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BJP reiterates demand for Chidambaram's resignation over 2G case
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday once again sought resignation of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram after court allowed telecom scam petitioner Subramanian Swamy to provide further evidence against Chidambaram in the multi-billion 2G case. ANI

Rahul Gandhi assures to solve Bundelkhand woes
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today assured that the missing drought relief package allotted to Uttar Pradesh's Bundelkhand district would soon reach its final destination. ANI

India signs 60 million dollars credit agreement with World Bank
India today signed a 60 million dollars credit agreement with the World Bank for building the capacity of select Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). ANI

India's CAG takes over as chairman of UN Panel of External Auditors
Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai has been elected as the Chairman of the Panel of External Auditors of the United Nations, the Specialized Agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency. ANI

Green Climate Fund should be fast launched: India
India wants and is hopeful that the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will be established during the UN climate change conference in Durban, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests said today. ANI

Banking access to villages with over 2000 population by March 2012: RBI Governor
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Duvvuri Subbarao on Thursday planned to make banking accessible to villages of the country with over 2000 population by March 2012. ANI

Brazil Foreign Minister to visit India
Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota will be visiting India from December 11 to 13 to co-chair the fifth India Brazil Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna. ANI

West Bengal Congress leaders slam Mamata Banerjee's failure to provide hospital land
Congress party leaders in West Bengal have condemned Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for failing to provide land to build a multi-specialty hospital. ANI

Manmohan Singh to visit Russia for annual bilateral summit
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will pay an official visit to Russia from December 15 to 17 at the invitation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for the annual bilateral Indo-Russian summit. ANI

Janata Dal-United holds price rise protest outside Parliament
The chief of Janata Dal-United (JDU) party, Sharad Yadav, led a demonstration outside Parliament in protest of food inflation and the rising cost of fertiliser. ANI

Farmer and labour union block highway in Punjab
Farmer and labour unions blocked the highway on the second day of protests in Beas town of Punjab. ANI

Students, youth rally against state government's new job policy
Voicing their displeasure at the state government's latest recruitment policy, hundreds of students and youth activists held a massive rally in the Srinagar. ANI

Rise in sales of traditional fire pots in Kashmir
As winter descends on Kashmir Valley, there has been a rise in the demand for traditional fire pots known as 'kangris'. ANI

Tibetan refugees doing brisk business of woollen garments in Andhra
The onset of winters and sudden dip in temperature is proving to be a boon for the Tibetan refugees settled in Orissa as they are doing brisk business of woollen garments in Andhra Pradesh and earning good profit. ANI

BJP to submit declaration on non-possession of illegal property
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers will submit a declaration on Friday in both houses of the Parliament stating that they do not possess any illegal property or bank accounts in off-shore banks, said senior party leader S.S. Ahluwalia. ANI

Vayalar Ravi urges Tamil Nadu, Kerala to resolve Mullaperiyar Dam row
Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Thursday appealed to the Tamil Nadu and Kerala Governments to resolve the ongoing row over the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam. ANI

Audi gifts Salman Khan with Q7
German automaker Audi has gifted a car to Bollywood actor Salman Khan in Mumbai for the success of his film 'Bodyguard' which became a huge hit at the box office. ANI

Indigenous Indian space technology at par with others
At an event hosted by a private college to commemorate the launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-18, Associate Director of Thiruvananthapuram based Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, John P Zachariah said that indigenous Indian space technology is at par with others around the globe. ANI

Sociologists to discuss crisis of social transformation at Delhi moot
In a first ever such congregation of large number of sociologists, over 2000 teachers of sociology from across the globe including USA, Germany, Sweden, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bhutan and Bangladesh are converging in city starting Sunday to discuss a host of issues including challenges of social transformation. ANI

Subbarao discusses upgradation of entrepreneur centres with Mamata
The Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), D. Subbarao met West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee regarding the upgradation of entrepreneur centres in the state in Kolkata on Wednesday. ANI

Irate tuskers ravage tea garden in Jalpaiguri
A herd of angry elephants from neighbouring forest wreaked havoc on a tea garden in Nagrakata block in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on Wednesday. ANI

Devotees prepare 505 types of food offerings for Hindu deity 'Lord Krishna'
Hundreds of devotees gathered at the Goura Vihar Ashram in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday to offer more than 505 types of vegetarian food items to Hindu deity Lord Krishna as they celebrated 'Byanjan Dwadasi'. ANI

Arms and ammunition unearthed in joint operations in Kashmir
In a joint operation, state police and jawans of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), raided a militant hideout and seized a cache of arms and ammunition from a forest area in Rajouri region of Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Law Minister Khurshid backs Chidambaram, rules out resignation
Reacting to the Delhi Court order that allowed Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy to become a witness in his complaint against Home Minister P. Chidambaram in connection with the 2G telecom scam case, Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said that there was no case against Chidambaram. ANI

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m. over Chidambaram's resignation issue
The Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2.p.m on Thursday following ruckus over the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) demand for resignation of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

2G scam: Delhi Court allows Subramanian Swamy to be witness against Chidambaram
A Delhi Court on Thursday allowed Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy to become a witness in his complaint against Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in connection with the 2G telecom scam case. ANI

PM to focus on Russia, Japan N-deals after retail FDI setback
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is now focusing on the nuke deals with Russia and Japan to push for new nuclear power stations that has been stagnating for the past few months, after his government failed to evolve consensus to allow global retail chains to do business in the country. ANI

Farooq Abdullah's remarks over cinema halls, liquor shop invite flak
Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani lashed out at Union Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah for advocating the idea of reopening liquor shops and cinema halls in Kashmir, saying the former is unleashing its policy of 'cultural aggression' but there is no place for 'immoral activities' in the Valley. ANI

Hazare warns government yet again on Lokpal Bill issue
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare reiterated his demand for the Central Government to table and enact an effective Lokpal Bill that includes the lower cadres in government and other proposals suggested by the civil society members under the banner of India Against Corruption. ANI

Nitish Kumar lauds Bihar Lokayukta Bill
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has lauded the State Ombudsman Bill to be one of the strongest in the country as the functioning of the Lokayukta had been kept independent of the executive. ANI

Kerala CM restates demand to decommission Mullaperiyar Dam
Pressing their demand to decommission the Mullaperiyar Dam and construct a new one, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the state is preparing a report analyzing the magnitude of the disaster, which might occur if the dam collapses. ANI

Signature International Foods Announces the Launch of “LEGACY” Brand in India
Signature International Foods India Private Limited announces the launch of “LEGACY” Brand in India. The company’s range includes “Legacy of India” - Indian breads (Naans, Rotis, Kulchas, Parathas), “Legacy of Mexico” - Mexican breads (Tortilla Wraps) and “Legacy of Italy” - Italian breads (Pizza bases).Earlier company was operating under the name of Honeytop Speciality Foods India Pvt. Ltd Business Wire India

SCMHRD Furnishes Students with Global Exposure to Infrastructure
Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development (SCMHRD) is taking its students to Singapore to give them a global exposure on Infrastructure. This 6 day trip from 11th December to 17th December, 2011 shall see the students visiting some state-of-the-art infrastructure of Singapore. Singapore ranks among the top five countries with the best infrastructure Business Wire India

Cisco Introduces CloudVerse, an end-to-end Framework to Build, Manage and Connect Clouds
Cisco today introduces Cisco CloudVerse®, a framework that combines the foundational elements needed to enable organizations to build, manage and connect public, private and hybrid clouds Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Acquires Long Term Broadcast Rights from Cricket Australia for a Period of 5 Years till 2017
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Alphion Selected for Indian Institute of Technology Network Expansion
Alphion® Corporation announced today that it has been selected by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur to provide its GPON based access network solution for deployment across their Kharagpur campus, Kharagpur, India Business Wire India

Alicat Mass Flow Controllers Maintain Process Integrity and Product Quality in Food and Beverage Processing
Alicat Scientific’s MFC series Mass Flow Controllers provide precision gas flow control for a variety of food and beverage processes. The units accurately regulate flow of process gases, attaining and maintaining flow setpoints in less than 100ms. Alicat’s MFC series can be used in sparging, blanketing, filling and injection processes in food and beverage production Business Wire India

SeaChanger Introduces HMI Luminaire Range
SeaChanger is expanding its product line with the new 24,000 lumen SeaChanger HMI. Available in Profile, Wash, and Exterior-rated models, the HMI uses a highly efficient 575W HMI lamp. The fixtures join the current SeaChanger range with versions that employ tungsten and plasma light sources, resulting in more lamp choices for the revolutionary SeaChanger Colour Engine Business Wire India

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