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New Vedanta Temple to be consecrated in Houston
The Vedanta Society of Greater Houston (VSGH) is consecrating a new Temple on September 24 in Houston (Texas, USA). ANI

Stress, fatty food 'behind lactose intolerance boom'
Do you think you are allergic to dairy products? May be not, as researchers say that lactose intolerance is all in the mind. ANI

TV ads making kids become more materialistic
A leading children's charity has asked the UK Government to ban television advertising aimed at under-12s after a study revealed that many families feel pressured by the country's materialistic culture. ANI

3-year-olds in UK accused of making 'racist' or 'homophobic' comments
Schoolchildren in Britain, as young as three-years-old have been accused of making 'racist' or 'homophobic' comments in the last year, it has emerged. ANI

School in England removes mirrors from girls' bathroom to stop make-up
A school in England has removed mirrors from girls' toilets "to stop pupils putting on too much make-up". ANI

Compound in wheat, vegetables reduces breast cancer risk, mortality
A new study has found that plant compounds, phytoestrogens, lower not only the risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer, but also the mortality risk. ANI

Brit gardener produces record-breaking 85lb monster vegetable
A British gardener has set a new world record after producing the world's largest swede. ANI

Dick Cheney reveals being arrested in youth for partying hard
Dick Cheney has revealed that he was a party animal in his youth and had been arrested a number of times for his revelry. ANI

World's oldest-living conjoined twins turn 50
The world's oldest living conjoined twins have defied doctors' predictions and are set to celebrate their 50th birthday this Sunday. ANI

Taliban's 20-hour Kabul siege finally ends
Afghan and NATO forces have killed the last Taliban insurgents who attacked the US embassy, NATO headquarters and police buildings in Kabul, after a 20-hour stand-off. ANI

Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' voted Britain's favourite book
Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' has been voted Britain's best-loved read, beating out previous favourites 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'The Lord of the Rings'. ANI

Obama fares better than Perry following latter's 'Social Security- a Ponzi scheme' comment: Poll
US President Barack Obama has fared much better than Texas Governor Rick Perry in a recent poll after the latter called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" last week. ANI

Australia a nation of 'fat' and 'sad' boozers: Survey
Most Australians are in denial about their 'expanding' waistlines and are found to be the most unhappiest in the world, a study has claimed. ANI

British teenage dropout rate 'one of the worst in developed world'
Britain has one of the worst dropout rates from schools and colleges in the developed world, a study has revealed. ANI

Woman obsessed with texting has kept all 100,000 messages she received
A woman obsessed with text messaging has revealed that she has kept every one of the 100,000 messages she's received since her first in 1999. ANI

UK based Nepalese man confirmed as eBay's biggest seller
A Nepalese man who moved to London as a teenager has been confirmed as Britain's biggest seller on the online auction website 'eBay'. ANI

Rick Perry's poll ratings drop over his Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" comment
Texas Governor Rick Perry's poll ratings have dropped since he called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" last week. ANI

Fish farmer claims to have pictured Nessie the Loch Ness monster
A fish farmer has claimed that he has captured the elusive Loch Ness monster Nessie on film. ANI

Dick Cheney quit his youthful hard partying ways after marriage
Dick Cheney has revealed that marriage worked as a catalyst for him to change his youthful hard partying ways. ANI

US likely to persuade Pakistan to abandon Iran gas pipeline project
The United States is likely to persuade Pakistan to abandon the multi-billion dollar Iran gas pipeline project when senior officials from both sides open talks today in Islamabad to discuss energy cooperation, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Probe, prosecution of perpetrators of extremist attacks on minorities 'rare' in Pakistan: US report
Investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of extremist attacks on minorities are rare in Pakistan, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom has said in its new report. ANI

Joanna Trollope to rework Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility'
English novelist Joanna Trollope is set to write a contemporary version of Jane Austen's classic novel 'Sense and Sensibility'. ANI

US chose Taliban political office in Qatar to 'diminish ISI role' in Afghan peace efforts?
Media reports of the US endorsement of a plan for opening a Taliban political office in Qatar send an important message from America to the Pakistani intelligence community, that the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) may be left out of the Afghan reconciliation process, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Rudd spent $1mn on flights, hotel suites in first nine months as Foreign Minister
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had reportedly spent over a million dollars on flights and hotel suites in his first nine months as Foreign Minister. ANI

Youngest ever premature Indian-origin twins beat incredible odds to survive in Oz
Indian-origin twin boys Kamal and Nayan Pothireddy, who each weighed little over 500 grams at birth, have overcome incredible odds to become the youngest premature twins to survive in Australia. ANI

Prince Alwaleed, Murdoch team up to launch new Arabic news channel
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and American media mogul Rupert Murdoch would reportedly work together on launching a new Arabic-language 24-hour news channel called Alarab in 2012, which will feature five hours a day of Bloomberg-branded financial and economic programming. ANI

Pak minorities in Badin complain of discrimination in flood relief efforts
Members of Pakistan's minority communities and scheduled castes affected by severe floods in Sindh have complained of discrimination by organisations engaged in relief operations. ANI

New film depicts Sarah Palin as 'merciless-vindictive' woman
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been depicted as a woman with enormous charm, but also one with merciless vindictiveness in a new documentary about her. ANI

'Kate Middleton no trend setter, only a trend follower', say US fash-pack
The fashion director at a leading department store chain in the US has said that Kate Middleton is merely following trends rather than setting trends. ANI

Balochistan Govt seeks 4-week time to get arrest warrant for Musharraf in Bugti murder case
The Balochistan Government has sought four weeks' time from the provincial High Court to get an arrest warrant for former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and other accused nominated in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case. ANI

Adopting healthy lifestyle can cut heart failure risk
A person's lifetime risk of developing heart failure is one in five at age 40. However, a new study has suggested that adopting a healthy lifestyle - including watching your weight, not smoking, regularly exercising and eating lots of veggies - could significantly reduce the risk of developing heart failure. ANI

German 'Fritzl' charged with 497 rapes, fathering 3 kids with daughter
A German man has been charged with 497 counts of rape and is said to have had "three children with his own daughter". ANI

Maria Shriver brushing-up on her old journalism career
Former First Lady of California Maria Shriver is said to have picked up her old journalism career again. ANI

Kate Middleton named Queen of High Street Fashion
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has been named the Queen of High Street Fashion in a survey. ANI

Taliban wants to "inflict psychological" pressure to end NATO war in Afghanisthan: Experts
Political analysts believe that the attack in the US Embassy and others around Kabul is an indication that the Taliban wants to "inflict a psychological damage," indirectly threatening NATO and its allies to end the war. ANI

Sri Lanka angered over UN's move on war crimes report
The Sri Lankan government has denounced the call to submit a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council that accused troops of killing thousands of civilians in the final stages of the war. ANI

PoK residents want Pak to crack down on banned Jihadi groups freely operating in region
Hundreds of people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have warned to march towards Islamabad if Pakistani authorities fail to evacuate militants from the areas at de facto Indo-Pak border of Kashmir, according to a news report. ANI

With 45,000 hijacked cars running, Gilgit-Baltistan is 'World Bank' of stolen cars
Gilgit-Baltistan is the 'World Bank' of stolen cars, according to a car don who is in the custody of Pakistan's Punjab government. ANI

Japan plans floating wind power for Fukushima
Japan is planning to develop floating wind turbines to use in deepwater off its tsunami-stricken northern Pacific coast as it rethinks energy sources after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. ANI

'Pak must take action against banned Jihadi groups freely operating in PoK'
Hundreds of people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have warned to march towards Islamabad if Pakistani authorities fail to evacuate militants from the areas at de facto Indo-Pak border of Kashmir, according to a news report. ANI

9 in 10 Brits 'never reveal how much salary they earn'
A new survey has found that ninety percent of British never discuss how much salary they earn with anyone other than close family. ANI

Migrant jobseekers who don't learn English to be stripped of benefits: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that migrant jobseekers who are unable to speak or write in English will be ordered to attend free language training or will lose their benefits. ANI

WikiLeaks effect: Pak opposition leader admits his wife, children are US citizens
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan's National Assembly, has admitted for the first time that his wife and children are US citizens, but criticised the Pakistani media for 'unnecessarily playing up' his personal matter. ANI

More Americans living in poverty in 2010 than since 1950s: Census
More Americans were living in poverty in 2010 than at any time since at least the 1950s, with the overall poverty rate climbing to 15.1 - a 6 percent jump in just one year, Census figures have revealed. ANI

Iran, Pakistan to establish 'joint airline company'
Iran and Pakistan have agreed to set up a joint airline company to facilitate the exchange of visits by the people of both countries, Iran's First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has announced. ANI

Wills-Kat wedding 'boosts Sri Lankan sapphire sales'
The wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton in April has apparently boosted the sales of blue sapphires in Sri Lanka. ANI

Gaddafi's son went on sex, hookers, and drugs binge in London as regime fell
One of the sons of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi engaged in a sex and drugs binge in London while his father's regime was collapsing. ANI

Chinese authorities accused of 'torturing' activists seized in rights crackdown
Scores of Chinese activists and lawyers, who were detained in the wake of China's 'Jasmine Revolution', suffered beatings, sleep deprivation, multiple interrogations and were forced to make videotaped "confessions", it has emerged. ANI

Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula poses 'biggest terror threat': Petraeus
The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus, has said that Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has emerged as the "most dangerous" affiliate of the extremist group as the terrorism threat shifts to outside South Asia. ANI

Libya's new 'leader' says Sharia law will be implemented in post-Gaddafi era
Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil has said Sharia law will be used as the basis for new legislation in the country following the fall of the Gaddafi regime. ANI

Michelle Obama hosts 2011 National Design Awards at White House
Michelle Obama honoured the United States' top designers at the White House on Tuesday, including the creators of popular computer fonts and floor-cleaning products. ANI

British pop art pioneer Richard Hamilton dies at 89
Richard Hamilton, the father of British Pop art, has died following a short illness. He was 89. ANI

Pippa Middleton's life to be turned into 50-minute biopic
Pippa Middleton's life is to be turned into a movie, which will chart her rise to fame sparked by her sensational appearance at Kate Middleton's wedding. ANI

Pak's Abbottabad commission visits Osama compound for investigation
A inquiry commission set up by the Pakistan Government for probing the Osama bin Laden debacle has visited the slain al-Qaeda leader's hideout at Bilal Town in Abbottabad. ANI

Premier Wen Jiabao says 'China now a fully open market economy'
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that China today is a fully open market economy. ANI

Indian man in UK stabbed to death in carjacking
A 32-year-old Indian man in London was reportedly stabbed to death by a masked knifeman trying to steal his car. ANI

Hitman accused of killing Anni Dewani 'will never stand trial' over brain tumour surgery
A South African man who was accused of firing the shot, killing Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani during her honeymoon last year, will never stand trial because of his brain tumour surgery. ANI

'Topless bar' stirs storm in Brisbane
A grand old pub in the heart of Brisbane's justice precinct has enraged local businesses after it modernised its look and added new features like table dancing, pole dancing, shower shows and topless barmaids services. ANI

US asks Pakistan to proceed against LeT to dismantle its 'vast jihadi infrastructure'
The United States has asked Pakistan to take notice of unchecked activities of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is taking inspiration from al-Qaeda and emerging as a wider jihadi threat, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Taliban "unaware" of their plan to open political office in Qatar
The Afghan Taliban have said they are 'unaware' about the opening of any political office in Qatar. ANI

Pak Chief Justice seeks written govt guarantee about not backing armed groups in Karachi
Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has asked the government to submit a written statement that it will not support armed groups in Karachi. ANI

India, Pak sign MoU to tackle drug trafficking
India and Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for reducing drug demand and preventing cross-border trafficking in narcotics after two days of talks in Islamabad. ANI

Asia Pulp & Paper Follows UN Lead, Commits to First-Ever Human Rights Audit
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is initiating its first-ever comprehensive human rights audit across the company’s Indonesian operations, heeding the United Nations call for the global protection of human rights by businesses around the world. Business Wire India

Jefferies Appoints Global Equity Strategist
Jefferies announced today the appointment of Sean Darby as Global Head of Equity Strategy. Mr. Darby will be responsible for identifying global trends and potential opportunities in the equity markets by analyzing various industries and market sectors. Mr. Darby will work closely with Jefferies’ equity research analysts in the U.S Business Wire India

Molycorp Invests in Groundbreaking Wind Energy Technology Company
Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE:MCP), the Western hemisphere's only producer of rare earth oxides (REO) and the largest REO producer outside of China, today announced that it is making a significant investment in Boulder Wind Power, which has designed a rare earth magnet powered wind turbine generator that can produce electricity as low as $0 Business Wire India

Faiveley Transport Extends the Maturity of its Bank Debt and Strengthens its Financial Flexibility
Faiveley Transport (Paris:LEY) announces that on 27 July 2011 an amendment to the syndicated facility established in December 2008 was signed. This amendment was unanimously granted by the nine participating banks, renewing their trust in the Group’s credit worthiness. Business Wire India

Prize CapitalTM Report Identifies Emerging “Carbon Capture and Recycling” Industry; Profiles 136 Different Entities
Prize Capital, LLC today released a comprehensive Carbon Capture and Recycling (CCR) Industry Overview report detailing an emerging industry whose technologies are using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a feedstock in the production of valuable products such as fuel, building materials, animal feed, specialty chemicals, and plastics, among others. Business Wire India

True Universal Convergence Selects ASSIA to Increase Speed and Reduce Costs
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CYBEX Extends Bravo Line; Creates Complete Functional Training System,Offers 38% Greater Strength Gain over Freestanding Cable Systems
Cybex International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, has introduced three new Bravo machines. The original Bravo functional trainer is now complemented by the Bravo Press, Bravo Pull and Bravo Lift. Taken together, the four machines represent the complete Bravo Functional Training System. Business Wire India

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