75,000-plus tourists flocking to Himachal for I-Day weekend. Do you have your booking?

Don’t go to Shimla or Dharamshala for the Independence Day long weekend if you haven’t made your bookings yet. That is because tourist destinations across Himachal Pradesh are choc-a-block with holidaymakers, mainly from the north Indian plains, for the extended Independence Day weekend, starting Saturday. Many hotels and guest houses in most tourist destinations in the state have been sold out ahead of the four-day extended weekend. “Most of our properties in Shimla and Dharamsala tourist circuits have been booked well in advance till August 14,” said Himachal Pradesh Tourism…

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Economics and finance as a career for science and tech students

The post-2008 crash business world has taken a quantitative turn, focused on data driven and analytics led search for uncovering complex feedbacks that operate in the highly networked economy. The modern economy is a network of multiple markets that connects individuals, small businesses, banks, corporations and governments. Understanding the architecture of the network and how feedbacks operate between these entities has become imperative for businesses. Since consumer choice is both informed and shaped by peer networks, understanding how feedbacks operate in this network of opinions and a perception has become…

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Defense Secretary Mattis predicts bigger defense role for private technology firms

Defense Secretary James Mattis says he sees a growing role for the technology industry in defending the United States. The comments suggest a potential untapped market for Amazon and Google, whose hometowns Mattis visited this week on a West Coast swing, and other large companies like Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. Like the leaders of these tech companies, Mattis is focused on acquiring more expertise in artificial intelligence. The difference is his goal: getting it into the U.S. military faster, to make it a “more lethal and more effective” fighting force. “Many of the advances [in AI] are…

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From a snake as snack to crocodile meat as an antidote for a bad heart — in the Philippines

In the Puerto Princesa Public Market, pink duck eggs lay stacked next to white hen and pied quail eggs, eggs so pink that a flamingo would want to borrow it for its plumes. The crowd was milling in the Philippine island of Palawan and I heard a voice piping in the clamour of a marketplace. “Want an embryo for a snack?” After a long day rowing inside an underground river, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, I sure required nutrients. But an embryo? I thought my ears were…

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16-year-old Chandigarh student selected for Google’s special programme

A Chandigarh student has been selected by the internet giant Google for icon designing. Harshit Sharma, who completed Class 12 from the Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 33, this year, will be leaving for the US in August. Selected for Google’s special programme, he will be trained initially for a year. During this period, he will receive a stipend of Rs 4 lakh per month. On completing the training, he will receive Rs 12 lakh per month. The information was released by government officials on Saturday. They said…

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Bullish: Increasing access to technology for blind people

Technology can be central to the lives of the 285 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired, as long as they know how to use it. That’s where Erin Lauridsen, access technology director at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, comes in. In her role, Lauridsen helps ensure people who are blind and visually impaired “know how to access all of the technology that they need to live their lives,” Lauridsen told me on the latest episode of Bullish. That can be anything from computer literacy and smartphone…

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Perfect getaway: 5 scenic routes in India for a road trip this monsoon

Make the most of the rains this year. You can head to misty mountains in India, go trekking in the Sahyadris, or set off on a road trip. Self-drive trip, as a travel trend, is slowly catching up in India. It is an immersive way to travel, exploring places with freedom and flexibility, which not only gives a sense of independence, but allows one to do things at their own pace. Here is a list of few destinations, picked by Aditya Loomba, joint managing director of ECO Rent A Car, specially for…

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Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid when Taking Loan for Buying Commercial Property

Loans for Commercial Properties are large transactions that one needs to be vigilant about. They involve large sums of money and hidden terms and conditions that make it very easy for you to overlook them. Here are top 5 mistakes that you should avoid when taking a loan for the commercial property. Investing in commercial properties is usually a wise decision on your part. There could be many reasons for the purchase of the new property like a tax efficient pension plan or expansion of your business etc. A mistake…

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Northern lights, crater lakes, lava fields: Head to Iceland for a surreal vacation

‘It’s the elemental childhood fantasy, isn’t it, to see space in some way,” says photographer Robert Ormerod. “I think I wanted to be an astronaut, and then that enthusiasm got replaced by other things. But there are those people who never lose it, and I’m interested in what they do with that passion. Such a small fraction of the population will ever go to space – how do those people live their dream?” It’s a question that in recent years has led Ormerod all over the world in pursuit of…

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