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73 coastal police stations to be set up for enhancing security: Govt.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday informed that under the Coastal Security Scheme, a total of 73 coastal police stations are to be set up, equipped with 204 boats, 153 jeeps and 312 motorcycles for mobility on the coast and in close coastal waters. ANI

No report of Maoists,NE insurgents gaining foothold in national capital: Govt.
Minister of State for Home Affairs M. Ramachandran in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today said there is no specific information that Maoists and insurgents from the North Eastern States are trying to gain foot-hold in the national capital. ANI

Worker from TN killed in Libya due to road accident: Indian Embassy
The Indian Embassy in Tripoli has said that Murugaiah, a contract worker from Tamil Nadu, who was employed with a Korean group, died in a road accident in Libya. ANI

CBI seeks I and B Ministry's nod to proceed against Lalli in CWG scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought sanction of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to prosecute former Prasar Bharti Chief Executive Officer (CEO) BS Lalli and Doordarshan Director General Aruna Sharma in connection with allegations of corruption in awarding broadcasting rights of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. ANI

India, Korea trade set to double in next five years
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma today hoped that the bilateral trade between India and Korea to further rise and double in the next five years. ANI

UN Counter Terrorism Committee has been lax in questioning Pak: Tharoor
Former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday suggested that India should try to use the United Nations mechanism to check the terrorists' activities from the soil of its neighbouring country Pakistan. ANI

ED questions Raja's brother in 2G scam case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Kalia Perumal, the brother of arrested former Telecom Minster A Raja for over three hours in connection with its probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Worker from Tamil Nadu killed in Libyan violence
Murugaiah, a 42-year old contract worker from Tamil Nadu, who was employed with a Korean group, has been killed in strife torn Libya. ANI

Pune land grab scam case transferred to CBI
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday handed over the investigation into the Pune land grab scam case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). ANI

India keeping a close watch on situation in violence-hit Libya
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday said the government is keeping a close watch on the situation in violence-hit Libya. ANI

Swamy names Karunanidhi in 2G telecom scam
Janata Party President and telecom scam petitioner Subramanian Swamy, on Tuesday named Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his family as co-accused in the scandal that caused an estimated Rs. 1.76 trillion (about 39.57 billion dollars) loss to the exchequer. ANI

Specially-abled men participate in bodybuilding championship
Nearly twenty-five specially-abled men participated in a bodybuilding championship in Madhya Pradesh on Monday. ANI

Family members of an Indian nurse trapped in Libya pray for her safety
The family members of an Indian nurse trapped in Libya pray for her safe return from the restive country. ANI

BJP hails Godhra verdict
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday welcomed the Gujarat special court verdict convicting 31 accused in the 2002 Godhra train burning case. ANI

Meira Kumar assures Raja opportunity to speak in Parliament
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday said she will consider any request from arrested former Telecom Minster A Raja to participate in the debate on 2G spectrum allocation scam once it comes on her table. ANI

Gujarat diamond merchants seek benefits in upcoming Budget
Diamond merchants of Gujarat are seeking benefits from the central government from the upcoming annual budget. ANI

Sitaram Jindal Foundation announces India's biggest cash prize for humanitarian service
Sitaram Jindal Foundation, one of the leading not-for-profit organizations, on Tuesday announced the launch of India's biggest cash prize-Jindal prize, wherein Rs 50 million shall be awarded to individuals and institutions annually to recognize their exceptional efforts rendered in different categories towards upliftment of people in the country. ANI

Maoists trying to establish base in Assam, says CRPF
Maoists are attempting to establish their base in Assam and the hard line group of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), headed by commander in chief of the outfit, Paresh Baruah, has launched a recruitment drive, particularly in Upper Assam, according to a senior Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official. ANI

Senior BJP leader Heptulla launches her collection of poems
Nijma Heptulla, Vice President, Bharatiya Janata Party, released her collection of poems in Delhi on Monday. ANI

Separatist leaders called for shutdown in Kashmir
Ayaaz Akhbar, a spokesperson for the Hurriyat Conference, called for a shutdown in Kashmir on Tuesday. ANI

Malkangiri Collector abduction: Mediators hold talks with Maoist leader in jail
The Orissa government on Tuesday brought a top Maoist leader Ganti Prasadam to speed up the negotiation process for the safe release of a Malkangiri District Collector R. Vineel Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi. ANI

Bhopal will be renamed Bhojpal
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh may soon be renamed as 'Bhojpal'. ANI

Godhra verdict: 31 convicted, 63 acquitted
A special court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday given verdict in the 2002 Godhra train burning case, convicting 31 under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and acquitting 63 of those accused. ANI

Aurangabad Medical College vandalized over poor facilities
Medical students in Aurangabad vandalized their college and hostel property while protesting against the lack of facilities in campus.he students of the government run institution complained that college provided no security to students and lacked basic facilities such as clean drinking water, sanitation, electricity and proper food. ANI

BJP welcomes PM's announcement on JPC
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's announcement on agreeing to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Congress MP denies making 'bloody Indian' remark to Ramdev, offers to resign
The Congress lawmaker from Arunachal Pradesh, who has been accused of calling yoga guru Baba Ramdev a "bloody Indian" and a "dog", has offered to resign from Parliament if the charges are proved to be true. ANI

Bangalore Christians staged rally against probe reports on church attacks
Hundreds of Christians in Bangalore gathered for a candle light vigil on Monday to protest against a probe report on church attacks. ANI

J.K Finance Minister expects good grant from federal budget
Abdul Rahim Rather, has said that he is expecting several plan outlays and grants for his state in the proposed federal budget. ANI

Malkangiri Collector abduction: Orissa agrees to 8 of 14 Maoist demands
After the second day of negotiations between the Maoists and the mediators, the Orissa Government has conceded to eight of the 14 demands of the Maoists. ANI

PM announces JPC probe in 2G scam
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today announced the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

PM to make statement on JPC in Parliament
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh will make a statement on the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the 2G spectrum scam in Parliament today. ANI

Ahmedabad court to pronounce verdict in Godhra riots case
A special court in Ahmedabad will on Tuesday deliver its verdict against 94 accused in the 2002 Godhra communal riots case. ANI

India-Bangladesh Opening Encounter of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Peaks at 12.48 TVR* (C&S Households) in Top 6 Metros
Cricket fans across the country tuned in as the Indian team took on co-hosts, Bangladesh on February 19, 2011. The match delivered a peak rating of 12.48 TVR* across 6 metros according to data issued by research agency TAM. Overall, the opening match delivered an average cumulative TVR* of 7.8 across ESPN, STAR Sports, STAR Cricket & DD1 channels. The match reached out to 27 Business Wire India

Steria Signs Strategic Outsourcing Framework Agreement with the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the Regulator of the Financial Services Industry in the UK
Steria, a leading European IT-enabled business services provider, today announced it has signed a Strategic Outsourcing Framework Agreement with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to support and develop operational and regulatory systems Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems Awarded LEED Platinum Certification for its Data-Centre
-- India’s first LEED CI Platinum certified Green Data Centre -- Recognition received from US Green Building Council HCL Infosystems Limited, India’s premier hardware, services and ICT System Integration Company, today received the prestigious LEED CI Platinum certificate for its Data Centre in Noida Business Wire India

Canon India Announces Creation of Unified Office Imaging Solutions Division (OIS)
-- K Bhashkar to head OIS division at Canon -- OIS Division to contribute ` 350 Cr in 2011 Canon India, world leader in digital imaging technology recently announced the appointment of Mr. K Bhashkar as the Director of Office imaging Solution Division (OIS) Business Wire India

Creatigies Stitches a New Partnership. Muthoot Group to be Main Team Sponsors of Delhi Daredevils
The Muthoot Group (An M George Enterprise) has come on board as the Main Team Sponsor of the Delhi Daredevils for the Indian Premier League. The fourth edition of the IPL is due to start on April 8, 2011. The Muthoot Group (An M George Enterprise), is a diversified conglomerate established in the year 1887 by Shri Ninan Mathai Muthoot at Kozhencherry, Kerala Business Wire India

QAI Launches iGenie- An Innovation Skill Development Program for Students and Teachers
QAI (, the leading global workforce development and consulting organization, recently announced the launch of iGenie- An Innovation Skill Development Program Students and Teachers. The program consists of 50+ hours of skill development workshops, aimed at developing the thinking skills in students Business Wire India

Drishti's Ameyo Powers Interactions Processes for Teamlease - India's Leading HR Outsourcing Company
Drishti-Soft Solutions becomes the technology provider for complete interactions management for Teamlease Services. The later being one of the top staffing companies in India selected Ameyo for consolidating the complex interaction processes (both internal as well as external). Teamlease is a company engaged in temporary and permanent manpower solutions Business Wire India

DQE Sells Italian Jungle Book Rights to Leading Broadcaster RAI DUE
DQE, the global entertainment production and distribution company, today announces it has signed an agreement for the exclusive broadcast and distribution right for The Jungle Book 3D TV series in Italy to RAI DUE (“RAI 2”), an Italian television broadcaster Business Wire India

Email & SMS Channel Forms the Baseline for 86% of Marketers in India - Reports Octane Marketing
With the growth in the digital medium and increasing penetration of mobile and broadband in India, 86% of leading marketers in India confirmed their use of e-marketing channel (Email & SMS) as the most vital client engagement platform Business Wire India

MoneyGram Launches 'Cricket for Peace' Programme in South Asian Countries
MoneyGram International (NYSE: MGI), a leading global money transfer company, is leveraging its ICC partnership for the ICC World Cup 2011 championship by launching the MoneyGram “Cricket for Peace” programme across South Asia Business Wire India

Crowcon Recommends Requirements for Ideal Confined Space Entry Gas Detector
Working in confined spaces is difficult at the best of times. Operators often have to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment), are usually harnessed and may be carrying tools and equipment to complete the task in hand (e.g. welding). The last thing a worker in this environment needs to worry about is his or her gas detector Business Wire India

Elfab Awarded US Patent for Opti-Gard TM SoLo Rupture Disc
European pressure relief specialist Elfab has been awarded a US patent for its reverse-acting rupture disc, Opti-GardTM SoLo. Opti-GardTM SoLo is now both a registered trademark, and has been granted patents, in the UK, EU and US. The latest addition to Elfab’s industry-leading Opti-GardTM range, Opti-GardTM SoLo was developed specifically for low-pressure applications from two psig Business Wire India

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