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'Chick-magnet' Rushdie hogs limelight at art show and book reading event
Literary lothario Salman Rushdie, who is known to do rounds of fashion shows and art events, showed up at Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld's West Village opening for Ouattara Watts' art show, "Vertigo". ANI

'Troubled' Egypt remains defiant despite US warning to cut aid
Egypt has refused to backtrack in a row with the United States over its' onslaught on non-profit groups despite Washington's threat to cut aid. ANI

Malacca becomes the first non-Indian state to recognize 'Kolattam'
Malacca has become the first state outside India to recognize the ancient folk dance of Kolattam (a stick dance) in its annual tourism calendar. ANI

Hitler used secret photos to rehearse 'best-looks' for public speeches
A collection of Adolf Hitler's private photographs showing the Nazi leader in a series of bizarre poses to rehearse his public speeches has been released. ANI

UK teenagers now prefer Facebook, Twitter to TV
Teenagers in Britain now prefer using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to pass time rather than watching television, a survey has revealed. ANI

Pak Al Qaeda chief killed in US drone attack: Officials
The US drone attack in a Miranshah compound near the Pak- Afghan border in early hours of Thursday killed an Al Qaeda's chief in Pakistan, one of the US' main targets, officials have said. ANI

Turkey delivers three modernized F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan
Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAS) has delivered three modernized F-16 aircraft to Pakistani Air Forces. ANI

International 'militarisation' in Syria growing closer, warns US official
The international community may be forced to 'militarise' the crisis in Syria unless President Bashar al-Assad stops the onslaught on his people, a senior US official has warned. ANI

US teen 'thrill killer' gets life imprisonment
A US teen who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing her neighbour's nine-year-old daughter because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone, has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. ANI

Kate attends 1st solo engagement at Lucian Freud exhibition
The Duchess of Cambridge took up her new role as a charity patron by visiting the National Portrait Gallery for her first major solo engagement. ANI

E-mails bares US nuke regulatory body's chaos on Fukushima crisis
Several e-mails posted on the web site of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission show an agency struggling to figure out how to respond and deal with the American public while cutting through what one official called "the fog of information" coming out of Japan with regard to the Fukushima nuke plant radiation leak crisis. ANI

Moldovan dancer says prove if 'lingerie found in Costa Concordia captain's room had her DNA'
A Moldovan ballet dancer, who was allegedly dining with the captain of Costa Concordia before the Italian luxury cruise ship capsized, has denied claims that she was his lover, and rubbished reports suggesting her lingerie was found in his cabin on the night of disaster. ANI

Prince Harry qualifies as Apache helicopter pilot after finishing top in class
Prince Harry, who spent 10 weeks as an infantry soldier in Helmand in 2008, will return to Afghanistan after qualifying as a front line Apache attack helicopter pilot on Wednesday. ANI

Young NSW keeper Nevill puts Haddin under pressure
The emergence of New South Wales (NSW) wicketkeeper Peter Nevill has put incumbent Australian Test keeper Brad Haddin under pressure. ANI

Kayani answerable to Pak for drone strikes: AQ Khan
Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has said army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is answerable for the US drone attacks because he has taken an oath to safeguard the security of the country. ANI

Saudi king orders columnist' arrest for abusing Prophet, blasphemy
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has ordered the arrest of a local newspaper columnist who was accused of blasphemy and abusing Prophet Mohammed. ANI

Pak spinner Ajmal has got his angles confused
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who took 24 wickets for Pakistan in the three Test series against England, has surprised the International Cricket Council with the claim that it had given him special dispensation to bend his arm 23.5 degrees. ANI

Mullen refuses to appear Memo Gate probe body
Former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen has written a letter to the Pakistan Supreme Court to appear before the judicial commission investigating the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

2012 should be celebrated as year of Sino-Indian friendship: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who is presently on a three-day visit to China, has proposed that 2012 should be celebrated as a year of friendship and cooperation between the two nations. ANI

Fertile females less likely to match language of male conversation partners
Whether a man will match his language to that of a female conversation partner depends on how fertile she is, researchers have suggested. ANI

Low dopamine levels behind relapse to smoking
A new study has suggested that low dopamine levels that occur as a result of withdrawal from smoking actually promote the relapse to smoking. ANI

Highly efficient 'no-waste' lasers developed
Electrical engineers have built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as a highly efficient "thresholdless" laser that funnels all its photons into lasing, without any waste. ANI

Botanical formula could 'battle prostate cancer without toxicity'
A botanical formula considerably suppresses tumour growth in aggressive, hormone refractory (androgen independent) human-prostate cancer cells, according to researchers. ANI

Exercise yields feelings of excitement, enthusiasm
Researchers have found that people who are more physically active have greater levels of excitement and enthusiasm than people who are less physically active. ANI

Sex boosts pensioners' memory
Frisky pensioners who continue to have sex well into their 70s are less likely to suffer from confusion and memory loss in later life, scientists say. ANI

Now, application to measure visual intelligence of Facebook users
Researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have developed a web application to test the visual intelligence of Internet users through Facebook. ANI

Most detailed infrared image of Milky Way's stellar nursery captured
Using the power of Very Large Telescope and an infrared-sensitive camera, researchers have snapped the most detailed infrared image of the Carina Nebula stellar nursery acquired so far. ANI

Now, replace your cuppa with 'inhalable' caffeine shot
A lipstick-sized caffeine inhaler, dubbed 'AeroShot', could be the next big thing for people to get their caffeine fix, researchers say. ANI

Himalayas and nearby peaks haven't melted over past decade
The world's greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have not lost any ice for the past 10 years, a new study has revealed. ANI

Writing to Swiss authorities will absolve Gilani of contempt charges: Pak SC
Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that if Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani wrote the letter to the Swiss authorities for re-opening graft cases against President Asif Zardari, the case would be settled. ANI

Islamabad High Court rejects Lodhi's appeal to restore him as defence secretary
The Islamabad High Court has rejected former defence secretary Lieutenant General (retired) Khalid Naeem Lodhi's plea to temporarily restore him to his post by staying the implementation of his removal notification. ANI

Top UK intel official says 'Al-Qaeda now at its weakest state' since 9/11 attacks
Al-Qaeda is currently at "its weakest state" since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, a top security adviser of Britain's Home Office has said. ANI

Poll finds Obama has used more drones than Bush to counter terrorists
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that President Barack Obama has relied on armed drones far more than his predecessor George W. Bush, and expanded their use beyond America's defined war zones to counter terrorists. ANI

Chinese policeman who cracked down on organized crime is on 'holiday', maybe corrupt
A Chinese policeman, who has acquired a reputation for cracking down on organized crime, has reportedly gone a holiday, amid rumours that he is under investigation for corruption. ANI

Pak SC directs Gilani's lawyer to remove 'objectionable' paras from appeal
The Pakistan Supreme Court has directed lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan to remove 'objectionable' paragraphs from his appeal in connection with a contempt of court case against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. ANI

JFK ordered 1,200 Cuban cigars hours before authorising them as illegal
John F Kennedy ordered an aide to buy him as many Cuban cigars as possible just hours before he authorised the U.S. trade embargo, which subsequently made them illegal, it has been revealed. ANI

Human Rights Watch urges US to pressure Pak govt to stop Balochistan violence
The Human Rights Watch has called on the United States to pressure the Pakistan government to curb crimes in Balochistan province, including extra-judicial killings, torture, illegal detention, disappearances and forced displacement. ANI

Egypt PM says 'country's military to remain in power until June 30'
Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri has said that the country's ruling military authorities would stay in power until June 30, despite the recent calls for an earlier transfer of power to a civilian administration. ANI

Human Rights Watch says Saleh's forces killed 270 across Yemen in Arab Spring protest
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered a crackdown on Arab Spring protesters in 2011, which killed at least 270 people nationwide, a US-based human rights organisation has claimed. ANI

Four killed in fresh drone strike in North Waziristan
A drone attack targeting a house killed four people in Pakistan's North Waziristan province in the wee hours of Thursday. ANI

17 Indians jailed over bootlegging, murder charges in UAE may be deported soon
A group of 17 Indian men in the UAE, who were sentenced to six months in jail over bootlegging and murder charges are likely to be deported soon, their lawyer has said. ANI

'App Economy' credited with contributing nearly half a million jobs to US
'App economy' could become the future job leader in the US as it has led to the employment of 466,000 workers in the last five years- a trend that will only continue to grow, a new study has revealed. ANI

Gemalto Offers U.S. Banks Seamless EMV Migration with Instant Issuance Operated Services
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has launched its in-branch Dexxis EMV instant issuance card solution for U.S. banks, designed to streamline and accelerate EMV migration Business Wire India

The Eco Picture Diary Global Contest Ceremony and Partnership Press Event held at the UNESCO Headquarters
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AOptix and SITA to Deliver Automated Biometric Identity Solutions for Air Transport Security
AOptix Technologies, Inc., (AOptix) (, a leading developer of advanced biometrics-based identity solutions, today announced that SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology, has become an AOptix Value Added Reseller (VAR) partner Business Wire India

Lenovo Reports Third Quarter 2011/2012 Results
Lenovo Group has reported results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011, highlighted by record highs in quarterly sales, pre-tax income and market share, and the 11th quarter in a row that Lenovo has grown faster than the industry as a whole Business Wire India

General Cable Reports Fourth Quarter Results
General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), one of the most globally diversified industrial companies, reported today results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $0.09. Included in these results were $0.10 per share of non-cash convertible debt interest expense and $0 Business Wire India

Ferring Announces New Million Euro Educational Initiative with International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and Elsevier
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Upsolar: [Your Slogan Here]!
Upsolar, an international provider of solar PV modules, today unveiled a public contest to create its 2012 advertising campaign Business Wire India

MEF Introduces The Mobile Backhaul Initiative with First Integrated Suite to Resolve 4G/LTE Backhaul’s Most Costly Challenge
This year’s first MEF Quarterly Meeting brings very welcome news to mobile operators and their access providers with the launch of the MEF’s Mobile Backhaul Initiative for 4G/LTE Business Wire India

22nd Century Announces Nicotine-Free Tobacco Cigarettes Now Available For International Markets
22nd Century Group, Inc. (OTCBB: XXII), a company focused on tobacco harm reduction and smoking cessation products, today announced that its subsidiary, Goodrich Tobacco Company, is making two of its proprietary cigarette brands (and related tobacco blends) available to licensees and distributors outside the United States. Business Wire India

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