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BJP reiterates demand for Salman Khurshid's resignation on minority quota row
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday reiterated its demand for resignation of Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid over the complaint registered by the Election Commission to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on his remarks made during the campaign in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. ANI

India condemns explosion in Israeli embassy car: Krishna (Update)
Strongly condemning the explosion that took place in a car belonging to the Israeli embassy, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Monday said the law of the land will take its own course and the culprits will be brought to justice at the earliest. ANI

44th Session of Indian Labour Conference to begin tomorrow
The 44th Session of Indian Labour Conference will begin on February 14 under the chairmanship of Union of Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge. ANI

Campaigning for third phase of UP assembly polls ends, voting on Wednesday
Campaigning for third phase of UP assembly polls came to a close today at 5pm as the state gears up for Wednesday's voting in 56 constituencies spread across ten districts of Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Facts about Delhi Dialogue IV
Delhi Dialogue is a track 1.5 event organized annually by the Ministry of External Affairs with select partners since 2009. he fourth edition, 'Delhi Dialogue-IV' will beheld on February 13 and 14. ANI

Blast inside Israel embassy vehicle near PM's residence
A Israeli Embassy car was damaged by a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinder explosion here on Monday evening. ANI

India, ASEAN should take economic partnership to next level, says Krishna at Delhi Dialogue IV
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Monday called on India and ASEAN to take their partnership in various sectors to the next level, while simultaneously facing and combating non-traditional and trans-national security challenges. ANI

SC issues notices to RK Sharma in Shivani Bhatnagar case
The Supreme Court on Monday sought dismissed IPS officer RKSharma's response on a Delhi police plea challenging his acquittal in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case. ANI

Gujarat court to decide on SIT report on Feb 15
An Ahmedabad court on Monday postponed its decision on hearing the closure report filed by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the Gulberg Society massacre case to February 15. The decision to be made is whether to make the report available to social activists or not. ANI

India needs to focus on improving availability of domestic coal: Venugopal
Minister of State for Power K.C. Venugopal has said that India needs to seriously focus on improving the availability of domestic coal by developing more mines and has to find ways to improve fuel security. ANI

Congress backs Khurshid on minority quota row
Congress Party on Monday came out in defence of Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who is facing the heat over his statement on inority quotas made during the campaign in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. ANI

BJP asks PM to break silence on minority quota row
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday hit out at the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for not taking any action against Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, and appealed to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, to break his silence on the matter. ANI

High-tech poly houses being used to boost tulip production in Kashmir
The Jammu and Kashmir horticulture department is using hi-tech poly houses to help facilitate the early bloom of tulips, which in turn is boosting its production. ANI

SC asks government for action taken report on ex-CJI Balakrishnan property case
Supreme Court today asked the Centre to brief it on action taken on an allegation against former Chief Justice of India and NHRC chairman K G Balakrishnan for amassing disproportionate assets. ANI

Krishna meets ASEAN leaders to boost bilateral ties
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna met his Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) counterparts here on Monday for talks aimed at boosting trade and security ties. ANI

Terrorism continues to remain grave concern to world peace, stability: Antony
Asserting that terrorism continues to remain a grave concern to world peace and stability, Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday said the various nations must draw up collective and innovative measures to counter and defeat such asymmetric threats. ANI

Joshi asks state governments to arrive at consensus to rationalise 'motor vehicle taxes'
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr. C.P. Joshi has urged all state governments to arrive at a consensus to rationalise 'motor vehicle taxes' and harmonise rates to facilitate the easy movement of vehicles across the country. ANI

Villagers demand access to portable drinking water in Maoist-affected Purulia
Villagers in the Maoist-hot bed of West Bengal's Purulia District have complained against the lack of portable drinking water, as hazardous wastes from a variety of sources have contaminated the ground water resources. ANI

Gujarat court to hear closure report of SIT in Gulbarg Society massacre case
A trial court in Ahmedabad will hear the closure report filed by the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the Gulbarg Society massacre during the 2002 Gujarat riots. ANI

Get on with work, bury Army Chief age row: Antony
Defence Minister A.K Antony on Monday demanded an end to the furore surrounding the age of Army Chief General Vijay Kumar Singh. ANI

Fourth edition of Delhi Dialogue to begin today
The fourth edition of Delhi Dialogue organized annually by the Ministry of External Affairs with select partners since 2009 will take place on February 13 and 14 in New Delhi. ANI

Campaigning for UP third phase polls ends today
The campaigning for the third phase of assembly elections covering 56 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will end on Monday at 5 pm, as a total of 1,021 candidates are in fray for this phase. ANI

Mayawati terms Rahul Gandhi's poll claims as political gimmickry
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has warned voters in Uttar Pradesh and Rae Bareilly in particular to beware of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's claims of ushering development in the state in the next five years. ANI

Salman Khurshid denies putting PM in trouble with his minority quota statement
Facing the heat over his recent statement on minority quotas, Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid has gone on the back foot and said that his remarks have not put the central leadership in trouble. ANI

Mulayam blames UP CM Mayawati for ill governance
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadavas accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati of promoting ill-governance in the state. ANI

Rahul Gandhi accuses Mulayam of misleading voters with false promises
Talking a dig at Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has dismissed all election promises made by Yadav as false and misleading. ANI

Need to root out corruption from welfare schemes: Jairam Ramesh
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that corruption has to be weeded out of Central Government welfare schemes. ANI

Antony begins two-day visit to Saudi Arabia
Defence Minister A.K. Antony left on a two visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday. This is the first ever visit by an Indian Defence Minister to Riyadh. ANI

IDG Ventures India and SAIF Partners Invest $14m in FirstCry.com & GoodLife.com
IDG Ventures India led a $14 million Series B investment into Brainbees Solutions Pvt Ltd., which owns the FirstCry.com and GoodLife.com brands, India’s #1 babycare and #1 beauty e-commerce sites respectively. SAIF Partners, the existing investor in Brainbees participated equally in the round, having earlier invested $4 million in the company in May 2011 Business Wire India

SRF’s Q3 PAT at Rs. 111 crore, a reduction of 35%
-- Q3 Revenue at Rs.949 crore, a growth of 12% -- Q3 PAT, a reduction of Rs. 60 crore -- Q3 Exchange Currency Fluctuation, a loss of Rs. 51 crore -- Q3 Net profit before tax (PBT) at Rs. 161 crore, a reduction of 32% -- 9M Net profit after tax (PAT) at Rs. 300 crore, a reduction of 14% -- 9M Revenue at Rs. 2702 crore, a growth of 22% -- Board approves interim dividend of Rs Business Wire India

CSC to Exhibit at NASSCOM India Leaderhip Forum 2012
CSC (NYSE: CSC) today announced that it is a gold sponsor of NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) 2012, to be held in Mumbai February 14 – 16. Sponsoring for the sixth consecutive year, the company will showcase its industry-leading mobility and virtual desktop solutions at booth #3 of Asia’s largest IT industry event Business Wire India

Escalating Demand across Various End-user Segments Drives Growth in the Indian UPS Market, States Frost & Sullivan
The Indian UPS market is a growing and competitive one where both multinational and Indian suppliers are jostling for space. The competitiveness in the market is intensifying, with barriers to the entry of new participants, especially in the up to 20kVA power range, becoming lower Business Wire India

UFLEX Ltd Q3 FY11-12 Consolidated Net Revenue at Rs. 1146 crore and Net profit of Rs. 51 Crore
Uflex Ltd, the Bombay Stock Exchange (UFLEX: 500148) and NSE listed, India's largest flexible packaging company has registered the Consolidated net revenue for the December quarter of 2011 of Rs. 1146 crore as against Rs. 1020 crore for the same period last year, up 12%. The higher revenue growth has been achieved due to availability of new capacities and higher utilization thereof Business Wire India

Toshiba Elevator India to Participate in 4th International Elevator & Escalator Expo in Mumbai
Toshiba Elevator India Private Limited (TEI), a Toshiba Group company, today announced its participation in the 4th International Elevator & Escalator Expo in Mumbai, India, the company's second appearance at an elevator expo in India. The Mumbai Expo will run from Feb. 16 through Feb Business Wire India

Jupiter Systems Announces Participation in InfoComm India 2012 Roadshow
Jupiter Systems, the industry leader in display wall technology, announced that it will participate in the InfoComm India 2012 Roadshow. The company also plans to seek relationships with additional Indian systems integration companies that can represent Jupiter Systems in India. Dorothy Farris, V.P Business Wire India

Toshiba JSW Commissions Super Critical Technology Based Turbine-Generator Manufacturing Facility in India
Toshiba JSW Turbine and Generator Pvt. Ltd. (Toshiba JSW), a 75:25 joint venture between Japan-based Toshiba Corporation and India's leading conglomerate JSW Group, inaugurated its super critical steam turbine and generator manufacturing facility in Chennai on February 12, 2012 Business Wire India

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