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Idea of dividing UP needs comprehensive discussion and consultation, says BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the idea of dividing Uttar Pradesh into four separate states needs a comprehensive discussion and consultation from a cross section of the masses. ANI

BJP backs its leaders named in cash-for-votes scam
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday contended that three of its leaders, who have been granted bail in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam are innocent and that they had participated as whistleblowers against the ruling Congress Party. ANI

Opening of trade route between India, Bangladesh boosts employment
In a bid to enhance bilateral trade, India and Bangladesh have opened the Banglabandha-Fulbari Land Port, which in turn has created new employment opportunities for locals residing in West Bengal. ANI

UPA Govt. committed to bring in an effective Lokpal Bill, reiterates Soni
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Thursday reiterated that the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre is dedicated towards bringing in an effective and strong Lokpal Bill. ANI

Armed Forces Special Powers Act should be removed from J-K: Farooq Abdullah
Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) must be repealed from the restive region. ANI

Cash-for-votes scam accused walk out of Tihar Jail
L K Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni and two former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers Mahavir Bhagora and Faggan Singh Kulaste walked out of the Tihar Jail here on Thursday evening a day after the Delhi High Court granted bail to them in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam. ANI

India, China premiers to meet in Bali tomorrow, impetus to 'most complex relationship in the world'
"India-China relationship is one of the most complicated relationships in the world, simply if you see the wide range of complex issues that need very sensitive handling" said a senior government source. ANI

SGPC took up Sikh issues with Pak PM Gilani
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the prime representative body of the Sikhs, raised issues relating to the upkeep and maintenance of Sikh shrines in Pakistan with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. ANI

Ambika Soni urges Advertising Council to improve self-regulatory mechanism
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni today asked the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) to improve the self-regulatory mechanism by speeding up the processes and compliance of its codes for advertising content. ANI

India to pitch for FTA in services at Ninth ASEAN summit
As European and American economies continue to reel from the after effects of the global meltdown, and showing no signs of immediate recovery, India is "Looking East" to keep foreign inflows coming in. ANI

Self-reliance training to check women trafficking in Orissa's Maoist-hit areas
In an attempt to avert women trafficking cases in Maoist-hit Orissa's Sundergarh District, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has taken the initiative of providing self-reliance training to tribal girls and helping them to find employment. ANI

Inter-ministerial committee to look into issue of misleading ads: Thomas
Expressing concern over misleading advertisements targeting vulnerable sections of society, Food and Consumers Affairs Minister K.V. Thomas today said he is mulling over the possibility of setting up an inter-ministerial committee to check false and misleading advertisements effectively. ANI

Hazare lauds Bansal's decision to give priority to Lokpal Bill
Veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Thursday hailed Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal's decision to give priority to the Lokpal Bill during the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament. ANI

Self Help Groups help women come out of the veil in Uttarakhand
The birth of the new state of Uttarakhand in November 2000 symbolized hope for development in the resource-rich but impoverished hills of Kumaon and Garhwal in the Himalayan region. Eleven years later, that dream is yet to be realized. And yet, a quiet revolution in this Himalayan state, led by unlettered but determined women in the villages, promises to lead the change. ANI

Digvijay calls Mayawati's administration a 'jungle rule'
Calling Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's administration a 'jungle rule', Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh today said that no action had been taken against those who breached the security of Rahul Gandhi, during his recent visit to the state. ANI

Advani wants names of lawmakers with accounts in off-shore banks
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Thursday urged the central government to divulge the name of three lawmakers who had stashed black money in off-shore banks. ANI

Tibetan activists appeal to forgo New Year celebration
In order to pay tribute to those who laid down their lives for Tibet's freedom, the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) has appealed to the Tibetans living in exile to forgo the celebrations on the occasion of Losar (Tibet's New Year). ANI

Advani welcomes Delhi HC verdict in cash-for-vote case
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani has welcomed the Delhi High Court's decision of granting bail to the accused in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam. ANI

Baba Ramdev questions Manmohan Singh's integrity
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has slammed the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying people would raise suspicion over his honesty if he is not able to run the country with integrity. ANI

Puri Shankaracharya asks fellow 'saints' to shun politics, stick to spiritual pursuits
Taking a jibe at yoga guru Baba Ramdev and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Puri Shankaracharya Adhokshajanand Dev, has said that people who proclaim themselves to be ascetics must live an austere life. ANI

Partnership with ASEAN essential component of India's "Look East" policy: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that partnership with ASEAN is an essential component of India's "Look East" policy. ANI

Samsonite Unifies its India Operations with Polaris iStore
Polaris Enterprise Solution Limited (PESL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Software Lab Ltd, today announced that Samsonite, a leading lifestyle luggage brand worldwide has gone live with PESL's iStore in 80 stores across India. iStore is built on IBM’s Retail Integration Framework (RIF) Business Wire India

Potential ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ have a rendezvous with Grand Jury
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One97 Mobility Fund’s Rockstar Investment in a Fledging Start-up – Dexetra, makers of Iris
One97 Mobility Fund today announced its investment in Dexetra, a fledging mobile product start-up based out of Bangalore, which focuses on Artificial Intelligence around personalized search on mobile. For over a year, the team of Dexetra has been building Iris - a highly personalized and intelligent answering engine for mobiles Business Wire India

Four Organisations in India are Recognised as the Most Innovative by Thomson Reuters and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Four organisations have been named as India’s most innovative and the winners of the Thomson Reuters Innovation Award 2011 which is being hosted in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the second year running Business Wire India

Vote for your Favourite Restaurant for the Time Out India Food Awards 2011
The Time Out India Food Awards 2011 has entered its second phase wherein you can now vote for your favourite restaurant and bring them closer to winning the most credible awards in the culinary industry. Speaking on ICICI Bank’s association with the Time Out India Food Awards, Kusal Roy, General Manager, ICICI Bank said “We are the principal sponsors for the first Time Out Food Awards in India Business Wire India

Akamai Announces Second Quarter 2011 ‘State of the Internet' Report with India specific Internet Penetration, Broadband and Security Trends
-- More than 8.1 million IP addresses from India connected to Akamai Intelligent Platform in Q2, a growth of 17% Q-o-Q -- Average connection speed in India grows 13% Q-o-Q to 844 kbps -- Broadband adoption percentage grows to 7 Business Wire India

Wipro Supports All Nippon Airways’ Material Management Transformation Program
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) announced the achievement of a strategic milestone in its partnership with the All Nippon Airways (ANA), with the successful implementation of the new generation Aircraft Parts and Material Management System, for the airline Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Promotes Sanjay Kailash to Executive Vice President & Head of Sales (India)
Asia’s leading sports content provider ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) today announced the promotion of Sanjay Kailash to Executive Vice President & Head of Sales (India) for its India operations, ESPN Software India (ESI). Sanjay Kailash III Business Wire India

Labsphere Appoints Indian Sales Manager
Labsphere, a global leader in light metrology, has illustrated its commitment to the Indian lighting market with the appointment of India Sales Manager Makarand Wadhavekar. Based in Mumbai, Wadhavekar will serve Labsphere’s customers and distributors throughout India Business Wire India

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