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Australian researchers discover how a baby’s sex is determined

Australian researchers discover how a baby’s sex is determined

Sydney: While it is known that the sex of a baby is determined by its chromosome make-up at conception, new research has identified a “regulator” that increases or decreases the activity of genes which decide if we become male or female. “These regulatory segments of DNA are called enhancers,” said lead author of the study Andrew

New Australia bill gives police power to spy on WhatsApp messages

Sydney/New Delhi: Australia is mulling a strict law that gives enforcement agencies power to track messages on platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram that offer end-to-end encryption and also to force users to open their smartphones when demanded, a media report said. The controversial encryption bill comes amid allegations of encrypted platforms facilitating spread of rumours, hate

Peter Dutton faces possible disqualification from Parliament

Canberra: Opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) has launched a renewed push to have the country’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton disqualified from Parliament. The ALP’s power in the lower house of  Parliament, the House of Representatives, was bolstered on Tuesday when Julia Banks, MP for Chisholm in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, announced she was quitting the governing

Flash floods cause havoc in Sydney

Sydney: Over 500 people called for emergency assistance in just two hours after storms lashed Sydney and nearby regions, equalling rainfall of its monthly average in that time, causing floods, power cuts and flight delays on Wednesday, Met said. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said it was the region’s wettest November day since 1984. “The intensity of that

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Labor wins landslide victory in Victorian elections

Melbourne: Daniel Andrews has won second terms as Victorian Premier in what has been termed as a landslide victory for Labor party in the state. Opposition leader Matthew Guy conceded defeat and congratulated Andrews. At the Mulgrave Village Green Hotel on Saturday night, Andrews told a packed audience of supporters and party members that voters


Three arrested for plotting ‘IS-inspired’ attack in Melbourne

Melbourne: Three men were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of plotting an “Islamic State (IS)-isnpired” terrorist attack in Melbourne, police said. “They were certainly looking at a place of mass gathering, where there would be crowds. They were trying to focus on trying to have a place where they could kill as many people as possible,”

Australia goes to WTO over India’s sugar subsidy

Canberra: Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham on Friday announced that his country was taking legal action against India at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over its sugar subsidy scheme which he said has the global market in a spin and risks pushing many Australian growers beyond the financial point of no return. Despite efforts to negotiate

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Woman arrested over alleged strawberry contamination

Sydney: A woman has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the alleged contamination of strawberries in Queensland, police said on Sunday. The 50-year-old woman, who has not been identified, will appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged on Sunday evening, according to a statement by Queensland police. Police will allege

Australian juvenile prison ablaze in mass breakout attempt

Canberra: A juvenile detention facility in Australia has been set ablaze during an attempted mass breakout, police said on Wednesday. The police deployed tear gas to contain a major disturbance at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre on Tuesday night after inmates who escaped from their cells set the facility’s school on fire, reports Xinhua news