You have at least 2 years to revive a lapsed policy

Let us say you miss paying the premium on your life insurance policy, and as a result, your policy has lapsed. For people who may find themselves in situations like this, life insurance companies offer a small window of opportunity to revive the policy during the revival period. The rules state that insurers need to offer a revival period of at least 2 years within which you can reinstate your policy. Here is how you can revive a lapsed life insurance policy. When do insurance policies lapse? A policy lapses…

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10% back-to-back fee hike for three years in IISERs, students demand rollback

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) decided increasing their fees by 10% each year till 2019. But these colleges will still remain far less expensive than private institutes or universities abroad offering similar degrees. The hike will be only for students taking admission this year. These freshers will have to pay Rs 27,500 for each of the two semesters in the session beginning 2017. The latest change is a back-to-back move after fees at the seven IISERs, the country’s premier science education institutes, were hiked from about…

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‘Don’t get me started about the testing’: Teachers reveal how education has changed over the past 20 years

Across the US, thousands of college graduates are taking the final steps in their education. A lot has happened since they were born in the mid-1990s, and perhaps no one has seen the effects of those changes on future generations than teachers. Business Insider spoke with a handful of elementary, middle, and high school teachers to get a sense of just how much the US education system has evolved over the past 20 years.     [“source-ndtv”]

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‘We got Christmas back’: readers mark 25 years since fall of Soviet Union

After years of food shortages, rising nationalist movements and an attempted coup, Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union, resigned on Christmas Day 1991. His resignation 25 years ago was the final nail in the coffin of the USSR. To mark the anniversary we asked our readers across the region to share their memories of the monumental events, and to tell us how they felt about the change from a communist, collective system, to a capitalist one. For many readers who got in contact, these memories are tinged with…

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Hacker who stole film scripts jailed for five years

A hacker who stole sexually explicit videos and unpublished film and TV scripts from celebrities has been sentenced to five years in jail. Alonzo Knowles hacked email accounts, from the Bahamas, to steal the images and scripts, which he tried to sell. Knowles used viruses and fake security notifications to obtain passwords. He was caught when he travelled to the US to sell stolen scripts not knowing that he was meeting undercover police officers. Dark ends The US Department of Justice said Knowles had had a list of the email…

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EC celebrates 25 years by inspiring young Maltese

hosted a variety of keynote and panel speakers, using a TED talk format, including opera singer Joseph Calleja and Alfred Pisani, chairman and CEO of hotel chain Corinthia Group. Guests shared their experiences to inspire young, ambitious entrepreneurs and their business goals. Andrew Mangion, executive chairman of EC, told The PIE News they found people to participate “from all walks of life”. He added that these particular entrepreneurs were people who “have not just made it in Malta, but were bold enough to dream beyond the shores of the island”. Mangion…

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Drug Treatment Could Add Years To A Dog’s Life

A trial to extend the lifespan of pet dogs has shown promise – with marked improvement in heart health. Anti-rejection medicine rapamycin was given to dogs in phase one trials by evolutionary geneticists at the University of Washington, the Daily Telegraph reports. It is usually given to humans who’ve had a kidney transplant, but was found to extend the life of mice by more than 25%. A similar impact on dogs would give our canine companions up to an extra four years of life. Trials on 24 middle-aged golden retrievers,…

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Four out of five teachers ‘have thought about quitting’ – with one in four saying they would go within two years

A poll of almost 900 teachers found that 80% of them had thought of qutting Alamy More than four in five teachers have considered leaving the profession because of pressure of work, according to a new survey out today. The poll of almost 900 teachers by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers revealed 83 per cent were considering quitting – while one in four (24 per cent) said they would be gone in two years It comes on the eve of the union’s annual conference in Liverpool where the union…

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Private school gives pupils a boost worth two extra years of education, research shows

The Durham University study suggests that the attainment gap is larger than previously thought Independent school fees average around £12,000 a year for day pupils and £30,000 for boarders. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Independently-educated pupils receive a boost equivalent to two years of extra schooling over state school pupils even after adjusting for social and economic bias, according to new research. The study by Durham University – the most sophisticated of its type to date – found that independent school pupils in England gained an advantage worth nearly two-thirds of…

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Private school pupils ‘receive equivalent of two years’ extra education’

Children who attend private schools benefit from the equivalent of two years’ extra education by the time they are 16, research suggests. Academics from Durham University analysed differences in attainment between state and private school pupils, taking their prior attainment, family background and gender into account. Private pupils were ahead of their state school counterparts at ages four, eight, 10 and 16, the study found. The research, commissioned by the Independent Schools Council, found that private schooling boosts teenagers’ GCSEs by almost two-thirds of a grade per subject. The biggest…

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