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International terrorism is an immediate threat to all nations, says Ansari
Stating that international terrorism is an immediate threat to all nations and knows no national boundaries, the visiting Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Wednesday said India has called for the adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to help eradicate this scourge. ANI

Vice President Ansari conferred an honorary doctorate for 'International Relations'
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari was conferred an honorary doctorate for 'International Relations' by Mevlana University at a function in Konya today. ANI

Brit couple to share £101m lottery prize with friends and family
The British couple who recently won the 101-million-pounds lottery in the EuroMillions lottery, plan to share their good fortune with their closest friends and relatives. ANI

'Kate not in hurry to name charities for royal patronage'
The Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly not yet decided to name the charities that will benefit from her patronage. ANI

Nude Chilean dancers paint town red to mark carnival
Bare breasted dancers were painted from head to toe as a part of the annual street carnival in Valparaiso city, Chile, which is held in support of free and better state education, racial tolerance and anti-discrimination. ANI

World's most expensive model car '£3m toy Lamborghini' to be auctioned
A model car that holds the title for the most expensive and precious model car in the world is set to fetch more than 3million pounds when it goes under the hammer later this year. ANI

Racy photographs of Gaddafi's son's lingerie model wife in luxury hotel exposed
Racy photos have emerged of fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Hannibal's lingerie model wife posing in luxury hotel rooms during the tyrant's brutal rule. ANI

UK could run out of oil, gas reserves by 2028: Experts
Britain could exhaust its oil and gas reserves in just 17 years if production continues at its current rate, experts have warned. ANI

Brit dog owner fined £75 for littering after brushing his dog in park
A dog-owner in Briton was fined with 75 pounds for littering after brushing his German shepherd in a park. ANI

Australia facing security threat from racist, nationalistic extremists: Report
A small enclave of racist and nationalistic extremists are capable of doing damage and causing a possible threat to Australia's security, the nation's intelligence organization has claimed. ANI

Michelle Obama 'loves fried food', celeb chef reveals
Celebrity chef Paula Deen recently revealed about Michelle Obama's appetite, saying that she ate more than any other celebrity on her show and is really fond of fried food. ANI

English teens 'lag behind' Chinese counterparts in reading skills
A survey has revealed that the reading standards of English teens lag behind their Chinese counterparts by a year and a half. ANI

Michelle Obama attempts to break jumping-jack world record
Michelle Obama led about 400 kids in classic calisthenics at White House in her endeavour to set a Guinness World Record for the most jumping jacks. ANI

Iranian speaker terms U.S. accusations on country's alleged assassination plot "immature"
Speaker of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Ali Larijani has called the U.S'. accusations over Iran's alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States "immature." ANI

Crimes against women in Pakistan witnessed sharp increase in July 2011: Report
Crimes against women in Pakistan witnessed a sharp increase in the month of July, a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) monitoring report has said. ANI

Pak-origin man jailed in London for 'smuggling heroin inside hollowed radishes'
A man of Pakistani origin has been imprisoned in London for trying to smuggle heroin stuffed inside hollowed radishes. ANI

Pak blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi tortured in jail by warden: Sources
Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, has allegedly been tortured by a staffer of Sheikhupura jail. ANI

Pak parliamentary committee snubs army's invitation for briefing at GHQ
A parliamentary committee on national security has refused to attend an army briefing at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Pakistan's security situation and its relations with the United States. ANI

Lahore HC directs top Pak politicians to submit worldwide assets' details
The Lahore High Court has issued notices to top Pakistani politicians on a writ petition seeking a verified list of their worldwide assets. ANI

Obama's Jobs Bill fails to acquire required votes to advance in Senate
US President Barack Obama's 447 billion dollars Jobs Bill has failed to push its way through in the Senate despite White House's efforts at the 11th hour after falling short of acquiring 60 percent votes to end the debate. ANI

Oz migration agents fueling 'sex slavery' syndicates under garb of student visas
Australian migration agents are reportedly helping to bring women to the country on student visas who end up working in conditions of sexual slavery or at illegal brothels. ANI

Brits spend 64 days of lives walking around supermarkets
British citizens spend 64 days of our life walking around supermarkets, a study has found. ANI

Employees feel they can do better if given more flexibility, less interrupted
A new survey has suggested that bosses could get more out of staff by letting them get on with their jobs, with fewer interruptions and shorter meetings, but keeping their hands off Facebook. ANI

Hermes unveils limited edition luxury saris for Indian customers
Hermes has launched a limited-edition line of saris for sale to its customers in India, which will sell for 6,100 dollars to 8,200 dollars. ANI

Prince Harry's wet pool party with beauty in California
Prince Harry enjoyed a splashing time with a beauty during a wet and wild pool party at a hotel in California. ANI

Ahmadinejad criticizes young student's flogging, but not jailed Iranian actresses'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized the recent flogging of a student who was convicted of insulting him, but he has not voiced similar concerns for an Iranian actress who has been sentenced to 90 lashes and a year in prison for starring in a film. ANI

Spanish MP to sue FBI for using image to make Bin Laden photofit
A Spanish MP has threatened the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with legal action after he found that his photograph had been doctored to resemble an aged version of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Gilani renews dialogue offer to 'angry Baloch leaders' to resolve issues
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has renewed his offer of dialogue to 'angry' Baloch leaders, saying that he is even ready to go to their doorsteps to listen to their grievances. ANI

Pakistan offers intelligence sharing to Afghanistan for Rabbani murder probe
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has offered intelligence sharing to Afghanistan for investigation into the assassination of former Afghan President and High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani. ANI

US 'fighting a war' in Pakistan: Panetta
The United States is 'fighting a war' in Pakistan, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said. ANI

Karachi University awards honorary PhD degree to 'social scholar' Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has been conferred with an honorary Doctorate degree by the University of Karachi. ANI

Cameron supports migrant Gurkhas in web hate row
British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to Gurkha supporters to condemn an internet hate campaign triggered by claims that a Hampshire town is being "swamped" by the former Nepalese soldiers and their families. ANI

Over 2 dozen new free-floating 'failed stars' discovered
An international team of astronomers has discovered over two dozen new free-floating brown dwarfs - sometimes described as 'failed stars' - including a lightweight youngster only about six times heftier than Jupiter, that reside in two young star clusters. ANI

Only 6 pc of teens learn about sex from their parents
A survey has found that only few young people learn about sex from their parents, with most of them getting information from television, Internet or their friends. ANI

High ranking Gaddafi officials 'leading defence of Sirte' in Libya
A number of fallen Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's high-ranking officials are trapped and leading the defence of Sirte, revolutionary forces said as they continued to make deep inroads into the city. ANI

Zardari asked Obama to prevent military coup in Pak following Osama's killing: Report
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari asked US President Barack Obama to stop Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani from staging a coup to oust the weak civilian government, days after Osama bin Laden's killing in Abbottabad, according to an exchange of secret messages revealed by a British newspaper. ANI

India, Turkey discuss counter-terrorism, trade, infrastructure cooperation(Update)
India and Turkey have expressed mutual concern over the continuing menace of terrorism, and agreed that both countries need to step up their cooperation in countering this threat more effectively. ANI

Pak Govt decided to buy French submarines in 1990s 'at own discretion': Ex-naval chief
The Pakistan Government had decided to purchase French Agosta submarines against the recommendation of the Pakistan Navy, the then Naval Chief Admiral (retired) Saeed Muhammad Khan, during whose tenure the controversial deal was struck, has revealed. ANI

Vice President Ansari calls on Turkish President Abdullah Gul
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari called on Turkish President Abdullah Gul here on Tuesday. ANI

Alleged plot to kill Saudi envoy to worsen already flaring tensions between US, Iran
Tensions between Washington and Tehran are getting worse in the wake of the reports that Iran backed a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. ANI

Thimphu to have 1st Hindu temple
Bhutan's capital and largest city Thimphu will have its first permanent Hindu temple in the near future. ANI

Situation in Pakistan likely to remain volatile: Panetta
US Secretary for Defense Leon Panetta has said that the situation in Pakistan is likely to remain volatile. ANI

Pakistan has no objection to 'most favoured nation' status for India: Fahim
Pakistan has no objection to granting the most favoured nation (MFN) status to India, Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim has said, according to a news report. ANI

WNS (Holdings) Limited Files Shelf Registration
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced that it has filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Once declared effective by the SEC, the shelf registration statement would allow WNS to offer and sell, in one or more offerings, up to $50 million of ordinary shares/ADSs Business Wire India

Asian Institutional Investors Seek Better Control of Market Volatility Risks and Higher Returns, Says New Pyramis Survey
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Patton Appoints Aveek Roy to lead South Asia Operations 
Patton—the leader in business and carrier-class network access, connectivity, VoIP and triple-play equipment—has appointed Aveek Roy to lead business development and sales operations throughout the Indian sub-continent. Business Wire India

Cross Match Receives Certification from STQC for India’s UID Program
Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a leading global provider of biometric identity solutions, announced that it has been certified as one of the first suppliers of biometric devices for India’s unique identification (UID) program Business Wire India

Sitel President and COO Named Chief Executive Officer
Sitel, a leading customer care outsourcing provider, announced that Dagoberto “Bert” Quintana, 51, has been named Chief Executive Officer. Quintana, who has been serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sitel since February 2010, succeeds David Garner, 53, in the role of Chief Executive Officer Business Wire India

Citi Selects Fidessa to Deliver Global Derivatives Platform
Citi has selected Fidessa to provide it with a class-leading workflow and trading platform for the bank's global listed derivatives business. Business Wire India

Brown Brothers Harriman Appoints Rafael Febres-Cordero as Head of International for Wealth Management
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. (“BBH”) announced the appointment of Rafael Febres-Cordero as Head of the Firm’s International Wealth Management business. This hire is a key component of BBH’s effort to grow its international business. Mr Business Wire India

Upsolar Modules Qualify for 10 Percent Premium on Italian Feed-in Tariff
Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, announced that the company’s products earned “Made in EU” certification from the Institute of Industrial Certification for Mechanics (ICIM) Business Wire India

Singapore Company Formation Q3 2011 Report Released by, a leading Singapore-focused business information portal has published its Singapore company formations report for Q3 2011 (July to September 2011). The report offers insights into the quantity, profiles, industries, shareholding structures and countries of origin relating to Singapore company formation activity in Q3 2011 Business Wire India

Business Wire Launches iPad news App
Business Wire today announced the launch of the Business Wire iPad app, now available for free download from the App Store Business Wire India

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