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Ramaswamy elected as IFAC board member
Berlin (Germany), Nov 18(ANI): The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) President G. Ramaswamy has been elected as the board member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) at the IFAC council meeting held at Berlin, Germany. Berlin (Germany), Nov 18(ANI): The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) President G ANI

Lying on 'Facebook' could soon send you to the slammer
Washington, Nov 18 (ANI): The US Department of Justice is defending computer hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on social networking site 'Facebook' or lie about your weight in an online dating profile ANI

56 percent of Americans would give no confidence vote against Obama if given chance
Washington, Nov 18(ANI): A new poll has shown that 56 percent of Americans will pass a no-confidence vote against the Obama administration, if given a chance. Washington, Nov 18(ANI): A new poll has shown that 56 percent of Americans will pass a no-confidence vote against the Obama administration, if given a chance. ANI

Arab nations back UN's 'Syria's rights condemnation' resolution
Four Arab nations- Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morrocco and Qatar have backed a United Nations resolution that would condemn human rights violations in Syria. ANI

'Zardari was willing to do everything US wanted to prevent coup following Osama's killing'
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was so scared of a military coup following the killing of Osama bin Laden that he was ready to create a "new security team" favorable to Americans and promised the US to hand over top al Qaeda and Taliban officials residing in Pakistan, a secret memo has revealed. ANI

Radioactive cesium fallout from Fukushima nuke plant widespread: Study
Radioactive cesium emanating from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has reached as far as Hokkaido, Shikoku and the Chugoku region in Japan, a research has suggested. ANI

Security continues to be a major issue of concern among Afghans: Survey
Security continues to be a major issue of concern among Afghans, a recent poll has revealed, even while acknowledging that there has been progress on several fronts. ANI

Civil-military divide in Pakistan deepening over Osama killing linked memo
Lahore, Nov.18 (ANI): A secret memo is laying bare the profound division between Pakistan's powerful army and its civilian government, and the nation's relationship with the United States is once again at the center of the gulf. Lahore, Nov ANI

'Transparent' transsexuals find greater job satisfaction
Washington, Nov 18 (ANI): Transsexual individuals who are open about their gender identity at their workplace are more likely to have greater satisfaction and commitment to their job as compared to those who don't, a new study has claimed ANI

Presenteeism, the compulsion to attend office even when sick
Washington, Nov 18 (ANI): Many employees feel the pressure to work even when they are sick, a practice known as presenteeism, as they fear losing their job, but this is not always a productive option, a new study has found ANI

Haqqani to give explanation in Pak over memo row: Gilani
Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that his country's ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, will provide an explanation to the leadership about his reported attempt to enlist Washington's help to reign in Pakistan's military after the raid that killed al -Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May this year ANI

Ex-News International chief Rebekah Brooks expecting 'surrogate' baby in February
London, Nov 18(ANI): Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is expecting a baby in February by a surrogate mother. London, Nov 18(ANI): Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is expecting a baby in February by a surrogate mother. ANI

China voices concerns over US military deployment in Oz
Jakarta, Nov 18 (ANI): China has voiced its concerns over a US military deployment in Australia, the first long-term expansion of the American military presence in the Pacific since the end of the Vietnam War ANI

EU bans 'n*ked' airport scanners over fears their radiations cause cancer
London, Nov 18 (ANI): The European Union has banned the controversial airport scanners that "strip" passengers n*ked, over fears that the X-ray technology could cause cancer. London, Nov 18 (ANI): The European Union has banned the controversial airport scanners that "strip" passengers n*ked, over fears that the X-ray technology could cause cancer. ANI

Aung San Suu Kyi says change in Myanmar is on the way
Yangon (Myanmar), Nov.18 (ANI): Burma's freed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi believes change is on the way in her country after almost five decades of military dictatorship. Yangon (Myanmar), Nov.18 (ANI): Burma's freed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi believes change is on the way in her country after almost five decades of military dictatorship. ANI

U.S. general defends Afghan night raids as 'very important' to target insurgency
Kabul, Nov 18(ANI): US- led coalition commander Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti has defended night raids as "very important" in Afghanistan for targeting the Taliban. Kabul, Nov 18(ANI): US- led coalition commander Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti has defended night raids as "very important" in Afghanistan for targeting the Taliban. ANI

Manmohan Singh meets Cambodian PM, assures him of India's assistance
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on the sidelines of the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here on Friday, and assured him of New Delhi's continued cooperation and assistance. ANI

Pak Right activists, lawmakers demand Senate to pass women's rights bill soon
Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): Human right activists and numerous lawmakers in Pakistan have demanded that Women's Rights Bill be passed in the Senate soon. Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): Human right activists and numerous lawmakers in Pakistan have demanded that Women's Rights Bill be passed in the Senate soon. ANI

IPCC to publish first special report today on link between climate change, extreme weather
United Nations, Nov 18(ANI): The United Nations created Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is set to release its first special report today in which it will highlight extreme weather conditions and explore its links to rising greenhouse gas emissions ANI

Rudd dismisses China concerns on augmenting Australia-US military ties
Canberra, Nov 18(ANI): Australia has rejected concerns that augmenting its military ties with the US could anger China. Canberra, Nov 18(ANI): Australia has rejected concerns that augmenting its military ties with the US could anger China. ANI

PM says India and China will work to improve ties
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had a 55-minute-long meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao here on Friday. ANI

Chinese space missions 'do not directly serve defence purposes'
Beijing, Nov 18 (ANI): Chinese space missions do not directly serve defense purposes, a country's senior space program official has said. Beijing, Nov 18 (ANI): Chinese space missions do not directly serve defense purposes, a country's senior space program official has said. ANI

"I am on way to Pakistan" and 'no way' seeking political asylum in US: Haqqani
Washington, Nov 18 (ANI): Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has said he is not seeking political asylum in America, but instead would be traveling to Pakistan to share whatever information he had about an alleged letter that has strained relations between the country's civilian and military authorities ANI

One-time-crooner Berlusconi to release CD of love songs
London, Nov 18 (ANI): Silvio Berlusconi is set to release his latest CD of love songs just days after he stepped down as Italy's prime minister. London, Nov 18 (ANI): Silvio Berlusconi is set to release his latest CD of love songs just days after he stepped down as Italy's prime minister. ANI

US senators propose amendments to block Pak aid
Washington, Nov 18 (ANI): Top American senators have reportedly introduced amendments to make it difficult for the government to give military and civilian aid to Pakistan unless that country takes concrete steps against militant groups like the Haqqani network ANI

Two-thirds of Brits don't know a single foreign word
London, November 18 (ANI): 64 per cent of Britons have said in a poll that they didn't know even one word in a language other than English. London, November 18 (ANI): 64 per cent of Britons have said in a poll that they didn't know even one word in a language other than English. ANI

Cain becomes first GOP prez contender to get Secret Service protection
Washington, Nov 18(ANI): Georgia businessman Herman Cain has become the first GOP presidential contender to receive beefed-up security from the US Secret Service. Washington, Nov 18(ANI): Georgia businessman Herman Cain has become the first GOP presidential contender to receive beefed-up security from the US Secret Service. ANI

Saudi women might have to cover up sexy eyes
Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Nov.18 (ANI): Saudi women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover them up. Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Nov.18 (ANI): Saudi women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover them up. ANI

Opposition in Syria asks Turkey to take military action Bashar al-Assad regime
Damascus (Syria), Nov.18 (ANI): Syria's opposition has urged Turkey to mount a military operation to protect civilians from President Bashar al-Assad's security forces. Damascus (Syria), Nov.18 (ANI): Syria's opposition has urged Turkey to mount a military operation to protect civilians from President Bashar al-Assad's security forces. ANI

Musharraf calls Imran Khan 'best of lot of politicians' in Pakistan
Washington, Nov 18 (ANI): Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is the best of the lot of politicians there. Washington, Nov 18 (ANI): Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is the best of the lot of politicians there. ANI

Imran Khan warns of "bloodshed" if Pak elections are rigged
Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has warned that any attempt of rigging during the elections would lead to bloodshed across the country. Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has warned that any attempt of rigging during the elections would lead to bloodshed across the country. ANI

Rudd not consulted over Gillard's decision to sell uranium to India
Melbourne, Nov 18 (ANI): Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said that he was not consulted over Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to sell uranium to India. Melbourne, Nov 18 (ANI): Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said that he was not consulted over Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to sell uranium to India. ANI

US man charged for trying to assassinate Obama
Washington, Nov.18 (ANI): A man accused of opening fire on the White House with an assault rifle has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama. Washington, Nov.18 (ANI): A man accused of opening fire on the White House with an assault rifle has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama. ANI

Prostitute reveals how she, ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn had 11 orgies in six years
Paris (France), Nov.18 (ANI): A 30-year-old vice girl, one of three being questioned over illegal prostitution operating out of hotels in France, has revealed how she and ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn had 11 orgies in six years Paris (France), Nov ANI

Ryanair airhostesses strip off for charity
Washington, November 18 (ANI): Airhostesses from Ryanair airline have once again stripped off for the charity calendar - The Girls of Ryanair. Washington, November 18 (ANI): Airhostesses from Ryanair airline have once again stripped off for the charity calendar - The Girls of Ryanair. ANI

Pak telecom authority to block "obscene" mobile texts
Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has asked mobile phone companies to begin blocking text messages containing "obscene" words. Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has asked mobile phone companies to begin blocking text messages containing "obscene" words. ANI

Nawaz Sharif to meet Qureshi on Nov 22
Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has announced that he is scheduled to meet former Foreign Minister of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on November 22 ANI

Pak yet to decide on accepting Haqqani's resignation over memo row
Islamabad, Nov 18 (ANI): The Pakistan Government has said it has not yet decided whether or not to accept the resignation offered by its ambassador to the US over a reported attempt to enlist Washington's help to rein in the country's military after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden ANI

Singh meets Jiabao, says India committed to developing best relations with China
Bali (Indonesia), Nov. 18 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here on Friday, said New Delhi seeks a harmonious and cooperative relationship with Beijing and the two countries must cooperate on regional, bilateral and global issues. Bali (Indonesia), Nov ANI

Pilot causes mid-air terror scare off New York's LaGuardia Airport
New York, Nov.18 (ANI): A pilot inadvertently caused a mid-air terror scare when he accidentally locked himself in the toilet and sent a passenger 'with a Middle Eastern accent' to the cockpit for help. New York, Nov ANI

'We have gone some way in responding to US firms concerns on nuclear liability law,' says PM
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said that New Delhi has gone some way in responding to US firms concerns on the country's nuclear liability law and rules. ANI

Manmohan Singh, Obama meet in Bali, pitch for strengthening bilateral strategic ties
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met United States President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit at Bali, Indonesia, on Friday, where both pitched for strengthening bilateral strategic ties and for enhanced cooperation at multilateral forums. ANI

US still in process of studying content of India's Nuclear Liability Act
The U.S. State Department has said that while it welcomes the Indian Government's decision to notify some new rules under its Nuclear Liability Act, it is still in the process of studying contents of the same law before commenting on it publicly. ANI

Premiere Props to Auction Items from John Wayne, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Marilyn Monroe, Christopher Reeve and More at Their Holiday Auction Extravaganza
Premiere Props announced today that they will be auctioning iconic Hollywood memorabilia at their Holiday Auction Extravaganza on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, at their headquarters in El Segundo, CA. There will be a preview from 9-11 am PT each day, with the live auction beginning at 11 am PT. Business Wire India

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd. is Deploying Cegedim Relationship Management’s Award Winning* Mobile Intelligence Software as a Service (SaaS) CRM Solution
Cegedim Relationship Management, the world’s leading provider of Life Sciences-specific customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, today announced that Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd. is deploying Mobile Intelligence SaaS as its next-generation CRM solution in 9 countries, including the top 5 countries in Europe Business Wire India

Axioma Launches Axioma Insight Quarterly Risk Review—An In-Depth Analysis of the Factors Shaping the Investment Landscape
Axioma, a leading provider of decision support, risk analysis and portfolio rebalancing and performance attribution tools, announced today the inaugural issue of Axioma Insight: Quarterly Risk Review Business Wire India

KBR Awarded United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Support Contract (USC II)
KBR (NYSE:KBR) today announced it was awarded a hybrid Firm-Fixed-Priced (FFP)/Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF) Single Award Task Order Contract (SATOC) for the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Support Contract (USC II). The contract is for a one-year base and four one-year option periods for a total of five years Business Wire India

Cinterion Enables Remote Monitoring of 100,000 Konica Minolta Office Machines Worldwide
Business Wire India

Gemalto Presents a Large Range of Solutions for Mobile Financial Services at CARTES & IDentification 2011
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is showcasing a large range of solutions for Mobile Financial Services (MFS) at CARTES & IDentification 2011 Business Wire India

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Awards $6 Million+ Order to Rockwell Automation
Business Wire India

Citi and The Financial Times Launch Global Ingenuity Awards to Recognize Emerging Leaders Transforming Cities for the Future
Citi and The Financial Times (FT) announced the launch of the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action, a global program to recognize individuals who have developed groundbreaking solutions to urban challenges that benefit cities, citizens and urban communities in the fields of education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure. Business Wire India

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