Mario Monti replaced Silvio Berlusconi who lost his parliamentary majority as the euro debt crisis threatened to push Italy's borrowing costs out of control. Monti also holds the finance and economy portfolio. He has said he intends to remain in office until the next scheduled elections in 2013.
Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh
West Midnapore in West Bengal
The Maoist leader was killed in a gunfight with security forces at Burisole jungle in West Midnapore district of West Bengal. According to the autopsy report, Kishenji was shot six times.
Abetment in suicide
The Delhi police have filed a case against Kiran Bedi under Section 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 120 b (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. She allegedly misappropriated funds meant for her NGOs.
The managing director of construction giant Shapoorji Pallonji Group Cyrus Pallonji Mistry was named as the successor of Ratan Tata as chairman of the Tata Group. Mistry was appointed to the board of Tata Sons in 2006 and was also a part of the five-member selection committee set up to find Ratan Tata’s successor. Currently, he is a director of Tata Sons and Tata Elxsi (India). He will takeover from Ratan Tata in December 2012.
DAM999 directed by marine engineer Sohan Roy deals with the issue of old dams causing havoc to human life if not checked in time. The film has drawn ire of groups on Tamil Nadu who believe the director uses Mullaperiyar Dam as a background and sides with Kerala on the issue. Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been locked in a legal battle for four decades on the Mullaperiyar Dam. Kerala engineers argue that the dam, built in 1895 has out lived its utility and should have decommissioned in 1945.
Durban, South Africa
The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997 and came into force in 2005. The latest talks on climate changed are aimed at cutting the greenhouse gas emissions blamed by scientists for rising sea levels, intense storms and crop failures. Kyoto commits developed countries to binding emissions targets and the first commitment period ends in 2012. The talks will be on till December 9.
Union Education Minster Kapil Sibal
Former Telecom Minister Sukhram
Small-time transporter Harvinder Singh, 30, slapped Pawar in a high security zone of central Delhi at an auditorium. Only days before, Singh had assaulted former Union Telecom Minister, Sukhram, 86. Singh, who was sent to Tihar jail till December 9 for slapping Pawar, showed no remorse for his action and said he was protesting against price rise and corruption.
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The fire, which started around 3.30am on November 27, gutted more than 300 shops in Manish Market, Sara-Sahara shopping complex, Mohata market and other small shopping establishments. Fire brigade officials informed that 34 fire 34 fire engines and more than 13 water tankers were rushed to the spot to control the fire which raged on for 12 hours.
In protest of the latest government move of allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, BJP politician Uma Bharti said she was ready to go to jail by setting fire to Wal-Mart if it comes to India. Bharti said that the government, by allowing FDI in retail, jeopardising employment opportunities of Dalits, the poor and the backward.
Jigna Vora, who is the deputy bureau chief of English daily Asian Age, was arrested for allegedly passing on information about slain journalist J Dey to fugitive underworld don Chhota Rajan. Dey was shot dead in Mumbai on June 11 by assailants who followed him on motorcycles.