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India to contribute Rs.15 crores for education development in Bhutan
India on Monday announced that it would provide a grant of Rs.15 crore to Bhutan for education development. ANI

Record number of Brits to call in 'sick' on 'National Sickie Day' today
A survey has revealed that a record number-375,000-of Brit office workers will phone in sick on the 'National Sickie Day'. ANI

Iranian opposition recruiting disgruntled Revolutionary Guard to cripple Ahmadinejad
Disgruntled elements of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard are being recruited by the country's opposition party in a bid to cripple President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime from within. ANI

'JuD clear example of banned outfit working under new name in Pak Punjab'
The Sunni Ittehad Council, a religious organization in Pakistan, has said that Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) remains a clear example of a banned outfit working under a different name under the nose of the Pakistan Punjab government. ANI

Condoms to be handed to Brit pupils during sexual health lessons
A school in Britain could hand out condoms and prescriptions for the pill to its pupils during "sexual health and family planning" lessons, said a doctor who came up with the idea. ANI

China registered 4.6m trademarks by end of 2010
China has reportedly registered 4.6 million trademarks, with the number of trademark applications exceeding a million last year. ANI

Twin blasts meant to create fear and panic in Karachi wound two
At least two people were injured in bomb explosions outside two police stations in Karachi on Monday. ANI

Neo-nazis dominate German village where Hitler is still considered Fuehrer
Adolf Hitler might have died many years back, but his legacy is continuing in one of the villages in Germany where people still 'heil' the nazi leader chanting "Hitler is my Fuehrer". ANI

Assange's lawyers set to publish entire extradition defence online
As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange begins his court battle against extradition to Sweden, his lawyers are all set to take the unprecedented step of publishing its entire defence online.he 39-year-old Australian is appearing before magistrates in Belmarsh, east London, for what is expected to be a two-day hearing to determine his fate. ANI

Brit MPs propose to take away items from perpetrators as Asbos are scrapped
Ministers in Britain have come up with a new idea to control perpetrators, who refuse to behave, by seizing their stereos, iPods and other "bling" items. ANI

Musharraf named as accused in Bhutto's assassination case
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has added the name of former President Pervez Musharraf to the list of accused in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

Brit Cabinet minister's mistress to beg wife for forgiveness
A British Cabinet minister's mistress is planning to write to his wife begging forgiveness for troubling her family. ANI

Canadian naval commander warned of Somalia's 'collusion' with pirates: Wikileaks
Whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks has revealed that a Canadian navy commander had warned about a collusion between Somali pirates and the transitional Somali government that's being backed by the West. ANI

Racism probe after UK health watchdog describes gossip as 'jungle drums'
A health watchdog in Britain has had its funding withdrawn after its chairman was accused of racism for using the phrase "jungle drums" to describe gossip. ANI

Thai, Cambodian troops clash near heritage Preah Vihear temple
Cambodian and Thai troops exchanged fire on Monday in the region of Tasem near the Preah Vihear Temple, a world heritage site. ANI

Romney, Huckabee are Republican Party's best White House bet
Two former American governors -- Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee-are being seen as the Republican Party's best shots at winning back the White House. ANI

Caring robot to keep Kiwi elderly entertained
Christchurch-based gaming company Stickmen Studios has developed a game - Kung Fu Funk - that can help rehabilitate people who have suffered brain injuries. ANI

Pressures of modern life make it hard for Brits to find time for everything
A survey has found that more than half of the UK adult population feel they are unable to balance work, health, relationships and aspirations due to the pressures of modern life. ANI

Young female Malaysian grads 'selling bodies for making easy bucks'
Young female Malaysian graduates are resorting to more lucrative 'jobs' than the ones their qualifications can get them-they are willing to sell their bodies and offer massage services to earn five-digit incomes. ANI

Asia, Pacific governments warned of increasing climate-induced migrations
Governments in Asia and the Pacific should be prepared to deal with increased migrations caused because of climatic change in the coming years, a forthcoming report of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said. ANI

'Useful' talks held with Salman Bashir, says Nirupama Rao
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Monday said her meeting with Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir was "good" and "useful", as all major issues were discussed. ANI

Krishna hopes to bridge trust deficit with Pakistan
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Monday stressed the need to build trust, mutual confidence and respect with Pakistan ANI

Form Malay Indian voter group to address community issues, says leader
An Indian voters' association should be established to consistently and continuously address issues facing the community, Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) central working committee member S. Vell Paari has said. ANI

Scottish Govt. denies striking deal with Libya over Lockerbie bomber's release
The Scottish Government would reportedly release new documents detailing discussions with Westminster to deny speculations that it had played a major role behind the scenes to release Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds. ANI

Job ad for n*ked male handyman taken off student website
An advertisement for a "nude male handyman" has been deleted from a student's website. ANI

Coffee shop owner in US faces jail over waitress being too scantily clad
A coffee shop owner in the US is facing up to 90 days jail time because one of her waitresses was too scantily clad. ANI

Australia to call blanket ban on all mobile phone in vehicles
Australian transport ministers have considered imposing new laws to ban all mobile phone use while driving. ANI

Guide for new Brit ministers includes buying Danish pastries for everybody
A guidebook that was handed to new coalition ministers in Britain last year on how to run the country, has surfaced. ANI

Sikh resumes Malaysian National Service training after hair cutting incident
A Sikh National Service (NS) trainee who had complained that his hair was snipped while he slept will resume training today at the Sungkai camp in Perak. ANI

Buckingham Palace looking for a royal 'eco-gardener'
The Royal household is in the need of a gardener and has advertised for an eco-gardener responsible for keeping the grounds of Buckingham Palace tidy and environmentally friendly. ANI

Thousands evacuated from Paris suburb after live WWII bomb discovery
French authorities evacuated at least six thousand people from their residences after an unexploded RAF bomb, which was apparently dropped during the Second World War, was discovered in Boulogne-Billancourt on the outskirts of Paris. ANI

Female teacher in US accused of having sex with five pupils in five months
A female high school gym teacher in the US has been accused of having sex with five students over a period of five-months. ANI

Chinese New Year pumps up prostitution in Singapore
Prostitution business in Geylang, Singapore, witnessed a rise during the Chinese New Year break with the influx of call girls from Indonesia, it has emerged. ANI

Air New Zealand to allow mobile use on new A320
Air New Zealand has said that the passengers on the black Airbus A320 will soon be able to use their mobile phones. ANI

America's top civil rights group backs Hindus upset with NBC over Lord Ganesh mockery
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), USA's influential-oldest-largest civil rights organization, has come out in support of Hindus, who are disturbed over the portrayal of Lord Ganesh as a sex act on NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) and want apologies from all those responsible for it, including actor Jim Carrey and NBC. ANI

One killed, 11 injured at 'house party' shootout in Ohio
A shootout during a party at a Youngstown State University fraternity house in Ohio has reportedly left a person dead, and 11 others injured. ANI

Assange threatens to sue The Guardian for malicious libel
Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' that had created controversy by its disclosure of thousands of US secret dilomatic cables, has threatened to sue The Guardian for libel over claims in a book published by the newspaper about its collaboration with him. ANI

How long can Egyptian military navigate middle ground?
A history of crushing dissent indicates that the Egyptian Army's tolerance for protesters may not hold if its interests are threatened. ANI

Pak govt. seriously implementing 10-point reforms agenda: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said his government is seriously implementing the 10-point reforms agenda given by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) last month. ANI

Einstein's 69-yr-old granddaughter wants her due
The university that owns the lucrative rights to Albert Einstein's name is refusing to give a dollar to his family. ANI

Pope believed 'priests should be allowed to have sex'
Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, had as a young priest, signed a memorandum suggesting Vatican to relax celibacy rules. ANI

Are Barbie and Ken getting together again after 43 yrs?
Toy manufacturer Mattel Inc. is seeking public opinion on the possible reunion of Barbie and Ken, who split in 2004 after 43 years together. ANI

54 pounds super-strong beers with 32pc alcohol on sale in the UK
One of the world's strongest ales, which can put you over the limit in just one swig, is now up for grabs at 54.99 pounds a bottle in England. ANI

Egyptians won't allow repressive govt. to fill Mubarak's void: Obama
US President Barack Obama has said that although Washington cannot force out Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, he hopes that a "whole bunch of secular" people in Egypt will no longer allow an unresponsive government without free and fair elections. ANI

Rolls Royce's Spirit of Ecstasy turns 100 this year
The Spirit of Ecstasy, the figurine that is the trademark of every Rolls Royce, turns 100 years old this year. ANI

Egypt crisis: Prizing status quo, Mubarak resisting pressure to quit
Egyptian, Arab and Western officials who have dealt with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt say that for the past week, he has veered between anger, a sense of betrayal and stoicism. ANI

Hindu trader gunned down in kidnapping bid in Pakistan
Unidentified men gunned down a Hindu trader when he resisted an apparent kidnapping bid in Pakistan's Balochistan Province. ANI

Imam in Dubai jailed for possessing nude photos
An imam in Dubai has been acquitted for seducing women to have sex with him using his BlackBerry but was jailed him for possessing nude photos. ANI

Wife of Pak man shot by American diplomat in Lahore commits suicide
The wife of one of the two men gunned down by US diplomat Raymond Davis in Lahore last month, has committed suicide by eating rat poison. ANI

'We want peace with India,' says Pak FM Quraishi
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Quraishi has said that he would like his country to be at peace with India, and added that while he is looking forward to his visit to India, the trip must be meaningful and should address all outstanding issues constructively. ANI

Kashmir issue needs fresh look by both India, Pak: Quraishi
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Quraishi has said that both Pakistan and India need to have a fresh look at the Kashmir issue, and search for ways to address the longstanding demand of self-determination of its people. ANI

Terrorism is a global issue, not a Pak or Afghan-specific issue: Quraishi
Accepting the existence of a trust deficit between India and Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Quraishi has said that both Islamabad and New Delhi need to be extremely cautious when levelling accusations, especially on the issue of terror attacks. ANI

Role in Afghanistan different for Pak, different for India: Quraishi
Describing Afghanistan as a sovereign country that has a right to have bilateral relations with any nation that it chooses, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Quraishi has said Islamabad cannot hold a grudge against Kabul for having ties with New Delhi, but added that a qualitative distinction needs to be made on contributions provided by both countries to that war-ravaged nation. ANI

New rum ad 'mocks Scotsmen in kilts'
In a bid to lure local drinkers back to native rum, an international drinks company has stirred controversy between Scotland and Trinidad and Tobago by mocking Scotsmen in kilts. ANI

Egypt's VP Suleiman demonised Muslim Brotherhood as "bogeyman": Wikileaks
The whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' has claimed in its latest revelation that Egypt's new Vice-President, Omar Suleiman, had long sought to demonise the opposition Muslim Brotherhood as "the bogeyman" in his contacts with sceptical US officials. ANI

"Faith Forum" of a Pulitzer winner newspaper to be lead by Rajan Zed
Notable religious statesman Rajan Zed will coordinate "Faith Forum", a weekly dialogue on religion of a Gannett publication in Nevada (USA). ANI

Wills will make a fantastic husband, wonderful king, says David Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron is confident that Prince William will make a "fantastic husband" and a "wonderful king". ANI

Palin won't appear at military fundraiser after 'negative feedback'
Sarah Palin's appearance at a military fundraiser has been cancelled after "an onslaught of negative feedback" received by the organization. ANI

Iran bans foreign foods in TV cookery shows
Iran has banned its television channels from showing cooking programs that present recipes for foreign cuisine. ANI

'Berlusconi's n*ked pics up for grabs for 1m'pound
Compromising pictures of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are apparently on sale for one million pounds. ANI

Worcestershire Museum in England to celebrate Holi
Worcestershire County Museum (WCM) in United Kingdom (UK) is celebrating Hindu festival of Holi in the last week of this month. ANI

Hindus upset at damage to landmark Hindu temple by Thai-Cambodian clashes
Hindus are shocked and upset at the reported damage to 11th century Preah Vihear Hindu Shiva temple complex because of Thai-Cambodian crossfire at their border. ANI

Indian-origin lawmaker faces racist attack from UK axe killer
An Indian-origin Conservative MP in the UK, Priti Patel,has been racially attacked by a convicted axe killer who is leading a campaign to give prisoners the right to vote. ANI

India, Pak foreign secretaries hold 'useful' talks,agree to carry it forward
Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan-Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir-met here on Sunday night for about 90-minutes after a gap of nearly six months to find ways to resume a bilateral dialogue that broke down badly between July 15-17, 2010. ANI

Toshiba Starts Delivery of Commercial UIM Card Supporting Near Field Communication (NFC)
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it will start delivery of commercial User Identity Module (UIM)[1] cards supporting near field communication (NFC)[2] to KDDI Corporation, a leading Japanese mobile network operator (MNO), in February. Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Introduces New Unique Reliaty Pacing System Analyzer
BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG, has announced the European launch of the Reliaty pacing system analyzer after CE approval and successful pre-market evaluation Business Wire India

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