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Nagaland youth taking to sepak takraw
Sepak takraw or kick volleyball, which has its origins in the Malay-Thai Peninsula, is gaining popularity among the youth of northeast region, especially in Nagaland. ANI

Gandhian principles helping transform a village in Nagaland
It's been almost six decades now that Chuchuyimlang village in Nagaland has been following Gandhian principles taught by Natwar Thakkar, a social activist, to help it develop and progress. ANI

Chidambaram assures support to Bru refugee to return to Mizoram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram recently visited Tripura to take stock of Bru repatriation and extend full support of central government to the process. ANI

Italian military officers to join probe team to conduct investigation into fishermen killing case
Kerala state police on Friday announced the names of the two Italian military officials who are to join the investigation looking into the deaths of two Indian fishermen, allegedly killed by Italian sailors. ANI

Padmanabhaswamy temple to open its 'C' vault on Monday
As per the orders of the Supreme Court, the 'C' vault of the Padmanabhaswamy temple would be opened on Monday for the evaluation and detailed documentation of treasures. ANI

25-year-old woman dies in Bangalore mock drill
A 25-year-old woman died while climbing down a rope during a mock drill conducted by the city's Fire Service Department here on Friday. ANI

Mirage fighter plane crashes in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh
Indian Air Force's Mirage -2000 aircraft crashed in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind District on Friday. ANI

Border issues top agenda during India and Bangladesh home ministers meeting
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday held an all-important meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Shahara Khatun in New Delhi. ANI

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar questions Chennai encounter killing of five robbers
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of Bihar has asked senior state police officials probe the recent encounter killing of five men, four of them from Bihar, in Chennai. ANI

EC sends notice to Sri Prakash Jaiswal
The Election Commission on Friday sent a notice to Union Coal Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal over his recent remark that if the Congress did not win elections in Uttar Pradesh, President's rule should be imposed in the state. ANI

Kudankulam activist tells PM to prove NGO-funded charge or quit
Anti-nuclear activist S.P. Uday Kumar on Friday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the his statement that NGOs based in the United States and in some Scandinavian countries are fuelling the Kudankulam nuclear plant protests. ANI

NCTC row: Chidambaram writes to chief ministers
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has reportedly written a letter to the chief ministers of ten states, explaining the UPA Government's premise for setting up a National Counter Terrorism Agency by the first week of March. ANI

Nandigram violence: W. Bengal govt. withdraws petition from Supreme Court
Victims of the Nandigram violence on Friday were given a setback, when the West Bengal Government withdrew its petition from the Supreme Court ordering an investigation into the 2007 firing incident. ANI

Tripura celebrates Mahashivaratri
Hindu devotees dressed up in new clothes in Tripura and thronged Shiv temples to offer their prayers on the occasion of Mahashivratri recently. ANI

Police rescue migrant labourer in Manipur
Imphal Police recently rescued a migrant labourer from Imphal East and gunned down one abductor. ANI

Italian Deputy Foreign Minister meets MEA officials, satisfied with fishermen killing probe
Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura on Friday met senior Ministry of External Affairs officials, including Secretary (West) M.Ganapathy, and expressed satisfaction with the Indian Government's handling the investigations related to the killing of two Kerala fishermen by Italian marines. ANI

Fourth annual convocation held at NIT Agartala
The fourth convocation of National Institute of Technology Agartala concluded recently during which 267 students graduated and were given degrees and medals for their achievements. ANI

Sibal inaugurates first-of-its kind innovation centre
Innovation is increasingly being viewed as the engine for the growth of prosperity. ANI

India and Bangladesh jointly celebrate International Mother Tongue day
Keen to strengthen ties between India and Bangladesh, people of both nations gathered at zero point in Tripura to commemorate International Mother Tongue Day. ANI

Maoists, ISI backing anti talk ULFA faction: Gogoi
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently revealed that Maoists and Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) were trying to make the northeast their base. ANI

500-member 'Chinese Youth Delegation' to arrive in Delhi tomorrow
A 500-member Chinese Youth Delegation will arrive here on a nine-day visit tomorrow as a part of the Indo- China Youth Exchange Programme. ANI

ISRO row: Narayanasamy asks scientist Narasimha to reconsider his resignation
With Roddam Narasimha resigning in protest against the blacklisting of former ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair and three other scientists over the controversial Antrix-Devas deal, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy on Friday said the government will follow the procedures and urged the eminent scientist to withdraw his resignation. ANI

No question of changing Karnataka CM: Gadkari
Warning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit in Karnataka to set its house in order, party president Nitin Gadkari on Friday said there was no question of removing Chief Minister Sadanand Gowda and also rubbished reports of a crisis of confidence in the southern state. ANI

India to join Arab League to ask Assad regime in Syria to step down
India will join the Arab League in demanding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime step down to facilitate an end to the ongoing violence in that country. ANI

Self-help groups empowering women in Manipur
Thousands of women in different parts of Manipur have become members of self-help groups to increase their family incomes and improve their standard of life. ANI

Mayawati Govt. suffering from 'Rahul phobia': Rajiv Shukla
Taking a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, ongress leader Rajiv Shukla on Friday said the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government in the state is terrified of Rahul Gandhi and eventually suffering from his 'phobia'. ANI

Northeastern bands performance proves popular in Delhi
In a bid to promote their region and its culture several cultural troupes and folk singers from the northeast region recently performed at the Safdar Hashmi Amphitheatre in Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi. ANI

India to host Fourth BRICS Summit in Delhi
India will host the Fourth BRICS Summit here on March 29 with the theme "BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Security and Prosperity". ANI

India, Russia hold foreign office consultations on strategic sectors of cooperation
India and Russia held comprehensive foreign office consultations here with Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai leading the Indian delegation at the talks, while the Russian team was led by First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei I. Denisov. ANI

NRHM scam: CBI launches raids in 22 UP districts
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting raids in 22 districts of Uttar Pradesh in connection with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam. So far, it has registred cases against four people. ANI

India will support all international efforts for creating a violence-free Somalia: Ahamed
India has said that it will support all international efforts led by the United Nations, for the creation of an environment in which the Somalis can take care of their own destiny, free from violence of all kinds. ANI

UPA Govt. has crisis of leadership and faith: BJP
Asserting that the UPA Government is facing a crisis of leadership and faith, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday accused the ruling Congress Party of failing to deal effectively with the challenges of the economy, consequently burdening the common man with rising prices of essential commodities. ANI

Arun Jaitley says 'no crisis' in Karnataka
Amid reports that B S Yeddyurappa has set February 27 as a deadline to the central leadership to reinstate him as the chief minister, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Friday said there is no crisis in the party in Karnataka. ANI

Top scientist quits over govt. treatment of ex-chairman Nair, three others
A top aerospace scientist has quit as the member of the Space Commission in protest over the government's decision to blacklist former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair and three other scientists over the controversial Antrix-Devas deal. ANI

Educating Arunachal youth about HIV/AIDS through rock fest
To generate mass awareness on HIV/AIDS among the young Arunachalees between the age group of 15 and 35 years, Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy said that they want to educate the youths through a rock festival and ensure their commitment to fight the disease. ANI

2G scam: Supreme Court adjourns bail hearing of Chandolia, Behura to March 13
The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned the hearing of bail petitions of R.K. Chandolia and Siddharth Behura in connection with the 2G spectrum scam case to March 13. ANI

2G scam: Supreme Court to hear bail petitions of Chandolia, Behura
The Supreme Court will hear the bail petitions of R.K. Chandolia and Siddharth Behura on Friday in connection with the 2G spectrum scam case. ANI

Nitish Katara murder case: Delhi court to hear mother's complaint against Yadav brothers
A Delhi court is to hear a complaint by the mother of Nitish Katara, who was murdered in 2002 by cousin brothers Vikas and Vishal Yadav for allegedly having an affair with Vikas's sister Bharti Yadav. ANI

Madhya Pradesh STF claims it has cracked journalist murder case
A Special Task Force (STF) in Madhya Pradesh has claimed that it has cracked the murder case of a freelance journalist and his family with the arrest of five persons. ANI

Karnataka BJP cancels second day of Chintan-Manthan program after boycott by Yeddyurappa, supporters
The second day of the Chintan Manthan program organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party's Karnataka unit has been cancelled after former chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa and his supporters allegedly decided to boycott proceedings in the wake of the party's central leadership's reluctance to accept the latter's demand to reinstate him as chief minister by February 27. ANI

Mayawati blames UPA Government for surge in inflation
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has blamed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for surging inflation. ANI

Rahul Gandhi promises to work for UP's development if elected
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has promised to change the face of Uttar Pradesh through development work, if elected to power in the state. ANI

Amar Singh extends support to Jaiswal on president's rule in UP remark
Rashtriya Lok Manch (RLM) chief Amar Singh has supported Congress leader and Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal for his president's rule remark with reference to the post-poll scenario in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Karnataka BJP rubbishes reports over Yeddyurappa's ultimatum to central leadership
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday rubbished reports of former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa mounting pressure on the central leadership to reconsider him for the top post by February 27. ANI

New CA ARCserve D2D On Demand Delivers Fast, Cost-Effective Hybrid Data Protection to SMBs
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced CA ARCserve® D2D On Demand, a hybrid software-as-a-service (SaaS) data protection and disaster recovery solution that enables small businesses to meet demanding backup windows while protecting the integrity and availability of critical systems, applications and information Business Wire India

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STAR REALTY 2011-2012: India's First Brand Book on Real Estate Unveiled
A Planman Group initiative, STAR REALTY 2011-12 - Lords of the Land, was unveiled on February 22,2012 by the Honourable Union Minister of Urban Development, Shri Kamal Nath and Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri, Editor-in-Chief, Planman Media, at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi. India's first-ever Real Estate Bible, the book confers the title of Star Realty to the top 50 real estate brands in the country Business Wire India

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My World Baner Pune Offers Themed Residential Apartments Project by Achalare Associates and Rachana Lifestyle. Avail Group Buying Discounts for My World Baner
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Cisco ASR 901 Wins the NASSCOM Innovation Award 2012 for New Technology Advancement
Cisco today announced that the Cisco ASR 901 Router has received the NASSCOM Innovation Award 2012 in the New Technology Advancement Category. The award was presented to Cisco at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum, held in Mumbai recently Business Wire India

Polaris’ Social Initiative, Ullas Trust Wins Blue Dart Global CSR Award 2012
Polaris Financial Technology Ltd. (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology Company, was awarded the Blue Dart Global CSR Award 2012 for the 'Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practice Overall’ Business Wire India

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