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Standing Committee concludes deliberations on Lokpal draft
Parliamentary Standing Committee chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Wednesday said the committee has concluded all its deliberations on the Lokpal draft, and expressed hope that the report will be accepted with broad and diverse approval in the parliament and in the public domain. ANI

FDI row: Yechury urges Govt. to resolve deadlock in Parliament
Communist Party of India (Marxist) lawmaker Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday criticised the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre for its inability to find an amicable solution over the controversy surrounding the foreign direct investment in the retail sector. ANI

India, China war unlikely: Professor Kanti Bajpai
Kanti Bajpai, visiting professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University, Singapore, today said that though war is always a possibility in the international system, it seems unlikely between India and China. ANI

Ramdev alleges Manmohan Singh behaves like a 'broker of foreign companies'
Criticising the Prime Minister over the decision to approve Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail sector, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday said that it seemed that Dr. Manmohan Singh was working towards the protection of foreign retailers like the Wal-Mart. ANI

Anna's remarks on Sharad Pawar provoke NCP protest
Scores of activists of the youth wing of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) gathered at the Raj Ghat here on Wednesday to protest against veteran social activist Anna Hazare for his remark on the recent physical attack on their party chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. ANI

FDI row: 'UPA headed by a foreign national', says Jay Kumar
Hitting out at the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre over the decision to approve Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail sector, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jay Kumar on Wednesday called Congress President Sonia Gandhi a 'foreign national', and accused her of helping the foreign investors. ANI

'Pehchan' marks World AIDS Day by celebrating community unity and action
Organisations working with groups vulnerable to HIV/AIDS came together at the YMCA here on Tuesday for an event organised by the 'Pehchan' programme to commemorate World AIDS Day 2011. ANI

Govt. intention on Lokpal Bill unclear, unfair: Anna Hazare
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday warned the UPA-II government to clarify its stand on the passing of the Lokpal Bill during the Winter Session of Parliament. ANI

Parliamentary Standing Committee to meet today to finalise Lokpal draft
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice examining the various provisions of the Lokpal Bill is meeting here on Wednesday evening after almost three months of deliberations. ANI

Assam bids farewell to Goswami with full state honours
The mortal remains of Assamese litterateur Indira Raisom Goswami were consigned to flames in Guwahati on Wednesday with full state honours. ANI

Law Minister Khurshid justifies government's meeting with its lawmakers
With senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj taking a jibe at the UPA Government's meeting with its lawmakers, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said the meeting was held to explain the pros and cons of the cabinet's decision on FDI in multi-brand retail and its impact in the long term. ANI

Kerala leaders visit Mullaperiyar
With protests intensifying in Kerala over the Mullaperiyar Dam issue, top leaders of the state visited the site on Wednesday to take stock of the ongoing situation. ANI

'We have placed Manipur on high alert', says Chidambaram
Hours after a low intensity blasts rocked Imphal, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said security forces and intelligence agencies have been asked to remain vigilant in order to foil such attempts ANI

Chidambaram asks Maoists to abjure violence, come forward for talks
Making a fresh appeal to Maoists to abjure violence, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said that they should come forward for talks with the government. ANI

Congress raps opposition over parliament disruption
The Congress Party on Wednesday criticised the opposition for disrupting parliament proceedings over the foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, terming its actions as 'irresponsible'. ANI

Corridor to Kartarpur Gurdwara would be ideal Indo-Pak CBM
Religious bodies representing the Sikh community have appealed to both Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and India's Home Minister P. Chidambaram to expedite access to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. ANI

Bomb blast in Imphal kills one and injures three
One person was killed and at least three injured following a bomb blast in Manipur's capital, Imphal, on Wednesday. ANI

Kalam to deliver UPSC Foundation Day Lecture tomorrow
Former President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam will deliver the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Foundation Day Lecture on 'Governance and Public Service' at the Vigyan Bhawan here on Thursday. ANI

Police beefs up security at railway stations after Kishenji's killing
Anticipating revenge attacks by Maoists in the wake of the killing of their top leader Kishenji, the Government Railway Police (GRP) in Gaya has intensified patrolling along the railway tracks. ANI

FDI row: BJP accuses Govt. of deliberately stalling parliamentary proceedings
Amid the standoff in both the Houses over the decision to approve Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail sector, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader S. S. Ahluwalia accusing the government of deliberately stalling the proceedings on Wednesday said the opposition is willing to extend its full cooperation and ensure that the Parliament functions smoothly. ANI

Severe cold wave affects normal life in Kullu
A severe cold wave has gripped the state of Himachal Pradesh, forcing residents to remain indoors. ANI

Himachal Zoo successfully running animal adoption scheme
An animal adoption scheme launched by the Himalayan Nature Park in Shimla with an endeavour to involve participation of animal lovers in the upkeep of the zoo inmates has been running successfully and seeing more participation each year. ANI

Parliament adjourned for seventh day over govt's FDI in retail decision
Both Houses of Parliament adjourned for the seventh day without any business being conducted as the standoff between the government and the opposition over the former's decision to allow 51 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi brand retail continued. ANI

China successfully launches remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XIII
China has successfully launched the remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XIII from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi. ANI

Residents elated after Manipur blockade ends
Residents have expressed relief and joy over the lifting of an economic blockade on Tuesday that had affected life in Manipur for 120 days. ANI

Anil Kakodkar bats for nuclear energy as development tool
Former Atomic Energy Commission Chiarman Anil Kakodkar has supported the setting up of the controversial nuclear plant in Jaitapur, Maharashtra. ANI

FDI in retail: Pranab Mukherjee meets Sonia Gandhi
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday to discuss the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail issue. ANI

Singhvi slams opposition for stalling Parliament
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has slammed the opposition for stalling the functioning of Parliament in the name of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) retail debate. ANI

U.S. diplomat welcomes India's FDI in retail decision
Backing the Indian government's decision of allowing 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, US Charge d' Affaires Peter Burleigh has said the move would eventually prove to be beneficial to both farmers and consumers. ANI

FDI uproar in Parliament, both Houses adjourned till noon
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon on Wednesday amid the continuing standoff between the government and the opposition over the Centre's decision to allow 51 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi brand retail. ANI

Best of MSMEs Awarded at ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011 Ceremony
-- Chief Guest Mr. NR Narayana Murthy felicitates winners -- MSMEs honored in 15 different categories; Tarini Infrastructure awarded MSME of the Year -- Around 300 MSME leaders assemble to witness the spectacular event Over 300 stars descended on 28th November, 2011 at Intercontinental The Lalit, Mumbai to witness a glorious night dedicated to MSMEs Business Wire India

Microsoft Dynamics Achieves 2000 Customer Milestone in India
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Asia Society India Centre Awards Fellowships to Six Writers for New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters 2011-2012
Asia Society India Centre announced the final six awardees selected from 150 applications from promising writers from across India for the FIRST New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (NVFS) 2011-2012 Business Wire India

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“Cricket with Friends” Wins BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge 2011
BlackBerry Partners Fund and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the winners of the Asia Pacific regional BBM™ connected app competition in the fourth annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge Business Wire India

TAKE Solutions World Corporate Golf Challenge (TSWCGC) 2011-12’ series tees off
TAKE Solutions Ltd., leaders in Life Sciences (LS) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) products, today announced that TAKE Solutions World Corporate Golf Challenge (TSWCGC) 2011 - 2012 series is set to tee off from December 3rd, 2011 at Oxford Golf & Country Club, Pune Business Wire India

CII’s CFO Summit to be held on 3 December 2011 in Mumbai
CII announces its 7th national flagship Conference for the Chief Financial Officers and Finance Heads - The CFO Summit on 3 December 2011 at Taj President - Vivanta, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. The theme of the Conference is ‘Changing Dynamics of Finance Leadership’. The role of the CFO has undergone significant changes with some of the biggest changes taking place in the last decade Business Wire India

Mentor Graphics to Host User2User 2011 India Conference in Bangalore
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT), a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, today announced that it will be hosting its 7th Annual User2User India conference on December 2, 2011 at Vivanta by Taj (the former Taj Residency), M.G.Road, Trinity Circle, Bangalore. Business Wire India

Midmark Corporation Deploys Mobile Supply Chain with TAKE Solutions Enterprise Mobility Solutions Portfolio
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Chhattisgarh Tourism Board all Set to Lure Students and Senior Citizens with Attractive Offers
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Spanco Receives Letter of Intent (LOI) to Set up, Manage and Operate 376 CSCs in Punjab
Spanco Limited has emerged victorious in the bid for implementing, managing and operating Common Service Centres (CSC) for 3 zones in the state of Punjab. The project is a part of core Infrastructure and a key milestone in achieving citizen centric governance under National eGovernance Plan Business Wire India

GlobalCompliancePanel Announces its 3rd India Seminar on `Validation of Methods and Processes’ by Dr. Steven Kuwahara at the Leela Kempenski Mumbai, 5-7 December 2011
GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading online training gateway headquartered in Delaware, US, has announced the third live seminar in its FDA India series. Entitled Validation of Methods and Processes, the seminar will be held at the Leela Kempenski Hotel, Mumbai, from December 5th to 7th, 2011 Business Wire India

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