Sydney, May 17 (IANS) A 21-year-old Australian man of Sri Lankan descent, who raped and murdered an Indian woman, has been sentenced to 45 years in jail by a Sydney court Friday. The New South Wales Supreme Court ruled that Daniel Stani-Reginald would not be eligible for parole for a minimum of 30 years for raping and murdering Tosha Thakkar, then 24, in a Sydney flat March 9, 2011, a media report said. Thakkar, a university student in Sydney studying accounting, was raped and strangled to death in a flat at Croydon here by Stani-Reginald who was her neighbour
Sydney, May 17 (IANS) Australian communications provider Telstra apologized Friday for a massive online leak of customer details. Newspaper Fairfax Wednesday found that a Google search could easily get to Telstra spreadsheets, obtaining customer names, telephone numbers, and even business and home addresses, reported Xinhua. More than 1,600 customer records were leaked in one of the spreadsheets, which contained Telstra customers' personal details
Canberra, May 16 (IANS) Australia and Sweden have achieved a "significant milestone agreement" relating to Intellectual Property rights for submarine design and technology, Defence Minister Stephen Smith said Thursday. The agreement followed extensive negotiations between Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, Smith said in a statement issued jointly with Sweden's Minister for Defence Karin Enstrom, reported Xinhua
Sydney, May 15 (IANS) Australian universities will receive an additional $83.7 million over four years to enhance students' opportunities to study an Asian language, the government announced. The project is one of a number of Asian Century initiatives provided for in the 2013 budget, and will facilitate more Commonwealth-supported places for students to study a Diploma of Languages alongside their degree, Xinhua reported
Sydney, May 14 (IANS) On the day Fiji observed the 134th anniversary of the arrival of Indian indentured labourers Tuesday, an Indian-origin woman in that south Pacific island turned 101.
Bridgetown (Barbados), May 11 (IANS/CMC) Organisers have released the schedule of matches for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to be played in July and August. Barbados take on St.
Bridgetown (Barbados), May 10 (IANS/CMC) Barbados will host, for the first time, a world contest for supremacy in long range rifle shooting known as the Australia Match. The historic event, dating back to 1907, features defending champions Britain competing against teams from Australia, Canada, the Channel Islands as well as the West Indies fullbore rifle team, reports CMC. Regional shooters will travel to Barbados from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica, Antigua/Barbuda and Bermuda for the event carded to begin May
Sydney, May 9 (IANS) An Indian-origin lawyer in Australia has been disbarred from practising after it was found that he was guilty in a case of trying to pervert the course of justice while earlier practising in Fiji. After hearing the case of Abhay Kumar Singh, 56, Justice Alan Wilson of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ordered that the defendant's name be struck off the legal rolls of Queensland, the Courier Mail reported Thursday
Sydney, May 9 (IANS) Scientists have successfully tested a new class of drugs in humans, that targets a rogue protein responsible for the proliferation of skin cancer, says a study. The research involves the drug Dz13, a targeted molecular therapy, which was developed at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and has now been found to be safe in a clinical trial of patients with the common skin cancer, basal-cell carcinoma. "This is the first report of a drug of this type to be used in humans," says UNSW Medicine's Professor Levon Khachigian, who has been developing the DNAzyme technology for 10 years
Canberra, May 8 (IANS) Chinese and Australian men's teams will play a four-match Sino-Australia Challenge basketball series in June as part of a cooperation deal for the next four years. According to the deal, the men's and women's teams of the two countries will play a total of 24 matches. The agreement will also see games involving the countries' youth teams, split between venues in China and Perth in Western Australia, reports Xinhua