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Sonia Gandhi says Govt. is in process of setting up several institutes like AIIMS
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said the government is in the process of setting up several institutes like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the nation to ensure better health services. ANI

Doctors stir in Jaipur brings treatment at Govt. hospitals to a grinding halt
Medical services and allied treatment at government hospitals came to a standstill here on Wednesday, as the resident doctors demanding parity with their central cadres in pay decided to observe a mass strike. ANI

Opposition parties in J-K protest against Omar Abdullah Govt.
Supporters of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and other small political outfits staged a protest here on Wednesday against the insufficient rule of the Omar Abdullah-led National Conference Government in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

BJP to react on Lokpal Bill after seeing final print
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader S S Ahluwalia on Wednesday clarified that his party would comment on the Lokpal Bill only after seeing the official version of the anti-graft bill as drafted by the government. ANI

Kiran Bedi says Govt. made Lokpal Bill only for namesake
Former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi on Wednesday accused the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre of misleading the people of the country with their move to keep the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) out of the Lokpal Bill ambit. ANI

CPI (M) refuses to comment on Lokpal Bill for now
Amid the standoff between the Centre and Team Anna over the passage of an effective Lokpal Bill, Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said the entire process of parliamentary democracy is getting undermined, and added that his party would wait for the government to table the final draft of the anti-graft bill in Parliament before making any observations. ANI

BJP in favour of bringing CBI under Lokpal Bill ambit
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday reiterated that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be brought under the ambit of Lokpal Bill. ANI

Medha Patkar urges Govt. to bring strong Lokpal Bill
Asserting that every citizen of the country wanted the lawmakers, judiciary and bureaucracy to come under the Lokpal Bill ambit, social activist Medha Patkar on Wednesday urged the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre to bring a strong and effective anti-graft bill to curb the rampant corruption in the country. ANI

Cake festival held in Guwahati
A social group organised cake festival in Guwahati, to mark Christmas festivities and help women to learn the art of baking and be self-dependent. ANI

Tuskers spread havoc in Jalpaiguri
Wild elephants continue to spread havoc in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri District, forcing residents to migrate to safer places. ANI

Kejriwal says ineffective Lokpal Bill will prove to be a curse for India
Accusing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre of diluting the intended Lokpal body by attaching riders to it, veteran social activist Anna Hazare's key aide Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said an anti-graft bill without inclusion of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would prove to be a curse rather than a boon for the country. ANI

D. Raja slams Centre's agriculture policies
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) lawmaker D. Raja on Wednesday said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government's agriculture policies has failed to protect the interest of the farmers. ANI

Justice Hegde says Govt. not willing to bring strong Lokpal Bill
Expressing disappointment with the Centre's draft of the anti-graft bill, former Karnataka Lokayukta and Team Anna member Justice Santosh Hegde on Wednesday said the government is standing high on prestige and ego and is creating the Lokpal institution just for the sake of creating one, without empowering it. ANI

Imphal residents protest against rape and killing of minor
Residents in Imphal staged a demonstration against the brutal rape and killing of a ten-year old minor girl, Nafisha Sahani. ANI

Train derails in Mumbai station
A women's reserved coach in a local passenger train derailed while departing from Mumbai. ANI

Khurshid says Govt. not acting under pressure on Lokpal Bill
Amid the standoff between the Centre and Team Anna over passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said the government is not acting under pressure and is keen on bringing an effective and feasible anti-graft bill that will help to combat corruption in the country. ANI

JPC members accuse CAG of pressing his corporate programme in 2G scam report
Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) Chairman P C Chacko on Wednesday said the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, Vinod Rai, had taken objection to allegations levelled against him by members on the JPC panel that he had pressed his corporate programme in his report on the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

North India reeling under severe cold conditions
Extreme winter conditions continue to send shivers across India on Wednesday. ANI

Protest in Kashmir over withdrawal of attestation powers from judiciary to executive
Residents in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch District gave a call for shutdown protesting against the state government's decision to withdraw attestation and land registration powers from the judiciary and transferring it to the executive. ANI

Presenting Karunakaran award, PM terms Pranab most valued colleague
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday lauded the contribution of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in helping the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre function effectively and cohesively. ANI

Jayalalitha writes to PM again on Mullaperiyar Dam row
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday took strong exception to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) forming a team of experts to draw up a contingency response plan for the Mullaperiyar Dam, saying it was nothing but "succumbing to the subterfuge" of Kerala. ANI

"Aakash" too high to many children in the country
"To every child in India I carry this message. Aim for the sky and beyond. There is nothing holding you back." This stirring statement, by Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal on the launch of a cheap tablet computer, surely creates an impression of an expected educational reform in the Indian society. ANI

Seven Maoists arrested in Jharkhand
The Jharkhand Police have arrested seven Maoists from the state's Khunti District. ANI

Andhra textile minister attacked by supporters of Home Minister
A group of irate crowd attacked the Textiles Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shankar Rao with eggs, tomatoes and stones at NTR Nagar in Hyderabad. ANI

BJP says Lokpal draft bill is "betrayal of the people"
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson, Prakash Javadekar slammed the Ombudsman draft bill prepared by the Congress party led United Progressive Alliance government as 'betrayal of the people' of the country. ANI

MDMK chief Vaiko detained over Mullaperiyar row
The standoff between Tamil Nadu and Kerala over the Mullaperiyar dam dispute intensified on Wednesday with cadres of MDMK blocking all roads leading to Kerala from Tamil Nadu. ANI

Opposition closely watching UPA Govt's moves on Lokpal, other issues
The opposition is closely watching the government's future course of action on the Lokpal Bill and other significant issues. ANI

Ready to fight for government's version of Lokpal Bill: Sonia Gandhi
Addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) on Wednesday, a day after the Union Cabinet had cleared the much-awaited Lokpal Bill, Congress President Sonia Gandhi batted for the legislation that has been criticised by Team Anna and Opposition for being weak. ANI

Fight for effective Lokpal Bill intensifies, Anna Hazare raises pitch
The standoff between the government and Team Anna over the Lokpal Bill intensified on Wednesday with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare raising the pitch against the UPA Government. ANI

Union Cabinet approves Lokpal bill with Constitutional status
The Union Cabinet has approved a revised Lokpal Bill with Constitutional status which would be tabled in Parliament on December 22 (Thursday). ANI

A Night to Remember for Camlin Fine Chemicals Ltd. at 'ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011'
-- Mr. Ashish Dandekar, MD, receives Award from Mr. NR Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Technologies, under Chemicals & Petrochemicals category -- Aspires to be the largest food antioxidant & ingredient manufacturer worldwide Led by a strong vision to become the largest food antioxidant and ingredient manufacturer worldwide, Camlin Fine Chemicals Limited (CFC Ltd Business Wire India

ItzCash and DCB Bank in Association with Visa Launch Freedom Prepaid Card in Mumbai
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Clinigene International Enters into Collaborative Clinical Research Services
Clinigene International Limited, a subsidiary of Biocon, India’s largest Biotech Company, and Pacific Biomarkers Inc. (PBI), a Seattle, WA-based limited liability company announce a collaborative agreement to address the specialty biomarker and high-end clinical trial laboratory needs of the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry Business Wire India

Max New York Life Recognizes 1022 Children with Igenius Scholarships
They are 1022 children in all and they have two things in common – one, Max New York Life Insurance, India’s leading life insurance company, has recognized them for their excellence; two, all of them have come out on top in both academics and extra-curricular activities Business Wire India

VLife’s CEO Supreet Deshpande Receives BioSpectrumAsia Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Award
The prestigious annual BioSpectrum Awards constituted in 2003 by BioSpectrumAsia – the voice of Biotech industry to recognize the exceptional contributions of individuals to the development of biotech sector in the country were announced for 2011 Business Wire India

Canon India Expands and Moves to New Corporate Office in Gurgaon
Canon India Pvt. Limited, India’s No 1. Complete Digital Imaging Company has moved into a new corporate headquarters. The new office premise was inaugurated by Mr. Kensaku Konishi, President & CEO, Canon India. The premise is a 100,000 square feet office housed in Cyber Terraces in Gurgaon Business Wire India

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