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HR activists alarmed over treatment of Hindus in Pakistan
Human rights activists in Pakistan have expressed concerns over the nation being victim to communal, sectarian and ethnic hatred and urged the parliament to make the Quaid-e-Azam's August 11, 1947 speech an integral part of the Constitution. ANI

Indian delegation visits Sri Lankan war displaced
A high level Indian delegation visited a war displacement camp in the north of Sri Lanka on Wednesday and interacted with the people. ANI

Iranian foreign minister says hopeful about nuclear talks with P5+1 in Baghdad
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that he is hopeful about the results of next round of nuclear talks between Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1), which is scheduled to on May 23 in Baghdad, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. ANI

Switzerland extends sanctions against Iran
The Swiss government on Wednesday announced its decision to extend its financial sanctions against Iran. ANI

Obama supports Secret Service director amid pressure on him to resign
U.S. President Barack Obama has been supporting Secret Service director Mark Sullivan amid pressure on the latter to resign following the Colombian prostitution scandal. ANI

Dog lovers slam Ann Romney for backing Mitt's 'inhumane' dog treatment
'Dogs Against Romney' website founder is quite 'disappointed' with Ann Romney for defending Mitt's 'dog-on-the-roof' story. ANI

20 women hired by US Secret Service, Marines in Colombia
A U.S. Senator has claimed that about 20 women were brought to a hotel in Colombia where Secret Service agents were staying. ANI

Authorities in Pakistan play blame game over 0.5 million errors in electoral rolls
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) are pointing fingers at each other over 0.5 million irregularities in the draft voter lists. ANI

'Rogue' nuke scientist AQ Khan wants to join Imran Khan's party
The father of Pakistan's nuclear programme, Abdul Qadir Khan is keen to pursue a career in politics, and Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) is his favored destination. ANI

Obama leads Romney by 47 to 43 percent votes for 2012 presidential poll
U.S. President Barack Obama is leading his likely presidential opponent Mitt Romney by 47 percent to 43 percent votes in the 2012 presidential elections, according to a poll. ANI

Obama's dad was tagged 'anti-American' and 'anti-White' when he moved to US
US President Barrack Obama's his father was also called 'anti-American and anti-white' when he moved to the United States from Kenya in 1959. ANI

Singapore seizes 230,000 US dollars worth of heroin
The Singapore Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has arrested four suspected drug traffickers, one suspected drug abuser and seized almost two kilograms of heroin estimated to be worth about 230,000 U.S. dollars. ANI

Chinese drone completes military mapping mission in north west
An unmanned Chinese military drone recently completed its first digital mapping mission near north China's Helan mountain, capturing high-definition imaging data during more than five consecutive hours of aerial photography. ANI

Over 30 students injured in China road accident
Over 30 students were injured when their bus overturned on the way back from a school trip in east China's Zhejiang province on Wednesday afternoon, according to local authorities. ANI

China objects to Japan's decision of buying islands in Chinese territory
China has raised objections to Tokyo's sudden announcement of plans to buy parts of the Diaoyu Islands, and claimed the island has China's 'undisputable sovereignty'. ANI

Hillary Clinton wins 57 pct votes for 2016 presidential poll
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has received 57 percent against Vice President Joe Biden 14 percent for the 2016 elections, according to a new survey. ANI

Barack Obama's step-dad trained him to eat dog meat
Barack Obama apparently had an odd past with the man's best friend. ANI

Osama's family contracts pollen allergy ahead of deportation from Pak
Detained family members of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden have contracted pollen allergy in Pakistan, a report said. ANI

Sherry Rehman says 'Pak has no connection with terror groups'
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman has said her country has no connection with terrorist organizations. ANI

North Korea says not obliged to follow agreement with US
North Korea has said that it would continue to launch satellites and is not obliged to follow the major agreement with the United States. ANI

Philippines, China indict each other for maritime intrusion in disputed waters
The Philippines and China have indicted each other for maritime intrusion in disputed waters between the two countries after a standoff last week. ANI

Law enforcement agencies clueless about Hindu kidnapped from Quetta
Pakistan's law enforcement agencies still have no clue about the whereabouts of Hindu medic Dr Rajesh Kumar who was kidnapped from Quetta on February 13. ANI

'Internet freedom' under threat as Pak Govt. demands automated filtering
Broadband operators of Pakistan have agreed to implement an automated URL filtering system, which has left proponents of internet freedom worried. ANI

Mollie King laughs off Prince Harry dating rumours
Mollie King, who was rumoured to be seeing Prince Harry, has set the record straight and it turns out they're not linked at all. ANI

Campaign against female circumcision provokes controversy in Sweden
Sweden's Culture Minister landed in controversy after she cut a cake which was designed like an African tribal woman. ANI

Saif Gaddafi may now be tried in Libya under ICC supervision
Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif-al Islam, could be tried in his home country for crimes against humanity, and not by The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), it has emerged. ANI

US to lift some financial sanctions against Burma
The United States has announced that it would relax some financial sanctions against Burma to support humanitarian, religious and other nonprofit activities in the country. ANI

Pak memogate probe in limbo with RIM 'having no record of Haqqani-Ijaz messages'
BlackBerry service provider Research in Motion (RIM) has said that it has no record of messages exchanged between former Pakistan envoy to US Husain Haqqani and American businessman Mansoor Ijaz. ANI

Emotional support from boss is 'best medicine for stressed worker'
If an individual's supervisor offers emotional and instrumental support in case of stress from intense workdays, the employee is more likely to recover without needing to take an extra afternoon or day off, a new study has revealed. ANI

Egypt court upholds ban on presidential candidates
Ten Egyptian presidential candidates, who were barred from taking part in the upcoming elections, have lost their appeals against disqualification. ANI

Pak must dump ego to lead Siachen troop pullout, says Sharif
Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has urged the government to take the lead and retract its troops from Siachen glacier, the disputed and undemarcated region of Kashmir. ANI

Taliban commander turns himself in demanding 100$ reward offered on his own 'Wanted' poster
Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander in Paktika province, turned himself in to the police over a wanted poster bearing his own face, demanding the reward of 100 dollars, which was referenced on the poster for the finder. ANI

Pakistan gives go-ahead for reopening NATO supply routes
Pakistan's decision-making body on national security has reportedly given the green signal for reopening of vital supply lines to NATO troops in Afghanistan. ANI

EffRx and Mission Bring New Osteoporosis Medication to the United States and Canada
EffRx Pharmaceuticals SA announced today that Mission Pharmacal, San Antonio, Texas, has entered into a patent and technology licensing agreement with EffRx Pharmaceuticals SA, Freienbach, Switzerland, for the manufacturing and commercialization of BINOSTOTM (alendronate sodium) Effervescent Tablets in the United States and Canada. The U.S Business Wire India

WNS Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2012 Earnings
WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global business process outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced results for the 2012 fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended March 31, 2012. Highlights – Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2012 GAAP Financials -- Revenue of $113.3 million, down 28.9% from $159 Business Wire India

Dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa®) associated with significantly lower rates of fatal and traumatic intracranial haemorrhage compared with Warfarin
A new analysis of the 18,113 patient, RE-LY® trial highlights significantly lower rates of both fatal and traumatic intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) in patients treated with dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa®) 110mg and 150mg bid compared to those treated with well-controlled warfarin Business Wire India

SES-4 SATELLITE NOW OPERATIONAL
SES S.A. (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced that the SES-4 satellite is now fully operational and ready for service at the orbital location of 338 degrees East. Business Wire India

Freedom Realty Exchange Launches the First Ever Online Real Estate Auction in Dubai
The massive silhouette piercing the Dubai skyline is immediately recognized, widely admired and highly sought after as a prestigious address for global business leaders. The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, revels in many accolades; the newest one being home to the first ever online real estate auction in Dubai Business Wire India

Wipro Strengthens Partnership with The San Francisco Marathon
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing Business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) announced that its partnership with the iconic community event, The San Francisco Marathon® (TSFM) has reached the next level, with Wipro becoming the marathon’s title sponsor for 2012 Business Wire India

Britain Ready to Give the Warmest of Welcomes with Just 100 Days to go Until London 2012
With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games just 100 days away, the national tourism agency, VisitBritain says businesses and communities across the country are warming up their welcome for the arrival of the greatest show on earth. During July and August the UK would normally expect to receive around 6 million overseas visitors, about half of these would be visiting London on holiday Business Wire India

Cache Property Management Streamlines Operations with Yardi Voyager
Yardi Systems, one of the leading global developers of real estate software, has announced that Cache Property Management Pte Ltd, the property management division of Cache Logistics Trust has selected Yardi Voyager™ as their new property management and financial management platform. Business Wire India

Abstract Published in Canadian Journal of Surgery Reports Key Preliminary Findings of Major Prospective Study of the KCI ABThera™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy System
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. announced that an abstract referring specifically to the KCI ABThera™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy System (ABThera™ OA NPT), states that this “prospective cohort study observed a reduction in mortality (RR 0.48, 95% CI 0.25-0.92) and an increased fascial closure rate (RR 1.5, 95% CI 1.1 – 2 Business Wire India

PCI Security Standards Council to Host First Ever Asia Pacific Meeting for Regional Stakeholders
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Citi Considers South Africa for World Government Bond Index
Citi announced that the South African Government Bond Index has become eligible for inclusion in its World Government Bond Index (WGBI). Its April 2012 profile has satisfied all three WGBI requirements -- size, credit, and lack of barriers-to-entry. Business Wire India

Value Plastics, a Nordson Company, Introduces a More User-Friendly, Single-Use Sanitary Clamp to Biopharmaceutical Market
Value Plastics, a Nordson Company (Nasdaq: NDSN), announces the PharmaLok™ Series – a new line of ergonomic, single-use sanitary clamps for securing fittings to bag ports and filters in the biopharmaceutical market. The new PharmaLok clamps will be featured in Booth 2722 at Interphex 2012 in New York City, May 1–May 3. Business Wire India

Q-Med Discontinues the Breast Indication for Macrolane
Macrolane is a safe and well-tolerated injectable product used to augment body contour and correct soft tissue defects. Introduced in 2008, it has improved the quality of life of thousands of patients in indications ranging from HIV-related lipoatrophy to breast augmentation Business Wire India

Turkish Airlines Takes Employee Appreciation to New Heights
To show the company’s appreciation for its staff, Turkish Airlines decorated the side of a new Boeing 737-800 airplane with the faces of 17,000 of its employees Business Wire India

AsiaInspection Q1 Barometer: Latin America, the Next “Gold Rush"" of Chinese Exports
AsiaInspection, a leading provider of quality control services for businesses importing from Asia, announced the AsiaInspection Q1 2012 Barometer, a quarterly synopsis of Asia-based manufacturing and the quality control services industry. Business Wire India

ImmerVision Develops the World’s Smallest 360-Degree Panomorph Lens
ImmerVision, the inventor of the 360-degree panomorph lens and worldwide expert in immersive optical technology, has developed the world’s smallest manufactured ImmerVision Enables panomorph lens with 182 by 360 degree field-of-view Business Wire India

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