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Parliament deadlock: Congress holds deliberations on 'Budget Session'
Congress top brass including the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and party chief Sonia Gandhi held deliberations here on Monday to chalk out a strategy for the 'Budget Session' of Parliament, which will begin on February 21. ANI

Japanese Army Chief in India to boost defence ties
In an endeavor to boost defence cooperation between the two nations,General Yoshifumi Hibako, Chief of Staff, Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces, is currently on a four-day visit of India. ANI

Violence breaks out in Haryana after custodial death
A furious mob attacked a police station and torched vehicles in Haryana's Hansi town on Monday after a man died in custody. ANI

Rahul Gandhi asks youth to participate in politics
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked the younger generation to actively take part in politics, as youths comprised over 40 percent of India's population. ANI

Supreme Court directs Centre, States to rehabilitate prostitutes
The Supreme Court on Monday observing that the sex workers are also entitled to the protection of Article 21(Liberty) asked the Central Government and States/Union Territories to prepare suitable rehabilitation schemes for their welfare. ANI

Bimal Gurung blames WB Govt. for spate of shutdowns and strikes
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) President Bimal Gurung on Monday blamed the West Bengal Government for the condition of the state, which has been hit by numerous strikes and shutdowns. ANI

Congress pulls up PDP for controversial J-K map
The Congress criticizing the People's Democratic Party (PDP) for its controversial map of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday demanded immediate withdrawal of the 'controversial map'. ANI

Bajrang Dal activists threaten couples celebrating Valentine's Day in Kanpur
Bajrang Dal activists took on a moral policing role in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur city on Monday, as they threatened couples celebrating the Valentine's Day and also made them hold their ears and do sit-ups as punishment. ANI

Peace concert promoting brotherhood between India , Pakistan enthralls Delhi
"Aman Ki Asha" a musical concert, promoting peace and brotherhood between India and Pakistan enthralled a large number of spectators here on Sunday. ANI

Maoists abduct five civilians in Jharkhand
Maoists abducted a railway station master and four members of a family in two separate incidents in Jharkhand's Garhwa District on Sunday. ANI

Reliance Infocomm refutes allegations in phone-tapping case
Reliance Infocomm on Monday refuted in the Supreme Court the allegations that it had illegally tapped former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's phone, saying that it had acted 'in a bonafide manner'. ANI

Over 10,000 illegal immigrants claiming benefits in U.K
It has been found that over 10,000 illegal immigrants are claiming sickness and maternity benefits without being given the right to live in Britain. ANI

K PM pay less than half of town hall chiefs.
Nearly half of the Britain's council chiefs get bigger salaries than Prime Minister David Cameron. According to a Incomes Data Services study, the average earnings of 300 local authority chief executives is now a staggering 147,934 pounds. ANI

Malay Indian body demands more focus on community issues.
Malaysian Indian Congress president, G. Palanivel has requested the government to provide a second Tamil news slot on Radio Televisyen Malaysia that may focus exclusively on the community issues. ANI

India to support ICAO's endeavors to promote peace amongst nations
Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Monday reaffirmed India's commitment and support to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) towards fulfillment of its vision of a safe, secure, orderly and sustainable development of international civil aviation by promoting consensus and cooperation amongst the members of ICAO. ANI

Karnataka High Court upholds suspension of disqualified MLAs
The Karnataka High Court on Monday upheld the suspension of five independent MLAs, who had challenged Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah's order disqualifying them under the Anti-Defection Law. ANI

Nation wide 'Mydafter campaign' likely to help "stateless" Malay Indians.
An eight-day nation wide MyDafter campaign will help 5000 "stateless" Malay Indians. The Special Implementation Task Force under the Prime Minister's Department, will handle the campaign that aims to address the issue of Malay Indians without basic documentation such as birth certificates, identification cards and citizenship. ANI

Raja, Balwa's remand extended in 2G scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was on Monday granted an extension of former Telecom Minister A Raja and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa's remand in connection with its probe into the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

ULFA leaders meet Manmohan Singh
A delegation of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, here on Monday evening. ANI

Pak singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan released, cannot leave India
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Monday released Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, a day after he was detained at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport for possessing illegal foreign currency. ANI

Bihar villagers complain of harassment by police, Maoists
Villagers of Dumaria in Bihar have complained of harassment from both the police and Maoists operating in the region. ANI

Gurudas Kamat releases stamps on six legendary Indian Cinema actresses
Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Gurudas Kamat released a set of six stamps on six legendary actresses of Indian Cinema here last evening. ANI

Valentine's Day fever ensures brisk flower business in Varanasi
Valentine's Day fever has gripped the city of Varanasi again.holesalers of flowers, in particular are doing brisk business. ANI

Supreme Court asks Centre to file affidavit against Lalli
The Supreme Court on Monday sought evidence from the Central Government on alleged irregularities committed by former Prasar Bharati CEO B S Lalli in running the public broadcaster on the basis of which he was suspended in December last year. ANI

Japan acknowledges China has overtaken it as world's second-largest economy
China's economy has surpassed Japan's as the world's second largest in 2010, the Japanese Cabinet Office has said. ANI

Pakistan-US relations: Who will blink first
The case of US operative, Raymond Davis, has mushroomed beyond the dramatis persona involved. From being a case of diplomatic immunity and self-defense it has snowballed into a confrontation between the US and Pakistan with ramifications for their future relationship and much else. ANI

Mughal Gardens to be opened to the public from Tuesday
The Mughal Garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan will be opened for public viewing from February 15 to March 16. ANI

Government treats militancy with kid gloves: RSS leader
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson Ram Madhav has accused the Central Government of tackling the issue of militants with kid gloves. ANI

West Bengal CM says Trinamool Congress has Maoist links
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said the Trinamool Congress party (TMC) is working hand in glove with Maoists in the region. ANI

India sends message of love to Pakistan on St. Valentine's Day
In the backdrop of increasing infiltration bids and cease-fire violations by Pakistan on international border and Line of Control (LoC), Indians yet again conveyed a message of peace and brotherhood to Pakistan via, balloons and placards on St.Valentine's Day. ANI

Digvijay Singh advises BJP to follow Gandhi's footsteps
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has said that if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cares about Muslims then they should discard communal ideology and follow Mahatma Gandhi's footsteps. ANI

India welcomes successful Southern Sudan referendum
India has welcomed the successful conclusion of the referendum held in Southern Sudan in which its people have voted overwhelmingly for a separate state, in a credible and peaceful manner. ANI

Karnataka High Court to give verdict in disqualified MLAs' case
The Karnataka High Court will on Monday pronounce its order on the writ petition by five Independent MLAs who had challenged Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah's order disqualifying them under the Anti-Defection Law. ANI

2G scam: Four-day custody of Raja, Balwa ends today
The four-day Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody of former Telecom Minister A Raja and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa ends today.oth Raja and Balwa were arrested for their alleged involvement in the 2G Spectrum allotment scam. ANI

Fighter procurement for dummies: Ashley Tellis does it again!
Amongst the strategic analysts on the Indo-US horizon, few are as incisive and diligent as Ashley J Tellis. In this context Tellis has the advantages of an Indian background and, consequently, a profound insight into India's security issues. Uniquely, he is as much at home on Raisina Hill as in Foggy Bottom or the White House ANI

Drishti's Ameyo provides Effective Compliance to RBI's OTP (One Time Password) Generation Mandate for IVR-based Transactions
With a mandate of OTP added to other financial transactions-related regulations, merchants of e-commerce enabled businesses, banks and other financial institutions are facing a challenge of ensuring compliance. Both generation and distribution of the One Time Password requires a tight interoperability among the various underlying business applications Business Wire India

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Net Sales up by 12.9%, PAT before Exceptional Items grows by 15.1% in FY 2010
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited has announced its Financial results for the year ended 31st December, 2010. The growth in Net Sales was 12.9% and in Profit After Tax and before Exceptional Items was 15.1%. For the quarter ended 31st December 2010, the growth in Net Sales was 10.4% and in Profit After Tax and before Exceptional Items was 14.6%. The core Pharmaceuticals business grew by 14 Business Wire India

AppLabs to Speak at STeP-IN SUMMIT 2011
AppLabs, the world’s largest software testing and quality management company today announced that, Shivaramakrishna Nuthi, a Business Analyst at AppLabs will speak at the plenary of STeP-IN SUMMIT 2011 to be held in Bangalore on 17th February 2011. He will be presenting on testing trading platforms is assuming huge significance Business Wire India

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