Trump makes policy pledge to senator investigating son’s Russia meeting

Donald Trump called a senior Republican senator from Iowa on Wednesday whose congressional committee is investigating his son, Donald Trump Jr, and promised him critical federal support for the biofuel ethanol, a key issue for the lawmaker. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee and a major advocate of the ethanol industry, announced on Twitter that he had received a phone call from Trump and had been assured by the US president that Trump was “pro ethanol” and was “standing by his campaign promise” to support the biofuel. The phone…

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Body of varsities seeks revisit of higher education policy

Association of Indian Universities (AIU) on Friday sought urgent revisit of the three-decade old higher education policy in view the changes happening in the sector. When the policy was formulated in 1986, there was no Information Technology, internet, computers and smart class and now with all the facilities at the finger tip, there was the immediate need to revisit and revamp the policy, AIU Secretary General Prof Furqan Qamar told reporters in Coimbatore. It should not be a change for the sake of change, but a thorough reconstruction of present…

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How to Deal with a Lapsed Car Insurance Policy?

You just realised your car insurance policy lapsed a few days ago. I understand you were not well, you had a breakup or your dog was not well, youwere engrossed in your work or you were just lazy, the reasons could be plenty but the reality is that now you’re in trouble.  Your car insurance is an annual contract that you need to renew to keep it active. Your policy document clearly states the time and date from which your cover becomes effective and the date and time when it…

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Schools funding: Malcolm Turnbull dubs new $19b education policy Gonski 2.0

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared he will “bring the school funding wars to an end” in a stunning policy turnaround that will see the federal government pump an extra $19 billion into schools over the next decade. At a surprise press conference flanked by businessman David Gonski, who conducted a landmark review of school funding for the Gillard government, Mr Turnbull said he would succeed where Labor failed by delivering a genuine needs-based funding model. Mr Gonski will conduct a new review for the government – dubbed “Gonski 2.0” by…

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NAFSA selects foreign policy expert to be CEO

Brimmer, who is currently a professor of practice of international affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, will succeed Marlene Johnson, who has been the association’s executive director and CEO since 1998. Brimmer also serves as a senior advisor at McLarty Associates and as a senior fellow for international institutions at the Council on Foreign Relations. “I am deeply honoured to be selected by the Board to be the next executive director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators,” she said. “I look forward to working with…

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