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Sonia Gandhi expresses concern over high school dropout rate among children
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday expressing concern over the high school dropout rate among children said the government is committed to ensure that not a single child is deprived of education due to lack of money. ANI

India, Finland to expand cooperation in energy: Farooq Abdullah
Union Minister for New and Renewable Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Friday met Environment Minister of Finland Paula Lehtomaki and stressed on potential cooperation between both countries in the field of renewable energy. ANI

Handicrafts exports recorded a growth of 18 percent: Maran
Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Friday said that the handicrafts exports have recorded a growth of 18 percent and reached Rs.8614 crore till January 2011. ANI

Mayawati slams Opposition for disrupting proceedings in UP assembly
Slamming the opposition parties for disrupting the proceedings on the opening day of the budget session in Uttar Pradesh assembly, Chief Minister Mayawati said such an act was a violation of parliamentary tradition. ANI

Kharge lays foundation stone of ESIC Nursing College in Bangalore
Bangalore, Feb 4 Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday laid the foundation stone of Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Nursing College and Auditorium at ESI Hospital, Indiranagar, in Bangalore. ANI

Inter-faith harmony dialogue held in Delhi to promote peace
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), an autonomous body with the Ministry of Home Affairs, organized an Inter-faith harmony dialogue here on Thursday. ANI

Gujarat Govt. plans to impart training skills to unemployed, semi-skilled youth
The Gujarat Government has taken an initiative to set up skill development centres and impart training skills to unemployed and semi-skilled youth. ANI

Sibal blames NDA, says all spectrum decisions since 2003-08 were wrong
Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said all decisions on the allocation of 2G spectrum starting from 2003 were incorrect, and added that the first-come-first-served policy was introduced by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government and went against the decision of the cabinet at that time. ANI

India believes majority in Pakistan wants peaceful, cordial relations: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday commenting on the anti-India rally planned by the extremist groups said India believes that the overwhelming majority in Pakistan wants peaceful and cordial relations between the two nations. ANI

India trying its best to rescue journalists, camera teams stuck in Cairo
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni on Friday expressing shock over the detention and attacks on journalists in Egypt said the Ministry of External Affairs is trying its best to rescue journalists and camera teams stuck in Cairo. ANI

Delhi CM opens new traffic Operations Control Center (OCC)
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said the commissioning of a new Operations Control Center (OCC) at the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) would ensure improvement of the city's surface transport system. ANI

Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurates India Show in Istanbul
New Delhi, Feb 4 Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia has said that India-Turkey strategic partnership has to be viewed from an overarching perspective that draws on strategic, political and economic consideration. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee holds pre-Budget talks with film industry delegation
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met the film industry delegation accompanied by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni here on Friday as part of his pre-Budget consultations. ANI

Gorakhpur women form self-defence groups
Women residing in different villages of Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur District have formed around 160 self-defence groups to fight against exploitation and sexual harassment. ANI

Geosciences need integration into secondary, tertiary education
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday underlined the need to integrate geosciences into secondary and tertiary education. ANI

MiG-21 crashes in MP, pilot safe
An India Air Force MiG-21 'Bison' fighter helicopter crashed near Bhela-Bhimla village in Madhya Pradesh's Sheopur District on Friday. ANI

Postal department to help spread of UIDAI
The Department of Posts (DoP) and the UIDAI will coordinate activities to help the empowerment of villagers through post offices. ANI

Strategic guru K Subrahmanyam cremated with full honours
K Subrahmanyam, the doyen of the strategic affairs community in India, a distinguished former civil servant and a prolific writer, was cremated with full honours at the Lodhi Road Crematorium here on Friday. ANI

Buddhist monks claim that Karmapa Lama raids caused by Chinese propaganda
Buddhist monks and officials in Siliguri claimed the raids against 17th Karmapa Lama followed by Chinese propaganda. ANI

Unruly scenes in Uttar Pradesh assembly
Unruly scenes were witnessed in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on the first day of the budget session today. ANI

Student suspected of being Maoist informer in Jhargram
Enraged students blocked a road in West Bengal's Jhargram district on Thursday after police arrested a fellow school boy on suspicion of being a Maoist informer. ANI

Five Maoists arrested in Bihar
Five hardcore Maoists, including their self-styled commander, have been arrested at Chapra in Saran district of Bihar. ANI

Manmohan Singh congratulates new PM of Nepal
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has congratulated Jhalanath Khanal on his election as Nepal's new Prime Minister. ANI

Manmohan Singh suggests procedures to end corruption
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said that it is necessary to fast-tracked administrative practices and procedures to tackle the problem of corruption. ANI

Mulayam Singh flays Mayawati for targeting party supporters
Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav has cautioned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for her alleged pick and choose approach in targeting his party supporters and sending them to jail. ANI

Protests against price rise in Visakhapatnam
Political parties including Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) have called for a state-wide protest against inflation in Visakhapatnam. ANI

Inflation poses serious threat to growth momentum: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said India's high inflation posed a "serious threat" to the country's growth momentum, and was driven by supply-side shortages. ANI

Chidambaram reviews law and order situation in J-K
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram held a breakfast meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here today and reviewed the law and order situation in the state. ANI

Armenia offers visa upon arrival for Indians
Indian and Chinese nationals will now be able to get their visas upon arrival in Tbilisi, after the Armenian Government decided to relax visa norms for these two countries. ANI

Sushma Swaraj slams Centre over fishermen killings
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj lashed out at the Central Government over the recent killings of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy. ANI

Chidambaram assures JKPCC leaders on Jammu and Kashmir outcome
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has assured Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) leaders that they will kept on board on any roadmap for the Valley that may be worked out as per recommendations of the central government-appointed interlocutors. ANI

K Subrahmanyam - Strategic Guru
K Subrahmanyam (1929 - 2011), the strategic guru for most Indian security analysts who passed away on Feb 2 after a long struggle with diabetes and cancer combined the finest qualities of head and heart. A civil servant who shunned the trappings of power in a hierarchy obsessed society - he opted for the monk like austerity of the think-tank ANI

Krishna expresses shock over attack on Egyptian journalists
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has expressed shock over the detention and attacks on journalists in Egypt on Thursday. ANI

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate conference of chief secretaries
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will today inaugurate the two-day conference of Chief Secretaries being organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. ANI

Hamid Ansari to confer National Geoscience Award
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will confer the National Geoscience Award here today to various organizations working in the field of basic and applied geoscience in the country. ANI

Rouvanjit suicide case: La Martiniere principal granted bail
A Kolkata court on Friday granted bail to the principal of La Martiniere School for boys and three other teachers in connection with the caning and subsequent suicide of 13-year-old Rouvanjit Rawla. ANI

TERI in association with AFD releases ‘OCEANS - THE NEW FRONTIER’ - A book exploring the vast marine territory and its relationship with society at the DSDS 2011
On the second day of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2011), the French Development Agency (AFD) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) released a book titled, Oceans – The New Frontier. The book is a part of the series, A Planet for Life an annual publication on sustainable development prepared under the scientific leadership of leading figures in this field. Mr Business Wire India Brings Innovation in its Brand Campaign to Reach Out to More SMEs
- To have fixed presence in all pages of for entire duration of Campaign - Have shoshkele on the Economic Times & Times of India websites too - Sponsor SME section of Budget on - Highlight the benefits of going online to SMEs through such presence As an extension to the nationwide SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) awareness drive, IndiaMART Business Wire India

Pulsar Sponsors Motorcycle Stunt Riding Team Ghost Ryderz
Pulsar is the official sponsor of professional motorcycle stunt team Ghost Ryderz. This is the first time a professional motorcycle stunt team has been sponsored by a sports bike brand in India and reflects the popularity of stunt biking as a sport in India. The Ghost Ryderz is a team of professional stunt bikers based out of Kerala Business Wire India

EDC holds “Young Digital Artist Awards” at VIVA 2011, Cultural Fest of VIBGYOR High
EDC, pioneers of Digital Creative Technology Solutions and thought leaders in the space, organized India’s First “Young Digital Artist Award” as part of its nationwide “Ideas Ahead” initiative. This competition, in association with HP, was the showcase event of VIVA 2011, the annual festival of VIBGYOR High, one of the leading chains of educational institutions in India Business Wire India Secures Second Round of Funding, India’s second largest insurance comparison website announced today that they have secured a second round of funding from a group of angel investors., which was set up in late 2009, reports that the investment will enable them to focus on its aggressive growth plan, including platform development and sales and distribution. MyInsuranceClub Business Wire India

Webonise Lab, to Launch “AppBazar”, a Mobile App Store for Android Phone Users
Remember the time when you would huddle with your siblings in a family gathering and play summer games. How about reliving those days with your smart phone? Webonise Lab, a Pune based Web and Mobile Application Development Company plans to release an India specific mobile App store for Android phone users Business Wire India

Voltas Ltd. Engages Zycus for Sourcing Event Management
Zycus, a world leader in Spend Management Solutions, announced that it has engaged with India’s Voltas Limited—one of the world’s premier engineering solutions providers and project specialists—to provide eSourcing Event Management Services. Business Wire India

Conference On Opportunities & Challenges for Foreign Investors in Indian Road & Highway Sector to be Held in Mumbai
A half day conference on Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Investors in the Indian Roads and Highways Sector is scheduled to take place in Mumbai on Tuesday 8th February. The event which has already confirmed participation from prominent business names from India and overseas will be a discussion platform for one of the largest infrastructure investment opportunities on India’s agenda Business Wire India

Interior Design: Changing the Face of Construction in India
Over the 2007 – 2012 fiscal years, an estimated US $500 billion will have been invested in India’s construction sector. An indication of how the sector has grown is that the construction industry now accounts for approximately 11% of the GDP. The construction industry in India is relatively a niche and untapped market, with urban India only now waking up to this concept Business Wire India

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