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Lanka defence ministry rubbishes UK channel's program on Tamil rights abuses
The Ministry of Defence in Sri Lanka has rubbished British television network Channel 4's allegations that the armed forces and the government allegedly committed human rights atrocities against the Tamil population of the island-nation at the height of the civil war against the extremist LTTE. ANI

Obama gifts Cameron barbecue grill during US visit
US President Barack Obama has gifted David Cameron a barbeque grill to commemorate the British Prime Minister's visit to America this week. ANI

Suu Kyi calls for political, judicial reforms in Burma during landmark campaign speech
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for further political and judicial reforms in the country in a landmark campaign speech on state-controlled media. ANI

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar hopes 'pyar arrives with piyaz' on Indo- Pak ties
Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has expressed hope that 'pyar (love) arrives alongwith piyaz (onions) referring to Indo-Pak ties. ANI

Six in 10 South Africans satisfied with country's style of democracy
Six of every ten South Africans are satisfied with their nation's style of democracy, a survey has revealed. ANI

David Cameron and Barack Obama strike 'bromance' on Brit PM's visit
David Cameron and Barack Obama seemed to be having a bit of bromance as the two were spotted slapping each other on the back, patting shoulders and grasping each other during the British Prime Minister's tour of the US. ANI

'Internet-savvy' mums consider web 'top source of parenting tips'
Most mothers opt to get parenting tips from the internet, over asking their own parents for advice about how to look after their children, according to a new survey. ANI

Study highlights pitiful state of uneducated, sexually harassed Pak minority women
Minority women in Pakistan are facing severe problems, including threat of forced conversion, lack of access to education in Pakistan and need a policy response, a study has said. ANI

Only Pak Parliament can decide on president's immunity: Information Minister
Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said the immunity of the president is constitutional and can only be withdrawn by the nation's parliament. ANI

Pak SC warns ex generals of ominous consequences in 1990 election funding cases
The Pakistan Supreme Court has warned former generals that their confession on funding the country's politicians to rig the 1990 elections can have serious consequences. ANI

Pak Chief Justice slams intelligence agencies for flouting mandate
Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary has said the country's intelligence agencies are flouting their mandate. ANI

US, Pak exploring terms of engagement to revive ties
The United States and Pakistan are exploring new terms of engagement for reviving their ties, which have deteriorated rapidly since January 2011. ANI

Motorists most vulnerable to hitting 'gadget-fixated' pedestrians at 8.38am
Most accidents involving motorists knocking down pedestrians occur at 8:30 am as one in ten crossing the road are more attentive towards their mobiles and portable music players than traffic around them, a new study has revealed. ANI

Kayani defends intelligence agencies' role over 'missing persons' issue
Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has defended the role of intelligence agencies on the issue of missing persons , saying "establishing institutions require a lot of hard work and the media should be careful ... that their words do not undermine these [institutions]." ANI

James Murdoch says he 'could have conducted more thorough probe into phone hacking scandal'
News Corp executive James Murdoch has expressed his deep regret over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and admitted that he could have conducted a more thorough investigation into allegations that the practice was widespread at News International. ANI

Iran blamed for launching cyber attack against BBC to disrupt Persian service
The British Broadcasting Corporation has raised suspicion that a "sophisticated cyber-attack" launched on the media firm could be Iran's efforts to disrupt its Persian service. ANI

Afghan shootings: Suspect US soldier flown to Kuwait
An American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children, has been flown to Kuwait. ANI

Afghan airfield attacked shortly before landing of US Defense Secretary
An airfield in Afghanistan was reportedly attacked shortly before U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was due to land. ANI

Nearly 4 million Americans at risk of flooding as sea levels rise
Nearly four million Americans find themselves at risk of severe flooding as sea levels rise in the coming century, a new research suggests. ANI

Moroccans demand change to strict Islamic law after suicide of girl forced to marry her rapist
Outraged Moroccans are demanding a change in the nation's strict Islamic penal code after a 16-year-old girl committed suicide as she was forced to marry her rapist. ANI

UN panel approves sidelined report praising Gaddafi's human rights record
A United Nations panel has adopted a report praising the human rights record of the former government of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a year after it was sidelined amid international objection. ANI

Hundreds of Tibetans protest after another monk sets himself on fire in China
Several hundred Tibetans launched a protest against Chinese rule after a monk self immolated himself in the country's Qinghai province. ANI

Brit workers shelling out 2k pounds to de-stress by learning to be sheepdogs
Stressed out British employees are enrolling themselves in 'Raising the Baa' course, which has been launched by a working shepherd who is turning his hand to executive training. ANI

Prince Harry 'pleading to be sent back to war-ravaged Afghanistan'
Prince Harry has revealed that if he had the opportunity to serve his country in the war zone he would do it again. ANI

Pak National Assembly adopts unanimous resolution to regulate security agencies' role
The Pakistan National Assembly (NA) has unanimously adopted a resolution seeking to evolve a comprehensive framework to regulate the role and functioning of security agencies. ANI

Leaked emails show Assad's wife spent thousands on Internet shopping during Syrian uprising
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife Asma spent tens of thousands of pounds on lavish accessories as her husband's regime continued its crackdown on hundreds of pro-democracy protestors, a trove of e-mails received and sent by him and his wife have revealed. ANI

Malik sues Shahbaz Sharif for Rs 10 billion over claims of taking Rs 500 m from IB
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has sued Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab President Shahbaz Sharif over claims that the former took 500 million rupees from the Intelligence Bureau. ANI

Obama warns Iran 'diplomatic window to resolve crisis over nuke program shrinking'
US President Barack Obama has warned that the window to resolve the crisis over Iran's nuclear program diplomatically is now closing. ANI

Osama's eldest wife sparks off catfight by branding younger wife 'slut'
One of Osama Bin Laden's wives reportedly sparked off a vicious catfight with his youngest wife after calling her a slut. ANI

Pak set to re-open NATO supply routes 'under tough conditions'
Pakistan is likely to re-open the NATO supply routes that it had blocked in protest against the November 26, 2011 deadly air raid on its border posts in Mohmand Agency. ANI

Indian fish vendor in Oman beaten black and blue for seeking break from work
An Indian fish vendor in Oman has been brutally beaten up by relatives of his employer for seeking rest after long hours of working. ANI

Indian captive killed by Al-Qaeda linked terror group in Philippines
A terrorist group in Philippines has reportedly executed an Indian man who had been held captive for over nine months. ANI

Oz-Indian separated from family for 25 years reunites after spotting village on Google Earth
An Indian man, who was separated from his family while begging in Madhya Pradesh when he was just five, has finally been reunited with them 25 years later after locating his village on Google Earth. ANI

Smiths Detection Launches New Air Cargo Scanner to Meet Growing Demands of Global Security
Smiths Detection has unveiled a new, dual-view X-ray inspection system designed to meet the growing global demands of screening large cargo, pallets and freight items on both passenger and cargo planes. Business Wire India

Cellocator Fleet Management Services Selects Cinterion
Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto company (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO), today announced that its BGS3 module is now integrated in Cellocator’s CelloFamily advanced telematics solutions Business Wire India

World's Largest FPD Exhibition! 22nd FINETECH JAPAN Will Take Place in a Month
The FPD industry is being fueled by the expansion of the smartphone market. The world's largest exhibition for the industry, 22nd FINETECH JAPAN, will take place from April 11th at Tokyo Big Sight. Also at its concurrent shows, 3rd FilmTech JAPAN and 1st PLASTIC JAPAN, advanced materials essential for FPD manufacturing will be exhibited. Business Wire India

Quintiles Highlights Potential of Asia to Transform Biopharma
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New 3D Model Pro Suite That Works With Adobe® Photoshop® from
Digital Art Zone (DAZ) has announced a new 3D Model Pro Suite that is compatible with Adobe® Photoshop® software, available at Business Wire India

Malaysia’s Employees Provident Fund Expands Use of Charles River IMS with FIX Electronic Trading and Post-Trade Module
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Effrx Announces: FDA approves BINOSTO®, First and Only Effervescent Osteoporosis Treatment in a Buffered Solution
EffRx Pharmaceuticals SA today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved BINOSTO® (alendronate sodium) Effervescent Tablets, previously known as EX101, for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and as a treatment to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis Business Wire India

Cybex, PumpOne Announce Partnership to Enhance Mobile Personal Training, Provide Expert Advice
Cybex International Inc. (NASDAQ: CYBI), a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, and PumpOne, a leader in consumer and professional personal training solutions, announced a partnership that will provide users of online and mobile fitness applications with unprecedented access to Cybex technology and research. Business Wire India

Covidien Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.225 per ordinary share. The dividend is payable on May 7, 2012, to shareholders of record on April 4, 2012. Business Wire India

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