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Chhattisgarh Police arrests two Maoists in Dantewada
Chhattisgarh Police took into its custody two suspected Maoists with arms and ammunitions here on Thursday. ANI

2G scam: Prime Minister should stop acting helpless, says Swamy
Janata Party President Subramaniam Swamy, who has filed a petition seeking sanction to prosecute former Telecom minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum scam case, on Thursday said Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh should stop acting helpless and soon take stringent actions against those responsible for the scam. ANI

National Integration Week commences tomorrow
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has written to different Ministries under Government of India for organising programmes and events befitting the Qaumi Ekta Week (National Integration Week), which will be observed all over the country from Friday with the pledge of national integration. ANI

Massive fire breaks out at Mumbai's HDIL tower
A major fire broke out at the multi-storey HDIL Tower in suburban Bandra on Thursday. ANI

Pressure on Manmohan Singh to speak up on 2G scam
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leaders on Thursday asked the reason for Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's silence and inaction in responding to a plea for prosecution of former Telecom Minister A. Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Efforts to boost renewable energy to be stepped up
Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde launched the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) mechanism here on Thursday. ANI

Man attempts to spin 500 tops in five minutes in Coimbatore
A man tried to spin 500 tops in five minutes in Coimbatore in an attempt to create a new record. ANI

Gorkha Janamukti Morcha for separate state to curb national identity crisis
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha convener Sankar Adhikari has said a separate Gorkhaland State would curb the national identity crisis and secure the future of the next generation. ANI

Security tight in Assam to check militant attacks
The Assam Government has tightened security across the state after the rebel National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) killed several people. ANI

BJP slams construction of big dams in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh has slammed the construction of the Lower Subansiri power project in Assam, which is expected to generate 7421 of million units (MU) hydro power electricity. ANI

PM did not reply to any of my letters: Subramanian Swamy
Janta Party president and chief petitioner in the 2G telecom spectrum scam, Subramanian Swamy, on Thursday alleged that Prime Minster Manmohan Singh had ignored his letters for demanding action against ministers involved in the scam. ANI

Karnataka Chief Minister to face BJP core team on corruption charges
A meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core committee will be held this evening to discuss the allegations of corruption against Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. ANI

Campaigning for final phase of Bihar assembly elections ends today
Campaigning for the sixth and last phase of Bihar Assembly elections comes to end this evening. ANI

Delhi Metro makes special arrangements for IITF
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has taken a host of measures to cater to the commuters who are using the Metro to visit the India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan from November 19 to 27. ANI

Bombay High Court stays Govt. order to reschedule 'Bigg Boss'
Viacom 18, which owns Colors channel has challenged the Central Government's decision to restrict the airing of the TV show 'Bigg Boss' only between 11 PM and 5 AM in the Bombay High Court. ANI

Warships opened to public in Kolkata
The Indian Navy has allowed people to visit its two war ships, INS Airavat and INS Savitri, in Kolkata to spread awareness about its functions. ANI

Controversy over purchasing of land by Tibetans in Himachal
The Central Tibetan Administration has denied receiving any notice so far by the Himachal Pradesh High Court on the issue of purchase of land by Tibetans in the State. ANI

Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa defends himself on land scam issue
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has defended himself against the allegations on land scam issue. ANI

Noisy protests over 2G scam force Parliament to adjourn
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till tomorrow following noisy protests by Opposition members, who persisted with their demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G Spectrum scam. ANI

Kanki Mosehri in Bihar now boasts of a School
The campaigning for Bihar elections by the ruling party projected the Development plank to justify the term which has just ended and seek a fresh mandate to continue with the momentum. In particular, much noise has been made about how the Education sector has been revitalized and has spread its reach to the farthest corners of the state ANI

Where is the nearest Dalit village?
So long as this question is asked in India, there is no India shining, India emerging, or as President Obama said in New Delhi, a week ago - India emerged. I am in village Gaunpura, an hour's drive from Patna. But to get to this village was an adventure in itself. The highway from Patna is perfectly laid; the traffic is orderly as compared to Punjab or Haryana. Then we turn into towns. ANI

Maharashtra Cabinet expansion put off
The expansion of Maharashtra Cabinet, which was scheduled on Thursday, has been put off apparently as the names of the new entrants are yet to be finalised. ANI

2G scam: Government to respond in Supreme Court today
The Government will on Thursday respond to remarks by Supreme Court on the inaction and silence of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on a complaint seeking action against former Telecom Minister A. Raja over the 2G spectrum allocation. ANI

16th Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission meeting begins today
The 16th Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Joint Economic Commission meeting will begin here on Thursday during which the two nations will focus on expanding economic partnership. ANI

‘Barefaced Liar’ Launches Debut Album at Hard Rock Café
The denizens of the city witnessed the glitz, glamour and razzmatazz of music as the Rock band Barefaced Liar (BFL) today launched their debut album “Barefaced Liar” at the Hard Rock Café, Hyderabad. The musical extravaganza had the youth grooving to the distinct and refreshing compositions spelled out by the band. The gala evening saw participation from the Hyderabadi rock lovers and socialites Business Wire India

CAPSI & APDI Convene Global Security Leadership Summit 2010
- Summit scheduled for 03 and 04 December at Sheraton New Delhi, Saket - - Employability, Standards & Compliance to be key themes The Central Association of Private Security Industry in India (CAPSI), the apex association representing the needs and interests of the 7 Business Wire India

LT Foods Limited Announces Unaudited Second Quarter and First Half Results for Fiscal 2011
Performance Highlights for the Second Quarter ended September 30th and First Half FY2011 Q2 ENDED SEPTEMBER 30TH FY2011 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS Q2 FY2011 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS • Q2 FY2011 Net Revenue of Rs. 255.89 Crore • Increased by 12% as compared with Q2 FY2010 (Rs. 228.35 Crore) Q2 FY2011 EBITDA of Rs. 20 Crore • Increased by 2.44% compared with Q2 FY2010 (Rs. 19 Business Wire India

Crompton Greaves Limited Delivers India’s First 1200 KV Power Product a Proud Moment for CGL & India
“Talking on this achievement, Mr. SM Trehan, MD of CGL said, “Leading edge technology and World class manufacturing are the two driving forces with which CGL is forging ahead to be a world leader in the global T&D arena. This successful development of 1200 kV CVT is a mile stone in our endeavor”. “This is indeed a proud moment for us Business Wire India

M3M Goes Live on Oracle Applications in only Four Months
News Facts • M3M India Limited (M3M) became India’s first real estate company to go ‘live’ on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, achieving this in only four months. • With modules such as Oracle Property Manager, Oracle Inventory. M3M can now better manage its back-office support business, adopt a paperless environment and improve operational efficiency Business Wire India

AGC Networks’ FY 10 PAT up 123.1%
Culminating the year on a positive note, AGC Networks Ltd. (formerly Avaya GlobalConnect), India’s leading enterprise communications solutions integrator, today reported Consolidated Profit after Tax (PAT) of Rs.34.60 Cr in FY 10, compared to PAT of Rs. 15.51 Cr in FY09. The Company recorded consolidated sales at Rs 540.42 Cr for the year ended September’10 and Rs. 129.99 Cr for the quarter Business Wire India

FMCG Industry Poised to Grow 12-17% Annually: A Report by Booz & Company
Indian FMCG industry is expected to grow at a base rate of at least 12% annually to become a Rs 4,000 Billion industry in 2020, according to a new report by Booz & Company. The Report titled “FMCG Roadmap to 2020 - The Game Changers” was released at the CII FMCG Forum 2010 in New Delhi today Business Wire India

Boom in the Indian Passenger Vehicles Segment Triggers Growth in the Indian Polypropylene Compounds Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan
Robust growth in the passenger vehicles sector has enabled the polypropylene compounds market in the Indian passenger vehicles segment to grow in leaps and bounds. This, coupled with the provisional anti-dumping duties levied on polypropylene imports, has led to emergence of new participants in the polypropylene compounds market in India. The Indian passenger vehicles market has grown from 0 Business Wire India

The Polestar Foundation Announces Winners of Twelfth Annual Polestar Awards
The PoleStar Foundation, an independent trust established in 1998 to recognise Excellence in Business and IT Journalism, announced the winners of the Twelfth Annual PoleStar Awards in a ceremony held at the ITC Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers, on Friday, November 12, 2009. Ms. Poongothai Aladi Aruna, Minister for Information Technology, Govt Business Wire India

Fragmented VAS Markets in SAME to Compete on Content instead of Price, Finds Frost & Sullivan
With the worst of economic downturn behind it, the telecommunication markets in the South Asia and Middle East (SAME) region are limping back to normalcy, with value-added services (VAS) accounting for almost 10 percent of the total mobile service revenues. The premium content segment of VAS has contributed more significantly than the messaging segment, and this trend is likely to persist Business Wire India

Sun Pharma Announces USFDA Approval for Generic Clarinex®
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Reuters: SUN.BO, Bloomberg: SUNP IN, NSE:SUNPHARMA, BSE: 524715) announced that USFDA has granted it an approval for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) to market a generic version of Schering Plough’s Clarinex® tablets, 5 mg Business Wire India

EMC Appoints Niranjan Thirumale as Chief Technology Officer of its Center of Excellence in India
EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has appointed Niranjan Thirumale as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the EMC India Center of Excellence (COE) Business Wire India

Anantara Solutions Wins Two Prestigious Awards from Deloitte
• Technology Fast 50 India • Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific … after just 3 years of operations Anantara Solutions, the pioneer of Second Generation Outsourcing (SGO), today announced that it has won two prestigious awards from Deloitte—the Technology Fast 50 India and Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2010 programs—in quick succession Business Wire India

Best Diaspora Philanthropic Organizations Worldwide Selected
The American India Foundation and the Philippine Development Foundation/Ayala Foundation have been selected as the best diaspora philanthropic organizations worldwide. Both organizations were selected as global benchmarks with high value-add best practices, especially for emerging economies Business Wire India

Wallonia-Belgium Engages SPARTA STRATEGY to Attract Indian Companies Seeking Corporate Expansion in European Markets
Wallonia, located at the heart of Europe in Southern Belgium in association with Sparta Strategy is organizing Investor summits for Indian companies keen to access / expand in the vibrant and prosperous European market Business Wire India

Full Range of Installation Accessories Available for Fire Fighting Enterprises’ Fireray Optical Beam Smoke Detectors
Fire Fighting Enterprises, manufacturer of the popular Fireray series of wide-area optical beam smoke detectors, has launched a full range of installation accessories for use with its fire protection products Business Wire India

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