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'Lakshya-1' successfully tested
Chandipore (Orissa), Jan 31 (ANII): Indigenously developed micro-light and pilot-less target aircraft Lakshya-1 was successfully tested at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Orissa's Balasore District on Tuesday. ANI

Over 460 posts for CRPF intelligence wing announced
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday announced creation of over 460 posts for the intelligence wing of the CRPF meant to give an upper hand to the troops in anti-Naxal operations. ANI

Army Chief General Singh blames Army itself for age row
Chief of Indian Army, General Vijay Kumar Singh, on Tuesday blamed the Army itself for the controversy around his date of birth. ANI

Space scientists back former ISRO chief Madhavan Nair over govt. ban row
Senior scientists extended strong solidarity with the former chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), G. Madhavan Nair, on Tuesday, criticising the government for barring him and three other scientists from holding any state appointments. ANI

SC verdict on telecom scam petition not a set back: Narayanswamy
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V Narayanasamy, on Tuesday said the Supreme Court verdict in the telecom scam petition case was not a set back to the government. ANI

Patrawala murder case accused released from jail
Four persons who were accused in the 2007 murder of sixteen-year-old teenager Adnan Patrawala, walked out of prison on Tuesday a day after their acquittal by a local sessions court. ANI

Anthony blames Army for age row
Defence Minister A.K. Antony has blamed Army institutions for discrepancies in the official age of Army chief General V K Singh on Tuesday. ANI

Anna's health improving, say doctors at Gurgaon hospital
Doctors attending to Anna Hazare at Gurgaon's Medanta Hospital, said his condition is improving. ANI

Karnataka court rejects Yeddyurappa's petition to quash corruption cases against him
A court on Tuesday dismissed the petition of former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, to quash criminal proceedings against him in connection with corruption cases. ANI

Dinesh Trivedi rebuts media reports of railway fare hike
Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi, on Tuesday denied media reports that passenger fares will be hiked in the upcoming annual Railway budget to recover losses and overcome the economic slowdown. ANI

Over 300 shanties gutted in massive fire in Gazipur
New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANIO): Over300 shanties were gutted in a massive fire on Tuesday morning in Ghazipur. ANI

W. Bengal govt. providing ex-gratia help to Maoist hit families
The West Bengal Government has offered compensation to the amilies of those who were affected by Maoists in the state. ANI

India providing humanitarian assistance to Libya
The Ministry of External Affairs in a press release today informed hat Indian Government is providing additional humanitarian assistance to Libya worth one illion US dollars. ANI

Congress releases UP poll manifesto, promises corruption-free state
The Congress party on Tuesday released its election manifesto for ttar Pradesh, promising to develop the state's neglected infrastructure, and make it a orruption-free state, if elected. ANI

Police seize cannabis worth one crore rupees in Kashmir
Acting on a tip off, police in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur District have seized cannabis worth Rupees ten million. ANI

BJP leader Balbir Punj welcomes Supreme Court verdict in 2G case
Welcoming the Supreme Court's verdict in a 2G case petition filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj dubbed the decision as a slap on the face of the Central Government. ANI

2G case: Subramanian Swamy hails Supreme Court verdict
Hailing the Supreme Court's verdict in the 2G case as a victory of the Constitution, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said this would remove a major hurdle in getting government sanction to prosecute. ANI

2G case: Supreme Court accepts Swamy's plea against PMO
The Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy's petition against the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in the 2G case, saying that public officials must decide within three months on applications seeking permission to prosecute government authorities. ANI

Lack of development prompts locals to boycott Uttar Pradesh polls
The lack of political will towards development in infrastructure in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh has riled voters in Karondi village in the Amethi constituency enough to boycott elections. ANI

Mamata slams Centre for withdrawing funds
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has slammed the Congress-led Central Government for withdrawing funds sent for the upliftment of the state. ANI

Shahnawaz Hussain confident of BJP win in Uttar Pradesh
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain has expressed confidence about his party emerging as the single dominant political group in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. ANI

Political crossfire intensifies in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh
As the date for assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh comes closer, political parties and leaders are engage in a simmering war of words, throwing potshots at one other in a bid to clinch a win in the crucial seven-phased election. ANI

UF Group Set to Revolutionize Home Entertainment Forever
Over the last few years, the UF Group has been closely linked with the entertainment industry. Through one of their group companies, Southern Digital Screenz the southern franchisee of UFO Moviez, they have changed the way movies are being screened in the theaters. Through a centralized server, they are able to screen movies in digital quality across 1200 plus theaters Business Wire India

TERI in Association with Électricité de France Organises Workshop on “Large Scale Deployment of Smart Grid: Opportunities and Strategies”
One of the major challenges faced by emerging economies, like India, is depleting conventional energy resources and enhancing energy access. Distributed generation together with application of smart grid solutions could help in addressing some of these challenges Business Wire India

iYogi Insights Research - Windows 8 Launch Will Accelerate Shipments of Tablets
A new research published by iYogi Insights Insights reviews Microsoft’s strategy for launching Windows 8 with a single user interface across PC, tablets and phones. The new research is based on a survey conducted by iYogi, a leading remote tech support company across 1400 customers to understand how PC users will adopt Windows 8 across multiple devices Business Wire India

Steria becomes first IT Services organisation in India to conduct TMMi eSurveys
Steria India partners with Experimentus to become among the first organisations in India to offer Test Maturity Model Integrated (TMMi) e-surveys Business Wire India

SMART Log Helping Fight Leaks for British Water Utility
A major project to fight leakage by British utility company Yorkshire Water is using HWM’s Radio-Tech SMART Log wireless datalogging automatic meter reader (AMR) to significantly reduce the time and cost taken to find and fix leaks in the network. The SMART Logs are being installed by Vernon Morris & Co. Ltd Business Wire India

Crowcon’s Gas Detectors Ensure Safe Operation at Oil and Gas Terminal in Rajasthan
100 of Crowcon’s Nimbus flameproof (Exd) hydrocarbon gas detectors have been installed at Cairn Energy’s Mangala oil and gas processing terminal in Rajasthan, India. Supplied via Larson & Toubro, the Nimbus units are located at strategic locations throughout the facility and ensure the safety of workers and equipment by detecting elevated levels of flammable hydrocarbon gases Business Wire India

New Salvo™ Control Panel+ Improves Operational Performance and Installation Time
Castell has launched a new control panel for its Salvo range of drive-away prevention products. Suitable for use with automatic and manual loading bay doors, Salvo Control Panel+ (SCP+) is easier both to use and install. Fast, safe access is an important issue in the loading bay environment Business Wire India

TERI Organises 4th YUVA Meet on “Conserving Global Commons: Transforming Knowledge into Action’
The world today is grappling with serious issues of Climate Change with far-reaching consequences for our forthcoming generations. Until now, much emphasis has been laid on understanding atmospheric and scientific changes resulting from climate change. However, the role of youth, their perspective, solutions for change and social implications of Climate Change has gained attention Business Wire India

TERI in Association with NEDO Organises the 4th India-Japan Energy Forum
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), Japan organised a conference today titled 4th India Japan Energy Forum – Business opportunities in Energy Efficiency and Renewables. The conference focussed on technological options for enhancing energy efficiency and promoting renewable energy technologies Business Wire India

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