Delhi cabinet approves regularisation of 15000 guest teachers

The Delhi cabinet on Wednesday approved regularisation of 15,000 guest teachers working in its schools and a bill will be presented in the Assembly next week. “Approximately 15,000 guest teachers are teaching in the schools of the Directorate of Education(DoE) and have played a crucial role in some of the flagship programmes including summer camps, chunauti, and reading campaign,” deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said after the cabinet meeting. “The cabinet approved regularisation of these teachers and a draft legislative proposal has been formulated, which will be brought in the…

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Head to Goa this winter to get a taste of its Portuguese heritage with films, food and music

It’s always celebration time in Goa. A two-month-long celebration of Goa’s colonial tryst with Portugal, “Semana de Cultura Indo-Portuguesa”, got underway in the coastal state on Friday, with a Portuguese film festival. Over a period of two months, Goa will celebrate its colonial past with the Lusofonian state via the three-day film festival, fusion foods and wine and musical galas in order to promote cultural ties between the two regions. Organised in association with the Portuguese consulate in Goa, the film festival got underway in Panaji on Friday and features…

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Eco-heaven: This resort on Marlon Brando’s island runs on seawater & coconut oil

The tiny, palm-fringed atoll of Tetiaroa was once a favourite holiday spot for Tahitian royalty before the late American movie star fell in love with it while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in 1961 on islands close by. Brando married co-star Tarita Teriipaia and the couple raised a family on Tetiaroa, now home to a luxury eco-resort that bears the reclusive actor’s name and regularly pampers A-list clientele such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Barack Obama. Guests at The Brando help fund research projects by paying up to $10,000…

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Bill Gates isn’t a big fan of Control+ALT+Delete key combination either

Control+ALT+Delete is still a commonly used key combination among Windows users. The combination gives you access to functions like task manager, switch users, log off among others. While most of us have grown accustomed to the combination, turns out Microsoft founder Bill Gates isn’t a big fan of Control+ALT+Delete. He acknowledged that forcing users to a relatively complex key combination was a mistake and that he wanted it be to a single button. “You can’t go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things…

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Saint Helena, one of the most inaccessible islands where Napoleon was exiled, opens to tourism

Made famous by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled there from 1815 until his death in 1821, the island of Saint Helena has long been too remote to be affected by tourism. But this may be about to change. From October 14, the South African company Airlink will begin weekly flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight time will be about six hours with a stopover in Namibia. Until now, the tiny British territory was only accessible by boat. Located in the South Atlantic to the West of the…

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The adventures of Suki: This Bengal cat probably travels more than you

Suki’s vivid coat, which resembles that of a leopard’s, reflects the illustrious adventures that the Bengal cat has been on. From a canoe ride to a hike through a mushroom-filled forest, Suki is busy exploring the world with her human, Canada-based travel photographer Marti Gutfreund.   Gutfreund explained in an email to DesignTAXI that Suki entered her life after her last feline passed away. “My partner and I do a lot of hiking and camping together. [After] our last kitty passed away…we really wanted to have a pet that we didn’t always have…

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Safety of students prime concern: Kendriya Vidyalayas issue directive to schools

Days after the central board of secondary education (CBSE) issued safety guidelines for affiliated schools following the murder of a 8-year-old boy in a Gurgaon School, Kendriya Vidyalyas (KVs) has also issued a similar directive to schools. The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), under the ministry of human resource development (HRD), has made deputy commissioners of the area responsible for any violations of these standard safety procedures. School authorities have been asked to monitor the work of watch and ward services while also maintaining a CCTV surveillance system on campus. Upkeep…

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Enjoy the scenic beauty of New England in autumn and shed those kilos

Here’s a novel way to enjoy autumn in New England: While the trees are dropping their leaves, you can be shedding some pounds. Activate the health app on your iPhone, don a light jacket, unleash your inner multitasker; and you’re good to go. Powered by the same GPS technology your phone’s map uses to give you directions, the app will tell you not only how many miles or kilometers you’ve covered but exactly how many steps you took. If you’re a fitness geek, Fitbit, Garmin and other trackers can give you more…

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Planning your next holiday? Here are top 5 travel stories of the week to inspire you

Many of us are perpetually day dreaming about our next vacation. The research and planning that goes into it before actually taking off also lends itself a certain thrill. Whether you’re a nature lover, a culture vulture or looking for a digital detox, we’ve got you covered. Check out our best travel features from this week: 1) Find solitude in Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley in Uttarakhand If you’re looking to experience peace and silence, head to the lap of Uttrakhand. In Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley, explore old temples,…

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BSNL to start field trials of 5G services by end of March 2018

BSNL’s chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava on Wednesday said that the company is aiming to begin field trials of its 5G services by end of this financial year. The state-run telecom operator is also in talks with Larsen & Toubro and HP for end devices for deploying 5G services, he added. “We had interaction with Nokia last week (on 5G). Next we are going to present about our requirements after which field trail concept is there. It should start before the end of this financial year,” Shrivastava told reporters today….

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