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India, Indonesia to sign extradition treaty, other agreements
India and Indonesia are likely to sign an extradition treaty along with other memoranda of understanding and business deals in infrastructure, resources, manufacturing and services sector during Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's three-day visit to India. ANI

Govt. hospitals in Ahmedabad gear up to fight Congo virus
The government hospitals here have been put on high alert on Friday after the demise of a 30-year-old woman due to Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF). ANI

Jharkhand Police acquires mini aircraft to keep surveillance over Maoist infected areas
Jharkhand Police on Friday acquired a mini aircraft designed by engineering students to keep surveillance over Maoist infected remote forest areas in the region. ANI

'No reduction of army troops in J-K', says Antony
Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday ruled out the reduction of army troops in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

2G scam: 'No disrespect to any institution', says Sibal
After the Supreme Court and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) pulled him up for making statements that undermined the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the 2G spectrum scam, Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on Friday said that he meant no disrespect to any institution by his comments on the CAG report. ANI

Vice President Ansari meets 'National Bravery Award- 2010' winner children
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday met the 23 children, who will be felicitated with the 'National Bravery Award- 2010' at a special function on the eve of Republic Day here. ANI

Agriculture sector needs to improve to combat food inflation: CII Chairman
Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal has said that it is essential for the agriculture sector to move forward to combat food inflation. ANI

2G scam: Joshi writes to Speaker about Sibal's comment on CAG report
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar stating that it was improper for Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal to have criticized the report on 2G spectrum scam prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). ANI

50,000 displaced Rabhas and Garos facing discrimination in Assam
The Asian Centre for Human Rights today said that about 50,000 Garos and Rabhas displaced by conflicts since January 1, 2010 are being discriminated in terms of relief and rehabilitation in comparison to assistance being provided to the Kashmiri Pandits and Sri Lankan Tamil refugees by the Government of India. ANI

Kaziranga National Park attracts tourists
Assam's Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary is seeing a huge influx of tourists, domestic as well as foreign, suggesting that the militant threat in the area is on the wane. ANI

Governor Bhardwaj rejects plea to drop proceedings for prosecution of Yeddyurappa
Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj on Friday dismissed as 'unwarranted', a resolution moved by the state cabinet asking him to drop proceedings for prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on several charges of corruption. ANI

Assamese happy over possible government, ULFA talks
This year's Bhogali Bihu festival has become more special than previous ones, owing to the fact that there is a possibility of the Central Government holding talks with the rebel United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) leadership sooner than later. ANI

Manipur residents condemn murder of senior education official
Manipur residents have condemned the recent murder of education official by unidentified militants. ANI

IAF to showcase network centric operations on Republic Day
The Indian Air Force (IAF) Tableau for this year's Republic Day Parade will showcase the endeavor to uphold age-old military values, while transforming into a modern, competent and capable force. ANI

Ten-day Tripura crafts exhibition gives boost to entrepreneurs, artisans
The sixth SARAS exhibition and fair was held here recently for entrepreneurs and artisans. ANI

Imphal-Jiribam Railway Line spearheading infrastructure development in Manipur
Imphal (Manipur), Jan.21 Infrastructure development tops the central government's agenda in the northeast and in this context, the ongoing construction of the 84-kilometer-long Imphal-Jiribam Railway Line in Manipur, assumes significance. ANI

Lt Gen PK Rath found guilty in Sukhna land scam
Lieutenant General PK Rath has been found guilty in the Sukhna land scam by an Army Court in New Delhi on Friday. ANI

J-K Minister accuses BJP of politicising flag-hoisting issue
Jammu and Kashmir Law Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar on Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of politicising the flag-hoisting issue, asserting that it is an attempt to derail the peace process in the restive region. ANI

'India keen on bringing China into space negotiations'
Ruling Congress Party spokesperson Manish Tewari has called for "acceptable rules of the game" and "a global space coordinating agency" to prevent militarisation of space. ANI

Fleet tanker INS Deepak joins Navy's Western Fleet
Italian-built fleet tanker, INS Deepak, was today commissioned into the Navy by Defence Minister A K Antony who said the year will see more acquisitions and commissioning of vessels to strengthen maritime security. ANI

Ministers' group considers corruption among public servants
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has convened the first meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) here on Friday, which is expected to discuss several issues including ways to fast-track cases of corruption against public servants. ANI

Aarushi murder case: Talwars' request for annexures rejected
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday rejected Rajesh Talwar's application seeking annexures submitted by the CBI along with its closure report in Aarushi murder case. ANI

Judicial probe into Banda Rape Case being considered
The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Uttar Pradesh Government and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a plea for a judicial probe into the Banda rape case involving Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Purushottam Naresh Dwivedi. ANI

Sonia Gandhi-headed National Advisory Council to meet in Delhi
The National Advisory Council (NAC), headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, will meet here on Friday evening to discuss the Food Security Bill, Right to Information and tribal rights. ANI

India to promote golf tourism
Minister of Culture and HUPA Kumari Selja on Friday said that tourism ministry is making efforts to promote golf as a niche tourism product and also position India, as a preferred golfing destination in the region. ANI

Manipur teachers go on strike, demand central pay structure
The Council of Teachers' Association (COTA) has called for an indefinite strike here demanding implementation of a central pay structure in Manipur. ANI

Supreme Court refuses to ban asbestos
The Supreme Court on Friday refusing to ban asbestos considered a health hazard directed the Union and State Governments to put in place a body to regulate its use and manufacturing. ANI

2G scam: Supreme Court criticises Kapil Sibal for undermining CAG report
The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal for making statements that undermined the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Sabarimala stampede: Kerala govt submits report before High Court
Kerala Home Secretary Jaya Kumar on Friday submitted its report before the High Court on Sabarimala stampede, where 102 pilgrims lost their lives at Pullmedu in Idukki district last Friday. ANI

Maoists kill a villager in Chhattisgarh
Maoists killed a villager in Badhgaon under Chhattisgarh's Kanker district on Thursday. ANI

Farmers in Karchana in UP demand compensation for land acquired
Farmers protested in Karchana of Uttar Pradesh over their demand of rightful compensation against usage of their land for building of a power project. ANI

Textile industry workers call off strike in Surat
The weeklong strike by a group of textile industry workers ended in Surat on Thursday. ANI

Gorkhaland activists organise peace march in Siliguri
Activists of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJMM) organised a peace march urging locals to maintain peace and harmony in Siliguri. ANI

Sabarimala stampede: Kerala govt to submit report before High Court
Kerala Home Secretary Jaya Kumar will today file before the High Court a report on Sabarimala stampede, where 102 pilgrims lost their lives at Pullmedu in Idukki district last Friday. ANI

China announces donation for Nalanda University
Chinese Ambassador to India, Zhang Yan has announced one billion US dollar aid for the reconstruction of Nalanda University. ANI

Pakistan attempts infiltration in Akhnoor, one intruder killed
Border Security Force (BSF) troopers on Friday killed a suspected intruder trying to sneak into Indian territory from across the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Akhnoor sector. ANI

Advani voices support for Ekta Yatra to hoist Tricolour in Lal Chowk
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani has voiced support for the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha's (BJYM) plans to hoist the national Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day, despite demands from various quarters to drop the plan. ANI

Supreme Court to hear Vedanta University's appeal
The Supreme Court will hear Vedanta University's appeal against the Orissa High Court order quashing land acquisition for its university project in Puri. ANI

Staines murder case: Supreme Court upholds life sentence for Dara Singh
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the life sentence for Dara Singh, convicted for killing Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in Orissa's Koenjhar district in 1999. ANI

India, Pakistan were 'near Kashmir dispute resolution' during Musharraf regime: Kasuri
India and Pakistan were near a resolution of their bilateral issues- including the Kashmir dispute- during the tenure of the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri has said. ANI

MSMEs set to vie for coveted IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011
• IndiaMART.com along with ET NOW present 2nd edition of the prestigious Awards • Nominations open for promising entrepreneurs • Further MSME recognition with same tenacity & vigour as 1st edition • Nominees to also get a chance to be featured on ET NOW Taking its commitment to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) a level up, IndiaMART Business Wire India

Forevermark, the Diamond Brand from the De Beers Group of Companies, Announces India Launch
Forevermark, the diamond brand from the De Beers Group of companies is today pleased to announce it’s entry into the Indian market. Starting with a launch in the garden city of Bengaluru, over the next few months, Forevermark will be partnering with leading jewellers across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata introducing Forevermark diamonds to the discerning Indian consumer Business Wire India

Ahsan Ali Syed completes acquisition of Real Racing Club de Santander
The office of Mr. Ahsan Ali Syed, Founder and President of Western Gulf Advisory Asset and Wealth Management (WGA), announced that the acquisition of Real Racing Club de Santander S.A.D. has been finalised today Business Wire India

India's Top Hotels Unveiled in Tripadvisor'2011 Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards
• Saubhag B&B, Delhi amongst the top B&B’s in the World list. • Taj Lake Palace,Udaipur winner in the Top World Luxury list and the World Top 25 TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest and most popular travel site, with more than 40 million monthly visitors, today unveiled the best Indian hotels in its 2011 Traveller’ Choice Hotel Awards Business Wire India

Mobile Apps Conclave 2011 - The Future Unfolds itself Today at India Habitat Centre
The conference Mobile Apps Conclave (http://www.mobileappsconclave.com) organized by CellStrat is being held today at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. CellStrat is extremely pleased to report that this event was Sold Out a week before the event date. This conference has seen an unending barrage of interest from audience from all over India in addition to the host city Delhi Business Wire India

MeritTrac Launches CertiTrac
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Zephyr Peacock India invests in Aizant, a Contract Research Outsourcing Company
Zephyr Peacock India (ZP) private equity fund has signed an agreement to invest US$ 5 million for a minority stake in Aizant Drug Research Solutions Pvt. Ltd (Aizant), an integrated drug development solutions provider Business Wire India

Product Sales Power Polaris Growth
Polaris Software Lab Limited (POLS.BO), a leading Financial Technology company, today announced the third quarter results for FY 2010-11 Business Wire India

T K Kurien to Lead Wipro’s IT Business
Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) today announced the appointment of T K Kurien as the Chief Executive Officer of the Information Technology business and Executive Director of the company. Girish Paranjpe and Suresh Vaswani, the current Joint CEOs of the IT business have decided to step down from their responsibilities effective February 1, 2011. Acknowledging their contribution, Mr Business Wire India

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