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'US looking for big-ticket military equipment sale to India to boost economy at home': Pak Editorial
At a time when the United States is going through a hard time trying to achieve economic recovery and the Republicans have made unprecedented gains in mid-term elections, President Barack Obama is looking for wide-ranging economic cooperation with India during his four-day trip in the hope that this will lead to the creation of more jobs at home, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

90 per cent of over 52,000 prisoners in Pak's Punjab province have no identity card!
Out of more than 52,000 prisoners in Pakistan's Punjab province, only ten per cent possess identity cards, a survey conducted by an intelligence agency has revealed, according to sources. ANI

Train passenger banned from carrying tea to seat
A train passenger was shocked when he was banned from carrying a cup of tea to his seat on health and safety grounds. ANI

Mums lie to make themselves 'feel better or look better to others'
A survey has revealed that mothers lie to each other to appear in control to others, or to feel more capable. ANI

Outrage after 'dungeon dad' Fritzl gets go-ahead to build houses
Josef Fritzl, who raped his daughter for 24 years, has sparked a fresh round of outrage after being granted planning permission to build houses despite serving life in prison. ANI

'Toilet roll talk' fetches Tony Blair 50k pounds!
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has been offered an estimated 50,000 pounds to address a conference of toilet roll and disinfectant manufacturers.lair, 57, is the keynote speaker on November 11 at the ISSA Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association conference in Orlando, Florida. ANI

Lust is 'ugly and destructive', campaigners warn UK teens
Campaigners have urged UK teenagers for not having s*x before marriage, warning that lust is "ugly and destructive". ANI

Berlusconi under pressure after Fini's ultimatum
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has come under pressure to form a new administration with new policies after former neo-fascist leader and long-standing ally Gianfranco Fini issued him an ultimatum. ANI

Pak won't allow terrorists to use its soil for spreading extremism, says Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has vowed that Islamabad would never allow a handful of terrorists and extremists to forcefully impose their extremist ideological agenda on the people, adding that his government would not let Pakistani soil be used as a breeding ground by terrorists against any country. ANI

Taliban call on US to send fact-finding team to uncover "ground realities" in Afghanistan
The Taliban has called on the US Congress to send a "fact-finding mission" to Afghanistan for investigating what they called the lies and propaganda spread by American military chiefs to prolong the war in the country. ANI

Canadian troops could remain in Afghanistan beyond 2011: Defence Minister
Hundreds of Canadian troops could remain in Afghanistan years after the long and bloody combat mission officially ends in 2011. ANI

U.S. concerns grow as militants move bases along Pakistan border
A militant network that is a major Western adversary in Afghanistan is expanding its reach into tribal badlands outside its longtime sanctuary in Pakistan, a move that could complicate U.S. efforts to eradicate the group. ANI

Armenian smugglers tried to sell nuclear material to terrorists
Authorities in Georgia have revealed that two Armenian nationals tried to sell highly enriched uranium to people they thought were terrorists in March, adding that the bomb grade nuclear material was smuggled across the border from the former Soviet republic of Armenia in a cigarette pack. ANI

At least 46 freed, to be freed Islamic extremists from UK prisons "pose risk" to public
At least 46 convicted Islamic extremists who have been either released from prison or would be released soon in the UK "pose a risk" to the public and face tight new controls on their freedom, a secret Government document has revealed. ANI

Pak govt should part ways with US on war on terror: Nisar Muhammad Khan
Condemning the recent wave of attacks on mosques and shrines in Pakistan, Senior Vice President PML-Q (Likeminded) Nisar Muhammad Khan has called on the government to part ways with the United States on the so-called war on terror. ANI

20 years later, chocolate 'might be as expensive as gold'
Chocoholics might want to stock up on chocolate after they read this - experts have claimed that in the next few decades, an average man will simply not be able to afford chocolate. ANI

Bookies predict Prince William, Kate Middleton will marry next year
Though things are not official as yet, bookies in Britain have predicted that Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot in July next year. ANI

Snoring provokes couples to sleep apart!
A survey by the Etap Hotel group has revealed that a quarter of couples admit they sleep in separate beds because one partner has an "unbearable" habit such as snoring. ANI

National security key to Obama's chances of getting re-elected in 2012: Top Republican
US President Barack Obama has a good chance of being re-elected in 2012 provided he makes progress in Afghanistan, adopts a tougher line against Iran, the economy improves and there are no major terrorist attacks in the United States, a senior Republican has claimed. ANI

Bush praises Obama's Afghanistan surge in memoir
Former US President George W. Bush has reportedly praised Barack Obama's decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan, in his memoir "Decision Points." ANI

YouTube still swamped with 'hate preach videos' against West
Despite YouTube's claims that it had started removing hundreds of videos of the radical American-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki, the website reportedly still contains videos of him and others preaching war on Britain and the West. ANI

Britain's defence chief rules out troops reduction in Afghanistan
Britain's new Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards, has said that British troops will stay in Afghanistan for "as long as it takes". ANI

UK family's 'coolest' fridge still works after 63 years!
An English electric appliance bought six decade ago by a family is now believed to be the oldest continuously working fridge in the country. ANI

1,000-yr-old Viking massacre remains unearthed in Oxford
Archaeologists have revealed that Viking skeletons found buried beneath an Oxford college two years back were the victims of brutal ethnic cleansing 1,000 years ago. ANI

Welsh woman jailed for eight months for retracting rape allegations
A Welsh woman has been jailed for eight months after she retracted allegations that she had been raped six times by her husband. ANI

Mozart helping to rid Christchurch mall of violence
Mozart is helping to bring down petty crime and anti-social behaviour in a mall in Christchurch it has emerged. ANI

Google corrects faulty maps of Nicaragua, Costa Rica
Google Maps is correcting its faulty maps of Nicaragua and Costa Rica after becoming the culprit in the latest border dispute between the two Central American countries. ANI

Oil found on A380 fleet engines "where oil shouldn't be": Qantas boss
Qantas Airline Chief Executive Alan Joyce has claimed finding issues with three more Rolls-Royce jet engines on its grounded Airbus A380 fleet, adding that oil was found on the engines "where oil shouldn't be". ANI

Taliban publicly execute three 'US spies' in North Waziristan
The Taliban publicly executed three tribesmen in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Sunday after accusing them of spying for the United States, officials have revealed. ANI

Vettel sets up three-man title desert showdown with Webber, Alonso
Sebastian Vettel teased Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber after setting up a thrilling three-man title showdown in the desert next Sunday. ANI

'Nawaz will neither regain power nor be able to try me in court of law': Musharraf
Former President Pervez Mushrraf has lashed out at Nawaz Sharif for his threats of trying him for treason when he returns to power, saying the PML-N chief will never see that day. ANI

Foreigners banned from seeing Big Ben over Al Qaeda threat
Foreigners have been banned from Big Ben over fears of an al-Qaeda "spectacular". ANI

No repentance over Bugti killing, Lal Masjid operation: Musharraf
Former President Pervez Mushrraf has said that neither does he regret the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and the attack on the Lal Mosque, nor will he offer any apology over those actions. ANI

MI5 job nothing like TV show 'Spooks', Jane Bonds told
British secret spy agency MI5, which launched a recruit drive for more Jane Bonds, has told the would-be female candidates that "it was nothing like the TV show 'Spooks'." ANI

Spanish gay protesters greet Pope with massive 'kiss-in'
As many as 200 gay men and women staged a massive make-out session in front of the Pope in Barcelona. ANI

Yoga is 13th most popular physical activity among Aussies
A survey has found that yoga is very popular among Australians, and it ranks as the 13th most preferred physical activity. ANI

Over 55% Victorians say 'violence against Indians racially motivated'
A city-wide crime survey has found that over 55 per cent of Victorians believe that violence was racially motivated in Australia, adding that a series of attacks on Indian students has created diplomatic tensions. ANI

US drones kill 14 militants in N.Waziristan
At least 14 suspected militants were killed and three others injured in US drone attacks on Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency Sunday evening. ANI

9-yr-old Nepalese boy may be the youngest Everest climber
A Nepalese boy aged 9 is on the way to becoming the youngest person to climb the world's highest mountain, Everest. ANI

'Macho man' Putin zooms in Formula One racecar
Russian Prime Minister Valdimir Putin had a taste of Formula One racing on Sunday when he tried his driving skills on a yellow Renault, reaching a speed of almost 150 miles per hour. ANI

Junkie mum kills 10-day-old baby by spin-drying in washing machine
A ten-day-old baby girl in the US died after her mother placed the newborn into a washing machine as it went through an entire spin cycle. ANI

Rescued Chilean miner Edison Pena completes New York City Marathon
Edison Pena, the Chilean miner who was nicknamed 'The Runner' by his fellow miners for jogged underground while awaiting rescue, has reportedly completed the New York City Marathon. ANI

US seeks to expand military presence in Asia, says Def Secy Robert Gates
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that America wants to bolster its military presence across Asia, adding that closer ties with Australia would help the US expand its role in South East Asia. ANI

Forbes names Bill Gates 'Most Powerful Man in technology'
Bill Gates has been listed as the most powerful man in the technology world by Forbes. ANI

The ConJoin Group Acquires Leading Healthcare IT and Business Services Provider PHNS for $250 Million
The ConJoin Group, a strategic transformative IT and business services company, has acquired PHNS, the leading provider of healthcare IT and business services for $250m. Business Wire India

Smaller, Leaner, Meaner: VTI Announces Smallest 3-Axis Gyro Sensor with Lowest Power Consumption
The CMR3000 utilises a shared sensing mass and coupled resonator structure in orthogonal multi-mode operation. This eliminates cross talk between axes and requires only one drive loop Business Wire India

Nyenburgh deploys Orc Spreader for low-latency spread trading on Asia Pacific markets
Orc Software (SSE: ORC), a leading provider of technology and services for the global financial industry, today announced that Nyenburgh has deployed Orc Spreader for low-latency spread trading across Asian markets. The order was booked in Q4, 2010, and the contract is based on Orc’s licensing subscription model. Business Wire India

Kionix Expands Motion Sensing Product Portfolio with First Gyros for Consumer Applications and Trio of New Accelerometers
Kionix, Inc. today announced a portfolio of products that further advances its position as a global leader in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) inertial sensor design and manufacturing Business Wire India

Aimetis Named North Asia Application Development Partner (ADP) of the Year At Axis Partner Summit 2010 in Shanghai
Aimetis Corp., a global leader in intelligent IP video management software, today announced that Axis Communications has named it North Asia ADP of the Year at the Axis Partner Summit 2010 in Shanghai, China. Business Wire India

Ernst & Young Study Reveals Competition Set to Intensify for Global Businesses, Despite Economic Recovery
In spite of economic recovery, businesses see a far more challenging business environment in the immediate future, with 85% stating that their market will become more competitive over the next two years. This is according to Competing for Growth, an Ernst & Young study of 1,400 senior executives around the world. Business Wire India

IMERYS Pigments for Paper North America to Increase Kaolin and Calcium Carbonate Prices
IMERYS Pigments for Paper North America announces price increases for kaolin and calcium carbonate, effective January 1, 2011, subject to any provisions in individual customer contracts. Business Wire India

Plexxikon Announces Preliminary PLX4032 Phase 2 Data Confirming Substantial Response Rate in Metastatic Melanoma Patients
Plexxikon has announced positive preliminary data from a pivotal Phase 2 clinical trial of PLX4032 (RG7204) in metastatic melanoma, showing significant tumor shrinkage in the majority of patients. These results support previously reported positive data Business Wire India

GT Solar Selected to Provide Broad Range of Polysilicon Production Equipment and Engineering Services for India’s First Commercial-Scale Polysilicon Facility
GT Solar International, Inc Business Wire India

ITGA: Study Shows That Latest WHO Recommendations Are Set to Cause Economic Devastation in Africa
An independent Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) Report issued on November 4, 2010 concludes that 3.6 million jobs in the tobacco-growing sector in five poverty-stricken African countries are at serious risk because of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposals. Business Wire India

De Montfort University: Diabetes Expert Develops Artificial Pancreas
A researcher from the UK has developed an artificial pancreas which could revolutionise the treatment of diabetes and put a stop to daily injections. Business Wire India

AECOM backs prize-winning carbon reducing innovation
Will Zimmerman, professor of Biochemical Dynamical Systems at the University of Sheffield, was awarded the very prestigious Royal Society Brian Mercer award for innovation on Oct. 14, for his work on Micro Bubble energy saving technology Business Wire India

DTS Announces Partnership with Fujitsu to Integrate Superior Sound Technologies into PCs
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Fujitsu to integrate DTS technologies into a wide range of laptop PCs and desktop All-In-One computers. The Fujitsu FH, AH, NH and SH series computers will launch in Winter 2010 in the Japan market with DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC™ software Business Wire India

IntervalZero Receives 2010 Windows Embedded ‘Awards of Excellence’ in North America and EMEA
IntervalZero, the leader in Soft-Control Architectures, received a 2010 Award of Excellence at both the Windows Embedded North America Partner Conference in Bellevue, WA and the Windows Embedded EMEA Channel and Partner Summit in Prague. Business Wire India

SPAR Group Accelerates with Managed WAN Optimization Service from Telkom Powered by Expand Networks
Expand Networks, (www.expand.com) the leader in WAN optimization for branch office consolidation and virtualization has been chosen by SPAR Group, in conjunction with Africa’s largest Telco provider, Telkom SA, to deliver a managed WAN optimization service Business Wire India

Intelligent Energy: Fuel Cell Combined Heat and Power Joint Venture Secures Further £3.7 million Investment
Intelligent Energy Holdings, the global clean power systems company, announced that IECHP (UK and Eire) Ltd., a joint venture company formed in partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy, the FTSE 100 utilities company, has met with all mutually agreed milestones, triggering a further £3 Business Wire India

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