Lakshmi Mittal donates $25 million to Harvard University

Lakshmi Mittal’s donation will establish an endowed fund for the South Asia Institute at Harvard University. Photo: Mint Washington: Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal has donated $25 million to the prestigious Harvard University with an aim to increase engagement with South Asian countries, including India. The donation will establish an endowed fund for the South Asia Institute at the university. The institute spearheads Harvard’s engagement with South Asian countries, including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as diaspora populations from these countries, the university said…

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Board exam for Class 10 in CBSE schools to return: HRD minister Javadekar

Board examination for Class 10 in CBSE schools will be reintroduced as part of the ongoing reforms in the education system, Union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday. At present, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the board exam or a school-based examination. It has also been decided to conduct examinations in Classes 5 and 8 and students who would fail in the end-term examinations would be detained in these classes, Javadekar said in Puri. However, the students would be given an opportunity to…

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Microsoft to integrate Skype with Cortana digital assistant

Microsoft will be soon rolling out an important update for its Skype messaging application. The new update will bring built-in support for Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana. Cortana “will be gradually rolled out” for Skype on both Android and iOS platforms, starting with the US, The Verge reported late on Tuesday. Users will be able to start a private chat with Microsoft Cortana in Skype and the assistant will give them quick suggestions while responding to text chats. “With Cortana’s in-context assistance, it’s easier to keep your conversations going by having…

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Schools failing to educate students to succeed in life in countries like India: World Bank

Washington The World Bank has warned of a learning crisis in global education, particularly in low and middle-income countries like India, underlining that schooling without learning is not just a wasted development opportunity, but also a great injustice to children worldwide. The Bank in its latest report has noted that millions of young students in these countries face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to educate them to succeed in life. According to the World Development Report 2018: Learning to…

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Travel obsessed? You need to own this.

Whether you caught the travel bug years ago or you have an impossible-to-shop-for wanderlust buddy, this Scratch-Off Map is the answer. Did you own one of those collectible quarter maps when the U.S. released all the new state quarters back in the day? This is like that, but actually nothing like it, because it’s way cooler. First, there’s the world map in white or black measuring 17” by 24”. Or, you can choose the platinum world map, measuring 24” by 36” and featuring state outlines for the US, Australia, and Canada. As…

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7 ways to weatherproof your winter holiday travel

A White Christmas can quickly turn blue for unprepared travelers. Last year, storms created major headaches for people traveling through the West, Midwest and Northeast around the Christmas holiday, causing more than 620 flight cancellations across the U.S. That was nothing compared with 2010. A holiday blizzard in the Northeast caused nearly 10,000 flight cancellations, while a separate Christmas Day snowstorm in Atlanta contributed to 500 weather-related cancellations. Blizzards aside, during the late fall and early winter many parts of the country — such as the Upper Midwest and Rocky Mountain states — have upwards of…

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Elon Musk Plans to Make City-to-City Rocket Travel A Reality

Earlier this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teased “unexpected applications” for the company’s interplanetary transportation technology, set to be detailed during his presentation at the International Astronautical Congress. We now know what he was referring to — ultra-fast long-distance travel right here on Earth. Fly to most places on Earth in under 30 mins and anywhere in under 60. Cost per seat should be… https://t.co/dGYDdGttYd   SpaceX’s BFR will be capable of taking astronauts to the Moon and Mars, but it’s also set to dramatically reduce the time it takes to travel…

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Samsung Bixby voice support now rolls out to Indian users

Samsung on Friday announced that roll out of a new feature for its digital assistant Bixby. The smart assistant now provides voice capabilities in India. Bixby has been optimised to understand Indian accents. The newly-launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users can now enable Bixby’s voice capabilities (US English) by pressing the Bixby button, the company said in a statement. Consumers can activate Bixby by holding the dedicated button on the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, or by simply saying, “Hi, Bixby.” “With…

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Mysuru decks up to host world famous 10-day Dasara festival, security beefed up

The City of Palaces has been decked up to host its world famous 10-day ‘Mysuru Dasara’ fest starting Thursday with pomp and pageantry and an increase in the number of tourists is expected this year, officials said. “This year’s festival is expecting at least 30 % increase in the footfall. We are making all the necessary arrangements to make this year’s fest much bigger than the last year,” Additional Deputy Commissioner T. Yogesh told IANS. Mysuru, located about 150km from Karnataka capital Bengaluru, attracts visitors from across the world during…

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There’s more to Canada than Toronto. Here’s why you need to explore Ontario soon

Canada’s most populous province, Ontario is home to nearly 40% of all Canadians. It is diverse and vibrant from the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, to the First Nations villages on the Hudson Bay shores to the north. There are charming towns, historic settlements, a beautiful chance for cruising amid Saint Lawrence River’s Thousand Islands, as well as vast wilderness in national and provincial parks like the much-loved Algonquin. Ontario celebrates its diversity year-round, from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival and RBC Ottawa…

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