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Advani demands JPC probe on all scams
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani on Tuesday criticizing the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, demanded that the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) should probe all scandals like the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the Adarsh Housing scam and the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Moily disapproves Kerala MP's anti-judiciary remarks
Disapproving the remarks made by a Kerala MP against the judiciary, Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said everybody should respect the judiciary and should not pass such comments. ANI

'Wrong to say Govt. made no losses in 2G scam', says CBI chief to PAC
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Tuesday quoted Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director A P Singh as saying that it is incorrect to say the government has made no losses in the 2G spectrum allocation. ANI

CBI questions Unitech MD in 2G scam case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday questioned Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Manmohan Singh greets nation on Milad-Un-Nabi
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday greeted the nation on the occasion of Milad- un- Nabi, which is being observed tomorrow to mark the birth of Prophet Mohammad. ANI

Income Tax returns: Moily defends former CJI Balakrishnan
Reacting on former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan's reported refusal to make Income Tax returns public, Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said the people, who have held such high positions should not be questioned. ANI

Azad to inaugurate international conference on 'Community Mental Health'
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will inaugurate international conference cum workshop on 'Asia Pacific Community Mental Health' at the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) here on Thursday. ANI

Talks with Centre positive: ULFA
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa on Tuesday said the first round of talks with the Centre was 'very positive', as the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has assured of an honourable and acceptable solution to the problems of Assam. ANI

MPs to have greater say in JNNURM implementation: Kamal Nath
Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath has said that people's representatives will have greater say in the implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). ANI

Wildlife experts concerned over recent tiger deaths in Rajasthan
Wildlife experts have expressed concern over the increasing number of tiger deaths in Ranthambore and Sariska tiger sanctuaries in Rajasthan. ANI

Anand Sharma discusses DMIC project with Japanese PM
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma met Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan here today and discussed various issues including theelhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project. ANI

Naphtha cracker project at Indian Oil's Panipat complex dedicated to nation
Rolling out the canvas for expansion of its operations through downstream integration into petrochemicals, India's largest Naphtha Cracker plant at Indian Oil's Panipat Complex was today dedicated to the nation by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister S Jaipal Reddy. ANI

400 militants operating in J-K: Lt. Gen. Choudhary
Lieutenant General A K Choudhary, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 9 Corps, today said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been brought to "satisfactory levels" and the number of militants operating in the state has fallen by half in the past few years. ANI

Telangana row affects foreign students in Osmania University
Students from different parts of the world studying in Andhra Pradesh's Osmania University are facing disrupted classes and exams due to the political situation in the state arising out of the Telangana statehood demand. ANI

Himachal Govt. to take over Karmapa monastery
Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to takeover the Gyuto Tantrik Monastery of the Karmapa Lama in Dharamsala and has declared it as unnamed land. ANI

IITs, IIMs witnessed drastic growth of 54 percent: Moily
Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said that apex institutions like the IITs and IIMs, which had expanded only one percent since last 45 years, have witnessed a drastic growth of 54 percent now due to the recommendation of 'Oversight Committee' of the Central Government. ANI

Villagers welcome J-K Govt. decision to hold panchayat polls
Residents of Jammu and Kashmir's Kangan village has welcomed the state government decision to hold panchayat polls. ANI

Australian and Indian scientists collaborate to improve agricultural production
Leading Australian and Indian agricultural researchers working together on joint research projects are gathering this week to highlight their achievements and to establish future research priorities. ANI

Inflation will drop to seven percent by March 2011: Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today said inflation would drop to seven per cent by March this year. ANI

Chennai students win award for humanoid robot
A group of students from Chennai won the best innovation award for a humanoid robot during the recently held Spring Innovations Competition at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. ANI

Mukherjee to hold pre-budget consultations with Congress leaders
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will hold consultations with senior Congress leaders at the AICC headquarters here on Tuesday to chalk out the party's strategy ahead of the 'Budget Session' of Parliament, which will begin on February 21. ANI

Japanese encephalitis vaccine given to five lakh children in Uttarakhand
The Uttarakhand on Tuesday government organised an immunisation camp to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccine to more than 500,000 children, after a few cases of the disease were reported in Udham Singh. ANI

President, Vice President greet nation on Milad-Un-Nabi
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari have greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Milad-Un-Nabi, which is being observed tomorrow to mark the birth of Prophet Mohammad. ANI

Budget Session: Cabinet approves President Patil's address to Parliament
The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil's address to the joint sitting of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session on February 21. ANI

Income Tax returns: 'I have nothing to hide', says former CJI
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson and former Chief Justice of India, K.G. Balakrishnan, reacting to the controversy over his unwillingness to disclose his Income Tax returns has said he has nothing to hide. ANI

Nithari killings: SC upholds death sentence for Surinder Koli
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty awarded to Surinder Singh Koli in the Nithari killings case. ANI

Govt. must clarify on phone tapping: BJP
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday sought a clarification from the UPA government on alleged tapping of over one lakh telephones across the country. ANI

Displaced persons from India- Bangladesh border stage a protest rally in Agartala
Hundreds of displaced persons from the India-Bangladesh border region in northeastern state of Tripura staged a rally at Agartala, the capital of Tripura to pressurise the state government to consider and implement their demands for apt rehabilitation. ANI

Pune farmers protest to lift the ban on onion export
Hundreds of farmers of Maharashtra in western India, engaged in cultivating onions, gathered at Pune to stage a protest rally demanding withdrawal of ban on export of their produce. ANI

Four Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh
Four Maoists have been surrendered before the top brass of the district police at Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region. ANI

2G scam: CBI chief to appear before PAC
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director A P Singh will appear before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today to give evidence in connection with the allocation of 2G spectrum. ANI

Maoists blast school building in Gaya
Gaya, Feb 15 Armed Maoists blew up a school building at Barhara in Chakkarbandha forest in Gaya district of Bihar last night. ANI

IDFC Announces the Appointment of Sunil Kakar as the Group CFO
IDFC announced today the appointment of Sunil Kakar as Group Chief Financial Officer, taking over from L.K Narayan who has moved on to the not-for-profit sector. The appointment is going to be effective immediately. Mr. Kakar brings with him over 25 years of experience encompassing various financial roles and a career that kick started with Bank of America Business Wire India

Trend Micro™ Deep Security Accelerates Virtualization Return on Investment
Trend Micro today announced the results of an in-depth, third-party lab test benchmarking the performance of the anti-virus/anti-malware capabilities of Trend Micro Deep Security, McAfee Total Protection for Endpoint and Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 within virtual environments Business Wire India

WNS Receives Dual Recognition at the ‘BPO Excellence Awards 2010-11’
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, was awarded the distinguished ‘Stars of the Industry - BPO Excellence Awards’ in two categories: ‘Social Change Agent’ and ‘Use of Technology for Operational Excellence’ at the World HRD Congress organized at Taj Lands End, Mumbai on Feb. 9, 2011 Business Wire India

Gujarat Telelink Private Ltd. (GTPL) Ushers in Cable Digitization with Next-Generation Cisco Set-Top Boxes
Cisco today announced that it has been chosen by Gujarat Telelinks Private Ltd. (GTPL) to usher in cable digitization across the key states of Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. As part of this digitization program, GTPL will deploy more than 300,000 next-generation digital set-top boxes from Cisco over the next 12 months in these markets Business Wire India

Ericsson Powers Reliance’s New Application Store
• Reliance application store App World to offer its costumers interesting ways to increase daily productivity and make their lives better • Reliance App World will help increase consumer delight and reduce churn • By providing a relevant mix of free and paid applications, Reliance App World will allow micro-billing of applications to suit everyone’s spending power Business Wire India

Verisign Marks 15 Years of the Commercial Internet in India at a Thought Leadership Event
Verisign, the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, marked the profound impact of the Internet at its Thought Leadership Event held in New Delhi on February 11th, 2011. Attended by Internet policymakers, industry leaders and other stakeholders, the event celebrated the transformational force of the Internet and looked forward to its next fifteen years Business Wire India

Jupiter Systems Announces Availability of Fusion CatalystT Products in Middle East and India
InfoComm India 2011 RoadShow – Jupiter Systems, the leading worldwide supplier of display wall processors for command and control applications, announces the availability of its new Fusion Catalyst™ products in India. The company recently announced delivery of the revolutionary system to installations in the U.S Business Wire India

MKU to Introduce New Range of Night Vision Devices at IDEX 2011
MKU is set to introduce its latest range of advanced Night Vision Devices (NVD’s) based on Image Intensifier Technology, for defence and paramilitary applications at IDEX 2011, being held at Abu Dhabi. MKU India’s leading manufacturer and supplier of protective equipment for armed forces, paramilitary forces and police worldwide Business Wire India

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