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PM pulls up BSP Govt. for not cooperating with Centre
Accusing the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government of not cooperating with the Centre in the implementation of its public welfare schemes, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday promised the voters in Uttar Pradesh that the Congress Party would redress woes of the farmers if it came to power in the state. ANI

Kejriwal's remark against MPs in context of Congress, alleges BJP
Lauding the recent statement made by Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal against the Members of Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday alleged that the former's comment was against the Congress-led UPA Government as the public had lost faith and respect for them. ANI

Pratibha Patil to present national tourism awards on Feb. 29
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will give away the national tourism awards in recognition of achievements in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors here on Wednesday. ANI

Labour Minister appeals trade unions not to go on general strike
Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has appealed to the major central trade unions not to go on countrywide general strike tomorrow. ANI

India keen to invest more and strengthen ties with Iraq
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Monday said India is committed to deepen and elevate its relations with Iraq. ANI

Arvind Kejriwal clarifies 'rapist-MPs' remark
Clarifying his stand over his recent statement on Members of Parliament that had sparked scathing remarks from the political fraternity across the country, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal on Monday efforts must be made to ensure that only sincere people are chosen as the representatives of the people thereby contributing in the strengthening of parliamentary democracy. ANI

Anna defends Arvind Kejriwal's 'rapist-MPs' remark
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Monday stepped out in defence of Arvind Kejriwal who has been receiving flak from the political plethora over his comment on Members of Parliament, and said that his key aide will never use abusive language, but would give a befitting reply to those indulging in wrong doings. ANI

Yeddyurappa highlights promise of reinstatement as Karnataka CM (update)
Karnataka strongman B.S. Yeddyurappa on Monday said that he has been promised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari that he will be reinstated as chief minister of the state at an appropriate time. ANI

India, China must channelise youth energy for rapid growth: President Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said that India and China must channelise the energy of their youth for rapid growth of both nations. ANI

Delhi Cabinet to hike OBC student reservation in govt-aided, unaided institutions
The Delhi Cabinet has decided to hike the reservation for OBC students in government aided/unaided institutions and in the state universities of Delhi from 21 to 27 percent. ANI

Chinese foreign minister to undertake two-day visit of India from Wednesday
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will be coming to India on Wednesday for discussions with his Indian counterpart S.M.Krishna. ANI

Committee to finalise draft bill to tame Delhi placement agencies
Delhi Labour Minister Ramakant Goswami on Monday said the state government has constituted a committee to expedite the finalisation of a draft bill to tame placement agencies in the capital. ANI

RJD takes potshots at Nitish Govt. over Katju's press freedom remarks
Taking a dig at the Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar over Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice (retired) Markandey Katju's recent statement that the press did not enjoy freedom in the state, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Monday said the state government is trying to erode democratic values by imposing restrictions on people. ANI

Mehbooba Mufti accuses Omar Govt. of misleading people
Hitting out at the Omar Abdullah Government for misleading the people of the state, People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday charged it of adopting an autocratic approach against all those raising their voices against it. ANI

Delhi Govt. increases OBC quota for higher education
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said that her government has increased the reservation in higher education for Other Backward Classes (OBC) to 27 percent this year from the previous 21 percent applicable earlier. ANI

Kejriwal's 'rapist-MPs' remark: Team Anna in line with BJP, alleges Digvijay
Condemning remarks made by Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday said that the former must explain in which type of system he believes in, and alleged that Team Anna always reiterates the line of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and never says anything against them. ANI

Digvijay welcomes UP Lokayukta's recommendations against Nasimuddin Siddiqui
Welcoming the probe recommended by Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice (retired) N.K. Mehrotra against the state's Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Nasimuddin Siddiqui in connection with a disproportionate assets case, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday raised questions whether chief minister Mayawati would take strict action against her cabinet colleague. ANI

Defiant Yeddyurappa expresses determination to regain Karnataka CM's post
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa on Monday remained defiant to regain his former position, and said that he had ensured the state treads on the path of development. ANI

Antony calls for global efforts to uproot piracy threat
Stating that India has always been at the forefront of cooperative and collective endeavours in addressing regional and global challenges, Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday called for global efforts to uproot the threat of piracy. ANI

Digvijay Singh surprised over Akhilesh Yadav's comment on Muslim quota
Expressing astonishment over Akhilesh Yadav's comment of extending support if the Central Government gives 18 percent quota to Muslims, ongress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday said the Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders know it very clear that reservation cannot exceed 50 percent as there was a Supreme Court capping on it. ANI

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

Laws being followed by Norway would be called "kidnapping" in India: Sushma
Amid an ongoing controversy surrounding the custody of Indian children in Norway, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday said the laws being followed by Norway would be termed kidnapping in India. ANI

Sonia Gandhi accuses BSP for misusing central funds
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has accused the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for improper use of funds sent by the Central Government for the development of Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Antony objects to China's reaction on Arunachal
Expressing surprise over China's objection to his visit to Arunachal Pradesh on February 20, Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday made it clear that this strategically-located state is an integral part of India, and it his duty to ensure that all borders of India are safe. ANI

Israel envoy has confidence in Indian Govt., agencies completing Delhi blast probe satisfactorily
Israel's Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz has said that he has complete confidence in the Indian Government and other relevant agencies completing investigations related to the February 13 terror strike in the heart of Delhi on a Israel diplomat's wife to Israel's satisfaction. ANI

Congress devaluing constitutional institutions: Advani
Taking a dig at Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani said that its leaders had been repeatedly undermining the prestige of the country's democratic and constitutional institutions and values. ANI

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain accuses Congress of indulging in corruption
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain has accused the Congress party of indulging in high level corruption and for facilitating scams worth billions in the country. ANI

Mayawati dubs Samajwadi Party as perpetrator of crimes in UP
Accusing the Samajwadi Party (SP) of being a perpetrator of crime in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mayawati warned that the former would disrupt law and order in the state if was returned to power. ANI

Rahul Gandhi lashes out at BSP, SP for failing to connect with common man
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has lashed out at the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) for failing to establish a connect with the common man. ANI

Let nivio salsa with your Apple and Android
nivio, hot on the heels of its US launch, today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, announced the beta launch of its European service that brings Windows to all your favorite connected devices Business Wire India

Ethical Hacking and Information Security Training operations begin in South Africa - Innobuzz
Innobuzz today announced that it is entering the South African Market by opening two training centers and technology labs in Johannesburg & Cape Town. New Order Industries, a strong, Business Continuity and Enterprise Risk Management company, based in South Africa, will be the local partner Business Wire India

Amul Sponsors the Indian Contingent to 2012 London Olympic Games
India’s largest food products marketing organization Amul today announced its sponsorship of the Indian contingent to the London 2012 Olympic Games by signing a MoU with the Indian Olympic Association. The MoU was signed by Raja Randhir Singh, Secretary General, IOA and Member, International Olympic Committee and Mr Business Wire India

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Projects — The Only Viable Solution to Overcome Energy Deficits in the Country – notes Frost & Sullivan
India’s strategic geographical location enables it to tap the vast potential for solar power generation, with about 300 clear sunny days in a year. By 2050, about 69 percent of the electricity produced in India will come from renewables like solar energy Business Wire India

Chhattisgarh Wins “Best Emerging State” Award in Tourism
Chhattisgarh, one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in India have won the “Best Emerging State” Travel & Hospitality award 2012 in tourism. The other nominated states for the award included states like Jammu & Kashmir and Assam. Chhattisgarh Tourism Board(CTB) Chairman, Shri K.K Business Wire India

Cadence Announces Launch of Annual Student Design Contest in India
Cadence Design Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd., the Indian subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), announced the launch of the Cadence Design Contest 2012, the annual competition for undergraduate and graduate engineering students Business Wire India

Max New York Life Introduces Affordable yet Comprehensive ‘Premium Return Term Plan’
Max New York Life Insurance today announced the launch of “Premium Return Term Plan,” an extremely affordable yet the most comprehensive protection plans available in the market today Business Wire India

Aspect Joins with Dell Services to Deliver Unified Communications Solutions for Next-Generation Customer Contact Centers
Aspect, a leading provider of Microsoft platform solutions, today announced a go-to-market relationship with Dell Services to deliver Microsoft-based About Aspect Aspect builds customer company relationships through a combination of customer contact software and Microsoft platform solutions. For more information, visit Business Wire India

Olive Solutions Bolsters Growing Service Catalog with Nimsoft Unified Manager
Nimsoft today announced that Olive Solutions, an India-based managed service provider (MSP), has deployed Nimsoft Unified Manager to improve its clients’ uptime through enhanced visibility, effective performance management and proactive problem resolution Business Wire India

medePractice Introduces Practice Management Services for Doctors
medePractice introduces a first of its kind Practice Management Solution for doctors that help them expand and better manage their practice by improved patient relationships,increased lead conversionand enhanced visibility on digital media Business Wire India

‘element14 Features’ Showcases Lighting Solutions for Asia Pacific
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JumpSurf Hotspot Now Shipping to India
LeapSky Wireless, the world’s first Mobile Data Virtual Operator, will begin shipping its JumpSurf Personal Hotspot to India that will be preloaded US$18 credit and a further US$110 data roaming credits for use only in Singapore. “This is a limited one time offer for buyers in India.” says Siva Sai N, founder of LeapSky Wireless—operator of JumpSurf mobile data access service Business Wire India

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