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Militants outfits still active across the Line of Control, says General Atta Hasnain
The General Officer Commanding of XV Corps, Lieutenant General Syed Atta Hasnain here on Friday said that militant outfits are still active across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Election Commission declares stringent steps for free and fair polls in Uttarakhand
Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi hereon Friday, issued strict guidelines to ensure free and fair assembly elections in Uttarakhand. ANI

BJP supporters stage protest against Central Government for non-passage of Lokpal Bill
Members and supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a demonstration against the Central Government in New Delhi on Friday protesting against the non-enacting Lokpal Bill after Rajya Sabha, was adjourned sine-die without voting for the Bill. ANI

Rahul slams BJP for obstructing Lokpal Bill
During his election tour of Uttar Pradesh, Congress General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for' intentionally blocking ' the passage of a strong and efficient ombudsman bill in the Parliament. ANI

Congress leaders accuse BSP of witch-hunt
A delegation of Congress leaders on Friday met Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi to submit a petition, charging the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of launching a witch-hunt against Congress party cadres ahead of polls. ANI

Maoists gun down social activist in Jharkhand
Maoists have gunned down a social activist named Pradeep Prasad in Jharkhand's Latehar District. ANI

Punjab farmers residing near Indo-Pak border demand compensation
The farmers residing in Punjab's Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and Ferozepur Districts have reiterated their demand for compensation for their agricultural land located on the other side of the border fence, here on Friday. ANI

Rajasthan Doctors strike enters tenth day
As doctors strike entered its tenth day on Friday, as patients continued to have an appalling time in the state. ANI

Pakistan judicial commission to visit India in January
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said Pakistan judicial commission will visit India in January 2012 . ANI

Arunachal MP accuses China of funding KMSS to stall North East development
The row over the construction of 2000 MW Subansiri lower hydroelectric project along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border intensified further, with Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy on Friday accused the anti-dam agitators of getting funds from China to stop the infrastructure development in the North East region. ANI

Winter Session of Parliament lasted 38 days, passed 17 Bills
A total of seventeen Bills were passed by both the houses of Parliament in the winter session that concluded on Thursday night. ANI

Eight die as Cyclone Thane lashes India's southeast coast
Lashing rains and winds bore down India's southeast coast on Friday, as Cyclone Thane lashed the coastline between Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry killing at least eight persons. ANI

RJD MP justifies himself, says tore Bill spontaneously
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) lawmaker Rajniti Prasad on Friday justified his actions of tearing the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha, and said that he was not provoked by anybody. ANI

Narayanasamy accuses BJP for failure of Lokpal Bill
The Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, V. Narayanasamy, today blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the failure of the passage of the anti-graft bill. ANI

Lokpal Bill did not get passed as it was 'weak', says Sisodia
Close aides of anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Friday blamed the ruling Congress party for deliberately tabling a weak Lokpal Bill in the Parliament. ANI

Salman Khurshid reiterates Government commitment on Lokpal Bill
A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that the ruckus in Rajya Sabha was completely choreographed by Congress to avoid a vote, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid today reiterated the government's commitment to bring in an effective Lokpal Bill, and accused the opposition of playing a game and wasting the time of the House. ANI

Chocolate bouquets gain popularity in Chennai ahead of New Year
As 2012 draws closer, locals in Chennai prepare the exquisite chocolate bouquets for their friends and relatives with an aim to make the occasion a memorable one for their loved ones. ANI

Vice President Ansari greets people ahead of New Year 2012
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari today greeted the people ahead of the joyous occasion of New Year 2012. ANI

Demand for Gorkhaland would never be dropped: Roshan Giri
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) General Secretary Roshan Giri has said that his outfit would never drop the issue of separate state of Gorkhaland from their agenda. ANI

Venkaiah Naidu says Rajya Sabha adjournment was 'midnight murder' of democracy
After the Rajya Sabha session ended sine die without a vote on the Lokpal Bill, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu has termed the whole event as the midnight murder of democracy. ANI

Arun Jaitley says Government has lost right to remain in power
Lashing out at the Central Government for not being able to pass the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said it had lost the right to remain in power with this failure. ANI

Lawmakers slam Government for not being able to pass Lokpal Bill
Slamming the Central Government for not being able to pass the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha, leaders of various opposition parties termed the adjournment of the House sine die a conspiracy. ANI

Imran Khan: Has his time come? (Part-II)
Imran Khan has declared his objective to be the fulfillment of Quaid's vision of making Pakistan an Islamic welfare state. He hopes to do this by getting a clear majority of at least 51% seats in the centre and a majority in two provinces of Punjab and KP. Coalitions do not, as yet, seem to find favour with him and he would be content to sit in opposition. ANI

Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die, Lokpal Bill not passed
A day after the government faced embarrassment in Lok Sabha following the defeat of Constitution (116th Amendment) Bill on the Lokpal, the Congress-led UPA Government today faced another debacle when the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die amidst chaos. ANI

RJD MP Rajniti Prasad tears papers in House during Lokpal debate
There was an uproar in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday as Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) lawmaker Rajniti Prasad expressing disappointment with the government's version of the Lokpal tore the anti-graft bill in the House. ANI

Anna's serial threat to strike dented his anti-graft movement: Omar Abdullah
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said Anna Hazare's repeated threats of hunger strikes and agitations have been detrimental to the popularity of the veteran social activist's movement. ANI

Cyclone Warning threat issued for Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
The cyclonic storm 'THANE' over southwest Bay of Bengal is likely to move westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Chennai, close to Puducherry around early morning of December 30. ANI

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