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Mullaperiyar Dam row can be resolved through dialogue, debate and discussion: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today emphasized that the simmering row between Tamil Nadu and Kerala over the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam can be resolved through dialogue, debate and discussion. ANI

India has ability to sustain growth of 8 to 9 percent in next five years: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today that India has the ability to sustain a growth path of "eight percent, and may be nine percent" in the next five years. ANI

PM defends Chidambaram over 'conflict of interest' allegations
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today defended Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram over allegations that he misused his power to direct the Delhi Police to withdraw criminal proceedings against a Delhi-based hotelier. ANI

Manmohan Singh hopes to build consensus on FDI after state elections
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that he expects to succeed in his effort to open the country's retail market to foreign companies after the conclusion of state elections by the end of March 2012. ANI

Politics on Kudankulam murky, protests overdone, says Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has assured safety to all stakeholders of Kudankulam nuclear power plant project which is being set up in joint collaboration with Russia. ANI

Lokpal Bill to be discussed in Cabinet on Sunday
The Central government is working towards getting the Lokpal Bill passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament and it will be placed before the Cabinet tomorrow, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said. ANI

Fall in rupee value causing loss to jewellers in Jaipur
The fall in the value of rupee in international markets is causing loss to jewellers in Jaipur city. ANI

Uttrakhand farmers anguished after bumper tomato crop yields no profit
Tomato farmers in Uttarakhand's Haldwani District were unhappy as in spite of a bumper crop, they failed to earn even the production cost for their produce, leading to the rotting of huge quantities of tomatoes. ANI

Zoo authorities in Jharkhand prohibit visitors from going near enclosures
Authorities in Ranchi zoo prohibited the visitors from going near the enclosures after bird flu alert was sounded in the state. ANI

Villager missing for sixteen days abducted by Maoists
It has been sixteen days since, Adheen Prajapati, a villager of Semari village in Jharkhand's Palamu District got abducted by the Maoists. ANI

Annual cake exhibition attracts visitors in Bangalore
Scores of people attended the 37th annual cake exhibition in Bangalore, where giant size cakes modelled on prominent landmarks were put on display. ANI

Police seize ammunition in Rajouri
Police seized a cache of ammunition in Rajouri district from Hamid Khan, a resident of Poonch, who was trying to pose as a police informer. ANI

Snowfall cheers apple growers in Himachal Pradesh
The recent snowfall in Himachal Pradesh has lightened up the faces of apple growers, as they expect to have a bumper crop this season. ANI

Hazare reiterates stand on 'court arrest'
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare reiterated his decision to go on an indefinite fast from December 27 and a 'court arrest' agitation from January 1, if the Lokpal Bill was not passed in Parliament's current session. ANI

Senior BSF officials accuse Pakistan of ceasefire violations
Senior officials of Border Security Force (BSF), deployed in Kashmir, have accused Pakistan of repeated violations of the ceasefire in the recent past. ANI

Subramanian Swamy says Chidambaram 'connived' with Raja in 2G case
Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Saturday told a Delhi court that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram should be made an accused in the 2G case as he had jointly taken the decision of spectrum prices with former Telecom Minister A Raja. ANI

Manmohan Singh condoles death of Mamata Banerjee's mother
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today condoled the death of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's mother Gayatri Devi. ANI

Maoists disrupt bridge construction in Jharkhand
In yet another attack on development projects, the Maoist ultras stalled the construction of a bridge by damaging the bridge railings in Jharkhand's Latehar District. ANI

Annual Buddhist congregation being held at Bodhgaya
The nine-day long Buddhist religious ceremony of Kagyu Monlam is being held in the Buddhist holy shrine of Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya. ANI

Government working towards bringing effective Lokpal Bill: Narayanaswamy
Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office V Narayanaswamy has said that the government is working towards the formulation of an effective Lokpal Bill and added that they would table the Bill in the Parliament at the earliest. ANI

Power generation in Kudankulam nuke plant will take time, say officials
Reacting to a recent statement made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, officials from the controversial Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu has said that power generation from the project was expected to take 'some time.' ANI

Discuss all viewpoints before starting work in Kudankulam nuke plant: Karunanidhi
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi has said that all viewpoints have to be taken into account before starting any work on the disputed Kudankulam nuclear power plant Tamil Nadu. ANI

Don't politicize Mullaperiyar Dam row, Tharoor urges stakeholders
Calling the simmering row between Kerala and Tamil Nadu over the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam an essentially 'human' issue, Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor has urged stakeholders to resolve the dispute at the earliest. ANI

BJP accuses Rahul Gandhi of being silent on key issues
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad has accused Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi of being silent on key burning issues concerning the country like graft, black money and high inflationary prices. ANI

MNREGA transforms Gournagar block in Tripura
The tea gardens of Gournagar RD Block in Kailasahar in North Tripura has been generating employment for many villagers. ANI

North India reels under cold wave
Residents across north of India faced the brunt of a dip in temperature as the biting cold forced them to remain inside their homes and low visibility due to fog played havoc with flight and train schedules in the entire region. ANI

Singapore International School Presents a First of its kind NO Flame Recipe Contest with Celebrity Vegetarian Chef Asha Khatau
Singapore International School, today conducted “My Magical Mom” with celebrity vegetarian Chef Asha Khatau. This event was a 'No Flame Recipe Contest' among mothers of SIS students. The first culinary art contest was held last year and owing to its success Singapore International School has now made it their regular Annual event Business Wire India

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