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India News on January 7, 2012

Azad urges overseas medical practitioners to partner with Indian institutions
The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad urged the overseas Indian medical Professionals to partner in building institutions in India, while inaugurating the Health conference at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2012 at Jaipur today. ANI

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas begins in Jaipur
The 10th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas began in Jaipur on Saturday with over 1,300 delegates expected to attend the three-day meet. ANI

Rahul Gandhi assails Mayawati and BJP
Congress General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi assailed the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on issues of corruption. ANI

Mamata accuses Congress of carrying out false propaganda
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) Chief, Mamata Banerjee, lashed out at India's ruling Congress Party accusing it of intentionally carrying out false propaganda since her party opposed the government on several issues. ANI

Montek Singh raises 'technical questions' on Universal Identity Card
Planning Commission, Deputy Chairman, Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said that there is a need to address and resolve certain technicalities in the Universal Identification Card (UID) programme. ANI

Pakistan trade delegation arrives in India to attend Auto Expo
A trade delegation from Pakistan has arrived in India on Saturday to attend the ongoing Auto Expo in New Delhi. ANI

Police seize large sum of cash in poll bound UP
On the Election Commission's directive the UP Police yielded a large um of Indian currency in Lucknow, on Saturday. ANI

India exploring ways of making oil payments to Iran
India is exploring all options to find a way out to make oil payments to Iran as there are chances that Turkey, through which it is making payment, may come under pressure after a fresh round of U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran. ANI

Indian Foreign Minister to visit Israel after 11 years
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will kick-start his jet setting four-nation trip to Israel-Palestine-Jordan- UAE on Sunday. The visit to Israel of an Indian Foreign Minister is taking place after a gap of eleven years. ANI

Daredevil maneuvers by defence forces ignites passion among youth
Defence forces including the Army and Navy performed breathtaking stunts in Visakhapatnam city, with a motive to ignite a fire among the youth to join the armed forces. ANI

Anuj Bidve's body arrives in Mumbai
The body of Anuj Bidve, a student shot in the head last month in the UK, arrived in Mumbai city amidst high security and media coverage on Saturday. ANI

Anna Hazare kites in great demand ahead of Makar Sankranti in Gujarat
Kites depicting social activist Anna Hazare are in great demand in Gujarat ahead of the festival of Makar Sankranti. ANI

Anna Hazare to be discharged on Sunday
Doctors treating veteran social activist and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare have said he will be discharged on Sunday morning. ANI

Akhilesh lacks political maturity: D. P. Yadav
With Akhilesh Yadav making his stand clear that he would not induct any criminal element in the Samajwadi Party (SP), controversial MLA D. P. Yadav on Saturday hit out at the former, saying that he was a kid and lacked political maturity. ANI

2G scam: Swamy submits documents against Chidambaram
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy submitted documents seeking prosecution of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum scam case before a Delhi court on Saturday. ANI

Enthusiastic supporters await Rahul Gandhi's arrival in poll-bound UP
Enthusiastic supporters await the arrival of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur District, as they hope that he would bring in development and prosperity in their area. ANI

Rain and hailstorm in North India
Northern India experienced a sudden spell of rain and hailstorm, which sent cold shivers across the entire region on Friday. ANI

Police personnel killed in Maoist attack cremated with state honours in Orissa
The state authorities of Orissa gave state funeral to the slain police personnel, recently killed in a landmine blast triggered by Maoist in the Orissa's Kandhamal District, on Friday. ANI

India calls off defense delegation visit to China on visa grounds
The Sino-Indian relations have gone on the back foot with New Delhi calling off the China visit by a military delegation after Beijing allegedly refused to grant visa to an Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot from Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Sukhram sent to three-year judicial custody in telecom scam case
Former Telecom Minister Sukhram, convicted in connection with the 1996 telecom equipment purchase scam, was today sent to jail in an ambulance to serve his three-year sentence. ANI

Kushwaha row: Congress charges BJP of adopting dual tactics
Amid the ongoing rift within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the inclusion of tainted former Uttar Pradesh Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, the ruling Congress Party on Saturday charged the main opposition of adopting dual tactics, and accused them of creating differences among the people. ANI

War of words and poll gifts mark election battle in UP
With all eyes being set on the throne of Lucknow, leaders of various political outfits on Friday hit out at the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government in Uttar Pradesh on Friday in a bid to clinch the crucial elections. ANI

Fire breaks out at Shastri Bhavan
A fire broke out on the first floor of the Shastri Bhavan here this morning. ANI

Sonia Gandhi confers India's first foreign affairs award to diplomat
Congress President Sonia Gandhi conferred the first 'S. K. Singh Award' for excellence in the Indian Foreign Service to diplomat D. Bala Venkatesh Varma for his outstanding contribution in the field. ANI

Indian-American businessman praises Manmohan Singh for his clean image
In the wake of anti-graft protests led by veteran social activist Anna Hazare, Indian-American businessman Sant Singh Chatwal has praised Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for maintaining a spotless image. ANI

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