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Gadkari criticizes Congress Govt. for ignoring plight of fishermen
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday criticized the Congress-led Government at the Centre for ignoring the plight of the fishermen saying that there was an urgent need to take some concrete measures to improve their lot. ANI

Appropriate action would be taken against Health Minister's remarks: Omar Abdullah
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said appropriate action would be initiated against Health and Horticulture Minister Sham Lal Sharma, who had recently stoked a controversy by saying that the region should be trifurcated for better development. ANI

Envoys of eight nations present credentials to President Patil
Envoys of eight nations presented credentials to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Wednesday. ANI

J-K Police organises wrestling competition in Reasi
Jammu and Kashmir Police has organised a two-day long traditional wrestling competition in Reasi district to encourage youths to showcase their talent. ANI

Devotees celebrate 'Pooram' in Tripunithura
Scores of devotees thronged Tripunithura town in Kerala to celebrate 'Pooram', a temple festival. ANI

Derailment of freight train disrupts rail traffic in Ludhiana
A freight train derailed causing hours of disruption for rail traffic here on Wednesday morning. ANI

Mahatma Gandhi bridge in Bihar awaits renovation
Mahatma Gandhi Setu, a longest bridge built across River Ganga between Hajipur and Patna in Bihar, is in an awful condition due to apathetic attitude of the concerned authorities. ANI

Cycle rally to promote cleanliness in Kashmir Valley
Scores of people participated in a bicycle rally here to spread awareness about pollution. ANI

Chidambaram blames UP Intelligence failure for Varanasi blast (Re-issue)
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram criticised the State Intelligence agencies for not taking action to prevent Tuesday's Varanasi blast The Centre, he said, l had given specific advisory twice to the State about a possible Varanasi terror strike. ANI

Dalai Lama urges younger generation to take responsibility for creating new world
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has appealed to the younger generation to take responsibility for creating a more peaceful and compassionate world. ANI

H. K. Dua presents "Charkha" communication awards to Ladakhi women
Three young Ladakhi girls were awarded by the Charkha Development Communication Network for their writings at a function held at Gandhi Smriti here on Tuesday. ANI

NHRC chief denies dereliction of duty in Raja phone call case
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson and former Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, on Wednesday said he had not received any letter or communication from Madras High Court Justice R. Reghupathi in connection with an allegation that former Telecom Minister A. Raja had tried to influence him (Reghupathi), and that he (Balakrishnan) had suppressed that letter. ANI

Government is not interfering in probe on 2G spectrum scam: Sibal
Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the 2G spectrum scam is an independent body and maintained that the Government of India is not involved in the investigations. ANI

Antony says Lt. General Nanda acted against service decorum
Defence Minister AK Antony today said that an army Court of Inquiry investigating the allegations of sexual misconduct against former Engineer-in- Chief Lt General AK Nanda has found that he "acted against service decorum". ANI

Germany expresses condolences over Varanasi blast
The Deputy Head of the German Embassy in New Delhi, Christian-Matthias Schlaga, on behalf of German Ambassador to India, Thomas Matussek, met Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai on Wednesday to express his country's deepest condolences over Tuesday's bomb blast in Varanasi. ANI

Mamata Banerjee slams CPI-M for supplying arms to Maoists
Union Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has slammed the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) for helping and supplying arms to the Maoists. ANI

Agartala handloom weavers suffer huge losses due to government apathy
Handloom weavers in Agartala are suffering huge losses and complained that the policies of the state government have hindered the marketing and financial support through different programmes to them. ANI

Elephants cause havoc in Jalpaiguri's tea estate
A herd of 40 elephant caused havoc in a tea estate in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district. ANI

'India Telecom 2010' to kick off in New Delhi tomorrow
Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal will inaugurate the fifth edition of 'India Telecom 2010', which begins here on Thursday. ANI

2G scam: Trinamool will go with Govt. decision on JPC, says Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday dismissed all reports of a crack in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre over the issue of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam, saying that the Trinamool Congress would go with the government's decision on the issue. ANI

Tripura capital Agartala hosts northeast students national integration program
Over 1500 students from eight northeastern states recently took part in a three-day-long Northeastern Students National Integration Movement program. ANI

Varanasi blast due to state intelligence failure: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Wednesday that Tuesday's Varanasi blast was the failure of state intelligence agencies, as the Centre had given specific advisory twice to the state about a possible Varanasi terror strike. ANI

Moily's suggestions for "Unleashing Power" in India
Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily has said that by 2017 India would need 1,250 billion kWh of power and there was also an urgent need of better transmission and dispatch system to make India a developed country. ANI

Give Varanasi anti-terrorism force: Mayawati
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has demanded that the Central Government should provide Varanasi with an anti-terrorism force similar to the one provided to Mumbai after 26/11. ANI

Varanasi blast: Two detained in Mumbai for terror email
A day after the Varanasi bomb blast which left an infant girl dead and over 30 others injured, Mumbai Police on Wednesday arrested two people in connection with the terror email allegedly sent by the Indian Mujahideen that claimed responsibility for the attack. ANI

2G scam: CBI raids A Raja's residences
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the residences of former Telecom Minister A Raja and four officials in connection with the 2G scam in Delhi and Chennai on Wednesday. ANI

Rahul Gandhi to visit Orissa
Congress General Secretary will undertake a two-day visit of Orissa from today ANI

US offers assistance to investigate Varanasi blast
US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer on Wednesday offered his condolences to the victims of yesterday's bomb blast in Varanasi and said that United States ready to provide assistance to the Indian Government to investigate this heinous crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. ANI

2G logjam: Parliament adjourned yet again
The deadlock in Parliament over the 2G scam continued for the 19th straight day on Wednesday, with the opposition remaining adamant on their demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe. ANI

2G scam: Supreme Court asks Govt. to consider setting up a special court
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Central Government to consider setting up a special court to deal with the Rs.1.76 lakh crore 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Stars of Indian SME Sector Hail 'IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2010'
The stars of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) fraternity experienced their moment of glory when they were declared 'Leaders of Tomorrow' at an Awards Ceremony on December 3, 2010. Filled with pride and enthusiasm, they received the coveted Awards from Honourable Union Minister for Home Affairs Mr. P. Chidambaram at IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Ceremony organised by IndiaMART Business Wire India

G4S Supports India’s Olympic Hope Through its ‘4teen’ Sports Programme
G4S, the largest private security solutions group in the country, has been at the forefront on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives aimed at enriching the society in which it operates. As part of its global initiative to promote budding athletes, G4S brings to India, two stars of its G4S 4teen programme Business Wire India

New Citrix Receiver Lets Chrome Notebook Users Run Windows Business Apps
Today, Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) joined Google on stage at its live Google Chrome event in San Francisco to preview the new Citrix Receiver™ for Chrome Notebooks (see today’s related visuals) Business Wire India

Fashion And You gets USD 8 Million from Sequoia Capital India
Fashion and You, India’s leading online private sales website today announced that Sequoia Capital has invested USD 8 Million in the company. This investment will go towards growing the company’s product offering, strengthening its enterprise technology, expanding its distribution capacity and funding future growth initiatives. Mr Business Wire India

The New BMW 520d Launched in India
The new BMW 520d has been launched in India and can be ordered at BMW dealerships across India. Dr. Andreas Schaaf, President, BMW India said, “The 5 Series is the core model in our product portfolio. The new BMW 5 Series sedan, since its launch in April 2010, has successfully emerged as a leader in the luxury sedan segment in India Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan Finds Education to be a Lucrative Investment Sector in India
The education sector in India can be divided into formal and non-formal segments. The formal segment refers to K-12 and higher education. Although this segment constitutes more than 80 percent of the market size, the opportunities to invest in this sector remain limited due to strict regulations that prevent the participants from distributing profits Business Wire India

Jabra Introduces Easy-To-Use, Affordable Headset for First Time Users in India
Jabra, a world leader in innovative headset solutions with unparalleled sound quality, comfort, and affordability today introduced a new Bluetooth headset designed specifically for first-time users and consumers looking for an easy to use, wireless headset which are now available at retail stores nationwide Business Wire India

Nikon Unveils D7000 with Compact, Elegant Body that Offers both authenticity and flexibility
- Equipped with 16.2 mega pixels, a new CMOS image sensor and a new image-processing engine, EXPEED 2 - Both developed to enable capture of high-definition images with superior image quality Nikon India, the 100% subsidiary of Nikon Corporation, the leaders in imaging technology announced the launch of D7000. The camera is equipped with a new 16 Business Wire India

SonicWALL Named Finalist in Six Categories of 2011 SC Magazine Awards
SonicWALL, Inc Business Wire India

Pitney Bowes India Launches “DocWell” an integrated document Management Solution for Stock Broking Houses
Pitney Bowes India Pvt Limited launched the much awaited solution - “DocWell” in Indian markets. This solution, which is specially created for the Indian stock broking community, will provide an end-to-end in-house document management solution that manages various customer communications needs like dispatch of contract notes, quarterly statements, Demat statements, etc Business Wire India

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