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'Role of fire services has dramatically changed': Ramachandran
Highlighting the issue of increasing industrialisation and technological advancements making the country far more vulnerable to big fire incidences, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, M ANI

India, Bangladesh to hold Home Minister-level talks tomorrow
India and Bangladesh are expected to discuss issues concerning security, border management and enhanced cooperation between the police and law enforcement agencies between the countries during the second Home Minister-level talks to be held here on Friday. ANI

Ramlila Maidan crackdown: SC verdict has exposed Centre's callousness, says BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in connection with the 2011 midnight crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his followers at the Ramlila Maidan, and said that the callousness of the Central Government has been exposed. ANI

PM to inaugurate 'Polio Summit 2012' on Feb. 25
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate the two-day 'Polio Summit 2012' at the Vigyan Bhawan here on Saturday. ANI

Akhilesh pulls up Congress over Jaiswal's remark on Prez rule in UP
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday took a dig at Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal's remark suggesting president's rule in Uttar Pradesh, and said that the statement reflected the Congress' disappointment over its failure to garner support. ANI

Home Ministry denies taking any stand on homosexuality
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday denied taking any stand on homosexuality after certain sections of the media reported that the ministry in its reply to Supreme Court had said that 'homosexuality is highly immoral and against the social order'. ANI

Nearly 16 million Chinese women married to gays: Expert
An expert on AIDS and HIV has said that at least 16 million Chinese women could be married to gay men. ANI

CPI-M activists in West Bengal protest TMC killing of two comrades
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) supporters staged a protest here on Thursday against the killing of two of their comrades, allegedly by Trinamool Congress activists. ANI

China probing over 200 Hepatitis C cases in southern province
China's southern province of Guangzhou has reported that medical malpractice has infected over 200 people with the Hepatitis C virus. ANI

Antony mourns loss of army lives in Kashmir avalanches
Defence Minister AK Antony has expressed profound grief over the loss of army personnel lives in the line of duty due to massive avalanches at an army post in Sonamarg and at the brigade headquarters forward post in Gurez. ANI

Congress will never come to power by playing cheap politics: Naqvi
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said that the Congress party would never come to power by playing cheap politics. ANI

My statement on president's rule in UP has been twisted: Jaiswal
Clarifying his statement after it had created a political storm, Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal on Thursday said his statement suggesting president's rule in Uttar Pradesh has been twisted. ANI

SC pulls up both Baba Ramdev and Delhi Police for 2011 Ramlila ground midnight crackdown
The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up both yoga guru Baba Ramdev and the Delhi Police for the way they behaved during the June 4-5, 2011 midnight crackdown at the Ram Lila Ground. ANI

Uma Bharti hopeful of BJP win in UP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti has said she is hopeful that her party would emerge victorious and would form the next government in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Kerala fishermen killings: Italy satisfied with steps taken by India, says deputy foreign minister
Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Steffan de Mistura on Thursday said that his country is satisfied with the steps taken by India in the case in which two of its marines have been charged with the murder of two Kerala fishermen. ANI

Panther Party activists protest on opening day of Jammu and Kashmir budget session
Activists of National Panthers Party (JKNPP) staged a demonstration against the Omar Abdullah led coaliation government on Thursday on the opening day of the state assembly's budget session in Jammu. ANI

Swamy challenges Delhi trial court order on Chidambaram's 2G role in Supreme Court
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy on Thursday filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging a Delhi trial court's dismissal of his plea to make Union Home Minister P Chidambaram a co-accused in the 2G scam. ANI

Jaiswal's remark on Prez rule in UP evokes sharp response from BJP
Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal's statement suggesting president's rule in Uttar Pradesh has evoked a sharp response from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ANI

Home Ministry tells Supreme Court that gay sex in India is immoral and against social order
The Union Home Ministry on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it was opposed to the decriminalisation of gay sex. ANI

Congress pulls up Coal Minister Jaiswal for suggesting president's rule in UP
The Congress Party has reportedly pulled up Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal for suggesting president's rule in Uttar Pradesh if the party failed to get a majority in the state assembly polls. ANI

Uma Bharti clashes with authorities in poll bound UP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti clashed with state authorities here on Thursday, as the fifth phase of polling began in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Krishna inaugurates 50th passport seva centre in Delhi
External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna inaugurated the country's 50th Passport Seva Kendra at the Herald House building here on Thursday. ANI

Chennai Police kill five suspect bank robbers in an encounter
Police in Chennai's Velachery area confirmed on Thursday that they had killed five people in an encounter as they were trying to rob a bank late on Wednesday night. ANI

14 to 17 army soldiers feared dead in J-K avalanches
Abourt 14 to 17 army soldiers are reported trapped or dead after snow-propelled avalanches hit several districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. ANI

Bangalore court to resume hearing of Jayalalithaa and Sasikala disproportionate assets case
A Bangalore court will on Thursday resume hearing of the disproportionate assets case filed against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa and her former close aide Sasikala. The latter will appear for the hearing today. ANI

Subramanian Swamy to file petitions in court against Chidambaram, Sonia Gandhi
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy will file two petitions in court on Thursday. ANI

Delhi Govt. to give Anna Hazare Rs. 25 lakh prize, citation
The Lt Governor of Delhi, Tejinder Khanna, will on Thursday present social activist Anna Hazare with a Rs. 25 lakh prize and a citation for his contributions to rural development. ANI

Political cauldron remains on the boil in poll-bound UP
High-voltage drama continues to unfold Uttar Pradesh as contesting parties flex their political muscle in poll-bound state. ANI

Polling begins for fifth phase of UP polls
Polling for the fifth phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh for 49 seats began at 7 a.m. today and will continue till 5 p.m. ANI

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award 2011 Winners Announced
Mr. Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director, InterGlobe Enterprises, the country’s foremost travel conglomerate, was today named as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2011. Seven other successful entrepreneurs received these coveted awards across various categories at a magnificent celebratory banquet attended by over 400 of the country’s foremost business leaders here today in Mumbai Business Wire India

Visa Global Payments Tracker: Debit Cards Rapidly Catching up on Cash
Banked consumers in India are growing more comfortable with using their debit cards to pay for purchases, according to Visa’s latest Global Payment Tracking Survey (GPT 2011) . Debit card penetration in India is at 53 percent, a four percent rise over the previous year, an increase that can be attributed to Indians increasingly feeling more secure while using their debit cards Business Wire India

TÜV SÜD Recognized by FSSAI to Carry Out Food Safety Inspections, Audits and Testing
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Delta Announces the Launch of First Fuel Cell Powered Telecom Tower for Idea Cellular in Madhya Pradesh
Delta Power Solutions announces the launch of first fuel cell powered telecom tower for Idea Cellular in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is arguably the first ever project of its kind in India which is based on sustainable business model for mass deployment. In the first phase of the project, 30 telecom towers will be powered with this green technology Business Wire India

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Carnation Auto Strengthens its Presence in Punjab with the Launch of its Ludhiana Multi-Brand Auto Solutions Hub
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BMW Financial Services India Launches BMW Lease for Individuals and Corporate Customers
BMW Financial Services India announced the launch of BMW Lease, the new car leasing programme for individuals and corporate customers. BMW Lease entitles a customer to the JOY of driving a BMW of choice for a fixed period of time in return for a pre-decided lease rental. Mr Business Wire India

Citi India Appoints Anuranjita Kumar as Head of Human Resources
Citi India today announced the appointment of Anuranjita Kumar as Country Human Resources Officer for Citi India. In this capacity, Anuranjita will be responsible for all franchise wide HR activities in India. Anuranjita will be replacing Stephen Cronin, who has been appointed as Global HR Leader ICG Operations and Technology and CTO, based out of Citi New York Business Wire India

AMITY Group Launches Synergy Discount Cards and Discount Coupons
Synergy Promotions & Marketing Services Pvt. Ltd., a venture of the AMITY Group has introduced first of its kind Discount Products under the Umbrella brand SYNERGY. Synergy Promotions has come up with its 4 verticals-, Synergy Card, and Synergycoupons Business Wire India

Oriyanna Partners with for Retailing Haircare & Skincare Supplements Online
Chennai based Haircare & Skincare supplement company Oriyanna, has tied up with leading online retailer The products which will be sold on are Oriyanna HairPro, Oriyanna HairVita, Oriyanna HairEssentials, Oriyanna SkinSoft and Oriyanna Bone & Joints. India’s nutritional supplement market is expected to reach Rs Business Wire India

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