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Manmohan Singh greets nation on Guru Ravidas Jayanti
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, which shall be celebrated tomorrow. ANI

PM on two-day visit to Assam from Friday
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will be on a two-day visit to Assam from Friday, where he is expected to review the prevailing situation and the progress of some of the developmental projects. ANI

Govt. may agree to JPC probe in 2G scam, says Bansal
Ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Thursday indicated that the government may reach an agreement with the Opposition on formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Antony asks forces to gear up to fight cyber wars
Defence Minister A K Antony on Thursday called upon the armed forces to be vigilant against emerging cyber threats. ANI

Kalmadi's close aide Shekhar remanded to CBI custody for two more days
Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi's close aide Shekhar Deorukhkar, arrested in connection with the multi-crore Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam, was remanded in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody for two more days on Thursday. ANI

Mukherjee expresses happiness on sharp decline in inflation in food articles
Expressing happiness on the latest inflation figures released on Thursday for the week ending on February 5, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that he is delighted that inflation in food articles has come down sharply in the said week. ANI

President Patil greets nation on Guru Ravidas Jayanti
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday greeted fellow citizens on the occasion of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, which shall be celebrated tomorrow. ANI

Swami Agnivesh tells Maoists not to harm Malkangiri District Collector
Social activist Swami Agnivesh has made an appeal to the Maoist not to cause any bodily harm to R Vineel Krishna, the abducted District Collector of Odisha's Malkangiri District. ANI

Krishna expresses India's concern at detention of fishermen by Lankan Navy
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday spoke to his Sri Lankan counterpart G.L. Peiris and expressed India's deep concern at the detention of nearly 136 fishermen in Jaffna district. ANI

Asian Centre for Human Rights condemns kidnapping of Malkangiri District Collector
The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) on Thursday condemned the kidnapping of R Vineel Krishna, the District Collector of Odisha's Malkangiri District by the Maoists. ANI

Oz envoy launches book to celebrate significant achievements of Indians Down Under
The Australian High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese, and Human Resource Development Ministry Secretary Vibha Puri Das have launched "Endeavours of Excellence" - a major publication profiling Australian Government scholars from India and South and South East Asia. ANI

Misings in Assam celebrate Ali Aye Ligang festival
Thousands of people celebrated the traditional Ali Aye Ligang festival in Guwahati in Assam. ANI

Navy Divers set national record for deep diving
Five Indian Navy Divers on board INS Nireekshak of Southern Naval Command have set a new national record for deep diving earlier this month. ANI

India's effort to evolve environmental friendly technologies
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr. C.P. Joshi today said that we should develop the capacity of making the right choices of environmental friendly technology, confirming synergy between research and product development. ANI

Jharkhand villagers still awaiting benefits from Govt. development project
The residents of Maoist-affected Chatra district in Jharkhand are still awaiting benefits from the pilot developmental project, which was launched in the region three years ago. ANI

Final journey of 135 Hindus from Pakistan ends after 40 years
A twelve-member delegation of Hindus from Pakistan on Thursday returned to Pakistan after performing last rituals at Haridwar of 135 dead relatives. The ashes of these 135 persons had to wait for the last rituals in Pakistan due to visa restrains. ANI

2G scam: Raja sent to Tihar Jail till March 3
Former Telecom Minister A. Raja, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam, has been sent to Delhi's Tihar Jail till March 3. ANI

Centre scraps ISRO-Devas deal on S-band spectrum allocation
The controversial S-Band deal between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) commercial wing Antrix and Devas Multimedia has finally been cancelled. ANI

No sale of tobacco products in plastic pouches from March: Supreme Court
Taking note of government's submission that 90 percent of oral cancer cases in the country are on account of chewing tobacco, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to relax its earlier order banning sale of tobacco products like 'gutkha' and 'pan masala' in plastic pouches from March 2011. ANI

Odisha BJP demands President's rule following Collector's kidnapping by Maoists
Condemning the abduction of Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna by the Maoists, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded the imposition of President's rule in Odisha, as the Naveen Patnaik Government has not been able to control the Maoists. ANI

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan appears before DRI officials
Two days after his release, Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan appeared before the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials here on Thursday. ANI

Naveen Patnaik urges Maoists to release abducted collector
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Maoists to release abducted Malkangiri district collector R Vineel Krishna. ANI

Six-storey building collapses in Gurgaon
A six-storey building under construction collapsed in Gurgaon, in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI

Antony to visit North-East to review security situation, infrastructure development
Concerned over the rapid growth of Chinese infrastructure in the region, Defence Minister AK Antony will be on a two-day visit to the North-East to review the security situation there and the progress of infrastructure development, beginning Friday. ANI

TRS MLAs create ruckus in Andhra Assembly
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLAs created ruckus in the Assembly today as they allegedly manhandled an MLA of the Loksatta party, Jayaprakash Narayan, for not supporting statehood for Telangana. ANI

School van falls into canal in Kerala, five dead
At least four kindergarten children and a woman attender of a private school were killed after their van fell into a canal at Chakkai area in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. ANI

No comments on clean chit to Karmapa Lama: Himachal Chief Minister
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has said that he has nothing to comment on 17th Karmapa Lama, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, obtaining a clean chit from the Central government agencies vis-à-vis the seizure of huge amount of foreign currency from his monastery. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee to attend G-20 finance ministers' meet in Paris
New Delhi, Feb 17 Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will leave for Paris on Thursday evening on a three-day visit to attend G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' meet from February 18. ANI

Telangana issue: Over two lakh govt employees boycott work
Over two lakh government employees of Telangana region will boycott work from today as part of their non-cooperation movement launched to mount pressure on the State and Central governments to grant separate statehood. ANI

Maoists abduct district collector in Orissa, demand halt of Operation Green Hunt
The Maoists have abducted Malkangiri district collector R Vineel Krishna last evening. ANI

IDFC Data Center First in India to be Certified Energy Efficient ‘green’ Data Centre by TÜV Rheinland
IDFC data center is the first in India to be certified as “energy efficient” by TÜV Rheinland, a German group that documents the safety and quality of business and technology systems to establish sustainability in social and industrial development. To date, this is the only Data center that has received this certification in India Business Wire India

element14 Strengthens Product Portfolio with its Extended Partnership with Panasonic in Asia Pacific
element14 formerly known as Farnell, the industry’s first fusion of commerce and community supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals worldwide, today announced the extension of its partnership with Panasonic in Europe to Asia Pacific Business Wire India

Return to Growth Confirmed in H2 2010
The Board of Directors of Cap Gemini S.A., chaired by Serge Kampf, convened on February 16, 2011 to review and authorize for issue the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2010. The Group reports total revenues for the year of €8,697 million. Compared with 2009, revenues are - up 3 Business Wire India

LG takes 15 Little Champs to Bangladesh to Lead Cricket Teams in ICC World Cup
-- 15 Little Champs to Lead the Cricket teams on 17th Feb in Dhaka -- 885 kids to Lead Teams in all ICC World Cup 2011 Matches -- LG invests more than Rs Business Wire India

Cisco Redefines Security for Today’s Borderless Organization with Highly Distributed Context-Aware Enforcement Across its Security Solutions
Cisco continues to invest in addressing the rapidly changing security needs of businesses today with the announcement of new context-aware security enforcement across its security portfolio. The new borderless organizations have dramatically changed the definition of how, when and where people work, causing a need to redefine the way security solutions are built and deployed Business Wire India

Grohe adds Classic Black and White faucets to its Veris and Quadra Collection
Grohe India expands its wide range of exclusive bath faucets with the introduction of its signature Veris and Quadra collections in Velvet Black and Moon White finishes in India. The addition of these unique finishes to the Veris and Quadra collections opens up various design possibilities enabling the creation of new and exciting bathroom schemes Business Wire India

Max New York Life introduces ‘College Plan’
Max New York Life Insurance today announced the launch of “Max New York Life College Plan’, a guaranteed money back child plan to help parents create a corpus and meet the fast increasing cost of higher education of their children. The plan provides peace of mind as it ensures a guaranteed pay out when the child reaches 18 years of age Business Wire India

SonicWALL Revolutionizes Network Security with SuperMassive E10000 Next-Generation Firewall Series – Offers 30 Gbps of Application Control and Intrusion Prevention
intelligent network security and SuperMassive™ E10000 Series of Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) consisting of the E10100, the E10200, the E10400 and the flagship E10800. The application control and Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS) with industry-leading power, space and cooling (PSC) metrics[1] Business Wire India

ConJoin Changes Name to Anthelio; Company Launches World Class SEZ Facility in Hyderabad, Sets Aggressive Hiring Goals
The ConJoin Group, which recently acquired PHNS, the leading independent provider of comprehensive healthcare information technology (“IT”) services and business process solutions in the U.S., today announced that effective immediately it is changing its name to Anthelio. Business Wire India

Fortis Apollo in Close Race in the Category of “India’s Most Admired & Best Managed Healthcare Company for the year 2011
It is official now. The much awaited & Nation’s biggest leadership Conclave 2011 ( to be staged by the media outfit of Network 7 Group’s Indian Affairs Magazine (www.indianaffairs Business Wire India

World Vision India Demands more than 4% Budget allocation for Children, in the Union Budget 2011
The nation gets ready to receive its budget. This budget would be about addressing the trust and governance deficit than the budget deficit, in the back drop of many scams and scandals. These scams are not any Finance Minister’s dream political landscape, for his budget Business Wire India

EFY Tech Center Announces Tie-up with Agilent Technologies
EFY Tech Center, the training arm of EFY Enterprises, announced today a tie-up with Agilent Technologies India Pvt Ltd. The tie-up will empower students by giving them industry-relevant exposure to professional-grade equipments from one of the leading T&M players in the industry Business Wire India

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