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Nanjing students to use iPads in classrooms
Students in Nanjing city, in east China's Jiangsu province, will soon experience a fashionable way of study, as books and papers will be be replaced by high-tech gadgets, including iPads. ANI

Clipper ship Cutty Sark to welcome visitors after 50m pounds restoration
After five years and a 50-million-pound restoration project, Cutty Sark is almost ready to greet the public again. ANI

US Deputy Secretary of State Nides to arrive in Islamabad
US Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides is likely to travel to Islamabad this week to hold crucial talks to devise a new framework under which supplies for the western forces stationed in Afghanistan would pass through the country. ANI

Sarah Palin set to 'reveal different side of her' as 'Today' co host
Sarah Palin will guest co-host NBC's 'Today' show as its ratings war with rival morning show 'Good Morning America' heats up. ANI

Bin Laden's three wives, two children jailed for 45 days
A senior civil judge in Pakistan has sentenced former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's three widows and two of his daughters to a month and a half in prison for residing in the country illegally, and ordered the government to arrange for their repatriation. ANI

China to 'deepen reforms' to 'drive social, economic growth'
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang has said that his country will deepen reforms and opening-up to remove institutional obstacles to transfer growth mode and drive socio-economic development. ANI

Brit charity on 'Big Bra Hunt' to help African women
British charity Oxfam's Big Bra Hunt aims to collect one million brassieres during April with the support of celebrities including Dame Helen Mirren, Zoe Ball and Miquita Oliver. ANI

China, ASEAN to 'work hard' for 'maintaining peace, stability' in South China Sea
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should work hard to boost practical cooperation and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, according to a joint statement due to be issued by China and Cambodia. ANI

Obama opens 51 to 42 pct lead over Romney in 12 top swing states: Poll
US President Barack Obama has opened a 51 percent to 42 percent lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the country's top 12 swing states for the first time in the 2012 White House race, a new poll has found. ANI

Opposition win could lead to military backlash against Myanmar President
The landslide opposition victory in the parliamentary elections in Myanmar could prompt a backlash against reformist President Thein Sein by military hardliners. ANI

Egypt's Brotherhood slammed for reversing no-election pledge by naming presidential candidate
Egypt's powerful political wing the Muslim Brotherhood, is facing a wave of criticism from people within and outside its group over its decision to name a candidate for the country's presidential race. ANI

Gingrich says 'radical' Obama should be 'sign of concern for Israel'
US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has said Barack Obama's comments that Russian President Dmitri Medvedev would have 'more flexibility' to negotiate on nuclear arms after winning the 2012 election, should be a sign of concern for allies, including Israel. ANI

U.S. sees no sign of Assad loosening grip in Syria: Lawmaker
The United States does not see any sign of Syrian President Bashar Assad losing his grip on power, a lawmaker has said. ANI

Gilani says US drone strikes violate Pakistan sovereignty
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that US drone attacks violate the sovereignty of the country and created a negative impact. ANI

Pak Taliban introduces 'moral policing' to impose own version of Islam in Afghanistan
The Tehrik-e- Taliban has introduced "moral policing" in parts of northeastern Afghanistan to impose their own puritanical version of Islam, Afghan police has claimed. ANI

Apple's Chinese factories accused of 'forcefully employing student interns'
Tech giant Apple's factories in China are reportedly employing tens of thousands of students, some of them on forced internships, to manufacture its iPads, iPhones and other products. ANI

China's enemy is our enemy: Gilani
Pakistan and China moved a notch higher than their "time-tested" and "all-weather" friendship status after Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani declared that "China's enemy is our enemy". ANI

The Duchess is a dream to dress, says Brit designer Jenny Packham
Jenny Packham, who is quite excited about the rave reviews she received for the outfit she designed for Kate Winslet for the premiere of 'Titanic 3-D', believes that The Duchess of Cambridge is a delight as she is "a dream to dress". ANI

US, Taliban agree on prisoner swap
The Taliban and the US have reportedly agreed to swap prisoners, sources have said, adding that a formal announcement of an agreement is not possible at the moment. ANI

UK govt's draconian plan to snoop on emails, phone calls sparks outrage
The UK government's plan of nationwide electronic surveillance that would record every email, phone call and website visited by people, has sparked off a storm of protest from civil liberties campaigners in the country. ANI

Prince Harry turns lifesaver for polo player
Prince Harry recently rushed to the aid of a polo player who fell off his horse and blacked out when he crashed to the ground. ANI

Capsized Costa Concordia to be refloated in 'biggest ever operation'
Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast in January 2012, will be refloated in what is to be the biggest operation of its kind. ANI

Minorities in Pakistan are in deep trouble, admits Minister
Pakistan's Minister In-charge of National Harmony, Dr Paul Bhatti has said that he would raise objections in parliament if the government fails to safeguard minority places of worship, particularly the Hindu community. ANI

Syrian rebel fighters 'to get salaries'
Rebels seeking to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be paid salaries, the country's opposition council has announced. ANI

Gandhi's glasses and other belongings set to fetch 80k pounds at auction
Gandhi's distinctive round-lensed spectacles, which he bought in the UK when he was studying in the 1890s, and his personal prayer book, are a part of an incredible archive of material from the holy man is to be sold. ANI

Prince Harry dances on street and heads to Bunga Bunga bar at 4 a.m
Prince Harry, who was on leave from his training as an Apache helicopter pilot, had such a great time with his pals dancing and partying at a karaoke bar that they carried on in the street outside. ANI

Google News, Romney get pranked on April Fool's Day
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Google News were pranked on April Fool's Day. ANI

Hague warns Assad to 'obey peace plan' or 'other countries will arm rebel movement'
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to honour the new peace plan or else other countries would arm the rebel movement. ANI

Biden calls Romney 'most out of touch candidate of modern times'
US Vice President Joe Biden has come out swinging against Mitt Romney, saying the former Massachusetts governor is the most 'out of touch Presidential candidate of modern times'. ANI

Hitler's holiday resort to be converted into luxury hotel
A huge chunk of the largest holiday camp ever constructed by the Nazis will be converted into a 400-bed luxury hotel and 400 apartments. ANI

'Self realization' of knowledge may help us perform better at work
The process of melding individuals into effective, problem-solving groups should entail empowering individuals to realize that they have vital ideas to share, according to a new study. ANI

Norwegian gunman Breivik plotted Obama assassination at 2009 Nobel Prize ceremony
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik planned to assassinate US President Barack Obama when he visited the country to collect his Nobel Prize in 2009. ANI

Phatra Securities Chooses FlexTrade
Business Wire India

SMARTRAC Completes UPM RFID Transaction
SMARTRAC completes UPM RFID transaction Business Wire India

ITW Sexton Names Ashish Badjatia India Country Manager
ITW Sexton, a world leader in the production of high-pressure aerosol cans, has hired Ashish Badjatia to manage the company’s sales and marketing activities throughout India. He will be based in Pittsburgh, and will oversee a marketing team based in Mumbai. Mr. Badjatia has more than 20 years of experience developing and managing businesses in South Asia and the United States Business Wire India

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