Looks like my local installation of WordPress cannot access WordPress.org Servers.
XAMPP on Windows: version 1.7.3
PHPMyAdmin reports the following:
MySQL client version: 5.1.41
Therefore Plugins Add/Search functionality unavailable. Thought it was some install error, updated Core files manually again, did not resolve.
Just observed all attempts to download from the servers gives the following error.
Attempt to download/re-update 3.4.1 core files from server
Download failed.: Could not resolve host: wordpress.org; No error Installation Failed
Attempt to Add/Search for Plugins
An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with WordPress.org or this server’s configuration
And just as an after thought checked the main Dashboard, the main WordPress RSS Feed there also not showing but the Other News section okay.