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PM condoles demise of former Karnataka CM Bangarappa
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of former Karnataka Chief Minister and Parliamentarian S. Bangarappa, who breathed his last after a month long illness early this morning. ANI

Indo-Pak officials review CBMs on first day of talks in Islamabad
India and Pakistan reviewed the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) during the talks between the senior officials of the two sides in Islamabad today. ANI

Moily says Government's Lokpal Bill more effective than other versions
Corporate Affairs Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily on Monday claimed that the government's version of the Lokpal Bill tabled in Parliament is more effective in comparison to the bills proposed by Team Anna and others. ANI

Concrete amendments are in progress to further strengthen Lokpal Bill: Yechury
Asserting that the Lokpal Bill would be framed by Parliament and not by any other entity, Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker Sitaram Yechury on Monday assured the implementation of an effective anti-graft bill. ANI

Samajwadi Party alleges links between Anna and RSS
Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Monday alleged that the manner in which veteran social activist Anna Hazare and his team is benefiting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is not correct for the development of the nation. ANI

Marathe, Dutt elected as National President and General Secretary of ABVP
Professor Milind Marathe and Umesh Dutt were on Monday elected as the National President and General Secretary respectively of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the premier student organization of the nation. ANI

India, Japan likely to resume formal nuclear talks
India and Japan are expected to resume the stalled dialogue on the possible nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries when Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda visits India on Tuesday. ANI

Health Minister Azad asks striking doctors in Rajasthan to resume work
Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked the agitating doctors of government hospitals to resume work as they continue to strike demanding parity in pay and allowances with their counterparts in the central medical services. ANI

Japanese Prime Minister to visit India on Tuesday
The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, will arrive here on a two-day state visit on Tuesday. ANI

Woolen Expo held in Nagaland
A ten day woolen expo was organized recently in Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland to provide woolen garment traders a bigger platform to showcase their products. ANI

Tribal youth get vocational training in Tripura
With the aim of creating employment opportunities, the Tripura Government is providing tribal students of Nadannagar training in different jobs for the hospitality industry. ANI

Bhupen Hazarika's books in demand at annual book fair in Guwahati
Books on Assam's legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika were in great demand at the recently held 13th annual book fair in Guwahati. ANI

New Land Use Policy Scheme benefiting people in Mizoram
The New Land Use Policy Scheme implemented by Mizoram government has been successful in generating employment in the rural areas and has enabled people uplift their socio-economic standards. ANI

57 insurgents surrender in Manipur
Fifty-seven insurgents, belonging to various militant outfits surrendered at the Inspector General Assam Rifles (IGAR) Headquarters in Imphal recently. ANI

Assam's upcoming bamboo band
They are an upcoming band from Ramdia village in Assam's Kamrup district and are better known as Assam Bamboo Orchestra. ANI

Law Minister Khurshid condoles demise of former Karnataka CM Bangarappa
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid has condoled the demise of former Karnataka Chief Minister S. Bangarappa, who breathed his last after a month long illness early this morning. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee tells Team Anna: 'It is the job of Parliament to make legislations'
With veteran social activist Anna Hazare all set to begin his three-day token fast in Mumbai tomorrow to mount pressure on the government for the formulation of an effective Lokpal Bill, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said it is the prerogative of the Parliament to decide the final shape of the anti-graft bill. ANI

Moily condoles demise of former Karnataka CM Bangarappa
Corporate Affairs Minister M. Veerappa Moily has condoled the demise of former Karnataka Chief Minister S. Bangarappa, who passed away early this morning. ANI

Manipulations and deals
It was in 1988 that a Pakistani dictator had to die before the country could have another chance at democracy. ANI

Congress pulls up BJP for providing clarifications over Anna's RSS links
Congress Party on Monday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for providing clarifications over veteran social activist Anna Hazare's close ties with the radical Hindu outfit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). ANI

Ex-royals of Gujarat extend support to Modi's 'Sadbhavna fast'
The princes from various royal families on Monday extended their support to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is presently sitting on a daylong 'Sadbhavna fast' for communal amity. ANI

Kiran Bedi backs formation of independent CBI to combat corruption
Former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi on Monday emphasised on the need to have an independent Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with an aim to root out corruption from the country. ANI

Anna Hazare's health improves, fit to observe fast in Mumbai
Anna Hazare's physician Dr. Devlat Pote today informed that the veteran social activist was fit to begin his three-day fast from Tuesday in Mumbai. ANI

Garbage disposal, cause for strike by BJP in Trivandrum
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for a daylong strike in Kerala's Trivandrum city on Monday, as they pressed their demand to find an immediate solution to the garbage disposal problem that has engulfed the city. ANI

India, Pakistan talks on Confidence Building Measures begins in Islamabad
The two-day talks between senior officials of India and Pakistan on conventional and nuclear Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) began in Islamabad today. ANI

Ahmadiyya Muslims Convention starts in Qadian in Punjab
The three day annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community began at Qadian city in Punjab's Gurdaspur district, which is also the birthplace of the sect founder, Mirza Gulam Ahmad. ANI

Manmohan Singh declares 2012 as "National Mathematical Year"
As a tribute to mathematical genius S. Ramanujan, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Monday declared year 2012 as "National Mathematical Year". ANI

Ralegan-Siddhi comes out strongly in support of Anna's fight against corruption
Residents of Ralegan Siddhi, native village of veteran social activist Anna Hazare in Maharashtra extended support to anti-graft crusader in his fight against corruption. ANI

Former Karnataka CM Bangarappa passes away
Former Karnataka Chief Minister S. Bangarappa passed away early this morning at a private hospital in Bangalore following a brief illness. He was 79 ANI

Doctors strike in Rajasthan claims 51 lives
Atleast 51 deaths have been reported from various parts of Rajasthan, as the doctors strike entered its sixth day in the state. ANI

BJP pins hopes high ahead of UP elections
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sounded a note of confidence saying that they were hopeful of a good showing in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls scheduled in February next year. ANI

Kejriwal wants government to cede control of CBI
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare's key aide Arvind Kejriwal reiterated that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) be removed from the government's purview and placed under the Lokpal for an efficient anti-corruption system. ANI

Anna Hazare adamant to hold protest despite ill health
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is currently ailing from viral fever, has reiterated his decision to hold his upcoming protest despite his ill health. ANI

Prakash Karat slams Congress for playing caste-based politics
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has slammed the Congress party for playing caste-based politics in order to win polls. ANI

Sriprakash Jaiswal says Government committed to minority reservation
Supporting the Central Government's decision to provide 4.5 percent reservation to backward minorities that will be carved out from the existing 27 percent quota reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC), Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has said the government is committed to give due share to the minorities after considering the 2011 census figures. ANI

Dicitex Furnishing Ltd. Bags Leader of Tomorrow Award (Home Decor & Handicrafts)
The first generation laid the foundation stone, the second generation designed the blueprint and the third generation is catapulting this architecture to a promising future. Dicitex Furnishing Ltd. is blessed to have generations devoted to its growth Business Wire India

Ameyo Enables Efficient Customer Support Operations for a Leading Retail Company
Ameyo automates and enables centrally-managed customer interactions for The latter being an e-commerce business provides home delivery of consumer goods via dial-n-deliver mode. The website is a single window where customers can view the products online and order by dialing on to a centralized number. Most of the daily customer interactions at Delyver Business Wire India

Canon India’s Informative Weekend Getaway
Canon India Pvt. Limited, India's No 1. Complete Digital Imaging Company successfully hosted the photography workshop for photo journalists at the magnificent Shiv Vilas Palace in Jaipur. The two day workshop was an informative weekend getaway for the attendees. The workshop was attended by 44 photojournalists from the Delhi and Mumbai, media fraternity. On welcoming the media, Mr Business Wire India

Belkin Appoints Shree Sant Kripa Appliances Pvt. Ltd (SSK), to Deepen Foothold in Indian Market
Belkin India, a leading provider of interconnectivity solutions across computing and consumer electronic devices, announced Shree Sant Kripa Appliances Pvt. Ltd. (SSK) as the regional distributor for West India for the company’s range of mobility products. Under the terms of the agreement, Shree Sant Kripa Appliances Pvt. Ltd Business Wire India

Autodesk to Significantly Expand its Presence in India; Announces an Open Distribution Network in India
Autodesk Asia Pte. Ltd., a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, today announced an Open Distribution network in India for its drafting and detailing software- AutoCAD LT 2012, a professional choice for data compatibility, reliability and 2D drafting productivity Business Wire India

GETIT Partners with for Easy Bookings
GETIT Infoservices Pvt. Ltd, the leader in directional advertising and pioneer of Yellow Pages in India today announced its alliance with to enable the users in booking a table in their favourite restaurant by just a click Business Wire India

Delta Showcases its 360 Degree Solutions for Telecom Infrastructure at India Telecom 2011 Exhibition
The India Telecom 2011 Exhibition was held from 7th to 9th December, 2011 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. More than 350 exhibitors from 38 countries participated in the event. Pavilions of both national and international Telecom companies were present Business Wire India

Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company Releases HSBC Study ‘Future of Retirement: Why Family Matters’
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