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Counterfeit 'Apple iphone' branded gas stoves confiscated in China
A Chinese company is making one-burner gas stoves with the iconic Apple logo and a label that says "iphone." ANI

18 people killed in passenger bus ambush in Kohistan district of Pakistan
At least 18 people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a passenger bus in Kohistan district of Pakistan on Thursday, police have said. ANI

Pakistan rejects Indian media report on 'shelving' Kashmir dispute due to 'internal crises'
Pakistan has rejected reports that it has decided to shelve the Kashmir dispute 'for the time being' due to internal crises. ANI

Sun journalists accused of bribing police officials for stories
Journalists at Britain's popular tabloid The Sun, paid thousands of pounds to a network of serving officers for stories, it has emerged. ANI

Pak spy agency, Osama were in regular contact: Stratfor
Private American security company Stratfor has revealed that former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was in routine contact with several senior figures of Pakistan's military intelligence agency while in hiding in Pakistan. ANI

Key Pak ministries yet to agree on negative list for trade with India
The government has promised to complete the negative list for trade with India by the end of this month, but differences between two key ministries concerned on certain points are making it difficult to give a final shape. ANI

Impending Titanic auction draws 'titanic' wave of interest worldwide
The auction of over 5,000 Titanic artefacts a century after the luxury liner's sinking has enthused hundreds of calls, with some offering to add to the treasure trove already gathered from the ocean floor. ANI

Seven in eight Google users have not read new privacy policy
Majority of Google users have not read the Internet search giant's new privacy policy that comes into effect on Thursday, according to a survey. ANI

Baloch body to hold rally on Mar 11 to draw UN attention on Balochistan disappearances
The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) would reportedly hold a rally and a seminar on March 11 to draw the attention of international organisations, including the United Nations, for conducting an inquiry into the issue of enforced disappearances in the province. ANI

China softens line on single child policy
China's single child policy was once a source of pride to government planners, with slogans reflecting strict family planning laws emblazoned on buildings across the country. ANI

South Africa establishes special team to deal with news reports on Mandela's health
The South African government has decided to form a team comprising of local and foreign media, as well as government officials, to deal with future news reports on former president Nelson Mandela's health. ANI

Rise in trafficking of women a major factor in disproportionate male-female ratio in China: Study
Scientists of a Madrid-based university have claimed that the rise in the trafficking of women is one of the key reasons for the male-female imbalance in China. ANI

Khar toes Manmohan's 'cricket diplomacy' line for improving Indo-Pak relations
Pakistan Foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has called for the resumption of cricket ties with India for improving bi-lateral relations between both nations. ANI

GOP candidates' prolonged nominating battle improving Obama's approval ratings: Poll
The prolonged nominating battle is taking a toll on the GOP candidates has helped improving President Barack Obama's approval rating by 53 percent, up 9 percentage points in four months, a new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll has revealed. ANI

Pak interior ministry asked seek Interpol red notices for Musharraf's arrest over Bhutto assassination
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) counter-terrorism wing has reportedly written a letter to the interior ministry to formally request Interpol to issue red notices for the arrest of former army ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. ANI

Pak SC summons Nargis Sethi as witness during Mar 7 hearing in Gilani's contempt case
The Pakistan Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of the contempt of court case against Prime Minister Gilani till March 07, summoning Nargis Sethi as witness in the case. ANI

Gingrich tells Afghans to 'figure out how to live their own miserable lives'
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has said that it is impossible to 'fix problems in Afghanistan', and added that Afghans "have to figure out how to live their own miserable lives'. ANI

Syria death toll passes 8,000 as Assad's regime claims 90 pct referendum victory
The death toll in Syria's 11-month uprising has passed the 8,000 mark as the President Bashar al-Assad-led regime widens its artillery offensive against opposition groups, despite claiming to have secured overwhelming support through a nationwide referendum to change the country's constitution. ANI

Work-oriented psychotherapy may aid employees' speedy return to job
Employees on sick leave with common mental health ailments like depression and anxiety tend to return to work sooner when the therapy deals with work-related problems and how to get back on the job, a new study has revealed. ANI

Ex-Pak Army official-turned al-Qaeda hitman may be set free over lack of witnesses
Alleged al-Qaeda member Major Haroon, accused of murder and kidnapping for ransom, may be released soon after most witnesses and complainants withdrew their testimonies. ANI

German chancellor Angela Merkel doused in beer by clumsy waiter
Video footage has emerged of a waiter accidentally pouring five glasses of beer down German chancellor Angela Merkel's back. ANI

KFC opens first Iranian branch in 30 years
American fast food chain restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has opened its first branch in Iran despite harsh US sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear programs. ANI

Facebook denies Sunday Times' 'disingenuous' allegations of spying on Android texts
Facebook has denied using its free Android app to spy on text messages and other personal data sent from users of smartphones. ANI

BRIC nations could compromise Internet's free expression, economic growth module: UN body
The International Telecommunication Union, an obscure branch of the United Nations, which has 193 member states that include the United States, has warned that the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations are tightening individual Internet regulations that could compromise free expression and economic growth globally in the long term. ANI

Japanese leaders secretly considered evacuating Tokyo over Fukushima nuke crisis: Report
A new report has revealed that Japanese leaders secretly considered evacuating Tokyo, as the crisis unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011 following the massive earthquake and tsunami. ANI

Two Indian schools in Dubai get 'outstanding' rating
Two Indian schools in Dubai have been awarded an 'outstanding' rating for the first time by the emirates' education authority. ANI

US Govt. should no longer be grilled over Balochistan resolution: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has backed the Obama Administration on the issue of the Balochistan resolution, saying that it was an act of an individual and that his views were different from that of the US government. ANI

Chinese architect Wang Shu wins prestigious Pritzker Prize
Wang Shu, a 48-year-old Chinese architect has received this year's prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. ANI

Costa Concordia's sister ship adrift in pirate-infested Indian Ocean
An Italian cruise liner carrying over 1,000 people was adrift without power in the Indian Ocean infested by pirates after a fire broke out on its board. ANI

Leaked documents claim 'Osama was in routine contact with ISI officials in Abbottabad'
Osama bin Laden was in routine contact with senior members of Pakistan's spy agency while hiding in his Abbottabad-safe house, secret intelligence documents have revealed. ANI

Wipro Launches ‘Wipro RAPIDS 2.0’, a pre-integrated Solution which accelerates the Transformation Journey of Communication Service Providers
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) announced the launch of ‘Wipro RAPIDS 2.0’ (Rapid Application Integration & Deployment Solution), a pre-integrated solution that enables Communication Service Providers (CSP) to significantly accelerate their transformation journey Business Wire India

Wipro Launches ‘Wipro M2M’, a Comprehensive Solution to Enable Communication Service Providers Rollout Machine to Machine Services
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) today announced the launch of Wipro M2M, a comprehensive solution that enables Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to launch Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services quickly and cost effectively Business Wire India

Infineon XMC4500 Industrial Microcontrollers and Comprehensive Range of Development Tools Now Available
Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) has launched its XMC4500 series, the company’s first 32-bit industrial microcontrollers using the Cortex™ M4 processor from ARM®. Samples of the XMC4500 microcontrollers, which will go into high-volume production in May 2012, are presented at the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany Business Wire India

With Roambi, Marketing Executives Can Create the Next Generation of Interactive Marketing Collateral
MeLLmo Inc., the creators of Roambi, today announced at Mobile World Congress that they are making their award-winning, mobile business apps available to marketing executives. With an emphasis on stunning data visualizations, Roambi reinvented how mobile business information is consumed through its engaging user experience Business Wire India

Gemalto and Sony Establish Global Agreement for FeliCa / Near Field Communication Technology
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in Digital Security, and Sony Corporation have established an agreement to provide FeliCa / Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions globally Business Wire India

Cinterion Launches Ultra Compact Plug and Play M2M Multi-Purpose Terminal
Mobile World Congress Business Wire India

Gemalto Launches Highly Reliable, Next Gen-Ready Wireless Connectivity Solution for M2M, NFC and 4G LTE Services
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces the launch of the Advanced Connectivity offer, an end-to-end solution allowing 100% success rate for the download and activation of mission critical applications including M2M, NFC and streaming multimedia content over LTE networks Business Wire India

Bloomberg Launches Major Global Product Evolution
Business and financial professionals struggling to get an edge in today's increasingly complex global marketplace will get faster, deeper insights from the latest version of the Bloomberg Professional service, Bloomberg LP executives announced today. Business Wire India

ZTE Heralds New Smartphone Era With High Spec, 7.8mm Thin Quad-Core Device
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, has announced the ZTE Era, one of the thinnest quad-core devices on the market today. Business Wire India

ZTE and 3 Sweden Present a Live Interactive Video Demo via TD-LTE at MWC2012
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ) and 3 Sweden today run a live interactive video demonstration using TD-LTE technology at Mobile World Congress 2012. Business Wire India

Cegedim Relationship Management’s Mobile Intelligence 6 Enables Improved Productivity, Efficiency and Stakeholder Relationships
Cegedim Relationship Management today announced the availability of release 6 of the world’s most advanced pharmaceutical CRM solution, Mobile Intelligence™, which leverages unparalleled mobile technology and Cegedim’s 42 years of proven expertise with the global Life Sciences industry Business Wire India

ERCOM Invests in a Local Support Team and Opens an Office in the USA to Support Its North American Growth
Due to the success and increasing demand for its Mobipass solutions in North America, Ercom - the leading provider of eNodeB test solutions for Equipment Manufacturers and Mobile Network Operators - has opened a new office in the USA at 1770 W. Berteau Ave, Suites 304-305. Chicago, IL, 60613. Business Wire India

Chase Selects Gemalto for Trusted Service Management
Chase (NYSE: JPM) announced that it has selected Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), a leader in digital security, to provide its Trusted Service Management (TSM) solution for Chase’s enterprise-wide mobile payments platform Business Wire India

Regus Announces Partnership with Dutch Train Operator, Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Regus has announced a new partnership between Regus and Nederlandse Spoorwegen (‘NS’), the Dutch trains operator, to offer Dutch train travellers a better way to work on the go. It is the latest in a series of strategic launches by Regus across Europe in response to the needs of a growing number of mobile workers. Business Wire India

ZTE to Challenge Global Handset Leaders with New Handset Ranges
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, has laid out its challenge to the global leaders in the mobile handset market with the announcement of a wide range of new high-specification handsets and tablets Business Wire India

For the Fourth Straight Year, Brookfield Global Relocation Services’ Research is Ranked Among the World’s Best
Brookfield Global Relocation Services today announced that for the fourth straight year, its comprehensive surveys and reports have been ranked among the top five human resource surveys worldwide by Expatica HR. Business Wire India

Groupon Launches in Thailand
Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), the pioneer and global market leader in local commerce, today announced the launch of Groupon Thailand. Through www.mygroupon.co.th, customers in Thailand can easily discover and take part in the best experiences, including the best stuff to do, eat, see and buy. Business Wire India

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