More education will lead to fewer child brides, healthier children

Over 13 million adolescent girls between 10 and 19 years – equivalent to the population of South Sudan – were married in India in 2011, according to census data, but fewer literate women were married as children or had children early compared to those who were illiterate, according to an analysis by Child Rights and You (CRY), a Mumbai-based child rights nonprofit. The number of child brides and mothers have not improved substantially from 2011. In 2015-2016, an estimated 4.5 million girls between the age of 15 and 16 years…

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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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Some Radeon RX Vega graphics cards will be faster than the Frontier Edition

When AMD announced the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition at its hardware-packed Financial Analyst Day earlier this week, enthusiasts around the world groaned—because Frontier Edition, the first graphics card based on the hotly anticipated Vega architecture, is built for “data scientists, immersion engineers, and product designers” rather than gamers. So the question on everybody’s lips during a Thursday night Reddit AMA with Radeon chief Raja Koduri was obvious: Where’s Vega for gamers? Koduri’s PR handlers said right up front that “As a publicly-traded company in the US… we can’t legally discuss…

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Paranthas at Shimla’s Coffee House will turn the eatery into a dhaba: Old-timers

The famed Indian Coffee House on The Mall in Shimla will start serving snacks other than south Indian delicacies from Monday. The old-timers are distinctly unhappy. The Coffee House says the change is necessitated by economic reasons. But those who have patronised it for decades say the eatery will soon lose its character. “To our dismay, the Coffee House management has decided to make it a ‘dhaba’ from May 1. Perhaps they are not aware that there are a number of ‘dhabas’ in Shimla,” BD Sharma, a former press secretary…

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The pictures on this Instagram page will inspire you to travel by train again

Indian Railways — one of the world’s largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day — is more than just the country’s transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life — with a unique charm and special rhythm of its own. Capturing the nostalgia associated with the train travel in India is a crowd-sourced community page on Instagram titled Window Seat Project which has been ruling the social media platform for quite some time now. The pictures and…

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BlackBerry kills its smartphone division, will pivot to software, services licensing

BlackBerry, née RIM, has announced that it will no longer develop its own smartphone or tablet hardware. The company is currently transitioning from a hardware-centric business to a software development company. It expects to complete that transition more effectively now that it has ended its own internal hardware efforts. “Our new Mobility Solutions strategy is showing signs of momentum, including our first major device software licensing agreement with a telecom joint venture in Indonesia,” CEO John Chen told investors. “Under this strategy, we are focusing on software development, including security…

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The Top Foods That Visitors to Australia Will Absolutely Love Trying

There are many fabulous reasons for visiting Australia but did you know that the cuisine is one one of them? In the past, this country perhaps didn’t have a stellar reputation in terms of its food. However, these days there are plenty of tasty treats waiting for you Down Under. The Classic Treats There are some classic foods that are commonly associated with Australia that you definitely have to try at some point. You simply can’t travel to this country and not try things like vegemite, meat pies and chiko…

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We have the Money, Simply Now not the will

“The studies on early youth schooling is compelling, but given the demographic and economic realities going through the united states of america within the coming decades, we Simply can not have the funds for to make massive investments in new, massive scale public applications.” It is an issue I pay attention loads in my work on early formative years schooling rules. And, on the floor, it appears compelling. Federal spending on Social Protection and Medicare is projected to skyrocket as infant boomers hold to retire, putting significant stress on discretionary…

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Government will miss ‘ambitious’ 2020 higher education widening participation targets, report finds

Sean Gallup/Getty Images The Government is on course to miss its own “ambitious” targets for widening participation in higher education (HE) by 2020, according to a recent report. Independent think tank the Social Market Foundation’s (SMF) findings in Widening Participation has also highlighted “significant differences” between institutions’ intake of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Government has been aiming to double the proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds going into HE, and also to increase the numbers of students from BME backgrounds by 20 per cent. Despite there being some progress…

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