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SAARC summit to focus on closer trade relations, expected to help 'Building Bridges'
Stating that there was considerable amount of forward movement at the meeting of the SAARC Standing Committee, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai on Tuesday said that a consensus was being built on the need to take South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) forward. ANI

Manmohan Singh to arrive at Maldives for SAARC Summit on Nov. 9
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will arrive here on Wednesday to participate in the 17th SAARC Summit. ANI

Building bridges to be central theme of 17th SAARC summit
The two-day SAARC summit begins here on November 10 against this backdrop of 'building bridges', which is the central theme of the 17th SAARC summit. ANI

Careers not to be blamed for delayed pregnancy
It is not a woman's career, but the unrelenting search for Mr Right, which makes her opt for having children late into her 30s, a new study has revealed. ANI

Prince Charles blames 'sausage fingers' for losing to wife
Prince Charles blamed his 'sausage fingers' after he lost a jewellery making competition to his wife Camilla. ANI

Gisele Bundchen gives cancer patients a makeover
Gisele Bundchen helped give a group of young female cancer patients a supermodel-style makeover during the weekend as part of a charity initiative. ANI

Twilight Beauty unveils new scent that smells like Bella
Twilight Beauty has launched a new scent called 'Immortal Twilight.' ANI

'Lost' Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece recovered
A lost painting of Leonardo Da Vinci will be displayed on Wednesday at the National Gallery in London along with eight more of his 15 known surviving paintings. ANI

Now, a doll modelled on Pippa Middleton
An American firm has come out with a doll that recreates Pippa Middleton's famous look from her sister's wedding. ANI

'No security problem threatens Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project'
Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi has said no security problem threatens the proposed Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. ANI

Nuke-armed Pakistan is 'one place in world I worry about': Condoleezza Rice
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said that nuclear-armed Pakistan is the one place in the world she really 'worries about', but added that the country's military is "quite in control" of its atomic weapons. ANI

'We will never know how many terrorists illegally sneaked into Britain': Theresa May
British Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted that the government will never know how many terrorists and criminals entered the country after border checks were secretly axed. ANI

Judge blocks FDA requirement for graphic warning labels on cigarette packages
A judge has snuffed out the plans by the federal authorities to slap graphic warnings slapped on all cigarette packages - for now. ANI

Killed ANP leader Hanif Jadoon's son succumbs to 'suicide attack' injuries
The son of Pakistan's Awami National Party (ANP) leader and ex-union Nazim Hanif Jadoon has succumbed to injuries after becoming a victim of a suicide attack yesterday. ANI

Militants blow up 'only girls' high school' in Derai district of Pakistan
Militants blew up a high school for girls in Derai district of Katlang, on the outskirts of district Mardan in Pakistan late on Monday night. ANI

Nepali cabinet expanded ahead of PM's visit to Maldives for SAARC Summit
Nepal's cabinet has been expanded before Prime Minister Babu Ram Bhattarai leaves for Maldives to attend the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) Summit scheduled to be held on November 10. ANI

Oz govt. accused of ignoring Assange's pleas of protection from death penalty in US
Julian Assange is has apparently been abandoned by the Australian government as the nation's foreign affairs department has reportedly ignored pleas from the Wikileaks founder's legal team to protect him from a possible death penalty in the US. ANI

BBC splurged 500,000 pounds on iPhones, iPads, Apple Macs even as 2000 jobs were axed
BBC bosses splashed around 500,000 pounds on thousands of iPhones, iPads and trendy Mac computers, even as 2000 of its staff were thrown out of their jobs last month. ANI

Michelle Obama indulges in 'random dancing' during Nickelodian show
Michelle Obama recently participated in the 'random dancing' segment of a popular Nickelodian sitcom show iCarly. ANI

Ryanair boss wants to show p*rn on flights
Ryanair's boss Michael O'Leary is planning to screen p*rn on the airline's flights. ANI

Gilani calls for inclusive solution to Afghanistan
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has laid out his five-point development plan for the region, stressing enhanced trade, energy, and road links, while calling for an inclusive solution to Afghanistan. ANI

Pak, China agree to expand economic, defence cooperation
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao have expressed their willingness to further strengthen bilateral ties in economic, defence and energy sectors. ANI

Satellite images reveal 'lost cities' of Libya after the fall of Gaddafi
A team of British archaeologists has uncovered new evidence of a lost civilization of the Sahara in Libya's southwestern desert wastes using satellite images. ANI

NOTW hired private investigator to spy on phone hacking victims' lawyers
The defunct British tabloid News of the World hired a private investigator who spied on two prominent lawyers representing victims of phone hacking, it has emerged. ANI

Murdoch's Oz newspapers accused of being biased against Gillard Government
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspapers have been accused of being biased against the Gillard Government and would attack the Prime Minister at any opportunity. ANI

Pak govt's lifting of JuD ban slammed as giving 'license to jihad' by Islamic ideologue
A member of the Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan has slammed the government for allowing the Jamaat-ud-Dawa to collect Eid donations, saying it is clearly evident that 'such militant organisations follow the government's agenda and function with its support'. ANI

Prince Harry warned off 'fornicating' during his stay in small Arizona town
Prince Harry has been cautioned by the Mayor of a small town in Arizona desert to keep a check on his partying ways and not to 'fornicate the night away'. ANI

Amnesty accuses Sri Lanka of torturing detainees
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused the Government of Sri Lanka of routinely torturing its detainees and not credibly investigating such allegations when they are made. ANI

Aung San Suu Kyi thanks Luc Besson in letter for making film on her
Aung San Suu Kyi has thanked Luc Besson for making 'The Lady', a film about her life and which sheds light on her country. ANI

China Railway denies bailout call
China's Railway Ministry has denied previous reports that it is seeking help from the central government to facilitate some 800 billion Yuan of its one trillion Yuan debt. ANI

Gaddafi spent last days 'scavenging for food, hiding, reading books,' reveals top aide
Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi spent his final weeks scavenging for food and hiding in abandoned houses in Sirte, one of the leader's top security official has revealed. ANI

Herman Cain's fourth accuser alleges 'he reached for her genitals under skirt'
The fourth woman, who accused Republican presidential candidate Herman of sexually assaulting her, has became the first to go public, claiming that the American businessman "reached for her genitals." ANI

Dalai Lama blames Chinese 'cultural genocide' for self-immolations
The 'cultural genocide' that Tibetans face under hardline Chinese rule is to be blamed for a recent wave of self-immolations, the Dalai Lama has said. ANI

Bentley Acquires FormSys to Expand SACS Offerings for Floating Structures
Be Inspired: Thought Leadership in Infrastructure – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of FormSys, based in Perth, Australia Business Wire India

GlobalCollect Sponsors Latest Study Revealing Key Differences in Social and Mobile Gaming in China and Korea by Newzoo
Brand new survey results by Newzoo present unprecedented insights into Chinese and Korean gaming markets in terms of demographics, spending, and gaming preferences. Business Wire India

Intelligent Energy Appoints Allan McNichol as Managing Director, Consumer Electronics Division
Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company, has today announced the appointment of Allan McNichol as Managing Director, Consumer Electronics. McNichol has a wealth of international experience at both small and medium fast growth businesses Business Wire India

TNS Launches One-Stop Global GPRS Access Solution for Mobile Terminals across Europe
Transaction Network Services (NYSE:TNS) has launched a unique one-stop solution, that provides mobile point-of-sale terminals with access to TNS’ PCI DSS certified Secure Payments Network, and links to hundreds of acquirers and processers around the globe. Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Collaborates with the Global Soap Project to Recycle Used Soap
Hilton Worldwide today announced a partnership with the Global Soap Project, a nonprofit organization that recovers and recycles soap from hotels that would otherwise end up in landfills Business Wire India

TomTom Launches GO 1050 World and VIA Series in China
TomTom today announces it has launched the GO 1050 World and VIA series, with lifetime Maps, in China. The new portable navigation devices are available at leading retailers including IT and 3C in Shanghai and Beijing and online at amongst others 360buy, Newegg and ICSON. Business Wire India

Bentley Makes Point Clouds Valuable Across Full Infrastructure Lifecycle Through Acquisition of Pointools Ltd
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that it has acquired U.K Business Wire India

element14 Features Presents 'Buck & Boost!' in Asia Pacific
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community, today announced that the newest edition of ‘element14 Features’ – Buck & Boost! - will showcase a wide selection of passive and discrete components for electronic design engineers in Asia Pacific Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Presents New Economic Model: Remote Monitoring Reduces Hospital Workload and Healthcare Costs for Patients with Cardiac Implantable Electrical Devices
For the first time, an economic model has been presented that estimates the burden of calendar-based in-office follow-up for patients with cardiac implantable electrical devices (CIED) in Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) Business Wire India

Sixnet Partners with UL Electrodevices to Provide Industrial Networking Solutions in India
Sixnet, a Red Lion business and leading provider of industrial networking solutions, today announced that it has solidified a formal partnership with UL Electrodevices Pvt. Ltd., a distributor, manufacturer and developer of industrial connectivity, interfacing and communication products and services Business Wire India

StatPro Revolution Named “Best Buy-Side Newcomer” at 2011 Buy Side Technology Awards
StatPro Group plc (AIM: SOG), a global leader in portfolio analytics and valuation data solutions since 1994, was awarded the “Best Buy-Side Newcomer” Award for its cloud-based portfolio analytics and reporting platform, StatPro Revolution at the 2011 Buy Side Technology Awards Business Wire India

Shopping by Paris: Book Your Paris Shopping Trip on http://www.shoppingbyparis.com/en/ !
Christmas Shopping sets the tone for the 6th edition of the event which takes off on 1 December 2011 and extends beyond the Sales to the end of February Business Wire India

Analogix Leads Booming DisplayPort Market; 200 Million Products Shipped
Analogix® Semiconductor, a leading innovator in mixed-signal circuits and IP, with the most complete DisplayPort™ product offering in the market, announced that it has shipped over 200 million units of DisplayPort semiconductors and IP products to manufacturers including those of notebooks and other mobile devices Business Wire India

Hepatitis C: Interferon-free combination of BI 201335 plus BI 207127 and ribavirin shows up to 76% of patients achieve a virological response at week 12, and 59% achieve SVR12 with 16 weeks treatment 1
For media outside of the U.S.A. only Business Wire India

KBR to Provide Electrical Power Generation in Support of U.S. Military Operations in Afghanistan
KBR (NYSE:KBR) today announced it was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Philadelphia District to serve as a contingency electrical power generation contractor in Afghanistan. KBR will provide electrical power generation in support of U.S. military operations at forward operating bases (FOBs) in Afghanistan Business Wire India

LanzaTech Makes Its First Commercial Sale
LanzaTech has just signed its first commercial customer, marking a milestone in the clean energy technology company’s global development. Business Wire India

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