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PM Modi pitches economic growth, reforms to business leaders in Melbourne

PM Modi pitches economic growth, reforms to business leaders in MelbourneMelbourne, Nov 18 : Asserting that his government was committed to building infrastructure across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told business leaders in Melbourne that reforms were being undertaken to enhance the ease of doing business in India.

"We are focused on infrastructure, including national roads, rural infrastructure, irrigation works, modernisation and high speed rail. My government is actively working to revive the economy. New world class ports will be developed across India's coasts, inland waterways will be developed," said Prime Minister Modi.

Facebook preparing new website 'Facebook at Work' to compete with LinkedIn

Facebook at WorkSydney, Nov 17 : Facebook is working on a new website called 'Facebook at Work' to compete with other sites like LinkedIn.

According to reports, Facebook has been secretly working on the new website that would also help users connect with people on a professional front, collaborate over documents and make professional contacts, reported News. com. au.

'Facebook at Work' will offer similar feature as Facebook like newsfeed, messaging and groups.

Along with the old features, the new tools will include the ability to work on shared documents.

Facebook and ' Facebook at Work' will function separately and no information will be shared between the two. (ANI)

Becks' Facebook pic causes embarrassment in Vietnam

David BeckhamMelbourne, Nov 17 : A pic posted on David Beckham's official Facebook page has caused embarrassment in Vietnam.

The pic shows showing a woman in Hanoi taking a picture of him from her scooter while not wearing a helmet and carrying an infant between her knees, which sparked widespread criticism, News. com. au reported.

The pic, which has attracted over 18,000 comments, had Beckham's caption saying that he's all for fans taking a picture but not sure this is the safest way to do it!"

Users took the social networking site saying that it was an ugly face of Vietnam , while another user said that the woman was crazy for taking a pic that way with her baby on her lap.

Brett Lee welcomes PM Modi, says 'India is very close to my heart'

brett lee Sydney, Nov 17 : Former Australian Test cricketer, who welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Allphones Arena in Olympic Park here today, said that India has been close to his heart.

"I would like to welcome Prime Minister of India, Namaste, welcome to Australia," Lee said.

"I first fell in love with India in 1994. It is very close to my heart, beautiful people," he added.

The Prime Minister, who arrived at the event to a rousing welcome, shook hands with former Indian cricketer Javagal Srinath and Australian umpire Simon Taufel prior to his address to the Indian Diaspora.

Queensland to announce major investment in rail infrastructure

Brisbane - Australia's Queensland state will announce a major investment in rail infrastructure in the Galilee basin to ensure that one of the mega-mines proposed by India's Adani group and GVK get a clearance next year.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, who held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here last night, said he was prepared to invest in capital works to ensure that the projects get off the ground.

The offer came even as the G20 leaders affirmed their commitment to boosting energy efficiency and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies that encouraged wasteful consumption.

Modi during his intervention at the G20 summit had pushed for energy efficiency.

Adelaide Oval wins rights to host historic day-night Test between Oz-Kiwis

Adelaide Oval wins rights to host historic day-night Test between Oz-KiwisSydney, Nov 16 : Adelaide Oval stadium would reportedly win the rights to host the sport's historic day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand as the traditional format prepares to make use of the pink-ball next November.

It can be reportedly revealed that the final day-night Sheffield Shield trials last week alleviated concerns over the durability of pink kookaburra balls. Secret Cricket Australia research has also dispelled the theory pink balls can't be detected by colour-blind players such as Test opener Chris Rogers.

PM Modi raises issue of black money in G-20 Summit

Narendra ModiBrisbane, Nov 16 - Raising the issue of black money during the G-20 Summit meeting here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stated that India supports all initiatives which facilitates automatic exchange of information among nations that ultimately helps in tracing unaccounted money and its eventual repatriation. In series of tweets, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin's twitter handle revealed Prime Minister Modi's intervention on issues of tax evasion at the G-20 Summit.

Need to revive global economic confidence, says PM Modi

Need to revive global economic confidence, says PM ModiBrisbane, Nov 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for the revival of global economic confidence, adding that developing countries like India are vying for a faster trajectory of growth.

"The Prime Minister said there is a need for a stable political and economic environment to achieve our goals because several countries are like India, that is, those wanting to go in a faster trajectory of growth. The international environments through organisations or groups like the G-20 can support this effort," Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told the media.

Injured Clarke may miss Test series against India to be fit for 'top priority' WC

Michael ClarkeSydney, Nov 15 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke is likely to miss a home Test and might miss out the series against India for the first time in his career due to injury after coach Darren Lehmann said that the World Cup would be a priority for the skipper.

Clarke on Saturday had scans on his injured hamstring in Perth before flying home to Sydney to consult specialists about the results, but Lehmann admitted that the first Test against India in Brisbane, 18 days away, would be a big ask.

Cameron says relations with India is UK's priority

David CameronBrisbane (Australia), Nov 14 : British Prime Minister David Cameron, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Brisbane on Friday, said that relations with New Delhi are a top foreign policy priority for his country.

"Relations with India are at the top of the priorites of UK's foreign policy - @David_Cameron to PM @narendramodi," MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

"Your's is a very inspiring vision, UK wants to partner in any way we can - PM @David_Cameron to PM @narendramodi," he added in his tweet.

Facebook's new feature 'Say Thanks' allows users to express love to family, friends

Facebook Say ThanksMelbourne, Nov 13 : Facebook has come up with yet another surprise for its users- a new feature that allows them to show their love and gratitude to family and friends by sharing video cards.

According to News. com. au, the feature, called Say Thanks, will allow users to share sophisticated video cards with mates that feature some of their most memorable moments.

Users have the option of four video templates that can be flooded with photos and posts to create a personalised video within seconds.

The templates are tailored to different types of relationships: friends, old friends, family and "it's complicated," the report said.

Bailey reminds critics of Oz No. 1 batsman Clarke's proven track record

George BaileySydney, Nov 12 : Australia ODI team vice-captain George Bailey has backed his skipper Michael Clarke, saying that the recent criticism of their number one batsman was completely unwarranted and pointed to the captain's proven record of leading from the front.

Australia has given Clarke its emphatic backing as they announced their World Cup campaign under way in Perth. The chance to go head-to-head in a five-game series with World Cup favourites South Africa starting on Friday is being treated by Australia as a selection audition of the highest importance.

`The Simpsons' co-creator to donate his fortune to charity

Melbourne, Nov 11 - The Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon has decided to give away his million dollars wealth as he enters his final days after suffering from terminal colon cancer, it has been revealed.

Simon had earlier said in a interview that Cancer was a horrible disease and he was struggling with it, it was a journey, it was a fight, it was tough but, if one want publicity and one want to pick up girls, cancer was the greatest thing in the world, News.com.au reported.

The 59-year-old American producer has partnered with groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Save the Children and Feeding Families, and has donated tens of millions of dollars to worthy causes.

Serena Williams says 'big ass' stops her from running NYC Marathon

Serena WilliamsMelbourne, Nov 8 - Serene Williams has revealed that she thinks her ass is "too big" for her to run a marathon.

The current No. 1 in women's singles tennis conducted a question-and-answer session with fans on Twitter responded to a query about whether she would follow in gal pal Caroline Wozniacki's footsteps and run the New York Marathon, News.com.au reported.

Williams also said that she's desperate she is to start a family and how she's not single by choice. (ANI)

`Shocked` Iggy Azalea was frightened by role in `Furious 7`

Iggy AzaleaMelbourne, Nov 4 - Iggy Azalea, who will also appear in the latest series 'Fast and Furious', has said that she was stunned and frightened to discover that she had lines in ' Furious 7'.

The 24-year-old rapper asserted that at first she thought that she would just be waving a flag like Rita Ora did in the last movie, News.com.au reported.

The Australian rapper continued that she got some lines and then her character was friends with Vin Diesel's character.

Azalea admitted that she was way out of her comfort zone on the set of the movie, and now realized that acting was not easy. (ANI)

Now, wristband that shocks people into quitting bad habits

 Pavlok.jpgMelbourne, November 3 : An American firm has developed a wristband that can shock people in to giving up bad habits.

The ' Pavlok ' wristband lets the user simply picks a bad habit he or she wishes to tackle and chooses the punishment it will mete out, News. com. au reported.

The shocks can range anywhere from a vibration or sound reminder, to making the wearer pay a fee or sending a mild electric shock of up to 300 volts.

If on the other hand, the wearer gets up early as planned, goes to the gym or completes the hours necessary to complete an academic paper, then a financial reward is handed out or a friend is notified.

2018 WC logo unveiled and it resembles 'an alien'

WC-logo-2018Sydney, Oct 29 : FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has unveiled the 2018 World Cup logo with cosmonauts, which has a strong resemblance to an alien.

The logo depicts the World Cup trophy in red and blue, colours from the Russian flag, with gold trim.

Unveiling the logo on a Russian state TV talk show, Blatter said that the logo would show Russia's heart and spirit, News. com. au reported.

It was then presented over video link by a crew of three Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station , 400 kilometer above Earth.

Cosmonaut Elena Serova said that seeing the football World Cup in their country was a dream for all of them.

Ancient engravings on Mars' surface rekindle alien speculations

Melbourne, Oct 28 - Astronomers recently observed ancient engravings on the surface of Mars, which once again sparked the speculations of possibilities of alien life on the "Red" planet.

The "Mars Petroglyph" joins a string of "anomalous" objects like humanoid statue, ball-bearings, a microscopic gearwheel and a thighbone, found among the thousands of images being beamed back by NASA's robotic rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity, News.com.au reported.

The latest "xenoarchaeological" evidence is said to come from an unusual rock caught in a picture from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover earlier in 2014.

Consuming beer every day doubles fertility in men

men drinking beerMelbourne, Oct 21 : A new study has claimed that drinking around a pint and a half of beer per night could double their fertility rates.

Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, assessed the habits of 105 men with an average age of 37 whose partners were undergoing IVF between 2007 and 2013, and found that men who consumed at least 22g of alcohol daily, had double the chances to become fathers through IVF than those who didn't, News.com.au reported.

Meanwhile, the study also found that Caffeine could be harmful for fertility, as men who drank at least 265mg of coffee were the least likelier to have kids.

Fly Emirates for best in-flight food

Emirates Airline Food Melbourne, Oct 17 : A luxury food magazine has rated Emirates as the carrier with the best in-flight food options.

According to Saveur , the quality of the food served by the airline is dazzling" and "a pleasure", News.com.au reported.

The magazine said that the seven-course meals are served on Royal Doulton fine bone china, alongside an extensive range of vintage wines is exquisite, while award-winning chefs create menus that are healthy and delicious. Dining in this kind of impeccable luxury is comparable to dining in any gourmet restaurant or five-star hotel.

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