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India News on February 28, 2012

BJP condemns Rahul Gandhi's remarks against Advani
Condemning the remarks made by Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi against Lal Krishna Advani, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said the former actually needs to understand that a political campaign cannot work according to a media consultant. ANI

Jharkhand Police arrest five Maoists in Ramgarh
In a major breakthrough for security forces battling left-wing extremism, Jharkhand Police on Tuesday arrested five Maoists during a raid in Ramgarh district. ANI

Chinese Foreign Minister to visit India tomorrow
The Foreign Minister of People's Republic of China, Yang Jiechi, will embark on a two-day official visit to India beginning tomorrow during which he is expected to hold discussions on issues of bilateral, regional and global significance with the Indian leadership. ANI

National Pension Schemes will be linked to Aadhar: Jairam Ramesh
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said that National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) will be completely restructured and all payments under the scheme will be done through Aadhar-based payment system. ANI

Goa polls: BJP asks EC to deploy CRPF personnel to monitor monetary transactions
With barely a few days left for the Goa polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday appealed to the Election Commission to deploy Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel to keep an eye on monetary transactions that could take place ahead of the upcoming assembly elections. ANI

Mulayam pulls up Mayawati over rising number of rape cases in UP
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday hit out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati over the rising number of rape cases in the state. ANI

Two injured in Guwahati grenade blast
At least two people were injured in a blast that took place near the state secretariat in Assam's Guwahati city on Tuesday evening. ANI

60 percent polling recorded in sixth phase of UP assembly polls (update)
Over 60 percent polling was recorded in the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on Tuesday. ANI

West Bengal CM Mamata dismisses Katwa gangrape claim
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today denied reports that a woman was gangraped on a train at Katwa in Burdwan district, and said strict action would be taken against those who disrupt the law and order situation in the state. ANI

Tamil Nadu deports German national for supporting anti-nuclear plant protests
The Tamil Nadu Government on Tuesday deported a German national, Sonnteg Reiner Hermann, on charges of supporting and funding the anti-nuclear power plant protests in Kundankulam. ANI

India acquiring weather re-connaissance aircraft for better cyclone forecasting: NDMA
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Vice Chairman Shashidhar Reddy on Tuesday informed that India is acquiring weather re-connaissance aircraft to ensure better cyclone forecasting. ANI

BJP dares Congress to make Rahul Gandhi PM
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday once again asked the ruling Congress Party to consider Rahul Gandhi for the Prime Minister's post, and dared the young leader to show whether he has the capability to deal with the country's rising problems in the country. ANI

Norway child welfare service says its talks with uncle of NRI kids have been completed
The Child Welfare Service in Stavanger, Norway, has completed its talks with the uncle in the child welfare case concerning two Indian children. ANI

Centre favours decriminalization of gay sex
The Government of India has taken a stand today in the Supreme Court in favour of decriminalization gay sex. ANI

Mountaineer enters Guinness World Record for climbing Everest 21 times
Nepal's mountaineering legend Appa Sherpa, who has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, was awarded with the Guinness World Record (GWR) on Monday. ANI

Italy says differences with India remain unresolved on fishermen row
Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said on Tuesday that the dispute between the two countries over the jurisdiction of legal process of two Italian marines, who have been alleged of killing two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala, was yet to be resolved. ANI

Media continues to boycott Jammu and Kashmir assembly proceedings
The media on Tuesday continued to boycott proceedings in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly in protest against the 'objectionable remarks' made by the Speaker against reporters on the floor of the House. ANI

Chidambaram suggests creation of a separate investigation cadre by states for speedy justice
New Delhi, Feb 28 Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that the State Governments must create a separate investigation and prosecution cadre proposed for speedy justice. ANI

Kejriwal fails to cast vote, name missing from voters' list
Right to Information activist Arvind Kejriwal was unable to cast his vote on Tuesday, as his name was not present in the voters' list ANI

Sonia Gandhi travels abroad for medical checkup
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has travelled abroad for a routine medical checkup and is expected to return home within a week. ANI

13th National Road Safety Council meeting to be held tomorrow
The 13th National Road Safety Council (NRSC) meeting is going to be held here on Wednesday. ANI

Shivraj Patil to inaugurate 12th assembly of audit institutions tomorrow
Rajasthan Governor Shivraj Patil will inaugurate the 12th meeting of the Assembly of Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) at Jaipur tomorrow. ANI

Kejriwal should not have hurt dignity of an institution: Jayant Chaudhary
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary on Tuesday said no one should hurt the dignity of an institution. ANI

Sibal says India committed to regulatory stability in telecom sector
Union Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal has said the present crisis being faced by India's telecom sector is a moment of opportunity as Government stands committed to providing clarity and regulatory stability to the industry. ANI

India, Italy ties based on strong foundations: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M ANI

Jayant Chaudhary asks UP voters to strengthen 'Congress-RLD alliance'
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary on Tuesday urged voters of Uttar Pradesh to strengthen the coalition between the Congress Party and his political outfit for change and improvement in the state. ANI

Nine killed in mine accident in Obra town in Uttar Pradesh
At least nine labourers were killed and two critically injured in an accident at an illegal stone quarry mine in Obra town in Uttar Pradesh's Sonabhadra on Tuesday. ANI

10 percent voting in first two hours of polling in sixth phase in UP polls (1st lead: UP Polls)
Over 10 percent of the 2.17 crore strong electorate has cast their vote in the first two hours of polling in the sixth phase of polls in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. ANI

Norway kids custody row: Grandparents meet S.M. Krishna
The grandparents of children who were taken away by Norway 's Child Protection Services (CPS) in May 2011 and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Politburo leader Brinda Karat met External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna at his residence here on Tuesday. ANI

BJP accuses Congress of suppressing mining scam reports in Goa
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the Congress- led UPA Government of suppressing Justice MB Shah report on illegal mining in Goa. ANI

Mulayam promises loan waiver to farmers if elected to power
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has tried to lure farmers of Uttar Pradesh with promises of providing them with loan waivers and affordable credit, if elected to power in the state. ANI

Polling begins for sixth phase of UP polls
Polling for the sixth phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh for 68 seats began at 7 a.m. today and will continue till 5 p.m. ANI

iYogi Insights Research Reveals that 33% Parents Willing to Buy their Kids an iPad
A new research report published by iYogi Insights takes a closer look at how American parents view the iPad for their children. This is at a time when Apple is touting the device as the latest learning tool set to revolutionize education with its new iBooks textbook application Business Wire India

STAR Sports Launches New Racquet Programme SMASH
Asia’s No. 1 sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) will launch SMASH on STAR Sports this Wednesday 29 February. SMASH will be Asia’s first ever all-inclusive racquet sports magazine show featuring the best weekly coverage from the worlds of badminton, table tennis, squash and tennis Business Wire India

Infor Expands Global Reach in Key Industries through Partnership with Tata Consultancy Services
Infor, a leading provider of business software and services serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced a strategic partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services and business solutions organization Business Wire India

BiOZEEN Appoints Mahadevan as President and Chief Executive Officer
BiOZEEN, a niche bioprocess engineering organization delivering end-to-end solutions to the biopharmaceutical sector across the globe, today announced the appointment of Mr. Mahadevan as the President &Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mahadevan most recently served as the Global Director and Commercial leader with Merck Millipore where he led global market segment strategic initiatives Business Wire India

AGC Networks Achieves Advanced Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco in India
AGC Networks Ltd. (NSE: AGCNET), India’s leading Solutions Integrator today announced enhancement of its portfolio through Collaboration and Virtualization business offerings from Cisco. With an Advanced Unified Communications Specialization, AGC Networks is also an Authorised Technology Provider for Unified Contact Center, Cisco Voice Portal solutions and Cisco TelePresence Video Express Business Wire India

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