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Rahul slams opponents in UP for terming his campaign to be 'drama'
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the political opponents in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh after they termed his ongoing political campaign to be a 'drama'. ANI

BJP takes potshots at Rahul Gandhi for tearing manifesto in UP election rally
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday hit out at Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for tearing away the manifesto of a political during his public meeting in Uttar Pradesh, and termed the entire episode to be undemocratic. ANI

BJP pulls up Beni Prasad Verma over minority quota remarks
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday lashed out at Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma for reigniting the row over minority reservation in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Need to move from government regulation to self regulation, says Moily
Union Corporate Affairs Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily said here today that there is an urgent need to move from government regulation to self-regulation. ANI

India deserves place at top tables where decisions are taken on security, says Jeremy Browne
Minister of State at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Jeremy Browne, on Thursday said India deserves place at top tables where decisions are taken on security. ANI

Bangladesh welcomes India's partnership to meet marketing challenges
In the backdrop of the first World Marketing Summit in Dhaka, the Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Tariq Karim, on Thursday dubbed it as a new window to strengthen the India Bangladesh bilateral ties. ANI

Jagan Mohan Reddy has emulated his father: YSR Congress
YSR Congress on Thursday took strong objection to the remarks of Telegu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on parenting, and said YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has stepped into the shoes of YSR in reaching the people. ANI

Home Ministry claims to have solved almost all major terrorist incident cases
In response to a statement made by the spokesperson of a political party that no case of terror has been solved by the investigating agencies in the last eight years, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs issued a statement here on Thursday, which said that all almost all major terrorist incident cases have been solved. ANI

Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Tourism Ministry sign MoU to promote 'Incredible India Campaign'
In a major initiative to promote the 'Incredible India Campaign' and cinemas of India as a sub brand of 'Incredible India' at various international film festivals and markets abroad, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here on Thursday. ANI

Rahul Gandhi not fit to be in national politics: Nitin Gadkari
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday hit out at Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for tearing the manifesto of a political party during a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh, and said that the former has proved that he is not yet mature. ANI

Bhutan parliamentarians begin study tour of Arunachal Pradesh
Gross National Happiness (GNH) or happiness interwoven with balanced economic development was a concept introduced by Bhutan's King in 1972, as an alternative to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), said Bhutan's National Assembly member Dupthob at the start of four-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh as the leader of a five-member team. ANI

Priyanka Gandhi hopeful of Congress winning all seats from Amethi
Priyanka Gandhi, the star campaigner for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday expressed hope of the party winning all seats from their family bastion, Amethi, in the ongoing state assembly polls. ANI

Delhi earns recognition for having highest monthly per capita expenditure, monthly income
Delhi has earned a special recognition of having the highest monthly per capita expenditure and the highest monthly per capita income in the country. ANI

NRHM scam death list swells to five
The number of people who have died because of their alleged links to the National Rural Health Mission scam has risen to five with the death of the deputy chief medical officer of Varanasi. ANI

Israel embassy car attack probe is in full swing: Delhi Police Commissioner
Delhi Police Commissioner B. K. Gupta on Thursday said that investigations in the case regarding the attack on the wife of an Israeli diplomat, Tal Yehoshua, have gathered pace, though it is still in the initial phase. ANI

Digvijay Singh rules out possibility of post-poll alliance with Samajwadi Party
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday ruled out the possibility of a post-poll alliance with Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh, and said that the Congress would prefer sitting in the opposition rather than supporting any other political outfit. ANI

Promise of reservation incorporated in Congress election manifesto: Digvijay
Defending Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma's statement on minority quota, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said that the promise of reservation was incorporated in the party's election manifesto. ANI

Buried under the snow, how long?
It is February and still freezing. The entire winter season this year was characterized by cold waves especially in North India that claimed several lives. The heavy snowfall disrupted normal life with water pipes freezing and roads blocked in several parts of the country. And Jammu and Kashmir was coldest among all northern Indian states. ANI

1984 anti-Sikh riot survivors clash with police outside Sheila Dikshit's residence
Survivors and relatives of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, besides activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), clashed with police here on Thursday, after Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna took a decision to commute the life sentence of Kishori Lal, who was convicted for the murder of eight Sikhs. ANI

Shabnam Asthana wins India's top public relations award
The Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) recently gave Shabnam Asthana the prestigious national public relations Hall of Fame award for her contributions in the field of public relations. The award was presented to her at the Sixth Global PR Conclave 2012 here. ANI

MI-17 V5 helicopter to be inducted into IAF tomorrow
Mi-17 V5 helicopter with substantial and effective firepower with the latest and more powerful engines that will greatly enhance its payload carriage capability at higher altitudes, will be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday. ANI

Palakkad in Kerala to have new rail coach manufacturing unit
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of a new rail coach manufacturing unit at Palakkad in Kerala. ANI

BJP terms minority quota issue a 'planned strategy' of Congress to woo Muslims
Reacting to Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma's statement on minority quota, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has termed the incident as a 'planned strategy' of the Congress to woo Muslims. ANI

After Salman Khurshid, Beni Prasad Verma makes Muslim quota promise
After Law Minister Salman Khurshid, another Congress leader and Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma has fuelled the minority quota war by promising reservation for Muslims. ANI

BJP accuses Congress of faking hostility to hide pre-poll alliance
The Bharatiya Janata Part (BJP) has accused the Congress party of pretending to be at loggerheads with the Samajwadi Party (SP) in order to conceal a common motive of sharing power in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Orissa CM Patnaik seeks support of other states to oppose anti-militancy body
A day after seeking the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh into 'infringement' of rights of states by the Centre, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a campaign against the power of anti-militancy agency -National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), which the government is slated to set it up by March 1. ANI

Prospect of any post-poll alliance with SP premature: Renuka Chaudhary
Congress leader Renuka Chaudharyas said that the prospect of any post-poll alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) is premature, as polling in Uttar Pradesh is still on. ANI

Rahul Gandhi blames BSP, SP for halting Uttar Pradesh's development
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has blamed the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) for halting Uttar Pradesh's development. ANI

Bry-Air, a Distinguished Player in the Field of Drying, Conveying & Blending, has Participated in PlastIndia 2012
Bry-Air, a distinguished player in the field of Drying, Conveying & Blending, demonstrated 'Game-Changing technology' in recently concluded PlastIndia 2012 Business Wire India

Mr. Dan DeChristopher Appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, BMW Financial Services India
Mr. Dan DeChristopher (53) has been appointed as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BMW Financial Services India, effective 27 January 2012 and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Gurgaon (National Capital Region) Business Wire India

Fastway Ushers in Cable Digitization with Next-Generation Cisco Set-Top Boxes
Cisco today announced that it has been chosen by Fastway Transmissions Private Ltd (Fastway) to usher in cable digitization across its customer base in the key states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. As part of this initiative, Fastway is expected to deploy more than 2 million next-generation digital set-top boxes from Cisco, over the next two years Business Wire India

Capgemini 2011 Financial Results
-- Revenue growth of 11.4% -- Operating margin up 0.6 points(1) to 7.4% -- Group profit up 44% The Board of Directors of Cap Gemini S.A., chaired by Serge Kampf, convened in Paris on February 15, 2012 to review and authorize for issue the accounts(2)of Capgemini Group for the year ended December 31, 2011 Business Wire India

Steria Sponsors NASSCOM's Flagship Event in Mumbai
Steria, a leading European provider of IT-enabled business services, participated as a platinum sponsor at the three-day NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) that concludes in Mumbai today. NILF is the trade body's flagship event and Steria has a long association with NASSCOM as a platinum sponsor. In its 20th year, the forum drew participation from more than 1500 delegates from 34 countries Business Wire India

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Net Sales up 15.4%, PAT before Exceptional Items grows 20.5% in Fourth Quarter of FY 2011
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited announced its financial results for the fourth quarter ended 31st December, 2011. The growth in Net Sales was 15.4% and Profit After Tax and before Exceptional Items was 20.5%. The core Pharmaceuticals business grew by 18.2% for the quarter. For the year ended 31st December 2011, the growth in Net Sales was ¬10 Business Wire India

EFY EXPO 2012 Kick-Starts in Delhi
Finally the wait is over and the day has come. Electronics For You Expo 2012, the first-of-its-kind electronics event, has started from today in New Delhi. With the sole aim to accelerate the growth of the electronics industry in India, the expo focuses not only on "components" and "manufacturing equipments" but also on the entire eco-system Business Wire India

Matrix Cellular Launched New Data Services for Laptop users
Adding to its existing range of cost effective telecommunication solutions for international travelers, Matrix Cellular, the leading service provider of international telecommunication services, has launched new services which provide country-specific Data Cards with 3G connectivity up to 1.8 mbps of mobile broadband speeds Business Wire India

Indian Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Draw the Attention of Prime Minister towards the Importance of Strong Manufacturing Base
The Indian Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA) in a communication to the Honorable Prime Minister, Government of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Honorable Minister of Communications & IT, Shri Kapil Sibal have drawn the attention of Government of India to the recent State of the Union Address of Mr Business Wire India

New Survey finds Rising Food Prices Forced Nearly a Third of Families Surveyed in India to Cut Back on Food with their Children not having Enough to Eat
A recent survey by Save the Children has revealed that after a year of soaring food prices, 29% of the Indianfamilies covered by the survey say they have been forced to cut back on food, complaining that they did not have enough to eat.Since last year and in 2012, food prices have risen, except an odd week or so when they have dropped marginally Business Wire India

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