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Pak agencies still clueless about escaped high-profile Jundullah terrorists 4 months on
Despite a passage of four months, Pakistan's law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have not yet been able to gather any cohesive information regarding the three high profile Jundullah terrorists, who escaped from the City Courts on June 19, 2010. ANI

3 ex-Musharraf-era Pak generals in soup over 4-billion-rupee stock exchange scam
Pakistan's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is likely to recommend extraordinary action against three former lieutenant generals, who have been accused of causing a loss of four billion rupees to the National Logistics Cell (NLC) by throwing money in the country's volatile stock exchange during the Musharraf regime without any lawful authority. ANI

Obama's traditional bastion, women, fast becoming 'shrinking piece of Democratic pie': poll
With barely a few weeks to go for the mid-term polls, US President Barack Obama's Democratic party is trying to win back groups that have traditionally supported Democrats, especially women, but even this section has reportedly been showing signs of favouring Republican candidates. ANI

Calvin Klein ad could fuel cases of gang rape, say experts
A Calvin Klein's jeans ad has connotations of gang rape, according to sexual assault workers. ANI

Another petition filed against 'corrupt' 'Mr. 10 per cent' Zardari in LHC
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is corrupt and should be removed from his position, a separate application submitted to the Lahore High Court regarding Zardari's dual office case has stated. ANI

Gilani rules out calling Army in 'troubled' Karachi for restoring law and order
While Pakistan's commercial capital, Karachi, continues to bleed with target killings, Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has declared that the Army would not be called in the city for restoring law and order. ANI

Pak Punjab Assembly boots out ban on 'corrupting' Indian TV cartoon channels proposal
A resolution, demanding a ban on some Indian channels on the plea that they were manipulating the minds of Pakistani children through Indian cartoons, was defeated by majority vote in the Punjab Assembly. ANI

US could have avoided Bin Laden hunt by recognizing Taliban regime: Musharraf
The United States may have been able to avoid its long hunt for the world's most wanted terrorist and Al-Qaeda's top leadership, Osama bin Laden, if it had recognized Afghanistan's Taliban regime, Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has stated. ANI

Man in England throws away 181m dlrs lottery ticket
Fortune struck big for a Brit lady, who owned a lottery ticket worth 181 million dollars, but her husband became a villain to her luck, as he binned the ticket. ANI

Nearly three-quarters of all bosses rarely believe staff who call in sick
Employees shouldn't be frolicking if they manage to get an off by calling in sick, because boss knows the truth. ANI

Willy Wonka-style chewing gum may soon be a reality
A UK scientist says he's on the brink of creating a Willy Wonka-style chewing gum that changes flavours as you chew. ANI

Nepal to create government posts for women
Nepal's Ministry of General Administration (MoGA) is gearing up to create government posts for women only. ANI

Now, play 'poker with Anna Chapman' on your iPhone
Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman is all set to launch an iPhone application in which she will challenge the player to a hand of poker. ANI

EU offers Bangladesh 1.5 million Euro for regional counter-terrorism center
A visiting European Union delegation has said that it has reached an agreement with the Bangladesh Government to set up a regional counter-terrorism center in Dhaka. ANI

Trash bag clad mugger attempts to rob Texas jewelry store with kitchen knife!
Two people have been arrested for an unbelievable attempted jewelry store heist in El Paso, Texas. ANI

Oz women don't get enough 'me time' as men
A new survey has indicated that almost two thirds (62 pc) of Aussie women feel they don't get enough 'me time' with over half (55 pc) saying they put the needs of others first before setting aside time for themselves, compared to 39 pc of men. ANI

Black youth are politically involved, shows study
A new study by University of Chicago has shown that conception about black youth that they are politically detached and negatively influenced by rap music and videos are completely false. ANI

Cheating Chilean miner offered 100K dlrs to be dating website's spokesman
Cheating Chilean miner Yonni Barrios may well be the first man to be awarded for having a mistress. ANI

Grime writing on dusty cars takes a wackier turn in UK
We all remember writing our names on the backs of dusty windshields on cars, but grime writing is a whole new trend, with messages getting wackier by the day. ANI

Margaret Thatcher recovering, "in good spirits in hospital
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was admitted to hospital with a flu infection, is absolutely fine and "in very good spirits," her son has confirmed. ANI

Benazir's assassins behind Karachi target killings: PPP
The target killings in Karachi on October 19 were part of an 'international conspiracy,' and the 'forces' involved in it were the same who assassinated the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairperson and former Premier, Benazir Bhutto, the party has claimed. ANI

Stereotypes an 'obstacle to gender balance' at work
A new report has found that Australian beliefs about the role of women are barriers for female employees seeking to gain leadership positions in business. ANI

No Biden-Clinton swap in the works for 2012: Obama
US President Barack Obama has dismissed as "completely unfounded" reports that he might replace Vice President Joe Biden on his 2012 ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. ANI

How whales can help planes to fly better, by Prince Charles
Prince Charles has highlighted the extraordinary advances being made with the help of lessons learned from the natural world in his new book 'Harmony.' ANI

Negative personality traits good for being a leader
A new study has suggested that when it comes to leading, some of the negative personality traits aren't such a bad thing. ANI

Former Pak President Farooq Leghari passes away
Former Pakistan President Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari is no more. ANI

World's strongest 6-year-old boy is a mini Arnie
A six-year-old boy has become the world's strongest for his age and his dad wants him to be as famous as Arnold Schwarzenegger. ANI

Employees trained via video games do their jobs better
A new research has indicated that organizations using video games to train employees end up with smarter, more motivated workers who learn more and forget less. ANI

US military welcomes end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law on Pentagon's orders
The U.S. military has welcomed the Pentagon's decision to end the controversy over the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which it says will allow recruiters more freedom when it comes to selection of gay recruits. ANI

N. Korean spy detained for plotting to assassinate its official in Seoul
A North Korean agent has been arrested for plotting to assassinate Hwang Jang-Yop, a former secretary of the North's ruling party, who died earlier this month from heart attack, according to South Korean prosecutors. ANI

6-yr-old Muslim girl banned from riding bus for bullying boy over hijab abuse
A six-year-old Muslim girl has been banned from the school bus because she dacked a boy (pulled down his pants in front of other students) after he repeatedly told her to take off her hijab. ANI

120 million dollar ADB grant to help Assam tackle floods, land erosion
The north eastern Indian state of Assam will receive Asian Development Bank (ADB) assistance to combat flooding and erosion, which regularly cause large economic losses and social upheaval in one of the country's poorest regions. ANI

Oz PM Gillard says trade union official's 9/11 comment ' stupid and wrong'
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has dismissed as "stupid and wrong" a senior union official's belief that the 9/11 attacks were a conspiracy, but refused to discipline him. ANI

Pak won't sacrifice its national interest for war on terror: Qureshi
Pakistan will preserve its national interests while it partners with the United States in fighting 'the terrorist cancer that threatens all of civilisation', Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said. ANI

Mysterious ghostly image taken at haunted museum in Nottingham
A couple visiting the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, which are supposed to be one of the most haunted locations in Great Britain, has captured a photo of a mysterious 'eerie mass of white, like an evil male figure.' ANI

Sri Lanka rejects gory Tamil massacre pics as rebel propoganda
Sri Lanka's foreign minister GL Peiris has cast doubt on the photographs released by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) showing a massacre of Tamils during the country's civil war, saying that it is a step taken by rebel sympathisers to tarnish the country's image. ANI

'Situation not ripe' for US to mediate over Kashmir issue: US Foreign Policy official
The current situation is not apt for the United States to play a role in resolving the Kashmir dispute, even if India and Pakistan accept its intervention, a senior US official has said. ANI

Karachi continues to bleed as target killings claim 30 more lives, death toll rises to 73
Pakistan's commercial capital, Karachi, continues to bleed as thirty more people from various ethnicities, including one dozen in a single incident, were killed yesterday, taking the death toll of the target killings to 73 after four consecutive days of violence. ANI

US troops 'fighting ghosts' in guerrilla war with Taleban
American troops leading a NATO military offensive in Afghanistan are simultaneously fighting a classic guerrilla war with a resurgent Taleban that has successfully managed to go underground, blended among civilians and taken advantage of the region's agricultural fields and irrigation trenches to stage daily ambushes. ANI

CIA finds security lapse led to Afghan suicide attack that killed 7 agents
A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer was reportedly warned that the Jordanian double-agent who blew himself up at a remote US base in eastern Afghanistan in January, killing seven officers of the agency, might have been working for al-Qaeda, but he failed to pass on the information to his bosses. ANI

Resurgent Republicans likely to surpass 39 seats needed for US House control: Poll
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday has said that the Republicans are likely to surpass the 39 seats they need to secure control of the US House of Representatives on and after the November 2 congressional elections. ANI

Put on notice, India's Pachauri tasked with carrying out IPCC reform
Beleaguered Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman and noted Indian economist Dr. Rajendra Pachauri has reportedly been put on notice to carry out new guidelines and ensure a management restructure after weathering a storm of criticism about mistakes in the IPCC's most recent climate assessment report. ANI

Princess Diana's 'Fuschia Pink Evening Dress' fetches $205K
Princess Diana's dress, which she wore at high profile events - including a 1992 gala with the president of Hungary, has fetched 205,000 dollars at an auction. ANI

US may offer fresh military equipment to Pak to ease 'testy ties'
With the next round of the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue set to take place this week, Washington is ready to offer fresh military assistance to Islamabad in a new bid to smooth out their uneasy partnership. ANI

Defiant US interacting with Taliban leaders without ISI consent
Defiant US commanders leading the NATO military coalition force in Afghanistan have reportedly agreed to hold meetings with senior Taliban commanders outside the Afghan capital without the consent of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in a bid to end the war in Afghanistan faster than earlier scheduled. ANI

US FDA Approves Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) – a breakthrough treatment for stroke risk reduction in non-valvular atrial fibrillation
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate),1 Boehringer Ingelheim’s novel, oral direct thrombin inhibitor2 for stroke risk reduction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) marking the first approval of a new oral anticoagulant in the U.S. in more than 50 years Business Wire India

IUNIKA Announces the Launch of Parental Bourder (PaBo), Its Chip of Parental Control with 99.99% Reliability
IUNIKA has developed and patented its Parental Bourder chip (PaBo), the only SOC for parental control based on hardware and software. PaBo offers electronic device-makers (PCs, Mobile Computing, etc.) a reliable solution 99,99%, to protect and control the access to the Web by underage persons, but also specific user groups and individuals Business Wire India

Bentley Releases Inaugural Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners Ranking
Be Inspired: Thought Leadership in Infrastructure -- Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced the release of its inaugural Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking Business Wire India

KYOCERA MITA Sponsors CNN's ""Anderson Cooper 360°""
Kyocera Mita Corporation, one of the world's leading office document solutions companies, announced that it is sponsoring the popular CNN television news program Anderson Cooper 360° Business Wire India

Oerlikon Solar Receives Order for 40 MW Turnkey Production Line From China
Oerlikon Solar, the world's leading supplier of thin film silicon photovoltaic (PV) production equipment, announced its latest customer order from Hunan Gongchuang Photovoltaic Science & Technology Co. Ltd. The Hengyang City based company ordered a 40 MW Micromorph® turnkey production line, known as the FAB 1200 Business Wire India

Department of Energy Awards Dresser Waukesha $6.6 Million to Develop Ultra-Clean, Environmentally Friendly Combined Heat and Power System
Dresser Waukesha, a leading manufacturer of natural gas engines that deliver clean, cost-effective power, has received a $6.6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an ultra-clean, environmentally friendly combined heat and power (CHP) engine-generator system. Business Wire India

Power Integrations Releases PI Expert™ Suite Version 8
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today introduced PI Expert Suite Version 8, the latest upgrade to its immensely popular power supply design software Business Wire India

IceWarp Releases IceWarp Server 10.2 Focused On Enhancing the End User Experience
IceWarp Server 10.2 is the latest in the version 10 product line which started with the release of 10.0 in November 2009. This latest version has put the emphasis on improving the end user experience and giving today’s modern workforce the flexibility and agility they need to thrive in an ultra competitive business environment. Business Wire India

Abu Dhabi and Siemens Intensify Alliance Through a Strategic Partnership with Masdar
Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy initiative, and Siemens signed an agreement establishing a long term strategic partnership. Siemens will implement an innovative power grid combined with advanced building technologies in the first phase of Masdar City. This will serve as both an energy efficient power solution and a living R&D platform Business Wire India

CORT’s Global Furniture Network Expands to 60 Countries
CORT’s Global Furniture Network continues to expand, now spanning more than 60 countries as more businesses embrace furniture rental as a cost-containment strategy to support employee relocations on temporary assignments. Business Wire India

TRA Sets Press Conference Launching Top-Level Domain dotEmarat New Identity
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has set a press conference during GITEX Technology Week, launching the new Arabic top-level domain name new identity and trademark Business Wire India

UNITAB: European Farmers Call on the EU to Put a Stop to WHO’s Recommendation to Ban Ingredients
European tobacco farmers gathered at the 32nd UNITAB Congress in Poland, to call on European authorities to back their farmers and oppose the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposal to ban ingredients in cigarettes, as well as a set of recommendations on crop diversification Business Wire India

The Staples 2nd Annual Global EcoEasy Challenge Expands to Include University Students Worldwide
Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world’s largest office products company, and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), today launched the 2nd Annual Global EcoEasy Challenge to find the world’s most ingenious concepts for environmentally preferable office products Business Wire India

Neohapsis Expands Risk Management Strength with Texert Acquisition
Neohapsis, a leading provider of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) products and services, has acquired the assets of Texert, Inc., a Dallas-based provider of enterprise risk management (ERM) solutions Business Wire India

GSA’s Prestigious Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award Honors Stanford University President, Dr. John Hennessy
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) proudly announces the winner of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, industry veteran Dr. John Hennessy, president of Stanford University. Dr. Hennessy will be presented with this lifetime achievement award during the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration on Thursday, Dec Business Wire India

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