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India, Russia target 20 billion dollars trade by 2015: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that India and Russia have set a target to raise bilateral trade volume to 20 billion dollars by 2015. ANI

India-Russia relations poised to achieve greater heights: Manmohan Singh
The bilateral relations between India and Russia span diverse sectors ranging from defence, space and nuclear energy to exchanges in the commercial, educational and cultural fields, visiting Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said on Friday. ANI

Radioactive material found in luggage at Moscow airport
Russia's Federal Customs Service today seized radioactive material from the luggage of a passenger bound for Tehran at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. ANI

India, Russia ink five agreements during Manmohan Singh visit
India and Russia on Friday inked five agreements, including two protocols, two memoranda of understanding and one pact related to exchange in education. ANI

Victoria's Secret used cotton grown by abused kids
Victoria Secret was using fibre picked from farms that relied on abused child labourers, a shocking new report has claimed. ANI

India, Russia committed to nuke safety, agree for Russian credit for Kudankulam units 3 and 4: PM
Describing Russia as a tried and tested partner in the development of India's nuclear energy programme, visiting Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said on Friday that both countries are committed to ensuring the highest levels of nuclear safety. ANI

PML-N, ANP want Pasha to quit over 'attempt to dislodge govt'
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Awami National Party (ANP) have demanded Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Ahmad Shuja Pasha's resignation over alleged plot to oust the government that was backed by Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. ANI

Zardari is "fit" to join work in Pak next week: Shamsul Hassan
Pakistan's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) Wajid Shamsul Hassan has said that President Asif Ali Zardari is "fit and will return to work next week." ANI

PML-N files another plea before SC over Pak Memo Gate scandal
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has reportedly filed another miscellaneous application before the Supreme Court to make three other people party in the Memegate case. ANI

Young voters losing faith in Obama's ability to win 2012 White House race: Poll
A new poll has found that young voters are losing faith in US President Barack Obama's ability to win the 2012 White House race. ANI

Manmohan Singh meets Russian President Medvedev in Moscow
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the annual bilateral summit between the two nations here on Friday. ANI

World "tired" of US dictations: Putin
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the world is tired of the United States' dictations. ANI

Oz whistleblower seeks $400,000 compensation for exposing surgeon's deadly malpractice
An Australian whistleblower, who exposed a surgeon's malpractice, which led to three deaths, has sought 400,000 dollars as compensation for suffering injuries and loss of income. ANI

US working to improve strained, but "crucial" relationship with Pakistan: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the United States is working to improve its strained relationship with Pakistan because Washington considers it "very important." ANI

Tense standoff continues in China protest village
A tense standoff between villagers and local authorities is continuing in southern China's Guangdong province. ANI

Burma orders eviction of monk Shwe Nya War Sayardaw
A senior Burmese monk has been ordered to leave his monastery in Rangoon because of a speech he gave at a pro-democracy event. ANI

Indians, other Asians at UK school get best results without English being first language
A school where the majority of pupils do not speak English as their first language has achieved the best exam results in England. ANI

Worker, donkey embark on 2,200 kilometre journey to home from North-East China
A migrant worker has reportedly embarked on a 2,400 kilometre- walk to his home, along with his donkey, which he purchased from North- East China's Heilongjiang province. ANI

China planning to build 'English only' town within five years
China is reportedly planning to build a tourist town in Miyun County, where people would be allowed to speak only in English. ANI

Pakistan criticises 'narrow visioned' US for freezing aid to Islamabad
Pakistan has criticised America's moves to freeze 700 million dollars in aid to Pakistan, saying that the move has been taken based on "narrow vision" of overall prevailing situation. he relationship between the US and Pakistan severed after the recent NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

Taliban contests US claims of winning war in Afghanistan
The Taliban has dismissed US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's claim that the US is winning the 10-year war in Afghanistan, saying international forces have "not achieved even one percent success". aliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Panetta's two-day trip was aimed at boosting the morale of American troops, but it was the insurgent fighters who were in fact gaining strength. ANI

Bangladesh man 'admits' to cutting off wife's fingers
Human rights groups in Bangladesh have demanded a severe punishment for the husband of a young wife who allegedly cut off most of her right hand. ANI

US to consider continuing $200m aid to Pakistan
The United States Embassy in Pakistan has contradicted media reports about its Senate's decision to "cut" 700 million dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) is currently "under consideration". ANI

Japan to hail Fukushima nuke plant 'Cold Shutdown' state
Japanese authorities are set to announce that they have brought the Fukushima Daiichi complex's devastated nuclear reactors to a state called cold shutdown, a milestone in stabilizing the site of the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. ANI

Pakistan will fight war on terrorism on its own terms, not of US, says Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said Islamabad will fight the war on terrorism according to its own terms and conditions and not that of the US Congress. ANI

Chinese envoy meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi
China's ambassador to Myanmar met with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, according to a government spokesman, in a potential signal that Beijing hopes to take a greater role in the Southeast Asian nation's political transformation. ANI

Australia should not wait for UK Queen to die to become a great country: Ex-PM
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has said that Australia can never be a great country while a foreigner is head of state and the flag of another nation resides on the Australian flag. ANI

US officials reject new Iran claims of bringing down CIA-operated stealth drone
U.S. officials have rejected Iran's claims of responsibility for bringing down a CIA-operated stealth drone. ANI

World's 3rd smallest surviving newborn weighed same as Coke can
The third smallest baby ever to be born and survive weighed just 270 grams, which is about the same as a can of Coke, according to doctors. ANI

Vladimir Putin elects ex-Playboy playmate as his MP
Vladimir Putin has appointed a former Playboy playmate as one of his MPs in the Russian parliament. ANI

US will be responsible if Pakistan fails in war against terrorism: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the United States would be responsible if Pakistan fails in the war against terrorism after the US Senate agreed to freeze close to 700 million dollars in aid to Islamabad. ANI

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's death may be a war crime: ICC
The International Criminal Court's (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo has raised a 'serious' suspicion that Libyan ruler's Muammar Gaddafi's death might have been a war crime. ANI

Zardari, Gilani had no role in Memo Gate scandal: Pakistan
The Pakistan Government has claimed in its reply to the Supreme Court that President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had no role in the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

US Senate approves Pakistan aid freeze bill
The US Senate has passed the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2012 with 86 senators voting for, and 13 against the bill, agreeing to freeze close to 700 million dollars in aid to Pakistan. ANI

'Carlos the Jackal' jailed for life for killing 11 and injuring 140 in France
Venezuelan terrorist, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal, has been jailed for life for organising four attacks in 1982 and 1983 in France that left 11 dead and injured more than 140. ANI

Kayani, Pasha satisfied with Pak-American businessman's Memo Gate evidence
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha have acknowledged for the first time that they are satisfied with the evidence provided by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz in the Memo Gate issue. ANI

'Young' Charlotte Bronte's manuscript fetches 690k pounds at auction
A tiny unpublished Charlotte Bronte's manuscript written when he was a teenager was sold at an auction at Sotheby's for 690,850 pounds. ANI

GE Healthcare Invites People to Join Its Efforts in Making an Impact on Neurodegenerative Diseases
GE Healthcare’s MIND campaign is going online to give those affected by neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and parkinsonian syndromes a platform to share their stories. Business Wire India

Delphi Genetics Announces That All the Bacterial Strains Present in Its Research Kits Are Completely Sequenced
Delphi Genetics announced today during a presentation at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Molecular Biology Society of Japan that it has established the complete chromosome sequence of all the strains sold in the research kits of the company. The complete genome sequencing of the strains of Escherichia coli (E Business Wire India

Premier Farnell sets New Benchmark for Board-Level Design Solutions Across CAD libraries, PCB Design and PCB Prototyping
Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), today announced the immediate availability of over 45,000 CAD model files for use by its electronics design customers. The models support products from many of the world’s leading electronic component and semiconductor suppliers, and used alongside PCB design tools, help designers to quickly and accurately realise their printed circuit board (PCB) design Business Wire India

ROTHOM, the New Book Brings Hope to Humanity
A new "must read" book is available in India for discerning readers. The book is titled ROTHOM Role Theory of Money (Harbinger of Resonant, Human Economy). This book tells how the evil side of money can be eliminated that too quickly and permanently. It tells how "jobs and money for everybody for life" is possible. It also tells how another depression can be prevented Business Wire India

Zynga Inc. Prices Initial Public Offering
Zynga Inc. today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 100,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $10.00 per share. In addition, certain of Zynga’s stockholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15,000,000 shares to cover over-allotments, if any Business Wire India

ACER Releases Himachal Pradesh – India Results of PISA 2009+ Participant Economies
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) this morning released the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009+ results for ten economies. Business Wire India

ACER Releases Tamil Nadu-India Results of PISA 2009+ Participant Economies
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) this morning released the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009+ results for ten economies. Business Wire India

The Valence Group Appoints Former FMC CEO Bill Walter to its Senior Executive Panel
The Valence Group, a specialist M&A investment bank offering advisory services to companies and investors in the chemicals, materials and related sectors, today announced the appointment of William “Bill” Walter, former chairman and CEO of specialty chemical manufacturer FMC Corporation, to its Senior Executive Panel (SEP). Business Wire India

APP-China Expands Sustainability Commitment
APP-China has published its latest sustainability report covering its operations in 20101 Business Wire India

Global Benefits Association Recognizes HCCMIS Executive for Leadership Award
The Global Benefits Association (GBA) awarded the Vice President of Sales from HCC Medical Insurance Services (HCCMIS®), a provider of international medical insurance, with the prestigious Global Benefits Leadership Award Business Wire India

3M-Commissioned Research Shows Consumers Value Wide-Angle Viewing on Their LCD TVs
A new study commissioned by 3M shows that American consumers want high brightness and quality no matter at what angle they view their LCD TVs. Business Wire India

Covidien Plans Spin-Off of Pharmaceuticals Business
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced that it plans to spin off its pharmaceuticals business into a standalone public company. Business Wire India

AIRINC Partners with Miller & Cambridge in India
AIRINC (Associates for International Research, Inc.) has partnered with the HR advisory and consulting firm Miller & Cambridge in India to expand its networks and increase local market support Business Wire India

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