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Govt. giving special emphasis on assistance to economically disadvantaged groups: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government has taken several measures to increase funding for scholarships and awards for deserving students with special emphasis on students belonging to the economically disadvantaged groups. ANI

Sibal launches new MHRD web page dedicated to NRIs, PIOs
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday launched a new web page in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) website dedicated to Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs). ANI

CARE CEO optimistic on Bihar's health indices
The President and CEO of CARE International USA, Dr. Helene D. Gayle, on Thursday said Bihar could see a dramatic turnaround in its health indices in three to five years with the bonding of the Government and Non-Government Organizations or voluntary groups, which would improve child and maternal healthcare in the state. ANI

Army fully cooperating in Adarsh scam: Army Chief
Army Chief General VK Singh on Thursday said the army is fully cooperating with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai. ANI

NCC cadets from different backgrounds represent a 'Mini India': Vice President Ansari
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Thursday asking the National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets to come forward and play a vital role in nation building, said the cadets hailing from different parts of the country, with different linguistic and religious background, represent a 'Mini India' ANI

Snowfall lures tourists in Manali
Hundreds of foreign and local tourists thronged the picturesque locales of Himachal Pradesh to enjoy the snowfall in Manali. ANI

Power distribution policy for thermal Generating Power Stations
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal relating to the allocation of power from NTPC's large size power projects coming up during 12th and 13th Plan. ANI

Risk management project for Andhra, Orissa approved
Union Cabinet today approved National Risk Management Project for Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. ANI

Special development plan for Bihar approved
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved the proposal to enhance the allocation for the special plan for Bihar from the current level of Rs.1000 crore to Rs.2000 crore in 2010-11 and to the extent of Rs.1468 crore in 2011-12. ANI

Srikrishna Committee report on Telangana suggests six options
The Justice Srikrishna Committee has in its report recommended, six options, including the creation of a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital, and keeping Andhra Pradesh united with constitutional and statutory measures for empowerment of the Telangana region. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern over food inflation
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that food inflation, which stood at 18.32 per cent for the week ending December 25, 2010, remained an area of concern. ANI

Pakistan-Multiple Crises
Two to three years has been the average life span of elected governments in Pakistan ever since Z A Bhutto was PM from 1973 to 1977. His daughter Benazir alternated with her rival Nawaz Sharif from 1988 till 1999 when the Mian Sahib was overthrown by yet another saviour in Khaki, General Pervez Musharraf. And both former Prime Ministers were forced into exile. ANI

Chinese man's mistresses jump into river for BMW
Two women in China, who have been dating the same man, jumped into the Yellow River to show how much affection they have for him and also in the hope of snagging a BMW. ANI

Maoists have links with Trinamool Congress: Yechury
Communist Party of India -Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said he had enough evidence to prove links between the Maoists and the Trinamool Congress. ANI

Delhi court upholds CBI plea in Bofors scam, next hearing in Feb
A Delhi court on Thursday upheld the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea that the notice served by the income tax tribunal on Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi was not linked with the criminal aspect of the Bofors scam. ANI

Bihar Police arrest journalist in BJP MLA murder case
The murder case of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Raj Kishore Kesri took a new turn on Thursday with the police arresting Navlesh Pathak, the editor of a local English weekly 'Quisling', who had for the first time reported the sexual harassment complaint of Rupam Pathak. ANI

Taking up the gauntlet for sister's education
Growing up in Barmer district in Rajasthan Hajariram is just another kid on the block, the son of Togaram and Kamladevi he was sincere student of class X in the local school. His world really seemed far away from raging social issues of domestic violence or for that matter the fundamental attitude of discrimination against the girl child. ANI

Indo-French naval wargames to begin in Arabian Sea
To enhance interoperability between the two navies in wake of increasing piracy and maritime terrorism, the Indo-French bilateral naval exercise will commence on Friday in the Arabian Sea which will see participation of France's Carrier Strike Group for the first time. ANI

Another chilly day for Delhi
Delhiites on Thursday woke up to another cold morning as the mercury remained below the normal level. ANI

Chidambaram wants political parties to read Telangana report with 'open mind'
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday urged representatives of political parties in Andhra Pradesh to read the Telangana report and the recommendations with an open mind. ANI

Lavasa check: Medha Patkar advises team on areas to inspect
Social activist Medha Patkar met with the inspection panel to discuss serious violations of the Lavasa project and instructed them on which areas needed to be visited. ANI

Dialogue with ULFA outfit may begin soon, says interlocutor
Hopes of holding peace talks between the Central Government and the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) have brightened with the government's interlocutor indicating that the dialogue process may begin soon. ANI

Hurriyat leader Geelani slams India's bid for UNSC seat
Slamming India's bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council, Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said the country has illegitimately occupied the restive Valley region through military power. ANI

Chidambaram seeks apt mechanism for stable prices to check inflation
Expressing concern over the high price of various commodities, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said the government, does not have a magic wand to control these trends, but is determined to check it on the food front. ANI

High inflation remains a cause of concern: C Rangarajan
Expressing concern over the skyrocketing prices of commodities, Dr. C Rangarajan, Chairman of Indian Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, said high inflation remained a cause of worry for the government. ANI

22 killed, 19 injured in Uttarakhand bus mishap
At least twenty two people were killed and nineteen injured when a bus carrying businessmen and their families fell into a gorge in Kuthalgate area near Dehradun last night. ANI

Gujjars call off protests, 17-day stir ends
Gujjars, demanding five per cent quota in jobs in Rajasthan, on Wednesday night called off their seventeen day agitation after the state government assured them that it will complete within six months the quantifiable data collection for the purpose. ANI

CWG scam: CBI raids premises of Kalmadi aides, registers 4th FIR
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out raids on Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi's aides and companies that were connected to the overlays in the sporting event. ANI

Bofors scam: Decision on Ottavio Quattrocchi case today
A Delhi court will take up Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea to close the case against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, the key accused in the Bofors scam today. ANI

Centre to release Telangana report today
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will meet leaders from Andhra Pradesh today to discuss the findings of the Sri Krishna report on Telangana. ANI

Polaris Wins ‘Vendor to Watch’ Award for Global Core Banking Systems by Aite Group
Polaris Software, a leading Financial Technology company, has won the “Vendor to Watch” award by Aite Group, a leading independent research and advisory firm focused on business, technology and regulatory issues Business Wire India

Ecron Acunova CRO and Chulalongkorn University’s Arm Form Joint Venture for Clinical Research in SEA
Ecron Acunova (EA), a leading CRO with presence in Europe and Asia announced a joint venture with Jamjuree Innovations Co. Ltd., (JJI) Thailand. JJI is a 100% subsidiary of Chulalongkorn University Intellectual Property Foundation and enjoys strong ties with the University’s Faculty of Medicine, including Clinical Research Center (Chula CRC) Business Wire India

Riverbed Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of Leading Analyst Firm’s Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers
Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that the company has been positioned by Gartner in the Leaders quadrant of the 2010 “Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers” authored by Severine Real, Andy Rolfe and Joe Skorupa and published in December 2010 Business Wire India

“House of Johnson” Expands its Pan India Presence
`House of Johnson’, the company retail store by H & R Johnson (India), has opened its exclusive stores across India. This initiative complements one of the largest dealer-sales network of HRJ in the country of 25,000 dealers and distributors. Now numbering 36, the House of Johnson showrooms are strategically located to provide accessibility in emerging market clusters Business Wire India

AFC Asian Cup™ 2011 Live & Exclusive on ESPN STAR Sports
ESPN STAR Sports kicks off the continent’s premier football tournament in the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ starting in Doha on January 07, 2011. The sports broadcaster will telecast the tournament live & exclusive on ESPN & STAR Sports channels Business Wire India

GLOBALHealthPR Expands Presence in Three Countries to Better Meet Global Health Communications Needs
GLOBALHealthPR, the largest independent public relations organisation dedicated exclusively to health and medical communications worldwide, announced today the addition of two new member countries: Guess What PR in Portugal and Alert Media Communications in Poland. Additionally, the network has enhanced its presence in Argentina by introducing Paradigma Pel Comunicación as a partner firm Business Wire India

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