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BlackBerry releases BlackBerry 10.1 SDK OS to developers

BlackBerry releases BlackBerry 10.1 SDK OS to developersCanadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry, which was formally known as Research in Motion, has released the new BlackBerry 10.1 SDK OS to developers for several models including BlackBerry Dev Alpha B, Dev Alpha C and BlackBerry Z10.

New method devised to detect autism in children

autism-in-childrenToronto, April 18 : Scientists have come up with a new technique to detect autism in children based on their brain activity, says a study.

Neuroscientists from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the University of Toronto have developed an efficient and reliable method of analysing brain activity to detect autism in children. Their findings have appeared Thursday in the online journal PLOS ONE.

The researchers recorded and analysed dynamic patterns of brain activity with magnetoencephalography (MEG) to determine the brain's functional connectivity that is, its communication from one region to another.

Vancouver Airport again ranked best North American airport

Vancouver Airport again ranked best North American airportThe Vancouver International Airport has been honoured with the title of the best airport in North America for the fourth year and eight best airport in the world.

Sweden defeat Canada for World Curling title

Curling-RocksVictoria (Canada) April 8 : Sweden has become the first country to win the World and European men's curling championships in the same season after defeating Canada 8-6 in the final.

In front of the Victoria, British Columbia, crowd, Niklas Edin's team denied the Canadians a fourth straight title and earned Sweden's first World triumph since 2004.

"It's been a wonderful week," Edin said on the tournament website Sunday. "The final we played here, it was almost perfect. We executed our plan perfectly, and I'm so proud of my team."

Raonic helps Canada reach maiden Davis Cup semis

milos-raonicVancouver, April 8 : Canada advanced to the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time Sunday when Milos Raonic beat Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to win the World Group tie 3-1.

The upstart Canadians, who upset top-ranked Spain in February, will now meet Serbia in the next round in September. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Sam Querrey in four sets to give the visiting Serbians a 3-1 victory over USA Sunday in Boise, Idaho, Xinhua reports.

Canadian job market lost a net 54,500 jobs in March

Canadian job market lost a net 54,500 jobs in MarchAccording to the latest figures released, the Canadian jobs market lost a total of 54,500 jobs during the month of March, 2013.

The fall of 54,500 jobs in the month is the biggest fall in the country's employment market in four years and indicates that the economy's recovery is still very fragile. The fall eroded the gains made in the previous month and the country's total unemployment rate increased to 7.2 per cent during the month.

I'm very under-confident: Anushka Sharma

Anushka-SharmaVancouver, April 6 : Actress Anushka Sharma may come across as a confident and outgoing person on reel, but she says she is otherwise in real life.

"I am a very under-confident person. Whatever is seen in films is just a projection of my character. I wish I could be as confident as the characters I play on screen, but I am not. I am a very shy person," the 24-year-old told reporters on the sidelines of first edition of Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) here.

Would love to play negative role: Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir-KapoorVancouver, April 6 : Ranbir Kapoor wants to play the baddie, but the star of movies like "Rockstar" and "Barfi!" says no director is ready to accept him in such a role.

"I would love to play a negative role, something that is like an anti-hero. Something without guitars, rose and without a heroine. I have been asking this for quite a long time, and I hope the directors are hearing me out and come out with scripts like that," the 30-year-old told IANS.

He spoke on the sidelines of the first edition of the Times Of India Film Awards (TOIFA) here. He will host the awards night Saturday.

Canada's jobless rate rises

joblessVancouver, April 6 : Canada lost nearly 55,000 jobs in March, with unemployment up 0.2 percentage points to reach 7.2 percent, according to latest data from Statistics Canada.

There were 85,000 fewer private-sector employees in March, while the number of self-employed rose by 39,000 and the number of public-sector employees saw little change, reported Xinhua.

Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of private-sector employees increased by 1.0 percent, while the number of self-employed was up 2.1 percent. Public-sector employment changed little over the same period, the agency said.

Regional films are appreciated worldwide: Neha Dhupia

Neha-DhupiaVancouver, April 5 : Former beauty queen and actress Neha Dhupia, who is geared up for the release of her first Punjabi film "Rangeelay", feels regional movies have got a wider audience across the globe. She wonders why she wasn't doing them earlier!

"I am excited for my first Punjabi film and I can really feel the buzz here as the city has got a huge audience. Punjabi films are really appreciated in Canada, so we are doing lot of promotions for my film here. I still remember when I was coming down, people were shouting my name," she told IANS.

Annu Kapoor to direct soon

Annu-KapoorVancouver, April 5 : After his award-winning performance in fun-filled "Vicky Donor", Annu Kapoor is now planning to go behind the camera to direct a movie.

The actor, who won the National Award for best supporting actor for his role as fertility expert doctor Baldev Chaddha in "Vicky Donor", is also known for his work in "Chameli Ki Shaadi", "Mr. India", and "Hum".

"I am planning to get into direction soon," said the 57-year-old on the sidelines of the first day of the maiden edition of Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) Thursday.

Canada's GDP rises

canada-MiningVancouver, March 29 : Canada's real gross domestic product rose 0.2 percent in January after a 0.2-percent decrease in December, Statistics Canada said.

The growth was mainly driven by the growth in manufacturing, which expanded 1.2 percent in January, following a 1.9-percent decline in December, reported Xinhua.

Mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction increased 0.2 percent in January, up for a fourth consecutive month. In contrast, the agriculture and forestry sector and construction declined.

VW's 2015 Golf to be made in Mexico

VW's 2015 Golf to be made in MexicoToronto, March 29 : The 2015 Golf will be produced in Puebla, Mexico, and is expected to go on sale in 2014, Volkswagen said.

The German automaker unveiled the 2015 Golf at the New York International Auto Show.

The 2015 Golf will be the lightest version ever of the popular model, thanks to its new MQB platform.

The automobile will come with three engine options, including the 4-cylinder 1.8 liter EA888 Gen 3, which has 170 horsepower.

The Golf GTI, the sports version of the vehicle, will have a new 2-liter turbocharged engine that will give it 210 horsepower.

New budget to benefit small businesses, says CFIB

New budget to benefit small businesses, says CFIBThe Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has said that the new federal budget is expected to provide several benefits to the small businesses in the country.

The new federal budget, which was announced on Thursday, will expand the tax credit on employment insurance premiums for new hires.  This will allow about 560,000 small businesses to take advantage of the temporary one-year measure.  The federal government will forge an estimated $169 million in foregone tax during the current financial year.

Target to open new store at Centre Mall in Hamilton

Target to open new store at Centre Mall in HamiltonUS retail giant, Target is set to open its new store in the Centre Mall in Hamilton in Canada tomorrow to attract more customers on the other side of the border.

The company is planning to inaugurate the new mall at 8 a. m. on Tuesday as part of the company's plans to launch 24 stores across different parts of Canada within March.  The company is already running three stores in Ontario in Guelph, Fergus and Milton.  It will open a total of 17 stores tomorrow and another four on 28 March, 2013.

Lululemon pulls off black Luon women's plants form shelves

Lululemon pulls off black Luon women's plants form shelvesAthletic clothing retailer, Lululemon Athletica Inc has announced on Tuesday that it is pulling out Luon pants from stores, showrooms and its website because of sheerness in the material.

The company said that it is removing black Luon women's bottoms from the market due to the sheerness in the material that was used to produce the affected batch.  The company also said that it already working with the supplier and other manufacturers to replace the clothing and resupply the stocks so that it is available for the customers.

Lululemon: Shortage of a womens’ pants line will affect company’s financial results

Lululemon: Shortage of a womens’ pants line will affect company’s financial results In a Monday announcement, Canada-based yoga-inspired athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica, Inc. said that its financial results for the first quarter will be greatly affected by the company's recall of its signature black Luon fabric yoga pants and crops from stores, showrooms and online website.

Astronomers discover water vapour, carbon monoxide on distant planet

Astronomers discover water vapour, carbon monoxide on distant planetA team of Astronomers have claimed that they have discovered the presence of water vapour and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere in a distant planet.

The team was made the discovery on the planet, known only as HR8799c, which is 130 light years away from Earth. The researchers said that the planet does not contain methane, gas that generally indicates the presence of life. They conducted the most precise atmospheric measurements made of a distant planet and confirmed the discovery.

Tata Steel acquires 51% stake in Canada’s Labrador Iron’s Howse deposit

Tata Steel acquires 51% stake in Canada’s Labrador Iron’s Howse deposit Tata Steel has confirmed that it has acquired a majority stake in Canada's Labrador Iron Mines Holdings' iron ore resources for C$30 million (nearly Rs 163cr).

As per terms of the strategic deal, Labrador Iron Mines Holdings will transfer 51 per cent stake in its Howse deposit to the Canadian minerals arm of Tata Steel, called Tata Steel Minerals Canada.

In turn, Tata Steel Minerals Canada will transfer its Timmins 4 deposit to Labrador for C$3 million, which will be recoverable from sales.

Ross makes first start in Raptors victory

Terrence-RossToronto, March 11 : Raptors rookie guard Terrence Ross made his first career National Basketball Association (NBA) start in the team's 100-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ross, the 2013 Slam Dunk champion replaced guard-forward Rudy Gay in the lineup due to a stiff back during Sunday night's encounter here, reports Xinhua. He recorded 14 points, five rebounds and three assists in
29 minutes of action.

"Terrence came out great. It's good, especially for a rookie of that calibre to get that confidence going at the end of the season," said Raptors forward Landry Fields.

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