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World Bank signs loan agreement worth 975 million dollars with India
The World Bank today signed a 975 million dollar loan agreement with the Union Finance Ministry's Department of Economic Affairs and the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL) to set-up the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor-I (a freight-only rail line). ANI

India elected Vice Chairman of Association of Asian Election Authorities
India has been unanimously elected as the Vice Chairman of the Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA) at its General Assembly held in Seoul today. ANI

Diwali celebrated at Heathrow-Birmingham airports with Bhangra and dhol
Travel retailer World Duty Free (WDF) Group reportedly celebrated Hindu festival of Diwali at key United Kingdom airports complete with Bhangra dancers and singers and dholis (dhol drum players). ANI

I've never watched the Kardashians' shows, says Obama
President Barack Obama has continued to dump on the Kardashian family, insisting that he has never, ever watched a single episode of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' and probably won't. ANI

Upset Hindus ask for removal of "inappropriate" Ganesha T-shirt designs
Perturbed Hindus have asked for the immediate removal of some Lord Ganesha T-shirt designs displayed on Chicago (USA) headquartered "Threadless Tees" company website, calling these inappropriate. ANI

'Text-speak' killing off traditional English words
Traditional English words are dying out with the increasing popularity of text speak, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Immigration to swell UK population to 70 mln by 2027: Report
Britain's total population is likely to reach a 70million by 2027 because of immigration, a report has revealed. ANI

World population to reach 7 bln, but positive developments should be celebrated: UN
A United Nation's report has warned that the global population is expected to reach the seven billion mark by October 31, but also said that improvements such as the rise in life expectancy and the fall in infant mortality should be celebrated. ANI

'Hacktivists' Anonymous performs 'vigilante' attack on child pornography website
Notorious hacker group Anonymous has now switched its attention to websites hosting or promoting child pornography, and claimed to have knocked out one of the world highest-profile sites. ANI

NATO delays decision to conclude Libya mission
NATO has postponed a decision to end its bombing campaign in Libya as it continues consultations with the United Nations and the country's interim government over how and when end the operation. ANI

Man charged for having sex with donkey claims it was a 'prostitute'!
A Zimbabwean man who was charged for having sex with a donkey told the court that the animal was actually a prostitute before it transformed into a beast overnight. ANI

The Bolivian hotel that's made entirely from salt!
A hotel in Bolivia, including most of its furniture, is made entirely from salt.he Hotel de Sal, near Colchani, Bolivia, has stunning salt flats where vast expanses of salt lakes give the surreal impression of the earth meeting the sky. ANI

Affluent Brit students kick-started binge drinking culture in 16th century
British university students are being blamed for initiating the binge drinking culture in England, a study suggests. ANI

Ansari calls for global mechanism against militancy
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, who is leading an Indian delegation to the 54-nation Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, on Thursday called for an international mechanism to combat the scourge of militancy. ANI

EU leaders seal deal to end growing economic crisis
European leaders have reportedly sealed a three-part deal which they hope will convince markets they have an effective response to the growing economic crisis. ANI

China's plan to curb 'excessive entertaining' shows 'may hurt profits': Experts
China's decision to ban reality television, and replace it with shows with so-called 'healthy' programming, is not likely to reshuffle the country's satellite channel rankings, but it could hurt profits, according to experts. ANI

Jemima Khan donates cameras to Pak tribal leaders to record damage done by US drones
Jemima Khan, the former wife of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, has donated cameras to Pakistani tribal leaders to document the death and devastation caused by US drone attacks in the country's tribal areas, according to a media report. ANI

Gillard raises concerns over Sri Lanka's investigation of war crimes
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said that her government wants Sri Lanka to deal with alleged human rights abuses committed during the with the Tamil Tigers. ANI

Nawaz Sharif for improved Pak ties with India, Afghanistan
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has called for improved ties with India and Afghanistan. ANI

'Mubarak's aides behind head of Egyptian military council's campaign for president'
Egypt's activists fear that associates of deposed President Hosni Mubarak may be behind the campaign in which posters calling for the head of the country's military council to run for President are being put up around Cairo. ANI

Japan Govt., police probing cyber attacks on key installations
A string of cyber attacks on Japan's Parliament, government ministries and some overseas embassies have raised questions about the adequacy of Japan's computer security, although officials say no confidential data have been lost in any of the attacks. ANI

Prince Harry shops at US cut-price store Walmart
Prince Harry has been living the life of a commoner while in the United States, and doing his own shopping at a nearby budget store 'Walmart'. ANI

Pak daily slams 'Rawalpindi' over 'detrimental' good Taliban, bad Taliban policy
Pakistan must wake up to the fact that its enemies, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliates, are some of those "illustrious ex-assets that have support or protection of our friends- the Quetta Shura, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda," an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Fox News Poll shows businessman Cain in lead among GOP voters
A Fox News poll released this week shows support for Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain quadrupling among GOP primary voters since late August. ANI

North Korea bans citizens staying in Libya from returning home
North Korea has reportedly banned its citizens staying in Libya from returning home fearing that they will reveal the extent of the revolutions that have shaken the Arab world. ANI

US parents lose custody of kids over 'Adolf Hitler' name
Two American parents, who named their kids "Adolf Hitler" and "Aryan Nation," lost custody of their three children, for naming them after the most hated man in history. ANI

Europe could be plunged into war if efforts to save euro fail: German Chancellor
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has issued a warning that European countries could end up warring with each other if the euro collapses. ANI

Pak 'Osama raid' commission briefed on legal issues related to US operation
The inquiry commission set up by the Pakistan Government for probing the Osama bin Laden debacle has been briefed on legal issues in connection with the May 2 US raid on al Qaeda leader's lair in Abbottabad. ANI

Slain Pak journalist's laptop recovered
The Pakistani judicial commission investigating the Saleem Shahzad murder case has obtained his laptop, according to a news report. ANI

Virgin Galactic space tourism could begin in 2013
Virgin Galactic has said that its first passenger flights will not occur before 2013. ANI

US tells South Korea to be prepared to face 'renewed North Korean provocations'
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said Pyongyang still remains a serious threat and that American and South Korean forces should be prepared for the possibility of renewed North Korean provocations. ANI

World's most valuable gold coin unveiled in Australia
The world's biggest, heaviest and inherently most valuable gold coin, worth just under 54 million dollars, was unveiled by Perth Mint today. ANI

India's civil nuke program not dependent on Australian uranium: Rudd
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said that his country's ruling Labor Party's ban on selling uranium to India isn't holding back that country's civil nuclear program. ANI

US drone strike kills six in South Waziristan
Six suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike on a vehicle in Pakistan's South Waziristan on Thursday. ANI

Radioactive leaks reported from nuke plant in Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture
Water containing radioactive material has reportedly leaked from a pressure vessel inside a reactor at a nuclear power plant in Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture. ANI

Equatorial Guinea dictator's son accused of 'splurging millions of impoverished nation's money'
The US Justice Department has accused an African dictator's son of spending 100 million dollars of his impoverished country's money on luxuries. ANI

Wills-Kate to pack aid boxes for famine-stricken Africa
Prince William and his wife Catherine will be packing boxes of food and medical supplies in an effort to help famine-stricken people in East Africa. ANI

'Ponzi king' Bernard Madoff 's wife says they 'attempted suicide' following scam bust
The wife of 'Ponzi king' Bernard Madoff has said that they tried to commit suicide after the fraud scheme was exposed. ANI

China says it respects, upholds human rights, citizen's freedoms
China has said that it respects and upholds human rights, and that the nation's Constitution has comprehensive stipulations on the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens. ANI

China pledges to 'strengthen legislation' to promote democracy
China has pledged to strengthen legislation to promote the nation's socialist democracy. ANI

China urges US to stop Taiwan arms sales to maintain bilateral military ties
China has urged the United States to stop arms sale to Taiwan in order to ensure a steady development of Sino-US military relations. ANI

Gaddafi's 'secret weapons of mass destruction' found in Libya
Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's secret cache of chemical weapons has been found in Libya, proving that the tyrant had refused to give up his weapons of mass destruction, despite promising former British Prime MinisterTony Blair he would hand them over in the infamous 'Deal in the Desert'. ANI

US choppers accused of violating Pak airspace over North Waziristan
Pakistani security officials have accused US gunship choppers of violating the country's airspace over North Waziristan Agency, according to a media report. ANI

Musharraf '500 percent sure' he didn't know of bin Laden's presence in Pakistan
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has denied having knowledge about the presence of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden within earshot of the nation's premier military academy for two years while he led the country. ANI

Eleven wounded in Peshawar market bomb blast
At least eleven people have been wounded in a bomb explosion in a busy market in Pakistan's Peshawar city, according to police. ANI

Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam 'trying to broker deal to surrender to ICC'
Slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam has offered to 'surrender' to the International Criminal Court in return for a guarantee of his safety. ANI

Pakistan needs 'countermeasures' against close Indo-Afghan ties: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has warned that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) will need to take 'countermeasures to protect its own interest' if Afghanistan gets too close to India or if the United States leaves the war-torn country unstable. ANI

US-Pak relations 'terrible, at lowest ebb': Musharraf
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has described the relationship between Pakistan and the United States as "terrible". ANI

Karzai's thought of US-Pak war 'ridiculous, preposterous': Musharraf
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has termed Afghan President Hamid Karzai's controversial statement that his county would stand by Pakistan in case the United States attacked it, as 'preposterous'. ANI

SurveyFlashTools.com becomes SurveyWidgets.net
Annik, a leading research technology services company based in India, with offices around the world, has changed the name of SurveyFlashTools.com to SurveyWidgets.net Business Wire India

Wipro and Workday enter into an Alliance to help customers build 21st Century HR organizations
Today at Workday Rising 2011, Wipro Technologies, the global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) announced that it has entered into an alliance with Workday. Wipro will provide Consulting and IT Services to clients deploying Workday solutions Business Wire India

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