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New Zealand school teaches Sanskrit and claims it helps children understand English
A school in New Zealand has a 'Sanskrit Language Studies' program and claims that learning Sanskrit accelerates a child's reading ability. ANI

Saudi royals' entourage member accused of raping barmaid in NY hotel
A 60-year-old member of the Saudi Royal Family entourage is in court over allegedly luring two young women back to his room at the Plaza Hotel and raping one of them. ANI

Robert Burns would have been considered terrorist today, says filmmaker
A filmmaker has said that under modern laws, Scotland's national poet Robert Burns would have faced terrorism charges over his poetry if he was writing now. ANI

Woman fighting Saudi Arabia's ban on female drivers dies in car crash
A Saudi woman who defied a ban on female drivers in the country has reportedly died in a car accident. ANI

Costa Concordia's 'mysterious' US owner's response over tragedy 'disgraceful'
The US-based owner of Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise liner that ran aground off the Italian coast, has been branded a 'disgrace' for failing to take responsibility for the tragedy that took nearly 32 lives. ANI

Cyber threats looming high over Australian spy agencies
The Independent Review of the Intelligence Community (IRIC) has revealed that a riding wave of information on the internet has been observed. ANI

Pak police arrests man claiming to be Mohammed Asif's cousin
Pakistan's Crime Investigation Agency has recovered a police uniform and a pistol from a person claiming to be banned cricketer Mohammed Asif's relative. ANI

Two more Tibetans killed during clashes with Chinese police forces
Two more Tibetans in China's southwestern Sichuan province were killed when security forces opened fired on thousands of demonstrators. ANI

Gilani dispels earlier statement about 'Army's unconstitutional support' in memo probe
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has retracted from his earlier statement against the country's military establishment that it had acted unconstitutionally in supporting a court investigation of a controversial memo. ANI

Historic law on condom use in p*rn films passed in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a historic new law on Monday, which will make it compulsory for p*rn performers to wear condoms while acting in areas requiring a city film permit. ANI

Microsoft says ex-Russian anti-virus developer behind botnet creation
Software giant Microsoft has identified a former Russian employee of an antivirus software firm as the alleged operator of a botnet, which distributed over 3.8 billion spam in a day. ANI

Fukushima No.1 plant witnesses rise in radioactive release
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has said the amount of radioactive materials released from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has seen a rise this month as compared with December. ANI

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam wants 'early and fair' polls in Pakistan
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that his party wants early and fair elections in Pakistan. ANI

HRCP shows concern over death of another Pak Army detainee
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has raised an alarm through its reports that another person who had been detained for suspected involvement in an attack on the military headquarters has been found dead. ANI

Capsized Costa Concordia captain's wife says 'Schettino is no monster'
The wife of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, that ran aground off the Italian coast, has insisted that her husband "was not a monster." ANI

Romney 'rakes in more money per day than average American earns in one year'
US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney rakes in more money in a single day than an average American earns over the course of a year, his recently released tax records show. ANI

Tibetan shooting came on heels of criticism of China's rights record by Human Rights Watch
The shooting of Tibetan protesters by Chinese security personnel came on the heels of the annual Human Rights Watch report, which criticized Beijing for repression in ethnic minority areas such as Tibet. ANI

'Pak military, govt. on same page on no compromise on Pak sovereignty issue'
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and DG ISI Lt-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha have jointly expressed that the world should be made aware that the country's sovereignty and integrity would never be compromised again. ANI

Ex-Taliban envoy rules out involvement of Pak in Afghan peace talks
Former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef has voiced his support for the US-Taliban talks, but strongly opposed the involvement of 'neighbouring countries' like India, Pakistan and Iran. ANI

'Islamic flag flying over White House' film shown to train NYPD officials: Secret documents
A short film showing Muslim terrorists shooting Christians in the head, and an Islamic flag flying over the White House has been used "on a continuous loop" between three months and a year for training New York Police Department officials, internal police reports have revealed. ANI

Pentagon to end Air Force drone program
The United States Air Force's long-range surveillance drone program, which is also known as the Global Hawk, is likely to face the Pentagon axe, at least for the short term. ANI

Syrian regime decides to stand up to 'conspiring universe'
The Syrian regime has vowed to solve its own problems even if "half the universe" is conspiring against it. ANI

PML-N wants Pak SC to look into ISI's role in country's politics
After the Supreme Court's decision to take up a controversial decade-old case regarding the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) role in politics, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has asked the court not overlook the agency's role in the present, as well as former president Pervez Musharraf's regime. ANI

John F Kennedy predicted 'tough day' on eve of assassination
In the days before his assassination, President John F Kennedy predicted the following Monday would be a tough day, which turned to be the date of his funeral, his secret recordings reveal. ANI

Egypt partially lifts emergency law one year after anti-Mubarak uprising
Egyptian military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi has announced the lifting of a 30-year-old state of emergency a day before the first anniversary of the uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak. ANI

Obama calls for keeping the "American Dream" alive in final State of the Union address
In what could be his final State of the Union address, President Barack Barack Obama on Tuesday called for keeping alive the American dream as "the defining issue of our time" and pledged to fight obstruction by congressional Republicans. ANI

Over 40 new species discovered in South American forests
More than 40 species of creatures that scientists believe to be new to science have been discovered in tropical forests of a tiny South American country. ANI

Never-before-seen pics show Hitler's 'lavish' private world
Some never-before-seen wartime pictures show rooms where Adolf Hitler spent his private moments. ANI

US pleased with Pak institutions' talks to overcome political instability in country
The US is pleased with the Pakistani institutions' decision to hold talks to overcome political instability in the country, the State Department has said. ANI

Memo commission rejects Ijaz's plea to testify abroad over security reasons
The judicial commission probing the memogate scandal has given Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz a last chance to appear before it by February 9 in Islamabad, rejecting his plea to testify abroad on the same issue over security reasons. ANI

US Marine escapes jail term over killing of 24 Iraqi civilians
A US Marine, who was accused of killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha in 2005, will serve no time behind bars, a military judge has ruled. ANI

Obama counters GOP criticism on administration's energy policies
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday countered the Republican Party's criticism of his energy policy, by announcing that he was ordering his administration to open up 75 percent of potential offshore oil and gas resources. ANI

Pak Senators stage walkout over resumption of US drone attacks in country
Senators from opposition parties in Pakistan reportedly walked out of the Senate on Tuesday against the resumption of drone attacks in the country's tribal areas. ANI

Obama again targets outsourcing, says no rewards for those shipping jobs overseas
U.S. President Barack Obama has said that his government will be taking steps to end tax breaks for businesses that continue to outsource American jobs. ANI

Algeria foils al-Qaeda plot to attack US, European ships in Mediterranean
Algerian security forces have reportedly foiled a terror plot by an al Qaeda affiliate to carry out suicide attacks with an explosive-laden boat on US and European ships in the Mediterranean sea. ANI

White House shooter pleads not guilty of Obama assassination attempt
A 21-year-old US man accused of firing shots at the White House last year, has pleaded not guilty of trying to assassinate President Barack Obama. ANI

Large number of corporate women wearing skirts to look professional
An increasing number of corporate women are wearing skirts and suits to office in their bid to look professional. ANI

Al-Futtaim and iYogi Launch Remote Tech Support Services in Middle East
Techserve, a leading service and systems integration provider today announced its alliance with global remote tech support provider iYogi to deliver on-demand remote tech support for consumers and businesses across GCC states in the Middle East Business Wire India

DaVita Acquires Majority Stake in NephroLife India
DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) today announced it has acquired controlling interest in NephroLife, a leading Bangalore-based kidney care company. DaVita® had previously announced making a minority investment in the company Business Wire India

Tano Capital, LLC Announces Final Closing for the Tano India Private Equity Fund II with Committed Capital of US $111.3 Million
Tano Capital, LLC (Tano Capital), an Asia focused alternative asset management firm, announced today the final closing of the Tano India Private Equity Fund II (“TIPEF-II”) on $111.3 million of committed capital Business Wire India

Shoppers at Luxe Moroccan Mall Ride Lift through Conical Acrylic Aquarium Designed and Built by International Concept Management (ICM)
The world’s first and largest cone-shaped aquarium with an inner glass aquarium elevator debuted at the new Morocco Mall in Casablanca. Aquadream, the 9.3 meter tall acrylic aquarium designed and built by International Concept Management, Inc. (ICM), is the centerpiece of the luxury giga-mall along Morocco’s coast. Business Wire India

Assured Guaranty Announces Three-Part Transaction with Radian Asset
Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO) (together with its subsidiaries, “Assured Guaranty”) announced today that Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp. (“AGM”) has entered into an agreement to reassume $12.9 billion of par it had previously ceded to Radian Asset Assurance Inc. (“Radian Asset”). Also, through Assured Guaranty Corp Business Wire India

Clinical Data for DURABILITY II Study Presented at ISET 2012
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced that one-year results on the use of its EverFlex™ stent for superficial femoral artery stenting were presented here during the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET) Conference. Business Wire India

Organizational Resistance and Channel Conflict Cited as Top B2B Commerce Challenges in New Digital River White Paper
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), the revenue growth experts in global cloud commerce, announced today the availability of a new white paper on the important factors to consider in managing global business-to-business (B2B) commerce channel initiatives Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Becomes Fastest Growing Major Hotel Company
Hilton Worldwide has become the fastest growing major hotel company, expanding its portfolio by 29 percent since June 2007 and surpassing its competitors in total rate of room growth Business Wire India

IMS Acquires PharmARC in India, Strengthening Global Services Capabilities
IMS Health has acquired PharmARC, an India-based company specializing in commercial analytics and services for the life sciences industry Business Wire India

DotComGuy Launches the DOTCOMinator, a Free Pro-Active IT Support Software
DotComGuy’s “MSP” Tech-Support software as a service that reduces computer/employee downtime, cuts costly computer repair bills and changes the way people manage their IT support for their Home and Business computers is now available for free downloads at Business Wire India

EPAM Systems, Inc. Commences Initial Public Offering of Common Stock
EPAM Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) today announced the launch of its initial public offering of 7,400,000 shares of common stock. Subject to market and other conditions, the Company expects to sell 1,517,647 shares of common stock and the selling stockholders expect to sell an aggregate of 5,882,353 shares of common stock Business Wire India

ILFC to Establish New Offices in Beijing and Singapore
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG), announced today that it will establish offices in Beijing and Singapore in 2012. In addition, the company has named David A. Nixon as Senior Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific Business Wire India

Coverity Announces Formation of Security Research Laboratory
Coverity, the leader in Coverity, Inc., (, the leader in Twitter or check out our blog. Business Wire India

Coverity and Wind River Bring Development Testing for Security to Embedded Software Development
News Highlights -- Coverity and Wind River team to integrate development testing for embedded software security, making it easier and faster to find and fix security vulnerabilities in embedded device software while applications are being written Business Wire India

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