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Website launched to tracks 'at- risk historic sites'
Global Heritage Fund, a California-based nonprofit organization that focuses on historical preservation has launched a new Internet platform called Global Heritage Network (GHN), to rescue cultural heritage sites on the verge of being irreparably damaged ANI

Chinese manufacturers selling toxic lunch boxes: Survey
Over 40 percent of companies that manufacture disposable lunch boxes for Beijing markets are supplying low quality and possibly dangerous products, reveals survey. ANI

Sex trade on social network sites on the rise in UAE
Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are frequently being used by escort services and call girls to hook up with clients in UAE. ANI

Italian music conductor Riccardo Muti wins $1m Birgit Nilsson Prize
Italian conductor Riccardo Muti has been awarded the 1 million dollar Birgit Nilsson Prize, which is the biggest prize in classical music. ANI

Bid to reunite 19 people who watched Beatles' first gig
An effort is being made to reunite 19 people who watched The Beatles play in a town hall before they had their first top 10 hit. ANI

Forensic doc rules out rape in Dubai school bus incident
Three men accused of sexually assaulting a four-year-old Indian girl on her school bus have denied the charges before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance. ANI

Arab men 'under attack from wives'
Psychologists have claimed that cases of husband-beating in Dubai homes are rising with many marriages erupting in violence. ANI

Scam email from David Cameron promising 2mn pounds hit Oz inboxes
Australian inboxes are hit by another scam-a bogus email from British Prime Minister David Cameron claiming to award two million pounds. ANI

Naked student run in US to mark end of semester stopped due to health risks
The traditional n*ked student run in US to mark the end of the fall semester has been stopped by the president of Tufts University in Massachusetts due to health reasons. ANI

Taiwan detects radioactive particles on 25 Japan-returned travellers
Taiwan's nuclear regulator, the Atomic Energy Council, has reportedly detected radioactive particles on 25 passengers arriving on an aircraft from Japan. ANI

Future hotel rooms in Oz will have zero gravity beds, self-darkening glass
An exhibition in Australia showcased a technology that could be used in future hotel rooms, and it includes zero-gravity beds, self-darkening glass, and doors that are unlocked by mobile phones. ANI

Blame game erupts between PML-N, PML-Q over Raymond Davis' acquittal
The acquittal of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis under the 'diyat' law has triggered a blame game between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q). ANI

Imran Farooq may have been 'followed' on the day of murder: UK police
British police have released new CCTV images of slain Pakistani politician Imran Farooq, showing him in his final hours, and said that he may have been followed on the day of the attack. ANI

Entry of NATO oil tankers banned in Peshawar in view of increasing attacks
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has banned the entry of tankers carrying oil for Afghanistan-bound NATO forces in Peshawar. ANI

Anti terrorist measures make plane toilets unsafe
Trade unions have warned that new anti- terrorist measures which state all oxygen canisters should be removed from airplane toilets, can be dangerous in case cabin pressure drops in the plane. ANI

World wide web inventor to protect 'open internet'
The UK government has announced that world wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee will work with broadband providers to make sure the internet is protected from corporate interests. ANI

How safe are airport security scanners to humans: US study
The question as to whether airport security scanners pose any threat to the long-term health of human beings has been addressed in two articles. ANI

Boxing legend Ali asks Iran to release American hikers
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has appealed to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to free the two Americans who have been held in that country since July 2009 on charges of, one of the most prominent Muslims in the US, said he had been warmly welcomed to Tehran on a past visit. ANI

US drone attack kills 22 suspected militants in North Waziristan
A US drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt killed 22 suspected militants on Thursday, security officials said. ANI

'Anti-Americanism' poses bigger challenge for Pak Army than Taliban
Fighting 'anti-Americanism' that prevails among Ahmedzai Wazir tribes in South Waziristan is more challenging for the Pakistan Army than taking on the Taliban in the region bordering Afghanistan. ANI

Judge who acquitted Davis of double murder charges goes on leave
The judge who conducted the double murder case hearing against CIA contractor Raymond Davis has gone on leave. ANI

Davis' release challenged in Lahore High Court
The release of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis has been challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC). ANI

UK man jailed for raping virgin on town centre pavement in full view of motorists
A man, who raped a virgin on a town centre pavement in Britain, as motorists drove by without stopping, has been jailed.ary Gunstone stalked the woman through the streets of Bideford, North Devon, just after midnight as she walked to her parents' home after visiting her boyfriend. ANI

Ex-hospital director convicted of trafficking woman she used as slave
A former hospital director in Britain has been convicted of trafficking a woman from Tanzania and using her as a "slave". ANI

US asks citizens to move out of Japan
The United States has expressed alarm over Japan's nuclear crisis and urged Americans living within 80 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to leave the area. ANI

US sends drone to inspect damaged Japanese nuke plant
The United States will fly a high-altitude drone over Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant to take a closer look and assess the degree of the damage that has occurred inside the reactor buildings. ANI

UK Government 'don't want Muslims in central London': Karen Buck
Karen Buck, Shadow Work and Pensions Minister of UK, has said that government "don't want Muslims living in central London" and also that ministers are "deeply hostile" to poor people having children. ANI

Pak Govt retreats into shell fearing backlash over Davis' release
The Pakistan Government has retreated into a shell following the release of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis, as the revelation sparked countrywide angry protests and emotional outbursts on television talk shows, accusing the federal and Punjab governments and also military and intelligence services of bartering national interest and indulging in a secret sell-out. ANI

One in four women in UK hated their husband's marriage proposal
A new survey has revealed that one in four women in Britain hated the way their husband proposed. ANI

Heavy Rain dominates video game Baftas
Heavy Rain, created by Quantic Dream won big at the Bafta Video Games Awards, picking up three awards. ANI

Michelle Obama to write book on White House garden
US first lady Michelle Obama has signed with the Crown Publishing Group to write a book about healthy eating and the garden she started at the White House. ANI

Oz PM Julia Gillard to attend royal wedding
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed she will attend the wedding of Britain's Prince William to his fiancee Kate Middleton next month. ANI

Nawaz Sharif hospitalised in London following chest pain
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been admitted to a London hospital after complaining of chest pain. ANI

US man 'not angry' even after 20 years wrongful imprisonment
A man freed after spending 20 years in a Los Angeles jail for a crime a court has now ruled he may not have committed said that he was not angry. ANI

Berlusconi says girlfriend 'would have clawed eyes out' if had slept with 33 women
Silvio Berlusconi, who is accused of paying 33 young women for sex, has denied claims saying that my girlfriend "would have clawed my eyes out" had he been involved in the sleazy events described by prosecutors. ANI

Brit woman fails driving theory test for 90th time, costing her nearly 3K pounds
A woman in Britain has failed her driving theory test 90 times, and it has cost her a staggering 2,790 pounds even before she has gone through with the practical test. ANI

Berlusconi's 'bunga-bunga' mystery solved!
Silvio Berlusconi's infamous 'bunga-bunga' parties are in a three-phase sequence, claim prosecutors. ANI

China freezes new nuke plant projects in response to Japan tragedy
China has suspended approval for nuclear power stations so as to revise safety standards in the wake of recent explosions at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. ANI

Acquitted Canadian Sikh to sue justice officials over 1985 Air India trial
One of the two men acquitted in the 1985 Air India bombings has decided to sue Canadian federal and provincial justice officials for damages and legal costs, saying his Charter rights were violated by the failed prosecution. ANI

Indian passport, visa service charges in UAE to be cut
The Indian Embassy here has ended its contract with Empost for passport and visa services, and has handed over the same to a new Dubai-based company, BLS International. It said Indian passport and visa service charges in the UAE would be reduced. ANI

Young Bengaluru bride dumped for dowry, returns home from UAE
A 21-year-old Bengaluru bride, who came to the UAE in July last year, has been forced to return to her home, being dumped by her husband and his family for failing to meet a dowry demand. ANI

Wills, Kate ask guests for charity donations instead of gifts
Prince William and Kate Middleton have asked guests to their wedding to donate to their own special charitable fund instead of giving them presents. ANI

Japanese frustrated over lack of information from government, power firm
A majority of Japanese have said that they have lost faith in both the government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in the wake of the lack of information about the Fukushima nuclear blast tragedy. ANI

Taliban continues to maintain influence over much of Afghan population: US official
Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess, Director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, has told lawmakers that while the Taliban is under more pressure than ever before in Afghanistan, the insurgent group is resilient and tenacious. ANI

World's largest paedophile ring busted, 31 Australians arrested
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre have shut down the world's largest Internet paedophile ring and arrested 31 Australian men connected to the website airing offensive pictures of abused children. ANI

Biology teacher in US caught partially nude with 17-yr-old pupil
A biology teacher in the US has been caught after she was found partially nude with a 17-year-old student inside a car. ANI

US paid no compensation to Pak victims' families to secure Davis' release: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denied that the United States paid any compensation to the relatives of the January 27 Lahore shootout victims to secure the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis. ANI

Gaddafi confident of defeating Libyan rebels by Friday
Taunting the West over its failure to impose a no- fly zone over Libya, the Gaddafi regime has said it will "finish the job" of defeating the rebels by Friday. ANI

Palin's favorability ratings drop to new low: Poll
A new poll has found that former US Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's favorability ratings among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have dropped to a new low. ANI

Court officials in Malaysia spooked by paranormal activities
A building in Malaysia that houses at least eight civil courts is deemed to be haunted after court officials claimed to have experienced paranormal activities. ANI

CIA-ISI tensions will persist until Pak takes 'serious action' against LeT: Analyst

Hidden cameras in Malay hotel rooms used to blackmail patrons
Hidden cameras in hotel rooms in Malaysia are being used to blackmail men and women into paying a hefty sum to prevent racy photos and videos of them from being leaked. ANI

Fukushima accident given 4 out of 7 disaster rating
Japanese authorities have classified the Fukushima nuclear accident as a level 4 disaster, with 7 being the worst. ANI

Meet the fish bar lad, 17, who became a Prada model
A Brit teenager has revealed how he went from working in a fish and chip shop to a dream job modelling for Prada. ANI

Venezuela Prez Hugo Chavez slams 'monstrous' boob implants
In Venezuela, at least 40,000 women undergo breast augmentations a year-and President Hugo Chavez is not happy about it. ANI

Now, 'super' wash that takes only 12 mins!
All your worries related to washing those piles of clothes may now take a backseat as scientists have developed a new washing machine that cleans clothes in just 12 minutes. ANI

US cyber war defenses not sufficient: Pentagon
General Keith Alexander, the head of the US Defence Department's Cyber Command, has said the US military does not have sufficient people or resources to defend the country from concerted cyber attacks. ANI

Wills, Kate's wedding souvenir mug features Prince Harry's face
A souvenir mug designed to celebrate the upcoming Royal marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton could end up at the back of shelves for featuring Prince Harry instead of the groom-to-be. ANI

Japan has 48 hours to avoid another Chernobyl: Experts
A French nuclear safety official has warned that Japan runs the risk of experiencing a catastrophe that could be worse than the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union. ANI

S diver jump into kids' paddling pool from 36ft to set new world record
A US shallow diver broke his own world record by diving from more than 36ft into a kids' paddling pool containing only 12 inches of water. ANI

TV twins 'among 33 women Berlusconi slept with at parties'
The brunette twins, who present the weather on Italian TV in skimpy clothing, are among the 33 women alleged to have been paid for sex by Silvio Berlusconi, it has emerged. ANI

Pak barrier over US, Afghanistan and Taliban peace negotiations to end Afghan war
The United States, the Afghan government and Taliban leaders have reportedly begun to take a hard look at what it would take to start negotiations to end the fighting in Afghanistan, but Pakistan is proving to be a looming problem. ANI

7 in 10 Americans support women in combat roles: Survey
Over seven in ten Americans support allowing women in the military to engage in close combat, says Washington Post/ABC News poll. ANI

Clinton not to be Secretary of State under re-elected Obama
Hilary Clinton has said she would not keep her job as US Secretary of State if President Barack Obama is re-elected in 2012. ANI

Davis pardoned, released in accordance with Pakistani law: White House
The United States has welcomed the release of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis, and stressed that he was freed in accordance with Pakistani law. ANI

Riots in Pakistan after double murder-accused Davis 'buys' freedom
Riots broke out on the streets of Pakistan following the revelation that double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis was released over a 'blood-money' deal, and hundreds of protesters attempted to attack the US Consulate building in Lahore on Wednesday evening. ANI

Northern Ireland Chooses TF3 Consortium for Remote Telemonitoring Services
The TF3 consortium has been chosen to provide a Remote Telemonitoring Service to Northern Ireland (RNTI) which will support over 8,000 patients during the course of the contract. Business Wire India

Steelwedge Customer Wins 2011 Progressive Manufacturing Award
Steelwedge, the leading provider of cloud-based sales and operations planning (S&OP) solutions, announced today that its customer Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company, is a winner of the seventh annual Progressive Manufacturing Awards (PM100) Business Wire India

INWI and Gemalto Make Mobile Instant Messaging Available to All in Morocco
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that INWI has rolled out LinqUs SIMessenger, the mobile instant messaging solution that enables users to keep in touch with their community while on the go Business Wire India

St. Jude Medical Celebrates Two Millionth Mechanical Heart Valve Implant
St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, has announced that the company will celebrate the treatment of more than 2 million patients with its mechanical heart valve technology Business Wire India

Bloomberg L.P. Opens Its 10th Global Hub in Dubai
Bloomberg L.P. officially opened its 10th global hub in Dubai today, tripling the size of its office to accommodate the company's expanding news operations and customer support for its growing client base in the region. Business Wire India

Imagine Software Expands Commitment to Asia-Pacific
Imagine Software, a leading provider of real-time portfolio and risk management solutions worldwide, today announced several developments related to the company’s exceptional success in the Asia-Pacific financial community achieved during the last two years Business Wire India

Cals Refineries Ltd. Acquires the Cenco and Atas Refineries from the Hardt Group
Cals Refineries Ltd. (BSE: 526652) (“Cals”) and the Hardt Group (“Hardt”) has announced a definitive agreement for Cals to acquire the Cenco and Atas refinery assets owned by affiliates of Hardt and currently located in the United States and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Business Wire India

Mukesh D. Ambani Named a Director of Bank of America Corporation
The Bank of America Corporation Board of Directors has appointed as a director Mukesh D. Ambani, chairman and managing director of India-based Reliance Industries Limited. Ambani will stand for election at the 2011 Bank of America annual meeting of shareholders. Business Wire India

Trading Technologies Opens TTNETT Data Center in Sydney
Trading Technologies International, Inc. (TT) has opened a new data center in Sydney for TTNET, its fully managed hosting solution. The Sydney data center is the seventh TTNET facility for TT’s global hosting service. The company also operates TTNET hubs in Chicago, New Jersey, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Singapore. Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Unveils New Brand Identity and Global Ad Campaign
Travelers today are seeking more than just a destination – they want breathtaking, unforgettable and inspiring experiences to share. Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, is recognizing this with the launch of its new global brand identity and by going beyond rewards to honor its members. Business Wire India

GENBAND Launches GENFuzion Developer Community
GENBAND, a leading developer of IP infrastructure and application solutions, has announced the launch of the GENFuzion Developer Community, which will be hosted by Coral CEA, a not-for-profit community organization that leverages technologies and expertise in the Web Collaboration and Communications Enabled Applications (CEAs) domain Business Wire India

GENBAND Announces the S3 Session Border Controller on the GENBAND GENiUS Platform
GENBAND, a leading developer of IP infrastructure and application solutions, has announced that the S3™ Session Border Controller on the GENBAND GENiUS™ platform is generally available and currently being deployed Business Wire India

Covidien CEO to Retire July 1; Successor Named
The Board of Directors of Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) has announced that Richard J. Meelia will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective July 1. Mr. Meelia will serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board for a transition period of up to one year following his retirement as CEO. Business Wire India

Covidien Elects Jose E. Almeida President and Chief Executive Officer
The Board of Directors of Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) has announced that Jose (Joe) E. Almeida, President of Covidien’s Medical Devices business segment, has been elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective with the planned retirement of CEO Richard J. Meelia on July 1. Mr Business Wire India

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