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Mullaperiyar Dam row: Country cannot afford civil war on water, says Kalam
Stating that the country cannot afford water conflicts akin to the ongoing row over the Mullaperiyar Dam, Former President Dr. A.P J. Abdul Kalam on Wednesday suggested the creation of a national grid interlinking rivers to avert future water crises. ANI

Govt. committed to implement an effective Lokpal Bill, says PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said the government is committed to implement in letter and spirit a good and effective Lokpal Bill that would have a quick and positive impact in further curbing the cancer of corruption without any adverse effects on the efficiency of the system of public administration. ANI

BJP demands probe into Noida land allotment to Bhushans
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday demanded an enquiry into the controversial allotment of land to veteran social activist Ana Hazare's aide Shanti Bhushan and his son Jayant in Uttar Pradesh's Noida city. ANI

India, Russia to sign several bilateral agreements during PM's Moscow visit
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will be embarking upon a two-day visit to Moscow on Thursday for the 12th annual Summit meeting with the leadership of the Russian Federation. ANI

PM dismisses fears of impending Chinese attack
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday dismissed speculations of a possible attack by China. ANI

Govt. holding talks with states on Food Security Bill: Pawar
Asserting that the Food Security Bill is of utmost importance, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said the Central Government has been discussing the bill with individual states, and added that the discussions would conclude within the next eight to ten days. ANI

Migratory birds throng Ganges River in Varanasi
Migratory birds from parts of Europe and Central Asia annually arrive at the banks of Ganges River in Varanasi attracting the attention of residents and tourists alike. ANI

Maoist bulldoze school in Gaya
A group of Maoists have destroyed a school by razing it down to the ground in Gaya District of Bihar. ANI

Frequent landslides affecting normal life in Darjeeling
Frequent landslides in West Bengal have blocked national highways and rail tracks, disrupting daily life in the state. ANI

Lawmakers demand reservation for socially backward groups in Lokpal set up
Cutting across party lines, lawmakers from various political outfits gathered outside the Parliament here on Wednesday to press their demand for reservation for socially backward groups under the Lokpal Bill. ANI

China witnessing slump in employee loyalty
An increasing number of employees are quitting their jobs in China, towards the year-end, due to dearth of promotion opportunities or unfavourable working environment. ANI

Mukherjee hopes India will soon be on growth trajectory
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said that India will be soon on the growth trajectory as the present downturn in the economy is a temporary phase. ANI

Bhopal gas victims demand IOA to boycott London Olympics
Victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy and former India hockey star Aslam Sher Khan met senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Acting-President Vijay Kumar Malhotra here on Wednesday to demand the boycott of London Olympics in the wake of Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of the event. ANI

Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu protest over Kerala legislation on Mullaperiyar Dam
Congress lawmakers from Tamil Nadu staged a protest outside the Parliament here on Wednesday in connection with the ongoing row over the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam. ANI

Court order to bring down Lucknow mosque wall sparks protests
Police officials in Lucknow had to resort to baton charge to scatter violent protesters as hundreds of protesters gathered to stop the demolition of the wall of a mosque ordered by the High Court. ANI

Lokpal row: Anna not in favour of a separate Citizens Charter Act
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday said bringing in a separate Citizens Charter Act will not aid the proper implementation of the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Rahul Gandhi compares BSP rule in UP to 'currency note eating elephants'
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday once again hit out at the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh, saying his party would revive the fortunes of the state and usher in development aiming at prosperity of the common man. ANI

Black money issue: Congress hits back at BJP, says wrong to blame UPA
With Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slamming the Central Congress for black money stashed away in safe havens abroad, the Congress on Wednesday hit back at the opposition party saying that it was wrong to blame United Progressive Alliance (UPA) only for the issue. ANI

Audit report finds lack of transparency in Noida farmhouse allotments
An audit has found that there was no transparency in the allotment of over 100 farmhouse plots allotted to people through an auction in Noida. ANI

L. K. Advani ups the ante against Government on black money
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani, who moved an adjournment motion on black money in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday slammed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government for not taking appropriate steps to bring back the black money stashed away in safe havens abroad. ANI

Police seize arms, ammunition dumped by Maoists in Orissa
Orissa Police have seized arms and ammunition allegedly dumped by Maoists in the Sitagudi forest area near Phulbani District. ANI

Rajasthan CM Gehlot assures of continued development
Marking the three-year tenure of the Congress Party ruled state government, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot asserted that the government fulfilled majority of the party's manifesto promises. ANI

VHP participated in Hazare's anti-corruption movement only as patriots, says Ashok Singhal
Senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal has admitted that his outfit had provided support to the anti-corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare, only as patriots, by distributing food to the people gathered at the protest venue in August. ANI

Kashmir Police Chief claims militancy in State curbed by 48 percent
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda has said that militancy in the state has come down by 48 percent and they are keeping their guard on any infiltration attempts. ANI

Hurriyat Chairman Geelani committed to distribute separatist calendars
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that the Hurriyat will not give in to the Jammu and Kashmir government orders banning calendars and dairies issued by it as they were considered inflammatory. ANI

Mehbooba Mufti accuses National Conference of malgovernance, corruption
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has accused the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference of corruption and malgovernance . ANI

Essar Group Implements Large Scale Citrix Desktop Virtualization Solution
Essar Group is a multinational conglomerate and a leading player in the sectors of Steel, Oil & Gas, Power, BPO & Telecom Services, Shipping, Ports, and Projects, today announced Desktop virtualization implementation with Citrix. With operations in more than 25 countries across five continents, the Group employs 75,000 people, and has revenues of USD 17 billion Business Wire India

ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Award to Highland Holiday Homes under Travel and Hospitality Category
When the time and tide were against him, it was Mr. Devadas Y. Naik's (Chairman, Highland Holiday Homes (Goa) Private Ltd.) perseverance, hard work and right attitude that converged eventually to overturn them and emerge a winner. What better an acknowledgment for this victory than India's most prestigious awards for MSMEs - ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Award 2011 Business Wire India

Citi India Announces the Launch of ‘CASH-TO-MOBILE’ Receivables Solution
Citi India today announced a significant addition to its Mobile receivables solution functionality introduced by the Global Transaction Services business group, with the launch of Citi Cash-To-Mobile Receivables Solution. Aimed at Corporate and Institutional clients, this market first solution empowers corporate customers to receive funds from retailers or end customers instantly via mobile Business Wire India

SCMHRD’s Annual B School Fest , NEEV 2011 – Living “The Fourth Quadrant”
The “House of Ideas” or “The Fourth Quadrant” which marked this year’s NEEV, the flagship event at SCMHRD, was truly inspiring and was a spectacle to watch. The eve of NEEV 2011 saw the night sky at SCMHRD being lit up with a brilliant show of fireworks and troupe dancing to the beats and headlights of two white BMWs Business Wire India

Steep Rise in Self-Service check-in at India’s Leading International Gateway
The growing popularity of web, kiosk and mobile check-in has helped trigger a steep rise in passenger self-service check-in at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai over the last twelve months, up from 36% on the day of the survey in 2010 to 65% this year Business Wire India

GlobalOutlook Wins MPS Ltd (A Macmillan Company) Deal
GlobalOutlook, the Dallas, Texas, headquartered Business Communication and Hosted Microsoft Exchange service provider has won a deal from MPS Ltd (A Macmillan Company), the global leader of high-quality publishing solutions. Under this deal, GlobalOutlook will provide Hosted Exchange, mobile email including Blackberry and Collaboration services for MPS’1,200 employee user base Business Wire India

Castell Establishes its Presence in India by Appointing a New Application Engineer
Castell Safety International Ltd, the leading manufacturer of trapped key interlocking safety systems, has appointed a new application engineer for India. Ashok Dhanasekaran will identify potential markets and opportunities in the Indian region. Ashok joined Castell three years ago at the company’s China operation as a quality assurance engineer Business Wire India

Tyche'd - The Social Wishlist! Connects People with Similar Purchase Intents; Leverages Power of Social Networks like Facebook & Twitter in Real World
Consumer startup Tyched Web Services today announced the public beta launch of its social discovery platform, Tyche'd - The Social Wishlist! ( Tyche’d allows users to share purchase intents with friends; and discover people from their own social network and mutual contacts wanting to buy similar products and services in their own location Business Wire India

President of India to Chair Meeting of Governors on Rainfed Farming at Rashtrapati Bhavan
The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, will chair a meeting of the Committee of Governors on rainfed farming at Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow PIB

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