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Moily defends Manmohan Singh on Antrix-Devas deal issue
Corporate Affairs Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday defended Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on the Antrix-Devas deal issue, and said that the latter never wanted to hide anything and had acted promptly. ANI

Security beefed up for first phase of UP polls
With the stage now set for the first phase of the high voltage Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, the district administration here has beefed up security at various polling centers. ANI

One killed, seven injured in Surat gas cylinder blast
One person was killed and over seven others were injured in a gas cylinder blast that took place in Gujarat's Surat city on Tuesday. ANI

Omar Abdullah criticizes US report on Indo-China differences
Criticizing American think tank reports on differences between India and China on several issues, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said relations between the two nations are cordial. ANI

Budget session to start from March 12: Bansal
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal today announced the schedule of the budget session saying it will be commence from March 12. He said the General Budget for 2012-13 would be presented on March 16. ANI

Govt. institutes awards for outstanding work in checking human trafficking
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has instituted awards for recognition of outstanding work done to check human trafficking. ANI

West's Syria solution worse than a disease, says democracy campaigner
An international campaigner for democracy in Syria on Tuesday accused the West of being hasty in calling for a regime change in turmoil-stricken Syria. ANI

Tuki calls for developing pan-Arunachal identity
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has given a clarion call to the people of his multiethnic state to develop a pan-Arunachal identity by rising above all differences to project the state as an example of 'unity in diversity'. ANI

Sibal launches National Vocational Education Qualification Framework
Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday launched the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), which is to be implemented in polytechnics, engineering colleges and other colleges in the University systems from 2012-13. ANI

National Govt. formed in Maldives, India refuses to interfere
India on Tuesday ruled out meddling in the internal matters of The Maldives after President Mohamed Nasheed resigned in favour of a national unity government under the leadership of Vice President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan until next year's presidential election. ANI

AIIMS doctors say battered Baby Falak has shown marginal improvement
Doctors at the trauma centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday said that the health of two-year-old battered infant Falak was improving. ANI

Udyanotsav of Rashtrapati Bhawan - 2012 to be open from Feb. 10 to Mar. 15
The Udyanotsav of Rashtrapati Bhawan - 2012, the annual opening of the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhawan, including the musical garden, the spiritual garden, the herbal garden, bonsai garden and the bio-diversity park, will open to the general public from Friday. ANI

CPI(M) leader Sushanto Ghosh released from Kolkata jail
Jailed Communist Party of India (CPI-M) leader Sushanto Ghosh, was released from the Alipore Central Jail here on Tuesday, six months after he was arrested on a charge of seven skeletons being recovered from near his ancestral house in West Midnapore. ANI

Mauritius PM in India to strengthen bilateral ties
Mauritius Prime Minister, Navinchandra Ramgoolam, who is in India on a six-day visit to ramp up bilateral economic and security ties, began the official leg of his tour with a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday. ANI

Farmers protesting against nuke power plant in Haryana hold firm's officials hostage
Plans to build a nuclear power plant in Haryana came to a grinding halt on Tuesday after farmers held company officials hostage in protest against the construction. ANI

Election Commission clarifies on transfer of CSM Nagar Election Observer
The Election Commission of India on Teusday said that the decision to transfer Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar Election Observer Pawan Kumar Sain had nothing to do with Monday's incident where he stopped Robert Vadra for violating the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Anti-terror body to start operating from March 1
The National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), an agency to maintain data of terror modules, terrorists, their associates will start functioning from March 1 ANI

MEA terms Nasheed's resignation as Maldives President an internal matter
Stating that the decision of President Mohamed Nasheed to resign in favour of Vice President Dr. Mohamed Waheed is an internal matter of Maldives, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday said New Delhi hopes that all issues will be resolved in a peaceful and democratic manner. ANI

General Budget to be presented on March 16, Railway Budget on March 14
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will present the General Budget on March 16, while the Railway Budget will be presented on March 14 by Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi. ANI

Tight security in place for first phase of UP polls on Wednesday
Tight security is expected for the first phase of the seven-phased assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh that is to take place on Wednesday. ANI

2G court ruling: India, Norway discuss Telenor case
Norway's Information Technology Minister Rigmor Aasrud on Tuesday said that she had had a "constructive meeting with Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal". ANI

Digvijay accuses Mulayam of being a supporter of BJP, RSS
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has accused Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav of being a supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), as he wants to maintain a political diplomacy with them. ANI

BJP promises to work for development in UP, if elected to power
Flexing its political muscle ahead of polls in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 'promised' to work for the development and welfare of the masses if elected to power. ANI

Digvijay Singh fears President's rule in Uttar Pradesh, post elections
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has said there is a possibility of president's rule being imposed in Uttar Pradesh if his party fails to come to power. ANI

Congress has no political future: Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has the ruling Congress party had no political future. ANI

Samajwadi Party would curb crime in UP, if elected: Mulayam
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has said that his government would curb crime and lawlessness, if elected to power in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Karnataka CM's choice for Lokayukta quits over land scam allegations
Former Kerala High Court Chief Justice S R Bannurmath has decided to quit the post of Lokayukta in Karnataka. ANI

Delhi Police trace Baby Falak's 3-year-old sister
In the latest development in the baby Falak case, Delhi Police have traced the second child of her mother, Munni, in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. ANI

Rahul Gandhi mocks BJP's 'India Shining' campaign
A day before the polling for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday ridiculed the Bharatiya Janata Party's 'India Shining' campaign, and said the opposition leaders should come out from their air-conditioned homes to evaluate the realities of India. ANI

Steria’s Exemplary Commitment to Sustainability again Recognised by Carbon Disclosure Project
Recognised with a disclosure score of 89/100 in 2010, Steria’s performance improved yet again this year with a score of 93/100 and a carbon performance band of A- compared to a global average of 69/100 and C. In recent years, Steria has focused its efforts on monitoring and reducing carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency both at a company level and for individual employees Business Wire India

CA Technologies Announces CA Private Cloud Accelerator for Vblock™ Platforms
CA Technologies today announced CA Private Cloud Accelerator for Vblock™ Platforms, a new solution that drives Business Service Innovation by enabling IT to provide rapid, predictable and secure provisioning and delivery of cloud infrastructure and critical IT and business services Business Wire India

INSPIRA 2012 – The Entrepreneurship Summit at JRE Group of Institutions
JRE Group of Institutions organized The Entrepreneurship Summit (INSPIRA 2012), flagship event of the Entrepreneurship Cell at their campus in Greater Noida Business Wire India

Hundreds of Businesses Exploit Amagi Platform for Local Advertising
Amagi today announced that more than 400 small and medium businesses have used Amagi platform for local advertising. Since the launch of Amagi platform nationally early last year, hundreds of retail and regional advertisers across categories – education, jewelry, apparel, real estate, FMCG, white goods and auto dealerships have flocked to the platform to advertise on premium national TV channels Business Wire India

TERI in Association with IDDRI and AFD releases at the DSDS 2012 ‘Development, the Environment and Food: Towards Agricultural Change’ - A BOOK exploring the Twin Issues of Agriculture and Food Security and their Relationship with Society
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Dax Networks Launches DX-372DVP-A for Multi-location Video Surveillance
Dax Networks, one of India’s top Networking companies, has launched DX-372DVP-A, an IP camera for multi-location surveillance. Priced at Rs. 61,880, this 2 megapixel camera delivers HD quality (1600×1200) video images and is also suited for Surveillance within the campus or premises. This vandal Proof & IP66 weather proof rated camera comes with an audio port allowing two-way communication Business Wire India

Belkin Launches Online Dhamaka
Belkin India, a leading service provider of interconnectivity solutions across computing and consumer electronic devices today launched a Digital campaign Feb Dhamaka across its various product lines. Feb Dhamaka will run on all platforms – on mobile phones, laptops, desktop computers at work, and more Business Wire India

Advinus Therapeutics and Celgene Global Health Initiate Research and Development Collaboration for Visceral Leishmaniasis (Kala Azar)
Advinus Therapeutics Ltd., an emerging drug discovery and development company which caters to the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, announced today the initiation of a discovery and development collaboration with Celgene Global Health (CGH) Business Wire India

eClerx Wins Prestigious Indian MAKE Award; Recognized for Creating Learning Organization
eClerx, a specialist Knowledge and Business Process Outsourcing (KPO/BPO) company providing operational support, data management and analytics solutions to nearly 50 Global Fortune 1000 clients, has won the 2011’s Indian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) award for creating a learning organization. Business Wire India

element14 Offers Several Secrets to Fire Up the Heart of Innovation
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community plunges headfirst into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and unveils a list of key secrets that engineers in Asia Pacific will swoon over Business Wire India

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