Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Saturday reported a 5 per cent production increase to 102.42 million tonnes (mt) in the second quarter of the current financial year compared to 97.6 million tones in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. Offtake was 110.42 million tonnes compared with 109 million tonnes in the review period.There was a 28 per cent fall in CIL’s consolidated net profit to Rs 2,192 crore in the second quarter of this fiscal due to higher expenses. The world’s largest coal miner had clocked a profit of Rs 3,052 crore in the same quarter previous year.Its net profit took a beating as the company’s second quarter expenses rose by almost 8 per cent compared to the flat growth in sales in the review period. Total expenses increased to Rs 14,144 crore in the July-September quarter of this year from Rs 13,112 crore in the same period last year.The bulk of the expenses were on employee benefits, on which the company spent Rs 7,286 crore.
X-Men actor Halle Berry is reportedly planning to finalize divorce with husband Olivier Martinez.The Monster’s Ball star sparked the rumours after she was spotted without her wedding ring when stepping out in Los Angeles reported Aceshowbiz.“It seems Halle and Olivier have finally hit the end of the road. They’ve weathered a lot of ups and downs in their relationship – but recently, Olivier has been completely MIA!” a family friend said. “Halle is telling pals she worries that Olivier’s runaway temper could put her kids at risk. They’ve just been delaying the inevitable split,” the insider said.
Canning (WB): One person was killed and two others received bullet injuries after a clash broke out between two groups in South 24 Parganas district on Sunday, police said. The incident happened at Canning bus stand under the jurisdiction of Canning police station. Trouble began after the two groups, belonging to the same party, clashed at a rally organised by its youth wing, a police officer said. Shots were fired during the clash and 18-year-old Mizanur Rehman Sardar was killed on the spot, the officer said, adding, two other persons also suffered bullet injuries. They have been admitted to Canning sub-divisional hospital, he said.
Researchers have identified a complex network in the brain that has revealed why artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to slim down. Artificial sweeteners are substitutes for sugar that provides a sweet taste while containing significantly less food energy.According to the researchers, the brain responds to artificially sweetened food by telling the animal it hasn’t eaten enough energy, thus increasing the appetite and prompting them to actually eat more. It senses and integrates the sweetness and energy content of food, said the study conducted on mice and fruit flies.“After chronic exposure to a diet that contained the artificial sweetener sucralose, we saw that animals began eating a lot more,” said lead researcher Greg Neely, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in Australia. “Artificial sweeteners can actually change how animals perceive the sweetness of their food, with a discrepancy between sweetness and energy levels prompting an increase in caloric consumption,” Neely added.The findings showed that inside the brain’s reward centres, sweet sensation is integrated with energy content. When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed. For the study, fruit flies were exposed to a diet laced with artificial sweetener for prolonged periods (more than five days). The flies were then found to consume 30 per cent more calories when they were then given naturally sweetened food. “The chronic consumption of the artificial sweetener actually increases the sweet intensity of real nutritive sugar which then increases the animal’s overall motivation to eat more food,” Neely stated in the work published in the journal Cell Metabolism.Further, the artificial sweeteners were also found to promote hyperactivity, insomnia as well as decrease the sleep quality – behaviours consistent with a mild starvation or fasting state.