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Premier Wen says China needs political reform
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Wednesday that China needs not only economic reform, but also political reform, especially the reform of the leadership system of the party and government. ANI

Most New York voters approve of NYPD's Muslim surveillance
Most New York city voters think the New York Police Department has been effective in fighting terrorism, and a majority say that the New York Police Department (NYPD) has acted appropriately in its dealing with Muslims. ANI

Nearly 1 in 4 Oz kindergarten kids have 'poor language skills'
Australian children are starting kindergarten with the speech skills of three-year-olds and excessive exposure to TV and a lack of extended family could be the reason, a new study has suggested. ANI

Assad calls for parliamentary elections in Syria on May 7
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose armed forces are engaged in a bloody crackdown on opponents of his rule, has called for parliamentary elections on May 7. ANI

I am neither an ordinary person nor afraid of Red-Warrants: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he is not an ordinary person and is not afraid of Red-Warrants, a Daily Times report has claimed. ANI

Bugti committed suicide: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that Baloch leader Akbar Bugti was not killed, but had actually committed suicide. ANI

Pakistan has multiple overlapping worlds that need to be dealt with simultaneously: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said there are multiple overlapping worlds in Pakistan, which America needs to deal with simultaneously. ANI

Sweatshop horror exposed at Chinese-owned factories in Bangladesh
Workers at two Chinese owned knitwear factories in Bangladesh have revealed that they have been beaten and humiliated while churning out clothes for BHS Fashions Ltd. ANI

Prince Harry helps raise œ2m for kids' charity
Prince Harry's globe-trotting has helped raise more than 2million pounds for his children's charity. ANI

'Pak will no longer allow US to use its airspace to target militants'
Pakistan has warned the United States that it will no longer allow the latter to use its airspace to attack militants and collect intelligence on al-Qaeda and other groups. ANI

Jayalalithaa writes to PM, urges him to back UN resolution on Sri Lanka
Tamil Nadu Chief Nadu Jayalalithaa on Wednesday informed that she has written two letters to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and urged him to support United Nations (UN) resolution against war crimes in Sri Lanka. ANI

Sarkozy takes poll lead over presidential rival Hollande
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has edged ahead of his Socialist Party rival Fran‡ois Hollande for the first time since the beginning of the presidential election campaign. ANI

Voters prefer deep-voiced politicians
If results of a new study are to be believed, candidates with lower-pitched voices may get more votes in elections. ANI

Its official! Women find parking harder than men
Women have been criticised for their poor parking abilities as compared to men. ANI

Pakistan Taliban regrouping in Peshawar, FATA: Iftikhar
The Pakistan Taliban are re-grouping in Peshawar and tribal areas to counter the impact of the security forces' crackdown on them, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said. ANI

Research reveals carbon footprint caused by China's irrigation system
China's groundwater irrigation system is responsible for polluting the atmosphere with more than 30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, a University of East Anglia research has revealed. ANI

'Falkland Islands 'were on verge of being shared by Britain, Argentina in 1974 deal'
Britain was on the verge of sharing the Falkland Islands with Argentina almost 40 years ago, with islanders having joint nationality, it has been claimed. ANI

Majority of US public opposes Israel striking Iran: UMD poll
A new University of Maryland poll has said that nearly seven in ten (69 percent) Americans favor that the United States and other major powers continue to pursue negotiations with Iran. ANI

'Talks underway to reopen Indian Consulate in Karachi'
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal has announced that talks are currently underway for re-opening the Indian Consulate in Karachi to facilitate Pakistani nationals applying for visas to travel across the border. ANI

Obama says US will 'spare no effort' in probing Afghan killings
The United States will "spare no effort" in conducting a probe against a soldier accused of shooting 16 Afghanis, President Barack Obama has said. ANI

PML-Q President Shujaat reveals Gen Beg offered them money during 1990 polls
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Husain has claimed that former Pakistan army chief General (r) Aslam Beg had asked the Chaudhry brothers to support the people of his choice in the 1990 elections and offered money in reward for this favour. ANI

Salman Rushdie 'will be a presence' at India Today conclave on Mar 15
Indian- origin Sir Salman Rushdie will speak at a conference in New Delhi on March 15. ANI

Amnesty accuses Sri Lanka of perpetrating war rights abuses post- civil war
An Amnesty International report has accused Sri Lanka of perpetrating human rights violations even after the end of the civil war. ANI

ACLU backs student for wearing 'all the cool girls are lesbians' t-shirt
An ACLU lawyer has sent a letter to a Boston-area high school after a student there was told by the vice principal to cover up her "All The Cool Girls Are Lesbians" t-shirt. ANI

Santorum wins Alabama, Mississippi primaries
Former Pennsylvania Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum delivered another sharp shock to the Mitt Romney's campaign Tuesday night, by claiming victory in the Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries. ANI

'Pak banned outfits displaying muscle in country, rather than abjuring violence'
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has warned banned terrorist organizations to stop displaying their muscle power in the country and abjure violence. ANI

Brooks released on bail after 12- hour detention in News of the World phone-hacking case
Former News of the World editor Rebakah Brooks and her husband Charlie have been released on bail after being detained for 12 hours for interrogation in connection with the phone-hacking scandal. ANI

Syrian protestors routinely tortured in detention: Amnesty
People detained by the Syrian authorities are being systematically and routinely tortured, an Amnesty International report has claimed. ANI

Lawyer says ex Indian-origin Rutgers student is 'curious kid, not a homophobic bully'
A former Indian-origin Rutgers student, who used a web camera to spy on his gay room-mate' was described as a curious 'kid' rather than a 'criminally homophobic bully'. ANI

'Legal complications may surface with fresh evidences in Mumbai attack case'
A counsel for Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of four possible major planners behind the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has said 'legal complications maysurface with fresh evidences.' ANI

Maldives President Hassan accused of seizing power through illegal coup
Maldivian President Waheed Hassan is facing opposition from his brother, who has accused him of seizing power through "an illegal coup" in February. ANI

Interpol seeks documents from Pak to issue red warrant for Musharraf's arrest: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that due legal procedure was being followed to arrest the country's former President Pervez Musharraf for his alleged involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. ANI

At least 15 suspected militants killed in US drone attack in South Waziristan
At least 15 suspected militants were killed when two unmanned US drones hit them in the South Waziristan Agency, officials have said. ANI

After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica going out of print
After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print. ANI

Sarah Palin accuses Obama's new campaign ad of twisting her words
Sarah Palin has said that President Barack Obama's new campaign ad has taken her comments out of context and heavily edited them. ANI

Workplace stress cost Aussies $30 billion a year
Being overburdened with work and mental stress costs Australians over 30 billion dollars per year, which is half the total cost of workplace injury bill, a new study has revealed. ANI

War hero's diary backs up claim Hitler had a lovechild with French woman
A newly discovered wartime dairy of a soldier has put weight on claims that Adolf Hitler fathered an illegitimate son with a French woman. ANI

Unknown caller threatens to abduct, kill Ijaz's daughter
An unknown caller has allegedly threatened to abduct and kill the daughter of Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the key man involved in the controversial Memo Gate issue. ANI

Prince Harry struggles to find girlfriend
Prince Harry has revealed that being a royal comes in the way of having a love life and sometimes he and his brother William just crave normalcy. ANI

Cosworth Receives Rolls-Royce Contract to Develop HFE Technology for Portable Gensets
Cosworth is pleased to announce that it has been contracted by Rolls-Royce Distributed Generation Systems to demonstrate the potential of its market-leading heavy fuel engine technology. Business Wire India

Asia's Representing Exhibition for Photonics & Laser, ""Photonix 2012"" Will Take Place in a Month
Demands for photonics & laser technologies are expected to expand rapidly, playing a part in technical innovation in various fields. In Japan leading the industry, Photonix 2012 will take place, gathering all kinds of photonics & laser technologies from over the world Business Wire India

NEC Launches UNIVERGE 3C: Unified Communications and Collaboration Software Enabling Workforce Flexibility
NEC Corporation (NEC) (TOKYO:6701) announced today the latest generation of its Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) software, UNIVERGE 3C(TM). Business Wire India

Uschi Schreiber Appointed to Lead Global Government and Public Sector Center at Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young has appointed Uschi Schreiber as the new Global Leader for its Government and Public Sector Center, which provides innovative solutions to clients around the world including national, state, and regional governments, international institutions, as well as cities, and large non-profits Business Wire India

Covidien Announces Results from 2012 Annual General Meeting
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) announced the results from today’s Annual General Meeting. Seven proposals were on the meeting agenda: Business Wire India

SoloPower Sets Record for Flexible CIGS Solar Panel Efficiency
SoloPower, a San Jose, California-based manufacturer of flexible thin film solar cells and modules, announced today that its next generation panel has achieved an aperture area efficiency of 13.4%, a record for flexible copper, indium, gallium and (di)selenide (“CIGS”) based modules Business Wire India

Nordson EFD Wins 2012 Service Excellence Award
Nordson EFD (Nasdaq: NDSN) has won Circuits Assembly magazine’s Service Excellence Award for the 4th year in a row. This is the 8th time in the last 9 years the company has received the prestigious award, which was presented during the recent IPC Apex Expo 2012 in San Diego, California. Business Wire India

Wynn Resorts Issues Statement on Okada Counterclaim
Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) today issued the following statement in response to the counterclaim filed yesterday by Kazuo Okada, Aruze USA, Inc. and Universal Entertainment Corp.: Business Wire India

Smith Micro Provides Secure Enterprise Connection Management Solution for Eandis
Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI), a leading provider of wireless and mobility solutions, today announced its enterprise connection management solution, QuickLink® Mobility, has been selected by utility company Eandis CVBA to simplify and secure mobile connectivity for their field workforce Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies ASF™ Sapphire Furnace Customer, OCI Company, Ltd., Begins Production in its New Sapphire Manufacturing Facility
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), announced that OCI Company, Ltd., its long-time South Korea-based PV and now also a sapphire equipment customer, has begun production of sapphire boules and cores in its new manufacturing facility Business Wire India

TomTom Teams With ModusLink for India Expansion
ModusLink Global Solutions™, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) is enabling TomTom® (AEX:TOM2) to expand into India with the launch of its newest Solution Center in Hyderabad, India Business Wire India

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