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Marxist party slams Tamil Nadu government over telecom scam
G. Ramakrishnan, Secretary of the Tamil Nadu unit of the Communist Party of India-Marxist CPI (M), on Friday criticized the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) of Tamil Nadu for it's involvement in the 2G scam. ANI

India safest country in terms of civil aviation, claims Vayalar Ravi
Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Friday said that India is considered to be one of the safest countries in terms of civil aviation. ANI

CBI moves SC against clean chit to Advani in Babri demolition case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday moved the Supreme Court against the clean chit to senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani and other leaders in the Babri mosque demolition case. ANI

Maoists kill a tribal in Dandabadi
Maoists in Dandabadi village in Orissa on Friday killed a tribal, suspecting him of colluding with the police.amily members of the murdered tribal, Narasingh Wadekka, said around 20-30 Maoists came and dragged him away along with his son. They spared the son but killed the father. ANI

Ski championship lures sportspersons in Manali
The Alpine Skiing competition held at the popular tourist resort in Manali in Himachal Pradesh saw huge participation from skiers across India on the second day of the championship. ANI

Shahid Balwa sent to Tihar Jail
Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam, has been sent to Tihar jail. ANI

M.D. Mallya chosen 'Best Banker' by Kannada periodical
The Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda, M.D. Mallya, has been selected for this year's prestigious T.A. Pai memorial 'Best Banker' award instituted by 'Dehali Kannadiga', a kannada monthly published from New Delhi. ANI

Advani held no importance to Congress, says Ambika Soni
Reacting on the exchange of letters between senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani and Congress President Sonia Gandhi over black money allegations, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Friday (February 18), said Advani holds no position in the party to be taken seriously by the Congress. ANI

Jaganmohan Reddy begins seven-day fast for release of fees reimbursement fund
Former Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy began a seven-day fast here today demanding release of funds for the tuition fees reimbursement scheme by the Andhra Government. ANI

Kolkata wildlife film festival draws huge crowd
The two-day wildlife film festival in Kolkata that aimed to highlight the problems faced by birds and animals drew a huge crowd. ANI

India promises 500 million dollars aid to Least Developed Countries
India will extend 500 million dollars aid for a host of projects in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and offered to share its developmental experience with them. ANI

Financial woes for turmeric farmers of Uttar Pradesh
Turmeric farmers of Kushinagar, in Uttar Pradesh face huge financial losses due to soaring input cost of their produce. ANI

No decision as yet on JPC on 2G scam
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Friday announced that a decision on the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum scam will be taken before February 23. ANI

Jharkhand police organise guerrilla-training camp to fight Maoism
The Special Auxiliary Police of Jharkhand organised a special camp in Latehar district to train cadets of the Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) to combat Maoism in the State. ANI

Advani apologises to Sonia for black money allegations
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani has apologised to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for a party-appointed task force report, which had alleged that she and her late husband former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had accounts in Swiss banks. ANI

DMK joins hands with PMK for Tamil Nadu assembly polls
The Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) entered into an alliance for the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly polls on Friday under which the PMK has been allotted 31 assembly seats. ANI

Pakistan singer Rahat Ali to face Revenue Intelligence in Delhi
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence will question Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan again today. ANI

Disruption of Andhra Assembly over Telangana issue
Proceedings of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly were disrupted by Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and MLAs of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy's group on different issues forcing its adjournment twice this morning. ANI

Supreme Court seeks status report on former Chief Justice Balakrishnan
The Supreme Court on Friday asked Attorney General G E Vahanvati to apprise it about the status of a complaint filed against National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson and former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan, seeking a CBI probe into his assets. ANI

Uproar in Orissa assembly over Collector's abduction
The Opposition parties disrupted proceedings in the rissa Assembly for the second consecutive day on Friday over abduction of Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna. ANI

BJP backs demand for separate Telangana state
National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday backed the demand for a separate Telangana state. ANI

CWG scam: CBI raids five Organising Committee officials
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted raids at the premises of five Commonwealth Games Organising Committee officials. ANI

Malkangiri Collector kidnapping: Talks on with Maoists
After halting anti-Maoist operations, Orissa Government began back channel discussions with the rebels as the 48-hour deadline given by them for the release of Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna, neared. ANI

Manmohan Singh on two-day visit to Assam from today
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

2G scam: CBI conducts searches at DMK-owned Kalaignar TV
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today carried out searches at the office of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-owned television channel-Kalaignar TV -in connection with the 2G scam. ANI

IndiaMART.com Partners with LII 2011 to Boost SME Business
-- Light India International 2011 (LII 2011) known to be the biggest lighting fair in India -- Aims to boost the lighting industry, one of the growing markets in the country -- To open access to business opportunities for MSMEs in the lighting sector through its association Foreseeing immense opportunities in the lighting industry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), IndiaMART Business Wire India

Tamil Nadu Government Honours for Doha Bank CEO
Mr. R Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank, a leading financial institution in Qatar, has been conferred with the Kalaimamani award, instituted by the government of Tamil Nadu. Mr. Seetharaman received the award from the honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. K. Karunanidhi, at an event held recently. With over two decades of experience in banking, information technology and consultancy, Mr Business Wire India

Lessons from the Monk Who Sold his Ferrari
Spotlight Video releases Spiritual & Motivational DVD’s of Robin Sharma’s 'Lessons from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ & OSHO’s - ‘Who Says Humanity Needs Saving’ and ‘Bringing Up Children’ in India. The DVD’s give you an insight in Robin Sharma’s view of Living an Extra Ordinary Life & OSHO’s views on Humanity & Bringing up Children Business Wire India

Boston Scientific Launches Promus® Element™ and Taxus® Element™ Stent Systems in India
Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced its launch of the PROMUS® Element™ Everolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent System and TAXUS® Element™ Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System in India Business Wire India

SkillSoft Acquires Assets of Leadership Video Producer “50 Lessons”
SkillSoft, a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, today announced the acquisition of the assets of 50 Lessons Limited, a provider of leadership video content that helps organizations around the world develop their employees by leveraging the power of story-based lessons Business Wire India

IBF Media to Host Cloud Computing Technology Series
IBF Media will be continuing its Cloud Computing series of events at the Pride Hotel in Bangalore, India on February 22, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. This event is part of the Cloud Computing technology series that was kicked off early in 2010 Business Wire India

SonicWALL Expands Virtualization Offerings with Introduction of Secure Remote Access Virtual Appliance
SonicWALL, Inc ., the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced availability of the SonicWALL Secure Remote Access (SRA) Virtual Appliance and SonicWALL Aventail E-Class SRA Virtual Appliance Business Wire India

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