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12 burnt alive in Andhra firecrackers unit blast

Oct 21, 2014 at 03:45 | Source: FirstPost

Hyderabad, Oct 20 (IANS) At least 12 workers, 11 of them women, were charred to death and six others injured when a blast Monday rocked a firecrackers unit in Andhra Pradesh, police said.The accident took place in a building in coastal East Godavari ...

Tobacco packets to devote 85 percent space to warnings

Oct 16, 2014 at 02:15 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) India Wednesday made it mandatory for tobacco companies to devote 85 percent space on packets of cigarettes and other tobacco products to warnings against the ill effects of tobacco consumption."We have issued a notifica...

India tightens rules on cigarette health warnings

Oct 15, 2014 at 21:57 | Source: BBC

India says tobacco firms will soon have to reserve almost all the space on cigarette packs for health warnings. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said by law warnings in pictures and text would need to cover 85% of the surface of packs - just 15% would b...

Thousands "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls to jihadists, U.N. warns

Oct 10, 2014 at 23:45 | Source: FirstPost

GENEVA/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Thousands of people "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view ...

Corrected - Thousands "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls to jihadists, U.N. warns

Oct 10, 2014 at 23:15 | Source: FirstPost

GENEVA/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - (Corrects characterisations of U.N. estimates of people trapped in Kobani in paragraph 3)Thousands of people "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said ...

What Starbucks and Bru World Caf can learn from Toto's

Oct 09, 2014 at 08:35 | Source: FirstPost

Totos Garage Pub is a watering hole that I have been frequenting since I moved to Mumbai in 1996. Those were the days; order a beer, and, as soon as the beer arrives, light up a cigarette. Till the evening is done, or till stocks and money last, repe...

Kurds call to arms as Islamic State closes in on Syrian town

Oct 04, 2014 at 00:15 | Source: FirstPost

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The main Kurdish armed group in Syria called on its kinsmen across the region to help it stop a massacre in the Syrian town of Kobani as Islamic State militants armed with tanks edged closer on its outskirts and pummel...

Hong Kong protests: Mapping the crowds

Sep 30, 2014 at 22:16 | Source: BBC

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Hong Kong in protest against the Chinese government's decision to limit candidates in forthcoming leadership elections. Hong Kong leader CY Leung has urged the pro-democracy protesters to ...

Hong Kong protests: Leader CY Leung urges crowds to leave

Sep 30, 2014 at 12:57 | Source: BBC

Hong Kong leader CY Leung has urged pro-democracy protesters to stop their campaign immediately , as huge crowds continue to bring parts of the territory to a standstill. Tens of thousands of people have been blocking streets in several areas. The pr...

World leaders flock to UN General Assembly

Sep 24, 2014 at 10:07 | Source: BBC

High-speed patrol boats are skimming across the East River. The New York Police Department's mobile canteens will soon arrive, serving coffee and donuts. A marquee has been erected on the driveway of the United Nations to deprive potential snipe...

Imperial labels Labour tobacco tax proposal ‘unjust’

Sep 24, 2014 at 00:46 | Source: BBC

One of Britain's largest cigarette companies has labelled Ed Miliband's plans for a new tax on tobacco as unjust and just a bad idea . Imperial Tobacco, whose brands include Golden Virginia and Lambert and Butler, said the policy would driv...

Islamic State, Ebola among major issues to be discussed at UN annual gathering

Sep 17, 2014 at 14:08 | Source: FirstPost

United Nations: Over 140 heads of state and government, including US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will arrive at the United Nations next week, with the conflict in Syria and Iraq, Ebola virus outbreak among major issues to...

Kudumbashree: Kerala's all-women Rs 2,262 crore savings group finances microenterprises of members

Sep 14, 2014 at 12:02 | Source: Economic Times

In 2007, Bindu Pallichal, a homemaker from the Pravachambalam village near Thiruvananthapuram, decided to turn entrepreneur. She began to experiment with ayurvedic oils and cosmetics because she knew Sanskrit (the oldest known ayurvedic texts were wr...

British national faces trial in UAE for threatening Indian air hostess

Sep 11, 2014 at 22:43 | Source: FirstPost

Dubai: A 40-year-old British national is facing trial in the UAE for threatening an Indian air hostess on an Emirates airlines flight and verbally abusing her after she refused to give him alcohol.The man hurled meals at onboard passengers and smoked...

South Korea seeks near-doubling of cigarette price

Sep 11, 2014 at 17:52 | Source: BBC

South Korea's government has proposed nearly doubling the price of cigarettes to lower the country's smoking rate. Under its plan, the average price per pack would go up to 4,500 won (£2.70, $4.35) by the start of next year. It is currentl...

Government likely to ban sale of loose cigarettes, Rs 20000 fine for smoking in public

Sep 10, 2014 at 13:57 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The government is considering a proposal to ban the sale of loose cigarettes, a move that will hit ITC and other cigarette makers hard as 70 per cent of retail takes place in this form. This is one of the many measures proposed by an exper...

WHO report gives misleading view on e-cigarettes, experts argue

Sep 05, 2014 at 05:30 | Source: FirstPost

LONDON (Reuters) - A World Health Organisation-commissioned review of e-cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations, meaning policymakers may miss their potential health benefits, a group of tobacco addiction experts said.In...

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up

Sep 04, 2014 at 18:42 | Source: BBC

A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans ...

E-cigarettes might push people towards marijuana, drugs

Sep 04, 2014 at 14:31 | Source: FirstPost

New York: Assumed by many as a safe alternative to cigarette smoking, electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes as they are popularly called may, in fact, promote use and addiction to illicit drugs, says a study.E-cigarettes may function as a "gatew...

US pharmacy giant CVS ends tobacco sales and changes name

Sep 04, 2014 at 10:42 | Source: BBC

US pharmacy chain CVS Caremark has stopped selling tobacco products nearly a month earlier than planned. They have also changed their corporate name to CVS Health to reflect the change, although the signage on their drugstores won't change. CVS ...

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