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Ex ISI chief Pasha denies military coup was planned to topple Pak govt
Former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has rejected claims that the Pakistan army had planned a coup to topple the government. ANI

Nancy Dell'Olio 'invites' Tony Blair for lunch date
Nancy Dell'Olio wishes to take Tony Blair out for lunch before she appears in a British television show. ANI

Pak demands action against perpetrators of deadly November 26 NATO airstrike
Pakistan has said that perpetrators of the deadly NATO airstrike attacks should be brought to book. ANI

Bristol Palin 'to enter trial marriage' with beau Gino Paoletti for reality show
Bristol Palin is reportedly about to enter a 'trial marriage' with boyfriend Gino Paoletti for the TV cameras as she prepares her Lifetime reality show. ANI

US monitoring Iran's efforts to fuel 'unrest, anti-American sentiment' in Afghanistan
US intelligence agencies have reportedly increased their attention on monitoring Iran's secret efforts to fuel unrest and anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan. ANI

Wills-Kat's wax sculpture unveiled
The wax replica of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled by the Madam Tussauds in London, after being created by a 30-strong team working for the famous UK attraction. ANI

US federal agencies to monitor social media sites for potential terror threats
American federal agencies will to monitor social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to stop potential terrorist strikes and also keep a check on domestic violence. ANI

ICC tells Libya to hand over Saif Gaddafi
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has reportedly told the Libyan authorities to surrender slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, who is wanted in the Hague for crimes against humanity. ANI

Pasha says only military leadership was consulted on Ijaz's article
Former Inter Services Intelligence(ISI) chief Lieutenant General Shuja Pasha has said he consulted only the military leadership after he came to know about Pakistani-American Mansoor Ijaz's article published in a daily. ANI

Imran Khan-led PTI seeks details of Manmohan-Zardari meeting on Apr 8
Islamabad, Apr 5 Imran Khan- led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has sought details of the meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on April 8. ANI

Indian Express suspicious troop movement story 'absolutely stupid': Army Chief(Update: VK Singh)
Visiting Indian Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh on Thursday said that 'The Indian Express' story on the suspicious movement of two key army units towards Delhi on the intervening night of January 16 and 17 this year, was "absolutely stupid". ANI

8 in 10 people believe Arab Spring revolution will improve women's status
Most Arabs say Islamic women in post-revolutionary countries would be better off in the future, a poll said. ANI

640m dollar jackpot winner surfaces sans ticket
A woman in Maryland, USA, who claims to be one of the three winners of the record jackpot lottery of 640 million dollars, appeared at a news conference with her lawyer but without the ticket. ANI

'Superdog' takes bullet to save owner during home invasion
A dog in New York saved his master's life by taking a bullet to the head and survived to "bark" about it. ANI

Arab women's status to improve
Most Arabs say Islamic women in post-revolutionary countries would be better off in the future, a poll said. ANI

Kazakhstan not to provide territory for anti-Iran military attacks
The Government of Kazakhstan has asid that it will not allow its territory to be used for any military operation against Iran. ANI

Army Chief Gen. V.K Singh meets Nepal PM Bhattarai
Chief of Army Staff of India, General V.K. Singh met Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai here today. ANI

V.K Singh calls Army units movement story 'absolutely stupid'
Army Chief General V.K. Singh on Thursday rubbished The Indian Express report concerning the movement of two key Army units towards the national capital New Delhi without notifying the government, saying it as "absolutely stupid". ANI

Women entrepreneurs 'more active in social start-ups than men'
When it comes to starting a business, women are more likely than men to consider individual responsibility and use business as a vehicle for social and environmental change, a new study has revealed. ANI

Musharraf has no objection if government makes secret US 'drone deal' public
Former Pakistan president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf has no objection if the public was informed about any secret deal with the United States regarding drone attacks, the Peshawar High Court has heard. ANI

Al-Qaeda taking advantage of Mali unrest to create 'terror safe heavens'
The Al-Qaeda is reportedly taking advantage of the political turmoil in Mali, which has seen the government overthrown in a military coup and Tuareg rebels seize key cities in the north, by creating 'safe heavens' in the country. ANI

Three killed, eight wounded in Karachi suicide blast
At least three people lost their lives while eight others were injured after a bomb exploded in Malir Halt area of Karachi today. ANI

New law to allow Facebook page access of deceased loved ones by friends, family on anvil
A new legislation is being discussed in the United States that would give relatives and friends the right to manage social networking accounts belonging to their deceased loved ones. ANI

Pak, US 'agree' on new framework on NATO supplies, military reimbursements
Pakistan and the United States have agreed to introduce a new framework on two key issues- NATO supplies and military reimbursements in their ties. ANI

Barack Obama gives infamous Vulcan salute with 'Star Trek' actress
Barack Obama gave the Vulcan salute, a hand signal made famous by the 'Star Trek' character Mr. Spock, when actress Nichelle Nichols came to visit him at the Oval Office. ANI

Al-Qaeda says website back online after 'cyber attack' by 'enemies of Allah'
One of Al-Qaeda's main Internet websites is reportedly back online after a lengthy blackout, which according to analysts was result of a cyber attack. ANI

US looking for evidence to put JuD terror chief Saeed behind bars
The United States has said it was looking for evidence to put terrorist and Jamaat-ud- Dawa(JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed behind bars. ANI

New online attestation launched to safeguard rights of Indian workers in UAE
The employment contracts of Indian workers in the United Arab Emirates will now be attested online, in order to make the process transparent and safeguard workers' rights. ANI

Support for Romney declines among independent women
US Republican presidential contender, Mitt Romney might be facing uncertainty, as there has been a decline in the support amongst the independent women in his camp, according to a latest poll conducted by USA Today/Gallup on Tuesday. ANI

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei forced to shut webcam project
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been ordered to switch off his webcam installed to mark the anniversary of his 81 days in detention, following the political melt down by Chinese activists last year. ANI

Internet usage promotes democracy in partially free countries
Internet use will prove to be more effective in countries, that already have some reforms introduced in that direction, a new multinational study has revealed. ANI

US plans to ease sanctions imposed on Burma following 'fair' by-elections
The United States has announced that it would begin easing some of its sanctions it has imposed on Burma after the country successfully staged by-elections last weekend. ANI

'Defiant' Pak continues to sing jaded 'evidence to nail JuD terror chief Saeed' tune
Pakistan has said it would 'need concrete evidence' to nail Jamad -ud Dawa terror chief Hafiz Saeed instead of engaging in a public discussion on the issue. ANI

Ex ISI chief Pasha rejects claim of military coup to topple Pak govt
Former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has rejected claims that the Pakistan army had planned a coup to topple the government. ANI

Now, toilet paper to have Hitler's face on it
A provocative German artist has irked many a sentiments after he created toilet paper with Adolf Hitler's face on it. ANI

Oz plane forced to land after snake popped out from dashboard
An airline pilot in the Northern Territory, Australia was forced to turn around the plane after a snake appeared slithering from the dashboard. ANI

US refused to give UK full details of 'Mumbai-style' terror plot fearing exposure of sources
US intelligence services refused to give UK spy agencies complete details of a "Mumbai-style" terrorist plot by Al-qaeda on British soil because they feared it would disclose top-secret sources, it has emerged. ANI

Self proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Sheikh Mohammed may face death penalty
Self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 terror attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed faces a potential death sentence after being charged with the murder of thousands of US citizens. ANI

BIOTRONIK REPLACE Study Establishes New Benchmarks for CIED Replacement
The BIOTRONIK sponsored REPLACE study1,2 is the first prospective, multicenter trial to examine a broad range of complications related to replacement of all companies’ cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIED) which includes both pacemakers and ICDs (implantable cardiac defibrillators) Business Wire India

3,000 Key Players Participated in Last Week’s Smart Technology Platform CARTES in Asia in Hong Kong
Nearly 2,800 visitors attended last week’s CARTES in Asia to see 115 exhibitors and 72 speakers on NFC & Contactless applications, E-transactions & E-banking, Mobile payments, ID and Government Security, RFID and the Internet of Things Business Wire India

New Data to Show Viral Cure Rates in the Most Difficult to Treat Hepatitis C Patients
For media outside of the U.S.A. only Business Wire India

Covidien Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Oridion Systems Ltd.
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Oridion Systems Ltd. Business Wire India

Sakshi Advertising Claims Infringement of Copyrights and Intellectual Property Rights on Jumbo Electronics and Sony ME
Dubai based Sakshi Advertising files multi-million dollar suit in Dubai courts against Jumbo Electronics, distributor of Sony products in UAE and Sony ME Incorporation based in Jebel Ali Free Zone for infringing its copyrights and Intellectual Property Rights on given creative’s for Jumbo Sony 3D TV UAE campaign in 2010. Business Wire India

Singapore-based Cambridge Industrial Trust Selects Yardi Voyager
Yardi Systems, one of the leading global developers of real estate software for investment, asset and property management, has announced that Cambridge Industrial Trust (CIT) has selected Yardi Voyager™ as their property and financial management platform. Business Wire India

AUTON Moves to a New State of the Art Building
As AUTON Motorized Systems continues to stay ahead in the ever-growing industry of motorized Television lifts, owner and founder Virgil Walker has moved both their manufacturing and sales operations to a newer, state-of-the-art facility to better serve their worldwide clientele Business Wire India

QNB Group Financial Results for the Three Months Ended 31 March 2012
QNB Group, one of the largest and one of the most highly regarded financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa region, has announced its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2012. The group recorded a net profit of QR2.0 billion, up by 17.4% compared to the same period last year. Business Wire India

Radiant Zemax Establishes a China Subsidiary with Headquarters in Shanghai
Radiant Zemax, LLC, a leading provider of light and color test and measurement systems and optical design software, today announced it has established a China subsidiary with headquarters in Shanghai Business Wire India

Possible Worldwide Acquires Hungary’s CarnationGroup
Possible Worldwide, a WPP Digital company, announced the acquisition of CarnationGroup, one of Central Europe’s most award-winning digital creative agencies. The deal boosts Possible Worldwide’s global footprint, adding new offices in Hungary, Austria, Romania and Serbia along with more than 75 agency staffers Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (March 28, 2012 – April 4, 2012)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of March 28, 2012 – April 4, 2012. Business Wire India

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