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BJP condemns possible ban on Bhagwad Gita across Russia
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday strongly condemned the possible ban on the Bhagwad Gita across Russia. ANI

Food Security Bill should not cap benefits of poor, says Patnaik
Expressing disappointment with certain aspects of the draft Food Security Bill, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said the Central Government should not cap the benefits of the poor people in the proposal. ANI

Union Cabinet to meet tomorrow to discuss Lokpal Bill
The Union Cabinet is expected to meet on Tuesday to review the draft of the Lokpal Bill before it is tabled in the Parliament. ANI

Air Chief inaugurates IAF's 'Inspired Leadership' seminar
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, on Monday inaugurated 'Inspired Leadership'-a seminar on leadership being conducted at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park by the Directorate of Training, AOP Branch, Air Headquarters. ANI

Centre should bear 'financial burden' of Food Security Bill: Nitish Kumar
A day after the Union Cabinet presided by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh gave green signal to the draft National Food Security Bill, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the Central Government should bear the 'financial burden' of the bill, as the states are not in a condition where they can bear the fiscal burden. ANI

Ajit Singh assumes charge of Civil Aviation Ministry
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh assumed the charge of Ministry of Civil Aviation, as Cabinet Minister here today. ANI

Lokpal row: 'We have completed the work assigned to us', says Khurshid
Expressing confidence that the Lokpal Bill will be tabled in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said the ministers have cleaned up the draft of changes in the anti-graft bill. ANI

Anna Hazare to offer rose to PM if strong Lokpal Bill is framed
Pune, Dec 19 (AN): Reiterating that he would go ahead with his proposed indefinite fast from December 27 if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session, veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Monday said that he would offer a rose to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, if a strong and effective anti-graft law was enacted by the Parliament. ANI

Change of name from Galong to Galo big victory for Arunachal: Sanjoy
The Congress-led UPA Government today passed a Bill seeking to substitute Galong with Galo, the right name of the tribe in the list of Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Pooled price for natural gas will remove incentive for sourcing LNG at lowest price: Chaturvedi
The government has admitted that pooling the price of natural gas has a down side as there would be no incentive for the importer to source natural gas at the lowest price. ANI

Pakistani actress Sana Nawaz criticizes Veena Malik
Pakistani model and actress Sana Nawaz has criticized Veena Malik for her reportedly revealing pictures. ANI

'Save India, Wipe Out Naxals', Maoist victims appeal to Govt.
Anguished over the continuing Naxal threats, scores of persons participated in an anti-Maoist rally for the second consecutive day at the Jantar Mantar here on Monday to demand fair compensation, rehabilitation, jobs and security from the government. ANI

Tharoor, Walmart COO preside over discussion on cross-cultural communication
Former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor and Bharti Retail (Walmart) COO Andrew Levermore presided over a discussion that focused on building cross-cultural communication between Indians and multinationals. ANI

Dalai Lama holds special Buddhist teachings in Dharamshala
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today held the first of his three-day session of Buddhist spiritual teachings to a large gathering of followers from around the world in Dharamsala. ANI

Muslims reservation row escalates ahead of assembly polls in UP
A day after the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister demanded an increase in the minority quota including Muslim community, lawmakers of the ruling Congress Party on Monday hit out at Mayawati, saying she has raised the issue only on the eve of the upcoming assembly polls in the state. ANI

Monitoring Kashmir children's rights
In March 2007, under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, an Act of Parliament (December 2005), the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was set up in order to protect the rights of children. One of the steps in this direction was the constitution of "State Commission" in each and every state of the country. ANI

Tribal youth in Orissa being given vocational training by Rayagada police
In an endeavour to provide employment to tribal youths to bring them into the mainstream, Orissa Police in association with private companies has undertaken a vocational training programme in Maoist-hit Rayagada District. ANI

India terms Canada's withdrawal from Kyoto pact as contrary to its commitment on climate change
Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan has said that Canada's withdrawal from Kyoto protocol is a complete violation, after it became the first nation to announce its withdrawal from the pact on climate change. ANI

MDMK leader warns of economic blockade over Mullaperiyar Dam row
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko Gopalaswamy has called for economic blockade in order to exert pressure on the Kerala government, which is demanding for decommissioning of the controversial Mullaperiyar Dam. ANI

NSCN (I-M) camp destroyed in Arunachal's Tirap district
A major training camp of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) faction was unearthed and destroyed at Longbo village, camouflaged deep inside jungle in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, a sensitive area bordering China and Myanmar. ANI

Sushma lambasts Manmohan Singh over corruption, price rise
Ludhiana, Dec 19 Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj launched an attack on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over the government's perceived 'failure' in tackling the issues of graft and price rise. ANI

Dense fog envelopes Delhi
Delhiites got a feel of heavy winter today as dense fog descended on the capital reducing normal visibility to almost zero in some areas. ANI

C.N.R Rao urges government to honour Homi Jehangir Bhabha with Bharat Ratna
Veteran scientist Dr. C.N.R Rao has urged the Central Government to posthumously confer the Bharat Ratna on the late nuclear physicist Homi Jehangir Bhabha. ANI

BJP calls Rahul Gandhi 'agent' of foreign companies
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has called Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi an 'agent' of foreign multi-national companies. ANI

CTA Apparels Emerges Winner at 'ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011'
Exhilarated, acknowledged and humbled – this is how Dr. Mukesh Kansal, Chairman, CTA Apparels Pvt. Ltd. felt when he received the award for best MSME under 'Textile, Apparels and Accessories' category at the recently held 'ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011' in Mumbai. The legendary Indian entrepreneur Mr Business Wire India

Top Indian Orthopedic Doctors to Bring Focus on Osteoporosis at Arab Health 2012
Arab Health 2012 invites participation from doctors and orthopedicians across India to participate in the conference that will have its key focus on Osteoporosis. India’s leading Orthopedicians will be sharing their learnings about the silently debilitating bone disease and interventions in the medicine world to counter it Business Wire India

Infor10 Fuels Business Transformation at BAE Systems Military Air and Information
Infor, a leading provider of business application software with operations serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that BAE Systems Military Air and Information (MAI) has chosen Infor10 to support a substantial business transformation program Business Wire India

McLeod Russel India and Barclays Wealth, Emerge Winners of the Kolkata Leg of TAKE Solutions World Corporate Golf Challenge ’11 – 12
Winning the Kolkata leg amidst tough competition, four teams made their way to the National Final of the TAKE Solutions World Corporate Golf Challenge. The Kolkata leg of the annual event concluded, at Tollygunge Golf Club on Saturday (December 17, 2011) Business Wire India

Spread the Joy of Christmas and New Year with GETIT
Celebration around Christmas and New Year brings Joy and happiness to everyone. We all plan to celebrate Christmas and New Year in style and do lot of planning. To enable you to bid adieu to the passing year and welcome the new, GETIT has introduced a special website for Christmas and New Year called GETIT Celebration Business Wire India

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