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Meet the Pak female MNA who 'graduated' in 1996 through degree issued in 1991!
Seemal Kamran, a member of the Pak Punjab Assembly has been reportedly ignoring notices by the Election Commission to appear before its officer handling the issue of lawmakers' degrees, amid reports that that she is holding a fake degree as she claims to have graduated in 1996, but the degree she holds was issued in 1991. ANI

Pakistan helped US in arresting Taliban leaders: Haqqani
The United States has been successful in arresting many Taliban leaders due to the help extended by Pakistan to its intelligence agencies and forces, the nation's ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani has said. ANI

PPP brands Zardai-bashing Jang Group journalists 'Indian agents
The ruling Pakistan People's Party has slammed journalists of the country's largest media organisation, the Jang Group, and Geo News channel for targeting President Asif Ali Zardari, calling them 'Indian agents' and enemies of democracy. ANI

Mafia informant 'dissolved in acid' by ex-boyfriend
A mafia informant who disappeared nearly a year ago was tortured and her body dissolved in acid by her former partner and other family members angry that she had cooperated with authorities, Italian police have said. ANI

Australia's role in Afghanistan may last till 2020: Gillard
Australia will remain in Afghanistan after its troops complete their training mission in 2014 and be engaged there "through this decade at least", Prime Minister Julia Gillard said today. ANI

Petition filed in Pak SC to use 'lie detecting machine' on Gilani, Awan
A petition has been filed in the Pakistan Supreme Court requesting it to use a "lie detecting machine" on Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Law Minister Babar Awan to ascertain whether they were lying about the withdrawal of judges' restoration notification. ANI

Pak court directs police to protect love marriage couple
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the city's police officials to provide protection to a love marriage couple, who claimed that their life was in danger. ANI

Brit woman found guilty of abusing 5-month-old baby while beau took pics
A Brit community care worker has been convicted of sexually assaulting a five-month-old infant, while her boyfriend clicked the brutality on the little girl. ANI

Kilimanjaro climbers 'putting their health at risk'
Experts have warned that people climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are taking unnecessary risks with their health. ANI

Ancient Egyptian priest's tomb discovered in Giza
Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a pharaonic priest, which is more than 4,000 years old, near the Giza pyramids. ANI

Mum jailed for prostituting teenage daughter in Sydney
An Australian mother has landed in jail after she prostituted her teenage daughter. ANI

Two-day-old kitten flushed down the toilet saved
A two-day-old kitten survived a stinking death, as firemen rescued him in an operation, which took place after the little owner accidentally flushed her down the toilet. ANI

Men 'more likely to rate technology as a necessity of life than women'
A new survey has found that men are more likely to consider technology as a necessity of life in comparison to women. ANI

'The Gruffalo' tops children's favourite books list
The Gruffalo has topped a new survey of kids' favourite books. ANI

Hindus laud Pope for telling seminarians to learn other religions
Hindus have commended Pope Benedict for stressing the Roman Catholic seminarians the "need for a basic introduction to the great religions". ANI

Pak judiciary not at war with executive: Justice Ramday
Responding to news reports about an alleged standoff between the government and the judiciary, Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday has said that the judiciary has not waged any war against the executive. ANI

India "below today's application threshold" in net services
A new study has characterized India "below today's application threshold" in quality and penetration of net services. ANI

Meet the Big Apple mom, dad, and son, all born on November 1
A family of three-mom, dad and son-in the New York City have a special connection-they all had been born on November 1. ANI

Buy Loch Ness instead of Angel Islington in Scotland's own Monopoly
Scotland has got its own flavour of the famous board game Monopoly, with iconic locations like Angel Islington, Euston Road and Pentonville Road being replaced by more sought-after and locally famous sites. ANI

'Over 2 million Bengalis living in Karachi'
Pakistan's National Aliens Registration Authority (Nara) has claimed that over two million Bengalis are residing in Karachi alone. ANI

Calgary's Naheed Nenshi becomes Canada's first Muslim mayor
Naheed Nenshi has become Canada's first Muslim mayor. ANI

NATO aircraft violate Pak airspace yet again despite repeated assurances to contrary
Despite assuring Pakistan of stopping further intrusions into its territory, NATO's aircraft once again breached the country's airspace today morning over its border town of Torkham, local media reported. ANI

Pak Law Minister's '1 million rupees cheque' too hot for SCBA President to handle!
Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Qazi Anwar has returned the one million-rupees cheque given to the association by Law Minister Babar Awan. ANI

Russia must democratise to avoid mass unrest: Gorbachev
Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev has called on Russia to democratise, warning that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's move to restore the system of strong and centralized state power will lead to mass unrest across the country. ANI

Brit artist creates world's largest toast mosaic dedicated to mum-in-law
A British artist has gifted a unique present to her mother-in-law on her birthday - the world's largest toast mosaic. ANI

UK gives Chilean president 33 bottles of London ale for rescued miners
When Chilean President Sebastian Pinera arrived at 10 Downing Street here yesterday, waiting for him were 33 bottles of beer. ANI

India, South Korea sign social security agreement
India and South Korea signed a Social Security Agreement (SSA) in Seoul today. ANI

Shoplifters cost UK stores 4.4 billion pounds a year
Research compiled from 42,000 European retailers has found that shoplifters cost UK stores 4.4 billion pounds a year. ANI

American widow gives dead husband's sperm to girlfriend
A grieving widow has apparently named her late hubby's mistress to be the surrogate mother of his child after she won a court order to preserve her husband's sperm, according to sources. ANI

Man on dating site 'tricks Perth woman to have sex'
A man allegedly contacted a Perth woman via the Internet and tricked her into having sex with him. ANI

Prince William expresses 'determination' to serve on Afghan front line
Prince William has expressed his 'determination' to serve on the front line in Afghanistan, following in the footsteps of his younger brother. ANI

Henry's "India race slur" "encouraged discrimination": Television New Zealand
Television New Zealand (TVNZ)'s complaints committee has upheld complaints over "offensive" comments made by its former Breakfast host Paul Henry by acknowledging that his remarks "encourage discrimination". ANI

Iran openly backs Iraqi PM Maliki for second term
Iran has reportedly for the first time publicly backed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to lead Iraq for a second term, hours after Maliki arrived in Tehran today for a 'rare meeting' with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. ANI

Would-be German jihadists found fighting jihad to be hell in Afghanistan
German intelligence sources have revealed how some Islamist radicals discovered that the path of Holy War was more difficult than they had originally thought. ANI

North and South Korea may revive six-party talks
Reactivation of an aviation hotline between North and South Korea is being seen as another move towards restoration of bilateral ties and a potential resumption of the suspended six-party talks. ANI

Pak Election Commission suspends membership of 148 parliamentarians
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has suspended the memberships of 148 parliamentarians, as they failed to submit details of their assets, a TV channel has said. ANI

'Drunk' dad leaves 3-year-old son in car for 25 hours
A 'drunk' father left his three-year-old boy alone in a car for up to 25 hours. ANI

Deaf dog masters sign language, passes toughest obedience test in Britain
An owner may turn a deaf ear to a dog's bark, but a deaf dog in Britain received an honour for being the most obedient. ANI

Sweden denies Wikileaks founder residence permit
Sweden has denied a residence permit to Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blowing website-Wikileaks. Prosecutors are investigating rape and sexual molestation allegations against Assange, 39, by two Swedish women. ANI

New porn laws Down Under confuse travellers
Travellers to Australia are in bewilderment over what sort of porn they're allowed to bring into Australia, which has prompted a reworking of incoming passenger cards. ANI

Generation Y thinks HIV can spread through mosquitoe bites
It seems generation Y has little understanding of HIV, for new research has revealed that 45 per cent believe the disease can be contracted by mosquito bites. ANI

Iran joins US for first time for talks on Afghanistan's future
Iran took part in high-level discussions on Afghanistan on Monday for the first time after the US assured that it had no "no problem" with its participation. ANI

Shahbaz Sharif confesses to corruption existing at all levels in Pak Punjab province
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has accepted the presence of departmental corruption at every level in his province, and given an assurance that he is determined to bring all the looted money of the nation back from corrupt people. ANI

Australia's 14 million dollar high-tech 'War Room'
The Australian government has forked out 14 million dollars for Parliament House's new high-tech 'War Room' modeled on the White House 'Situation Room'. ANI

Pak Interior Ministry denies Blackwater's presence in country
Pakistan's Interior Ministry has denied the presence of Blackwater, a US private security contractor, in the country. ANI

Four convicted for plotting attacks on New York synagogues
Four men have been convicted in New York for plotting to blow up synagogues and shooting down military aircraft after being caught in a 2009 FBI sting. ANI

Gunmen storm Chechnya parliament, three killed
At least three people killed by Chechen militants after the latter stormed the Chechnya Parliament and shooting broke out in cabinet room. ANI

Brit musician named world's fastest violinist
A violinist in England has smashed the record for the fastest performance of Flight of the Bumblebee. ANI

Poland to build world's largest Jesus Christ statue to attract tourist
A small Polish town is all set to build the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in order to attract tourist. ANI

Russian spies awarded top Kremlin honours
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has given a group of undercover Russian spies, who were exposed by the FBI in June, top Kremlin honours. ANI

Southampton Varsity's Artificial Experimenter - a new tool for scientists
Researchers at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) have won an award for producing an artificial intelligence that is able to guide scientific experimentation within a laboratory. ANI

Iran doesn't need nuclear weapons: Pak FM
Pakistan has said Iran has no justification for pursuing nuclear weapons, and that it should embrace overtures from the United States. ANI

Pakistan to preserve 2,400-year-old Buddhist caves in Islamabad
The Pakistan government has decided to preserve the archeological beauty of the city by approving a plan to protect the 2,400-year-old caves. ANI

Headley helped Lashkar prepare for 26/11 attacks, reported to ISI about its activities
David Headley, a 48-year-old Pakistani American incarcerated in a Chicago jail for his role in the November 2008 terror strikes on Mumbai, has reportedly told his Indian and American interrogators that he helped the Lashkar-e-Toiba prepare for the attack and simultaneously relayed information to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) about the militant outfit's activities. ANI

Taliban power growing in northern Afghanistan
The Taliban's influence in northern Afghanistan has expanded in recent months in response to NATO's surge in the south. ANI

Lahore Court postpones hearing of petitions against Musharraf to Nov 1
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has postponed the hearing of two petitions seeking registration of a high treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his extradition from abroad with the help of Interpol, until November 1. ANI

Mexicans chefs prepare world's largest enchilada
Mexican chefs made a scrumptious entry into the record books when they prepared world's largest enchilada, 70 meters long and weighing 1,416 kgs. ANI

Obama to appear on reality show Mythbusters
US President Barack Obama has said that he will star on reality show Mythbusters next month, but insists he will not get to blow anything up on the explosives-prone program. ANI

US, Pak will try to improve diplomatic ties during strategic dialogue
The United States and Pakistan will endeavour to get their crisis-prone relationship back on track during a strategic dialogue in Washington this week. ANI

Lankan Tamil massacre pix release may overshadow FM's UK visit
The process of investigation into the alleged atrocities in the Sri Lankan civil war further intensified after the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) released photographs, which appeared to show a massacre of Tamils. ANI

Teenage car-bomber killed in Pakistan
A suspected suicide bomber was killed after police opened fire on the explosives-laden jeep he was driving in northwest Pakistan, police said. ANI

Brit-Indian woman killed for daring to file divorce petition
Geeta Aulakh, an Indian origin woman in the UK, was allegedly killed with a machete on the orders of her husband because she wanted a divorce, the Old Bailey heard on Monday. ANI

Bangladesh Police arrests 11 for Indian enclave attack
Bangladesh Police have reportedly detained eleven persons for burning over 200 houses in an Indian enclave on the country's border with India after some Indians allegedly killed a Bangladeshi. ANI

Octomom Nadya Suleman 'had 12 embryos implanted'
A US state attorney has revealed that Nadya Suleman's fertility doctor implanted a dozen embryos in the pregnancy that gave her octuplets. ANI

Meet the Brit girl whose mum put her on a diet at the age of 2
A British woman has had her eight-year-old daughter on a near starvation diet for six years. ANI

Six militants killed in fresh US drone strike in N. Waziristan
At least six militants were killed in the latest US drone strikes in Pakistan's North Waziristan region. ANI

Tendulkar's 'three metre wide bat' makes Test cricket tough: Hussey
Australian batsman Mike Hussey becomes an onfield cheerleader for the team to keep the morale high, as he knows that Test cricket becomes tough when master blaster Sachin Tendulkar bats with what looks like a 'three metre wide bat'. ANI

Lack of love and sex 'driving over-50s to divorce'
Lack of love and intimacy in relationships is driving the over-50s to divorce, according to a new survey. ANI

Sexy spy Anna Chapman poses in lingerie with gun for Russian Maxim
Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman, who was thrown out of US for spying, has posed in lingerie with a gun for a magazine. ANI

Pakistan rejects report about Bin Laden's presence on its soil
Pakistan has rejected the report that the world's most wanted terrorists and Al-Qaeda's top leaders Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri have been living comfortably in the country's northwest region. ANI

ISI 'aided 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks'
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was involved in preparations for the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, according to classified Indian government documents. ANI

Connectiva Systems Selected as Finalist for 2010 “Best Vendor of the Year” Award
Connectiva Systems Inc., a leading provider of revenue management solutions, announced today that the company was selected as a finalist for “Best Vendor of the Year” for the Telecoms World Awards Middle East 2010 hosted by Terrapinn, the business-to-business media company. Business Wire India

Bank of America Reports Third-Quarter Financial Results
Bank of America Corporation today reported a net loss of $7.3 billion, or $0.77 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010, including a non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge of $10.4 billion. Excluding this charge, net income was $3.1 billion, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $1 Business Wire India

District Court Decision Received in NPWT Patent Litigation
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has issued a decision in the patent litigation between Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE:KCI), Wake Forest University and Smith & Nephew, Inc. The Court held that the patent claims licensed by KCI from Business Wire India

Advanced Analytical’s Pricing Strategy Increases Profits Over 5% for Major International Beverage Manufacturer, Market Capitalization Jumps.
Advanced Analytical Consulting Group Inc. (AACG) recently increased profits of a major international beverage brand by over 5% during the first phase of a new pricing strategy. This increase in profit was achieved while increasing market share and average prices across all geographies. The strategy and implementation of the new prices were Business Wire India

Worst of Storm Is Over and Auto Supplier M&A Activity Is Heating Up, According to Third Annual PRTM Auto Supplier Study
PRTM, a global management consulting firm, is releasing findings from “Bankruptcy and Consolidation in the Global Automotive Supply Industry 2010,” their third annual study of the winning and losing auto suppliers worldwide. The expanded 2010 study includes 560 suppliers with aggregate revenues of US$2.14 trillion in 2009 from Europe, North Business Wire India

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