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101 year old woman sets new world record after paragliding on b'day
A great grandmother in the US became the oldest woman in the world to paraglide, after she took the flight to celebrate her 101st birthday. ANI

88 pc motorists use mobile phones while driving, says report
A majority of drivers still risk their lives by using mobile phones while driving, a survey has revealed. ANI

Barack Obama jokes about birth certificate at St Patrick's Day reception
Barack Obama cracked a joke about his birth certificate as he received a Certificate of Irish Heritage from the Prime Minister of Ireland Edna Kenny. ANI

Russia's approval to Annan plan lauded by US as 'convergence of views'
Russia's endorsement of Kofi Annan's mediation efforts in Syria has been lauded as a positive step toward international unity by the Obama administration, even if the decision falls short to resolve a basic disagreement between the Kremlin and the West. ANI

Petition filed in Pak court to probe Zardari's assets in light of NRO issue
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court Lahore Registry to investigate the assets and sources of income of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

First Baloch women's conference calls for Balochistan sovereignty
Baloch women representatives from Central and Eastern Balochistan, Western Balochistan, Northern Balochistan, Arab, Europe and America gathered for the first Baloch Women's Conference in Afghanistan recently. ANI

Pak MP wants booze to flow for all as easily as Pepsi or Coke
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Saleem Khursheed Khokhar has said alcohol should be as easily available as Pepsi or Coke to stop reinforcing that it is only for minority faith members to consume. ANI

China unlikely to accept WTO agreement
An official from the Ministry of Commerce, has indicated that China will probably not take part in an international agreement on government procurement this year because of greater than before standards set by developed nations. ANI

Chinese welfare group urges govt to abolish pelvic exams in civil service recruitment
A public welfare organization in China has urged the government to abolish conducting gynecological examinations in the physical exams for civil service recruitment. ANI

'50% of NATO containers travelling through Pakistan should be handled through Pak Railways'
The Pakistan parliamentary committee has presented proposals regarding relations with the United States, which among many points demanded that at least 50 percent of NATO containers travelling through Pakistan be handled through Pakistan Railways. ANI

Vincent Van Gogh's floral still life identified
A still life painting that was once believed to be the work of an anonymous artist has been discovered to be that of Dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh. ANI

Michelle Obama says Barack 'always upbeat' about Congress
Michelle Obama has revealed that the US President never badmouths the Congress or its speaker John Boehner in his conversations with her. ANI

62% of Pak Hindu-Christian women fear being left out by Muslims if discriminated: Poll
Nearly 62 percent of Hindu and Christian women in Pakistan fear that a majority of Muslims would not come to their aid if they were being discriminated against. ANI

'America will respond "openly and honestly" on US-Pak ties once Islamabad's parliamentary debate ends'
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that the United States would wait for the conclusion of parliamentary debate on Pak-US relationship and would respond "openly and honestly". ANI

Obama re-election campaign spent $10k on nail polish
Obama's re-election campaign spent 10,000 dollars in February on nail polish alone, according to the latest report for one of its joint Democratic National Committee accounts. ANI

Gingrich wants a piece of Hollywood actor Robert De Niro
Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich has an unlikely political foe - Hollywood star Robert De Niro.ingrich turned his fire on De Niro after the famed "Taxi Driver" made a joke at an Obama campaign fundraiser. ANI

Cameron says his 'shy' wife needs to be told she is 'brilliant' and 'looks amazing'
British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed that his spotlight shy wife Samantha needed reassurance that she was 'brilliant' in public and 'looked amazing' on her first official visit abroad. ANI

Michelle Obama makes 'covert' shopping trips to mingle with Americans
Michelle Obama has revealed that she goes on "covert" shopping trips in an attempt to escape the confines of the White House and mingle with the American people. ANI

US commander in Afghanistan suggests 'no further troop reduction until late 2012'
A top US commander in Afghanistan has said that he would not consider further American troop reductions until late this year, after the departure of the current 'surge' forces. ANI

China blocks 'Ferrari' searches to suppress rumours of politician's son being involved in car crash
China has reportedly banned Internet users from searching the word Ferrari to suppress rumours that the son of a senior politician was killed in high-speed car crash. ANI

Following purge in Chinese province, Beijing tightens grip
The Chinese government has tightened its grip in Chongqing Province after removing Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai on charges of nepotism. ANI

Osama's brother-in-law challenges criminal case in Pak against sister, children
The brother-in-law of former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court, challenging the registration of a criminal case against his sister and her children. ANI

Writing letter to Swiss Govt. against Zardari 'insult to Pakistan', claims Punjab governor
Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has said that Pakistan had given immunity to President and writing to the Swiss government would be tantamount to insulting the parliament, armed forces, and the nation as a whole. ANI

Myanmar invites Asian observers to monitor parliamentary elections
Myanmar has agreed to allow observers from neighbouring countries to monitor the nation's April parliamentary election. ANI

Armed Syrian opposition groups accused of committing 'serious human rights abuses'
Syria's armed opposition groups have carried out serious human rights abuses, including kidnapping, torture and execution, a rights group has claimed. ANI

Barack Obama tucked me up in bed, reveals David Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed that US President Barack Obama 'tucked him up in bed' while he was aboard 'Air Force One' during his recent trip to America. ANI

Obama's daughter safe in Mexico after 7.6 magnitude earthquake
Barack Obama's eldest daughter Malia, who was in Mexico on Tuesday, is said to be fine even though the country was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale. ANI

Moazzam Khan appointed new Pak Foreign Office spokesman
The Pakistan Foreign Office has appointed Moazzam Khan as its spokesperson, replacing Abdul Basit. ANI

Abbottabad commission probing Osama raid summons former Pak spy chiefs
The Abbottabad commission has summoned former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chiefs Gen (Retd) Ziauddin Butt and Lt. Gen. (Retd) Nadeem Taj, and Brig (Retd) Ijaz Shah, Former DG (IB) to give their viewpoint on the May 2 raid by US Navy SEALS that killed former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

Want a job? Hand over your Facebook password
Hiring managers of some public agencies in the US are asking job applicants to hand over their Facebook passwords, it has emerged. ANI

Romney wins Illinois GOP primary
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has comfortably won the Illinois Republican primary, enlarging his lead in the race for the party's presidential nomination. ANI

PVH Corp. Announces Landmark Agreement with Coalition of NGOs and Bangladesh Labor Unions on Fire and Building Safety
PVH Corp Business Wire India

CORRECTING and REPLACING Starr Companies Granted License in Singapore; Chan Tat Yoong Named Principal Officer
Business Wire India

ebrary Announces New Strategic Approach to E-book Acquisition
To help libraries meet the research needs of their entire institutions and maximize their budgets, ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced a strategic new approach to e-book acquisition based on three steps: Transition, Diversify and Streamline™ Business Wire India

SAP Customers in Southeast Asia Learn Advanced Techniques for SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) from SAPinsider
The largest independent producer of SAP-related events and information, SAPinsider, brings BPC Bootcamp to Singapore 22-24 May, 2012. BPC Bootcamp is the definitive event for business, functional, and IT support teams who are responsible for financial planning and consolidation Business Wire India

Power Integrations Announces Industry’s First LED-Driver Design for Replacement of 100 W A19 Incandescent Bulbs
Power Integrations (Nasdaq:POWI), maker of the world’s most efficient, longest-lasting off-line LED driver ICs, today announced an LED-driver reference design for high-power LED bulb replacement. The driver can deliver the power required for a 100 W incandescent bulb replacement in an A19 form factor - an industry first Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies Receives $12.6 Million Follow-On Order from Zhejiang Shangcheng Science & Technology Co., Ltd for ASF™ Sapphire Furnaces
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced that it has received a $12.6 million follow-on order from Zhejiang Shangcheng Science & Technology Co., Ltd (Shangcheng) for additional ASF™ sapphire growth furnaces Business Wire India

Moody’s Analytics Launches Dismal Scientist for iPad
Moody’s Analytics, a leading independent provider of economic data and analysis, today announced the launch of Dismal Scientist for iPad mobile digital device, a free application providing real-time information for more than 300 economic indicators in 46 countries Business Wire India

Datacard Group Expands Into India
Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization solutions, today announced that CardPro Solutions Pvt. Ltd.—a manufacturer, exporter and supplier of smart cards—has installed the Datacard® MX2000™ card issuance system, helping expand Datacard Group’s growth in the Indian market. Business Wire India

Starr Companies Granted License in Singapore; Chan Tat Yoong Named Principal Officer
Starr Companies announced that it has received a direct general license from the Monetary Association of Singapore (MAS) to operate as a direct insurer in the Republic. Business Wire India

Systagenix to launch EPIFIX® amniotic membrane allograft for acute and chronic wounds
Systagenix (Gatwick, U.K.), announced today that it will launch EPIFIX® in the United States in March as part of a global distribution agreement reached with MiMedx Group, Inc. EPIFIX® is a human amniotic membrane allograft which has been shown to promote regeneration of soft tissues Business Wire India

Jefferies Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Jefferies Group, Inc. (NYSE: JEF) announced today financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended February 29, 2012. Business Wire India

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