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Govt. has lost its credibility in solving 2G scam case: Jethmalani
With the Supreme Court ordering the release of five top corporate executives charged from Tihar Jail, veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Wednesday said the government has lost its credibility in solving the 2G spectrum fraud case. ANI

Congress pulls up BJP for disrupting parliamentary proceedings
With the agitated opposition stalling proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, the ruling Congress Party today hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for disrupting the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament despite repeated assurances from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh that the government is ready to discuss all issues. ANI

Jayalalithaa winds up deposition in DA case
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who appeared before a special court here today in connection with the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case, completed answering 1,339 questions framed by the judge. ANI

Ahluwalia holds Centre responsible for Parliament logjam
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader S S Ahluwalia on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre for not being able to conduct proceedings in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament in a peaceful manner. ANI

2G scam row: Swamy rebuts Salman Khurshid's claims
Founder-President of the Janata Party (JP) and a key petitioner in 2G scam case, Subramanian Swamy, on Wednesday contradicted Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid's claims that no proof is available against Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram's involvement in the scam. ANI

RBI is closely monitoring rupee situation: Mukherjee
Stating that India's growth and fundamentals are strong and they look more attractive in a world confronting problems, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that RBI is closely monitoring the current rupee situation and will do the needful as required. ANI

Lalu slams Anna over remarks against alcoholics
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday slammed veteran social activist Anna Hazare over his controversial remarks that alcoholics should be whipped and shamed in public. ANI

ANI opens media school in New Delhi
In view of the growing demand of competent media professionals in the ever-expanding media industry, Asian News International , India's only multimedia news agency, has recently opened ANI School of Media Studies in New Delhi. ANI

Passage of Lokpal Bill unaffected by parliamentary opposition, says Anna
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday said the presence of an anti-Lokpal Bill faction in the Parliament will have no impact on its passage. ANI

BJP blames Congress for Parliament logjam
With both Houses of Parliament being adjourned till tomorrow, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday mocked the ruling Congress Party's rigid attitude in perpetually blaming the opposition for disrupting proceedings. ANI

Rahul Gandhi slams Mayawati over anti-MNREGA comments
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati over her comments suggesting the Central Government's flagship rural employment programme had failed to make an impact on the lives of the poor in the state. ANI

Bihar CM Nitish blames Congress over boycott threat initiative
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday blamed the country's ruling Congress Party for initiating the tradition of boycotting ministers. ANI

WB Govt. to take steps to maintain tiger rescue centre, says Barman
West Bengal Forest Minister Hiten Barman has said that the state government would take all possible steps to maintain the tiger rescue centre, despite no financial assistance from the Centre. ANI

BJP lawmakers to sign declaration on black money
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has distributed forms to its lawmakers at a Parliamentary Party meeting, asking them to declare that they do not have black money stashed abroad. ANI

Bangaloreans takes part in marathon to fight female foeticide
Scores of Bangaloreans took part in a marathon here on Wednesday to fight female foeticide. ANI

India, UAE sign pacts on security co-operation, prisoners' extradition
India and UAE on Wednesday signed two landmark agreements on enhancing security co-operation and transfer of sentenced persons. ANI

Price rise storm rocks Parliament, both Houses adjourned
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till Thursday, as the opposition refused to back down on the issue of price rise and other issues. ANI

BJP flays induction of 23 parliamentary secretaries in Arunachal
The Bharatiya Janata Party has questioned the delay in allocating portfolios to ministers by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in Arunachal Pradesh, and criticized induction of 23 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries (PSs). ANI

Inflation remains stubbornly high despite government's assurances: Yechury
Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker Sitaram Yechury has said there has been no impact of the Central Government's earlier assurances in Parliament to take action to prevent skyrocketing inflation. ANI

Supreme Court grants bail to five corporate honchos in 2G case
The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to five corporate executives, who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum fraud case. ANI

Voith Hydro Receives Order for Sainj’s Hydro Electric Project in Himachal Pradesh
Voith Hydro Private Limited, a group company of Germany-based industrial equipment major Voith has received an order for engineering, supply of equipment and construction of entire plant equipment package including Turbine Generator and Electrical & Mechanical auxiliaries for 2 x 50 MW Sainj Hydro-Electric Project. Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd Business Wire India

GETIT Charts Tryst with Films
GETIT Infoservices (P) Ltd., the leader in local search, directional advertising and free classifieds in India announced its association with The International Film Festival of India 2011 (IFFI). IFFI is one of the most prestigious film festivals, held in Goa and GETIT’s idea is to initiate a large mass of movie lovers across India to its services Business Wire India

ICICI Lombard Wins Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 India Voice of Customer Award as the “Overall Best Vehicle Insurance Company” in the Competitive Indian Automotive Market
ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd. has been bestowed with Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 India Voice of Customer Award as the “Overall Best Vehicle Insurance Company” in the competitive Indian automotive market. The Award was presented to ICICI Lombard for demonstrating excellence in customer service, documentation process, and for claim management Business Wire India

OSI Days 2011: The Power of Open Source
Free and open source software is the future of the technology world. FOSS is not just about opening the software but is also about opening the mindset. Open Source India 2011 concluded on this positive note, only to come back next year with much more power and participation of the community Business Wire India

Parallels Publishes Survey Results on the 5.5Billion Cloud Services Market for Indian Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs)
Parallels, the hosting and Cloud services enablement leader, today released the key findings of Parallels SMB Cloud Insights™ for India, a report illustrating how service providers can profit by delivering Cloud services to small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India Business Wire India

element14 Addresses Design and Performance Challenges with Amphenol's latest RF Connectors for Asia Pacific
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community, today announced the expansion of their solutions distribution agreement with Amphenol, the world's leading interconnect solutions manufacturer Business Wire India

Rapaport Group Calls on Diamond Trade to Avoid Marange Diamonds
The Rapaport Group strongly opposes the recent decision of the Kimberley Process (KP) to allow for the immediate exports from the mining operations Mbada Diamonds and Marange Resources in the Marange region of Zimbabwe Business Wire India

6th Dr. Batra’s Positive Health Awards held at NCPA, Mumbai Saluting the Heroes of 2011, Abhay Deol Felicitates the Awardees
Dr. Batra’s Positive Health Awards 2011, an initiative to recognize and award the heroism of those that have displayed outstanding courage in the fight against disease and disability, were held at the NCPA today. Bollywood icon, Abhay Deol presented the awards to this year’s winners at a glittering ceremony that had over 1,000 people in attendance. It marked the 6th year of this initiative Business Wire India

GETIT Unveils its Virtual Real Estate Expo
GETIT Infoservices (P) Ltd., the leader in local search, directional advertising and free classifieds in India unveiled one of its kinds Virtual real estate expo in the presence of real estate and builders community in Chennai to enable buyers and sellers to stay connected 24X7. The event saw the presence of top executives from around 30 builders, developers and allied industry players Business Wire India

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