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Pranab Mukherjee meets Indian contestants at WorldSkills London 2011
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has advised the participants of the WorldSkills London 2011 competition to keep the national flag flying high. ANI

Mandela's granddaughters to appear in reality TV show
Nelson Mandela's granddaughters will be appearing in a reality TV show 'Meet the Mandelas', which is being directed by a Hollywood producer. ANI

Palin's documentary maker reveals his 'Moose hell' during campaign
Nick Broomfield, who made a documentary film on Sarah Palin, has revealed that one hurdle he faced in infiltrating her world was the steady diet of moose meat in Wasilla, Alaska. ANI

Amazon's new Kindle Fire 'not an iPad competitor', say analysts
Analysts have said that the recently launched Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, which will cost the firm about 50 dollars per unit, cannot seriously compete with Apple's iPad. ANI

China struggling to regulate social network
A Chinese senior official has highlighted abuse of social networking websites and admitted that regulating them poses a challenge for the government. ANI

Now, NATO chief accuses Pakistan of harbouring terrorists on its soil
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has piled pressure on Pakistan to step up its fight against extremism and terrorism in the border region with Afghanistan. ANI

US needs to shore up ties with India in wake of volatility in South Asia: Huntsman
The United States needs to shore up its relationship with India in the wake of the volatility in the South Asian region, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has said. ANI

'Worst is over' for Pakistan, US as both realise breakdown of ties 'not an option'
The "worst is over" for Pakistan and the United States, as behind-the-scenes diplomatic efforts have made "substantive progress" towards the normalisation of bilateral ties, a US diplomat has said. ANI

US Army to leave behind 313 million dollar equipment in Iraq to save shipping costs
The US Army will handover military equipment worth millions of dollars to Iraq rather than ship the hardware to its home country, as 45,000 American troops prepare to withdraw from Iraq by December 31. ANI

US wants to see end to terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has renewed calls on Pakistan to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries on its soil. ANI

Jackie O was quite an accomplished flirt, claim close pals
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lived most of her life in the public eye, was one of the most accomplished flirts, her close pals have claimed. ANI

Brit kids to be shown airbrushed Britney images to boost confidence
In a bid to increase their self-esteem, British schoolchildren as young as 11 will be shown airbrushed images of a scantily-clad Britney Spears. ANI

Solar-powered webcam brings Mount Everest to your laptop
Many have died trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, but thanks to a record-breaking high-definition webcam, the world's highest mountain can now be seen live on the Internet. ANI

Sri Lankan police arrest five people for printing pro-opposition newspaper
The Sri Lankan police have arrested five people and seized over 20,000 copies of a pro-opposition newspaper. ANI

Climate change to cost Canada nearly two percent of GDP by 2080
An advisory panel has warned that climate change would cost Canada about one percent of its economy by 2050 and two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2080. ANI

Chinese version of Nobel peace prize scrapped after one year
A Chinese version of the Nobel peace prize has been scrapped one year after being launched because the government disbanded the organizing committee. ANI

Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki killed: Yemen Defence Ministry
US-born radical Islamic cleric and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed, the Yemen Defence Ministry has said. ANI

US warns Pakistan of unilateral action against terror groups
The United States has warned of unilateral military action in Pakistan, as it did in the case of Osama bin Laden raid, if Islamabad fails to act against the Haqqani network and al Qaeda sanctuaries in the country's tribal areas. ANI

UK's largest footwear chain slammed for 'sexualised' footwear for 6-yr tots
UK's largest footwear chain has been slammed for selling sexy stilettos aimed at girls as young as six as they tend to sexualise children. ANI

Jilted woman posts nude pics of Casanova lover on net
An angry jilted lover got even with her Casanova lover by catching him nude on camera and spreading the images across the net. ANI

Royal couple pays visit to hospital to open $18m children's cancer unit
Prince William made a morale-boosting visit to Britain's most famous cancer hospital in South London with his new bride Kate Middleton, where they opened an 18 million pounds children's cancer unit. ANI

China reminds world of Pakistan's 'great sacrifices' in war on terror
China has again reminded the world community about Pakistan's "great sacrifices" as the frontline state in the war against terrorism. ANI

Sharif tells ISI: 'Where there is smoke, there is fire' following Haqqani-link allegations
Some participants of the All Parties Conference (APC) reportedly demanded a detailed explanation from Pakistani military authorities vis-a-vis recent American allegations related to the Haqqani network's safe havens in North Waziristan and the militant group's links to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). ANI

Six out of 10 Oz voters want Rudd to take ALP leadership from Gillard
A new poll shows that 60 percent of Australian voters want former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to return to the Labor leadership compared with 26 percent support for Prime Minister Julia Gillard. ANI

Thirty-four labourers abducted from Pak tribal region
Thirty-four labourers have been abducted from two different places in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region, according to a news report. ANI

'William's in charge in our marriage' -says Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge has admitted that hubby Prince William is in charge of all the decision making process in their house. ANI

India, Japan consider Australians hostile, frightening and unwelcoming: Ex-envoy
The Australian Government had good relations with Asian countries, but as a society it was viewed in the region as hostile, frightened and unwelcoming, according to a former envoy. ANI

1-million pounds Hindu temple opening in UK
The 1-million-pounds BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir is opening in Belgrave section of Leicester in England on October 9. ANI

David Cameron's 'sexism' getting women 'angrier and angrier', claims Labour
British Prime Minister David Cameron is losing support among female voters over his sexist manner and policies, the Labour Party has claimed. ANI

Amateur Houdini red faced after ripping female teacher's bra through shirt!
An amateur Houdini has apologised for his weird and embarrassing magic trick that appeared to rip off a female teacher's bra through her shirt. ANI

Pak's bid to position China as US alternative receives jolt following $19bn deal collapse
A Chinese mining company has pulled out of what was to be Pakistan's largest foreign investment deal due to security concerns, complicating Islamabad's effort to position China as an alternative to the United States as its main ally. ANI

'Sexy' freed U.S. hiker's br**ts and arms 'too hot' for hardline Iranian website
Hardline Iranian website, Mashreghnews had blurred the photographs of a recently freed US hiker Sarah Shourd over concerns that her white top might offend Muslims. ANI

US First Lady goes for 'cheap and chic' shopping at Target
US First Lady Michelle Obama has been photographed shopping for cheap and chic clothes at a Target store near the White House. ANI

Hina Khar complains Pak's point of view was ignored in US
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has reportedly complained that the Pakistani point of view expressed by her during the over three-hour-long meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was ignored in the United States, putting Pakistan on the back foot. ANI

Bahrain jails 20 docs for up to 15 years for treating anti-govt. protestors
The sentencing of 20 doctors for up to 15 years imprisonment in Bahrain, has been blasted by critics as an act of revenge for their medical treatment of protesters during the recent unrest in the Gulf Kingdom. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's French rape accuser repeats allegation in face-to-face showdown
The French writer who had accused former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003, has said that she had repeated her allegation during a police-arranged encounter with him on Thursday. ANI

China's Internet user population exceeds 500 million
China has over 500 million Internet users, a senior government official has said. ANI

I am Berlusconi's secret lover since I was 18, claims ex Miss Montenegro
A 20-year-old model and former beauty queen has claimed that she has been Silvio Berlusconi's secret lover since she was 18 years old. ANI

Pakistan's All Parties Conference hints at peace talks with all militant groups
Pakistan's top political and military leadership has decided to hold peace talks with all militant groups, apparently including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), according to a news report. ANI

52 percent of Americans believe Obama would have been fired as CEO
A new poll has found that 52 percent of Americans believe that US President Barack Obama would have been fired as a CEO by now. ANI

Eight out of 10 Americans approve social security scheme
A new poll has found that eight in 10 Americans feel social security is good for the country, while almost nine in 10 senior citizens held the same view. ANI

Controversial Sarah Palin biography sells just 6,000 copies in 1st week
Seems like the tell-all biography about Sarah Palin that had stirred a controversy in recent weeks had got a lukewarm response from the public since its release on September 20. ANI

US slaps sanctions on key Haqqani Network commander, four others
The US Treasury Department has announced sanctions on five individuals, including a "key" commander in the Haqqani Network, for having links with 'the most dangerous terrorist organisations operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.' ANI

Gaddafi's mouthpiece captured while fleeing Sirte 'dressed as a woman'
Fallen Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's mouthpiece Moussa Ibrahim was captured last night outside the birthplace of the former dictator, commanders of the National Transitional Council's force have claimed. ANI

Afghanistan to dump 'double-faced' Pak from trilateral peace talks with Taliban
Afghanistan plans to suspend an effort to work with Pakistan and the United States to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table for reconciliation talks, according to Afghan officials. ANI

US says it 'expects to have continued cooperation' with Pakistan in fight against Qaeda
Describing US-Pakistan counterterrorism cooperation as 'essential to our national security', the White House has said that it expects to have continued cooperation from Islamabad in the war on terror. ANI

Gilani rejects US pressure on Pak to act against Haqqani network
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has rejected the US allegations of Pakistan supporting the Haqqani network, and made it clear that Islamabad would not bow to American pressure to step up its fight against terrorism. ANI

Citrix Optimizes XenServer for the Cloud Era
Citrix Systems today announced the availability of XenServer® 6, the most recent edition of its server virtualization product line. As a key component of the Citrix cloud computing and virtualization strategy, XenServer 6 brings new optimizations and improved scalability and performance for cloud infrastructure, desktop virtualization and networking Business Wire India

G3-PLC Alliance formed to drive communications standard for smart grid development
Twelve major players in the smart grid industry are announcing a new global partnership at the Metering Europe Conference in Amsterdam (October 4 - 6, 2011) to support the deployment of the new power line communications protocol called G3-PLC Business Wire India

Heartbeat International Launches One Heart Magazine on World Heart Day
Heartbeat International Foundation, Inc. (HBI), in partnership with The Publishing Firm Inc (TPF), today announced that it will launch its new publication, One Heart Magazine, to coincide with World Heart Day on September 29, 2011 Business Wire India

The Estée Lauder Companies and Philips Lighting Launch Partnership to Illuminate Global Landmarks Using LED Technology for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Estée Lauder Companies and Philips are proud to launch a global partnership as part of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign Business Wire India

Eltek Valere Launches Flatpack S 24V High Power Density DC Power Systems for Industrial Applications
Eltek Valere, the world leader in high efficiency power systems, today announced its new Flatpack S 24V DC power systems that provide industry-leading power density, efficiency, reliability and safety for industrial applications. Business Wire India

Tano Capital, LLC Announces Second Closing for the Tano India Private Equity Fund II with Committed Capital of US $97 Million
Tano Capital, LLC (Tano Capital), an Asia focused alternative asset management firm, announced today the second closing of the Tano India Private Equity Fund II (“TIPEF-II”) on $97 million of committed capital Business Wire India

Industry Notice: New Form of Graphitization Found by Structural Integrity Associates, Inc.
Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. released today an Industry Notice to the Energy Industry that a new and previously undocumented form of graphitization has been the root cause analysis of catastrophic failures in boiler external primary superheater (PSH) piping. Business Wire India

Coca-Cola Invites Teens around the World to “Move to the Beat” of London 2012 with Award-Winning Producer Mark Ronson
Inspired by the sounds, spirit and culture of the host city of London, Coca-Cola today unveiled its global integrated campaign for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Move to the Beat – aligned with the vision to make London 2012 a Games to inspire the youth of the world. Business Wire India

Hedge Funds to Spend $2.09 Billion on Information Technology in 2011
Hedge funds will spend approximately $2 Business Wire India

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