Tesla Beats Deadline for Building World’s Biggest Battery

Entrepreneur Elon Musk has won a $50 million (roughly Rs. 324 crores) bet by beating a 100-day deadline for building a giant battery to help South Australia avoid energy blackouts, officials said. State Premier Jay Weatherill said testing of the massive lithium ion battery would begin within days, ahead of the December 1 deadline Musk set for himself when he signed off on the project earlier this year. Musk had pledged to build the battery in the South Australian outback for free if it was not completed within the 100 days. He…

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TSA braces for record travel over Thanksgiving

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is bracing for a record number of passengers over the Thanksgiving travel period. The agency estimates that it will screen over 24 million passengers and crew at airport checkpoints around the country this holiday season, which started last Friday and lasts through Monday. That’s a 5 percent increase from last year. The busiest travel day will be on Sunday, when around 2.6 million people will trickle through the nation’s airports, making it one of the top five busiest days in TSA’s history.The TSA also said…

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Syria: Putin renews call for political deal in Assad visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has renewed his call for a political solution to the war in Syria, during a rare visit by the Syrian leader. Mr Putin told Bashar al-Assad the military campaign was “wrapping up”, but there was still “a long way to go”. A two-year Russian air campaign has given Syria a clear upper hand in the civil war, which began in 2011. The meeting comes ahead of talks between Syria’s allies Russia and Iran, and Turkey, which backs the rebels. The three powers have increasingly co-operated in…

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IIT Kanpur help through artificial rain likely for pollution hit Lucknow

Lucknow The Uttar Pradesh capital might witness artificial rains through cloud-seeding by Indian Insitute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur to combat air pollution which has reached crisis level. A few days ago, the Uttar Pradesh government had asked IIT Kanpur to explore the option of artificial rains. “IIT Kanpur got the project on artificial rains from the Uttar Pradesh Council of Science and Technology a few months back. For this, the institute has got a grant of Rs 15 lakh,” the institute’s officiating director Manindra Agrawal has said. He said the institute…

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Coursera focuses on corporate training programmes for future growth

So far, Coursera has partnered with Indian School of Business and is aspires to get IITs and IIMs on its platform. Mumbai: Global online education platform Coursera is focused on strengthening its enterprise business in India by partnering with more companies and educational institutions for its future growth, said a top company official. Last year, the US-based company launched Coursera for Business, under which it curates online courses for companies as part of its corporate training programmes. Globally, the programme is used by 100 companies. In India, some of its corporate…

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Travellers, take note: Hong Kong is the world’s top city for international visits

Hong Kong is set to retain its status as the city most visited by international travellers this year in spite of strained relations with mainland China. In a report published on Tuesday, market research firm Euromonitor International said it estimates 25.7 million arrivals in Hong Kong this year, down 3.2% on 2016. The Thai capital Bangkok retains second place, but its popularity has grown faster than Hong Kong’s, with arrivals up 9.5% at 21.3 million. London is Europe’s top city, in third place with 19.8 million arrivals, but the report…

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TSPSC FSO exam answer key 2017: Last date for raising objection extended

The Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) on Friday extended the date for raising objections against the preliminary answer key for the written exam to recruit Forest Section Officers (FSO) in the Forest Department of the state. The last date for receiving objections was November 3, which has been now extended to November 9. In a notification issued on the official website of TSPSC, the commission said, “ The last date of receiving objections on the Preliminary Keys which was declared as 03/11/2017 is now extended upto 09/11/2017. Candidates are…

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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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GATE-like test for students with engineering degrees from these 3 deemed universities

Days after the Supreme Court cancelled engineering degrees granted since 2001 by three deemed universities through the distance education mode, the Union HRD ministry has called a meeting of the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday to protect the interests of hundreds who could be affected by the move, people familiar with the matter said. JRN Rajasthan Vidhyapeeth University, Udaipur; Vinayaka Mission Research Foundation, Salem, Tamil Nadu; and IASE Deemed University, Rajasthan — have been conducting distance engineering programmes without necessary approvals, including that from the UGC or the All India Council…

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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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