuss Food Security Bill with leaders
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting of senior ministers today to discuss the recommendations of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on the Food Security Bill. ANI

Mulayam slams Mayawati Govt. over UP food scam
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday criticized the Mayawati Government in the state for not keeping a track of developments related to the multi-crore food scam case. ANI

PHED employees continue protest of abducted engineers in Imphal
Employees of the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) in Manipur continued their sit-in demonstration here demanding the safe release of five engineers who were kidnapped by the Kangleipak Communist Party-Military Council (KCP-MC), a banned militant outfit, on November 28. ANI

Workshop held in Kashmir to create awareness about scientific communications
A one-day scientific workshop was held here on Monday to create awareness among people living in far-flung areas of the Kashmir Valley about scientific communications in day-to-day life. ANI

Noida land scam: Former UP Chief Secretary Neera Yadav convicted
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here on Tuesday sentenced former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Neera Yadav to four years in prison after finding her guilty in connection with the Noida land scam. ANI

Chinese Premier to visit India for three days
The Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Wen Jiabao, will be paying a three-day state visit to India from December 15 on the invitation of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. ANI

Karbi Anglong's Ronthean Festival promoting a unique Assamese lifestyle
The decline of militancy in Assam's Karbi Anglong District has given a boost to the region in terms of socio-cultural development. ANI

3 southern Californians break Guinness world record for TV viewing!
A trio from southern California, US has made a bizarre world record for continuous television viewing. ANI

Sarkozy pays tribute to 26/11 martyrs
French President Nicolas Sarkozy today paid tribute to victims of the 26/11 terror attacks and called upon Pakistani authorities to show that they are resolute in combating terrorism. ANI

North India reels under severe cold wave
An intense cold wave continues to grip north India with several regions facing extremely low temperatures. ANI

Flowers exhibition attracts visitors in Jaipur
Hundreds of visitors thronged to see over 200 varieties of Guldaudi flowers put on display in an ongoing exhibition in Jaipur. ANI

Jaganmohan Reddy to launch new political party in 45 days
Days after resigning from the Congress, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday announced that he will launch a new political party in 45 days. ANI

Pak must fight terrorism "determinedly": Sarkozy
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called upon Pakistan to fight terrorism with determination, and appreciated India's efforts to 'stretch out its hand' towards its neighbour. ANI

Debt ridden farmer commits suicide in Maharashtra
A farmer on Monday committed suicide due to bad crops and under the fear of non-payment of debt taken from the moneylender in Maharashtra's Thane District. ANI

Gorkha outfit stages protest in Siliguri
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJMM) staged a protest here demanding the formation of an interim council on the issue of separate Gorkhaland state. ANI

Delhi BPO rape case: Fifth accused arrested
The leader of a five-member gang which had allegedly abducted and raped a 30 year-old call centre employee here, was arrested last night from Haryana. ANI

Gadkari, Jaitley to meet BJP MLAs in Karnataka today
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including President Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Dharmendra Pradhan will visit Karnataka today to meet MLAs in the State where the government has been hit by charges of nepotism against Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. ANI

Chidambaram says two-pronged strategy will continue to solve Naxalite problem
Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that the Centre's two- pronged anti- Naxalite strategy will continue and there is no better alternative. ANI

Airlines take the Lead: All domestic Fares Online in New, Friendly Format
Member airlines have decided to publish different fare levels for each route, the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) said today. The declaration came following an FIA-facilitated joint discussion among representatives of member airlines. The FIA members include Air India Ltd., GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite, Kingfisher Airlines, Paramount Airways and SpiceJet Business Wire India

Cisco Drives Video in the Enterprise With ‘Video on All Endpoints’
Cisco today unveiled a series of product introductions, innovations and service offerings designed to make Cisco TelePresence® and video collaboration more affordable, simpler to manage under a common architecture, and more available through cloud services Business Wire India

Google and NXP Integrate NFC in Android 2.3
Today NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) announced a strategic collaboration with GoogleTM (Nasdaq: GOOG) to provide a complete open source software stack for Near Field Communications(NFC). The NFC stack will be fully integrated and validated on Gingerbread, the latest version of the AndroidTM platform Business Wire India

Vodafone Essar Signs Wipro to Build and Manage its Fixed Line Telecom Services Business
Vodafone Essar, one of India’s leading cellular service providers, today announced that it has signed a contract with Wipro, a Global IT services company and leading business transformational player. As a part of this strategic engagement, Wipro will support Vodafone Essar with its fixed line telecom services for enterprise business customers Business Wire India

Siemens PLM Software Wins 2010 Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Share Leadership in India
NX™ software for digital product development, Tecnomatix® software for digital manufacturing and the Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. NX, Teamcenter, Velocity Series and Tecnomatix are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc Business Wire India

element14 strengthens Partnership with International Rectifier to Provide the Latest IR Products across Asia Pacific
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HCL Infosystems sets-up Development Centre in Thiruvananthapuram
• Acquires 2 acres of land in Technopark Phase III • New facility to focus on enhancing software and hardware capability • To create around 1600 job opportunities over 9 years HCL Infosystems India’s premier hardware, services and ICT system integration company today acquired the formal possession of 2 acres of land for setting up a state-of-the-art facility in Thiruvananthapuram Business Wire India

Octane Marketing Launches POWER of ONE, Integrated Mobile Marketing Services in India
On the eve of Digital India Summit 2010, a Delhi based marketing technology company, Octane Marketing, announced the availability of its integrated mobile marketing services in India. Octane, a leader in providing permission email marketing solutions to corporates, has now added another feather to its product offering Business Wire India

80 % of Women Aspire for Top Jobs in India and are ‘Willing to Go the Extra Mile’ Compared to 52% in the United States finds a New Research
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Government of French Republic bestows Mr Deepak Parekh with the Title of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour
Mrs Christine Legarde, Minister of Economic, Finance and Industry, Republic of France conferred the honour, Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur) on Mr Deepak Parekh, Chairman HDFC Limited and Lafarge India Private Limited on Tuesday, 7th December 2010 at Mumbai Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan Recognises Visionaries in the Chemicals, Materials and Food Ingredients Sector at an Ostentatious Ceremony in Mumbai
Frost & Sullivan, at its 2010 India Excellence in Chemicals, Materials and Food Awards recognised 27 exemplary organizations that have showcased unparalleled innovation across a wide variety of products and services Business Wire India

Up in the Air: Companies Focusing on Lifts/Elevators/Travelators can tap the Automated Car Parking System Market in India in an Organized Manner, Notes Frost & Sullivan
Planning parking lots in cities is one of the biggest challenges for builders, town planners, and end users in India, due to limited availability of space. Lack of parking space in cities can be attributed to increasing vehicle sales, increasing population, and ignoring future needs while undertaking town planning Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan to Host 2nd Annual Environment Industry Awards Night
Keeping in view the growing consciousness and concerns in the Environment Market, Frost & Sullivan will be organizing its Annual Environment Industry Awards on 14th December 2010, at Hyatt Regency, Mumbai. This Annual Awards event recognizes the inspiring and exemplary achievements of companies operating in the Environment Industry Business Wire India

Praj Announces Winners of Maha-Intrapreneur Award 2010
Praj Industries, globally leading Biofuels, Brewery, Process Equipment and Water & Wastewater Treatment Solutions Company, announced the winners of the ‘Maha-Intrapreneur Awards 2010’, the first of its kind in India. Out of a batch of highly qualified and motivated contestants, 6 most promising ‘Intrapreneurs’ have been selected by a distinguished jury1 panel Business Wire India

QuEST Global Announces Engineering Services Contract with Caterpillar India Pvt Ltd
QuEST Global Engineering, a global engineering services provider with headquarters in Singapore, announced today that it has signed a Master Service Agreement with Caterpillar India Private Limited to provide engineering services. Caterpillar India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc Business Wire India

Oxigen and Travel Portal Team Up to Provide Easy Travel Booking Services to the Masses of India, the online travel market place, has tied up with Oxigen Services India Pvt. Ltd., to provide easy travel bookings and other travel related services. The tie-up enables the OxiCash users and Oxigen retailers across India to transact and buy travel products from Business Wire India

Aptara Sponsors 2nd Annual Employee Art Exhibition
Aptara, a global leader in digital content and new media production announces its Second Annual Employee Art Exhibition. The corporate sponsored exhibit will showcase the creative talents of graphic artists and designers from Aptara’s New Media Division. It will be featured in Pune’s Tilting Gallery, from Friday, December 17 through Sunday, December 19, 2010 Business Wire India

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