Population control: Finance Commission may not reward states for poor show

The hue and cry last year over the ToR with regard to use of 2011 population, prompted PM Modi to announce that the Centre has suggested to the commission to “consider incentivising the states who have worked on population control.” The 15th Finance Commission (FC) may assign a lower weight to ‘population’ than 17.5% by the previous FC while giving a ‘respectable’ weight to progress made in curbing population growth to balance the needs represented by the latest population and progress towards population control, for inter-se distribution of resources among…

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Are you good at managing financial accounts? These startup roles may be perfect for you

Financial accounting is crucial for any company’s existence. A financial executive or financial analyst is required to manage revenue accounts, and can be a part of the company’s short and long-term business strategies, investments, and other decisions. A finance executive’s job include keeping track of financial transactions, preparing financial reports, reviewing statements, preparing accounting ledgers and performing various other finance-related tasks. If you are good with numbers and money, then one of these finance executive openings might help you. Livspace Finance Executive Experience needed: 2-5 years The candidate will be responsible for document verification of…

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How Biometrics May Be Key In Reducing The Hassles Of Travel

Facial recognition began as a tool of law enforcement and now is making travel easier. GETTY Mixing biometrics and travel usually means one thing for most countries — making sure the wrong people don’t get in. The United States, for example, has an advanced system of facial recognition that analyzes more than 100 points of reference on each face to evaluate whether people are who they say they are. It has become the aspirational standard for dozens of nations that are employing or looking to employ biometrics to screen people…

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Smart home technology may help senior citizens remain independent

A new survey by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) reveals some results that go against the generalization that seniors won’t adopt smart home technology, especially when it comes to their health. The survey is revealing, even by its predictions. By 2022, the CTA expects the market for connected solutions for seniors to reach nearly $30 billion, while the largest section of that submarket, safety, and smart living technologies is expected to triple in size between 2018 and 2022, reaching over $17 billion. Sixty-five million baby boomers are about to outstrip the traditional age for…

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 may be headed to Europe soon

Xiaomi unveiled the almost entirely bezel-less Mi Mix 3 in China in October, and now it looks like the sliding smartphone might be ready to finally become available in other markets – such as Europe. The Mi Mix 3 was certified by both the Bluetooth SIG and the EEC recently. What’s more, a Reddit user posted a screenshot of a chat with a customer support rep from Amazon Germany, who told him to expect the Mi Mix 3 to be in stock on December 1. If that is indeed the…

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Where should you travel in May? Here are some ideas.

  No. 3: Memphis, 90.5: There’s more to Memphis than Graceland and barbecue, and visitors are catching on. Demand for alternative accommodations is growing, and low prices make Memphis a great investment.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE May is perfect time to travel. Spring break is pretty much over, the weather is pleasant in many parts of the USA and abroad, and prices are affordable because the kids are in school and many families are grounded. Alisa Cohen founder of the Luxe Traveler Club, says shoulder season is a lucrative time to…

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Subtle bias against students may be present in online classes

A new study by education researchers suggests that the kind of subtle racial discrimination known as implicit bias found in brick and mortar classrooms may be present in online college classes. Researchers from Stanford, the University of California – Irvine and Vanderbilt University began by creating fictitious online student identities. They chose names that suggested racial and ethnic identity, such as Todd, Emily, Tyrone, Tanisha, Mei, Tao, Priyanka, and Samir. They then posted comments using those personas in class forums for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). “The names that had been assigned a…

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Physical education and art classes in Maharashtra schools may become an hour longer

The state’s school education department may increase the duration of art and physical education classes in Maharashtra schools by an hour to give students more time to develop their creative and athletic skills. A delegation of teachers from across Maharashtra met education minister Vinod Tawde to demand more teaching time for these subjects. Currently, there are two-three sessions of art and physical education a week, which teachers said was insufficient. Extra-curricular subjects are important for students as they impart life skills and provide a break from the academic rigmarole, said…

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WBBSE West Bengal (Madhyamik) secondary school exam results between May 24-31

The results of the Madhyamik (secondary) Class 10 examination, conducted by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE), will be declared between May 24 and May 31, 2017. A WBBSE official has said that the results will be available at wbresults.nic.in and wbbse.org. “We may have tie up with some other websites from where the examinees will be able to check their results and their names will be announced at the press conference on the day of the results,” he added. On the issue of languages taught in West…

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Delhi Metro fare hike may pinch mid-distance travel

The new fare structure implemented by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is likely to have the maximum impact on passengers travelling between five and 21 km. Of the six fare slabs — based on the number of kilometres travelled — announced by DMRC, 62% passengers travelled between 5km and 12km and 12km and 21km distance slabs. Earlier, there were six fare slabs between 5km and 21km and passengers had to pay between Rs 12 and Rs 21 for their journey. The fares for travelling the same distances now has…

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