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Strict security to be ensured during Sindh budget session: Speaker
The Speaker of the Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said strict security measures will be in place for the 2011-2012 budget session in the first week of June. ANI

Single Brit men splurge £24K on their wife-to-be
During a typical courtship of three years and 10 months, single British men shell out 24,000 pounds on their wife-to-be before they get married, a new study has revealed. ANI

Authorities yet to develop joint mechanism for PNS Mehran probe
Authorities in Pakistan are yet to develop a mechanism for investigating the PNS Mehran Base attack that claimed ten lives. ANI

World No Tobacco Day to be observed in Lahore hospital
Shaikh Zayed Hospital in Lahore would observe the 'World No Tobacco Day', falling tomorrow, to highlight the menace of tobacco consumption. ANI

Pay Pal co-founder launches scholarship to fund students' entrepreneurial projects
Online payment service PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has launched a scholarship programme funding students to quit college education and fulfil their entrepreneurial dreams. ANI

USAID operations challenged in Lahore High Court
A petitioner has challenged United States Agency for International Development (USAID) operations in the Lahore High Court (LHC). ANI

Parents 'send 600 texts, 312 emails plus 28 hrs on calls a yr tracking kids'
A new report has revealed that parents, on average, send 600 texts, 312 emails and spend 28 hours on the phone annually to track their children. ANI

Get ready to taste mustard-flavoured ice cream this summer!
If you are looking for a hot and savoury flavour of ice cream this summer, you might not be left disappointed as celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is all set to come up with his latest culinary creation- mustard-flavoured ice cream. ANI

PPP asks PML-N to show political maturity
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) member Babar Awan has said the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) should show political maturity as the country is passing through difficult times. ANI

Zimbabwean man crowned 'Mr Ugly'
What can be more ironical if ugliness draws you a pageant crown? Setting an example of such a paradox, a Zimbabwean man has upstaged his eight rivals to win the title of 'Mr Ugly' in a novel beauty pageant. ANI

Pakistan tightens security at international airports
Pakistan has beefed up security at all international airports following the PNS Mehran airbase attack in Karachi. ANI

74-year-old Ernestine Shepherd becomes Guinness oldest female bodybuilder
Ernestine Shepherd, 74, of Baltimore has been crowned by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest competitive female bodybuilder. ANI

Britain deports Pakistani child sex offender
Britain has deported Pakistani child sex offender Zulfqar Hussain to his home country after he lost a legal battle to stay on in Britain. ANI

Osama killing inquiry commission to be set up after political consultations: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that consultations are under way with major parties of the country to set up an inquiry commission on the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a US raid in Abbottabad. ANI

2 high-profile French nutritionists to take on each other in court
Two leading French dieticians are set to fight out a libel suit in court Tuesday for the title of most celebrated slimming guru in the world. ANI

US aiming to isolate Pak Army, says JUI-F chief
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazlur Rehman) (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman has termed last week's attack on naval-cum-air force base PNS Mehran a conspiracy. ANI

Queen bans flash photography as it hurts her eyes
The Queen has banned the use of flash photography when her pictures are being taken, as the camera bulbs hurt her eyes. ANI

Obama is 'clueless' about dealing with war on terror: Ex-CIA official
Former head of the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit, Michael Scheuer, has said that US President Barack Obama is clueless about dealing with the war on terror, and branded him as the 'main recruitment sergeant for al Qaeda' because of his speech that declared a 'cultural war on Islam'. ANI

Hundreds of BBC staff breached rules by indulging in 'drug abuse and bullying'
Hundreds of BBC staff have been disciplined for breaching rules in the last five years, after indulging in drug and alcohol abuse and bullying. ANI

Five percent of China's farmland affected by Yangtze drought
The persistent drought along China's Yangtze River has affected 6.96 million hectares, or over five percent of the country's farmland, government statistics have revealed. ANI

Dentures save 81-yr-old Brazilian man from death
An elderly Brazilian man, who was shot in the face was saved by his dentures when they deflected a bullet that was headed for his brain. ANI

Pak to launch military operation in North Waziristan: Report
Pakistan has reportedly decided to launch an air and ground military offensive in North Waziristan, considered a hotbed of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgency. ANI

Women MPs during Blair's time were as warlike as the men: Bob Marshall-Andrews
Former Labour party MP Bob Marshall-Andrews has said women in former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government were as warlike as male cabinet members when it came to attacking Iraq. ANI

North Korea naval base for "attack hovercraft" nearly complete
North Korea is close to completing a giant naval base for "attack hovercraft" near its sea border with South Korea, a government source has revealed. ANI

Sarah Palin is no 'Rolling Thunder' for veteran motorcycle race riders
Sarah Palin did not exactly enthuse participants of the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride when she unexpectedly turned up at the event. ANI

For the 1st time, married couples are a minority in US
A new report from the US Census has suggested that for the first time married couples are now a minority in the country. ANI

Pak court declares Musharraf a 'proclaimed offender' in Benazir assassination case
The Rawalpindi Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) has declared former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf a proclaimed offender in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

Pippa to miss celebrity 'Rear of the Year' award for sexy bum
Pippa Middleton's derriere has created quite a rage worldwide. However, the svelte beauty is slated to miss this year's celebrity 'Rear of the Year' award in London. ANI

US-Pak partnership record is 'a mixed one': Gates
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has conceded that the US relationship with Pakistan was not what the Americans wished it were. ANI

PNS Mehran attack case: Ex-Pak Navy commander arrested
Pakistan's security agencies have arrested a former Pakistan Navy commander and his brother for alleged involvement in last week's terror attack on naval-cum-air force base PNS Mehran in Karachi. ANI

Spooky lights in Tasmanian night sky sparks UFO theory
A man in Tasmania has sparked a UFO theory after he spotted what he describes as "spooky" and unexplained flashing of lights in the night sky. ANI

Kiwi waitress floors two male attackers with martial arts
A Kiwi waitress, who was walking home from a night shift in New Zealand, beat up two male attackers twice her age by using martial arts. ANI

Queen escapes Obama's party after frisking sight
It has emerged that Queen Elizabeth II, who was said to be bemused by the frisking scene at the dinner party hosted by US President Barack Obama for her at Winfield House was seen leaving the party early. ANI

Men find it easier to kick the butt, though women try harder
Men are more likely to give up smoking than women, despite being less keen to kick the habit, a new study has found. ANI

Pak sovereignty directly linked to resolution against drone attacks: Punjab CM
Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the country's sovereignty and integrity is directly linked to the implementation of resolution against United States-led drone attacks. ANI

'How to Be a Domestic Goddess' is important feminist tract, says Nigella Lawson
British food writer Nigella Lawson has said that her second book, 'How to Be a Domestic Goddess', is an important feminist tract. ANI

Pak admits US hasn't been told in 'explicit terms' to review drone policy
In the first admission that the Pakistan government has not been telling the US in clear words to call off the drones attacks, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that he has told Obama administration officials in 'implicit terms' that they should review their drone policy. ANI

At least 10 injured in Pak blast
A blast in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt on Monday left at least ten people injured. ANI

Strained US relations with Afghan, Pak will hit support for Afghan war: McCain
US Senator John McCain, who was President Barack Obama's GOP opponent in the 2008 election, has said that new tensions in US-Pakistan relations were contributing to a rapid decline in American's support for the Afghan war. ANI

Haqqani claims Pak visas were issued with JSHQ approval
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, has reportedly claimed that visas were issued to US nationals by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington with prior approval from Joint Staff Headquarters (JSHQ). ANI

Europe enters Hindu Ratha Yatra 'season'
Europe appears to be entering its annual Ratha Yatra (Hindu Festival of Chariots) season with various religious processions planned through the streets of cities all over the continent. ANI

Jews, Hindus protest Lord Shiva image on legwear
Jews are supporting US-based Hindus, who were upset at the depiction of the image of Lord Shiva in Nataraja form on leggings, harem-pants and miniskirts, by internationally acclaimed 'Manish Arora' fashion label of India. ANI

Australian senator Xenophon wants FIFA to return World Cup bid cash
Australian senator Nick Xenophon has urged the government to demand the return of 45.6 million dollars spent on an unsuccessful World Cup bid. ANI

Veterans see Osama's killing as revenge for CIA colleagues' death in Kenya
While most of America has welcomed the death of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, his killing by US Navy Seals in Abbottabad has been particularly welcomed by former veterans of the Central Investigation Agency (CIA). ANI

Handshake ends enmity between VS Naipaul, Paul Theroux after 15 yrs
Two literary geniuses Nobel Prize-winner VS Naipaul and Paul Theroux once again became friends after not speaking to each other for 15 years. ANI

Indian expatriate seeks funds for son's liver transplant
Indian expatriate Mohammad Zakir has sought funds for his son's liver transplant. ANI

Women's ideal man - a manager with a healthy bank account!
Jane Austen's famous phrase ' a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife' of the early 19th century seems to have relevance even now, as a new study has found that women in search of a partner are still attracted by wealth and status. ANI

Cops muzzle New York City Central Park musicians
New York city officials have started muzzling musicians who perform regularly in the city's Central Park by slapping them with nuisance summons. ANI

Palin can beat Obama in 2012 elections: McCain
Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain has said former Alaska governor Sarah Palin can defeat Obama in the 2012 elections. ANI

Queen Elizabeth expresses fears about United Kingdom's break-up
Queen Elizabeth II fears a referendum on independence in Scotland could lead to a break-up of the United Kingdom. ANI

'Strained ISI-CIA relations have now been repaired', says Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that ties between the country's premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have eased. ANI

Middleton family inks deal to sell Justin Beiber's merchandise
It has emerged that the Middleton family has secured a deal with Justin Beiber to sell a range of his merchandise through their website. ANI

Pak considering joint action with US against high-value targets: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that his government is negotiating with the US on the issue of carrying out joint action against high-value targets inside the country. ANI

Top bosses' pay 'not linked to performance of firms'
A new British study has revealed that the pay deals of top chief executives are not linked to the performance of their firms. ANI

Two thirds of Brit serial criminals avoid jail despite conviction
Thousands of serial criminals in Britain manage to avoid jail terms or serve lesser terms despite being convicted of crimes, new figures have revealed. ANI

Rift surfaces over Nelson Mandela's last resting place
Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela's family is embroiled in a rift following the surprise exhumation and reburial of his two sons and daughter. ANI

China imposes heavy controls to halt protests in Inner Mongolia
Chinese police have imposed heavy controls across volatile towns in Inner Mongolia after a week of ethnic protests by students over the hit-and-run killing of a Mongolian herder by a Chinese truck driver. ANI

Hitler backed Rudolf Hess' mission to set peace talks with Churchill
Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler had backed his deputy Rudolf Hess' flight to Scotland during World War II to make peace with the British, according to new evidence. ANI

Stabilising Fukushima nuke plant by year-end impossible: TEPCO
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) company officials have said it is impossible to stabilise the Fukushima nuclear crisis by the year end. ANI

Brit Muslims outraged over geneticist's 'first-cousin marriages risk birth defects' comments
A leading geneticist has sparked outrage in the Muslim community in Britain after he claimed that the practice of "inbreeding" or allowing cousins to marry each other in Islamic communities leads to an increased risk of birth defects. ANI

Germany to shut down nuke plants by 2022
German Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen has said the country would shut all nuclear power plants by 2022. ANI

American TV entertainment shows a platform of liberal bias?
A conservative US author has accused television executives and writers of promoting a liberal agenda with the aid of several high profile American television entertainment shows. ANI

Knowing your 'attachment type' may make your relationship last longer
A new research has suggested that the longevity of a relationship is pre-determined by the type of attachment a couple shares. ANI

Rudy Giuliani eyeing 2012 White House bid
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is eyeing White House bid in 2012, his aides have said. ANI

Mladic denies Srebrenica massacre role
Serbian genocide suspect Ratko Mladic has insisted he was not responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which thousands of innocent civilians were killed. ANI

Osama's Abbottabad cover was blown by Taliban co-founder Baradar: Report
Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Baradar is believed to have told US investigators the location of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hide-out. ANI

Musharraf appoints APML central office-bearers
Former Pakistan President and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf has appointed office-bearers of the party in consultation with the party's Central Core Committee (CCC). ANI

Militant Sikhs in UK trash own community centre to protest booze, meat being served
Two hundred militant Sikhs trashed their own community centre in the UK in a violent protest against the sale of meat and alcohol at a private party. ANI

Putin says Strauss-Kahn sex assault charges may be conspiracy to bring him down
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has defended former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn declaring that the sex-assault charges against him could likely be bogus and hinting that they may be part of a conspiracy to bring the him down. ANI

'Cameron's decision to deploy 'Apache helicopters' in Libya will risk Brit soldiers' lives'
British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has warned that Prime Minister David Cameron's decision deploy Apache attack helicopters in Libya would endanger the lives of British forces in that country. ANI

Strauss-Kahn hires 'crack team' including ex-CIA spies to fight sexual assault charges
Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has hired a 'crack team' of investigators, comprising of former spies and media advisers to fight back against charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid. ANI

Gilani says no more Abbottabad-type acts will be acceptable
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that his government is aware of its democratic responsibilities and an independent commission on the May 2 Abbottabad incident would be constituted shortly as per the demand of the opposition. ANI

Keeping a suspect in police custody is more expensive than 5-star hotel!
New figures released by UK Police have revealed that keeping a suspect in police custody costs more than putting someone at a five-star hotel. ANI

Zayed Future Energy Prize Opens Nominations for 2012 Global Competition
Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world’s preeminent award for innovation and development of solutions for renewable and sustainable energy, has announced that nominations are now open for the 2012 global competition. Nomination forms and registration are located at Business Wire India

Linaro Partners with Samsung Ecosystem to Deliver Exciting New Low Cost Board 'Origen' to Open Source Developers
Linaro welcomes the news that developers will be able to buy low cost, high performance ‘Origen’ development boards using Samsung's Exynos 4210 chipset, and run free open source software and tools that have been optimized by Linaro. Business Wire India

Hilton Grand Vacations Acquires OHANA® Islander Waikiki Hotel from Outrigger Enterprises Group
Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) and Outrigger Enterprises Group has announced that HGV has acquired from Outrigger the OHANA Islander Waikiki Hotel at 270 Lewers Street in Honolulu, Hawai`i. Business Wire India

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