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Congress hails President's address to Joint session of Parliament, Opposition disappointed
Congress on Monday hailed Pratibha Devisingh Patil's address to the Joint sitting of Parliament, saying she outlined the five priority areas of the government including controlling inflation, probity in life and polity and inclusive growth. ANI

Mukesh Ambani's RIL signs $20 billion deal with BP
Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Monday signed an agreement with oil major British Petroleum (BP) for 30 per cent stake in Reliance Industries' 23 oil and gas blocks including the KG-D6 gas fields. ANI

CWG scam: Nothing to do with Kalmadi's demand for JPC probe, says Congress
Congress Party on Monday distanced itself from sacked Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi's demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam, saying it was his independent view and the party has nothing to do with it. ANI

Students' rally turns violent in Hyderabad
The rally organised by the Osmania University Joint Action Committee (JAC) turned violent here on Monday when the police and paramilitary personnel deployed on the university premises stopped the students' group. ANI

Chidambaram praises Indian legal system for handling of 26/11 case
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Monday that the manner in which the case of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab had been dealt with has raised the prestige of the Indian legal system. ANI

Telangana activists protest in Delhi for separate state
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) activists spearheading a demand for the creation of a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh, staged a protest here on Monday. ANI

Brinda Karat slams nation's food inspection systems
The opposition Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M), on Monday slammed the food inspection procedures in the country. ANI

26/11 attacks: Maharashtra Govt. to appeal against Ansari, Sabauddin in SC
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan expressing his unhappiness over the acquittal of two Indian accused by the Bombay High Court in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, on Monday said his government will file an appeal against the judgment in the Supreme Court. ANI

Jethmalani slams Mukherjee over black money issue
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Jethmalani hit out at Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday, accusing him of refusing to reveal information on black money stashed away by some Indians in Swiss banks. ANI

Family of Indian hostage held by Somali pirates hoping for government aid
The family of Prashant Kumar, an Indian held hostage by Somali pirates, is hoping the government will step in and offer the required assistance to secure his release. ANI

Aarushi case: Talwars challenge CBI court order in Allahabad HC
Aarushi Talwar's parents, Dr. Rajesh Talwar and Dr. Nupur Talwar, moved the Allahabad High Court on Monday challenging a order issued by the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court earlier this month, whereby they have been accused of killing their teenaged daughter. ANI

Delhi leading the way in combating climate change: Dikshit
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said that her government has taken several steps to reduce the damaging impact of climate change. ANI

Television sales surge in Lucknow as World Cup begins
there has been a hike in the sale of televisions here in the wake of the cricket World Cup. ANI

Gujarat textile honchos puts forward demands ahead of Budget.
Textile industry honchos in Gujarat have put forward its demands and expectations ahead of the announcement of the federal budget. ANI

Baba Ramdev must prove financial transparency: Digvijay Singh
Senior Congress leader, Digvijay Singh on Monday said yoga guru Baba Ramdev should prove that money used to make his ashram is not black money and tax has been paid on it. ANI

Prosecution hails death penalty for Kasab
The prosecution on the Ajmal Kasb related terror case today described the Bombay High court's decision to uphold the former's death sentence as a triumph of justice and truth. ANI

Tripura reaping peace dividend
With the return of peace and normalcy, rapid development is taking place in Tripura. It is visible in all walks of life, especially in trade and commerce. ANI

President Patil hopes Women's Reservation Bill will be considered by Lok Sabha
President Pratibha Patil today expressed hope that the Women's Reservation Bill, passed by Rajya Sabha, would be considered by the Lok Sabha at the earliest. ANI

Libyan envoy to India quits over crackdown on demonstrators in his country
Libya's Ambassador to India, Ali al-Essawi, resigned from his post on Monday in protest against his government's crackdown on demonstrators. ANI

MBA, the new 'mantra for success' in Nagaland
Acquiring a Masters in Business Administration (MBA or M.B.A.) is the new buzzword in Nagaland and students from various academic disciplines aspire to become business tycoons and heads of multinational companies. ANI

Unending violence instills fear among Manipuris
Unabated militant-led violence, extortions, blasts and killings have created an atmosphere of insecurity among the people of Manipur. ANI

Lawmakers interrupt Andhra assembly proceedings
Proceedings in the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly were adjourned as again on Monday with lawmakers continuing their protest over forming of a separate Telangana state and on revoking the suspension of five of the members. ANI

Parliament adjourns after paying tribute to deceased members
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till Tuesday after tributes were paid to former members who had died in the intervening period between the Winter and Budget Sessions. ANI

India and Pakistan officials discuss bilateral water treaty
India and Pakistan officials attended a high-level meeting of the Indus Water Treaty Commission in Jammu to discuss a proposal by India to erect a dam on the river Indus. ANI

PM's interaction with television editors was a 'wretched exercise': Jayalalithaa
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa on Monday criticized the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying his comments during an interaction with top television editors of the country was a 'wretched exercise', where he kept blaming 'compromises' imposed by 'coalition dharma' for most of the failings of the government. ANI

Government seeks private funding for infrastructure development in 12th Plan
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said the private sector will have to join the government in the mammoth funding of US dollar one trillion (over Rs 40 lakh crore) for infrastructure development in the 12th Plan staring next fiscal. ANI

Thousands celebrate traditional demon fair in Kullu
Thousands attended the traditional eight-day-long Fagli Fair or demon fair on Sunday in Himachal Pradesh. ANI

India welcomes democracy in Egypt: President Patil
Welcoming the dawn of democracy elsewhere, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said Egypt has recently seen momentous developments. ANI

President Patil says Govt. deeply concerned about inflation
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said that the Government is deeply concerned over the adverse impact of inflation on the aam aadmi. ANI

Govt. committed to tackling menace of black money
Inaugurating the budget session of Parliament, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday, said that the Government of India committed to tackling the menace of black money. ANI

Maoists attack under construction Bridge, labourers in Jharkhand
Maoists have targeted an under construction bridge and thrashed up the labourers near Barwadih in Latehar District of Jharkhand. ANI

Lucknow restaurateur promotes World Cup themed eatery
Sanjay Arora, Lucknow restaurant owner is promoting this Year's World Cup with enthusiasm. ANI

91 year old beats all odds, rappels across 1200 feet deep valley
Narayan Krishna Mahajan, a 91-year-old rappelled across a 1200 feet long deep valley in Maharashtra. ANI

Manmohan Singh hopes Budget session will be peaceful, productive
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said the Budget session of Parliament is very crucial and hoped the proceedings would be peaceful. ANI

26/11 attacks: Bombay High Court upholds death sentence for Kasab
The Bombay High Court on Monday upheld the death sentence for Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving militant of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

Mayawati conducts 'monitoring visit' in Ghaziabad
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati conducted a surprise inspection visit to Ghaziabad District on Sunday. ANI

Bofors payoff case: Decision on Quattrocchi's fate deferred till March 4
The verdict on a plea by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to shut the Bofors payoff case against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi has been deferred till March 4. ANI

Gorkhaland will never be created: West Bengal CM
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said that the separate state of Gorkhaland would never be carved out. ANI

A journey of a different kind in Ladakh
It has been a long journey for me, growing up in Ladakh and having all the aspirations of any ordinary girl who wants a happy life ANI

2G scam: Arun Shourie to appear before CBI
Senior BJP leader and former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie will appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today in connection with its probe into the 2G scam. ANI

Kasab recites Quran in jail ahead of verdict
Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving militant of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, whose fate will be decided by the Bombay High Court today, offered prayers and recited verses of Quran in his cell at the Arthur Road Jail. ANI

Malkangiri Collector abduction: Talks between mediators, govt. to continue today
Talks between Orissa Government and mediators, Professors Hargopal and R Someswar Rao to release Malkangiri District Collector R V Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi from the Maoists, will continue today. ANI

Chinese consumer products popular in Jharkhand
Political issues or the trade imbalance with China notwithstanding, there is a serious 'Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai' bonhomie happening in Jharkhand, a region which falls under the V Schedule of the Constitution as having a large tribal (ST) community. ANI

MetLife India recognized in an International forum for its Business Process Management
Celent, a leading research and consulting firm in the global financial services industry, at its 2011 Model Insurer Summit held in New York on February 10, 2011, recognized MetLife India Insurance Co. Ltd. for its Business Process Management capabilities Business Wire India

Delhi High Court Injuncts Cable Operators from Unauthorized Telecast of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
The Honorable Delhi High Court ordered in favor of ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd (ESIPL), in its suit for permanent injunction filed against cable operators across the country against unauthorized broadcast of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, restraining all cable operators from unauthorisedly showing the tournament through their cable networks Business Wire India

TERI in Consonance with Herbal Research and Development Institute (HRDI) conducts a 3-day Workshop to enable Farmers in the Field of Culinary, Medicinal and Aromatic Herbs
Business Wire India

Sandeep Khurana Offers New Age Music to World Wide Audience
California based music producer and documentary film maker Sandeep Khurana recently released his 26th music album, “Zen Meditation Heal Spa”, another mystical blend of nature music with alluring soundscapes of flutes, piano, strings, guitars and ethnic instruments. The sounds from the album are soothing, uplifting, relaxing, and energizing, while having a mystical aura to them Business Wire India

Record Participation from Social Entrepreneurs at 2011 India Development Marketplace
A World Bank grant programme aimed at garnering social-entrepreneur participation has shown record results. 2011 India Development Marketplace (DM), a World Bank Group grant programme, received 264 proposals seeking finance to scale or replicate inclusive and sustainable business models in Bihar, Rajasthan and Orissa Business Wire India

Overturning Inverted Perceptions and Veering Towards High Growth - Indian Power Inverter Market – Complimentary Analyst Briefing from Frost & Sullivan
With constant power cuts, perceptions about the use of Inverters these days are changing. Inverters find use in several applications across various new sectors like Industrial, Telecom, hospitality and domestic. The telecom sector (such as BTS cell sites), use inverters which are slowly complimenting/replacing gensets, which incur a high maintenance cost Business Wire India

Tejas Networks Wins EFY Electronics Organization of the Year Award
Tejas Networks Ltd., a leader in next-generation optical networking products, announced today that it has won the Electronics For You (EFY) Electronics Organization of the Year Award at the EFY Awards 2011. EFY Awards seek to recognize leading enterprises and individuals in the Indian Electronics Industry and aim to catalyze its growth in India and across the world Business Wire India

TERI in Consonance with BREDA kick-starts the first ever country-wide Training Program to Train Prospective Solar Technicians for Installation and after Sales Service of Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Projects
Business Wire India

Entrepreneurs Need to Emphasize on Business Processes and Innovative Business Model - SME Learning Series 2011
Raising the bar for a holistic growth of entrepreneurs from MSME segment, entrepreneurs from the MSME segment came together on the platform of SME Learning Series – 10 city road-show event organized by Small Enterprise India(dot)com. Along with knowledge sharing, the event unleashed the potential of technology infrastructure and professional skill development for the community Business Wire India

Bio-Chem Fluidics Pinch Valves Improve Diagnostic Systems Design
Bio-Chem Fluidics helps original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) address clogging waste lines in clinical diagnostic systems with its solenoid operated pinch valves. Many OEMs use the same rocker isolation valves from the core of the diagnostic instrument to control the system’s waste line Business Wire India

Raffles Design Institute listed as the Highest Ranking Fashion Institute in India
Asia Pacific’s Premier Design Institution, Raffles University (Raffles Design Institute) has topped the charts among all the Fashion Institutes present in India in the latest rankings released by Leading US Fashion Blog Fashionista.com. Raffles Design Institute has been ranked at 40th position in the list of the Top 50 Fashion Schools in the World by Fashionista.com Business Wire India

Alicat Mass Flow Meters and Controllers Withstand Corrosive Gases
To overcome the challenges of process control in aggressive environments, Alicat Scientific, Inc., has developed the MS and MCS series Mass Flow Meters and Controllers. The all 316L stainless steel construction and FFKM elastomeric materials of the MS and MCS series provide metering and control options for the more common corrosive gases and gas mixes used in caustic process environments Business Wire India

Gaadi.com Partners with MIH Group
India's leading automotive site, Gaadi Web Pvt. Ltd today announced a partnership with the MIH Group. Announcing the partnership, Vivek Pahwa, Founder of Gaadi said "This is a really exciting development for Gaadi. This partnership with one of the largest internet groups in the world is just what Gaadi needs to push itself to the next threshold in leadership Business Wire India

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