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Cuba caught between optimism and concern as relations with US thaw

Dec 19, 2014 at 13:51 | Source: FirstPost

Havana: The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.On the first full ...

Dear Sanjeev Kapoor, no non-veg on Masterchef is a stupid, terrible idea

Nov 19, 2014 at 09:05 | Source: FirstPost

Its a free world and every TV producer is free to create whatever programme s/he wants, which audiences may or may not watch. However, this isnt justification to turn a good concept into rubbish.Its bad enough that there is a Masterchef India, which ...

Dear Sanjeev Kapoor, no non-veg on Masterchef is a terrible, stupid idea

Nov 18, 2014 at 17:39 | Source: FirstPost

Its a free world and every TV producer is free to create whatever programme s/he wants, which audiences may or may not watch. However, this isnt justification to turn a good concept into rubbish.Its bad enough that there is a Masterchef India, which ...

Taiwan fines edible oil company $1.6m

Sep 10, 2014 at 13:57 | Source: BBC

Taiwan has fined an edible oil manufacturer $50m Taiwan New dollars ($1.6m; £1.03m) over its sales of dirty recycled waste oil. The fine charged against Chang Guann Co. by the Kaohsiung government is the highest possible under local food safety rule...

Long flight from Sunni militants leads Iraqi Turkmens to Baghdad

Aug 16, 2014 at 01:30 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - School is out, but northern Baghdad's classrooms are packed - not with students, but with people who have travelled further than most to escape the Sunni militant onslaught splitting Iraq. While perils faced by members of the Ya...

Dandong: North Korea's most surprising border

Aug 05, 2014 at 11:42 | Source: BBC

North Korea is one of the world's most hermit-like countries, so it's rare to get a chance to meet people who live there. But the Chinese border town of Dandong is different. There are North Korean businessmen, waitresses and drivers. Some ...

Ukrainian city stocks up as a long siege looms

Aug 04, 2014 at 01:30 | Source: FirstPost

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Although the streets outside are nearly empty, business has been brisk at Oksana Vsevolodova's grocery store Donetsk as residents prepare for what could be a long siege.People in the east Ukraine city are stocking up flour...

With no TV, Ukrainian villagers watch "fireworks" in night sky

Jul 27, 2014 at 22:30 | Source: FirstPost

SPARTAK Ukraine (Reuters) - With no electricity to power televisions, residents of the Ukrainian village of Spartak look to the skies where every night they watch what they call a concert of "fireworks".The fireworks are in fact flares, tra...

China imposes airline-like restrictions on bus passengers in Xinjiang capital

Jul 26, 2014 at 03:15 | Source: FirstPost

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned bus passengers in the capital of western Xinjiang region from carrying items ranging from cigarette lighters to yogurt, state media said on Friday, in the latest effort by authorities to prevent violent attacks.Th...

12 students fall ill after mid-day meal in Bihar

Jul 05, 2014 at 21:45 | Source: FirstPost

Patna, July 5 (IANS) At least 12 children fell ill Saturday after having their mid-day meal at a government school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, officials said.All the children were admitted to a government-run primary health centre and are said to ...

Monsoon revives after weakest start in five years

Jul 03, 2014 at 21:12 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains revived in the key planting month after recording the weakest first month of the June-September monsoon season in five years, weather officials said on Thursday. A late surge in the monsoon rains has come as a relief to farme...

Monsoon rains revive in some parts in deficient year

Jul 03, 2014 at 07:52 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains have revived in central and northern parts of India known for soybean and sugarcane cultivation, a government official said on Wednesday, but warned the country is still expected to have below-average monsoon this year. Rainf...

47 militants killed after airstrikes in Pakistan's tribal region

Jun 25, 2014 at 07:30 | Source: FirstPost

Islamabad: At least 47 militants were killed on Tuesday in air strikes in Pakistan's tribal districts in the troubled northwest, a military spokesman said.It was one the deadliest days for militants since launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb on 15 June.Maj...

ISIS militants attack Iraq's largest oil refinery, north of Baghdad

Jun 18, 2014 at 13:26 | Source: FirstPost

Baghdad: A top security official in Iraq says Islamic militants are attacking the country's largest oil refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad. The official said fighters of the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq...

India's May palm oil imports up 22 per cent m/m: Trade body

Jun 17, 2014 at 00:22 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELH: India's palm oil imports rose 22 per cent to 654,255 tonnes in May from a month ago, a trade body said on Monday, as buyers stocked up ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when demand for the tropical oil typically peaks. Higher purch...

Agri-commodities prices drop, food inflation may cool off too

Jun 06, 2014 at 14:07 | Source: Economic Times

KOLKATA: Food prices are on the decline as vegetables, pulses, sugar and cooking oils have become cheaper by up to 10 per cent in the past month, bringing relief to consumers and policy makers who have battled relentless food inflation for years. Pri...

New govt to avoid palm oil duty hike: Sources

Jun 05, 2014 at 12:47 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI/KUALA LUMPUR: The new government will not raise duties on palm oil in the short-term, despite demands by domestic oilseed processors to cut cheap imports from the world's top producer Indonesia, official sources said on Wednesday. India is...

Australia's Goodman Fielder snubs $1.2bn takeover offer

Apr 28, 2014 at 14:42 | Source: BBC

Australian food company Goodman Fielder has turned down a $1.2bn (£700m) joint takeover offer, from Singapore's Wilmar and Hong Kong's First Pacific. The Asian firms have offered 65 Australian cents a share, compared with Friday's clo...

Wilmar's $1.2 Billion Offer Rejected by Goodman Fielder (2)

Apr 28, 2014 at 08:01 | Source: Business Week

Bottles of Goodman Fielder Ltd.'s Crisco brand cooking oil. Wilmar said in 2012 that Goodman Fielder's baking, dairy and oils brands would fit with its consumer business in Asia. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg. Goodman Fielder...

South Asia monsoon seen below-average to average in 2014: Report

Apr 23, 2014 at 22:11 | Source: Economic Times

PUNE: India and its South Asian neighbours are expected to see below-average to average rains this year if the El Nino weather pattern gains strength during the four-month monsoon season, a forum of weather experts said on Wednesday. Poor monsoons co...

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