ASEAN academics want India to play leadership role in improving connectivity, commerce and security

New Delhi: Amidst the aggressive and unpredictable behaviour of China, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) want India to take and play leadership role in improving commerce, connectivity and security in the region. This was the common viewpoint expressed by speakers from the ASEAN nations at the academic session on the second day of the two-day Delhi Dialogue on Wednesday. Themed on ‘ASEAN-India Relations: Charting the Course for the Next 25 Years,’ the event, held annually since 2009, discusses politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between ASEAN and India. Speaking in…

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Women employees, officials fume after university in Lucknow says they can’t work after 6 pm

Lucknow An order that no woman official or employee of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) will work beyond 6 pm unless for a specific reason has drawn flak for not including students and teachers. BBAU vice chancellor Prof RC Sobti issued the order on Monday evening, stating the rule is to be strictly adhered to. In case of an emergency, prior permission has to be obtained from the V-C. “This step has been taken for security reasons,” reads the order. Women employees criticised the order, asking why female students and women…

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Don’t plan a trip to any of these 5 destinations in Uttarakhand this monsoon

Pre-monsoon showers in Uttarakhand have resulted in overflowing rivers, waterfalls and landslides. While the state has not issued any advisory for visitors, nevertheless, the first-hand experience of some travellers is enough to highlight the problems one might face. “It took us more than three hours on Thursday to exit from Nainital as two major routes, Nainital–Kaladhungi and Nainital bypass were blocked. There was an overflowing waterfall and boulders blocking the way,” said Udit Ghildiyal, an avid traveller. The state government spokesperson, Madan Kaushik said Uttarakhand is a major tourist destination and…

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DU admissions: Second cutoff dips across colleges, seats in popular courses still open

Students who could not make the cut at Delhi University in the first cutoff list should not lose hope. Admissions to popular honours courses such as Economics, BCom, English, Mathematics, Physics, and BA Programme are still open in most colleges with a dip of 0.25-3 percentage points in the second list released by Delhi University. Commerce Out of the 38 colleges that offer Economics (hons), admissions have been closed at five colleges – Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Lady Shri Ram (LSR), BR Ambedkar, PGDAV, and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. The highest…

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Most Delhi University colleges to come up with second list, Eco (hons) in SRCC full

Delhi University colleges resumed the undergraduate admission process on Tuesday with many colleges, including those in the North and South campus, saying they may come up with a second cutoff list. But at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), there will be no second list for Economics (hons). The college has already filled its 123 seats for the subject. “Out of the total 624 seats, we approved admissions on 470 seats. BCom (hons) has 501 seats and 470 are already full. In Economics (hons) we have approved admissions for 130. There may…

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H1N1 bigger killer than dengue and malaria in Maharashtra

The H1N1 influenza virus which entered the list of infectious diseases with a global pandemic in 2009, has overtaken dengue and malaria to become the biggest killer among seasonal ailments in Maharashtra. Since its appearance, the viral infection has claimed nearly 2,500 lives in the state, about five times the fatalities caused by dengue and three times that of malaria in the same period. The viral infection is now next only to tuberculosis and AIDS in the state’s list of top contagious killer diseases. TB and AIDS together are responsible for more than 10,000 deaths…

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OnePlus 5 unveiled in the US, to be launched in India on June 22

After months of speculations, the long-awaited OnePlus 5 was unveiled at the company’s ‘2017 OnePlus Annual Flagship Launch’ event in New York city on Tuesday. The launch was hosted by the global leadership team of OnePlus, along with Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder. OnePlus 5, the latest offering by the Chinese smartphone maker features the latest Snapdragon 835 processor and a 6GB RAM. The base model will cost $ 479 in the US and will go on sale from June 27. It will be available in Midnight Black and Slate Gray…

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Monsoon travel: Goa in the rains

The long hot summer comes to an end as the month of June elapses, and the parched Earth cools down with the incessant downpour which rides in on the Monsoon winds. The monsoon phenomenon brings out an altogether different side to Goa. Imagine swaying palms dancing to the tune of the winds, quaint lanes washed by rain waters, ominous grey layers of thick clouds that rule the skies and swirling waters roaring out at the beaches; there’s something about experiencing monsoons in Goa which tops the list of things to…

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Don’t dance on the road! 11 things you should not do in Dubai

Dubai is considered one of the most lenient and multi-ethnic places in UAE, but you do need to conduct yourself in a certain way. What is considered OK in your home country may be a punishable offence in Dubai. So it’s a good idea to be aware of the rules and regulations before travelling there. Here is a list of things to watch out for: 1. Drinking in public There are strict dos and don’ts that you must follow when in Dubai. (Shutterstock) Foreign nationals can drink alcohol in the house…

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Eyes set on sky, children display drone-flying skills in Lucknow

All eyes were set on the sky as young minds gave wings to their dreams and skills at La Martiniere College ground in Lucknow on Thursday. After learning how to make and control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during a 20-day summer camp, 30 children in the age group of 6-16 years demonstrated their drone-flying skills on the concluding day of the programme. “This is the first time in the country where a platform was provided to the children to ignite their young minds to draw them towards aviation and robotics,”…

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