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Hindus send greetings to Muslims on upcoming 'Id al-Fitr'
The Hindus have sent early greetings to Muslim communities world over for the upcoming festival of "Id al-Fitr" on the breaking of the fast of Ramadan, the blessed ninth month of the Islamic year. ANI

US woman sues ex-employer for subjecting her to No-bra Thursday
A woman in Utah is suing her former employer for sexual harassment in the workplace, claiming that he forced her to follow a highly suggestive 'dress code' schedule. ANI

Brit mum and her 2 daughters sign up for boob jobs on same day
A British mother and her two daughters are set to undergo breast enlargement on the same day. ANI

Hindus greet Jains on upcoming Paryushana
The Hindus have sent greetings to Jain communities worldwide for the upcoming Paryushana festival. ANI

Use salad plates and don't eat in front of TV to lose 2lb a month
Want to lose 2lb a month without hitting the gym? Well, then use a smaller plate and don't eat in front of your television. ANI

Blame your open-plan office for impairing concentration at work
Can't focus at your work in office? Well, then blame your office infrastructure for the distraction. ANI

Pak FO blocks shifting of US consulate in Lahore
Pakistan's Foreign Office is yet to give permission to the US Consulate in Lahore to shift its offices to Jauhar Town. ANI

Meet Mittu, a parrot who speaks English and Urdu after growing up in UK!
A parrot in England has garnered attention with his unique skill. ANI

UK watchdog set up to combat discrimination should be scrapped: Report
The watchdog set up to combat discrimination in the United Kingdom constantly talks Britain down and should be scrapped, a new report by independent think-tank Civitas has said. ANI

'US troops' killing makes America determined to stay course in Afghanistan'
The United States has said that the killing of 30 American troops, an interpreter and seven Afghan soldiers in anti-Taliban operation in Maidan-Wardak province on Saturday has strengthened its resolve to "stay the course" in Afghanistan. ANI

'Militants spreading their tentacles in Islamabad'
Militants are spreading their tentacles in Islamabad, police sources have claimed. ANI

Wills-Kat 'uncomfortable at new home due to overlooking neighbours'
Prince William and wife Catherine are not feeling comfortable at their new Kensington Palace home as they feel that their neighbours are overlooking them. ANI

'Boob' barricades in NY to be knocked down to avoid embarrassment
The trendy plazas in the Meatpacking District of New York are set to have a makeover when business groups will knock down the b**bs-shaped barriers to make the place appear less embarrassing. ANI

ISI backing of Haqqani's, Taliban making winning war against terrorism impossible: McCain
US Senator John McCain has said that the continuation of Inter-Services Intelligence's (ISI) cooperation with the dreaded Haqqani network and the Taliban in Pakistan would make it difficult for the US win the war against terrorism. ANI

Gilani's talks with Baloch leaders unlikely to succeed: Analysts
The Pakistani Army might have rendered its support to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's latest initiative to start dialogue with the armed resistance of Balochistan, but experts believe that the effort will be unsuccessful. ANI

Omar aide negotiating with allies goes missing without a trace in Afghanistan
A Taliban official mediating with the Americans has reportedly gone missing, frustrating US attempts to hold another round of talks to settle the negotiating parameters for the decade-old conflict in Afghanistan, officials have said. ANI

'Muslim convert' UK RAF University head slammed for focusing more on 'Islamist activities'
The head of studies at Britain's Royal Air Force pilot training college is a Muslim convert who has criticised NATO air strikes on Libya, and has been focusing more on Islamist activities that have nothing to do with the training. ANI

Journalists continue to be subjected to Army's brutality in Pak's Swat Valley
Two local journalists were brutally beaten up in the Swat Valley in Pakistan on Saturday, as they rushed to cover an incident by overtaking a Levies mobile pickup serving as part of the District Coordination Officer's (DCO) convoy. ANI

Super-sub underway to take tourists to the bottom of the ocean
The bottom of the ocean is a marvel that no human eye has seen before. ANI

Four Pak nationals helped Taliban shoot down US helicopter: Afghan official
Four Pakistani nationals had helped the Taliban shoot down a US military helicopter in Afghanistan, which killed 30 Navy Seals and other troops, an Afghan government official has claimed. ANI

'Smacking kids is ok', says Oz church opposing ban on corporal punishment
A church in Australia has backed the right of parents to smack their children, as it opposes a push towards a ban on corporal punishment. ANI

Aussie man who raped 85-year-old woman for 'thrill' jailed for 11yrs
An Australian man who allegedly raped an 85-year-old woman at a Melbourne train station just to have 'a bit of a thrill' has been sentenced to 11-year imprisonment. ANI

US copter crash: Afghans now fear global war on terror will be prolonged
Afghans see Friday's helicopter crash in which 38 American soldiers, including 22 Navy Seal personnel died, as a sign that the global war against terrorism could drag on for a long time. ANI

New CIA station chief arrives in Islamabad
A new undercover Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Islamabad station chief has arrived in Pakistan, indicating the latest move by Islamabad and Washington to repair their troubled intelligence cooperation efforts. ANI

Increasing work pressure sees employees taking midday break at 11am
The lunch-hour, which is a traditional part of the working day, has for most been shifted to an earlier time due to too much work pressure. ANI

UAE ministry reveals plans for lifting six-month labour ban
People who have been slapped with a six-month labour ban for breaking their contracts before the expiry of two years can work for a new company, provided they hold at least a high school diploma and have been offered a good position and salary by the new company. ANI

'Failed teenage science experiment gave Assange white hair,' reveals book
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's distinctive white hair is due to a failed teenage science experiment, a new book has revealed. ANI

David Cameron returns to Italian bar to apologize to waitress he failed to tip
British Prime Minister David Cameron returned to an Italian bar on Sunday to make amends with the waitress who he had famously failed to tip last week. ANI

Official vows harsh crackdown on extremists in Xinjiang
The top official of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has ordered a harsh crackdown on religious extremists in the latest clampdown on outbursts of violence. ANI

Pak security agencies struggle to make 'major breakthrough' in dismantling HuT network
Security agencies in Pakistan are reportedly trying to dismantle the Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) network, but "there has not been any major breakthrough yet," a senior military official said months after some mid-ranked army officers were detained for alleged links with the banned organisation. ANI

World Trade Center site security to be beefed up for 9/11's 10th anniversary
The United States is beefing up security for the World Trade Center site in New York ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. ANI

Fox News roasted over racial 'Obama Hip-Hop BBQ' birthday bash remarks
The US television station Fox News' website has come under fire for making racial remarks in an article about US President Barack Obama's White House birthday celebration. ANI

Queensland prison officers caught having sex with prisoners
An investigation of Queensland prison officers has found evidence of corruption and conflicts of interest between prisoners and guards. ANI

UK Police warned to use Facebook 'carefully' as it may tip-off criminals
Police officials in Britain have been warned to use various social networking sites very carefully due to fears that criminals could use them to get details of secret police operations and tactics. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner Dewani told first fianc‚e he 'was impotent'
Brit-Indian honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani was impotent and could not have sex, his former fianc‚e has told South African police. ANI

NYC teacher charged with raping minor after filming sexual acts
A New York City teacher has been accused of rape after she allegedly filmed herself having sex with a minor student at a motel in Long Island. ANI

Memorial to Japanese demolished in northeast China
Authorities in Fangzheng County in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province have demolished a small memorial wall to Japanese immigrants, which it built last month, in an effort to appease public anger. ANI

Brit diplomats lobby for JuD crackdown in Pak on India's insistence
British diplomats have met senior Pakistani officials to convince them to crack down on Jamat ud Dawa (JuD), the charity wing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, on India's insistence. ANI

Meet UK's 'feckless' dad who's about to father his 15th child with his 13th lover!
A 'useless' father in Britain is all set to become a dad again - his 13th lover is due to give birth to his 15th child in November. ANI

Prince Harry may miss Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations, London Olympics
Prince Harry may miss his grandmother Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the 2012 London Olympics. ANI

Amnesty video clip suggesting 'Obama endorses torture' sparks row
Human Rights organisation Amnesty International has given rise to a controversy by launching a satirical video, which suggested that US President Barack Obama backs torture. ANI

Copter crash in Afghanistan reflects peril of US Special Forces
The mission that left 30 American soldiers, including 22 Navy Seals, dead Saturday morning in eastern Afghanistan was just one of dozens of operations carried out by U.S. Special Operations forces every week in Afghanistan. ANI

Woman to command warship for first time in UK Naval history
A British woman will command a frontline warship for the first time in the 500-year history of the country's Royal Navy. ANI

New Zealand engineer dies after being sucked into plane engine
An aircraft engineer in New Zealand has reportedly been killed after he was sucked into a plane engine during a routine maintenance check. ANI

Timothy Geithner to stay on as US Treasury Secretary
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has planned to stay at his post through the fall and President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, the Treasury Department has announced. ANI

Saudi Arabia calls on Syria to stop its 'killing machine' operations
Saudi Arabia has called on the Syrian leadership to "stop the killing machine" operations that it has launched against pro-democracy activists. ANI

Dead Navy Seals husband's widow says he loved his job, was ready for final sacrifice
Kimberly Vaughn, the widow of 30-year-old martyred Navy Seal Aaron Carson Vaughn of Tennessee saw television reports of the helicopter downed in Afghanistan on Saturday morning, and knew about the tragedy before her doorbell rang. ANI

NYC school teacher 'nabbed after sex session with minor student at motel'
A New York City teacher has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a minor student at a motel in Long Island. ANI

Leading Analyst Firm Declares Infoblox IP Address Management Market Leader
Infoblox Inc. today announced that the recently published IDC report: “Worldwide IP Address Management 2011-2015 Forecast and Analysis” (July 2011), which sizes the market for DNS, DHCP and IPAM (DDI) solutions, confirms that Infoblox leads over all other companies in the IP Address Management market. Business Wire India

Welch Allyn Partners with Pelstar, LLC, to Enable Automated Interface between Select Vital Signs Devices and Health o meter® Professional Scales Connectivity solution allows capture and viewing of weight, height and BMI measurements and automated data transfer to EMRs
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic equipment, today announced it has partnered with Pelstar, LLC, maker of Health o meter® Professional scales to enable automated interface between the Welch Allyn Connex® Vital Signs Monitor (CVSM), the Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs® LXi and select Health o meter® Professional medical scales Business Wire India

Citi Announces New Private Bank Leadership in Asia Pacific
Citi today announced the appointment of Bassam Salem as CEO of Citi Private Bank, Asia Pacific. Bassam will replace Aamir Rahim, who has been appointed Head of Citi’s Public Sector Group for Asia Pacific. Business Wire India

Akihiro Sawa, Research Director of the International Environment and Economy Institute (NPO), Has Published a Proposal on Japan’s National Energy Policies
Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide and Sands China Ltd. Sign Franchise Agreement to Bring a New Conrad Hotel to Macao
Hilton Worldwide and Sands China Ltd., a majority-held subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp., today announced the signing of a franchise agreement to open the first Conrad hotel in Macao. Comprising 636 rooms, the Conrad Macao, Cotai Strip is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012 at Cotai Central Business Wire India

Diversey Releases Annual Global Responsibility Report
Diversey, Inc. reported improvements across key environmental metrics in 2010 and highlighted performance in social and customer-focused initiatives in its annual Global Responsibility Report, released today in both print and online editions. Business Wire India

ExxonMobil, Pertamina Move Forward with Banyu Urip Full Field Development
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) said today that the development of the Indonesian Banyu Urip field in the Cepu block in East Java has achieved a major milestone with the award of the first of five engineering, procurement and construction contracts for work on major facilities at the development. Business Wire India

Corensic names Lexington Soft Pvt. Ltd. as Official Reseller
Seattle, WA, August 08, 2011 – Corensic Inc, a leading software quality tools company based in Seattle, WA announced today that it has partnered with Lexington Soft Pvt. Ltd., a reseller of best in class enterprise software products and software development tools, targeting the software market segment in South Asia. Corensic helps organizations deliver and deploy higher quality software Business Wire India

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