Do you think Goa is only about beaches? The tiny state also has a serene countryside

Goa is known for its beaches, churches, temples and the carnival among other things. But, the state also has a beautiful countryside that is never explored by tourists. For starters, the structure of an average Goan village is lined with huge Portuguese style villas that will simple leave you in awe. A large percentage of Goans work and stay abroad. So, more often than not, you will find just one or two people staying in these massive residences. Therefore, finding someone who can rent out a room in one of…

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Here’s why this Indian travel startup has become profitable

Travel sector is growing phenomenally with Indians booking tickets on the fly. As the market is set to grow from 18 million to 30-50 million outbound travelers in the next 5-7 years, there is fleet of travel start-ups in the market currently but one of them claims to have turned profitable this financial year. Established in October 2011, TravelTriangle is India’s first full stack holiday marketplace with a team of 400 people, and a team of 650+ expert agents across the globe. The company wanted to connect travelers with safe,…

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Labour has started a welcome debate on higher education funding

You are right to highlight how our universities are under threat from Brexit, creeping privatisation and the government’s dogged determination to reduce net migration (Editorial, 30 May). Higher education makes an invaluable contribution to our economy and society, and has a crucial role to play in developing the highly skilled workforce upon which future growth depends. By its very nature, higher education is international, and the exchange of knowledge across borders is critical to its success. If we are to preserve our global reputation for excellence, our institutions must be…

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‘Don’t get me started about the testing’: Teachers reveal how education has changed over the past 20 years

Across the US, thousands of college graduates are taking the final steps in their education. A lot has happened since they were born in the mid-1990s, and perhaps no one has seen the effects of those changes on future generations than teachers. Business Insider spoke with a handful of elementary, middle, and high school teachers to get a sense of just how much the US education system has evolved over the past 20 years.     [“source-ndtv”]

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Ex-education official vouches for Kake papers, says he has copies

The education ministry’s former top bureaucrat fired up the simmering Kake Gakuen scandal at a news conference Thursday by vouching for the authenticity of documents that suggest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swayed its decision to approve the opening of a new veterinary medicine department run by his friend at a university in Shikoku. The government flatly denied Abe was involved in the decision, and the ruling coalition led by his party spurned a call by the opposition camp to summon former Vice Education Minister Kihei Maekawa as an unsworn witness…

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British TMCs say distribution fee has hurt Lufthansa, airline disagrees

Lufthansa lost GDS market share on bookings from the U.K. to Germany following the imposition of a controversial 16-euro surcharge in September, according to trade group the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC). Lufthansa counters that the fee has not harmed its bookings companywide. The data, based upon a sample of 12,000 bookings made by GTMC members in the three months before and after the surcharge went into effect, shows that Lufthansa’s market share declined 8.5%. Those numbers suggest “that TMCs have switched business away from the airline group to…

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Spirit Airlines has eye on mid-sized markets

Speaking Tuesday at his first earnings conference since being named Spirit CEO in early January, Bob Fornaro said the airline might focus more of its route network on mid-sized markets. “I think going forward, we are going to be much more open to a broader view of routes,” Fornaro said, according to a transcript of the call prepared by the websiteSeeking Alpha. The new CEO noted that over the past couple of years, Spirit has focused most of its aggressive route expansion on flights between big markets, pitting the airline…

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The app has overtaken the internet

Consumers now spend more time consuming digital content via smartphone and tablet apps than they do via surfing the web — either on a handset or on the desktop. The average US smartphone user now spends 88% of his or her time when using a handset within an app and just 12% using the web browser. ComScore’s latest report into US mobile app use also reveals that 60% of all media consumption is mobile — 52% via apps and 8% via the browser — with desktops making up the remaining…

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