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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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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, Dec 22 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $55.52 a barrel Friday, compared to $56.30 last Thursday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya...

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'Hong Kong protests increased support for democracy'

Hong Kong, Dec 22 (IANS) Hong Kong's Occupy Central protest campaign has not backfired despite recent polls showing support for Beijing's reform framework, the movement's co-founder has said. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, reviewing the impact of 79 days of the protest, Benny Tai Yiu-ting said that the campaign had, in fact, widened the support base of the pro-democra...

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BHEL enters Turkey with euro 16.96 mn contract

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) State-run power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) Monday said it had bagged a contract for a thermal power project worth euro 16.96 in its maiden entry to Turkey. Winning the contract through global competitive bidding, the company will rehabilitate three units of Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) for the 430 MW Tuncbilek Thermal Power Project in...

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Adele misses Elton John's wedding, apologises

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) Singer Adele sent a note of apology to singer Elton John as she could not attend his recent nuptials with David Furnish. A slew of stars turned up to support John as he married Furnish Sunday. The 26-year-old pop star sent a note to the couple apologising for her and her family's absence, reports dailymail.co.uk. Biggest congratulations my loves...

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Renault to increase prices from next month

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Automobile manufacturer Renault India Monday said effective Jan 1, 2015, it will increase prices of its vehicles up to 2.5 percent due to rising input costs. So far we have absorbed the rising input costs, but a sustained challenging market environment has compelled us to increase our prices, said Rafael Treguer, vice president, sales and marketing, Renault India...

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Barcelona beat Cordoba, Atletico defeat Bilbao in La Liga

Madrid, Dec 22 (IANS) FC Barcelona were able to maintain the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga thanks to a 5-0 win at home against struggling Cordoba CF in the last round of games of 2014. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid took advantage of a serious refereeing mistake to win 4-1 over Athletic Bilbao. Athletic led through a Mikel Rico goal, but Antoine Griezmann equalised at the...

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Kolkata-based artist's works reflect grim life

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Sallow faces, sorrow-filled eyes, grim smiles and protruding ribs are the hallmarks of Kolkata-based artist Rabin Mondal's body of work, which will be displayed in a retrospective in the capital Monday. The paintings are bathed in dark hues, reflecting the tragic realities of life, and the darkness of the human soul. In the exhibition aptly titled the Kin...

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Sofia Vergara doesn't want to age

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) Actress Sofia Vergara, 42, says she would happily put cement around her eyes if it would slow down the ageing process. In an interview, which features in New Beauty magazine's January issue, Vergara has said she is getting worried about her appearance, reports contactmusic.com. I don't want to age! If you said applying cement around my eyes would stop w...

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Pakistan PM asks for steps to revoke death term suspensions

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday directed the attorney general of Pakistan to take legal steps to get revoked the suspension order on death penalties of five terrorists, media reported. The Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) suspended the death sentences of five terrorists who were to be executed at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, The News Internat...

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James Packer gifts Miranda Kerr $100,000 earrings?

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) Former Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr has reportedly received a Christmas present -- a pair of $100,000 diamond earrings -- from casino mogul James Packer whom she is rumoured to be dating. He bought them for her about four weeks ago, a source told Woman's Day magazine, reports dailymail.co.uk. The expensive accessory could be a Christmas gift for...

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Chinese health bureau punishes doctors clicking selfies

Beijing, Dec 22 (IANS) A dozen doctors in China's Shaanxi province received administrative punishment after clicking group selfies next to a patient undergoing surgery, an official said Monday. Three of the doctors displayed in the photos have had their administrative posts removed and the others were given administrative warnings, the health bureau in Xi'an city said. The photos...

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China sends infantry battalion for UN peacekeeping

Beijing, Dec 22 (IANS) China's infantry battalion to South Sudan is set for departure, marking the country's first batch of soldiers to participate in the United Nations peacekeeping mission. A rally was held Monday in Laiyang city in China's Shandong province. The dispatch was approved by the central military commission and its chairman Xi Jinping, Xinhua reported. Previous Chin...

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An app which can help you land an airplane

Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) Here comes an app that would help you land your plane in case the aircraft engine fails. The new iPad app Xavion connects with a small plane's autopilot via wi-fi that would guide you to the nearest airport or safe landing area. The Xavion App extracts data from the autopilot to provide additional aid to the pilot. The pilot can then make an inf...

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Pakistan anti-polio drive halted

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Pakistan's anti-polio drive has been halted for security reasons in Khyber-Pakhtunkwa province where over 2.9 million children were expected to be administered the polio vaccine during the three-day campaign, media reported. Earlier Monday morning, the campaign was launched and over 8,000 teams were constituted to administer anti-polio drops to about 2.9 million ...

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Pakistan court stays death penalties of five terrorists

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) The Lahore High Court's (LHC) Rawalpindi bench Monday suspended the convictions of five prisoners who were handed the death penalty for involvement in an attack on an army camp in Gujrat in Punjab province in 2012. The order came on a petition filed by counsel of one of the convicted men. Justice Arshad Mahmood Tabassum of the high court heard the petitio...

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Seoul probes hacking threat to n-reactors

Seoul, Dec 22 (IANS) South Korean officials have launched probes into threats of a hacking attack on the country's nuclear reactors, officials said Monday. The probes were launched after a hacker, who identified himself as the president of anti-nuclear group in Hawaii, demanded shutting down of the three reactors in southeastern South Korea, Xinhua reported. The hacker Sunday rev...

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