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27 hurt in IFFCO plant roof collapse in Orissa
At least 27 workers were injured, 11 of them seriously, when the roof of a silo caved in at an Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited (IFFCO) plant in Paradip on Monday. ANI

Govt. panel to choose new TRAI chairman by May 2012
A high level search-cum-selection committee comprising of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office Pulok Chatterjee, Secretary (Presonnel) P K Mishra, Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar and Advisor to Prime Minister Sam Pitroda will soon take a decision on who will be the next chief of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). ANI

Mayawati's claim of creating fearless UP society ridiculous: Mulayam Singh
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati promise of creating a fearless society in the state was ridiculous, especially when crime statistics indicated that 1,900 incidents of rape had taken place in the state under the BSP regime, said Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday. ANI

Cerebral palsy affected woman says she may take legal action against Spice Jet for deplaning
A 42-year-old woman suffering from cerebral palsy has demanded that private airline Spice Jet to publicly apologise for deplaning her at the Kolkata airport on Monday. ANI

STF to probe Madhya Pradesh journalist and family's murder
The Madhya Pradesh Government on Monday announced that a Special Task Force (STF) would probe the murder of journalist Chandrika Rai and his family members in Umaria. ANI

Beni Prasad Verma tells EC minority quota remark was part of Congress manifesto
Union Steel Minister and senior Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma on Monday told the Election Commission that the minority quota remark was part of the party's poll manifesto for Uttar Pradesh. ANI

IT freeze of bank accounts led to curtailment of services: Kingfisher Airlines
Kingfisher Airlines on Monday said that the freezing of its bank accounts by income tax authorities had 'severely affected' payment schedules to its staff and this had led to a curtailment in its services. ANI

Two Italian Navy guards placed in 3 days police custody in Kerala
A Kollam First Class Magistrate on Monday placed two Italian naval guards in police custody for three days on charges of murdering two Indian fishermen. ANI

Now, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar also objects to NCTC through letter to PM
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has written to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, stating his objections to the proposed establishment of National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), which was meant to become operational on March 1. ANI

Congress party condemns killing of journalist in Madhya Pradesh
The Congress party on Monday condemned the killing of journalist Chandrika Rai and his entire family. ANI

Rahul Gandhi's Kanpur roadshow was planned in advance, EC was notified: Singhvi
The Congress party on Monday claimed that general secretary Rahul Gandhi's roadshow in Kanpur was planned well in advance, and added that the Uttar Pradesh Election Commission office had been duly notified about the event. ANI

No new law has been introduced to set up NCTC: Congress
The Congress party on Monday said that new law had been made to facilitate the establishment of the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). ANI

Arunachal shares developmental concerns and priorities of rest of India: Tuki
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Monday pointed out that his state shares the developmental concerns and priorities of the rest of India. ANI

EC may book Rahul Gandhi for Kanpur poll campaign road show
The Election Commission might book Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for violating the Model Code of Conduct while leading a road show to garner votes in Kanpur on Monday. ANI

Gujarat's Agriculture Minister visits injured and survivors of Junagadh stampede
Gujarat's Cooperative and Agriculture Minister Dilip Sanghani on Monday visited injured survivors of Sunday's stampede in Junagadh, and said that Chief Minister Narendra Modi has ordered an inquiry into the tragedy. ANI

India strengthening security capabilities in areas bordering China: Antony
Reacting strongly to China's repeated claims on Arunachal Pradesh territory, Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday emphatically said that this strategically-located state is an integral part of India, and added there is nothing to fear about its security. ANI

Sanjay Dutt asks UP voters to support Congress
Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt on Monday urged the voters of Uttar Pradesh to give the Congress Party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi an opportunity to govern the state for development and progress. ANI

PMO asks DoT for detailed telecom corruption cases, new telecom policy by April end
The Prime Minister's Office has reportedly asked the Department f Telecom to provide details of all corruption cases related to the distribution and use of 2G pectrum. ANI

Bodh Gaya hosts wall art festival to strengthen Indo-Japan cultural ties
A wall art festival was organised here with the objective of strengthening Indo-Japan ties. ANI

Verma did not violate any model code of conduct: Congress
Rejecting the Election Commission's charge that Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma had violated the law and the Model Code of Conduct through his minority sub-quota statement, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi today said Verma is a very veteran politician and whatever he has said is on record. ANI

Muslim quota row: 'I respect Election Commission', says Verma
Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma, who has been summoned for his remarks on giving a sub-quota for minorities, on Monday said that he respects the Election Commission, and added that he will put forward his views before the apex poll body. ANI

Shipping Minister Vasan seeks strict action against guilty Italian ship crew
Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan on Monday called for strict action against Italian ship crew responsible for shooting two innocent fishermen in Indian waters. ANI

Tension in Sopore after gunmen kill youth
Tension prevailed in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday, a day after unidentified gunmen had killed a 20-year old youth outside his home. ANI

Security tightened near temples for Mahashivratri after Junagadh temple stampede
Police have stepped up security at pilgrimage sites in Haridwar,Ajmer, Jodhpur and Varanasi a day after a stampede ata temple in Junagadh in Gujarat claimed six to eight lives and left 12 others injured. ANI

W.Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to raise financial package demand with PM on Wednesday
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday in connection with the proposed central government financial package for her state. ANI

BSP, SP derailing development of UP: Rahul Gandhi
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has accused the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) for derailing development of Uttar Pradesh. ANI

BJP committed to benefit poor farmers in Uttar Pradesh: Gadkari
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has said that his party is committed to the upliftment of poor farmers in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Fire destroys cotton and foam factory in Kolkata
A massive fire broke out at a cotton and foam factory here late on Sunday night, gutting property worth millions. ANI

Photo exhibition to promote conservation of birds held in Shimla
Shimla is hosting a photo exhibition with the aim of promoting the conservation of birds. ANI

Kerala temple authorities begin sorting, documenting treasures as per SC order
Rituals at Thiruvananthapuram's Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple will be affected on Monday, as local authorities begin the mammoth process of sorting out and documenting its treasures as ordered by the Supreme Court. ANI

Hindu devotees celebrate Mahashivratri with traditional fervour across India
Hindu devotees are celebrating the festival of Mahashivratri with traditional religious fervour across India on Monday. ANI

DGCA to meet Kingfisher Airlines CEO on Tuesday
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has reportedly summoned Kingfisher Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sanjay Aggarwal to appear before it on Tuesday. ANI

Rescue teams continue to ferry Junagadh temple stampede victims to hospital for treatment
Rescue teams continue to help move the injured to hospital after Sunday night's stampede at a fair near the Bhavnath Temple, which has claimed between six to eight lives and injured 12. ANI

Samajwadi leader Akhilesh Yadav slams Mayawati over rampant crime in UP
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav has slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati over the rampant crime and corruption rate in the state. ANI

Nitish Kumar claims Bihar is being marginalized
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that his state has suffered from a history of neglect both before and after independence. ANI

CPI-M leader Prakash Karat slams UPA government on corruption
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader Prakash Karat has slammed the Congress-led UPA Government for compromising the nation's pride by indulging in corrupt practices. ANI

Congress has been anti-poor, says Mayawati at Firozabad rally
Criticizing the Congress party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has accused the ruling party of being anti-poor and against small business enterprises. ANI

Pakistan: Trapped by its own narrative
Although U.S.-Pakistan relations have been going southwards since the Abbotabad raid in May last year, something unusual is happening these days. Unlike the past, when the U.S. would succumb to Pakistani blackmail rather hastily, the US not only seems unfazed by Pakistani antics but has become aggressive in dealing with Islamabad. ANI

Canon's Alok Bharadwaj Takes over as Chairman CII Office Automation & Imaging Division
Dr. Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President, Canon India, is taking over as Chairman of CII Office Automation & Imaging Industry Division. Dr. Bharadwaj is going to lead this industry forum under the CII banner. OA & Imaging Division comprises of members from IT peripherals, office automation, digital printing & finishing and digital photography industries Business Wire India

Toshiba JSW Wins Rs. 2300 Crore Order from NTPC Limited
Toshiba JSW Turbine & Generator Pvt. Ltd., today announced that a contract has been awarded by NTPC Limited, India’s largest state-owned energy service provider, for the supply of three 800MW (3 x 800MW) supercritical steam turbine and generator island packages for the Kudgi Super Thermal Power Project, Stage-I, in Kudgi, Karnataka state. The contract value is around Rs. 2300 Crore Business Wire India

Wisteriaa New Launch at Wakad Pune, Wisteriaa Residential Project by Sreemaangal Projects
Wisteriaa a new residential project by Sreemaangal Projects located at Wakad Pune. Sreemaangal Wisteriaa offers 2BHK, 3BHK luxurious apartments with world class amenities and modern facilities. The luxurious apartments are standard in luxury, lifestyle, elegance and class. Wisteriaa situated at strategic location in Wakad, Pune is the most preferred destination Business Wire India

CA Technologies Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for User Authentication
CA Technologies (CA: NASDAQ) announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the report, Magic Quadrant for User Authentication*. According to the report by Gartner Research Vice President Ant Allan, “We estimate the overall growth in the market by customers to be approximately 30 percent year-over-year Business Wire India

Kolte Patil Life Republic an Ultramodern Township Launched at Hinjewadi Pune - 1, 2, 3 BHK Apartments
Kolte Patil Developers Ltd a leading real estate developer launches new Life Republic an ultramodern Township near the IT Hub Hinjewadi, Pune. The Township is being developed under the special Township Policy of the Government of Maharashtra. Kolte Patil Life Republic offers 1, 2, 3 BHK Apartment that available sizes among 587 to 1702 sqft Business Wire India

Shell Advance 7 Riding Wonders Comes to an End on the Spectacular Coorg- Ooty- Munnar Route in India
On 17th February 2012, Shell Advance visited Munnar, India with Italian competition winner Alessandro Donadello for a memorable ride along the newly crowned Ultimate Riding Wonder with a Ducati Monster 796 and a Ducati Multistrada 1200 sports motorcycle. The main focus of the trip to India was the visit to the Ultimate Riding Wonder, where the winner met up with Sandeep Gajjar Business Wire India

Naturals Salon Signs Up Bollywood Actress Genelia as Brand Ambassador Plans to create 50,000 Jobs Touching 3000 Salons Mark by 2016
Naturals – India’s No.1 Family Salon & Spa and a pan-India brand in the hair and skin care service industry, has signed up Bollywood bubbly actress Genelia D'souza as its brand ambassador Business Wire India

TL Jones Launches COMMANDER™ Studio
Elevator safety specialist TL Jones now offers its customers an online simulation tool for viewing their COMMANDER™ T2 touch car operating panel screen designs. Fully interactive, customers have the chance to work with their theme ‘live’ and approve it before it is loaded onto their T2 units Business Wire India

Ocean Thin Films Appoints Indian Distributor
Ocean Thin Films (OTF) has named Photonics Marketing Company (PMC) its distributor in India. PMC will work alongside OTF’s Indian staff to provide additional local contacts for the sales and service of the company’s custom thin film optical product design and engineering expertise in the rapidly expanding Indian market Business Wire India

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