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India News on January 6, 2012

Congress terms BJP as 'doubled faced'
Congress spokesperson, Rashid Alvi here today termed the Bharatiya Janata Party as double faced on induction of tainted politician, Babu Singh Kushwaha in their party. ANI

Yashwant Sinha claims Kushwaha to be a whistle blower
Senior BJP leader, Yashwant Sinha here today defended the Bharatiya Janata Party's decision to induct tainted leader, Babu Singh Kushwaha, ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, by saying that he is a whistle blower. ANI

BJP justifies induction of Kushwaha in party
The Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, on Friday said that the party welcomed Babu Singh Kushwaha since he represented the backward community. ANI

Ahead of elections in UP, Police seize illegal money and arms
The Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday seized a huge cache of illegal money and arms ahead of the assembly elections in the state. ANI

Delhi court dismisses fabrication charges of Amar Singh CD row
A Delhi court has dismissed fabrication charges of a CD that allegedly features taped conversations between Indian lawmaker Amar Singh and Ombudsman Bill panel member Shanti Bhushan of bribing a judge. ANI

Foreign Secretary Mathai interacts with students on Mass Awareness Train tour
India's Foreign Secretary, Ranjan Mathai on Friday interacted with the delegation consisting of Indian as well as foreign students, participating in 'Jagriti Train Yatra' (Mass Awareness Train Tour) in New Delhi. ANI

Chidambaram asks militants in northeast to start peace negotiations
Union Home Minister P Chidambaran has said that militant groups, operating in the Northeast, have realised that violence will never pay and the only way to solve their problems is peace negotiations. ANI

Four Maoists arrested in Chhattisgarh
In a joint operation, four hardcore Maoists were arrested by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the state police in Narayanpur village of Chhattisgarh yesterday. ANI

Maneka Gandhi terms induction of tainted leaders a blot on BJP's image
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Maneka Gandhi on Friday expressed her displeasure over the induction of sacked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Babu Singh Kushwaha in the party, and said that absorbing tainted and corrupt politicians was like a blot on the image of the party. ANI

Illegal mining in Himachal posing hazards to environment
The illegal mining and running stone crushers functioning at various mining spots have posed severe threat to the fragile ecology of the hill state. ANI

Indira Bhavan controversy an unwarranted issue: Biman Bose
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Biman Bose on Friday appeared to be in tune with Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress's decision to rename Indira Bhavan in Kolkata after the poet Nazrul Islam, and said that the issue should not be blown out of proportion. ANI

Tripura hosts three-day food festival
A three-day food festival is underway in Tripura showcasing a range of traditional rice-based cuisines. ANI

Quo vadis Pakistan
It is a year since Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was shot dead by one his bodyguards as his other colleagues watched. In the time since then, judge Parviaz Shah, who pronounced Governor Taseer's assassin Mumtaz Qadri guilty, has had to flee Pakistan. During this period Salman Taseer's son, Shahbaz, was kidnapped in August last year and has not been found yet. ANI

Bhopal college introduces dress code for girls
Government Maharani Lakshamibai Kanya Postgraduate College in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh has introduced dress code for girls to prevent them from developing inferiority complex. ANI

Arms license an election issue in UP
Uttar Pradesh Social Welfare Minister Indrajeet Saroj has allegedly promised voters with arms license in exchange for support to the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the upcoming state assembly polls. ANI

Gurgaon Police casts aspersion on woman's character to hide its failure: Y4D
The Gurgaon police remained a mute spectator to the molestation of a woman on the New Year's eve between Sahara and Metropolitan malls in Gurgaon, according to the report of the fact finding team set up by Youth 4 Democracy (Y4D), an organization committed to fighting for peoples' rights. ANI

Recollections of a Communicator: PM of 'Little India' of Caribbean chief guest at Pravasi Bharatiya (Article)
India has the honor of celebrating the Pravasi Bharatiya event in Jaipur this week with Kamla Persad Bissessar, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, known as Little India of the Caribbean, as the Chief Guest. ANI

Uma Bharti refrains from commenting on Kushwaha row
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti on Friday refrained from commenting on the inclusion of sacked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Babu Singh Kushwaha in her party, and said that she does not want to speak on the subject to the media, but would speak on the party platform. ANI

Ex-Minister Sukhram slips into coma
Former Telecom Minister Sukhram, convicted in connection with the 1996 telecom equipment purchase scam, has slipped into a state of coma. ANI

Vice President Ansari lauds NCC's contribution in nation building
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday lauded the efforts of National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed organization in grooming the youth of the country and its contribution to "Nation Building". ANI

BJP is a master of disinformation, says Digvijay Singh
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for terming the raids conducted at former Uttar Pradesh Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha's premises as politically motivated, and said that the former is a master of disinformation. ANI

Prakash Javadekar mockingly advises Digvijay Singh to join RSS
A day after a photograph of the Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh was published in a Hindi daily with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leaders, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Javadekar has mockingly advised the former to join the Sangh in order to 'inject morals' on himself. ANI

Inter-Ministerial team to visit cyclone-hit areas of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu
An Inter-Ministerial Central team (IMCT) lead by Lokesh Jha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, is likely to leave today to visit Puducherry and Tamil Nadu and assess the damage caused by cyclone 'Thane'. ANI

Congress dares Team Anna to campaign in assembly polls
Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Friday dared Team Anna to campaign against the Congress Party in the upcoming assembly polls scheduled in five states of the country. ANI

Trinamool Congress says Congress party is ' maligning its leader'
Trinamool Congress (TMC) party, which is heading the government in West Bengal and is also an alliance of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, has expressed its displeasure over comments made by some members of the Congress party. ANI

Doctors claim significant progress in Hazare's health
Doctors attending to veteran social activist Anna Hazare in Pune noticed significant progress in his health. ANI

CEC transfers Manipur DGP before polls
Following repeated complaints from different political parties Chief Election Commissioner S.Y Quraishi has removed Director General of Police Y. Joykumar Singh ahead of assembly elections in poll bound Manipur. ANI

BJP hopeful of comeback in Uttar Pradesh
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Javadekar has said he was confident of his party's thumping victory in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. ANI

Tibetan PM-in-Exile urges China to grant autonomy to Tibet
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-Exile Lobsang Sangay has urged China to grant autonomy to Tibet in accordance with the legal and constitutional means it adopted while giving autonomous status to Macau and Hong Kong earlier. ANI

“Momentum India” Education and Careers in Media and Design
“Momentum India”, an event organized by National Institute of Creative Communication (NICC) in association with Confederation of Indian Industry to highlight the growing need for Industry-oriented professionals in Media and Design, will take place on January 15- 16 at J N Tata Auditorium, IISc Business Wire India

India Equity Partners Acquires TNT Express’ Domestic Road Business
India Equity Partners (“IEP”), a leading, independent, control oriented private equity firm based in Mauritius, through its Logistics subsidiary, has acquired the domestic road express business of TNT India (“TNT”). The sale, which took effect on 30 December 2011, was sourced on a proprietary basis leveraging unique access through Mr Business Wire India

element14 Kicks Off the New Year with Key Improvements for e-commerce Customers in Asia Pacific
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community, today announced key improvements to its online search functions and a redesign of product pages, on its element14 websites. element14 continues to establish a solid presence in Asia Pacific in 2012 with its unique offering of best-in-class products and solutions, and community support Business Wire India

‘Imagination’ Steers into India, in Top Gear, at the AutoExpo 2012
The international creative agency ‘Imagination’ ( has announced the opening of its new offices in India. Headquartered in London, with its Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong, its other offices in the region are in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo Business Wire India

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