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My resignation will not resolve Zardari's immunity over NRO issue: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he is willing to resign, but added that his resignation will not resolve the issue of president's immunity over the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case and that the matter should be referred to Parliament. ANI

Five suspected militants shot dead in Bali anti-terror raids
Indonesian police has reportedly shot dead five suspected militants believed to have been planning a series of terror attacks in Bali. ANI

Top 100 Indian graduates in Malaysia to get full scholarships for pursuing higher studies
Malaysian President Najib Tun Razak has announced that the government has decided to give full scholarships to the top 100 Indian graduates who achieve first-class honours, to help them pursue post-graduate studies at local universities. ANI

Allied forces 'planned to arm Vichy France in World War II' behind Churchill's back
New secret documents have revealed that the British military planned to secretly arm Vichy France during the Second World War behind Churchill's back. ANI

The Queen reopens Kensington Palace after 12m pounds revamp
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh revealed the new public face of Kensington Palace, which was once home to Queen Victoria, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana, after a 12-million-pound renovation. ANI

Gilani not to write Pak SC ordered letter to Swiss authorities against Zardari over NRO issue
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has submitted his reply before the Supreme Court (SC) in a pending contempt case, refusing to write letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari over the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issue. ANI

American diplomatic staff harassed in Pakistan: US
US authorities have complained yet again that their diplomatic staff are being harassed in Pakistan. ANI

Romney enjoys Puerto Rican win as wife urges voters to coalesce
US presidential contender Mitt Romney relished his win in the Puerto Rican primary boasting of the 20 delegates he will add to his lead, as his wife Ann used the victory as a call to "coalesce" behind her husband's campaign. ANI

Nigella Lawson's husband likes her being 'coveted'
Television chef Nigella Lawson's husband has expressed his pleasure with his wife's popularity saying "who would want to be married to someone who nobody coveted?" ANI

UK 'most Internet-based major economy' among G-20 countries
The Internet contributes to 8.3 percent of UK GDP, a bigger share than for any of the other G20 major economies, according to a report. ANI

Libya rejects claims 'country's judiciary too ramshackled to try Gaddafi's spy chief'
Libya has rejected claims that the country's judiciary is too ramshackle to try Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, who was recently arrested in Mauritania. ANI

World's largest eco-city in China shrouded in smog
The world's largest eco-city, the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City in China is shrouded in smog rather than being a green, carbon-free paradise, as it had been earlier assumed. ANI

Hindus terrified by forced conversions to Islam in Balochistan
Forced conversions to Islam and increasing incidents of kidnapping have instilled fear among Hindus in Balochistan, Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs Basant Lal Gulshan has said. ANI

Two-thirds of young British Asians support honour code but not honour killing: Poll
Two-thirds of young British Asians agree that families should live according to the "honour" concept, but only three percent of them justified honour killings, a new poll has found. ANI

India first among Asia's top weapon importers in world
Asia is the world's top weapon importer, with India being the first world importer over the period, accounting for 10 percent in weapons volume, a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), has revealed. ANI

Nawaz hopes new ISI chief will not meddle in Pakistan politics
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has expressed hope that army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will ensure that new Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Zaheer-ul-Islam does not get involved in political matters. ANI

Osama "great martyr" while Zardari "biggest traitor": Jamaat-i-Islami chief Hasan
Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has said former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was a "great martyr" while Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is "the biggest traitor". ANI

apanese PM issues new warning on China's military build-up
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshiko Noda has issued a new warning about China's military build-up, saying that Beijing is reinforcing its military capabilities and continuing hostile activities in surrounding waters. ANI

Pak SC verdict against Gilani over NRO issue will not disqualify him: Lawyer
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's counsel Aitzaz Ahsan has said that the Supreme Court's possible verdict against his client on the issue of not writing a letter to Swiss Authorities over the National reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case, would not lead to his disqualification. ANI

Target killings ended but extortion continuing in Karachi: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that target killings have ended in Karachi, but extortion is continuing, and the operation has started against the extortion mafia. ANI

Leaked emails expose three women declaring 'intimate feelings' for Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received affectionate emails from three women, a cache of leaked private emails have revealed. ANI

Firefight erupts between rebels and Assad's forces
A firefight has reportedly erupted between rebels of the Free Syria Army and President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Damascus. ANI

Memo Commission asks JKLF chief Yasin Malik to provide evidence against Ijaz'a allegations
The Memo Gate Commission has asked Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik to prove Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz's allegations against him as wrong by providing evidence of his claims first before deciding whether or not to allow him to assist the commission in dealing with the matter. ANI

Two British journos accused of spying in Libya freed
Two British journalists, who have been accused of spying in Libya, have been freed. ANI

Leaked emails reveal Asma Assad is 'real dictator in family'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife, Asma, told a friend that she was the "real dictator" in the family, a trove of e-mails received and sent by her and Assad have revealed. ANI

Pakistan vows to rebuild strained ties with US
Pakistan has pledged to rebuild its strained relationship with the United States after a stressful year, but maintained that the issue of unmanned drone attacks on its soil remains a major impasse. ANI

Hague slams Iran for blocking UK Foreign Office website
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has slammed Iran for blocking a UK Foreign Office website in the country as part of its "ever-tightening stranglehold of censorship". ANI

Putin's goddaughter becomes Kremlin campaign's target for leading anti-government protest
Russia President Vladamir Putin's goddaughter has become the target of a Kremlin smear campaign for joining an anti-government movement. ANI

Why Pak creating fuss about India's MFN issue unlike China, US: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has backed his government's decision to give India the status of the Most Favoured Nation (FMN), saying that his country cannot afford a war with India, and it was taking decisions in the larger national interests. ANI

Osama's wives get into another catfight by branding each other 'slut and traitor'
The 'belligerent' wives of Osama bin Laden had to be restrained from attacking each again after they sparked off another vicious catfight by calling each other 'slut' and 'traitor'. ANI

Alternate juror disagrees with anti- gay verdict against Indian-origin Rutgers student in webcam spying trial
An alternate juror in the webcam spying trial said he disagreed with his colleagues' ruling that former Indian- origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was motivated by anti-gay bias as he web-streamed his gay roommate's encounter with his date. ANI

Beano's Dennis the Menace to grace new Royal Mail stamps
Dennis the Menace of The Beano, The Dandy's Desperate Dan and Roy of the Rovers are among the comic-book characters that will be featured on a new set of stamps to be issued by Britain's Royal Mail. ANI

Report shows Russia accounting for 72 pct of Syria's surging arms imports
Syria imported nearly six times more weapons between 2007and 11 than in the earlier five-year period, with Russia accounting for 72 percent of arms supplies, a report has revealed. ANI

Memo Gate Commission summons Haqqani to Pakistan on March 26
The Memo Gate Commission has summoned former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani to Islamabad on March 26 to testify on the issue. ANI

Fidel Castro 'knew in advance about JFK's assassination'
Fidel Castro had prior knowledge that US President John F Kennedy was about to be killed, according to a new book by retired CIA analyst. ANI

Smartphone ban one night a week boosts office workers' performance
Imposing a ban on staff from checking their BlackBerrys, iPhones or any device just one evening a week can lead to improvements in happiness and performance at work, a new research has found. ANI

'Indian call centres accused of selling Britons' personal data for as little as two pence'
Indian call centres are selling Britons' confidential personal data, including credit card information, medical and financial records to criminals and marketing firms for as little as two pence, an undercover investigation has discovered. ANI

Covidien Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire superDimension, Ltd.
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire superDimension, Ltd., a private company based in Herzliya, Israel, that develops minimally invasive interventional pulmonology devices. Business Wire India

SoloPower Names General Wesley K. Clark to Board of Directors
SoloPower, a San Jose, California-based manufacturer of high efficiency, lightweight and flexible thin-film solar cells and modules, announced today that General Wesley K. Clark (USA, Retired), former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and a former U.S Business Wire India

London 2012 Confirms Torchbearers and the Street Route for the Olympic Flame
-- Over 7,300 inspiring people confirmed as Torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay -- The streets along which the Olympic Flame will be carried as it journeys around the UK are revealed -- Torchbearer uniform unveiled -- Images from an event to mark today’s announcements will be available to download www.london2012 Business Wire India

Digital River to Present at the Chinese Software Global Summit
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), the revenue growth experts in global cloud commerce, announced it will present multiple educational sessions at the Chinese Software Global Summit. The conference will take place April 13-14, 2012, in Shanghai, China. Business Wire India

Inaugural CARTES in North America Expo & Conference Wraps Up in Las Vegas
The inaugural CARTES in North America event wrapped up last week in Las Vegas, Nev. with nearly 2,000 attendees from 54 countries and a sold-out roster of 120 exhibitors Business Wire India

Ernst & Young Statement on the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Announcement
Ernst & Young welcomes the announcement by the FSB on its new audit program. We look forward to participating with other key stakeholders in ensuring that the lessons learnt from the financial crisis are incorporated into discussions around promoting financial stability and more meaningful financial transparency Business Wire India

EPAM Systems, Inc. Announces Date for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Earnings Call
EPAM Systems, Inc Business Wire India

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