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India, Japan express resolve to help for a stable, democratic and terror-free Afghanistan
India and Japan on Monday expressed their resolve to assist Afghanistan in becoming a stable, democratic and pluralistic nation that is free of terrorism and extremism. ANI

Japanese PM hails Indian initiative to revive Nalanda University
Japanese Prime Minister Kan welcomed India's initiative to revive Nalanda University and expressed Japan's continued support to this initiative which will strengthen the cultural and civilizational bonds between the countries in Asia. ANI

India, Japan reiterate their support to East Asia Summit
India and Japan on Monday reiterated their support for the East Asia Summit (EAS) as an open, inclusive, transparent and outward-looking forum. ANI

India, Japan to celebrate 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2012
India and Japan on Monday decided to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Japan in 2012. ANI

India, Japan hail progress in cooperation in science and technology sector
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan here on Monday welcomed the progress made in Science and Technology cooperation, including the India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme. ANI

India, Japan to enhance greater cooperation to combat terrorism
Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purpose, India and Japan here on Monday decided to enhance greater cooperation in combating terrorism through information-sharing and counter-terrorism training as well as utilizing the India-Japan Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism. ANI

India, Japan to steadily expand security and defense cooperation
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Monday decided to steadily expand security and defense cooperation between India and Japan. ANI

India, Japan hail negotiations for cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear energy
Prime Ministers of India and Japan on Monday welcomed commencement of negotiations between their countries on an Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy in June 2010. ANI

India, Japan welcome setting up of nuclear energy working group
India and Japan today welcomed the establishment of a Nuclear Energy Working Group under the Energy Dialogue in April 2010 to exchange views and information on their respective nuclear energy policies from the energy, economic and industrial perspectives. ANI

India, Japan welcome cooperation in new and renewable energy, clean coal technology
Prime Ministers of India and Japan on Monday welcomed their countries' cooperation in development of new and renewable energy, and clean coal technology and enhancing energy efficiency in India's power sector. ANI

India, Japan appreciate their economic cooperation influencing partnership
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Monday underlined the vital importance of economic cooperation, and Japan's Official Development Assistance to India and Special Economic Partnership Initiatives, in strengthening India-Japan partnership. ANI

India, Japan favour setting up of ministerial level economic dialogue
India and Japan on Monday favoured establishment of a Ministerial Level Economic Dialogue between India and Japan. ANI

India, Japan express desire for a strategic and global partnership
India and Japan on Monday expressed their common desire to further consolidate, enhance and expand the strategic and global partnership between them in the second decade of the 21st Century. ANI

8 out of 10 Brits do not wake up properly until 10am
A study has revealed that Britons do not wake-up fully until around 10am every morning. ANI

Prince Harry faces night flying challenge as a pilot
Prince Harry is reported to face one of his toughest challenges as a pilot by flying the Apache attack helicopter at night. ANI

FATA residents demand separate province, immediate end to drone strikes
Locals of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan have demanded a separate province, and an immediate end to US drone attacks and the military operation in the troubled region. ANI

PM invites Japan to invest in India infrastructure, says Delhi to spend a trillion dollars
Addressing top business honchos from India and Japan at a luncheon meeting here on Monday, visiting Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan singh, said India envisages fianancial outlays of over a trillion US dollars on fixing infrsatructure in the next five-year-plan. ANI

US Air Force releases its cyber warfare manual online
A new United States Air Force (USAF) manual for cyber warfare has been made public, which dwells mostly on protecting military computer networks and makes little mention of attacking others. ANI

Palin's 'once-to-be son in law' may end up running as Democrat for mayor!
Sarah Palin's 'once-to-be son in law,' Levi Johnston, who is running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, is not sure if he will run as a Republican or Democrat. ANI

Shrines in Pak Punjab province at risk of terror attacks in absence of security measures
Out of a total of 319 shrines across the Pakistani province of Punjab, only 58 have security arrangements, and that too, inadequate, a survey report prepared by an intelligence agency has revealed.he survey officials found out that the security provided at those 58 shrines in the province was not satisfactory, the Daily Times reported. ANI

Afghan peace talks will fail without Pak's support, threaten security officials
Frustrated over Pakistan not having been included in the ongoing Afghan reconciliation talks with the Taliban to end the war now in its tenth year, Pakistani security officials have warned that a sustainable peace agreement will not be possible without their support. ANI

Pak wants economic growth through global trade, not aid: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his government is focused on economic growth through enhanced global trade. ANI

Brit nurse arrested over sex romps with sex beasts at prison hospital
A therapist at Britain's Broadmoor hospital has been arrested after she was accused of romping with two sex beasts. ANI

UFO spotted hovering over rooftops in Rotherham
A UFO was spotted hovering over rooftops in Rotherham, England. ANI

Paranormal Activity sequel tops weekend box office with $41.5m
A look at the list of top-grossing films this weekend has revealed that 'Paranormal Activity 2' made an estimated 41.5 million dollars. ANI

'Hot' model sues app-maker, Apple for posting 'steamy' pics on Internet
An aspiring model in the US has sued an app-maker and Apple for making her an international sex sensation on the Internet. ANI

Bono back in action post injury
U2 lead singer Bono is stronger than ever following an injury, said bandmate The Edge. ANI

Gayatri Mantra opens fundraiser for choreographer's hip surgery in Nevada
Eminent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed opened fundraising art auction with Gayatri Mantra in Reno (Nevada, USA) for choreographer Dr. L. Martina Young's hip surgery ANI

Going Dutch on the first date is the new dating trend!
Instead of bearing the expenses single-handedly, couples should rather try going Dutch on their first date. ANI

NY City Councilman 'calls for ban on creation of new hookah bars'
City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn) has called for a ban on creation of new hookah bars in the city. ANI

It's official: Sony Walkman is now history
Multinational conglomerate Sony has stopped the manufacturing and distribution of the cassette Walkman after retiring the floppy disk in March. ANI

Over 1800 people killed in 184 US drone attacks in Pak since June 2004
US drones have killed around 1,863 people so far in its 184 strikes staged inside Pakistani territory since June 18, 2004, sources have revealed. ANI

Karzai refuses to end private security ban despite cash loss threat
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is standing by his decree to dissolve the private security companies some aid organizations use for protection, although a delegation of Western diplomats warned Sunday that huge amounts of aid and development money could be affected ANI

Malay Indians set to give rousing welcome to Manmohan Singh
The Malay Indian community, and especially Sikhs settled in Malaysia, are set to give a rousing welcome to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh when he arrives in Kuala Lumpur later this week. ANI

Brainy best friends aged 5 and 6 join Mensa
Young Einsteins Georgia, 5, and Harry, 6, have joined Mensa, the nation's intellectual elite open only to people whose IQ is in the top two per cent of the population. ANI

UK church diocese to be axed due to Muslim influx
A Church of England diocese is set to be axed because Muslim worshippers in the area now outnumber Anglican congregations by two to one. ANI

Taliban to shift base to Afghanistan if Pak Army launches N.Waziristan operation
Amid increasing US pressure on Pakistan to act swiftly against terrorist sanctuaries in its tribal areas along the Afghan border, the local Taliban council has declared that the militants will move into Afghanistan if the army launches an operation in North Waziristan. ANI

Sean Murphy to stuff roaches in mouth for world record and charity
Sean Murphy, a pet store employee is trying to set a Guinness World Record for holding Madagascar hissing cockroaches in his mouth for 10 seconds. ANI

India will seek Japan's nuclear help, but not force the issue, says Manmohan Singh (Lead- Manmohan Singh)
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Monday said that India would seek Japan's help for expansion of its nuclear energy potential, but would not force Tokyo on the issue as it recognises the sensitivity of the subject. ANI

Iran to prohibit its universities from teaching 'Western' disciplines
An Iranian Education Ministry official has said that his country would not allow its universities to teach certain disciplines deemed to be based on Western schools of thought and therefore incompatible with Islamic teachings. ANI

Pak to act against Taliban sanctuaries per its own timeline, not US pressure: Qureshi
Despite increasing US pressure on Islamabad to act swiftly against terrorists present in the country, thus helping turn around the war in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan would deal with Taliban sanctuaries along the Afghan border according to its own timeline. ANI

Zed explains Hinduism at a Christian church in USA
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed explained in a Christian church in Nevada (USA) on October 23 and 24 what Hinduism had to offer. ANI

Afghan peace talks only 'informal' so far due to shadowy Taliban leadership: Holbrooke
Washington: Although there has been an upsurge in the number of high-level Taliban leaders showing interest in Afghan reconciliation process, the present talks are far from any formal negotiation due to the lack of a clear Taliban leadership structure, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, has said. ANI

Manmohan Singh's visit to improve India-Malaysia ties: HC
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's scheduled visit to Malaysia would improve the bilateral relations between the two countries, Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia Vijay Gokhale has said. ANI

Did aliens create Drumstick - the four-legged chick?
A man was travelling through the Northern Territory's top alien hotspot when his chicken hatched - and it was four legged. ANI

Brit minister says kids must see women's rights film full of F-word fusillade
Children should be allowed to see a film that contains 17 uses of the F-word as it has vital things to say about women's rights, says a Brit minister. ANI

Fatal car crashes involving teen drivers declining: Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that the number of fatal car crashes involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers has continued to drop in recent years. ANI

18-year-old math whiz smashes all time highest score on 'Countdown'
A Brit teenage genius has stunned viewers by smashing the all-time points record on British game show 'Countdown'. ANI

Musharraf lists West's 'three blunders' that gave the world scourge of terrorism
Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf has alleged that the West committed three blunders years back, the outcome of which Pakistan and Afghanistan are still bearing in the form of terror threats. ANI

India seeks Japan's nuclear help, but would not force the issue: Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Monday said that India seeks Japan's help for expansion of its nuclear energy potential, but would not force Tokyo on the issue as it recognises the sensitivity of the subject. ANI

Oz man's record-breaking collection of 'belly button fluff ' in 26 years
An Aussie librarian has entered the Guinness Book of Records for collecting 22.1 grams of 'belly button fluff ' over 26 years. ANI

US retains options to halt military aid if Pak doesn't alter its 'double game' on terror
While the United States has not attached any conditions to its two-billion-dollar military aid package for Pakistan, it does expect Islamabad to expedite its efforts in uprooting militancy in North Waziristan. ANI

Uphill task for US to help Pak set up nuclear energy plants due to trust deficit: Carmela
It will be a very difficult task for the United States to help Pakistan set up nuclear energy plants for solving its energy crisis, as the latter's history of attempted nuclear proliferation to Libya and North Korea has created a trust deficit about the country amongst the international community, US Consul General in Lahore, Carmela Conroy, has said. ANI

Sex-case question prompts WikiLeaks boss to walk out of interview
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reportedly walked out of an interview when asked about his personal life. ANI

MPs behaved like 'zombies' under ex-PM Rudd: Labor senator
Australian Labor Party Senator Doug Cameron has claimed that lawmakers under leadership of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd behaved like "zombies". ANI

Observers say Karzai-Taliban peace talks 'mostly hype'
Observers of the evolving situation in war-torn Afghanistan have said the recent moves by the U.S.-led NATO coalition force to facilitate peace talks between a council appointed by President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban leaders are mere hype, and scarcely more than exchanges of cash and prisoners. ANI

3D soundscape to updates your Facebook, Twitter
AudioFeeds, software that provides 3D soundscape, could soon be alerting you, via your headphones, to updates on your social network and news feeds. ANI

Robert Mugabe's wife 'had a fling with his top banker for 5 yrs'
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife has been having an affair with one of her husband's best friends, it has emerged. ANI

Now, airport scanner can reveal what's in your bottles
Carrying your own drinks on board planes would be possible once again-thanks to a new airport scanner developed by British scientists that can differentiate between water and liquid explosives. ANI

Air India crash victms' families decry 'demeaning' Canadian Government compensation offer
Family members of victims who died in the June 1985 Air India bomb-related crash off the Irish coast, have rejected and decried the Canadian Government's offer of a compensation of up to 25,000 dollars to each. ANI

19 times Everest summiter missing after avalanche in Nepal
Chhewang Nima, a Nepalese Sherpa famous in mountaineering circles for climbing Mount Everest 19 times, has gone missing after being struck by an avalanche while nearing the peak of Mount Baruntse in Nepal. ANI

PETA 'might face lawsuit over naked models ad'
PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - is in a row with UK film-maker Victor Schonfeld who has alleged that the organization used his film footage without consent. ANI

Tony Blair's sis-n-law declares 'she's a Muslim'
First former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair became a Roman Catholic after leaving office in 2007, and now his sister in law has converted to Islam. ANI

Yemen-based American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki releases West hate video online
Yemeni security forces have reportedly launched a manhunt for al-Qaeda operatives in southern Shabwa province after U.S.-born Muslim cleric, who is believed to be hiding in the area, appeared in a video posted online. ANI

Why Brits spend a year of their lives just parking the car
A new study from the UK has found that Britons spend a year of their lives just driving back and forth to park their cars. ANI

Blast at religious shrine in Pakpattan kills four
Four people were killed in a blast at a religious shrine in Pakpattan district in the Punjab province of Pakistan on Monday. ANI

International Children's Painting Competition Organized by UNEP and Bayer:14-Year-Old Chinese Girl Wins Prize for the Best Painting Worldwide on the Theme Of ""Biodiversity""
A dark hand, symbolizing the destruction of the environment, steals the building blocks of biodiversity in a game of dexterity, thus threatening the natural equilibrium. But Planet Earth can be saved, for example by using solar energy and wind power or by recycling, symbolized by a second hand Business Wire India

Bloomberg Expands Services in China
Bloomberg L.P. today announced the expansion of its Chinese-language Bloomberg Professional® service and its real-time Chinese-language financial news service, providing its accurate and trusted business information to China's growing financial sector. Business Wire India

Alcon Independent Director Committee Notes Change in Alcon Chairmanship
The Alcon Independent Director Committee (the “IDC”) notes that Dr. Daniel Vasella, Chairman of Novartis AG (“Novartis”), replaced Mr. Cary Rayment as Chairman of the Alcon Board of Directors at a telephonic meeting of the Alcon Board of Directors held earlier today. Mr. Rayment was appointed as Vice Chairman at the same meeting Business Wire India

Alcon Board Elects New Chairman
The Alcon, Inc. (NYSE:ACL) board of directors elected Dr. Daniel Vasella as its chairman of the board, replacing Cary Rayment who had served as chairman since May 3, 2005. Dr Business Wire India

VTI Expands into Consumer Gyros and Timing Devices
VTI Technologies, a pioneer in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for the past 20 years, is now taking a new direction and expanding into the consumer electronics segment. VTI is already the market leader in low-g sensors for the automotive industry, as well as in ultra-low power sensors for the medical implantable market. Business Wire India

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