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Japanese operator says it will "scrap" four reactors at tsunami hit nuke plant
Tokyo Electric Power Company's Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumatahas said that four of its six reactors at the earthquake-cum-tsunami nuclear plant in Japan will completely be 'scrapped'. ANI

UK kids as young as 4 to be taught atheism
Four-year-old school pupils in UK will be taught atheism in a bid to make them "citizens of the world". ANI

Unseen pic of Heinrich Himmler withdrawn just before auction
Previously unseen picture of Heinrich Himmler, which was taken just minutes after he had bitten down on a cyanide capsule, was withdrawn minutes before going under the hammer. ANI

Samantha Cameron talks of 'devastation' of losing a child
Samantha, the wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, has told a charity gathering here of the devastation parents feel at losing a child. ANI

David Cameron's 7-yr-old daughter wants to become a pop star
British Prime Minister David Cameron once confessed that the latest series of 'The X Factor' saw him and daughter Nancy rooting for different acts. ANI

UK boy survives 13ft plunge out of window after imitating his cartoon hero
A 5-year-old British boy has miraculously survived after he fell out of a window while imitating his flying cartoon hero Ben 10. ANI

Oz woman sues UAE 5-star hotel after she was raped, jailed for sex outside marriage
An Australian woman, who was drugged and raped by co-workers, has sued a five-star UAE hotel after she ended up in jail for eight months for having sex outside marriage. ANI

Venezuelan beauty queen pens book on life with breast cance
A former Venezuelan beauty queen has decided to go public about her gruelling battle with breast cancer, by writing a book on it. ANI

Seven killed in Swabi suicide attack targeting Pak politician
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazal-ur Rehman had a narrow escape on Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew up his explosives near a police check post in Pakistan's Swabi district, killing at least seven people- including a policeman- on the spot. ANI

Six more Pak Taliban militants arrested in 2009 Sri Lanka team attack case
Another six members of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, including the mastermind of the March 3, 2009 deadly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, have been arrested, Lahore police chief Muhammad Aslam Tareen has said. ANI

Friendly fire, not militants, killed 14 Pak security officials in Khyber: Yasin Malik
The deaths of 14 Pakistani security officials in the Khyber tribal region on Monday evening were caused by a friendly fire, Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik has said. ANI

Radioactive iodine 3,355 times legal limit found in sea water near Fukushima nuke plant
The Japanese government's nuclear agency has claimed that radioactive iodine-131 at a concentration of 3,355 times the maximum allowable level under the law has been detected in the seawater sample taken near the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. ANI

E. Ahamed in Cairo, to hold talks with the new Govt.
Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed is presently on a two-day visit to Cairo during which he is expected to hold consultations with the new government and reiterate India's desire to strengthen its mutually beneficial ties with Egypt, which is in the process of establishing a new democratic framework of governance. ANI

Japan considers limiting electricity use by major firms to overcome shortage
The Japan Government is considering to limit electricity usage of major firms to deal with anticipated power shortages this summer as Tokyo Electric Power Company has lost some of its supply capacity following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ANI

"Workers losing race to save quake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear power plant": Expert
The radioactive core in a reactor at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear power plant has melted through the bottom of its containment vessel to a concrete floor raising concerns of a major release of radiation at the site, expert has said. ANI

NATO chief expresses fears over presence of al-Qaeda members among Libyan rebels
Admiral James Stavridis, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, has warned that American intelligence had found "flickers" of terrorist activity among the rebel groups in Libya. ANI

Undetected 'fake bomb' travels to Turkey on UK cargo flight
The United Kingdom Department for Transport has started an investigation to find out how a fake bomb was transported on a UPS cargo plane from the UK to Turkey, without being detected. ANI

William Hague says UK might accept Gaddafi going into exile to end Libyan crisis
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that Britain might accept Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi going into exile so that the ongoing crisis in the oil-rich country could be solved. ANI

Pak hiked IMF loan request on false premise of tax reforms: Official
Pakistan's former International Monetary Fund representative Dr Ehitsham Ahmad has admitted that the IMF loan augmentation from 7.6 billion to 11.3 billion dollars was made on a false premise that tax reforms would be implemented by autumn 2009 in the country. ANI

Brit brewery unveils 'Windsor Knot' beer in honour of Royal wedding
A British brewery has come up with a beer to commemorate the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. ANI

Lahore HC seeks Pak Defence Ministry's reply regarding Hafiz Saeed petition
The Lahore High Court has sought a reply from the Pakistan Defence Ministry on a petition of Jamat ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed seeking directions for the government to defend him before a US court in connection with the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

Facebook removes 'intifada' page calling for Muslims' killing of Jews
Facebook has removed a page called 'Third Palestinian Intifada' that had called for a new Palestinian uprising against Israel, after more than 350,000 people signed up to it. ANI

Japanese govt. discussing ways to bring tsunami hit Fukushima nuke plant under control
The Japanese government is reportedly considering adopting new measures to prevent the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant from further spreading radioactive particles. ANI

Gaddafi 'using sexy daughter Aisha against Libya's rebels'
Colonel Gaddafi is using his sexy blonde daughter as his secret weapon in the war against Libya's rebels. ANI

Baltic Sea letter in a bottle gets a reply after 24 years!
A German boy, who tossed a message in a bottle off a ship in the Baltic Sea 24 years ago, has finally received a reply. ANI

Clarke has many challenges as Australian Cricket captain
Pressure mounts on Michael Clarke who has been appointed as the Australian cricket team's captain after Ricky Ponting bowed to pressure and quit the captaincy, following the team's early dismissal from the World Cup, under his leadership. ANI

Gilani praises Manmohan as "good politician" ahead of 'cricket diplomacy' meet
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has praised his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh as a "good politician" before leaving for India to watch the highly anticipated Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match in Mohali. ANI

Three-cheese pizza with Jesus' face up for grabs on eBay in Oz
The face of Jesus Christ is said to have appeared on a three-cheese pizza that was made at an eatery in Brisbane, Australia. ANI

London's 2012 Olympic stadium completed 'in record time and under budget'
The construction work of London's 2012 Olympic stadium in Stratford has been completed in record time and under budget. ANI

It's too early to start negotiating for Gaddafi's exit: Obama
US President Barack Obama has said that his government would increase diplomatic and political pressure on Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to get him to step down, but added that it is too early to start negotiating an exit for the dictator. ANI

'Cricket diplomacy' to go a long way in improving frosty Indo-Pak ties: Pak official
The 'cricket diplomacy' over Wednesday's high-voltage Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final clash will go a long way in overcoming the differences in the frosty relationship between India and Pakistan, a Pakistan Foreign Ministry official has said. ANI

Metal books found in Jordan cave could change view of Biblical history
The discovery of seventy ancient metal books in a cave in Jordan is said to have the possibilities of unlocking some of the secrets of the earliest days of Christianity. ANI

John Keats' deathbed love letter fetches 96K Pounds at auction
A love letter that John Keats sent to his young fiancee Fanny Brawne from his sickbed has fetched an astonishing 96,000 pounds at a London auction. ANI

Gulf oil spill: Ex-BP boss Hayward may be charged with manslaughter
Former BP chief executive Tony Hayward could face manslaughter charges in the United States over his role in the Gulf oil spill. ANI

China stays as world's leading investor in low carbon technology: Study
China remains the world's leading investor in low carbon technology as global investment in the sector reaches a new high of 243 billion dollars, says US Pew Environment Group report. ANI

US in bind over providing weapons to Libyan rebels amidst fears of their links to al-Qaeda
Senior Obama administration officials have claimed that the government is engaged in a debate about whether weapons should be supplied the Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's opponents, amid fears that some rebel fighters may have links to Al Qaeda, and that providing arms would deepen American involvement in a civil war. ANI

Libya rape claim woman now facing criminal charges
A Libyan spokesman has said that the woman who had burst into a hotel full of foreign journalists to say that she was abducted and raped by militia members working for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, is now facing possible criminal charges herself. ANI

Taliban seizes eastern Afghan district
Taliban fighters have seized the poorly armed eastern Afghanistan district of Waygal in a rare show of force. ANI

Clooney, Ronaldo may testify for Berlusconi in 'bunga bunga' sex trial
It has emerged that Hollywood star George Clooney and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo may be called to testify as defence witnesses for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the 'bunga bunga' sex trial. ANI

Gilani to discuss all mutual interest issues during India visit: Foreign Office
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who will be leaving for India on Wednesday (today) to watch the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match in Mohali, is likely to discuss all bilateral issues with his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh. ANI

Half-day holiday declared in Pakistan over Indo-Pak WC semi-final clash
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has announced a half-day holiday on March 30 as Pakistan encounters India in a much-awaited World Cup semi-final clash in Mohali on Wednesday. ANI

Gilani heading 45-member delegation for India 'cricket diplomacy' visit
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will be leaving along with a 45-member delegation for India on Wednesday (today) to watch the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match in Mohali. ANI

Erbitux Indication Extension Submitted for 1st-Line Advanced or Metastatic NSCLC in the EU
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Smart Numbers and Smart Dialling for Smart Phones
In a world first for cellular, a brand new concept for smart phones, smart business people and smart marketers/brand builders was launched in South Africa and the UK last week, and is now been extended to India. A smart number is a “phoneword”. A phoneword can be phoned but it is much more than just an ordinary telephone number Business Wire India

ExxonMobil Chemical Opens Technology Center in China
ExxonMobil Chemical celebrated the opening of its Shanghai Technology Center today at a ceremony in Shanghai's Zizhu Science-Based Industrial Park. The $90-million facility represents a critical link for development of new premium products which can be manufactured or distributed globally. Business Wire India

Gemalto Innovation Receives Sesames Award at CARTES in Asia 2011
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, continues to demonstrate its innovation leadership with the announcement that its Smart Badge Holder has won the Sesames Award at CARTES in Asia 2011. Business Wire India

Total Safety Acquires On.Site Advanced Medical Services
Total Safety, the leading global provider of integrated safety services and compliance solutions, announced that it has acquired On.Site Advanced Medical Services, Inc. based in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Founded in 2002, On.Site is a recognized leader in remote mobile medical services and occupational healthcare Business Wire India

Best Retail Report Shows Signs of Recovery for the Retail Industry
Interbrand, the leading brand consultancy and authors of the annual Best Global Brands ranking of the top 100 world’s most valuable brands, have turned their attention to the global retail sector. Business Wire India

Kurion's Ion Specific Media, based on materials used for Three Mile Island Cleanup, is Available to Assist Fukushima Nuclear Plant Cleanup
Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear waste management, announced that more than 100 tons of its unique patent-pending Ion Specific Media (ISM) is available to assist in the cleanup of contaminated liquid from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant Business Wire India

TRA Organizes Middle East Spectrum Conference 2011
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), represented by Spectrum International Affairs, has organized the Middle East Spectrum at the Place Hotel, Old Town Dubai from 29-30 March 2011. ITU secretary General, Dr Business Wire India

Knowles Acoustics Introduces an Ultra Low-Power Digital MEMS Joystick for Handheld Consumer Devices
Knowles Acoustics has announced the introduction of a MEMS Joystick which enhances user experience while navigating, scrolling and playing games on handheld devices Business Wire India

IN-TIME Enrollment Completed: BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® Clinical Study to Assess Improvement in Heart Failure Management
BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG, a leading manufacturer of cardiac devices, has announced that the last chronic heart failure (HF) patient was enrolled in IN-TIME at the Schwabing Clinic in Munich, Germany, with principle investigator Professor Stefan Sack, MD. Business Wire India

Citi and Syncada® from Visa Form Partnership
Citi has announced that Citi’s Global Transaction Services is joining the Syncada from Visa network. This partnership will provide Citi’s clients with a specialized solution for managing transportation accounts payable Business Wire India

Lithodecor and Odersun Announce Co-Operation for Solar Façades
Odersun AG, manufacturer of customized solar modules, and Lithodecor, producer of ventilated curtain wall systems, has announced their co-operation in the area of solar façades. Odersun supplies Lithodecor with custom-made CIS (Copper-Indium-Disulphide) solar modules for the company’s Airtec system Business Wire India

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