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Wednesday, December 29, 2010, Chandigarh, India
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IAF to park fighter planes in South
Navy to keep round-the-clock vigil on islands
New Delhi, December 28
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to deploy fighter aircraft squadrons in southern parts of the country to tackle the threat from non-state actors and to secure sea lanes.

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MCI agrees to restore forensic faculty
New Delhi, December 28
In a late night development today, the Medical Council of India Board of Governors agreed in principle to roll back their earlier decision of reducing the faculty of forensic medicine in medical colleges across India and also double the number of teaching hours at the undergraduate level. These had earlier been slashed by half.


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BJP to attend all-party meet on JPC
New Delhi, December 28
Pranab Mukherjee with Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday.
The BJP will attend a meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to break the deadlock in Parliament over the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 2G scam. “We will attend the meeting called by the Honourable Speaker (Meira Kumar),” Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
Hobnobbing? Pranab Mukherjee with Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday. Will the bonhomie last till Thursday? — PTI

Frozen Delight

Tourists make the most of the frozen Dal Lake in Srinagar.

Tourists make the most of the frozen Dal Lake in Srinagar. Tribune photo: Amin War
-16°C in Ladakh White New Year Region shivers
The Dal Lake froze partially with Srinagar recording a minimum temperature of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius. The lake had completely frozen only twice before, in 1964 and 1986. J&K continued to reel with extreme cold conditions with Ladakh recording a low of minus 16 degrees Celsius. District snow control rooms have been activated. The Met forecast holds that snowfall is ‘more than likely’ at Manali, Rohtang, Mandi, Kufri, Narkanda and Shimla in the next few days. A western disturbance, it said, is approaching Himachal Pradesh and as a result, rain and snowfall can be expected over the next three days on December 29, 30 and 31. The northern region continued to reel under severe cold conditions with dense fog adding to the woes of people, especially commuters. Adampur remained the coldest in the plains and recorded a low of 0.7°C. Chandigarh (IAF station) and Bathinda shivered at 0.8°C, while Chandigarh city recorded 4°C. In Haryana, Ambala saw a minimum temperature of 5°C. 

Rs 400-cr fraud at Citibank
New Delhi, December 28
A big banking fraud was unearthed at the Gurgaon branch of Citibank that saw a bank employee fraudulently diverting an estimated Rs 400 crore from 20 accounts of high-networth clients.









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The only alleged terrorist with a Hindu name accused of plotting this year’s Christmas bombing blitz in London may have changed his name long before he was arrested. Clean-shaven Gurukanth Desai flashed a “V” for victory sign at police and media shortly before he was charged at a UK magistrate’s court this week.

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London, December 28
Two young Asian entrepreneurs, including an Indian-origin man, have created history of sorts by bagging a deal to sell lip-smacking lassi in the luxury store of Harrods in central London.


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