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Sheikh Hasina says 'understanding on Teesta reached'
While Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina failed to mention the contentious Teesta and Feni river waters issues even once during her address to the media after the signing of agreements with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, she made a passing reference to the issue in her speech at a banquet hosted in honour of Dr.Singh. ANI

India-Bangladesh trade relations on the rise
Trade relations between India and Bangladesh have witnessed a significant improvement in the recent past. In 2010-11, two-way trade crossed the US$ 5 billion mark as a result of a significant increase in Bangladesh's exports to India (68 percent over the previous year) and India's exports to Bangladesh (43 percent over the previous year). ANI

PM Singh calms tempers in Dhaka on Teesta water sharing issue
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's assurance on having continued dialogue over the issue of the sharing of the Teesta River watersas soothed nerves and calmed tempers in Dhaka. ANI

India- Bangladesh sign several agreements during Manmohan Singh's visit
India and Bangladesh on Tuesday inked several agreements following delegation-level talks presided over by Prime Ministers Dr. Manmohan Singh and Sheikh Hasina, including a significant framework agreement on cooperation for development. ANI

Indian PM meets Bangladesh Foreign Minister in Dhaka
Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh met Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dipu Moni here on Tuesday on the first day of his two-day visit, aimed at discussing relations between the two countries along with possible breakthroughs on main disputes, including the sharing of rivers water. ANI

India-Bangladesh talks: Land agreement squeezed in as a face saver
The land transfer deal would have also fallen through just like the Teesta and Feni agreement and the transit agreements were a no show on the list of deliverables. ANI

Pacts reflects richness,diversity of cooperation between, India, Bangladesh: PM
Expressing his satisfaction over bilateral talks between the Indian and Bangladeshi delegations, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday said the several agreements signed and the joint statement being issued reflected the richness and diversity of cooperation between the two nations. ANI

Indo-Bangladesh talks: No accord on Teesta, Feni waters sharing
India and Bangladesh on Tuesday fell short of arriving at a mutually acceptable accord on the sharing of river waters that pass through the two countries. ANI

India, Bangladesh sign several pacts after bilateral talks
India and Bangladesh on Tuesday signed three agreements after over nearly two hours of bilateral talks here. ANI

India, Japan mull over creating a joint infrastructure fund worth $9 billion
India and Japan are mulling over setting up a joint infrastructure fund, which would be worth nine billion dollar with an aim to finance the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project. ANI

India, Bangladesh talks begin in Dhaka
Bilateral talks between India and Bangladesh have begun here a short while ago. ANI

MI6 caught Libyans lying about nuke weapon stock
British intelligence service MI6 had caught the Libyans lying about their stock of nuclear weapons and uncovering a secret network of arms supplies from Pakistan. ANI

Sarah Burton nominated for British Fashion Awards 2011
Sarah Burton, who shot to fame after designing the clothes of Kate and Pippa Middleton at the royal wedding, has been nominated for the Designer of The Year Award at the 2011 British Fashion Awards. ANI

China's peaceful development to show global impact over time: White Paper
China has expressed hope that its objective of peaceful development will have a global impact over time. ANI

Frenchman fined œ9,000 for not having sex with wife
A French man has been ordered to pay his wife 9,000 pounds after she sued him for failing to have sex with her for 'a period of several years'. ANI

Roman gladiator school remains discovered in Austria
A team of archaeologists has 'sensationally' discovered the ruins of a Roman gladiator school on the outskirts of the Austrian capital Vienna. ANI

Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor designs inflatable concert hall for disaster-hit Japan
Indian-origin sculptor Anish Kapoor is designing a giant inflatable concert hall, which will bring music and performance arts in areas of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami which hit earlier this year. ANI

Men 'more grumpy than women'
Men are grumpier than women, especially when it comes to getting their picture taken, a new study has found. ANI

Ex-NOTW executives to be quizzed again over phone hacking
Now defunct British tabloid News of the World's editor Colin Myler and legal manager Tom Crone will face another round of questioning from the Commons committee investigating the paper's phone hacking scandal. ANI

Prenatal exposure to phthalates leads to decreased mental development in kids
Prenatal exposure to phthalates, a group of ubiquitous chemicals widely used in consumer products ranging from plastic toys to shampoos, increases the kid's risk of developing mental, motor and behavioural problems, a new research has warned. ANI

'Tortured' Libyan rebel leader could win œ1mln compensation from UK
The Libyan rebel leader, who claims to have been tortured after being handed over to Gaddafi's regime by Britain and the US, is likely to win one million compensation from UK. ANI

Oz PM approval rating hits record- low in latest poll
A new poll has shown that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's approval rating has sunk to a record low with two out of three Australian voters expressing unhappiness over her performance. ANI

Three in four Californians say US 'on the wrong track': Poll
A new poll has shown that nearly three in four Californians said the country is on the wrong track, and nearly half favoured slashing government spending to tackle the financial crisis. ANI

Women in Maoist-affected Malkangiri join self-help groups; improve living conditions
Despite living under the constant fear of the threat posed by Maoist ultras in Orissa, women have joined self-help groups to become independent and improve their living conditions. ANI

Perry, Romney tied at 22 percent GOP support for 2012 US presidential race
A new poll has shown Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney securing equal support among Republicans in the California 2012 US presidential race. t also revealed that US President Barack Obama is ahead of the Republican field for the 2012 election by double-digit percentage in California, the Telegraph reports. ANI

Colonel Gaddafi living in Libya in good health: Moussa Ibrahim
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is living somewhere in Libya and is in good health, his spokesperson, Moussa Ibrahim, has said. ccording to Ibrahim, Gaddafi is reportedly living "in a place that will not be reached by those fractious groups, and he is in Libya". ANI

Cisco sued for aiding Chinese citizens' torture in 'Golden Shield Project'
A human rights group has sued technology giant, Cisco for aiding the tracking and torture of Chinese citizens through its technology. ANI

Meet 94-yr-old Brit bride who married 84-yr-old after leaving hospital bed!
She is 94 and was admitted to the hospital for two days. Still she was so determined to marry her 84-year-old toy boy that she got up out of the hospital bed and walked down the aisle. ANI

Private planes could be Al-Qaeda's next weapon: Security experts
Security experts in America have expressed concern that private planes could become Al Qaeda's next weapon of terrorism. ANI

China to continue pursuing 'defensive' military policy
China has said it will continue pursuing a defensive military policy. ANI

Jesus-like figure captured standing on a cloud atop volcanic peak
A divine apparition was captured at the top of the spiritual mountain of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, after a French cameraman photographed what appears to be a silhouette of Jesus. ANI

Cameron vows to 'bomb' Gaddafi until justice is attained
British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to bomb embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to justice "until the job is done". ANI

Hotelier Hyatt leads the way in employee happiness
Hyatt Hotels has the happiest staff, a new survey of hotel employees has found. ANI

'India-Japan Global Partnership Summit' to strengthen bilateral ties: Mukesh Ambani
Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani reckons that the three-day-long India-Japan Global Partnership Summit would go a long way in bringing the bilateral ties between both countries to a new level. ANI

Decline in marriage rates hurting kids' mental health
The mental health and well-being of Australia's children and young adults has significantly deteriorated in the past decade due to a fall in marriage rates, a new study has found. ANI

Reliving 9/11 moments: Bush says he made 'decisions as best as he could in the fog of war'
Former US President George W Bush has spoken emotionally about the agony of living through the 9/11 terrorist attacks and feeling powerless to save the lives of his people, and said that he 'made the decisions as best as he could in the fog of war.' ANI

Monster man-eater crocodile captured by local villagers in Philippines
A monster crocodile suspected of being a man-eater, weighing one ton and 21-feet long, has been captured in Philippines. ANI

The never-ending job of painting the Forth Bridge finally set to end
The never-ending job of painting the Forth Bridge is finally set to end after 200 workers have spent nearly ten years scraping off the old red coat to replace it with 240,000 litres of a glass flake epoxy mix. ANI

India has put in request for ULFA leader Chetia's extradition: Sources
Indian officials accompanying Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on his two-day visit to Bangladesh have said that New Delhi has requested the Bangladesh Government to expedite the extradition of ULFA leader Anup Chetia. ANI

India, Bangladesh have to cooperate a lot to combat terrorism: Sources
Indian officials accompanying the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on his two-day visit to Bangladesh capital Dhaka, have said that there is need for both countries to enhance cooperation in nullifying the menace of terrorism that has affected both countries severely in the recent past. ANI

Zulfikar Mirza calls for Swat-like army operation in Karachi
Former Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza has called for Swat-like army operation in Karachi, which should have the support of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf and other patriots. ANI

Prominent Baloch militant leader willing to join mainstream politics: Pak senator
Former Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Balochistan President Senator Lashkari Raisani has said that a prominent militant leader had approached him, agreeing to end militant activities and join mainstream politics within the framework of 'one Pakistan'. ANI

Samantha Cameron joins charity march in Topshop high heels
Samantha Cameron certainly proved the point that she prefers walking tall, when she took part in a charity march recently wearing sky-high heels. ANI

"Our interest in improving ties with Bangladesh not a zero sum game with China: Sources
Indian officials accompanying the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on his two-day official visit to Bangladesh, the first by an Indian head of government in twelve years, said Tuesday that the relationship between the two countries was now more practical, and added that it was imperative for both to develop habits of cooperation. ANI

Gaddafi's sons fled Libyan stronghold after ordering squads to defend it using human shields
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's sons have fled from their stronghold town Bani Walid, and ordered Libyan troops to defend it by using residents as human shields. ANI

Pak Army launches operation in Swat again due to 'return of militancy' in region
Clashes between Pakistani security forces and suspected militants have erupted in Swat's Bishban area at a time when the region seemed to have returned to 'normal', a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

'Hawkish' US eyeing expansion of covert action 'to thwart Iranian influence in Iraq'
American military commanders and intelligence officers are pushing for greater authority to conduct covert operations to thwart Iranian influence in neighbouring Iraq, according to US officials. ANI

China to never allow external interference in its affairs: White Paper
China will never allow any external forces to interfere in its internal affairs, and continue to follow the social system and path of development chosen by its citizens. ANI

Most British schools flouting compulsory Christian assemblies' law
A majority of British schools are violating the law by failing to stage a daily Christian assembly, a research has revealed. ANI

Upto 750,000 deaths can occur due to East African famine without food aid, warns UN
The United Nations (UN) has warned that upto 750,000 deaths can occur from famine in East Africa over the next four months without food aid. ANI

Deceased Indian couple in UAE failed to return home as passports were kept as security
The Indian couple, who allegedly committed suicide after hanging their daughter in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates could not return to India because the husband had kept the passports of his wife and daughter with a private moneylender as a security guarantee. ANI

India, Bangladesh: The 'Mitro Vahini' of prosperity
Indian officials accompanying the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on his two-day official visit to Bangladesh, the first by an Indian head of government in twelve years, revealed that there is tremendous potential for enhancing bilateral trade between the two countries. ANI

Brit artist's Eiffel Tower construction sketches found in dusty folder
A series of sketches of a young British artist that showed how the historic Eiffel Tower was built, have been found in a dusty folder. ANI

Indo-Bangladesh talks: Interim agreement on Teesta likely, say sources
Government sources on Tuesday indicated that India and Bangladesh are unlikely to sign a deal on the Teesta river waters issue during the current two-day visit to Dhaka of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, but could up with an interim agreement. ANI

George H. W. Bush's granddaughter marries designer Ralph Lauren's son
Former US President George H. W. Bush's granddaughter Lauren has married designer Ralph Lauren's son David at a lavish ceremony in Colorado. ANI

Pakistan 'deserves real credit' for arresting al Qaeda commander al-Mauritani: US official
The Pakistanis "deserve real credit for their hard investigative and operational work" in taking deadly threats like al Qaeda commander Younis al-Mauritani off the battlefield, whose arrest also shows the "continuing strength and value" of US-Pak counterterrorism cooperation, a US official has said. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner Dewani spent 40k pounds on top lawyers, detectives
Brit-Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani, who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, has spent 40,000 pounds on top South African lawyers and private detectives. ANI

Clarke blames 'broken penal system' for London riots
UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has said that the country's "broken penal system" is one of the reasons behind the riots that erupted across England in August. ANI

Oil exploration in Arctic region can cause 'uncontrollable' natural disaster, warns scientist
One of the world's leading polar scientists has warned that any serious oil spill in the Arctic, which is oil exploration's 'new frontier', is likely to be lead to an uncontrollable environmental disaster and thus affect its vast areas. ANI

Iran offers 'full supervision' of nuke activities to international inspectors in lieu of sanctions' lift
To ease confrontation with the West over its nuclear program, Iran has proposed to allow international inspectors "full supervision" of the country's nuclear activities for the next five years, on the condition that the mounting sanctions against it are lifted. ANI

Manmohan Singh must reassure Bangladeshis on Teesta agreement: Bangladesh Govt
Disappointed over the last minute holding up of the Teesta River Agreement, the Bangladesh Government today said that India's Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, must reassure the people of Bangladesh that the hold-up is temporary and that the agreement will be signed soon. ANI

Manmohan Singh, Indian delegation arrive in Dhaka on two-day visit
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh arrived at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport shortly after 11 a.m.this morning on a two-day official visit. ANI

Student guns down vice principal on university campus in Rawalpindi
A student at the Riphah International University (RIU) in Rawalpindi shot dead the vice principal of the institution on Tuesday. ANI

Chinese White Paper highlights 'peaceful development' as priority for modernization
The Chinese Government has published the White Paper on the country's development, that stresses on peaceful development as China's priority to usher modernization, make itself a strong and prosperous nation and contribute to the progress of human civilization. ANI

China to strengthen army's audit operations
China's Central Military Commission has issued an internal circular for strengthening the army's audit operations. ANI

Gaddafi's wife, children living in 'close confinement' in Algerian villa
Embattled Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's immediate family members are living under 'close confinement' at a luxurious villa in Algeria, it has emerged. ANI

Ikea used East German political prisoners as 'slave labour' to construct sofas
Swedish furniture giant Ikea used prisoners of East Germany as 'slave labour' to make furniture, it has emerged. ANI

China denies sending arms to Libya in contravention of UN resolutions
China has denied sending weapons to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi during the final months of his regime, saying 'it does not allow any actions that contravene UN resolutions'. ANI

Home schools rising in China due to poor standard of public education
China has reportedly witnessed an emergence of home schools due to the parents' concern about the public education. ANI

Man with 'bomb in his backpack' takes 11-year-old daughter hostage in Sydney
A hostage standoff was triggered in a Sydney suburb today when a man entered an office complex accompanied by his daughter, demanded to see a person he believed to work there, and told the receptionist that he had a "bomb in his backpack". ANI

Valentino's life may be a Broadway musical now
Celebrated designer Valentino's life may be turned into a musical. ANI

Norwegian octogenarian nabbed for drunk driving in wheelchair
A man, who was visibly under the influence of alcohol, has been arrested in Norway for driving the wrong way down a highway in his electric wheelchair. ANI

Wills-Kat donate Land Rover wedding gift to mountain rescue team
Prince William and Kate Middleton have donated their Land Rover, which they got as a wedding gift, to a mountain rescue team (MRT). ANI

'Floodlit' Indo-Pak border can be seen from space as 'bright orange line'
An image of the earth, taken from the International Space Station last month, shows a bright orange line jutting across the earth, indicating the border between India and Pakistan. ANI

Senior Al-Qaeda operatives' arrest in Pak due to ISI-CIA cooperation: Haqqani
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has said that cooperation between US and Pakistani intelligence services resulted in the arrest of three senior Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. ANI

Pakistan captures Al Qaeda 'external operations' commander in joint operation with US
A senior Al Qaeda leader, who direct took orders from Osama Bin Laden to hit targets in the United States and Europe, has been arrested in Pakistan, according to officials. ANI

Aspect Announces Platinum Sponsorship for Gartner Symposium in India
Aspect, a leading provider of customer contact, and Microsoft platform solutions, , is pleased to announce its platinum sponsorship for the Gartner Symposium to be held in Mumbai later this year Business Wire India

Swedbank Deploys Global Identity Management System Based on Protiva Solution From Gemalto
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that Swedbank is deploying the Protiva corporate solution across its organization, as well as in 60 savings banks in Sweden. The result: a single global identity management system to provide better access protection for networks and cloud resources Business Wire India

Scale-up Systems Opens Indian Office
Scale-up Systems Limited, the leading provider of process development software to the pharmaceutical industry, today announced it has established Scale-up Systems India Pvt. Ltd., a Mumbai-based subsidiary that will support its growing number of customers in India. Business Wire India

Alchimer Discloses Major TSV Barrier Film Advance; 100 Percent Step Coverage Boosts Fill Speed and Quality
A new film-deposition technology advance from Alchimer S.A. promises to cut fill deposition times and provide new options for the electronics packaging industry as it struggles to bring through-silicon vias (TSVs) into cost-effective production. Business Wire India

REC Solar Modules Number One in Independent Photon Field Performance Test
REC solar modules ranked first during the first six months of a year long comparative quality study by the leading trade magazine Photon. Business Wire India

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