New law scholarship for Indians at Oxford

A new scholarship named after the late Ratanshaw Bomanjee Zaiwalla – one of the first Indians to qualify as an English solicitor in 1925 – has been set up at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development based in Somerville College, Oxford. Instituted by his son, senior London-based lawyer Sarosh Zaiwalla, its first recipient is Shreya Prakash, who completed her undergraduate degree at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. She is enrolled for the Bachelor of Civil Law course. Zaiwalla said: “My aim to create the scholarship is…

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At IIM Ahmedabad, it’s time for lessons from the Panchatantra

At IIM Ahmedabad, students of PGP (postgraduate) and PGPX (executive postgraduate) programmes recently learnt some valuable lessons from India’s ancient fables, the Panchatantra. Leaving regular classes undisturbed the two-week course, conducted after dinner from 9 to 10.15 pm for 25 students, was non graded. The management lessons were based on the understanding and interpretation of conflict in the Panchatantra. These were initiated on an experimental basis by Professor N Ravichandran, faculty in production and quantitative methods area at IIMA. About 25 stories from the Panchatantra were discussed with five classes covering…

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Eco-heaven: This resort on Marlon Brando’s island runs on seawater & coconut oil

The tiny, palm-fringed atoll of Tetiaroa was once a favourite holiday spot for Tahitian royalty before the late American movie star fell in love with it while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in 1961 on islands close by. Brando married co-star Tarita Teriipaia and the couple raised a family on Tetiaroa, now home to a luxury eco-resort that bears the reclusive actor’s name and regularly pampers A-list clientele such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Barack Obama. Guests at The Brando help fund research projects by paying up to $10,000…

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iBall Slide PenBook 2-in-1 launched at Rs 24,999: Specs, features

Domestic consumer electronics company iBall on Thursday launched a two-in-one “iBall Slide PenBook” in India Priced at Rs 24,999, the Windows-based device is available via Amazon.in and retail stores. The device with 10.1-inch, full multi-touch HD display and IPS technology sports 5MP auto-focus rear camera and 2MP front camera. “iBall Slide PenBook” showcases a unique ‘Windows Hello,’ a quick fingerprint scanner feature. It also has’Cortana with Voice’ that helps users remember their tasks. “Our latest two-in-one ‘iBall Slide PenBook’ is a world-class offering with latest technology wonders of Windows inking,…

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Cat S41, Cat S31 Rugged Smartphones, Cat T20 Tablet Launched at IFA 2017: Price, Specifications

Cat S41 HIGHLIGHTS The Cat S41’s mammoth battery can charge other devices as well Cat S31 comes with wet finger and glove support The Cat T20 tablet runs on Windows 10 Cat, or Caterpillar, a brand licensed by Bullitt from the US-based construction machinery manufacturing company of the same, on Thursday launched new durable smartphones and a tablet at IFA 2017 in Berlin. Built by Bullitt, the Cat S41 and Cat S31 smartphones come with a rugged build, water resistance, drop/ vibration proofing, military grade protection, and large batteries. The…

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Meet a geisha and savour a gold-covered Kobe beef sandwich at a new café in Japan

  You may travel to Japan, but not get to meet a geisha. Like a rare wildlife sighting, real-life geishas can be elusive creatures to capture on camera. Graceful and discreet, the ladies are not known to stop and pose for a photo, but are more apt to scurry off to their appointment, head bowed. Women who do ham it up for photos are likely to be tourists dressed up as geishas. Enter the Maikoya Osaka, a cultural center in Osaka, billed as a space where visitors can meet openly with…

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Rooftop tours offer fresh look at Saint Petersburg in Russia

Standing on a roof in central Saint Petersburg, Marta Granadeiro gasped as she watched the statues on the Hermitage Museum’s facade gleam in the sunset. “We wanted to see something extraordinary in Saint Petersburg and now we have,” said Granadeiro, a 23-year-old Spanish tourist who climbed onto the roof of an apartment building on a tour organised by a local tourism agency. The rusty rooftops of Russia’s tsarist-era capital, with its romantic skyline of elegant onion domes and pre-revolutionary buildings, have long been a coveted destination for illegal excursions. To…

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Heading to London? Visit the tropical hothouse at this royal garden

Many of Europe’s parks and gardens were created at the request of the kings, queens, princes and princesses who once ruled over the Old Continent. Some have exceptional qualities or stunning styles that put them on the map for visitors vacationing in Europe, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in southwest London, UK. The royal connection: Rather than being created by one individual, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew were built over time. First of all, King Henry VII built a royal palace in Richmond in the 16th century…

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Partner at private equity firm denies being jogger who pushed woman into bus

A man arrested on suspicion of pushing a woman into the path of an oncoming bus that nearly hit her has denied any involvement in the incident. Eric Bellquist, a partner at a Mayfair-based private equity firm, said he was not the jogger caught on CCTV shoving the woman into the road on Putney Bridge in south-west London. The American investment banker’s lawyers state that Bellquist has “irrefutable proof” he was in the US at the time of the incident. While the encounter occurred in May, it came to the…

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Norms not followed in teacher appointments at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University: Scheduled Caste Commission

Lucknow: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has pointed to flaws in the reservation roster for appointment of teachers at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here. The commission found that vacancies in the reservation rosters, submitted by BBAU vice chancellor RC Sobti ‘prima facie’, were not in accordance with the prescribed format of the department of personnel and training (DoPT). In its report, the commission said the vice chancellor could not explain how the posts were de-reserved if Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates had applied for the posts but the selection process…

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