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Lottery winner is UK's most eligible bachelor after winning 18m pounds
A man in Britain has become the most eligible bachelor after he won nearly 18 million pounds through a lottery. ANI

Cheating Brit man wears board with confession to apologise to girlfriend
A man in Britain, who cheated on his girlfriend, was seen parading around town wearing a sandwich board with his written confession to show her how sorry he was. ANI

'Call of Duty: Black Ops' is best selling video game ever
First-person shooter video game 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' has set a new record by becoming the best selling video game in history. ANI

Polls estimate Obama's approval among Americans at 50 percent
In the aftermath of the Tucson shooting in Arizona, two new polls taken by CNN/Opinion Research Corporation and ABC News/Washington Post have estimated United States President Barack Obama's approval rating at about 50 percent. ANI

Brit cops rush to park after two young sisters were seen picking daffodils
Police in Britain are said to have rushed uniformed officers in a squad car to a park after two young sisters were spotted picking daffodils. ANI

Chinese search giant Baidu in spot over copyright theft
Baidu, China's search engine giant, has been accused of copyright violation by Chinese writers, who claim the website offered free online excerpts of their work without authorized permission. ANI

Wealthy foreigners and entrepreneurs offered fast track to settle in UK
Wealthy foreigners and entrepreneurs will be offered a fast track route to settle in Britain as per new immigration rules. ANI

Prevalence of heavy smokers decreases in US
The number of heavy smokers has declined substantially in the U.S., according to a new study. ANI

Twitter co-founder to join news website Huffington Post
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone will join the American news website Huffington Post, as the firm adds big names to its roster following its 315 million dollars takeover by American Online. ANI

Brit cop howls like baby as he's jailed for having sex while on duty
A married policeman in Britain is said to have howled like a baby after he was jailed for 12 months for having sex with a vulnerable woman while he was on duty. ANI

Hinduism discussed at prominent Nevada Jewish synagogue
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was invited to a prominent Jewish synagogue of Nevada (USA), where he discussed Hinduism on March 11 evening. ANI

Hindus urged to take vow on Holi of helping reduce social evils
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, sending Holi greetings to one billion Hindus of the world, has urged them each to take a vow of helping the communities to shun the social evils. ANI

Berlusconi insists he's too old for so much sex
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said that he is too old to have had all the sexual encounters he is accused of by prosecutors. ANI

No plans to repatriate Pakistanis from Bahrain despite attacks: Pak FO spokesperson
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua has said that there are there are no plans to repatriate Pakistanis from Bahrain despite concerns following reports that a Pakistani was killed and four others were injured by protesters in Manama on Sunday. ANI

Married prison chaplain in UK jailed for 8-months for sex with inmate
A married prison chaplain in UK has been jailed for eight months after it was revealed that she had a sexual relationship with an inmate. ANI

Japan quake rocks Chinese economy
Japan's massive earthquake and resultant tsunami have rocked the Chinese economy even though the total loss cannot be estimated yet. ANI

American girl student receives death threats for posting racist anti-Asian YouTube video
An American girl, Alexandra Wallace, who posted a three-minute racist rant against University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA)'s Asian students, has received death threats. ANI

Meet the dog from France who ignores orders in English language!
A dog in Yorkshire ignores orders given in English language because he was born and raised in France. ANI

Japan facing 'monumental' task to get food, water and medicines to tsunami survivors
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said that supplies of food, water and medicines were starting to run out in temporary shelters built for Japan's earthquake and tsunami survivors. ANI

Pak court indicts Raymond Davis for double murder
US national Raymond Davis has finally been indicted by a Pakistani court in the double murder case. ANI

Pak Govt strongly contradicts news report about 'tamed' NAB
The Pakistan Government has strongly contradicted a news report that said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which appears friendly to President Asif Ali Zardari and his coterie, is extraordinarily soft on the Sharif brothers and other opposition leaders, too. ANI

Ground Zero mosque opponents say location should be preserved to 'show what happened there'
Opponents of the proposed "Ground Zero Mosque" in Manhattan moved the court on Tuesday arguing that the location of the proposed plan should be rather preserved as a historic landmark to 'teach America about what happened there'. ANI

Canadian Muslim charged with helping conspirers in 2009 New York bomb plot
A federal court in Brooklyn has charged a Canadian Ferid Imam on 10 counts, including helping Najibullah Zazi and others travel to Pakistan for attaining terrorist training in a plot to bomb the New York City subway in 2009. ANI

Singaporean woman on mission to expose adulterous men
A woman in Singapore has made it her life's mission to expose adulterous men. ANI

Red Tibetan mastiff becomes world's most expensive dog at 945K pounds
A red Tibetan mastiff has become the world's most expensive dog after it was sold for 10 million Chinese yuan, or 945,000 pounds. ANI

Australian producers accuse BBC of stealing their ideas
The BBC is facing the prospect of legal action as it has been accused of bearing a strong resemblance to the Australian mockumentary series. ANI

Beijing airport ranked second busiest in the world
The Beijing International Airport has been ranked the second busiest airport next only to Atlanta's Hartsfield airport, after reporting a 13 percent growth in passenger travel compared to 2009, according to a report on world traffic growth generated by Airports Council International (ACI). ANI

Trump admits admiring Saddam's terrorism policy
American billionaire Donald Trump has said in a recent interview that he admired Saddam Hussein's terrorism policy. ANI

Gaddafi used Libya's vast oil reserves to buy allies in sub-Saharan Africa
Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi tapped his country's vast oil reserves to sprinkle billions of dollars around sub-Saharan Africa to buy allies for his regime. ANI

US woman jailed for abusing daughter, 2, on web-cam as teen watched in UK
A woman in the US has been jailed for 20-years after she sexually abused her 2-year-old daughter while a teenager in UK watched her live via a web-cam. ANI

Rudd says 'lightning does not strike twice' over second run for PM rumours
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has raised doubtd that he could be re-elected as Prime Minister saying he is "not of the view that lightning strikes twice". ANI

Pak Govt unveils 120-bn-rupee 'mini-budget' to meet IMF conditionalities
The Pakistan Government has introduced a 120-billion-rupee 'mini-budget' through presidential ordinances, envisaging 53 billion rupees of additional taxes on income, imports, agriculture and domestic sales of export-oriented items. ANI

Thousands flee Tokyo as radiation fears mount
Thousands of tourists and residents left Tokyo and fled to safer areas on wednesday, despite official reassurances that radiation levels in the capital were negligible and posed no threat to health, after an explosion in reactor no 2 of the Fukushima nuclear plant, threatened to send radiation levels soaring. ANI

New Zealand PM's science adviser slams Christchurch quake prediction
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, has disagreed with the prediction by long range weather forecaster Ken Ring, that a huge earthquake could strike Christchurch on March 20. ANI

Scottish teens to get sleep training in schools
Schools around Scotland are to be offered resources to teach teenagers how to get enough sleep. ANI

Wikileaks was warned Oz intelligence provided on Assange to US could lead to 'dirty tricks'
An Australian intelligence official is believed to have informed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that he had become a subject of inquiries by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, last August. ANI

Indian-Australian model in racism row with Oz modelling agency
An Indian-Australian model has spoken out against a modelling agency in Australia after it told her that she had "limited" chances as she is not Caucasian. ANI

82pc of Oz workers want to quit their jobs
Hate your job? Well, you are not alone, as more than 80 percent of Australian workers want to quit their job, reveals a survey. ANI

Special forces winning battle against Taliban insurgents: US, UK commanders
The US and UK commanders have said that the special forces deployed in Helmand province of Afghanistan, are winning their battle against Taliban insurgents. ANI

US drone strike kills four militants in North Waziristan
At least four militants were killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday. ANI

Wikileaks suspect's prison psychiatrists accused of 'violating ethical duties as doctors'
A leading group of doctors in the US have accused psychiatrists in Quantico, Virginia, of 'violating their ethical duties as doctors' for subjecting the suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning to harsh treatment at the marine base, where he has been in custody since last July. ANI

Germany to shut seven nuke reactors for three months review following Japan crisis
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that seven of the country's nuclear power plants that began operations before the end of 1980 would be shut down temporarily for a three months review to see how they would react in emergency situations like that in Japan, in the first phase of a safety review of all of the country's 17 plants. ANI

Internet is the greatest spying machine the world has ever seen: Assange
Julian Assange, co-founder of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, reckons that the Internet is the "greatest spying machine the world has ever seen" and is not a technology that necessarily favours the freedom of speech. ANI

Clinton faces tough task on Arab upheaval
A coalition of six youth groups that have become vocal movers in Egypt's revolutionary movement have revealed on their Facebook page that they had refused an invitation to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Cairo. ANI

Best way to end Pakistan's support for terrorist groups is to win Afghan war: McCain
The best way to persuade Pakistan to 'end its support for terrorist groups' is to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan, senior US lawmaker and former Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain has said. ANI

Fukushima's GE nuke reactor design led scientists to quit in 1975
The nuclear reactor design at Japan's Fukushima-Daiichi plant has been deemed controversial for more than 35 years. ANI

Fukushima workers evacuated amid fresh nuclear threat
Workers battling to prevent a nuclear meltdown at Japan's quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant have been temporarily evacuated following fears that the containment vessel around reactor No. 3 may have been damaged. ANI

Japan scrambling to contain Fukushima crisis
Japan has abandoned plans to spray water from helicopters into an overheating spent fuel storage pool at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. ANI

Brit Indian honeymooner placed in psychiatric care in London for own protection
Prosecutors at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London have agreed to admit Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, in psychiatric care for his own protection. ANI

Royal wedding will have just traditional hymns, no Elton John, James Blunt
Despite rumours that either Elton John or James Blunt could be performing at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, the two have announced that they will have just traditional hymns. ANI

Experts express doubt about US's Afghan 'hearts and minds' strategy
Some analysts have said that US development aid, aimed at winning the "hearts and minds" of the Afghan people, is not helping the coalition military forces win the war. ANI

'Radiation' text message a hoax: BBC
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has rubbished claims of circulating a text message warning people that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant has leaked beyond Japan and could hit other Asian countries. ANI

Giant pouched rats could be potential bomb detectors: African Army
The African Army Research Office has paid an Oklahoma State University's Zoology professor to study the African giant pouched rat to detect its ability to find bombs. The animal is said to have bad vision, but an acute sense of smell. ANI

Ticket sales going 'very well': 2012 London Olympic organizers
The ticket sales for the 2012 London Olympics is going on very well, the organizers have said. ANI

US, NATO forces' progress in Afghanistan 'fragile and reversible': Petraeus
The US commander in Afghanistan, General David H. Petraeus, has told lawmakers that the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan have halted the Taliban's momentum in much of the country, but admitted that the progress is "fragile and reversible". ANI

Over 8000 death row prisoners in Pakistan languishing in jails for decades
Over 8000 prisoners sentenced with death by Pakistani courts during the last two decades are still waiting to meet their fate in the country's death cells, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has said. ANI

Cholera epidemic in Haiti may exceed UN projections: Study
The cholera epidemic in Haiti will exceed UN projections, reveals a new study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Harvard Medical School. ANI

World leaders reject any form of military intervention in Libya
World leaders have rejected all forms of military intervention, including imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, during a meeting in Paris despite being persuaded by France and Britain to do so. ANI

Middleton's parents may contribute six-figure sum to royal wedding
Kate Middleton's parents are apparently contributing a six-figure sum towards her wedding to Prince William on April 29. ANI

Saudi Arabia not involved in Davis case discussions with Pakistan: Report
Saudi Arabia or its embassy in Pakistan has no role to play in the case of double murder-accused CIA defence contractor Raymond Davis, who is currently under detention in a Lahore prison. ANI

Belly dancer involved in Berlusconi sex probe 'was 16 when she was paid for sex'
A Moroccan belly dancer at the centre of Silvio Berlusconi sex scandal was just 16 when she was paid for sex, according to Milan prosecutors. ANI

Belly dancer at centre of Berlusconi sex probe 'was 16 when she was paid for sex'
A Moroccan belly dancer at the centre of Silvio Berlusconi sex scandal was just 16 when she was paid for sex, according to Milan prosecutors. ANI

Berlusconi had 13 'sexual acts' with under age hooker 'Ruby the Heart Stealer'
In a report by Italian prosecutors, it is alleged that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had 13 'sexual acts' with Moroccan belly dancer Karima El Mahroug at his villa near Milan last year. ANI

Davis seeks reinvestigation into Lahore double murder case
Double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis has expressed his dissatisfaction over the previous investigation and sought a fresh probe into the murder case under the Police Order 2002, it has been learnt. ANI

Davis to have legal counsel during trial court proceedings in Pakistan: US Embassy
The US government has reportedly decided to defend its claim in a Pakistan trial court that double murder-accused CIA defence contractor Raymond Davis enjoys criminal diplomatic immunity. ANI

Christian blasphemy convict dies under mysterious circumstances in Pak jail
A Christian serving a life sentence in Pakistan on blasphemy charges has died under mysterious circumstances in Karachi's central jail. ANI

Economic growth 'not linked to reduction in child undernutrition in India'
A new study has found that economic growth in India has no automatic connection to reducing undernutrition in Indian children. ANI

Delta Launches New DPR 850B Rectifier: A Milestone in Energy Efficient Power for Network Broadband Services
Delta Electronics, Inc., a world-leading power management solutions provider, announced its new DPR 850B rectifier that sets a new standard in energy efficiency for powering wire-line and wireless network equipment with lower power demand Business Wire India

Vindicia and GlobalCollect Sign Partnership Agreement
Vindicia, a leading provider of SaaS billing solutions which help digital merchants optimize customer retention and customer acquisition, has entered into a partnership with GlobalCollect to give its customers access to an unrivalled portfolio of local, international, and alternative payment methods Business Wire India

Sweden Renews Multi-Year Contract on ePassports and eID Cards with AB Svenska Pass, a Gemalto Company
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that the Swedish National Police Board (“Rikspolisstyrelsen”) has renewed its five-year agreement for travel documents on behalf of the Swedish Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Migration Board Business Wire India

Prudential Supports Japan Relief Efforts
Prudential Financial has announced that its foundation, The Prudential Foundation, will contribute 500 million yen, $6.1 million, to support relief efforts in Japan. Business Wire India

Covidien Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend and Announces Results from 2011 Annual General Meeting
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 May 6, 2011, to shareholders of record on April 7, 2011. Business Wire India

CWT Announces Strong Performance in 2010
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in helping customers better manage their business travel, has announced that its 2010 sales volume at USD $24.3 billion grew by 13.5 percent compared to 2009. In addition, the number of transactions managed by CWT increased by 11.9 percent in 2010 Business Wire India

ASG to Acquire PS'Soft SAS, Leader in IT Asset & Service Management Solutions
Allen Systems Group (ASG) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire PS’Soft SAS – a market-leading provider of IT Asset and Service Management software. PS’Soft SAS is a BDNA company Business Wire India

Gatwick Express Launches New Website
Gatwick Express is re-launching its website making it easier for travellers to book, save money and plan a journey. Business Wire India

New Era, New Brand: CommScope Unveils New Identity
The company that began as a small provider of cabling to the nascent cable TV market in the 1970s has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar, global infrastructure leader with solutions installed in the world’s best wireless, wireline, enterprise and cable television networks Business Wire India

IEEE Surpasses 400,000 Members
IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association, announced it reached the 400,000 member mark for the first time in its history. By the end of 2010, total IEEE membership had surpassed 400,000, making it the seventh consecutive year the association had experienced membership growth Business Wire India

DesignArt Networks Delivers Unified Mobile Backhaul Paradigm
As DesignArt Networks is introducing its ground-breaking 40nm DAN3000 SoC family, with the launch of five distinct SoC chips, the company has announced a ground breaking advance in mobile backhaul technology – the DAN3200. Business Wire India

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