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Malaysia's gay-themed film earns RM1mil in 5 days!
A Malaysian film, depicting the lives of a gay couple, raked in one million ringgit in just five days. ANI

Oz teen jailed for shouting 'I am a pe**s' has jail sentence reduced
A teenager in Brisbane, Australia, who was jailed for seven days for walking through a busy inner city street chanting "I am a f****** pe**s", has had his sentence reduced on appeal. ANI

Pakistan to become world's fourth-largest nuclear arsenal state by end of decade: Expert
Pakistan, which is on track to become the world's fourth-largest nuclear arsenal state by the end of the decade, must be stopped from building up nuke weapons in the wake of fears of "continued nuclear proliferation", a former senior International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) official has warned. ANI

US allows Japan to delay decision on trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement
Keeping in mind the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis in Japan, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk said that the US wouldl allow Japan to delay its decision on joining the negotiations for a Trans-Pacific free trade agreement (TPP). ANI

Water, sanitation facilities key for China's sustainable development
Proper water and sanitation facilities are key requirements for sustainable development in China, as the country plans to transform its economic growth pattern and urbanize its rural areas in the next five-year period, from 2011 to 2015. ANI

Protein from 600,000-year-old mammoth sheds light on ancient fossils
The successful extraction of protein from the bones of a 600,000-year-old mammoth by researchers from the University of York and Manchester, has paved the way for the identification of ancient fossils. ANI

Newly discovered natural arch in Afghanistan is one of world's largest
A natural stone arch spanning more than 200 feet across its base in a remote corner of Afghanistan is said to be one of the world's largest. ANI

Police shave three Kuwaiti teenagers' heads for reciting love poems
Three Kuwaiti teenagers had their heads shaved by police after they recited love poems to girls leaving their high school. ANI

Surge in Satanism sparks rise in demand for exorcists: Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church has warned that a surge in Satanism fuelled by the Internet has led to a sharp rise in the demand for exorcists. ANI

Pak's anti-corruption strategy in doldrums since NAB chief's removal
The Pakistan Government's plan to revise the national anti-corruption strategy is in the doldrums, as the post of National Accountability Bureau chairman is lying vacant since the Supreme Court declared the appointment of Justice (retired) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah as illegal and ordered his removal as NAB chief on March 10. ANI

ADB approves 650-mn-dollar loan to help Pakistan rebuild flood-hit infrastructure
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 650-million-dollar emergency assistance loan to help Pakistan rebuild its vital infrastructure that was destroyed during last year's unprecedented floods. ANI

World Bank approves 125-mn-dollar support for Pakistan flood victims
The World Bank has approved a 125-million-dollar credit for the Flood Emergency Cash Transfer Project designed to support the Pakistan Government's Citizen's Damage Compensation Programme (CDCP) for providing cash transfers to over one million Pakistani households affected by last year's floods. ANI

No current plans to provide Libyan rebels with weapons: Rudd
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said that his government does not have any plans to provide weapons to the rebels fighting the forces of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, as of now. ANI

Australians spend about $1bn annually on cosmetic procedures
A conference of surgeons has heard that Australians spent about 1 billion dollars a year on cosmetic procedures, including breast augmentation and liposuction. ANI

China demands ceasefire in Libya
Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya to "give peace a chance" in that region. ANI

American Airlines to suspend two daily flights to Japan
American Airlines has said it will suspend two of its six daily flights to Japan from April 7 to 25, due to a drop in the number of passengers traveling to that country following the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ANI

Sexual harassment affects men, women differently: US study
A study has found that women and men deal differently with sexual harassment, with the fairer sex having built up enough resistance to only find it "bothersome". ANI

'Soviet officials lied about Yuri Gagarin's historic space mission in bid for world record title'
A new book has claimed that Soviet officials had lied about the success of Yuri Gagarin's historic 1961 flight into space, and covered up the fact that he had landed over 200 miles away from the expected location. ANI

JUI-F chief Fazl-ur Rehman escapes second suicide bomb attack in two days
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazl-ur Rehman had another narrow escape on Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the politician's convoy at Charsadda district of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ANI

Pak Supreme Court rejects appeal of duo sentenced to death in Musharraf attack case
Pakistan's Supreme Court has rejected the appeals of two persons sentenced to death on charges of attacking former president Pervez Musharraf. ANI

'Sexting' trend becoming increasingly common among teenagers
As the trend of sexting becomes increasingly common, teenagers are exchanging n*ked photos of themselves as a form of "insurance" to prevent their partners forwarding on saucy images. ANI

Man from Singapore blew RM690,000 on prostitutes!
A 59-year-old man from Singapore has allegedly spent RM690,000 on prostitutes over the past four decades. ANI

Nearly 5 in 10 Americans have unfavorable view of Tea Party
Almost half of all Americans - 47 percent - have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party Movement, almost twice as many as 15 months ago. ANI

New mums labelled Dummy Mummy for talking only about their babies
A study of modern day parenting jargon has revealed that Yummy Mummy has been replaced by nicknames for women rendered brain dead or forgetful by their children. ANI

CIA, provincial govt blamed for Swabi suicide attack targeting Pak politician
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) has blamed the Awami National Party-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for Wednesday's suicide attack on a rally, which was to be addressed by JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. ANI

Geologists discover 10.6 billion dollar worth rare earth deposit in eastern China
Geologists have reportedly discovered a huge rare earth deposit containing over 70 tonnes of scandium in east China's Zhejiang Province. ANI

Paralysed stroke patient in UK uses her mind to conduct orchestra
A paralysed stroke victim in Britain, who can only move part of her face as she suffers from locked-in syndrome, has conducted an orchestra by using her mind. ANI

Explorer David Livingstone's letter reveals he ate elephant
A letter that describes how famous Scottish explorer David Livingstone killed and ate an elephant during an African expedition has fetched 28,800 pounds at a London auction. ANI

China developing high-tech weaponry and equipment: White Paper
China's State Council Information Office has issued a White Paper on national defense, which states that its People's Liberation Army (PLA) is developing new, high- tech mechanized and informationized weaponry and equipment. ANI

At least eight militants killed in Pakistan's Kurram Agency
At least eight militants were killed and several others wounded when Pakistan security forces attacked insurgent hideouts in the Kurram tribal region on Thursday. ANI

Photographer says n*ked college sex romp pics were not meant to go viral
A student in US, who took photographs of a n*ked couple having a sex tryst on the roof of a college building, has said that he never meant for the pictures to go viral and had taken them only to show to friends. ANI

State Department denies it approved Gaddafi son's US internship
The State Department has rejected suggestions that it "approved" an internship for Muammar Gaddifi's youngest son, Khamis, that had him working in several U.S. locations just prior to the uprising in Libya. ANI

Google fails to meet China's deadline to apply for online mapping services
The already soured relationship between Google Inc and China might face a crisis situation as it was reported that the world's biggest search engine has not yet succeeded in meeting Thurday's deadline to apply for a licence for its online mapping services, industry analysts have said. ANI

Islamist groups are elated by Arab revolts: Awlaki
Yemeni-American cleric Anwar-al-Awlaki, who is a top propagandist for Al-Qaeda, broke his silence on the uprisings in Middle East and claimed that Islamist groups are elated by these revolts. ANI

Lahore HC directs both Pak, Punjab govts to explain Davis' acquittal, departure
The Lahore High Court has directed the federal and provincial governments of Pakistan to submit their replies by April 8 on a petition pertaining to the release and departure of double murder accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis. ANI

A third of UK women wiling to trade a year of life for perfect body
A new UK research has found that a third of women would trade in at least a year of their life to achieve their ideal body shape and weight. ANI

CIA meets rebels, inserts operatives to facilitate air strikes in Libya
The Central Intelligence Agency has inserted clandestine operatives into Libya to gather intelligence for military air strikes and to contact and vet the beleaguered rebels battling Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces. ANI

Nazi soldiers given highly addictive crystal meth to fight longer, harder
Even though Adolf Hitler's Nazi party rules stressed the importance of keeping fit by abstaining from drink and tobacco to keep the Aryan race strong and pure, it has emerged that his soldiers were taking addictive and damaging chemicals to fight longer and harder. ANI

Lahore HC moved against Pak cricket team on match-fixing charges in WC semi-final
A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Pakistan cricket team on charges of match-fixing in the ICC World Cup 2011 semi-final match against India. ANI

Google to face independent privacy audits for 20 yrs for 'violating privacy promises'
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered independent privacy audits on Google for the next 20 years over charges that it "violated its own privacy promises". ANI

Ex-Proteas rugby star murders three with an axe in act of revenge
A former South African rugby player has been arrested for axing three people to death in revenge for them gang raping his daughter and infecting her with HIV. ANI

Obama's war cabinet girding up for battle over pace of Afghanistan draw down
Military leaders and President Obama's civilian advisers are girding for battle over the size and pace of the planned pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan this summer. ANI

5 in10 Americans think Obama does not deserve second term: Quinnipiac Poll
Half of Americans taking part in a Quinnipiac Poll don't believe President Obama deserves a second term, while 41 percent or nearly four in 10 think he deserves to be reelected in 2012. ANI

ISI claims credit for arrest of 2002 Bali bombings suspect in Pakistan
The arrest of fugitive Umar Patek, a member of Al Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah and 2002 Bali bombings suspect, was made possible only due to the efforts of the Inter-Services Intelligence, an ISI officer has claimed. ANI

Nintendo's new 3D console 'gives gamers headaches'
Japan-based Nintendo's new 3D console, which was supposed to provide gamers with a mind-blowing experience, has only succeeded in giving them a headache. ANI

Sri Lankan President to watch World Cup final in Mumbai
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will watch the Sri Lankan cricket team take on India in the World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2. ANI

Now, Palin says "cleaning up sloppiness of reporters could be a full time job"
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has slammed the Daily Caller for "sloppiness" in its reporting after the website claimed that two minor conservative media personalities had expressed their views that Palin was facing a "heap of criticism from conservative Washington pundits" over her work with a production company making "Sarah Palin's Alaska", that received 1 ANI

Up to 1,000 bodies left untouched near Fukushima nuke plant over 'high levels of radiation' fears
The fear of being affected by radiation has prevented authorities from collecting around 1,000 bodies of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami victims from within the 20-kilometer-radius evacuation zone near the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant. ANI

Complications arise in radioactive water removal at Japan's Fukushima nuke plant
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency in Japan has said that complications have risen in efforts taken to remove radiation contaminated water from a reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. ANI

Pakistan opposes Baloch leader Brahamdagh's plea seeking asylum in Switzerland
Pakistan has strongly opposed a plea by Baloch separatist leader Brahamdagh Bugti for political asylum in Switzerland, it has been learnt. ANI

Obama authorizes covert operations in Libya
President Obama has signed a secret presidential finding authorizing covert operations in Libya. ANI

China's Second Artillery Force has both nuclear, conventional missiles: White Paper
China has issued a White Paper on national defense, which states that its People's Liberation Army's Second Artillery Force (SAF) has both nuclear and conventional missiles. ANI

Libyan forces lay landmines in east Libya
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's have reportedly laid both anti- personnel and anti- vehicle landmines near the eastern city of Ajdabiya. ANI

China issues White Paper on arms control, peaceful development
China has issued a White Paper on national defense that aims to enhance its military transparency and boost the world's trust in its commitment to peaceful development. ANI

'China may become world's second-largest travel and tourism market by 2013'
A report released by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has claimed that China is expected to become the world's second-largest travel and tourism market by 2013. ANI

One killed, 45 wounded in aerial firings in Pak during WC semi-final match against India
One person was killed and 45 others- including children- were wounded in various aerial firing incidents in Pakistan during the high voltage Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match in Mohali on Wednesday. ANI

Defection of Gaddafi's 'envoy of death' to UK a further blow to Libyan regime
The regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has suffered yet another blow after its Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, who is also known as the 'envoy of death', defected to Britain last night following pressure from MI6. ANI

Female London Olympic stadium guard arrested with explosives
A female London Olympic stadium security guard was arrested this week on suspicion of possessing explosives. ANI

Berlusconi laughs off 'bunga bunga' scandal
Silvio Berlusconi, who is facing trial for allegedly paying an underage girl for sex, laughed off the "bunga bunga" scandal recently by joking about how many women have slept with him. ANI

UFOs expected at royal wedding, says retired Air Force major
A former Air Force major has said that the royal wedding is not only expected to be viewed by over a billion people around the world - but also by a few UFOs. ANI

Australia 'failed' India in resolving racial violence row during Gillard's visit: WikiLeaks
The then Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard's visit to India in 2009 during a spate of racial attacks on Indian students in Australia was a "wasted opportunity", as it failed to quell the rising tide of anger in the country over the assaults, whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final brought both nations, their leadership together: Gilani
The Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match in Mohali has helped in bringing the two nations and their leadership together, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

SEE Virtual Worlds® Sets Guinness World Record for 'Most Expensive Virtual Property Purchase'
SEE Virtual Worlds®, an entertainment company developing a virtual reality universe of connected planets tied to licensed franchises, today announced that Guinness World Records, the ultimate global authority on record-breaking, has confirmed their record for the ‘Most Expensive Virtual Property Purchase’ Business Wire India

New Image Group Builds Dairy Plant to Help Meet Global Demand
Health and wellness products manufacturer New Image Group is to help meet global demand for more nutritional milk products with the building of a multi-million dollar, spray drying plant in New Zealand. Business Wire India

NeuroLogica Corporation Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance for BodyTomT: A Portable, Full Body, Multi-Slice CT Scanner
NeuroLogica Corporation announced the receipt of 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the world's first portable, full body, multi-slice CT scanner, the BodyTom™. ( Business Wire India

Shekhar Purohit Joins Independent Executive Compensation Advisor Pearl Meyer & Partners as Managing Director
Independent executive compensation consultant Pearl Meyer & Partners announced the hiring of Shekhar Purohit as a Managing Director and head of the firm's Northern California office. Mr. Purohit was previously a Principal and Global Compensation Consulting Leader at Hewitt Associates. Business Wire India

Bloomberg Facilitates Execution & Clearing of CDS & IRS E-Trades
Bloomberg executives has announced that J.P. Morgan electronically executed and cleared credit default swap (CDS) and interest-rate swap (IRS) trades on Bloomberg's Fixed Income Electronic Trading platform (FIT). Business Wire India

Akustica's New AKU230 Digital Microphone is Bosch-Built; Includes World's Smallest Fully Integrated MEMS Device
Akustica, Inc., inventors of the first single-chip digital micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) microphone—has announced a new single-chip digital MEMS microphone for high-quality voice applications in laptops, tablets and netbook PCs. Business Wire India

CIGNA Enters Global Individual Health Market; Launches CIGNA Global Health Options
CIGNA (NYSE:CI), the global leader in serving expatriates and other globally mobile individuals, has launched an international health care plan for qualified individuals who seek access to high-quality health care facilities across international boundaries. Business Wire India

Skype Connects Teachers and Classrooms across the Globe
School teachers and students everywhere now have an easy way to find each other for collaborative projects and shared learning through a new online platform provided by Skype Business Wire India Singapore Reinventing itself as an Entrepreneurial Hub
A leading Singapore business information portal, predicts that Singapore will emerge as Asia’s entrepreneurial hub in the near future. Analysis by shows that a number of economic indicators are pointing towards Singapore’s strong position to emerge as a key entrepreneurial hub in the region Business Wire India

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