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Grey Goose and Soho House Toronto Celebrate Toronto International Film Festival

September 8, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Toronto, ON - Last night, during the Toronto International Film Festival, GREY GOOSEŽ vodka and Soho House Toronto hosted private parties for the films Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, The Theory of Everything, While We're Young, Top Five and The Face of an Angel.

Gingrich officially suspends GOP Presidential campaign

May 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Washington, May 3 (ANI): US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has officially dropped out of the White House race.

Gingrich announces withdrawal from Republican primaries

May 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Washington, May 3 (IANS/EFE) Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich announced Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the Republican primaries, leaving the way clear for the front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, to capture the party's nomination.


Aung San Suu Kyi takes oath of office

May 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

London, May 2 (ANI): Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has taken oath of office to become a member of the country's parliament.

Kate Upton covers up for White House Correspondents' Dinner

May 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

London, May 1 (ANI): Kate Upton, who has a penchant for wearing revealing outfits, chose to go for the demure look for the White House Correspondents' Dinner over the weekend.

Kim would be amazing at holding office, says mum Kris Jenner

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

New York, May 1 (ANI): Kris Jenner has claimed that if Kim Kardashian ever considered running for office, she'd make a formidable candidate.

Goa modifies poll code to allow booze, food till late night

May 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Panaji, May 1 (IANS) The Goa State Election Commission (SEC), overseeing the May 16 state-wide panchayat polls has just played lifesaver to lakhs of Goans and tourists who love a late nightcap.

U.S. drone strikes "wise, legal, just" says White House official

May 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Washington, May 1 (ANI): After facing condemnation and a fresh protest lodged by Pakistan over its controversial drone programme, the United States has mentioned that drone strikes are wise, legal and just.

US to release Osama files

May 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Washington, May 1 (IANS) The US will release documents seized from the compound of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan, a senior White House official said Monday.

Bin Laden complained of 'disaster after disaster' befalling Al-Qaeda in final days

May 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Washington, May 1 (ANI): Osama bin Laden complained of 'disaster after disaster' befalling Al-Qaeda, and was worried about the future of his terror group in his final days, a trove of documents obtained from his Abbottabad compound has revealed.

CPI-M suspends former party MP

April 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) Former Lok Sabha member Anil Basu, who acquired infamy for his lewd comments against Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee ahead of the West Bengal assembly polls last year, has been suspended from the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Lokayukta to probe sensitive cases after appointment: Parrikar

April 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday said sensitive cases involving politicians and mining mafia would be handed over to the lokayukta once the ombudsman is appointed in the state.

Odisha CM Patnaik rules out Hikaka's resignation under Maoists pressure

April 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 30 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday cleared reports over Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka's resignation, saying there was no reason for a person elected democratically to step down from his post.

US counter terrorism advisor defends 'tremendously capable tool' drone attacks against militants

April 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): White House counter terrorism advisor John Brennan has defended the administration's campaign of using armed drones to target terrorism suspects, calling it a 'tremendously capable tool' against terrorists.

Security, corruption issues in coming northeast polls: Congress

April 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Agartala, April 30 (IANS) Law and order and corruption would be the two major poll planks of the Congress during assembly elections next year in the three northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, a party leader said here Monday, expressing confidence in the party's victory.

Libya's ruling council decides to keep current cabinet in place

April 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Tripoli, Apr 30 (ANI): The head of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has said that the interim government would stay in place to ensure the success of the June elections for a constituent assembly.

Kim Kardashian tweets picture with Obama

April 30, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Washington, April 30 (IANS) Socialite Kim Kardashian tweeted a picture of her dining with US President Barack Obama at the White House.

Obama flaunts funny side at White House Correspondents' dinner

April 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): After his hilarious appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel, President Barack Obama bragged his sense of humour yet again with the chat show host - but this time at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, according to the reports.

Obama takes humorous shots at GOP, Secret Service at White House Correspondents Dinner

April 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Washington, Apr 30(ANI): President Barack Obama's humorous speech targeted this year's primaries, the 2008 primaries, the General Services Administration scandal, the Secret Service and real estate mogul Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Ahead of Osama death anniversary, US 'especially vigilant' about aviation terror threat

April 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): White House counter terrorism adviser John Brennan has said that the United States is on alert and 'especially vigilant' as the first anniversary of the death of former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin laden looms.

Obama campaign defends 'fair game' bin Laden ad

April 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has defended a controversial web video that questioned whether Republican rival Mitt Romney would have approved the raid on Osama bin Laden's hide out in Abbottabad, calling the ad campaign 'fair game'.

Russian lawmaker held for $1.3 mn scam

April 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Moscow, April 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The speaker of a legislative assembly in Russia's far eastern region has been placed under house arrest on charges of embezzling 38 million rubles (around $1.3 million) from an oil firm, investigators said Sunday.

Stay tuned, says Kim Kardashian of her mayoral bid

April 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Melbourne, Apr 29 (ANI): Kim Kardashian, who recently demonstrated her politically useful talent of headline-grabbing by saying she hopes to run for mayor of Glendale, California, has just one message about her possible bid - stay tuned.

Dikshit calls meet to analyse civic polls defeat

April 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Saturday analyzed in a meeting with her ministers and legislators the reasons behind the Congress's defeat in the recent Delhi civic polls, a statement said.

LiLo misses flight for White House Correspondents' dinner

April 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): Lindsay Lohan missed her scheduled 1 pm flight from LAX to Washington, D.C., for the White House Correspondents' dinner.

Kate Upton to attend annual White House Correspondents' Dinner

April 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): Kate Upton is to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Kate Upton to attend annual White House Correspondents' Dinner

April 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): Kate Upton is to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Air India gets first Dreamliner from Nikki Haley's state

April 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Washington/North Charleston, April 28 (IANS) The first of four Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft for Air India to be assembled in South Carolina, a state governed by Indian American Nikki Haley, has rolled out of final assembly with great fanfare.

Not poaching among BJP for Bahuguna's seat: Rawat

April 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Congress is not "poaching" any Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member to ensure Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna's election to the state assembly as its own legislators were willing to offer their own seats, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat said Friday.

LiLo invited to White House Correspondent's Dinner

April 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): Lindsay Lohan has been invited to this Saturday's White House Correspondent's Dinner, along with fellow Hollywood stars George Clooney and Josh Hutcherson.

EC moots GIS mapping of all polling booths in UP

April 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Lucknow, April 27 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) has decided to undertake an ambitious project to conduct geographic information system (GIS) mapping of all polling booths in Uttar Pradesh that will help voters locate their polling stations.

Lohan to dine at White House

April 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Lindsay Lohan is all set to attend this year's White House Correspondent's Dinner.

Bob Dylan to be honoured with Presidential Medal of Freedom

April 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

London, Apr 27 (ANI): Bob Dylan, who became a figurehead of the US civil rights and anti-war movement of the 1960s, is to be presented with America's highest civilian honour - the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Peace in Kashmir is fake, says Geelani

April 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Hyderabad, April 27 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir may be calm since last year after three summers of unrest, but separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani insists that the peace is fake. He says the state's problem is not of development but of official terrorism and cultural aggression.

US told to apologize for tarnishing Cartagena's image

April 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Bogota, April 27 (IANS) The Colombian government has asked the US for an apology for tarnishing the image of Cartagena, a key Caribbean resort on the northern coast of Colombia, over a prostitution scandal involving US Secret Service agents and military personnel.

US House passes cybersecurity bill

April 27, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Washington, April 27 (IANS) US House of Representatives Thursday approved a controversial cybersecurity legislation, which will make it easier for companies to share information with the government about threats their networks face.

Rajasthan enacts law on right to hearing

April 26, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Jaipur, April 26 (IANS) The Rajasthan assembly Thursday passed a bill providing the people with the right to a hearing on governance related issues within a stipulated timeframe. The state is the first in the country to do so.

Odisha CM Patnaik expresses delight over Hikaka's release

April 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 26 (ANI): Expressing his delight over Jhina Hikaka's release from Maoists captivity, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said he was relieved that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA would now meet his family, who were quite distressed and anxiously waiting for him.

'I was treated quite well', says Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 26 (ANI): Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka, who was released by the Maoists at a village in Koraput, on Thursday said that he was made to stay in adverse conditions in the forest, but the ultras did not ill treat him.

White House gate crasher Tareq Salahi to run for Virginia governor

April 26, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Washington, April 26 (ANI): Tareq Salahi, who achieved notoriety for crashing a White House party, says he will run for governor of Virginia.

Mahanta elected AGP president

April 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Guwahati, April 26 (IANS) Two-time former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta was Thursday elected the new president of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).

New fabric coating can actively shrug off gunk

April 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Washington, April 26 (ANI): Scientists have developed and successful tested a fabric coating that would take an active role in sloughing off grease, dirt, strong acids and other gunk.

Chinese automaker to develop electric car with U.S. partner

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Shijiazhuang (China), April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): One of China's major privately owned automakers, Great Wall Motors, will work with a U.S. company to develop electric vehicles, sources from Great Wall Motors said Thursday.

Chinese automaker to develop electric car with US partner

April 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Beijing, April 26 (IANS) One of China's major privately owned automakers, Great Wall Motors, will work with a US company to develop electric vehicles.

BJD MP Jay Panda welcomes release of Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): Expressing happiness and relief over the release of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka after 32 days of Maoists captivity, Lok Sabha MP from Odisha Jay Panda on Thursday said he was glad that Hikaka was safe and unharmed.

GPS to signal rapid tsunami warnings

April 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): Using the high-precision analysis of GPS data from the Fukushima earthquake of 11 March 2011, scientists at the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ believe the earthquake magnitude and the spatial distribution can be determined in just over three minutes, allowing for a rapid and detailed tsunami early warning.

Maoists release Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka

April 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 26 (ANI): After being in Maoist captivity for 32 days, Odisha Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka was released on Thursday morning.

Rick Perry endorses Romney for President after Gingrich signals exit

April 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): Texas Governor Rick Perry, who ended his bid for the White House race in January, has endorsed Mitt Romney for President.

Girl 'embarrassed' after spilling yoghurt on Obama

April 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Melbourne, Apr 25 (ANI): A girl spilled yoghurt on President Barack Obama while he was meeting and greeting outside a popular local restaurant 'The Sink', in Boulder, Colorado.

Secret Service sacks two more agents for alleged involvement in Colombian scandal

April 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Washington, April 25 (ANI): The Secret Service has announced that two more agents have been sacked for their alleged involvement in the Colombian sex scandal.

US Senator suggests prostitutes involved in Colombian sex scandal were Russian spies

April 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Washington, April 25 (ANI): Prostitutes involved in the Colombian sex scandal could have been Russian spies, believes Senator Chuck Grassley.

Congress to field ex-CPI-M legislator in Kerala by-poll

April 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 25 (IANS) R. Selvaraj, a two-time Kerala CPI-M legislator who quit the party last month, will contest the June 2 by-election to the Neyattinkara assembly constituency as a Congress candidate.

Poll delays bonus for Goa employees, again

April 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Panaji, April 25 (IANS) Goa government employees, waiting for a one-time bonus announced to them Dec 19 last year, have again been hit by the election code of conduct jinx.

Indonesian MPs' sex tape leaked online

April 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Jakarta, April 25 (IANS/AKI) A sex tape reportedly featuring two Indonesian lawmakers has been leaked on internet.

Maoists to release Hikaka Thursday

April 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 25 (IANS) Maoists have decided to release Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka Thursday after he promised to resign from the assembly and the primary membership of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), a rebel leader said Wednesday.

China, a major producer of the world's sex toys

April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Beijing, April 25 (IANS) A small village in China called Jiqi is only a miniscule part of a major enterprise that employs more than one million people across the country -- an industry that produces more than 80 percent of the world's sex toys.

Maoists to release Hikaka Thursday, says lawyer

April 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 25 (IANS) Maoists have decided to release Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka Thursday after he promised to resign from the assembly if the rebels' demands were not fulfilled, a lawyer said Wednesday.

Romney sweeps five states, readies to battle Obama

April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Mitt Romney has swept five Republican primaries to effectively clinch the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in the November general election.

Andhra parties welcome by-poll schedule

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Hyderabad, April 24 (IANS) Political parties in Andhra Pradesh Tuesday welcomed the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India for by-elections in one Lok Sabha and 18 assembly constituencies.

Indian constitution among models to be inspired by: Tunisian minister

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Tunisia wants to learn from India's experience of pluralistic democracy and looks at the Indian constitution as one of the models to be inspired by in writing its new constitution, the country's foreign minister says.

Reshuffle in the air as Congress ministers offer to quit

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Amid speculation of a rejig in both the party and the United Progressive Alliance government in order to gear up for the 2014 political battle, five Congress ministers have reportedly offered to quit to strengthen the party.

Neyattinkara to go to polls June 2

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 24 (IANS) The Election Commission Tuesday announced June 2 as the date for the by-election to Kerala's Neyattinkara assembly constituency.

Singhvi stays away from parliament

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) After giving up his position in a parliamentary committee and the Congress party over an alleged sleaze CD, Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Manu Singhvi chose to stay away from the parliament Tuesday. Party colleague Salman Khurshid defended Singhvi, saying it was his private matter.

US House Speaker Boehner urges Democrats to work to regain majority

April 24, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Washington, April 24 (ANI): House of |Representatives Speaker John Boehner believes that the Democrats have a very good chance of dominating Congressional elections this year, but warned party leaders and activists hoping to secure a seat that would have to work hard to secure a win.

White House staff not linked to Colombian sex scandal

April 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Washington, April 24 (ANI): The White House has said that it has found no evidence to implicate its staffers in the Colombian prostitution scandal.

White House staff not linked to Colombian sex scandal

April 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Washington, April 24 (ANI): The White House has said that it has found no evidence to implicate its staffers in the Colombian prostitution scandal.

Singhvi CD issue his private affair, says Khurshid

April 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Law Minister Salman Khurshid Tuesday said the controversial CD allegedly featuring Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi is his private affair.

We don't seek to export democracy in Middle East: Tunisian foreign minister

April 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) As a country where the Arab Spring began, Tunisia is not keen to "export" it to the region but cannot help if neighbours take it as an example, says the country's foreign minister.

Dutch PM, cabinet tender resignation

April 24, 2012 at 2:36 AM

The Hague, April 24 (IANS) Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Monday tendered his government's resignation to Queen Beatrix, paving the way for early elections.

Gogoi for refugee status for people facing persecution

April 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Guwahati, April 23 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday said that he had raised with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the issue of granting refugee status to those people in the state who had fled their countries due to persecution, apparently referring to Hindus who were forced out from Bangladesh.

Malhotra hails Randhir's ANOC nomination

April 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Vijay Kumar Malhotra, acting president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Monday hailed the nomination of six times Olympian and sports administrator Randhir Singh as vice president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

Marandi's party to stay away from Rajya Sabha poll

April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Ranchi, April 23 (IANS) Ahead of the May 3 Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand, the Congress suffered a setback Monday when its alliance partner, the JVM-P of Babulal Marandi, said it will not support the party in the biennial elections for the two seats and will stay away from it.

Fuel tank flaw drives Chrysler China recall

April 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Beijing, April 23 (Xinhua-ANI): Chrysler China will recall 546 imported 2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot cars from May 30 due to defective fuel tanks, China's top quality watchdog announced on Monday.

Nepal parties seek more time to settle statute row

April 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Kathmandu, April 23 (IANS) Major political parties of Nepal Monday sought two more days to thrash out contentious issues that have held up their constitution drafting.

Australian Labor party to lose with worst results if elections held

April 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Sydney, Apr 23 (ANI): The Australian Labor Party would lose with worst result in both the houses if elections were held now, giving Tony Abbott control of the upper house as well as the lower, according to a report.

4 Left legislators willing to cross over: Kerala UDF leader

April 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Kochi, April 23 (IANS) Kerala government chief whip and veteran United Democratic Front (UDF) legislator P.C.George Monday alleged that four legislators from the CPI-M-led opposition are ready to cross over to the ruling front.

Republican Congressman questions use of taxpayers' money to pay for Colombian prostitutes

April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Washington, April 23 (ANI): Republican Congressman from New York Peter King has questioned Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan on whether agents involved in the Colombian prostitution scandal used taxpayers' 'per diem' to pay for prostitutes.

Myanmar military re-nominates new representatives to parliament

April 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Yangon, Apr 23 (Xinhua-ANI): The Myanmar military has re- nominated some 59 new representatives to parliament to substitute part of the old ones, according to an announcement of the Union Election Commission made public on Monday.

White House cold shoulder spells end to Weiner's political career

April 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Washington, April 22 (ANI): Congressman Anthony Weiner's political career is almost over.

Botham avoids 150-mile charity walk celebrations to meet ill mother

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

London, Apr 22(ANI): Legendary English all rounder Sir Ian Botham had to rush to meet his critically ill mother in Yeovil, Somerset, avoiding celebrations planned for the end of his latest 150-mile charity walk getting called off.

Direct contact with people essential for good governance: Akhilesh Yadav

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Kanpur, Apr 22 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the 'Janata Darbar' were essential in giving his administration an approachable face as well as furthering the cause of good governance.

Obama to appear on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

New York, April 22 (ANI): President Barack Obama will appear as a guest on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" next Tuesday, NBC has announced.

Oz parliamentary speaker quits following probe into sexual harassment charges

April 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Canberra, April 22 (ANI): Peter Slipper has stepped aside as Speaker of the House of Representatives in Australia amid investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and fraud against him.

Barman is new Congress chief in Left-ruled Tripura

April 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Agartala, April 21 (IANS) Three-time legislator Sudip Roy Barman has been named the chief of the Congress's Tripura state unit, sources said here Saturday. The new leader immediately vowed to oust the ruling Left Front from power.

Thousands converge on Cairo's Tahrir Square

April 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Cairo, April 20 (IANS) Cairo's Tahrir Square, symbol of Egypt's pro-democracy revolution, witnessed a massive gathering of protesters Friday in one of the largest demonstrations since last year's 18-day revolt that ousted then president Hosni Mubarak and changed country's political future.

Wayne Rooney bitten by the horse buying bug!

April 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

London, Apr 20 (ANI): Wayne Rooney has splashed 63,000 pounds on his third juvenile racehorse.

FBI urged to check hate crimes against Sikh-Americans

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Washington, April 20 (IANS) As many as 92 US lawmakers have urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to collect data on hate crimes against Sikh-Americans as their appearance makes them acutely susceptible to violence.

'Golden Bear' Jack Nicklaus to get Congressional Medal

April 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Washington, April 20 (ANI): The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to award the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal to golf legend Jack Nicklaus, the winner of a record 18 major championship titles.

Neyattinkara, land of uprisings, set for another battle (Kerala Newsletter)

April 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) Neyattinkara is a piece of land in Kerala that once saw many uprisings against British rule. But now it is set for a fierce battle of the political kind, thanks to an assembly byelection.

Russia concerned over US plans to keep Afghan bases

April 20, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Brussels, April 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed concern over US plans to keep its military contingent in Afghanistan after the pullout of international troops in 2014.

Obama, Romney in a tight race: Poll

April 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Washington, April 19 (IANS) President Barack Obama and his likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney are locked in a tight race in the November presidential poll as Romney solidified support within his party, according to a new poll.

JJ Valaya completes 20 years, rolls out vintage tour

April 19, 2012 at 4:05 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Indian couture king JJ Valaya has completed two decades in the fashion industry and, to celebrate the occasion, he is ready to roll out a vintage tour across three Indian cities to showcase the best designs from his 'House of Valaya'.

Obama calls for punishing US soldiers behind disgusting Afghan body abuse pics

April 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): White House spokesman Jay Carney has said President Barack Obama wants American soldiers shown in photos apparently abusing Afghan corpses to be held accountable and punished.

US lawmaker praises India's role in Afghanistan

April 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Washington, April 19 (IANS) A key US lawmaker has welcomed India's positive contribution to Afghanistan's reconstruction saying US-India partnership has an important role in contributing to the war torn nation's progress and wellbeing.

Apex court rejects plea on election symbols

April 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the Election Commission's order setting criteria for the allocation of election symbols to the registered and recognised political parties.

Civic poll loss not a referendum on me: Dikhit

April 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Wednesday took "full responsibility" for the Congress defeat in the civic polls, but said the verdict was not a referendum on her rule.

Obama supports Secret Service director amid pressure on him to resign

April 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Washington, April 18 (ANI): U.S. President Barack Obama has been supporting Secret Service director Mark Sullivan amid pressure on the latter to resign following the Colombian prostitution scandal.

Dog lovers slam Ann Romney for backing Mitt's 'inhumane' dog treatment

April 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Washington, Apr 18 (ANI): 'Dogs Against Romney' website founder is quite 'disappointed' with Ann Romney for defending Mitt's 'dog-on-the-roof' story.

MCD elections cannot be regarded as "semi-final" for assembly polls: Sheila Dikshit

April 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

New Delhi, Apr 18 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday sought to downplay the Bharatiya Janata Party's clear lead in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, saying that civic polls could not be regarded as a "semi-final" for the assembly elections scheduled next year.

End of the road for one of the world's most renowned whiskeys - Johnnie Walker

April 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Kilmarnock (Scotland), April.18 (ANI): The last bottle of one of the world's renowned whiskeys - Johnnie Walker - is being filled, and after this is done, the company that brews and bottles it - Diageo - will close forever.

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