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India, Israel have made impressive strides in areas of critical importance: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said India and Israel have made impressive strides in areas of critical importance to both countries ranging from agriculture and water management to latest the hi-tech applications in communications, health and energy. ANI

Robert Gibbs apologises for remarks against Michelle Obama
Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, has expressed regret over his expletive laden outburst, detailed in a new book, which included him insulting Michelle Obama. ANI

India, Israel must jointly counter menace of international terrorism: Krishna
India and Israel must jointly counter the menace of international terrorism, said visiting External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna after calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu here. ANI

58% GOP voters want more presidential choices: Poll
Fifty-eight percent of Republican primary voters want more presidential choices, a new CBS News poll has revealed. ANI

Brit Muslim docked over assaulting ex-wife over wearing Western clothes
A devout Muslim has been jailed for 18 years for holding his ex-wife in the toilet for an hour and physically assaulted her as punishment for wearing Western clothes. ANI

No record of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton in White House visitor logs
There is no record of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton in the official White House visitors logs, giving no proof that the two Hollywood stars were part of 2009 'Alice in Wonderland' themed Halloween bash. ANI

City of Sparks in USA issues Diwali proclamation
City of Sparks (Nevada, USA), incorporated in 1905, issued an official proclamation for Diwali, most popular festival of Hindus, on January nine during its Council meeting. ANI

Israeli military formulating strategy to counter nuclear Iran
An Israeli think- tank with close links to the government is formulating its response to Iran's nuclear build -up. ANI

Indian workers in Oman stage protest over non-payment of salaries
At least 27 Indian workers from a cleaning company staged a protest on Monday in Muscat to complain to the Manpower Ministry about non-payment of salaries. ANI

Israeli politician throws water at colleague in parliament
A heated argument in the Israeli parliament Knesset, ended with one politician throwing a glass of water over her colleague before storming out. ANI

Pak's policy of exporting 'jihad' has come back to haunt it: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has dubbed the drone strikes as a consequence of the country's policy of exporting 'jihad' and called on the government to combat terrorism. ANI

Assad calls for referendum on new constitution in March
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has said a referendum will be held in March on a new constitution. ANI

Employees coping with 2-day hangovers after weekend long alcohol binges
British employees are increasingly becoming prone to two-day hangovers as they indulge in weekend-long drinking sessions to relieve stress, a new study has revealed. ANI

Pak SC warns Zardari, Gilani of disqualification for defying NRO verdict implementation
The Pakistan Supreme Court has warned President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani of disqualification for upto 10 years for defying the implementation of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) verdict. ANI

Abraham Lincoln delivered influential speeches in 'shrill and high' voice
The 16th U.S president, Abraham Lincoln delivered prominent speeches in a 'shrill and high' voice than many might have thought from such an inspiring leader, a new book has claimed. ANI

New 'floating' office building keeps workers suspended in air
A Copenhagen-based mortgage bank has come up with a daring design for its office building, where meeting rooms apparently float in mid-air. ANI

Tourism Australia gets two million fans on Facebook
Tourism Australia has cracked the two million fan mark on Facebook, and emerged as the most popular tourism page in the world. ANI

Turkish PM warns of civil war in Syria
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Syria is heading for civil war and stressed that Turkey should play a pivotal role in preventing the conflict. ANI

Obamas are committed and caring parents, says new book
Barack and Michelle Obama are described as caring parents who put their children first despite the pressures of the White House in a new book. ANI

UK city scheme banning foreign students from shops to cut thefts branded as 'racist, ridiculous'
A scheme proposed by a British city that restricts foreign students from entering shops in groups to cut thefts has been criticized and branded 'racist and ridiculous'. ANI

Musharraf should continue 'basking abroad' instead of returning to Pak: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has called on former Pakistan president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf to continue staying abroad in self-imposed exile instead of returning to the country to contest the upcoming elections. ANI

Pak Human Rights Commission alarmed over journalists receiving life threats
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern over reports of several journalists facing threats in recent weeks and called on the government to ensure their security. ANI

Air New Zealand named world's top airline
Air New Zealand has been named global airline of the year for a second time by an industry magazine. ANI

Opposition spokesperson tells migrants to use deodorant to integrate with Aussies better
New immigrants should be taught about the Australian customs of wearing deodorant and waiting patiently in queues as part of a program to help them come to grips with local culture, opposition citizenship spokeswoman Teresa Gambaro has said. ANI

Coptic Christian billionaire accused of 'insulting Islam' to appear in court
Christian billionaire Naguib Sawiris will appear in court on January 14 after being charged Monday with "blasphemy and insulting Islam" by Cairo prosecutors. ANI

Immigration has had 'no impact on joblessness' in UK
Increased immigration has no impact on rising unemployment in Britain, even during the time of recession, a new report has claimed. ANI

Now, one million gamers to help feed world's poorest
An online game where rice is donated to hungry and poor people around the world for each correct answer, has crossed a milestone by reaching one million registered players. ANI

Ex-Sun editor claims Brown threatened Murdoch of 'destroying' News International
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown threatened to "destroy" News International during a furious phone call to Rupert Murdoch after a UK tabloid, The Sun, switched its allegiance from Labour to the Tories, the newspaper's former editor has claimed. ANI

Ex-US soldier charged with aiding Al Qaeda
A former U.S. Army soldier and recent convert to Islam has been charged with attempting to join an al Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Somalia. ANI

Pak doc sets Guinness record for removing world's longest gall bladder via 1 cm snip
A Pakistani surgeon has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records by successfully removing the world's longest gall bladder through a 1 centimetre umbilical incision. ANI

Romney's shocker on 'liking being able to fire people who don't provide services to him'
US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has said he likes being able to 'fire people' who don't provide adequate business services. ANI

Indian-origin cabbie arrested in US for raping drunken woman at knifepoint
An Indian-origin cabbie has been arrested in the United States for allegedly raping a young passenger in his taxi at knifepoint after she left a Williamsburg bar. ANI

'Zardari may leave again for Dubai soon'
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari may leave again for Dubai soon, informed sources have said. ANI

Asma challenges Pak SC decision to appoint judicial commission for Memo Gate probe
Pakistani lawyer Asma Jehangir has filed a review petition challenging the Supreme Court's decision to appoint a judicial commission to probe the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

Oz mum rapes daughter for 'sex education'
An Australian woman has been charged for raping her 11-year-old daughter and filming it. ANI

Malik assures security to Ijaz upon arrival in Islamabad over Memo Gate issue
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has assured that the government will provide security to Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz if he arrives in the country to testify on his claims in the Memo Gate issue. ANI

US strongly condemns Iran's death verdict for alleged 'CIA spy'
The United States has strongly condemned Iran for giving death sentence to American Amir Hekmati, on charges of spying for the CIA. ANI

ICC demands information about Saif al-Islam's health, status from defiant Libya
Libya has not responded to a request for information about the health and status of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, before a deadline which expires on Tuesday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has said. ANI

Romney 'only GOP candidate' giving head-to-head contest to Obama ahead of polls
US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is currently the only GOP candidate giving a head-to-head contest to President Barack Obama in a potential general election matchup, a new CBS News poll has revealed. ANI

17 killed, 32 injured in bomb blast in Pak's Khyber Agency
At least 17 people have been killed and 32 others injured in a bomb blast near a petrol pump in Jamrud bazar of Khyber Agency, Pakistani officials have said. ANI

Michelle Obama 'felt alone and frightened' during first days at White House
Michelle Obama felt isolated, frightened and unsure of what to do during initial days at White House, a new book has claimed. ANI

Musharraf to be lodged in Landhi jail upon return to Pak: Minister
Former Pakistan president General (retied) Pervez Musharraf will be arrested and shifted to Landhi Jail upon his arrival at the Karachi airport, a provincial Minster has said. ANI

Duchess Kate weeps while watching 'War Horse'
Director Steven Spielberg has revealed that the Duchess of Cambridge was unable to hold back tears while watching his latest film War Horse. ANI

US supports strong dialogue between Pak army, govt: State Department
The United States supports a strong dialogue between Pakistan's civilian government and military establishment, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said, welcoming Sherry Rehman as Pakistan's new ambassador to the US. ANI

Engineers call for grounding of Airbus A380s after cracks found on wings
Australian aircraft engineers have called for the immediate grounding of all Airbus A380s, the world's biggest passenger jet, after cracks were found on its wings. ANI

Polish Colonel shoots himself during news conference while defending wrongdoing
A polish military prosecutor shot himself in the head today during a break at a press conference. ANI

Cameron admits UK 'still has problem with racism'
British Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that Britain 'still has a problem with racism' and added that 'a lot more' needs to be done to tackle the issue. ANI

US scholars express concern for Haqqani's safety in Pakistan over Memo Gate issue
American scholars from think tanks have expressed concern over former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani's safety over the Memo Gate scandal, urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in black and white to ensure that he is not 'harmed physically and that due process of law is followed'. ANI

Nelson Mandela's life to be made into TV series
Nelson Mandela's life is set to be made into a mini-series, and one of the producers is the former South African president's grandson. ANI

Chinese authors hit Apple with $1.9 mln copyright lawsuit
A group of Chinese writers have sued software giant Apple for selling pirated versions of their works through the App Store network. ANI

Gilani locks horns with Pak Army again calling replies in Memo Gate issue 'illegal'
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has taken on the country's army again in the Memo Gate issue, insisting that the replies of Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Ahmad Shuja Pasha in the Supreme Court were 'illegal' as they were not given clearance by the government before submitting their responses over the issue. ANI

China calls new US Asia-Pacific centric defence strategy 'groundless, untrustworthy'
China has slammed the recently unveiled national defense strategy by the United States, saying that the accusation of lack of clarity in Beijing's military policy is 'groundless and untrustworthy.' ANI

Indian expats in UAE hail govt. decision to allow NRIs to vote as "historic"
Indian community leaders in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have hailed their government's decision to allow non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote as "historic", expressing hope that the move would strengthen democracy and allow the diaspora to voice its issues more effectively. ANI

Obama's Chief of Staff Bill Daley resigns
US President Barack Obama has announced that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is resigning after a year on the job to return to his family in Chicago. ANI

Osama's Pakistan hideout to be flattened by rockets, bulldozed in 'big event'
The house in Pakistan where Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was shot dead by US Navy Seals will be flattened by rocket-propelled grenades and then bulldozed. ANI

Israel to include Punjab in its next action plan
To expand its agricultural ties with India, Israel intends to include India's northern agro states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in it next action plan. ANI

WNS to Release Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Financial and Operating Results on January 18, 2012
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced it will release its fiscal 2012 third quarter financial and operating results at approximately 6:00 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Following the release, WNS management will host a call on January 18, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Business Wire India

KDDI Launches New Data Center ""TELEHOUSE FRANKFURT"" in Germany
KDDI Corporation (TOKYO:9433) will launch TELEHOUSE FRANKFURT in January, 2012 in Germany, and begin providing data center services that meet the TELEHOUSE global standard Business Wire India

N-trig Affirms Commitment to Support Windows 8
N-trig, providers of the DuoSense® pen and multi-touch user interface, today announced that it will fully support the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. The company is working with Microsoft Corp. as a readiness partner. Business Wire India

24MAS Acquires Liquid Air Lab GmbH, the worlds largest network of mobile radio station Apps
24MAS, a global leader in mobile advertising and applications, has acquired Liquid Air Lab GmbH, the German company behind the hugely popular mobile radio app network Spodtronic.com, with over 20 million radio app installations worldwide. Business Wire India

Frontier Silicon Launches Industry’s First Network Audio Module with Dual-band 802.11n Connectivity for Wireless Speakers and Docking systems
Frontier Silicon, the leading supplier of Digital Radio and Network Audio solutions, today announces the launch of Milan, the industry’s most advanced module for high volume networked wireless speaker and docker applications Business Wire India

Frontier Silicon, the Proven Choice for Digital Radio
Frontier Silicon, the world leading supplier of digital radio and network audio technology, announced today that it has now shipped over 17 million digital radio processor ICs. The Company provides the most field proven receiver solution with 75% of DAB/DAB+ digital radios in the market today deploying Frontier Silicon technology. Business Wire India

VTI Technologies Launches CMR3100: World’s Smallest Gyro Halves Current Consumption
VTI announces the CMR3100, a new digital 3-axis consumer gyro. With significantly lower current consumption and an even smaller size than any other consumer gyro available on the market, the CMR3100 demonstrates how VTI has once again raised the bar for MEMS miniaturization. Business Wire India

Freedom to Design, Power to Perform: VTI Technologies Launches a Flexible Sensor Fusion Solution
The freedom to design motion sensing solutions that combine the best of various sensors. The power to obtain more accurate and complete information. These are some of the features offered by the VTI Sensor Fusion Solution presented today at the 2012 International CES. Business Wire India

Dimension Data Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of Gartner Magic Quadrant for Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services, Worldwide
Dimension Data, the global specialist IT solutions and services provider, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services (COPS)1 report. Business Wire India

Analogix SlimPort Chips and Accessories Ready for Market
Business Wire India

Bessemer Venture Partners Announces Vice President Promotions
Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), a global venture capital firm, today announced the promotions of Abhijeet Muzumdar and Sarah Tavel to vice president. Business Wire India

WBO Chooses EcoPlanet Bamboo as Sponsor and Presenter of the Prestigious Bamboo Pioneer Awards, Antwerp Belgium 2012
The World Bamboo Congress (WBC), held every three years by the World Bamboo Organization (WBO), represents a congregation of scientists, engineers, public and private sector participants sharing knowledge, experience and expertise on the ever developing bamboo field. Business Wire India

EARNEST Partners Receives Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) License
EARNEST Partners has been granted a QFII license by the Chinese government that will allow it to invest directly in yuan-denominated "A" shares listed on China’s mainland stock exchanges. Investment directly in "A" shares is prohibited without this license. Business Wire India

Breaking Exhibitor News from CES, NRF, HIMSS, RSA and More Available Online at Tradeshownews.com
As the recognized global leader in event news release distribution, Business Wire hosts dedicated Online Media Centers for hundreds of events worldwide at www.tradeshownews.com . Business Wire India

2012 International CES News, Multimedia and Online Press Kits Available at cesweb.org
Business Wire will be managing and posting exhibitor news releases and Online Press Kits within the 2012 International CES Exhibitor News Page. Media may contact the Business Wire Event Services Group at tradeshow@businesswire.com with any questions pertaining to these news releases. Business Wire India

The Valence Group Further Expands Its Chemicals M&A Practice with the Addition of Maureen Cannon
Maureen Cannon will be joining The Valence Group’s New York office effective today. Business Wire India

QNB Group Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2011
QNB Group, one of the leading financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, continued to record robust growth in profitability, with Net Profit for 2011 exceeding QR7.5 billion, up by 32% compared to 2010. Business Wire India

VectorVest India Introduced, Covering 2,100 Stocks On India’s National and Bombay Stock Exchanges
VectorVest announced today its release of VectorVest India. VectorVest India analyzes, sorts, ranks and graphs more than 2,100 stocks trading on India’s National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange for Value, Safety and Timing Business Wire India

Gen Re Promotes Fabrizio and Louw
Gen Re is pleased to announce that Eddy Fabrizio has been promoted to Managing Director of General Reinsurance Life Australia Ltd, effective January 1, 2012, following the retirement of Michael Molesworth from this role. Mr. Fabrizio has been with Gen Re since 1992 Business Wire India

Philips Lumileds Names Pierre Yves Lesaicherre as New CEO
Philips Lumileds today announced the appointment of Pierre Yves Lesaicherre as CEO of Philips Lumileds, effective immediately. Mr. Lesaicherre succeeds Michael C. Holt and will report directly to Philips Lighting’s acting Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten. Business Wire India

Health Discovery Corporation Enters into Worldwide Licensing Agreement with NeoGenomics
Health Discovery Corporation (OTCBB: HDVY), a molecular diagnostics leader in the use of patent protected advanced mathematical techniques for personalized medicine, has entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with NeoGenomics, Inc Business Wire India

Gillette Fields Team for the London 2012 Olympic Games
Gillette, a P&G brand, today introduced a team of 24 world-class athletes from 18 countries that will represent the world’s leading male grooming brand at the 2012 Olympic Games in London Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies Announces First Order from an Incumbent Polysilicon Producer for $101.3 Million in CVD Reactors and Ancillary Equipment
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced that it has received a $101.3 million dollar order for CVD reactors and ancillary production equipment from an incumbent polysilicon producer. This is a follow-on order to an engineering services contract booked in the second quarter of FY12 Business Wire India

HDMI® Technology Expands Its Reach as the Preferred Digital Connectivity Standard; HDMI Forum Announces Strong Membership Participation
HDMI Licensing, LLC and the HDMI Forum, Inc., today announced that over 1,150 licensed HDMI Adopters are expected to ship over 800 million HDMI-compliant products in 2012 according to market research firm In-Stat; an increase of 17% over shipments in the year 2011. This translates into an installed base of over 3 Business Wire India

Sprint Selects Mobile Network Director from Smith Micro Software to Help Optimize Network Experience for Users
Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI), a leading provider of wireless and mobility solutions, today announced that Sprint has selected Mobile Network Director™ to provide traffic management between networks (3G/4G /WiFi) while maintaining a high-quality experience for its subscribers. Business Wire India

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