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December 6, 2012

Day 2: Eng 216/1 at stumps

Kolkata, Dec 6: Riding on a brilliant ton by skipper Alastair Cook, England put themselves in a commanding position on the second day of the crucial third cricket Test match against India at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday. After restricting India for 316, England raced to 216/1 at stumps only 100 runs behind the hosts. Cook (136 not out) and Jonathan Trott (21 not out) were at the crease. Cook continued his dominance over the Indian bowlers and posted his third century of the series and partnered a stoutly defending…

BSP announces support for government on FDI

New Delhi, Dec 6: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will vote in favour of the Congress-led UPA government on the issue of foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, party chief Mayawati told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The BSP supremo was taking part in the two-day debate in the upper house on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. Voting on the discussion shall be Friday. Earlier, the Rajya Sabha was briefly adjourned as Mayawati accused the BJP of targeting her party over its stance on FDI in multi-brand…

UPA a lame duck government: Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 6: Calling the UPA government "a lame duck", BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said it was dependent on other parties to muster numbers to win a vote on FDI in retail in the Lok Sabha and would have to pay a huge price for this. "You can't touch the 272-mark in the Lok Sabha. The government cannot see 254 as a win. When you are 18 short of majority, you cannot run the government as you please. After that Lok Sabha figure, you are a lame duck government," Jaitley said during a debate in…

Government sure of FDI vote, disregards RS math

New Delhi, Dec 6: The government would win the vote on foreign investment in multi-brand retail in the Rajya Sabha just as it had in the Lok Sabha, senior ministers said on Thursday despite the fact that the ruling United Progressive Alliance does not have the numbers in the upper house. "We won in the Lok Sabha and I am confident of my numbers in Rajya Sabha and we will win," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters outside parliament. His colleague, union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, exuded…

Pak drone strike

Islamabad, Dec 6: At least four suspected militants were killed in a drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal area early Thursday, media reports said. The strike took place at pre-dawn, Xinhua reported citing the Ary TV channel. A US unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house suspected to be a militant hideout in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. The identities of those killed were not immediately known. On Dec 1, Al Qaeda leader Abdul Rehman Azman, a Yemeni national believed to be a close aide of slain chief…