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Dedicated freight corridor project to be given highest priority
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has directed that the dedicated freight corridor project costing nearly one lakh crore rupees should be given the highest priority by central ministries and urged the state governments to also do so. ANI

SAARC meeting on strengthening anti-terror mechanism begins in Delhi
A meeting of high-level group of eminent experts from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to strengthen the anti-terror mechanism got underway here on Thursday. ANI

Gadkari accuses Centre of harassing Modi Government over Godhra case
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the Congress-led UPA Government must stop harassing the Narendra Modi Government in Gujarat. ANI

Tibetan exiles hold vigil in New Delhi over self-immolations by compatriots
Exiled Tibetans residing in India held a silent vigil on Thursday in New Delhi over the rising self-immolation cases by their compatriots against Chinese excesses carried out on Tibetan activists and monks. ANI

BJP welcomes SIT report on post-Godhra riot case
Senior Leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arun Jaitley has welcomed the submission of closing report by the Supreme court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the 2002 post Godhra riot case, reportedly exonerating Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his administration. ANI

Zakia Jaffery disappointed with SIT's closure report
Zakia Jaffery, petitioner in the post-Godhra riot case on Thursday expressed her disappointment on the reported closure report filed by the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT). ANI

Digvijay Singh takes potshots at Gadkari for mocking political opponents
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari for making fun of political opponents, and said that this exemplified the kinds of politicians in the main opposition. ANI

Farooq Abdullah meets students from J-K, asks them to follow secularism path
Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah met a group of 160 students from militancy-hit families of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, and asked them to follow the path of truth, righteousness and secularism. ANI

Army Chief places additional documents in Supreme Court on age row
Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh, has placed additional documents before the Supreme Court to support his case for restoring his date of birth as May 10, 1951. ANI

Orissa excise minister quits over Cuttack hooch tragedy
Orissa's Excise Minister A U Singhdeo resigned on Thursday accepting moral responsibility for the hooch tragedy in Cuttack. ANI

Karnataka advocate general quits post over Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case
Karnataka Advocate General B V Acharya has reportedly resigned from his post after he refused to tow the state government's line on the disproportionate assets case linked to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa ANI

Police baton charge protesting medical representatives in Srinagar
In a bid to control crowds, security personnel and state police officials baton charged and shot water canons at thousands of medical representatives, who were protesting against the Jammu and Kashmir Government's new drug policy. ANI

Coast guard wives assist patients and attendants at AIIMS
As the prevailing cold conditions continue to increase the hardships and sufferings of the patients reaching the Trauma Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), for their treatment; the Coast Guard Wives Welfare Association (CGWWA) extended a helping hand to the relatives and patients on Wednesday by distributing eatables and other essential items of daily use to them. ANI

European leaders Rompuy and Barroso to participate in India, EU Summit
European Council President Herman Wan Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will arrive here on a four-day visit beginning today to participate in the annual India-EU Summit scheduled to take place on Friday. ANI

Class 9 student stabs teacher to death in Chennai
A 13-year-old student studying in standard nine of St Mary's Anglo-Indian School here, allegedly stabbed his teacher to death inside the classroom on Thursday. ANI

Govt. approves guidelines for establishing joint venture companies by DPSUs
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved guidelines for establishing joint venture companies by Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). ANI

Govt. approves setting up of National Centre for Cold Chain Development
The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave its ex-post facto approval for registering the National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD) as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 with its memorandum of association and rules and regulations. ANI

Gujarat court issues notice to SIT over report on Zakia Jaffery case
A magisterial court on Thursday issued notices to the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), which has submitted its final report in the Zakia Jaffery case. ANI

Congress confident of securing clear majority in UP
The Congress party has expressed confidence about securing a clear majority in Uttar Pradesh elections. ANI

BJP leader Jaitley flays UP Chief Minister Mayawati for misgovernance
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has flayed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for misgovernance over the last five years. ANI

Congress will ensure "incredible" governance if voted to power in UP: Sonia
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has promised "incredible" governance if her party is voted to power in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

PDP's Mehbooba Mufti dubs Omar Abdullah government 'corrupt'
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has said that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's government has lost all credibility after several of his ministers were found to be involved in cases of graft. ANI

Creative Synergies Group (CSG) Launches New India Engineering Centre in Bangalore
Creative Synergies Group (CSG), a Global Engineering Services Company which provides ‘Complete Product Development Solutions’ and ‘High-End Engineering Services’ to Global Fortune 500 Companies, today announced the launch of their 2nd engineering centre in Bangalore Business Wire India

Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd. receives the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Emerging Company of the Year Award in the Indian Food and Beverage Market
The 2011 Frost & Sullivan Emerging Company of the Year Award in the Indian Food and Beverage Market has been presented to Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd. The Yakult Danone alliance is a result of the teamwork between two global stalwarts in the probiotic industry. The combined force of these two giants has resulted in an extremely informed entry of the brand in the Indian market Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports to Broadcast Inaugural Bangladesh Premier League
Asia’s top sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) today announced its broadcast of the much awaited inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) from 9-29 February on STAR Cricket and STAR Sports Business Wire India

Max New York Life Insurance igenius Scholarship becomes even bigger
Max New York Life Insurance, one of India’s leading life insurance companies, today announced 3rd Max New York Life igenius Scholarships - 2012, its highly successful and innovative parent-child engagement initiative to support all-round child’s development. This largest corporate scholarship programme gets even bigger by adding a new category ‘igenius PRIMARY’ for children in Nursery to Class 2 Business Wire India is Now the Largest Used Car Network’s 3rd Anniversary has become a cause for double celebration. The company tied up with 3 new dealers at Bangalore and is now a network of 7000 used car dealers in more than 400 cities and towns across India. Launched in February 2009, has adopted a unique Online-Offline business model Business Wire India

Lalit S. Chowdhary to Lead Systems Engineering Organization at Cisco India and SAARC
Cisco today announced the appointment of Lalit S Chowdhary as Sr. Vice President, System Engineering for the India & SAARC sales organization Business Wire India

Ocean Optics Spectrometers Head to Mars
Three Ocean Optics ( instruments have begun their eight month journey to Mars. Customized HR2000 spectrometers are a part of the ChemCam unit on NASA’s Mars Science Lab rover, Curiosity, launched November 26, 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida Business Wire India

Tritech Launches Renewables Mammal Detection System
Tritech has expanded its industry-standard sonar range with a key renewables device by launching its Gemini SeaTec Mammal Detection System, providing a valuable tool in the detection of marine life around subsea turbines. Tritech’s subsea sonars have been deployed on marine current structures since 2008 when the company made its first step into the offshore renewables sector Business Wire India

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