Jet lag may become a thing of the past due to new pill

Jet lag may become a thing of the past due to new pillIt has been reported that scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany have moved closer to developing a pill that may help cure jet lag by resetting the body clock.

Jet lag is caused when the various natural timers in the body are "desynchronised" and knocked off balance by traveling long distances.

According to the reports, its failure to adjust to a new time zone leads to insomnia, loss of appetite, loss of alertness and even depression.

German surgeons implant Transcatheter valves in patients

German surgeons implant Transcatheter valves in patientsThey have been successful in using transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in elderly high-risk patients, German surgeons have said.

The minimally invasive procedure was used as an alternative treatment option for patients who were at high surgical risk, say Doctors at the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany.

Dr. Moritz Seiffert and colleagues report on their experience with transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in five patients, mean age 82, with significant degeneration of 15.4 years after aortic and mitral valve replacement.

WCO commends Dr G.N. Rao

WCO commends Dr G.N. RaoThe International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) honored the founder-Chairman of L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Dr Gullapalli N Rao with the 'Bernardo Streiff Gold Medal' for his contribution in the field of history, ethics and education, which led to the development of ophthalmology.

Germany rejects request for Opel reformation from General Motors

OPELGermany has rejected an aid request from General Motors (GM) for the European division carmaker Opel. Opel is the owner of Vauxhall unit. UK has requested for loan of more than 1 billion Euros from Germany for its reformation.

General Motors is holding the guarantee to help the firm to increase its money to restructure Opel.

Some of the German politicians were not happy about GM asking for help as it is getting loans from the US government for its improvement.

German Chancellor proposes sharp budget cuts

German Chancellor proposes sharp budget cutsAccording to the official reports, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday revealed plans to trim government spending in an effort to save almost $100 billion by 2014.

Deutsche Welle has reported that the plan calls for phasing in the cuts with a savings of $12.4 billion next year.

Exceeding expectations, the proposed cuts call for spending reductions of $20.3 billion in 2012, $30.6 billion in 2013 and $38.6 billion in 2014.

The cuts do not change pension rates in Germany or alter plans to reform healthcare, Merkel has said.

Asthma risk heightens with stress related jobs

Asthma risk heightens with stress related jobsAccording to a recent study one can raise their asthma levels up to 40 percent, by just being a part of stressful job.

It was study performed by Heidelberg University in Germany that observed 5,000 people aged between 40 and 65 over eight years. After eight years of closed observation it was found out that there was up to a 40 percent higher chance of asthma if they underwent through stress at work.

German Chancellor begs President to remain in office

German Chancellor begs President to remain in officeDer Spiegel reported on Tuesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel begged President Horst Kohler to remain in office instead of submitting his resignation.

Giving Merkel, only 2 hours notice, Kohler stepped down on Monday. It had learned Merkel warned him his decision, even though the presidency has little power, could cause public questioning about German institutions, Der Spiegel has said.

Germany considers law to increase punishments for attacking police

Germany considers law to increase punishments for attacking policeOfficials have said that Germany is considering a law to increase punishments for attacking police officers in response to rising violence aimed at law enforcement.

Deutsche Welle reported on Friday that the country's interior ministers have moved to create more protection for police after a government study showed violence against officers increased dramatically in the last five years.

Drastic budget cuts in pipeline for German military

Drastic budget cuts in pipeline for German militaryGermany's defense budget will be drastically cut due to the country's fiscal problems, German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has said.

Stressful Job Increases Asthma Risk

Stressful Job Increases Asthma RiskA new research has disclosed that stressful job can increase the chances of developing asthmatic trouble of a person by 40 percent.

The study was headed by Heidelberg University in Germany.

To come to the conclusion, the researchers followed 5,000 males and females aged between 40 and 65 for a period of more than eight years.

The researches discovered that among those free of asthma at the beginning of the project, there was up to a 40% higher occurrence of asthma eight years later if they suffered stress at their workplaces.

Hinduja To Buy Belgian Private Bank For Euro 1.35 Bln

Hinduja To Buy Belgian Private Bank For Euro 1.35 BlnDiversified international conglomerate Hinduja group has decided to get hold of Luxembourg-based banking and insurance company KBC's private banking division for around Euro 1.35 billion.

The division, KBL European Private Bankers, is one of Europe's biggest onshore private banking groups with local affiliate banking institutions in 55 locations across 10 European nations.

KBL European Private Bankers had assets under management worth Euro 47 billion.

Maruti & VW aim for joint development

Joerg MuellerWhile it has been just a few months that the German car major Volkswagen picked up a 20% stake in Suzuki Motor Corporation, but both the parties are expected to be in advance stages of discussion for synergy drive in various areas. In fact, many officials from both the parties have visited each other's units at numerous occasions to find out various areas where the duo can work together.

Audi R8 GT - the fastest version of Audi

Audi R8 GT - the fastest version of AudiGerman car maker, Audi unveils its fastest version, Audi R8 GT, booking of which commences this summer and the shipment of the same will be done by next year spring.

The German car maker which has increasingly raised it share in the car market with its exclusive ranged models such as the R8 has upgraded to give it the status of being the fastest in its league. The car has a kerb weight of
1,525 kg, and a power-to-weight ratio of around 362bhp per ton.

GEMA orders the rooting off 600 videos from YouTube

YoutubeThe German Music org. has ordered the Google's subsidiary, YouTube to remove 600 videos, as they are illegal in nature and violates many rules.

This association of 60,000 German songwriters, music publishers and composers compose the GEMA who charge the listeners according to airwaves and similarly for the web broadcasters they have to pay each time they put in use any genre of music composed by their members.

The Chief executive of the German Organisation, Urban Pappi stated that it is not a punishment that we are giving to Google; instead we want to show Google what we can do if we want to.

Germany's Pieper acquired by Moog

Germany's Pieper acquired by MoogAccording to the official reports, New York's precision control components and systems developer Moog announced it has acquired security video solution provider Pieper.

The purchase of Germany's Pieper is a strategic move by Moog to expand its security and surveillance business adding to its satellites, launch vehicles, aircraft and missiles precision control technologies portfolio in the military and homeland security market.

German airspace reopened on Sunday

German airspace reopened on SundayIt has been reported that German air traffic control authorities reopened airspace over the south of the country Sunday, after earlier shutting down the major airports at Munich and Stuttgart as new volcanic ash from Iceland arrived.

Delays would likely continue Monday as airlines rescheduled hundreds of cancelled flights, officials have said.

Officials also said that both airports had been shut down until further notice earlier Sunday, as the cloud from renewed volcanic activity on the Atlantic island spread over Europe.

Lending rates left unchanged by ECB

Jean-Claude-TrichetCiting a continued weakness in the economic recovery, the European Central Bank held its overnight bank-to-bank lending rate at 1 percent on Thursday.

ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said at a news conference in Germany that although recent data "support the view that the economic recovery in the euro area is continuing in 2010 ... the financial crisis is expected to have a dampening effect on economic growth."

InkJet Printer precisely paints building facades

InkJet-PrinterA German company has created an inkjet printer which if connected to a computer-enhanced paintball gun can effectively paint images onto building facades with precise aims.

This mode gives a new dimension to the technology for making graffiti. This piece of painting equipment comprises of a pressurized barrel mounted on a two-axis turntable.

It has ability to blast pictures onto walls from a distance of close to 20 feet. It's regulated by an on-board industrial PC that runs on a custom touch interface.

Mercedes-Benz India makes a comeback with a bang

Mercedes-Benz India makes a comeback with a bangThe German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz has made a perfect comeback in the Indian market. Notably, with total unit sales of around 321 units in April 2010, the company has taken its cumulative sales for the January- April 2010 to 1603 units.

In fact, the January to April period has been a time where the company has been reaping rich dividends as it touched a growth of 80% for April alone as compared to April 2009 and another 69% as compared to Jan- April 2009 for the entire four months of 2010.

BMW India’s NBFC arm may start operations by June

BMW India’s NBFC arm may start operations by JuneAfter entering India in 2006, the German luxury carmaker BMW has taken the Indian luxury car market by storm. Its claim to fame has been its journey to the top spot within a span of three years by zooming past ahead its German companion, Mercedes-Benz.

In fact, the company has recently announced that it plans to make its NBFC arm operational by June this year. It may be noted here that the company announced the launch of its NBFC arm last year.

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