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Panda dung tea world's most expensive at 130 pounds per cup
Tea fertilised with Panda dung is set to be sold for 130 pounds a cup - making it the most expensive in the world. ANI

Muslim woman removed from jury for refusing to take off veil
A Muslim woman was taken off from a jury because she refused to remove her veil. ANI

Michelle Obama reveals 'undercover' Target trip
Michelle Obama made an appearance on David Letterman's show and talked about the time she made a trip to the Target store unnoticed. ANI

Michelle Obama calls pet dog Bo her 'son'
Michelle Obama joked that she considers the family dog, Bo, her son, and has three children - daughters Malia and Sasha, and their Portuguese water dog. ANI

US man not jailed despite incomplete Facebook apology to wife
An American man, who made comments about his estranged wife on his Facebook page and was threatened with jail unless he posted daily apologies for a month, won't be locked up even though he stopped posting the apology before the stipulated period. ANI

'Harry Potter star Waylett possessed petrol bomb, stolen Champagne in London riots'
Jamie Waylett, who played Vincent Crabbe in the Harry Potter films, consumed stolen Champagne before arming himself with a petrol bomb during the London riots, a court has heard. ANI

One of two court martial charges against Pak army Brigadier dropped
A Field General Court Martial (FGCM) where Brigadier (retd) Ali Brig Ali was being tried has dropped one of two charges against him. ANI

Yasin Malik volumes to reveal truth, help resolve political crisis in Pakistan
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik has claimed that he possesses information about the Memo Gate scandal, which could help resolve the political crisis in Pakistan. ANI

'Friends Reunited' relaunches with focus on storing memories to differentiate from Facebook
Popular British social network 'Friends Reunited' has planned to relaunch itself as a digital destination for 'collecting and keeping memories' as it aims to differentiate itself from Facebook. ANI

ISI political wing still active in Pakistan: Mukhtar
Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has said the political wing of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is still active, but added that its purpose was not formation or braking up of the parties, but to inform 'top leadership' about political activities in the country. ANI

Baloch Assembly Speaker demands army's inclusion in negotiations with province's nationalist leaders
Balochistan Assembly Speaker Mohammad Aslam Bhootani has said the army should be included in negotiations with estranged Baloch nationalist leaders. ANI

Pakistan demands US unconditional apology over deadly NATO attacks
Pakistan has demanded an unconditional apology from the United States for the NATO attacks that killed 24 soldiers in the country last year. ANI

China claims 'increase in cyber attacks from bases overseas'
There has been a massive increase in cyber attacks on China from 'foreign hackers,' a report from the country's online security group has claimed. ANI

JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik says his information on memo issue can resolve political crisis in Pakistan
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik has claimed that he possesses information about the Memo Gate scandal, which could help resolve the political crisis in Pakistan. ANI

Pakistan's support for Haqqani Network has increased: US think tank
Pakistan's support for the Haqqani terror Network has increased, through both facilitating additional sanctuary and providing strategic and operational guidance, the US-based Institute for the War Studies (IWS) has said. ANI

Ex-Argentina leader calls 'Iron Lady' Thatcher 'alcoholic'
Former Argentina president Hipolito Yrigoyen has reportedly branded Britain's former prime minister, Margaret Thatcher an 'alcoholic'. ANI

U.S. claims to have UN support for independent probe on Sri Lankan war crimes
The United States has said it gained United Nations' support to push Sri Lanka to allow an independent probe into government atrocities carried out in country's 26-year civil war against the Tamil Tigers in 2009. ANI

Syria rejects reports about receiving Russian Special Forces
A Syrian military source has rejected reports about the arrival of Russian warships carrying military staffs on the Syrian shores. ANI

US offers to cede some control over controversial Afghan night raids
The United States has offered to cede some control over its night time missions into Afghan village homes, American officials have said. ANI

Why men feel threatened by female bosses
Men are more bothered by a women being in charge of them at work than they are if their partners earn more than they do, according to a survey. ANI

Why men felt threatened by female bosses
Men are more bothered by a women being in charge of them at work than they are if their partners earn more than they do, according to a survey. ANI

Leaked documents show 9,000 Nazi war criminals fled to South America after World War 2
Nine thousand Nazi war criminals reportedly fled to South America after World War II, leaked secret documents have revealed. ANI

Osama's brother-in-law files petition in Pak court for sister's custody
Former Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law has filed a petition in the civil judge Islamabad's court for the custody of his sister Amal Asada and her children. ANI

Pak SC warns intelligence agencies against illegal detention of people
The Pakistan Supreme Court has directed the attorney general of the country to warn intelligence agencies against illegal detention of people. ANI

Top commander says 'US must stick to strategy in Afghanistan despite setbacks'
The United States must stick to its strategy in Afghanistan, including efforts to hand over security to the Afghans, despite anger over an American soldier's alleged massacre of 16 people and the burning of Korans, a senior official has said. ANI

Bristol Palin says she's still waiting for Obama to call her
Bristol Palin has said on her blog that she is awaiting Barack Obama's call over the derogatory remarks liberal comedian Bill Maher has made about her and her family. ANI

Assad's wife to be added to EU sanctions list for lavish spending on Internet shopping
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife, Asma, will be added to a European Union sanctions blacklist after leaked emails revealed that she had spent tens of thousands of pounds on Internet shopping. ANI

Gurkha service in Britain armed forces set to end under new Nepal law
Almost two centuries of Gurkha service in British armed forces is set to come to an end after Nepal parliamentarians backed a ban on recruitment when economic conditions are healthy to generate alternative jobs. ANI

US will continue to work with Pakistan despite 'complicated' ties: White House
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has assured that the US will continue to work with Pakistan despite the fact that the relations being 'complicated'. ANI

Now, see Albert Einstein's E=MC2 original scribble online
Albert Einstein's note on which he first scrawled the revolutionary E=MC2 equation has been put on public display for the first time as part of a major online digital archive. ANI

North Korea invites IAEA to monitor atomic program
The United Nation nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has said that has received an invitation from North Korea to resume monitoring parts of its atomic program. ANI

Biden says Obama's plan to raid, kill Osama was an audacious success
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is the biggest cheerleader of the president's decision to raid Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan last year and, on Monday, he offered new praise for the choice Obama made. ANI

'US won't stop drone attacks despite Pakistan's continued protests'
Former Pakistan Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao has said that the Pakistani people will keep on protesting, but the US won't stop its drone attacks. ANI

Osama's children were born in Pakistan: Report
Investigative agencies that submitted reports in the court of Senior Civil Judge Farrukh Arjumand regarding former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's existence in Pakistan, have said his children were born in that South Asian country. ANI

Burma frees ethnic Karen rebel leader sentenced to 20 years for treason
Myanmar has pardoned a leader of the Karen ethnic minority group who was given a 20-year sentence for treason. ANI

UK Muslims, Sikhs slam govt's gay marriage plan as 'unnecessary, assault on religion'
The Muslim and Sikh community in the United Kingdom has slammed Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to legalise gay marriage, calling it an 'unnecessary' step, and an 'assault on religion'. ANI

US set to apologise to Pakistan over deadly NATO attacks to restore 'business as usual'
The United States is reportedly all set to render its apology to Pakistan for the November NATO attacks on the Salala checkpost last year that killed 24 soldiers there. ANI

Gemalto to Issue an Additional 15 Million eHealth Cards in 2012 for AOK Insurees
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, will issue an additional 15 million second-generation eHealth cards (“eGK”, elektronische Gesundheitskarte) to AOK in 2012 Business Wire India

ImmerVision to Showcase Latest Ground-Breaking 360-Degree Innovations at ISC West 2012
ImmerVision, the inventor of the 360-degree panomorph lens and worldwide expert in immersive optical technology, will unveil the latest ‘ImmerVision Enables® 360-degree Innovations’ at ISC West from March 28-30. Solutions from industry leaders like Milestone Systems, Sony and Moog Videolarm will be on display at their booth #12119. Business Wire India

BMC Software Takes Leadership Position in the 2012 Workload Automation Magic Quadrant
BMC Software (NASDAQ: BMC), the recognized leader in Business Service Management (BSM), today announced that it is positioned by Gartner in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2012 “Magic Quadrant for Workload Automation,” authored by Milind Govekar, Biswajeet Mahapatra and published in February 2012 Business Wire India

Corning to Showcase Advanced Glass Innovations at FPD China 2012
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) will showcase several of its advanced glass technologies during FPD China 2012, held March 20-22 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre Business Wire India

Taro to List on NYSE
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” or the “Company,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) today announced that it has been authorized for listing on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”). The Company's ordinary shares are expected to begin trading when the market opens on March 22, 2012, under the symbol “TARO.” Business Wire India

Anue Systems Expands its Presence in the Asia-Pacific Market
Anue Systems, a leader in network monitoring switches, announces that the company has expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific marketplace Business Wire India

Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) – first new oral anticoagulant in nearly 60 years receives final NICE recommendation for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation in the UK1
For NON-US, NON-UK & NON- Canadian Healthcare Media Only Business Wire India

Lexmark Acquires ISYS to Boost Its Global Enterprise Software Capabilities
ISYS Search Software, a global leader in embedded search and universal information access solutions, today announced its acquisition by Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK). The company joins Perceptive Software, a stand-alone business unit within Lexmark. Business Wire India

Silicon Genesis Announces its Second Generation Polymax™ Production Equipment for Thin Solar Wafering
Silicon Genesis, a leader in process and technology for engineered substrates and pioneer of beam-induced solar cell wafering, announced today that it has finalized the specifications of its second-generation production system for fabricating thin-silicon solar wafers Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Launches Double Your HHonors Promotion
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, has launched its latest global promotion, Double Your HHonors Business Wire India

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