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Sri Lanka assures India of devolving powers to Tamils
Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, G L Peiris assured the Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who is currently on a visit to the emerald island nation that he would be talking to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in a bid to devolve power to the island's minority Tamils at a district rather than higher level. ANI

India urges Lanka to implement LLRC recommendations
India has urged Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the lessons learnt and reconciliation commission (LLRC) and said that Colombo must seize the opportunity for genuine reconciliation of Tamils. ANI

India, Lanka ink five pacts during Krishna visit
India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday signed five agreements on the sidelines of a visit by External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna. ANI

King Memorial Service concluded with Sanskrit shlokas in Nevada
The 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Interfaith Community Memorial Service in Nevada (USA) concluded with mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on January 15. ANI

X-ray of rare Shiva statue surprises Amsterdam museum
Prestigious Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam recently conducted an X-ray of its thousand-year-old monumental Shiva-Nataraja statue as a part of research and was surprised to know that it was cast in solid bronze. ANI

Hindu dance at Mormon Church headquarters in Utah
Hindu dance will reportedly be held at Mormon Tabernacle on historic Temple Square in Salt Lake City (Utah, USA), which houses the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). ANI

China's urban areas fail to publish adequate pollution info
Most big cities in China have failed to publish adequate pollution information in 2011, a newly published report has revealed. ANI

High radiation levels found in new condo in Japan
High levels of radiation have been detected in a condominium building in Japan's Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, which was built using crushed stones taken from an evacuation zone created in the aftermath of the nation's nuclear crisis. ANI

Tibetans protest with Dalai Lama picture in southwestern China
A number of Tibetans, including monks defiantly held up a portrait of he Dalai Lama in a community in southwestern China, days after other Tibetans set themselves n fire in protest against Chinese rule. ANI

Aitzaz to represent Gilani in Pak SC in contempt notice over NRO case
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan will epresent Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in the contempt of court notice against him over he National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case on January 19. ANI

Hearse that carried John F. Kennedy's body in Dallas up for sale
The funerary vehicle, which carried late US President John F. ennedy's body after he was assassinated in Dallas, is all set to go under the hammer. ANI

PPP unlikely to budge on Zardari's immunity over reopening Swiss cases
The Pakistan Peoples Party-led government might be insisting that resident Asif Ali Zardari is immune to criminal prosecution, but its political allies are apparently ndecided about it. ANI

Italy cruise ship captain 'never wanted to face Titanic-like scenario'
The captain of a luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast on Friday, has said that he never wanted to face a scenario like the Titanic. ANI

Krishna conveys India's assistance to building of 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday conveyed India's assistance to building of 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka. ANI

David Cameron resolves to lose weight in 2012
David Cameron's New Year resolution is the same as millions of people across the globe - to lose weight. ANI

Fishermen issue needs to be handled with care, says Krishna
The visiting Indian External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna, on Tuesday emphasized that the issue of fishermen is an emotive issue and needs to be handled with care on both sides. ANI

Indian-origin woman in US delivers baby boy on train
An Indian-origin woman in the US has given birth to her first child on a commuter train to New York. ANI

Gilani's personal appearance in Pak SC will help remove 'misunderstandings' over NRO case: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the nation had appreciated Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's decision to personally appear before the Supreme Court, a step that according to him will help remove misunderstandings. ANI

Pak-US trying to figure out 'new normal' following dramatic worsening of ties
The governments of Pakistan and the United States are reportedly trying to figure out ways to sort out their differences amid tensions between the two countries, which escalated following the NATO attack that killed over 20 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

'Embarrassed' Cameron distances himself from Clarkson after 'tasteless' jokes on Indian culture
British Prime Minister David Cameron has sought to distance himself from Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson after his latest programme resulted in a complaint from the Indian High Commission over its cultural insensitivity. ANI

Contempt notice against PM challenged in Lahore Registry of Supreme Court over NRO case
A petition has been filed in the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court against a contempt notice issued against Prime Minster Yousuf Raza Gilani over the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case. ANI

'US-Taliban talks won't be result-oriented without Pak-Afghanistan involvement'
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said the peace talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban will not be result-oriented without the involvement of Islamabad and Kabul. ANI

Pak Christians outraged over demolition of church in Punjab
Hundreds of Christians held a protest demonstration against the Punjab government and Minorities Minister Kamran Michael over the alleged illegal demolition and occupation of their community's two-acre property, 'Gosha-e-Aman' situated on Allama Iqbal Road, Garhi Shahu, on Monday. ANI

Al Qaeda takes full control of another Yemen town
Al Qaeda militants have seized full control of a town 100 miles south of Yemeni capital Sanaa, storming the local prison and freeing its inmates. ANI

One in eight Gurkhas to lose jobs as UK MoD announces armed forces cuts
One in eight Gurkhas will lose their job as British Ministry of Defence is expected to announce plans to make 4,000 members of the Armed Forces redundant. ANI

'Sindh govt. to bear all expenses of ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan's treatment'
Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri has said that the Sindh government will bear all expenses for the treatment of legendary musician Mehdi Hassan for his contribution in this field for 50 years and for promoting Pakistan internationally. ANI

Passengers slam BA flight for accidentally announcing emergency water landing
Passengers on board a British Airways flight from Miami to London got the shock of their lives when cabin crew mistakenly announced the plane was going down and they should brace themselves for an emergency water landing. ANI

Pak SC moved to withdraw Lodhi's termination orders
Pakistan's Supreme Court has been moved through a petition to direct Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to withdraw the termination orders of former Defence Secretary Lt Gen (retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi till investigation into the memo scandal being carried out by a judicial commission was over. ANI

Pak-India parliamentarians dialogue over economic ties to start in Islamabad
A 15-member Indian delegation has arrived in Pakistan to participate in the third round of Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue over a broad theme of promoting trade and economic relations between the two countries. ANI

Krishna discusses bilateral issues with Rajapaksa
India's External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna, met Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa here and discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest to both countries. ANI

Pak SC suspends minister Awan's legal licence over contempt case against him
Pakistan's Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the legal licence of former minister Babar Awan for not submitting a reply in a contempt case against him. ANI

UAE police deny Indian woman confessed to helping smother daughter in suicide bid
UAE Police have denied that a 30-year-old Indian woman, who survived a suicide bid, has confessed to helping her husband kill their daughter before he hanged himself. ANI

US poll says Obama and Romney dead electoral heat
U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican front-runner Mitt Romney are locked in a statistical tie, according to a new national poll Monday. ANI

Santorum ad describes Romney as Obama clone
Hours before a Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, Rick Santorum's campaign released an attack ad that suggests Mitt Romney is "just like Obama" - in part by citing his past positions on social issues. ANI

Romney leads GOP rivals by 23 points in national poll
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney holds a 23 percentage point lead over his closest rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a Gallup survey of registered Republican voters nationwide. ANI

China reiterates sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands
China has reiterated its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. ANI

US must be objective, says Chinese leader ahead of Washington visit
The United States should view China's strategic intentions in an objective way and ensure that disputes between the two countries do not harm ties, Vice-President Xi Jinping has said. ANI

Putin labels himself as Russia's indispensable man
Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin has said that he is the only one who can guide Russia away from the twin dangers of stagnation and instability. ANI

Over 8 in 10 Americans disapprove of Congress' performance
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that over 8 in 10 Americans (84 percent) disapprove of Congress' performance. ANI

Pak govt. may file 'treason case' against Ijaz for anti-country activities: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has hinted at registering a treason case against Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the key player in the Memo Gate scandal, for allegedly playing a role in the fall of a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government in 1990s, and for maligning the Pakistan Army and the ISI. ANI

Third man arrested over brutal murder of Indian origin couple in UK
A third man has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of an Indian-origin couple in Birmingham. ANI

Doctors say cancer-stricken Chavez has 'less than one year to live'
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who suffered from cancer, has been told by doctors that he has less than a year to live. ANI

'China backing political forces to maintain stability in Pakistan'
China supports all Pakistani political forces to maintain national stability and development, Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman has said. ANI

Islamist most likely to become speaker of Egypt's next parliament
Liberals and Islamists in Egypt have announced a temporary power sharing plan that would install a Muslim Brotherhood leader as the speaker of the country's newly elected parliament. ANI

Pak SC, Army should protect democracy instead of derailing system: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the Supreme Court and the Army should protect democracy, and not derail the system. ANI

Hackers spreading malware via kids gaming websites
Hackers are increasingly targeting child-focused gaming websites to spread malware, a leading anti-virus firm has revealed. ANI

David Cameron remembers 'minute by minute' detail of his first night
David Cameron has revealed that the memory of his 'first night' with wife Samantha is etched 'minute by minute' in his mind. ANI

50pc CEOs feel isolated and lonely at work
Being a chief executive officer (CEO) brings with it feelings of seclusion and loneliness at work and job requirements that are far-removed from the original expectations, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Mark Weinberger elected next Global Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is delighted to announce that Mark Weinberger has today been named its next Global Chairman and CEO. Weinberger will succeed current Global Chairman and CEO Jim Turley, who announced recently that he will retire on 30 June 2013, having led Ernst & Young since 2001 Business Wire India

New Psion Omnii™ XT15 Enables Organizations to Save up to 30% in Total Cost of Ownership1
Psion (LSE: PON) today announced the Omnii™ XT15, its next generation rugged handheld device. With its toughness, reliability and extended battery run time, the Omnii XT15 represents a new landmark for rugged mobile devices Business Wire India

Infineon is Global Market Leader in Security Chips for the NFC Technology
Infineon Technologies (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) is the world’s leading supplier of security microcontrollers for NFC (Near Field Communi¬cation) applications. The current IMS Research study* (January 2012) shows that Infineon holds a 51.5 percent share in the NFC security microcontroller market Business Wire India

Ferring Pharmaceuticals (Asia) Company Limited Implements Cegedim Relationship Management’s Award Winning* Mobile Intelligence™ CRM Solution & OneKey™ Healthcare Professional Database
Cegedim Relationship Management today announced that Ferring Pharmaceuticals (Asia) Company Limited has fully implemented Mobile Intelligence™ as their centralized Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform to manage and deploy their Primary and Specialty commercial teams in China Business Wire India

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Inaugurates Fifth Edition of World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
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Aptina Extends Automotive Viewing Application Portfolio with Dynamic SOC
Aptina, a leading provider of CMOS image sensor solutions to the industry’s automotive manufacturers and OEMs worldwide, announced today the launch of its new ASX340AT system-on-chip (SOC). This camera viewing solution was designed to meet the needs of automotive tier-1 manufacturers and OEM’s worldwide Business Wire India

Covidien Contraindicates the Use of Duet TRSTM for Thoracic Surgery, Implements a Voluntary Recall
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced that it is conducting a voluntary recall of all production lots for the Duet TRSTM Universal Straight and Articulating Single Use Loading Units, with respect to the use of this product family in the thoracic cavity. Business Wire India

Iris Recognition Leader AOptix Opens New Singapore Office
AOptix Technologies, Inc. (AOptix) (, a leading developer of advanced biometrics-based identity solutions, today announced the opening of their latest sales office in the Republic of Singapore Business Wire India

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