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Security stepped up for fifth phase of UP polls
With Uttar Pradesh entering the fifth phase of assembly polls tomorrow, the concerned authorities have stepped up security measures to avoid any untoward incident. ANI

Norwegian Govt. urged to expedite process of return of children to India: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday informed that Government of India has urged the Norwegian Government once again to expedite the process of return of the young children in view of the humanitarian dimension of the issue. ANI

Orissa CM Patnaik reiterates concern over setting up of NCTC
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday reiterated his concern over the setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). ANI

Japanese delegation calls on Ashwani Kumar
To mark 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Japan, a high-level Japanese delegation headed by International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC) President Ken Matsuzawa called on Minister of State for Planning, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Ashwani Kumar here. ANI

Mamata Banerjee meets PM, says NCTC will disturb federal structure
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, at his official 7, Race Course Road residence here on Wednesday said the formation of the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) will affect the federal structure. ANI

BJP says Congress is attempting to dilute powers of Election Commission
Senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday accused ruling Congress of attempting to dilute the powers of Election Commission. ANI

States key in policy formulation and implementation in education sector, says Sibal
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal here on Wednesday said that state governments play a central role in policy formulation and implementation in education sector. ANI

Rahul Gandhi pulls up opponents in UP for dividing people
With Uttar Pradesh gearing up for the fifth phase of assembly polls, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday lashed out at his opponent for playing the politics of divide and rule to garner support of the voters. ANI

Veerappa Moily in favour of saving Kingfisher Airlines
Corporate Affairs Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said that he is in favour of saving crisis-ridden Kingfisher Airlines. ANI

Civil Aviation ministry to probe Spice Jet off-loading of disabled woman
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on Wednesday urged the Ministry of Civil Aviation to probe off-loading of a disabled person by Spice Jet in Kolkata. ANI

Mamata Banerjee leaves to meet PM, Gorkhaland, NCTC issue may figure in talks
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has left her place of stay in New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister, Dr. Mmanmohan Singh, at his official 7, Race Course Road residence here. ANI

Trinamool supporters attack, kill two CPI-M leaders in West Bengal
Trinamool Congress activists attacked and killed two CPI-M leaders in the Dewandighi area of West Bengal's Burdwan District on Wednesday. ANI

Strengthening India-Belarus ties
The third round of Foreign office consultations between India and Belarus were held in New Delhi on 21-22 February. ANI

India to withdraw additional TADA charges against ex-don Abu Salem
The Indian Government has reportedly decided to withdraw additional charges slapped by a TADA court against underworld don Abu Salem. ANI

'Agyeya' belonged to an era where it was possible to be a master of many crafts: Vice President Ansari
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari said here on Wednesday that Sachidanand Vatsyayan 'Agyeya' belonged to an era where it was possible to be a master of many crafts. ANI

Renovation work of historical shrines begins in Kashmir Valley
In a bid to promote heritage tourism, authorities have begun renovation work of historical shrines and to equip tourists with better facilities in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Govt. dismisses reports over curb on powers of EC
The Central Government on Wednesday rubbished reports that it was considering a review of the Model Code of Conduct that would include bringing it out of the purview of the Election Commission. ANI

Kerala High Court tells Italian ship it can leave Kochi Port after paying Rs 25 lakh guarantee
The Kerala High Court on Wednesday said that Italian ship Enrica Lexie could leave Kochi Port after paying Rs 25 lakh as guarantee. ANI

Fishermen killings: Italian envoy meets Kerala police chief, minister meets Delhi officials
Italy's Consul General met Kerala's Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose on Wednesday and requested him to make proper arrangements in jail for the two Italian Marines who have been charged with the killing of two Kerala fishermen last week. ANI

Congress takes potshots at BJP for charging it of breaking EC rules
Congress Party on Wednesday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for charging it of violating the Model Code of Conduct, and said that the opposition is doing it for ulterior political motives. ANI

Fishermen killing: India, Italy diplomatic stand-ff continues
The diplomatic stand-ff between India and Italy over the recent killing of two Keralite fishermen by Italian marines off the coast of Kerala continued on Wednesday with neither side willing to accept a compromise. ANI

Exiled Tibetans mark their New Year in Dharamsala under shadow of immolations
Tibetans along with the Dalai Lama marked a tense traditional new year with prayers, the sounding of a gong and subdued defiance in Dharamsala on Wednesday, in the wake of a string of self-immolations and protests against Chinese control. ANI

Kingfisher Airlines submits revised flight schedule to DGCA
Kingfisher Airlines on Wednesday submitted a copy of its revised schedule to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). ANI

Case filed against actor Saif Ali Khan in Mumbai after hotel scuffle
A case of assault has been registered against Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan after he and his aides broke the nose of a man in a scuffle inside the Taj Hotel here. ANI

'All parties in favour of strong anti-terror measures must back NCTC': Congress
Amid stiff opposition to the Centre's creation of an anti-terror body, the ruling Congress Party on Wednesday said there is no intention to trespass or trench upon state powers, and added that all parties in favour of strong anti-terror measures must support the formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). ANI

SC directs state home secretaries to send mercy petition records to Centre by Feb.25
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all all state home secretaries to send records of mercy petitions dealt with by them within three days to the Centre. ANI

CM Ashok Gehlot launches feedback program for flagship schemes of Rajasthan
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has launched a feedback program on state government flagship schemes. ANI

Kerala fishermen killings: Italian Deputy Foreign Minister meeting MEA officials in Delhi
Visiting Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan De Mistura has begun a meeting with Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur and senior MEA officials to resolve the impasse arising out of the killing of two Kerala fishermen by two Italian marines. ANI

Samjhauta blast accused Swami Aseemanand denies meeting bomber Kamal Chauhan
Samjhauta blast accused Swami Aseemanand on Wednesday denied in court that he had ever met with Kamal Chauhan, who has accepted that he bombed the train that left 68 dead in February 2007. ANI

Centre will not be able to counter terrorism without state cooperation: Farooq
Asserting that the Centre should have consulted state governments before constituting the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), National Conference president and Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said we will not be able to counter terrorism without state cooperation. ANI

Kolkata jail authorities hold rehabilitation art workshop for inmates
Authorities at Kolkata's Alipore Jail organised an art workshop as part of their rehabilitation programme for inmates. ANI

Anna Hazare to meet core body in Delhi to discuss future strategy(Amended)
Social activist Anna Hazare is expected in New Delhi today to chalk out a fresh strategy to revive the anti-graft movement with his core team members. ANI

J-K education minister to appear before State Accountability Commission on Mar.2
Jammu and Kashmir's Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed has been asked to appear before the State Accountability Commission on March 2 after being accused of using "unfair means" to help his son pass the matriculation examination. ANI

Government can't bail out Kingfisher Airlines, says Ajit Singh
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Wednesday said the government cannot bailout private airlines like beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines. ANI

Supreme Court to hear intercepted 26/11 terrorist conversations on Thursday
The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear intercepted conversations that took place between the ten Pakistani terrorists who were involved in the November 26 to 29, 2008 terror strike on Mumbai that resulted in the death of over 160 people. ANI

Political war of words intensifies in poll-bound UP
The war of words has intensified among political parties in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Mulayam Singh vows to eliminate hooliganism from UP
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has vowed to eliminate hooliganism from Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Omar Abdullah backs state-centre dialogue on formation of NCTC
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has came out in the favour of having a dialogue with the Central Government over the formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). ANI

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj slams Congress over Muslim quota row
Slamming the Congress over a minority sub-quota row, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj has said the former had committed a crime by dividing the country on religious grounds. ANI

Militant killed in encounter near Sopore town
Security forces have killed a militant in an encounter in Sopore in Baramulla District. ANI

2G scam: Loop, Essar promoters fail to appear before Supreme Court
Promoters of Loop Telecom and Essar Group on Wednesday failed to appear before the Supreme Court in connection with a summons related to the 2G spectrum scam case. ANI

State-of-the-art TERI-Deakin ‘Nanobiotechnology Research Centre’ Inaugurated to Tackle Agricultural, Biomedical and Sustainability Issues
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HDFC Bank & Movida To Transform Mobile Payment Services In India
HDFC Bank Customers To Pay Bills, Buy Tickets, & Top Up Prepaid Cards & Buy Tickets Even From The Most Basic Handset Movida, a mobile payments joint venture backed by Visa (NYSE: V) and Monitise (LSE: MONI.L), has signed an agreement with HDFC Bank, India’s second largest private bank, to introduce a first of its kind mobile payment service Business Wire India

Richard Ivey School of Business and the Management Development Institute (MDI) Ink Partnership to Develop and Promote Case Based Learning
Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada’s top business school today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, to develop India focused business cases and distribute them both in India and globally. The MoU was signed by Dean Carol Stephenson – Ivey Business School and Director Dr. Mukul P Business Wire India

Fortior Global Selects Nimsoft Service Desk to Deliver Premium Support Services
Nimsoft announced today that Fortior Global, an integrated project controls solution provider in Australia, is implementing Nimsoft Service Desk as part of its new Premium Support Services to provide clients with real-time self-service access to its project controls knowledge base Business Wire India

Altera Demonstrates First FPGAs to Interoperate with 100-Gbps Optical Module
Enabling next-generation 100-Gbps networks, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced it has successfully demonstrated interoperability with a 100-Gbps optical module using its 28-nm Stratix® V GT FPGAs Business Wire India

QwikCilver Solutions, Pioneer in Prepaid & Gift Cards awarded at Prepaid India Awards 2012 as “Best Prepaid Service Provider in India”
QwikCilver Solutions pioneer in providing unique Gift Card & Prepaid Stored Value Card Solutions in India proudly announced today that it has been awarded for the category of "Best Prepaid Service Provider in India " in the PREPAID India AWARDS 2012. The Prepaid Awards India 2012 is a new initiative set up by Global Prepaid Exchange Business Wire India

Jubilant HollisterStier Announces Multi-Million Dollar Award for the manufacture of Sterile Parenteral Products
Jubilant HollisterStier, a subsidiary of Jubilant Life Sciences, announced today that its Contract Manufacturing & Services division has recently secured contracts with four innovator life science companies for the commercial manufacturing of sterile parenteral products for sale in the United States and Europe Business Wire India

Liviano New Luxurious Apartments at Kharadi Pune - A Project by Darode Jog, Liviano Offers 2.5BHK, 2BHK, 3BHK, 4BHK Flats Khardai
Liviano is a new residential stylish and luxurious project by Darode Jog located at Khardai Pune. Darode Jog Liviano offers choice of 2.5BHK, 2BHK, 3BHK, 4BHK Flats at Khardai for all those who are fashion lover and aspire to be live stylish life Business Wire India

The Cove - PRA New Launch at Kondhwa Pune, The Cove 2BHK 3BHK Exclusive The Lake District Kondhwa Apartments
The Cove is an ongoing residential project by PRA Realty at The Lake District Yewalewadi Kondhwa Annex Pune. The Cove is spread over 110 acres of lush green area offers 2BHK and 3BHK large size premiere apartments in the size range of 1072 sq ft - 1730 sq ft Business Wire India

Mudra Institute of Communication Ahemdabad Unveils the 6th Batch of Executive programme for Advertising and Public Relations Professionals in Association with Hughes Communications
Hughes Communication India Limited a 100% subsidiary of Hughes Network System today announced that it has partnered with Mudra Institute of Communications Ahemdabad (MICA) to launch Post Graduate Certification Program on Advertising Management and Public Relations (PGCAMPR) Business Wire India

Ohana Media Launches Social Benchmark and Real-time Social Analytics for Indian Advertisers
Ohana Media, a premier provider of audience marketing solutions for emerging markets, announced the launch of Ohana Social Benchmark and Ohana Social Analytics solutions for the Indian market. The Ohana Social Benchmark provides benchmarking for top Indian e-commerce companies to help compare both quality and quantity of their social marketing efforts Business Wire India

CORRECTING and REPLACING Aptara Sponsors 3rd Annual Employee Art Exhibition
Aptara, a global leader in digital content and new media production announces its third Annual Employee Art Exhibition. The corporate sponsored exhibit will showcase the creative talents of graphic artists and designers from Aptara’s New Media Division. It will be featured in Pune’s Ark Art and Frames Gallery, from Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26, 2012 Business Wire India

Aruba Networks Introduces the First BYOD Solution to Securely Provision and Onboard iOS, Android, Mac OS X and Windows 7 Mobile Devices on Any Network
Aruba Networks, Inc., (NASDAQ:ARUN) today introduced Aruba ClearPass, an access management system that simplifies and automates the provisioning of mobile devices, enabling them to securely access any enterprise network Business Wire India

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