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Congress denies Swamy's allegations against Chidambaram
Hours after the Janata Party President revealed a finance ministry document claiming that former Telecom Minister A. Raja and the then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram were joint partners in the 2G scam, the ruling Congress Party on Tuesday hit back at Subramanian Swamy saying his accusations are premature prior to the court's verdict. ANI

'Mayawati's decision to divide UP an election gimmick', says Ajit Singh
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh on Tuesday labelled Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's decision to divide the state into four smaller parts to be a political gimmick. ANI

Shivpal Yadav pulls up Mayawati for moving resolution to split UP
A day after the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister moved the resolution to divide the state into four smaller parts, Leader of Opposition, Shivpal Yadav, terming Mayawati to be crazy today said that no person in right state of mind would even consider dividing the state. ANI

Ishrat Jahan's family recounts tribulations in their fight for justice
A day after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 2004 Ishrat Jahan case told the Gujarat High Court that the encounter was fake, family members of the 19-year-old college girl on Tuesday recounted the tribulations in their fight for justice. ANI

Deshmukh opposes demand of Vidarbha region as a separate state
Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Tuesday denounced the demand of Vidarbha region as a separate state saying adequate measures are being taken for the development of the region. ANI

Anna hopes Govt. will fulfil its promise of bringing an effective Lokpal
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that they would have to wait and see if the government fulfils its promise of introducing and implementing an effective Lokpal Bill that would help them to combat the rampant corruption in the country. ANI

Tipaimukh hydroelectric project would have no adverse effect on Bangladesh: MEA
Amid concern over the Tipaimukh hydroelectric project, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said that it had been clarified to the Bangladesh Parliamentary delegation that the proposed project was a hydro-electric project with provision to control floods and that this would not involve diversion of water on account of irrigation. ANI

BJP criticises PM over drastic fall in rupee value
With the Indian rupee depreciating by 35 paise to a lifetime low of Rs. 52.50 per US dollar in early trade on the Interbank Foreign Exchange, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticising Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the country is facing a serious financial crisis despite having an economist Prime Minister. ANI

Naidu reiterates BJP call for Chidambaram's boycott in Parliament
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday reiterated the opposition National Democratic Alliance's (NDA's) call to boycott Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in Parliament over the latter's alleged involvement in the 2G scam and his failure to avert the swindle. ANI

Lalu terms BJP's proposed boycott a 'dictatorial trend in politics'
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday termed the Bharatiya Janata Party's proposed boycott of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for his alleged involvement in the 2G scam to be a dictatorial trend in politics. ANI

UP polls: Rahul Gandhi begins 'Jan Sampark Abhiyan' programme to corner Mayawati
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who began his five-day long 'Jan Sampark Abhiyan' programme here on Tuesday, to garner support ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, charged the Mayawati Government of misusing funds meant for the state's development. ANI

India ready to share its experience with Africans, affirms Krishna
Recalling Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's address made at the Second India-Africa Forum Summit earlier this year, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna asserted that the India-Africa Forum Summits have lent a contemporary dimension to the relations between the two nations and added that India is ready to share its experience with our African brothers and sisters. ANI

Chidambaram, Raja acted together in 2G scam: Subramanian Swamy
Founder-President of the Janata Party (JP) and a key petitioner in 2G scam case, Subramanian Swamy, revealed a finance ministry document claiming that former Telecom Minister A. Raja and Home Minister P. Chidambaram were joint partners in the multi-billion dollar scam. ANI

Yechury condemns BJP's boycott threat, demands probe into 2G scam
Condemning the act of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to boycott Union Home Minister for his alleged involvement in the 2G scam, Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker Sitaram Yechury today said his party was not in favour of an individual boycott, and added that the charges levelled against P. Chidambaram should be probed. ANI

Government committed to bringing down inflation: Pranab Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today assured that the Central Government is committed to bringing down inflation to more acceptable levels. ANI

'Cause of fire in Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express being investigated': Trivedi
Expressing his deep condolences to the bereaved families, Union Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi today said the main cause of fire in the two railway wagons of the Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express train was yet to be determined. ANI

Congress backs Chidambaram amidst BJP's boycott threat
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) boycotting P. Chidambaram for his alleged involvement in the 2G scam and not permitting him to speak in the Lok Sabha, the ruling Congress Party on Tuesday came out in full support of the Union Home Minister. ANI

Youth needs to engage in traditional arts, says Karnataka official
Youth who are away from their hometowns need to engage in the traditional arts and cultural activities, said Dhananjaya Kumar, Special Representative of the Government of Karnataka in New Delhi. ANI

Stormy start to Parliament's Winter Session, both Houses adjourned
Both Houses of the Parliament were adjourned for the day on Tuesday, the opening day of the Winter Session. ANI

Committed to counter Maoist ultras, says Assam CM Tarun Gogoi
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that efforts are on to counter Maoist activity in the state, and added that the authorities would deal firmly with any act of violence committed by them. ANI

TDP-led coordination panel formed to address farmers' issues
Telegu Desam Party (TDP) leader Chandrababu Naidu has formed a National Coordination Committee with eight other political parties to address farmers' issues. ANI

Dalai Lama prays for Thailand flood victims
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has expressed sorrow over the loss of life and property caused by the recent floods in Thailand. ANI

Manmohan Singh hopes Winter Session will be peaceful, productive
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday described the Winter Session of Parliament as very crucial, and hoped its proceedings would be peaceful, smooth and result-oriented. ANI

Save the Children Launches its Campaign 'No Child Born to Die' Demanding better Healthcare for Children
Every 20 seconds, a child is dying in India due to easily preventable causes like diarrhoea and pneumonia. These children are dying even before their fifth birthday. To stop this needless loss of lives, Save the Children today launched its campaign ‘No Child Born to Die’ in New Delhi. The campaign was inaugurated by Ms Shabana Azmi, Save the Children Campaign Ambassador in India Business Wire India

Social Gaming Market Going Strong in India
MOL AccessPortal Pvt. Ltd. (MOL India), Asia’s leading payment service providers for online games, virtual worlds and social networks is experiencing huge growth in the social gaming market of India. Social gaming, a relatively new phenomenon in India, is a concept that promotes social networking via online games Business Wire India Adds to the Winter Cheer; Announces “Flashback Fun” Facebook Contest for Travel Enthusiasts in India
As a part of its Winter holidays travel offers,, the world's largest online travel company, today announced a ‘ Flashback Fun’ contest for travelers in India. Under this Facebook contest, three lucky winners will get to enjoy free hotel and return flight packages worth Rs. 80,000/- each at Goa’s plush Zuri White Sands property to celebrate New Year’s & Christmas Eve Business Wire India

Digital Content Explosion and Convergence are Growth Drivers of the Digital Media Market in India, notes Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan recently hosted the Digital Media – India Summit 2011, which addressed the challenges of emerging technologies such as digital television, digital asset management, over-the-top (OTT) content distribution on the web and mobile media, cloud implementation in media-related services, and digital cinema Business Wire India

Sparta Strategy is organizing, India Power Summit 2012, India's Largest FDI Promotion Initiative for the Conventional and Renewable Energy sector focusing – Wind, Solar, Hydro, Thermal and Biogas
India Power Summit 2012 offers the ideal environment where power producers, investors meet - regulators, contractors, financiers, and advisories to discuss and identify the challenges, technical & investment opportunities and form strategic partnerships in conventional and renewable energy sectors to leverage the enormous opportunities inherent in the Indian power sector Business Wire India

Trend Micro Launches TITANIUM 2012 for Maximum Security
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in the fight against cybercrime, has released Titanium 2012 version, which revolutionize in ensuring maximum security, delivered with optimal performance and ease-of-use. Trend Micro’s Titanium 2012 certifies speed & performance, automatic protection & defense and has an intuitive interface Business Wire India

Industry Leaders Devise Path to Sustainable Growth at TÜV SÜD Safe Future Now
Today’s inaugural TÜV SÜD Safe Future Now India conference saw business leaders across sectors explore new initiatives towards a more sustainable India, including the role of energy efficiency and sustainability measures as a tool for economic development beyond major metros. Dr.-Ing Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD AG and Mr. A.N Business Wire India

ACCMAN Organizes Mega Library Conference 2011
ACCMAN Institute of Management, Greater Noida, is a new-age B-School that concentrates on integration of knowledge and practice. Mega conferences organized by ACCMAN have been contributing effectively towards such integration alongside adding to the existing knowledge in various functional areas Business Wire India

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