DU admissions: Keep your documents handy, get the best of four calculation right

  Gear up to grab a seat at their dream college as Delhi University (DU) released its first cutoff list on Friday evening. The admission process for the first cutoff list will be on from June 24 to June 28, following which the university will release its second list on July 1. HT spoke to a few DU students who shared their experience of struggling to find the way to offices in colleges, losing their original certificates to hiring e-rickshaw drivers as guardians to get rooms in hostels. Many students recounted…

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Fear of trees and rain? Yes, it exists!

We have heard about how people fear clowns and things like water and heights. But there are several offbeat phobias that may appear trivial to you, but which trigger deep anxiety… 1) Xanthophobia: Those who fear of the colour yellow are afraid of anything in that hue, including the sun and maybe your yellow umbrella. 2) Hylophobia: Greenery can also trigger deep fear in folks. It’s called Hylophobia. 3) Ombrophobia: This describes fear of rain and can make people want to stay indoors in the wet weather. 4) Nomophobia: We…

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The Best Episodes of “Through the Wormhole”

Since June 9, 2010, the American TV network Science began showing its first episode of Through the Wormhole. This show is a combination of all things pop culture and science, which gives way to the term “Popscience”. It has everything to do with the universe and space and asks the big philosophical questions that provoke human curiosity. There are a lot of things to like about this show, but all of them will probably pale in comparison to the fact that THE Morgan Freeman narrates it. If we’re being totally…

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China’s Quantum Satellite Dispatches Transmissions Over a Record Distance of 1,200 Kilometres

A Chinese quantum satellite has dispatched transmissions over a distance of 1,200km (746 miles), a dozen times further than the previous record, a breakthrough in a technology that could be used to deliver secure messages, state media said on Friday. China launched the world’s first quantum satellite last August, to help establish “hack proof” communications between space and the ground, state media said at the time. The feat opens up “bright prospects” for quantum communications, said Pan Jianwei, the lead scientist of the Chinese team, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale…

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Gili Islands: Are they truly a vision of paradise on earth?

The Gili Islands, comprising Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, are situated just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Motor vehicles aren’t allowed here, so for transportation you either need to walk, take a bicycle or the cidomo (horse-drawn carriage). Amongst all the activities, the most popular ones are scuba diving, snorkeling, golf, horse riding and free diving. You might want to try snorkeling off the beach as then you shall notice the magnificent green and hawksbill sea turtles. The most renowned spots for diving are Shark Point,…

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Ever thought of taking a boat into a Hawaiian volcano spouting lava?

Is your experience with volcanoes limited only to what you learn in school and the movies Volcano (1997) and Dante’s Peak (also 1997)? You think they’re something only to be viewed on the Discovery Channel? Well, for your next holiday you should consider exploring the Kilauea Volcano, Kalapana in Hawaii. Tourists can approach the volcano by boat and walk on its surface. Kalapana was a town which was completely covered in lava in 1986. Due to the slow lava movement, there were no casualties. Kilauea Volcano is located at the…

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Volkswagen limits the GTI badge to its hatch-back range of cars only

Volkswagen has history of making thoughtful cars for the masses. The manufacturer’s name itself means ‘people’s-car’ in German. However, Volkswagen has also catered to the enthusiast by offering a little more in their cars which carry the GTI badge. In fact, the Polo GTI (in the global market), launched as the Volkswagen GTI in the Indian market, offers a crazy amount of oomph! However, according to a recent statement made by the Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess, the GTI range of cars are unlikely to get any more additions. Volkswagen boss…

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Children of HIV patients to get free education in private schools

Priyangi Agarwal| Updated: Jun 14, 2017, 02.47 PM IST (TOI File Photo) BAREILLY: Children of HIV positive patients will now be entitled to free education in private schools up to Class XII under the Right to Education (RTE). Children between three and seven years will be given admissions in nursery and Class I from this academic year (2017-18). The anti-retroviral therapy (ART) centre in Bareilly has so far identified 19 children in this Officials said that irrespective of their family’s financial condition, children of HIV positive people can now apply…

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Nissan’s car foam wash saves 6.1 million litres of water in India

Nissan has released a statement claiming that the car maker has conserved 6.1 million litres of water in India over the past three years through an innovative car wash technique. Nissan’s foam wash technique is used to clean cars at its service centres across India, and is the reason behind the substantial amount of water being saved. Commenting on this eco-friendly achievement, Sanjeev Aggarwal, VP of after sales, Nissan Motor India said, “Nissan always aims to deliver innovative and best-in-class sales and after sales service to its customers. Using the…

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Concept of Interlocking Brick Pavers

The concept of concrete interlocking is what makes the brick pavers sit in their position. The main principle of interlocking is the dependency of each brick with its neighbors. Therefore, interlocking simply means that, the brick pavers can’t really move independently from its neighbors. The first interlocking brick pavers was introduced back in the Roman Empire. Though, the bricks used in Roman times, were different from what we use today for interlocking. At ancient times, in the Roman Empire, the base was made very compact, and the roads were made…

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