London, May 22 : A new study has suggested that marine habitat loss is causing a decline in shellfish populations, which is having an adverse knock-on effect on sensitive ecosystems.
According to a report by BBC News, the study, described as the first global assessment of its kind, warns that 85 percent of the world's oyster reefs have already been lost.
It blames poor fishing practices and coastal developments for the declines.
London, Dec 3 : British Prime Minister Gordon Brown bungled in the House of Commons when he confused Reese Witherspoon with Renée Zellweger.
The ‘Walk The Line’ star was the keynote speaker at a press conference in the Commons calling for more Government help for victims of domestic violence, reports the Sun.
Brown’s gaffe came after Labour''s Lynda Walth asked him to congratulate Witherspoon for her support.
Brown said: "I''m very grateful that Renée Witherspoon is leading this campaign.”
The country's largest automaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd is planning to launch the new WagonR for the Indian consumer on the 23rd of April in the Capital. Notably, the new WagonR is expected to be much more than just a facelift of the older version.
The new product that will be out on sale on the April 23rd is much taller, wider and longer than before and sports new suspension at both the front and the rear. The new WagonR is based on the new platform that it currently in operation in the developed market by its parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation.
New Delhi, May 17 : Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Friday lauded Border Security Force (BSF) personnel for guarding areas prone to infiltration and said more facilities would be provided to the troopers deputed on the border-posts.
"The government is aware about the difficult conditions in which BSF personnel work. Their task becomes more difficult in adverse climatic conditions. The government is taking every possible step to enhance the service conditions of the BSF," Shinde said at 11th investiture ceremony of the BSF here.
Chennai, Jan. 12 : A Sri Lankan lawmakers delegation belonging to the Tamil National Alliance Party, on Monday, appealed to the Tamil Nadu and Indian Governments to intervene in the military offensive against the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the island nation.
The team of five legislators asked the Indian leadership to mediate and save the lives of thousands of innocent Tamils.
"We (are)appealing to chief minister Tamil Nadu and central government, we are expecting to stop the war immediately otherwise our people will die, definitely they will die. So stop the war immediately and take action for peace talks," said Sambandam, a Sri Lankan legislator.
New Delhi, Aug. 29 : Leader of Opposition L. K. Advani and other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not discuss a succession plan, as was being projected in the media, said a party spokesman on Saturday.
Prakash Javadekar told a press conference that the BJP’s parent organization – the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) had not chalked out a succession plan on Friday, and neither had the BJP leadership discussed the issue at Saturday’s meeting at Advani’s residence in the national capital.
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has detected nearly 13 lakh suspected multiple LPG connections in northern states.
A Chandigarh-based official of IOC said that they would take action after verifying those multiple connections.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official said, "We have found about 12.97 lakh LPG connections which are suspected to be multiple and we are taking action after verifying them."
Copper ended nearly flat, pressured by slowing growth in U. S. manufacturing but supported by continuing declines in inventories. Meanwhile, stocks of copper held in LME-monitored warehouses fell by 1,025 metric tons, to
389,500. Inventories are down 2.7% this month, and have fallen by 22% so far this year. The latest Comex inventory data, released late Tuesday, showed a decline of 1,006 short tons, to 91,524. Copper has touched a low of Rs
Amman - Jordan's largest political party, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), accused the United States Saturday of being responsible for the flare-up of armed clashes in Lebanon and urged all Lebanese powers to resort to dialogue.
The IAF, political arm of the influential Muslim Brotherhood movement, said the escalating tension was part of a "US agenda that seeks to stir internal sedition and obstruct all prospects of national reconciliation in Lebanon".
It accused some Lebanese powers of "playing into the hands of the US administration which aims at implementing a hostile scheme in the region".
Tel Aviv - Israel conducted a successful test of its Arrow anti-missile missile Monday, firing the projectile at a rocket simulating an incoming Iranian Shihab missile and hitting it about 100 kilometres from Israel's coastline.
Security officials quoted on Israel Radio said the test was meant to extend the response capability of the Arrow missile system and adapt it to the threats against Israel.
London, Apr 8 : At 7ft 4 1/2ins, Brenden, from Ellensburg, Washington, is the tallest boy in the world, and will be featured in an ITV1 documentary `Superhuman', along with other adolescents who stand higher in a crowd.
Most of the teenagers in the documentary tower over Peter Crouch, the 6ft 7ins England footballer, and have to have custom-made beds, clothes and houses to accommodate their frames.
Although Brenden was born a normal 7lb 4oz, at 12 months he was the size of a three-year-old.
Wacken, Germany - Deafened ears, littered fields and a newlywed couple: this was the upshot on Sunday of the world's largest heavy metal festival in the northern German town of Wacken.
Around 75,000 people, of whom a third arrived from abroad, descended on the small town in the state of Schleswig Holstein for three days of headbanging to screeching guitar riffs.
More than 80 bands performed from around the world. Acts including Motörhead, Doro and Saxon thrashed it out on multiple stages, as the volume reached 120 decibels at Saturday night's finale.