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Set up of Koodankulam nuclear plant should be abandoned, says MDMK leader
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko Gopalaswamy says plans to set up a nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu should be abandoned. ANI

BJP calls for holding all party meet to end row over FDI in retail sector
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday appealed the ruling Congress party to hold an all-party meet with an aim to end the ongoing row over the entry of the foreign companies in the retail sector. ANI

Police baton charge anti-corruption protestors in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh Police today baton-charged workers of the Samajwadi Party (SP) in a bid to break up a protest against the rampant corruption in the state. ANI

Traders protest against FDI in retail in Uttar Pradesh
The opposition against proposed retail reforms continues with traders in Uttar Pradesh protesting the Central government's plans to introduce Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country's retail market. ANI

Maoists blow up regional office in Jharkhand
An explosion triggered by Maoists destroyed a block office in Jharkhand's Palmau district on Monday. ANI

Bhopal disaster activist welcomes Centre's thumbs down to Dow Chemicals' Olympics sponsorship
The Central government on Monday received a pat on the back from a Bhopal disaster activist following the announcement of its decision to protest Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympics. ANI

India seeks greater participation in hydrocarbon sector in Africa
India today said that Africa can play a major role to meet its growing demand for crude oil and gas in the years ahead. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate fourth International Tax Dialogue conference
India is hosting the fourth International Tax Dialogue (ITD) conference on tax and inequality. ANI

Kapil Sibal transfers telecom technology to manufacturers
Union Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal transferred a telecom technology, designed and developed by Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) to telecom manufacturers here today. ANI

Non-motorised transportation delegation calls on Vice President Ansari
A delegation of Non-Motorised Transportation (NMT) with special emphasis to promote cycling as a mean to overcome the issues of transfix congestion, life style diseases, pollution and daily commuting challenging called on Vice President M. Hamid Ansari here today. ANI

Uma Bharati targets Mayawati, Rahul Gandhi ahead of Jal Sanrakhsan Yatra
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti on Monday targetted both Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on the eve of her Jal Sanrakhsan Yatra. ANI

Delhi court places suspected IM operatives in police custody till Dec.15
A Delhi court on Monday placed six suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives in police custody till December 15. ANI

Ex-Rajasthan minister Maderna shifted to Delhi, claims he is a victim of a political conspiracy
Key accused in the Bhanwari Devi disappearance case and former Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna has been shifted to New Delhi by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for further interrogation after CBI officials claimed that they had been threatened. ANI

Andhra Pradesh CM confident of warding off no-trust vote challenge
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has expressed confidence about warding off a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP). ANI

Mullaperiyar Dam row: Jayalalithaa writes to PM, demands CISF security
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to order the deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the Mullaperiyar Dam site "to avoid any man-made catastrophic consequences" in view of violent activities reported there. ANI

Mukherjee reiterates that he will reveal next steps on FDI issue only in Parliament
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday reiterated that he would reveal the next steps on the foreign direct investment (FDI) issue only on the floor the Lok Sabha when Parliament resumes its winter session on December 7 (Wednesday). ANI

President Patil wears battle fatigues, travels in MBT to witness exercise "Sudarshan Shakti"
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday became the first Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces to wear battle fatigues and travel in a main battle tank (T-90) to witness the mega army exercise "Sudarshan Shakti" in Rajasthan. ANI

Dev Anand had a fascination for Army Jungle Hats (Article)
Besides being an admirer of Dev Anand, the eternal hero for people of my generation, I recalled my interaction with him in the late sixties when I was asked by the Defence Ministry to help him in shooting Army scenes for a film in Mumbai. ANI

Digvijay interprets Bellary by-poll results as 'defeat' of Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra
Taking a dig at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader LK Advani for the disastrous by-poll result in Bellary, Karnataka, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday said that this is the defeat of former's Jan Chetna Yatra. ANI

Pranab obliges fund starved Arunachal despite ADB's denial
There could not be a better relief for fund-starved Arunachal Pradesh after Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee assured Chief Minister Nabam Tuki that he will consider an alternative source as a special package for projects pending for want of funds due to China's objection to the Asian Development Bank's funding to the state in 2009. ANI

Save Dal Lake from becoming 'Dull Lake'
Ask a dweller of the Dal Lake what this world famous lake in the Kashmir Valley means to him and he is likely to reply rather vehemently, "Water means to us what land means to you." How ironical it is then, that today this deeply revered lake is losing a battle against high levels of pollution contributed to by these very dwellers. ANI

BJP accuses Congress of compromising Mahatma Gandhi's principles on FDI issue
Nainital, Dec 5 The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the ruling Congress Party of compromising with the principles of Mahatma Gandhi on the issue of foreign direct investment (FDI), as he was against foreign goods. ANI

Government committed to introducing Lokpal Bill in Parliament: Rajiv Shukla
Refuting allegations that the Central Government could dilute the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill, Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla has said the government were committed to bring it to Parliament. ANI

Differences within UPA responsible for nil business transacted in Parliament: Jaitley
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said that differences within the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) are responsible for nil business being transacted in the Parliament. ANI

Citi India Honours Individual Enterprise at the Citi Micro Entrepreneur Award, 2011
The 2011 Citi Micro Entrepreneur Awards today recognized nine micro entrepreneurs and a community owned enterprise at a ceremony presided over by Honourable Dr. K. C. Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India and hosted by Mr Pramit Jhaveri, CEO, Citi India along with the Governing Council Members of the awards program Business Wire India

VideoPind – Videos the Way You Love Them
VideoPind is here. The gorgeous Video discovery app for your iPad, iPhone and Android phones. Videos are all about the experience and feeling you have while watching them. VideoPind brings out that awesome and inspiring feeling in the videos that you love, love to discover and share Business Wire India

Parle Products & Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Win Second Leg of TAKE Solutions World Corporate Golf Challenge ’11 – 12
Winning the Mumbai leg amidst tough competition, four teams made their way to the National Final of the TAKE Solutions World Corporate Golf Challenge. The Mumbai leg of the annual event concluded, at the Oxford Golf & Country Club yesterday. The next rounds are at New Delhi, Kolkata, Kodaikanal and Bangalore followed by the National Final at Thailand Business Wire India

'MSME of the Year' Award Goes to Tarini Infrastructure Ltd.
-- Also recognised as Leader of Tomorrow (Electrical & Electronics category) at ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011 Ceremony -- Mr. V. Chandrashekhar, CEO, Tarini Infrastructure delighted to receive the Award from Mr. NR Narayana Murthy 'MSMEs were like playback singers of the country until now,' said Mr. V. Chandrashekhar, Chairman & CEO, Tarini Infrastructure Ltd Business Wire India

TEMA Congratulates C-DOT for developing the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) Technology
Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA) today congratulated the Center for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) for developing the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) Technology. “The indigenously developed GPON technology vindicates TEMA’s stand about the capabilities of Indian Research & Development and local manufacturing by Indian organizations Business Wire India

Spanco and SATHI (NGO) Introduce Primary Eye Care Services in 3 Districts of Mizoram
The tele-ophthalmology services for preventive and primary eye care was implemented in 3 districts of Mizoram under the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Mizoram. Government of Mizoram along with SATHI and Spanco has successfully introduced vision care services to the rural population of Mizoram Business Wire India

Wipro and Outsourcing Center Unveil Survey Report on Data Center Economics
Wipro Technologies, the Global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing Business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) along with Outsourcing Center, an Alsbridge company, today announced the findings of a survey conducted on data center optimization, at the Gartner Data Center Conference being held in Las Vegas Business Wire India

Tata Sky Ushers in a New DTH Chapter with Video on Demand
After introducing a host of industry firsts, Tata Sky, the technology leader in the Indian DTH industry is all set to introduce yet another first with the launch of Video on Demand (VoD). Tata Sky VoD service will include Catch Up TV and VoD library of movies & TV concerts for subscribers for easy download Business Wire India

Indian Comic Books Take off with ‘Graphic India’ A New Digital Comic Book Platform for Creators
Liquid Comics, which owns one of the world’s largest comic book libraries based on Indian characters by Indian creators, announced today the launch of Graphic India, a new digital platform to promote comic books in India and showcase young artists and writers in the country. Business Wire India

Oracle, Capgemini and QA Infotech Win Top Awards at QAI's Software Testing Leadership Awards 2011
QAI (www.qaiglobal.com), the world’s leading workforce development and consulting firm announced the much awaited Software Testing Leadership Awards 2011 at the 11th Annual Software Testing Conference (STC) 2010, at a gala awards ceremony held in the Le Meridien. Mr. Arumilli Anand and Mr. Srikanth Tangirala from Oracle India Pvt Business Wire India

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