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Sikh Diaspora urge Akal Takht to implement original Nanakshahi Calendar
The Sikhs who assembled at Gurdwara Dera Sahib here on Saturday to observe the Shaheedi Diwas of the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjun Dev, have urged Akal Takht to implement the original Nanakshahi Calendar, released by the Sikhs's highest temporal seat in 2003. ANI

Pageant to question Miss USA contestants over rigging claims
Miss Universe Organization's (MUO) legal department has reportedly been making calls to Miss USA contestants of this year over rigging claims. ANI

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef dies
Saudi Arabia's heir apparent and interior minister prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has dead in Geneva, the pan-Arab Al Jazeera TV reported Saturday. ANI

'Revolutionary spirit' all but dead ahead of presidential elections in Egypt
As Egyptians prepare to vote in the country's first ever presidential elections post the Mubarak era, the revolutionary spirit seems to be missing amongst its citizens, following a Supreme Constitutional Court that ordered the dissolution of Egypt's parliament. ANI

Chinese dissidents posting anti suicide notes as protection against possible govt. attacks
Chinese dissidents have started proclaiming that they will not take their own lives as they remain suspicious over whether a Tiananmen Square activist committed suicide last week or was killed by government forces. ANI

China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft ready for launch
Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, carrying China's first female astronaut and two male ones, is scheduled to blast off in about 30 minutes. ANI

Obama eases deportation laws to allow thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in country
US President Barack Obama has eased enforcement of immigration laws, offering a chance for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work. ANI

Syrian rebels in talks with US seeking 'heavy weapons' to oust Assad regime
Syrian rebels have held meetings with senior US government officials in Washington, as pressure mounts on America to authorise a shipment of heavy weapons, including surface-to-air missiles to combat the Assad regime. ANI

Nobel laureate ElBaradei warns Egypt 'on brink of creating new emperor'
Egyptian reformist leader Mohamed ElBaradei has warned that Cairo is currently suffering under worse conditions than the era of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and is on the brink of creating a 'new emperor'. ANI

Al-Qaeda claims deadly bombings against Shiite pilgrims in Iraq
Al-Qaida militant group in Iraq on Saturday claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks mainly targeted Shiite pilgrims and security forces that killed and wounded hundreds of people on Wednesday. ANI

Japan's PM orders restart of nuclear reactors
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has ordered Kansai Electric Power (KEPCO) to restart two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in the Fukui prefecture in a bid to head off a summer energy crunch, local media reported Saturday. ANI

US Secret Service's 'prostitution, sex assault and illegal wiretapping' past revealed
The U.S. government has revealed details of serious allegations against Secret Service agents and officers since 2004, including claims of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information and illegal wiretaps. ANI

Resuming Nato supplies to help douse US Congress' increasing impatience with Pak
There has been a growing impression in the United States that if the Nato supply routes remain closed, Congress would continue showing impatience with Pakistan using legislation and remarks. ANI

Iran urges its nuclear right be recognized during Moscow talks
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said Tehran expects that its right to nuclear technology, including uranium enrichment, be recognized during the upcoming talks with the world powers in the Russian capital of Moscow, the Press TV reported on Saturday. ANI

1 killed, 22 injured in market blast in NW Pakistan
At least 11 people were killed and 22 others injured as a bomb hit a market area in Pakistan's northwest tribal region of Khyber Agency on Saturday morning, local media reported. ANI

U.S. defense chief calls Egypt's military leader for continued political transition
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday called Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, leader of Egypt's ruling military council, to urge for a continued political transition in the country. ANI

Murdoch 'pushed all crude US Republican buttons' in trying to rush Blair into Iraq war
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch was a part of an "over-crude" campaign by US Republicans to force former UK prime minister Tony Blair to speed up Britain's entry into the Iraq war, according to a book. ANI

UN urges Bangladesh to accept refugees fleeing Myanmar after ethnic clashes
The United Nations has reportedly called on Bangladesh to accept refugees fleeing Myanmar due to escalating violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the country. ANI

Karachi to set up museum, music library as tribute to ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan
The administrator of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Muhammad Hussain Syed has announced the establishment of a museum and music library in memory of legendary singer Mehdi Hassan. ANI

4 Gurkha children lose test case to live with parents in UK
Four adult children from Gurkha families have lost a test case for the right to live with their parents in the UK. ANI

Pre and post training 'just as important as induction process' at workplace
When the money that is spent in training employees is utilised well, "training and development activities allow organizations to adapt, compete, excel, innovate, produce, be safe, improve service and reach goals", a new study has revealed. ANI

US drone programme making America more hated in Pakistan than India: Expert
The Obama administration's drone campaign, which conducts air strikes against suspected militant targets in tribal areas, will not influence the outcome of an Afghan settlement, but have already tarnished the US' image in Pakistan, according to an American expert. ANI

Pak political, military leaders in huddle to break NATO supply routes, ties with US impasse
Pakistan's political and military leaders have reportedly met to discuss the issues of regional security, relations with the United States, and the reopening of NATO supply lines into Afghanistan. ANI

Bengali violinist sues UK council for 'humiliating' pubic hair gaffe
An Bengali violinist has sued a UK council for 300,000 pounds after he was named on an official festival programme brochure with a word meaning 'pubic hair'. ANI

Pak human rights activists condemn threat to Asma Jahangir's life
Human rights groups in Pakistan have condemned reported life threats to internationally acclaimed rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, according to a report. ANI

White House admits existence of drone campaigns against Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Somalia for first time
The White House has reportedly acknowledged the existence of President Barack Obama's drone campaign against Al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia for the first time. ANI

Pakistan releases 5 Indian prisoners
Pakistan has released Bhanudas Karale of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra along with four other Indians, who are now in Amritsar, waiting for their relatives to come and pick them up. ANI

Aitzaz Ahsan says Gilani 'can perform Pak PM's role even as prisoner'
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan has said that Gilani could be the chief executive of the country, even from a prison cell. ANI

UK Muslim woman who thrashed 10-yr-old girl for 'not reading enough Quran' jailed for 9 months
A Muslim woman in London, who repeatedly beat a ten-year-old girl with a steel ladle for not reading enough verses of the Quran, has been sentenced to nine months in jail. ANI

McCain slams Obama administration for antagonising Pak with 'in your face attitude'
Leading American Senator John McCain has reportedly slammed the Obama administration for damaging the relationship between Washington and Islamabad. ANI

Indian-origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi to get out of jail early
Former Indian-origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who has been given a 30-day jail sentence for web-streaming his gay roommate's encounter with his date, is expected to get out of the jail early. ANI

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