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Team Anna demands probe against Chidambaram over interference in withdrawal of cases
Team Anna members Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan on Thursday sought a thorough probe against Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram following allegations that the latter misused his position to settle legal disputes of his former client. ANI

P S Subramanyam selected for National Design Award-2011
Programme Director (Combat Aircrafts) and Director-Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangalore, P S Subramanyam, has been selected for the National Design Award-2011 for his outstanding contribution in the area of design by National Design and Research forum (NDRF) of Indian Institute of Engineers (IIE). ANI

Pawar calls for intensification of farm mechanisation efforts
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today underlined the need for intensifying farm mechanisation efforts in the country through consolidation of existing schemes and additional strengthening in terms of new programmes, human resource development and infrastructure. ANI

Home Secretary Singh defends Chidambaram's interference in withdrawal of cases
With Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram coming in the line of opposition fire in Parliament over allegations that he had helped a Delhi hotelier, Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh on Thursday defending the former said that it was impossible for senior lawyers to remember the cases that they had fought years ago, and added it was foolish to accuse someone for that reason. ANI

Chidambaram not involved in 2G scam as per Home Ministry records
Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh on Thursday said that the draft of the letter sent by the Home Ministry to the Delhi Government concerning the 2G scam was neither shown to Chidambaram nor to the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs. ANI

Rahul Gandhi accuses Mayawati Govt. of embezzlement of funds
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday lashed out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for allegedly swindling funds out of a national employment guarantee scheme. ANI

Govt. can speed up tabling of Lokpal Bill: D. Raja
Communist Party of India (CPI) lawmaker D. Raja on Thursday said the government can accelerate the process of passing the Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament if it posses a strong political will. ANI

Paswan demands reservation for backward classes in Lokpal
Lok Janshakti Party President, Ram Vilas Paswan has demanded reservation for socially backward groups under the Lokpal Bill during the ongoing session of Lok Sabha. ANI

Anna Hazare gets ready to kick-start another campaign for Lokpal Bill
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday said that he was ready to kick start another campaign if the Lokpal Bill was not brought by the Central Government and added that the venue of the campaign might be shifted to Mumbai. ANI

Digvijay Singh slams Hazare's bullying tactics
Slamming veteran social activist Anna Hazare, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said his party would not allow Hazare to bully them into passing an impractical Lokpal Bill. ANI

Congress lawmakers hopeful of bringing in Lokpal Bill
Despite paucity of time, Congress party lawmakers are confident that they would be able to bring in the Lokpal Bill in the ongoing winter session of the Parliament as they have to arrive at a consensus on various views expressed by the leaders at the all party meeting. ANI

Rock-climbing wall set to boost adventure tourism in Kashmir
In a bid to boost adventure tourism in the state, the authorities have laid down the foundation for an artificial rock-climbing wall in Kashmir's Budgam District. ANI

Death toll rises to 107 in Bengal hooch tradegy
Atleast 50 more people have fallen victim to the hooch tradegy raising the overall death toll to 107. ANI

Manmohan Singh says Government taking people's concern over Kudankulam seriously
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said the government was taking seriously the concern among people about the safety of Kudankulam nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu ANI

India, Russia united in strong condemnation of terrorism: PM
Emphasising that both India and Russia united in strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said there can be no justification whatsoever for acts of terrorism. ANI

Manmohan Singh visit to Russia to strengthen ties based on long-term interests
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that India's bilateral cooperation with Russia is based on long-term interests, and the strategic partnership between New Delhi and Moscow is an enduring bond of friendship, which has strong historical roots. ANI

Clash between anti-Posco activists, construction workers claims one life in Orissa
One man was killed and 15 others injured following a clash between anti-Posco activists and workers of a construction company in Orissa's Jagatsinghpur District. ANI

Yechury claims Government unwilling to commit to table Lokpal Bill in this session
Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker Sitaram Yechury has stated indicated that the Central Government had refused to commit on introducing the Lokpal Bill in this Parliament session. ANI

Consensus eludes on final shape of Lokpal Bill
The all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last night could not reach consensus on Lokpal Bill and leaders of various political parties said there were divergences of views on the final shape of the bill. ANI

Law Minister Khurshid calls for consensus on Lokpal Bill
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid has said that efforts are on to ensure consensus on framing a strong Lokpal Bill. ANI

Team Anna unwilling to compromise on key issues of Lokpal Bill
Close aides of veteran anti graft crusader Anna Hazare has asserted that they would not compromise on any key provisions of the Lokpal Bill. ANI

UP polls: Mulayam Singh hopeful of returning to power
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has said that he is confident that his party would sweep the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

RECOLLECTIONS OF A COMMUNICATOR: Fortieth anniversary of 1971 Indo-Pak war (Article)
The sub-continent will be observing the fortieth anniversary of the birth of Bangladesh on Friday. In Bangladesh, it will be celebrated as the fulfillment of the wishes of the people, who led a brave battle under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ANI

Menon & Menon Ltd. Recognised as Leader of Tomorrow (Auto/ Auto Component Category)
-- Announced winner at ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011 Ceremony held in Mumbai recently -- Vijay Menon, MD, Menon & Menon Ltd. believes that this prestigious Award reinforces their belief in the company From a small and ordinary company to a company of national repute, Menon and Menon Ltd Business Wire India

It takes 4 taps for a Trip: Expedia Introduces Expedia Hotels app for iPad and Android Tablets
Expedia ®, the world’s largest online travel agency, announced the availability of a major update to its popular Expedia® Hotels app for the iPhone and Android OS, which adds full support for iPad and Android tablets. Since its launch in 2011, on iPhone and Android, Expedia Hotels has become one of the world’s most popular hotel booking apps Business Wire India

Vortex Engineering Raises VC Funding of Rs. 370 mn
Funds managed by Tata Capital, Aavishkaar and other existing investors invest Rs. 370 mn in Vortex Engineering Pvt. Ltd as a part of the current planned round of Rs 500 mn. Funds managed by Aavishkaar along with Bamboo Finance and Venture East are existing investors in the Company Business Wire India

CA Technologies Named a Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software Market Share Leader by Market Research Firm
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced it has been named one of the top two market share leaders in the worldwide cloud systems management software market by IDC, a leading provider of global IT research and advice. According to the Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software 2011-2015 Forecast Update and 2010 Vendor Shares * market analysis report, CA Technologies owns 14 Business Wire India

GETIT: The New Wedding Planner
The sound of Shehnai, the fragrance of flowers and the merriment are indicators of the approaching wedding season. The wedding season is a time to plan for wedding venue, clothes, wedding cards, astrologers etc Business Wire India

SportsNest Launches Online Purchase of Sporting, Fitness and Adventure Gear
SportsNest, an e-commerce company focused on online sale of sporting, fitness and adventure gear, was launched today. The company (, lead by a team of entrepreneurs and ex-sportsmen, aims to create a differentiated online experience while purchasing sporting and outdoor gear Business Wire India

Catch KFC T20 Big Bash League Live on STAR Cricket and STAR Cricket HD
-- 7 former international captains to feature in this edition of the league -- Star attractions include Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Paul Collingwood, Shahid Afridi, Fidel Edwards, and many more Business Wire India

“Points Rummy based Strike Tournaments – adds Fun and Excitement for all Rummy Lovers”
The excitement gets bigger and better for all Rummy lovers with the all new “Points Rummy Strike Tournaments” introduced by Points Rummy games - as well as other variants of Rummy - are played for fun as well as real money on Playing for real money adds to the excitement of the game with the added benefit of winning cash prizes Business Wire India

Tejas Networks Wins the Government of India’s TCOE Award of Excellence in Telecom Products
Tejas Networks Ltd., a leader in next-generation optical networking products, won India’s first national award from Telecom Centers of Excellence (TCOE). The award was presented by Mr Sachin Pilot and Mr Milind Deora, the Hon’ble ministers of state for Communications and Information Technology, Government of India Business Wire India

NDTV Car & Bike Awards 2012 to Recognise the Best Products and People in the Indian Automobile Industry
NDTV will present the seventh edition of the ‘NDTV Car & Bike Awards’ at the Buddh International Circuit, which played host to India’s first Formula One Race, on December 16 2011. The awards will honour the year’s best cars, bikes and the people behind them in the country’s vibrant automobile sector Business Wire India

LG Cinema 3D Game Festival Championship Comes to Town
-- 5 make it to the top among 15 finalists; Mega event draws 25,000 -- Gaming fest held in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai -- Winners walk away with Rs 100,000 each LG Electronics on Sunday announced the winners of mega blockbuster Cinema 3D Game Festival 2011, held between December 9 (Friday) and December 11 (Sunday) in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai Business Wire India

Forced Marriages in Haryana
Forced Marriages in Haryana. The Government has taken a number of measures to improve the sex ratio. PIB

Three Members Nominated to NDMA
The ChairPerson of NDMA nominates three members PIB

Pranab Mukherjee at Conference on "Global Economic Situation: New Order Emerging?" in Delhi Economics Conclave
Text of the Speech of Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Conference on "Global Economic Situation: New Order Emerging?" in Delhi Economics Conclave. Following is the text of the speech delivered. PIB

India Signs Loan agreement with ADB for First Tranche under the Himachal Pradesh Clean Energy Transmission Investment Programme
India Signs Loan agreement with ADB for First Tranche under the Himachal Pradesh Clean Energy Transmission Investment Programme PIB

Economic Viability of Greenfield Airports
Government of India has granted 'in-principle' approval for setting up of 15 Greenfield airports PIB

Development of Airport Infrastructure
Government is encouraging development of airport infrastructure by way of expansion/upgradation of existing airports including small and medium airports to attract foreign tourists and through establishment of new airports. PIB

Ten Percent of Group ‘B’ Posts in Paramilitary Forces to be Filled up by Ex-Servicemen
Ten Percent of Group 'B' Posts in Paramilitary Forces to be Filled up by Ex-Servicemen. Government Aggressively Pursuing Measures for Welfare of Ex-Servicemen says Antony PIB

Farm Mechanisation efforts need to be Intensified: Shri Pawar
Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Agriculture Ministry meets. Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Shri Sharad Pawar underlines the need for intensifying farm mechanisation efforts. PIB

PM's statement prior to his Departure for Russia for the India-Russia Annual Summit 2011
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's statement prior to his departure for Russia to attend the India-Russia Annual Summit 2011 PIB

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