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Tamil National alliance urges India to play a role in finding political solution in Lanka
Tamil National alliance on Monday urged India to play an important role in finding a political solution in Sri Lanka. ANI

Leaders of Tamil National alliance meet Krishna in Lanka
A delegation of Tamil MPs from Tamil National alliance met visiting Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna here on Monday. ANI

Krishna in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna began his four-day bilateral visit to Sri Lanka on Monday. ANI

Shahzain Bugti announces Rs.1m bounty for Musharraf on arrival to Pakistan
Shahzain Bugti, a grandson of slain Akbar clan chieftain Nawab Akbar Bugti, has announced head money for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. ANI

I can resign if parliament wants: Gilani
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has offered to resign after meeting President Asif Ali Zardari, saying that if parliament wants his resignation, he will hand it over willingly. ANI

Taiwan's re-elected President Ying Jeou unlikely to move to reunify with China
Despite Ma Ying Jeou's re-election as President of Taiwan, there is little sign that he has any intention of moving toward, or has any public backing for, a political settlement with China on Taiwan's status, it has been claimed. ANI

Gilani meets Zardari ahead of Pak Assembly session over NRO issue
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani met President Asif Ali Zardari ahead of a crucial National Assembly session that could determine the future of the government. ANI

Indian parliamentarians begin visit to Pakistan
A delegation of Indian parliamentarians, headed by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha, crossed into Pakistan through the Wagah - Attari land border on Monday. ANI

US excludes Pak in diplomatic move to consult allies over Taliban issue
The United States launched a new diplomatic offensive on Monday to consult its allies, except Pakistan, on its efforts to re-engage the Taliban. ANI

Time running out for Pak govt., says Imran Khan
Former Pakistan cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan has said that time is running out for the government headed by the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) under the leadership of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

UK says Iran could face military action over nuclear programme
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that Britain could launch military strikes on Iran. ANI

UK Varsity probes attack on Jewish student during 'Nazi themed drinking game'
Students at one of Britain's most prestigious universities, The London School of Economics (LSE), are facing disciplinary action after participating in a Nazi themed drinking game, and then breaking the nose of a Jewish colleague who objected. ANI

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman to visit Israel amid escalating tensions with Iran
Israel has confirmed that US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey will arrive in the country to hold talks this week. ANI

Malacca's Gujarati community fears 'talking to dead' funeral rites may soon be lost
The Gujarati community in Malacca has expressed fears that funeral rites involving talking to the dead may soon die out due to a lack of interest by the younger generation. ANI

India committed to working with EU as a true and reliable partner: Krishna
Emphasising that India and the European Union (EU) are two of the world's largest peace loving democracies that share common values, External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Monday said India is committed to working with the EU as a true and reliable partner to contribute to world peace, stability and prosperity. ANI

US, Israel postpone massive military drill amid tension with Iran
The United States and Israel have postponed a massive joint military exercise from May to later in the year amid escalating regional tensions with Iran. ANI

'"Standoff" still "persists" between Pak civil-military leadership despite Zardari-Kayani meet'
The meeting between Pakistan President Asif Zardari and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani might have helped the civil and military leadership to pull back from the brink, but the worst is not over yet because they have 'limited options' to exercise, said a senior member of the embattled Pakistan Peoples Party-led government. ANI

'Violence against women rose in 2011 in Pakistan'
Violence against women increased in 2011 in Pakistan, according to incidents reported and registered at different forums, including police stations, courts and complaint cells. ANI

Gilani summoned before Pak SC on Jan 19 over NRO issue
Pakistan's Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday and asked him to appear before it on January 19th. ANI

Murdoch attacks Obama, Google's opposition to anti-Internet piracy legislation
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, who has only been on Twitter for less than a month, used his account on the micro blogging site to attack the Obama administration's opposition to parts of proposed legislation formed to tackle Internet piracy. ANI

Musharraf to be detained in 'high-security' Mach prison on his return to Pakistan
Mach prison officials are reportedly getting ready to detain former president Pervez Musharraf on his return to Pakistan. ANI

China slams US' 'unreasonable' sanctions on petroleum firm dealing with Iran
China has expressed anger over sanctions imposed by the United States on a Chinese firm for selling refined petroleum products to Iran. ANI

Ijaz threatens to "expose" Haqqani's "lies' with such clarity that won't allow him to run or hide
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has threatened the country's former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani that he will come to Pakistan to appear before a judicial commission probing the Memo gate scandal to "expose all his lies". ANI

Pak PM has right to sack Defence Secretary: PML-N
Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Khwaja Asif said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had the right to sack Defence Secretary and the Army functions under him. ANI

111-year-old Iraqi woman sworn in as US citizen
An Iraqi woman aged 111 years has become the second oldest person to be granted citizenship to the United States. ANI

Social media leading to violation of corporate ethics
The proliferation of social media in workplaces is leading to decline of ethical behaviour in many businesses, researchers say. ANI

Exercising can increase your salary by 9pc!
Apart from helping you shed those extra kilos, exercises like going for a jog, swimming or lifting weights in the gym three times a week, can also boost your income by up to 9 percent. ANI

UK's new $50 bn fighter jets can't land on aircraft carriers due to design flaw: Report
A new fighter plane to be used by the United Kingdom and United States has a design flaw that prevents it from landing on aircraft carriers, a Pentagon report has revealed. ANI

Russian advert compares anti-corruption campaigner Navalny to Hitler
An advertisement has compared an anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny, who is leading protests to challenge the results of Russia's December parliamentary elections, to former German dictator Adolf Hitler. ANI

Italy cruise ship captain steered liner 'too close to rocky shore to greet friend'
The captain of a luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy on Friday, has been accused of deliberately steering the ship "too close" to a rocky shore in order to send a greeting signal to someone on the island. ANI

Afghan Hekmatyar-led militant group ready for 'meaningful talks' with Karzai govt.
The leader of Afghanistan's second-biggest insurgent group has said he is ready for 'meaningful talks' with all parties to end the decade-long war. ANI

I am answerable only to parliament: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that under the constitution, he was answerable only to parliament and not to any individual. ANI

Jon Huntsman withdraws from GOP presidential race, to endorse Romney
US Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is reportedly dropping out of the White House race. ANI

RIM refuses to release data related to Pak 'Memo Gate' scandal
Blackberry maker, Research in Motion (RIM), has reportedly refused to release data related to the 'Memo Gate' scandal. ANI

'Deceased professor's widow gives clean chit to Indian- origin Sikh colleague over tragedy'
The widow of the Oxford professor who died at his Indian-origin Sikh colleague's home has told him she does not blame him for the tragedy. ANI

Pakistan set to conduct early elections to settle political crisis
Pakistan President Asif Zardari has reportedly agreed to an opposition demand to hold early elections to deal with the political crisis at home. ANI

Pakistani Taliban denies leader Mehsud killed in US drone attack
The Pakistan Taliban has denied reports that its leader was killed in a recent U.S. drone strike. ANI

Second man arrested over violent murder of Indian origin couple in UK
A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of an Indian-origin couple in Birmingham. ANI

Assad grants amnesty for crimes committed during unrest in Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has granted amnesty for crimes committed since the outbreak of a ten-month-old uprising against his rule. ANI

ALFA Partners with New Senior Living Association in India
ALFA, the largest national association serving the collective interests of professionally-managed senior living communities, today announced a partnership with the first-ever senior living association in India Business Wire India

Ian Chin of BesTV New Media to Present at CDN Asia Summit
Ahead of the CDN Asia Summit IPTV News caught up with Ian Chin, Chief Operating Officer at China's BesTV New Media (a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group) Business Wire India

Blackstone Forms European Power Generation Partnership with PQ Energy
Blackstone (NYSE: BX) announced today that funds managed by it are forming a partnership with PQ Energy to acquire or to develop power generation facilities throughout Europe. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, PQ Energy is led by a seasoned management and technical team Business Wire India

Wipro Launches ‘FLoW’, a Technology Solution for the Retail Sector
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) today announced the launch of ‘FLoW’ an Oracle-based Pricing, Supply Chain And Finance Management Solution, for the retail sector. The solution will provide retail franchises and wholesalers greater data visibility needed for faster and more accurate trading transactions. Business Wire India

IDG Connect Report Shows 91% of Worldwide IT and Business Professionals Use Their iPad for Work Communication
IDG Connect’s iPad for business survey based on interviews with IT and business professionals across every continent, reveals that more professionals always use their iPad for work communication than personal communication. Business Wire India

A.M. Best Publishes New Special Report Examining Opportunities and Frustrations of India’s Insurance Market
Further growth is anticipated for India’s insurance market, although achieving profitability continues to remain a struggle for many insurers, a new special report from A.M. Best Co. finds. Business Wire India

Regus Business Lounge Opens at Shell Motorway Station
Shell and Regus announce the trial of a joint programme that could see Regus business lounges open at Shell petrol forecourts on motorways across Europe. The business lounges are designed specifically to meet the needs of a growing number of mobile workers. Business Wire India

South Korea Prime Minister Visits Masdar ahead of Keynote Address at World Future Energy Summit
Today, South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, in Abu Dhabi to deliver a keynote address during the opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) on January 16, toured Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multifaceted renewable energy company Business Wire India

New Leonard Cohen Song to Be Streamed by The New Yorker
For the first time in its history, The New Yorker, esteemed for its consistent publication of great poetry, will stream on its website ( Leonard Cohen’s new lyric “Going Home,” one of ten songs on his new studio album, Old Ideas. The New Yorker will publish the lyric in its January 23rd issue (on newsstands January 16th) Business Wire India

Digital River Introduces White-Labeled Global Enterprise App Stores
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), the revenue growth experts in global-cloud commerce, introduced white-labeled global enterprise app stores to their flagship Global Commerce™ enterprise solution. The new enterprise app store offering can deliver value across multiple touch points: Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Opens New Asia Pacific Headquarters in Singapore
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ITT Underlines Commitment to China with Investment, Support of Key Industries and Initiatives
ITT Corporation today announced it is investing $10 million to enhance braking technology production and create an R&D center in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China, as part of its future commitment to the region. Business Wire India

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