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Cabinet approves draft Lokpal Bill
The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft Lokpal Bill. ANI

PM condoles demise of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. ANI

Congress asks Anna to discontinue association with radical outfits
Congress Party on Tuesday urged veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is fighting for a strong Lokpal Bill, to discontinue his association with radical Hindu outfits like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) despite availing support from these organs. ANI

Team Anna to decide future strategy after studying Centre's Lokpal Bill draft
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare's key aide Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that they would announce their future strategy after studying the government's draft of the Lokpal Bill. ANI

PM must clarify Chidambaram's alleged favours to former client: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh must clarify Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram's alleged involvement in favouring a former client. ANI

Kapil Sibal urges opposition to have debate on Copyrights Bill
Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, who introduced the Copyrights Bill in the Rajya Sabha, today urged the opposition parties to have a debate before rejecting the bill unanimously. ANI

Farooq Abdullah calls for expanding roof top solar power systems
Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah, who inaugurated a national consultation on net metering in grid solar projects here on Tuesday, asked the officials to prepare an action plan for introducing net metering in commercial and residential roof top solar projects so that the use of solar power can be expanded substantially in the country. ANI

Lady teacher slapped by Akali Dal leader seeks NCW's help
A lady teacher, who was allegedly slapped by a leader of ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, knocked at the doors of the National Commission for Women (NCW) here on Tuesday with her grievance. ANI

UP division row: Mulayam Singh Yadav welcomes Centre's decision
Welcoming the C entre's decision to return the resolution for division of Uttar Pradesh into four parts, Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday accused state chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati of attempting to distract the attention of the people from a slew of scandals in her government. ANI

Adequate strategic coordination among government organs: Chidambaram
Amidst uproar from the opposition parties, the Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram, during Question Hour in Parliament said that there is adequate strategic coordination among various government agencies when it came to the question of security coordination at different levels. ANI

New Delhi ranked No. 1 on 'Liveability Index'
New Delhi has beaten all other cities to emerge as the best place to live in India, according to the Liveability Index 2011. ANI

Mayawati accuses Centre of deliberately delaying division of UP
Accusing the Centre of deliberately stalling the process of division of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday said the government is trying to portray that the work done by her government on the division of the state is incomplete. ANI

Digvijay Singh slams Anna's move to fast in Mumbai
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday hit out at veteran social activist Anna Hazare, saying the latter's decision to hold an indefinite fast in Mumbai is a stint to raise funds for his NGO. ANI

Protest in Jammu over Govt. decision on land registration powers
The Bar Association of Jammu staged a protest in support with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday and demanded that the state government revoke the decision of shifting land registration powers from the judiciary to the executives. ANI

Anna reiterates demand to bring Lokpal Bill in Winter Session
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday reiterated his demand of bringing an effective Jan Lokpal Bill in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament. ANI

Three Bangladeshi suspected miscreants killed in firing near Indo-Bangla border
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday informed that reports have been received of the deaths of three Bangladesh nationals as a result of firing on the Indian side of the border with Bangladesh in two separate incidents in Govindpur in West Bengal's Malda District and Narayanganj in West Bengal's Coochbehar District. ANI

Parliament winter session extended for three days
Business advisory committee of Lok Sabha decided on Tuesday to extend Parliament's functioning for three more day, from 27th to 29th December. ANI

BJP boycotts Chidambaram in Parliament
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party in Parliament boycotted Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday when he stood up to give an answer during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha. ANI

Mohan Singh slams Mayawati Govt. over UP division plan
With the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre returning the resolution passed by the Uttar Pradesh Assembly for division of state into four parts, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader on Tuesday accused the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government of deliberately taking up this stand to develop internal conflicts among the people of the state. ANI

PM hails ASI'S contribution in preserving country's heritage sites
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday hailed the contribution of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for preserving the precious legacy of the country. ANI

President Patil reviews naval fleet, calls for safeguarding maritime borders (Update)
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who reviewed the naval fleet of the country, today said the safeguarding of the maritime borders is a major requirement for the socio-economic well being of the nation. ANI

India confident about Russian Govt. resolving Bhagavad Gita court controversy: Krishna
Describing the Bhagwad Gita as simply not being a religious text; but one of the defining treatises of Indian thought and the very soul of India's great civilization, External Affairs Minister S.M ANI

Neeraj Grover murder case: Bombay HC rejects Emily Jerome's bail
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of former Indian Navy officer Emile Jerome Mathew in connection with the murder of television executive Neeraj Grover. ANI

Jharkhand losing out battle to poor health schemes
Eleven years after its birth, Jharkhand still lacks the basic healthcare facilities and presently the state is being hounded by a high number of deaths caused due to malaria and cerebral malaria. ANI

Baba Ramdev accuses Centre of being hesitant on black money issue
Nagpur, Dec 20 : Baba Ramdev alleged that the Central Government is hesitant in initiating procedures to repatriate illicit black money stashed in several foreign banks. ANI

Union Cabinet to discuss revised Lokpal Bill draft
New Delhi, Dec.20 : The Union Cabinet is meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the revised draft of the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Russian envoy regrets controversy over Bhagavad Gita
In a press release issued by Russian Embassy in India, Russian Ambassador Alexander M. Kadakin has expressed his sadness over the issue of banning the Bhagavad Gita in Siberia. ANI

Indian Govt. regrets deaths of Bangladesh nationals near Indo-Bangladesh border
The Indian Government on Tuesday expressed its regret over the deaths of three Bangladesh nationals in two separate firing incidents from the Indian side of the border with Bangladesh in Govindpur in Malda District (West Bengal) and Narayanganj in Coochbehar District (West Bengal) in the night / early hours of December 16 and 17. ANI

President Patil presides over 10th President's Fleet Review in Mumbai
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil presided over 10th President's Fleet Review (PFR) in Mumbai on Tuesday amidst tight security. ANI

TAKE Solutions Recognized on FL100 List for Fifth Consecutive Year
TAKE Solutions Ltd. [BSE: 532890 | NSE: TAKE], a leader in the Supply Chain Management and Life Sciences domains, today announced it has been selected by Food Logistics for the magazine’s annual FL100 list for the fifth consecutive year Business Wire India

India's Capital 'New Delhi' Ranks First in the Liveability Index 2011, Published by Institute for Competitiveness
Highlights -- The top four metros once again find themselves vying for the top slots in providing the most livable environment. -- Mumbai follows Delhi at the 2nd position in the Liveability Index 2011 -- South Indian cities surpass the North Indian cities and showcase their superiority in categories like health & medical standards, safety etc Business Wire India

Gearing up to Meet Challenges in Waste Water Management with Cutting Edge Solutions Say’s Mr. Satyakam Mohanty, Managing Director, Louis Berger Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
About three-fourth or seventy five per cent of the earth’s surface is covered with world oceans.However, the fresh water constitutes a very small proportion with 2.7per cent of the total water available on the earth. What is effectively available for consumption and other uses is a small proportion of the quantity available in rivers, lakes and groundwater Business Wire India

Cox & Kings Triumphs as ‘The Best Outbound Tour Operator of the Year’ At the TAAI Travel Awards 2011
Cox and Kings Ltd, the longest established travel company in the world since 1758 has been awarded as the ‘Best Outbound Tour Operator of the Year’ at the third edition of the prestigious TAAI Travel Awards ceremony, held at Taj Lands End, Mumbai. The awards were presented by Chief Guest Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister for Tourism, Govt of India. Commenting on this special occasion Mr Business Wire India

Quintiles India Honored as Bioservices Company of the Year by Biospectrum
In recognition of its industry leadership, Quintiles India has received the BioSpectrum-ABLE BioServices Company of the Year award for 2011. The award, which honors companies and individuals for their performance in the biotech industry, was presented to Quintiles at the BioSpectrum Awards Nite 2011 held in Bangalore on December 16th Business Wire India

XC Networks Chooses Tejas Networks' Packet Optical Transport Backbone for Cross Border Communications
XC Networks, a leading provider of cross-border communications, last mile solutions and wireless backhaul in the Republic of Mexico and the U.S., announces today the selection of Tejas Networks' Packet Optical Transport solutions to upgrade its optical backbone Business Wire India

Element14 Rounds Up a Year of Successful Supplier Partnerships with 14 of its Bestsellers in Asia Pacific
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community, is celebrating its success in 2011 after establishing partnerships and distribution agreements with leading brands, and expanding its unique product portfolio in 2011 Business Wire India

Cox & Kings Designs European Holidays for Maharashtrians
Cox and Kings Ltd, the longest established travel company in the world since 1758 has launched special tours to Europe for Maharashtrians. It is offering an affordable and exciting holiday experience with three European holiday packages ‘European Anubhav’, ‘Advitya Europe’ and ‘ Darshaniya Europe’. The packages are affordably priced, starting at Rs. 1,39,900, Rs. 1,68,999 and Rs Business Wire India

PM's Address at 150th year of the Archeological Survey of India
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the 150th year of the Archeological Survey of India at a function in New Delhi PIB

Special postal arrangements for X-Mas and New Year Greetings
Special Postal Arrangements for X-Mas and New Year Greetings. Members of public mayo post their X-Mas/New Year Greetings in time. PIB

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