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Assam CM Gogoi rules out demands for creation of 'Bodoland'
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday rejected the demands of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction for creation of a separate State of 'Bodoland'. ANI

Jharkhand villagers form anti-Maoist force
The locals in Jharkhand's Latehar District have created an anti-Maoist village defence committee with the help of the police to promote self-defence among the people living in Maoist-infested villages. ANI

Ajmer blast case: Swami Asimanand sent to judicial custody till Nov. 30
A Hyderabad court on Saturday sent Swami Asimanand, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged role in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast, to judicial custody till November 30. ANI

Mirwaiz slams Omar Abdullah for linking his movement to Maoists
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), on Saturday rejected Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement there were "visible and invisible links" among the militants in the state, the Maoists, Left-leaning academicians and supporters, saying it is an unfortunate attempt to malign the 'indigenous movement'. ANI

CPI-M asks PM to come out clean on 2G spectrum allocation
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Saturday asking Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to clarify his stand on the 2G spectrum allocation said he should come out clean over the issue. ANI

BJP calls for action, not debate on 2G scam
Commenting on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's appeal to Opposition parties to allow Parliament to function, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said the 2G spectrum has been debated for long and it is time for action now. ANI

President Patil greets nation on Guru Nanak Jayanti
The President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, which is being celebrated tomorrow. ANI

Delay in acquisition of land for proposed Guru Nanak Dev University in Pakistan
The Pakistan Government has so far not been able to acquire the land for Baba Guru Nanak International University (BGNIU) project, delaying the project that was to be constructed in 2500 acres of land at the Nankana Sahib in Pakistan's Shikhupura District. ANI

Mughal Road's opening makes Kashmir more accessible
The opening of the historical Mughal Road in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri District has cut down transportation costs of produce and improved accessibility of the Kashmir Valley. ANI

Mamata Banerjee assures full support to Govt. over 2G scam
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday assured her full support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre over the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Bhagwan Birsa Zoo in Jharkhand launches animal adoption programme
The Bhagwan Birsa Zoo in Jharkhand's Ormanjhi town launched 'Adopt an Animal' programme to involve participation of animal-lovers in the upkeep of the zoo inmates. ANI

Female tailor from Jharkhand winner in 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' game show
A female tailor from Jharkhand's Giridih district Rahat Tasleem (37) became the first woman to win the mega-prize of one crore rupees on the game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati?' in Mumbai. ANI

Maoists engineer blast in Gaya, two killed
At least two security personnel lost their lives and over seven others were injured in a bomb that exploded in Bihar's Gaya District during the voting for the sixth and final phase of Bihar Assembly polls on Saturday. ANI

Civil servants have to play vital role in empowering poor: Meira Kumar
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Saturday asserting that the civil servants have to play a decisive role as catalysts for social transformation, urged them to create an enabling environment to empower the poor and underprivileged sections of society and restore them a position of equality. ANI

Yeddyurappa rules out resigning over land scam issue
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa ruled out his resignation on Saturday over the land scam issue, asserting that he had done nothing wrong and that there was no question of a change in leadership in the remaining two-and-half-years of the State Government's term. ANI

'Ghaans ki Roti' still a staple food for tribals in the times of PDS
The National Advisory Council after an intense period of wrangling with the Planning Commission and the government has cleared Food Security framework based on differential entitlements with legal guarantees. ANI

Yeddyurappa explains stand on land scam to BJP leaders
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders concluded the consultations over the alleged involvement of Karnataka Chief Minister, B. S. Yeddyurappa, in a land scam, on Saturday. ANI

Manmohan Singh says dialogue with Pak only after 'terror machine' is under control
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that India has been making efforts to normalise relations with Pakistan but dialogue cannot take place until the "terror machine" there is brought under control. ANI

Assam hosts career fair for 'disabled'
A career fair is held for the disabled in Guwahati as an initiative to generate employment among disabled. ANI

Chennai's transgender activist trains community members in filmmaking
A transgender activist, Kalki Subramaniam, trains her community members in documentary film-making in Chennai. ANI

Textile workers demand ban on cotton yarn export
Several textile industries and weaving units protested against the soaring prices of cotton by observing a day-long strike in Tamil Nadu's Tirupur city, demanding the government to put a ban on cotton yarn exports. ANI

Manmohan Singh promises action against anybody found guilty in 2G scam
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday promised action against anybody found guilty in the 2G spectrum allocation. ANI

One militant killed in encounter in Kishtwar
One militant was killed in a night-long encounter in the Kishtwar forests in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Auto Serve Exhibition 2010 starts in Chennai
The fourth edition of Auto Serve exhibition started in Chennai to provide a platform to showcase the opportunities in automotive aftermarket business and to provide a marketing and educational platform for companies in the sector. ANI

Royal couples tie knot in Jodhpur
The heir to the erstwhile throne of Jodhpur, Shivraj Singh, has tied knot with the princess Gayatri Kumari of the former Askot kingdom. ANI

Attorney General files affidavit on PM's behalf in Supreme Court
Attorney General G. E. Vahanvati filed an affidavit on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Supreme Court today to explain why he took close to a year to respond to a request for the prosecution of former Telecom Minister A Raja over the 2G scam. ANI

CBI nabs Swami Asimanand in Mecca Masjid blast
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested preacher Swami Asimanand in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad in May 2007. ANI

PM to decide giving minimum wages to NREGA workers: Joshi
Rural Development Minister C P Joshi said on Saturday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to consider payment of minimum wages to National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) workers as recommended by the National Advisory Council headed by Sonia Gandhi. ANI

Attorney General to file PM's affidavit in Supreme Court today
Attorney General G. E. Vahanvati will file an affidavit on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Supreme Court today to explain why he took close to a year to respond to a request for the prosecution of former Telecom Minister A. Raja over the 2G scam. ANI

Bihar polls: Voting begins for final phase
Polling for the sixth and the final phase of Bihar elections began in 26 of the 243 assemblies on Saturday morning. ANI

MAAC Presented 24FPS Awards 2010
The 7th edition of India’s largest Animation Awards - 24FPS organized by Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) – the leader in 3D Animation and VFX training saw over 3000 animation enthusiast’s descent at the SRPF grounds in Goregaon, Mumbai Business Wire India

India Leads the World in Carbon Emissions Offsetting and use of Online Services
The SITA/Air Transport World Passenger Self-Service survey of the world’s leading airports reveals that India’s air travellers lead the world in using airline websites for carbon emissions offsetting with 44% of survey respondents at Mumbai International Airport claiming to do so. By comparison, only 6% did so among those surveyed at Frankfurt Business Wire India

WNS Hosts Thane Police at 'Know Your BPO’ Event
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today hosted the 'Know Your BPO' event for Police Officers at the WNS headquarters in Mumbai. This was part of the annual ‘Cyber Safe Thane 2010’ initiative being held from 18-20, Nov. 2010 Business Wire India

Salt Lake Stadium FieldTurf Field Earns FIFA 2-Star Certification
The world’s second largest stadium by capacity has earned FIFA 2-Star recommended status and simultaneously becomes the only field in India to be FIFA Recommended. The FIFA Recommended 2-Star designation is the highest synthetic turf rating from FIFA and is issued after a battery of tests are performed by a FIFA approved testing agent Business Wire India

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