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Security beefed up ahead of counting of votes in UP
With barely few hours left for the electoral verdict in Uttar Pradesh, elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for the counting, which begins at 8 a.m. tomorrow. ANI

Congress insists on no alliance in UP
Congress Party on Monday stuck to its pre-poll stand of not allying with any political outfit to form the government in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Opposition all set to corner UPA Govt. during Budget Session of Parliament
The opposition parties, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is all set to corner the Congress-led UPA Government on a host of issues during the Parliament's Budget Session, which includes the NCTC, internal security, federalism, black money and violations of model code of conduct by ministers in the just concluded assembly polls. ANI

RJD slams Nitish Govt. in Bihar over limb mutilation case
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui on Monday slammed the Nitish Kumar-led Government in Bihar for the declining law and order situation in the state taking into account the horrific limb mutilation case. ANI

Azam Khan pulls up Beni over proposal of tie-up with BSP
Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Monday hit out at Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma over his remark of favouring a tie- up with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), saying the latter was making such comment to be on the safer side, as he is on the verge of being outcast by the Congress Party. ANI

Journalists in Bangalore demand CBI probe over scuffle with lawyers
In the wake of recent violent clashes between lawyers and journalists in Bangalore, the mediapersons staged a protest here on Monday and urged the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to launch an investigation into the matter. ANI

UP polls: Survey reports are not always true, says Congress
With most exit polls indicating that the Samajwadi Party will emerge as the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh, Congress Party on Monday disregarded speculations and said the survey reports are not always true. ANI

India has a moral responsibility towards easing the plight of people of Gilgit-Baltistan
After more than six decades of independence, there are a million plus people entitled to citizenship of India who are being suppressed, humiliated and exploited by mercenary forces. ANI

Army Chief rubbishes telephone-tapping reports
Chief of Army Staff, General V. K. Singh, on Monday rubbished reports that he had deployed interceptors for secretly listening to important phone conversations as 'fiction' and took a dig at the media over the report. ANI

India asks BRICS academics to build default "go to" institutions
India's Sherpa to BRICS New Delhi Summit and Secretary, Economic Relations in the Ministry of External Affairs, Sudhir Vyas, today asked scholars and experts from BRICS nations to strive for building the world's default "go to" institutions and agendas to meet global challenges. ANI

Akhilesh takes potshots at Beni, calls him 'commander on lease'
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav on Monday took a dig at Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma over his comments on poll- tie-ups in Uttar Pradesh, saying the latter is a commander on lease for the Congress Party. ANI

Indian diplomatic missions may soon serve as voting centres for expatriates: Ravi
The Indian Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has reportedly approached the Election Commission to consider a proposal to allow Indian expatriates to vote in diplomatic missions in the countries where they reside. ANI

BJP backs Anna's call, charges Congress of splurging huge amount of money
Backing veteran social activist Anna Hazare's call that politicians should reveal the amount of money spent during their campaigns before assembly polls in five states, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused the Congress Party of splurging huge amounts of money and demanded that the ruling party should tell the nation about its expenses. ANI

People of UP have outrightly rejected Congress: BJP(Lead: Shahnawaz)
With barely few hours left for the electoral verdict in Uttar Pradesh, an extremely confident Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said the Congress Party's dream of forming the next government in the state would not be fulfilled. ANI

Beni Prasad Verma adamant on Congress-BSP tie up
Union Steel Minister and Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma on Monday reiterated his stand of favouring a tie-up with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), saying democracy has always been hurt whenever the Samajwadi Party (SP) had come into power. ANI

Justice Srikrishna selected for "Best Outside Kannadiga" award
Former Supreme Court Judge, Justice B.N Srikrishna, has been selected for "Best Outside Kannadiga" award instituted by "Dehali Kannadiga", a Kannada monthly published from Delhi. ANI

Sonia Gandhi returns to India after completing medical checkup abroad
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has returned home after a routine medical checkup abroad and is said to be absolutely fine. ANI

India to partner with Africa to tackle challenges of 21st century: PM
Asserting that the processes of globalization and growing inter-dependence among nations pose fundamental new challenges to the economic sustenance of Asia and Africa, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday said India has a vision for a partnership with Africa to deal with some of the common challenges of the 21st century. ANI

Kejriwal tells 'mentor' Digvijay to reveal Rahul Gandhi's poll campaign expenses
The brewing standoff between Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Team Anna intensified on Monday, after civil right activist Arvind Kejriwal asked the former to reveal details of Rahul Gandhi's poll campaign expenses. ANI

Bihar's lesson, empowering women is empowering society
The status of women in a society is one of the parameters to track development. Even though men and women both play a vital role in society, it is the latter that have been given the status of almighty goddess in Indian Mythology. ANI

Congress will form govt. in Uttarakhand, Punjab: Harish Rawat
Congress leader Harish Rawat on Monday said the party would form the government in Uttarakhand and Punjab after votes are counted and results are known on Tuesday. ANI

Moderate quake jolts Delhi, adjoining areas
An earthquake of moderate intensity measuring 4.9 on the Richter Scale rocked the national capital and other adjoining areas at around 1: 12 p.m. on Monday. ANI

Akhilesh Yadav confident Samajwadi Party will form govt. in UP
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav on Monday expressed confidence that his party will get majority on its own and may not need any party's support to form a government. ANI

Anna asks politicians to reveal poll expenses (Lead: Anna)
Social activist Anna Hazare on Monday asked political leaders to reveal the amount of money they had spent during their campaigns before assembly polls in five states. ANI

Preparations in full swing for counting of votes in Amritsar
As Punjab gets set the counting of votes on Tuesday, the district commissioner of Amritsar along with the city's police commissioner reviewed preparations and security at the vote counting venues. ANI

BJP confident of victory in UP, Uttarakhand polls
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed confidence about achieving electoral victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Tuesday, when a counting of votes takes place. ANI

Assembly polls: Counting of votes on Tuesday
Counting of votes for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa assembly elections will take place on Tuesday. ANI

Anna Hazare, team to meet in Delhi
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare will attend a core committee meeting of Team Anna here today to discuss the future strategy of his fight against corruption. ANI

Hyundai Motor India Announces Top Management Changes
Mr. B. S. Seo is the new Managing Director, HMIL Mr. H.W. Park named CFO – Kia Motors Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the country’s second largest car manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter announced today the appointment of Mr. Bo Shin Seo as the new Managing Director of HMIL with effect from March 5, 2012. Prior to his elevation as managing director Mr Business Wire India

Hay Group Reveals “Best Practices” of the FORTUNE Magazine World’s Most Admired Companies
Despite economic change, technological advances and increased globalization during the past 15 years, the core business practices that distinguish the World’s Most Admired Companies (WMAC) have remained consistent, according to a report released by Hay Group, the global management consulting firm Business Wire India

Citibank Launches New Proposition: Citibanking
Citibank India today announced the launch of ‘Citibanking’, a new retail banking proposition for consumers in India. Citibanking will offer unprecedented global access, increased convenience, connectivity and personalization for everyday banking needs. It is designed for customers who are upwardly mobile and maintain a relationship value of a minimum INR 200,000 with the Bank Business Wire India

Steria Have Been Certified with the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 5
Steria India, a leading provider of IT enabled business services, announced today that they have been certified with the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 5 after having been successfully appraised and recommended for their Applications Development processes, which covers all their development centres at Noida, Chennai and Pune Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Celebrates International Women’s Day 2012
Asia’s No. 1 sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) is pleased to kick-off its celebration of women in sports for International Women’s Day 2012 (8 March) Business Wire India

Microsoft: Cloud Computing to Create over 2 million Jobs by 2015 in India
A Microsoft commissioned Study, conducted by IDC, predicts that cloud computing will generate over 2 million jobs in India by 2015. The findings predict that cloud will generate nearly 14 million new jobs worldwide in the same time. More than 50 % of these jobs will be generated in the small and medium businesses Business Wire India

element14 Achieves Record Sales for Molex in Asia Pacific, and Strengthens Partnership to Support Growth
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community, today announced that it will be reinforcing its longstanding collaboration with Molex in order to bring the latest and the most interconnect solutions to engineers Business Wire India

Acronis Inks India Distribution Agreement with Supertron
Acronis®, a leading provider of disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, today announced it has entered into a new distribution relationship with http://twitter Business Wire India

Max New York Life 9M FY 2012 Net Up 18 times to Rs. 572 crore
-- Gross Premium up 8% to Rs. 4,470 crore -- Market Share amongst private life insurers up 176 bps to 9.3% on Adjusted Individual FYP -- Records 18% growth in AUM to Rs. Rs.15,357 crore -- Solvency Margin 539% Max New York Life Insurance, India’s largest non bank owned life insurance company today announced its unaudited 9 months results for the Financial Year 2011 -12 Business Wire India

D2E Consulting Launches in India
Arup Gupta and Deepak Marwah, established leaders in the IT Industry with over 30 years of experience each, today announced the launch of D2E Consulting Pvt. Ltd. The company will focus on building a robust operational foundation for mid-tier IT companies globally Business Wire India

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