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Mayawati's move to sack ministers ahead of UP polls a political gimmick: Rahul Gandhi
A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati sacked two more ministers and also dropped them as party candidates for the upcoming assembly polls, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today launched yet another scathing attack on the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, and termed the whole move to be a political gimmick. ANI

Pak MPs meet Krishna, Indian lawmakers to improve bilateral ties
In a bid to improve bilateral relations, a group of Pakistani lawmakers visited India on Thursday and held a meeting with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and their counterparts. ANI

175 officers commissioned into Indian Air Force
A total of 175 flight cadets, including 30 women flight cadets, passed out of the Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad, as newly commissioned officers to join the Indian Air Force in respective branches today. ANI

Global summit of Keralites commences in Thiruvananthapuram
Keralites abroad came to their home state to take part in a two-day Global Non-Resident Keralites (NRK) Summit here today. ANI

Dismissal of plea banning Bhagvad Gita makes Kolkata devotees dance
Devotees from International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) celebrated the dismissal of the petition for a ban on Bhagvad Gita by a Russian court. ANI

Snowbound Kashmir attracts tourists
Scores of tourists especially newly weds thronged the picturesque locales of Kashmir in the sub-zero temperatures. ANI

Kiran Bedi advises Parliamentarians to vote instead of walking out
Former top cop and close associate of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, has said that members of Parliament should participate in voting in both the houses of the Parliament and not walk out. ANI

Annual food inflation eases to lowest in six years
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that annual food inflation eased for a ninth straight week to its lowest in nearly six years in mid-December on improved supplies. ANI

Corruption is not a discovery by Anna Hazare, says Jethmalani
Stating that corruption is not a discovery by Anna Hazare, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Thursday said the veteran social activist has brought out the consciousness of the public on the issue of corruption. ANI

Communists feel that mere legislation cannot curb corruption
Stating that corruption cannot be curbed by mere legislation, Communist Party of India (CPI) lawmaker D. Raja on Thursday said the Lokpal Bill tabled by the government lacks its strength. ANI

Government of India in damage control mode, talks to allies
With West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee's amendments gradually garnering support from other regional parties, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra to find a way out. ANI

India has 82237 newspapers, 4853 registered in 2010-11
The total number of registered newspapers stood at 82,237 of which 4,853 new newspapers were registered during 2010- 11, according to the data released by the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI). ANI

For Kejriwal Lokpal Bill is "common man's defeat"
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare's key aide Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that the Lokpal Bill tabled in Parliament marked the common man's defeat in the fight against corruption. ANI

Photo exhibition on Odissi dance
In a bid to promote the tradition of teacher-student relationship and to display the varied styles of Odissi dances, photographer Arabinda Mohapatra exhibited the photographs of eminent Odissi dancers during the ongoing International Odissi Festival. ANI

BJP urges Government to amend contentious issues in Lokpal Bill
Calling the Centre's Lokpal Bill a 'weak and ineffective' legislation, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday urged the Government to amend contentious issues in the anti-graft bill. ANI

Yechury calls for inclusion of India Inc under Lokpal
Urging the government not to enact a law against the interest of states, Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker Sitaram Yechury on Thursday accused the corporates of funding elections, and said that the graft cannot be tackled without including India Inc under the review of Lokpal. ANI

Manmohan Singh says dalits, tribals and minorities are still victims of disparity
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said the dalits, tribals and minorities have become the victims of disparity in many parts of the country regardless of the large measures being taken by the government. ANI

Sugar free strawberries cultivated in Uttarakhand
Farmers in Ramnagar in Uttarakhand's Nainital District have taken up sugar free strawberry cultivation with an aim to ensure that the patients suffering from diabetes are able to consume it. ANI

Congress rebuts charges, accuses BJP of suffering from political amnesia
Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for opposing the constitutional status to the Lokpal, the ruling Congress Party on Thursday accused the former of suffering from political amnesia, and said the Parliament has the right to make law of India. ANI

Villagers help security forces nab Maoists in Bengal
Five Maoist were arrested in West Bengal's Jhargram subdivision following a tip-off from villagers. ANI

Jaitley says BJP wants Government to accept suggested amendments to Lokpal Bill(Amended)
Slamming the Centre's 'phoney Lokpal Bill,' Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the UPA Government is trying to make a Constitutional cocktail. ANI

Assam students protest attack on activists
Members of the All Assam Students Union carried out a torch march against the Assam government to condemn the recent police action on activists who were opposing construction of dams in the state. ANI

High tidal waves unleashed by Cyclone 'Thane' hit Visakhapatnam
High tidal waves unleashed by cyclonic storm 'Thane' hit the coastal areas of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. ANI

BJP for strong Lokpal, not a weak one, says Jaitley
Opposing the Government's Lokpal Bill, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said we don't want a weak and hollow law. ANI

Lokpal Bill tabled in Rajya Sabha
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy on Thursday moved the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha. ANI

Himachal CM expresses unhappiness over proposed Food Security Bill
Expressing unhappiness over the Central Government's Food Security Bill, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has said the bill has burdened the state governments in many ways. ANI

Murli Manohar Joshi calls for auditing of Army Canteens' account
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi has said that there is a definite need for auditing unit-run Indian Army canteens due to their increasing turnover from Rs. 1.5 crore since the system began to Rs. 8600 crores till date. ANI

Digvijay Singh welcomes Hazare calling off hunger strike
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has hailed veteran social activist Anna Hazare for calling off his hunger strike. ANI

Narayanasamy says whip issued to all Congress MPs
Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy on Thursday said a whip has been issued to all Congress Rajya Sabha MPs asking them to be present in the house today during voting and debate on the Lokpal Bill. ANI

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Future Competency Launch Event - Renowned International Serial Entrepreneurs Jeff & Kane – Founders of Industry Rockstar System - in India
Future Competency, a skill sharing organization, post its recent launch with an objective to provide cutting edge training & knowledge to Indian entrepreneurs and the leading business community, has started the countdown to the New Year with 2012's most anticipated event, in five major cities of India Business Wire India

TERI’S LaBL Programme Launches Technology Resource Centre Scheme in Bihar
In order to bridge the existing gap between implementation and sustenance of rural energy projects, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has launched a new institution today in Bihar, called Technology Resource Centre (TRC). TERI’s Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) initiative has been touching hearts and expanding, thereby empowering the rural India Business Wire India

Band Akcent Rocked Mood Indigo 2011-Asia’s Biggest College Festival
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IDBI Federal Heralds the New Year with Childsurance
Heralding the New Year, private sector insurer IDBI Federal Life Insurance today announced the launch of its premier Child Plan, IDBI Federal Childsurance® Dreambuilder Insurance Plan, ideal for parents of children aged one month to 17 years. Childsurance® is a Unit Linked Insurance Plan with innovative features that ensure a perfect combination of optimum returns and safety Business Wire India

Ajmera Global School Initiates Save Tiger Campaign on their Annual Sports Meet
Ajmera Global School celebrated its 6th Annual Sports and Games function on 17th December, 2011. The event was graced by the presence of former Indian Cricketer Mr. Balvinder Singh Sandhu who played a major role in bringing the 1983 Cricket World Cup to our country Business Wire India

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