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Congress blames BJP for Parliament logjam
Even as the ongoing deadlock in the Parliament continued on Friday, the Central government maintained it was ready to debate all contentious issues of national concern with other political parties. ANI

Centre gave thoughtful reflection on FDI before announcing it: Salman Khurshid
Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid has reiterated that only a few people are opposing multi-brand foreign direct investment in multi-retail retail. ANI

Commenting on downward inflation trend too premature: Pranab Mukherjee
In the backdrop of signs of easing inflation as per the weekly figures, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said a review of the monetary policy would be done only after monthly inflation figures are announced. ANI

Charges of land grabbing are false, says Stalin
Senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party leader M.K. Stalin today assailed the ruling Tamil Nadu government of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) headed by Jayaram Jayalalithaa. ANI

Kerala CM urges Tamil Nadu to chalk out solution for Mullaperiyar dam row
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday declared that his state would agree to any mutually acceptable clause with Tamil Nadu to resolve the raging Mullaperiyar dam row. ANI

IFFI pays homage to Mani Kaul
The 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is paying homage to the legendary filmmaker Mani Kaul by showcasing some of his works. ANI

Cinema important medium to promote tourism: Subodhkant Sahai
Union Tourism Minister Subodhkant Sahai has held a meeting with leading film directors at International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Goa. ANI

6.6 percent growth in agriculture sector in 2010-11
As per the revised estimates of Central Statistics Office, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, the growth rate of agriculture and allied sectors reached the level of 6.6 percent for 2010-11 which is the highest achieved growth rate during the last six years. ANI

International beauties visit Taj Mahal
Beauties from across the world visited Taj Mahal in Agra on Thursday. ANI

Schools shut as cold wave freezes normal life in Kashmir
The cold wave in Jammu and Kashmir has forced the state government to shut down schools for winter vacation ahead of schedule. ANI

Punjab, Bihar farmers favour FDI in retail
Farmers across India including Punjab and Bihar are in favour of foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, despite various political parties and traders vehemently protesting the decision announced by the central government. ANI

Sikkim hosts mountain biking camp to boost adventure tourism in state
In a bid to promote adventure tourism, state authorities of Sikkim organised a training camp for mountain biking. ANI

Congress slams opposition for double standards over FDI issue
With the issue of foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail disrupting parliamentary proceedings for the ninth consecutive day, the ruling Congress Party terming the whole incident to be a political ploy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that the opposition was in favour of opening the retail sector to foreign investors seven years ago. ANI

India will not take steps on Tipaimukh Project: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday said India will not take steps on Tipaimukh Project, which may adversely affect Bangladesh. ANI

Need to preserve Ladakhi culture, amid 'shifting sands'
A faded photograph in the window shows a handsome young couple in traditional Ladakhi dress, complete with vibrant turquoise semi-precious stones adorning the perak, or headdress, that symbolizes the rank and economic status of the woman wearing it. ANI

Opposition protest against FDI in retail unjustified, says Ahluwalia
The Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, on Friday, assailed opposition parties for carrying on their unjustified protest against the government's decision to approve foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail. ANI

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal has no relevance, says Azad
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Kirti Azad on Friday said the Parliamentary Standing Committee has lost its sanctity, as all the decisions that were unanimously taken on the Lokpal Bill, were changed within a span of 24 hours by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government. ANI

Pray at Hyderabad temple and get a visa
A unique temple situated close to Hyderabad, is attracting devotees, as there is a belief that offering prayers to the deity would fulfil their wish of obtaining visas to travel abroad. ANI

Mumbai Muslims protest over damage to holy site in Israel
Muslims in Mumbai have protested against the razing of a part of the holy Al -Aqsa Mosque in Israel. ANI

Sisodia upset with Congress Party's decision to exclude certain provisions in Lokpal
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare's close aide Manish Sisodia on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over the ruling Congress Party's decision to remove the Group C bureaucrats and exclude certain important institutions, which were previously supposed to be under the Lokpal ambit. ANI

PM asks Bansal to resolve Mullaperiyar Dam issue
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Friday informed that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has instructed him to hold a meeting with officials of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu and seek an early resolution of the controversy surrounding the Mullaperiyar Dam. ANI

Pakistan: Life after Mohmand
When 9/11 happened, the Americans were livid and they descended on Islamabad, Rambo style, threatening General Musharraf with the famous "either you are with us or against us" threat. ANI

Sex workers in Mumbai, Rajkot pay homage to AIDS victims
On the occasion of World AIDS Day, sex workers in Mumbai, paid tribute to people who have died of AIDS in the country. ANI

Kerala CM Chandy meets PM, Sonia over Mullaperiyar Dam controversy
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi here on Friday to discuss the issue surrounding the Mullaperiyar Dam. ANI

Mukherjee blames narrow political gain coming in way of FDI in retail
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that narrow political gain is coming in way of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the multi-brand retail sector. ANI

FDI rocks parliamentary proceedings again, BJP charges Govt. of working under US pressure
Accusing a rigid UPA Government of not letting the parliament function, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said the former was definitely operating under pressure from America and European countries, and therefore, did not want any discussion to take place on foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.We want that there should be a discussion in both Houses over FDI issue ANI

'There are a few people opposing FDI', says Khurshid
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid has admitted that a few people are opposing the move to allow 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. ANI

FDI crisis continues: Congress urges opposition to cooperate
With the crisis over foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail still on, the ruling Congress Party continues to urge opposition parties to cooperate and allow parliament to function smoothly. ANI

Incredible degree of convergence on key issues of Lokpal: Singhvi
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee that is working on an acceptable Lokpal Bill, Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said the committee has shown a remarkable degree of convergence on vital issues connected to the draft that is to be tabled. ANI

False case fabricated against me: M.K Stalin
Asserting that a false case has been fabricated against him, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and M. Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin has said that he would face it boldly. ANI

Parliament logjam continues, both Houses adjourned till Dec. 7
The stalemate in parliament primarily over objections to allowing 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi brand retail, besides other issues, continued for the ninth day on Friday, leading to both Houses being adjourned till December 7. ANI

FidelisWorld Launches Wisden India
-- Wisden India to be the collective voice for cricket in India -- Aims at partnership across channels, scaling up its product portfolio Here’s a double delight the legions of Indian cricket fans will love to celebrate the New Year with – Wisden in India and cricket legend Sourav Ganguly as the President of its Editorial Board. This was announced at a launch event in the Capital city Business Wire India

Pond’s Launches a New Wonder Moisturizer Pond's Active Moisture
Generations of women have trusted Pond’s for simple yet effective skin care products, each designed to make skin look youthfully soft and beautifully supple. Over the years, the heritage Pond’s Moisturizing Cold Cream has become not only a part of every woman’s skincare regime but also a beauty staple for many celebrities Business Wire India

Impact of Opening up FDI in Retail - an Asipac White Paper
While there has been a lot of media coverage on the hot debate about the benefits and pitfalls of allowing 51% FDI in multi-brand retail, several important issues have not been properly highlighted either by the Government or by those opposing the move. Most important is the impact on direct and indirect tax revenues for the exchequer Business Wire India

Time for a Comprehensive Policy for Protection and Education of Internal Migrant Children in India
The collapse of rural livelihoods in many parts of India forces hundreds of families to migrate from their villages in search of work. A significant number of young children migrate along with their parents for several months. The National Commission of Rural Labour (NCRL) notes a high incidence of child labour in a number of sectors Business Wire India

United Bank of India Ties up with for Direct Debit Facility
Net Banking is one of the most popular payment options in the country. has tied up with United Bank of India and has added its net banking facility to its direct debit engine – which is India's largest engine. has always strived to bring its merchants, the best in terms of payment options. United Bank of India is the newest payment option to tie up with Business Wire India

Free Restaurant Reservation through Bookurtable.Com
Entertaining and eating out on the spur of the moment has become much easier with BookurTable mobile apps developed by a Bangalore based company. BookurTable has managed to develop a great Lifestyle product where one can make fine dining reservations a breeze. No calling the secretary or hotel no. and be kept waiting in call waiting queue Business Wire India

CanvasM and Polaris Wireless Announce Strategic Partnership to Introduce High Accuracy Wireless Location Solution in India
CanvasM Technologies, Tech Mahindra’s VAS subsidiary and part of the US$ 14 Business Wire India

FORE School of Management, New Delhi, PGDM Admission 2012 Extended
FORE School of Management (FSM), the Delhi based premium Management School, has extended the applications for the admissions in Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) for the upcoming 2012-14 session. The last date for submitting the applications now is December 12, 2011 Business Wire India

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