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New Zealand: Kiwi Country with Picturesque Natural Beauty

The Maoris first inhabited New Zealand in 1000 AD. In 1642 Abel Tasman, a Dutch navigator discovered New Zealand, hence the name Tasmania stuck. British captain James Cook made three voyages to this islands beginning in 1769. Finally in 1840 British colonialised it. The Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 compelled the Maoris to recognize British rule and completely surrender to British dominance. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. Finally, in 1907 New Zealand became an independent nation.

New Zealand Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

    · National Name: New Zealand
    · Capital: Wellington
    · Total area: 270,534 sq km (104,454 sq miles)
    · Population: 4.2 million (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: New Zealand Dollar
    · Languages: English (official), Maori (official), Sign Language (official)
    · Ethnicity/ Races: European 69.8%, Maori 7.9%, Asian 5.7%, Pacific islander 4.4%, other 0.5%, mixed 7.8%, unspecified 3.8% (2001 census)
    · Religion: Anglican 14.9%, Roman Catholic 12.4%, Presbyterian 10.9%, Methodist 2.9%, Pentecostal 1.7%, Baptist 1.3%, other Christian 9.4%, other 3.3%, unspecified 17.2%, none 26% (2001 census)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $28,500 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 78.33 years, Female: 82.25 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 99%, Female: 99% (2003 est.)

Geographical Information on New Zealand:
New Zealand is located in the southeast of Australia and consists of two main islands along with a number of smaller islands that are scattered from the tropical to the Antarctic. The North Island and the South Island are the two main Islands of New Zealand and they are separated by the Cook Strait.
The climate throughout the country is mild and temperate, mainly maritime, with temperatures rarely fall below 0 °C or rising above 30°C in populated areas.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of New Zealand:
The culture of New Zealand is very unique and dynamic. The impact of the indigenous Maori culture can be seen in the language, arts, practices and followings of the New Zealanders. Māori culture is a rich and varied one, which includes traditional and contemporary arts. Traditional arts of Māori are carving, weaving, kapa haka etc. The historical saga of Māori culture has been passed to succeeding generations through the oral medium.
The cuisine of New Zealand is inspired from the cooking pattern of Europe, Asia and Polynesia. The basic components of New Zealand cusiine are lamb, pork and cervena (venison), salmon, crayfish (lobster), Bluff oysters, paua (abalone), mussels, scallops, pipis and tuatua (both are types of New Zealand shellfish), kumara (sweet potato) and kiwifruit.

Tourist Attractions of New Zealand:
New Zealand blessed with number of tourists destination that ranges from unmatched golden-sand beaches, preserved marine parks, active volcanoes, pristine snow-capped Alps famous for skiing and trekking.
Auckland: Auckland is the business hub of New Zealand situated at the edge of the sea. It is known for its natural landscapes towering skyscrapers - Sky Tower, Kelly Tarlton's and the Auckland War Memorial Museum are all worth visiting.
Bay Islands: The natural beauty of the Bay islands is mesmerizing. It is famous for its aquatic playground and a cluster of 144 beautiful islands and a myriad of secluded beaches.

Major Sight-seeing Places in New Zealand include:

    · Rotura
    · Queen stone
    · Milford Sound
    · Christchurch & Akaroa
    · Mount Cook

Sunita Lakra played her 50th International match

April 17, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Sunita Lakra played her 50th International match against New Zealand yesterday at the Hawke's Bay Cup 2015

Indian women lose to USA 2-4 in their second match at the Hawke's Bay Cup

April 13, 2015 at 12:10 PM

After giving a tough fight, Indian eves went down to USA by 2-4 in the second match at the Hawke's Bay Cup being played at Hastings Sports Park, New Zealand

Lilima Minz completes 50 matches in the Hawke's Bay Cup 2015

April 12, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Lilima achieved an unforgettable milestone in her hockey career by appearing in her 50th International caps while representing the Indian Women Team against the China yesterday in the Hawke's Bay Cup 2015 in New Zealand.

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India stunned by New Zealand 1-2 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 in Ipoh, Malaysia

April 7, 2015 at 1:45 PM

After the impressive match against Korea yesterday, Indian team went down post giving a tough challenge to FIH Rank 7 New Zealand as they went to lose by 1-2.

The Indian Women Hockey team is all set to leave for New Zealand tomorrow

April 6, 2015 at 7:01 PM

Focus is on our first clash against China at the Hawke's Bay Cup. Will take each game at a time: Sushila Chanu

Australia entered in final by beating India

March 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Steve Smith scored superb century to set up a 95-run win for Australia over India in todays semi-final match at Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made: Gets 6 Millions views

October 26, 2014 at 7:17 AM

The 'Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made' video was released on the video sharing website Youtube on 22 Oct 2014 and within 3 days it has got more than 6 millions of views.

Prince Harry backs cousin-in-law Mike Tindall's rugby charity

May 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

London, May 3 (ANI): Prince Harry has collaborated with cousin-in-law Mike Tindall in a mission to help military men and women through rugby.

New Zealand, Canada cut taxes on bilateral business

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Wellington (New Zealand), May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): New Zealand and Canada on Thursday signed a new agreement to stop bilateral business being taxed twice.

Sacha Baron Cohen advises Julia Gillard to get sex change

May 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Melbourne, May 2 (ANI): Controversial comedian Sacha Baron Cohen recently offered leadership tips to Australian politicians in a bid to promote his upcoming flick 'The Dictator'.

Pak all rounder Yasir Arafat excited over signing up for Lancashire

May 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

London, May 2(ANI): Pakistan all rounder Yasir Arafat has expressed his delight at signing up for Lancashire, and would be available to play in Friends Life T20 competition, which starts in June.

New Zealand Cricket board rebuffs last-minute deal to retain Wright as coach

May 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Wellington, May 2(ANI): The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) board has rejected a last-ditch effort from chief executive David White to keep John Wright as the coach of the national team.

Philosophical differences behind Wright stepping down as New Zealand coach

May 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Wellington, May 2 (ANI): New Zealand cricket coach John Wright has cited philosophical differences with Australian John Buchanan as a factor in his decision to step down from his job when his contract expires.

West Indies-New Zealand to play T20 in Florida

May 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Auckland, May 1 (IANS) The West Indies and New Zealand will go head to head in two Twenty20 Internationals June 30 and July 1 at Lauderhill - a suburb of Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

John Wright to leave NZ coaching job after Windies tour

May 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Wellington, May 1 (IANS) New Zealand coach Joh Wright has decided to step down from his post after the team's tour of the West Indies next month.

Wright to step down as New Zealand cricket coach

May 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Wellington, May 1(ANI): New Zealand coach John Wright will step down from his post following the upcoming tour of the West Indies.

'Avengers Assemble' registers massive 2.5 mln-pound opening

April 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): Marvel's epic superhero super-group flick 'The Avengers Assemble' recorded the third highest opening of all time in the UK on Thursday, according to The Nme.

18-litre-a-day coke habit left Kiwi woman 100 kgs heavier

April 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Wellington, Apr 30 (ANI): A woman in New Zealand, who used to drink drinking up to 18 litres of Coca-Cola a day, knows how addictive the carbonated soft drink can be.

New Zealand mayor sets longest interview record

April 30, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Auckland, April 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A mayor in New Zealand has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest non-stop televised interview.

New Zealand's focus is on Indian business travellers

April 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) A new approach focusing on increasing the number of Indian business travellers to New Zealand has been adopted by the country's tourism board, which is all set to push into the business events and incentives market.

Indian girls slip on last day at Queen Sirikit Cup

April 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Singapore, April 28 (IANS) India slipped down on the final day of the Queen Sirikit Cup golf here Saturday as all three players succumbed under pressure.

Super Kings confident as Gilly is ruled out

April 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Chennai, April 27 (IANS) While Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist ruled himself out of Saturday's Indian Premier League (IPL) game against Chennai Super Kings here, the hosts are on a much happier platform as they enjoy a lot of selection options as admitted by their coach Stephen Fleming.

Miss World Fiji 2012 slammed for 'not looking native enough'

April 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Melbourne, April 27 (ANI): Newly crowned Miss World Fiji 2012 Torika Watters has sparked outrage in the country - initially because she is only 16 and now because she does not look "native" enough.

Tobacco companies resorting to slick presentation to lure kids

April 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

London, April 26 (ANI): A new research has revealed that tobacco companies are designing cigarette packs to resemble bottles of perfume or with lids that flip open like a lighter to lure young people into smoking.

Indonesia suspends US beef imports over mad cow disease

April 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Jakarta, April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): An Indonesian senior official said on Thursday that Indonesia will suspend imports of U.S. beef from Thursday because of a confirmed U.S. case of mad cow disease, a local media reported here.

New Zealand interest rate unchanged

April 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Wellington, April 26 (IANS) New Zealand's central bank Thursday announced it is to leave its interest rate unchanged at 2.5 percent.

Vaughan says Strauss needs 'ugly runs' to end Test drought

April 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

London, Apr 26(ANI): Former England captain Michael Vaughan has advised Test skipper Andrew Strauss to 'get ugly' to silence critics and secure his captaincy for the future.

Team Britain given tough football draw in Olympics

April 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

London, April 25 (IANS) The British men's football team has been handed out a tough draw in the 2012 London Games.

Younus wants to lead Pak cricket team again

April 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Peshawar, Apr 24 (ANI): Former captain, Younus Khan, has expressed a desire to lead the Pakistan cricket team again, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started its search for a player to replace Misbah-Ul Haq.

Wagner likely to be included in Kiwi squad for Windies series

April 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Wellington, Apr 24(ANI): Neil Wagner may be the only new face in the New Zealand squad due to be named shortly for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.

Restless, moody preschoolers may grow up to be problem gamblers

April 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Kids at the age of three, who are impulsive, inattentive and moody, may end up having gambling problems as adults, a new study has revealed.

New Zealand banks register rise in profits

April 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Wellington, April 24 (IANS) New Zealand's registered banks reported combined profits of 3.3 billion NZ dollars ($2.68 billion) last year, despite the fact that borrowing continued to be slow, according to a survey out Tuesday.

New Zealand's biggest city prepares to welcome Chinese investment

April 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Wellington, Apr 23 (Xinhua-ANI): Chinese companies could soon be investing in infrastructure projects in New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland Mayor Len Brown said Monday.

Mumbai Indians set 164-run target for Kings XI Punjab

April 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Mumbai, April 22 (IANS) Mumbai Indians made 163 for six against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here Sunday.

Cambodia to host ASEAN security meetings

April 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Phnom Penh (Cambodia), April 20 (Xinhua-ANI): Cambodia will host regional security meetings next week among the 10-member the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and eight dialogue partners.

Kiwi woman 'died after drinking 8 litres of Coca-Cola a day'

April 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Melbourne, April 19 (ANI): The partner of a mum-of-eight who drank 18 pints of Coca-Cola a day has blamed the addiction for her death.

Mystery of cosmic rays origin deepens

April 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

London, Apr 19 (ANI): Although cosmic rays were discovered 100 years ago, their origin has mystified physicists since long.

New Zealand to send a strong triathlon squad to London

April 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Wellington, April 18 (Xinhua-ANI): The New Zealand Olympic Committee marked the 100 day milestone to the Olympic Games with the naming of four triathletes to the New Zealand Olympic Team on Wednesday.

Robotic prostitutes may make sex tourism industry 'guilt free'

April 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

London, Apr 18 (ANI): Two Kiwi researchers have envisioned what the sex industry would be like in the year 2050, when the prostitutes would be replaced by robots.

Anaesthesia causes jet-lag state, post surgery

April 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Wellington, April 18 (IANS) People feel as though they have jet-lag after surgery, which could be due to the effect of general anaesthesia that alters genetic activity controlling the bio-clock, a study reveals.

Indian women miss bronze in four-nation meet (Lead, With corrections)

April 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Auckland, April 16 (IANS) Indian women's hockey team missed the bronze medal as they went down 1-2 to the US by a golden goal in the play-off at Harbour Hockey Stadium in the first leg of the Four Nation Tournament played here Monday.

Indian women settle for bronze in hockey

April 16, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Auckland, April 16 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team settled for the bronze medal going down 1-2 to the US by a golden goal in the play-off at Harbour Hockey Stadium in the first leg of the four-nation tournament here Monday.

Meira Kumar envies New Zealand's no parliament interruption record

April 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Wellington, April 16 (IANS) The New Zealand parliament has a "fine record of sitting without interruption", said Meira Kumar who, in her almost three years of presiding over the Lok Sabha, often faces a tough time in running the lower house of the Indian parliament smoothly in the wake of frequent opposition disruptions.

Dutch man fathers 82 kids

April 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

London, April 16 (IANS) In a bid to help childless women become mothers, a 42-year-old Dutch man launched a free "baby making" service nine years ago. The man has sex with 15 women every month, and has fathered 82 children so far.

ICC increases participating teams for World Twenty20

April 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Dubai, April 16 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to expand the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh from 12 teams to 16 to boost the associate members.

Scarlett brought her A-game at 'Avengers' set

April 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Wellington, April 16 (ANI): Scarlett Johansson has revealed that she took her A-game to the set of 'The Avengers'.

Taylor eyeing return to IPL after undergoing arm surgery

April 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Wellington, Apr 16(ANI): New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor is set for a rapid return to the Indian Premier League after undergoing an arm surgery.

Drunken night with blonde wasn't a huge crisis for those I love, says Mike Tindall

April 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

London, Apr 15 (ANI): Mike Tindall has said that his drunken romp with the blonde during Rugby World Cup "just wasn't some enormous crisis" to those he loves.

Half of Brits want to run away from their country

April 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

London, Apr 15 (ANI): Almost half of the people in Britain are "seriously considering" moving overseas, a survey has found.

Warners' return will make things tough for Daredevils: Taylor

April 13, 2012 at 8:03 PM

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) A fit again Ross Taylor is confident of playing for the Delhi Daredevils during the entire fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season but feels the team management will have some tough decisions to make on its overseas players when Australian David Warner returns from his national duty.

Indian MPs in New Zealand to meet PM

April 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, leading an Indian parliamentary delegation, Thursday left for New Zealand on an official trip during which she will call on acting Prime Minister Bill English.

Racism against rugby players rife in New Zealand, claims Samoan ace

April 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Wellington, Apr 12(ANI): Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu, who played for Samoa at the Rugby World Cup, has slammed the racist tirade directed at Auckland Blues coach Pat Lam after a series of poor performances by the team.

34 percent jump in visas on arrival Jan-March

April 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) The visas on arrival issued to foreign tourists from 11 countries saw a jump of 34 percent during January-March this year compared to the same period in 2011, officials said Tuesday.

Honey's immunity boosting secrets cracked

April 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Wellington, April 9 (IANS) Paving the way for a range of new wound-healing products, researchers have identified key compounds in honey that boosts the immune system.

Bee venom 'latest beauty buzz among women'

April 7, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Wellington, April 7 (ANI): Bee venom products have taken the beauty world by storm with their instant anti-ageing results.

Jeff Crowe to complete half-century in Tests as Match Referee

April 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Dubai, April 6 (IANS) Former New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe will become the fifth International Cricket Council (ICC) Match Referee to complete a half-century of Tests.

Pietersen defends switch-hit shot after tormenting Lankan bowlers in Colombo Test

April 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Colombo, Apr 6(ANI): England batsman Kevin Pietersen has defended the switch-hit shot, which he utilized on more than one occasion, during his sublime century against Sri Lanka in the Colombo Test.

Injectable contraceptives may double the risk of breast cancer among young women

April 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

A recent study has revealed that, use of injectable form of progestin for birth control for one year or more doubles the risk of breast cancer in young women.

Injectable contraceptives may double breast cancer risk in young women

April 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Washington, Apr 5 (ANI): Using an injectable form of progestin-only birth control for a year or more doubles the risk of breast cancer in young women, a new study has revealed.

Sachin's calmness at other end helped, says destructive Levi

April 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Chennai, April 5 (IANS) Mumbai Indians' batsman Richard Levi said his opening partner Sachin Tendulkar provided the calmness he needed during his electric knock against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League opener here Wednesday.

Umpire restrains Ryder after on field row

April 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Wellington, Apr 2 (ANI): Troubled New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder had a heated exchange with Firebirds teammate Harry Boam during a club match.

Atkinson wins it for MRF

April 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Whangarei (New Zealand), April 1 (IANS) Team MRF's Chris Atkinson (co-driver Stephane Prevot) won the Brother International Rally of Whangarei, the first round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, here Sunday while teammate and Indian champion Gaurav Gill (Glenn Macneall) came in third.

Ryder to go 'out of pocket' during IPL to ensure success

April 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Wellington, Apr 1(ANI): Kiwi all-rounder Jesse Ryder will look after the expenses of his clinical psychologist and manager during his Indian Premier League stint.

MRF cars quickest in shakedown at Asia Pacific Rally

March 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Whangarei (New Zealand), March 30 (IANS) Team MRF drivers Chris Atkinson and Gaurav Gill warmed up for this weekend's Rally of Whangarei by topping the time charts at the official shakedown here Friday.

Smith needs six wins to claim Test victory world-record

March 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Cape Town, Mar 30(ANI): Graeme Smith needs only six wins to achieve the world-record for most Test victories as captain.

Tensions between Buchanan and Wright in New Zealand cricket

March 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Wellington, March 29 (IANS) There is tension simmering in New Zealand Cricket (NZC) between director of cricket John Buchanan and coach John Wright.

Essar Oil completes expansion of Vadinar refinery

March 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) Energy major Essar Oil Thursday said it has completed expansion of its Vadinar oil refinery in Gujarat that would boost turnover by about a third and improve margins.

Proteas want to become best team in world cricket: Kirsten

March 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Johannesburg, Mar 29(ANI): South African coach Gary Kirsten has said his side has the ability to dominate world cricket, after arriving home from his first overseas tour with the national team.

Ryder ready to make a comeback with IPL-5

March 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Wellington, March 29 (IANS) New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder will make his comeback to cricket with the Indian Premier League (IPL) after a four-week break from the sport due to unspecified personal reasons.

NZ cricket chief admits 'positive tension' between Wright and Buchanan

March 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Wellington, Mar 29(ANI): New Zealand cricket head David White has admitted the presence of a 'positive tension' between coach John Wright and director of cricket John Buchanan.

Team MRF hope to score with Skoda

March 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Auckland (New Zealand), March 29 (IANS) Team MRF, with a two-car line-up comprising Indian champion Gaurav Gill (co-driver Glenn Macneall) and fresh recruit Chris Atkinson (Stephane Prevot), both in brand new Skoda Fabia S2000 cars, will begin their quest to regain the Asia Pacific Rally Championship title here this weekend when the Rally of Wangharei will be held.

Smith says resurgent Proteas can win both England, Oz away series

March 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Johannesburg, Mar 29(ANI): South African captain Graeme Smith has expressed confidence that his team will win the series against both England and Australia.

Williamson receives plaudits after scoring Test match saving ton in Wellington

March 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Wellington, Mar 28(ANI): New Zealand middle order batsman Kane Williamson has received plaudits from his teammates, and also from the South African team after scoring a match saving century on the final day of the Wellington Test match.

Chris wants to be involved in Kiwi cricket

March 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Wellington, March 27 (IANS) Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns hopes to be involved with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) after winning his libel case against former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi.

Williamson's century helps New Zealand salvage draw in Wellington Test

March 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Wellington, Mar 27(ANI): New Zealand middle order batsman Kane Williamson scored a brilliant century to help his team salvage a draw in the final Test match in Wellington, after South Africa had set them a final innings target of 390 to chase in 89 overs.

Mukesh Ambani celebrates Tendulkar's 100 tons with party

March 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Mumbai, Mar.27 (ANI): Business magnate Mukesh Ambani hosted a gala party on Monday at his residence, Antilia, here to hail master batsman Sachin Tendulkar's century of centuries in international cricket.

New Zealand apologises to Finland over remark

March 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Wellington, March 27 (IANS) The Finnish government has accepted an apology from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key over derogatory comments made about Finland by a senior New Zealand cabinet member.

Taylor out on final day of Wellington Test due to broken arm

March 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Wellington, Mar 26(ANI): New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has been ruled out on the final day of the Wellington Test after he broke his left arm as his team narrowly avoided the follow-on .

Kiwis to face tough final day with Proteas attaining 274-run lead in Wellington Test

March 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Wellington, Mar 26(ANI): New Zealand will face a tense final day of the Wellington Test in trying to avoid defeat against South Africa.

Indian-run New Zealand firm designs UAV for cloud seeding

March 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Hyderabad, March 26 (IANS) An Indian-promoted aviation company in New Zealand is developing what it claims to be the world's first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for cloud seeding.

Australian, Chinese airlines start joint venture

March 26, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Sydney, March 26 (IANS) Australia's Qantas Airline has entered into a joint venture agreement with China Eastern Airlines to launch a low-cost airline in Asia.

Anderson admits it is 'difficult' to retain World No 1 title ahead of series against Lanka

March 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

London, Mar 25(ANI): England pace bowler James Anderson has admitted that it will be tough for his side to retain the world's top Test team title ahead of the series against Sri Lanka.

Sharmila Nicollet shoots even par 71, makes cut in Morocco

March 24, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Agadir (Morocco), March 24 (IANS) India's Sharmila Nicollet made her first cut of the season on the Ladies European Tour as she carded a second round 71 after a tough 75 in first round at the Lalla Meryem Cup here Saturday.

Proteas to field in three debutants T20 match against India

March 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Johannesburg, Mar 24(ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) has named three new debutants in the squad for the New Age Cup T20 match against India at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on March 30.

China is New Zealand's biggest wool market

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Wellington, March 23 (IANS) China has become the main market for New Zealand wool, taking almost half its exports, as the European market declines and sales to Australia plunge, an official said.

Proteas end day one of third Test against New Zealand on 136 for 2

March 23, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Wellington (New Zealand), Mar.23 (ANI): South Africa ended day one of the third Test against New Zealand on 136 for the loss of two wickets. A fluent 63 from opener Hashim Amla contributed to the Proteas total.

Morkel says getting two days off from Hamilton Test a blessing in disguise

March 22, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Wellington, Mar 22(ANI): South African fast bowler Morne Morkel has said wrapping up the Hamilton Test match against New Zealand in three days had worked as a blessing in disguise for the team, who used the two remaining days to refresh themselves.

Proteas fast bowler Morkel says they are prepared for Kiwi newcomers

March 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Wellington, Mar 22(ANI): South African fast bowler Morne Morkel has said the team is confident to continue its success in their current New Zealand tour, and are fully prepared for newcomers Dean Brownlie and Daniel Flynn in the Kiwi squad for the final Test match.

Morkel says getting two days off from Hamilton Test a blessing in disguise

March 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Wellington, Mar 22(ANI): South African fast bowler Morne Morkel has said wrapping up the Hamilton Test match against New Zealand in three days had worked as a blessing in disguise for the team, who used the two remaining days to refresh themselves.

Proteas fast bowler Morkel says they are prepared for Kiwi newcomers

March 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Wellington, Mar 22(ANI): South African fast bowler Morne Morkel has said the team is confident to continue its success in their current New Zealand tour, and are fully prepared for newcomers Dean Brownlie and Daniel Flynn in the Kiwi squad for the final Test match.

30 Indonesian women 'accidentally' colonised Madagascar 1200 yrs ago

March 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): The land of strange animals and an incredible biodiversity hotspot, Madagascar was also one of the last places to be inhabited by humans.

30 Indonesian women 'accidentally' colonised Madagascar 1200 yrs ago

March 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): The land of strange animals and an incredible biodiversity hotspot, Madagascar was also one of the last places to be inhabited by humans.

Philander comparable to Oz legend McGrath: Article

March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Cape Town, Mar 20(ANI): Perceived similarities between Proteas bowling sensation Vernon Philander and Australian legend Glenn McGrath come to the fore taking into account the way the former applies pressure through the creation of doubt in batsmen's minds, an article has said.

Nepal to stage Asia's first gay sports tournament

March 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Kathmandu, Mar 20 (ANI): Nepal is planning to stage Asia's first ever multi-sport games for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Philander comparable to Oz legend McGrath: Article

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Cape Town, Mar 20(ANI): Perceived similarities between Proteas bowling sensation Vernon Philander and Australian legend Glenn McGrath come to the fore taking into account the way the former applies pressure through the creation of doubt in batsmen's minds, an article has said.

Black Caps batting order still a jigsaw for Wright

March 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Wellington, Mar 20(ANI): The composition of the New Zealand batting card is still doubtful despite early indications that Daniel Flynn would play as an opener in the Wellington Test against South Africa.

Nepal to stage Asia's first gay sports tournament

March 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Kathmandu, Mar 20 (ANI): Nepal is planning to stage Asia's first ever multi-sport games for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Black Caps batting order still a jigsaw for Wright

March 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Wellington, Mar 20(ANI): The composition of the New Zealand batting card is still doubtful despite early indications that Daniel Flynn would play as an opener in the Wellington Test against South Africa.

Kiwi bowler Gillespie's self belief pays dividend

March 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Wellington, Mar 17(ANI): New Zealand bowler Mark Gillespie has made an astonishing comeback in the Kiwi Test squad after almost three years, and he believes his strong self believe is the main reason behind this brilliant comeback.

Kiwi player Watling in danger of missing entire series against Proteas

March 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Wellington, Mar 17(ANI): New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling may miss rest of the series against South Africa due to a hip joint problem, and is highly unlikely to be recalled to play in next week's third test in Wellington.

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