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Karnataka High Court orders to continue probe against S M Krishna in mining scam
The Karnataka High Court today disposed an appeal filed by Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna challenging his name being figured in the illegal mining scam case. ANI

Manmohan Singh campaigns for Congress in Uttarakhand
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today campaigned for the Congress Party in Uttarakhand ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in the state. ANI

Army sends militancy hit Krishna Ghati students on Sadbhavana tour
Students from militancy hit backward areas of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch District visited New Delhi this weekas part of the Indian Army's "Operation Sadbhavana" educational tour. ANI

Alistair Pereira surrenders before Mumbai Police
Alistair Pereira, a convict in the 2006 hit-and-run case that killed seven persons, surrendered before police here on Friday, a day after a local court had issued an arrest warrant against him. ANI

No open ground for Hazare's aides to campaign in poll-bound Uttrakhand
The election campaign of veteran social activist and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare and his team hit a roadblock in Uttarakhand on Friday after the team was denied permission to organise a rally in an open ground in Haridwar. ANI

Punjab villagers express lament over failed political promises ahead of polls
Villagers living in the border areas of Rajatal and Jalandhar in Punjab on Friday expressed sorrow over political parties and state governments failing to provide basic amenities to them. ANI

Maoists brutally kill four in Jharkhand
Maoists have brutally killed four men aged between 20 and 30 years in Jharkhand's Khunti District. ANI

Oriyas protest against state govt decision to hand over land to foreign firms
Residents of Bhubaneswar, Orissa, staged a demonstration on Friday against the state government's decision to hand over fertile land to foreign capitalists like POSCO and Vedanta. ANI

Samajwadi Party announces sops to woo poll-bound Uttar Pradesh voters
The Samajwadi Party (SP) released its election manifesto here on Friday, just a little over a week before assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, and predictbly announced several sops to attract the votes of voters, especially those living in rural areas. ANI

PDP protests against Abdullah Govt's apathy towards locals
People's Democratic Party (PDP) activists staged a protest here on Friday against the Omar Abdullah-led coalition government's apathy towards the general public and demanded that patients suffering from major illnesses be airlifted to good hospitals for better treatment. ANI

Sheila Dikshit inaugurates Delhi's first renewal energy assisted pump system
Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit today dedicated the first renewal energy assisted pump (REAP) system in Mayur Vihar. ANI

US ready to give time to Pak to re-evaluate ties: Grossman
President Barack Obama's Special Representative for the Af-Pak region, Marc Grossman, said Friday that Washington is ready to give Islamabad as much time as it wants to "reassess and reevaluate" bilateral ties, months after the Pakistan Government strongly objected to a miscalculated NATO strike on its army personnel at a border checkpost. ANI

Surviving Indian crew members of Italian cruise ship arrive in Mumbai
Rescued Indian crew members of the capsized Italian vessel Costa Concordia arrived at Mumbai International Airport this morning. ANI

Ranchi court sentences 61 to jail for role in fodder scam
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi has sent 61 persons to jail for their role in fodder scam. ANI

Salman Rushdie cancels India visit on security grounds
Controversial author Salman Rushdie has called off his visit to India for the Jaipur Literature Festival citing security grounds. ANI

Supreme Court dismisses Grenadiers Association PIL on army chief age row
The Supreme Court today dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a direction to the government to restore the date of birth of Army Chief General V.K. Singh as May 10, 1951, and said it was not maintainable in law. ANI

Supreme Court rejects Army Chief's PIL on age row
The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to the government to restore Army Chief General V K Singh's date of birth as May 10, 1951, and said that it was not maintainable in law. ANI

Dense fog affects normal life in North India
Residents in New Delhi got a feel of heavy winter today as dense fog descended the capital reducing normal visibility to a zilch in some areas. ANI

Police arrests four Maoists in Malkangiri, Orissa
Police along with security forces nabbed four suspected Maoists during a search operation in Orissa's Malkangiri District on Thursday. ANI

Shankar Rao was used, abandoned by Congress: YSR Congress
YSR Congress Party has described the axing of senior minister Dr P Shankar Rao as a use-and-throw policy of the Congress Party. ANI

Statue controversy in Andhra too, it is NTR and YSR
Taking strong objection to TDP's remark that the party would remove all the YSR statues erected illegally, YSR Congress party has said the history of the Chandrababu-led party is littered with politics of opportunism and backstabbing and cautioned that people will revolt if any attempt is made on the memorials that have come up across the state with peoples' participation. ANI

Menon hails Subrahmanyam's contributions to national security debate(Update)
Stating that independent institutions outside the government had significant contributions to make to decision-making, National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon has called for the broadening of debates on Indian national security. ANI

Army Chief's age row: 'I feel sorry and sad about whole controversy', says Antony
Stating that the government is keeping maximum restraint and patience on the ongoing issue surrounding the date of birth of Army Chief General V.K. Singh, Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Friday said he is 'sorry and sad' about the whole controversy. ANI

Chidambaram to give first chip-based ID card in Andaman
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will distribute the first tranche of Resident Identity (smart) card (RIC) at a function in Porthrapur village in Andaman and Nicobar Islands tomorrow. ANI

Shivshankar Menon defends India's strategy to deal with militancy
National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon has defended the country's strategy to deal with militancy and strongly denied that India was a soft power. ANI

Modi begins one-day fast as part of 'Sadbhavna Mission' at Godhra
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi began a day-long fast here today as part of his 'Sadbhavna Mission', which is aimed at building bridges between the members of all communities. ANI

Shivshankar Menon, India's strategy, militancy
National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon has defended the country's strategy to deal with militancy and strongly denied that India was a soft power. ANI

Delay in Telangana formation, Gadkari accuses government of inefficiency
Slamming the Central Government's inefficiency to form a separate Telangana state, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has promised the people of Andhra Pradesh that if his party came in power it would bring a bill in the Parliament to carve out a separate state. ANI

BJP slams Rahul Gandhi for targeting Uma Bharti
Flaring up the political heat in poll bound Uttar Pradesh, leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fired back at Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi over his scathing remarks on BJP's star campaigner Uma Bharti. ANI

Law should take its own course in CWG scam: Sitaram Yechury
Reacting over the bail granted to former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said since the matter is subjudice it would not be proper to comment on it, however he added that the law should take its own course. ANI

Political mercury rises in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh
With Uttar Pradesh assembly elections right around the corner, the political mercury has soared across the state, as parties and leaders engage in a war of words on a range of issues. ANI

Polaris Revenues Up by 43%
-- Intellect Revenues Up by 13% Sequentially and 69% Annually -- EBITDA up by 13% Sequentially and 63% Annually -- Interim Dividend of 40% Declared Polaris Financial Technology Ltd. (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology company, today announced the third quarter results for FY 2011-12 Business Wire India

The Second Edition of India Digital Awards Concludes
The second edition of the coveted India Digital Awards that were held at India Habitat Centre concluded today. The awards were organised by the Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), a not-for-profit industry body registered under the Societies Act 1896 with mandate to expand and enhance the online and mobile value added services sectors Business Wire India

WNS Collaborates with CoAction.com for End-to-End, Order-to-Cash Solutions; Strengthens SAAS based Financial Service Capability
WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced its collaboration with CoAction.com, a leading provider of advanced business collaboration software, to further strengthen its capabilities in Order-to-Cash (O2C) solutions. Under the agreement, coAction Business Wire India

Dataguru.in Opens its New Sales Office in Gurgaon
Dataguru.in- a leading provider of Corporate Database Solutions opens its new Sales Office in Gurgaon. The new branch will focus on extending the quality service to its existing customers, as well as extending its line of products to new customers. Further it will strengthen ABIA’s geographic presence, creating opportunities for forging new business relationships and increased efficiencies Business Wire India

Praj Declares Q3 and 9MFY2012 Results
Praj Industries (Praj), the integrated process engineering and solutions provider for biofuels, brewery, water & wastewater and process equipment globally, announced its unaudited financial results for Q3 and 9MFY2012. Performance Review for Q3FY2012: -- Income from operations stood at Rs. 219.25 crore (Rs. 148.24 crore). A growth of 48% over corresponding quarter in previous fiscal Business Wire India

Cox & Kings Launches Indian Holidays for the Summer
Cox and Kings Ltd, the longest established travel company in the world since 1758 makes Indian holidays even more rewarding – 100 people stand a chance of winning a free holiday to destinations across India. The best part is that even if you don’t feature among the 100 people, you will still get upto 50% Cash Back. The offer is valid till 30th January 2012 Business Wire India

CA Technologies ARCserve MSP 2.0 Licensing Program Empowers Service Providers to Thrive in Growing Data Protection Market
New Subscription-Based Per-Terabyte Structure Complements Per-Server Pricing to Drive New Opportunities and Optimize Margins Integration with Nimsoft and Kaseya Further Facilitates Ability of MSPs to Efficiently Manage Customer IT Environments CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today introduced version 2 Business Wire India

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