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Govt. taking effective steps to address challenges of Scheduled Caste women, children: Tirath
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath has asked the stakeholders to take all preventive, precautionary and rehabilitative measures in all cases of crimes against women and children from the Scheduled Caste (SCs). ANI

Plug holes in UN 'Outer Space Treaty', says former Air Chief
Former Air Chief S. Krishnaswamy (Air Marshal retired) on Wednesday stressed on the need to plug holes in the 'Outer Space Treaty' of the United Nations to prevent space from being used to attack targets. ANI

Hamid Ansari releases book titled "The Indian Parliament: A Democracy at Work"
Vice President Mohammad. Hamid Ansari on Wednesday released a book entitled "The Indian Parliament: A Democracy at Work" written by B.L.Shankar and Professor Valerian Rodrigues. ANI

No need to panic about CCHF virus: ICMR
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has assured that Crimea Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) outbreaks can easily be controlled by proper hygiene and infection control measures. ANI

Sushma Swaraj pulls up Kerala Govt. over Sabarimala tragedy
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, who visited the Sabarimala stampede site at Pulumedu in Kerala's Idukki District on Wednesday alleged lapses on the part of State Government and criticized them for not taking any action into the incident, where 102 Sabarimala pilgrims lost their lives in a stampede on Friday night. ANI

Sibal stresses on urgent need for finalization of national broadband plan
Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on Wednesday emphasized the urgent need for finalization of broadband plan including strategy for roll out of optical fibre. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee holds pre budget consultations with State Finance Ministers
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday held discussions with the State Finance Ministers as part of his pre budget consultations, and asked them to play their part effectively in controlling inflation. ANI

Wankhede Stadium fully ready for World Cup: Pawar
International Cricket Council (ICC) President Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium is fully ready for the upcoming World Cup. ANI

Chidambaram requests Bhattacharjee to take action against armed cadres
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday expressing concern over the recent killings in Lalgarh's Netai village requested West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to take action against armed cadres. ANI

Nainital Zoo authorities take steps to protect animals from cold
As the temperature dipped across the country, animals in the Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo in Nainital are being given proteins and mineral in their diet by authorities to combat the cold. ANI

Kashmiri Pandits ask for government support
Members of the Hindu Kashmiri Pandit community, living in exile for more than two decades, said on Wednesday that their struggle for survival is losing without the government's efforts for their welfare. ANI

UK Business Secretary meets Anand Sharma
United Kingdom Business Secretary Vince Cable met Commerce Minister Anand Sharma for the Joint Economic and Trade Committee meeting here on wednesday. ANI

Fresh snowfall in Manali lures tourists
Scores of tourists thronged Himachal Pradesh's Manali town on Tuesday to witness the fresh snowfall. ANI

Keeping assembly polls in mind, Manmohan Singh reshuffles UPA II Cabinet
Keeping in mind that assembly elections are to be held in the key states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday, reshuffled and reconstituted his cabinet for the first time since the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) began its second consecutive tenure in government in May 2009. ANI

Manmohan Singh must fix 'uncertainties' in Central Government: Analysts
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh must recharge his administration to tackle major issues like food security, power supply and infrastructure, as well as to push through reforms on land and governance, analysts have said. ANI

Karnataka Govt. opposes plea for prosecution of Yeddyurappa
The Karnataka Government has asked Governor H R Bhardwaj to reject a demand by a lawyers forum for prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Home Minister R Ashoka in connection with alleged land scams. ANI

Supreme Court criticizes Govt. on black money issue
The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the government for its handling of black money planted by industrialists and others in foreign bank accounts. ANI

Police station turns coaching centre in Talwara
In order to improve police-public relations, Jammu and Kashmir Police have arranged free coaching/tuition for the poor and migrant children inside a Police station building in Talwara. ANI

Trapped pump operator rescued in Rajasthan
A pump operator was rescued on Wednesday after six days of being trapped in an under construction tunnel in Rajasthan's Devas village. ANI

Lalgarh killings: Calcutta High Court refuses to order CBI probe
The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday refused to order the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the January 7 killings in Lalgarh's Netai village. ANI

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee meets Chidambaram, discusses Naxal activities
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee met Union Minister P Chidambaram here today after the two leaders exchanged a series of letters on the law and order situation in the state. ANI

India to install 'Asia's first commercial-scale tidal power station' in Gujarat
India is planning to install Asia's first commercial-scale tidal power station off the coast of Gujarat. ANI

Omar Abdullah meets Chidambaram ahead of BJP's ekta yatra
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah met Home Minister P. Chidambaram today ahead of the BJP's planned 'ekta yatra in the state. ANI

BJP campaign over corruption and price rise
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has came out all guns blazing against Central Government over the various graft allegations and the spiraling prices of the vegetables. ANI

Telangana state row heats up in Hyderabad
Reiterating its demand for the formation and recognition of a separate Telangana state, the Telangana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS) called for a series of hunger strikes and protests in the coming weeks to strengthen the movement. ANI

Contradictions are manifest in utterances of BJP: Manish Tiwari
Slamming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress party spokesperson Manish Tiwari has said that contradictions are manifested in utterances of BJP. ANI

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to meet Chidambaram, discuss Naxal activities
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will meet Union Minister P Chidambaram here today after the two leaders exchanged a series of letters on the law and order situation in the state. ANI

Security tightened in Bodhgaya following looming Maoist threat
Concerned at the looming Maoist threat in the region, authorities beefed up security around a revered Buddhist temple in Bihar's Bodhgaya town. ANI

Cabinet reshuffle today, major changes in portfolios expected
The reshuffle and expansion of Union Council of Ministers will take place this evening. ANI

Magazine for Hyderabad Police “The Hyderabad Protector” Launched
A bi-monthly magazine, titled THE HYDERABAD PROTECTOR, brought out exclusively for the Hyderabad Police, was launched at Police Mess, Masab Tank, Hyderabad on 19 January 2011 by a publishing house in a major initiative to help connect the cops with the public. The Hyderabad Protector Business Wire India

gordonMax, Creators of the World's Finest Diamond Simulants, expand their India Operations in 2011
gordonMax & Co. Pvt. Ltd., creators of the world's finest diamond simulants, will be aggressively expanding their franchise and company-owned operations across India this year. The company, which was founded in Singapore in 2001, now has outlets across the Asia Pacific region, in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines and India Business Wire India Launches its ‘Global Hotel Sale’ Offering Deep Discounts to Indian Travelers, the world's largest online travel company, today announced its ‘Global Hotel Sale’ which provides upto 50% discount on hotels in popular global and local destinations for Indian travelers Business Wire India

Bloom Fertility Centre Conducts Workshop on `Introduction to Fertility Management Counseling’
Bloom Fertility Centre of K.M. Speciality Hospital has recently conducted a three day workshop on `Introduction to Fertility Management Counseling’ as a way of creating awareness among people on psychological aspects related to infertility. Dr. Narayana Reddy –Pioneer in Sexual Medicine; Mrs. Saraswathi Bhaskar, Counseling Psychologist and Coach; and Dr. Susan B Business Wire India

Demand for Offshore Vessels and Replacement will Drive India’s Shipbuilding and Repair Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan
The shipbuilding and repair market in India is poised to pick up momentum with the increasing penetration of Indian shipbuilding companies in the offshore vessels (OSVs) segment. Indian companies have established strong credentials in the building and repair of OSV, resulting in a spike in orders for such vessels from the Indian industry Business Wire India

Emerson Network Power (India) Private Limited honored with the Frost & Sullivan 2010 Market Leadership Award in the Indian UPS Segment
Frost & Sullivan honored Emerson Network Power (India) Private Limited with the 2010 Market Leadership Award in the Indian UPS Segment. The Award was presented to Emerson Network Power (India) Private Limited at the ‘India Backup Power Industry Excellence Awards’ ceremony held recently at Hotel Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon Business Wire India

Shell Concept Lubricant Achieves 6.5% Fuel Economy Benefit
A collaboration between research teams at Shell and Gordon Murray Design (GMD) has led to the development of an innovative concept engine lubricant capable of achieving a 6.5 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency - a step change compared to the improvements of around 2.5 per cent achieved in typical fuel economy lubricant development programmes. Using GMD’s new T Business Wire India

Humane Society International Applauds Chef Mako Ravindran’s Cage-Free Egg Initiative
Humane Society International is praising Chef Mako Ravindran for switching all eggs used by his company Food Etc to cage-free . Most egg laying hens in India are confined in battery cages that provide each bird less space than a sheet of paper to spend her entire life Business Wire India

Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards US$1.5 Million to Wind Energy Leader and Pioneer Vestas
His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today presented the prestigious US$1 Business Wire India

KAIZEN Institute Announces IndiZen 2011, 2nd Operational Excellence Convention at Pune on February 15 & 16, 2011
A program to enhance operational excellence makes the best sense when there are significant opportunities to improve by bringing the underperformers up to the level of the best-performers within a given business paradigm. "This is the focus of most best-practices programs: stop reinventing the wheel and make sure that everyone everywhere is operating with the best available knowledge Business Wire India

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