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Mukherjee calls for global efforts to control inflation
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday called for a coordinated effort at the global level to control inflation. ANI

Hamid Ansari visits Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhaka
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, who is on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, visited the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum here on Thursday. ANI

Bilateral trade between India, Japan likely to increase substantially: Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said bilateral trade between India and Japan is likely to increase substantially after the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) comes into force. ANI

Mukherjee welcomes strategic partnership between India, Vietnam
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who called on General Secretary of the Communist Part of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong here today, said that the strategic partnership between the two nations is a landmark in the development of relations. ANI

Prince William's bro-in-law James Middleton in nude photo scandal
As fame would have it, the Duchess of Cambridge's family has made their very first foray into public scandal as extended members of the royal family. ANI

Americans have doctrinaire, ideological political views: Study
Americans have become more doctrinaire and ideological in their political views, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. ANI

Hubby Marc and I hope to have kids someday, says Chelsea Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's daughter helsea has expressed her desire to have children. ANI

Obama popular among New York residents: Survey
New York, May 5: In the wake of the killing of terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden, President Obama's popularity has increased among the New York residents, as noted by recent survey.69 percent of the respondents felt that President Obama is doing either "an excellent or good job" in office. ANI

Brit religious education teacher axed after sex with pupil
A British religious education teacher has been banned from teaching after admitting to a sordid sex encounter with a pupil. ANI

Will-Kat wedding mesmerized US, Obama tells Prince Charles
US President Barack Obama has told Prince Charles that the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left America mesmerized. ANI

Sarah Burton opens about designing royal bride gown
Designer Sarah Burton, who created the showstopping gown of royal bride Catherine, has finally opened up about making the dress. ANI

US dad claims medical marijuana helped his 2-yr-old beat brain cancer
A two-year-old US boy who was suffering from a life-threatening brain tumor has now apparently made a full recovery after his desperate father secretly fed him medical marijuana. ANI

UFO sighting in Gold Coast captured on video
A UFO that was sighted in the Gold Coast of Australia has been captured on a 10-minute video. ANI

Bangladesh Supreme Court orders removal of Grameen Bank MD
Nobel laureate, Mohammad Yunus is likely to be removed from the post of the Managing Director of the Grameen Bank following the judgement of Bangladesh Supreme Court. ANI

Bangladesh court jails 11 for gang rape of Hindu girl
A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for gang raping a teenage Hindu girl during post-election violence in 2001. ANI

Hindu Heritage Centre opening in Canada
Grand opening of Hindu Heritage Centre, whose mission is to promote Hindu culture and civilization, will be held on May eight in Mississauga (Ontario, Canada). ANI

Osama's family admitted in Pak military hospitals as VVIP patients: Witnesses
Some women and children, said to be family members of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, are admitted at the Combined Military Hospitals in Rawalpindi and Abbottabad, according to sources. ANI

'Cornered' Pakistan reminds US of "making of bin Laden and what he signified"
Bombarded with questions about Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's lengthy presence in Abbottabad, Pakistan has hit back at the United States, reminding it of the 'making' of the world's most wanted terrorist. ANI

Hindus welcome popstar Katy Perry's rising interest in meditation
Hindus have welcomed American singer-songwriter-actress Katy Perry's (Teenage Dream) increasing interest in meditation. ANI

100K Indians to be trained to fill Oz resources skills gap
Indian students may be trained to fill gaps in Australia's resources sector. ANI

US Army likely to replace current bullets with 'green ammunitions
The US Army is all set to replace the current M855 5.56mm cartridge that has been used by its troops since the early 1980s with new ammunition which is environment friendly and "green". ANI

Suri Cruise, 5, world's 21st best-dressed woman?
Only recently she was given the 21st position in Glamour magazine's annual style poll - but its unbelievable how Suri Cruise is being compared to adult celebrities more than four times her age. ANI

Bush feels Obama ignoring his role in Osama strike for 'victory lap'
Former US president George W. Bush won't be at Ground Zero in New York with President Barack Obama on Thursday because he feels his team is getting short shrift in the decade-long manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. ANI

33 pc staff 'answer business calls in loo'
A new poll has revealed that a third of employees have taken a business call while they sat on the toilet at home. ANI

NASA's mission confirms Einstein's theory of relativity
A NASA probe has confirmed two key predictions derived from Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which the spacecraft was designed to test. ANI

Former Pak chief selector backs all-rounder Hammad Azim
Former chief selector of Pakistan cricket team Iqbal Qasim has lauded all-rounder Hammad Azim and predicted that he could replace Abdul Razzaq. ANI

Political experts confused over Obama's post-bin Laden public approval
The killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Ladin has undoubtedly enhanced US President Barack Obama's foreign policy credentials, but he will ultimately be judged on the basis of his domestic policies, according to country's political experts. ANI

US used military dog for Osama bin Laden raid in Pak compound
Among the US Navy SEALs who went on the secret mission to capture or kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's Abbottabad city was a heroic canine - a bomb-sniffing dog. ANI

Pak warns India US-type preemptive strikes will "result in a terrible catastrophe"
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir has warned that if any other country even thinks of following the example of the United States, which violated Pakistani territory while carrying out unilateral military operation against Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, that would result in a "terrible catastrophe". ANI

US hiker Sarah Shourd refuses to return for Iran spy trial
Sarah Shourd, an American hiker released last year from an Iranian prison has said she will not return to Tehran to face espionage charges in a court hearing scheduled for next week. ANI

Dutch men attempt to file case against Obama over Osama's 'murder'
Two Dutch men have reportedly attempted to file a case against United States President Barack Obama for the "murder" of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in their local police station in Tilburg, Netherlands. ANI

Osama bin Laden's death doesn't end terror threat: London police chief
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has said that "a terrorist attack is highly likely and could occur without warning" following the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ir Paul also warned that the world's most wanted terrorist's death did not mark the end of an ideology. ANI

U.S. pledges to investigate whether Pak sheltered Bin Laden
United States is trying to find if Pakistan had deliberately sheltered the terror mastermind and Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.So far, Pakistan has maintained that it was unaware of Bin Laden's presence on its soil. ANI

Palestinian radical hails 'lion' Osama, denounces 'dog' Obama
A Palestinian radical Islamist has hailed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden as a "lion" and denounced United States President Barack Obama as a "dog" who deserves to be hanged. ANI

Osama killing: Obama administration urged to drop probe against CIA employees
Some Republicans and ex-officials have called on the Obama administration to end once and for all the Justice Department's probes of CIA employees, especially those involved in collecting information that helped in the taking down of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

Pak must come clean on Osama's killing or face further isolation from world: Editorial
It is in Pakistan's interest to come clean on Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's discovery and killing in Abbottabad, or the country will be further isolated from the world, a editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Gaddafi's forces adopt mass terror tactics against civilians
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces have adopted mass terror tactics against civilians and the Libyan opposition to force them into submission, senior British military sources have claimed. ANI

Lisbon police arrest Cristiano Ronaldo's 'gangster' tenant
Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo's apartment in Alcochete, near Lisbon, was raided by armed police after he unwittingly rented it out to an alleged violent criminal. ANI

US copters used to land in bin Laden compound had unknown stealth capability
U.S. officials are concerned that the tail of a military helicopter left at Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan could be technologically exploited if it falls into Chinese or enemy hands. ANI

Meet the man behind spectacular bin Laden strike in Pak
US Navy Vice Admiral William H. McRaven, head of the Joint Special Forces Command (JSOC), has been credited for organizing and executing Operation Neptune's Spear- the mission carried out on Sunday to capture or kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's Abbottabad city. ANI

Osama killing elite US Navy SEALs earn a paltry 54,000 dollars per year
The estimated salary for a US Navy SEAL is about 54,000 dollars per year, according to data from the US Department of Defense. ANI

Osama Bin Laden 'snuffed cannabis while tending his plot'
Osama Bin Laden enjoyed the high life before his death if the cannabis plants surrounding his mansion are anything to go by. ANI

World's first: Oz car crash victim saved using cow's blood
In a world's first procedure, a synthetic blood substitute made from cow plasma was used to revive an Australian woman car crash victim just as her heart was failing through severe blood loss. ANI

Dubai woman sues ex-hubby for $11m over sex flop
An Emirati man is being sued for a whopping 10.99 million dollars by his wife for failing to sexually perform, thereby depriving her of conjugal rights and causing mental anguish. ANI

'Failed' Uzbekistan media wins strange honour for not reporting bin Laden's death
The Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan has won a strange honour of being perhaps the only media in the world not to report the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of US Navy Seals, keeping 30 million people in the dark about the news of the decade. ANI

Most young adults, aged between 25-35, suffer from 'quarter-life crisis'
A study has found that many young adults, who are in their 20s and 30s, are suffering from a "quarter-life crisis". ANI

Fake Bin Laden photo being circulated among US Senators
Several US senators have seen a photo of what appears to be a dead Osama bin Laden, but it is unclear if the photograph is authentic. ANI

Pakistanis join global outrage over ISI, army's humiliating Osama blunder
Pakistan's security establishment, already bombarded with questions about Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's lengthy presence in Abbottabad, now faces increasingly intense scrutiny from its own public. ANI

Last World War I combat veteran Claude Choules dies aged 110
Claude Choules, who was believed to be the world's last surviving World War I combat veteran, has died in Australia aged 110. ANI

Osama was a keen follower of Arsenal FC
Despite claiming to hate everything the West stood for, Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was a keen follower of the British Premier League club Arsenal. ANI

Pakistan,France to set up Joint Economic and Trade Committee
Paris, May 5: Pakistan and France have agreed to set up a Joint Economic and Trade Committee at the official level. ANI

MQM rejoins Pakistan Cabinet
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided to rejoin the Pakistan Cabinet saying the move is in the larger national interest. ANI

Radical Muslims name Osama's burial spot 'Martyr's Sea'
Radical Muslims are already calling the site of Osama bin Laden's ocean burial the 'Martyr's Sea', according to one of Britain's leading Islamic scholars. ANI

'You will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again,' says Obama
Ending a debate within his administration and country, United States President Barack Obama has assured everyone that they won't see Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden "walking on this earth again". ANI

US attorney general says Osama killing legitimate
US Attorney General Eric Holder has justified the killing of Osama bin Laden as an act of national self-defense. ANI

Exposed Pak must "abandon foreign policy based on jihadist adventurism": Expert
Since Pakistan can no longer protect its jihadist assets, it should reassess its strategic calculus and "abandon a foreign policy that relies on jihadist adventurism", a former Senior Adviser to the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan has said. ANI

Bradley Manning's jail conditions improve after protest campaign
The conditions under which WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning is being detained in a military prison have vastly improved in the wake of a sustained protest campaign against his earlier treatment. ANI

Al-Qaeda leader al-Awlaki plotting 26/11 style attack on UK
Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is a top propagandist for Al-Qaeda, has outlined a plan to carry out a 26/11 Mumbai-style massacre in the United Kingdom in an email sent to British tabloid The Sun. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner assured of 'five-star' treatment in South Africa
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, will stay in a private cell in a luxury prison in South Africa, and be protected from gang violence and sex attacks, a court has heard. ANI

India to gain from strained US-Pak ties
India is all set to gain as Washington's approach to Islamabad is surely going to change after the US military killed Osama bin Laden at his hideaway in Abbotabad just a stone throw away from a Pakistani Army establishment. ANI

Pak-born Qaeda suspect revealed name of Osama's key courier
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) subjected a Pakistan-born Al Qaeda suspect to harsh interrogation techniques in a secret prison in Poland to get the name of the mysterious courier who was regularly in touch with Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

Needle of suspicion pointing towards Pak Army, ISI over Osama's support network
American and European intelligence officials increasingly believe that active or retired Pakistani military or intelligence officials provided some measure of aid to Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, allowing him to stay hidden in a large compound just a mile from the Pakistan Military Academy. ANI

Ayman al-Zawahiri, America's new most wanted
One-time Egyptian doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri is now America's new most wanted person, given his status as Al Qaeda's number two. ANI

Humiliated ISI's 'good, but not God' excuse following Osama's discovery in Abbottabad
Pakistan's premier spy agency Inter Services Intelligence is "good, but not God," an ISI official has said, following the huge embarrassment faced by the agency in the wake of elusive Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's discovery in a luxury compound right under the nose of the Pakistan Military Academy. ANI

Osama's Pak compound 'worth far less than US' million dollar claim'
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's house in Pakistan's Abbottabad city, described by the US government as a million dollar mansion, is actually worth about 250,000 dollars, Pakistani property dealers have said. ANI

Prince William spotted driving to work like millions of regular hubbies
Newlywed Prince William was seen driving into work in his Audi, just like millions of regular husbands. ANI

Pak spy agencies detain 11 people over Osama's Abbottabad stay
Pakistani intelligence agencies have detained at least eleven people for questioning in connection with Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's stay at a luxury compound in Abbottabad. ANI

Osama bin Laden had banned 'haram' smoking in Pak compound
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden had reportedly banned smoking in his compound in Pakistan's Abbottabad city in line with a Taliban ruling that says that smoking tobacco is "haram" or forbidden by Islam. ANI

Palin to Obama: Stop 'pussy-footing around' over release of Osama death photos
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has rubbished President Barack Obama's decision not to release Osama Bin Laden's death photos. ANI

Did Bali bomber Patek's arrest help US reach Osama?
The arrest of Bali bomber Umar Patek, who was seeking a meeting with Osama bin Laden, has raised questions about whether Patek provided vital information to the mission that was appointed to kill Osama or, did his arrest by Pakistani intelligence risk upsetting the American operation. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi laments he missed out dinner with 1,000 women
Silvio Berlusconi, known for his love of near-the-knuckle jokes, continued to show that standing trial for sex offences with a teenage prostitute had not affected his sense of humour, telling a group of 1,000 women: "What a disaster I'm not with you." ANI

US will not release Osama Bin Laden death photos: Obama
US President Barack Obama has blocked the release of pictures of Osama bin Laden's body, expressing concern that they might incite extremists to retaliate. ANI

Bin Laden's phone numbers to help US get biggest intelligence windfall?
The US secret raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's home in Pakistan's Abbottabad city has reportedly produced what could be the biggest intelligence windfall since the September 11, 2001 attacks. ANI

Pakistan embassy in US receiving continuous threats since Bin Laden's death: Haqqani
Pakistan's envoy to the United States Husain Haqqani has revealed that Pakistan embassy is receiving continuous threats after the death of terror mastermind, Osama Bin Laden. ANI

US says it reserves right to target terrorists inside Pak territory if Islamabad doesn't
The United States reserves the right to enter Pakistani territory and act against terrorists if Pakistan does not act against them, the White House has said. ANI

Russia praises Osama operation, urges US for greater counterterror cooperation
Russia has warmly welcomed the US operation that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and has urged Washington to use the occasion to explore joint efforts to fight terrorism. ANI

Al-Jazeera English wins top journalism award for coverage of Middle East unrest
Qatar-based news channel Al-Jazeera's English service has won a prestigious journalism award from the New York-based Columbia University, for its coverage of unrest in the Middle East. ANI

ISAF's counter-insurgency campaign hard to succeed due to Pak sanctuaries: Hague
The continuing existence of sanctuaries in Pakistan for Afghan insurgents makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the International Security Assistance Force's counter-insurgency campaign to succeed, British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. ANI

Pakistan's role in war on terror should not be doubted: Kayani
Pakistan's role in the war against terrorism should not be doubted, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said.ayani was speaking during a meeting at the General Headquarters (GHQ), where the army's top brass had gathered to discuss the situation in the light of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's killing in Abbottabad by US troops. ANI

Obama feels conducting 'Operation Geronimo' inside Pak territory "right approach"
US President Barack Obama feels that carrying out unilateral military operation against Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden inside Pakistani territory was the "right approach", and he continues to feel that way, the White House has said. ANI

Life in White House remains fairly private: Michelle Obama
US First Lady Michelle Obama has said life in the People's House 'remains fairly private' even though there are hundreds of people coming in and out of the White House each day. ANI

Bin Laden killing impact on Arab spring uprisings unpredictable: Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the impact of the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on the Arab spring uprisings is still unpredictable and fluid, and added that the international community can expect all kinds of reactions in the days to come. ANI

Fight against syndicate of terror has not ended: Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reiterated President Barack Obama's message to the world that the killing of Osama bin Laden does not mean that the global fight against terror has ended. ANI

Pak military detains 11 for questioning over Osama presence in Abbotabad
Pakistan's intelligence agencies and military authorities have reportedly detained eleven persons for questioning on Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad. ANI

US says it showed "far greater" respect to Osama's body than he showed to 9/11 victims
The respect shown to Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and his body was "far greater" than that shown by the most wanted terrorist to the 9/11 and other victims, the United States has said. ANI

Gemalto Recognized as Driving Force for LTE Network Deployments
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces it has been selected as a finalist in two categories for the second edition of the Informa LTE Awards. Organized by Informa Telecoms and Media, and independently judged by an operator-only panel, the awards celebrate key contributions to LTE advancement Business Wire India

ZTE Selected as Telenor's New Main Value Added Service (VAS) Supplier in the Nordic Region
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

IEEE Hosts First Technology Time Machine Symposium
IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today announced it is hosting the first IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM) Symposium Business Wire India

KBR Announces the Appointment of John Derbyshire as President, KBR Technology
KBR (NYSE: KBR) has announced the appointment of John Derbyshire as President of KBR’s Technology business unit Business Wire India

Bring the Complete Collection Home! - STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA
Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars™ with your whole family – when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd Business Wire India

Smiths Detection Launches More Accurate and Reliable Handheld Radiation Detector and Identifier
Smiths Detection has launched a new, more accurate and capable handheld radiation detector – the “RadSeeker” – to identify radiological and nuclear threats Business Wire India

PineBridge Investments Appoints C. Kim Goodwin and Don M. Wilson, III to Board of Directors
PineBridge Investments (“PineBridge”), the global multi-asset class investment manager, has announced the appointment of C. Kim Goodwin and Don M. Wilson, III as non-executive members of its Board of Directors, which is led by the firm’s Non-Executive Chairman, E. Mervyn Davies. Ms. Goodwin and Mr Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (April 27 - May 04, 2011)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of April 27 – May 04, 2011. Business Wire India

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