Education Conclave In Kashmir Hopes To Bring Academics Back On Track

SRINAGAR: For the last six weeks, a wave of protests by students in Jammu and Kashmir have been a major challenge for the government – not just affecting schools and colleges but also the law and order of the state. Recently, hundreds of educationists from across the county met in Srinagar to find ways of putting academics back on track through an international educational conclave in Srinagar. Ekta Sodha who runs a chain of schools in Gujarat is here to collaborate with schools in the Valley to start exchange programs…

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Cal Newport on taking your life back from technology

I was asked recently to name a book that changed my life. The book I chose was Cal Newport’s “Deep Work,” and for the most literal of reasons: It’s changed how I lived my life. Particularly, it’s led me to stop scheduling morning meetings, and to preserve that time for more sustained, creative work. Which is all to say that I’m a bit obsessed with Newport’s work right now, and particularly his account of how the digital environment we inhabit is training us out of concentration and into distraction in…

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India: agencies predict 30% drop in students going to Aus due to bank back up

Implementation of the new policy and introducing new ₹500 and ₹2,000 bank notes into circulation has put a strain on banks resulting in delays in processing education bank loans for overseas study. The backlog on granting loans affects students who are planning to enrol in an Australian university next month, according to AAERI. According to the association, up to three quarters of students choosing to study in Australia take out education loans to pay for the first semester’s tuition fees. “This has slowed down the process for bank loan sanctioning” In each intake, there…

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‘We got Christmas back’: readers mark 25 years since fall of Soviet Union

After years of food shortages, rising nationalist movements and an attempted coup, Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union, resigned on Christmas Day 1991. His resignation 25 years ago was the final nail in the coffin of the USSR. To mark the anniversary we asked our readers across the region to share their memories of the monumental events, and to tell us how they felt about the change from a communist, collective system, to a capitalist one. For many readers who got in contact, these memories are tinged with…

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As Islamic State is pushed back in Iraq, worries about what’s next

As U.S.-led offensives drive back Islamic State in Iraq, concern is growing among U.S. and U.N. officials that efforts to stabilize liberated areas are lagging, creating conditions that could help the militants endure as an underground network. One major worry: not enough money is being committed to rebuild the devastated provincial capital of Ramadi and other towns, let alone Islamic State-held Mosul, the ultimate target in Iraq of the U.S.-led campaign. Lise Grande, the No. 2 U.N. official in Iraq, told Reuters that the United Nations is urgently seeking $400…

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Buenos Aires’ new cocktail bars look back to the future

Argentina’s capital has an honourable cocktail tradition, and today’s bartenders are tapping into the past to revive local drinks, albeit with a new twist Happy hour … Los Galgos, an historic Buenos Aires cafe, is now a cocktail bar, too. Photograph: Ciuffo You get an interesting reaction if you tell people in Buenos Aires that you’re going for a cocktail at Los Galgos, a small corner bar on a busy street a few blocks from the city’s courthouses. They will either offer a knowing nod of approval or, if they…

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Primary test deadline moved back to June

The government has pushed back the deadline for schools to submit writing assessments for 11-year-olds, after bringing the date forward a month ago. Teachers’ unions in England had complained that the timescale would not give schools enough time to prepare. “It will take time for teachers to understand the detail,” said schools minister Nick Gibb in a letter to the National Association of Head Teachers. Labour said the changes were causing “chaos” in schools. Since the mid 1990s, the tests, often known as sats, have been taken by primary pupils…

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