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Lalgarh killings: Supreme Court slams WB Govt. for opposing CBI probe
The Supreme Court on Tuesday criticized the West Bengal Government for raising objections to a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the January 7 killings in Lalgarh's Netai village. ANI

India permits Pak investigators access to 26/11 witnesses
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said the Central Government has allowed an investigating team of Pakistan to question the Indian witnesses of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. ANI

Govt. to deploy hundred companies of paramilitary forces for WB polls
New Delhi, Mar 1 Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said hundred companies of paramilitary forces will be sent to ensure law and order duties for the forthcoming assembly elections in West Bengal. ANI

All-party meeting on Telangana only after all parties are ready: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that he would convene an all-party meeting on the Telangana statehood issue only after he is assured that all the parties are ready to give their points of view to the Centre. ANI

Talks with ULFA significant: Chidambaram
New Delhi, Mar 1 Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that peace talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) held here last month were very significant. ANI

Air Marshal Kumaria on a two-day visit to Air Force Station Chandigarh
Air Marshal DC Kumaria, Air Officer Commanding-in- Chief, Western Air Command, is on a two-day visit to Air Force Station Chandigarh to felicitate the station, as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee today. ANI

Krishna calls Libyan Foreign Minister for help, seeks safe evacuation of Indians
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had a telephonic conversation with Libyan Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa on Tuesday and sought his help for the safe evacuation of Indian nationals from strife-torn Libya. ANI

CBI says 63 persons are under scanner in 2G spectrum scam probe
The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the ongoing probe into the 2G spectrum scam after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) informed it that sixty-three persons, including promoters and CEOs of ten telecom firms have come under its scanner during the course of the investigation. ANI

Godhra train burning judgement does not justify riots: Moily
Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said the verdict of the Ahmedabad special court in the 2002 Godhra case does not justify the riots that followed the train burning incident. ANI

2G scam: Raja to appear before court via video-conferencing
A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed the plea of former Telecom Minister A Raja to participate in the proceedings in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case through video- conferencing. ANI

CWG scam: Bhanot, Verma sent to Tihar Jail till Mar. 15
A Delhi court on Tuesday sent former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi's key aides Lalit Bhanot and V.K. Verma to Tihar Jail under 14-day judicial custody in connection with financial irregularities in a contract with a Swiss company. ANI

China mulls delaying women's retirement age
The Chinese labour authority is trying to delay the retirement age for women, according to a top official report. ANI

Bombay HC slams Maharashtra Govt. for trying to curb police powers
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday criticizing the Maharashtra Government asked it to explain its motive behind issuing a circular asking police officials not to record instructions coming from politicians within two weeks. ANI

Sibal to launch program initiated by Australia-India Institute, Indian NGOs
The Australia-India Institute today announced its new programme with Indian NGO Asha and the Nossal Institute for Global Health called A New India-Australia Partnership to Support the Aspirations of Delhi's Urban Poor. ANI

Foreign tourists do not now need special permits for visiting Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram
The Central Government is leaving no stones unturned in its effort to develop the northeastern region. Recently it excluded Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram from the protected area permit to promote tourism in the region. ANI

2G scam: Sibal moves motion for JPC in Rajya Sabha
Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal moved a motion in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday for setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into 2G spectrum allocation. ANI

India expresses concern over increase in international crude oil prices
Grappling with a high rate of price rice, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today expressed concern that increasing prices of crude oil and other commodities in global markets could add to inflationary pressure in the country. ANI

Australia-India Institute announces Amitabh Mattoo as its first director
The Australia India Institute has announced the appointment of its inaugural Director, Professor Amitabh Mattoo. ANI

Centre's initiative for peace working in Northeast
If we follow a chronological order of events, the past 18 months have been good for the Northeast with regard to improvement in the security situation, especially in Assam and Nagaland. ANI

Northeast celebrates seed sowing festival "Lui-Ngai-Ni"
The end of harvest season is marked by the celebration of the seed sowing festival "Lui-Ngai-Ni" by Naga tribes in the northeast by offering prayers to the almighty for a prosperous harvest ahead. ANI

Floriculture makes Tripura youth a significant contributor to economy
With the northeastern state of Tripura taking to floriculture, it has given the youth an opportunity to become not only able entrepreneurs, but also makes them able them able enough to contribute significantly to the economy of the State. ANI

Indian Defence Ministry happy with more funds assurance from Pranab
Giving a thumbs up to the substantial raise in defence Budget by 11.6 percent, Defence Minister A. K. Antony today expressed his happiness over the assurance given by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee that there would be no dearth of money for important acquisitions in the defence sector if required. ANI

UK company claims it can 'grow diesel'
A Massachusetts company, Joule Unlimited, has claimed that it can produce diesel using the same ingredients that make grass grow. ANI

Indian evacuees from Libya say they were beaten up by army
The fourth batch of 331 evacuees, who returned to New Delhi from protest-hit Libya, today said that they were beaten up by army personnel who alleged that they were mercenaries. ANI

70 percent Chinese preferred imported milk powder due to safety concerns
Nearly seventy percent Chinese people preferred imported milk powder and had little confidence in domestic brands because of food safety concerns, even though the latest official test report said there is "no significant difference" between domestic dairy products and their overseas rivals. ANI

Pregnant women in China to be tested for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis B
Pregnant women across China will receive free screenings for HIV, syphilis, and Hepatitis B, and if they test positive, they will be treated at hospitals to prevent them from transmitting the diseases to their children. ANI

Nine killed as truck auto-rickshaw crash in Bihar
Nine people were killed and 10 others injured in Gaya, Bihar, on Tuesday, when a truck rammed into two autorickshaws. ANI

Fourth batch of Indian citizens arrive in India from Libya
A fourth special Air India flight carrying 331 Indian citizens, has arrived, here from Libya. ANI

Supreme Court rejects reinvestigation in Rizwanur murder case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside a Calcutta High Court order for a fresh Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of Kolkata-based design professional Rizwanur Rahman. ANI

Godhra case: Death sentence for 11, life terms for 20
A special court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday awarded the death penalty to eleven accused and life imprisonment to 20 others in the 2002 Godhra train burning case. ANI

Three policemen killed by Maoists in Jharkhand
Three policemen were killed as the Maoists ambushed a police party late on Monday night in Jharkhand's Chatra District. ANI

Telangana stir hits Andhra Pradesh, rail traffic blocked
In a bid to mount pressure on the Centre for a separate state, pro-Telangana groups have organised rail blockades all over the region on Tuesday. ANI

2G scam: Manmohan Singh to move motion for JPC in Rajya Sabha
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will move a motion for the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the 2G scam in Rajya Sabha after which the full list of all members - from both houses - will be announced. ANI

Rizwanur case: Supreme Court to decide on CBI probe
The Supreme Court will pronounce today its verdict on appeals challenging the Calcutta High Court's order for a fresh CBI probe into the death of Kolkata-based design professional Rizwanur Rahman. ANI

Steria Announces 2010 Annual Results[1] Revenue Growth: +3.8% Operating Margin Rate[2]: 7.1% Strong Net Cash Generation: €86 Million
• Like-for-like revenue increased by 1.5% in 2010 as compared to 2009. • Operating margin2 stood at €120.4 million leading to an operating margin rate of 7.1%. • Attributable net profit was €42.9 million including, notably, a €6.5 million provision for non-recurring costs linked to rationalisation and optimisation projects planned for the Group’s premises in 2011 Business Wire India

Ameyo Doubles the Customer Connect Rates for Symphony BPO Malaysia
Ameyo, the IP-based call center suite from Drishti-Soft enables Symphony BPO in achieving a 200% efficiency increase for their customer contact processes. Powering some of their most critical client processes, Ameyo delivered significant productivity boost for the Malaysia-based BPO winning them appreciation from their customers Business Wire India

ARMSTRONG Ties up with ECADI, China for Integrated Township in Kharghar
Armstrong, a leading developer in Navi Mumbai - famous for its HEX brand of properties - announced a tie-up with China’s iconic Architectural firm, ECADI (East China Architectural Research & Design Institute, Shanghai) today at Hotel Fortune, Vashi. The objective of this alliance is to redefine the whole concept of property development in Navi Mumbai Business Wire India

SC Magazine Honors SonicWALL with Awards for Best Integrated Security UTM Product and Best Web Application Firewall
SonicWALL, Inc. , the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced the NSA 2400MX and Web Application Firewall Service have won the 2011 SC Magazine Annual Awards within their respective Reader Trust categories. The announcement was made on Feb Business Wire India

INVISTA to Sponsor Kingpins Denim Show in India
INVISTA and Olah, Inc. announce that INVISTA will sponsor the upcoming Kingpins show in India scheduled to take place in Delhi on April 27-28. According to the show’s founder, Andrew Olah, president of Olah Inc., with the explosive growth of stretch denim in the region, it makes perfect sense for INVISTA to be the show’s sponsor Business Wire India

element14 Announces Winners of Online Community Contests
element14 (formerly Farnell), the industry’s first fusion of commerce and community supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals worldwide, recently engaged its online community forum members via two creative contests Business Wire India

Ramco Systems Awarded for ‘Operational Excellence and Quality’ at the BPO Excellence Awards 2010-2011
Ramco Systems (BSE - 532370, NSE – RAMCOSYS, MSE – RSST); a leading software company focused on consulting, product and managed services, has won the prestigious award for ‘Operational Excellence and Quality’ at the BPO Excellence Awards 2010-2011, held at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai Business Wire India

AIRCEL Launches 3G Services in India
Aircel, which made its presence felt in the year 2010 with an impressive pan India network rollout, continues its growth momentum by announcing the much awaited launch of its 3G services. Aircel is the undisputed market leader in Chennai and Tamil Nadu, besides Assam and North-East Business Wire India

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