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Dasgupta says Anna wants to be second Mahatma Gandhi
Asserting that sovereignty of Parliament can never be surrendered before the 'social activists', Communist Party of India (CPI) lawmaker Gurudas Dasgupta on Thursday hit out at veteran social activist Anna Hazare's demands over the Lokpal Bill, and said that the latter was trying to portray himself as the next Mahatma Gandhi. ANI

Seventh Def-Expo to be held in Delhi
The seventh DefExpo will be held in New Delhi from March 29 to April 1, 2012. ANI

BJP pulls up UPA Govt. over misgovernance
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit out at the ruling Congress Party, and said that it has lost its vision and leadership after being embroiled in numerous scams. ANI

Govt. introduces Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill 2011 in Lok Sabha
The government on Thursday introduced in Lok Sabha the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, aimed at setting up the body of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas at the level of the States. ANI

Kiran Bedi says CBI should be under Lokpal
Former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi on Thursday said bringing in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) within the ambit of Lokpal Bill would bring in a radical change in the political system. ANI

Kejriwal calls for redrafting of Lokpal Bill
With the Centre tabling in Lok Sabha a historic bill for creation of an anti-graft ombudsman with Constitutional status, veteran social activist Anna Hazare's key aide Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday rejected the Lokpal Bill and demanded its withdrawal. ANI

Krishna says India has been successful in fostering stronger ties with neighbours
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said India has been successful in fostering stronger ties with the various countries across the globe, the neighbours in particular. ANI

CRPF organises rock fest in Kashmir
In a bid to foster young talent, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) organised a rock fest in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Lucknow residents eating kebabs to beat the chill
As the temperature hit further low people in Lucknow took to eating kebabs, for which Lucknow is known world over, to beat the biting chill persisting over the city. ANI

Villagers in Dandi boycott panchayat elections
Natives of Dandi village in Gujarat on Thursday decided to boycott the upcoming panchayat elections as the authorities failed to provide them with potable drinking water. ANI

Japanese Prime Minister to visit India
The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, will undertake a two-day state visit of India, beginning on December 27, at the invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

Lalu urges Govt. not to rush passing of Lokpal Bill
Terming the Lokpal Bill drafted by the Centre to be a cut and paste bill, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday urged the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government not to do anything wrong in fear of agitation. ANI

BJP demands withdrawal of Lokpal Bill
Objecting to the Central Government's move to give reservation to the members of the minority community in the Lokpal Bill, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Thursday demanded its withdrawal. ANI

Centre to bring provision of reservation for minorities in new Lokpal Bill
Under sharp criticism from various political outfits, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government on Thursday decided to include the provision of reservation for minorities in the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Subramanian Swamy ridicules Govt. Lokpal Bill
Terming the government Lokpal Bill draft to be ridiculous, Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Thursday criticised the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre for having kept the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) deliberately out of the ambit of the anti-graft bill. ANI

Congress upset over Hazare's challenge to Sonia Gandhi to debate Lokpal Bill
Reacting to social activist Anna Hazare's remarks on Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party leader and National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman PL Punia today said that former had made it a habit to pass conspicuous statements on the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Chinese teen wants maidservant to call him 'master'
A man in China advertised for a maidservant for a 17-year-old on his micro blog, and said that one of the requirements for the job was that the maid should call the young boy 'master'. ANI

Residents of Rajouri have employment locally with MNREGA
With the employment awarded to them under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) scheme, residents in Rajouri District of Kashmir are happy that with the implementation of this scheme, they have found work in their own district. ANI

Bone-numbing chill grips Uttar Pradesh
Cold wave continued to sweep through Uttar Pradesh, causing residents to shiver as the mercury dropped further to add to the woes of the people. ANI

Parliament approves bill to grant ST status to Manipur, Arunachal tribes
Parliament today approved a bill to give Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to six communities of Manipur and substitute the name of one in the list of Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Tribal MPs, minister demand reservation in Delhi Government jobs
Cutting across party lines tribal Members of Parliament joined hands to demand reservation for their community in Delhi Government jobs, and urged the Union Government to undertake a speedy redressal of their problems. ANI

Law Minister Khurshid calls for discussion on Lokpal inside Parliament
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday urged individuals and groups to maintain calm and allow the Lokpal Bill to be debated in the Parliament. ANI

Rolling out their breathe in 'beedis'

Police seize T-shirts with Bhindarawala photo on display
Police in Ludhiana, Punjab seized objectionable t-shirts used for the promotion of the cause of a banned militant outfit. ANI

Many lawmakers press their demand to bring CBI in Lokpal ambit
Many lawmakers from various political outfits want to bring the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the ambit of Lokpal, as the government is all set to table the anti-graft bill in the Parliament. ANI

Food Security Bill introduced in Lok Sabha
The Central Government on Thursday introduced the National Food Security Bill in Lok Sabha today which aims to provide subsidised foodgrains to over 62 per cent of the country's population. ANI

Bangladeshi students on a goodwill visit to India
A group of 19 girls and boys from Bangladesh arrived at Kolkata on a three-day goodwill visit to India as a part of an exchange programme between Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB). ANI

Ahmediyya Muslims gather at Wagah Border for annual congregation
Thousands of Ahmediyya Muslims gathered at the Wagah Border post for their annual community congregation beginning from December 26 in the town of Qadian in Gurdaspur District of Punjab. ANI

People in Imphal protest killing of abducted father and son
People in Imphal protested against the killing of a water supply caretaker Soram Ibomcha and his son Geetchandra by the cadres of Kangleipak Communist Party-Mobile Task Force (KCP-MTF). ANI

Anna challenges Sonia Gandhi to public debate
Criticising the Central Government on the "useless" Lokpal Bill, social activist Anna Hazare today challenged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to a public debate on it to convince people that the proposed legislation should be strong. ANI

BJP rubbishes reports of reconciliation with Congress over Lokpal Bill
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has rubbished the reports over possibility of settlement between the BJP and the ruling Congress party over the controversial issue of Lokpal Bill. ANI

Hazare aide says Government is not serious on curbing graft
Social activist Anna Hazare's aide Kumar Vishwas has slammed the Central Government for preparing a weak draft of Lokpal Bill saying it proved the non- seriousness of government in bringing a strong anti-graft law. ANI

Revised Lokpal Bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha today
The Central Government will introduce the revised draft of Lokpal Bill in Lok Sabha today. ANI

Tiku Ram Gum & Chemicals Ltd.'s Fairy Tale Success at 'ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011'
-- First generation entrepreneur Mr. Vipin Agarwal won the pre-eminent award under Food & Agri Products -- Dedicated his marvelous feat to company's employees and well-wishers Coming from an extremely humble background of Siwani, Haryana, it was not less than a fairy tale for Mr. Vipin Agarwal, Director, Tiku Ram Gum & Chemicals Ltd Business Wire India

Quizzing for a Greener Future: TERI Organizes India’s Premier Environment Quiz “Terraquiz 2011”
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Hero MotoCorp Ltd. in association with the Ministry of Environment and Forest organised the 12th edition of the TerraQuiz, a one-of-its-kind international inter-school environment quiz competition. The show, hosted by VJ and Actor, Mr. Purab Kohli, will go on-air on the Discovery channel early next year Business Wire India

CORRECTING and REPLACING: Angry Birds on BlackBerry PlayBook
Just in time for the Christmas holidays, the popular game/series from Rovio, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Season, is now available on your BlackBerry PlayBook! Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value Business Wire India

TERI BCSD and NASSCOM Launches a Report on “Sustainable Tomorrow: Harnessing ICT Potential”
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)-Business Council and NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) today launched a report titled, ‘Sustainable Tomorrow: Harnessing ICT Potential’ Business Wire India

Sify Technologies Launches ‘Sify mystorage’
Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ Global Markets: SIFY), a leader in Managed Enterprise, Network and IT Services in India with growing global delivery capabilities, today launched Sify mystorage, a cloud-based online storage and backup solution targeted at Consumers and Small Businesses. Sify mystorage enables users to insure critical files—documents, mail, photos, videos, music, etc Business Wire India

Capgemini Cars Online Study Highlights growing Influence of Social Media
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, recently announced the findings of its 13th annual global automotive study, Cars Online 11/12. The study surveyed over 8,000 consumers in developing markets like India, China, Brazil and Russia and mature markets including France, Germany, UK and US Business Wire India

Global Volatility Drives Break-Out Business for Steelwedge Software in 2011
In a year of tumultuous global change that put many organizations out of business, Steelwedge Software announced today that it has nearly doubled its business, global presence and team. Steelwedge is the leading cloud-based provider of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and Integrated Business Planning (IBP) solutions Business Wire India

Angry Birds on BlackBerry PlayBook
Just in time for the Christmas holidays, the popular game/series from Rovio, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Season, is now available on your BlackBerry PlayBook! Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value Business Wire India

ASG Software Solutions Acquires Data Management Software Firm Atempo
ASG Software Solutions, a recognized innovator in enterprise IT software solutions based in Naples, Florida, announced today that it has acquired Atempo, a leading provider of data protection and backup management software headquartered in Palo Alto, CA Business Wire India

Dion Partners with Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS) to Publish Research Reports
Dion Global Solutions Limited (Dion) (BSE: 526927), announced today that it has partnered with Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS), a product of ISI Emerging Markets (A Euromoney Institutional Investor Company), the leader in hard-to-get information on over 100 emerging markets, to publish and distribute Dion’s research reports Business Wire India

Truly Portable Imager Produces Still and Video Images of the Eye
For convenient ocular imaging in any setting, Volk Optical’s new truly portable Pictor digital device enables ophthalmic imaging not possible with traditional fixed systems. The Pictor delivers high resolution images of the retinal and external eye structures in office, on non-ambulatory patient visits, at off-site clinics and for paediatric patient exams difficult to conduct on a fixed system Business Wire India

Matrix Cellular Launching New Television Commercial on Data Services for Smartphones
Matrix Cellular Services, the leading service provider of international telecommunication services, is all set to launch its new television commercial to apprise people about its Data Services for Smartphones. The creative agency for the commercial is Equus Red Cell and it is produced by Frog Unlimited Business Wire India

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