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Azad terms growing population matter of great concern
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said growing population is a matter of great concern and poses several challenges on the economic, environmental and development fronts. ANI

London Eye voted as most romantic spot to propose on V-Day
The London Eye has been named the most romantic spot for a St Valentine's Day proposal. ANI

Julianne Moore says she's 'never going to be Sarah Palin'
Julianne Moore has revealed that it was a "crazy challenge" as she tried to portray former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, in HBO's new movie 'Game Change'. ANI

Now, Ijaz claims to be in touch with ISI chief Pasha for "security arrangements" over memo testimony
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the key man in the Memo Gate issue, has claimed that he has been in contact with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha in connection with "logistics and security arrangements" for his testimony before the inquiry commission created by the Supreme Court. ANI

Pakistani doc who aided CIA in tracking Osama dismissed from his post
The Pakistani doctor who aided the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to track former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has reportedly been dismissed from his post. ANI

Pollution by Chinese electric cars greater than by gasoline cars: Study
Chinese electric cars have a disastrous impact on pollution that could be more harmful to health than gasoline vehicles, a new study has found. ANI

Peshawar airport officials recover bullets from detained US diplomat
Security officials at the Peshawar airport have reportedly recovered bullets from a US diplomat after detaining him on Tuesday morning. ANI

Supporters of Saudi columnist accused of blasphemy, abusing Prophet, may face court summons
People who have supported a young Saudi Arabia columnist, who was accused of blasphemy and for abusing Prophet Mohammed, could be summoned by the public prosecutor. ANI

Difa-i-Pakistan Council must be stopped to halt jihadi activities in Pak: DT Editorial
Difa-i-Pakistan Council must be barred from holding more rallies in Pakistan to stop the uprising of jihadi groups in the country, an editorial has said. ANI

Prince William credits Queen for saving his wedding from turning into gala event
In a BBC documentary 'The Diamond Queen,' Prince William has revealed how his grandmother, the Queen, prevented his April wedding to Kate Middleton from turning into a gala event for people the couple had never met. ANI

Ladies twice as likely to tweet about Valentine's Day as men
Women tweet nearly twice as frequently as men about Valentine's Day, a new online research has found. ANI

Five people, including one Iranian injured in Bangkok explosions
A series of bomb blasts rocked Thai capital Bangkok on Tuesday, leaving at least five people, including an Iranian man, severely injured. ANI

Oz man 'confessed' to killing Indian- origin girlfriend, two siblings, court told
A man accused of strangling his girlfriend and killing her two siblings has allegedly "confessed" to killing her to a friend, who was writing a book on the murders, a court heard. ANI

Man who mooned Queen wants to do repeat for Obama
An Australian man who mooned the Queen of England said that he would do the same if Barack Obama visited the country. ANI

Israel Defence Minister accuses Iran, Hezbollah of 'targeting Israelis worldwide'
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has accused Iran and Hezbollah of carrying out recent terror attacks against Israeli interests in New Delhi and Georgia, and also blamed Tehran of targeting Israelis all over the world. ANI

Release of 'Osama's right-hand man in Europe' sparks outrage in UK
A ruling by a UK court to release Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric described as 'Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe" on bail, has been greeted with fury in Britain. ANI

Diana's personal letters stopped from being sold by her stepmom
Two of Princess Diana's hand-written letters have been withdrawn from sale following objections from Countess Raine Spencer, her stepmother, it has been revealed. ANI

Deaf-mute Pak girl recounts 10-yr torture, rape ordeal in UK cellar
A deaf and mute Pakistani orphan has claimed before the court in sign language that she was slapped, beaten, sexually abused and hit with a rolling pin by her British abusers, while forced to work for no money. ANI

UK being overtaken by 'militant secularists': Baroness Warsi
The United Kingdom's first female Muslim Cabinet Minister, Baroness Warsi, has warned that British society is under threat from "militant secularists" reminiscent of "totalitarian regimes". ANI

Two US polls show a Santorum surge
Two new national polls suggest that Rick Santorum is moving ahead of Mitt Romney insofar as Republican voters are concerned. ANI

Bidding war for Amanda Knox memoirs breaks out
A multi-million dollar bidding war has been launched for the memoirs of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted and then cleared of murdering her British room-mate. ANI

Kayani says Pak "Parliament reserves right" to decide resumption of NATO supplies
Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said only parliament has the right to decide on the resumption of NATO supplies, which was halted following the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in NATO attacks. ANI

Putin ridiculed after urging countrymen 'to start having more sex'
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was scorned by his own countrymen on Monday after he asked them to begin having more sex to curb country's declining population. ANI

Pak NA condemns US congressional hearing on Balochistan
Pakistan's National Assembly has unanimously passed an opposition-sponsored resolution to condemn the recent US congressional hearing on Balochistan, saying that the initiative would jeopardise the healing process of the already strained ties between both countries. ANI

Al Pacino awarded National Medal of Arts at White House
Al Pacino was honoured by President Obama at the White House on Monday. ANI

Afghan Taliban demand Pakistan explanation on ex-minister's death
The Afghan Taliban has demanded that Pakistan should release details of how one of its former ministers died in a Pakistani jail in 2010. ANI

White House trims counterinsurgency aid to Pakistan in 2013 budget
The White House has trimmed its budget for fiscal year 2013 for Pakistan. ANI

China confirms death of teenage Tibetan nun after self-immolation
The Chinese government has confirmed the death of a 19-year-old Tibetan nun who set herself alight in the latest apparent protest against Beijing's rule. ANI

Saudi Arabia vital strategic partner of India, says Antony
Describing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as an important strategic partner of India, Defence Minister A.K Antony has said the Gulf Region has an immense importance in our foreign policy. ANI

Over 1 in 3 Brits wake up grumpy in anticipation of work-related stress
More than a third of the working population in Britain fear the alarm clock going off and rush back under the blanket to defer the prospect of hard work for a further few minutes, a new study has revealed. ANI

Militias in western Libya announce new federation to prevent infighting
Representatives of around 100 militias from western Libya have announced a new federation aiming to prevent infighting and press the country's new leaders for undertaking greater reforms. ANI

A Q Khan rejects The Atlantic charge of violating land zoning laws to build Islamabad house (Amended article Feb. 7)
Top Pakistan nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan has condemned inaccuracies in The Atlantic magazine's November 2005 cover story that has falsely accused him of building a "large weekend house" in Islamabad by blatantly disregarding zoning laws of the city. ANI

Almost half of men would accept their girlfriend's proposal this leap year
Around 44 per cent of men admit they would say yes if their girlfriend proposed to them for marriage this leap year, according to a survey. ANI

Clinton was 'besieged by 25 women a day' even before he became US President
Bill Clinton was already a huge hit with the ladies during his initial bid for governorship in his home state of Arkansas in the 1970s before he became US President, claims his former staffers in a TV documentary. ANI

UNSC inaction 'emboldened' Syria to plan 'all out assault', claims UN HR chief
The failure of the United Nations Security Council to take action has emboldened Syria to make an "all out assault" on opponents, the UN human rights chief has said. ANI

Milky Way humming in 'mysterious haze of microwave emissions'
A European space observatory has discovered previously unknown islands of star formation and a haze of microwave radiations in our galaxy, the source of which is a complete mystery. ANI

Bangladesh lawmaker points a finger at Begum Khaleda's role in failed December 2011 coup
A senior Bangladesh lawmaker has pointed a finger at former premier Begum Khaleda Zia, claiming that she played a role in a failed coup to overthrow the Sheikh Hasina's government with the help of retired and serving army officials. ANI

Ijaz's testimony on Memo Gate issue to be recorded on Feb 17
Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan has said that all preparations have been made for recording Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz's statements on February 17 over the Memo Gate issue. ANI

No moral justification left for Gilani to continue premiership: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said there is no moral justification left for Yousuf Raza Gilani to continue with his premiership. ANI

Murdoch's media empire descends into civil war following Sun journalists' arrest
Rupert Murdoch's embattled media empire is apparently descending into civil war as one of The Sun's most senior journalists accused the company of "boasting" about the evidence they were handing to police. ANI

Osama's brother-in-law asks Pak Chief Justice to help in release of sister, family
Killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law has written to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to seek the release of his sister from the grip of Pakistani authorities. ANI

Gay marriage bill signed into law in Washington
The US state of Washington has become the eighth place in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage after Governor Christine Gregoire signed the state's gay marriage bill into law. ANI

Iran says Israel attacked own embassy staff 'to tarnish Tehran-New Delhi's friendly ties'
Iran has blamed Israel for carrying out attack on its own embassy members in New Delhi to "tarnish Iran's friendly ties with India." ANI

Appreciating your partner's romantic effort leads to 'happier relationship'
The more you believe in your partner's capabilities to change and perceive that he or she is trying to improve, the more secure and happy you will feel in your relationship, a new study has revealed. ANI

Heuliez Retractable Hard Top IP Portfolio and Technical Services Being Sold by Hilco Streambank
Heuliez SAS, designer and coach builder for over 100 years, will divest more than 750 patents relating to hard top convertible design as the company shifts away from the automotive market in order to focus on other business. Heuliez has selected Hilco Streambank to conduct the sale process. Business Wire India

Cegedim Relationship Management 2nd Annual Survey on Compliance Trends in Europe Reveals Increased Confidence in Ability to Meet Transparency Requirements but Persistent Data/Process Inadequacies
Cegedim Relationship Management today released its second annual industry survey report of Europe’s key decision makers, 2011 European Trends in Aggregate Spend, Transparency and Disclosure, which provides a comparative analysis of current trends and challenges in Life Sciences compliance between 2010 and 2011 Business Wire India

SES: FY 2011 Financial Results on Friday, 17 February 2012
Business Wire India

Ascom Wireless Solutions: Off-site Accessibility and Improved Usability with the Enhanced Ascom Unite Platform
This spring Ascom Wireless Solutions introduces two exciting new features to the Ascom Unite communication platform. The system, which links sophisticated mission-critical working processes, now offers a bridge between on-site users and external colleagues through Unite Axess – the company’s first smartphone app Business Wire India

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Begins Clinical Trial of TSC, a New Drug for Treatment of Primary Brain Cancer
Diffusion Pharmaceuticals LLC announced that it has opened for enrollment a clinical trial testing the company’s lead drug candidate trans sodium crocetinate (TSC) as a first-line treatment for newly diagnosed primary brain cancer, also known as glioblastoma or GBM Business Wire India

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