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Ravi stresses on effective mechanism for benefit of migrant workers
Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi today called for setting up of an effective mechanism for the protection and welfare of Indian migrant workers. ANI

RTA insists NSW woman to change her 'offensive va**ina number plate'
RTA has instructed a New South Wales woman Kristen Perry to change her number plate because it means "va**ina" when interpreted in Tagalog, the Filipino language. ANI

Roman Catholic Church slams film about panic-prone Pope
The Roman Catholic Church has slammed a film about a panic-prone Pope who has unwittingly been thrust into the papacy and has to hire a psychiatric assistant to help him. ANI

Ben Fogle cautions pal Prince William against early parenthood
London, April 20: Ben Fogle, television presenter and a friend of Prince William, has advised the royal couple not to rush into having children immediately after their wedding. ANI

GOP, Democrats divided over global warming
Democrats and Republicans in the US are divided over the issue of global warming despite the growing scientific consensus that global warming is real, a study led by a Michigan State University researcher has claimed. ANI

Outrage over Nazi memorial demand at 'Great Escape' inspired soldiers' gravesite
Polish veterans have been outraged by the demands of German survivors of Second World War that a memorial be built for their fallen comrades on the same site of the graves of 50 British soldiers murdered after the mass Prisoner of War breakout, which inspired the film The Great Escape. ANI

Prince William to spend wedding eve with dad
Prince William is expected to spend quality time with his father on the eve of his wedding to Kate Middleton. ANI

Obama using TV as tool to reach out to 2012 poll voters
US President Barack Obama has been giving more importance to television ahead of the 2012 presidential polls, something he had given to new media to build his image before the 2008 elections. ANI

Mullen arrives in Islamabad to iron out US-Pak differences
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, has arrived in Pakistan for talks on security issues, the ongoing war on terror and how to ease tension between both countries, according to officials. ANI

Imran Khan declares legal war against US drone attacks in Pakistan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has announced plans to adopt a two-way strategy to end the US drone campaign in Pakistan's tribal areas- by the application of public pressure within the country, and taking legal action through international courts of law. ANI

Army chiefs issue sex guide for troops home from Afghanistan
Army chiefs have issued a sex guide for troops home from Afghanistan. ANI

Prince Charles becomes longest-serving heir apparent in Brit history
Prince Charles has become the longest-serving heir apparent in British history serving next in line to the throne for more than 59 years. ANI

Kate Middleton's family 'awarded their own coat of arms'
Kate Middleton's family has received their own coat of arms just few days ahead of the royal wedding. ANI

Prince William 'plans secret honeymoon for Kate Middleton'
Prince William has planned a secret honeymoon for his bride-to-be Kate Middleton, but she won't find out the details until they depart for it. ANI

Pakistan undoubtedly supports terrorism in India: Chomsky
Pakistan has "undoubtedly" supported terrorist groups in Kashmir and terrorism in India, renowned scholar and author Professor Noam Chomsky has said. ANI

Obama's rating plunges, yet ahead of GOP rivals: Poll
US President Barack Obama's job performance rating has fallen, but he still leads over other Republican rivals, according to Washington Post/ABC News poll. ANI

Boyfriend watches on webcam as girlfriend murdered 11,000 miles away
A Chinese student, Qian Liu, who was murdered in her York University Village bedroom in Toronto, Canada, was attacked when she was engaged in an online video chat with her boyfriend in China, Toronto Police have said. ANI

NATO aiding divided rebel force in Libya
As the world community scrambles to provide humanitarian aid to Libya, it has been revealed that NATO is aiding a divided force that cannot agree on who its top officer is. ANI

Pak Govt to issue 7,000 arms licences despite ban
The Pakistan Government has sent a list of names and other particulars to the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for the issuance of 7,000 arms licences despite a ban in this regard. ANI

CIA releases WWI documents that reveal secret of creating invisible ink
The Central Bureau of Investigation has released six of its World War 1 documents that reveal how certain ingredients could be used to create invisible ink. ANI

Pak schoolboy reveals how Taliban brainwashed him into becoming suicide bomber
A Pakistani schoolboy who failed in his suicide bomb bid as his partner launched an attack at a Pakistani shrine earlier this month, has spoken of the terror mission and how he was brainwashed by the Taliban. ANI

US facilitating Pak-Afghan talks on bilateral water treaty
The United States is facilitating initial talks between Pakistan and Afghanistan on a bilateral water treaty as part of its efforts for trilateral water cooperation, according to informed sources. ANI

US nuke experts say Japanese engineers face huge Fukushima plant management task
Veterans of the Three Mile Island cleanup in Pennsylvania have said Japanese engineers need to improve the condition of Fukushima Daiichi reactors. ANI

Obama to hold online 2012 re-election rally on Facebook today
U.S. President Barack Obama will conduct an online re-election rally today with a town-hall-style chat on the social networking website Facebook. ANI

Royal wedding will be streamed live on YouTube
Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding will be streamed live on YouTube next week to make it the most accessible royal event in history. ANI

Japan nuke plant workers risking facing depression
Tokyo Electric Power Company workers struggling to stabilize Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant risk facing depression or death from overwork. ANI

Japan exports value fall in wake of March 11 quake
The March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami in Japan, has affected that country's exports adversely for the first time in over a year. ANI

India committed to working for democratic, peaceful Nepal: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who arrived here on a three-day official visit on Wednesday, said that India is committed to working for a democratic and peaceful Nepal. ANI

S.Arabia gives Rs 3 crore to Pak to redress Haj pilgrims' grievances
Saudi Arabia has given three crore rupees to Pakistan's Religious Affairs Ministry as compensation for problems faced by Pakistani pilgrims during last year's Haj. ANI

Jindal will sign "birther bill" if passed by Louisiana legislature
Indian-origin Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said he would sign a "birther bill" if the legislature passes it, despite the fact that his fellow Republican Governor Jan Brewer had prohibited it in Arizona. ANI

Hindus send greetings to Christians on Easter
Hindus have sent greetings to Christian communities world over for upcoming Easter, which falls on April 24. ANI

Southern Illinois in USA to have Hindu temple
A Hindu Temple and Community Center has been planned for Carbondale in southern Illinois (USA). ANI

Hindu monk welcomed in Nevada
Audience belonging to different religions and denominations listened intently to well-known Hindu monk Swami Vedananda from California in Reno (Nevada, USA) on April 18 evening in an event organized by Universal Society of Hinduism (USH). ANI

Carla Bruni 'may not attend Cannes film premiere over fear of spoiling hubby's image'
If sources are to be believed, Carla Bruni might not attend the Cannes premiere of her film debut over fears that appearing at the glamorous event could damage her husband Nicolas Sarkozy's image and chances of re-election next year. ANI

Now an 'abstinence' underwear designed to put teenagers off sex
A range of "anti-sex" underwear has been designed to promote abstinence using slogans like "zip it" and "not tonight". ANI

Three injured after 6-year-old US boy fires accidentally
Three kindergarten students were injured after a gun was fired accidentally by a six-year-old. ANI

Most Iowa Republicans say Obama wasn't born in US: Poll
Nearly 48 percent of Iowa Republicans claim President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, a survey has revealed. ANI

Sending UK military personnel to Libya could lead to Vietnam-style conflict: Lawmakers
British lawmakers have warned that the decision to deploy military personnel to Libya could lead London to face risks of being embroiled in a prolonged Vietnam-style conflict. ANI

UK military personnel heading to Libya
Around ten British military personnel will be sent to Benghazi in Libya to help rebel forces who are trying to oust Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

US to move WikiLeaks' suspect Manning to new prison
Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of sharing classified documents with the whistleblower website, Wikileaks, will be moved from near-solitary confinement at the Marine Corps Brig in Virginia to another prison under conditions that are less restrictive. ANI

'3 parent babies' concept a step closer after watchdog gives green signal
A British fertility watchdog has given the green signal for a medical breakthrough that could lead to babies having three biological parents, despite its 'life meddling' fears. ANI

Muslim fanatics plan to turn UK royal wedding into 'nightmare'
British police have claimed extremists belonging to the group 'Muslims Against Crusades' (MAC) has vowed to turn the April 29 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton into a 'nightmare'. ANI

Software engineering ranked best tech job in US
Software engineering has been ranked as the best job in the United States, according to a new study. ANI

Over one in five Americans support same sex marriage: Poll
Over 50 percent of Americans support same sex marriage and believe it should be recognized as valid in law, according to a poll. ANI

For Obama, Easter story 'puts everything else in perspective'
US President Barack Obama, while hosting a White House prayer breakfast on Tuesday, said that despite having a bulging inbox, the Easter story 'puts everything else in perspective'. ANI

True or hoax? Body of 'dead alien' found in frozen wastes of Siberia
Two walkers have claimed to have found a dead body of an alien in frozen wastes of Siberia and posted the video on the Internet. ANI

Mubarak complicit in shootings of anti-regime protesters in Egypt
Judge Omar Marwan, the Secretary General of Egypt's official commission on the recent uprising, has said ousted President Hosni Mubarak was complicit in the shooting of anti-regime protesters. ANI

Oz teen pleads guilty to Indian student Nitin Garg's murder
A 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to the murder of Indian accountancy graduate Nitin Garg in Melbourne last year. ANI

Michelle Obama a tall mountain I wanted to climb, says Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan, comedian and star of '30 Rock', has raised eyebrows for his most recent over-sexed remarks about US First Lady Michelle Obama. ANI

Plane carrying Michelle Obama aborts landing due to serious ATC error
A White House plane carrying First Lady Michelle Obama had to abort its landing at Andrews Air Force Base since it came dangerously close to a 200-ton military cargo jet, owing to an air traffic controller's mistake, according to federal officials. ANI

WNS Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2011 Earnings
Financial Highlights: GAAP Measures -- Q4 revenues of $159.5 million, up 1.2% from the corresponding quarter last year and up 4.5% sequentially -- Q4 net income of $5.2 million, compared to $1.0 million in the corresponding quarter last year and $5.8 million sequentially -- Q4 diluted income per ADS of $0.11, compared to $0.03 in the corresponding quarter last year and $0 Business Wire India

The University of Tokyo Professor Shuichi Iwata Publishes the Paper : Study of ""Fukushima"" and Discussion Exploring Future Presentations
The University of Tokyo Professor Shuichi Iwata publishes the paper for preparation based on creating a new paradigm triggered from "FUKUSHIMA" caused by the Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Reactors. Business Wire India

Air Lease Corporation Announces Full Exercise of Over-Allotment Option in IPO
Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL) today announced that the underwriters for the Company’s initial public offering have exercised in full their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 4,542,450 shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock Business Wire India

blue sky scrubs: Oprah's '8 Things' Makes Business Millions
Early last fall, blue sky co., an Austin, TX small business, received what many retail companies dream about – a mention in O, The Oprah Magazine. Business Wire India

Top-20 Pharma Company Selects Cegedim Relationship Management to Improve Targeting & Segmentation in South-Korea
Cegedim Relationship Management has announced that one of the top-20 pharmaceutical companies worldwide selected Cegedim Relationship Management’s suite of services, including Mobile Intelligence, OneKey and Xtelligence analytics, for its operations in South-Korea Business Wire India

BIO Announces Dr. Jörg Reinhardt as Keynote Speaker for BIO China International Conference
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has announced that Dr. Jörg Reinhardt, CEO of Bayer HealthCare, will provide the keynote address at the BIO China International Conference to be held October 12-13 in Shanghai, China Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Acknowledges Receipt of Proposed Merger Agreement from Nasdaq OMX Group and IntercontinentalExchange Inc.
NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) has confirmed receipt of a proposed merger agreement from the Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) and IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) Business Wire India

Novaled AG Announces 2010 Financial Results, Reporting a 37% Increase in Sales and Positive EBITDA
Novaled AG, a world leader in OLED technology and materials, has reported about the financial results for the year ended December 31, 2010. Business Wire India

Recognia's Technical InsightT Selected as ""Best Specialist Product"" for Second Year
Recognia, the industry leader in providing investment research products for both independent investors and market professionals, has announced that its flagship product, Technical Insight™, was selected as the “Best Specialist Product” for the second consecutive year by The Technical Analyst magazine. Business Wire India

Optimism Reigns as 61 Percent of Global Companies Expect to Transfer More Employees in 2011, According to Highly Anticipated Annual Survey from Brookfield Global Relocation Services
As the global economy continues to improve, so too do the expectations of global companies, with 61 percent expecting to transfer more employees in 2011 than in recent years, according to the just-released 2011 Global Relocation Trends Survey Report, published by Brookfield Global Relocation Services. Business Wire India

Molycorp Acquires Rare Earth Metal and Alloy Manufacturer Santoku America, Inc.
Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Molycorp Minerals, LLC (Molycorp) has acquired Arizona-based Santoku America, Inc. (SAI), one of the leading producers of high-purity rare earth alloys and metals outside of China, in an all-cash deal for $17.5 million Business Wire India

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