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Jorhat holds 10th Assam Mahotsav
the tenth edition of the Assam Mahotsav, a two week long annual fair was organized in Jorhat providing a window to the culture of the state. ANI

Longevity secret of China's oldest couple revealed
The oldest living couple in China, who celebrated their 90th wedding anniversary this year has revealed their secret daily diet, which consists of rice, vegetables and preserved pork. ANI

Manipuris agitate for release of persons abducted by militants
Angry residents condemned the kidnapping of two family members by militants from Irilbung Awangching area in Manipur and demanded their safe release. ANI

Northeast India Academy of Performing Arts
Youth in Nagaland see fashion as a popular career opportunity. Many of them aspire to become models, make up artists, fashion designers or beauty saloon owners. ANI

Christmas fever grips Nagaland
With Christmas just round the corner, people in Nagaland are busy making last minute preparations. Markets are bustling with customers and traders and local shopkeepers are making a good business out of it. ANI

Left-wing extremism could be defeated through rural development: Sonia Gandhi
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday said that bringing about rural development would help to effectively combat rampant left-wing extremism and insurgency in tribal regions of the country. ANI

Anna begins search for 100 hamlets to create 100 model villages across India
Reiterating the need for rural development in the country, veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Friday began his search for 100 hamlets with an aim to create 100 model villages across India. ANI

Memo Gate linked Pak-American businessman advised Vajpayee to split Kashmir to end dispute
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz reportedly lobbied with former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, urging him to split Kashmir into three parts as a possible solution to the intractable dispute with Pakistan. ANI

Memo Gate linked Pak-American businessman adviced Vajpayee to split Kashmir to end dispute
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz reportedly lobbied with former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, urging him to split Kashmir into three parts as a possible solution to the intractable dispute with Pakistan. ANI

UNC stops work at Trans-Asian rail link in Manipur
The United Naga Council, the apex body of Nagas, has stopped all work at the Jiribam-Tupul Trans Asian Railway in Tamenglong district of Manipur. They have imposed this ban for a period of two months. ANI

Haryana farmers unhappy over revision of sugarcane prices
The farmers and the mill owners in Haryana have expressed their unhappiness over the state government's revised State Advised Prices (SAP) for sugarcanes. ANI

Sibal welcomes changes in criteria for Bharat Ratna
Welcoming the decision to modify rules to pave way for eligibility of sportspersons for Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said any person surpassing global standards of excellence and becoming a milestone for the standards of human endeavour especially in the field of sports must be recognised. ANI

Dalit Muslim and Christian rally held in Bhubaneswar
Hundreds of Dalit Muslims and Christians held a massive rally in Bhubaneswar to demand for the status of scheduled caste for their communities. ANI

57 militants surrender in Manipur
Atleast 57 militants belonging to different outfits have surrendered before the state government and army officials in Imphal. ANI

India commemorates 40th anniversary of Bangladesh war victory
India on Friday paid tribute to its martyred soldiers, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war that resulted in the liberation of East Pakistan now called Bangladesh. ANI

Hear the voice of victims of Naxalism
Victims of Naxal violence from the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal have joined hands in a noble venture to hold a peaceful procession at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, on the evening of December, 18, in the form of a candle lit vigil and the morning of December, 19, in the form of a rally. ANI

Hazare threatens his supporters will go to jails if Lokpal Bill is not passed
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has warned of mass protests and voluntary filling up of jails by Lokpal Bill activists if the law is not passed during the ongoing session of Parliament. ANI

Congress leader slams Hazare, challenges him to visit UP polls
Slamming anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare for threatening to campaign against the Congress party during the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma has challenged the former to come to his constituency if he has the courage. ANI

Rahul Gandhi promises an era of development if Congress wins UP polls
Asserting that 'nothing' had changed in Uttar Pradesh since the past two decades, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi urged the masses to give his party an opportunity to usher in an era of development and progress in the state. ANI

Parliament has sole right to frame anti-graft laws, Yechury tells Team Anna
Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker Sitaram Yechury has said that the Parliament had the 'sole right' to enact laws as per the Constitutional provisions. ANI

Government trying hard to bring effective Lokpal Bill, says Manish Tewari
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari has said that the government is doing every possible effort to bring an effective Lokpal Bill. ANI

That day in Dhaka: December 16th, 1971 (article)
December 16th brings back many memories. For me, that day in 1971, was culmination of a journey I started early in the year by train from Delhi to Calcutta wondering as to how I was going to cover the crackdown by General Tikka Khan's army in East Pakistan. ANI

West Bengal hooch tragedy: Death toll rises to 160
Death toll in West Bengal hooch tragedy has mounted to 160 following nineteen more deaths.he incident occurred on Wednesday when more than hundred fell ill after consuming illicit liquor in Sangrampur area of South 24 Parganas District. ANI

HomeShop18 Gets Santa Claus Home This Christmas
In continuation of its endeavour to provide innovative and delightful customer experience, HomeShop18, the online & on-air retail marketing and distribution venture of Network18 Group will bring Santa Claus to your doorstep this Christmas & New Year Business Wire India

Alfa Laval Declares Interim Dividend
The Board of Directors of the Company, at their meeting held today, declared an interim dividend of Rs.30/- per equity share for the year ending 31st December 2011 and fixed the Record Date for this purpose as 27th December 2011. The said interim dividend, which will entail an aggregate amount of Rs.633 Business Wire India

A New ‘Learn at Home... Earn in the Market place’ Initiative to Empower Investors
Equitymaster, India’s first financial website, is launching a new e-learning initiative in Investor Education. The objective is to equip investors with the knowledge, tools and techniques to take independent and profitable investment decisions and not rely blindly on the advice of money managers, brokers or tips from well-meaning friends Business Wire India

WNS Partners with SEEinfobiz for Customized e-Fulfillment-based Order-to-Cash Solutions; Strengthens F&A Services Offerings
WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced its partnership with SEEinfobiz, a global software technology consulting and outsourcing services firm, to further strengthen its capabilities in customized e-fulfillment-based Order-to-Cash (O2C) solutions Business Wire India

Spanco Granted Pioneer Status in Nigeria
The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) has granted the Pioneer Status incentive in respect of Spanco’s activity in Telecommunication (BPO/Call Centre) to expand their business. The status has been received by Spanco Channel BPO Limited which is Spanco’s BPO arm operating in Nigeria Business Wire India

Australian Minister Calls on Union Steel Minister to Discuss Cooperation in Mining and Ore Exploration
Australian Minister Calls on Union Steel Minister to Discuss Cooperation in Mining and Ore Exploration PIB

Urea Pricing Policy for Existing Urea Units
A pricing policy for existing urea units beyond New Pricing Scheme (NPS) Stage-III is under consideration of Government. PIB

Opening of Jan Aushadhi Stores
The Department of Pharmaceuticals had taken initiative by way of opening Jan Aushadhi Drug outlets in the Government Hospitals PIB

Sanitation coverage in rural areas jumps to 74 percent
The sanitation coverage in rural areas of the country has jumped to 74 percent as of November 2011. PIB

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