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Govt sanctions prosecution 21 social networking sites
The Government today granted sanction to prosecute 21 social networking sites for allegedly promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration.according to All India Radio ANI

Discussions to continue to resolve Indra Bhavan issue, says Pranab Mukherjee
Indian Finance Minister and senior Congress leader, Pranab Mukherjee, on Friday, after attending a meeting with Trinamool Congress (TMC) party leaders in Kolkata said that discussions would continue over the controversy of renaming Indira Bhavan. ANI

Delhi court summons internet firms to remove religious offensive content
A Delhi court has summoned executives of US companies Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and other Internet firms, to remove religiously offensive content and appear before the court in person. ANI

Chief Election Commissioner writes to PM over Salman Khurshid's remark
India's Chief Election Commissioner, SY Qureshi on Friday wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in which he condemned the remarks made by Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, undermining the authority of the Election Commissioner. ANI

Akhilesh Yadav accuses Mayawati of forgery and wasting taxpayer's money
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, Akhilesh Yadav, has alleged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati of forgery and wasting public money. ANI

Orissa to provide vocational training to Maoist-affected tribal youth
State authorities in Orissa's Gajapati District, in association with private companies, have undertaken a vocational training programme in Maoist-inflicted districts to provide employment to tribal youth to bring them into the mainstream. ANI

Surat hosts seminar on rescuing injured birds
In a bid to protect birds from getting injured during the annual kite festival Uttarayana, a non-governmental organization, Prayas organised an awareness seminar, on Thursday in Surat. ANI

Astrologers predict Samajwadi Party led coalition govt. in UP
Ahead of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, astrologers on Friday predicted that the opposition, Samajwadi Party (SP) would form a coalition government in the state. ANI

Arun Jaitley accuses Congress of playing divisive politics
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday blamed the ruling Congress Party of playing religion-based divisive politics by providing reservation to minority communities ahead of the state assembly polls. ANI

Farmers facing acute water shortage in Siliguri
Acute water shortage in West Bengal's Siliguri District has adversely affected the crops grown in the winter season. ANI

Batla House row: BJP accuses Digvijay Singh of working under Sonia's orders
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath on Friday accused Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh of working under the directions of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and said that the former's remarks on the 2008 Batla House encounter were in direct contradiction with statements of the Prime Minister and Home Minister. ANI

Adityanath refuses to campaign for BJP in poll-bound UP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath, who had earlier threatened to quit the party over the induction of sacked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Babu Singh Kushwaha, has now declined to campaign in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Govt. approves setting up of National Counter Terrorism Centre
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CSS) has cleared the deck for the setting up of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) to counter terrorism effectively. ANI

Mulayam confident Samajwadi Party will come with full majority in UP
With the battle lines being drawn to conquer the throne of Lucknow, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday expressed confidence that his party would win the majority in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. ANI

Sacked minister Kushwaha claims innocence
Demanding fair and unbiased investigation into the alleged scam, tainted and dismissed former Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha has said that he had nothing to do with any scam and it was all a ploy to malign his image. ANI

BJP threatens agitation on minority reservation
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vinay Katiyar has slammed the Congress party for raking up the issue of minority reservations ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. ANI

Prakash Singh Badal claims Akali rule was better than Congress
State politics in poll-bound Punjab gets steamy with Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal came down heavily on the Congress party and urged the people to judge his government on the basis of development. ANI

Congress does not want leaders in party like Kushwaha, says Rashid Alvi
Days after Arun Jaitley accused the ruling UPA Government of lacking the capability to govern, the ruling Congress Party on Friday mockingly said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the moment believes in leadership qualities similar to that of tainted Uttar Pradesh Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha. ANI

Congress has different views on Batla House encounter, but against politicizing it
Amid the ongoing war of words surrounding the 2008 Batla House encounter, Congress Party on Friday termed it to be a sensitive issue, and said that there is no need to politicize it. ANI

Army Chief plays down age row, terms it an issue of integrity
The Chief of Army Staff, General V. K. Singh, has termed the ongoing controversy concerning his date of birth to be a personal issue, and said that it held great degree of integrity and honour for him. ANI

Indian Army prepared for all eventualities in case of military coup in Pakistan
Chief of Army Staff, General V. K. Singh, played down the rising tension in Pakistan, but declared that the army was prepared for all eventualities in case of a military coup in the neighbouring country. ANI

Tibetan Cabinet Secretary-in-exile expresses dismay over self-immolations
The Cabinet Secretary of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Migyur Dorjee has said that the Central Tibetan Administration was dismayed by the recent spate of self-immolations by Tibetans protesting against the Chinese government. alking to reporters here on Thursday, Dorjee said that while the incidents were unfortunate, the motivation of those who committed the act was very strong. ANI

Dalai Lama urges youth to join politics to end corruption
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has appealed to the youth of the country to join politics to end corruption.ddressing the audience at a collage here on Thursday, the Dalai Lama said that it is necessary for the youth to come forward and join politics so as to end corruption from the country. ANI

Shakeel Ahmed urges Congress, Trinamool to resolve differences
Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed has urged party president Sonia Gandhi and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to resolve the ongoing differences at the earliest, or else it would give undue advantage to rivals. ANI

JNU academic to get German Order of Merit
The German Government has conferred the country's Order of Merit on Jawaharlal Nehru University academic Professor Ummu Salma Bava. ANI

Canon Announces Launch of their Flagship Camera PowerShot G1X
Canon, a world leader in digital imaging, has released a total of three compact cameras, two in its IXUS range and one in the Power Shot series, making use of the latest technologies to capture astoundingly vivid images with little effort from users. The compact Canon 14 Business Wire India

High Passenger Demand for Mobile Apps at Brazil’s Largest Airport
There is significant demand among smartphone- carrying passengers at Brazil’s largest airport, São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), for mobile access to trip-related information while moving through the airport Business Wire India

Ghana Airports Invest $15 Million in SITA Systems Upgrade for Passenger and Bag Management
Tourist hot spot, Ghana, is to benefit from new integrated airport systems from airport IT specialist, SITA, designed to improve passenger flow and baggage management at the country’s main airport, Kotoka International Airport. The new systems were commissioned today by Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister for Transport Business Wire India

Akosha Picks 4 Reasons Consumers Should Look Forward to 2012
2012 could see consumers build upon the developments in consumer rights in 2011. Do a report card for consumer forum judgments in 2011 and you will end up seeing a good picture. From landmark judgments like ordering a whopping 1 Business Wire India

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