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Govt. to encourage joint ventures in Defence
Assuring that India's defence expenditure would continue to grow in the next two decades, Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday said that the government will continue to encourage joint ventures for the development of the Aerospace Industry in the country. ANI

Consultations on economics of ecosystems, biodiversity in India begins tomorrow
The two day's stakeholder consultations to develop the framework for strengthening biodiversity conservation programs and initiating action for assessing the economic value of India's natural capital begins here on Thursday. ANI

Kharge concerned over rising violent incidents in Delhi, NCR industrial units
Union Minister for Labour and Employment Mallikarjun Kharge today chaired a crucial tripartite meeting to review the actions taken in cases of the reported violent incidents in the industrial units in Delhi and National Capital Region in the recent past. ANI

Constitution is flexible enough to accommodate aspirations of North-East: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that the Constitution of India is flexible and resilient enough to accommodate the aspirations of the people of the North Eastern region. ANI

India cannot depend on foreign suppliers for state of art weapons system: Antony
Stressing the need for more indigenisation in military technology, Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday said that for the supply of state of art weapons system India cannot depend on foreign suppliers, as they provide second-grade equipment. ANI

Darjeeling violence: West Bengal CM Bhattacharjee appeals for peace
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reacting to the renewed violence in Darjeeling on Wednesday made an appeal to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to sit for discussion. ANI

India needs to repair ties with Iran, says expert and political leaders
India's foreign policy came in for sharp criticism from experts as well as political leaders during a round table discussion organised by the Observer Research Foundation on the "Unrest in West Asia". ANI

Eco-Products International Fair 2011 commences on Thursday
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma will inaugurate the 7th Eco-Products International Fair (EPIF 2011) here tomorrow. ANI

TRAI recommends over six-fold cost for 2G spectrum
In tune with the estimated loss pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in the 2G spectrum scam, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended Rs 10,972.45 crore for a pan-India license with 6.2-megahertz spectrum. ANI

Vice President Ansari enumerated for second phase of Census 2011
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari was enumerated for the second phase of Census 2011 here on Wednesday. ANI

Sibal inaugurates NPTEL 'National Video Server'
Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal inaugurated the 'National Video Server' of the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) here on Wednesday, which makes the entire NPTEL content available through this server. ANI

Floriculture becomes popular in Tripura
Tripura, known for its pineapple and rubber cultivation, is making a mark in the field of floriculture. ANI

Signal Corps holds blood donation camp
A blood donation camp was organised by the Indian Army to mark the 100 years of it's Signal corps in Imphal on Tuesday. ANI

Shashi Kant Sharma takes over as Secretary in Finance Ministry
Shashi Kant Sharma, a 1976 Batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of Bihar cadre, has taken over as Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, here on Wednesday. ANI

Journalist opens school for children in Maoist-affected Keonjhar in Orissa
With growing menace of the Maoists targeting young children, a local journalist opened a residential school in the Maoist-affected district of Keonjhar in Orissa. ANI

Pulses demand rises in Kashmir
Wholesalers and retailers of pulses have said that the demand for it is higher in winters than in summers, while vegetables purchases take a back seat. ANI

Three Maoists arrested in Chhattisgarh
Police arrested three Maoists in Bhanupratappur in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. ANI

ULFA leaders meet Assam CM Gogoi, seek cooperation for peace talks
Ahead of Union Home Secretary G K Pillai's first round of talks with the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), top leaders of the separatist group met Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi here on Wednesday and sought his cooperation in carrying forward the peace process with the Central Government. ANI

Canada to aerospace, defence sector seminar on Aer-India-2011
On the margins of Aero India 2011 in Bangalore, the Canadian High Commission will host a seminar on Canadian expertise in the aerospace and defence sector followed by a networking reception. ANI

Stone-pelting cases: Raj Thackeray gets bail from Aurangabad court
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray has been granted bail in three different cases by local courts here. ANI

Ghaziabad court charges Talwars with daughter Aarushi's murder
The Aarushi Talwar murder case witnessed a dramatic turnaround on Wednesday with the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad accusing Dr. Rajesh and his wife Dr. Nupur Talwar of killing their daughter. ANI

Supreme Court slams CBI in Nithari case
The Supreme Court on Wednesday criticized the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for making excuses to get an adjournment on a petition by Surender Koli, who has been sentenced to death for rape and murder of a nine-year -old girl in the sensational Nithari killings in 2006 ANI

Final phase of Census 2011 begins
The second phase of Census 2011 was inaugurated by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. ANI

Supreme Court pulls up Amar Singh in phone-tapping case
The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh for wasting the court's time in the telephone-tapping case. ANI

Opium worth millions seized in Awantipora
Eleven quintals of opium, estimated to be worth millions has been seized from Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwana District. ANI

Surajkund fair, a major draw for art and craft lovers
The 25th Surajkund Crafts Mela is proving to be major attraction for art and craft lovers, besides international tourists. ANI

India's Tejas, light combat helicopter dazzle participants at Aero India
India's own first supersonic multi-role combat aircraft Tejas and light combat helicopter (LCH) dazzled participants at the Aero India 2011 on Wednesday with their breathtaking aerobatic manouveres at Air Force Station Yelhanka. ANI

US hopeful of getting larger Defence deals from India
US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer has said the removal of the hurdles from the list of banned entities by the USA is very significant for future business opportunities and bilateral trade with India, prompting New Delhi to rely more on Washington for military hardware. ANI

Three dead in fire at Tata headquarters in Mumbai
At least three people have died and several others are feared trapped in a fire at Bombay House, which houses the main office of the Tata Group in Mumbai's Fort Area. ANI

2G scam: CBI gets transit custody of Shahid Balwa
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Wednesday granted three day transit custody of Dynamix Balwas (DB) group Managing Director Shahid Balwa to the CBI in connection with the 2G scam. ANI

Arms and ammunition seized in Poonch
Police have seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a militant hideout in Jammu and Kashir's Poonch district. ANI

ISRO job is not allocation of spectrum, clarifies Madhavan Nair
Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman, G. Madhavan Nair has said that allocation of S-Band spectrum is not the job of the organisation. ANI

West Bengal government seeks Army deployment in Darjeeling
The West Bengal government has requested the Centre for deployment of the Army in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal after two people were killed when police opened fire to disperse a crowd of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) protesters who violated prohibitory orders. ANI

2G scam: CBI arrests DB Realty MD Shahid Balwa
Dynamix Balwas (DB) group Managing Director Shahid Usman Balwa will be produced in a Mumbai court in connection with the 2G scam on Wednesday. ANI

Three WWF female officials kidnapped by Bodo militants in Assam 'released'
Three female wildlife officials, who were abducted along with their male colleagues, in Assam have reportedly been released. ANI

Antony opens Asia's biggest air show in Bangalore
Asia's biggest air show, Aero India 2011, was inaugurated today by Defence Minister AK Antony at Air Force Station, Yelahanka. ANI

Bomb-proof boxer shorts for Indian troops to escape IED injuries
Bomb-proof boxer shorts, which are designed to protect the private parts, besides other armour, will help reduce Indian troop casualties and prevent horrendous life changing injuries. ANI

Aarushi murder case: Court to decide on CBI closure report
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will give its order today on the agency's closure report in the Aarushi Talwar murder case. ANI

G4S Raises Funds for Old Age Home with ‘COFFEE MORNING’ at British High Commissioner’s Residence
A gala morning was organized by G4S at the British High Commissioners’ Residents on 9th February, where colourful stalls were selling books, cakes, confectionaries, ceramics, jewellery and other items to the guests Business Wire India

TripAdvisor Reveals India's Top Romantic Hotels
TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest and most popular travel site, with more than 40 million monthly visitors, announced the Top 10 Romantic Hotels in India as part of the 2011 Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards. Unlike any other hotel honour in the world, TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Hotel Awards are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travellers around the world Business Wire India

Pixelkraft Launches Moodler
Pixelkraft, a digital media company focused on innovation, launched its latest innovation in the social media space - “Moodler”, a micro-blogging platform. Moodler tracks the moods of individuals and their networks and also provides moods statistics from around the world Business Wire India

ITPRO Launches in India
Dennis Media Transasia (DMTA) can today announce the launch of a news & reviews hub for technology professionals, The new digital offering from DMTA (publishers of Sports Illustrated India) will cater specifically to India’s IT enterprise audience and appeal to those with an advanced understanding of technology Business Wire India

IntellectTM Payments Services Hub Receives XCelent Award
Polaris Software, a leading Financial Technology company, today announced that Celent has awarded Polaris the “XCelent Award” for its Breadth of Functionality in the research firm's 2010 Payment Services Hub Vendors Report Business Wire India

Small Sized Hospital Creating Big Waves
Khetarpal Hospital (a small health care organization, dedicated to pioneering and practicing latest modes of minimal invasive surgeries) was established in 1992 in New Delhi, India by Dr Anil Khetarpal (a trained Laparo-endoscopic Surgeon) and epitomizes the propogation of key hole surgeries with exemplary results since the time of its conception Business Wire India

Textron Defense Systems Receives $257M Order to Supply Sensor Fuzed Weapons to Indian Air Force
Textron Defense Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to produce 512 CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon (SFW) units for the Government of India under a Foreign Military Sale agreement Business Wire India

Siemens PLM Software and VISTAGY Enhance Partnership to Meet Growing Demand for Composites Engineering Solutions
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, and VISTAGY, Inc Business Wire India

Indian Doctor Honored at Thailand for Legendary Medical Services
Dr Anil Khetarpal has been awarded with the very prestigious ‘Manav Sewa Puraskar’, an emblem of excellence in medical sciences presented by the “Institute of Economic Studies”. The award was presented by H.E. Mr. Korn Dabbaransi (Honorable Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand) at the time of seminar on ‘Indo-Thai Economic Co-operation’ in January 2011 Business Wire India

Patni’s 2010 Revenue up 7% at US$ 701.7 million. Net Income* up 28.7% for 2010
Patni Computer Systems Limited (Patni) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended 31st December 2010. *Important Note: During the current quarter, based on reviews of certain tax positions for previous years, an amount of US$ 7.5 million has been written back Business Wire India

TCCS and QAI Partner to Bring Customized Trainings for the BPO/ITeS Industry to India
TCCS (The Call Centre School), the Tennessee based premier organization dedicated to the professional development of individuals in the call center industry has announced its advent into India in partnership with QAI, a global workforce development and consulting organization Business Wire India

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