NEW DELHI, December 19 – BUSINESS STANDARD – Sistema, a Russian conglomerate is exploring opportunities for setting up power plants and tapping the budding retail sector in India and is ready to invest up to $1 billion in such ventures. The energy sector is of particular interest to Sistema, as it has tremendous potential and India's rapid economic growth was expected to increase power needs significantly. – BUSINESS STANDARD – Asian Roots, a pioneer in the spa sector recently announced their retail expansion for Gujarat by launching their 'Med Spa' in Ahmedabad. Inspired by ancient healing practices from various cultures around the world, the company has set up their own exclusive spas located in New Delhi and Bangalore. – BUSINESS STANDARD – The Doha round of global trade talks has once again ended in a complete deadlock at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, even as countries have agreed on continuing the round and achieves progress in some areas. Ministers highlighted the importance of keeping markets open and the need to resist protectionism, particularly in today’s challenging global economic environment. A number of ministers expressed concern over the increase of protectionism in agricultural trade in the form of trade-restrictive measures —without scientific or technical justification. Some ministers also aired worries about an increasing resort to private standards and food-labelling requirements. – ECONOMIC TIMES - With diesel variants now accounting for over a fourth of India's passenger car sales, French major Renault has decided to roll out this fuel's versions in three of its new launches next year with more locally-sourced parts to cut costs. Renault has plans to launch Pulse, a hatchback in B segment, at the New Delhi Auto Expo in January 2012. – ECONOMIC TIMES - India and Japan are set to resume nuclear negotiations next year, with New Delhi hoping that the forthcoming visit of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda this month will give a push to the talks that were stalled after the Fukushima disaster. Noda touches down here Dec 27 on a three-day visit for annual summit talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. This will be Noda's first visit to India since becoming the prime minister of Japan in September this year. The two leaders are expected to discuss a wide spectrum of issues, including the prospects of civil nuclear cooperation, jointly combating piracy and terrorism, economic ties, climate change and the evolving East Asia architecture.