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Delhi CM Dikshit reshuffles her cabinet
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit reshuffled her cabinet on Wednesday inducting Ramakant Goswami, the 67-year-old MLA from Rajender Nagar constituency as a minister. ANI

Congress praises PM after editors' conference, pulls up BJP
Congress fully utilizing the comments of Prime Minister Dr ANI

Bihar CM pleased over approval of plan size of Rs 24,000 crore
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday expressed his pleasure over the decision of the Planning Commission to approve the plan size of Rs 24,000 crore for Bihar for next fiscal. ANI

Parliament deadlock: Govt. must announce JPC on Feb. 22, says Swaraj
Ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said the Parliament will be allowed to function if the government announces a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the several scams on February 22. ANI

PM's coalition politics comments won't affect ties with Congress: DMK
Reacting on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's comments that the coalition politics was being a hindrance to governance, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Wednesday said the comments on coalition politics will not affect its ties with Congress. ANI

Corruption charges cloud Jharkhand National Games
The organizers of the ongoing 34th National Games in Jharkhand are facing corruption charges over equipment purchases and construction contracts. ANI

India to host LDCs ministerial conference
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will inaugurate the India-Least Developed Countries (LDCs) ministerial conference beginning here on Friday. ANI

Terrorism, nuclear proliferation, piracy and arms smuggling major challenges facing Asian region: Antony
Defence Minister A. K Anthony on Wednesday said the prominent challenges facing Asian region include terrorism, nuclear proliferation, piracy and smuggling of arms. ANI

Maoists , poachers behind decrease in tiger numbers in Jharkhand : Forest officials
The decline in number of tigers at the Palamu Tiger Reserve in Jharkhand is due to the presence of poachers and Maoists in the area, according to forest officials. ANI

Manipur tribes celebrate seed sowing festival
Tribes in Ukhrul district of Manipur converged to celebrate the colourful and traditional festival of Lui Ngai Ni, the seed-sowing festival. ANI

Snowfall delights tourists in Manali
Fresh snowfall has delighted tourists in the hill town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. ANI

CII welcomes India-Japan comprehensive economic partnership agreement
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has welcomed the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between India and Japan. ANI

DMK leaders court arrest during anti-Sri Lanka protest
Over 2,000 Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) members, including party's Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, were arrested here on Wednesday after they tried to take out a rally protesting the alleged abduction of over 100 Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka. ANI

Anil Ambani meets CBI to clarify issues relating to telecom matters
Anil Ambani, chairman of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), met Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials here on Wednesday o clarify the ongoing issues, relating to telecom matters for the years 2001 to 2010. ANI

India not unduly concerned over China's military modernization: Antony
Expressing concern over modernization of China's armed forces, Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said India is not unduly worried, as it is now modernising its armed forces to meet any challenge from any quarters. ANI

CPI (M) slams PM over coaltion politics remarks
Senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday criticized the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, over his comments that the coaltion politics was being a hindrance to governance. ANI

US proud to host Indian students, justice will be given in Tri Valley scam: Roemer
In wake of Indian students having been caught in the California based Tri-Valley University visa fraud scam, US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer has underscored the commitment of his country to proudly welcome foreign students and to assure them that they have the most positive and constructive experience possible. ANI

Six poachers arrested from Jim Corbett National Park in Rampur
A joint operation by the Forest Rangers and the Uttarakhand Police resulted in the arrest of six poachers from the Jim Corbett National Park located in the Kumaon region of Nainital. ANI

One-year-old with 12 fingers, 14 toes sets new record
A Myanmar girl has entered the record books for having 12 fingers - six each hand, and 14 toes - seven each foot. ANI

UPA Govt. has no will to fight corruption: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday pulled up the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying his comments made during the interaction with top television editors of the country had exposed the weakness of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in fighting corruption. ANI

China's 'n*ked officials' to be subjected to more scrutiny
A senior discipline official in China has revealed that "n*ked officials", the name given to public servants whose wives have taken residence abroad and who are suspected to be more prone to corruption, will soon be subjected to more scrutiny. ANI

Over 100 Indian fishermen detained in Sri Lanka
More than 100 Indian fishermen have been detained in Sri Lanka on Tuesday for allegedly straying into the Lankan waters. ANI

More reforms will be unveiled in 2011-12 Budget: PM
Blaming the Opposition for delaying the introduction of crucial Bills in Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said more reforms will be unveiled in the 2011-12 Budget. ANI

Not aware of methods used in FCFS spectrum allocation: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that he was not aware of the methodology of the controversial First-Come, First-Serve (FCFS) policy followed for 2G spectrum allocation by former Telecom Minister A Raja. ANI

Food inflation a problem but growth important, says Manmohan Singh
Accepting that food inflation has been a problem, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said the government did not want to sacrifice the growth process as "it would not do the country any good." ANI

India better prepared to tackle challenges posed by terrorism: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that the internal security situation is better and the country is better prepared to tackle the challenges posed by terrorism. ANI

Not afraid of JPC, dead serious about bringing wrongdoers to book: Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today made it clear that he is not afraid of facing the Joint Parliamentary Committee probe in the 2G scam as demanded by the Opposition, and added that he never thought of quitting over the issue. ANI

Defence Ministry taking action in gun procurement leak: Antony
Defence Minister A K Antony has said that his ministry is taking proper corrective and preventive action in the recent leak of a top classified report on procurement of guns from the USA and a high level inquiry has been ordered to probe into the matter. ANI

Chargesheet filed against 19 UNLF members for sedition
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge-sheet against 19 members of the banned terrorist organisation the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) of Manipur. ANI

Manmohan Singh to take questions on live TV
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will take questions on television to directly answer the charges hurled at him. ANI

SkillSoft's New Indian Customer Interviews
SkillSoft, a leading SaaS provider for on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, has announced the release of the first set of customer testimonial interview videos in India Business Wire India

UTV Interactive Consolidates its Operations
UTV Interactive, the digital arm of UTV Group announced today, that it has consolidation its operations within the division. The consolidation of operations has been initiated to take advantage of the burgeoning interactive entertainment and to create synergies within the company so as to streamline and bring in more efficiency Business Wire India

Sapient Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Results
Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE) today reported the following financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010. For the fourth quarter of 2010: • Service revenues were $222.9 million compared to $183.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 21%. Sequentially, service revenues were up $5.8 million, or 3%, from $217.1 million in the third quarter of 2010 Business Wire India

ITShastra Expands Executive Team
ITShastra, a software development, testing and design company for worldwide business needs and offshore project delivery, today announced several key executive team promotions to further strengthen its global footprint and better manage company growth. Prasad Nagool, ITShastra CEO, said, “We experienced robust growth last year adding 18 new clients and completing several major projects Business Wire India

Riverbed Appoints New Managing Director for India
Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, announced today that it has appointed Anil Batra as Riverbed’s managing director of India. Batra brings over thirty years of operations and sales experience in the technology industry in both start-ups and Fortune 100 companies in the US and India Business Wire India

WiMAX Forum® and BSNL Host Network Deployment Workshop
WiMAX franchisees from across India will gather in New Delhi next week to learn best practices for deploying greenfield WiMAX networks. In the past two years, BSNL has installed around 1,600 WiMAX base stations, and plans to install an additional 20,000 base stations over the next 36 months Business Wire India

Ticket Sales for the French Open are now available around the World through Authorized Agencies
For the first time ever, the French Tennis Federation has decided to open its ticket sales for the Roland-Garros tournament in other countries around the world. Authorized agencies are able to commercialize different “packages” for the 2011 French Open, which will be held at Roland-Garros stadium from May 17th – June 5th Business Wire India

Dr. Shashi Tharoor delivers a module on Global Political Environment at IILM
The first module of IILM's Advanced Management Program was delivered by Dr. Shashi Tharoor on Global and Political Environment from 13th to 15th February, 2011 at IILM Lodhi Road. The module focused on developing analytical tools for understanding the rapidly changing and dynamic global political economy Business Wire India

Sterlite Industries (India) Limited Announces Completion of Acquisition of Lisheen Mine in Ireland
Sterlite Industries (India) Limited ("Sterlite") today announces the completion of the acquisition of the Lisheen Zinc Mine ("Lisheen") in Ireland from Taurus International S.A Business Wire India

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