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Union Cabinet clears Food Security Bill
The Union Cabinet on Sunday cleared the Food Security Bill. ANI

Govt. committed to bring in a very powerful Lokpal Bill, says Khurshid
With veteran social activist Anna Hazare continuing to mount pressure on the Centre over the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said the government is determined and committed to bring in a very powerful anti-graft bill keeping in mind the basic structure of the law. ANI

Maoist victims protest at Jantar Mantar, want nation to take notice
Scores of persons affected by the simmering Maoist militancy took part in a protest march at the Jantar Mantar here on Sunday to urge the government to provide them with adequate compensation and jobs. ANI

Reservation in jobs for Muslims a hot issue in UP
Union Coal Minister Shri Prakash Jaiswal on Sunday hit back at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati over the issue surrounding reservation for Muslims and said that the Congress Party would provide reservation to them on the basis of their backwardness. ANI

Anna Hazare watches movie 'Welcome Back Gandhi' in Chennai
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare watched the screening of the movie 'Welcome Back Gandhi' here on Sunday. ANI

Subramanian Swamy finds Sonia Gandhi 'root cause of corruption' in India
Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Sunday accused Congress President Sonia Gandhi of causing corruption in the country. ANI

Vayalar Ravi wants Chidambaram to use his influence to resolve Mullaperiyar dam issue
Union Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Sunday said Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram should have used his influence as a political leader to push Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for a dialogue with the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, as well as Kerala Government to resolve the ongoing row surrounding the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam. ANI

Himachal Pong Dam to be a tourist centre
In a bid to attract tourists, the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal laid down the foundation stone for a tourist reception centre at Pong Dam lake. ANI

Annual women's car rally in Patna
Women in Patna city participated in the Annual Femina car rally on Sunday aimed to promote women empowerment. ANI

UK based band 'Higher on Maiden' performs at Imphal
Rock band 'Higher-On-Maiden', the sister band of the legendary metal band 'Iron Maiden' enthralled audiences with heavy music in Imphal, as a part of the Seven Sisters Winter Rock Tour. ANI

Fatehpur Sikri to get a facelift
Uttar Pradesh government along with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) began the restoration work at Fatehpur Sikri, a world heritage site, with an initiative to help regain its lost glory. ANI

Twelve killed in Uttarakhand bus accident
At least twelve people were killed and fifteen were injured when a bus fell into Nahal river due to the thick fog in Gadarpur, Uttarakhand. ANI

Lokpal row: Anna's supporters' gear up to support his proposed fast
With Anna Hazare threatening to go on an indefinite fast from December 27 at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, supporters of the veteran social activist reiterated his decision by holding prayer sessions in city churches here on Sunday. ANI

Lawmakers participate in a car rally to endorse 'save our tigers' campaign
In a bid to spread awareness among people about the diminishing population of tigers in India and to endorse the 'save our tigers' campaign, numerous lawmakers participated in a car rally here on Sunday. ANI

Parliament will frame Lokpal Bill, says Advani
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani on Sunday said the Lokpal Bill would be framed by Parliament and not by any other entity. ANI

Osama Bin Laden's killing 'top news story' of 2011: Poll
The killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden during the US Navy Seals raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a new poll has shown. ANI

1000 Kashmiri youth offered jobs under state government scheme
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, under the Centre sponsored Himayat project, offered over a thousand Kashmiri youth with appointment letters for jobs . ANI

Ajit Singh trains gun at Mayawati after joining hands with UPA
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh, who joined hands with the ruling Congress Party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls, on Sunday hit out at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati saying the people of the state will now have a clear-cut alternative. ANI

Christmas festivities spread cheer and joy across India
New Delhi/Chennai, Dec 18 ; An exuberant wave of cheer and festivities spread across the country ahead of Christmas, as people began preparing for the festival with gusto and high spirits. ANI

Cold weather and fog proving beneficial for wheat crop in Punjab
On one hand where cold weather and fog has disrupted normal life and brought the traffic on the road to a virtual halt, farmers in Amritsar were happy with the weather as it is proving beneficial for the standing wheat crop. ANI

Ajit Singh sworn in as Cabinet Minister
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh was today inducted into the Union Cabinet. ANI

Anna Hazare promises a welcome function for Manmohan Singh if Lokpal Bill is passed
While departing from Bangalore after addressing massive crowd gathered at Freedom Park on Saturday, Anna Hazare told the mediapersons at the airport that he will hold a welcome function for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh if the UPA government is able to pass the Lokpal Bill in this Parliament session. ANI

President appoints Ajit Singh as Civil Aviation Minister
President Appoints Ajit Singh as Civil Aviation Minister PIB

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