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Antibiotics sales for use in US farm animals rose in 2015, FDA reports

LOS ANGELES –  U.S. sales and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals increased 1 percent from 2014 to 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a report on Thursday. The report comes as scientists warn that regular use of antibiotics to promote growth and prevent illness in healthy farm animals contributes to the rise of dangerous, antibiotic-resistant “superbug” infections, which kill at least 23,000 Americans each year and pose a significant threat to global health. An estimated 70 percent of antibiotics used to fight human…

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The top five healthy food trend predictions for 2015

Gardening in summer – happy woman with different kind of fresh herbs  (Kzenon) With 2014 behind us, we’ve seen the predictions for everything from the fitness trends to look out for (hey, more high-intensity training) to Pantone’s spring 2015 color picks. And now, we’ve got the latest foodie trends to come in the new year. Here NBC’s Today Show nutritionist and founder of Nourish Snacks, Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D.N, gives her top 5 picks! 1. Goodbye, diet food. Hello, real food! There’s been a rise in popularity of eating “clean,”…

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FDI Inflows Into India Rise 37% in 2015

New Delhi: Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country increased 37 per cent to $39.32 billion during 2015. The foreign investment inflows stood at $28.78 billion in 2014, according to data by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). The computer hardware and software sector attracted the highest FDI, followed by services, trading business, automobiles and chemicals. Singapore emerged as the biggest FDI source, followed by Mauritius, US, Netherlands and Japan. The government has taken several steps to promote investments through a liberal FDI policy. It has relaxed norms in several sectors, including single brand retail, e-commerce and…

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China’s ZTE Revises 2015 Profit After US Export Curbs

Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp revised down its 2015 net profit on Wednesday due to export curbs imposed by the US Commerce Department for alleged violations of sanctions against Iran. Shenzhen-based ZTE said its 2015 net profit rose 22 percent to CNY 3.2 billion ($493.3 million or roughly Rs. 3,277 crores). On January 19, the company reported a preliminary 2015 net profit of CNY 3.8 billion. ZTE said in a stock exchange filing the reduction was due to a reassessment of future cash inflows arising from related contracts following…

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Samsung Takes India’s Premium Smartphone Crown in 2015: CMR

2015 was another remarkable year for smartphones. We saw different companies getting increasingly competitive and launch affordable products, and we also witnessed several new players arrive in the market. According to CyberMedia Research, 96.4 million smartphones were shipped in India last year. Of this voluminous number, 3.4 percent handsets accounted for premium segment smartphones (priced at Rs. 30,000 or above). Samsung assumed the top-smartphone manufacturer spot in the category. According to the marketing and research firm CyberMedia Research, Samsung assumed 46 percentcapture of the premium smartphone market in India. The…

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