Narayana Murthy donates 200,000 pounds for UK Gandhi statue

Narayana MurthyLondon: Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and his family have donated 200,000 pounds towards the statue of Mahatma Gandhi planned for Parliament Square here, helping in meeting the budget target of 750,000 pounds for the project.

"Mahatma Gandhi was someone who demonstrated the tremendous power of leadership by example. His courage and commitment are an inspiration and I am delighted that his statue will stand in such a respected setting," said Murthy.

The donation by Murthy along with wife Sudha and children Akshata and Rohan Murthy has helped the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust meet its 750,000 pounds budget target for the project.

Keira Knightley admits got her name because of mom's spelling error

Keira KnightleyLondon, Jan 27 : Keira Knightley has admitted that her mother's spelling problem is the reason behind her unique name.

The 'Imitation Game' actress told in an interview that her fatheer kept the star's name Kiera, but unfortunately her mother went to register her birth, and there she accidentally spelled 'ei' instead of 'ie', People Magazine reported.

The 29-year-old actress added that the unintentional incident changed her name, and forced her to live with a spelling error as it was on the papers then after. (ANI)

Steven Smith becomes youngest Allan Border Medal winner since Michael Clarke

Steve SmithSydney, Jan 27 : Australia's star batsman Steven Smith has capped off an incredible 2014 by winning his first Allan Border Medal, becoming the youngest winner since Michael Clarke to do so.

The 25-year-old Smith became the youngest winner since a 23-year-old Clarke in 2005, in a year where he scored seven tons and a total of 1,756 runs across all three formats, excluding last week's unbeaten knock of 102 in Hobart.

Smith scored a clean sweep of the top awards, taking out both the Test and One Day Player of the Year awards, News. com. au reported.

Microsoft reports 8pc revenue gain in Q2 2015

MicrosoftWashington, Jan 27 : Microsoft has released its second quarter results from fiscal year 2015, revealing an increase in the revenue by 8 percent from the same quarter last year, as it made 5.6 billion dollars in net income on 26.5 billion dollars in revenue.

However, the company's net income dropped 10 percent.

According to the Verge, Microsoft does note that it has incurred a further "243 million dollars of integration and restructuring expenses" related to the Nokia phone business purchase, which explains part of the drop.

Shahrukh proud to be part of President Obama's speech

Shahrukh KhanNew Delhi, Jan 27 : Shahrukh Khan has responded to the speech of US president Barack Obama after he quoted actor's DDLJ's famous "Senorita" dialogue.

The 49-year-old actor took to Twitter to express his happiness and posted, "Proud 2 b part of the gender and religion equality speech of Pres. Obama. Sad he couldn't do the Bhangra... next time Chaiyya Chaiyya for sure."

While addressing the crowd at the Siri Fort Auditorium on the last pit stop of his three-day visit to India, President Obama said he remembered his previous visit in 2010 and "dancing the Bhangra" with his wife, Michelle Obama at an event in Mumbai.

IBM to lay off more than 100,000 workers globally

IBM workersLondon, Jan 27 : IBM is planning to slash more than 100,000 workers from across the globe as a cost-cutting measure.

According to Mirror, the US company, which employs around 20,000 people in the UK, confirmed it was preparing for "workforce rebalancing" that would lead to the loss of "several thousand" roles.

However, the company said that reports claiming that the company was preparing to cut 111,000 workers - more than a quarter of its 430,000 workers - were "ridiculous" and "baseless".

The computer giant refused to divulge any more details on the same.(ANI)

Nicole Kidman's children want 'dog' not sibling

Nicole KidmanWashington, Jan 27 : Nicole Kidman has revealed that though her kids do want them to expand their family, they want to do it with a dog and not a sibling.

While attending the Sundance Film Festival, the 47-year-old Australian beauty, who's married to Keith Urban, said that their daughters Faith, 4, and Sunday, 6 don't want any competition and said they were fine when asked about it, adding that they wanted a dog , E! Online reported.

Kidman, who's a mother of four, considering her kids with former husband Tom Cruise, was promoting her forthcoming movie 'Strangerland,' clad in a monochromatic polka dot ensemble.

'Dominant' Sharapova brushes aside Bouchard in straight-sets to reach Oz Open semis

Maria SharapovaLondon, Jan 27 : Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova put on a dominant display as she brushed aside Canadian seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to advance to the Australian Open semifinals in Melbourne.

The 2008 champion, seeded second, won 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 18 minutes, taking her record against Bouchard to 4-0, as the Canadian made 30 errors in the game.

The Russian said that she thought she had a really good start, adding that she kept her focus throughout the whole match, and didn't feel that she had too many letdowns, which was important.

Soon, new drug to treat lung cancer

new drug to treat lung cancerWashington, Jan 27 : Scientists have identified a potential new drug target for treating lung cancer.

In a new study by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers have suggested that targeting a key enzyme and its associated metabolic programming may lead to novel drug development to treat the disease.

Facebook launches 252 Kb 'Lite app' for users in developing countries

FacebookWashington, Jan 27 : In a bid to cater to people with poor internet connections in developing countries, Facebook has unveiled a dedicated 252 kilobyte app, Facebook Lite, which has been specially designed to work on 2G networks and in areas with poor connectivity.

According to The Verge, the app is based on the Snaptu version of Facebook that runs on feature phones but adds functions like, push notifications and camera integration.

The app has been launched last week on an experimental basis in just a few countries in Africa and Asia including, Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The report added that a wider launch is "not a certainty." (ANI)

Johnson to buy 25.74% stake in Hitachi via open offer

Johnson ControlsNew Delhi: Johnson Controls plans to acquire 25.74 percent stake in Hitachi Home & Life Solutions (India) Ltd through an open offer for an estimated price of Rs 575 crore.

In a public announcement to Hitachi's shareholders, Johnson Controls said it would acquire little over 70,00,990 shares at an offer price of Rs 821.38 per share amounting to Rs 575.04 crore.

In a BSE filing, the company has proposed to launch open offer to acquire "up to 70,00,990 fully paid-up equity shares of face value of Rs 10 each of the target company representing 25.74 percent of fully diluted voting equity share capital."

Swarm of microprobes could help unlock secrets of Jupiter's atmosphere

Jupiter atmosphereWashington, Jan 27 : Swarm of microprobes with different sensors could be fired into the clouds of Jupiter, which will help unlock secrets of planet's atmosphere.

The probes would last an estimated 15 minutes according to planetary scientists. Transmitting 20 megabits of data over fifteen minutes would be sufficient to allow scientists to get a picture of a large part of the atmosphere of the planet.

This Sun-like star's rings are 200 times larger than Saturn's

Sun-like star J1407Washington, Jan 27 : Astronomers have recently revealed that gigantic ring system around J1407b is much larger and heavier than Saturn's ring system.

Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, and the University of Rochester, USA, have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn.

The ring system, the first of its kind to be found outside our solar system, was discovered in 2012 by a team led by Rochester's Eric Mamajek.

Supermassive black hole spotted choking while eating star

black holes swallow starsWashington, Jan 27 : Astronomers have recently revealed that they have probably witnessed a supermassive black hole chocking while eating up a star.

The astronomers made the discovery with the help of five-year analysis of an event captured by a tiny telescope at McDonald Observatory and followed up by telescopes on the ground and in space.

On January 21, 2009, the ROTSE IIIb telescope at McDonald caught the flash of an extremely bright event. The telescope's wide field of view takes pictures of large swathes of sky every night, looking for newly exploding stars as part of the ROTSE Supernova Verification Project (RSVP).

Ronaldo faces potential 12-match ban for punching opponent in Real's La Liga clash

Cristiano RonaldoLondon, Jan 27 - Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo could reportedly be banned for almost twelve matches after being sent off for punching an opponent during Real Madrid's La Liga clash against Cordoba.

The World Player of the Year kicked and hit out at Cordoba defender Edimar and was shown a straight red card during Saturday's La Liga clash.

A Spanish newspaper has reported that Ronaldo could be booted out of the league for as many as twelve games if found guilty of excessive aggression when a disciplinary panel meets on Wednesday.

Rupee down 9 paise to 61.51 against dollar in early trade

Rupee downMumbai: The rupee depreciated by 9 paise to 61.51 in early trade on Tuesday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market on fresh demand for the American currency from importers.

Dealers said fresh demand for the American currency from importers mainly put pressure on the rupee but a higher opening in the domestic equity market and the dollar's weakness against other currencies overseas, capped the losses.

The rupee had ended higher by 28 paise at 61.42 against the US currency in Friday's trade on fresh selling of dollars by banks and exporters on persistent foreign capital inflows into equity market.

Forex market remained closed yesterday on account of "Republic Day".

Sensex, Nifty extend record-breaking spree on fund inflows

Sensex upMumbai: Continuing their record-breaking spree, markets on Tuesday hit new highs with the BSE Sensex scaling another peak of 29,456.63 and the NSE Nifty soared to 8,878.20 in opening trade on sustained capital inflows.

Besides, markets were buoyed by optimism over upcoming Budget and quarterly earnings amidst positive domestic factors and mixed global cues.

The benchmark BSE Sensex climbed by 177.79 points, or 0.60 per cent, to trade at a new high of 29,456.63, breaking its previous record of 29,408.73 reached on Friday.

Stocks of capital goods, power, consumer durables, auto, FMCG, banking, infrastructure and realty sectors led the rally and rose up to 2.11 per cent.

Mountain-sized asteroid that flew past earth had own moon

Mountain-sized asteroid that flew past earth had own moonWashington, Jan 27 - NASA has released radar observations of the 325 meter-wide asteroid that flew safely past Earth, showing that the asteroid had its own moon.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 was over 3 times the Earth-moon distance i.e. 1.2 million kilometers, Discovery News reported.

According to reports, as the asteroid rotates through the 20 radar images, it appears to show some diversity in its landscape.

'Indo-US CEO Meet will raise mutual investment, trade': Adi Godrej

Adi GodrejNew Delhi, Jan 26 : Godrej group chairman Adi Godrej on Monday said the Indo-US CEO Meet will lead to a tremendous rise in the level of mutual investment and trade between India and the U. S.

"The level of mutual investment and trade will rise dramatically. I don't think it will be necessarily felt only year one, but five years from now, the effects of this visit will be extremely positive. The world is convinced that India is the country of the future," Adi Godrej told ANI.

He said that the Indo-US CEO Meet will give tremendous momentum to the business relations of the two largest democracies of the world.

Wawrinka, Nishikori advance to Oz Open quarters

Stanislas WawrinkaMelbourne, Jan 26 : Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka exhibited a power packed performance to overcome his Spanish opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in tight four sets to advance to the quarter-finals of Australian Open in Melbourne.

Avenging last year's French Open loss, the fourth seeded trounced Lopez 7-6(2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(8) to book his place in the last eight.

Moreover, fifth seeded Kei Nishikori cruised into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over his Spanish opponent David Ferrer.

Wawrinka will now face his U. S Open nemesis Kei Nishikori to book a semifinal berth. (ANI)

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