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Rajnath slams Mayawati over deteriorating law and order situation in UP
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Thursday hit out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati over her failure to maintain law and order in the state. ANI

Gadkari asks Sonia to explain Chidambaram's role in 2G
Charging the ruling Congress Party of swindling trillions of public money in the 2G spectrum allocation, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday sought an answer from Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram's role in the case. ANI

Nirupram holds BJP responsible for Australian missionary's killing in Orissa
With just two days left for the Goa assembly polls, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupram on Thursday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over reports of the former political outfit allotting tickets to catholic candidates, and held it responsible for the killing of Australian Christian missionary Graham Stuart Staines in Orissa. ANI

Antony to hand over indigenous Akash Missile to IAF on March 3
Marking a major milestone in the development of indigenous technology in the defence sector, Defence Minister A.K. Antony will hand over the first batch of the indigenously designed and developed Surface-to-Air Missile, Akash, to the Indian Air Force at a function in Hyderabad on Saturday. ANI

Is River Ganges drying in Varanasi
Residents, particularly, the boatmen community in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi city expressed concern over the rapid decrease in the depth of water of the River Ganges. ANI

Tested positive for alcohol, Air India Pilot loses training captain status
Air India has initiated disciplinary action against Capt. Sebastian Joseph, who has been removed from all administrative duties, after he tested positive for alcohol. ANI

Land Ports Authority of India becomes operational
The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI), which function as a body corporate under the Department of Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, became operational from today. ANI

New drug policy in Jammu and Kashmir evokes protests
Scores of medical representatives took to the streets, here on Thursday, to protest against the new drug policy approved by the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet. ANI

Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta conducts raid on jail superintendent's residence
Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta police conducted raids at the house of a jail superintendent here on Thursday and recovered assets inconsistent to his regular source of income. ANI

Seychelles diplomats visit Amity University
Seychelles High Commissioner (Designate) Waven William and First Secretary J.C. Adrienne visited Amity University, NOIDA campus on Thursday to discuss various possibilities of cooperation between Amity University and universities in the Seychelles. ANI

UK disappointed over failure to emerge as preferred bidder for India's defence deal
British High Commission spokesperson Marcus Winsley has expressed disappointment over India not considering the Eurofighter Typhoon as the preferred bidder for India's air defence contract for Medium Multi-Role Aircraft (MMRA) worth 20 billion dollars. ANI

Released prisoners from Pakistan wait for help from Indian Government
Released prisoners from Pakistan, who have arrived here, have sought monetary assistance from the Indian Government to enable them to return to their respective hometown. ANI

Assam's school dropouts enhance skills through vocational training
Jorhat District authorities are imparting vocational training to school dropouts and young women to make them self-reliant. ANI

President Patil condoles passing away of social activist Narayana Panicker
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday condoled the passing away of prominent Kerala social activist P.K. Narayana Panicker. ANI

Govt. assures justice for scientists in Antrix-Devas spectrum deal
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V. Narayanasamy, on Thursday assured that the government would give justice to scientists involved in the controversial Antrix-Devas spectrum deal. ANI

Nowshera brick kiln sealed, 23 bonded labourers among 210 released
The sub-divisional magistrate of Nowshera, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, today sealed OMS Brick Kiln in Sunderbani Tehsil and released 23 bonded labourers from the custody of owner. ANI

Norwegian child welfare service department to approach court on Mar. 23: MEA
The Norwegian child welfare service department will approach a court on March 23 to revoke its earlier decision to keep two Indian children in foster care, said a senior official of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). ANI

22,000 new scholarships for African students in various academic courses: Preneet Kaur
Highlighting India's commitment to development in Africa, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said here on Thursday that 22,000 new scholarships for African students in various academic courses and training programmes, including special agriculture scholarships and C.V. Raman fellowships have been made available. ANI

'Idea of removing certain items from negative list will strengthen Indo-Pak ties': Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday welcomed Pakistan's move to grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, saying the idea of removing certain items from the negative list would certainly help in strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two Asian neighbours. ANI

'Bilateral relationship between China and India positive': Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi here in the backdrop of Beijing's objection over Defence Minister A K Antony's recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, today said he had wide-ranging discussions with the visiting dignitary, and added that the bilateral relationship between China and India is progressing on a positive note. ANI

Cabinet decides to bring down subsidy on P and K fertilisers for 2012-13
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved the Fertiliser Ministry's proposal to reduce subsidy on P and K fertilisers under the Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) policy. ANI

Four laning of Gomati Chauraha, Udaipur section in Rajasthan approved
The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) on Thursday approved an investment proposal for the implementation of the four/two laning of the Gomati Chauraha - Udaipur section on NH 8 in Rajasthan under NHDP Phase II on DBFOT basis in BOT (Toll) mode of delivery. ANI

Cabinet approves multi-model transport infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh
The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) on Thursday approved the upgradation of railway infrastructure for introduction of multi-modal transport system in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. ANI

Tibetan exiles protest against border talks between India and China
More than a dozen Tibetan exiles shouting anti-China slogans staged a protest outside Hyderabad House, even as the foreign ministers of India and China were meeting to discuss various issues here on Thursday. ANI

Congress hails Supreme Court for slamming RSS chief's remark on Karkare
Congress party has hailed the Supreme Court for slamming Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Mohan Bhagwat's claims that slain chief of Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Hemant Karkare was 'under pressure' to catch and indict right-wing activists in the Malegaon blast case. ANI

Krishna hopeful of return of Indian children under foster care in Norway
Asserting that it is India's earnest endeavor to bring the Indian children back from Norway at the earliest, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said a judicial process is on and added that efforts in the direction of getting the children back home will be possible only after the hearing in the case scheduled for March 23. ANI

Manmohan Singh congratulates poll-bound Goa for hosting national games
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has congratulated the authorities in Goa for being chosen to host the 36th National Games. ANI

Rahul Gandhi urges people to elect Congress for good governance in UP
With Uttar Pradesh gearing up for the seventh and last phase of assembly polls, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has urged the people to elect Congress in order to achieve good governance in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Prowess of scientific, technological cooperation can be leveraged by building bridges: Deshmukh
Asserting that India-Africa cooperation needs to be built on principles of shared vision, and mutual understanding, Union Minister for Science And Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh on Thursday said that the soft prowess of scientific and technological cooperation can be effectively leveraged by building bridges between the scientific communities of both the nations. ANI

'Quality employment is foundation of India's vision for growth': Kharge
Stating that quality employment is the foundation of India's vision for growth, Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge today said that coming together of the countries of South-South will lead to an understanding of the best practices prevailing in these countries, and development of effective technical cooperation programmes. ANI

India China hold talks amid bickerings over border issue
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met his counterpart S M Krishna in New Delhi on Thursday in the backdrop of Beijing objection over Defence Minister A K Antony's recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Former Bihar CMs Lalu, Mishra chargesheeted in fodder scam case
Former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra were chargesheeted by a CBI court here on Thursday in connection with the 1996 multi-crore animal fodder scam. ANI

Mamata Banerjee's nephew produced before Kolkata court
Mamata Banerjee's nephew, Akash Banerjee, who was arrested for assaulting a traffic police official, was produced before Alipore Session Court here on Thursday. ANI

Unknown merchant vessel collides with fishing boat off Alappuzha coast, two bodies recovered
An unknown merchant vessel collided with a fishing boat off Kerala's Alappuzha Coast, drowning at least five fishermen, early on Thursday morning. Two bodies have been recovered so far, while two have been rescued. ANI

Drying up of Siang River, 'lifeline of Northeast', could spell doom
The mighty Siang River has dried up, shrinking about a kilometre from its bank in the century-old Arunachal Pradesh town of Pasighat in East Siang district, a phenomenon never experienced in the last half-decade. ANI

Arunachal leaders unanimously support Antony's barb at China
Ahead of a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and China today, Arunachal Pradesh has endorsed Defence Minister A K Antony's rejection of Chinese objections to his visit to the state on February 20. ANI

BI & Analytics – A Game Changer for Banks: Ramco Systems releases a Newsletter Featuring Gartner Research
Ramco Systems (BSE - 532370, NSE – RAMCOSYS, MSE – RSST); an Ramco Banking Analytics has been a game changer for one of the leading banks in India. The newsletter also highlights how click here. About Ramco Systems: Ramco Systems, a part of the USD 952 million Ramco Group, is a leading software company focused on consulting, product and managed services business Business Wire India

New Canon PIXMA E500 Prints 2000 Pages from Single Cartridge*
Canon announced the launch of their new PIXMA E500 printer in India. Canon PIXMA E500 is an affordable multi-function printer which uses affordable ink and is styled in a nice, gloss black finish. E500 is suitable for home and small office users who have large printing volume and desire a printer with low running cost per page with high quality printing Business Wire India

ADaRSH in Association with MNRE and TERI Organises the 3rd National Conference on Green Design
ADaRSH, a platform to facilitate a pan-India, ongoing interaction and networking between building professionals, developers and government officials in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt of India, organised a two-day ‘National Conference on ‘Green Design’ and also launched the SvaGRIHA Rating System Business Wire India

Vivek Ltd-The Unlimited One Stop Shop Partners With Vector Consulting Group to Revamp Its Supply Chain
Vector Consulting Group, one of the leading consulting firms specializing in Theory of Constraints (TOC) in India, has entered into an engagement with Vivek Ltd, one of the leading consumer durables, IT and telecom products retail chains in South to implement Theory of Constraints (TOC) in the retail business space Business Wire India

First Edition of Secutech India Opens Today
The first edition of Secutech India, a trade show for security and safety technologies and solutions, opened today at the Bombay Exhibition Centre. Running from 1 – 3 March 2012, the show is organised by Messe Frankfurt and Asian Business Exhibition & Conferences Ltd (ABEC) and attracted more than 150 exhibitors in 10,000 sqm of exhibition space Business Wire India

iXiGO.com Appoints Ernesto Cohnen as Vice President - Products
iXiGO.com, India’s leading travel search engine announced the appointment of Ernesto Cohnen as Vice President, Products. In this role, Ernesto will be responsible for managing the product development lifecycle of iXiGO’s travel search, trip planning & mobile products Business Wire India

HomeShop18 Unveils Online Bookstore
-- Over 10 Mn Titles across a wide range of book categories including hard to find international titles -- Excellent search and browsing experience backed by superior infrastructure support for excellent delivery standards Homeshop18 Business Wire India

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