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Shanghai survey suggests new media more powerful tool than traditional media
According to a new survey, new media can act as more powerful tools for democratic supervision than traditional media. ANI

Ignoring feelings of compassion makes people feel less moral
Suppressing compassionate feelings may cause people to lose a bit of their commitment to morality, a new study has revealed. ANI

Pak intelligence agencies described as wild broncos unrestrained by law or humanity'
Pakistan's intelligence agencies are a wild bronco unrestrained by any considerations of the law or humanity and they should be regulated through stringent legislation and rules, an editorial in a daily has said. ANI

Gilani says had he been scared, he wouldn't have joined politics
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said had he been scared of anyone, he would not have joined politics, and added that he would rather be jailed than re-opening the alleged money laundering cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Banned Pak terror outfit warns Kyber locals to pay for safety
The militant outfit Lashker-e-Islam has reportedly demanded payment from Acheni Bala Union Council residents in Pakistan's Kyber Agency in exchange for their safety. ANI

Refloating capsized Costa Concordia 'could cost far beyond 100m euro'
The overall cost of refloating Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast in January this year, would be 'far beyond' 100 million Euros, a dredging and maritime services company bidding for the task has said. ANI

Experts 'not surprised' by Taliban's decision to pull out of Qatar peace talks with US
Experts are not surprised by Taliban's decision to pull out of talks with the United States as a part of the Qatar initiative. ANI

Swiss probe of Zardari graft case possible if Pak abolishes immunity
Switzerland can start probing the alleged money- laundering cases against Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari if Pakistan abolishes the presidential immunity, the Pakistan Government's attorney, FranAois Micheli, has said. ANI

UN chief says 'well over 8,000 dead in Syria uprising'
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that well over 8,000 people have died in Syria over the past year as a result of the President Bashar Assad led government's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. ANI

'Abducted' Hindu girls being forcibly kept at Sindh madrassas: Zardari's sister
Hindu girls are being forcibly kept in various madrassas in Sindh and are later forced to marry Muslims, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's sister Dr Azra Fazl has said. ANI

North Korea plans to launch rocket in memory of Kim Il-Sung
North Korea has unveiled its plan to launch a long-range rocket mounted with a satellite in honour of its late former President Kim Il-Sung's birthday next month. ANI

Research papers on Pak president's immunity stolen in Islamabad
Research papers related to Pakistan president's immunity have been stolen from the residence of the Supreme Court official in Islamabad. ANI

Gilani prefers jail to asking Switzerland to re-open graft cases against Zardari
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that he would go to jail rather than obey a court order to ask Switzerland to re-open alleged money-laundering cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Samantha Cameron says she 'would never forget shocking events of 9/11 terror attacks'
British Prime Minister David Cameron's wife, Samantha, has said that she would never forget the "shocking" events of the 9/11 terror attacks and the impact they had on the city, as she spoke publicly for the first time about her experiences in New York on that day. ANI

FHM publisher announces magazine's closure
FHM's publisher ACP announced on Thursday that the May issue of the magazine would be the last and its website would close at the same time. ANI

Pak minorities demand new laws for protection, stopping forced conversion
Pakistan's minority legislators have called on the government to devise a proper legislation for their protection and urged to halt their forced conversion to Islam. ANI

I love sex and I love men, says John McCain's daughter
Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain's daughter Meghan told Playboy in an interview that she is straight, single and comes 'from a family of whiskey drinkers'. ANI

Chief executive 'churn' revealed as 'myth'
The belief that company chief executives are highly vulnerable to being attracted to a higher paying role and regularly jump ship to other top jobs is a myth, a new study has discovered. ANI

Brits spend 2 months in one year watching TV
People in Britain spend more than two months a year or 31 hours a week watching television, a new study claims. ANI

FBI warns of homegrown violence after Afghan massacre
Federal authorities have issued a warning there could be "acts of violence" across the United States following the recent massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan allegedly by an American soldier. ANI

Most women 'stressed' by changing in public
The experience of changing in a locker room, the acts of disrobing, dressing, showering and being n*ked in front of others, can be extremely discomfiting for a number of women, according to a new study. ANI

China's mission to bring back lunar soil reaches advanced stage
China's mission to collect about two kilograms of soil from the moon's surface and bring it back to earth has reached an advanced stage, according to a leading space official. ANI

New policy report says India cannot achieve growth like China without reforms
A new policy report from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has revealed that India would find it difficult to match China in terms of economic growth without carrying out reforms. ANI

Alps coach crash driver was 'changing a DVD' at the time of tunnel tragedy
Survivors of a bus crash that killed 22 children and six adults in a tunnel in Switzerland, have reportedly told their families that the driver was helping to change a DVD seconds before the accident. ANI

Pak Abbottabad commission findings dramatically contradict US version
The findings of the Abbottabad commission report reportedly contradict the findings of the report given by US authorities on the May 2 raid. ANI

Oz politician told his wife should be behind him, not all over him
Australia's Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman has been asked to go slow on public and physical displays of affection with his wife. ANI

Two British journos accused of espionage handed over to Libyan intelligence
Two British journalists, who have been accused of spying in Libya, have been handed over to the state intelligence. ANI

No verdict in ex Indian- origin Rutger student's web-spying yet
Jurors in the webcam spying case involving a former Indian origin Rutgers student have completed two days of deliberations and have not reached a verdict. ANI

Iran offers 'permanent human monitoring' of nuke sites in exchange for Western cooperation
A senior Iranian official has said that Tehran is ready to allow "permanent human monitoring" of its nuclear program in exchange for Western cooperation. ANI

Cameron commends Obama's 'moral authority' and 'wisdom'
British Prime Minister David Cameron has praised US President Barack Obama for his moral authority and wisdom during a state dinner in Washington. ANI

Assad's father-in-law says 'Syrian uprising just like London riots'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's father-in-law has compared the uprising in the Islamic country to the last year's London riots and questioned why British Prime Minister David Cameron did not deploy troops as Assad did. ANI

Indian headmistress blames 'playground mafia' of racist parents for ouster from Brit school
An Indian headmistress from a primary school in Britain has claimed that a "playground mafia" of racist parents were involved in a campaign to oust her from the school. ANI

Indian woman in UAE faces premeditated murder charges after surviving suicide bid
Primary charges of premeditated murder have been levelled against an Indian woman in Dubai, who is the sole survivor of a family suicide bid. ANI

US 'still committed to Afghan reconciliation process' despite Taliban talks suspension
The United States has said that it remains committed to Afghan reconciliation, despite Taliban's announcement of suspending talks with America. ANI

Foreign Visitors Lured by British Music Scene
New research from VisitBritain reveals that overseas visitors can be enticed by our Grammy and BRIT Award winning music Business Wire India

NRI to Make Its Singapore Subsidiary as Core in Asia
Nomura Research Institute Ltd.(NRI) (TOKYO:4307), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, today announced its decision to change the name of Nomura Research Institute (Singapore) Private Limited (known as NRI Singapore) to Nomura Research Institute Asia Pacific Private Limited (NRI APAC) Business Wire India

Toyota Motor Corporation Joins Trusted Computing Group (TCG)
Trusted Computing Group (TCG), an organization that develops open international industry standards, announced today that Toyota Motor Corporation joined the organization Business Wire India

Welch Allyn Appoints Stephen F. Meyer President and CEO
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic products and solutions, announced it has appointed Stephen F. Meyer president and chief executive officer, effective April 16, 2012 Business Wire India

The Life-Changing Power of the Arc Trainer: Biggest Loser Contestant, NFL Pro-Bowl Athlete, Ultra-Distance Runner Highlight Benefits of Revolutionary Fitness Machine
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GT Advanced Technologies Achieves Full Mono Yields from Ingots Cast using New MonoCast™ Technology
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), has announced that it has achieved 100 percent mono yields from ingots cast in its DSS™450 MonoCast™ technology. The new milestone in casting technology is a 75 percent increase in yields using the same furnace configuration that the company first introduced at the end of January 2012. Business Wire India

adsmobi announces the hiring of two new Heads of Sales in New York and Singapore
Fast-growing mobile media buying platform adsmobi announced the hiring of two mobile advertising veterans to key sales management positions in New York and Singapore. Business Wire India

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