Washington, June 19 : US President Barack Obama, currently on a visit to Berlin, will propose plans for America and Russia to further cut strategic nuclear warheads, a senior US official said.
During his first visit to Berlin as president, Obama will propose reducing atomic weapons by a third below the 1,550 agreed in the last "New START" treaty with Russia, leaving each country with just over 1,000 weapons, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The US president will also announce that he will host a nuclear security summit before he leaves office in 2016, the official said.
Kolkata, June 19 : The Calcutta High Court Wednesday refused to order a CBI probe into the Saradha Group chit fund scam, but did not dispose of the matter "in the interest of justice".
Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), a division bench of Justice A. K. Banerjee and Justice M. K. Chaudhuri refused to order a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the multi-crore Saradha scam. But on the request of the amicus curiae, the matter has not been disposed of.
The companies where women aren't sufficiently represented miss out on 50 per cent of the talent pool, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry said.
In his first message to shareholders as the chairman of Tata Global Beverages Ltd, Mistry said that workplaces that celebrate women reap benefits from better decisions, and thus companies should do much more to retain, develop and grow their women employees.
New Delhi, June 19 : Atul Singh, Coca-Cola's president and CEO (India and Southwest Asia), will take over as deputy president (Pacific Group) from July 1, the company said Wednesday.
In his new role, he will have responsibility over the Greater China & Korea (GC&K) and India & Southwest Asia (INSWA) business units.
"Given the enormous growth opportunities in China, and the uniquely competitive beverage landscape, Atul’s focus will largely be on the Greater China and Korea Business Unit which also includes Taiwan, Mongolia and Hong Kong & Macau,” the company said in a statement.
A group of major US businesses and advocacy groups on Tuesday announced the launch of a new alliance to pressurize India to change policies that allegedly hurt US exports, jobs and innovation.
Mumbai, June 19 : The Indian rupee fell to 58.91 against a dollar Wednesday, fractionally less than the record low of 58.98 hit last week, on concerns that the US Federal Reserve might signal cutting back on stimulus that will strengthen the greenback further.
The partially convertible rupee opened weak at 58.82 against a dollar after hitting a record closing low of 58.77 in the previous day.
The rupee hit a low of 58.91 and high of 58.60 in the intra-day. The currency was trading at 58.74 around 2 p. m. Indian Standard Time (IST).
Los Angeles, June 19 : “Hangover” star Bradley Cooper has been voted 'the man with the sexiest hair' in a survey carried out by hair brand Fudge.
He has beaten Canadian actor Ryan Gosling and footballer David Beckham to secure the top position, reports contactmusic. com.
The 38-year-old star was previously named the world' Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine editors.
Prince Harry and One Direction's Harry Styles round up the top five list.(IANS)
Eastbourne (England), June 19 : Second seed Li Na of China defeated French woman Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4 to reach the second round of the Aegon International here.
Li, French Open champion two years ago but beaten in the second round at Roland Garros earlier this month, will next take on former champion Marion Bartoli of France, reports Xinhua.
Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki, the former World No. 1, led Tamira Paszek 6-2, 2-2 before the Austrian retired with a left thigh injury Tuesday.
Mumbai, June 19 : Popular stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma, who has turned producer with "Comedy Nights with Kapil", considers his 12-year theatre experience, when he worked for free, as an investment.
In 2005, he won the stand-up comedy reality series "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge-Season 3". Now he is coming out with his show that will go on air June 22 on Colors channel.
"I have been planning for a very long time to start my own production house. I thank god that my dream has come true so soon," Kapil said Tuesday at the launch of the show.
London, June 19 : If you happen to be one of those who prefer staying asleep up till late on the weekend, you could be actually doing a great service to your health, suggests an Australian study.
The study found sleeping longer at the weekend can help those who burn the candle at both ends during the working week. Insulin in the body worked better after a weekend of lie-ins - especially for those lacking in sleep, Daily Mail reported.
Having insulin that keeps blood sugar levels under control is known to cut the odds of developing diabetes.
Patna, June 19 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday won the trust vote in the assembly, proving his majority after dumping long-time ally the BJP.
A total of 126 legislators voted for the motion moved by the chief minister while 24 voted against. The house has 243 members.
Bharatiya Janata Party legislators walked out before the special session began.
The ruling Janata Dal-United has 118 legislators and needed the support of four more to prove its majority. (IANS)
Los Angeles, June 19 : Though he thinks about retiring from Hollywood everyday, actor Johnny Depp reveals he has no such immediate plans because his brain "on idle is a bad thing".
"I think while I've got the opportunity, the desire and the creative spark to do the things that I can do right now, I should do them. And then, at a certain point, just take it down to the bare minimum and concentrate on, I guess, living life. Really living life," femalefirst. co. uk quoted Depp as saying.
Washington, June 19 : Scientists have hit upon a novel drug that attacks the tuberculosis bacteria, a finding that could prove to be an effective tool in treating the dreaded disease, says a study.
The researchers at the New Jersey Medical School of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) discovered the drug that cripples the TB bug by dissolving its protective fatty coating, a finding that could eventually be used to improve TB treatment in humans.
The study has been posted online by Nature Chemical Biology.
London, June 19 : Actress Sienna Miller says that she has such a laid-back personality that even if she wears suits, she looks like a hippy.
"I suppose I am inherently bohemian in terms of the way I am as a person, and I definitely went through a hippy phase with my style. But I think it's more about the way my personality is than the way I dress," femalefirst. co. uk quoted the 31-year-old as saying.
"Now I'm a bit older, I do appreciate tailoring more than I used to, but my personality is still very laid-back. Even when I put on a suit, I still look like a hippy," Miller added.
Mustard yesterday settled down -0.2% at 3521 as arrivals in physical markets are gradually improving weighing on prices. According to COOIT', the total output of mustard seed in the country is seen at 71.50 lakh tonnes, up 12.70% on the year. The mustard seed arrivals are slipping in major mandies now as growers respond to the poor prices. However, the overall undertone in the market is stable now. Satisfactory monsoon progress till date has discouraged the stockeist to buy aggressively. However it appears that it will soon start which will prevent any major fall in prices.
Wheat yesterday settled up 0.38% at 1595 tracking firmness in spot demand on low level buying after prices dropped in last some sessions due to ample supply in the major mandis as well as strong production estimates for the current year. India's wheat production is estimated at 87 mn tons this year lower when compared to the India's latest estimate of 93.6 mn tons, according to the data released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Global wheat production is expected to touch 695.9 mn tons in 2013-2014 down when compared to previous year's 655.6 mn tons, USDA report said.
CPO yesterday settled up 1% at 504 as demand for the tropical oil spiked ahead of a Muslim holy festival, raising investors' expectations that stocks in the No. 2 producer will ease further. Exports of Malaysian palm oil in the first half of June surged as much as 19 percent as buyers stocked up for Ramadan in July. During Ramadan, communal feasting typically drives up consumption of the vegetable oil. Malaysia's palm oil stocks currently stand at 1.82 million tonnes, more than 5 percent lower compared to April, as exports outstripped near-stagnant output. The government on Monday said it will keep its export duty for crude palm oil in July at 4.5 percent.
Ref. Soya Oil yesterday settled up 0.34% at 702.7 due to fall in supply and rise in export demand for soya meal. Indian farmers are expected to increase soybean planting in 2013/14, encouraged by a rally in prices. India's soymeal exports fell to 96,492 tonnes in May from 142,588 tonnes a year earlier, the Solvent Extractors' Association of India said. Favorable monsoon conditions may help in increasing sown area under kharif oilseeds including soybean in the country. At international level too, the condition is better in terms of immediate supply.
Aluminium yesterday settled up 1.04% at 106.50 as rupee weakness supported while pressure seen on LME after LME aluminum inventories surged 69,000 mt to 5.35 million mt last night, a new record high. Mounting inventories fuelled concerns over tepid demand. Investors pulled out of the market ahead of the result of US Federal Reserve policy meeting, causing LME aluminum positions to tumble 22,439 lots to 742,606 lots. LME aluminum found its low at USD 1,832/mt during the European trading session, but recouped some losses at the tail of the session before finally closing down 0.50% at USD 1,841/mt, down for eight days in a row.
Naturalgas yesterday settled up 1.65% at 228.60 after weather forecasting models continued to point to above-normal temperatures settling in for much of the country over the next week. The NWS's six-to-ten-day outlook issued on Sunday called for above-normal readings for a good portion of the US Elsewhere, the Commodity Weather Group LLC predicted hot weather to settle in for the northern US from June 23 to June 27. Hotter temperatures send prices rising on sentiments that demand for natural gas will increase at the country's thermal power plants as businesses and households crank up their air conditioning.