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PM calls for checking gap between requirement, supply to achieve economic growth
Stating that skill requirement studies estimate that India will require around 26 crore skilled people by 2018 and around 34 crore by 2022, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said there is a need to check the significant gap between the requirement and the supply to achieve economic growth. ANI

Akali Dal workers protest against Sonia's rally in poll-bound Punjab
Party workers of the regional Akali Dal staged a protest against Congress President Sonia Gandhi's rally here on Thursday by marching with black flags. ANI

PM urges Indian media to exercise self-regulation to combat perversions like paid news
Stating that the prevalence of the practice of 'paid news' exposed recently has come as a shock to all right-thinking people, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday urged the Indian media to come together to exercise a degree of self-regulation to combat perversions like paid news. ANI

Sri Lanka is treading on path of development, says Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said that Sri Lanka has paved the way for development as evident from Colombo's commitment on the rehabilitation, resettlement and the welfare of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) belonging to the ethnic Tamilian community. ANI

Indian survivors of a capsized Italian cruise liner arrive in New Delhi
Nearly fifteen Indian survivors of the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia arrived here today to leave for their respective homes. ANI

'SAD-BJP alliance is biggest obstacle in Punjab's development': Sonia Gandhi
Stating that the Shiromani Akali Dal- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance has become the biggest obstacle in the development of Punjab, ANI

Harish Khare resigns as PM's media advisor
Media Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Harish Khare, resigned today after holding the post for more than two years. ANI

Pankaj Pachauri appointed as Communications Advisor in PMO
Senior editor and anchor Pankaj Pachauri has been appointed as Communications Advisor in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). ANI

Sweaters with party symbols, favourites in Punjab election season
Ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab, the woollen industry of Ludhiana is catching up with the election fervor as manufacturers imprint party symbols on sweaters and jerseys in large numbers. ANI

CWG scam: Sheila Dikshit hails bail for Kalmadi
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday welcomed the grant of bail to former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi by the Delhi High Court. ANI

CWG scam: BJP plays down Kalmadi bail grant
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said that the bail granted to former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi does not signify a 'clean chit' for him. ANI

'Bail is the right of every accused', says Digvijay Singh

Uma Bharti takes on Gandhi family, says she can win in UP
With the electoral battle intensifying for Lucknow, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti on Thursday targetted Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, saying if India can accept Sonia Gandhi from Rome, then even she could win in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Congress slams BJP for fielding Uma Bharti in UP polls
Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for fielding firebrand leader Uma Bharti as a candidate in the upcoming state assembly polls, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna on Thursday said the move indicates that the opposition has lost faith and trust in its state leadership. ANI

Central Bureau of Investigation raids bureaucrat's home over NRHM fund swindling
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today, raided the residence of a senior Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Pradeep Shukla in Lucknow in connection with an alleged swindling of funds allocated to the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). ANI

Jharkhand tribals agitate against forceful land acquisition
Tribals in held are agitating against the forceful acquisition of 227 acres of land by the state authorities for a proposed law college. ANI

Customs officials seize tiger skin at Indo-Nepal border
Customs officials at the border village of Panitanki in West Bengal have held a man carrying a tiger skin across the Indo-Nepal border. ANI

Delhi BJP leader terms NDMC 2012-13 budget proposals as anti-people and misleading
Senior Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Karan Singh Tanwar on Thursday described the New Delhi Muncipal Corporation (NDMC) budget proposals for 2012-13 as anti-people and misleading. ANI

Modi Govt. moves Supreme Court over Lokayukta appointment
A day after the Gujarat High Court upheld the appointment of appointment of Justice (retired) RA Mehta as the state's Lokayukta, the Narendra Modi Government on Thursday challenged this verdict in the Supreme Court. ANI

BSF jawans involved in incident along Indo-Bangladesh border suspended: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday informed that the Border Security Force (BSF) has taken prompt action to suspend the jawans involved in the incident along India-Bangladesh border and full investigations have been ordered into the matter. ANI

Police seize explosives in Dhanbad
Police in Jharkhand's Dhanbad District have seized a huge cache of explosives, including 2000 detonators and a quintal of ammonium nitrate. ANI

Police recover ammunition and explosives in Imphal
Police have killed two unidentified persons and recovered seven Chinese hand grenades, two detonators, pistol with live ammunition, battery and three circuit boards. ANI

If found guilty, no one in CWG scam should go free, says D. Raja
Reacting to former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairperson Suresh Kalmadi getting out of jail on bail, Communist Party of India (CPI) National Secretary D. Raja on Thursday said that nobody who is guilty should go free. ANI

Dense fog engulfs New Delhi, disrupts normal life
Heavy misty conditions disrupted air, rail and road traffic causing inconvenience to residents in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI

Japan take home remains of 11 soldiers from Guwahati War Cemetery
A Japanese delegation has taken the remains of eleven Japanese soldiers from the Guwahati War Memorial here.he dead soldiers will be honoured at home after resting on foreign soil for nearly seven decades. ANI

Narendra Modi must abide by law of land, says Moily
Union Corporate Affairs Minister M. Veerappa Moily has said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi must abide by the law of the land and pointed out that the body of Lokayukta was enacted by the state legislature and as such he can't overstep the elected legislative institution. ANI

Congress confident of sorting out differences with TMC
Commenting on the differences between United Progressive Alliance (UPA) with key partner Trinamool Congress (TMC), Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi has said there is no serious problem and that they can solve whatever differences through discussions. ANI

Naveen Jindal meets Mukherjee; discuss power sector reform issues
Lawmaker and industrialist Naveen Jindal has said that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has assured to act swiftly on problems faced by industrialists dealing with power sector. ANI

Capt Amarinder Singh says Parkash Singh Badal did not support development
As the political battle intensifies in poll-bound states, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Captain Amarinder Singh has slammed state Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and questioned claims of development made during his tenure. ANI

BSP leader accuses Congress over funds allocation
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra has slammed the ruling Congress party for accusing the state of siphoning government funds. ANI

Uma Bharti vows to transform Uttar Pradesh into "Uttam Pradesh"
After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to field Uma Bharti from the Charkari assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh, the firebrand leader showed confidence of her victory and assured to make Uttar Pradesh as a perfect state. ANI

India’s First ever Legal Counsel Awards takes place in Mumbai
The Ideas Exchange, in association with Lex Witness, India's 1st Magazine on Legal and Corporate Affairs presented India’s first ever awards to recognize and honor the excellence amongst the corporate legal fraternity – the Legal Counsel India Awards today Business Wire India

HomeShop18’s End-of-Season Sale begins
HomeShop18, the online & on-air retail marketing and distribution venture of Network18 Group has launched its end of season sale Business Wire India

City's Raghu Vamsi enters JV with ITA, Spain and Reginson, UK to Manufacture, Supply Components of Aircraft Engines
Hyderabad's privately owned company which is into manufacturing of precision engineering parts for Aerospace and Defense industries enters into joint venture with Industria de Tuberias Aeronauticas(ITA), a Spanish company and Reginson Engineering Ltd (“Reginson”), a British Company. The plant was inaugurated today here in at IDA Gandhinagar near Balanagar in the presence of Mr Business Wire India

Supply Chain Integrity: Companies Must Learn from Apple
Niranjan Nadkarni, CEO of TÜV SÜD South Asia, one of the world’s leading providers of testing, inspection and certification services, comments on the results of Apple’s recent supply chain audit, which revealed only 38 percent of the company’s suppliers adhered to its internal standard of a 60 hour, six day working week Business Wire India India Limited Schedules Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2011 Earnings Results Conference Call for January 25, 2012 India Limited (Nasdaq: REDF), one of the premier worldwide online providers of news, information, communication, entertainment, mobile and shopping services, will release its results for the Third Quarter ended December 31, 2011 at 8.00 am ET (5:00 am Pacific Time / 6:30 pm India Time) on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. In conjunction with this release, Rediff Business Wire India

CarWale Named Best Auto Website in India by IAMAI
India’s No. 1 Automotive Portal has been recognized as the Best Automotive Content website in India by the Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) at the 2nd Annual India Digital Awards ceremony. More than 500 Internet, mobile and digital marketing companies participated in thi year’s India Digital Awards. Launched in 2005, CarWale aims to simplify car buying in India Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan: Defense Offsets to Generate $40.00 billion over the Next 20 Years for the Indian Aircraft Component Manufacturing and Services Industry
Growing domestic demand for civil as well as military aircraft coupled with the defense offsets is fuelling the growth of the Indian aircraft manufacturing and services industry. Beating back spirited competition from Latin America, India remains an attractive low-cost manufacturing destination with a huge engineering talent pool and proven IT capabilities Business Wire India

Fujitsu's Shogi Software Tops Former Shogi Champion Kunio Yonenaga
Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced that a software program developed for the game of shogi-a Japanese board game with similarities to chess-recently won a match against one of Japan's shogi masters Business Wire India

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