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India closely monitoring developments in Pakistan: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said the government is closely monitoring the latest developments in Pakistan. ANI

Batla encounter: BJP accuses Digvijay of being sympathetic towards 'extremistmilitants'
With Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh raking up the Batla House encounter issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit out at the former and accused him of being sympathetic towards 'extremist militants'. ANI

BJP flexes muscle ahead of UP assembly polls
With barely a month left for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit out at chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, asking her to reveal the true state of socio-economic development that had taken place during her tenure. ANI

Non-gazetted employees protest in Patna, demand regularisation of jobs
Scores of non-gazetted employees and workers took to the streets here on Thursday demanding regularisation of their jobs and better pay scales. ANI

Kim Hyong-O calls on Kharge, discusses matters of mutual bilateral interest
Kim Hyong-O, former Speaker and currently Member of the 18th National Assembly of Republic of Korea called on Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge here on Thursday and discussed matters of mutual bilateral interest. ANI

Dependence on gas import to double in two years
India's dependence on import of natural gas is expected to almost double in nearly two years and ten fold by 2030, rapidly shooting up the prices of electricity also. ANI

Nine envoys present credentials to President Pratibha Patil
Nine envoys presented their credentials to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Thursday. ANI

Kapil Sibal welcomes exchange programmes with Bangladesh
Asserting that education is the real tool of empowerment, Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the exchange of people as well as the large number of students from Bangladesh, who come to study in India provides the foundation for a lasting friendship. ANI

Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary observed in Kolkata
The 150th birth anniversary of renowned social reformer Swami Vivekananda was observed on Thursday here with rallies and cultural programmes. ANI

Trinidad PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar's nostalgic visit to Buxar
In search of her roots, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar visited Bhelupur village in Bihar's Buxar District from where her ancestors had migrated to Caribbean Islands over a century ago. ANI

Digvijay Singh clarifies Govt. position on minority reservation
With the Election Commission directing the Centre to put on hold the decision on 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities in five poll-bound states till election process ends there, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday clarified the government's position, and said that the decision was taken before the elections were declared. ANI

India, Japan to strenghten cooperation in shipping sector
A Japanese delegation led by Takeshi Maeda, Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Government of Japan, along with Japanese Ambassador to India Akitaka Saiki met Union Minister of Shipping G.K. Vasan here on Thursday. ANI

India, Japan to cooperate in infrastructure sector
Takeshi Maeda, Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT), Government of Japan, along with a high level delegation from the Policy Bureau of the MLITT called on Minister of Road Transport and Highways Dr. CP Joshi here on Thursday during which the two sides iscussed bilateral cooperation in infrastructure sector with special reference to road construction ANI

Red Ribbon Express to spread awareness on AIDS flagged off from Delhi
The Red Ribbon Express, a special train that travels across the country to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS, was flagged off from here on Thursday. ANI

India, Japan to strengthen cooperation
Takeshi Maeda, Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT), Government of Japan, along with a high level delegation from the Policy Bureau of the MLITT called on Minister of Road Transport and Highways Dr. CP Joshi here on Thursday during which the two sides iscussed bilateral cooperation in infrastructure sector with special reference to road construction ANI

Cabinet reviews implementation of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana
The Cabinet today reviewed the implementation of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana(RSBY). The Scheme which was launched in October, 2007 as the health insurance scheme for families living below the poverty line was made operationalised on April, 2008. ANI

Cabinet approves National Policy on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the National Policy on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) drafted by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, in consultation with the concerned Ministries and Agencies of Government of India and the State Governments. ANI

Sheikh Hasina honoured in Tripura University by Hamid Ansari
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Thursday conferred an honorary doctorate of Tripura University on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. ANI

Congress vows to implement minority reservation after assembly polls
Congress Party on Thursday vowed to implement the proposed reservation for minority communities following the conclusion of upcoming assembly polls in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur. ANI

Maoist arrested in Jashpur, Chattisgarh
Police arrested a Maoist in Chhattisgarh's Jashpur District on Wednesday and captured from him a country-made pistol, two live cartridges and two empty cartridges. ANI

Maoists plant bomb at Bokaro, Railway personnel defuse it
A train tragedy was averted in Jharkhand as railway personnel located a bomb planted by suspected Maoists from a railway track in Bokaro. ANI

Pakistan- The drama begins to unfold (Amended)
Until the last weekend there was surreal theatre in Pakistan with shadows boxing each other. The main players in the developing political confrontation were Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan with Pervez Musharraf an incongruous joker in the pack as they all expected to be sworn in as Prime Minister ANI

Mamata will emerge as an important national leader, says veteran astrologer
Going by the approach and temperament of the Trinmool Congress, one can easily conclude that it is no longer behaving as a partner of the ruling United Progressive Alliance, and its chief Mamata Banerjee is becoming bolder and rash. ANI

Pakistan- The drama bgins to unfold
Until the last weekend there was surreal theatre in Pakistan with shadows boxing each other. The main players in the developing political confrontation were Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan with Pervez Musharraf an incongruous joker in the pack as they all expected to be sworn in as Prime Minister ANI

People of Punjab fed up with misrule of SAD, says Manish Tiwari
Commenting on the polls prospects in Punjab, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari has said that the people of the state are fed up with the 'misrule of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its alliance Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)' as such they are wanting a change. ANI

BJP spreading communal poison: Manish Tiwari
Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for criticising and opposing the proposal to raise reservation for Muslims in the polls-bound Uttar Pradesh, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari has termed the contention of former, as one of spreading communal poison, raking up the issue in a wrong context. ANI

Khurshid should take Election Commission notice in right spirit: BJP
Reacting to the notice issued by Election Commission to Law Minister Salman Khurshid for violating the model code of conduct after he declared increase in reservation for Muslims, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said he must reckon the notice in the right spirit. ANI

Amar Singh accuses Mulayam of betrayal
Rashtriya Lokmanch Party president Amar Singh has alleged that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has betrayed many people in the past, including him. ANI

M K Narayanan says strict action should be taken against student hooliganism
Bengal Governor M K Narayanan has said that strict action should be taken against student hooliganism in the state. ANI

Motherhood celebrates 350 new lives
Anitha Nair & Mammootty joins 1st anniversary celebrations of Motherhood Mediacom PR

AOL’s CoolAge Nominated for the 2nd Indian Digital Awards 2012 for “Best Mobile News Category Service”
CoolAge the online and mobile-web product launched by AOL has been nominated for the 2nd Indian Digital Awards 2012 for “Best Mobile News Category Service.” This is the second year that Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is conducting its annual Indian Digital Awards ceremony Business Wire India

Cisco Networking Academy Bags Prestigious e India 2011 Award
Cisco today announced that its Networking Academy has won the prestigious eINDIA 2011 jury choice award for the “Best ICT Enabled Skills Development Initiative”. The award was conferred on www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners Business Wire India

Elixir Web Solutions Launches an Exclusive Online Toy Store, www.toygully.com
Elixir Web Solutions, a leading digital media agency has launched www.toygully.com, a unique online toy shop. Besides offering toy brands like Fisher Price, Chicco, Hot Wheels, Barbie, Disney, Mattel, Dr. Woods and many more, toygully.com will offer a great shopping experience to would-be parents, new parents and kids who can choose toys based on their age, brands, price Business Wire India

Bharatiya Global Infomedia Ltd. Wins the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific Awards
Bharatiya Global Infomedia Ltd.(BGIL) After winning the Deloitte fast 50 India awards, BGIL has been honored with the Deloitte Fast 500 Asia Pacific Award. The award ceremony was held on 1st December, 2011 amongst much glitterati at the Hotel Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong Business Wire India

Healthcare Waste Management – Robust System required to Monitor and Treat all Medical Waste, Says Frost & Sullivan
Activities by Healthcare facilities represent 3-8 percent of the climate change footprint in developed-country settings. These statistics indicate that hospitals and healthcare facilities share huge responsibilities in protecting the environment and contributing to its development Business Wire India

Financial Results for the Period April to December, 2011
The Board of Directors of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC) announced the results for the third quarter of the financial year 2011-2012, following its meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in Mumbai. The accounts have been subject to limited review by the Corporation’s statutory auditors in line with the regulatory guidelines Business Wire India

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