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Bangladesh to honour Indira Gandhi with highest state award
Bangladesh will honour former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with its highest state award for her outstanding contribution to the country's 1971 'Liberation War'. ANI

Wills-Kate head to local multiplex cinema to watch 'Bridesmaids'
Prince William and Kate Middleton were spotted heading to a local multiplex cinema after their return from the US tour. ANI

Meet the US woman who lives with 800 cats and about 15 dogs
A woman in the US has been featured on a new series of Nat Geo WILD for living alone on her 12 acres of land in California, with close to 800 cats and about 15 dogs. ANI

Boredom actually leads to creativity
A new book has claimed that boredom can actually have surprising benefits. ANI

Qatari couples having more kids have less chances of getting divorced: Study
Couples in Qatar having more number of children will have less chances of getting divorced, a study has revealed. ANI

US to reprogramme 'revealing body' scanners at airports
The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided to reprogramme the 'revealing' body scanners at airports across the country. ANI

Brit riot police want toilet breaks every 45 mins to avoid wetting themselves!
Riot police claiming that insufficient toilet breaks drive them to 'incivility, impoliteness and intolerance', are demanding to be "relieved" every 45 minutes so they wont have to concentrate on not wetting themselves. ANI

US voters equally divided on Obama's performance as President: Poll
American voters are divided on Barack Obama's overall performance as a President, a survey has revealed. ANI

Chinese submersible makes 5,000-meter Pacific Ocean dive
The Jiaolong, China's manned deep-diving submersible, has successfully dived 5,000 meters under the sea for the first time during a trial voyage in the Pacific Ocean. ANI

Osama's death worsens American's view of Muslims in country
The death of Osama bin Laden has worsened American's view of Muslims living in the country and they feel more threatened by the community. ANI

Most opt for Barack, Michelle Obama's job as choice of work for one day
A survey that asked people which celebrity's job they would take for one day if they could has revealed that most opt for US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle's jobs. ANI

Two Brits arrested in Afghanistan during anti-terrorism operation
Two Britons have been arrested in Afghanistan during an anti-terrorism operation to prevent an attack on British interests, according to reports.ccording to the Telegraph, they were seized in a British-led raid and are now being held in Helmand Province where Britain has 9,500 troops. ANI

'US delay in giving info about IED factories in Waziristan meant to embarrass Pak'
A Pakistani official has blamed the United States for the failed raids on militant compounds in North and South Waziristan last month. ANI

The factors that make workers happy, efficient and productive
Want to know which all factors can enhance your work performance? Well here is the answer. ANI

US, Western diplomats under strict watch in Pakistan
Pakistan authorities will keep the American and Western diplomats under strict surveillance to prevent them from going to places they are not authorised to, sources have said. ANI

'Abstinence advocate' Sarah Palin set to be grandma for second time!
Sarah Palin is set to become a grandmother for a second time - with her 22-year-old son Track and his brand new bride Britta Hanson expecting their first child. ANI

'Did it for all the people who couldn't', says Murdoch's foam pie thrower
The activist who attempted to throw a shaving foam pie at News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch has defended his action claiming that he was acting on 'behalf of phone hacking victims'. ANI

Malaysia has 'big plans' to promote Little India tourism
The Malaysian tourism ministry has come up with new plans to draw more tourists to the iconic Little India located in Brickfields, that includes showcasing its own unique culture to the international tourism sector. ANI

Security guard attacks 'topless women protesters' outside Georgian embassy in Ukraine
A Ukraine security guard has reportedly attacked topless women outside the Georgian Embassy, protesting against the arrests of three photojournalists accused of spying for Russia. ANI

'Blocking US aid will send clear message about counter-terrorism objectives to Pak'
The United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has said that the Bill to block the country's aid to Pakistan, unless it allows access to Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's relatives living in Abbottabad, is a measure that would send a clear message about Washington's counter-terrorism objectives to Islamabad. ANI

Hindus concerned about DreamWorks' Ramayana-inspired film 'Monkeys of Mumbai'
Although DreamWorks Animation SKG has renamed the working title of their 'Monkeys' film and announced Kevin Lima as its director, the Hindus are still concerned on how Hollywood will handle their sacred scripture Ramayana, which is said to be the inspiration behind it. ANI

U.S. flag 'primes' voters towards casting votes in favour of Republicans
A glimpse of the American flag can sway voters, even Democrats, toward more Republican voting behavior, attitudes and beliefs, a new two-year study says. ANI

Hindus urged to take animal compassion vow on Naga-panchami
The Hindus have been urged to take a vow of compassion to all animals and treat them with kindness and respect on Naga-panchami. ANI

Pakistan believes in non-interference policy on Afghanistan: Gilani
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan is following a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and urged the international community to devise a clear roadmap on Afghanistan to ensure peace and stability in the region and the world. ANI

Zardari, King Abdullah reiterate resolve to deepen bilateral relations
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has vowed to back Pakistan, saying Riyadh will always be a steadfast friend of Islamabad through "thick and thin". ANI

Al-Qaida produces Disney-style cartoon movie to inspire kids to jihad
Al-Qaida has produced a Disney-style cartoon movie to inspire children as young as five to become terrorists. ANI

Irish PM blasts Vatican over 'child abuse' cover-up
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has launched an attack against the Vatican, accusing it of 'dysfunction and elitism' in its failure to tackle clerical child sex abuse. ANI

Gold-plated yacht is world's most expensive at œ3bn
A gold-plated yacht designed by a British jeweller is said to be world's most expensive at 3 billion pounds. ANI

Billions of US aid money to Afghanistan untraced due to mismanagement: US audit
The failure of both Afghan and US agencies to tighten control over Afghanistan's financial sector has stymied efforts to track billions of aid dollars poured into Afghanistan's economy in the past decade, auditors have revealed. ANI

Fake Apple computer stores surface in China
Three fake stores of software giant Apple have popped up in Kunming, China. ANI

US told to respect Pak laws: Bilour
The United States has been told to respect Pakistan's laws, Senior Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour said on Wednesday. ANI

Dewani being made 'a trophy for other prisoners' by SA police, claims his lawyer
South African police have turned Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in South Africa last year, into a "trophy prisoner" for the country's most violent convicts, a London court has been told. ANI

Gilani seeks Britain's help for holding Pak-EU summit in Islamabad
Visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has asked the British Government to harness support for Pakistan to convene the next Pakistan-EU summit in Islamabad this year. ANI

France says dictator Gaddafi can stay in Libya if he quits
In an effort to find a diplomatic solution to the Libyan crisis, the French government has said Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could be allowed to stay in his own country if he quits power. ANI

Pupils of 'special' UK school can speak 44 different languages!
Pupils of a 'special' primary school in the UK have overawed everyone with their skill - they can speak 44 different languages. ANI

PML-N leader shot dead in Quetta
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Saleem Jadoon was gunned down by armed men near his office on Patel Road on Wednesday. ANI

Google, J.K. Rowling sign 'Harry Potter e-books' deal
Google and British author J.K. Rowling have finalized a deal to launch the series of Harry Potter e-books on Google's platform. ANI

As new Pak foreign minister, Hina Khar faces challenges both abroad and at home: Experts
The appointment of Hina Rabbani Khar as Pakistan's new foreign minister has evoked mixed responses in the country, with some saying that she will essentially be a figurehead, and others describing her as the rising star of Pakistan politics. ANI

Russia finally accepts that beer is an alcoholic drink
After much debate, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that declares beer an alcoholic drink. ANI

'India-baiter' US Republican Dan Burton 'deeply shocked' by 'Pak spy' Fai's arrest
US Republican Party member Dan Burton, who is reportedly the largest individual recipient of money from two alleged Pakistani spies, has said that he is "deeply shocked" by the arrest of Kashmiri American Council (KAC) executive director Ghulam-Nabi Fai. ANI

New US terror report warns of insider threat to utilities
A new Department of Homeland Security intelligence report has warned of violent extremists obtaining insider positions to threaten key utilities. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's 'rape accusers' may 'unite' to strengthen cases against him
Lawyers representing the New York hotel maid and French writer, who have accused Strauss Kahn of attempting to rape them, have raised the prospect that they will join forces to strengthen their cases against the former IMF boss. ANI

Bonalu celebrated at London by Telangana oufit in UK
The Telangana Development Forum (TDF) UK and Europe celebrated the Bonalu festival in London at Lampton School, Hounslow. ANI

US national intelligence director in Pak to 'bridge trust gap and repair ties'
The Director of the US National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, is currently in Pakistan for talks with Pakistani military officials to shore up their cooperation in the war on terror. ANI

Muslim man in Australia accused of 'Sharia assault' called Osama 'soldier of God'
A Muslim man in Australia, one of four people who allegedly lashed a Sydney man 40 times under the name of Muslim Sharia law, once called Osama bin Laden a 'soldier of God' ANI

More trouble for Murdoch as Fox News accused of running 'black ops' hacking deptt
Rupert Murdoch's Fox News had a secret 'black operations' department that may have illegally hacked phone records, a former senior executive has revealed. ANI

British Museum to stage first-ever hajj pilgrimage exhibition
The British Museum has announced it will stage a major exhibition dedicated to the hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. ANI

Sydney Opera House appears in "Open Source Jihad" section of Al-Qaeda magazine
The image of Sydney Opera House has appeared in an online English-language magazine on terrorism and bomb-making, published by associates of the Al-Qaeda. ANI

OSIsoft to Host Eighth Annual Regional Seminar in Asia Pacific Region
OSIsoft, (www.osisoft.com), provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions, today announced this year’s Asia Regional Seminar will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 26-29 July, 2011 Business Wire India

WNS Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2012 Earnings
Highlights: GAAP Financials1 -- Q1 revenue of $125.7 million, down16.2% from the corresponding quarter last year and down21.2% sequentially(primarily due to change in accounting for repair payments) -- Q1 profit of $0.7 million, compared to loss of $5.8 million in the corresponding quarter last year and profit of $8.8 million sequentially -- Q1 diluted earnings per ADS of $0 Business Wire India

Cinterion and Digital Communications Technologies Announce First Rollouts of New Highly-Flexible M2M Fleet Tracking Solution
Business Wire India

ISDA Hosts Regional Regulators Workshop
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) hosted an Asia Pacific Regulators Workshop in Hong Kong today with supervisors and policymakers from 19 regulatory bodies across the Asia Pacific region Business Wire India

Samsung’s New GALAXY Tab 10.1 Features Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile device provider, and Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW), a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, announced today that Corning® Gorilla® Glass has been designed into the GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung Electronics’ most powerful new tablet PC. Business Wire India

Covidien Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) has announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per ordinary share. The dividend is payable on August 19, 2011, to shareholders of record on August 1, 2011. Business Wire India

TruePosition® Lawsuit Alleges Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm Conspired to Eliminate a Predominant Mobile Positioning Technology Used in Emergency Response and Law Enforcement
A new federal lawsuit alleges that three of the largest telecommunications companies in the world are illegally conspiring to eliminate an innovative technology that allows police, fire departments and other emergency responders to more accurately locate mobile phone users during disasters and other emergency situations. Business Wire India

IHS McCloskey Indonesia Coal Swap Volumes Soar, China Benchmark Launched
Trades in Indonesian coal swaps settled against the IHS McCloskey Indonesian Sub-Bituminous FOB marker, published by information and analysis provider IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), have soared to more than one million tonnes this year, as the index has become rapidly accepted as a key benchmark for the world’s top thermal coal exporter Business Wire India

FlexTrade Named Best Algorithmic Provider in FX
FlexTrade Systems, Inc., a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, announced it has been named “Best Algorithmic Provider” in the World Finance 2011 Foreign Exchange Awards. Business Wire India

TOSHIBA TEC Begins Providing, a Cloud Printing and Mobile Printing Services Using e-STUDIO, TOSHIBA Multifunction Peripherals
TOSHIBA TEC CORPORATION (TOKYO:6588) has begun providing two new services linking cloud computing with mobile handsets globally in order to provide simple solutions for computerized databases, electronic data output and shared electronic data. Business Wire India

DesignArt Networks first to deliver on 3GPP Small Cell SoCs
DesignArt Networks has announced the availability of several complete compact base station reference designs for the DAN3000 SoC family, including the availability of the DAN3000 LTE PHY software pack. Reference designs include several RF module options for the design of compact in- and outdoor LTE small cell products. Business Wire India

DesignArt Networks Solves Small Cell Backhaul Problem
DesignArt Networks has announced the availability of its Unified Mobile Backhaul (UMB) software pack for gigabit+ wireless backhaul applications, suitable for all layers of the heterogeneous mobile radio access network (HetNet) evolution. Together with the software the company released a complete UMB evaluation kit and reference design. Business Wire India

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