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PM concerned over problem of malnutrition in India
Expressing serious concern over the problem of malnutrition in India, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said there is a need to address the issues of absorption of nutrition, health and hygiene, which in turn depend on many other factors such as the availability of clean drinking water, sanitation and also on the education and status of women in society. ANI

Sonia Gandhi launches 'Swabhimaan campaign' in Delhi
Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched the campaign 'Swabhimaan' here on Thursday, which aims to bring banking services to vast unbanked rural areas in the country. ANI

2G scam: Raja remanded to CBI custody for four more days
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday remanded former Telecom Minister to CBI custody for four more days along with Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa for questioning in connection with their role in the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Delhi court pulls up CBI in Bofors scam case
A Delhi court on Thursday criticized the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) saying that the Bofors case had not moved an inch in the last 25 years. ANI

'I have not said anything with a motive to insult President' : sacked Rajasthan Minister (Update: Rajasthan minister)
Amin Khan, the sacked Rajasthan Minister of State for Panchayati Raj and Waqf, on Thursday contradicting his unsavoury comments on President Pratibha Devisingh Patil contended that he did not say anything with any motive to insult the apex office of the President. ANI

Rajasthan Minister resigns after remarks on President Patil
Rajasthan Minister of State for Panchayati Raj and Waqf Amin Khan resigned on Thursday after his remarks on President Pratibha Devisingh Patil triggered off a controversy. ANI

Chhattisgarh HC rejects Binayak Sen's bail plea
The Chhattisgarh High Court on Thursday rejected the bail application of Human Rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court on charges of sedition and links with Naxalites. ANI

Chidambaram says peace talks with ULFA are at a preliminary stage
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday after a meeting with the senior leaders of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) said the peace talks are at a preliminary stage. ANI

Poor tobacco harvest in Gonda
Farmers in Gonda in Uttar Pradesh are incurring huge losses in tobacco production because of last year's floods. ANI

CVC case: Supreme Court reserves verdict
The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on petitions challenging the appointment of former bureaucrat PJ Thomas, who is facing a corruption case in a Kerala court, as Central Vigilance Commissioner, on Thursday. ANI

Peace talks with Centre were constructive: ULFA
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), which finally began their peace talks with the Central Government here today in a bid to usher in peace in insurgency-hit Assam, said the talks were constructive. ANI

India, Pakistan to resume dialogue on all issues
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will visit India by July 2011 to review progress in the dialogue process with his Indian counterpart S M Krishna made on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Thimphu. ANI

India moves ahead with conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh today said that India is well placed to lead the way in incorporating the value of nature into national, regional and local policy making. ANI

India is fifth largest wind energy producer: Anand Sharma
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma today said that India is today fifth largest wind energy producer in the world and 8th in terms of investments made in clean energy technologies. ANI

Supreme Court asks Govt. to set up special court for 2G scam
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government to constitute a special court to deal exclusively with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Government to formed recapitalisation of Regional Rural Banks
The Union Cabinet today approved the recapitalization of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) to improve their capital. ANI

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate Kochi international container terminal tomorrow
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will on Friday inaugurate India's first International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (ICTT) in the Special Economic Zone at nearby Vallarpadam Island. ANI

German Defence Minister meets Manmohan Singh
German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, here on Wednesday. ANI

Law and order has to be administered effectively: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday called upon Indian Administrative Service (IAS) probationers to ensure that law and order is administered effectively. ANI

Committee appointed to review Antrix Devas deal on S-band spectrum
The Government on Thursday formed a two-member panel to look into the technical aspects of the controversial S-band spectrum allocation.he panel, headed by B K Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission, will review the technical, commercial, procedural and financial aspects of the agreement between Antrix and Devas Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. ANI

State administration must be purposeful and dynamic: Manmohan Singh
Asserting that India lives in its states and states have to prosper, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said the public administration in these areas must be purposeful and dynamic as the unity and integrity of the country hinges on it. ANI

Cabinet approves amendments to Press and Registration of Books Act
The Union Cabinet today decided to amend the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 to streamline the print media policy and the guidelines. ANI

BSF says infiltration in Kashmir on decline
The Border Security Force ( BSF ) has said that infiltration bids from across the border have decreased. ANI

Indefinite strike brings Sikkim to a standstill
An indefinite strike and shutdown called by the Gorkha Janmukhti Morcha (GJM) has virtually brought Sikkim to a standstill. ANI

Black money trail: Supreme Court asks Government to locate Hasan Ali
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Central Government to tell it where was the country's top tax evader Hasan Ali, who has stashed away a huge amount of money in banks in Switzerland and other countries. ANI

Development work, police action can address Maoist issue in India: IG, CRPF
N. R. K. Reddy, Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has said the Maoist issue could be rightly addressed with a mixture of development initiatives and police action. ANI

Manmohan Singh must explain S-Band spectrum scam: Shahnawaz Hussain
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain has demanded an explanation from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh about the new and unique S-Band spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Rahul Gandhi blames Mayawati for deteriorating law and order condition in UP
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for the deteriorating law and order condition of the state and raised questions about the safety and security of women in Amethi. ANI

Supreme Court to hear black money issue
The Supreme Court will on Thursday conduct a hearing in the black money case a day after the Centre notified it that the illegal money stashed in tax havens abroad will be taxable income under the Direct Taxes Code Bill. ANI

ULFA to begin peace talks with Centre
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) will finally begin talks with the Central Government here today in a bid to usher in peace in the insurgency-hit Assam. ANI

2G scam: CBI to submit status report in Supreme Court
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate will file the status report on the 2G spectrum allocation scam in the Supreme Court on Thursday. ANI

A Panchayati Kashmir: The importance of holding the Panchayat polls
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced (on Twitter) yesterday that the State Cabinet had cleared, as expected, the holding of Panchayat Elections for the three-tier Panchayat structure in the state. ANI

Ratan Tata to fly F/A-18 Super Hornet at Aero India
Tata Group chairman, Ratan Tata, who is a keen aviation enthusiast, is not a man to miss Aero India and will fly in Boeing's fighter jet F/A-18 Super Hornet on Thursday at the biennial event. ANI

India gives Cheetah helicopter to Namibian Air Force, two Chetaks in pipeline
India's defence major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has handed over a Cheetah Helicopter to the Namibian Air Force at the Aero India 2011 here, with two more Chetaks helicopters in pipeline to be delivered by middle of this year. ANI

Mr. Sundeep Malhotra, CEO, HomeShop18 adjudged CEO of the Year
Mr. Sundeep Malhotra, CEO, HomeShop18 - India’s first and leading home shopping channel has been conferred the CEO of the Year Award 2011 at the 7th edition of the coveted Reid & Taylor Awards for Retail Excellence – a part of Asia Retail Congress Business Wire India

IndiaMART.com Brand Campaign Debuts on Outdoor Media
Advancing into the next phase of SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) awareness campaign, IndiaMART.com, India's largest online B2B marketplace launched its first outdoor campaign this month. Strategically displayed across Delhi and Mumbai, IndiaMART.com's hoardings, billboards and unipoles can be seen in major industrial areas, entry-exit points of the city and metro stations Business Wire India

Tejas Networks’ Packet Optical product recognized at NASSCOM Innovation Awards 2011
Tejas Networks Ltd., a leader in next-generation optical networking products, announced today that their Packet Optical Transport (POTP) product, TJ1600 has been recognized at the prestigious NASSCOM Innovation Awards 2011 for New Technology Advancement Business Wire India

Perform, Achieve & Trade (PAT) Scheme to Begin from April 2011
The National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) is one of the eight Missions set up under the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in June 2008 Business Wire India

Humane Society International Praises Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai for Leadership in Animal Welfare
Humane Society International commends Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai for switching to cage-free eggs. In doing so, the hotel joins an international movement against the cruel confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages. Most egg laying hens in India are confined in battery cages that provide each bird less space than a standard sized sheet of paper to spend her entire life Business Wire India

Expedia the ‘Big Daddy of Online Travel’ Enters the Indian Market
Expedia.co.in today launches its brand campaign, heralding the entry of the “Big Daddy of Online travel” into India. Starting February 12th 2011, the campaign will showcase Expedia’s world-class suite of products with the world’s largest inventory of over 130,000 hotels, more than 430 airline partnerships and over 5000 holiday activities for the Indian consumer Business Wire India

element14 Offers Latest Releases of iCoupler®digital Isolators from Analog Devices
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Yahoo! India R&D to Organize Apache Hadoop India Summit 2011
After a highly successful event last year, Yahoo! India R&D is organizing the second ‘Apache Hadoop India Summit 2011’ on Feb 16, 2011. The day-long event will provide the Indian cloud computing community with a chance to hear speakers from leading Internet and technology companies and learn how organizations are driving business results through Apache Hadoop and cloud computing Business Wire India

Steria Launches RightTesting to Help Organisations Save Money, Save Time and Drive Efficiencies
Steria, a leading European IT-enabled business services provider, today announces the launch of Steria RightTesting, a portfolio of services and solutions to help organisations take a holistic end-to-end view of their operations to see where effective testing can make a real difference to the bottom line Business Wire India

New Version of CA ERwin Helps Customers Maximize Business Value from Data and Visualize Path to the Cloud
– CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced CA ERwin® Data Modeler r8, an industry-leading solution for collaboratively visualizing and managing data across the enterprise. CA ERwin Data Modeler 8 features powerful visualization tools to help users represent data that is managed in multiple systems, applications, platforms and locations Business Wire India

Ericsson Enables Idea’s Online Application Store
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Important Messages Given at Sparta Strategy & Financial Times Event - Tackling India’s Highway Challenge Conference – India
“It is a matter of pleasure that the ‘Financial Times’ in collaboration with Sparta Strategy, has organised an event and provided an opportunity through this forum for dicussing “India’s Highway Challenge: Connect, Invest & Build” Business Wire India

Sparta Strategy in Association with the Financial Times Concludes a Successful Tackling India’s Highway Challenge Conference – India, Featuring Insights from Industry Captains and Regulators
Sparta Strategy, India’s leading FDI Consulting firm in association with the Financial Times announced the successful conclusion of the Tackling India’s Highway Challenge. “CONNECT.INVEST BUILD” conference, held on February 8th at the Westin,Mumbai Business Wire India

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