How A Betsy DeVos Department Of Education Could Lead To A Massive Transfer Of Public Funds Into The Private Sector

On Monday, January 30, 2017, hundreds of patient protectors braved the bitter New York City cold to stand firmly in defiance against the impending appointment of billionaire school-choice crusader Betsy DeVos, 58, for Secretary of Education. The brazen assembly, short on time yet not lacking hope, was among one of many gatherings crisscrossing the nation. Since DeVos’s name first surfaced as President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, a stubborn, nation-wide procession of feet has emerged in stride to protest what many fear is the beginning of the end of…

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AAP govt and Delhi education: A look at the hits, misses and future plans

Education is one sector in which the AAP government is trying to make a mark. So much so that education was the main theme at this year’s Delhi tableau at the Republic Day parade. The government highlighted its model schools and the mega parent-teacher meetings (PTMs). Hindustan Times takes stock of the AAP government’s hits and misses during its two year stint in the field of education and analyses its election promises. New schools Unable to find land to build 500 “new” schools it promised two years ago, the Delhi…

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Four startups that are helping Indian consumers make a lifestyle statement with their unique and quirky products

This article is sponsored by Haywards 5000 Hausla Buland Academy There are two main segments of consumers who dominate the Indian market today. The first loves mass manufactured products: that are in vogue, promises value for money when it comes to prices, and stays in sync with current trends. The second segment consists of those who want to create a distinct identity for themselves that reflects personal preferences, ethos, culture, aesthetics, and helps them make a style statement. This thirst for identity is reflected in their choice of everyday products and services….

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Reliance Jio Effect: BSNL Halves Unlimited Calls Rental for Landlines to Rs. 49 a Month for New Subscribers

State-run telecom operator BSNL on Monday halved the monthly rental for unlimited calling from landline to any network on Sundays and night hours to Rs. 49 from Rs. 99. “To attract new customers to experience wireline services, BSNL launched a very cost effective and affordable promotional landline voice plan ‘Experience LL 49’,” BSNL said in a statement. Under this plan, a fixed monthly charge of Rs. 49 is applicable for the first six months and after that, the customer shall be charged as per the general plan of the respective…

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Kunal Vijayakar on the culinary delights of a Parsi wedding

Salli chicken, patra ni macchi, and lagan nu custard. What’s not to love? From December to February, it’s the wedding season. My anxiety starts as the watchman brings the first invite. The cost of most invites, gilded in gold, is usually worth my watchman’s salary. Most often, Neha and Prateik, children of Rajani and Dhyanchand, grandchildren of Damayanti and Gulabchand, are people who I don’t know, or haven’t met in 32 years. The stress starts at the thought of my old suit not fitting, and the traffic. I glance at…

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Meghan Markle shares a series of uplifting lifestyle mantras as she hints at ‘uncertain times’ (on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration)

As well as being a successful actress and the girlfriend of one of the world’s most famous royals, she is a self-styled lifestyle blogger. And Meghan Markle has taken to her website once again to share a series of ‘quotes to live by’ – on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. The Suits actress posted mantras from figures including Oprah Winfrey, Gandhi and Mother Teresa on her website The Tig on Friday. Scroll down for video Meghan Markle took to her website on Friday to…

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President Donald Trump’s first executive order called a “bomb” by one health care expert

Donald Trump’s first order of business as president was to sign an executive order instructing federal agencies to relieve the “burdens” of the Affordable Care Act. The vague language of the action left many wondering what implications this has for consumers, doctors, hospitals and insurers. The primary purpose of the order appeared to be the elimination of the insurance mandate: This provision of the ACA requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The mandate was written into the law, however, so an executive order cannot exactly repeal that provision. But…

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Food news: A seat at the chef’s table

Whatever one thinks about celebrity chefs and the macho rock-star culture that has grown up around them, there’s no denying that Netflix series Chef’s Table is a must-watch for anyone with an interest in the world of food and restaurants. The on-demand service recently announced the chefs that will feature in the third season, which is released online February 17. As with the second season, there are two women among the six chefs profiled. One of those featured in the new series – which gives an intimate and sometimes emotional…

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There is such a thing as too much fashion

Come spring 2017, Pakistan’s nascent fashion fraternity is set to get very busy and even the most avid aficionado may end up wondering that perhaps the onslaught of design is going overboard. Lawn, typically, is primed to surge into the market at full-throttle, boasting a designer name and trying to enamour a considerable clientele with the usual slew of embroidered borders, silk dupattas, sequined patches, flotsam and jetsam. Sidling into the unstitched market are also formal chiffon suits — once again, designer-created — mostly targeted towards the bling-lovin’ party-hopping woman….

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Why Any Modular Gadget Should Be Taken With a Pinch of Salt

The common complaint heard these days with gadgets – and smartphones in particular – is that there’s a lack of any true innovation. Phones today look more similar than ever before, monoliths carved out of glass and aluminium. Because of tightly-packed hardware that allows them to be thinner and lighter, many phones have lost even basic features, such as a replaceable battery, and even the 3.5mm headphone jack in recent times. What if, like the good old desktop computer, other gadgets too were made up of easily pluggable components, that…

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