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Japan's industrial production increases 0.5%

Tokyo, Jan 31 (IANS) Japan's industrial production rose 0.5 per cent in December 2016, compared to November, according to data published by the government on Tuesday.

The figure is lower than the 1.5 per cent month-on-month rise that Japanese manufactures recorded in November, Efe news reported.

Youth joblessness tops 40% in Italy

Rome, Jan 31 (IANS/AKI) Italy's share of unemployed people aged 15 to 24 rose to 40.1 percent in December, up 0.2 percent from November while overall joblessness was unchanged at 12 percent, provisional data showed on Tuesday.

Vodafone confirms talks with Idea for merger

​New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Ending months of speculation, Vodafone on Monday confirmed it is in talks with the Aditya Vikram Birla group for the merger of its Indian entity and Idea Cellular in what will be the largest such deal in the country's telecom space once it materialises.

SAARC member states to meet in Nepal

​Kathmandu, Jan 30 (IANS) Senior officials of the eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will meet here this week to attend the Programming Committee.

Jordan signs $14.1 mn grant agreement with Kuwait

Amman, Jan 30 (IANS) Jordan signed a $14.1 million grant agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

Jordan's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury on Sunday, who signed the agreement, said the agreement will finance projects in the field of

Daily users of 'Pokemon Go' top 4mn in S. Korea

​Seoul, Jan 28 (IANS) The number of people in South Korea who used the popular augmented reality game "Pokemon Go" in a single day has surpassed 4.2 million just three days after its official launch in the country, according to a survey.

Apple files patent for vapouriser

New York, Jan 28 (IANS) The US Patent and Trademark Office has published an application that shows Apple has filed a patent for a vapouriser technology -- an apparatus that can regulate temperature to release heat from a substance within a canister.

Cloud helps Microsoft log strong second quarter growth

​New York, Jan 27 (IANS) Riding on its Cloud services, Microsoft on Friday announced revenues of $26.1 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 which exceeded analysts projections.

Chinese think-tanks among world's best

Beijing, Jan 26 (IANS) Chinese think-tanks are among the world's best ones, with 9 of them making it to the best 175 in 2016, a report has said.

The number of Chinese think tanks has grown rapidly in the world last year, says Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, published by the think tank and civil societies program

UK car production at 17-year-high

London, Jan 26 (IANS) The number of cars made in the UK reached a 17-year high in 2016, the media reported.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Wednesday said that exports rose 10.3 per cent to 1.35 million vehicles, a record for the second consecutive year,