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Somali pirates links with terror groups being interrogated
In the wake of increased pirate attacks on merchant vessels passing through the sea lanes close to the Indian coast, Indian security agencies are probing the suspected terror links of the captured Somali pirates. ANI

CBI grills Raja for third time in 2G scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday questioned former Telecom Minister A Raja for the third time in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum to certain telecom firms between October 2007 and 2008. ANI

Chidambaram compliments Omar Govt. for handling BJP's 'Ekta Yatra' tactfully
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday complimented Jammu and Kashmir Government for handling the situation tactfully and firmly when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attempted to take 'Ekta Yatra' to Srinagar ostensibly to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk. ANI

PM launches 'Central Hall' - magazine of the 'Parliamentarians of India'
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, launched 'Central Hall' - magazine of the 'Parliamentarians of India' brought out by the Constitution Club of India here on Monday. ANI

R Gopalan appointed Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of R Gopalan, an IAS officer of the 1976 batch from the Tamil Nadu cadre, who is currently the Secretary, Financial Services, as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, in place of the incumbent Ashok Chawla, who retires today. ANI

Bihar doctors go on strike in protest against firing by MLA's bodyguards
Doctors and interns of Bihar went on an indefinite strike on Monday in protest against firing on medicos by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA Surender Yadav's bodyguards at Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College Hospital in Gaya on Sunday evening. ANI

Guilty will not be spared in Adarsh scam: Antony
Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday said appropriate action will be taken against all those held guilty as per the findings of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Adarsh Housing society scam. ANI

Maoists set bus on fire to mark shutdown in Jharkhand
Maoists set a bus on fire to mark the shutdown in Jharkhand's Gumla District on Sunday. ANI

Chidambaram defends CVC's appointment
Defending Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) P.J. Thomas, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said that allegations against Thomas were discussed in the September 4, 2010, meeting of the selection committee which included him, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj. ANI

US encourages prospective students to protect themselves from visa fraud
The U.S. Government has said that welcomes all legitimate students wishing to study in the United States, and strongly encourages prospective students to protect themselves from predatory visa fraud rings and fraudulent document vendors. ANI

Karmapa issue already under investigation: Antony
Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday said the Karmapa Lama issue is already under investigation, and added that the concerned agencies are investigating the case in detail. ANI

Time for new UN conference on laws of seas: Experts
An international conference of the SLOCs (Sea Lines of Communication) Group here today called for a United Nations Laws of the Seas conference to safeguard the massive volume of trade through the seas. ANI

Karachi-Pakistan's lifeline or City of Death (Article)
In recent times while the world's attention was on events in FATA and North Waziristan, another brutal battle has been raging in Karachi, which is a microcosm of Pakistan, even if the soul they say, is in the Punjabi Lahore. ANI

INS Vindhyagiri sinks after collision
The Indian naval ship, INS Vindhyagiri, that caught fire after collision with a foreign merchant vessel at the Mumbai harbour sunk on Monday. ANI

Maoists release abducted civilian in Chhattisgarh
Maoists in Chhattisgarh released a civilian, who had been abducted on Tuesday along with five personnel of the Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF), while they were on their way in a bus to Narayanpur District. ANI

Nepal President calls for strengthening ties with India
Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav, who is currently in India on a ten-day state visit, has called for a further strengthening of ties with India. ANI

Jhargram villagers protest against West Bengal CPI (M) government
Around 2000 villagers carried out a protest rally against the Communist Party of India-Marxist CPI (M) government in West Bengal's Jhargram district. ANI

Nirupama Rao discusses fishermen killings with Lankan Govt.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has expressed New Delhi's deep concern over the recent violent incidents in waters between India and Sri Lanka, which had resulted in the tragic death of two Indian fishermen. ANI

Somali pirates operating close to Indian shores a disturbing trend: Navy Chief
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma on Monday termed Somali pirates moving their activities closer to the Indian coast as a "disturbing trend". ANI

Karachi: Pakistan's lifeline or City of Death (Article)
In recent times while the world's attention was on events in FATA and North Waziristan, another brutal battle has been raging in Karachi, which is a microcosm of Pakistan, even if the soul they say, is in the Punjabi Lahore. ANI

Larger deployment of forces will prevent pirate attacks: Navy Chief
Reacting to the recent arrest of Somali pirates in joint operation led by the Navy, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma said on Monday that a larger deployment of forces could prevent such attacks. ANI

Karunanidhi meets Prime Minister, discusses fishermen killings
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, here on Monday and is understood to have raised the issue of Indian fishermen being killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy. ANI

Sonawane killing main accused Shinde dies
Popat Shinde, the main accused in the murder of Additional District Collector Yashwant Sonawane, died at a hospital here on Monday. ANI

'I am still the CVC', says Thomas
Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) PJ Thomas on Monday refused to resign despite charges of corruption levelled against him when he was in Kerala, saying he was still the CVC and the matter has to be first decided in court. ANI

ADB to provide 7.4 billion dollar assistance to India for 2011-2013
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India have agreed on a new three-year business plan that will provide lending assistance of 7.4 billion dollars to support inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth in the country. ANI

Ship catches fire near Mumbai, many stuck
Many people are feared stuck on the ship, INS Vindhyagiri, which caught fire this morning near the naval dockyard in Mumbai. ANI

2G scam: Justice Patil probe panel submits report
The one man committee headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Shivraj Patil on Monday submitted the report on 2G spectrum allotment scam to Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal. ANI

Prakash Karat reiterates demand for JPC probe on 2G scam
Reiterating his party's demand for a joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 2G spectrum scam, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said his party too wanted the smooth functioning of Parliament, but it would not give up the demand. ANI

Chidambaram to visit Jammu and Kashmir on Feb 3
Jammu, Jan 31 Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will visit Jammu and Kashmir on February 3 to review the security situation and also to take stock of the political developments in the state. ANI

Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha calls for release of social activist Binayak Sen
Activists of Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha Labourer's Committee carried out a protest rally here demanding the release of Human Rights activist Binayak Sen who is convicted under sedition charges. ANI

Karunanidhi to discuss seat-sharing with PM, Sonia
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to discuss seat-sharing for the upcoming elections in the state ANI

Karachi -Pakistan's lifeline or City of Death
In recent times while the world's attention was on events in FATA and North Waziristan, another brutal battle has been raging in Karachi, which is a microcosm of Pakistan, even if the soul they say, is in the Punjabi Lahore. ANI

Ingenico Enables Access to the Rural Population for FINO in India
Ingenico (Euronext : FR0000125346 - ING), leading worldwide provider of payment solutions, joined hands with Financial Inclusion Network & Operations (FINO) in India to help them deliver Micro finance & NREGS (National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) payment solutions to the under-served and the unbanked sector Business Wire India

IDFC Consolidated Net Profit Increased by 19% in 9M FY 2011 over 9M FY 2010
Highlights of 9M FY 2011 -- Profit After Tax of Rs. 995 crore for 9M FY 2011 compared to Rs. 834 crore in 9M FY 2010 -- EPS (diluted) increased from Rs. 6.38 per share to Rs. 6.87 per share : an increase of 8% -- IDFC is notified as Infrastructure Finance Company by the Reserve Bank of India -- IDFC raised Rs. 2,654 crore through the QIP route by allotment of equity shares to QIBs and Rs Business Wire India

Vdopia to Empower Online Video Advertisements and Monetize the Live Streaming of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on
ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd has appointed Vdopia, leading online and mobile video monetization company, as the exclusive sales agent of (India region) till the end of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Vdopia will empower the online video advertisements and monetize the most premium content, live streaming of ICC World Cup 2011 on Business Wire India

everyday child – A Revolutionary Charitable Initiative
In less than two weeks ‘everyday child’, a charitable organization, arrived in Mumbai and put together a Team, solidified a location, initiated legal registration, and received 100% support from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) as well as the people of Mannu Bhai Chawl in Powai to begin the development of their first Learning Centre Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems bags Rs. 250cr Order from BSNL under its System Integration Telecom Practice
• HCL Infosystems to deploy systems for consolidation of the BSNL billing process • Project to spread across North & West Zone HCL Infosystems Ltd., India’s premier Hardware, Services and ICT System Integration Company today announced the awarding of Rs.250cr project from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Business Wire India Triggers Global Growth Prospects for SMEs
• In association with TiE organises SME Conference 2011 on "Going Beyond India — Competing in a Globalized Economy" • Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, says competitive & resilient SMEs are quintessential for economic growth • Prof. Suresh Tendulkar shares macro perspective on enhancing global competitiveness in SMEs • Hon'ble Secretary Ministry of MSMEs Mr Business Wire India

Mobile Apps Conclave 2011 Concludes with Great Fanfare
The conference Mobile Apps Conclave ( organized by CellStrat concluded with great fanfare and success at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on Jan 21st. CellStrat is extremely pleased to report that this event was Sold Out a week before the event date Business Wire India

Delta Introduces Hybrid Renewable Energy Solutions (RenE) under SolutionE for Telecom Customers to Optimize Green Energy and Value
Dedicated to innovation, energy efficiency, and environmental protection, Delta Group, the world’s largest provider of switching power supplies and DC brushless fans, has launched hybrid renewable energy solutions (RenE) under its SolutionE concept Business Wire India

Sterlite Industries (India) Limited Change in Chief Financial Officer of the Company
Mr. C. Prabhakaran has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sterlite Industries (India) Limited with immediate effect. Mr. C. Prabhakaran has come in place of Mr. Vinod Bhandawat, who has been transferred / posted to other Group Company. Business Wire India

Sparta Strategy Announces: The Indian Highways & Roads Infrastructure Investment Conference in Association with Financial Times
Leading FDI promotion firm Sparta Strategy along with the Financial Times today announced a conference on investment opportunities within the Indian Highways & Roads Infrastructure segment which has emerged as one of the largest public private partnership opportunities on the Governments infrastructure development plans Business Wire India

Securing Ports Through the Application of Technology and Global Best Practices
“Only 7-10% of the cargo that enters U.S ports is scanned for illegal drugs, chemical, nuclear or biological agents”, reveal Homeland Security Department officials. Scanning and screening are very different, the process begins far from the docks of any port, starting days or weeks before a ship pulls in and begins unloading cargo Business Wire India

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