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Study calls for long-term national research program to study nuclear fuels' behaviour
A study has called for an ambitious, long-term national research program to study nuclear fuels' behaviour under the extreme conditions present during core-melt events like those that the Fukushima disaster following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami ANI

'New Chinese law allows police to make people "disappear" in politically sensitive cases'
New Chinese law that restricts police's powers to detain people at undisclosed locations without informing their families, has many flaws that would still allow police to make people "disappear" in politically sensitive cases, experts have said. ANI

John McCain's wife stands up for Sarah Palin over 'unfair portrayal'
John McCain's wife Cindy has objected to Sarah Palin's portrayal in the upcoming HBO movie 'Game Change'. ANI

British PM Cameron to accompany Obama for college basketball game
The White House has announced that British Prime Minister David Cameron will accompany President Barack Obama to a college basketball game during his official visit next week. ANI

Senior Chinese official claims Tibet is safe and stable
A senior Chinese official has said the social situation in the autonomous region of Tibet is safe and stable. ANI

Israel won't strike Iran's nuke assets in the near future: Netanyahu
Israel will wait for sanctions to work against Iran and will not attack that country's nuclear assets in near future, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. ANI

Chinese air force has trained 328 female pilots in the past six decades
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has trained a total of 328 female pilots in the last 60 years, according to figures revealed at a ceremony held on Thursday to mark the 60th anniversary of the debut flight of Chinese women pilots. ANI

Neither computers nor gold, Chicken is China's biggest illegal import
Liu Yonghao, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, had claimed that chicken is the country's biggest smuggled product. ANI

Romney worried about winning against Obama: McCain
Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain acknowledged Wednesday that ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's six wins on Super Tuesday could possibly not be enough to nail the seat in the Oval Office. ANI

Ex- Mehran Bank President Habib says Ghulam Ishaq, Gen Beg forced him to give politicians Rs400m
Former Mehran Bank President Younis Habib has told the Pakistan Supreme Court that former President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and former army chief Mirza Aslam Beg had forced him to arrange 400 million rupees for giving to politicians in the name of national interest before the 1990 general elections. ANI

Anti-Muslim, anti-gay hate groups on the rise in US: Report
Hate groups in the U.S. have grown each year for the past 11 years, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. ANI

Rational Iran should not be attacked now: Ex-Mossad chief
The former head of Israel's intelligence service, Mossad, believes Iran is currently pursuing a rational approach on its nuclear ambitions, and therefore, any thoughts on attacking that country, should be avoided for now. ANI

Pak approved HR bill to restrict intel agencies from detaining citizens illegally
The Pakistan Senate has unanimously approved the Human Rights Bill 2012, restricting intelligence agencies from illegally detaining any citizen of the country. ANI

US report to say Washington ill-prepared for possible China cyber-attack
A US congressional advisory panel is likely to warn that China will launch a cyber-attack on the country in the event of a conflict and the latter has no clear policy to respond appropriately. ANI

Ex-Secret Service agent savages 'aloof' Hillary, 'arrogant' White House staff
A former U.S. Secret Service agent has launched a stinging attack on Clinton administration staff, branding them as arrogant and also claiming that the ex-First Lady Hillary Clinton was aloof. ANI

Chinese regulators call for legislation to protect online privacy
Chinese lawmakers and political advisers have called for a legislation that would require micro-bloggers to register their real names, and laws that would further safeguard personal information. ANI

UK's non-English speaking 'sub-class' face being 'stuck in a ghetto'
UK Communities' Secretary Eric Pickles' comments on non-English speaking immigrants has caused outrage in the country. ANI

Pak-origin student group head says some Oz universities are dumb
A Pakistan-origin head of an international students group has described the standard of higher education at several Australian universities as very poor. ANI

Bangladesh PM accuses rival Khaleda Zia of receiving ISI money
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia of receiving money from Pakistani spy agency ISI ahead of 1991 general elections. ANI

No US threats to IP gas project: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that the US had never threatened Pakistan with sanctions over the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline. ANI

World powers put pressure on Iran for international inspection of 'nuke' military site
The international community have stepped up pressure on Iran to let international inspectors visit a military site linked to suspected nuclear-weapons development. ANI

NATO troops in Afghanistan trained to respect Quran
The US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan are reportedly being trained on how to respect the Muslim holy book, Quran. ANI

Gilani terms US unilateral drone strikes as 'attacks against Pak sovereignty'
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has termed the US unilateral drone strikes as attacks against his country's sovereignty. ANI

Europe's 'youngest app designer' expelled from school for hacking IT system
A "computer whizzkid", who was crowned Europe's youngest application designer, has been expelled for hacking into his school's computer system. ANI

Pak SC directly asks Gilani to write to Switzerland to reopen corruption cases against Zardari
The Pakistan Supreme Court has recommended Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to write to the Swiss Government to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, demanding a compliance report by March 21. ANI

Strolling through the room every 20 mins `gets key muscles working again`
Taking a regular break from work to walk around in the office helps to reduce the body's levels of glucose and insulin after eating, a new study has revealed. ANI

Nearly two-thirds of US college presidents want to re-elect Obama
Nearly two-thirds of college presidents in the United States want President Barack Obama re-elected, making him the overwhelming favorite, according to a new survey. ANI

Non-English speaking 'sub-class' face being `stuck in a ghetto`
UK Communities' Secretary Eric Pickles has said that immigrants face life as members of an unemployable 'sub-class' living in ghettoes unless they are taught to speak English 'like a native'. ANI

Musharraf brands Malik's 'Benazir security' pleas as his "apple and banana" moments
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has termed Interior Minister Rehman Malik's claim of having asked the former of providing security to the slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto, as one more of the "apple and banana" moments specific to Malik. ANI

30-story building built in 15 days in China
A Chinese company has achieved a unique engineering feat of taking only 15 days to build a pre-fabricated 30-story building in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. ANI

Titanic survivor's letter says 'captain drunk when ship hit iceberg'
The captain of the Titanic might have been drunk when the liner hit an iceberg, according to a never-seen-before letter of a survivor. ANI

Musharraf backs Pasha's extension as ISI chef, remains mum on Kayani
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has backed another extension for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. Gen. Shuja Ahmed Pasha, but refused to offer any opinion on the prevailing situation with regard to Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. ANI

'Police chief's comments may threaten News International journalists' corruption trial'
Former News International Chief Executive Officer Rebekah Brooks' lawyer has expressed doubt whether she would receive a fair trial after a "spectacular failure" allowed a senior police officer to give evidence about corruption allegations at the firm. ANI

Osama's widows face jail terms after being charged for 'illegally entering' Pakistan
Three widows of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US Navy SEALS in May last year, have been charged by Pakistan with illegally entering the country. ANI

`Retired' bin Laden viewed death as release from years of declining health in Pak, book claims
Former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US Navy SEALS in May last year, accepted that he may be betrayed by someone close to him and viewed death as a release from years of declining health, a new book has claimed. ANI

Polaris’ Intellect Wins XCelent Customer Base Award for Asia-Pacific Region
Polaris Financial Technology Ltd. (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology Company, today announced that Celent, a research and consulting firm focused on the application of information technology in the global financial services industry, has awarded Polaris the ‘XCelent Customer Base Award’ for the Asia-Pacific region Business Wire India

Molycorp to Acquire Leading Rare Earth Processor Neo Material Technologies in $1.3 Billion Deal
Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) (“Molycorp”) and Neo Material Technologies Inc. (TSX:NEM) (“Neo Materials” or “Neo”) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Molycorp will acquire Neo Materials for approximately CDN $1.3 billion Business Wire India

Collective Hires CFO
Collective has announced that former PayPal executive and eBay North American Marketplaces CFO, Aman Verjee, has joined the Company as its Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Verjee joins the senior management team and will oversee the finance and operations teams across its domestic and UK offices. Business Wire India

ExxonMobil Plans Five-Year Investment of $185 Billion to Develop New Energy Supplies
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) plans to invest approximately $185 billion over the next five years to develop new supplies of energy to meet expected growth in demand, Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson said today in a presentation at the New York Stock Exchange. Business Wire India

Broadband-IP&TV Asia Expands Reach in 2012
This year’s Broadband-IP&TV Asia, the region’s largest broadband and media event focussed on delivering growth in an evolving ecosystem and enhancing the customer experience for the connected consumer, is set to have the most diverse programme yet Business Wire India

Upsolar Certified for Coastal and Agricultural Performance
Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, announced a significant step toward expanding its global market share: verification of high performance in coastal and agricultural areas, both popular locations for PV installations Business Wire India

Covidien Expands Global Research and Development Presence
Covidien (NYSE:COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced the opening of four research and development (R&D) centers. The R&D facilities are located in: Boulder, Colorado; Hyderabad, India; Irvine, California; and Trevoux, France. Business Wire India

Gemalto full year 2011 results
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

ExxonMobil Foundation and United Nations Foundation Undertake Comprehensive Research To Identify Investments that Promote Women’s Economic Advancement
On the eve of International Women’s Day, the ExxonMobil Foundation and the United Nations Foundation today announced a collaboration to identify the most effective global investments that promote economic opportunities for women Business Wire India

Registration Opens for Globalocity, an International Commerce Conference Hosted by Digital River
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), the revenue growth experts in global cloud commerce, announced the opening of attendee registration for Digital River® Globalocity™, the premiere commerce conference for industry influencers Business Wire India

GE Healthcare To Acquire Xcellerex Inc., Broadening Capabilities in Growing Biopharmaceutical Manufacture Segment
GE Healthcare, a unit of GE (NYSE:GE) announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire Xcellerex, Inc. a supplier of innovative manufacturing technologies for the fast-growing biopharmaceutical industry Business Wire India

Thuraya Launches Latest Generation of Dual-Mode Satellite & GSM Phone “XT-DUAL”
Thuraya, the leading international mobile satellite operator with a record of over 600,000 phones sold to date, has launched today the most advanced dual mode handheld phone that features both GSM and satellite capabilities Business Wire India

Shane Atchison Appointed as CEO of Possible Worldwide
Possible Worldwide, a WPP Digital company, has appointed Shane Atchison, CEO and co-founder of ZAAZ, to serve as CEO, taking the reins from Trevor Kaufman who will become the agency's Chairman. Atchison will continue to lead ZAAZ, the agency he co-founded in 1998. Business Wire India

WIN2012 Symposium on Personalized Cancer Medicine Receives Endorsements from ASCO, ESMO, UICC and INCa
Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (February 29, 2012 – March 7, 2012)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of February 29, 2012 – March 7, 2012. Business Wire India

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