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Anna and team to go head with fast in Mumbai
veteran social activist and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare and his aides have decided to go ahead with their plan to observe a hunger-strike stir against endemic graft at Mumbai's MMRDA grounds. ANI

Bombay High Court reject plea on fee waiver for Anna's rally
The Bombay High Court turned down a plea filed by supporters of India Against Corruption, on the contention that the court cannot force the Maharashtra government to determine a venue at concessional rates for veteran social activist Anna Hazare's proposed fast. ANI

Chidambaram to look into demand for Jat reservation: Digvijay Singh
Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh said that Home Minister P Chidambaram promised him to look into the demand for Jat reservation in central government jobs and educational institutions in the Other Backward Class category. ANI

Prakash Karat slams UPA proposal for Muslim reservation in OBC
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) party, General Secretary, Prakash Karat slammed the UPA government's proposal to give reservation to backward class Muslims under the 27 percent reservation for Other Backward Classes. ANI

Hindu hardline group protests against Bhagavad Gita ban
Activists of Rashtrawadi Sena, a hardline Hindu group, shouted slogans while burning a flag during a protest in New Delhi, over the controversy of banning Bhagavad Gita in Russia. ANI

Family of Indian student welcome verdict of Australian court
Family members of Indian student, Nitin Garg, who was murdered, expressed their contentment over the verdict of the Australian court that has sentenced the accused up to 13 years of imprisonment. ANI

Thai Foreign Minister to visit India
The Foreign Minister of Thailand,Surapong Tovichakchaikul, will undertake a three-day visit of India from December 26 to 28. ANI

Chinese candles offering stiff competition to Nainital made candles
With Christmas round the corner, local candle-makers in Nainital, Uttarakhand are facing tough competition from Chinese candles. ANI

NADA bans six Indian women athletes
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) today announced one year ban for each of the six women althletes who had flunked dope tests for banned steroids. ANI

Abhishek Bachchan attends function organized for specially abled children
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan attended a sports-meet organised for specially-abled children in Mumbai. ANI

Two Babbar Khalsa terrorists arrested by Delhi Police
Delhi Police today arrested two alleged Babbar Khalsa terrorists from Punjab and Shalimar Bagh in New Delhi. The arrested persons have been identified as Sarvpreet Singh and Jaswinder Singh. ANI

Team Anna claims permission to fast at Jantar Mantar
With the Bombay High Court disapproving the agitation of the members of India Against Corruption, Kumar Vishwas, a close aide of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, today claimed that they have been granted permission for the demonstration at Delhi's Jantar Mantar. ANI

Handloom exhibition in Chennai attracts crowds
In an endeavour to promote the products of handloom weavers from across the country, Tamil Nadu organised a week-long handloom exhibition in Chennai. he Department of Ministry of Textiles hosted the mega exhibition in Chennai, which began on December 21. ANI

Amar Singh seeks more reservation for Muslims
Rajya Sabha MP and Rashtriya Lokmanch President Amar Singh has on Friday sought more reservation for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions. ANI

Cold wave and dense fog in North India continue to disrupt normal life
Cold wave and dense fog continued to disrupted normal life across the various north Indian states due to a dip in mercury and low visibility forcing the residents to stay inside their houses. ANI

Family mourns killing of their son by Maoists
An impoverished family sought justice for their young son who was shot dead by Maoists while traveling to his grandparent's village in Jharkhand's Palamu District on Friday. ANI

Snake handling training for Tamil Nadu forest officials
Forest authorities in Tamil Nadu's Dharmapuri District conducted a training programme to educate and train staff on how to handle snakes and to make them aware about importance of maintaining the ecological balance. ANI

Anna says will fast in prison for strong Lokpal if denied space
With objections now being raised over Anna Hazare's hunger strike at Mumbai's Azad Maidan, the anti-graft crusader on Friday said he would fast in prison for a strong Lokpal Bill if denied permission to fast in any part of the financial capital. ANI

Uttarakhand gears up for Rahul Gandhi's election rally
Asserting that the people of Uttarakhand are displeased with the management of the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime, Congress leaders here on Friday said the people of the state were looking at AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi to bring an end to their worries. ANI

Digvijay Singh says Anna's ambitions have become political
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday hit out at veteran social activist Anna Hazare for protesting against the government Lokpal Bill, saying it had now become clear that the latter was working towards a fulfilment of his political ambitions. ANI

Law Minister Khurshid pulls up Team Anna for opposing Govt. Lokpal Bill
Hitting out at veteran social activist Anna Hazare and his aides for opposing the Centre's Lokpal Bill draft, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid has said it would not be fair for civil society activists to blame the government if the anti-graft bill is delayed. ANI

Krishna says no rift with Russia over Bhagwad Gita ban row
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said India's bilateral ties with Russia are not in trouble over the ongoing controversy surrounding the possible ban on Bhagwad Gita across Russia, and added that the matter is still pending in court. ANI

Four Maoists arrested in Gaya
Bihar police have arrested four Maoists as part of a drive to step up operations to counter Maoist activities. ANI

Jayanthi Natarajan slams UP Govt. for defiling River Ganga
Upset over the recent revelation of high level of pollution in important rivers like the Ganga, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan has slammed the Uttar Pradesh Government for its indifferent attitude in tackling contamination of a river. ANI

Kalyan Singh sees vote bank politics in Lokpal Bill
Terming the Lokpal Bill tabled by the government in Lok Sabha to be 'toothless', former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh has said that the draft of ombudsman bill would not be able to end the rampant corruption in the country. ANI

Amar Singh accuses Congress party of double standards
Accusing the Congress party for double standards, Rashtriya Lokmanch president Amar Singh has said that the ruling party should not accuse others of something of which it is involved in. ANI

Rajasthan CM Gehlot appeals doctors to end strike
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has appealed to doctors in the state health services to end their strike and resume medical services in public interest. ANI

Phenomenal growth in number of Indians travelling abroad
Emphasising that there has been rapid increase in the demand for passports and other miscellaneous services, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna today said the number of Indians travelling abroad has shown phenomenal growth in recent years. ANI

Rajdeep Endow Takes the Helm as Managing Director for Sapient India
Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE) today announced that Rajdeep Endow has assumed the position of managing director of Sapient India, effective immediately. In this role, Endow will drive the strategy, capability development, and growth of Sapient’s India presence and maintain its status as hub of the company’s globally distributed delivery network Business Wire India

Span Diagnostics Ltd. Hits Bull's Eye at 'ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011'
-- Stupendous success on becoming Leader of Tomorrow under Pharmaceuticals & Medical category -- Company's main focus on 'Innovation & Creativity' What else could have been a better Christmas present for,b> Mr. Veeral Desai, Managing Director, Span Diagnostics Ltd Business Wire India

Quality Council of India (QCI) and Ready Mixed Concrete Manufacturers Association (RMCMA) Signs Memorandum of Understanding
With a view to ensuring availability of Ready Mixed Concrete with quality tag, Quality Council of India (QCI) & Ready Mixed Concrete Manufacturers Association (RMCMA) have signed an MOU. This is a first in India where an industry association which has proactively been carrying out a quality scheme has now moved to this international best practice. The MoU was signed by Dr. GiridharJ Business Wire India

Indian Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Raise the Issue of Defiance by the Department of Telecommunications with Prime Minister
The Indian Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA) today in a communication to the Honorable Prime Minister, Government of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Honorable Minster of Communications & IT Shri Kapil Sibal raised the issue of defiance by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Business Wire India

Expedia Plays Santa This Christmas, Makes it Merrier for Travellers
To add to the Christmas spirit and spread the cheer, Expedia, the world's largest online travel company, is giving out gifts to travelers landing at the T3 terminal, IGI Airport in New Delhi. This first of its kind promotional activity at the airport will continue for the next one week. Winners get to walk away with gifts tailored according to their tastes and preferences Business Wire India

A Plea from Civil Societies in India on behalf of the Millions Affected by TB: Do Not Withdraw your Support to Saving Lives
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been a key partner in the world’s fight against TB, a killer disease that continues to take millions of lives despite being curable. In India, this is especially true Business Wire India

M/s. SSCG Pvt. Ltd. Enters India’s Color Cosmetic Market With Jordana Cosmetics Corp., USA by Becoming the Sole Exclusive Distributor for Their Brand (Jordana) in India
SSCG Pvt. Ltd. has forayed into the Beauty /Colour Cosmetics /makeup products market in India with Jordana Cosmetics Corporation, USA an American Color Cosmetics company. With this partnership, SSCG Pvt. Ltd. becomes the sole exclusive distributor, promoter and branding partner for Jordana Cosmetics, USA pan-India. Talking about the new collaboration, Mr. Bhal Deshpande, CEO, SSCG Pvt. Ltd Business Wire India

Simplify360 Launches a Social Media Buzz Report on Smartphones in India
Simplify360, a leader in social media analytics today released a report on Social Media Insights on Smartphones. The total data collected for the research was above 3,00,000 in various social media sites including microblogs, social networks and blogs etc Business Wire India

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