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Indian Australian community's welfare important for New Delhi: Krishna
External Affair Minister S. M. Krishna has said the welfare of the Indian community in Australia is of paramount concern to New Delhi. ANI

Indian community in Australia building bridges of friendship
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna today said the Indian community in Australia is playing an important and constructive role in building bridges of friendship and understanding between both countries. ANI

Nawaz demands timeframe for reform agenda implementation by Pak Govt
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has urged the Pakistan People's Party-led coalition government to give a timeframe for the implementation of his 10-point programme, which he called the 'national agenda'. ANI

PML-Q lays out five-point agenda for Pak Govt to resurrect nation's economy
The Pakistan Muslim League-Q has laid out its five-point action plan for the federal government to counter the economic meltdown that the country is currently facing. ANI

A third of Chinese people used the Internet in 2010: Report
The number of people using the Internet in China rose to 457 million at the end of 2010, up 73.3 million from a year earlier, a new report has said. ANI

US mulling visa ban on supporters of Pak Punjab Governor Taseer's assassin
The United States government is considering a ban on the issuance of visas to anyone supporting Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of late Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. ANI

Kate Middleton look-alikes earning up to 500 pounds daily for photoshoots
Ever since Kate Middleton got engaged to Prince William there have been many look-alikes who are enjoying the likeness by earning up to 500 pounds a day for appearances and photoshoots. ANI

1 in 4 Brit youngsters never go out to play: Study
One in four youngsters never play outside with TV and cinema the most popular activity for five to 16-year-olds, followed by video gaming and going online, according to a new UK study. ANI

Wright to use Pak ODI series as platform for perfect World Cup game plan
New Zealand coach John Wright has said that his team would use the early stages of the ODI series against Pakistan for experimentation purposes to prepare for the World Cup, starting on February 19. ANI

Winona Ryder looks breathless in incredibly tight bodice dress
Actress Winona Ryder was pictured wearing an incredibly tight bodice dress to a recent interview. ANI

Some religious groups supporting terrorists in destabilising Pakistan: Malik
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said terrorists are destabilising the country, and that he will not allow anyone to disrupt peace in Karachi. ANI

Las Vegas City Council in USA opened with Hindu mantras
City Council of Las Vegas (USA), world's entertainment capital, reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on January 19. ANI

China's GDP grew by 10.3 percent in 2010
China's economy expanded by 10.3 percent in 2010 from a year earlier. ANI

Pakistan ready to train Afghan Army, police: Qureshi
Pakistan is geared up to train Afghanistan's National Army and police, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said. ANI

India reassures Australia on Commonwealth Games dues
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today assured the Australian Government that he would take up the matter of non-payment of dues to companies for Commonwealth Games-related work. ANI

India, Australia committed to successful conclusion of Doha Round
India and Australia are committed to cooperate closely in efforts to bring the Doha Round of WTO trade talks to a successful and balanced conclusion within the 2011 window of opportunity identified by G20 leaders at their Seoul Summit. ANI

G-20 had a vital role to play in India, Australia
Noting that India and Australia have resilient and strongly performing economies, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd on Thursday stressed that the G-20 had a vital role to play in working towards continued prosperity and stability in the global economy. ANI

Pakistan Army, Afghan Taliban reject report about Mullah Omar's surgery in Karachi
The Pakistan Army has dismissed the report about Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar's surgery in Karachi with the help of Pakistan's spy agency as "unfounded and concocted". ANI

Gemma Atkinson vows to keep her clothes on in future
Gemma Atkinson has promised that she would never strip off again. ANI

Dating agency in UK minting money by finding love for billionaires
A dating agency in UK has been making a lot of money by finding suitable partners for millionaires and billionaires who are prepared to pay 10,000 pounds or more for the service. ANI

Hillary Clinton wants to have more 'spare time'
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she plans to stay right where she is until the end of President Barack Obama's first term, but would love to have more spare time. ANI

Tory chief Baroness Warsi attacks 'bigotry' against Muslims
British Minister without Portfolio and Conservative Party chairman Baroness Warsi will on Thursday warn against trying to divide Muslims into 'moderates' and 'extremists', saying that it simply fosters intolerance. ANI

US First Lady wears Alexander McQueen to state dinner
Michelle Obama hit the state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday night, wearing a dress from late designer Alexander McQueen's iconic label. ANI

Trio jailed in Dubai love triangle drama could be charged
A New Zealand man and a British woman, who were revealed to be living together in Dubai when they called police to arrest his former Brazilian girlfriend who was threatening them with a knife, could be charged with having illegal s*x. ANI

Pak authorities 'knowingly relied on perjured testimony' to convict Daniel Pearl's killers
The Daniel Pearl murder investigation report has raised troubling questions about Pakistan's dysfunctional criminal justice system, and underscored the limits that US officials face in relying on Pakistani authorities. ANI

Malay Hindus flock to Batu Caves to celebrate Thaipusam Festival
Hindu devotees and tourists flocked to Malaysia's Batu Caves on Thursday to observe the colourful Hindu festival of Thaipusam. ANI

Putin's 'mistress' planning to release Barbie-style doll of herself
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's alleged mistress, Alina Kabayeva, is reportedly planning to release a Barbie-style doll of herself to inspire young children to follow her sporting footsteps. ANI

Sikh MP's fury over Canadian political party's parliamentary ban on kirpans demand
The Bloc Quebecois (BQ), a federal political party in Canada, has sought a parliamentary ban on the kirpan after four Sikhs, who refused to surrender their ceremonial daggers, were denied entry to the Quebec National Assembly. ANI

Author of Asterix ordered to pay €203K by French tax authorities
Author of Asterix, Albert Uderzo, has been ordered by French authorities to pay 203,000 euros in unpaid tax for 24 of the comic books he and late Rene Goscinny produced between 1959 and 1979. ANI

Brave Brit widow, 84, fights off burglar with walking stick!
An elderly widow from New Milton, Hants, has won police bravery award after she sent a burglar screaming from her home by battering him with a walking stick. ANI

Scots teacher suspended 'after being spotted on s*x website'
A schoolteacher in Scotland has been suspended following allegations that he was trawling a "dogging" website for s*x. ANI

French MPs vote against antismoking rule censoring iconic smokers on posters
French MPs have voted against an antismoking rule that has deprived many iconic figures of their cigarettes and pipes in posters or photos. ANI

Muslim girl in US pulled from basketball game as headscarf posed 'safety risk'
A Muslim girl in the US was forced to sit out the first half of a basketball game after a referee decided that her headscarf posed a safety risk. ANI

Loughner indicted in Arizona shooting of US congresswoman Giffords
A federal grand jury has indicted Jared Lee Loughner for attempting to assassinate US Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords. ANI

Shot congresswoman Giffords to move to Texas rehabilitation clinic
US Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords will begin in-patient rehabilitation at a facility in Texas on Friday, two weeks after surviving an assassination attempt. ANI

Bogus physiotherapist in UK faces jail for sexually assaulting women
A man in Britain, who falsely claimed to be a physiotherapist, is facing a lengthy prison sentence after he sexually assaulted a number of women in his surgery. ANI

'A lot still needs to be done in China on human rights,' admits Jintao
Chinese President Hu Jintao has acknowledged that "a lot still needs to be done" in his country over human rights. ANI

ISI sheltering Afghan Taliban leadership in Karachi under secret programme: Report
Most of the Afghan Taliban frontier leadership had reportedly been sheltered in Karachi under a Pakistani security establishment's secret programme, the 'New Karachi Project', according to a newspaper report. ANI

Afghan good in transit pilfered in Pakistan
A large number of containers carrying Afghan trade goods have been pilfered inside Pakistan without crossing the border, causing a loss of approximately 19 billion to 37 billion rupees to the national exchequer during the last four years, Pakistan's Supreme Court has been informed. ANI

We are urged to join this Pakistan
It is true majority of people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir DONOT want the status quo. They want this forced division, extremism, violence, hatred and culture of fear and intimidation to end. Many in Pakistan also want the suffering of the Kashmiris to end. Some even say, let Kashmiris be independent if that helps to end their miseries. ANI

Foreign Ministers Krishna and Rudd discuss strengthening of Indo-Australian ties
External Affair Minister S. M. Krishna met his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd here at the Seventh Foreign Ministers Framework Dialogue. ANI

Uranium sale issue resolution key to sealing strategic Indo-Oz partnership: Krishna
India hopes to persuade Australia to lift a ban on uranium sales, saying that it would further strengthen and expand the strategic partnership between the two countries. ANI

Afghan peace efforts: OIC likely to invite Taliban 'as observers' to March summit
In an effort to find a negotiated settlement to the Afghan imbroglio, the Taliban leadership is likely to be invited as observers to an Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) summit meeting, which is scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia in March. ANI

US Koran-burning pastor banned from entering UK
The U.S. preacher who sparked outrage by saying that he was going to burn copies of the Koran has been banned from entering the UK. ANI

Sarkozy's 'Alsace region still German' gaffe sparks fury
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked outrage by saying that the Alsace region, won back from the Nazis after the World War II, was still 'in Germany'. ANI

British MPs banned from tweeting in the Commons
British MPs were on Wednesday banned from using the Twitter microblogging website while sitting in the House of Commons. ANI

Berlusconi's rep says cash for girls was merely an act of charity
Silvio Berlusconi's representative has dismissed claims that the Italian Prime Minister paid money to have s*x with the underage girls. ANI

India appreciates Australia's support for UNSC permanent membership: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna on Thursday expressed India's appreciation of Australia's support for New Delhi's quest for becoming a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and support for India's membership of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) last year. ANI

Carla Bruni 'in danger' after laptops, paperwork stolen from assistant
Security fears for French First Lady Carla Bruni have emerged after laptops and paperwork were stolen from her private assistant's home. ANI

South African cops quiz rent boy over Brit-Indian honeymooner Shrien Dewani
A rent boy who claims that Brit-Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani, who has been allegedly accused of masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon, paid him for s*x has been quizzed for two days by South African police. ANI

Report about Mullah Omar's surgery in Pakistan has "no basis whatsoever": Haqqani
The report that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar had a heart surgery in a Karachi hospital with the assistance of Pakistan's spy agency has "no basis whatsoever", Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said. ANI

Berlusconi slammed over 'use of policewomen's outfits in striptease shows'
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been criticised by a police trade union for allegedly using policewomen's outfits for striptease shows at his home. ANI

Berlusconi didn't lay one finger on me, insists teenage belly dancer
Despite telling a friend they had s*x, the teenage belly dancer at the centre of an underage prostitution scandal involving Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has now insisted that he 'never touched' her. ANI

Announcing The International Ibsen Scholarships 2011
The International Ibsen Scholarships were initiated by the Norwegian government and will be handed out for the 4th time in 2011. Business Wire India

Corinthia Hotel London Opens Reservations
London’s newest 5-star luxury hotel, Corinthia Hotel London, today announced that reservations are now open to the public. The first guests will be part of history-in-the-making as this 21st century grand hotel opens its doors in April 2011 Business Wire India

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Meets Young Future Energy Leaders at WFES
On the third day of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, met with the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL), an initiative led by Masdar Institute. Business Wire India

MIT President Meets Young Future Energy Leaders at World Future Energy Summit
Dr Susan Hockfield, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology met with the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) on the second day of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) Business Wire India

Moody's Analytics Adds Relative Risk Analysis to RiskFrontier
Moody’s Analytics, a leader in enterprise risk management solutions, has announced the release of RiskFrontier 2.6, its portfolio management and economic capital calculation solution for banks, insurance companies, asset management firms and corporations Business Wire India

Lunar Cubit Wins First Place in Land Art Generator Initiative 2010 UAE Public Art and Energy Design Competition
The winning team of the 2010 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition was announced at an award ceremony at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. The team members, Robert Flottemesch, Adrian P. DeLuca, Johanna Ballhaus, and Jen DeNike were all on hand to receive the award from Dr Business Wire India

Masdar Institute Completes First Sustainability Assessment for Biofuels Production from an Integrated Seawater Agriculture System
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the Boeing Company, Etihad Airways, and Honeywell’s UOP has announced the completion of a Sustainability Assessment of the Integrated Seawater Agriculture System (ISAS) for production of aviation biofuels and other bioresources Business Wire India

Shaw Announces Buyout of Mumbai Joint Venture
The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW) announced that it has reached an agreement to buy out Rolta India Limited’s 50 percent ownership in Shaw Rolta Limited for a net price of $23 million. The two companies formed the joint venture in 2004. Business Wire India

35% of Global Execs Say Legacy Investments Block Move to the Cloud
Thirty-five percent of C-level executives cite a significant investment in legacy infrastructure as the reason they are not adopting cloud computing, according to the fourth Global Status Report on the Governance of Enterprise IT (GEIT)—2011, conducted by the nonprofit, IT Governance Institute (ITGI), ISACA’s research affiliate. Business Wire India

AFP Launches a New High Performance Delivery System
Agence France-Presse (AFP) has rolled out a new high performance real time delivery system to further boost the quality of its services to clients. Business Wire India

Jefferies Expands Asia Equity Research Platform
Jefferies announced today the hiring of Cynthia Meng as a Managing Director and Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Equity Research for Hong Kong and China. Based in Hong Kong, she will be responsible for managing the firm’s TMT equity research focused on companies in Hong Kong and China. Business Wire India

Singapore A Natural Gateway for Indian Companies to Expand Regionally and Globally:
The strengthening of bilateral ties between Singapore and India offers Indian companies the benefit of using Singapore as a gateway to boost their overall regional and global presence, reports Recently, the Indian Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Mr Business Wire India

K Plastics Trade Fair Presented a Successful K 2010 Exhibition
At K 2010 S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH under the focus of "All about PET and Plastics" presented wide ranging separation and sorting solutions for the complete plastics life cycle – from primary processing through to recycling. Particular highlights were magnet and metal separators for high-performance injection-moulding machines and a combination system for PET flake sorting Business Wire India

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