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Jaitley pulls up Congress over economic disarray
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Wednesday hit out at the Congress-led UPA Government over economic disarray and the rampant corruption in the country. ANI

Remarks over president's rule in UP were misconstrued, says Jaiswal's counsel
Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal's counsel Subhash Chandra Maheshwari on Wednesday said the former's remarks over the imposition of president's rule in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh were misconstrued and stated out of context. ANI

German national deported: 'No breach in security', says Chidambaram
A day after a German national was deported for anti-national activities in the form of helping raise funds to part-finance ongoing protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday rubbished reports that it was a breach in security, and said that the man had come to India as a tourist. ANI

Tibetan activists protest in Delhi, condemn Chinese atrocities on compatriots
Condemning the growing Chinese atrocities on their fellow compatriots in the Tibet region, scores of Tibetan activists took out a massive protest march here on Wednesday. ANI

Mamata Banerjee's nephew arrested for slapping traffic cop
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Akash Banerjee was arrested on Wednesday for assaulting a traffic police official in Kolkata's Kidderpore area. ANI

Chidambaram justifies power to arrest for proposed NCTC
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said that the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) should have the bare minimum powers, including the power to arrest, recommended by the committees to have certain operational capability while conducting a counter- terrorism operation. ANI

Integrated Check Post at Wagah likely to commence from April
Joint secretary (border Management) Ministry of Home Affairs A. E. Ahmed here on Wednesday disclosed that the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the Wagah border would be made functional before mid-April this year. ANI

Uttar Pradesh: The caste inertia
In Uttar Pradesh, you can spot an anti-Dalit (socially backward Hindu caste) village from a distance. ANI

Formation of GTA in process: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday rubbished reports that there was a delay in the formation of a Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), and said that there is a process, which has to be followed. ANI

LeT plan to bomb Delhi foiled: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday disclosed that a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) sponsored terror bid was foiled in New Delhi ANI

Praful Patel confident of Congress, NCP winning in Goa
Union Heavy Industries Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel on Wednesday expressed confidence of making a mark in the upcoming Goa assembly elections by forming the government in the state. ANI

Polluted drinking water increasing water borne diseases among Gorakhpur residents
The contamination of drinking water is becoming a major cause of worry for residents in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur city, which is witnessing a dramatic increase in the spread of waterborne diseases. ANI

President Patil says tourism can promote economic growth, employment
Asserting that tourism can be the driver for growth and economic development of the country, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday said tourism has the capacity to generate employment. ANI

Bengal enclave villagers urge Delhi and Dhaka to expedite exchange treaty
People residing in enclave villages in West Bengal, alongside the Indo-Bangladesh border, have urged the governments of India and Bangladesh to expedite the exchange treaty, signed between the two nations last year. ANI

Centre for health outlay to be increased to 2.5 percent of GDP by end of 12th Plan
A meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has cleared a proposal to increase the health outlay to 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the end of the Twelvth Plan. ANI

China considering law against domestic violence
China is mulling an anti-domestic violence law and it is even on the legislative agenda of the National People's Congress (NPC) in 2012. ANI

Army trains Gulmarg citizens to prevent casualties during snowfall
Indian Army officials trained rescue operation teams in world famous skiing resort of Gulmarg to prevent the causalities during natural calamities like avalanches. ANI

Morarji Desai's birth anniversary observed
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday paid floral tribute before the portrait of former Prime Minister Morarji Desai on the occasion of his 116th birth anniversary. ANI

Foreign Secretary Mathai visits Maldives to take political process forward
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai returned here today after a three-day visit to Maldives to take forward the political process and continue India's engagement with all parties concerned. ANI

Foreign Secretary Mathai to attend NSG outreach meeting in Vienna
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai will lead the Indian delegation at an outreach meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Troika in Vienna on March 1, as a part of the ongoing and regular outreach meetings between India and the NSG. ANI

Krishna to visit Cairo for 6th India-Egypt Joint Commission meeting
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will be on an official visit to Egypt from March 2-4 to co-chair the sixth Meeting of the India-Egypt Joint Commission with the Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on March 4. ANI

CBI to produce Shehla Masood murder accused in court
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said that it will produce the two accused of murdering Right to Information activist Shehla Masood in court today. ANI

Chinese foreign minister to arrive in Delhi today
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will arrive here on a two-day visit this evening. ANI

Veteran scientist Baldev Raj vouches for safety of Kudankulam nuclear plant
Veteran scientist and director of India's Kalpakkam nuclear project, Dr. Baldev Raj, has vouched for the safety of the controversial Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu by calling it 'one of the world's safest reactors.' ANI

Orissa CM Patnaik reiterates opposition to setting up of NCTC
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has reiterated his opposition to the Central Government's creation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). ANI

Jayalalithaa, Patnaik join anti- RPF Act amendment chorus
After the controversy surrounding the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa have trained their guns on the Central Government again by opposing a proposed amendment to the Railway Protection Force (RPF Act). ANI

Dalai Lama urges youth to take India forward
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has appealed to India's youth to make the country a model to be emulated by the world before the end of the 21st century. ANI

Hope and reality of India-Pakistan relations
Old shibboleths and half truths take a long time to wither away. Pakistan still likes to believe or, at least its leadership does, that India is determined to undo the partition and grab Pakistan. ANI

Ramco OnDemand ERP Functions non-stop, leap year or not
Ramco Systems Limited (BSE - 532370, NSE - RAMCOSYS, MSE - RSST); a software company focused on consulting, products and managed services, announced that Ramco OnDemand ERP customers were able to run business as usual on the leap year day—February 29, 2012. Ramco currently has 3500 users from 300+ customer organizations running their ERP on the public cloud Business Wire India

Carnation Auto® Closes Second Round of Funding
Carnation Auto, today announced the close of their 2nd round of funding totalling Rs. 85 Crore from Gaja Capital Partners, a Mumbai-based private equity fund. This new round of funding will enable the company to further consolidate its pioneering independent multi-brand auto solution network and scale up its successful certified used car program across India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Business Wire India

Champions of ‘My City My Parks’ Set Out to Inspire Change PVR Cinemas to Screen Original Films created by Young Ambassadors
PVR Nest, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of PVR Cinemas, brings together 400 inspired children championing original ideas for creating a greener Mumbai at the first ‘My City My Parks’ grand finale event in Mumbai today Business Wire India

360 ARC Aligns with Channelplay, India
Dubai based events, activation and social media entity 360 ARC, enters into a JV with Channelplay Limited of India to establish 360 Channelplay. 360 Channelplay will be a global marketing and retail services organization focused on developing markets Business Wire India Appoints Swasti Bhowmick as Chief Financial Officer India Ltd. (Nasdaq:REDF), the premier online provider of news, information, communication, entertainment and ecommerce services worldwide, announced the appointment of Swasti Bhowmick as their Chief Financial Officer. As CFO of Rediff Business Wire India

NICE to Share Best Practices for Improving Emergency Preparedness and Service Continuity at Secutech India & Global Digital Surveillance Forum 2012
NICE Systems Ltd. today announced that it will be delivering a presentation on “Improving Emergency Preparedness and Service Continuity with NICE Security Solution,” at the Secutech India Expo, taking place in Mumbai, March 1-3. The presentation will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at 12:55 p.m. at the Hall No. 1, Bombay Exhibition Center, India Business Wire India Selects Aspect to Implement Multi-Channel Contact Center, Optimize Microsoft Unified Communications Deployment
Aspect, a leading provider of Microsoft platform solutions, today announced that, one as Europe's leading golf tour operators, selected Aspect to integrate its customer relationship management (CRM) system, web chat, voice calls and email into one streamlined system Business Wire India

Ethiopia Announces the Opening of a New Honorary Consulate in Bangalore
The garden city of India became the latest location to have an honorary consulate of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E. Ms. Gennet Zewide, Ambassador, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in India presided over a ceremony hosted by Mr. Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi, Managing Director, Karuturi Global in the august presence of H.E. Mr Business Wire India

HART® Communication Protocol Ensures Reliable Communication with Crowcon’s IRmax Gas Detector
Easy and reliable connection and communication is vital when using a gas detector, which is why Crowcon has introduced the HART Communication Protocol for its IRmax infrared (IR) hydrocarbon detector Business Wire India

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