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Yechury suspects US influence over decision on FDI in retail
Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker Sitaram Yechury today said that is likely that the government took the decision to allow foreign direct investment in retail sector after being asked by the US to do so. ANI

J-K lawyers demand revocation of AFSPA
Hundreds of lawyers from the Jammu and Kashmir bar association held a highly charged agitation against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) here on Thursday. ANI

Bangladesh Army Chief pays homage to martyred Indian soldiers in Delhi
Bangladesh's Chief of Army Staff, General Mohammed Abdul Mubeen, who is presently on a visit to India, laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate here on Thursday. ANI

Pakistan supplying fake Indian currency, hints Home Secretary
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Thursday hinted that Pakistan is the prime supplier of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in the international black market. ANI

FDI row: JD-U backs traders shutdown, accuses Centre of making false assurances
Accusing the government led by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh of misleading the nation and making false assurances, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav fully backing the nationwide shutdown called by the traders' association on Thursday said that his party would not give up till the decision to approve foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail is revoked. ANI

Chhattisgarh CM calls on Beni Prasad Verma
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh called on Union Minister of Steel Beni Prasad Verma here today, and informed him that supply of iron ore to the steel industry in the state has been severely affected due to stoppage of ore supply from Orissa. ANI

Patil appoints committee of Governors to recommend steps for increasing agricultural productivity
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has constituted a committee of Governors under the chairmanship of Shivraj Patil, Governor of Punjab and Rajasthan, to study and recommend measures for enhancing productivity, profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of the agriculture sector in India with special reference to rainfed area farming. ANI

PM writes to Jayalalithaa on Mullaperiyar Dam issue
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has written to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa replying to her letters on the Mullaperiyar Dam issue, and expressed hope that an amicable and mutually acceptable solution can be found through a process of dialogue and communication. ANI

BSF seizes contraband, fake currency at Indo-Pak border
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday recovered five kilograms of heroin and Rs.980, 000 in counterfeit currency near the international border at Noshehra Dhala in Punjab. ANI

College girls in Kerala take march to highlight Mullaperiyar Dam issue
College girls of St. Theresa's College took out a protest march against Tamil Nadu's stand on the controversial Mullaperiyar Dam. ANI

Rise in HIV patients in Nagaland as world observes World AIDS Day
As the world observes 'World AIDS Day' on Thursday, Nagaland registered an increase in number of patients infected by the HIV virus. ANI

Snowfall in Kashmir to provide impetus to agriculture
Farmers in Jammu and Kashmir have expressed their joy over the moderate to heavy snowfall in the valley, saying it will provide the required impetus to agriculture in the state. ANI

India unaware of any proposal on trilateral pact with US and Australia: MEA
Amid reports that Australia has given the thumbs up to a proposal for a trilateral security dialogue with India and US, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said that India is unaware of any proposal on trilateral pact with US and Australia. ANI

J Dey murder case: Court rejects police request for conducting narco test on Mumbai journalist
A court here has rejected a police request to conduct a narco test on Mumbai journalist Jigna Vora in connection with her alleged involvement in the June murder of former MidDay reporter J.Dey. ANI

2 G scam case: CBI court grants bail to Raja's ex-secretary R.K. Chandolia
A Patiala House CBI court on Thursday granted bail to retired bureaucrat R.K. Chandolia in connection with his involvement in the 2 G spectrum case. ANI

BJP slams Chinese assertion on Dalai Lama, asks MEA to take apt action
Criticising China for its latest remarks on Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, following his recent participation at a Buddhist conference in New Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday asked the Ministry of External Affairs to take action on the assertion made by Beijing. ANI

FDI row: Congress blames BJP's negative publicity for traders' shutdown
Blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the all India traders shutdown over the issue of allowing 51 percent foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, the Congress Party on Thursday said the BJP's negative publicity was responsible for it. ANI

BJP warns Centre, backs traders shutdown over FDI issue
With traders across the country closing their shops and protesting against the government decision to allow 51 percent foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) warned the Centre on Thursday, saying that it backs the protest and would not allow parliament to function smoothly till the decision is revoked. ANI

Supreme Court directs Modi govt. to submit CDs on Sohrabuddin encounter
The Government of Gujarat has been directed by the Supreme Court to submit compact discs (CDs) with call details of senior state police officials who were allegedly involved in the November 26, 2005 Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. ANI

Annoyed Dalai Lama says China should not politicise his Kolkata visit, Narayanan snubs Beijing
Kolkata, Dec.1 : Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Thursday, said that he did not want his visit to West Bengal to be politicised, but added that he was also accustomed to China putting pressure on him and all those associated or linked with him. Kolkata, Dec ANI

Director of 'Dam999' movie moves Supreme Court against Tamil Nadu
Filmmaker Sohan Roy, director and producer of the controversial movie 'Dam999', said he would appeal against the ban imposed on his film in Tamil Nadu. ANI

Agni A1-06 missile successfully test-fired
The Indian Army successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Agni A1-06 strategic ballistic missile from the test range at Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast on Thursday morning. ANI

Mullaperiyar Dam row: Tamil Nadu lawmakers protest against spread of propaganda
Lawmakers from Tamil Nadu staged a demonstration outside the Parliament here on Thursday in protest against the alleged spread of propaganda against the Mullaperiyar Dam by their counterparts from neighbouring Kerala state. ANI

Chidambaram lauds Border Security Force, asks it to combat Maoists
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said South Asia could become a haven of peace and progress, only if all the countries learn to live together in harmony. ANI

PM reaches out to UPA allies, Congress parliamentary party meet cancelled
The Prime Minister, Dr.Manmohan Singh, on Thursday met with leaders of the UPA, including representatives of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the National Conference (NC) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) to discuss ways to end the ongoing stalemate in parliament. ANI

Three-day shutdown call cripples normal life in Manipur
A three day shutdown call given by the outlawed Kangleipak Communist Party has crippled normal life in Manipur since Tuesday. ANI

Ghaziabad Police nab young couples dating in public park
In a unique operation that the police have codenamed as 'Operation Majnu' (Operation Romeo), many young dating couples have been caught at the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park in Ghaziabad. ANI

Parliament logjam enters eighth day, both Houses adjourned till Friday
The stalemate in parliament primarily over objections to allowing 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi brand retail, besides other issues, continued for the eighth day on Thursday, leading to both Houses being adjourned till Friday. ANI

Gujarat HC orders CBI to probe Ishrat Jehan encounter case
The Gujarat High Court announced on Thursday that it would be directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct the probe in the Ishrat Jehan encounter case, as it could not trust the state police to do a fair and credible investigation. ANI

Kerala CM Chandy insists on decommissioning Mullaperiyar Dam, building new one
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has insisted on decommissioning the British-built Mullaperiyar Dam and constructing a new one to banish all fears of either his state or neighbouring Tamil Nadu benefiting exclusively from the present one. ANI

Bihar not to permit FDI in retail
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that he wouldn't allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail sector in his state. ANI

Traders across India protest against FDI in retail
Traders across the country are protesting against the government's decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the multi-brand retail sector. ANI

Swami Agnivesh lauds government version of Lokpal Bill
Lauding the Parliamentary Standing Committee version of the Lokpal Bill, social activist Swami Agnivesh has said there is a marked improvement in comparison to the original one. ANI

Paytm and Times of India Group Launches Industry’s First Offer for Prepaid Recharge Users
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Aidmatrix Receives Best IT Implementation for Maximum Social Impact
Aidmatrix, the Leader in Supply Chain Management for Humanitarian Relief, has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Best IT Implementation Award 2011’ for Maximum Social Impact by PCQuest for the CDRN. At the award function organized by Cybermedia group, in the capital recently, Mr Business Wire India

Polaris Chairman Addresses Central Bank of Seychelles’ Anniversary Lecture
Mr. Arun Jain, Chairman and CEO, Polaris Financial Technology Ltd. (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology company, addressed the 17th Anniversary Lecture at Central Bank of Seychelles as a Guest Speaker. Mr. Jain shared the dais with His Excellency, Mr. James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Pierre Laporte, Governor, Central Bank of Seychelles and Mr Business Wire India

Business Process Innovation Guru David Conley Visits India
QAI (, the leading global consulting and workforce development organization, recently announced the visit of world-renowned Innovation Guru David Conley to India. David Conley is on the Executive Board and the Certification Committee of Altshuller Institute, and is President of Intel’s TRIZ Association Business Wire India

PLHIV ask Parliamentary Health Committee Members to ensure Universal Provisions for access to Food Security under the Right to Food Bill and to set up a Focused Parliamentary Committee on TB to better handle the TB/HIV Co-infection
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Banyan Tree Infomedia Launches Forums on Real Estate Hungama for Property Buying Decisions
Banyan Tree Infomedia, one of the fastest growing e-media companies, has announced the release of forums on their real estate portal After enjoying popularity among those looking to buy or sell properties, Banyan Tree Infomedia has reverted to its original belief of creating content which is increasingly useful for all. The creation of forums is the step in this direction Business Wire India

Praj Announces Winners of Maha-Intrapreneur Award 2011
Praj Industries, global biofuels technology and engineering Company announced the names of winners of the ‘Maha-Intrapreneur Awards 2011’. This award honors and recognizes the efforts of ‘Intrapreneurs’ or ‘Corporate Entrepreneurs’ who put in their hard-work and efforts in accelerate the growth and profit of their companies Business Wire India

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