London, Jan 27 (IANS) Plain packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products could lower the incidence of smoking, says a British study. Experts from the University of Cambridge's Behaviour and Health Research unit estimate that two years after the introduction of generic packaging, the number of adult smokers would be reduced by one percentage point in Britian from 21 to 20 percent. Similarly, the percentage of children trying to smoke would be lowered by three percentage points, from 27 to 24 percent, they said, the journal BMC Public Health reports.
Dharamsala, Jan 27 (IANS) England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and asked India to bat first in the fifth and last One-Dayer here at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium Sunday. Contrary to expectations of giving a chance to Cheteshwar Pujara and legspinner Amit Mishra, who have not had a game in the five-match series, skipper Dhoni decided to stick to his winning combination. England made one change, bringing in Chris Oakes in place of erratic fast bowler Jade Dernbach.
Sydney, Jan 26 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia discussed bilateral relations at a meeting of a UAE diplomat and Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The meet was held between charge d'affaires of UAE embassy Sultan Abdullah Al Yamahi and Gillard in Canberra on the sideline of a symposium held at the Australian National University.
Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) There is a lot riding on the upcoming India-Australia cricket series since it will help the selectors identify the next generation of players, Rahul Dravid, the team's mainstay till his retirement last yeaer, said at the Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday. "Each series is significant like the series with England. But like India, Australia too has lost a lot of big players
Melbourne, Jan 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title Saturday defeating an injury-afflicted Li Na in a dramatic women's singles final at the Melbourne Park here. Azarenka won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and retains the World No.1 ranking as a result, when defeat would have seen Serena Williams take the top spot. The match was stopped three times, twice when sixth seed Li rolled her ankle and took medical timeouts, and once for a fireworks display
Melbourne, Jan 26 (IANS) Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won the women's singles title at the Australian Open defeating China's Li Na here Saturday. Azarenka came from behind to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory, giving her a second Grand Slam title
Gros Islet (St. Lucia), Jan 26 (IANS/CMC) The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says Ottis Gibson will be offered a second contract as head coach of the West Indies team when his term expires in March. The WICB says the decision to retain his services and team manager Richie Richardson was arrived at during a meeting of directors in St.
New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Batting great Rahul Dravid tried to be perfect in everything he did, both on and off the field. The 16 years he played international cricket, he played with dignity and humility; a gentleman cricketer to the core. On Friday, he was named among the awardees of the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, on the eve of Republic Day.
Melbourne, Jan 26 (IANS) South Australian Kane Richardson was withdrawn from the Prime Minister's XI squad that takes on West Indies in a practise game here Monday.
Dharamsala, Jan 26 (IANS) A sunny Saturday warmed up the hearts of cricket lovers a day ahead of the fifth and final one-day international (ODI) between India and England in this abode of the Dalai Lama. "What a warm winter morning!" Jack Smith, an England fan, told IANS here