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Gilani looks forward to talks with Manmohan Singh, says Bashir
Asserting that there are some positive signs in the dialogue process that has begun between the two Asian neighbours, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is looking forward to his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

Terror continues to be focal point of Indo-Pak dialogue process: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said that terror continues to be the focal point of the dialogue process between India and Pakistan. ANI

MFN to India not granted as yet, awaits commerce-secretary level talks in New Delhi
Pakistan could finally confer the Most favoured Nation (MFN) status to India after the commerce secretaries of both the countries meet in New Delhi at the end of this month. ANI

Outrage over Sydney escort agency's virginity sale
A Sydney escort agency that is selling the virginity of a teenage girl for thousands of dollars has sparked outrage among community groups. ANI

Prince Charles and Camilla put on their dancing shoes in Zanzibar
The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, impressed onlookers by dancing in public with Prince Charles for the first time. ANI

NOTW paid private investigator to spy on royal princes
A private investigator hired by News Of The World had recorded the movements of Princes William and Harry among other high profile targets. ANI

Foreign Ministers of India, Pakistan say 'trust deficit' has been reduced
Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday said the 'trust deficit' between the two Asian neighbours has been reduced and that it was a continuing process. ANI

NoTW hired ex-UK policeman to spy on hundreds of celebrities, politicians
The defunct British tabloid News of The World hired an ex-policeman to carry out surveillance on more than 100 targets. ANI

News Corp's Oz unit chairman John Hartigan resigns
News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch has announced that John Hartigan, chairman and chief executive officer of the company's Australian arm, will step down by the end of the month as a part of a major reshuffle at the media firm. ANI

Indo-Pak peace dialogue has raised SAARC forum's significance: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the ongoing Indo-Pak peace dialogue has significantly raised the importance of the regional South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) forum. ANI

Obama has done better job than he's getting credit for, says Bill Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton has downplayed perceived criticism of Barack Obama in his newly-released book, saying that his Democratic successor has "done a better job than he's getting credit for." ANI

Pirated Steve Jobs biography selling like hotcakes in China
Pirated copies of Walter Isaacson's biography of former Apple Inc. chief Steve Jobs are making brisk business all across China. ANI

Pak sees 'trade, not aid' as solution to weak and stressed economy: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has told the US very clearly that his country sees trade and not aid as a solution to the weak and stressed economy. ANI

US seeks hackers' help to secure defence networks
The United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has asked the internet hacker community to help in eliminating cyber threats surrounding the nation's defence networks. ANI

3,500 dead in Syria's anti-government protests: UN
The death toll in Syria since anti-government protests erupted almost eight months ago has reached upto 3,500, the United Nations has claimed. ANI

Pak's intolerant 'textbook lessons' against Hindus may 'increase extremism' there: US Study
Text book lessons on intolerance of Hindus and other religious minorities in Pakistan 'increases the likelihood that violent religious extremism would continue to grow in that country', a study by a U.S. government commission has claimed. ANI

Foreign Minister of India, Pakistan say 'trust deficit' has been reduced
Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday said the 'trust deficit' between the two Asian neighbours has been reduced and that it was a continuing process. ANI

PM arrives in Maldives for 17th SAARC Summit
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrived here on Wednesday to participate in the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit. ANI

Sino-Pakistani drill not targeted at India
The Chinese Defense Ministry has dismissed Indian reports that China and Pakistan are holding a joint military exercise to put pressure on New Delhi, and said the anti-terror drill is not targeted at any third country. ANI

Afghans blitz Taliban in "Princess Kate Op"
Afghan army soldiers put the Taliban to flight in a successful offensive named "Operation Princess Kate". ANI

ICANN accepts applications for .XXX adult entertainment industry domains
The World Wide Web is about to get a red-light district. After more than a decade of debate, rejections and legal challenges, the Internet's governing body today began accepting applications for .xxx websites from the adult entertainment industry. ANI

'Bangladesh against preferential treatment for Pakistan textile experts'
Bangladesh has disapproved a European attempt to grant beneficial import conditions to Pakistani textile makers as an aid measure following devastating floods in Pakistan, according to diplomatic sources. ANI

Assange's mother to protest Obama's Oz visit to highlight son's plight
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's mother has said that she would demonstrate outside the Australian Parliament House during US President Barack Obama's visit to that country to draw public attention of her son's plight. ANI

Laura Bush tried to change hubby's style
Laura Bush, wife of former US president George Bush, joked about her husband's sense of style and her futile efforts to change it. ANI

China against setting artificial time limit for UNSC reform: Chinese envoy
China has said that it is against setting an artificial time limit for reform of the United Nations Security Council, or for pushing through any solution over which UN member states still have serious disputes. ANI

Climate change threatens China's crops, warns expert
A leading agriculturalist has warned that China might face increasingly grim food shortages in the next few decades due to a possible drop in the country's grain harvest, triggered by a climate change. ANI

Vatican defends 'Catholic hero' Tintin against 'racist' claims
The Vatican has dubbed comic book character 'Tintin' as a 'Catholic hero' and slammed suggestions that he may be racist. ANI

Israel believes it would 'suffer fewer than 500 civilian fatalities' in Iranian counterattack
Israel has warned of possible military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities and believes it would suffer fewer than 500 civilian fatalities if Tehran retaliates. ANI

'Iran can build atomic bomb within month': IAEA
A hard-hitting report by a UN atomic watchdog has claimed that Iran will be able to build nuclear bomb within few months. ANI

Herman Cain calls sexual assault charges ploy to 'derail presidential campaign'
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has flatly denied the sexual assault charges leveled against him, saying that his rivals are out to derail his campaign for the White House. ANI

Peacocks, prostitutes and marijuana found in Mexican prison
A surprise search of a jail in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco revealed two peacocks, 100 fighting cocks, 19 prostitutes, 100 plasma TVs and two sacks filled with marijuana, authorities said Tuesday. ANI

Hindus want anti-Gypsy textbook withdrawn in Czech Republic
Hindus want immediate withdrawal of a primary school textbook of Czech Republic, which reportedly stereotypes Roma (Gypsies) and is offensive. ANI

Indo-Americans critical of India's failure at curbing frequent stampedes
Indo-Americans are critical of frequent occurrences of deadly stampedes at religious gatherings in India. ANI

US-Pak should avoid criticising each other in public to ensure smooth bilateral ties: Zardari
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan and the US must stop criticising each other in public to avoid problems in working closely on shared goals. ANI

Pakistan 'not playing double game' with US: Haqqani
Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said that Islamabad is not playing a double game with Washington. ANI

US drone strikes is as "scandalous" as Cambodia bombing during Vietnam War
Prominent international human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith has said the rising death toll caused by the US drone attacks in Pakistan is as "scandalous" as the secret US bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. ANI

How working from home may increase work exhaustion
Individuals who work from home may experience more work exhaustion because of conflict between work and family demands, according to a new study. ANI

Last surviving Sikh warrior master wants to pass on secret legacy
An Indian origin former factory worker from England is said to be world's last surviving Sikh warrior master. ANI

Russia's unmanned 'Phobos-Grunt' spacecraft fails to reach target orbit
A Russian Mars probe launched early Wednesday has failed to reach its intended orbit. ANI

Sarkozy and Obama's private 'hate Netanyahu jibes' go public
French President Nicolas Sarkozy caused a diplomatic row after calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" in a private conversation with US President Barack Obama. ANI

Brit girl gets date for bro's wedding by bidding herself on eBay
A British girl auctioned herself at eBay so that she could be escorted to her brother's wedding. ANI

Major attack on US interests in Afghanistan will damage Pak alliance: US official
A senior US official has warned that another major attack on American interests in Afghanistan by Pakistan-based militant groups would greatly damage the alliance with Islamabad. ANI

Minnwest Bank Deploys Riverbed IT Performance Solutions to Support Strategic Disaster Recovery Initiative
Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that Minnwest Bank has deployed Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances at each of its two data centers. With disaster recovery (DR) strategy that protects more than eight terabytes (TB) of company data every day Business Wire India

Introducing … Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™)
Big opportunities are in store for people who want to build their careers and professional influence in supply management and procurement. Less than one week from today, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) unveils the Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) Business Wire India

Tonight the world famous Regent Street Christmas lights were switched on by movie stars from the new 3D family Christmas film; ARTHUR CHRISTMAS. British actors, Bill Nighy and Ashley Jensen waved to thousands of fans gathered for the traditional countdown “traffic free” event on Regent Street London W1 Business Wire India

DTS Named CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award Honoree
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio technology, today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its audio technology integration with the T-Mobile G2x™ with Google™ by LG Business Wire India

Axioma Hires Claude Greengard VP of Client Services Expanding its Senior Management Team
Axioma, Inc., a leading provider of decision support, risk analysis and portfolio rebalancing and analysis tools, today announced the expansion of its senior management team with the addition of Dr. Claude Greengard to the role of vice president of client services. In this role, Greengard will report to Axioma CEO Dr Business Wire India

BI 201335 demonstrates potential to shorten HCV treatment duration while achieving high sustained virological response rates in difficult to treat patients 1,2
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Gale Technologies Launches Cloud Scheduler 1.0
Gale Technologies, a leading provider of infrastructure automation software solutions that power IT as a Service for labs, enterprises, and service providers, today announced Cloud Scheduler, a new tool for IT admins to ease VM reservation and scheduling in dynamic VMware environments Business Wire India

Bentley Announces Relationship With Microsoft for Azure-cloud-based Transmittal Services Offering
Be Inspired: Thought Leadership in Infrastructure – Nov. 8, 2011 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced an expansion of its strategic relationship with Microsoft Corporation Business Wire India

Bentley i-models Deliver AECO Information Mobility ‘With Integrity’ in PDF Workflows by Leveraging Adobe and Bluebeam Software
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Afilias launches 2011 .INFO Awards to select this year’s best websites
Afilias Limited, the ICANN-designated registry operator for the .INFO top level domain (TLD) and a global provider of technical registry services, today announced that the fifth annual .INFO Awards are now open for submissions. Business Wire India

Interstate Hotels & Resorts Announces Sixth Management Contract in India
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the United States’ largest independent hotel management company, today announced that JHM Interstate Hotels India, a 50/50 joint venture management company between Interstate and JHM Hotels, has signed a contract to manage the Ramada Hotel in Alleppey, Kerala, India Business Wire India

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