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Features and Specification of LG Optimus Zone VS410

May 21, 2015 at 6:35 AM

LG Optimus Zone VS410 is the mobile device from LG with 3.2 inches screen and the resolution of the screen is 240 x 320 pixels pixels.

Sonakshi Sinha's Travel Bucket List

April 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Actor Sonakshi Sinha recently went to Maldives and came back completely rejuvenated. In her 4 days trip to Maldives she came back with some 400 pictures which shows how much she loves to travel and capture the exotic places.

G-20: India support for a new global standard on exchange of information

November 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed India's support for a new global standard on automatic exchange of information, which would be instrumental in getting information about unaccounted money hoarded abroad and enable it's eventual repatriation.


Sri Lankan business chamber steps up trade with BRICS

May 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Colombo, May 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka's largest business chamber has signed a deal with an organization representing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) to increase trade ties, a statement said here Thursday.

Nobel laureate seeks reversal of US austerity measures

May 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Washington, May 3 (IANS) Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has called for more government spending and an end to US austerity measures in a bid to jolt the sluggish economy back to life.

China, U.S. should manage own affairs well first: Vice premier

May 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Beijing, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI) -- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said Thursday that China and the United States have to, first and foremost, manage their own affairs well amid a "complex and grim" world economic situation.

Karisma disciplined, focused: Jimmy Sheirgill

May 3, 2012 at 12:54 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Actor Jimmy Sheirgill, who shares screen space with Karisma Kapoor in her comeback film "Dangerous Ishhq", describes his co-star as focussed and says the 3D romantic thriller will be an amazing movie.

US CEOs paid 231 times more than average workers

May 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Washington, May 3 (ANI): Last year, the average U.S. chief executive earned more than 11 million dollars in salary, stock options and other compensation, a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute has revealed.

No one should expect Chinese people to leave their own path: State Councilor Bingguo

May 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Beijing, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo said Thursday that no one should expect the Chinese people to leave their own path.

Chinese president calls on China, U.S. to nourish friendship between people

May 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Beijing, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday called on China and the United States to nourish friendship between the two peoples.

China, US should promote peace in Asia-Pacific: Hu

May 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Beijing, May 3 (IANS) China and the US should promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Thursday.

Clinton arrives in Beijing

May 2, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Beijing, May 2 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner arrived here Wednesday for the fourth round of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Clinton in Beijing for strategic, economic dialogue

May 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Beijing, May 2 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing Wednesday for the fourth round of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Subash Joshi appointed new NSG chief

May 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): The government on Tuesday announced the appointment of Subash Joshi as Director General of the National Security Guards (NSG).

Indian Air Force participates in Exercise 'Shoorveer' in Rajasthan

May 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Somewhere in Rajasthan Desert, May 1 (ANI): The South Western Command, Army is conducting Exercise 'Shoorveer' in the desert sector of Rajasthan.

Inspection of Israeli embassy car allowed

May 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) A Delhi court Tuesday allowed the Israeli embassy car damaged in a bomb blast here Feb 13 to be inspected by an insurance surveyor to assess the damages for reimbursement. The court also ordered for video-recording of the inspection.

Subash Joshi appointed new NSG chief

May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): The government on Tuesday announced the appointment of Subash Joshi as Director General of the National Security Guards (NSG).

Indian Air Force participates in Exercise 'Shoorveer' in Rajasthan

May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Somewhere in Rajasthan Desert, May 1 (ANI): The South Western Command, Army is conducting Exercise 'Shoorveer' in the desert sector of Rajasthan.

It's not risky to work with new directors: Akshay Kumar

May 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Mumbai, May 1 (IANS) He takes pride in saying that he gave some of his biggest hits with new directors and even today Bollywood star Akshay Kumar feels there is not much risk involved in working with debutants.

Study to save Irrawaddy dolphins

April 30, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Phnom Penh, April 30 (IANS) A study was launched to protect the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia's Mekong river, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said Monday.

Rave parties back in Goa?

April 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Late night rave parties may again become the rage in Goa as the state government is trying to create special tourism zones where stringent sound pollution norms could be relaxed, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said here Monday.

India's refusal to allow Pak lawyers to cross-examine 26/11 attack witnesses challenged

April 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Islamabad, Apr 30(ANI): The alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has challenged India's refusal to allow Pakistani lawyers to cross-examine Indian witnesses in a Pakistan court.

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.

Indian Navy gets new base in Lakshadweep to beef up coastal security

April 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Kavaratti, Apr 30 (ANI): To augment the security infrastructure at the strategically important Lakshadweep Islands, a naval base of the Indian Navy was commissioned at Kavaratti today.

India, Japan to hold economic dialogue, discuss n-deal

April 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) India and Japan will hold their first economic dialogue and sixth strategic talks Monday to impart a renewed momentum to burgeoning multi-faceted ties and to resolve issues for starting civil nuclear cooperation between them.

Cartelisation blamed for rise in global commodity prices

April 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Cartelisation is leading to volatility in global commodity markets and keeping the prices high, causing damage to countries like India which is heavily dependent on imports to meet energy requirements, a report said.

Pak-US yet to mend even a year after Obama's killing

April 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Washington, Apr 29(ANI): Relations between Pakistan and the United States are yet to mend after one year after the killing of former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

India, Japan to hold maiden economic dialogue Monday

April 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) India and Japan will hold their first economic dialogue and sixth strategic talks Monday that are expected to impart a renewed momentum to burgeoning multi-faceted ties and explore ways to start civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries.

Former Delhi judge awarded 3-year jail for graft

April 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Saturday awarded a 3-year jail term to a former judge in a 26-year-old graft case.

Bangaru Laxman sentenced to four years in fake arms deal case (Update)

April 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

New Delhi, Apr 28 (ANI): Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Bangaru Laxman was on Saturday sentenced to four years imprisonment and fined Rs. one lakh in connection with the fictitious arms deal case.

UN Security Council welcomes guilty verdict in Charles Taylor case

April 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 28 (Xinhua-ANI): The members of the UN Security Council said in a press statement released here Friday that they welcome the verdict issued against former Liberian leader Charles Taylor, which deemed that he is guilty of several violations of international law.

Gilani still Pakistan's PM, says US

April 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): The United States said it continues to work with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and believes he remains the leader of Pakistan's democratic government.

I want to adopt a baby with intellectual disability, says Brooklyn Decker

April 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

London, Apr 28 (ANI): Brooklyn Decker has revealed that she desires to adopt a child with special needs.

UAE elected to UN Women's executive board

April 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

New York, April 27 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been elected to the executive board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women or UN Women for a three-year term.

Facebook bans woman for photos of son with Down's syndrome

April 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

London, April 27 (IANS) An American woman was banned from Facebook after she posted photos of her son affected with Down's syndrome. The social network, which termed the pictures "inappropriate", has now apologised.

Tata Sons denies management restructuring in group companies

April 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Tata Sons Friday said it has no plan to restructure the managements of group companies by promoting the non-executive vice chairmen to the post of chairmen once Ratan Tata steps down at the end of this year.

Japanese Foreign Minister to pay official visit to India

April 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

New Delhi, Apr 27 (ANI): Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba will pay a two-day official visit to India beginning on April 29 at the invitation of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna.

India, China will lead Asia's growth: IMF

April 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Washington, April 27 (IANS) Even as it lowered India's growth forecast to 6.9 percent this year from 7.1 percent in 2011, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday said led by India and China, Asia will remain the fastest growing region in the world.

IMF lowers India growth forecast to 6.9 percent

April 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday lowered India's economic growth forecast to 6.9 percent for 2012 as compared to 7 percent projection announced in January.

We'll be happy if Hillary visits Kolkata: Mamata

April 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) With US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton scheduled to visit Kolkata May 7, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said she was happy that Hillary was visiting the city.

How news of bin Laden's death first spread on Twitter

April 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Washington, April 27 (ANI): Researchers have found that opinion leaders and celebrities played key roles in spreading news of Osama bin Laden's death in Twitter after he was killed by U.S. Special Forces.

U.S. hopes Pakistan will resolve political crisis

April 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): The United States has voiced hope that Pakistan would resolve the political crisis surrounding Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, which has heated up just as both nations look to repair an uneasy partnership.

Obama's order to get Osama was 'go in and get Bin Laden'

April 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): President Barack Obama's order to "go in and get Bain Laden", as recorded in a memo scribbled by then-CIA chief Leon Panetta shortly after the decision was made, was made public on Thursday.

Memo documents Obama's order to get Osama

April 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

New York, April 27 (IANS/EFE) Time magazine Thursday published the memorandum written in April 2011 by then-CIA Director Leon Panetta after receiving the green light from President Barack Obama to launch a secret military operation that ended with the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Hillary Clinton to visit India next month

April 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Washington, April 27 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would make a trip to India early next month ahead of the US-India Strategic Dialogue in Washington co-chaired by her and Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna.

Briton enjoys 50 years' solitude on island

April 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

London, April 27 (IANS) A Briton from Yorkshire has made an island in the Seychelles his home and been enjoying living there for half a century. He spends his days caring for the island's tortoises and birds that have also made it their abode.

Hillary Clinton to visit India, China, Bangladesh

April 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Washington, April 26 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to India, China and Bangladesh next month to discuss bilateral relations, the State Department said Thursday.

'US wants to hear Pak Govt's presentation of bilateral ties'

April 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Washington, Apr 26(ANI): The US "wants to hear the Pakistani Government's presentation of where it thinks the bilateral relationship needs to go," before it conveys its reaction to the parliamentary review, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said.

Ajit Singh justifies decision to hike user development charges at Delhi airport

April 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Thursday said the government cannot interfere with the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority's (AERA) decision to hike user development charges at New Delhi Airport by 346 percent for next two years from May 15.

China, Russia hold naval drill

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Qingdao (China), April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): Chinese and Russian warships joined a drill Thursday morning in the Yellow Sea of the Pacific Ocean.

Cross-Strait ECC meeting kicks off in Taiwan

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Taipei (Taiwan), April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): The third regular meeting of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (ECC) opened Thursday morning in Xinbei City of Taiwan.

ADB aid to developing countries tops $21.7 bn in 2011

April 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Manila, April 26 (IANS) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved $21.72 billion in financing operations to Asian developing countries in 2011, a 14.5 percent year-on-year increase, according to its 2011 Annual Report.

Washington awaiting formal talks with Pakistan: US Embassy

April 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Islamabad, Apr 25 (ANI): The U.S. Embassy has said that the country is ready to discuss parliamentary recommendations with Pakistan, and is just waiting for a schedule for formal talks.

Where's bachelor party? On foreign shores, say desi boys (Feature)

April 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Who doesn't want some fun before entering wedlock? Traditional pre-wedding sangeet and mehndi celebrations notwithstanding, young Indian bridegrooms, inspired by movies like "Hangover" and "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara", are heading to international destinations with their gang of boys for that last fling.

Top diplomats' meet on Apr 27 to review 'obstacles' to Afghan peace

April 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Islamabad, Apr 25 (ANI): Top diplomats from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. will meet in Islamabad on April 27 to discuss "obstacles" to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, announced Omar Daudzai, the country's ambassador in Pakistan.

UN disaster reduction chief ends visit in Cambodia

April 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Phnom Penh, April 25 (Xinhua-ANI): Margareta Wahlstrom, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, on Wednesday concluded her 6-day study visit in Cambodia on the country's flood disaster in last year.

Abducted Odisha MLA Hikaka might be released tomorrow

April 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 25 (ANI): Maoists holding BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka hostage for over a month have said they might release him on Thursday.

MIC rubbishes claims 300,000 Indians in Malaysia without identity cards

April 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Kuala Lumpur, April 24 (ANI): Two Malay Indian Congress (MIC) leaders have asked PKR vice-president to show proof about his claims that about 300,000 Indians were without birth certificates and identity cards.

MIC rubbishes claims 300,000 Indians in Malaysia without identity cards

April 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Kuala Lumpur, April 24 (ANI): Two Malay Indian Congress (MIC) leaders have asked PKR vice-president to show proof about his claims that about 300,000 Indians were without birth certificates and identity cards.

India needs to make 'tough choices': Ajay Banga

April 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Washington, April 24 (IANS) Ajay Banga, the new chairman of US-India Business Council, says India needs to make "tough choices" and implement progressive steps to create a welcoming business climate to attract investment.

Russia's trade surplus up 26 percent

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 AM

Moscow, April 24 (IANS) Russia's trade surplus grew by 26 percent in March year-on-year, Russian Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Klepach said Monday.

Resumed budget session may generate heat for government

April 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Congress may have averted some house trouble by asking Abhishek Manu Singhvi to step down from party and parliamentary posts over a sleaze video, but peace in parliament as it resumes Tuesday may still be a far cry with the opposition gunning for the government over key issues like Maoist insurgency, defence preparedness of the country and inflation.

Not all university students 'tech savvy'

April 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Washington, Apr 23 (ANI): A small minority of present day university students do not use email and others are baffled by the array of technologies available at universities, researchers say.

Sri Lanka revises tourism target to 1 million

April 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Colombo, April 23 (IANS) Sri Lanka has revised its tourist arrival target to one million and is planning to upgrade services for tourists following a 21.1-percent rise in numbers in the first quarter of the year, a minister said here Monday.

China's manufacturing sector picks up momentum

April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Beijing, April 23 (IANS) China's manufacturing activity picked up momentum in April but still remains below the boom-or-bust level, according to a reading of the manufacturing purchase manager index (PMI) released by HSBC Monday.

India continuing on the reform path: Mukherjee

April 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Washington, April 22 (IANS) Rejecting opposition charges of a policy paralysis on reforms back home, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today that the United Progressive Alliance was going ahead with a series of reforms to spur the economy.

Cross-strait ECC to meet on April 26

April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Beijing, Apr. 22 (Xinhua-ANI): The third regular meeting of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (ECC) will be held on April 26 in the Taiwanese city of Xinbei.

'Pak, US to hold talks on re-opening NATO supply routes, stopping drone strikes'

April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Washington, Apr 22(ANI): The United States and Pakistan will begin high-level talks in Islamabad next week and Afghanistan will join them later for a key meeting of the trilateral core group on April 26, official sources have said.

Bihu celebrations conclude in Assam

April 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Guwahati, Apr 21 (ANI): For over a week the reverberation of Rongali or Bohag Bihu celebrations continued in Assam with people dancing to the rhythm of the dhol with great enthusiasm.

Congress asks opposition parties to support reforms

April 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

New Delhi, Apr 21 (ANI): Congress party has urged its allies and opposition parties to support the reforms being brought in by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-led central government to spur the country's economic growth.

Benegal, Madhuri bag Raj Kapoor awards

April 21, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Mumbai, April 21 (IANS) Bollywood veterans, director Shyam Benegal and actress Madhuri Dixit will receive this year's Raj Kapoor awards constituted by the Maharashtra government, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced here.

Government will bring economy back on growth path: Ahluwalia

April 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Friday played down the row over Chief Economic Adviser Kaushik Basu's comment on the slow pace of economic reforms, saying reforms are always needed to be done and the government is focussing on bringing the economy back on track.

Yechury terms Basu's 'economic reforms' remark to be flimsy excuse

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury on Friday termed Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu's 'major economic reforms unlikely before 2014 polls' remark to be a flimsy excuse.

Chinese envoy speaks peace a day after Indian missile test

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) Economic cooperation between India and China will continue to grow as both countries work towards maintaining "peace and stability", said chinese ambassador Zhang Yan Friday, a day after India successfully tested its long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile.

Maoists say Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka will be tried on April 25

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 20 (ANI): The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, the Maoist group responsible for the abduction of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka, released a fresh audio tape on Friday saying the MLA will be tried in a people's court on April 25.

Colombia escort caught in Obama security sex scandal identified

April 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

London, Apr 20 (ANI): First pictures of the bikini-clad working girl allegedly involved in the Secret Service prostitution scandal have emerged on a social network site.

Over 6,000 ex-PLA combatants in Nepal opt for voluntary retirement

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Kathmandu, April 20 (Xinhua-ANI): A total of 6,574 ex-Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M)'s People's Liberation Army combatants have opted for voluntary retirement at the end of the timeline specified for the second round of regrouping of the ex-Maoist combatants on Thursday.

Bin Laden's family may stay on in Pakistan for some more days

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Islamabad, Apr 20(ANI): Pakistan could take several more days to deport former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's wife and children to Saudi Arabia, and perhaps Yemen, his brother-in-law has said.

Yashwant Sinha slams UPA, says 'Basu has merely stated truth'

April 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): Charging the Congress-led UPA Government of putting the blame on others for the nation's economic crisis, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday said Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu had merely stated the truth that major economic reforms are unlikely to happen before the next general elections in 2014.

No relief to abducted MLA; likely to remains till April 25

April 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The abducted Biju Janta Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka is still in the confinement of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist), that had kidnapped MLA from Koraput district on March 24 and are likely to present Jhina in praja court (People's Court) for deciding his fate of release, sources said........

UAE praised for anti-human trafficking efforts

April 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Abu Dhabi, April 19 (IANS/WAM) A senior UN official has praised the UAE for its efforts in combating human trafficking.

Government plans new bill to ban manual scavenging

April 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The government said Thursday that it intends to introduce in the monsoon session of parliament a new bill on prohibition of manual scavenging in view of the infirmities in the existing law.

RBI to notify proposal allowing airlines to access foreign funds

April 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The government Thursday said it expects the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to notify the budget announcement of allowing the cash-strapped Indian civil aviation sector to borrow up to $1 billion in external loans for a period of one year within seven days.

Abducted MLA Hikaka produced in Maoists' people court

April 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Bhubaneswar, Apr 19 (ANI): Abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka was produced by the Maoists in their people's court on Thursday, a day after the deadline to release him had ended.

South Korea offers financial aid to Sri Lanka till 2015

April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Colombo, April 19 (Xinhua-ANI): South Korea's government has agreed to provide technical and financial assistance to Sri Lanka for national development till 2015, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Pakistan league to serve the 'cricket-starved' nation and boost economy: PCB Chief

April 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Islamabad, Apr 19 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Zaka Ashraf has confirmed that plans are afoot to bring foreign players to the country for the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) will be held in October.

Pakistani FM leaves for Turkmenistan to discuss gas line, trade ties

April 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Islamabad, April 19 (Xinhua-ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has left for Turkmenistan to discuss the multibillion gas pipeline, import of 1000-MW electricity and other issues to boost trade, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Sarkozy falls further behind Socialist challenger Hollande ahead of French presidential elections

April 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Paris, Apr 19 (ANI): French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost ground to his Socialist Party opponent, Fran?ois Hollande, just days before the first round of voting in the presidential election, a latest poll has revealed.

Economic consensus possible if no political hostilities: Jaitley

April 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Claiming that "two power centres" of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) were "not on the same page" on issues of governance, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley Wednesday said government can build an environment of economic consensus with the opposition provided there were no political hostilites.

Euro on brink of collapse: IMF

April 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

London, April 18 (IANS) The crisis-hit euro is teetering on the brink of collapse, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.

World No.1 table tennis star Ma Long feels the Olympic atmosphere

April 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Hong Kong, April 18 (Xinhua-ANI)): World No.1 men's table tennis player Ma Long of China thinks it is a good opportunity for feel the Olympic atmosphere in the Asian Zone qualifying tournament.

CBI court allows Kalmadi to go to Kazakhstan

April 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here has allowed former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi to go to Kazakhstan for attending the Asian Atheletics Association Council meeting to be held April 27.

European debt crisis could flare up again: IMF

April 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Washington, Apr 18 (ANI): The International Monetary Fund has warned that the European debt crisis might flare up again at any time and send the global economy back into deep recession.

Mexico, India include mining, agriculture in talks

April 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Mexico City, April 18 (IANS/EFE) Mexico and India broadened the scope of their "privileged association" established in 2007 to include agriculture and mining, the two governments said upon the conclusion of the fifth meeting of the Mexico-India Binational Commission here.

Indian delegation holds talks in Sri Lanka

April 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Colombo, April 17 (IANS) A visiting Indian parliamentary delegation held talks in Colombo Tuesday to assess the post-war situation in the country, the Sri Lankan external affairs ministry said.

Pakistan, US to hold talks on new terms of engagement

April 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Islamabad, April 17 (IANS) Pakistan will hold talks with the US on "new terms of engagements", the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Geelani aide moves high court for dropping of charges

April 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, suspected aide of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Monday moved Delhi High Court against the trial court order of framing charges against him for his alleged involvement in money laundering to fund terror.

Economic Advisor rubbishes Romney's claim of women facing brunt of weak economy under Obama

April 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Washington, April 16 (ANI): President Obama's top economic advisors Timothy Geithner has rubbished claims by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that American women accounted for 92 percent of jobs loss under Obama's leadership.

Contestants 'torture each other to death' to impress gameshow host

April 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

London, Apr 16 (ANI): Television gameshow hosts, who are usually considered as genial figures, are so powerful and influential that contestants are willing to do anything they are asked to do, including torturing each other to death, researchers say.

Jhina Hikaka hostage crisis: Mediator for Maoists wants charges withdrawn against captives

April 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Koraput, Apr 16 (ANI): Convenor of Jana Adhikar Manch (JAM) and Maoist mediator Dandapani Mohanty on Monday held the Odisha Government responsible for delay in the process of release of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka.

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