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Wajahat Habibullah assumes charge as NCM chairperson
Former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah on Thursday took over as National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairperson. ANI

Air Chief inaugurates traffic awareness exhibition by cartoonist Tendulkar
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal P. V. Naik inaugurated an exhibition of cartoons by eminent artist Mangesh Tendulkar aimed at creating traffic awareness amongst school children at the Air Force Bal Bharti School (AFBBS) here on Thursday. ANI

Ethiopian Finance Minister calls on Mukherjee
Ethiopian Finance Minister Sufian Ahmed called on Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee here on Thursday during which the two leaders agreed to strengthen economic relationship between the two nations. ANI

Cabinet approves setting up of non-lapsable fund in northeast
The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure on Thursday approved the setting up of a non-lapsable fund called 'North East Region Rail Development Fund' (NERRDF) for national projects in the north eastern region. ANI

Pallam Raju inaugurates third edition of 'Jumbo' Majumdar International Conference
Minister of State for Defence Dr. M M Pallam Raju inaugurated the third edition of 'Jumbo' Majumdar International Conference on 'Aerospace Leadership in the coming decades' here on Thursday. ANI

India issues advisory asking journalists to avoid troubled spots in Egypt
India on Thursday issued advisory after journalists covering the confrontations between pro- and anti-regime protesters in Cairo got into troubles. ANI

DRDO's UAV 'Nishant' completes confirmatory flight trials
Nishant, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has successfully completed the series of confirmatory trials conducted by the Indian Army at Chandan Range Pokharan recently. ANI

J-K locals condemn killing of two sisters by Lashkar militants
The people staged a sit-in-protest in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla District on Thursday to condemn the killing of two teenaged sisters girls allegedly by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants. ANI

CBI grills three main accused in Adarsh scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned three main accused in the controversial Adarsh Housing Society scam including Congress leader K L Gidwani and retired Brigadier M M Wanchoo. ANI

Walia releases report on 'Housing Conditions in Delhi'
Delhi Finance and Planning Minister Dr. A.K. Walia on Thursday released a report on 'Housing Conditions in Delhi' prepared by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics on the basis of survey conducted under 65th National Sample Survey Round during July 2008- June 2009. ANI

Increase of circle rate to uproot poor, lower middle class from Delhi: Malhotra
Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Professor Vijay Kumar Malhotra has said that the increase of circle rate by 100 percent will prove to be a death blow on the poor and lower middle class people of Delhi. ANI

Five injured in Kolkata building collapse
At least five persons got injured when a three-storey building collapsed in India Exchange Place, the busy and crowded central business district here on Thursday. ANI

Secretaries to explore ways to improve governance in India
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will on Friday inaugurate the two-day conference of Chief Secretaries being organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. ANI

Afghanistan far behind in environmental development: Hamid Karzai
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who is presently on a two-day visit to India, on Thursday said his country is still far behind in tackling issues of development vis-'-vis sustainable environment. ANI

C-130J to be inducted into Indian Air Force on Feb 5: Air Chief
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal P. V. Naik today said C-130J, which is capable of landing on all terrains and in varied altitudes, would be inducted into the Indian Air Force on February 5. ANI

Afghan President meets President Patil, PM during Delhi visit
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Dr. anmohan Singh here on Thursday during his two-day visit to India ANI

Buddhadeb writes to Chidambaram on Trinamool-Maoist nexus
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today wrote to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the nexus between the Trinamool Congress and the Maoists. ANI

2G scam: CBI gets five-day remand of Raja, others
The Patiala House Court on Thursday granted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a five-day remand of former Telecom Minister A Raja, his personal secretary RK Chandolia and former telecom secretary Siddharth Behuria. ANI

2G scam: DMK backs former Telecom Minister Raja
The Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) General Council, which met here on Thursday has backed former Telecom Minister A Raja, saying he cannot alone be declared guilty just because of his arrest in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Supreme Court questions Govt. on CVC appointment
The Supreme Court on Thursday again questioned the government on the appointment of PJ Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). ANI

48th Central Geological Programming Board meeting begins review in Delhi
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) will soon procure modern equipments that will uplift the pace and quantity output of all the exploration programmes of the GSI. ANI

The Propagandist Tenor of Kashmir Solidarity Day(Article)
Kashmir Solidarity Day has been observed in Pakistan on February 05, as it has been every year since 1990. The propaganda that is being organised is on predictable lines. ANI

Govt. has made itself a 'laughing stock', says Jayalalithaa on Raja's arrest
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa on Thursday expressed her dissatisfaction over the arrest of former Telecom Minister A Raja in connection with the 2G spectrum scam, saying the arrest has made the government 'a laughing stock'. ANI

Nitish Kumar meets Nepal President
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called on Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav here on Thursday. ANI

Home Ministry advisory to states: Be sensitive with inquiries about Kashmir origin residents
The Home Ministry has issued an advisory to state governmentes and Union Territories to be more sensitive while making inquiries about residents from Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Sino-India ties in focus at Kumarajiva seminar-cum-exhibition in Delhi
A three-day international seminar and exhibition to critically study and evaluate the contribution of Kumarajiva in enhancement of Indo-Chinese cultural relations and other related issues began here today under the aegis of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. ANI

India to reduce GDP emission intensity by 20 percent by 2020: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said that India is set to reduce the emissions intensity of GDP by 20 per cent between 2005 and 2020. ANI

Raja offers to resign from DMK party post
Former Telecom Minister A Raja has offered to resign as Propaganda Secretary of the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK). ANI

Person displaced by fencing in Tripura launch indefinite hunger strike
Hundreds of internally displaced persons in Tripura launched an indefinite hunger strike to put pressure on the state government to implement their 19-point demands. ANI

Karmapa Lama appears before his followers in Dharamsala
Appearing for the first time before his followers since raids were conducted at the Gyuto monastery, Karmapa Lama said he has full faith in the Indian law and people will soon know the truth about the recovery of huge foreign currencies from his transit home. ANI

States told to implement schemes for backward areas more effectively
The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has asked state governments to implement schemes under Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) through there High Powered Committee's (HPCs) more effectively and efficiently. ANI

Magsaysay award winner returns award in protest
Magsaysay award winner and social worker Sandeep Pandey has returned the Employment Awareness Award to protest against the alleged political patronage to corrupt and criminal elements in gram panchayats. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee feels inflationary fluctuations will occur in coming months
Asserting that inflationary pressures are not unusual in a 'complex' economy such as India, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has indicated more fluctuations will occur in economy in the coming months. ANI

Systemic changes being brought out to protect defence land, says Antony
Defence Minister AK Antony has said that the Ministry of Defence will shortly be framing policies covering the issue of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) in cases where the local laws require consultation with Local Military Authorities (LMA) for construction of buildings on lands adjacent to defence installations. ANI

Wajahat Habibullah to head National Commission for Minorities
Wajahat Habibullah, India's first Chief Information Commissioner, has been appointed as the Chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). ANI

2G scam: DMK general council to assess impact of Raja's arrest
The Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) General Council will meet here on Thursday to discuss the political situation arising out of the arrest of former Telecom Minister A Raja. ANI

2G scam: A. Raja, aides to be produced in court
Former Telecom Minister A Raja will be produced in the Patiala House court on Thursday, a day after he was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the 2G spectrum scam case. ANI

Dr Manmohan Singh inaugurates the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2011 themed ‘Tapping Local Initiatives and Tackling Global Inertia”
Dr Manmohan Singh Hon’ble Prime Minister of India inaugurated the 11th Delhi Sustainable Development Summitn (DSDS) organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) today at the Taj Palace Hotel Business Wire India

CEAT Cricket Rating Awards the best of World Cup Cricketers
Tyre major CEAT Limited celebrated the success and glory of International cricket with ‘CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) World Cup Awards 2011’ at a glittering ceremony here today at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. These special CEAT Cricket Rating Awards honor the best of the World Cup cricketers based on their performances in all the previous World Cups as per the CEAT Cricket Rating Business Wire India

Media Statement from Zoom Communications
The findings of the First Report of the HLC on Host Broadcasting for the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG 2010) had been made public on the 1st of February 2011. ZOOM Communications would like to clarify and correct several inaccuracies made by the Shunglu Committee in the Report. FINDING:SIS Live sub-contracted to ZOOM Communications for Rs. 177 Crores Key Flaws Of The Report 1 Business Wire India

Maveric Systems Deepens Europe Focus
Maveric Systems, a globally trusted independent software testing specialist, is expanding its presence in UK and Europe with the ongoing successful delivery of end-to-end testing services for Metro Bank. This project has generated significant interest as Metro Bank is the first new high street bank to be licensed in the UK, in over 100 years. The Bank went live in July 2010 Business Wire India

Ittiam Showcases Leading Edge Technologies for Smart Phones and Tablets at its 10-Year Anniversary Event
Ittiam Systems today announced that the company has successfully deployed a wide array of media processing and communication technologies in the explosive markets for Smart Phones and Tablets Business Wire India

Jamna Auto Q3FY11 Consolidated Turnover up by 41% at Rs. 239 Crore, Net Profit at Rs. 6.61 Crore, Declares 10% Interim Dividend
Jamna Auto Industries Limited recorded sales turnover or Rs 239.24 crore and PAT of Rs 6.61 crore in the third quarter ended 31 December 2010. The company declared interim dividend of 10% to the shareholders backed by improved performance. Q3FY11 Performance – Consolidated basis • The Company’s operational revenues increased by 41.09% to Rs. 239.24 crore as compared to Rs. 169 Business Wire India

My Value Creates the First Online B2B Market Place with Dynamic Packages
My Value announced the launch of an innovative online B2B platform for booking dynamic packages in real time. Announcing the launch of the Online B2b Market Place Mr. Deepak Agarwal said, “When leisure travel means fun, pleasure and enjoyment for a traveller, organizing the same should to be a totally stress free experience for a Travel Agent too Business Wire India

Earn More with the NEW American Express Gold Charge Card
American Express today launched a new card so loaded with rewards and benefits that it is set to revolutionize the card industry. The American Express Gold Card combines young affluent (between the age group of 28 - 35 yrs) Indians' desire to be rewarded and recognized, and American Express' ability to deliver premium value Business Wire India

Hughes Strengthens Dominance in Finance & Banking Sector with Two More Contract Awards by Indian Banks
Hughes Communications India, Ltd. (HCIL), a leading provider of broadband satellite and managed network services, and wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), today announced two significant contracts signed for the United Bank of India and UCO bank networks for their respective RRBs (Regional Rural Banks) Business Wire India

Skorydov Systems Pvt. Ltd. Introduces New e-Form16 Software
Skorydov Systems Pvt. Ltd. has launched a new version of its already popular Form-16 software, which is widely used by corporate and professionals. The new version of this software offers a promising solution to the problem of signing the forms manually by giving an option to digitally sign the Forms as per prescribed rules of the Income-tax Department Business Wire India

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