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2G scam: CBI likely to question Shourie tomorrow
Senior BJP leader and former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie is likely to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday in connection with its probe into the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

MEA's 24/7 situation room flooded with queries of Indians in Libya
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is working overtime at 24/7 situation room to take more than 250 calls and flurry of emails a day from concerned relatives of stranded Indians in Libya. ANI

Maoists release Malkangiri Collector Krishna
The nine-day hostage drama came to an end in Orissa with the release of Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna, who was abducted by the Maoists on February 16. ANI

India urging Libya to open Tripoli airport for its flights
India has urged the Libyan authorities to open up Tripoli airport for its flights so that air evacuation could take place. ANI

Govt. keeping 'fingers crossed' on Kashmir issue
Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir passed through a difficult time last year, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the government was keeping its 'fingers crossed' this summer while remaining vigilant. ANI

India asks Pak to grasp 'hands of friendship'
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, extending hands of friendship to Pakistan, on Thursday said India is ready to discuss all outstanding issues provided the neighbouring country stopped use of its territory for anti-India activities. ANI

Enough scope for enhancing India, Uruguay economic cooperation: Anand Sharma
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma today said that there is enough scope for enhancing economic cooperation between India and Uruguay. ANI

CWG scam: Bhanot, Verma sent to five-days CBI custody
A Delhi court on Thursday sent former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi's key aides Lalit Bhanot and V.K. Verma to five days Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody ANI

Agnivesh appeals to Maoists to release Malkangir collector
Social activist Swami Agnivesh has appealed for the release of Malkangir collector R Vineel Krishna, after the Maoists came up with new demands. ANI

Non availability of mid day meals affect students attendance in Kathua
The non-availability of mid-meals in government-run schools in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir has affected the students' attendance. ANI

30 member JPC set up to probe 2G-spectrum issue
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee moved a motion in the Lok Sabha for the appointment of a 30-member Committee, who will look into the telecom policy pursued from 1998 to 2009 including the allocation and pricing of telecom licenses and spectrum. ANI

Ship sailing to Bengazhi to evacuate Indians
"Scotia Prince" a chattered passenger ferry with capacity to seat 1200 persons, has reached Egypt and is to sail for Bengazhi to evacuate stranded Indian nationals from Libya. ANI

Orchid industry blooms in Sikkim
The orchid industry is proving to be an enterprising avenue for local plant growers in Sikkim. ANI

BJP appeals Chidambaram to apprise Parliament on Malkangiri hostage crisis
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said it was shocking to learn that Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna, who was abducted by the Maoists on February 16, is yet to be released, and demanded that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram apprise Parliament about the situation. ANI

Govt. to call Muslim MPs soon to decide Haj pilgrimage arrangements
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday informed the Rajya Sabha that the government will call a meeting of Muslim MPs soon to decide on reforms in arrangements for Haj pilgrimage. ANI

Virus hacks 150,000 cell phones in China
A mobile phone virus has infected 150,000 people in China allowing hackers to remotely monitor calls, according to the Beijing Times on Wednesday. ANI

PMO did not approve S-band spectrum deal: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said neither his office nor the cabinet had approved the 2005 agreement to allocate S-band spectrum to the private firm, Devas Multimedia. ANI

CWG scam: Only OC officials being targeted, says Kalmadi
Former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who is heading towards bigger trouble with the arrest of two of his close aides, on Thursday, accused investigating agencies of targeting only Organising Committee officials. ANI

Indian Army shortlists 373 aspirants for final tests during Kashmir recruitment drive
The Indian army has shortlisted 373 candidates for further selection during a recruitment drive here. ANI

Delhi Lt. Governor to take part in golf tourney
Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna will lead the field in the eleventh annual "Lt. Governor's Golf Cup" tournament being organized by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) at Qutab Golf course, Lado Sarai on February 26 and 27. ANI

Central Excise and Service Tax Superintendents wear black badges
The Superintendents of Central Excise and Service Tax performed their duties with wearing the black badges throughout the country today on the eve of 'Central Excise Day'. ANI

CBI registers case against former Mumbai Port Trust officials
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against a former Deputy Chairman and Traffic Manager of the Mumbai Port Trust, besides others for causing a loss of Rs.6.63 crores. ANI

Manmohan Singh says will ensure probity in public life
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Thursday said that the government will do everything to ensure probity in public life and take action against wrongdoers, if there was evidence. ANI

Vaiko slams Congress for links with DMK despite corruption charges.
V Gopalswamy (Vaiko), leader of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) has slammed the Congress for continuing to maintain its links with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party despite several charges of corruption against it. ANI

Chinese tourists emerge as top tax-free shoppers in Europe
A new study has found that Chinese tourists have outspend the Russians to become the top tax-free shoppers in Europe. ANI

Bangalore police baton charge cricket fans
Bangalore Police baton - charged hundreds of cricket fans at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here , as they queued up to buy tickets for the India -England World Cup match on Thursday. ANI

Wild bisons injure six villagers in West Bengal district
Two wild bisons strayed into three villages in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district and injured around half a dozen inhabitants. ANI

Telangana activists torch railway coach in Warangal
The row over the creation of a separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh took an ugly turn when activists of the youth wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI) set the rake of a passenger train on fire at the Warangal railway station in Andhra Pradesh. ANI

Passengers turn violent as man dies at Kolkata railway station
The death of a young man, due to the negligence of railway officials at Kolkata's Dum Dum Railway Station, led to passengers attacking railway officials and property. ANI

Maoists set new conditions for release of Malkangiri Collector
Maoist rebels have put forward new conditions for the release of Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna, who was abducted by the Maoists on February 16. ANI

Joint Parliamentary Committee debate in Parliament today
The Government and the Opposition will debate in Parliament today the terms of reference of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on 2G spectrum scam and pass a resolution. ANI

CWG scam: Bhanot, Verma to be produced in court
Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organizing Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi's key aides Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma, who were arrested by the CBI in connection with alleged irregularities related to the event, will be produced in court today. ANI

eClerx Joins WAA as Corporate Member
eClerx today announced that it has joined the WAA, Web Analytics Association, to help shape the evolution of the digital marketing industry. Founded by web analytics industry leaders in 2004, the mission of the WAA is to lead and support its members by providing quality education, developing standards and best practices, conducting research and advocating for issues that advance the industry Business Wire India

TravelMartIndia.com Pvt. Ltd. Announces the Launch of ‘Vamoose.in’, India’s First Group Buying Travel, Leisure and Vacation Portal
TravelMartIndia, the country’s leading travel web portal announced today that it has launched India’s first group buying portal for travel, leisure and vacation destinations. Pioneered in the US, the concept of group buying has already seen enormous success the world over. When companies can sell in bulk, they can offer deep discounts to consumers. Vamoose Business Wire India

Reed Exhibitions India and the EFY Group Introduce ELEconnex 2012
In a joint statement made on February 17, 2011 to coincide with the start of the Electronics For You 2011 Expo, Reed Exhibitions India and the EFY Group announced the launch of ELEconnex 2012. ELEconnex will combine the strengths of Componex NEPCON India and the Electronics For You Expo — tradeshow brands owned by Reed Exhibitions India and the EFY Group, respectively Business Wire India

CA Technologies Executives Recognized as Channel Chiefs by Everything Channel’s CRN
CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced that four company executives have been named 2011 Channel Chiefs by Everything Channel’s CRN. Channel Chiefs are leaders in creating effective channel programs for solution providers. They consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies Business Wire India

Online Cricket Experience in a New Form - www.alltimecricket.com Launched
www.alltimecricket.com shows live cricket sores in a multilingual format to all the cricket fans. The site also provides a robust interactivity platform for its visitors and is in line to produce animated movies on cricketing events. Bangalore, Karnataka - 23.02.2011: Alltimcricket, a sports media company from Bangalore launched a brand new cricket-focused, interactive website this month www Business Wire India

TL Jones Supplies Elevator Light Curtains and Displays to India’s Delhi Metro
TL Jones, the leading manufacturer of elevator passenger safety equipment, has supplied 185 elevator light curtains and 555 dot-matrix displays to the Delhi Metro (DMRC) in India. The passenger safety and information products are fitted to elevators supplied by Kone and Johnson Lifts. Each elevator features Pana40 3D light curtains and three PD3001 LED displays Business Wire India

Volk’s Merlin Surgical View System Conjures up Superior Imaging
Volk Optical’s new Merlin Surgical System provides precise control of non-contact lens position and focus for clear, crisp views during vitreoretinal surgery. Adaptable to any surgical microscope, with Volk’s new ROLS®(Infinity) reinverter, and the choice of three lenses, the modular Merlin system is the most advanced method for non contact retinal viewing Business Wire India

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