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UPA Govt. committed to help Kerala to realise its full development potential: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre is committed to help Kerala to realise its full development potential. ANI

States should promote creative talents and diverse cultural expressions: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said the State has the obligation to play a facilitating role in the development and promotion of creative arts and diverse cultural expressions of the country. ANI

Congress dismisses Shourie's claim on 2G scam
Congress on Friday dismissed former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie's claim that he had apprised the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, of the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Govt. is working for legal framework for protection of art in public places: Kumari Selja
Union Culture Minister Kumari Selja on Friday said that there is a need for a legal framework for protection of art in public places, and the government is working on this aspect. ANI

Malegaon blast accused not part of RSS: Ram Madhav
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson Ram Madhav on Friday categorically denied that Srikant Purohit and Dayanand Pandey, the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, are a part of the RSS. ANI

Shoe hurled at Yasin Malik in Ajmer
A shoe was flung at Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik here on Friday, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists staged a protest against his Rajasthan visit. ANI

'We need to frame a new law to stop religion conversion': RSS chief
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat asserting that there is a need to frame a new law to stop religious conversion, on Friday said the Scheduled Tribes, who convert into Christianity, should be debarred from the benefits of reservation. ANI

Maharashtra Police defuse live bomb in Pune
Maharashtra Police defused a live bomb in Pune's Baner area on Friday. ANI

2G scam: Pawar denies links with Shahid Balwa
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Friday rubbished media reports, which linked him to Dynamix Balwas (DB) group Managing Director Shahid Usman Balwa, who has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

No Govt. wants a strong judiciary: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Friday said that no government wants a strong judiciary. ANI

CBI arrests Kalmadi's close aide in Pune
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested former Organizing Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi's close aide Deorukhkar Shekhar in connection with the multi-crore Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam. ANI

Re-cycling electronic waste in Ahmedabad
Innovative ideas are coming up from Ahmedabad to recycle electronic waste. ANI

Naxal leader arrested in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) apprehended a top Naxal leader in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district. ANI

Chidambaram confident of India's capacity to deal with terror
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that India's capacity to deal with terror is better today than what it was two years ago owing to the recruitment of more police personnel and improvement in intelligence gathering. ANI

Farmers feeding crops to animals in Aurangabad
Farmers are feeding their produce to animals because of sky rocketing vegetable prices ANI

Regular shutdowns called by Maoists disrupt normalcy in Jharkhand
Frequent shutdowns called by Maoists in Jharkhand have brought normal life of tribals in Lohardaga district to a standstill. ANI

Growing discontent over Chinese maids results in popularity of Filipino maids
The growing general discontent in China over the services provided by local house maids has resulted in a rise in popularity of Filipino maids, who are often believed to be more attentive and educated. ANI

Adarsh scam: BJP demands Maharashtra Governor's sanction to prosecute Deshmukh, Shinde
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders met Maharashtra Governor K Sankarnarayanan here on Friday and demanded his sanction to prosecute former State Chief Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde for their alleged involvement in the controversial Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai. ANI

Attack on Yasin Malik in Ajmer triggers protests in Srinagar
At least five persons were injured, when protestors clashed with the police here on Friday over reports that Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik was attacked by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists in Ajmer. ANI

Supreme Court asks Karnataka Govt. to allow export of iron ore
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Karnataka Government to allow the export of iron ore that has piled up in major ports of the state. ANI

Lockheed denies media reports, says F-22 not joining final day of Aero India 2011
Stealth fighter F-22, the United States fifth-generation aircraft, is not coming to participate in the final day's air show during Aero India 2011 being held at the Yelahanka Air Force station in Bangalore. ANI

Now, rural Bihar honing its English communication skills
Don't be surprised if you get a greeting of Good morning rather than Namaste from pupils in Bihar's essentially rural Madhubani District these days. ANI

India to host regional aviation security conference
India is set to host the Regional Aviation Security Conference at New Delhi from February14-18. ANI

Supreme Court seeks Centre's response on Afzal Guru's plea for transfer to J and K jail
The Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of the Central Government on a plea filed by Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru for transfer to a prison in Jammu and Kashmir from Tihar jail. ANI

Book on Sachin Tendulkar released in Bangalore
A book on the life of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was released here on Thursday. ANI

Market catches fire in Mathura
A market in Mathura caught fire on Friday , causing huge losses. ANI

Hundreds of children participate in Narkanda ski championship
Hundreds of children participated in a skiing Championship on Thursday. ANI

ULFA is still a banned organisation, says Sashadhar Choudhury
ULFA Foreign Secretary Sashadhar Choudhury has said his outfit is still outlawed according to the Indian Constitution and it was upto the Government of India whether it wanted to remove the tag or not. ANI

Kalaignar TV defends 2G spectrum deal
Kalaignar TV, which is owned by the DMK's first family and is allegedly linked to the 2G scam on Friday clarifying that the channel had nothing to do with 2G money. ANI

Not an encouraging time for India, Pak to talk: Ex-official
Neither India nor Pakistan have much leverage, and both are at 'wobbly' political points at home, and for both countries to come up with any landmark agreement or solution to their bilateral problems, is very distant, feels a former Indian foreign secretary. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee promises more rural banks
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said banking services would be rolled out in 20,000 villages which have no banks with a population of over 2,000 by the end of this fiscal as part of the Government's overall efforts to improve financial services in the country. ANI

Indian Air force is looking for fifth generation aircraft
Air Chief Marshal PV Naik has said that increasing and mordernising the fleet is the primary focus of Indian Air Force (IAF). ANI

Vallarpadam terminal a mile-stone in logistic infrastructure development: PM
Dedicating the International Container Trans-shipment Terminal to the Nation at Vallapadam in Kochi, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today termed it as a "mile-stone in logistic infrastructure development." ANI

Syed Ali Shah Geelani wants Pakistan to step-up diplomatic efforts
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has urged Pakistan to compel India to take urgent steps for amicable settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. ANI

Tibetans say allegations against Karmapa Lama baseless
Tibetans have said the allegations levelled against 17th Karmapa Lama, Ogyen Trinley Dorje , are baseless. ANI

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

PM to inaugurate Kochi international container terminal
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

Palmolein oil scam: Thiruvananthapuram vigilance court posts trial to Feb. 26
A vigilance court here on Friday posted the trial in the multi-crore Palmolein oil scam involving Chief Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas to February 26. ANI

MediaTek Announces the MT6573 Innovative Platform for Mainstream Smartphones
MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions today announced the availability of its MT6573 platform for mainstream 3G smartphones Business Wire India

Simulcast of India’s Preparatory Games & the Opening Ceremony of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on ESPN, STAR Sports and STAR Cricket
ESPN STAR Sports, ICC’s Global Broadcast & Production Partner, will broadcast live India’s preparatory matches against Australia and New Zealand as the team in blue gets ready for the ultimate battle in Cricket supremacy – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. India takes on Australia on February 13th, 2011 while New Zealand-India encounter is scheduled for February 16th, 2011 Business Wire India

Ramco Posts Global Income of USD 12.67 m; Revenues Grow 41% sequentially
Ramco Systems Limited (BSE - 532370, NSE – RAMCOSYS, MSE – RSST); a leading software company focused on consulting, products and managed services, today announced, the results for the third quarter of FY 2010-11 Business Wire India

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