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Lok Sabha creates history, passes Lokpal Bill
The much-awaited Lokpal Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday evening after certain amendments. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee pleads for a Lokpal Bill, reflecting views in Parliament
Asserting that the government is not insensitive to the needs of the Members of Parliament and of the outside forces, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the legislation on the Lokpal Bill must be done on the floor of the House. ANI

Anna's fast venue does not attract expected crowd
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is presently on a three-day token fast at the MMRDA grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex of suburban Mumbai, could not pull people in large numbers to join him on the first day of his fast today. ANI

'We want to form an All-India Anna Health Committee', says Lalu
Asserting that the government should send back the Lokpal Bill draft back to the Standing Committee for reconsideration, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday ridiculously called for the formation of an All-India Committee to monitor veteran social activist Anna Hazare's health. ANI

Yashwant Sinha takes on UPA, says Govt. has brought 'Brokepal' Bill
Accusing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre of deliberately creating a weak and helpless Lokpal, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday said the scandals in the ruling government has prompted veteran social activist Anna Hazare to sit on a fast. ANI

Election Commission asks political parties to avoid cash transactions during polls
Ahead of the upcoming polls scheduled in five states, the Election Commission has written a letter to all recognised political parties asking them to avoid cash transactions and instruct their cadres not to carry huge cash during the elections. ANI

Govt. introduces Money Laundering Bill in Lok Sabha
In an endeavour to bring prevention of money laundering legislation on par with global norms, the government today introduced a Bill to allow confiscation of proceeds of crime even during the trial. ANI

PM makes emotional appeal, emphasises accountability over Lokpal Bill
Touching upon the need for trust and accountability, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday urged the Opposition to help in the passage of an effective Lokpal Bill while drawing attention to the fact that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. ANI

Japanese Prime Minister arrives in India to expand ties
The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, arrived here on a two-day state visit today to attend the sixth annual India-Japan summit. ANI

Manmohan Singh calls for governance based on trust (Update)
Stating that rampant distrust of all authority imperils the foundations of democracy, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said our polity with its enormous size and diversity can only be held together when we put our faith and trust in institutions that we have carefully built over the years. ANI

29 Indian fishermen stranded in Sri Lanka
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday informed that seven fishing trawlers with 29 Indian fishermen are currently stranded in Sri Lanka due to adverse weather conditions. ANI

UPA Govt. has taken decisive steps on corruption: PM (Update)
A confident Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre has taken decisive on corruption like none before. ANI

India, Pakistan hold talks on Nuclear Confidence Building Measures in Islamabad
India and Pakistan held the sixth round of expert level talks on Nuclear Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in Islamabad on Tuesday. ANI

PM urges Opposition to help in passing an effective Lokpal Bill (Update)
Asserting that the nation awaits with bated breath how the collective wisdom of this House will be reflected in the vote at the end of the debate on the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill 2011, Prime Minister Dr ANI

India Thailand ties to be strengthened
In a bid to improve connectivity and free trade relations, India's External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Thai counterpart Surapong Tovichakchaikul co-chaired the sixth joint commission meeting between the two countries in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI

Krishna conveys India's concern to Russian envoy on Bhagavad Gita issue
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna today conveyed to Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin India's concern over the hearing a petition seeking a ban on Bhagavad Gita in a Siberian court. ANI

Rajasthan govt. recruits fresh doctors to meet strike
Rajasthan government on Tuesday toughened its stand against the agitating doctors by recruiting 700 new doctors. ANI

Manipur provides medical facilities to local health authorities
In a bid to enhance the medical facilities in Manipur, state health authorities recently distributed ambulances and first aid kits among various local health institutions. ANI

Ambani brothers to jointly celebrate Dhirubhai's birth anniversary
The estranged brothers, Mukesh and Anil Ambani have reached their ancestral village of Chorwad in Gujarat for their father, Dhirubhai Ambani's 80th birth anniversary on Wednesday. ANI

Lokpal Bill will surely weed out corruption, assures PM
Asserting that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government has taken effective steps to combat corruption, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday urged the leaders of various political parties to rise above the occasion and help in the formulation of an effective Lokpal Bill. ANI

Sharad Yadav takes on UPA, says Lokpal cannot curb corruption
Charging the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre of not acting against corruption, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said it is an illusion that the Lokpal Bill will end all corruption. ANI

North India continues to reel under cold wave
People on Tuesday continued to shiver in cold as dense fog and intense cold wave swept across North India, with mercury plummeting below five degree Celsius in most parts. ANI

Prashant Bhushan backs Anna's fast for strong Lokpal
With Anna Hazare sitting on a three-day fast at the MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai against the government's 'weak' Lokpal Bill, senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday fully backed the veteran social activist's protest, and said that every citizen of this country has the right to express himself, to protest and to convey his plight to the Parliament. ANI

Subramanian Swamy accuses Govt. of betraying Anna over Lokpal
Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday charged the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre of betraying veteran social activist Anna Hazare by forming a non-effective Lokpal Bill. ANI

Mulayam terms Lokpal Bill drafted by Centre a 'sarkari bill'
Asserting that the Lokpal Bill disappoints on many fronts, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said that the anti-corruption Bill is completely a sarkari (government) bill. ANI

PM lauds Madan Mohan Malaviya's contribution to Indian polity
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday hailed the contributions of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in the development of Indian polity and society. ANI

Three ULFA terrorists killed in Namsai
Three United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) terrorists were killed in a joint operation comprising troops from 26 Maratha Light Infantry of Dao Division and Arunachal Police on Sunday night in Namsai Sub Division. ANI

Sibal says BJP doesn't want Lokpal Bill
Leading the Central Government's defence of the Lokpal Bill in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of not being keen on getting the Lokpal Bill passed. ANI

Kiran Bedi calls her fight for 'national interest over vested interest'
Asserting that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be free from the clutches of Central Government, former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi on Tuesday said that it is now the supremacy of the national interest over the vested interest. ANI

Sushma says Government has introduced Lokpal Bill 'in anger'
Asserting that Lokpal Bill has a lot of flaws, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said it seems that the government has introduced the Bill in anger. ANI

Maoists landmines seized in West Bengal
Security forces have seized landmines kept inside a village pond by Maoists in Jhargram sub-division of West Bengal. ANI

Villagers in Kanpur clash with RSS cadres (Amended)
Villagers in Kanpur clashed with cadres of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) injuring atleast four RSS cadres in the incident that occurred at a training camp. ANI

Villagers in Kanpur clash with RSS cadres
Villagers in Kanpur clashed with cadres of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) near Kanpur injuring atleast four RSS cadres in the incident that occurred at a training camp.t is reported that on Monday a large number of villagers forcefully entered the RSS campus with batons and attacked the students who had to lock themselves in rooms to avoid the attack. ANI

Anna Hazare begins three-day fast
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday began his three-day fast against the weak Lokpal Bill tabled by the government in Parliament. ANI

Government making big investments in defence undertakings: Pallam Raju
Minister of State for Defence, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju has said that the Central Government is making big investments in modernising different sectors of the Indian Army. ANI

Paswan says Hazare trying to bring mob rule by blackmailing govt.
Criticizing social activist Anna Hazare's movement, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan has said that the 74-year-old anti-graft crusader was trying to bring a mob rule by blackmailing the government by sitting on fasts when his demands were not fulfilled. ANI

Ex-BMC deputy commissioner Khairnar slams Anna Hazare
Former Deputy Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) G. R. Khairnar has slammed the anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare and his team. ANI

Anna Hazare to begin three-day fast today
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare will begin his three-day hunger strike against the weak Lokpal Bill tabled by the government in Parliament. ANI

Homeshop18.com and Microsoft Collaborate to Offer Consumers a Unique Shopping Experience
This holiday season, HomeShop18.com, India’s largest virtual shopping portal, teams up with Microsoft to bring its best selling offers closer to its devoted customers. HomeShop18.com users can browse the website faster through a one click access system, using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9. All customers who upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 and pin HomeShop18 Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Launches HD Channels on Cable Networks
ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s leading sports broadcaster, today announced the launch of services of its HD channels ESPN HD & STAR Cricket HD on the cable networks. The broadcaster announced that it has signed distribution contracts of HD channels with 3 leading national level MSOs including IndusInd Media Communications Ltd (Incable), Seven Star network in Mumbai and UCN in Central India Business Wire India

Micromax Strengthens its Core Team / Management in India
-- Mr. Deepak Mehrotra joins as the new CEO from Bharti Airtel -- Mr. Khaja Muzaffarullah joins as the Feature phone division head from Sony Ericsson -- Appoints Mr Business Wire India

Dell Looks to Manage Business Costs of SMBs through its Laser Printer Range
Dell today revealed the findings of a study conducted by Hansa Research, which involved not only a comparison of claims made by leading printer manufacturers but also a survey conducted amongst resellers to determine the cost per page (CPP) & cost of operation (COO) for various Laser printer models Business Wire India

Ramco Systems Addresses on Cloud for the Government at the 3rd International Conference on Advanced Computing
Ramco Systems (BSE - 532370, NSE – RAMCOSYS, MSE – RSST); an enterprise software company focused on consulting, products and managed services, participated in the 3rd International Conference on Advanced Computing organized jointly by Anna University, Asia’s largest technical university and IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for technology advancement Business Wire India

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