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Alstom sells euro 12.35 bn energy business to GE

New Delhi/Paris, Dec 22 (IANS) French firm Alstom Monday said a majority of its stakeholders have approved the sale of its energy business to US-based General Electric (GE). In a regulatory filing to the National Stock Exchange, Alstom said 99.2 percent of the stakeholders approved the sell-out which will be closed in the second quarter of 2015. Under the deal, GE will buy assets which a...

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Sydney siege gunman's partner's bail revoked

Sydney, Dec 22 (IANS) An Australian court Monday revoked the bail given to the partner of the Sydney siege gunman who last week stormed a Sydney cafe and sparked a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people, including him, dead. Amirah Droudis, the partner of the Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, had her bail revoked after being deemed an unacceptable risk by a magistrate, ABC News...

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Golfer Thongchai joins stellar cast at Malaysian Open 2015

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 22 (IANS) Malaysian Open 2015 Monday announced the participation of three-time Asian Tour No.1 Thongchai Jaidee at the 54th edition of the $3 million showpiece which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club Feb 5-8. The two-time Malaysian Open champion and captain of Team Asia at the inaugural EurAsia Cup, Thongchai is no stranger here and in Malaysia wh...

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China opposes cyber attacks

Beijing, Dec 22 (IANS) China is opposed to countries or individuals that launch cyber attacks on a third country from foreign soil, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday. Hua told a regular press briefing that China opposed all forms of cyber attacks and terrorist activities, Xinhua reported. She made the remarks in response to the alleged hacking of Sony Pictures...

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Walkout in Lok Sabha over black money

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The issue of black money stashed in foreign banks was raised again in the Lok Sabha Monday by opposition members, who also staged a walkout over the issue. The opposition parties staged a walkout after Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling the promises made to people who voted him ...

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US consumers shun fat-inducing cakes, cookies

New York, Dec 22 (IANS) Purchase of ready-to-eat grain-based desserts (RTE GBDs) such as cakes, cookies, pies, doughnuts and pastries declined in the US by 24 percent between 2005 and 2012, a research has found. However, there has been little change in the nutritional content of RTE GBDs manufactured or purchased, the findings showed. The results from this analysis show that the ...

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Suresh Prabhu panel on energy suggests opening up coal sector

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The advisory group on integrated development of power, coal, and renewable energy has suggested opening up the coal sector towards supplementing production by state miner Coal India Ltd (CIL). CIL currently has near-monopoly accounting for 82 percent of domestic coal production. The advisory group headed by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has suggested ...

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Axar Patel replaces injured Jadeja in Test squad

Melbourne, Dec 22 (IANS) Young all-rounder Axar Patel Monday replaced injured Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian team for the remainder of the Test series against Australia. Axar Patel will join the Indian team in Australia for the remainder of the Test series as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja, who has a shoulder injury and will be returning to India to undergo a rehabilitation programme, ...

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Our ancestors used olive oil for cooking

London, Dec 22 (IANS) Excavation experts have unearthed nearly 8,000-year-old ancient clay pots in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel with olive oil residues in them, driving home the point that our ancestors were aware about the oil's health benefits. The findings suggest that people first domesticated the olive tree about 8,000 to 6,000 years ago. This is the earliest ...

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Suzlon's subsidiary inks contracts with four UK firms

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) India-based Suzlon Energy Ltd's UK subsidiary Senvion Monday said it has signed contracts with four UK firms for supplying turbines for production of 63.5 MW of electricity which will power 38,000 homes in Britain. Senvion has also signed service and maintenance contracts with three of the companies engaged in generation of wind electricity. We are delighted...

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Appeal filed against two hangings in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) The families of two convicts scheduled to be hanged in Pakistan Tuesday filed appeals Monday in the Sindh High Court. The families of Muhammad Azam and Ataullah alias Abdullahof urged the court to suspend their death warrants, The News International reported. The appeals were heard by a bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar. Justice Ali ask...

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For Tripura residents, its via Bangladesh to the rest of India

Agartala, Dec 22 (IANS) Hurdles in travelling to other parts of the country by road, rail and air are increasingly prompting the people of Tripura to go to other parts of India via Bangladesh. Before the partition of the country in 1947, the routes of the then East Bengal (now Bangladesh) had been used to ferry men and materials to and from northeast India. For the people of Trip...

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Porn addiction linked to low marriage rates in US

Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) Porn addiction may be one of the reasons why most Americans are not tying the knot, says a study. Using data from the General Social Survey (GSS) to analyse how 18 to 35-year-old men used the internet between 2000 and 2004, the team from the University of West Chester in the US measured the correlation between pornography use and marriage rates among 1,500 parti...

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Mind games important to rattle opposition, says Johnson

Melbourne, Dec 22 (IANS) Pacer Mitchell Johnson, who was the catalyst for Australia's second Test win over India at the Gabba last week, Monday asserted that it is important to intimidate the opposition with mind games. In a new DVD titled 'Mitchell Johnson: Bouncing Back', he elaborated on many of the recent important cricketing issues, including beating England last season to win the A...

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GMR's Philippines JV raises USD 750 million for Cebu airport

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) India-based GMR Infrastructure's joint venture GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) Monday said it has signed agreements for financing 70 percent of the Mactan Cebu International Airport project in Cebu in the Philippines worth nearly USD 750 million. GMCAC is a joint venture of GMR Infrastructure with 40 percent share holding and the Philippines-based Mega...

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Drugs for bone loss may help prevent uterine cancer

Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) Women who consume medicines commonly used to treat osteoporosis and other bone conditions halve the risk of developing uterine cancer compared to women who do not use such drugs, shows a study. Previous studies have shown that bisphosphonates, a class of drugs known to prevent bone loss, have anti-tumour effects, including the ability to keep tumour cells from m...

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Jackie Chan's son prosecuted on drugs charge

Beijing, Dec 22 (IANS) Jaycee Chan, son of Chinese kung fu star Jackie Chan, was prosecuted in Beijing Monday for allegedly providing a venue for drug users, according to the People's Procuratorate of Beijing's Dongcheng district. The prosecution came three months after he was formally arrested following a drugs bust at his residence in the capital, according to Xinhua. On Aug 14...

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How mice detect different odours

New York, Dec 22 (IANS) Mice can detect minute differences in the timing of activities in neurons of the olfactory system, a sensory system used for the sense of smell, a study has suggested. These new findings were built upon earlier evidence that olfactory processing in mice included temporal information about sniffing. We knew from prior work that mice could accurately determ...

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'Supertube to travel faster than bullet train'

New York, Dec 22 (IANS) A new start-up known as Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is planning to develop a supertube that would take take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes flat at a speed of 760 miles per hour. The trip currently takes up to 12 hours by train and more than six hours by car. Hyperloop, the tube transport dream of SpaceX founder and Tes...

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Australian scientists to focus on eight research priorities

Sydney, Dec 22 (IANS) A panel of Australian experts has identified eight research priorities that are aimed to give the nation a competitive edge. The nation's chief scientist Ian Chubb said Monday that the sectors of food, soil and water, transport, health, energy and resources, cyber security, environmental change and manufacturing will be boosted by additional research, Xinhua reporte...

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