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Malay-Indians begin silver chariot procession
The Malay-Indians have begun their 12-hour silver chariot procession bearing Lord Subramaniam's idol from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple last night. ANI

Nancy Reagan loves 'My Father at 100', says Ron Reagan
Former US President Ronald Reagan's son, Ron, has said that his mother Nancy loves the memoir 'My Father at 100', and it brought her to tears. ANI

Zardari urges UN to promote religious harmony across the globe
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has made an impassioned plea to the United Nations to work out special plans for promoting cultural and religious harmony across the globe. ANI

Gilani rules out talks with militants until they surrender
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has ruled out any talks with militants, and said the government will not make any compromises on the country's sovereignty. ANI

One killed, over twelve hurt in bomb blast outside school in northwest Pakistan
A bomb planted in a horse cart exploded near a school in Peshawar on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring over a dozen others, including eight girl students. ANI

Establish healthy traditions to keep winter blues at bay
Avoiding workouts, staying indoors and overindulging in foods usually leave many of us depressed during the winter months. ANI

Abuse rates higher among deaf children: Study
A new study indicates that the incidence of maltreatment, including neglect and physical and sexual abuse, is more than 25 percent higher among deaf and hard-of-hearing children than among hearing youths. ANI

Oz reality show pits brides against each other for plastic surgery makeover
A new reality TV show has come up in Australia that pits brides against each other in a series of wedding-themed challenges for the chance to win extensive cosmetic surgery. ANI

German thinktank advised US to "sabotage" Iran's nuke ambitions: Wikileaks
US secret diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that an influential German thinktank had advised the US to adopt a policy of "covert sabotage" of Iran's nuclear facilities, including computer hacking and "unexplained explosions". ANI

Asian s*x gang threatens to hunt schoolgirls who helped put them in jail
British schoolgirls, who helped in putting an Asian s*x gang behind bars, are now living in terror after the men threatened to hunt them down after they are freed. ANI

South Korean researchers reveal new sea defence model
Defence experts based in South Korea have devised improved methods to model underwater warfare, which they believe can aid future decisions about weapons and defence purchases. ANI

Anthony Horowitz vows to keep Sherlock Holmes 'exactly' the same
Anthony Horowitz, the new author of Sherlock Holmes, has promised that he will not make any changes to the character in his new book. ANI

Obama's approval ratings shoot up in two polls following 'Arizona shooting' speech
US President Barack Obama's approval ratings have shot up in two polls following his speech delivered to condole the agony of Arizona shoot out victims. ANI

Two out of three new jobs taken by foreigners in Britain last year
Foreigners are taking away two out of three new jobs in Britain, with statistics showing that only 100,000 of 297,000 workers who began new posts between July and September 2010 were native Britons. ANI

Qantas' flight woes continue as fault forces US-bound jet to divert to Fiji
A Qantas flight carrying almost 400 people from Sydney to New York was diverted to Fiji after a fuel valve fault, just four days after another safety scare on one of its planes. ANI

One of two students struck by same bullet in LA school in critical state
Los Angeles police have revealed that one of the two students struck by the same bullet at a Los Angeles school, is in a critical state. ANI

Prestigious Duke University sets aside "Prayer Space" for Hindus and Buddhists
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, prestigious Duke University in Durham (North Carolina, USA), affiliated with United Methodist Church, has reportedly set aside "Prayer Space" for Hindu and Buddhist students. ANI

Hindus ask UNESCO intervention to save ancient Hindu temples from lava in Indonesia
Hindus have asked UNESCO to urgently save the ancient Hindu temples in Indonesia, which are reportedly being threatened by volcanic lava. ANI

Cross-dressing policeman in Oz caught in an 'offensive act' by officers
A cross-dressing police officer in Sydney, Australia was caught committing an "offensive act" by officers while wearing a black ladies G-string, bra and six-inch high heels. ANI

Sarah Palin's poll ratings drop to lowest since 2008 over Jewish 'blood libel' row
Potential US presidential candidate Sarah Palin has come under the purview of lowest rating since the time she emerged as a political icon in 2008, with latest polls saying that 53 percent Americans started viewing her in an unfavourable light following the 'blood libel' comment she made after the Arizona shootings early this month. ANI

Qatar based Hindu businessman to build mosque in Kozhikode
To promote communal harmony in the state, a Qatar-based Hindu businessman is building a mosque in Kerala. ANI

'Wikileaks revelation caused less 'real, lasting' damage to American diplomacy'
The "embarrassing" act of releasing US secret diplomatic cables by the whistleblower website 'Website' has caused less real and lasting damage to American diplomacy, state department officials have said. ANI

Probe ordered into Malay-Sikh serviceman's 'cutting hair while asleep' claims
Malaysian Defence Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has reportedly ordered officials to investigate the claims made by a Sikh national service trainee that his hair was cut while he was asleep at the Sungai Bakap camp in Penang. ANI

Brit primary school assistant had s*x 5 times with friend's 12-yr-old son
A primary school playtime assistant in Britain has been accused of having s*x with the 12-year-old son of a close friend five times. ANI

Murray happy to rely on mum while seeking elusive first Grand Slam
British No 1 Andy Murray is attempting to win his first Grand Slam with his mother and best friend providing the technical expertise. ANI

Oz no longer nation of beer drinkers as most prefer wine
A survey on alcohol consumption in Australia has revealed that it no longer is a nation of beer drinkers, with more and more people preferring to drink wine. ANI

New 'O' book on Obama keeps everyone guessing
Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon and Schuster's latest political novel, "O," has said that people should stop trying to guess who the author is - because the book should be judged on its content and not the perceived identity of its author. ANI

Only about 2 in 10 Americans favour total repeal of Obama's healthcare reform
Most Americans don't want President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms legislation to be repealed entirely. ANI

Zardari may get special US guards for security in backdrop of Taseer's assassination
In the aftermath of Pakistan Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer's assassination by his own police guard, a proposal to bring in special security guards from the United States for President Asif Ali Zardari is under consideration, according to highly-placed sources. ANI

New York's Freedom Tower to be manned by 673 cops
Nearly 700 city cops will police New York's Freedom Tower and its surrounding area after it is rebuilt. ANI

China's e-commerce turnover up 22 percent in 2010
The e-commerce turnover in China has jumped 22 percent in 2010 from a year earlier to 4.5 trillion yuan. ANI

UK has no link with Bangladesh secret "torture" centres: Envoy
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Sir Stephen Evans, has denied media reports of his government having links with torture centres in Bangladesh. ANI

Hu faces 'more assertive' America on his visit over trade-currency-HR violation concerns
Chinese President Hu Jintao might have arrived Washington with a view to improve bilateral ties between the two nations ahead of his retirement in 2012, but is likely to face a 'more assertive' America in the wake of serious concerns relating to currency, the trade imbalance, human rights and China's military stance, political analysts say. ANI

US releases 2009 Obama gift list
Leaders from around the world gave US President Barack Obama and his family hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts in the year 2009. ANI

Krishna visit: India asks Australia for uranium to end energy shortages
Visiting External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna met Australia's Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson, on Wednesday, and sought Canberra's help for providing uranium to resolve India's energy demands. ANI

Florida community website targeted by Iranian hackers
Pro-Iranian hackers have targeted the website of a beach community in Florida. ANI

Rapist school bus driver in Dubai lured Indian girl, 4, with chocolate
The Indian mother of a four-year-old girl, who was sexually assaulted in a school bus in Dubai, has alleged that the driver lured her daughter to the back seat of the bus by offering her chocolate. ANI

Cherie Blair 'tried to use taxpayers' money to buy £3,500 Swedish bed'
Barely a month after former British Prime Minister Tony Blair took charge, his wife Cherie tried to buy a luxury 3,500-pound bed for the family's Downing Street apartment using the taxpayers' money. ANI

NY court begins trial of Pak-American TV executive accused of beheading wife
A New York court has started hearing the case of a Pakistani-origin television executive charged with beheading his wife after she filed for diverse. ANI

Cheney steers clear of Palin's US President dreams
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has steered clear of questions on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's prospects in the 2012 Presidential run. ANI

Average Brit couple argues 312 times a year
A new survey has revealed that the average Brit couple argues nearly every day - 312 times a year - mostly over the cleanliness of the house. ANI

US focussing on "possible discriminatory applications" of Pak's blasphemy law: Posner
In the wake of the controversy surrounding Pakistan's blasphemy law, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights Michael H. Posner has said the United States believes that people should be free to practice their religion, and is focussed on "possible discriminatory applications of the law". ANI

Kirpan carrying Sikhs barred from entering Quebec legislature
Four Sikhs invited to appear before a Quebec legislative committee to debate a bill that deals with the reasonable accommodation of religious minorities, were barred from entering the National Assembly building after metal detectors discovered that they were carrying kirpans. ANI

Haiti charges ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier with corruption
Authorities in Haiti have charged former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier with corruption, theft and misappropriation of funds, two days after he made an unexpected return to his homeland after 25 years in exile in France. ANI

Britain moves order to ban 'Pakistani Taliban' in UK
Britain has moved an order to ban the Pakistani Taliban as a terrorist group, making it illegal to raise funds in the United Kingdom. ANI

Brit-Muslim man threatens to "kill" cousin for not wearing headscarf
A British-Muslim woman has approached a London court for justice after her cousin allegedly threatened to kill her because she had abandoned wearing a 'hijab' or headscarf, which left her too scared to leave the house. ANI

S. African police chief knows why Brit-Indian honeymooner planned to kill his wife
South African police chief General Bheki Cele has claimed that his department has figured out the exact reason why the British-Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani planned to kill his wife, Anni, during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year. ANI

Mullah Omar treated for heart attack in Karachi hospital with Pak spy agency ISI's help
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar was treated for several days in a Karachi hospital with the assistance of Pakistan's spy agency after he suffered a heart attack on January 7, according to a private intelligence network run by former CIA, State Department and military officers. ANI

Wills, Kate's daughter could be Queen
If Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child is a girl, she would become the Queen, under a change in the royal succession laws being discussed by the British Government. ANI

Australia now safer for Indian, other foreign students
If Gautam Gupta, the spokesperson of Federation of Indian Students of Australia Inc (FISA) is to be believed, the Australian state of Victoria, which was at the center of racially-motivated attacks, especially on Indians, is "now more safer as it was three years back". ANI

Female politician 'organized lesbian romps for Berlusconi'
A female politician, Nicole Minetti, has been accused of organizing girls for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. ANI

7.3-magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit various parts of Pakistan after midnight, the country's meteorological department has said. ANI

Merck Serono: Erbitux Long-Term Survival Benefit for mCRC Patients Confirmed With FOLFOX
Business Wire India

“Snowman Goes to the Desert”
Panasonic Corporation completed an epic challenge using its heat insulation technology. The challenge consisted of taking a box wrapped with Panasonic’s unique vacuum insulation panels, packing it with snow and delivering it to a boy in Bahrain, who had never seen snow before Business Wire India

Power Integrations’ TOPSwitch™-JX Power Conversion ICs Now Available in Low-Profile, Thermally Efficient, Surface-Mount Package
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today announced the availability of its industry-leading TOPSwitch-JX power conversion IC in an innovative eSOP™ low-profile power package Business Wire India

Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards US$1.5 Million to Wind Energy Leader and Pioneer Vestas
His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today presented the prestigious US$1 Business Wire India

Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner Vestas Announces Split of Its US$1.5 Million Prize to Multiple Collaborative Clean Tech Organizations
Business Wire India

Adoption of e-Zassi Software Climbs as Medical Device Industry Seeks New Methods to Enhance Business Development Efforts
The e-Zassi.com subscriber base continues to expand as the medical device industry recognizes the actionable benefits of how the patent pending software platform is addressing the challenges of technology transfer Business Wire India

Trading Technologies Expanding Connectivity to Japanese Derivatives Exchanges
Trading Technologies International, Inc. (TT) has announced it has broadened access to the major Japanese derivatives markets with new connections to Tokyo Financial Exchange (TFX) and Tokyo Grain Exchange (TGE) Business Wire India

HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Meets Young Future Energy Leaders at the World Future Energy Summit 2011
HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Meets Young Future Energy Leaders at the World Future Energy Summit 2011 and pauses for a photo with the team. Business Wire India

AFP Hits 3,500 Subscribers in 2010, up 27 Percent in Five Years
The number of AFP's clients has grown 27 percent from 2,730 in 2005 to 3,500 in 2010. New international subscriptions (401) and clients in France (44) account for much of the increase. International commercial turnover is today above turnover in France. It has risen from 47 percent in 2005 to 53 percent in 2010. Business Wire India

Ban Ki-Moon Addresses Young Future Energy Leaders at World Future Energy Summit
On the opening day of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, gave an address to the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL), an initiative led by Masdar Institute. Business Wire India

Fairholme Fund Has Agreed to Sell Shares in General Growth Properties, Inc. for Approximately US$1.7 Billion to Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
The Fairholme Fund (NASDAQ:FAIRX), a series of Fairholme Funds, Inc., has agreed to sell the Fund’s current position in General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP) common stock in a transaction valued at approximately US$1.7 billion based on the January 14th closing price per share of US$15.10 Business Wire India

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Holds Discussions with Business, Government and Academic Leaders on Renewable Energy
His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Dr Business Wire India

Rockwell Automation to Acquire Hiprom, a Leading Process Control and Automation Systems Integrator
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) has announced it has agreed to purchase Hiprom, a leading process control and automation systems integrator headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Business Wire India

Varicent Named Highest Overall Ranked ‘Hot’ Vendor in Ventana Research 2011 SPM Value Index
Varicent Software, an innovator and global leader in providing Incentive Compensation and Sales Performance Management (SPM) solutions, today announced that Ventana Research has ranked Varicent as the top overall ‘hot’ software vendor in its 2011 Value Index for Sales Performance Management (SPM) Business Wire India

Nielsen Holdings B.V. Announces Preliminary Fiscal Year 2010 Results
Nielsen Holdings B.V. (“Nielsen”) has announced preliminary financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010. Business Wire India

Vocollect, Inc. Agrees to Be Acquired by Intermec, Inc.
Vocollect, Inc., the world leader in voice-centric solutions for mobile workers, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Intermec, Inc. (NYSE:IN). The acquisition follows a record-breaking 2010. Business Wire India

MARSYS and IBASE Unveil Strategic Partnership to Deliver Advanced Digital Out of Home Platform Solutions
MARSYS and IBASE Technology (TASDAQ: 8050) announced their multi-year strategic partnership to design and develop hardware, software and platform solutions for digital media delivery and optimization Business Wire India

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