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Prime Minister's New Year message to nation
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's New Year message to the nation Andhra News

Taj's structural stability under review
Officials of the Survey of India visited Taj Mahal to review the structural stability of the minarets after major cracks appeared on the walls of India's historical monument. ANI

Murdered Indian student's family urges India and UK government to expedite the investigations
Murdered Indian student, Anuj Bidve's family on Saturday urged the Indian and United Kingdom government to expedite the investigation process. ANI

Chavan meets Manmohan Singh to discuss Ambedkar memorial issue
Maharashtra Chief Minister Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan along with other lawmakers met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Saturday to seek his intervention in the construction of a memorial dedicated to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. ANI

Anna Hazare unwell, to be hospitalized tomorrow
Pune based physician Dr. Kanti Lal Sancheti today told the mediapersons after examining veteran social activist Anna Hazare that he will be hospitalized in Pune tomorrow. ANI

Cyclone renders people starving and shelterless in Tamil Nadu coast
Chennai/Cuddalore/Nagapattinam, Dec 31 : Hundreds of families have been forced to bear the burnt of cyclone Thane in the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu as they were rendered homeless by the cyclone. ANI

Manmohan Singh promises to enactment of an effective Lokpal act in his New Year message
In his New Year message to the nation, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said that the UPA Government is committed to enact an effective Lokpal Bill. ANI

Patna to have replica of Nalanda University
Artists from India and abroad have made a replica of the proposed new structure of the ancient Nalanda University in Patna here today. ANI

Lalu Yadav opposes inclusion of PM under Lokpal ambit
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday reiterated his demand for the exclusion of the Prime Minister from the ambit of the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Decline in infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir
General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Nagrota-based 16th corps of Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant General A S Nandal, on Saturday said there has been a decline in infiltration attempts into India as compared to the previous years. ANI

Narayanasamy confident of Lokpal Bill being passed in Budget Session
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V Narayanasamy, on Saturday said the government will talk to various political outfits and ensure that the Lokpal Bill is passed in the forthcoming Budget Session of Parliament. ANI

Gir forest officials observe "human behaviour" among lions
Forest officials in Gir have observed rare behavioural pattern in a pride of Asiatic lions, exhibiting characteristics similar to humans. ANI

Manmohan Singh to provide compensation to states hit by cyclone 'Thane'
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V Narayanasamy, on Saturday urged Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to provide monetary compensation with an aim to carry out relief and rehabilitation operations in the states hit by cyclone 'Thane'. ANI

Anna aide criticizes Sonia Gandhi for tabling weak Lokpal Bill
Accusing Congress President Sonia Gandhi of tabling a weak Lokpal Bill in the Parliament, Kumar Vishwas, a close aide of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, today said the UPA Government is acting deaf and dumb and not feeling the pulse of the nation ANI

Indigenous Seeds - Key to end Agrarian Crisis
India, for several years remained synonymous to agriculture whose reflections are still visible with more than 60 percent of its population being dependent upon it. ANI

Political parties in Punjab luring youth through drugs
Social activist, Hawa Singh Tomar, Secretary General, Akhil Bharati Human Rights Organization, has alleged that political parties in the state are supplying drugs to the youth to lure them to vote for their candidates. ANI

Ice skating carnival in Shimla attracts tourists
The annual ice skating carnival which recently began in Shimla, attracted hundreds of tourists from across the country. ANI

Sikhs observe birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh
Sikhs carried out here yesterday, 'Nagar Kirtan' as part of the ongoing 346th 'Prakash Utsav', the birth anniversary celebrations of the tenth and last Sikh guru, Gobind Singh. ANI

Team Anna postpones its crucial meeting on Lokpal
Former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi on Saturday said the core meeting of the her team members, which was to be held at Anna Hazare's native village Ralegan Siddhi on January 2 and 3, has been postponed due to the ill health of the veteran social activist. ANI

Defence Ministry rejects Army Chief's application on date of birth issue
The Ministry of Defence has rejected Army Chief General V. K. Singh's statutory complaint seeking a correction of his date of birth in the army records. ANI

Indian Navy gets boost with inclusion of submarine Nerpa
The much-awaited nuclear-powered attack submarine Nerpa has been handed over to India by Russia, thereby giving an impetus to the Indian Navy's fire-power. ANI

Air Force fully capable of meeting all challenges: Browne
Asserting that operationalisation of the newly inducted systems, speedy development of operational infrastructure and integration of new capabilities in the overall operational employment matrix would require undivided attention and commitment, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, today said that the air warriors are fully capable of meeting these new challenges. ANI

Metroman Sreedharan to retire from DMRC today
The architect of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), E. Sreedharan, will retire from service on Saturday and hand over the reins to his colleague Mangu Singh. ANI

President Patil greets nation on New Year
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has greeted the nation on the eve of the New Year 2012. ANI

Agra road accident provokes roadblock, exchange of fire
One person was killed on a highway near Uttar Pradesh's Agra city on Friday in exchange of fire between the police and protesters, seeking compensation for an accident victim. ANI

Constitutional expert Subash Kashyap says Government 'shied away' from voting on Lokpal Bill
Top political commentator and constitutional expert, Subhash Kashyap, has said that the UPA Government shied away from voting on the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha, and then adjourned the House. ANI

Uma Bharti critical of Rahul Gandhi for blaming BJP over Lokpal logjam
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti has criticized Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for blaming BJP for the non-passage of the Lokpal Bill in Parliament. ANI

President of India's Greetings on the occasion of New Year
President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil greets nation on the eve of the New Year 2012 PIB

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