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Supreme Court orders status quo for Vedanta University project
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered status quo in respect of land acquired or sought to be acquired for the proposed Vedanta University project at Puri in Orissa. ANI

Congress slams BJP for inviting confrontations
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday pulled up the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), asserting that whenever they fall weak, they come up with a communal issue. ANI

Fishermen killings: Rao to convey India's concerns to Sri Lanka
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will visit Colombo on Sunday to convey New Delhi's concern over the killing of two Indian fishermen allegedly by Sri Lanka Navy personnel in the last fortnight. ANI

Govt. should give priority to protect job of women rag pickers: Jairam Ramesh
Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said that the government should give priority to save the job of the women rag pickers. ANI

India expecting no "dramatic" outcome from talks with Pakistan in Thimpu
India is not expecting any dramatic results during its foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan in a meeting in Thimpu, Bhutan, next week. ANI

2006 Malegaon blasts case: MCOCA court adjourns hearing till Feb. 7
The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court here on Friday adjourned the 2006 Malegaon blasts case till February 7. ANI

Nepal President recounts association with Kolkata
Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav, who is currently in India on a ten-day state visit, on Friday, recounted the fond memories of his association with Kolkata during his student days. ANI

Indian students went to US with valid visas (Corrected)
As the fate of Indian students duped by an American university in California hangs in the balance, New Delhi hopes US authorities will treat the students well and accommodate them suitably in appropriate academic institutions, as they went for studies with """valid student visas""". ANI

President calls upon medical fraternity to prevent female foeticide
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Friday called upon the medial fraternity to prevent female foeticide. ANI

Ishrat Jahan encounter was fake, claims senior Gujarat cop
The Ishrat Jahan encounter case took a dramatic turn on Friday with Ahmedabad Joint Commissioner of Police Satish Verma, who is one of the three policemen in charge of studying the case, stating that the encounter was fake and staged. ANI

Assamese trying to revive age-old ties through Indo-Bhutan friendship fair
With the decline of militancy in Assam, the people here are trying to revive the age-old ties with neighbouring countries, and one such initiative was the 'Indo-Bhutan Mela' organized here recently. ANI

Construction of NH 53 in Manipur in full swing
The National Highway (NH) 53, which has emerged as the lifeline of Manipur after Naga groups imposed an economic blockade on NH 39 last year, is one of the Centre's flagship projects in the northeast. ANI

Northeastern States message to insurgents: End violence, promote development
Amid ongoing peace talks with various northeast insurgent groups, the states of the northeast celebrated this year's 62nd Republic Day with great enthusiasm this week sending out a clear message to militants that violence is out and development is in. ANI

India for more tourism among South Asian countries
Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay on Friday called for more cooperation amongst the South Asian countries to promote tourism in the region. ANI

Grant management to NGOs in India to be more transparent
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath on Friday said that the transparency in managing grant system was imperative. ANI

New videos released by Baruah creates confusion over ULFA peace process
At a time when the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA)'s Central Committee is making an effort to return to the mainstream, new videos released by commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah has created confusion over peace talks. ANI

Textile industry workers continue strike in Surat
Textile workers in Surat continued their strike, demanding better wages. ANI

Kiran Karnik joins Attero Recycling Board as first 'Independent Director'
In a significant development in the rapidly evolving e-waste recycling sector, former National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) President Kiran Karnik has joined the Attero Recycling Board as the first 'Independent Director' since the company's inception in 2008. ANI

Abductions for ransom in Manipur continue
The people in Manipur continue to suffer, as there is no end to the abductions for ransom by militants. ANI

Election Commission to send EVM technical team to Pakistan
The Election Commission of India will send a technical team to Pakistan to demonstrate the Indian Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) following a request made by the Pakistani Election Commission. ANI

Manmohan Singh says strength of NCC will be increased from 13 to 15 lakhs
Commending the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for their praiseworthy role in grooming the country's youth, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Friday said that the NCC is a proud symbol of national integration and of the values of discipline, patriotic service and team work. ANI

CBI opposes bail plea of nine accused in 2006 Malegaon blasts
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) opposed the bail plea of the nine accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts in a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court here on Friday. ANI

Building collapses in Ahmedabad, two killed
Two people were killed and at least fifteen people are feared trapped in the debris following the collapse of a five storied under construction building in Kalupur area of Ahmedabad this morning. ANI

Heritage walk in Lucknow
In an attempt to conserve cultural and monumental heritage, people of Lucknow participated in a heritage walk. ANI

Karmapa's home raided in Dharamsala, foreign currency recovered
Himachal police have seized huge amount of foreign and Indian currency at a transit home of 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje at Sidhbari near Dharamsala. ANI

Govt likely to decide on CVC Thomas fate
The Congress Core Group would be meeting here today to decide over the fate of PJ Thomas continuing as Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). ANI

Demand for separate state of Dimaraji in North East
Dilip Nunisa, Chairman of "Dima Halam Daogah" (DHD), an extremist group, has said that the separate state of Dimaraji is incomplete without Dimapur district of Nagaland. ANI

Festival for specially- abled in Chennai
In an attempt to motivate specially-abled children, a cultural programme-cum-competition was organised here on Thursday. ANI

Gorkhaland demand gain momentum
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) General Secretary Roshan Giri has said that the interim set up is a forward step towards achieving the goal. ANI

Nine Maoists killed in Jharkhand encounter
At least nine Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces at Luhur forest in Jharkhand's Latehar District this mooring. ANI

Oriental Bank of Commerce - Performance Highlights for the Quarter Ended December 2010
Operating profit grows by 24.27% to touch rs.773.92 crore, Net profit records 41.05 % growth to reach rs.408.25 crore, net interest income surges by 17.98%(yoy), net interest margin stood at 3.10% Amt. (YoY Growth) Business Mix -- Rs. 2.20 lac crore (16.29 %) Deposits -- Rs.1.29 lac crore (16.79 %) Advances -- Rs. 0.91 lac crore (15.59 %) Customer Base -- More than 1 Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems on a growth path, Net profit up by 18% QoQ
• Bagged Systems Integration Orders of over Rs. 455 crores during the quarter • Revenue from Computer Systems business for the quarter was Rs. 1040 crores; up 44% Y-o-Y & 16% sequentially • Revenue from Telecommunication and Office Automation business for the quarter was Rs Business Wire India

Progressive Infotech Becomes Google Apps Premier Edition Partner
Progressive Infotech, a leading independent provider of IT Infrastructure Solutions and Services today announced that it has become channel partners for Google Apps Premier Edition. As Google Apps Premier Edition Partner, Progressive Infotech will offer Google Apps solutions for public cloud to its customers Business Wire India

Indian Affairs & Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Set to Host “2nd Annual India Leadership Conclave 2011 in Mumbai
After the successful & impactful 1st edition of India Leadership Conclave in Delhi in previous year, Indian Affairs (, a Network 7 Group of Media Conglometer which also organizes Pharmaceutical Leadership Summit since last 10 Years from the international Bi-Monthly PharmaLeaders Magazine ( Business Wire India

Educomp Raffles Announces Launch of MBA Program in Bangalore
MAPS –Millennium Academy of Professional Studies, promoted by Educomp Raffles Higher Education Ltd announces the launch of the two-year MBA program at its Bangalore campus for the academic session starting July 2011. Educomp Raffles Higher Education Ltd is a joint venture between Educomp Solutions Limited and Raffles Education Corporation Limited (RECL) Business Wire India

Curves Present Global Fitness Opportunity to Indian Women
Curves International Inc. - the global fitness brand is now in India. Curves, as in other countries will partner with entrepreneurial women in India to expand its presence. An introductory session for prospective women entrepreneurs and interested parties is scheduled for 4th February 2011 at M.L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodi Estate, New Delhi at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m Business Wire India

DBS Bank Opens New Branch in Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu) and ATM in Puducherry
DBS Bank today announced the formal opening of its new branch in Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu) and a state-of-the-art ATM centre in Puducherry. Through this new branch, DBS will provide a holistic portfolio of corporate, enterprise and retail banking services to cater to the evolving banking needs of the large number of enterprises operating in and around Cuddalore Business Wire India

Athena Executive Search & Consulting (AESC) Facilitates the Board Appointment of Mr. Kiran Karnik with Attero Recycling
Athena Executive Search & Consulting (AESC) announces the significant placement of Mr. Kiran Karnik as the first Independent Director with Attero recycling, an e-waste recycling company funded by VC firms like IndoUS Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Graphite Hill Capital Ventures. Commenting on the appointment, Mr Business Wire India

Sterlite Industries (India) Limited: Update on BALCO Arbitration
The arbitration panel hearing the matter of the exercise by Sterlite Industries (India) Limited (“Sterlite” or The “Company”) of its call option to purchase the 49% equity stake in Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (“BALCO”) from the Government of India delivered its decision on 25 January 2011 Business Wire India

Cooper Corporation Pvt. Ltd. Launches “Eco Pack” India’s First Power Packed, Cost Efficient and Silent Revolution in Green Diesel Generators
Cooper Corporation, a prominent global OEM supplier engaged in a variety of production processes has launched India’s first power packed, cost efficient and silent revolution in eco friendly diesel generators under the brand name “Cooper Corp’s Eco Pack" Business Wire India

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