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Sri Lankan police under pressure to stem drug smuggling
Sri Lankan police are searching for a British national suspected of smuggling hashish into the country as authorities come under pressure to stem increasing drug trade, a spokesman said here on Monday. ANI

British government to unveil new measures to limit public spending
Britain is to unveil new rules to further limit public spending as part of the government's efforts to meet its austerity targets. ANI

Fuel tank flaw drives Chrysler China recall
Chrysler China will recall 546 imported 2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot cars from May 30 due to defective fuel tanks, China's top quality watchdog announced on Monday. ANI

Russian warships mark Chinese navy's founding anniversary
Russian warships participating in a Chinese-Russian joint naval drill raised China's national flag on Monday to mark the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. ANI

S. Korea, U.S. to discuss DPRK rocket launch at upcoming talks
South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold defense talks involving discussions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s failed rocket launch earlier this month, the defense ministry here said Monday. ANI

Islamist extremists seek control of Syria amid unabated violence
A number of Islamist extremists are seeking to take control of Syria, which is engulfed in its second year of revolution amid signs of a UN mandated ceasefire plan. ANI

China, U.S. to hold third CPE in Beijing
The third annual China-U.S. Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) will be held in Beijing from May 3 to 4, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said on Monday. ANI

China denounces Philippines's call for other countries to show stance on South China Sea
China on Monday denounced Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario's call for other countries to take a stand regarding the South China Sea, adding that China's stance on safeguarding its territory and sovereignty is "clear" and "firm." ANI

Food poisoning sickens 40 students in east China
About 40 students at a middle school in east China developed food poisoning symptoms after eating lunch at school canteen on Monday, local authorities said. ANI

Roundup: Nepalese mark day of "people's triumph"
Five years ago on this very day, Nepal witnessed a great change in its history. The ultimate power was handed over to the Nepalese people by the then King. ANI

2 officers, 1 doctor killed by gunmen in Syria Monday
"Armed terrorist groups" assassinated Monday a doctor and two officers in central and southern Syria, state-run SANA news agency reported. ANI

Australian Labor party to lose with worst results if elections held
The Australian Labor Party would lose with worst result in both the houses if elections were held now, giving Tony Abbott control of the upper house as well as the lower, according to a report. ANI

China needs 'consistent policy' on South China Sea: ICG report
A new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) says China needs a "consistent policy" on the South China Sea if it is to resolve disputes. ANI

Rupert, James Murdoch to give evidence for first time in NOTW phone-hacking scandal
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch will be among various newspaper owners and news bosses who would give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into media practices and ethics this week. ANI

Queen instills little 'national pride' among majority of Scots
Most Scots believe Queen Elizabeth contributes nothing to their sense of national pride, and prefer being represented by comedian Billy Connolly, a survey has revealed. ANI

Revealed: UK Border Agency deports one in three illegal immigrants
The UK Border Agency, the organisation responsible for policing immigration law, could land in problems after figures revealed that less than one in three illegal immigrants caught last year had been deported. ANI

Ex Pak army chief opposes judicial commission probe of secret funds
Former Pakistan army chief General (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg has opposed the idea of forming a judicial commission to probe the distribution of secret funds to politicians and accused former Mehran Bank head Younus Habib of prolonging the matter by forming the commission. ANI

Probe reveals almost 100,000 UK female mutilated
Almost 100,000 women in UK have undergone female genital mutilations (FGM), according to reports. ANI

Pak civil aviation authority begins check on private aircrafts after near miss in Karachi
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has begun inspection of all private passenger planes after a disaster was averted in Karachi following Friday's deadly Bhoja aircrash. ANI

Norwegian mass killer says massacre was 'small barbarian act to prevent larger one'
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has said bombing and shooting rampage that killed nearly 77 people last year, was 'a small barbarian act to prevent a larger barbarian act'. ANI

Meteor shower behind loud boom in Northern California
A loud boom sounded over much of Northern California early Sunday, as an apparent result of a meteor shower. ANI

Michelle Obama set to become most televised First Lady
Michelle Obama has already outpaced former first ladies, such as Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, in a number of TV appearances she's made over the first four years of a president's term. ANI

Bill Clinton to host underground party with Gwyneth Paltrow
Bill Clinton, the former American president, is said to be hosting a big underground party in London with Gwyneth Paltrow and Damian Lewis. ANI

Sports balls swept away by Japanese tsunami found in Alaska
Scientists in the United States have said that a volleyball and soccer ball that washed ashore on an American island are likely to be first pieces of debris to arrive in Alaska from the last year's devastating tsunami in Japan. ANI

Church of England shuns reports of racially targeting next archbishop
The Church of England has rubbished allegations that Dr John Sentamu, the next Archbishop of Canterbury, has slipped down to third place after the Bishops of Coventry and Norwich, according to bookmakers. ANI

PML-N rejects judicial commission probe of deadly Bhoja aircrash
The opposition Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz has slammed the 'controversial makeup' of the judicial commission formed to probe last Friday's deadly Bhoja aircrash. ANI

Wills-Kat will run in next year's London marathon, says Prince Harry
Prince William and his wife Catherine will run in next year's London Marathon, Prince Harry has revealed. ANI

Sticking with job you hate may lead to 'emotional exhaustion'
Staying in an organization out of a sense of obligation or for lack of alternatives may make you emotionally exhausted, a chronic state of physical and mental depletion resulting from continuous stress and excessive job demands, a new study has suggested. ANI

Leader of armed tribesmen in S. Philippines bolts from jail
Philippine police have intensified the manhunt against two suspects in the high- profile kidnapping of teachers and students almost three years ago escaped from a southern Philippine prison on Sunday, authorities said on Monday. ANI

Cambodian King departs for China for body check
Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni left the Kingdom's capital of Phnom Penh on Monday morning for China for a body check, the second time this year after the one between Jan. 19 to Feb. 15. ANI

India hell-bent on destroying Pakistan: Nizami
Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications Managing Director Majid Nizami has urged Pakistani citizens living in America to actively lobby to protect their homeland against conspiracies hatched by Indians in connivance with Americans. ANI

Sri Lankan president leaves for South Korea
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for South Korea on Monday for a four-day official visit that will focus on increasing trade ties between the two countries. ANI

DPRK threatens to launch 'special operations' against S. Korea
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) threatened to launch "special operations" against South Korea's conservative president, the official KCNA news agency said Monday. ANI

Top South African cop compares Mandela to deceased North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung
South Africa's Deputy Minister of Police has compared former president Nelson Mandela to deceased North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. ANI

Imran Khan calls for both Indo-Pak troops withdrawal from Siachen Glacier
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has called on for the demilitarization of the Siachen Glacier, adding that it is proving to be costly for both India and Pakistan in terms of resources. ANI

Narrow escape for two Pakistan airliners; authorities order 'shakedown inspection' of all fleets
Days after the fatal Bhoja Airline crash, two airliners narrowly escaped disasters in Karachi and Lahore respectively on Sunday, prompting the authorities to order a 'shakedown inspection' of all private airlines. ANI

Syrian opposition efforts to topple Assad regime 'undermined by splits, infighting': Report
Syrian opposition group's efforts to topple President Bashar-al Assad's regime are being undermined by defections, split factions and deep ideological divisions, leaked emails have revealed. ANI

U.S. Congressman asks Secret Service chief to reveal number of agents involved in Colombian scandal
The head of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. Congress, Peter King, has asked Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan to reveal the number of agents involved in the Colombian prostitution scandal. ANI

Mehdi Hassan's son seeks donations for medical treatment of ghazal maestro
Sajjad Mehdi, the son of legendary Pakistani ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan, has appealed for donations from the government and other institutions for his father's medical treatment. His father is in debt to the tune of Rs 5.2 million, an amount that has been spent on medical treatment. ANI

Sri Lankan Govt. orders removal of mosque located at place 'sacred to Buddhists'
The Sri Lankan Government has ordered the removal of a mosque located in the central town of Dambulla, saying it is sacred to the country's majority Buddhists. ANI

Republican Congressman questions use of taxpayers' money to pay for Colombian prostitutes
Republican Congressman from New York Peter King has questioned Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan on whether agents involved in the Colombian prostitution scandal used taxpayers' 'per diem' to pay for prostitutes. ANI

Secret Service agent took prostitute to Colombia's Hotel Hilton five days before Obama's arrival
Investigations into the Colombian prostitutes scandal have revealed that one Secret Service agent took a woman to the Hotel Hilton in Cartagena, Colombia, five days before President Obama's arrival. ANI

US, Afghanistan reach deal for 'strategic partnership' after 2014 troop withdrawal
US and Afghan negotiators have finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining American support for the war-torn nation following the withdrawal of NATO troops at the end of 2014. ANI

Myanmar military re-nominates new representatives to parliament
The Myanmar military has re- nominated some 59 new representatives to parliament to substitute part of the old ones, according to an announcement of the Union Election Commission made public on Monday. ANI

Iran claims to have 'hacked' software of captured US spy drone
Iran has reportedly hacked the software of an advanced US spy drone, which came down its territory last year and has started building its own copies of the aircraft. ANI

WNS to Present at Investor Conferences
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Kurion and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Sign Agreement to Demonstrate Kurion’s Modular Vitrification System®
Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear waste management, announced that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to test and demonstrate its Modular Vitrification System (MVS®) using radioactive waste simulants as the next step in its commercialization strategy Business Wire India

CETECOM Selects Codenomicon Defensics for Security Vulnerability Testing of Wireless Devices and Mobile Applications
CETECOM, a leading provider of wireless testing services, has selected the Codenomicon Defensics security testing solution to deliver premium device and application security testing services to carriers/operators, device manufacturers, application developers, and content providers for mobile platforms Business Wire India

Ironwood and Forest Announce FDA Has Extended the Review Period for Linaclotide to September 2012
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IRWD) and Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) today announced that the U.S Business Wire India

Gemalto selected by América Móvil, Banamex and Banco Inbursa as the technology provider for Transfer mobile payment service in Mexico
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ZTE IMS to Update Telefónica Group in Perú Fixed Network
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, announced today it will assist Telefónica Group in Perú to modernize its fixed network. Business Wire India

Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham Makes Global Debut in Beijing, China
Land Rover and Victoria Beckham tonight unveiled a new bespoke luxurious, hand-finished Range Rover Evoque Special Edition. Business Wire India

Earth Day 2012: With Gardena, Everyone Can Save Water
The Earth – living space for people of all nations. The protection of our blue planet concerns us all. In order to set an example when it comes to the preservation of nature, over 175 countries will be celebrating Earth Day on the 22nd of April Business Wire India

Smartmatic and Green Bit Selected to Supply Biometric Enrollment Solution to Mexico
Smartmatic, a world leader in technology solutions for Governments, and Italy based Green Bit SpA, a leading supplier of FBI certified Livescan systems, proudly announced their joint efforts to provide a biometric enrollment solution for the Mexican Federal Election Institute (IFE). Business Wire India

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