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Zardari says PPP will play democratic role in Pak Punjab
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will continue to play democratic role in Punjab. ANI

PPP will expose Shahbaz's drama of good governance: Raja Riaz
Raja Riaz, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader in Punjab has claimed that his party has "documentary proof" of the so-called "good governance" of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and will bring facts before the people. ANI

One million PLEBS in UK are confused by modern everyday tasks
A survey has found that one million Britons are left confused and helpless by easy everyday modern tasks like changing a tyre, hanging wallpaper and wiring a plug. ANI

Famous Los Angeles Getty Museum exhibiting Ganesha and Vishnu
Prestigious J. Paul Getty Museum of Los Angeles (USA) is currently exhibiting 13th century Lord Ganesha in its "Gods of Angkor" exhibition, which will continue till August 14. ANI

Brit couple find image of E.T. ingrained on chopped tree trunk
A retired couple in Britain were surprised when while chopping firewood they discovered the image of E.T. etched on the tree trunk. ANI

Lawyers' strike against abductions leaves courtrooms deserted in Balochistan
Lawyers have boycotted court proceedings across Balochistan to protest against the abductions of lawyers and judges in the province, and demanded their immediate and safe recovery. ANI

FBI utilising private spy network's skills to investigate Afghan aid workers' deaths
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reportedly taking the help of a private spy network operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan to investigate the killing of 10 medical aid workers in northern Afghanistan. ANI

Republicans face the reality check: Obama hard to beat
Republicans in the United States have been given a reality check about the 2012 elections in that President Barack Obama will be a lot tougher to defeat this year as compared to last year. ANI

Previously unknown Himalayan cave culture discovered
A previously unknown Himalayan cave culture has been uncovered through gruelling archaeological research in upper Mustang, Nepal. ANI

Liberia gives clean chit to Indian Consul General
The Liberian Foreign Ministry has said there is no record of Upjit Singh Sachdeva, India's Honorary Consul General in Liberia, of seeking or being granted political asylum by its government. ANI

Brit man jailed for filming couple having sex then showing it to friends
A man in Britain has been jailed for one year after he filmed a couple having sex through their bedroom window and showed it to his friends at a pub. ANI

Solid proof of foreign elements' involvement in Balochistan turmoil: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gilani has said there was solid evidence that foreign elements and powers were involved in aggravating the situation in Balochistan. ANI

Beer gets makeover in Oz with infusion of different flavours
For those who love to experiment with their drinks, now comes an array of beers that have been infused with different flavours. ANI

Blair signed deal to train Gaddafi's special forces during visit to Libya in 2007
Tony Blair had reportedly signed a deal with Libya to train Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's special forces and supply him with NATO secrets, during his last foreign trip to Africa as British Prime Minister in May 2007. ANI

New Zealand extends National State of Emergency over Christchurch quake
New Zealand has extended its National State of Emergency, which it had declared after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake had hit Christchurch last month. ANI

Anwar al-Awlaki plotting attacks on UK
The trial sessions of a Bangladeshi British Airways computer engineer who had plotted to blow up a plane have revealed that Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born leader of the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), is plotting to send operatives to Britain to launch attacks. ANI

37-billion-rupee Pak NATO containers scam report to be out in one month
Pakistan's Supreme Court has given one-month's time to the Federal Board of Revenue for furnishing a final report in the NATO containers corruption case, which caused a whopping 37-billion-rupee loss to the national exchequer. ANI

Russians confirm Iran nuke reactor damage
In a statement, Russia's state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, which is building the reactor in Bushehr, Iran, said it found damage to one of the reactor's four main cooling pumps. ANI

Petition filed in Pak court to make America 'party' in Davis immunity case
A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court to make the United States of America a party in the ongoing Raymond Davis immunity case. ANI

UN official claims Zimbabwe activists may have been tortured
A United Nations torture investigator has confirmed that he had written the Government of Zimbabwe to express concern about allegations that state security agents had assaulted the 45 activists who, after watching reports of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, were recently detained and charged with treason. ANI

UK 's Advertising Standards Authority gets power to monitor website text
Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has been given the power to monitor claims made by companies on various websites and social networks from March 1. ANI

Women more likely to buy clothes if models look like them - curvy, short
Women are more likely to buy clothes if the models are more reflective of them - curvy, short, ethnic, according to a researcher from Cambridge University. ANI

Bangladeshi BA computer engineer convicted on terror charges
Woolwich Crown Court has convicted Rajib Karim, an Asian-origin British Airways computer engineer who had plotted to blow up a plane, of four terror charges, including sharing information of use to hate groups. ANI

UK restaurant's breast milk ice cream confiscated amid health concerns
A restaurant in London, which was selling ice cream containing human breast milk, has had its supplies seized by council officials amid fears it is unsafe. ANI

Secret video shows Gaddafi's rifle brandishing son urging supporters to fight 'to the last bullet'
A secret video filmed on a mobile phone has revealed Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son calling opponents of his father's regime as 'b******s' and brandishing a semi-automatic rifle in the air while simultaneously urging supporters to fight for their homeland 'until the last bullet'. ANI

Pak court dumps petition seeking ban on Facebook for 'displaying blasphemous material'
The Lahore High Court has disposed of a petition seeking a ban on social networking website Facebook for displaying blasphemous material. ANI

Pak launches crackdown against illegal foreigners in aftermath of Aaron's arrest
A nationwide crackdown has been launched against foreign citizens living illegally in Pakistan in the aftermath of the arrest of US national Aaron Mark DeHaven on 'illegal stay' charges. ANI

Penthouse set to launch world's first 3D p*rn TV channel
Men's magazine Penthouse is set to launch the world's first 3D p*rn television channel in Europe. ANI

Athens named 'world's most flirtatious city'
Athens has been named the world's most flirtatious city in a new study. ANI

Indian-origin girlfriend charged with murder of Sikh TV chief in London
A teenage girl has been charged with the murder of her wealthy Indian-origin TV executive boyfriend in a suspected love triangle in London. ANI

Suspected US operatives lying low or leaving Pakistan following Davis' arrest
At least thirty suspected covert US operatives have suspended their activities in Pakistan and twelve have already left the country following the arrest of CIA contractor Raymond Davis, sources have revealed. ANI

Increasing pollution threatens economic growth: Chinese Environment Minister
China's Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian has warned that increasing pollution and demand for resources will threaten the country's economic growth. ANI

Brit pilot escapes bullet hit while evacuating civilians from Libya
A British Royal Air Force pilot steered his aircraft, carrying 150 civilian passengers, from Libya to safety despite receiving a bullet hit on his helmet. ANI

West considering military action against Gaddafi over use of chemical weapon fears
The Western leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron are reportedly considering ordering military action against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi amid fears that the Libyan dictator could use chemical weapons against the pro-democracy protestors in his own country. ANI

"All my people love me, will die to protect me," says Gaddafi
Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has laughed off international pressure to step down, saying the western leaders have "no morals," and insisted that the citizens of his country love him, and would do anything to protect him. ANI

Pakistani evacuees from Libya complain of Pak embassy's non-cooperation
The Pakistani nationals who came back from Libya have complained of the Pakistan embassy's non-cooperation during the difficult time when they were stranded in the strife-torn country. ANI

Voluptuous nurse 'lover' 'sure Gaddafi will triumph against the rebels'
Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's 'voluptuous blonde' personal nurse apparently believes that the troubled leader would triumph against the rebels. ANI

Ted Kennedy 'arranged to rent brothel in Latin America'
Ted Kennedy, the late US senator, arranged to rent an entire brothel for a night while on a visit to Chile and other Latin American countries in 1961-a year before he was elected to the Senate, it has emerged. ANI

11-year-old from Thailand is World's Hairiest Girl
Supatra Sasuphan from Thailand has been named the World's Hairiest Girl. ANI

US military to work more closely with Pak forces against insurgents along Afghan border
The US military will start carrying out more counterterrorism missions against insurgents in eastern Afghanistan and work more closely with the Pakistani forces in operations against insurgents along the porous and rugged frontier, a top US general has said. ANI

Court issues notice to Pak Govt on application against 'special facilities in jail' for Davis
The Lahore High Court has issued a notice to the Pakistan Government on an application challenging the facilities being given to double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis in prison. ANI

US showing 'no leniency' on Pak terror-suspect Aafia Siddiqui to end Davis' detention
Despite the US-Pakistan standoff on double murder-accused Raymond Davis' detention issue that threatens to derail their partnership in the war against terror, the Americans are showing no leniency on Pakistani neuroscientist and alleged Al-Qaida operative Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently serving 86 years in federal prison for attempted murder. ANI

US turns down Pak Govt's offer to trade terror-suspect Aafia for CIA contractor Davis
The Pakistan Government offered to trade double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis with Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who is suspected by US intelligence to be an al Qaeda operative and is currently serving 86 years in federal prison for attempted murder. ANI

US repositioning military forces around Libya for 'any eventuality'
The US defence department has said that it is repositioning forces around Libya, putting further pressure on the autocratic ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi after asking him to resign from his post immediately. ANI

Berlusconi 'may have paid for boob and lip jobs of 'bunga bunga' girls'
Prosecutors in Milan, who accuse Silvio Berlusconi of abuse of office and sleeping with an under-age prostitute, believe that the prime minister paid for cosmetic surgeries of young women who attended his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties. ANI

ESPN STAR Sports Partners with Liveshare by Cooliris for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
ESPN STAR Sports and Cooliris today announced a partnership that allows cricket fans to enjoy the excitement and energy of the 2011 ICC World Cup with a behind-the-scenes look at the event using LiveShare by Cooliris Business Wire India

Intelligroup Announces a Successful Launch of Poultry360- A Qualified SAP Business All-in-One Partner Solution
Intelligroup, an NTT DATA company, today announced that their accelerated solution for the Poultry and Livestock Industry, Poultry360 has been qualified as an SAP Business All-in-One Partner solution Business Wire India

Power Integrations Introduces Ultra-Compact LED Driver Reference Design for Candelabra-Style Bulbs
LED CHINA 2011––Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the leader in high-voltage drivers for offline LED lighting, today published a new reference design (RD-268) for candelabra-style replacement bulbs Business Wire India

Sensometrix SA & FUJITSU Limited Signed a Worldwide Licence Agreement
Sensometrix SA, worldwide leader in the biometric identification and Fujitsu Ltd manufacturer of the PalmSecure authentification system has announced a major milestone achievement in biometric vein identification. Business Wire India

INNOVATION and IntelliMagic Partner to Improve Efficiency of Customers' z/OS Storage Systems
Concurrent with the 2011 IBM SHARE Conference in Anaheim CA, INNOVATION Data Processing has announced, in conjunction with the general availability of FDRPAS V5 Business Wire India

GE and TÜLOMSAS Showcase First PowerHaul® Locomotive Assembled in Turkey
During a ceremony yesterday at TÜLOMSAª headquarters in Eskisehir, Turkey, GE Transportation and TÜLOMSAª celebrated the introduction of the first GE PowerHaul Locomotive assembled in Turkey from components manufactured at GE’s plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. Business Wire India

U.S. Department of Energy and Masdar Collaborate in Testing Cutting-Edge Solar PV Coating Technologies
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