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Miss Italia contestant busted for drug trafficking in Milan

Miss Italia contestant busted for drug trafficking in MilanNew York, Nov 23 - A former Miss Italia finalist has been busted in Milan as part of an alleged international cocaine trafficking ring, according to the police.

Samantha Scarlino was detained in a hotel after being accused of delivering cash from Italy to drug cartel bosses in Peru, the New York Daily News reported.

The 32-year-old beauty queen was part of a gang that allegedly tried to import vast quantities of the narcotic into Europe and she was reportedly nose-deep in a 1,100-pound exchange.

She was a finalist in the 1999 edition of the beauty pageant when she was 17.


US Sikh body gets more time for plea against Sonia Gandhi

US Sikh body gets more time for plea against Sonia GandhiNew York, Nov 21 - A US federal Court has given Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) time till Dec 3 to file an amended complaint against Congress President Sonia Gandhi in an alleged human rights violation case.

Despite opposition from Gandhi's attorneys, the federal court here Monday granted the Sikh rights body's request for more time to amend its complaint about her role in protecting and shielding Congress party leaders who allegedly participated in the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence.


Swarovski launches 3D printed look with Victoria's Secret

Swarovski launches 3D printed look with Victoria's SecretNew York Nov 16 : Crystal brand Swarovski has pushed the boundaries of crystal design to showcase a first-of-its-kind 3D printed look for the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show here.

Swarovski, a world leader in cut crystal and fashion jewellery, and lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret joined forces with 3D printing company Shapeways to bring 3D technology to the show held Friday.

The presentation looked to the future with a sparkling Swarovski costume created using 3D printing.

The unique high-tech costume was showcased in the Snow Angel section of the show.


Press Sri Lanka on rights, Commonwealth countries told

Press Sri Lanka on rights, Commonwealth countries toldNew York, Nov 14 : Government leaders should press Colombo to take credible steps to demonstrate respect for "Commonwealth values" of human rights and accountability during the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

The meeting will be held Nov 15-17.

Commonwealth members should support the call by the UN high commissioner for human rights for an independent international investigation into violations of international law during Sri Lanka's civil war.

British Prime Minister David Cameron endorsed an international investigation if Sri Lanka fails to conduct its own impartial inquiry.


Now, protection from defilement for women in form of anti-rape underwear!

Now, protection from defilement for women in form of anti-rape underwear!New York, Nov. 14 - In the interest of protecting women from sexual assaults and rapists, two women designers have created a new anti-rape clothing line, which includes garments like underwear, pants and shorts.

According to AR Wear, which is currently trying to raise funds on Indiegogo to produce the line, the product is created in such a way that even the most determined rapists can't break, rip or cut them, the New York Daily News reported.

While wearing the underwear, women and girls will have more power to control the outcome of a sexual assault, the company asserted in their online crowd funding campaign.


New York opens first World Trade Centre tower

New York opens first World Trade Centre towerNew York, Nov 14 - The first new office tower at New York City's Ground Zero opened Wednesday, marking a rebirth of the Lower Manhattan site where old World Trade Centre towers were destroyed in the Sep 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The 72-story Four World Trade Centre becomes the first skyscraper that opens its revolving doors for business on the original 16-acre site where about 2,700 people were killed when hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Centre twin towers, Xinhua reported.


Malala steals show at 'star-packed' 2013 Glamour Women Awards

Malala YousafzaiNew York, Nov. 13 - Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist Malala Yousafzai has received more acclaim and adoration at the Glamour Women of the Year awards than any other model, actor, philanthropists, and other prominent women present at the event.

A group of young girls at the event in Carnegie Hall screamed "We love you, Malala!", the New York Post reports.

Malala accepted the Women of the Year Fund Honoree Award at the event, the report addeed.

The 16-year old said she believed a gun has no power at all, because it can only kill, but a pen can give life.


New York's Freedom Tower, tallest building in the Americas

New York's Freedom Tower, tallest building in the AmericasNew York, Nov 13 - The Freedom Tower in New York is the tallest building in the western hemisphere at 542 metres, surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) said Tuesday.

The New York edifice, whose official name is One World Trade Centre, takes the title as tallest after including the spire installed this year, which raises it from 417 meters to 542 metres, leaving the 442 metres of the Chicago skyscraper behind.


Indian-American doctor to be honoured in US

Indian-American doctor to be honoured in USNew York, Nov 9 : An Indian-American doctor has been chosen for a prestigious award in the US for his contribution to the health sector of the country.

Rahul Jindal, a transplant surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Bethesda, will be honoured by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia Nov 13.

Jindal is also a clinical professor at George Washington University.

He obtained his MD from BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad, and then studied in Britain. (IANS)


Perfect day to get married is 11/12/13!

Perfect day to get married isNew York, Nov. 5 - A new survey has found that over 2,265 couples are planning to get married on 12th November 2013, or
11/12/13, in a bid to tie the knot on the last sequential date of 2013.

After quizzing around 500 brides for the research, wedding retailer David's Bridal reported a 722 percent increase in marriages on the second Tuesday in November from 371 percent in 2012, the New York Daily News reported.

Brian Beitler, chief marketing officer of the company, said that the study has shown that couples love dates that have patterns.

The company is expecting the last consecutive series of the century -


'Rowing' newest exercising trend

'Rowing' newest exercising trendNew York, November 4 : Rowing offers incredible workouts in a short amount of time, and can easily tone your body, it has been revealed.

Josh Ozeri, founder of Brooklyn Crew, said that rowing engages one's core, abdominals and lower back, and tones one's leg and sculpts the upper body, the New York Daily reported.

Ozeri added that during a 45-minute class, a rower will do the equivalent of 1,200 leg presses, burning roughly 850 calories. (ANI)


Manmohan drove home to Pakistan: Dialogue contingent on cross-border peace

Manmohan drove home to Pakistan: Dialogue contingent on cross-border peaceNew York, Sep 30 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves for home Monday to face a host of domestic problems, including challenges from the party's young guard that has sent his stock plummeting and raised questions over his continuance, but his camp here seemed satisfied that he was strongly able to convey Indian thinking in his talks with Pakistan as well as secure effective backing from the US on the issue of cross-border terrorism.


Manmohan, Sharif set to talk peace in shadow of terrorism

Manmohan, Sharif set to talk peace in shadow of terrorismNew York, Sep 29 - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are set to meet later Sunday amid relentless warnings from India to its neighbour to shun terrorism if it really wants to make peace.


BRICS expresses concern over cyber snooping

BRICS expresses concern over cyber snoopingNew York, Sep 27 - BRICS nations have expressed their concern over reported cyber snooping and emphasised that security of Information and Communication Technologies is of paramount importance.

BRICS grouping comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In a joint media statement Thursday on the margins of the 68th United Nations General Assembly here, the BRICS foreign ministers, including India's Salman Khurshid, "expressed their concern about the reported practices of unauthorized interception of communications and data from citizens, businesses and members of governments, compromising national sovereignty and individual rights".


Spain, Argentina to press Britain on Gibraltar, Falklands

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-MargalloNew York, Sep 27 - The foreign ministers of Spain and Argentina met here Thursday to discuss working together to resolve their countries' respective disputes with Britain over Gibraltar and the Falkland islands.

Aides to Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said that Gibraltar and the Falklands were discussed.

While sources on Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman's team said the two men agreed to join forces in demanding compliance with long-standing UN resolutions mandating that London negotiate with Madrid and Buenos Aires over Gibraltar and the Falklands.


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