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India News on February 20, 2011

Amazed by defamatory comments by Pranab Mukherjee: Sushma Swaraj
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Sunday criticized Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for equating the opposition parties with the Maoist rebels after the winter session of the Parliament was stalled by the opposition. ANI

Opposition wants budget session of Parliament to run well: Munde
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde on Sunday said that the opposition was ready to co-operate with the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for the best results. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir youth throng army recruitment rally in Ganderbal
Thousands of youngsters from Jammu and Kashmir are taking part in an army recruitment rally being organized in several districts of the state, including Ganderbal and Bandipora. ANI

PM hopeful of peaceful, productive budget session of Parliament
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Sunday said that he is hopeful that the upcoming session of Parliament will be peaceful and productive. ANI

Indians safe in Libya, avoid non-essential travel: External Affairs Ministry
India on Sunday said that its nationals in Libya were safe, and urged people to avoid non-essential travel to the country. ANI

Maoists have assured safety of abducted officials: Orissa Home Secretary
Orissa Home Secretary U. N. Behera on Sunday said that the Maoists have assured the safety of the abducted officials during a meeting between the state government and the insurgent group. ANI

Traditional artwork exhibition held in Kolkata
Various artworks by Kantha or embroidery artisans were put on display in an exhibition held in Kolkata. ANI

International Trade Centre remains a distant dream for Jammu and Kashmir traders
The much-anticipated project of setting up of an International Trade Centre in Jammu and Kashmir's Pampore town is still its initial stage, irking the locals as well as traders in the valley who have pined all their dreams in the project. ANI

Students protest against abduction of two Orissa official by Maoists
Students from Orissa on Sunday protested against the abduction of Malkangiri District Collector R.V. Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi by Maoist rebels. ANI

Malaysian Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Delhi airport
A Malaysian Airlines flight made an emergency landing at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday. ANI

Two-day "Overseas Employers' Conference" to begin in Hyderabad tomorrow
A two-day "Overseas Employers' Conference" will be held from tomorrow in Hyderabad to understand the concerns of the foreign employers in the Middle-East and South-East Asian countries employing Indian workers. ANI

Mediators seek more time for abducted collector's release
The two mediators, human right activists and academicians G. Hargopal and R. Someswar Rao have said that more time was needed to secure the release of abducted Malkangiri district collector R V Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi. ANI

Fans participate in marathon to cheer Team India
Fans of Indian cricket team today participated in 'Indian Open Marathon 2011' organised to support and cheer the team for ongoing 2011 ICC World Cup. ANI

Traditional artwork Kantha empowering women in West Bengal
The Indian traditional artwork of Kantha or embroidery has empowered the poor women in West Bengal. ANI

International Trade Centre in Kashmir still a dream due to J.K government's neglect
The project of setting up the International Trade Centre in Srinagar remains a distant dream for the traders, as the state government has failed to start the construction process. ANI

Consensus on JPC probe into 2G spectrum scam
At an all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar here today, the government conveyed to the Opposition that it will move a resolution for Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) in the House on February 22, which will be followed by a discussion on the floor of the House, according to sources. ANI

Antony visits charitable boys hostel run by Army's aid in Manipur
Defence Minister AK Antony visited a unique boy's Hostel-Disha, being run by the Army in Leimakhong in Manipur. ANI

13 held for selling illicit liquor in Bihar
Thirteen people have been arrested in Samastipur district of Bihar on Sunday for their involvement in sale of illicit liquor. ANI

Four suspected militants arrested in Manipur
The security forces in Manipur arrested four suspected militants including three women, involved in a bomb attack on an executive engineer of Irrigation and Flood control department. ANI

Music composers dedicate their tunes to boost Team India's confidence
A group of artists in Jharkhand have composed and dedicated their music album to the Indian cricket team in order to boost their confidence to lift the ICC World Cup. ANI

Eunuchs pray for the success of Indian cricket team
Eunuchs fans of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have performed religious rituals and offered prayers for victory of the Indian cricket team in 2011 World Cup. ANI

First ever Indian comic-book convention in Delhi
India's first comic book convention has opened in New Delhi, with organisers expecting thousands of fans to prove that the art form is still thriving in the Internet age ANI

Pakistani singer Rahat Ali Khan, manager fined Rs. 15 lakh
Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and his manager Maroof have been fine Rs. 15 lakh in connection with the recovery of undeclared foreign currency from them at the airport in Delhi on February 13. ANI

Speaker to hold all party meet ahead of Budget session
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will hold an all-party meet today, a day before the commencement of the Budget session of Parliament. ANI

No shifts in J.K chief ministerships: Farooq Abdullah
Union Cbinet Minister and National conference leader, Farooq Abdullah, has said that there will be no change of chief ministership in Jammu and Kashmir for next three years. ANI

India signs tax information exchange pacts to avoid tax evasions
India signed Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA) with various countries to avoid tax evasions and fiscal frauds such as money laundering. ANI

Malkangiri Collector abduction: Negotiations likely to start today
In a bid to secure the release of Malkangiri District Collector R V Krishna from the Maoists, the mediators are likely to kick off the negotiations with the Maoists today. ANI

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