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Supreme Court dismisses plea to hear armed forces on homosexuality
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea to make armed forces a party to the petitions supporting and opposing the Delhi High Court's ruling, which decriminalised homosexual acts between two consenting adults in private. ANI

Price rise: Centre asks States to take up market intervention effectively
The Centre has asked the State Governments to take up market intervention effectively and timely to check the prices of essential commodities. ANI

Govt. grants aid for construction of rural roads in Manipur
The Ministry of Rural Development has released grant in aid worth Rs. 26,83,00,000 crore for construction of rural roads in Manipur under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). ANI

Combating piracy is top most priority of Indian Navy, Coast Guard: Antony
Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday said that combating piracy is the top most priority of Indian Navy and Coast Guard. ANI

Tricolour row: BJP files petition against detention of protestors in J-K
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) filed a petition before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) here on Monday against the detention of their protestors in Jammu and Kashmir during the party's recent 'Ekta Yatra'. ANI

Congress workers clash with UP Police during Rahul Gandhi's visit
Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday baton charged the Congress party workers after chaos broke outside the Kanpur Medical College during the visit of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. ANI

Delhi High Court refuses to stay order for ND Tiwari's DNA test
The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to stay its earlier order asking former Andhra Pradesh Governor and veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari to undergo a DNA test on a paternity suit filed by lawyer Rohit Shekhar, who is claiming to be his biological son. ANI

Bansal calls for greater synergy with Austria in science and technology
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Monday called for greater synergy between the scientific communities and research institutes of India and Austria. ANI

Rahul Gandhi meets Banda rape victim
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Monday met the teenaged girl, who was allegedly raped by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Purushottam Naresh Dwivedi, in her village here and assured her of all possible help. ANI

Kashmiri kids take to skis like ducks to water in Gulmarg
A ski instructor in Gulmarg has said many children are taking up skiing. ANI

Girija Vyas pulls up Mayawati Govt. over rising rape cases in UP
In the backdrop of the brutal attack on a minor Dalit girl in Uttar Pradesh, National Commission for Women chairperson Girija Vyas on Monday criticized the state administration and the police for their handling of the rape and abduction cases. ANI

Mumbai building collapse, construction worker killed
A construction worker was killed and several people were injured as a four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai on Sunday. ANI

Indian Navy captures 28 Somali pirates near Lakshadweep islands
In a major coordinated operation, the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard personnel apprehended a pirate mother ship Prantlaya 11 along with 28 Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. ANI

Every incident of terrorism despicable: Pak Foreign Secretary
Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir on Monday said that India and Pakistan have agreed to work together in countering militancy. ANI

China had 130,000 registered cyber cafes at the end of 2010
By the end of the year 2010, China had close to 130,000 registered Internet cafes, according to an official with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. ANI

Regional parties of North Bengal demand a separate state
A group of activists of regional parties in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri regions of West Bengal came together to stage a rally demanding a separate state to be carved out from the state. ANI

Venkaiah Naidu slams Congress over Telecom scam probe
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu has expressed concern on the magnitude of corruption exposed in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Manmohan Singh emphasises need for bold initiatives for development
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Monday said constitutional democracy that provides socio- political and economic justice to all, would be the best choice for emerging economies. ANI

Kasab death sentence: Bombay HC to announce verdict on Feb 21
The Bombay High Court will deliver the final verdict on Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving militant of 2008 Mumbai attacks on February 21. ANI

Bombay High Court to confirm date on Kasab's death sentence
The Bombay High Court will on Monday decide the fate of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

Lot of support needed for little known agriculture in Ladakh
Little is known about Ladakh aside from its magnificent rocky and icy landscape, its drawing pull for tourists across the world and of course its strategic dimension for the country's security. ANI

Maoists blow up railway tracks in Jharkhand
Maoists today blew up railway tracks at two different places in Jharkhand as they began a day-long shutdown in three states to protest price rise and corruption. ANI

Manmohan Singh to dedicate new Kerala port to nation on Feb.11
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will dedicate the ANI

Andhra CM welcomes Praja Rajyam-Congress merger
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday welcomed the merger between Praja Rajyam Party and the Congress party. ANI

Great Lakes Organizes its 3rd International Entrepreneurship Conference
Great Lakes Institute of Management, one of the leading B-schools in India, founded by Professor Bala V. Balachandran organized its third International Entrepreneurship Conference under the aegis of Orchid PharmaCenter for Excellence in Technology, Innovation and Technopreneurship (OPCET) to further the cause of Entrepreneurship in India. Dr Business Wire India

17.5 minutes to super fitness: 'milon' to re-define fitness culture in India
milon, Germany's #1 Fitness Brand, today announced the appointment of Wellness cult figure - Mickey Mehta as its Brand Ambassador for India. milon will be India’s first premium and luxury fitness brand that promises to offer 30 percent more effective results in just 17.5 minutes with its easy to use, safe and time efficient circuit training model Business Wire India

Religare Technologies Launches India’s First Free Healthcare Assistance Service
Religare Technologies, one of India’s leading healthcare technology companies, today announced the launch of HealthLine 24x7 - India’s first phone-based and web-based healthcare information assistance service Business Wire India

Intuit Joins Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on High-tech Trade Mission to India
Intuit, represented by Alex Lintner, president of the Global Business Division of Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), will join U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on a business development trade mission to India from Feb. 6– 11 Business Wire India

AGC Networks Wins Avaya’s APAC Award for Best All-Round Partner
AGC Networks Ltd. (formerly Avaya GlobalConnect), India’s leading enterprise communications solutions integrator, today reported Profit after Tax (PAT) of Rs 6.71 Cr. for the first quarter ended December ’10. The company recorded a consolidated sales/income of Rs. 131.81 Cr. for the quarter Business Wire India

CarWale Features in Red Herring’s Top Technology Companies List for the Third Time
CarWale has been nominated in Red Herring’s Global Top 200 Companies list for the year 2010. This comes right on the back of winning the Red Herring Asia Top 100 awards in 2007 and 2009. Mohit Dubey, CEO of CarWale,said “We are extremely proud and excited about this announcement. Winning 3 Red Herring awards in 4 years is a mark of distinction and prestige for us Business Wire India

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