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India asks Norway to facilitate return of children in fostercare in Norway
Norwegian Ambassador Ann Ollestad was called in by Secretary (West) M.Ganapathi on Wednesday to convey the Government's continued serious concerns regarding the two young children currently placed in foster care by the Norwegian childcare services. ANI

Iran denies involvement in blast outside Israel embassy in Delhi
Iran's Ambassador to India, Seyed Mehdi Nabizadeh on Wednesday, denied his country's involvement in the car blast outside the Israel Embassy that injured four people. ANI

Tripura traders happy as Bangladesh opens Chittagong port for business
After Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the opening of Chittagong and Mongla ports to India for trade, the business community in Tripura has expressed their over the news and look forward to boosting trade relations with their neighbour. ANI

Tetseo sisters, singing nightingales of Nagaland
Youth in northeast are second to none in terms of talent. Over the years the region has produced several artrists, sportsmen, musicians and theatre artists who have carved out a niche for themselves, the Tetseo sisters from Kohima, Nagaland are one of them. ANI

New Delhi hosts seminar on peace and development in Northeast
New Delhi recently hosted a seminar to discuss the benefits of peace and opportunities for development in the Northeast. ANI

Integrated Coast Guard Systems commissions new patrol vessel
The Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) commissioned new Inshore Petrol Vessel, Rajshree here on Wednesday. ANI

57 percent voter turnout in third phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls
Around 57 per cent voter turn out was registered on Wednesday, in the third phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls held for 56 seats spread in ten districts of the state. ANI

Tripura hosts agricultural fair to boost farm productivity
Tripura capital Agartala recently played host to an agricultural fair was recently held here to showcase the latest in agri research and new technologies for cultivation to increase farm productivity. ANI

Future 2G telecom licences to be de-linked from spectrum: Sibal
Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday announced new rules for the telecom sector in which he said that the government has decided to de-link granting of future telecom licences from spectrum allocation. ANI

Gujarat riots case: Court defers Zakia Jafri's plea for copy of SIT report that clears Modi
A trial court here has deferred Zakia Jafri's plea to get a copy of the Special Investigation Team's (SIT) report on the post-Godhra riots that allegedly clears Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of any wrong doing in the 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre case. ANI

Assam hosts food processing expo in Guwahati
A food processing expo was recently organized in Guwahati where industry players and experts discussed the road ahead for the sector in Northeast. ANI

Three-member committee to examine report on merger of Air India and Indian Airlines
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has formed a three-member committee to examine the recommendations of Justice Dharmadhikari Committee on various HR issues after the merger of the two national carriers Air India and Indian Airlines and give its report by the first week of March 2012. ANI

President Patil to flag off 'Saakshar Bharat Yatra' on Feb. 18
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will flag off the 'Saakshar Bharat Yatra' from the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Saturday. ANI

Financial exclusion has harmed Indian agriculturists, says Pratibha Patil
Emphasizing that agricultural development must be accompanied by measures to remove the debilities of the farmers and empower them through marketing, finances and organisations of farmers, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday financial exclusion has indeed been a bane for Indian agriculturists. ANI

Zakia Jafri to get SIT report copy, co-petitioners plea dismissed
A trial court here Wednesday passed an order allowing Zakia Jafri to receive a copy of Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) closure report on Gulberg Society massacre case. ANI

Surajkund Fair 2012 choses Assam as theme state
Faridabad (Haryana): The 26th Surajkund Craft Fair this year chose Assam as its theme state, in a bid to spread awareness about the northeast and provide exposure and access to bigger markets to artisans from the region. ANI

Economic activity gains momentum in Mizoram's Kolasib District
Mizoram's Kolasib District is in the process of transforming itself into a centre for economic activity through the support of government schemes.ituated about 150 km north of Aizawl, Kolasib was once a safe haven for militants. oday, it is witnessing rapid development as trade, and commerce activities have picked up in the region. ANI

Villagers thrash four insurgents in Manipur
In a daring act of defiance people of Itham Moirangpurel village in Manipur's Thoubal District thrashed cadres of a militant outfit who were trying to collect illegal tax from truck owners and other businessmen. ANI

Manipur film fraternity protests against extortion by militants
Over the years, filmmakers in Manipur have been using cinema as a medium to expose militant outfits and present a real picture of the insurgency affected state to the world. ANI

Shumang Leela festival held to promote northeast culture in Manipur
The 40th edition of All Manipur Shumang Leela Festival was recently held here to promote the culture of northeast India. ANI

Now, development is the watchword in Tripura's Mohiskhalla village
With militancy on the decline in the northeast, development and progress have become the new watchwords in states such as Tripura. ANI

Manmohan Singh initiates action to increase supply of coal for power projects
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who recently met a delegation of industrialists representing the majority of power producers in the country, has assured them that his office will work out a road map to deal with the problems relating to power sector. ANI

Samjhauta train blast suspect's arrest not linked to UP polls: Digvijay Singh
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday rubbished any poll-related angle to the arrest of Kamal Chauhan in connection with the 2007 Samjhauta train blast case, and said that the suspect had himself acknowledged the fact that he was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). ANI

Central excise officials stage candle march over demands for better pay, cadre reorganization
Central Excise Superintendents recently observed a candle march at their headquarters here over demands for cadre revision and better pay. ANI

RSS says NIA has lost its credibility in Samjhauta train blast case
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar on Wednesday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been instructed by the Central Government to conspire against his party after the name of a former party worker, Kamal Chauhan, emerged as the latest suspect in 2007 Samjhauta train blast case. ANI

Mock drill conducted in Delhi
A mock drill to check the preparedness of city's important public disaster management agencies in case of a high intensity earthquake was conducted here on Wednesday. ANI

Manmohan Singh underlines need for strong agricultural sector for India's food security
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that a strong agricultural sector is necessary for our food and nutritional security and for the welfare and well being of the very large proportion of our population that is still engaged in farming. ANI

India one of most disaster prone countries in world: Sachin Pilot
Stating that India is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot on Wednesday said there is a need to be well prepared and the key to that lies in information being collected and then given to the people where disaster may or will most certainly strike. ANI

BJP leader Tripathi confident of forming Govt. in UP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kesari Nath Tripathi, who cast his vote during the ongoing third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on Wednesday, said that his party was contesting the polls with a firm resolve to form the government in the state. ANI

India, Saudi Arabia agree to set up 'Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation'
In an endeavor to give a further boost to the defence ties between the two nations, India and Saudi Arabia have decided to set up a 'Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation' to work out the contours of the relationship. ANI

Voters in UP look for corruption free government
Voters, who exercised their rights in the ongoing third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on Wednesday appeared to be very excited, and said that they used their right to vote to ensure that a strong and corruption free government is formed in the state. ANI

Karnataka CM Gowda says appointment process for ombudsman is in progress
Karnataka Chief Minister D.V Sadananda Gowda has said the appointment process for the post of state-level ombudsman has begun in the state. ANI

Congress slams BJP for commenting on Law Minister's sub-quota remarks
Criticizing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its stand on Law Minister Salman Khurshid's sub-quota remarks, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari has said that the opposition party should look into their own conduct while commenting on others. ANI

Yogi Adityanath flays Salman Khurshid on sub-quota remarks
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath has slammed Law Minister Salman Khurshid for practising divisive politics through Muslim reservation amid crucial assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Congress committed to bringing black money back, claims Digvijay Singh
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has said that his party is committed towards bringing the black money stashed in safe havens abroad back to the nation. ANI

Polling begins for third phase of UP polls
Polling for the third phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh for 56 seats began at 7 a.m. today and will continue till 5 p.m. ANI

Be at EFY EXPO 2012 for the Latest in Electronics
With a powerful mix of seminars, conferences and summits running in parallel at the expo, gear yourself up for three consecutive days of learning and exciting time at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The stage is set. India is about to witness the fastest growing electronics event Electronics For You Expo ( Business Wire India

Bhartiya International Limited (BIL) Reports 36% YOY Growth in Total Income in Q3 FY12
-- Total Income at `6571 lacs for Q3 FY12 Bharitya International Limited, the flagship company of Bharitya Group , India’s largest manufacturing export house of leather garments and amongst top 25 leather apparel manufacturer in the world, today announced its third quarter FY12 financial results Business Wire India

Sterlite Industries (India) LimitedDecision in Asarco Matter
Bankruptcy Court of Southern District of Texas, United States has issued an order regarding (i) Asarco’s breach of contract claim and (ii) Sterlite’s application for refund of $ 50 million paid to Asarco in December 2009. Business Wire India

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Appoints Authorised Dealer in Chandigarh
-- Rolls-Royce Motor Cars appoints Select Cars Private Limited to operate fourth new dealership in India -- Ghost Extended Wheelbase makes Chandigarh debut Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to announce the appointment of a fourth dealership in India Business Wire India

Supertech Cape Town Awaited Residential Project Launched at Sector-74 Noida, Noida Properties
Supertech Cape Town a much awaited residential project launched by Supertech Limited in Noida Sector 74. Supertech Cape Town is a world-class leisure and residential community introducing quality into every aspect of the Company ranging from Process, Human Resource, Technology and Services to create an all-encompassing quality culture Business Wire India

Lodha Casa Rio Gold Launched at Dombivali Mumbai, Lodha Casa Rio Gold New Project by Lodha Group
Lodha Group presents a new residential apartment “Lodha Casa Rio Gold” at Dombivali Mumbai. Lodha Group’s Casa Rio Gold offers affordable 1, 2 and 3 BHK flat in Dombivali Mumbai. This project is planned, designed and built by the world's finest urban planners, architects, engineers and landscape designers. Lodha Casa Rio Gold is Mumbai’s first integrated planned township, unlike any other Business Wire India

Hay Group Appoints MSLGROUP’S 20:20 MSL as its Strategic Communications Partner in India
20:20 MSL India, part of MSLGROUP, Publicis Groupe’s flagship speciality communications, PR and events network and the largest PR and social media network in India, today announced that it has been selected by Hay Group as their strategic communications partner in India Business Wire India

GETIT Introduces “Book an Appointment – Doctors’ Module” for Enabling Easy Appointments between Patient and the Doctors
Booking appointments with doctors and availing instant medical help is a rarity in today’s time. A lot of lives are lost due to lack of timely medical assistance and care. To facilitate easy appointments and interface between patients and doctors, GETIT Infoservices (P) Ltd has introduced a unique ‘Book an appointment-Doctors Module’ feature on their website http://www.getit Business Wire India

Bala Parthasarathy, Co-Founder of Snapfish, joins Canvera’s Board, India’s leading online photography company, today announced that Bala Parthasarathy, one of the Co-Founders of Snapfish, has joined Canvera’s board as an advisor. Bala founded Snapfish in 1999 and was with the company through its acquisition by District Photo and an eventual sale to Hewlett- Packard Business Wire India

Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi Lands at Dozens of the World’s Busiest International Airports
Ruckus Wireless™ ( today announcedthat its ZoneFlex Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) system has seen broad, worldwide adoption bymany of the busiest airports around the globe looking to bring reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi connectivity to highly trafficked, high-density passenger terminals Business Wire India

Saigon Hanoi Bank, Vietnam Selects Polaris’ Intellect GUB to Launch Operations in Cambodia
Polaris Financial Technology Ltd. (POLS Business Wire India

Unilever Awarded the ‘Capgemini Leadership Award for Innovation 2012’ at the NASSCOM Global Leadership Awards
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today presented the ‘Capgemini Leadership Award for Innovation 2012’ to its global client Unilever at the NASSCOM Global Leadership Awards held in Mumbai Business Wire India

VFS Global Awarded the ‘Capgemini Leadership Award for Innovation 2012’ at the NASSCOM Global Leadership Awards
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today presented the ‘Capgemini Leadership Award for Innovation 2012’ to its Indian client VFS Global at the NASSCOM Global Leadership Awards, held in Mumbai Business Wire India

Vikram Gandhi, Investment Banking Veteran, Forms VSG Capital Advisors to Focus on India & Asia
Vikram Gandhi today announced the setting up of his new firm called VSG Capital Advisors. The Firm will provide cross-border and domestic investment and advisory services in the private, public and social sectors. VSG Capital Advisors will help bring institutional, high net worth and developmental capital to India Business Wire India

Aptara Announces Trivandrum Expansion
Aptara, a pioneer in digital publishing solutions, announces expansion of its Trivandrum operations to accommodate its significant corporate growth. Aptara’s new Technopark office will be home to 1,200 employees, 600 of which are new positions Business Wire India

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