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Queensland to announce major investment in rail infrastructure

Brisbane - Australia's Queensland state will announce a major investment in rail infrastructure in the Galilee basin to ensure that one of the mega-mines proposed by India's Adani group and GVK get a clearance next year.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, who held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here last night, said he was prepared to invest in capital works to ensure that the projects get off the ground.

The offer came even as the G20 leaders affirmed their commitment to boosting energy efficiency and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies that encouraged wasteful consumption.

Modi during his intervention at the G20 summit had pushed for energy efficiency.

PM Modi raises issue of black money in G-20 Summit

Narendra ModiBrisbane, Nov 16 - Raising the issue of black money during the G-20 Summit meeting here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stated that India supports all initiatives which facilitates automatic exchange of information among nations that ultimately helps in tracing unaccounted money and its eventual repatriation. In series of tweets, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin's twitter handle revealed Prime Minister Modi's intervention on issues of tax evasion at the G-20 Summit.

Need to revive global economic confidence, says PM Modi

Need to revive global economic confidence, says PM ModiBrisbane, Nov 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for the revival of global economic confidence, adding that developing countries like India are vying for a faster trajectory of growth.

"The Prime Minister said there is a need for a stable political and economic environment to achieve our goals because several countries are like India, that is, those wanting to go in a faster trajectory of growth. The international environments through organisations or groups like the G-20 can support this effort," Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told the media.

BP closes refinery in Brisbane

BP closes refinery in BrisbaneBP has announced its decision to close its key oil refinery in Brisbane in Australia. The move will be a major set back for the country's oil supply security. Following the closure, the country will be able to meet only a third of its domestic petrol and diesel demand in Australia.

The company announced on Wednesday that it will close down its Bulwer Island refinery in Brisbane in 2015. The close will result in a loss of a total of more than 350 jobs. BP has decided to take the product from Caltex's Lytton refinery and will also keep its storage units at Bulwer Island on 'care and maintenance'.

Etihad plane lands safely after Mayday call

Etihad-AirwaysBrisbane, Nov 21 : An Etihad Airways plane made an emergency landing at Brisbane Thursday after sending out a Mayday call, the airline said.

The Airbus A-330 carrying 175 passengers took off from Brisbane's international airport shortly after 2 p. m. en route Singapore. It turned back due to flight-deck instrument failure and landed at around 2.30 p. m. local time an Etihad Airways spokesman said.

"The flight crew followed the standard operational procedures, declared an emergency and made a precautionary landing," the spokesman said.

Sammy wants Windies to play like champions

Darren-SammyBrisbane, Feb 12 : Captain Darren Sammy wants the West Indies to play like world champions when they meet Australia in a one-off Twenty20 international Wednesday.

West Indies are the Word T20 champions and their match against Australia is coming on the heels of a dreaded whitewash in a five-match ODI series, reports CMC.

Sammy says his men have not played like the team that won the T20 title in Sri Lanka last year and is therefore promising the Aussies a show at the Gabba.

Math helps solve mystery behind Beatles ` Hard Day’s Night` song!

Math helps solve mystery behind Beatles ` Hard Day’s Night` song!Brisbane, Sept 9 : A British mathematician has claimed to have got closer than anyone else to solving the decades old mystery of the clanging, opening chord at the start of the 1964 Beatles hit ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’

Dr Kevin Houston, from the University of Leeds, used sophisticated software to split up the sound on the record into its component frequencies, the Brisbane Times reported.

Presented on a computer screen, a pattern was revealed showing which notes were most prominent.

Hauritz undergoes facial surgery weeks after being struck by Queensland club patron

Hauritz undergoes facial surgery weeks after being struck by Queensland club patronBrisbane, Sep. 10 : Injured Australia spinner Nathan Hauritz had to undergo facial surgery after being struck during an altercation with a patron of a Queensland nightclub a fortnight ago.

He had a few drinks before the incident occurred, Fox Sports reports.

Police is investigating the incident, but Cricket Australia's general manager of cricket operations, Michael Brown, said that Hauritz, 29, would not be pressing charges.

Brisbane’s Northern Link Tunnel project gets the approval of the authorities

Brisbane-Northern-Link-Tunnel-ProjectThe Queensland state government has finally approved the twin tunnel project of Brisbane City Council linking Brisbane's western and northern suburbs. The state government approved the project after spent more than two years doing environmental checks and has taken hundreds of public submissions.

However, the government imposed 34 conditions on this project. The construction of the tunnels is now expected to start by December this year.

Clijsters wins battle of Belgium in Brisbane final

Brisbane, Jan 9 : Kim Clijsters won the battle of Belgium Saturday as the reigning US Open champion started 2010 with a defeat of rival Justine Henin 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) in the final of the Brisbane International.

Clijsters won the Grand Slam title in New York the last time she stepped onto a WTA court, cementing her comeback to the sport on her third event back after retiring to have a child.

Henin was making her own return to the sport this week after stepping away for 20 months due to burnout.

Henin, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, saved three match points in the final-set tiebreak, but Clijsters made her winning point on her fourth chance.

Ivanovic opens the year with win

Jelena DokicBrisbane, Jan 5 : Ana Ivanovic won her first match since mid-August as the Serb defeated Australian Jelena Dokic 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 Monday to start with a welcome victory at the Brisbane International.

Ivanovic, a former French Open champion who briefly stood number one in the world after that 2008 triumph on clay, thwarted the hopes of the host nation and 2009 Australian Open quarter-finalist Dokic.

Like Ivanovic, the Serb-born Dokic had suffered through a poor 2009, fighting off injury and illness for much of the year.

Roddick makes successful knee test with Brisbane victory

Andy Roddick Brisbane, Jan 4  : Top seed Andy Roddick gave his October knee injury a solid test Monday, firing 15 aces in a first-round defeat of Australian Peter Luczak 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at the Brisbane International.

The American, playing in Australia for only the second time outside of the January Open, was joined as a winner by second seed Radek Stepanek. The veteran Czech out put Australian John Millman 6-4, 6-0.

Roddick has said that his knee injury is still not 100 percent but he expects to be fit for the Grand Slam start Jan 18 in Melbourne.

Aussies take foot off the pedal against Windies in Gabba Test

Aussies take foot off the pedal against Windies in Gabba TestBrisbane, Nov. 26 : Australia took their foot off West Indies'''' throat in the first Test at the Gabba here on Thursday, failing to ram home an advantage.

After winning the toss and dominating with the bat to be 2-200, Ricky Ponting''''s outfit still took first-day honours by going to stumps at 5-322 with Marcus North 42 not out and Brad Haddin nine not out.

Aussies take foot off the pedal against Windies in Gabba Test

 Aussies take foot off the pedal against Windies in Gabba TestBrisbane, Nov. 26 : Australia took their foot off West Indies'''' throat in the first Test at the Gabba here on Thursday, failing to ram home an advantage.

After winning the toss and dominating with the bat to be 2-200, Ricky Ponting''''s outfit still took first-day honours by going to stumps at 5-322 with Marcus North 42 not out and Brad Haddin nine not out.

Tiny Barath aims to stand tall against Australia

Tiny Barath aims to stand tall against AustraliaBrisbane, Nov 26 : After consistent success at the domestic level earning him a spot in the West Indies team, opening batsman Adrian Barath has said that he is confident of doing well in the international stage as well.

The 19-year-old Barath, who is one of the tiniest cricketers to represent the national team, can expect to hear a few balls whistling past his ears when he makes his Test debut against Australia in seaming and climbing conditions at the Gabba.

Problematic build-up no excuse at Test level, says Gayle

Problematic build-up no excuse at Test level, says GayleBrisbane, Nov 25 : West Indies skipper Chris Gayle has said his team should leave behind the problematic build-up that they have had to the first Test at the Gabba and play like professionals.

Gayle has missed practice games ahead of the Frank Worrell Trophy to attend his sick mom, and arrived back in Brisbane on Wednesday morning barely 24 hours before the three-Test series opener gets underway.

Chris Gayle leaves Australia to be with his ailing mother

Chris Gayle leaves Australia to be with his ailing motherBrisbane, Nov 18 - West Indies captain Chris Gayle flew back home from the tour of Australia to attend to his ailing mother.

Gayle withdrew from the tour match against Queensland, which began at Allan Border Field Wednesday, just an hour before the toss after hearing the news of his mother being gravely ill and admitted to hospital in Jamaica.

Team Manager Joel Garner said that Gayle was granted time off to be with his mother.

Vice captain Denesh Ramdin will lead the team in Gayle's absence.

Don''t be surprised if Australia is beaten, says Gayle

Don''t be surprised if Australia is beaten, says GayleBrisbane, Nov 16 : West Indies skipper Chris Gayle has said his team has the ability to defy expectations and win their first Test series in Australia since 1992-93.

“Australia and every team is beatable, don''t be surprised if it happens, The Herald Sun quoted Gayle, as saying.

“The players'' strike has set us back, but at the same time we have to move forward and forget about what has happened in the past. It''s a rebuilding process,” he added.

Queensland declares emergency following wildfire scare

Queensland declares emergency following wildfire scareBrisbane (Australia), Oct. 19 : The Australian state of Queensland has declared a state of emergency after at least 40 wildfires destroyed several properties and forced residents of the area to flee.

According to The Age newspaper, firefighters are still battling one of the largest of the fires in central Queensland near Mount Archer National Park.

The blaze had begun to ease in the last three days, but flared up again late Saturday.

Symonds, cricket''s vagabond, revelling in his freelance lifestyle

Symonds, cricket''s vagabond, revelling in his freelance lifestyleBrisbane, Sep. 30 : Andrew Symonds is loving life outside the cricketing establishment, and believes that he stands on the cusp of cricket''s new freelance frontier.

Since being sacked from the Australian team on disciplinary grounds, Symonds has immersed himself in training and strapping duties with the Queensland Broncos, running training drills so many times he could have replaced Peter Wallace.




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