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Want your kids to be CEOs? Then name them Peter and Deborah!
Here is a tip for the parents! If recent statistics are anything to go by, then getting your child into a preferred occupation requires just giving him/her the right name. ANI

Hindu statesman Zed to preside over interfaith-panel of Episcopal Convention in Nevada
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will preside over the interfaith-panel at Episcopal Diocese of Nevada Convention to be held in Reno (Nevada, USA) on October 14-16. ANI

Hindus greet Baha'is on Ridvan
Hindus have sent greetings to Baha'i communities world over on Ridvan festival, whose 12th concluding day falls on May two. ANI

Wills- Kat declared husband and wife following near ring mishap
Finally, after months of waiting, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been declared husband and wife at Westminster Abbey. ANI

Barbuda beach to be renamed after Princess Diana
A beach on the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, once frequented by the late Princess Diana, will be renamed in her honor. ANI

Jenn Sterger sues ex-manager alleged nude Brett Favre photos
Model/television personality Jenn Sterger is suing her ex-manager over lewd photos allegedly sent by quarterback Brett Favre to her. ANI

Brandon Davis arrested for battery and drug possession
Hollywood heir Brandon Davis was arrested for battery and possession of a controlled substance. ANI

Labour MP distracts members at PM's Questions with low-cut blouse
A female MP is said to have distracted the attention of members at PM's Questions with her low-cut blouse, displaying a generous cleavage. ANI

Mugabe to attend John Paul II's beatification ceremony despite travel ban
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attending the beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II this weekend has raised eyebrows of many across the world. ANI

Oz teacher banned for telling female student she would be 'spicy in bed'
A teacher in Australia has been barred from reapplying to teach for three years after he told a student he thought she would be "fiery and spicy in the bedroom". ANI

Iran-Saudi Arabia tussle reaches Pakistani districts in form of 'wall-chalking war'
The tug-of-war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is no more confined to Bahrain, as it has now reached to two volatile districts of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where wall-chalking against the two countries by their sympathisers is raising alarms. ANI

US drone attacks issue should be dealt with clever judgment: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that wars need not to be fought in order to stop US drone attacks, instead the matter should be dealt carefully and with clever judgment. ANI

Israelis bombed Syrian 'nuclear facility site' in 2007: IAEA
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano has said that a target destroyed by Israeli warplanes in the Syrian desert in 2007 was the covert site of a future nuclear reactor. ANI

Trump bristles at claim that he's racist
American billionaire businessman Donald Trump has said that it is "terrible" the host of CBS' "Face the Nation" has accused him of racism. ANI

Ex-Massachusetts Governor Romney's Nevada edge getting smaller
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney still holds a solid lead in Nevada, but that advantage has shrunk in recent months, according to a new poll. ANI

Regular Internet users are less likely to respect law: Report
A new study has found that frequent Internet users are less likely to respect the law, serve on a jury or do volunteer work. ANI

Plan finalised to block terrorists' entry into Sindh from Balochistan: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that security agencies have chalked out a comprehensive plan to stop terrorists from entering Sindh from Balochistan. ANI

Zardari, PML-Q leaders finalise 'national reconciliation government' plan details
The Pakistan Muslim League-Q and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) have reportedly finalised the details of a plan for the PML-Q to join the ruling coalition government. ANI

Indo-Pak trade talks end without resolving major issues
The 5th round of Indo-Pak secretary-level trade talks has concluded without reaching a settlement on major issues of concern. ANI

'Pak SC's Mukhtaran gangrape verdict reflects male-biased criminal justice system'
The Pakistan Supreme Court's decision on the Mukhtaran Mai gangrape case is a reflection of a biased and inefficient criminal justice system, the Insani Huqooq Ittehad (IHI), a consortium of civil society organisations, has said. ANI

Whites' racial bias influences views of Obama's "Americanism"
Racial prejudice among some white Americans are influencing their views of President Barack Obama's "Americanism" and their assessment of how well he is performing in office, a University of Delaware doctoral student has said. ANI

Nepali coir missing from Heathrow airport
A Nepali coir group, who were invited to become the main stars of the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival in Britain, have gone missing after arriving at the Heathrow airport. ANI

247 on US terror watch list bought guns
A review by the Government Accountability Office has determined that 247 people on U.S. terror watch list bought guns last year. ANI

Ex- Bahrain National Security Agency chief to attend royal wedding
The former head of an agency accused of torture and human rights abuses in Bahrain is expected to be a guest at Friday's royal wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton. ANI

Buy vodka for $740K and get an SUV and a designer vibrator for free!
A Russian car maker is offering an SUV along with a designer vibrator for free on purchase of a bottle of vodka worth 740,000 dollars. ANI

'Song of Solomon' is Michelle Obama's favourite book
US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed some of her favourite things recently. ANI

Increased water level cooling Fukushima nuke reactor: TEPCO
The Tokyo Electric Power Corporation has said the injection of more water is helping to cool the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant's No. 1 reactor core faster. ANI

At least 300 killed by US tornadoes
At least 300 people have been reported killed in a wave of storms moved across the South of North America, said to be the worst in 37 years. ANI

Now, Cupcake Vodka with 'creamy texture'
A California-based company has come up with an alcohol called Cupcake Vodka that is made from natural ingredients and which boasts of a carefully produced "creamy texture". ANI

William and Kate to be Duke and Duchess of Cambridge post wedding
Buckingham Palace officials have announced that Kate Middleton will leave behind her commoner roots to become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge after her marriage to Prince William on Friday. ANI

Forbes names Baidu founder Robin Li Chinese mainland's richest
Robin Li, CEO of China's top domestic search engine Baidu, has been named as the richest man among 115 billionaires in the mainland area by the Forbes magazine, with a personal fortune of 5.64 billion dollars. ANI

Israel calls Palestinian deal a 'fatal mistake'
The long-awaited reconciliation deal between two Palestinian factions has been described by Israeli President Shimon Peres as a "fatal mistake" that will destroy any hopes of establishing an independent Palestinian state. ANI

'Technically capable' LeT adds to overall high terror threat level in South Asia: US
The continued menace of technically capable terrorist organisation Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT) adds to the overall high threat level in South Asia, a top US counterterrorism official has said. ANI

Two Australian cadets charged for Skype sex scandal
Two cadets of the Australian Defence Force Academy have been charged for their role in the Skype sex scandal. ANI

Mining accident kills eight workers in China's Gansu province
At least eight more miners have died of carbon monoxide poisoning following a mining accident in China's Gansu province. ANI

Prince William behind Tony Blair wedding snub due to personal hatred?
A prominent historian has claimed that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was not invited to Friday's royal wedding because Prince William dislikes the politician and not of political things. ANI

Ellie Goulding to sing at royal wedding reception
It is official. 'Starry Eyed' singer Ellie Goulding will perform for Prince William and Kate Middleton at their wedding reception. ANI

Court suspends operation of Sri Lankan pro-opposition website 'LankaeNews'
A magistrate's court in Sri Lanka has suspended the operation of the pro-opposition 'LankaeNews' till proceedings against journalist Shantha Wijesooriya is over. ANI

Lahore HC reserves verdict in plea challenging Zardari's pardon to Malik
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has reserved its judgement on a petition challenging the pardoning of Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik by President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Pakistan successfully test fires nuclear-capable cruise missile
Pakistan has successfully test fired the Hatf-VIII Cruise Missile, which is capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads. ANI

Four sentenced to death in Bahrain for killing policemen during protests
A Bahrain military court has sentenced four men to death for allegedly killing two policemen in Manama last month. ANI

Leave Mona Lisa's remains in peace, pleads royal relative
A royal descendant of the Italian noblewoman said to be the model for the Mona Lisa has insisted her remains should be left in peace as art historians began searching for her tomb. ANI

UK divorce rate statistics show Wills, Kate have better chance at marriage
Prince William has a better chance of making his marriage to Kate Middleton work than his parents ever did, reveals data from the UK statistician. ANI

'Gaddafi will use leftover chemical weapons to defeat rebels'
A senior Libyan rebel military commander has warned that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi still possesses a quarter of chemical weapons, which he intends to use to 'the final drop of his blood.' ANI

33 insurgents killed in northwest Pakistan
At least 33 militants, two pro-government tribesmen and one soldier were killed in military actions and clashes in Kurram, Orakzai and Mohmand Agencies of Pakistan on Thursday. ANI

BNF chief labels politician Naji 'first Mir Jafar' of Gilgit Baltistan after bye-poll win
The chairman of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF), Abdul Hamid Khan, has described fellow politician Nawaz Khan Naji as the "first Mir Jafar of Gilgit Baltistan" after he won the bye-elections in Ghazer District. ANI

Wills-Kate 'moved' by public affection
Prince William and Kate Middleton have said that they have been "incredibly moved" by the affection shown by the public to them since their engagement. ANI

Diana's funeral hymn to be first sung at royal wedding
Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided to pay a moving tribute to the prince's late mother Princess Diana by including a hymn which was sung at her funeral. ANI

Cairo mob raped me with their hands, says CBS reporter Lara Logan
CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan has spoken out for the first time about her terrifying sexual assault in Egypt. ANI

Obama's dad was 'forced out of US in 1960s' over his 'playboy ways'
US President Barack Obama's father was forced out of the US in the 1960s amid concerns about his "playboy ways", according to a government file. ANI

Pak agrees granting 'most favoured nation' status to India would spur trade relations
Pakistan has agreed that granting the most favoured nation (MFN) status to India would spur the expansion of their bilateral trade relations. ANI

Pakistan's stance on Middle East crisis might be driven by "own interests"
Pakistan might be taking sides in a 'neo-cold war' between Iran and the Arab world, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar, has unwittingly admitted. ANI

Grossman to stress US commitment to Pak, Afghanistan during South Asia trip
US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman will emphasise Washington's commitment to long-term partnerships with both nations during his visit to South Asia, the State Department has said. ANI

Pakistan enacts law to safeguard foreign investors' interests
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has accorded assent to a law aimed at reassuring foreign investors about the security of their investments in the country. ANI

Wipro Unveils Lab in Bellevue to Test Unified Communications Solutions
Wipro Technologies, the Global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT), today unveiled a state-of-the-art testing facility in Bellevue, WA, USA, to provide Microsoft Lync Server 2010 qualification testing services for unified communication products Business Wire India

All in One – New Universal Metal Detector Head
In hall 13, stand A90, at this year’s Interpack exhibition, the Bavarian company S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH will launch the new SOLUTOR-HF metal detector head with improved stainless steel sensitivity, a high quality, sanitary design housing and virtually universal application in food and packaging lines Business Wire India

S+S Product Inspection 'Made in Bavaria'
At this year’s Interpack exhibition, S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH of Bavaria, Hall 13, Stand 13A90, will launch the new, totally revised Raycon product inspection system. In redesigning the RAYCON concept S+S focused on sophisticated, proven X-ray technology and on components manufactured in house and from local suppliers Business Wire India

S+S Metal Detection Systems Guarantee Cost Effective and Safe Plastics Recycling
The plastics industry continues to struggle with rapidly rising raw material prices. As a result there is an increased pressure to use recycled material for which waste and rejected plastics are very well suited for reuse in many production processes. This, however, demands proper recycling of the original plastic materials to produce secondary raw materials of appropriate quality Business Wire India

Magnetic Separator Launched with Detail Improvements
At Interpack 2011, hall 13, stand A90, the Bavarian company S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH will show its new inline magnet, the MAGBOX MXF Food/Pharma with maximum field strength, durable stainless steel housing, and improved sanitary design. MAGBOX MXF Food/Pharma is predominantly used in food, pharmaceutical , and industries where high performance is critical Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Announces US Market Release for Renamic: Next Generation Programmer for Implantable Cardiac Devices
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices and pioneer of wireless remote monitoring technologies, has announced the US market release of Renamic, their next generation programmer for implantable cardiac devices. Business Wire India

Monster Worldwide Reports First Quarter 2011 Results
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. Business Wire India

Oxford-Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium Vaccinates Last Infant in Phase IIb Clinical Trial
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) announced that its joint venture with the University of Oxford (Oxford), the Oxford-Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium (OETC), has vaccinated the last of the 2,784 infants in its Phase IIb efficacy trial evaluating MVA85A, the world’s most clinically advanced tuberculosis (TB) vaccine in development Business Wire India

Heidelberg Publishes Preliminary Figures for Financial Year 2010/2011
Incoming orders and sales by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (FWB: HDD) in financial year 2010/2011 (April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011) were up on the previous year. The operating result improved considerably after two deficit years, moving back into the black. Heidelberg has therefore met its own forecasts. Business Wire India

Phenomenex Opens New Office in India
Phenomenex Inc., a global leader in the research and manufacture of advanced technologies for the separation sciences, announced that it has expanded its international subsidiary network to serve India directly from a new head office in Hyderabad Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Smartmatic's Customer Value Enhancement in the Identity Management Market
Frost & Sullivan has distinguished Smartmatic with the 2011 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement based on its recent analysis of the identity management systems biometrics market. Business Wire India

Exxon Mobil Corporation Announces Estimated First Quarter 2011 Results
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM): Business Wire India

Major Study Finds Rapid Adoption of Hosted Email Compliance
Financial institutions are rapidly moving to hosted email compliance and storage services to deal with increasing costs, risks and regulations, according to a study conducted by Forrester Consulting Business Wire India

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