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How to have fun and yet be professional at office parties
Office parties are tricky - being surrounded by co-workers and bosses often makes it confusing to find the ideal way to behave. ANI

'Rumourgate' against Pak Govt. not worth a response: PPP leader
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) member and former law minister Babar Awan has said rumours circulating against the country's government do not need any discussion or response. ANI

Aussies turn to sex to help cope with stress during Christmas
A new study has claimed that majority of Australian couples may turn to sex to help cope with the stress during Christmas, which is one of the most nerve-wracking times of the year. ANI

Medical student replaces Lara Bingle as Miss Tourism Australia
A 23-year-old medical student from New South Wales has replaced Lara Bingle as the new face of Australian tourism. ANI

China, U.S. start pilot project to boost cargo security in Shanghai
China and the United States have kicked off the Megaports Initiative project in China, as a part of efforts to enhance security through radiation checks for cargo carriers at Shanghai's Yangshan Port. ANI

China backs European measures for tackling sovereign debt crisis
China has backed European efforts for further integration and European Union measures to tackle a sovereign debt crisis. ANI

Bin Laden not at Qaeda helm before Abbottabad raid: Expert
Documents found in the Abbottabad compound where former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in a US Navy Seals raid on May 2, indicate he did not play any role in the group's operations during the last days of his life, an American expert, who reviewed the evidence said. ANI

US Congress supports withdrawing or reducing aid to Pak: Senator
US Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein has said withdrawing military or economic aid to Pakistan will not help, but warned that the Congress supported such measure. ANI

China, US hold defense talks despite frictions over arms sales to Taiwan
China and the United States kicked off annual defense consultative talks (DCT) in Beijing, despite recent frictions in ties over US arms sales to Taiwan. ANI

Nearly half of 'work-obsessed' Britons check e-mails over Christmas break: Survey
Employees in Britain are so obsessed with e-mails that nearly half of them plan to check their work messages over the Christmas break, a survey has revealed. ANI

China executes female leader of massive prostitution ring
China has executed a female head of a gang that that forced hundreds of women to work as prostitutes. ANI

Romney launches attack on Gingrich's private life highlighting his 'infidelity, divorces'
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney launched an attack on Newt Gingrich's private life by highlighting the former House Speaker's infidelity and two divorces, in a desperate attempt to block his path to victory. ANI

New rumour erupts over Higgs Boson discovery
After gazillions of particle collisions and countless rumours of Higgs boson discoveries, yet another rumour has surfaced about the existence of one of the Universe's most secretive particles. ANI

Fun night-outs with colleagues boosts teamwork
Socialising after office hours with colleagues can serve as a good morale booster for employees, give way to teamwork and also help developing trust and camaraderie, a new study has suggested. ANI

Near-space lightning may impact climate
Newly captured super-fast, extremely bright lightning in the upper-atmosphere, dubbed 'Sprites', may play a vital role in climate and solar activity, a new study has suggested. ANI

Pak military brass unsatisfied with NATO probe on Mohmand Agency attack
The Pakistan military brass has reportedly expressed its dissatisfaction with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) probe into the attacks on border posts in the country's Mohmand Agency. ANI

Ill Zardari did not want to leave Pakistan: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told the federal Cabinet on Thursday that President Asif Ali Zardari did not want to leave the country for treatment. ANI

Islamabad HC rejects plea against actress Veena Malik
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday rejected a plea filed against actress Veena Malik, saying reported nude pictures of her that had appeared in a magazine were published in another country, and therefore, she could not be tried in Pakistan. ANI

Duchess Kate sparks frenzy for her favourite high street dresses
The Zara minidress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge at Gary Barlow's Prince's Trust gig in London was sold out online within an hour. ANI

China boosted foreign trade: White Paper
China has highlighted the country's achievements in boosting foreign trade and contribution to the global economy. ANI

Syria would allow observers to monitor country's situation if Arab League lifts sanctions
Syria has agreed to allow in observer to monitor the deadly crackdown on anti-government protestors that has gripped the country for nearly nine months only if Arab League lifts its sanctions. ANI

ISI frontman pleads guilty, but will US act against ISI?
The US dossier against Pakistan's spy agency is growing and the latest "whistle blower" is Ghulam Nabi Fai, a Kashmiri frontman who pleaded guilty to receiving millions of dollars from the ISI to influence American politicians. ANI

Kate sparks more pregnancy rumours at charity concert
Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge has reignited rumours that she is pregnant with a mere flick of the wrist. ANI

US 'agent' in dock for receiving ISI funds to lobby for Kashmir independence
A Kashmiri-born American citizen has pleaded guilty to violating American law by secretly receiving millions of dollars from Pakistan's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, to lobby for Kashmir's independence. ANI

Outrage over Japan's earthquake funds being used for whaling programme
A growing number of Japanese environmental and consumer groups are protesting against the use of funds raised for March 11 devastating quake and tsunami reconstruction to subsidise the loss-making whaling fleet. ANI

US urges Pakistan to take stringent action against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
The United States has urged Pakistan to take a stringent action against an extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which was blamed by Afghanistan for the December 6 attack. ANI

Former Pak envoy Haqqani retains lawyers to pursue defamation claims against media firm
Former Pakistan ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has retained Washington- based lawyers, Steven K Barentzen and R Kenly Webster to pursuE defamation claims against The Newsweek. ANI

Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for attempted sale of Obama's senate seat
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption that include trying to sell or trade the US Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. ANI

Iran says downed US spy drone was flying 'deep inside its airspace'
Iran has claimed that the unmanned US spy plane was flying deep inside the country's airspace when it was brought down by the armed forces. ANI

Pak actress Veena Malik in dock for obscene acts
A petitioner has moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against actress Veena Malik and urged that she should be tried under Article 294 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) for obscene acts, Article 124-A for sedition, Article 140 for wearing garb or carrying token used by soldier, sailor or airman and Article 500 for defamation. ANI

Former Pak foreign minister Kasuri may join PTI
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri is expected to join the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) soon. ANI

Pak asks Afghanistan to give evidence over Islamabad group's role in Kabul blast
Pakistan has called on Afghanistan to provide evidence on the extremist group, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi's role in the December 6 twin bombing that killed 59 people in Kabul. ANI

Afghan bomb blast toll rises to 78 in 24 hours
The death toll in bombings in Afghanistan has risen to 78 in just 24 hours, even as the Karzai Government continues to blame Pakistan for the attacks. ANI

Gorbachev calls for re-run of Russian parliamentary election
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has called for a re-run of the Russian parliamentary election, accusing officials of "falsification and rigging". ANI

Thailand jails American for defaming monarchy
Thailand has jailed an American citizen for two and a half years for posting web links of a banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. ANI

Bashar al-Assad rejects accusations of being responsible for deaths of Syrians
President Bashar al-Assad has rejected accusations that he is responsible for the deaths of thousands of protesters in Syria's nine-month-long uprising. ANI

Sydney vet gored to death by pygmy elephant in Borneo
Sydney vet Jenna O'Grady Donley had travelled the world pursuing her passion for wildlife conservation, but on Wednesday she was gored to death by a pygmy elephant while trekking with a friend in a remote wildlife park in Borneo. ANI

Iran blocks US 'virtual' online embassy
Iran has blocked a virtual online embassy of the United States, a day after its launch. ANI

Mexico foils Saadi Gaddafi's plan to sneak into country
Mexican authorities have reportedly foiled a plot to smuggle one of the sons of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and his family into the country. ANI

Short walk 'halves' chocolate craving at work
A 15-minute stroll can curb snacking on chocolate at work by half, a new study has suggested. ANI

Bilawal Bhutto, Gilani chair meeting to discuss Pak Senate polls
In the wake of President Asif Ali Zardari remaining indisposed, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PPP Vice Chairman Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani jointly presided over a meeting of the senior party leadership here on Wednesday evening. ANI

Speculation rife over Zardari's health, pressure to quit residency
Speculative reports and rumours over President Asif Ali Zardari's health and whether he will or will not resign from office continue, even as his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the government were busy clearing the mist.t is now confirmed that Zardari had suffered a minor heart attack on Tuesday and was flown by an air ambulance to Dubai where he had to undergo an angioplasty. ANI

A New Level of Service for Food Safety: Silliker and AsiaInspection Launch AsiaFoodInspection
Silliker, a Mérieux NutriSciences company, and AsiaInspection are launching AsiaFoodInspection (, a service combining Silliker’s 40 years of experience in food safety and AsiaInspection’s unique network of 350+ inspectors and online platform for quality control in Asia Business Wire India

H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Stresses the Importance of Global Cooperation in Countering Crime
H.H. Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, met delegations participating in the 2nd International Seminar for Police in the Gulf Region and the World. H.H Business Wire India

Cameron Health Reaches 1,000 Patient Milestone for S-ICD® System
Cameron Health, Inc. (“Cameron Health”) announced today that the 1,000th patient was recently implanted with the S-ICD® System, the world’s only completely subcutaneous implantable defibrillator. Business Wire India

Linagliptin demonstrates meaningful improvement in glycaemic control in initial combination therapy with metformin
EX US, UK and UAE Medical Media Only. Business Wire India

ISACA Issues COBIT Assessment Programme to Help Enterprises Ensure
For the past 15 years, enterprises around the world have been using COBIT to improve and assess their IT processes. Until now, however, a there has been no consistent approach for internal and external professionals to assess these processes Business Wire India

The CompactFlash Association Announces the First Video Performance Guarantee (VPG) Profile Specification
The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the release of the first Video Performance Guarantee (VPG) Profile specification for CompactFlash cards. The VPG Profile 1 specification enables guaranteed sustained capture of video streams at up to 20MB/sec. for professional video capture. Business Wire India

The CompactFlash Association Announces the Recently Adopted XQDTM Specification as a New Memory Card Format
The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the release of the XQD specification as a new high performance memory card. This XQD specification is based on the PCI Express® specification, which provides a solid base for future performance scaling. Business Wire India

Diamond Dash goes mobile - Wooga launches popular social game for iOS
Diamond Dash, the most popular arcade game on Facebook, is now available as a free download in the App Store. As of today, Wooga, the world’s third largest developer of social games, is offering Diamond Dash for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad Business Wire India

Outfit7 Celebrates the Holiday Season Early as Talking Santa Hits #1 in 60 Countries
Outfit7 Inc., a subsidiary of Out Fit 7 Ltd and the global mobile entertainment leader behind the blockbuster Talking Friends collection of apps, today announced that their Talking Santa app for iPhone and iPad has reached the #1 chart position in 60 countries worldwide, including Malaysia and Vietnam. Business Wire India

COMPAS Trial Results Demonstrate the Safety and Efficacy of Daily Remote Monitoring with BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® in Pacemaker Patients
BIOTRONIK today announced the publication of the COMPAS clinical trial results in the European Heart Journal1. COMPAS is the first large-scale, prospective, multi-center, randomized clinical trial to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of remote monitoring with BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® in pacemaker patients Business Wire India

Syncada Earns Industry’s SSAE 16 Certification
Syncada announced today that its global financial supply chain network has successfully completed the requirements of the Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16) as established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (November 30 – December 7, 2011)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of November 30 – December 7, 2011. Business Wire India

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