Board exam for Class 10 in CBSE schools to return: HRD minister Javadekar

Board examination for Class 10 in CBSE schools will be reintroduced as part of the ongoing reforms in the education system, Union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday. At present, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the board exam or a school-based examination. It has also been decided to conduct examinations in Classes 5 and 8 and students who would fail in the end-term examinations would be detained in these classes, Javadekar said in Puri. However, the students would be given an opportunity to…

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Exodus Worsens Education for Rohingya Children

As more than a half-million ethnic Rohingya refugees flee Myanmar into Bangladesh, education that was limited before has come to a standstill, says a Harvard doctoral student who studied the community in the region recently. Education was scarce for Muslim Rohingya youth before 2012, but the crisis that has forced hundreds of thousands from their homes has shut that door, says Cresa Pugh, a doctoral student in sociology and social policy at Harvard University, who spent her 2017 summer in the Rakhine State. See our Facebook Live interview with Harvard’s Cresa…

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New York opens a ‘temple’ for gay liberation icon Oscar Wilde. It’ll be open for wedding ceremonies

A secular temple devoted to Oscar Wilde opened in the basement of a New York church Tuesday, crammed with devotional style religious art to honour a trailblazer of gay rights.Those involved in the project said it had been 20 years in the making but with transgender rights under threat from President Donald Trump’s administration and gays feeling more discrimination, it was more timely than ever. Conceived by artists David McDermott and Peter McGough at The Church of the Village, the space will be open to members of the public five days a…

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India will have to wait longer for Android Pay as Google shifts focus to Tez, its digital payment app

Google is not going to roll out its Android Pay service in India any time soon. The company is rather focused on pushing its new app – Google Tez, a Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based digital payment application, in the country. During a Q&A session following the launch of Google Tez app on Monday, company’s senior executive Caesar Sengupta told the media that the company has no immediate plans to launch the Android Pay service in India. He cited lack of wider availability of (Near Field Connectivity) NFC-enabled smartphones and penetration of…

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OFRC answer key 2017 for OFB Group C exam released, raise objections now

The Ordnance Factory Recruitment Centre (OFRC) of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has released the provisional answer keys and question paper of first phase written examination for direct recruitment of semi-skilled grade industrial employees (IEs) Group ‘C’ in various ordnance factories located across India. The exam was held on September 10, 2017. Steps to check the answer key: 1) Visit the official website of OFB 2) Click on the link to view provisional answer keys and question paper of exam held on Sept 10 3) Select trade 4) Click on view and the answer key…

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This country tops the best expat destinations for 2017. Last year it barely made it to the top 20

It may not be top of mind, but this small country in the Persian Gulf managed to leapfrog its way from 19th place in 2016 to the top spot this year, due mostly to the ease of settling in and high career satisfaction, as reported by its expat citizens. For the survey, conducted by networking site InterNations, 13,000 expats representing 166 nationalities, living in 188 countries or territories, were asked to rate 43 different aspects of life in their host country, which were then pooled into six categories: quality of…

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Vegans, take note: Here’s the perfect cruise for you

In what’s being called a world first, a vegan ocean cruise is set to sail the high seas later this month, where guests will learn how to make vegan toothpaste, vegan cheese, and practice yoga against the backdrop of the Norwegian fjords. Between the stunning setting of cascading waterfalls, lush, green coastlines, dramatic fjords and plant-based fruits, vegetables and legumes that will make up the menu, the trip promises to be a highly photogenic one, tailor-made for the snap-happy Instagrammer. Cruise and Maritime Voyages has created a plant-based, meat-free cruise itinerary in…

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MIT, IBM set up a joint research lab for Artificial Intelligence

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and IBM on Thursday announced a new joint collaboration for research in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The new MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab will support joint research by IBM and MIT scientists. IBM is planning to spend $240 million over the next decade to create the artificial intelligence research lab at MIT. Its mission will include advancing the hardware, software and algorithms used for artificial intelligence. It also will tackle some of the economic and ethical implications of intelligent machines and look at its…

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SSC SI CPO result 2017 for Paper I declared, check it here

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) on Wednesday declared the result of Paper–I examination 2017 for recruitment of Sub Inspectors in Delhi Police, CAPFs and Assistant Sub Inspectors in CISF on its official website. The examinations were held from July 1 to July 7, 2017. The commission has released separate list for male and female candidates selected for appearing in Paper 2/PET. Click here to check the list of shortlisted male candidates. Click here to check the list of shortlisted female candidates. Click hereto check the write-up for result. Those who have cleared Paper I will have…

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Ignou signs agreement with CSC for digital inclusion of students

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) has signed an agreement with the government’s Common Service Centres (CSC) under the Digital India programme for facilitating a bunch of online support services to its prospective and enrolled students. The university said the MoU that was signed on August 22 will help students to submit online admission and examination forms, re-register, and avail of other services provided by Ignou, including payment facilitation through the CSC SPV Digital Sewa portal. CSCs are access points in villages where the government provides a host of…

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