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President Patil flags off Saakshar Bharat Yatra
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil here on Saturday flagged off the Saakshar Bharat Yatra at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal, and Minister of State (HRD) (Dr.) D.Purandeswari. ANI

Anna Hazare discharged from naturopathy centre in Bangalore
Veteran anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare was discharged from Jindal Naturopathy Centre in Bangalore on Saturday after successfully undergoing treatment for just over two weeks. ANI

Gadkari slams Congress over minority reservation row
Bharatiya Janata Party chief Nitin Gadkari on Saturday slammed Congress over providing reservation to minorities. ANI

Amar Singh falls off chopper while disembarking from it
Former Samajwadi Party leader and Rashtriya Lokmanch party founder Amar Singh here on Saturday fell off a helicopter while getting off it while it was making an emergency landing. ANI

No leniency against Italian ship crew, says Oommen Chandy
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Saturday said they have taken the matter seriously and will not allow the culprits to escape from the legal proceedings involved in the shooting of Indian fishermen. ANI

IAF Chief feels that India can face any challenge
The Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said here today at the annual wreath laying ceremony at Shaheed Smarak that given the committed resolve of the people in uniform India can face any challenge. ANI

Voters in Pratapgarh District press for infrastructure development
The voters in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh District have demanded the development of infrastructure ahead of polls in their district. ANI

ToI issue settled, Nyishis lift ban on circulation of paper in Arunachal
Arunachal Pradesh seems to be moving on the right track since Nabam Tuki took over reins of the state in November 2011. His government on Saturday settled one of the most contentious issues that had snowballed into a major controversy, paralyzing life on several occasions, particularly in Itanagar. ANI

Pratibha Patil launches 2012 'Pulse Polio Programme'
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil administered polio vaccine drops to eight children at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Saturday. ANI

Himachal Pradesh villagers observe self-imposed silence
People in Goshal village of Himachal Pradesh observe self-imposed silence for approximately forty-five days in memory of their local deity, Maharishi Gautam, who meditates during this time. ANI

Authorities gear up for fourth phase of UP polls
Adequate security arrangements are being made to ensure free and fair polling during the fourth phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh. Poll officials said they have also checked electronic voting machines ahead of the elections. ANI

Elections give a respite to illegal riverbed mining in Uttarakhand
Corruption-free rule if voted to power again topped the agendas of leading political parties during the campaigning last month for the assembly elections on January 30th. Other promises included, predictably, uninterrupted power supply and employment for the local youth. ANI

Ambika Soni urges political fraternity to unite in fight against terrorism
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Saturday appealed to the leaders of various political parties to refrain from politicising the issue of the setting up of the anti-militancy unit, the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). ANI

Italian ship firing: Vasan terms killing of Indian fishermen 'unacceptable'
Shipping Minister G. K. Vasan on Saturday said the killing of two Indian fishermen by gunshots from an Italian ship was 'unacceptable', and added that perpetrators would be brought to book as soon as possible. ANI

EC issues notice to Beni Prasad Verma, asked to explain by Feb. 20
The Election Commission today issued notice to Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma over his remarks on sub-quota for minorities. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir Govt. announces health insurance for BPL families
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has announced a health insurance cover for 66,000 families in the state who fall in the category of Below Poverty Line (BPL). ANI

Olive Ridley turtles endangered by commercial activities along Visakhapatnam coast
Lives of hundreds of endangered Olive Ridley turtles along the Visakhapatnam coast in Andhra Pradesh is under threat due to surge in commercial activities along the seashore. ANI

Maoists stall development work in Orissa's Nandapur block
Several development projects have been stalled in Nandapur block in Orissa's Koraput District as labourers dread being attacked by the Maoists at isolated sites. ANI

Mufti welcomes Accountability Commission's notice to Omar on appointment of advisors
Srinagar, Feb 18 : People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday welcomed the step of the Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Commission, which issued notice to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over appointment of advisors, and said that the ruling National Conference Government has always misused the support provided from New Delhi. ANI

NCTC row: Congress asks BJP to stop playing double-faced politics
Kanpur, Feb 18 : Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Friday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for opposing the UPA Government's National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) proposal, saying the opposition is playing double-faced politics. ANI

Chidambaram terms internal security a 'very complex issue'
Emphasizing that internal security is a 'very complex issue', Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said the Centre is working in coordination with the various state governments so that they can maintain law and order and quell any militancy or rebellion. ANI

Priyanka Gandhi defends Rahul over manifesto tearing episode
Priyanka Gandhi, the star campaigner for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, has justified the manifesto-tearing episode by Rahul Gandhi, and said that the pathetic progress of the biggest and most populous state of Uttar Pradesh makes her brother angry. ANI

Shiv Sena-BJP alliance emerges winner in BMC polls
The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance retained power over Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), defeating the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance despite growing criticism of shoddy and increasingly overburdened infrastructure. ANI

5000 People Attended EFY EXPO On Day 2
A record 5,000 people attended EFY Expo 2012 on Day 2. This takes the total number of attendees to 9,000 so far, with many more expected to turn up for the last day (Day 3) of the event on Saturday. Right from manufacturers, buyers to students, the expo attracted all kinds of people related to the electronics industry, from different parts of the country Business Wire India

Save the Children asks CM to create and chair a Nutrition Mission to deal with malnutrition
A delegation of health workers of Delhi and Save the Children International CEO Jasmine Whitbread, Save the Children India Chairman Harpal Singh and CEO Thomas Chandy today asked Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to constitute and chair a Nutrition Mission, to which she agreed Business Wire India

Gami Group Launches Amar Harmony at Taloja Mumbai – an Exclusive 1 BHK, 2 BHK and 3 BHK Flats
Gami Group presents Amar Harmony its new residential project beautifully located at Taloja Mumbai neighborhood of Navi Mumbai. Amar Harmony is among the ongoing Projects in a beautiful landscape with spacious Flats. Gami Group’s Amar Harmony is a 15 storeys 6 wing project offering total 392 luxurious 1 BHK, 2 BHK and 3 BHK flats that is within specific budget Business Wire India

Amethyst & Zircon New Residential Project by Nirmal Lifestyle Launched at Mulund West Mumbai
Nirmal Lifestyle launches new residential development Zircon & Amethyst located at Mulund West in Mumbai. Zircon & Amethyst offers 2BHK, 2.5 BHK and 3BHK luxurious apartments with excellent amenities such as gymnasium, club house, garden and lots more to enjoy Business Wire India

Toshiba Elevator Plans to Steady Growth and Market Expansion all Over India ,Global President & CEO Mr. Shinichiro Akiba said to press in Mumbai, India
Mr. Shinichiro Akiba, President & CEO of Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation, Japan has visited Mumbai, India Toshiba Elevator India’s Head Quarters and said, India’s astounding diversity of religion, language and culture is unique and unparalleled. The country is vast subcontinent and is a home to over a billion populations Business Wire India

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