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Karnataka farmers to protest against agri-summit

Even as the Karnataka government braces to hold the global agri-business and food process summit in this tech hub Thursday, leading farmers’ organisations in the state have decided to conduct a parallel meeting to protest against overseas investments in the farm sector. “About 5,000 farmers and agricultural workers from across the state will participate in the protest meeting as we ...

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Ready for mid-term election: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday reiterated that it was prepared for mid-term general elections and exuded confidence of winning over 200 parliamentary seats on its own. “I am not an astrologer so I can’t say when and whether the mid-term polls will be held. But I can tell you that the BJP is ready for mid-term polls,” BJP chief ...

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Production begins for award-winning UAE film projects

The Abu Dhabi Film Commission has announced the start of production of films of the winners of a short film competition. The Aflam Qaseera Production Fund is a competition designed to promote emerging writers, directors and UAE-based production companies in creating short films. The filmmakers whose short films were selected for development are — Hamad Mansoor Alawar (“Daddy’s Abc”), Jac ...

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People’s involvement imperative for political stability: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said political stability is not possible without the involvement of the people. Addressing a well attended public rally in Rafiabad village of north Kashmir Baramulla district, Omar said: “The peaceful situation in the Valley during this year has had positive effect on the economic welfare steps taken by the government. “But, political ...

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Congress core group meets again on FDI, no resolution

With the opposition toughening its stand on foreign equity in retail and parliament held up for the seventh successive day, the Congress core group met for the second time Wednesday on the issue, but failed to evolve a way out of the impasse, sources said. Top leaders of the Congress, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi, ...

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BSNL submits proposal on voluntary retirement to DoT

 State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has submitted a proposal of voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) to the Department of Telecom (DoT) for employees who have completed the age of 45 years and have served BSNL as regular employees for 15 years. “BSNL had consultations with its executive associations and staff unions. BSNL has reported that majority of associations have opposed ...

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Anna attacks government on FDI front too

 Even as he continues his attack on the United Progressive Alliance government over corruption and the Lokpal bill, Anna Hazare Wednesday opened a new front against the government on the issue of foreign equity in multi-brand retail, terming it as anti-people. Hazare, speaking to reporters here, said the people of the country and several state governments were opposed to the ...

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Salman Khan booked for assaulting activist

 Bollywood star Salman Khan, his bodyguard and five others have been booked for assaulting a social activist during a promotion of a movie in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district in August this year, police said Wednesday. A case against Salman, his bodyguard Shera and five unidentified people was registered at the Kakadev police station Tuesday. “The FIR (First Information Report) has ...

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FDI deadlock deepens, Advani rejects Pranab’s offer

The deadlock over FDI in retail deepened Wednesday as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rejected the government’s plea for toning down its adjournment motion on the FDI issue, saying that it was “non-negotiable”. BJP leader L.K. Advani conveyed to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee that the wording of the adjournment motion moved by the BJP on the FDI in retail was ...

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Two sent to custody for aiding Maoist leader

Two people suspected to have aided Maoist leader Suchitra Mahato in escaping from security forces were Wednesday sent to seven days’ police custody by a local court, an officer said. “Bhudeb Mahato, who had given medical assistance to an injured Suchitra, and Pintu Tudu, who brought her to Mahato, have been sent to seven day’s CID (Criminal Investigation Department) custody. ...

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Sibal meets telecom operators on 3G issue

Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday met chiefs of leading telecom service providers such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Tata and Vodafone to discuss the issue of 3G roaming and spectrum pricing, official sources said. The meeting which saw participation from telecom czars including Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Airtel, Anil Ambani of Reliance Communications, Kumar Mangalam Birla of ...

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Panel formed to set up Ambedkar centre, memorial in Delhi

The central government Wednesday set up a committee to develop Dr. Ambedkar National Centre for Social Justice and a memorial in Delhi. The 11-member committee, headed by Planning Commission Member Narendra Jadhav, was formed after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh directed Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik to take urgent steps to constitute a body to develop the memorial. The ...

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India to avert 3 million HIV cases: World Bank

 India is expected to avert 3 million new HIV infections during the period 1995-2015 by using targeted interventions among vulnerable groups, according to a World Bank study released Wednesday. The study, ‘Impact of Targeted Interventions on Heterosexual Transmission of HIV in India’, evaluated the impact of targeted interventions among female sex workers in four high prevalent states — Andhra Pradesh, ...

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Over 41,000 complaints against telcos in April-Oct

Over 41,000 complaints against telecom companies for poor network and services were received by the Department of Telecom (DoT) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) between April 1-Oct 31, 2011, the government said Wednesday. “From April 1, 2011 to Oct 31, 2011, 41,341 complaints, which include complaints relating to poor network/services, against various telecom service providers have been ...

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