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RSS admits links with Samjhauta blast accused Aseemanand
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson Ram Madhav on Wednesday accepted that Samjhauta Express train blast accused Swami Aseemanand was a member of the organization before becoming a monk. ANI

Raja's arrest does not affect credibility of PM, Govt.: Congress
Congress Party on Wednesday reacting to former Telecom Minister A Raja's arrest in the 2G spectrum scam investigations said it would not affect the credibility of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government. ANI

India, Norway sign an agreement on double taxation avoidance and prevention of fiscal evasion
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education Tora Aasland signed an agreement here on Wednesday for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital (DTAA). ANI

PM condoles demise of K. Subrahmanyam
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the death of prominent security expert K. Subrahmanyam. ANI

Strong Bihari identity will form a better Indian identity: Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said a self-conscious identity has emerged in his state amid allegations of no development and corruption by previous governments. ANI

Arunachal students meet PM over China issuing stapled visa
Members of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, here on Wednesday to discuss the matter of stapled visa being issued by China. ANI

Sibal seeks apology from US over Wurr's comments on radio collars
Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday demanded an apology from the United States over the recent comments on radio collars made by Juliet Wurr, a public affairs officer with the American consulate in Hyderabad. ANI

Opposition demands for JPC probe into 2G scam is correct: Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reacting to former Telecom Minister A Raja's arrest on Wednesday said the truth has come out in open, and added that the demands of the Opposition for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam is correct. ANI

Chidambaram unveils mascot of Census enumerator
Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram unveiled the mascot of Census enumerator here on Wednesday. ANI

Mukherjee assures support to growth of textiles industry
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today assured the textiles industry the Government's continuous support to upgrade technology, manufacturing processes and conducive policy environment to facilitate its proper growth and enhance productivity. ANI

Raja's arrest will not affect ties with DMK, says Congress spokesman
The arrest of former Telecom Minister A. Raja in the 2G spectrum scam investigations has been described by the Congress Party as the law taking its own course, and the arrest will not affect the party's ties with the Dravidia Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK). ANI

2G scam: PM did not act fast against Raja, says BJP
Reacting to former Telecom Minister A Raja's arrest, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticized the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday saying he did not act when needed against a member of his Cabinet. ANI

Chidambaram's comments on CVC issue are his afterthoughts, alleges Sushma Swaraj
Hours after Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram denied that he had misled the Committee, which selected the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj today said the Home Minister did not reveal the truth initially, and added that his comments on the issue are his afterthoughts. ANI

Sikkim devotees disappointed over cancellation of Karmapa Lama's visit
Devotees are disappointed over the cancellation of the 17th Karmapa Lama Ogyen Trinley Dorje's visit to the famous Rumtek monastery in Sikkim. ANI

Biometric data base of MNREGA workers to be created
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said a bio metric data base of all Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) works will be in place soon to reduce instances of discrimination in work allocation and other deficiencies in the Rural Employment rogramme ANI

Nepal President meets SM Krishna
Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav, who is currently in India on a ten-day state visit, today met External Affairs Minister SM Krishna. ANI

CBI arrests A Raja in 2G scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested former Telecom Minister A Raja in connection with 2G spectrum allotment scam. ANI

Funds for rural employment programme misused: Sonia Gandhi
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said funds meant for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) are being misused. ANI

Vice President Ansari condoles demise of K. Subrahmanyam
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has condoled the demise of K. Subrahmanyam, the doyen of the strategic affairs community in India, a distinguished former civil servant and a prolific writer. ANI

Gujarat CM Modi expands cabinet, inducts six new ministers
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expanded his cabinet with the induction of six ministers, thereby taking the total tally of his council of ministers to 27. ANI

India's strategic affairs guru K. Subrahmanyam dead
One of India's well known analysts on strategic affairs, K. Subrahmanyam died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday night. He was 82. ANI

2G scam: CBI grills A Raja for fourth time
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday questioned former Telecom Minister A Raja for the fourth time in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum. ANI

Fusion processor that transforms computer into supercomputer launched
Advance Micro Devices (AMD) has launched its latest creation Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) Fusion chip, set to transform a normal computer into a 'Supercomputer'. ANI

PETA protests against international leather fair in Chennai
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists staged demonstration against India International Leather Fair being held in Chennai. ANI

Chidambaram denies having misled CVC selection committee
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today denied the allegation by the leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj that he had misled the Committee which selected the Chief Vigilance Commissioner. ANI

Pak, China and Iran not invited to Indian air show starting February 9
India has not invited Pakistan, China or Iran to South Asia's biggest air show- Aero India 2011- which will witness participation of more than 60 countries in Bangalore next week. ANI

Two killed in army helicopter crash in Nashik
Two pilots manning a Cheetah helicopter were killed after the chopper crashed into a residential area of Nashik in Maharashtra this morning. ANI

Political leaders demand fair dialogue for restoring peace in Kashmir
Political leaders have called for a honest dialogue with all sections of society in Jammu and Kashmir to restore normalcy in that state. ANI

West Bengal CM warns of immediate action against Trinamool-Maoist nexus
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has warned that action would be immediately taken on the nexus between the Trinamool Congress and the Maoists. ANI

India Inc discusses the ‘Opportunities for Green Development’ at the 8th World CEO Forum hosted by TERI- BCSD India
The 8th World CEO Forum, curtain-raiser to DSDS 2011 discussed the overarching theme: ‘Opportunities for Green Development: Rio +20 and beyond’. The discussions focused on future trends shaping economic growth globally and locally; and how business can best prepare to lead sustainability progress, post the Rio Conference of Parties in 1992 Business Wire India

TERI organizes 3rd YUVA Meet for youth to understand the ‘Road to Global Sustainability via Local Initiatives’
The World today is grappling with serious issues of Climate Change with far-reaching consequences for our forthcoming generations. Until now, much emphasis has been laid on understanding atmospheric and scientific changes resulting from climate change. However, the role of youth, their perspective, solutions for change and social implications of Climate Change has gained attention Business Wire India

EasiOption to benefit from OneSavings Bank Plc Capital Injection
ISO 27001 certified EasiOption BPO, renowned for its innovative office and value-based BPO and call centre services, is to benefit from the recent capital and business re-structuring of its parent organisation Kent Reliance Building Society Business Wire India

The Netherlands Offers Logistical Competitiveness for Indian Companies exploring the European Market
The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Rotterdam Investment Agency (RIA), Port of Rotterdam, Smart Port and Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC) will host a knowledge seminar for companies in the steel, chemicals and automotive industries in Mumbai on Thursday, 10th February 2011 at Hotel Taj President Business Wire India

TERI’s 4th ‘International Climate Change Exhibition’ displays Developmental Technologies to tackle Global Warming through Local Sustainable Initiatives
With its focus on challenges and initiatives for tackling the issues of climate change, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) today organized the 4th International Climate Change Exhibition (ICCE) 2011, a platform for companies to display their new technologies, products, and services driven towards addressing adverse effects of climate change Business Wire India

Reebok Makes Dhoni & Team Battle Ready to Outperform in the ICC WC 2011
Reebok, the leading sportswear brand in association with International Cricket Council- ICC energized the Indian Cricket Stars for the much awaited World Cup 2011 by presenting them the futuristic Reebok ZigTech Bats, Customized Cricket Footwear and Zigtech Trainers. Mr Business Wire India

6th National Quality Conclave to focus on ""Future of Quality- the National Agenda""
Quality Council of India (QCI), India’s apex quality accreditation & promotion body is organizing its 6th National Quality Conclave on the 11th and 12th of February 2011 Business Wire India

Knowledge@Wharton and Wipro Announce Launch of Global Innovation Tournament
Knowledge@Wharton, the online research and business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Wipro Technologies, a provider of transformational IT solutions, will conduct a global Innovation Tournament in 2011. Entries are being accepted via http://knowledge.wharton.upenn Business Wire India

Mahbubnagar Plant of NSL Sugars Commences Operations
NSL Sugars, a part of Hyderabad based NSL Group, announced today that its Mahbubnagar Plant, Krishnaveni Sugars, has commenced operations. It is an integrated Sugar, Co-generation power and Fuel grade ethanol project set up at Kothakota Mandal of Mahbubnagar district in Andhra Pradesh. NSL invested Rs. 350 crore to build the integrated sugar complex Business Wire India

Religare Technova Limited is now Dion Global Solutions Limited
Religare Technova Limited, an integrated global software solutions provider for financial markets today unveiled its new brand identity, thereby reinforcing its global vision. The company has been renamed as Dion Global Solutions Limited from the erstwhile Religare Technova Limited Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan: Indian Power Inverter Market Veering Towards Double-digit Growth Rates until 2017
The increased purchasing power of the Indian consumers has paved the way for the power inverter market in the country to grow. Initially it used to fulfill only primary demands such as powering a few fans and lights, however, inverters are now being used to run desktops, air conditioners and the many other household appliances during power cuts Business Wire India

Sai Constructions to Focus on Flats for Middle Class Families in Tier II and III Cities in Andhra Pradesh
Continued climate of uncertainty in Andhra Pradesh state is fuelling real estate growth in other parts of the state such as Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Kakinada and Vishakapatnam says Narsimha Raju, Managing Director of Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam based Sai Constructions & Builders. Today is the time of development of tier-II, III and tier-IV cities as metros are congested, he said Business Wire India

India’s First Procurement Focused Business Event Launched
naseba, an international business information company, has announced the CPO Strategies Forum 2011 to be held on March 17th - 18th 2011 at the J.W. Marriot in Mumbai Business Wire India

""GROHE Jal Academy"" Successfully Completes One Year of Education Program in India
Grohe AG, Europe’s largest and the world’s leading single-brand manufacturer and supplier of sanitary fittings, celebrated the 1st year completion of operations of its CSR project "GROHE Jal Academy" in India Business Wire India

Ozonegroup Presents “The Metrozone Fiesta 2011 – Many colours, one dream”
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Volk Mini Gonio Lens for Static and Dynamic Gonioscopy with Compact, Four Mirror Design
Designed for small anatomies and narrow palpebral fissures, Volk Optical’s new Mini 4 Mirror Gonio Lens delivers complete angle views. With a slight lens rotation, the Mini 4 Mirror offers a full view of the chamber angle at 1.0x magnification. The small body and ring ease manipulation of the lens, especially within a small orbit Business Wire India

Students of FORE School of Management, Delhi, Dedicate a Day to Senior Citizens
FORE School of Management, one of the premier Management Institutes in India, organized its annual event ‘ABHIWADAN’ - A day dedicated to senior citizens - on February 1, 2011. Team ANTAR, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee at FORE School of Management, in association with HelpAge India and Art of Living managed the event Business Wire India

Verisign to host an ‘Internet Thought Leadership’ Event in New Delhi on 11 February 2011
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, will host an event of Internet policymakers and industry leaders to celebrate the economic, social and cultural impact of the Internet. The invitation-only event will be held on Friday, February 11th 2011 at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi Business Wire India

UNIKEN Signs MOU at ‘Vibrant Gujarat 2011’ to Setup their Second Technology and Business Innovation Centre
UNIKEN, a leading technology innovation company and the Government of Gujarat signed a MOU at the recently concluded 'Vibrant Gujarat 2011' - 5th Global Summit, held on 12th and 13th January, 2011 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar. The focus of this particular Vibrant Gujarat event was to broaden its scope from being an investment event to a platform where knowledge sharing and development merge Business Wire India

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