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Seven killed, many injured in Lahore blast
At least seven persons have been killed and many others are reported to be inquired in a blast at Bhati Gate near Karbala Game Shah in Lahore on Tuesday evening. ANI

PML-N playing double game to save govt. in Punjab: JUI-F chief
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has alleged that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been playing a double game to save the Punjab government. ANI

'I won't mind returning with 'military uniform on' to make Pakistan sovereign': Altaf
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said he will return to Pakistan clad in military uniform, if needed, for the sovereignty of the country. ANI

Pak lodges written protest with Afghanistan on 'cross-border arms supply' issue
Pakistan has lodged a written protest with Afghanistan on the arms-smuggling issue, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Oz men less tolerant than women when it comes to abbreviated texting
A survey has revealed that when it comes to sending text messages, Australian men are less tolerant than their women where shorthand texting is concerned. ANI

US man uses hammer, chisel, blowtorch to free ice-encased car
A man in US had to use a blowtorch, hammer and chisel to free his car after it became encased in ice. ANI

White kids now a 'minority' in two UK cities due to unbridled Asian, African immigration
White British children are becoming a minority in Birmingham and Leicester, as these cities are now being dominated by under 16's belonging to Asian, African, and other ethnic communities, researchers have said. ANI

Karachi University clashes reflect Pak city's demographic turf war
Although Karachi is a hideout for Taliban insurgents, the Pakistani metropolis' violence is rooted in a demographic turf war, not religion, according to analysts. ANI

Pope encourages joining digital "network of relationships"
Pope has invited young people "to make good use of their presence in the digital world".n a message for "45th World Communications Day" posted on Holy See website on January 24, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI said: ANI

Brit nurse first person to be 'cured' of depression by pioneering surgery
A British nurse has become the first person in the world to be cured of depression from neurosurgery. ANI

Dads banned from filming birth in hospitals Down Under
Victorian hospitals have banned fathers from recording their children's birth. ANI

Tibetan monks to lead meditation sessions at Museum of Natural History
12 Tibetan monks will lead meditation sessions at the Museum of Natural History to teach people about Tibetan culture and highlight new research which shows the mental and physiological benefits of meditation. ANI

China's wine production set to overtake Australia's in next three years
China has made so much progress in the field of wine production that analysts believe the country could overtake Australia in the next three years, a new industry report said. ANI

'Islamabad's first-ever fashion week to change the way people think of Pakistan'
Pakistan is set to create history by holding the "Islamabad fashion week" for the first time, with its organisers hoping that the four-day fashion show will prove there is also a 'bright side' to the country, which has recently been in news for all the wrong reasons. ANI

Kiwi crash driver who had 24 beers says he doesn't have drinking problem
An 18-year-old Kiwi fencer who drove a ute over a bank near Ruby Bay says he does not have a drinking problem despite downing two dozen beers the night before he crashed. ANI

Crop circle in Indonesia causes controversy among locals, scientists
The first crop circle in Indonesia has started a controversy, with locals saying that it is man made, while UFO enthusiasts say it's by aliens, and scientists are scrambling to find an answer. ANI

How to save your child from bullying
Bullying at school may be a common phenomenon, but experts have some tips that can help you protect your loved one. ANI

US court disqualifies Emanuel from contesting Chicago's mayor post over residency issues
An appellate court in Illinois has disqualified Rahm Emanuel from contesting for the Mayor's post in Chicago, saying that the former White House Chief of staff is not a resident of the city. ANI

HMAS Success sexual misconduct report raises concerns about Navy culture
The inquiry into the sexual misconduct aboard HMAS Success has raised serious concerns about Navy culture according to Defence Force chief Angus Houston. ANI

Woman jailed for 10yrs for having s*x with daughter's pals
A woman has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after admitting having s*x with teenage boys who were friends of her daughter. ANI

Kosovo PM, one of the 'biggest fish' in organized crime: NATO document
Leaked NATO military cables have alleged that Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci is one of the "biggest fish" in that country's organized crime scene. ANI

Brit school to teach sixth formers first cabin crew course
A secondary school in Britain is set to teach its sixth formers the first cabin crew course, which on completion they will be awarded the equivalent of a GCSE A-C grade. ANI

Pilots' typo errors leading cause of mishaps, incidents
Safety investigators at Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) have said that errors in data calculation or entry were the leading causes of take-off accidents and incidents. ANI

265 Pakistanis being held in Afghanistan jails: Report
For the first time, the United States has confirmed the presence of Pakistani nationals in jails across Afghanistan. ANI

Pak shelves flood-hit areas reconstruction due to funds shortage over transparency issues
The Pakistan Government has decided against taking up major reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in the country's flood-hit areas during the current fiscal year, owing to a financial crunch and negligible fresh aid commitments from the international community over transparency issues. ANI

Bristol Palin's got a new man in her life!
Bristol Palin may have a new man in her life, but she's keeping the details under wraps. ANI

Brit council plans to warm swimming pool with heat from crematorium
A council in Britain has made a proposal to save money and combat global warming by heating a leisure centre and swimming pool using heat generated by a crematorium next door. ANI

Malaysian National Service to recruit more Sikh trainers to address problems of community
Just days after an Indian-origin Sikh trainee alleged that his hair was cut off while asleep in the Malaysian National Service (NS) camp, the Training Department Director General Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil has said that more Sikh trainers would be recruited in the NS programme. ANI

Sparks City Council in Nevada opened with Hindu shlokas
City Council of Sparks, one of the fastest growing cities of Nevada (USA), started day's business with Sanskrit verses from Rig-Veda, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita on January 24.istinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before Sparks City Council after sprinkling sacred water from river Ganga of India ANI

America's latest drug high: Snorting 'bath salts'
America is facing a new drug problem in the form of bath salts that are being sold under names like 'Ivory Wave', 'White Lightning' and 'Hurricane Charlie'. ANI

Was Abe Lincoln's 'pardon to death row inmate before assassination' claim doctored?
An amateur US historian has been accused of doctoring a key document of former US President Abraham Lincoln for his own benefit by changing the date of an April 14, 1864, presidential pardon to 1865, the fateful day Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre. ANI

Oz man who kissed wife's bottom avoids jail
An Aussie man has avoided a prison term after he drunkenly kissed his estranged wife on the bottom. ANI

Don't replace real friends with virtual ones, Pope tells youngsters
In a message released on Monday ahead of the Vatican's 45th World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI gave his approval to social networking but urged youngsters not to replace real friends with virtual contacts. ANI

Pakistan expresses solidarity with Russia after Domodedovo airport terror attack
Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack at a Moscow airport, and expressed solidarity with the people and the leadership of Russia. ANI

FIA freezes foreign currency accounts of Pak's former Religious Affairs Minister
Pakistan's Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) has sealed off the foreign currency account of former Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi. ANI

Obama 'backed out of land promise to Palestinians'
US President Barack Obama reneged on an important Bush administration pledge to give the Palestinians their "land of promise". ANI

Palestinian leaders agreed to define Israel as a Jewish state
Palestinian negotiators privately agreed with Israel to define the latter as a Jewish state in sharp contrast to their public position, confidential documents leaked by Al Jazeera TV reveal. ANI

UN to grill Australia on human rights
Australian officials will appear before the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday for what's known as a universal periodic review (UPR). ANI

Murdered Indian-origin bride's sister wants husband to stand trial in SA, prove his innocence
The sister of Anni Dewani, the Indian-origin bride killed during her honeymoon in Cape Town last year, has said that her brother-in-law should not have any problem to stand trial in South Africa if he is innocent. ANI

Giving employees more autonomy pays huge dividends
Workers who feel they are free to make choices at workplace and be accountable for them are happier and more productive, suggests a new book. ANI

Israel should not panic over a Hezbollah run Lebanon: Experts
Analysts have said that there is no immediate need for Israel to be alarmed over the prospect of a Lebanese government being backed by its worst enemy, the Hezbollah. ANI

Indian worker faces six months jail for kissing schoolgirl in Dubai
An Indian worker in Dubai is facing a six months jail term after he grabbed a 9-year-old schoolgirl and kissed her on the lips. ANI

China to create world's largest mega city with 42 million people
Chinese planners are reportedly proposing to merge nine cities around the Pearl River Delta in the southern parts of the country, to create the world's biggest mega city, twice the size of Wales with a population of 42 million. ANI

Russia to deploy first-strike nuke missiles if NATO fails to respond on AMD system
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that his country would deploy its first-strike nuclear missiles if NATO fails to co-operate in reaching an agreement with the country's alliance on the latest proposal about the European anti-missile defence (AMD) system. ANI

US, UK in crisis talks over man smuggling 80 guns on flights from US
British and American authorities have reportedly had crisis talks after dozens of handguns were smuggled into the UK on passenger flights from the United States. ANI

Al-Jazeera exposed 'Palestine Papers' has made Israel-Palestine peace pact harder: US
The US State Department acknowledged Monday that the "Palestine Papers," released by Al-Jazeera, has complicated American efforts to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. ANI

Lives of Lankan Tamils still the same, says Chennai based lawyer
A Chennai-based lawyer who was recently arrested in Sri Lanka for visiting the northern part of the island nation without permission from Colombo, has said that there is no truth to the claim that Sri Lankan Tamils are leading a normal life almost a year after the conclusion of the civil war. ANI

Pak Govt 'routinely violates basic rights, persecutes minorities under cover of law':HRW
The Pakistan Government's response to terrorist attacks in the country has 'routinely violated basic rights', Human Rights Watch has said . ANI

Arizona shooting suspect pleads 'not guilty' to three attempted murder charges
Jared Loughner, the man who has been accused of the Arizona shootings leading to the death of six people and injuring of 13 others, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, has reportedly pleaded 'not guilty' to three attempted murder charges. ANI

Slain Indian-origin woman's husband, two others charged with first-degree murder in Canada
The husband of Amanpreet Kaur Bahia, the Indian-origin woman who was killed in her Surrey home in BC, Canada, and two others have been charged with first-degree murder four years after her death. ANI

Kate Middleton quits family job to focus on life as a royal housewife
With just three months left for the royal wedding, Kate Middleton has left her job at her family's online party supplies firm to concentrate on her new role as a royal housewife. ANI

Husband, son of Indian-origin woman 'burnt to death' located in Fiji
The husband and son of the Indian-origin woman, who was burnt alive on the side of a Waikato road in New Zealand, have been located in Fiji. ANI

Berlusconi's conduct 'sowing the seeds of an 'anthropological disaster'
The Catholic Church has slammed Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and warned that his scandalous private life may turn Italy into a moral vacuum. ANI

Pak ATC shocked over 'absence of prosecution lawyer' in Taseer murder case
The anti-terrorism court hearing the Salmaan Taseer assassination case has expressed surprise over the absence of any prosecution lawyer in the case. ANI

Pak security agencies warn of 'vehicle-borne terror attacks'
Pakistan's National Crisis Management Cell has warned the country's law enforcement agencies that three vehicles can be used in Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) attacks, and directed the concerned authorities to take extensive security measures in this regard. ANI

Why the traditional English breakfast of bacon, eggs could soon be history
Back in the olden days, the traditional English breakfast included bacon, fried egg, sausages and black pudding - but soon it could be history. ANI

Woman survives 23rd storey hotel jump after waiting taxi breaks her fall
A woman, who jumped from the 23rd storey of a Buenos Aires hotel, has managed to survive after a waiting taxi broke her fall. ANI

Jihadi groups plan to kill 'three CMs' of Pak provinces
Jihadi groups have reached an agreement on killing the chief ministers of three Pakistani provinces- the Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh, according to sources. ANI

Kent's Kate Middleton banned from using Facebook
A woman from Kent has been barred from using her Facebook account simply because she shared the same name as Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton. ANI

Afghan mums feed infants opium
In a far-flung part of northern Afghanistan, there's a town where kids are fed pure opium. ANI

Anti-Sikh riot case: Legal process on Kamal Nath role still unfolding: US
The United States States has said that it is closely following developments related to a civil suit filed against India's Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath. ANI

Trial of Muslim man accused of daughter's 'honor killing,' begins in US
The trial of an American Muslim father accused of his daughter's "honor killing" began here on Monday. ANI

Tamil activists accuse Lankan Army of purchasing, making landmine parts
Tamil activists have claimed that they have obtained classified documents that show the Sri Lankan military seeking tenders from Colombo-based suppliers for the purchase of remote-control detonators for Claymore anti-personnel mines. ANI

Qantas flight experiences mid-air scare, passengers given oxygen masks
A Qantas airliner carrying 99 passengers from Adelaide to Melbourne was forced rapidly to descend 26,000 feet after a sudden cabin depressurisation on Tuesday morning. ANI

ZAP Completes 51% Acquisition of China's Jonway Automobile, Cathaya Capital Funds Total of US$36 Million
Electric vehicle market pioneer ZAP (OTCBB:ZAAP) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of 51 percent of the capital stock of Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co. Ltd. of Sanmen, Zhejiang, China. Cathaya Capital LP has funded the aggregate amount of US$36 million. Business Wire India

A.M. Best Revises Outlook of The New India Assurance Company Limited
A.M. Best Co. has revised the outlook to negative from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a-” of The New India Assurance Company Limited (New India) (India). Business Wire India

Seven Key Opinion Leader (KOL) Identification Clients Select Heartbeat Experts for Global, Enterprise KOL Management
Heartbeat Experts has reported that seven existing KOL identification clients have expanded their contracts, selecting the company to provide solutions for global, enterprise Key Opinion Leader (KOL) management Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Makes History with Record Room Totals among Many Milestones in 2010
Hilton Worldwide has furthered its mission to be the preeminent global hospitality company with several major accomplishments in 2010, including breaking existing room records. Last year Hilton Worldwide became the largest hospitality company in the U.S Business Wire India

Quintiles Speeds Early-Phase Decision Making with New Unit in Hyderabad, India
Quintiles, the only fully integrated bio pharmaceutical services company offering clinical, commercial, consulting and capital solutions worldwide, has officially opened its new Phase I research facility in Hyderabad, India at Apollo Health City. Business Wire India

Solace Systems and Serisys Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement for Japan
Solace Systems, the leading provider of messaging middleware appliances, has announced that Serisys Solutions Limited has been selected as the strategic partner to accelerate the growth of Solace Systems’ business in Japan. Business Wire India

Heathrow Express Tickets Now Available on the iphone
Heathrow Express, the fastest way to travel between central London and Heathrow Airport, has launched an iPhone app which is the first UK iPhone app to allow passengers to purchase and receive tickets direct to their phone. Business Wire India

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