Punjab girls to get free education up to doctorate; five new colleges this fiscal: CM

Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday announced free education for girls from nursery to the doctorate level in government institutions of Punjab. He was speaking in the Vidhan Sabha. Also, a spokesman said the government will introduce free textbooks to all students of government schools, and will introduce pre-primary classes (nursery and LKG) in government schools from the next academic session as part of the reforms it has initiated in the state, which will also see free internet service in 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges. Amarinder…

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New sanctions will obstruct two-centre holidays combining Florida and the Caribbean’s largest island

British travellers hoping to combine the US and Cuba on the same trip face much tighter restrictions after Donald Trump announced he would reverse some measures introduced by Barack Obama. In a speech in Miami, the President denounced what he called his predecessor’s “terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime”. Mr Obama had eased the economic embargo, which had been in force since the early 1960s, and encouraged “people-to-people” tourism to Cuba. American citizens and foreign travellers on US territory could access dozens of new scheduled flights to the island. Ordinary…

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New iMacs bring better screens, powerful processors and graphics, and USB-C

We might not have gotten a look at the all-new customizable Mac Pro that Apple is working on, but that doesn’t mean that Tim Cook and friends didn’t deliver some serious upgrades to our desks during Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference kickoff on Monday. And with the latest updates just unveiled for the iMac, there just might be a model to satisfy everyone. Apple While the new iMacs might look the same on the outside, they’re quite a bit different inside. It starts, of course, with the screen. Apple says the new…

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Samsung Partners MSME Ministry to Open New Technical Training Schools

Samsung India on Friday signed an MoU with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to open two more technical training schools and to renew the partnership for 10 existing schools being run across the country. As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the technology giant will open two new MSME-Samsung Technical Schools in Bengaluru and Jamshedpur, the company said in a statement. “We are committed to creating an industry-ready workforce and provide industry-oriented skills to our youth under the Skill India programme. Samsung has been a valuable…

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Is social media the new brand ambassador of travel?

How often have your peers reminded you of how much you are missing out on, by being inactive on social media? This emerging platform of expression, entertainment and argument, has indeed been influencing our lives in ways more than one. As you scroll down your social media page, you realise how strategically and how well it has integrated itself into your daily life and work. This often makes one think if being a participant of the game is more an obligation than a choice. Let’s talk about its umpteen influences on travel, for…

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New NASA technology to help drones land safely

  NASA scientists have developed a new software that will help drones automatically spot the best places to crash-land in case of an emergency, without hurting anyone on the ground. Increasing numbers of drones in the sky raises the risk to people and property below being hit when these unmanned aerial vehicles develop mechanical problems. Now, Patricia Glaab, an aerospace technologist at NASA Langley Research Centre in the US, and colleagues have developed a crash-landing software for drones. During eight test flights, the technology successfully spotted safer landing sites such…

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US financial technology firm Redline to create 20 new jobs in Belfast

N AMERICAN financial technology company has chosen Belfast as the location for a new global support centre, set to create up to 20 jobs. Redline Trading Solutions, a niche global provider of Fintech services is the latest high profile addition to the burgeoning sector, with Belfast now recognised as the number one destination globally for financial technology R&D investments. Redline, who have headquarters in Boston and offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, chose Belfast over other locations in Britain, Republic of Ireland and Asia for the support centre, which…

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Amazon Opens First Brick and Mortar New York Bookshop

Online retail giant Amazon on Thursday opened its first brick and mortar bookstore in New York, selling a limited range of its highest-rated books and letting customers browse products as in times gone by. Amazon, which launched as an online bookseller in 1995 but which now sells everything from designer clothes to groceries, bided its time before venturing into the US cultural capital. It launched brick and mortar bookstores in six other cities first, starting in its hometown Seattle in 2015. “You don’t run a marathon before you run a…

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Ulster University invests £2m in new health technology hub

ULSTER University has announced a £2 million investment in a new health centre, it pledges will produce ‘life-changing and life-saving technology’. The Health Technology Hub, will create four new posts and be housed within the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) in the School of Engineering at the Jordanstown campus. The new facility will centralise core expertise to support the rapid development of new healthcare technology with support from clinicians and will access expertise from the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC), the BioDevices Lab, the Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre…

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Ulster University invests £2m in new health technology hub

ULSTER University has announced a £2 million investment in a new health centre, it pledges will produce ‘life-changing and life-saving technology’. The Health Technology Hub, will create four new posts and be housed within the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) in the School of Engineering at the Jordanstown campus. The new facility will centralise core expertise to support the rapid development of new healthcare technology with support from clinicians and will access expertise from the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC), the BioDevices Lab, the Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre…

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