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Vice President Ansari meets Turkish Parliament Speaker Cicek
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari met Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek here today and held delegation level talks with him. ANI

Ataturk's ideals still inspire people world over: Ansari
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has opined that the ideals symbolized by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk continue to inspire secular, liberal and democratic people the world over. ANI

'Obama OFC' is all the rage on Internet
A fast food restaurant in Beijing, tagged as 'Obama OFC' by the online users has become a hot topic of discussion on cyber space. ANI

Meet the woman who has binged on 29,565 spicy curries
Rochelle Peachey, who has consumed spicy curries for the last 29,565 meals, has been tagged as Britain's curry queen by spicy food giant Pataks. ANI

Malay couples rushing to tie the knot on 20.11.2011
Wedding slots for Nov 20 this year is fast being snapped up in Malaysia. ANI

Foodie Michelle Obama called 'hypocrite' and 'fatso'
Michelle Obama is definitely an ardent food lover but her eating habits have made her critics tag her as 'hypocrite' even as her campaign 'Let's Move' warns against fast foods. ANI

Brides-to-be stripping for sexy photo shoots for grooms
Hundreds of sizzling brides-to-be are stripping off, as part of the latest trend, to give their better halves a sneak peek into their sexy bodies. ANI

Seattle's self-styled 'superhero' arrested over pepper spray attack
A man, who considers himself a crime stopping 'superhero,' has been arrested after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray in Seattle, U.S. ANI

UK chef claims eating puppy meat 'no worse' than pork
TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has claimed that eating puppy meat is no more morally objectionable than consuming pork. ANI

White looks to pacer Cummins for fireworks against Proteas
Impressed skipper Cameron White is lokking to 18-year-old speedster Pat Cummins to provide the fireworks Australia need to win their Twenty20 series in South Africa. ANI

North Korea, US to hold second round of nuke talks this month
North Korea and the US are likely to hold a second round of talks to discuss the stalled six-nation deliberations on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programmes. ANI

IAEA team visits Japan to monitor country's handling of decontamination of waste
A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has travelled to areas near Japan's radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power to monitor the nation's decontamination efforts. ANI

US will positively respond to Myanmar's 'dramatic political development'
A senior U.S. official has described political overhauls under way in Myanmar as a "dramatic development", but assured that Washington would respond to the situation there positively to improve ties between both countries. ANI

Soon, Internet providers to offer 'p*rn block' to parents
UK Prime Minister David Cameron will announce a major crackdown on the sexualisation of childhood today. ANI

Ataturk's leadership a source of inspiration for India's freedom movement: Ansari
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has remarked that the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was a source of inspiration for India's freedom movement. ANI

Cameron's adviser wants to add 'sex, glamour' to UK 'ugly bunch' women lawmakers
An adviser to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Mary Portas has described the country's women lawmakers as an 'ugly bunch' and said she would "put a bit of sex and glamour in there" if given a chance to restyle them. ANI

New employment guidelines for Malay Indians to come into effect from Nov Entertainment
The Indian High Commission in Malaysia has proposed new employers' guidelines, which would come into effect from November 1 to protect the interests of both Malaysian employers and Indian workers. ANI

Researchers find second silver laden shipwreck off Ireland coast
A team of underwater experts, who recently discovered the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck, have found another sunken vessel, the silver- laden SS Mantola off the Irish coast. ANI

Photographing daughter in shopping mall can get you nailed under Anti Terror Act!
Security guards at a shopping mall in Scotland restricted a man from taking photographs of his daughter and threatened to confiscate his camera phone in the interest of preventing terror act when he refused to delete the photos. ANI

'Joe The Plumber' files nomination for congressional run
American Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, the man who became famous for questioning Barack Obama about his economic policies during the 2008 presidential campaign, has his nomination to run for Congress. ANI

Australia condemns Iranian actress' lashing sentence for working in movie
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said that his government condemns the use of cruel and inhuman punishments in Iran after reports emerged that an actress was sentenced to 90 lashes and a year in jail for her role in a film. ANI

Rangers' life term may be converted to death penalty in Karachi extrajudicial killing case
The Sindh High Court (SHC) has admitted a constitutional petition seeking to convert the life imprisonment sentence of five Rangers personnel to death penalty in the Sarfaraz Shah extrajudicial killing case. ANI

Pak Army, ISI to brief parliamentary committees on Pakistan's security situation
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha will brief three parliamentary committees on the country's security situation on Thursday, according to a news report. ANI

Budget cuts will prevent US from fighting two wars simultaneously, says Army
The U.S. Army's top brass has said that cuts beyond the planned 450 billion dollars spending reduction in ten years will force it to cut combat brigades. ANI

Afghan farmers growing more opium poppy than before: UN Report
Insecurity and rising opium prices forced Afghan farmers to increase cultivation of illicit opium poppy by seven percent in 2011, despite the government and its international allies' efforts to curb its production, a new UN report has said. ANI

Nawaz Sharif says he desires friendly relations with India, Afghanistan
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that he desires friendly relations with Afghanistan and India, and wishes that all issues with New Delhi, including the Kashmir dispute, get resolved through dialogue. ANI

Pakistan arrests visa officer at British High Commission on 'human smuggling' suspicion
Pakistani authorities have arrested a visa officer at the British High Commission in Islamabad as part of an investigation into a human smuggling ring, on suspicion of selling sponsorship letters to people hoping to obtain a visa for the United Kingdom. ANI

Taiwan renews call to China to embrace democracy on 100th anniversary of 1911 revolution
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has once again urged China to embrace democracy. ANI

Islamabad HC stays death sentence of Pak governor's assassin
The division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has accepted the appeal of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, against the death penalty awarded to him by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan. ANI

Forced marriage will be a criminal offence in UK: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that forcing someone to marry against their will could be seen as a criminal offence in the country in the future. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir not integral part of India: Pakistan
Pakistan has claimed that Jammu and Kashmir is not an integral part of India, and that it has never been so. ANI

Man falsely accused of murdering Brit student Meredith calls Amanda Knox a 'fantastic actress'
A 38-year-old bar owner, who was wrongly named by American student Amanda Knox as the killer of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, has condemned her as a 'fantastic actress'. ANI

NZ Minister terms Rena oil spill as 'worst maritime environmental disaster'
New Zealand's Environment Minister Nick Smith has termed the Rena ship oil spill as the 'worst maritime environmental disaster'. ANI

China's large urban population 'big problem' in 12th five-year-plan period
One of the biggest problems confronting the development of Chinese cities during the 12th five-year-plan period is the ever growing urban population, a University Of Virginia professor and China's Friendship Award's recipient has said. ANI

Chinese 'topless traffic conductor' a hit on Internet
A photograph of a Chinese "topless traffic conductor" has become a hit on the Internet, with netizens praising his actions as "kind-hearted" and "moving". ANI

China warns US of trade war over Congress bill pressing for Yuan appreciation
China has warned the United States of a trade war if Congress passes a bill pressuring Beijing to appreciate the Yuan. ANI

Gucci's "sweatshop" Chinese store under scanner for maltreating employees
Italian brand Gucci has come under the scanner after five former employees of China's Shenzhen flagship store publicly released an open letter claiming that the company was a "sweatshop". ANI

NATO blasts Pak for failing to rein in terrorists on its soil as US softens tone
NATO is sharply criticising Pakistan for failing to take on terror groups on its side of the border with Afghanistan, even as the United States is softening its rhetoric in this regard and focusing on shared interests. ANI

Calls for ouster of Rupert, James Murdoch from News Corp board
News Corporation's boss Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch should be voted off the media company 's board, a leading US shareholder advisory group has said. ANI

Burma to release hundreds of political prisoners as democratic reforms begin
Burma will release hundreds of political prisoners and clear the way for the country's democracy movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters to take part in parliamentary elections later this year, Western diplomats have said. ANI

Pregnant American woman gives birth 'hours after running in marathon'
In a daring act, a 39 weeks pregnant Chicago woman ran a marathon and gave birth to a daughter just hours after crossing the finish line. ANI

Pak musicians, singers mourn Indian Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh's demise
Pakistani musicians and vocalists have expressed their grief over the demise of Indian Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. ANI

Selfish, aggressive people 'most likely to be promoted at work'
People with selfish and aggressive behaviour are seen as more attractive for leadership, and are most likely to be promoted at work, according to a new study. ANI

First Sikh UK High Court judge only second lawyer from ethnic minority to be promoted
The first Sikh judge of the UK High Court is only the second lawyer from an ethnic minority background to be promoted to the senior level of the judiciary in the country. ANI

UN exposes 'systematic' torture in Afghan prisons
The United Nations has published a report claiming that prisoners in Afghan detention facilities were beaten and tortured. ANI

New Hampshire Poll shows Romney leading 2012 GOP US presidential race
A new poll has shown former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leading the 2012 Republican White House race in New Hampshire, while Texas Governor Rick Perry's popularity continues to plummet. ANI

Pakistan has failed to make stance clear on Haqqani network: Musharraf
The Pakistan Government has failed to make its stance clear on the Haqqani network, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said. ANI

Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula threatens to take revenge for al-Awlaki's death
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has issued a statement claiming it will avenge the death of US-born al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Awlaki. ANI

Steve Jobs' cause of death was 'respiratory arrest stemming from cancer'
Apple's visionary leader Steve Jobs died of respiratory arrest caused due to the spread of his pancreatic cancer, according to his death certificate. ANI

Hay Group’s New Book, ‘The Enemy of Engagement’, Examines Impact of Employee Frustration
Workplace frustration is a silent epidemic creeping through organizations, yet it is rarely confronted or even recognized, according to the new book, The Enemy of Engagement. Frustration wears down motivated, dedicated employees who really care about their jobs but can’t get the organizational support they need to get things done Business Wire India

WNS to Release Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter Financial and Operating Results on October 19, 2011
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced it will release its fiscal 2012 second quarter financial and operating results at approximately 6:00 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. Following the release, WNS management will host a call on October 19, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Business Wire India

TA Associates Announces Investment in Aicent, Inc.
TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, today announced it has made a significant investment in Aicent, Inc., a leading provider of data network, messaging and roaming solutions to telecom network operators worldwide. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Business Wire India

TRA and EC-Council Launch a Nationwide Educational Campaign on Cyber Security and Internet Safety at GITEX
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), represented by the National Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), and the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) launched a nationwide campaign aiming to educate students on cyber security and the risks of improper use of the internet Business Wire India

24MAS Acquires Leading Sports App Publisher P1 Sports
24MAS, a leader in mobile advertising and applications, has agreed to acquire P1 Sports Limited. Headquartered in the UK, P1 Sports develops and publishes a broad range of sports apps and games across mobile operating systems including iOS and Android Business Wire India

TRA Signs an Exchange of Letters with ICANN During GITEX
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is pleased to announce that it has formalised its relationship with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) through the signing of an exchange of letters Business Wire India

Regus: New Flexible Working Option in Kuwait Will Help Businesses Work and Grow
The positive economic outlook and growing demand for flexible workspace in Kuwait have inspired global workspace provider Regus to open its first business centre there. The opening at Kuwait City’s Shayma Tower, one of the most sought after business addresses -, means Regus now supports businesses in 91 countries worldwide. Business Wire India

Panasonic to Send Hope with a Sakura Tree for Japan
Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC)(TOKYO:6752)("Panasonic") announced today to collect "Messages of Hope" from around the world to encourage children in disaster areas, from October 6 to December 31, 2011, in support of the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake Business Wire India

European Future Energy Forum 2011 Opens Today in Geneva
The third edition of the European Future Energy Forum (EFEF), an annual conference and exhibition that gathers international businesses, industry stakeholders, organizations and government leaders to discuss key issues surrounding renewable energy, opened today at Palexpo in Geneva. Business Wire India

Hilco Industrial to Conduct the Sale for the PV Solar Wafer/Cell/Panel Manufacturing Assets at Evergreen Solar, Located in Devens, Massachusetts, as Ordered by the US Bankruptcy Court

Communications Industry Leaders Officially Incorporate Consortium to Commercialize and Accelerate Video Call Market
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Infoblox Addresses Rapidly Growing Network Load Caused by Smartphones and Tablets with New Level of Scalability
Infoblox Inc. had announced availability of its Infoblox Trinzic Multi-Grid Manager appliance designed to provide enterprises and service providers with greatly enhanced domain name system (DNS) and IP address assignment (DHCP) scalability and segmentation. Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Earns ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certifications for Quality and Environmental Management
Due to its advancements in quality assurance and sustainability standards, Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of 10 hotel brands has earned ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management Systems Business Wire India

What’s Inhibiting International Employee Mobility? Five Major Factors, According to a New Report from Brookfield Global Relocation Services
A strong employee mobility program is critical to any global company’s successful expansion plans and a new report from Brookfield Global Relocation Services uncovers five distinct issues that are inhibiting companies from reaching their employee relocation and business objectives. Business Wire India

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