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Sonia Gandhi urges opposition to help in passage of Lokpal Bill
Asserting that the government headed by her had been taking suitable steps to overpower the 'plague' of corruption, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday urged the opposition parties to help in the passage of an effective Lokpal Bill by allowing the Parliament to function without any disruption. ANI

FDI in retail will benefit farmers and consumers, assures Mukherjee
Amid mounting pressure from the opposition to revoke the decision of 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday assured that the government's move to allow foreign direct investment into the country's retail sector would benefit both domestic producers and consumers. ANI

Dhaka's relations with Beijing will not affect Indo-Bangla ties, says Bangladesh Army Chief
Bangladesh's Chief of Army Staff, General Mohammed Abdul Mubeen, who is presently on a visit to India, on Tuesday said the Chinese assistance in the infrastructural development of Chittagong port would not affect 'Dhaka's ties with New Delhi' since the two neighbouring countries have historical relationship and several common problems to solve ANI

2G scam case: Kanimozhi walks out of Tihar Jail
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament Kanimozhi, who was sent to Jail in May this year for her alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam, walked out of the Tihar Jail here on Tuesday evening. ANI

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: TN Govt. moves Madras High Court
Tamil Nadu Government today brought to the notice of the Madras High Court the 30th August resolution of the state assembly, urging President Pratibha Devisingh Patil to reconsider the mercy petitions of the three accused facing death sentence for their alleged role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. ANI

'Action against corrupt can be taken under existing laws', says Swamy
Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said the existing Indian laws have enough provisions to take action against people indulging in corrupt practices. ANI

Subramanian Swamy opposes FDI in retail
Criticising the decision to approve 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said the opening up the market to foreign investors would harm Indian industries. ANI

Veerappa Moily condoles passing away of Indira Goswami
Union Corporate Affairs Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily has expressed shock and deep sorrow on the demise of Jnanpith award winner Assamese litterateur Prof. Indira Goswami. ANI

SGPC ask Pakistan Evacuee Trust Board to restore Sikh shrines in Pak
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today asked Pakistan Evacuee Trust Board Chairman Zanab Syed A. Hashmi to use his office to help repair and restore various Sikh gurdwaras in Pakistan. ANI

Gold automated teller machine installed at Mumbai shopping mall
A gold automated teller machine recently installed is the latest product to cater to the country's insatiable jewellery appetite. ANI

Four new anacondas at Gujarat zoo
The Kankaria zoo in Ahmedabad, welcomed four new residents as gifts from Sri Lanka. ANI

Himachal's Renuka Dam 'short-term solution' to improving water supply: Photographer
The construction of the Renuka Dam in Himachal Pradesh will submerge 750 homes in 37 villages, 1,700,000 trees, a diverse range of wildlife and 1,630 hectares of agricultural land, a photography exhibition has highlighted. ANI

Manmohan Singh defends FDI in retail, says good for economy
Defending the Government's decision to approve 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that the policy is good for the economy and would bring jobs and technology to farmers. ANI

India hopes for early resumption of defence dialogue with China
Despite the sudden postponement of the Sino-India border talks, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said that the upcoming defence dialogue with China was on the right track, and would be resumed soon. ANI

FDI in retail would prove beneficial in long run: Virbhadra Singh
Defending the Central Government's decision to approve 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Virbhadra Singh said it would prove beneficial to the country in the long run. ANI

Government bypassed parliament over FDI in retail sector, alleges opposition
Accusing the Central Government of bypassing parliament over foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail sector, the opposition alleged on Tuesday said that the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee failed to keep his word on the issue. ANI

FDI in retail sparks fierce political opposition
The backlash over the Central Government's decision to allow 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail continued on Tuesday, s opposition leaders condemning the move. ANI

Need to revise Nehru- Liaqat Pact: PETPB chief
Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board (PETPB) chairman Syed Asif Hashmi has said that it is high time that both India and Pakistan jointly review the pact inked between former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Liaqat Ali Khan. ANI

Kejriwal pitches for CBI to be brought under Lokpal
Expressing disappointment with the government's version of the Lokpal Bill, social activist Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the anti-graft bill would be like an 'empty tin' if the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was not included under its ambit. ANI

PM condoles demise of noted litterateur Indira Goswami
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of acclaimed Assamese litterateur Indira Goswami. ANI

Modi toes BJP's line on FDI in retail sector
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has endorsed the Bharatiya Janata Party's policy of opposing the Centre's decision to allow 51 percent foreign direct investment in multi-retail sector. ANI

Maoists call for shutdown in Jharkhand to protest Kishenji's killing
In an attempt to resurrect the image of the recently killed top Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji, the outlawed rebels on Tuesday called for a day's shutdown Jharkhand, affecting locals and daily wage labourers. ANI

26/11 probe: India awaits Pak judicial commission
India has reportedly nominated a judicial commission to work with the Pakistan Government in investigating the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. ANI

Tripura's Barkathal village on path of development after decline in insurgency
Situated in West Tripura, Barkathal village is home to Jamatia tribe and other non tribal people. The now peaceful village was once a hotbed of militancy in the region. ANI

Mizoram's health infrastructure on path of improvement
Over the years Mizoram's health care system has improved to a large extent. Today there are several hospitals in the state that provide excellent medical facilities to the people. ANI

Manipur's Sorinchon Zimik, a rising Tangkhul theatre star
Twenty one year old Sorinchon Zimik is increasingly becoming popular in the state after receiving the "Young Artiste Scholarship" award from the central government for excelling in theatre. ANI

Tripura celebrates "Rass Lila" with pomp and gaiety
In a bid to bring back the youngsters to their cultural roots, the state of Tripura recently hosted the Manipuri Raas festival in Agartala for a large number of Manipuri people residing in the state. ANI

Opposition ups the ante on FDI in retail, asks Centre to revoke decision
The deadlock over the 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail continued in the Parliament on Tuesday with a united opposition mounting pressure on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, asking it to revoke its decision. ANI

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Parliament adjourned for sixth day, talks with opposition fail
An aggressive and united opposition again forced both Houses of Parliament to adjourn without transacting any business for the sixth day of the Winter Session on Tuesday. ANI

President Patil condoles demise of noted litterateur Indira Goswami
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has condoled the sad demise of eminent litterateur, Jnanpith awardee Indira Goswami, who died in a hospital in Guwahati this morning after prolonged illness. ANI

UP polls: 'Zero tolerance for any untoward incident,' says Quraishi
Lucknow, Nov 29 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi has said that there would be zero tolerance towards corruption and hooliganism in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow, Nov 29 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi has said that there would be zero tolerance towards corruption and hooliganism in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Yechury accuses govt. of evading accountability in Parliament
New Delhi, Nov 29 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury has accused the Central Government of trying to evade accountability on various issues in the Winter Session of Parliament ANI

Shahnawaz Hussain slams Mayawati, says BSP acting like Congress
Gorakhpur, Nov 29 (ANI): Hitting out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain has drawn a parallel between the ruling Congress party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for skirting key issues ANI

FDI in retail: All-party meeting ends without breakthrough
New Delhi, Nov. 29 (ANI): An all-party meeting convened by the Centre to end the deadlock over allowing 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, ended inconclusively on Tuesday with both the government and the opposition failing to reach a consensus over the issue. New Delhi, Nov ANI

Award for Best Pedagogy in Management Studies
JRE School Of Management was awarded the prestigious “Dewang Mehta Business School Award” for “Best Pedagogy in Management Studies” on occasion of 19th year of Business School Affaire. The award was selected by eminent Jury members with a slew of big names vying for the award Business Wire India

Maps Ropes in Most Innovative B-School Award
Millenium Academy of Professional Studies (MAPS) was awarded the prestigious “Dewang Mehta Business School Award” for “Most Innovative B-School” on occasion of 19th year of Business School Affaire. Business School Affaire (BSA) has been organizing this award for the past 19 years. The award was selected by eminent Jury members Business Wire India

Ruckus Wireless Introduces ChannelFly™, the Industry’s First Predictive Capacity Management Technology
Ruckus Wireless™ today introduced ChannelFly, a new technology innovation specifically developed to address the growing need to deliver more reliable Wi-Fi performance within noisy and crowded RF environments caused by the invasion of smart, Wi-Fi-only devices onto enterprise and service provider networks Business Wire India

4G Identity Solutions Wins the Prestigious ET Now ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ Award 2011
An able thought leader and a successful architect of Identity innovation, Dr. Sreeni Tripuraneni, Chairman & CEO of 4G Identity Solutions has received the prestigious Indiamart ET Now ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ Award 2011, at an award function held at Mumbai, India on 28th November 2011. The award was presented by the chief guest Legendary N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Technologies Business Wire India

Intelligroup Achieves SAP Gold Channel Partner Status
Intelligroup, an NTT DATA company, focused on providing enterprise application and IT outsourcing services, today announced that it has achieved SAP Gold Partner Status in India as a Value Added Reseller Business Wire India

It’s not Original, If it’s not Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Is your skin feeling dry even after applying Vaseline Petroleum jelly? Does it leave your skin looking rough and bruised? So are you using the original Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly? Nowadays the market is flooded with cheap products that look like the original Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly and are available at cheaper prices Business Wire India

HomeShop18 Wins the Coveted Brand Leadership Award in Internet Business
HomeShop18, India’s largest e-commerce venture, was awarded the ‘Brand Excellence Award in Internet Business’ category at the World Brand Congress, 2011 in Mumbai recently. The award is recognition to HomeShop18’s contribution to the e-commerce industry in India Business Wire India

SCMHRD Stood runners-up in National Level Investment Banking Competition hosted by JP MORGAN CHASE
The Team "Rain Makers" - Anshul Sood, Sumit Dawra, Hardhik Sheth and Neha Baid, from SCMHRD were the First Runners Up in the National Finals round of The Deal, an Investment Banking Competition, JP Morgan Chase Business Wire India

Visa Introduces New Mobile Prepaid Product for Developing Countries
Visa Inc. today announced a significant step to bringing access to secure financial services and electronic payments to consumers in developing countries by introducing a new product serving the needs of unbanked and under-banked consumers Business Wire India

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