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Pakistan has no right to discuss Gilgit-Baltistan in its parliament: BNF chief
The Chairman of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF), Abdul Hamid Khan, has criticized a move by the Government of Pakistan to raise the issue of Gilgit-Baltistan in the country's Parliament. ANI

Pak editorial highlights govt's double faced US drone tactics
Pakistan secretly sanctions drone strikes, but, on the other hand, it has also been supporting certain factions of the militants, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Rights group calls for investigation into Pak journalist's murder in Balochistan
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) are calling for an investigation into the drive-by shooting death of Abdost Rind, a 27-year-old part-time journalist in Pakistan's Balochistan province on February 18. ANI

97pc of women have at least one 'I hate my body' moment daily
Almost every woman has felt insecure about her body at some point in her life. But a new survey has revealed that it happens much more than one would imagine. ANI

Now, a wristband that alerts husbands when wives are suffering from PMT
A wristband that changes colour when women are suffering from pre-menstrual tension has been designed to make men a bit more understanding at certain times of the month - or at least give them advance warning of a partner's sudden mood swings. ANI

Pak in 'damned if you do and damned if you don't' dilemma over Davis: Editorial
The Pakistan government would face a 'public backlash' if they decide to enter in any agreement with the United States over the Raymond Davis standoff, but the long-term repercussions of any other course could be much, much worse, according to an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper. ANI

Sledgers strip off for Germany's annual Naked Sledging contest
A number of participants in Germany's annual Naked Sledging contest braved the cold to strip off and participate in the event in just their crash helmets, knickers and footwear. ANI

Brit school kids risking health by enjoying hookah sessions at shisha cafes
Blackburn police have warned that children as young as 12 are risking their health by smoking hookahs in illegal shisha cafes in Lancashire, UK. ANI

Brit man vows to get back on motorbike after three resuscitations, 38 ops
A man in Britain, who was brought back to life three times and needed 38 operations following a motorcycle crash, has vowed to not only walk again but also get back on his motorbike. ANI

30-year-old Casanova 'dupes' 4 Malaysian women
Four women in Malaysia, who found they were dating the same man, who eventually cheated them of their money, have come together to make sure the same doesn't happen to other women. ANI

Brit restaurant offers meat feast that contains over 5,000 calories
A restaurant in Britain is daring its customers to finish up a plate containing different kinds of meat with over 5,000 calories. ANI

PML-N decides to remove PPP ministers from Pak Punjab govt
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has reportedly decided to remove the Pakistan People's Party's ministers from the Punjab government.ccording to the Dawn, PML-N sources said that the decision was taken during a meeting headed by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif today. ANI

Price discovery of crude oil can not be left entirely unregulated: Jaipal Reddy
Petroleum Minister S. Jaipal Reddy on Wednesday said there is a need to improve the understanding of inter-linkages between the physical and financial markets to address the issue of price volatility and price discovery. ANI

Brit man claims No 10's newly appointed rat catcher is his aunt's lost cat
A man in Britain has claimed that the moggy, who was newly appointed as rat catcher at Number 10, Downing Street, belongs to his aunt. ANI

Five-deck Marquette 'floating community' to recreate Mark Twain's era on American waterways
Marquette, a luxury 'river city' worth 109 million dollars, would reportedly cruise on America's waterways all year round, bringing back memories of the Mark Twain era. ANI

Brits angry over word 'marriage' being removed from birth statistics
In a new bid to avoid discrimination, the word "marriage" has been asked to be removed from the records of British women who become pregnant. ANI

US aborted drone attack on Sirajuddin Haqqani in Pak over fear of civilian deaths
The United States had reportedly passed up a chance to kill Haqqani network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani last year, when CIA authorities chose against firing a missile from a predator drone to avoid civilian deaths. ANI

Pak Punjab police team barred from entering US Embassy in Lahore
Pakistan Punjab police officers were reportedly denied access to the United States Embassy premises in Lahore to 'arrest' American citizens wanted in a 'murder' case. ANI

2012 Olympic Games venue opens
The organising committee of 2012 Olympic Games achieved a milestone when the first venue the velodrome, opened on Tuesday. ANI

Pak to review visa policy for US officials and diplomats following Davis fiasco
The Pakistan government has reportedly decided to review its visa policy for US officials and diplomats, and withdraw special powers granted to the country's Ambassador in Washington, Hussain Haqqani, following the sticky Raymond Davis episode. ANI

UK to ease visa policy to provide more opportunities to Pakistanis
The British government has softened its visa policy for Pakistani citizens to provide more opportunities for them in the United Kingdom, Immigration Minister Damian Green has said. ANI

Pakistan, Japan reaffirm resolve to strengthen efforts against terrorism
Pakistan and Japan have decided to further strengthen their bilateral relations with a comprehensive partnership for peace and development at the summit-level talks held between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in Tokyo. ANI

Royal Navy sailor rapes drunken colleague at Portsmouth base
A sailor of the Royal Navy is said to have raped a drunken colleague of his while she was asleep in her bed at Portsmouth base. ANI

Kiwi woman "miraculously" rescued from Christchurch quake site
A woman, who was trapped inside a building for over 25 hours following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been miraculously rescued. ANI

Indian man with world's largest family of 39 wives, 94 kids ready to marry again
An Indian man, from Mizoram, who has the largest family in the world with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, says he's ready to marry again. ANI

US not considering military, economic aid cut for Pak over Raymond Davis standoff
The United States has said that it is building a strategic partnership with Pakistan, and wants to resolve the issue over its consular employee Raymond Davis, so that it does not affect their relations. ANI

Pak wants UN development aid better 'aligned' with national goals, priorities
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has called for better alignment of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assistance with Pakistan's national development goals and priorities. ANI

Rare footage that shows JFK's last night made public
After nearly five decades, a rare footage showing former US President John F. Kennedy's last night has been made public for the first time. ANI

Study examines what employers are really looking for in candidates
A new study from Oklahoma State University reveals the attributes employers find important in a candidate, and how they measure these skills. ANI

Arizona court convicts Iraqi man for "honour killing" of westernised daughter
An Arizona court has found an Iraqi immigrant guilty of a second-degree murder in an "honour killing" case, wherein the convict ran over his 20-year-old daughter because she had become too westernised. ANI

UK not 'ashamed' of selling weapons to Middle East: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended his position over the sale of weapons to Middle East, saying that the UK has 'nothing to be ashamed of' for selling weapons to Arab leaders. ANI

Pak can't afford to risk its future by being ill-prepared for floods: UN
Pakistan must spend millions of dollars on rebuilding areas devastated by the floods to avoid massive loss of life and jobs in future, a top United Nations official has said. ANI

Arab regimes facing risk of breeding Gen Next of Muslim extremists: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned Arab regimes that they face the risk of breeding a new generation of Muslim extremists if they continue to maintain an iron grip on their respective populations. ANI

Chinese man dies after three days of continuous Internet gaming
A Chinese man, in his thirties, has died after a three-day online gaming session in which he did not sleep and barely ate. ANI

MI5 dismissed 7/7 ringleader as Jihadi 'tourist', inquest hears
British Intelligence outfit MI5 had dismissed the July 7 ringleader as a Jihadi 'tourist' when he had travelled to Pakistan in 2003 to attend a terrorist training camp, the inquest into the 2005 attacks on London's transport system has heard. ANI

Women sue Virgin Airlines after firm sacks them over pregnancy
Two women, who were allegedly sacked by their employer Virgin Blue because they were pregnant, have now decided to sue the airline. ANI

Enid Blyton's unseen novel 'Mr Tumpy's Caravan' discovered
A previously unseen novel by Enid Blyton has been discovered in a children's book centre. ANI

Cannabis ingredient 'can boost cancer patients' appetites, sense of taste'
A new study has suggested that the active ingredient in cannabis can help cancer patients regain their appetites and sense of taste. ANI

Pandiani suggests 'cocky' Ronaldo 'would need a dentist' in Uruguay
Veteran Osasuna striker Walter Pandiani has suggested Cristiano Ronaldo would have to see a dentist if the Real Madrid star visited Uruguay. ANI

Brits spent £2.3bn on cosmetic surgery in 2010
A new survey has found that British people spent a whopping 2.3 billion pounds on cosmetic surgery last year. ANI

Palin gets no vote in recent GOP straw poll
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has not received a single vote in a recent Republican presidential straw poll conducted in Minnesota's Beltrami County. ANI

Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago Mayor bid with over 50 percent votes
Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, has been elected as the Mayor of Chicago, winning over 50 percent of votes. ANI

'Brit-Indian honeymooner too fragile to stand trial in SA after failed suicide bid'
The Brit-Indian millionaire charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year has reportedly become too "fragile" to stand trial in South Africa after a failed suicide attempt in London. ANI

US fears for double murder-accused Raymond Davis' life in Pak prison
U.S. officials believe that Raymond Davis, an American national who murdered two Pakistani citizens in Lahore, is in serious danger - even from the guards at the prison where he now awaits his next court date on February 25. ANI

'Vampire facelift' using patient's own blood latest cosmetic fad
A clinic in Austin, Texas, is offering those who wish to regain their youthful look a new cosmetic procedure called the "vampire facelift", which uses a patient's own blood. ANI

Raymond Davis on hunger strike over 'substandard food' in Pak prison
Raymond Davis, who is facing double murder charges in Pakistan, has gone on a hunger strike in a Lahore prison to protest against "substandard food" being given to him and to press for removing security cameras. ANI

Pak Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud's aide arrested in Karachi
Pakistani police have reportedly arrested five militants, including a close aide of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baitullah Mehsud and a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi member, in Karachi. ANI

How becoming the President of America is the gateway to a fortune
A survey by Wall Street has revealed that becoming the American President means joining an exclusive club - of the rich. ANI

US concerned about safety of Libya's oil reserves, not peace: Castro
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said that America is not worried about maintaining peace in Libya but is more concerned about country's oil reserves. ANI

WikiLeaks cables detail Qaddafi clan's extravagant exploits
As the Qaddafi clan conducts a bloody struggle to hold onto power in Libya, cables obtained by the whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks offer a vivid account of the lavish spending, rampant nepotism and bitter rivalries that have defined what a 2006 cable called "Qadhafi Incorporated." ANI

NYPD stopped, questioned record 600K people in 2010
New York City Police officers stopped and questioned over 600,000 people last year, the highest number since the NYPD began releasing the data in 2002. ANI

Quarter of Australians 'racist' towards Asians: Poll
Almost half of Australians have anti-Muslim sentiments, while nearly 24 percent have a negative attitude towards Asians, the biggest survey ever done on racism in the country has revealed. ANI

Marijuana use could lead to sexual dysfunction in men
A new study on the effects of marijuana on sexual health has suggested that men could be courting sexual dysfunction from smoking it. ANI

Sarah Palin accused of being a 'paranoid' woman
The draft of a memoir - written by Sarah Palin's once trusted aide, Frank Bailey, and leaked to the media - contains emails that vividly portray her as a 'paranoid' woman. ANI

Sarah Palin 'has a secret Facebook account'
Sarah Palin has a secret Facebook account that she uses to publish comments on daughter Bristol's profile page, according to a new tell-all book. ANI

Pak not pursuing Musharraf's extradition from UK: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that his ministry is not pursuing former President Pervez Musharraf's extradition from the United Kingdom. ANI

Sexy spy Chapman to run for parliament as member of Putin's party
If reports are to be believed, then sexy spy Anna Chapman is to run for the Russian parliament in December as a member of Vladimir Putin's ruling party. ANI

Christchurch quake: National emergency declared as toll reaches 75
The New Zealand government has declared a national state of emergency following yesterday's 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch that killed at least 75 people. ANI

Heidelberg and Ricoh Announce Global Strategic Cooperation
Today, Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Ricoh) and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) (FWB: HDD) announced a global strategic cooperation. As a first step, both companies agreed to enter into a global distribution contract for Ricoh’s Production Printing Product portfolio Business Wire India

Asia Pulp & Paper Lays Out Key Milestones On Path to 100 Percent Pulpwood Supply Certification
The Indonesian-based Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is expanding internal auditing and certification mandates for its pulpwood suppliers as part of its commitment to achieve 100 percent Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certification by the end of 2020. Business Wire India

LUXEON S Delivers Punch, Color Quality, and Freedom From Binning in a Breakthrough Package Delivering 1300 ""Hot"" Lumens
LUXEON S making its debut this week stands to change expectations of what’s possible with the latest generation of LUXEON LEDs from Philips Lumileds. Designed with retail spot and down lighting in mind, LUXEON S enables simple, effective, and efficient lighting Business Wire India

Philips Lumileds Leads LED Lighting Industry to ""Freedom From Binning"" and Unsurpassed Quality of Light
Philips Lumileds announced an industry breakthrough today that will relieve luminaire manufacturers’ and lighting designers’ concerns over white light consistency and uniformity and will dramatically simplify the design process for LED solutions Business Wire India

SkyCross Names Dr. Bami Bastani to Board of Directors
SkyCross, a global developer and manufacturer of advanced antenna and RF solutions that are powering the emergence of 4G networks, has announced the appointment of Bami Bastani, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr Business Wire India

PECO Pallet Announces Acquisition by The Pritzker Group
PECO Pallet Inc. announced that the company has been acquired by The Pritzker Group, a private investment firm owned and controlled by J.B. Pritzker and Tony Pritzker. The acquisition provides PECO Pallet with substantial equity capital to fund the company’s continued expansion throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico Business Wire India

Recognia Introduces Their ""360° VIEW"" Suite of Investment Research Tools
Recognia, the industry leader in providing actionable investment research products for both independent investors and market professionals introduced , their “360° VIEW” – a suite of investment research tools that gives investors the most complete view of global markets and strategies for investing and trading Business Wire India

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