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Upset Hindus ask German firm to recall yoga mats depicting Hindu deities
Perturbed Hindus have asked for the immediate withdrawal of yoga mats carrying images of Hindu deities sold by a Germany based firm Yogistar, calling it inappropriate. ANI

Hindus want apology and compensation from Switzerland for abused children
Hindus want Switzerland to issue an official apology and compensate the Verdingkinder (contract children), whom the authorities reportedly coerced into horrible lives in the past. ANI

Chinese dissident Jie says 'inhumane treatment' forced him to leave country
Dissident Chinese writer Yu Jie, who is now in self-imposed exile in the US with his family has recounted "inhumane treatment" meted out to him, which he says, eventually forced him to leave the country. ANI

Musharraf to consult party before deciding on Pak return
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharaf has said he would consult with members of his party before deciding whether to delay his return from exile later this month. ANI

Dictatorship will not come back in Pakistan: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said dictatorship will never come back in Pakistan. ANI

Govt. has no intention of sacking Kayani, Pasha: Pak AG
Pakistan Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq claimed in the Supreme Court that the government had no intention of sacking Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha. ANI

Oz online dating sites to go under scanner over scam complaints
Online dating sites in Australia are set to face tougher rules following numerous complaints about scams. ANI

Graham Bell's letter to parents on how to use telephone fetches $92,856
The letter which Alexander Graham Bell wrote to his parents in 1878, which includes rare and elaborate drawings of the telephone he invented has been sold for more than 92,000 dollars, an auctioneer claimed. ANI

'Increased kidnappings in Balochistan 'source of generating funds' for militants: Pak FC
Inspector General Frontier Corps of Pakistan Major General Ubaidullah Khan Khattak has said that incidents of kidnappings have increased in Balochistan at an alarming level and have become a source of generating funds for militants. ANI

Gingrich's ex-wife claims he wanted an 'open marriage'
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's former wife Marianne Gingrich has claimed that he wanted an open marriage with her so that he could see another woman. ANI

Afghan officials feeling sidelined and misled over US' peace talks with Taliban
Afghan officials have expressed frustration about the character of the negotiations among the United States, Afghanistan, and the Taliban, insisting that they feel sidelined and misled. ANI

Actress banned from Iran says nude shoot was 'symbolic gesture'
The actress who has been banned from Iran for posing nude in a French magazine, said that she did so as a "symbolic gesture" to help remove taboos. ANI

New York named America's rudest city
New York is America's most unfriendly city, according to a new survey conducted by a magazine. ANI

US Justice Department website hacked to protest against proposed anti-piracy laws
The U.S. Department of Justice's website was shut down temporarily on January 19 in what has been termed as a denial of service attack by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.he public websites of Universal Music and the Motion Picture Association of America were also affected by similar apparent hacking incidents, CBS News reports. ANI

Romney's White House bid dealt double blow ahead of South Carolina primary
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's bid for the 2012 White House race suffered a setback as his Iowa caucus win was taken away after the final counting of votes, and Texas Governor Rick Perry decided to endorse Romney's arch rival Newt Gingrich after stepping down from the race. ANI

Obama wants US-Pak to continue working towards achieving common goals: White House
The White House has said that US President Barack Obama wants the United States and Pakistan to continue working together for achieving their common goals of defeating terrorism and building a stable and peaceful Pakistan. ANI

Google listed best company to work for
Fortune Magazine has named Internet search giants Google as the best company to work for. ANI

No decision yet on re-opening NATO supply route to Afghanistan: Pak FO
Pakistan has said that the NATO supply route to Afghanistan has not been re-opened, as Islamabad is reviewing the current situation.oreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit Khan made the confirmation, insisting that Islamabad had always expressed its strong reservations regarding the term "Af-Pak" and there was no change in Pakistan's stance. ANI

Musharraf didn't seek US help to avoid arrest on return to Pak: State Department
The United States has denied reports that Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf had sought a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over his return to Islamabad. ANI

Can't guarantee if Ijaz will be arrested on arrival in Pak over Memo Gate issue: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said he cannot guarantee whether or not Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American businessman key in the Memo Gate scandal, will be arrested on his arrival in Islamabad. ANI

Ijaz granted multiple-entry visa to Pak after personal visit to London High Commission
Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American businessman key in the Memo Gate scandal, has reportedly been granted a one year multiple-entry visa to Pakistan after he personally visited the Pakistan High Commission in London. ANI

Prince Harry to visit Brazil to boost trade
Prince Harry is all set to visit Brazil for his first trip in his unofficial role as a trade envoy as members of the Royal Family pick up the Duke of York's former role. ANI

Aussies too paranoid to admit racism is a problem in the country, says rights activist
Australians are too paranoid to admit that racism is a problem in this country, a Young Australian of the Year finalist has said. ANI

Now, Oz MP tells immigrants to learn English to stop racism
Australian Member of Parliament Teresa Gambaro who attracted criticism for her comment that migrant workers didn't know how to wear deodorant or queue politely little over a week ago, has come under renewed fire for telling immigrants to learn English if they want to stop racism in the country. ANI

Pak govt. calls joint session of Parliament on Jan 30
The Pakistan government has decided to summon a joint session of Parliament on January 30, two days ahead of the next hearing on the issue of contempt of court proceedings against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. ANI

Bill Clinton predicts Obama will win second term
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton has expressed confidence about President Barack Obama winning a second term in office, and has especially praised his government's economic policies. ANI

Manmohan Singh named among Obama's closest pals
Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, is one of the five world leaders whom US president Barack Obama considers to be his nearest and dearest pals on the global stage. ANI

Gingrich turns ex-wife's interview into attack on media
Republican presidential candidate and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich has dismissed an explosive interview given by his ex-wife and accused mainstream media of shielding President Barack Obama. ANI

I have restored US image as 'sole, indispensable power': Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama told groups of campaign donors in New York on Thursday that he was responsible for restoring a "sense of America as the sole, indispensable power" in the world. ANI

One of world's biggest file-sharing sites busted in US
The U.S. Justice Department has ordered the shutting down of one of the world's largest file-sharing sites. ANI

Press making me look cold and aloof, says Obama
Barack Obama believes that the press has created an image of him as someone who is aloof and disconnected from the political circles. ANI

Militant killed in drone strike in Pak was senior al Qaeda leader: US official
A senior operations organiser of the al Qaeda was among those killed in one of two US drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a US official has said. ANI

Was mystery blonde's tryst with captain behind Costa Concordia sinking?
The ill-fated cruise ship Costa Concordia's captain was drinking and dining with a young blonde Moldovan woman just before his vessel capsized off Giglio island. ANI

Pak SC asked Gilani's lawyer to prove Zardari had constitutional immunity
Pakistan's Supreme Court asked Aitzaz Ahsan, the counsel for Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, to prove to the bench that President Asif Ali Zardari had constitutional immunity during the hearing on Thursday. ANI

Members of military and firefighters have the most stressful jobs
Enlisted military soldiers have the most stressful job while medical records technicians' work is the least taxing, a new poll has found. ANI

Deutsche Telekom and Lattelecom Set up a New Telecommunications Route between Western Europe and Russia via the Baltic States
January 20, 2012: Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), the wholesale arm of Deutsche Telekom AG and Lattelecom today announced that they have signed an agreement to jointly deploy the Baltic Telecommunications Highway Business Wire India

APP-China Committed to Leading Efforts in Advancing Chinese Paper Industry’s Sustainable Development
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and seventy-six other enterprises jointly signed an initiative put forward by the China Paper Association at the 2nd Annual Forum on the Chinese Paper Industry’s Green Development Business Wire India

ITW Sexton Names James Huang to Manage Sales Activities in China
ITW Sexton, a world leader in the production of refrigerant and high-pressure aerosol cans, recently hired James Huang to direct the company’s sales and marketing activities in China. Mr. Huang (pronounced WANG), is based in Shanghai Business Wire India

NIKE Announces New NIKE+ FuelBand – Measuring Movement to Make Life A Sport
NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) announced today the NIKE+ FuelBand, an innovative wristband that tracks and measures everyday movement to motivate and inspire people to be more active. Activities can now be measured through a new metric called NikeFuel: the more active you are, the more NikeFuel you earn. Business Wire India

Cybex Named Exclusive Supplier to SportHouse, a London Training Facility for Elite Athletes and Mega Club for the Community
Cybex International, a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, has been named the exclusive equipment supplier for London’s newest mega club and sports training/conditioning facility, SportHouse. Slated to debut in March, SportHouse will be the country’s most comprehensive sports conditioning facility Business Wire India

Bank of America Reports Fourth-Quarter 2011 Net Income of $2.0 Billion, or $0.15 Per Diluted Share Full-Year 2011 Net Income of $1.4 Billion, or $0.01 Per Diluted Share
Bank of America Corporation today reported net income of $2.0 billion, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with a net loss of $1.2 billion, or $0.16 per diluted share in the year-ago period. Revenue, net of interest expense, on a fully taxable-equivalent (FTE)1 basis rose 11 percent to $25.1 billion. Business Wire India

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