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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CBSE NEET 2017: Meet the four toppers from Muktsar, Indore and Bengaluru

New Delhi: The 17-year-old son of a Punjab school teacher, two close friends from Madhya Pradesh and a Delhi Public School student from Bengaluru, on Friday, bagged the first four positions in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), an all-India examination for admission to medical and dental colleges. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts the examination, announced the results on Friday morning, ending weeks of suspense that saw the Madras high court withholding the outcome before the Supreme Court cleared it. Launched in 2016, the NEET…

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UPSC exam results: Saumya Pandey from Allahabad gets fourth rank

Saumya Pandey, a gold medallist from the prestigious Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad, secured fourth rank in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, results of which were declared on Wednesday. A trained classical dancer, Saumya said her aim of becoming a civil servant is to serve the society on a large scale as in the role of an electrical engineer, which she completed in 2015, she would have been serving just a section of society. Saumya, a trained Kathak dancer from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, is also a…

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Australia to ban convicted paedophiles from travelling abroad ‘World-first’ measure aims to tackle problem of sex offe

14 hours ago 56 Click to follow The Independent Online Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Jason Reed/Reuters Australia plans to ban convicted paedophiles from travelling overseas in what the government said is a world-first move to protect vulnerable children in South East Asia from exploitation. Australian paedophiles are notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby South East Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would cancel the passports of around 20,000 paedophiles on the national child sex offender register under legislation that will…

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TV singing champ from Noida scores 93% in CBSE 12th boards battling all odds

On the first day of the month of Ramzan, 17-year-old Minnatullah gave his Noida-based family a gift they will remember for ages — he scored 93% marks in his class 12 boards. What makes his achievement sweeter is that Minnatullah has already made a name for himself in the world of music. All this despite the fact that he comes from a family of meagre means. A former participant of popular talent hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs, Minnatullah is a celebrity among his classmates at Delhi…

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From NYC to Paris: Why be a tourist when you can explore like a local?

In London, the most popular attraction for tourists is The Tower of London. For locals, that changes to Borough Market. In New York, tourists are more likely to check in to the Hard Rock Café. But when it comes to eating at a restaurant chain, locals in the know prefer eating at the burger joint Shake Shack. That’s according to a breakdown by TripAdvisor, which created a chart comparing the most popular places of interest among tourists and locals in cities around the world. For the lists, analysts looked at…

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From Colmar to Prague: 5 cities to visit for the best of the European spring

From chocolate egg hunts to Easter farmer’s markets, Europe offers picture postcard perfect destinations that explode in a kaleidoscope of colours during the annual miracle that is spring. From chocolate egg hunts to Easter farmer’s markets, Europe offers picture postcard perfect destinations that explode in a kaleidoscope of colours during the annual miracle that is spring. For travellers looking for a long weekend getaway that showcases the best of spring, Brussels-based outfit European Best Destinations, which works to promote culture and tourism on the continent, has released a list of…

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CBSE debars late students from attempting NEET

A student gets her earrings removed before entering the examination hall to take the NEET on Sunday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo) Even as lakhs of students appeared for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday, a handful of students missed their chance at the test. Not following time rules as prescribed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for the exam proved costly for a few students, who were not allowed to give the paper altogether because of the delay. “Five students reached barely a couple of minutes late and the…

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Ola Raises Rs. 670 Crores From Ratan Tata-Backed Fund, Others

SoftBank-backed Ola has raised Rs. 670 crores ($104.4 million) in fresh funding from investors including UC-RNT Fund, a venture between the University of California and Ratan Tata. While UC-RNT Fund has pumped in Rs. 267.99 crores, another Rs. 402 crores has been infused by FO Mauritius I Ltd, according to regulatory filing by ANI Technologies – which runs Ola. However, the valuation of the company benchmarked against the fresh round of funding could not be ascertained. The said shares were allotted to the investors on March 31, 2017. An email…

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TAP to launch flights from London City Airport

Portuguese airline TAP has confirmed it will launch flights from London City Airport to Lisbon on 29 October. The new route will complement existing flights from Heathrow and Gatwick. TAP is the only airline to offer the route between London City, located in the financial heart of the capital, and the cosmopolitan destination of Lisbon, making short breaks and travel for both business and leisure even more convenient for those starting their journey in London. Flights will operate with Embraer 190 aircraft, with seat capacity for 106 passengers, departing London…

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