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India, Afghanistan to enhance collaboration to enter into strategic economic partnership
India and Afghanistan have agreed to enhance collaboration in economic and commerce organization to enter into a strategic economic partnership, recognizing the advantages of closer economic integration with the South Asian market and the region. ANI

India, Pakistan and Afghanistan should jointly fight terrorism: Manmohan Singh
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday said India, Pakistan and Afghanistan should work together to end the scourge of terrorism. ANI

India to invest 500 million US dollars in Afghanistan
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has announced a fresh commitment of 500 million US dollars for Afghanistan in the next few years. ANI

US 'Happy hour' dentist offers patients free booze to take the edge off
A US dentist who apparently 'got tired of people not liking to go to the dentist' is trying to change the dreaded dental stereotype by offering them free beer. ANI

Gilani opens China-built Chashma-2 project
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday inaugurated a 330-megawatt nuclear power plant built with Chinese assistance. ANI

Channel 4's plan to screen Class A drug use live on TV 'slammed'
Channel 4, which recently announced filming of illegal Class A drugs use in a live TV experiment, has come under controversy. ANI

Brit woman arrested after sex with five schoolboys in full public view
A British woman has been arrested after she had sex with five schoolboys in full view of passing trains. ANI

US student arrested for rating female classmates' promiscuity on Facebook
An American student has been arrested for making a 'humiliating' Facebook list ranking girls at his high school. ANI

Indian team walks out of Tulbul Project talks
Talks between India and Pakistan on the Tulbul Navigation Project were derailed on Thursday after the Indian team walked out. ANI

Five killed in Pak-Afghan border clash
A clash between Pakistani tribesmen and Afghan National Army soldiers claimed five lives in Lora Mandi at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. ANI

India remains fully committed to needs of LDCs, says Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna today said that India remains fully committed to the needs of the Least Developed Countries (LDC). ANI

Dogs in China to be fitted with microchips for better control
China's Guangdong province has made a new rule under which dog owners in the city must have a special microchip inserted beneath the skin of their pets by the end of July. ANI

China's inflation set to increase further
China's inflation is expected to rise further after it hit 5.3 percent year-on-year in April, economists have claimed. ANI

Bin Laden's preoccupation with U.S. caused friction with Al Qaeda followers
Handwritten journals and long-winded compositions saved on computer hard drives by Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden suggest that his preoccupation with attacking the United States caused friction among his followers. ANI

Canada's Dairy Queen creates world's largest ice cream cake
Canada has set a world record for creating the largest ice cream cake ever made. ANI

MQM to hold referendum on post-Osama situation in Pakistan
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced a countrywide referendum on Pakistan's precarious condition in the wake of the United States' unilateral military raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout near Islamabad. ANI

Pak hacker accused of defaming Zardari online denied bail
The bail petition of a man accused of publishing defamatory material against Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and hacking a local website has been rejected. ANI

UK generals admit troops underestimated scale of Afghan Taliban resistance
The head of Britain's armed forces, General Sir David Richards, has said that the country has failed to accurately gauge the resistance of the Taliban to UK troops in Afghanistan's Helmand province. ANI

Obama hasn't spoken a word about 2012 prez poll foes: White House
President Barack Obama is yet to say something about the Republican candidates likely to challenge him in 2012. ANI

Rules drafted to probe Abbottabad operation
The rules and regulations are being drafted for the committee constituted to probe the Abbottabad operation. ANI

India supports unity, integrity, prosperity of Afghanistan: Manmohan Singh
Emphasising that Afghanistan deserves to occupy its rightful place in the global community, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that India supported the unity, integrity and prosperity of Afghanistan. ANI

Obama holds double digit lead over GOP leaders Huckabee, Romney
President Barack Obama is holding double digit leads against the two potential Republican opponents Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. ANI

Most Chinese reluctant about prenuptial agreements: Survey
Less than five percent of the couples in China have entered into prenuptial agreements, and nearly 90 percent of unmarried people dislike the idea of establishing official records of what property they owned before getting married, according to a survey. ANI

Google to face 500 million dollar fine for breaking competition laws
Search giant Google could face a 500 million dollar fine if a U.S. Justice Department investigation finds internet's most powerful company breaching competition laws by favouring its own services in ads. ANI

Traditional media, Internet more trusted than social media for research
A new Maryland poll has indicated that traditional media and the Internet are a more trusted mode of information than social media. ANI

The 6-yr-old 'magnetic' boy who can stick metal objects to his body!
A six-year-old Croatian boy has astounded his family and locals in his home village near Koprivnica with his ability to stick metal objects to his body. ANI

Bin Laden's killing by American troops "not an assassination": US Attorney General
The killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden by US troops during the May 2 raid on his Abbottabad 's hideout was "not an assassination", US Attorney General Eric Holder has said. ANI

'Cannibal' arrested in Slovakia after 'dinner' changes his mind
A suspected cannibal was arrested in Slovakia after his 'dinner guest' changed his mind and alerted police. ANI

Brit student disguises himself as woman to spy on ladies' public toilets
A British student who wore a female rubber mask and a jet-black wig while spying on women in shopping center toilets has been ordered to register as a sex offender for five years. ANI

I did have my face 'done' but only for medical reasons, says Bristol Palin
Former 'Dancing With The Stars' contestant Bristol Palin, who shocked the world with her completely different face at a New York party last week, has admitted that she did in fact have surgery but insisted it was purely 'corrective' and for medical reasons. ANI

Four in ten new European unregulated drugs can be found in UK
Four in ten new drugs that are discovered in Europe can be found in Britain, a European drug agency report has found. ANI

CIA has created own Taliban to wreak terror havoc on Pakistan, claims Pak paper
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives have infiltrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda networks, and have created their own Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) force in order to destabilise Pakistan, a Pakistani newspaper has claimed. ANI

Pakistan not to share US helicopter wreckage with China: Husain Haqqani
Pakistan has said it will not share the wreckage of the United States' secret stealth-modified helicopter, which was abandoned by American troops during a raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbotabad, with China. ANI

Queen becomes second longest serving monarch in UK history
The reign of Queen Elizabeth II has become the second longest in British history, overtaking that of George III. ANI

No 10 Downing Street admits sending letters from officials with fictitious names
No 10 Downing Street, the headquarters of the British government and the official residence and office of Prime Minister David Cameron, has admitted that it makes up officials' names when replying to letters, because of security fears about disclosing their identities. ANI

Obama to shun famed Guinness beer during Ireland visit
There will be no picture of US President Barack Obama lifting a pint of Irish Guinness to celebrate his arrival in the land of his forefathers, Ireland. ANI

India Govt conveys 'deep concern' to Australian High Commission on Lakshmi swimwear
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India "has conveyed its deep concern to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, asking that all concerned be apprised of the Indian religious sensitivities in the matter". ANI

Hindu statesman Zed wishes early recovery to hospitalized Christian leader Billy Graham
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has expressed wishes of early recovery to veteran evangelist preacher Billy Graham, who was reportedly admitted to an Asheville (North Carolina, USA) hospital for treatment of pneumonia on May 11 ANI

Upset Hindus ask Australian Govt. to revoke "partnership" with Rosemount fashion event
Upset Hindus want Australian Government, New South Wales Government, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel to withdraw 'partnership' from the annual Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) events in the future. ANI

500 million Facebook users' personal information leaked to advertisers: Report
Personal information of over 500 million Facebook users has been leaked to third-party companies, such as advertisers, without their knowledge. ANI

US must end Pakistan's duplicity if it refuses to uproot terrorist sanctuaries: Expert
The United States must put an end to Pakistan's duplicity if it refuses to cooperate in the ongoing war on terror, as Islamabad's "strategy of being both friend and adversary is no longer acceptable", a former US envoy to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations has said. ANI

How much did Pippa Middleton's 'pals' earn from her topless pics?
Its true, 'money matters a lot'. People tend to forget every relationship when it comes to money. ANI

Yemen Qaeda leader says fierce revenge will make US 'wish for the days of Osama'
A leader of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has vowed to avenge Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's death, saying that jihad would only intensify and that the United States would come to "wish for the days of Osama". ANI

Cameron, defence chiefs at odds over calling early end to Britain's Afghan mission
British Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly told defence chiefs that he wants to start the withdrawal of the country's troops from Afghanistan in July. ANI

Gaddafi appears on Libyan TV after weeks
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has appeared on state television for the first time in weeks. ANI

World wastes 1.3 billion tons of food a year: UN report
About 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year, which amounts to roughly one third of all the food produced for human consumption, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization report. ANI

Terrifying footage of tornado made Taylor Swift help victims
Taylor Swift has revealed that it was after watching the scary footage of tornadoes that hit the U.S. southern states last month that she felt compelled to help the victims. ANI

Six girls flogged for 'act of mischief' at Saudi Arabian orphanage
Six orphan girls, aged between 12 and 18, were flogged in Medina, Saudi Arabia, after being convicted for attacking the head of their orphanage, an official has said. ANI

Musharraf concedes "rogue" Pak Army or ISI elements may have helped bin Laden
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has admitted that rogue lower-level members of the Pakistan military and the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) may have helped Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden hide in plain sight near Islamabad. ANI

Indian consulate in Sydney lodges complaint with Oz authorities on 'goddess' swimsuit
The Indian Consulate General in Sydney has approached the Australian authorities with a complaint against a fashion designer after she allowed a model to pose in a swimsuit carrying an image of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. ANI

US owes us 3.5 billion dollars: Pak defence
Pakistan's defence authorities have informed a parliamentary committee that the United States owes about 3.5 billion dollars from the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for Afghanistan. ANI

Saudi Consulate attacked in Karachi
In what can be regarded as a retribution for the killing Al- Qaeda kingpin, Osama Bin Laden, two motorcyclists hurled grenades at the Saudi Consulate at Khayaban-e-Shamsher, Defence Phase V in Karachi on Wednesday. ANI

Rapper Common's White House appearance lacking in class, decency: Palin
The White House's decision to host rapper Common at a celebration of poetry has been described by former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate as lacking in class and decency. ANI

Sharif demands judicial inquiry into Abbottabad operation
PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has rejected the government's commission constituted to inquire into the US operation that killed Osama bin Laden and, has demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident. ANI

Osama bin Laden was in contact with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's handwritten journal, which was seized by US Special Forces during the May 2 raid on his hideout in Pakistan, reveals that he encouraged attacks against smaller cities in the US and was in communication with the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. ANI

Five bullet ridden bodies found in Balochistan
Five bullet ridden bodies were found in Panjgur, Quetta and Khuzdar towns of Balochistan on Wednesday. At least three of those murdered were political activists, reports The Dawn. ANI

Over 400,000 women raped in Congo in 2006-07: Report
Over 400,000 women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had experienced rape in a 12-month period in 2006 and 2007, according to an analysis. ANI

Pak Army has 'unimaginable' grip on every aspect of national activity: Report
It beggars belief that the Pakistan military, which has a vast sphere of influence from micro-level to macro-level activities in the country, had no idea that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was living in a vast, custom-built compound only 800 yards from the Pakistan Military Academy. ANI

Seychelles vows to protect Wills-Kate honeymoon privacy
The head of police in Seychelles has assured that he will do everything possible to protect Prince William and Kate Middleton's privacy during their ten-day honeymoon in the country. ANI

Drug ban helps to improve Indian vulture population
The ban on a veterinary drug, which caused an unprecedented decline in Asian vulture populations, has shown the first signs of progress, according to scientists. ANI

Taliban offering intelligence about Al-Qaeda to initiate peace talks: Afghan officials
Some Taliban leaders are offering intelligence about the Al-Qaeda to prove that they are serious about peace talks with the Afghan government, senior Afghan officials have said. ANI

US has 'no plans to designate Haqqani network as foreign terrorist organisation' as of now
The United States has said it has no plans as of now to designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organisation. ANI

India Afghanistan to exchange notes on Osama death impact
India and Afghanistan are likely to discuss and assess the impact of Al Qaeda chief ANI

New York City ranked world's best gay destination
New York City is the world's most popular gay destination for a vacation, according to a study. ANI

US lawmakers view "gruesome" Osama death photos
Photographs of killed Al-Qeada leader Osama Bin Laden were shown to select group of US lawmakers. ANI

US says it's committed to bringing perpetrators of 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice
The United States has said that it sympathises with India for being a victim of terrorism, and reiterated its commitment to bringing the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks to justice. ANI

Bin Laden wanted another 9/11-level attack to force US out of Middle East, says journal
Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's handwritten journal, which was seized by US Special Forces during the May 2 raid on his hideout in Pakistan's Abbottabad city, reveals that he wanted another terror attack on the scale of 9/11 to force the United States out of the Middle East. ANI

People who feel cold always have a longer lifespan
Those who constantly feel cold may have the last laugh because they are destined to live a long life, according to a new study. ANI

'No question of any serving officer's involvement in terror activities in India': Pak Army
The Pakistan Army has vehemently denied that any serving officer, either in the military or the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has been involved in terrorist activities inside India. ANI

24MAS Acquires Award Winning Mobile Applications and Service Provider Selatra
24MAS, a leader in mobile advertising and applications, announces the acquisition of Irish mobile service provider Selatra. From its headquarters in Cork, Selatra operates in 55 countries and has over 9 years of experience delivering mobile content and fully managed operator services Business Wire India

Forrester Research Acquires Springboard Research
Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) today announced that it has acquired Springboard Research, a provider of research and advisory services focused on Asia Pacific and emerging markets. A former division of Knowledge Platform, Springboard Research is headquartered in Singapore and has offices in New Delhi and Beijing. Business Wire India

The World Health Organization : Formula 1 Driver Heikki Kovalainen Reacts for Safe Hospitals in Disaster Sensitive South East Asia
South East Asia faces some of the world’s worst natural disasters. Health facilities provide lifesaving services during these emergencies, yet they often fail when most needed Business Wire India

Sixx:A.M. Scores First Top 10 Album Debut with This Is Gonna Hurt
Sixx:A.M.’s second album, This Is Gonna Hurt – the follow up to 2008’s The Heroin Diaries – has sold over 30,000 copies in its first week and gave the band their first Top 10 debut on The Billboard 200 chart Business Wire India

Knowles MEMS Microphones Business Will Continue Uninterrupted as a Result of Recent ITC Ruling
Knowles Electronics, LLC has announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled definitively that MEMS microphones made by Knowles’s current manufacturing process will not be affected by the patent case brought by Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) Business Wire India

2nd Annual USA India Business Summit - Call for Awards nominations
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and the Honorable V.S. Senthil, Minister (Economic) will be among the many dignitaries attending the second USA India Business Summit (UIBS), which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on June 21st and 22nd, 2011 at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Conference Center. Theme of UIBS is "Growing Business and Promoting Entrepreneurship" Business Wire India

Selfridges Unveils Project Ocean
Yesterday, Selfridges, officially named the world’s best department store(1), unveiled Project Ocean, (, welcoming royalty, celebrities, environmental NGOs and the fashion, lifestyle and environmental campaigners into the transformed London Oxford Street store. Business Wire India

Knowles MEMS Microphones Barred From Importation Into United States by International Trade Commission Ruling
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, has announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in its favor and found that Knowles Electronics infringed ADI’s Wafer Anti-Stiction Application (WASA) patent, U.S. Pat. No. 7,364,942 Business Wire India

First EffRx NDA Accepted for Filing by the FDA
EffRx Pharmaceuticals SA, an Epalinges/Lausanne, Switzerland based drug delivery company announced that the New Drug Application (NDA) for the company's lead development program EX101 has been accepted for filing by the US Food and Drug Administration. Business Wire India

3i-MIND Completes Acquisition of iJET International, Inc.
3i-MIND, a leader in threat management software solutions, announced that it has finalized the acquisition of iJET® International, Inc., the leading operational risk management provider that delivers predictive intelligence, technology and response services to more than 500 clients Business Wire India

ASSIA DSL Expresse 2.3 Revolutionizes the Power of DSL Networks
ASSIA® Inc., the leading provider of high-performance Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) software tools that are revolutionizing Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks, has announced the availability of Release 2.3 of its award-winning product, ASSIA DSL Expresse Business Wire India

Visa Unveils Next Generation Electronic Payments and Services
Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), a global leader in electronic payments, has announced the next generation of payments solutions that will replicate the ease, reliability and security of Visa point-of-sale payments within traditional and digital eCommerce, mobile commerce and burgeoning social networking commerce environments Business Wire India

TA Associates Completes Minority Investment in Tega Industries Ltd.
TA Associates, a leading growth private equity firm, announced that it has completed a minority investment in Tega Industries Ltd., a global leader in the design and production of consumables for the mining industry. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Business Wire India

Singapore Company Formation Statistical Report for April 2011 Published by, a leading Singapore-focused business information portal has published its Singapore company formation statistical report for April 2011. The report furnishes statistical data on the number of business registrations in Singapore for the month of April Business Wire India

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