Canadian researchers uncover spy plot against Dalai Lama

South Africa’s decision to ban Dalai Lama outrages Nobel peace laureatesToronto, Mar. 29 : Canadian researchers have uncovered a computer spying operation against the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

They say the operation has been successful in stealing documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world.

Suncor, Petro-Canada merger to create Canada's biggest energy firm

Suncor, Petro-Canada merger to create Canada's biggest energy firm New York  - Canadian oil companies Suncor Energy Inc and Petro-Canada Monday announced a merger worth about 15.4 billion US dollars that would create the country's largest energy company and provide protection against any foreign buyouts.

Suncor is the world's second-largest oil-sands producer, and Petro-Canada is the country's second-largest refiner. The steep decline in global oil prices last year made the merger inevitable.

Suncor reported its first quarterly loss in its history in January.

UN chief urges release of Canadian diplomats detained in Niger

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moonNew York  - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday called for the release of two Canadian diplomats kidnapped in Niger last December, following the release over the weekend of a local staff member who was held hostage with them.

The captors set free Soumana Mounkaila, a driver who was with former Canadian ambassador to the UN Robert Fowler and his aide Louis Guay when they were abducted on December 14, 2008, while riding in a UN vehicle.

iLane - A Device That Reads Out Your Emails!

iLane - A Device That Reads Out Your Emails!Intelligent Mechatronic Systems' (IMS) iLane is the first in-car gadget that reads out e-mails and answers to the voice to draft a reply.

iLane, a portable smartphone-compatible device, features a synthesised female voice that aware users when they receive a new email, and reads out the message.

The compact device, which can be mounted on a dashboard, sun visor or air vent, gives drivers the ability to manage their smartphones without using their hands.

Four Canadian troops killed in Afghanistan

Four Canadian troops killed in AfghanistanOttawa  - Two roadside bombs killed four Canadian soldiers and one Afghan interpreter, the Ministry of National Defence said.

Eight soldiers were injured in the blasts that occurred in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Friday, the ministry said.

The first happened early Friday in the vicinity of a dismounted patrol in Zhari District, west of Kandahar city, killing two soldiers and a local interpreter and injuring five people.

Canada's government sets quota for annual seal hunt

Canada's government sets quota for annual seal hunt Ottawa  - Canada allows hunters in this year's seal hunt to kill 338,200 animals that is 55,000 seals more than in 2008, the fisheries minister said late Friday.

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said the quota was fixed after scientists' advice "to ensure the seal population is maintained," Canada's CTV channel said.

Animal rights organizations were dismayed over the Canadian government's decision to raise the quota for the annual hunt, which draws international criticism.