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Lord Swaraj Paul, two other Asian peers suspended from House of Lords
Labour peers Lord Swaraj Paul, Lady Uddin, and crossbencher Lord Bhatia were suspended from the House of Lords here on Thursday for allegedly cheating the taxpayer out of tens of thousands of pounds in wrongly claimed expenses. ANI

China eyeing becoming key player in global commercial satellite market
China is set to become a key player in the commercial satellite market after a company revealed that it is targeting a major share in the industry. ANI

China set to operate driverless metro trains in Guangzhou
China will soon open a new metro line with driverless trains in Guangzhou, where the 16th Asian Games are to be held next month. ANI

Ruthless Taliban using kids as spies against NATO troops
The Taliban is now ruthlessly exploiting children to prepare fighters' weapons, carry ammunition into the battlefield and, most of all, to spy. ANI

US confirms 60 billion dollar arms sale plan to sell S. Arabia
US officials have confirmed they intend to sell 60 billion dollars worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, including helicopters and jets. ANI

Coalition routs Taliban in southern Afghanistan
American and Afghan forces have reportedly routed the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, forcing many hardened fighters to flee strongholds that they have held for years. ANI

Stephen Hawking couldn't read until he was 8!
Britain's most renowned scientist Stephen Hawking has revealed that he could not read until he was eight years old. ANI

Global disparity in broadband access should go: Hindu statesman Rajan Zed stresses
Eminent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has stressed the urgent need of bridging the continuing broadband divide among developed and developing countries. ANI

Pope says "Sexuality is a gift of the Creator"
"Sexuality is a gift of the Creator", His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI stated in a letter to seminarians dated October 18, published at "Vatican: the Holy See" website. ANI

Hindus upset over Playboy's usage of yoga as erotica
Hindus are upset over what they say as the misuse of age old and revered system of yoga by Playboy for mercantile greed and have urged it to withdraw all its yoga related products. ANI

India,Brazil take lead in move to 'green' economic future
The governments of Brazil and India are keen to use the economic value of nature in policy-making. ANI

Canadian woman miraculously survives plunge from seven-storey balcony
A Canadian woman cheated death after she plunged from a seven-storey balcony and miraculously survived. ANI

Gay Arab prince jailed for 20-years over murder of manservant
The gay Arab prince, who brutally assaulted his manservant before murdering him, has been jailed for at least 20 years. ANI

Indian, Chinese culture to take centre stage at Scotland festival next year
The cultures of India and China will be the main highlight of the Edinburgh International Festival, which will take place in Scotland next year. ANI

British Muslims our main bankrollers, says Taliban commander
A Taliban commander has told Sky News that the bulk of the funding for the insurgent group comes from the British Muslim community in the UK. ANI

Oldest Briton passes away at 111
Elsie Steele, who just last month became Britain's oldest person, has died at the age of 111. ANI

Indian-origin man charged for fondling sleeping woman mid-air
Atlanta authorities have charged a 61-year-old man from Georgia with sexual assault for allegedly fondling a fellow airplane passenger while she was asleep. ANI

23-carat Monopoly board worth 1.2million pounds to go on display
A precious stone-studded monopoly board is set to go on display in New York this Friday, even as a Scottish monopoly board included new highlands and Islands edition to the popular board game. ANI

Australians unaware of near 'terror misses', says Rudd
Australians are unaware of the many "near misses" from terrorist attacks, and a premature withdrawal from Afghanistan will only increase the threat, the country's Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, has warned. ANI

Colgate accused of filing bogus patent for herbal toothpaste
Indian activists have accused Colgate, the world's largest producer of toothpaste, of filing a bogus patent over a toothcleaning powder. ANI

Refugees United offers mobile hope to search for your loved-ones
In a noble effort to reunite families or relatives torn apart by war or natural disasters, a free mobile service has been set up, which allows people with even the most basic of handsets to quickly register their details via SMS, and be matched up with those looking for them. ANI

Ratebeer.com rates Olde English 800 as worst beer ever
A new study has rated the 'Olde English 800' as the worst beer ever. ANI

Victoria Trades Hall president unrepentant about 9/11 conspiracy theory
Victorian Trades Hall president Kevin Bracken remains unrepentant about his controversial 9/11 conspiracy theory. ANI

Anand Sharma reaffirms India's commitment to balanced outcome of Doha round
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has reaffirmed India's commitment to an ambitious and balanced outcome of the Doha round. ANI

When Bill Clinton 'lost vital White House nuclear codes'
Former US President Bill Clinton had lost a card with a set of numbers for opening the briefcase containing the codes for a nuclear attack, a former top military officer has revealed. ANI

Hawk-Eye 'can make goal-line calls in half a second', says inventor
The inventor of Hawk-Eye has claimed he has goal-line technology that can make a decision within half a second. ANI

Stolen supplies for Afghan-bound NATO forces recovered from Peshawar mill
Four NATO transport containers that had been stolen in Pakistan while on their way to Afghanistan have been recovered, the city police said. ANI

Warring Kurram tribesmen wary Pak military's hand behind Haqqani group mediation
That the Haqqani network has entered the Kurram peace talks between warring sectarian tribes, trying to play the peace broker, should be good news for locals, but they are rather wary of the fact that its involvement may not be possible without the approval of the Pakistani military. ANI

Twitter users' moods can predict rise and fall of stock market
A study has found that the general mood among Twitter users can actually predict the rise and fall of the stock market almost a week in advance. ANI

Health-conscious Brits ditching chocolates, crisps for nuts
Britons are opting for a more nutritious diet with nuts, seeds and dried fruit instead of crisps and chocolate. ANI

113m pounds EuroMillions winner tops UK's National Lottery Rich List
A 113 million pounds EuroMillions Lottery jackpot won earlier this month has been paid out to the claimed UK winner. ANI

PM Gillard opens new counter-terrorism centre in Oz capital Canberra
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Attorney General Robert McClelland formally opened Australia's first counter-terrorism control center here on Thursday, even as the country's spy chief David Irvine revealed that hundreds of potential terrorist attacks on Australian interests are under investigation. ANI

World's hottest chilli is 'hot enough to strip paint'
Brit growers continue to hold the record for the world's hottest chilli for the third time in a year. ANI

Pilot refuses to go through full body X-ray scanner at airport, walks off job
A Houston-based pilot walked off his job because he didn't want go through a full body scanner every time he had to report to work. ANI

Yemeni Qaeda leader Al-Awlaki dined at Pentagon months after 9/11
Yemen based American origin al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, who is on the CIA's kill or capture list, was a lunch guest of the military brass at the Pentagon soon after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. ANI

Petite 20-yr-old college girl takes 'most dangerous' police chief job in Mexico
A town in Mexico has left most astonished after it appointed a college going mother-of-one to head a police force in the heart of a traditional route for narco-traffickers. ANI

Chilean miner considered suicide over confronting wife and mistress
A Chilean miner, who had been trapped underground along with others, is said to have considered death after he came to know that his wife had discovered that he had a secret mistress. ANI

Belgian woman skydiver guilty of rival's murder in love triangle
A Belgian woman embroiled in murdering a rival woman skydiver since 2006 over a love triangle with the same man, is reported to have found guilty. ANI

Brit 'yoga expert' repair man jailed for sexual assault
A Brit boiler repairman, who posed as a yoga expert, has been jailed for sexually assaulting women in their homes. ANI

Brit kids think Spanish Armada is a national dish
A research has revealed that British children reckon the Spanish Armada is a national dish, Walter Raleigh invented the bicycle and 18th Century explorer Captain Cook was the helm of Starship Enterprise. ANI

Bush was 'cleaning dog poo within 10 days of leaving White House'
George W. Bush is known for his warped sense of humour but this time the former President outdid himself, saying that he was back to cleaning his dog Barney's poo within ten days of leaving the White House. ANI

US 'won't compromise' on Pak's democracy: Obama
The United States will not compromise on democracy in Pakistan, and will continue providing all possible assistance to it, US President Barack Obama has stated. ANI

US court stalls acceptance of gay recruits into military
A US federal appeals court has temporarily stalled the landmark court decision of allowing openly gay recruits to be accepted into the military. ANI

Now, 'marijuana sodas' to get you high without the smoke!
A Colorado company has created a line of sodas with the main ingredient as marijuana. ANI

Intensified CIA operations in Pak 'taking serious toll' on Al-Qaeda: Panetta
The stepped-up pace of CIA operations in Pakistan "is taking a serious toll" on terrorist group Al-Qaeda's operational abilities, the spy agency's director, Leon Panetta, has stated. ANI

Oz attacker says "Indian dog" slur against Indian student in Melbourne was not racist
A 20-year-old Australian man, facing jail for bashing and robbing Indian student Lucky Singh in Melbourne last year, has said that despite the 'Indian dog' slur, the attack was not racially motivated. ANI

World's most expensive Barbie auctioned for $302K!
A Barbie with jewels designed by Australia's Stefano Caturi, believed to be the most expensive Barbie in the world, has been auctioned for 302,500 dollars at Christie's in New York. ANI

Stalled US-India ties require 'bold leap forward': Experts
Ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India in the first week of November, a new report has acknowledged fears of many prominent Indians and Americans that a rapid expansion of the US-India relationship has "stalled" and has recommended a "bold leap forward." ANI

Britain's 'earliest hospital' discovered in Hampshire
A Hampshire dig by archeologists has unearthed a site that may house Britain's earliest known hospital. ANI

US links Pak's role in Afghan peace efforts to ridding terror havens in country
Pakistan has an 'appropriate' role to play in resolving the situation in Afghanistan, but that role compulsorily involves taking "effective action" against the extremist threat along its border region, US State Department Spokesman Philip Crowley has stated. ANI

Indian student Nitin Garg was 'chased twice before' death in Melbourne
Indian accountancy graduate Nitin Garg, who was killed in Melbourne earlier this year, was threatened and chased on at least two other occasions before his death, a court has been told. ANI

1 terrorist, 4 security personnel killed in terror attacks in Pak tribal region
Five people were killed- including one terrorist and three security officials- in separate terrorist attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Khyber Agency of Pakistan, officials said. ANI

S+S Develops Magnet And Metal Separators in High-Temperature Version
At the K 2010 plastics trade fair in hall 10, stand 10E60, S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH presents comprehensive separation and sorting solutions for the complete life cycle of plastics Business Wire India

ITGA: Global Farmer Petition against ‘Devastating’ World Health Organization (WHO) Proposals Gains Momentum
Key representatives of tobacco farmer organizations from around the world met in Lexington, Kentucky this week and accused the WHO of complete indifference towards millions of farmers’ and their families’ livelihoods in some of the poorest parts of the world Business Wire India

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Launches eforea: spa at Hilton
Hilton Hotels & Resorts unveils eforea: spa at Hilton, its new global spa concept that is poised to be one of the world’s fastest growing spa brands. eforea: spa at Hilton features an exclusive menu of treatment journeys and innovative design elements, all providing a turnkey spa solution that owners can easily implement and customize Business Wire India

Bloomberg VCON is First Provider to Connect Multiple CCPS for IRS
Bloomberg today announced that VCON, the firm’s voice trade confirmation system for cash and derivative instruments, is the first to connect buy-side and sell-side firms to multiple central clearing counterparties (CCPs) for interest rate swaps (IRS) central clearing Business Wire India

More Russian Firms Set to Incorporate in Singapore: SingaporeSetup.com
Singapore company setup portal www.singaporesetup.com predicts that the growing bilateral ties between Singapore and Russia will result in heightened interest among the Russian business community in using Singapore as an operational base for regional expansion. Singapore and Russia are actively promoting inter-regional trade and investment flows Business Wire India

Gemalto Reports Third Quarter 2010 Revenue
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

EA Acquires Chillingo
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) has announced it has acquired Chillingo Ltd., a leading independent games publisher. With the acquisition of Chillingo, EA Mobile™ has increased market leadership on the Apple® platform and strengthened its position as the world’s leading wireless entertainment publisher Business Wire India

Accenture Announces Senior-Leadership Succession: William D. Green to Continue as Chairman; Pierre Nanterme Named CEO, Effective Jan. 1, 2011
Accenture’s (NYSE: ACN) Board of Directors named Pierre Nanterme chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Nanterme will join the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. William D. Green, currently chairman & CEO, will continue as chairman. Business Wire India

GrapeCity Announces ActiveAnalysis 2 for OLAP, Data Visualization and Business Intelligence Development in Microsoft Silverlight and .NET Framework
GrapeCity PowerTools has announced the availability of ActiveAnalysis 2, one of the first freeform OLAP, data visualization and Business Intelligence (BI) component for Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Forms, and Microsoft ASP.NET. Business Wire India

Chartis’ Passport Service Platform for Multinationals Extends E&O / PI Insurance to Additional Countries and Professional Services
Chartis has announced that it has expanded its Passport service platform to enable multinationals to efficiently access locally compliant Errors & Omissions (E&O) liability / Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance in 18 additional countries and jurisdictions Business Wire India

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