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IMCT to assess damage in cyclone-hit areas of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu
The government on Thursday constituted an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) for on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the wake of Cyclonic storm 'Thane' in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu. ANI

Congress slams BJP for taking Lokpal fight to President
Hours after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil to formally register a complaint against the UPA Government's failure to put the anti-graft legislation to vote in the Rajya Sabha on December 29, the ruling Congress Party on Thursday hit out at the main opposition for its dubious stand on the Lokpal Bill. ANI

Mukherjee calls for developing new instruments to enable increased financing
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday emphasized on the need for developing new instruments, like credit enhancement for providing increased financing for infrastructure projects in the country. ANI

Nirupama Rao calls for retention of women scientists
Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, on Thursday called for increased participation and retention of women scientists for overall development of the nation. ANI

India and Saudi Arabia to step up bilateral trade
Stating that economic ties are an important component of the strategic partnership between the two nations, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday called for expansion of bilateral trade basket between India and Saudi Arabia to include non-oil products. ANI

DLF Foundation and Laurus Edutech to develop more skill development centers for underprivileged
leading skill Development Company-Laurus Edutech signed a MoU with the DLF Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DLF Limited, to set up over 18 skill development centers in India for underprivileged students. ANI

International Kashmiri Pandit Youth Conference to be held at Pune
Youth 4 Panun Kashmir (Y4PK) under the aegis of Panun Kashmir will hold the first International Kashmiri Pandit Youth Conference on January 7 and 8 at Yashwant Rao Chawan Natyagraha, Kothrud, here. ANI

JD-U not to ally with BJP in Uttar Pradesh polls, says Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that his party has decided not to ally with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) this time in the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Assam hosts Chandubi Festival
Visitors attended Chandubi Festival in Assam to promote the conservation of Chandubi lake, which was created after an earthquake in 1897. ANI

North India reels under dense fog
A blanket of dense fog engulfed Northern India on Thursday forcing normal life grind to a halt. ANI

Supreme Court issues notice to UP government in Noida land acquisition case
Supreme Court has issued notice to the Mayawati-led government of Uttar Pradesh and Greater Noida Authority on the issue of land acquisition in the Gautam Budh Nagar area. ANI

Anna's aide slams BJP over inclusion of tainted leader Kushwaha
Team Anna member Sanjay Singh on Thursday criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for inducting sacked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Babu Singh Kushwaha, currently under investigation for swindling money in connection with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, in its fold. ANI

Abduction of Indian traders in China an isolated incident, says Vayalar Ravi
Asserting that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued an advisory to Indian traders urging them to be vigilant, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Thursday said the abduction of two traders in Yiwu city in China was an isolated incident. ANI

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari accuses BJP for doing double-faced politics
Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for inducting tainted BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha into their party to strengthen its political base ahead of Uttar Pradesh's assembly polls, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari on Thursday said that BJP was a ' two faced party', which demands transparency on one side and shields corrupt people on the other. ANI

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2012'
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the tenth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) on January 8 at Jaipur. ANI

RSS charges Congress of indulging in communal politics
A photograph of the Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh published in a Hindi daily has proved that he was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), said Ram Madhav on Thursday. ANI

Supreme Court asks Sukhram to surrender in 1996 telecom scam case
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked former Telecom Minister Sukhram to surrender before the trail court in connection with the 1996 telecom equipment purchase scam. ANI

Anna not to campaign in assembly polls
Former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi on Thursday said veteran social activist Anna Hazare will not campaign in the upcoming assembly polls due to his poor health. ANI

Food inflation in India declines to - 3.36 percent
Food inflation came down to (-) 3.36 percent for the week ending on December 24, as prices of vegetables, onion, potato and wheat recorded a decline. ANI

Chidambaram launches intranet prahari project for BSF personnel
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today launched 'Intranet Prahari Project' which was implemented by NIIT Technologies Ltd, for Border Security Force (BSF) personnel. ANI

BJP delegation meets President Patil over postponing voting on Lokpal Bill
Days after a midnight drama took place inside the Rajya Sabha over passage of the Lokpal Bill, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation led by party leader L.K. Advani met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil here today to formally register a complaint against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government's failure to put the anti-graft legislation to vote in the House on December 29. ANI

Congress eyes Gujarat polls, campaign against Modi Govt.
The Gujarat Congress, which is presently on its ambitious 'Sardar Sandesh Yatra' as part of its campaign for the state assembly polls due in December 2012, on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the state of misgovernance. ANI

Dalhousie has fresh snowfall
Fresh snow in Dalhousie town of Himachal Pradesh brought cheer to tourists and locals alike on Thursday. ANI

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minster arrives in India
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on a nine-day state visit to India aimed at boosting bilateral economic and diplomatic ties. ANI

Suspected Maoist granted bail by special court in Maharashtra
The District and Sessions court of Gadchiroli in Maharashtra granted bail to Mumbai-based Maoist suspect Arun Thomas Ferreira. ANI

Indian rivers turning into drains: Report
A recent report has suggested that most of the Indian rivers are in a bad state and most of them are turning into drains due to the mismanagement of country's sewage system. ANI

Fire at Delhi airport
A fire broke out in the cargo section of New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport damaging goods on Thursday morning. ANI

Manmohan Singh says Government committed to develop Sanskrit
Emphasising that the Sanskrit language has been the source of values and ideals that have sustained India through the ages, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that the Central Government is committed to the promotion and development of Sanskrit. ANI

BJP legislators cry foul over poll ticket distribution in Uttarakhand
Miffed over not being given party tickets to contest in the upcoming assembly polls in Uttarakhand, legislators of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) voiced their ire and cried foul over the issue. ANI

Ramdev set to take on 'corrupt' political leaders in upcoming state polls
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev's social outfit, the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, has initiated a training programme for young volunteers from across the nation to campaign against 'corrupt and tainted' political leaders during the upcoming five-state assembly polls. ANI

Azam Khan slams Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan has slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi over his recent statement that by joining the Ganges (BJP) all impurities could be cleansed. ANI

Sacked minister Kushwaha ready to face any kind of probe
After facing surprise raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the financial irregularity scam, sacked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Babu Singh Kushwaha has said that he is innocent and is ready to face any kind of unbiased probe. ANI

Rita Bahuguna says BJP, BSP are internally connected
Slamming political parties ahead of state assembly elections, ANI

Rare black-necked cranes spotted at Arunachal's Zemithang Valley
Seven Black Necked Cranes (BNCs) have been spotted in Zemithang Valley in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh much to the delight of the local denizens. ANI

Passion for Bharatanatyam lures Belgium dancer to India
In a bid to learn more about the mudras' (hand gestures) and other technical details of the classical Indian dance, 20-year-old Belgium artiste, Michelle Sequeria took part in 'Brahma Gana Sabha dance festival' at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium in Chennai city, on Tuesday. ANI

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Study and the New BMW M5 heighten Sheer Driving Pleasure at Auto Expo 2012
-- Comfort, Infotainment, Safety; the spectacular BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept study reveals the fascinating future of intelligent, networked driving. -- Executive in an athletic kit; the new BMW M5 delivers the best of both worlds: Supersports car performance and executive saloon comfort Business Wire India

Broadcom Launches First Gigabit Speed 802.11ac Chips — Opens 2012 CES with 5th Generation (5G) Wi-Fi Breakthrough
News Highlights: -- Broadcom introduces first family of IEEE 802 Business Wire India

Grab Most Wanted Pendrives at Tradus.in at Special Discounted Rates Only Tomorrow
Tradus.in, India’s finest online shopping platform will be launching a new deal tomorrow on pendrives by SANDISK in their daily deal section on huge demand from its customers. The special section allows customers to buy stuff online on discounts between 50% to 70% Business Wire India

Grab Most Wanted Pendrivesa at Tradus.in at Special Discounted Rates Only Tomorrow
Tradus.in, India’s finest online shopping platform will be launching a new deal tomorrow on pendrives by SCANDISK in their daily deal section on huge demand from its customers. The special section allows customers to buy stuff online on discounts between 50% to 70% Business Wire India

RAPOWERGEN Engineers Pvt. Ltd. Emerges 'Leader of Tomorrow'
-- Announced winner at 'ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011' -- Mr. SN Suymeendra, MD, rejoices on winning the Award under Engineering Products category With its sole focus to provide dependable power back-up solutions, RAPOWERGEN Engineers Pvt. Ltd. is vigourously marching ahead and winning new battle grounds Business Wire India

Haier Ranked the No 1 Global Major Appliances Brand for 3rd Consecutive Year -Euromonitor
Haier announced today that Euromonitor International, the global leader in consumer market strategy research, has again ranked Haier as the number one major appliance brand in the world with a 7.8% retail volume share in 2011 marking the third consecutive year Haier has been given this honor. It also signifies a 1.7% growth for Haier in global brand market share from 2010 Business Wire India

99th Indian Science Congress discusses “India – A Scientific Super Power to be?”
“India – A Scientific Super Power to be? ” Dr. Michiel Kolman , Senior Vice President , Elsevier, raised this thought-provoking question in his presentation on India’s research performance over the last five years at the 99th Indian Science Congress. India retains its position in the top 10 nations worldwide and also shows an impressive growth of 14.3% which is exceeded only by China with 22 Business Wire India

The Sports Gurukul 4th ISPL – Inter School Premier League Registration Started across Mumbai and Indian Schools
The Sports Gurukul, India’s leading private sports and fitness academy, today announced the opening of the registration to the 4th Edition of ISPL – Inter School Premier League which is being organized from the 27th January 2012 to 14th February 2012, for schools across Mumbai Business Wire India

NDTV to Honour India Inc at the Seventh NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards
They did not just survive; they stood stronger through the year helping India emerge as a global giant. It is time to honour them as NDTV announces the seventh edition of the NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards Business Wire India

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