How to fix accountability in school education

For some time now, accountability has become the buzzword in school education. Everyone seems to have suggestions about “fixing” education by holding teachers accountable for student test scores. But we should ask ourselves whether test scores are the only way to assess how well education systems are performing; whether teachers are the only ones to blame for low-performing systems; and whether ‘blame’ itself is the right approach at all. UNESCO’s new Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18 is a comprehensive and nuanced look at the role of accountability in global education systems in…

Read More

Apple Tax Avoidance Plan Laid Bare in Leaked ‘Paradise Papers’ Documents

HIGHLIGHTS Apple shifted its offshore wealth from Ireland to a tax haven Apple confirmed the move in an online post The move was to ensure US tax obligations weren’t reduced Apple shifted much of its offshore wealth from Ireland to a tax haven in the British Isles, according a review of leaked Paradise Papers documents Monday. Apple confirmed the move in an online post, saying it served to “ensure that tax obligations and payments to the US were not reduced.” After the US technology colossus stated publicly in 2013 that it was…

Read More

Nokia 5 Gets a New 3GB RAM Variant in India, Priced at Rs. 13,499

HIGHLIGHTS Nokia 5 3GB RAM variant price in India is Rs. 13,499 It will go on sale initially via Flipkart, before offline availability Apart from RAM, new variant is otherwise identical to the original Nokia 5 comes in a new 3GB RAM variant now, just months after the original 2GB RAM model was released in India. To recall, the original Nokia 5 model with 2GB of RAM was priced at Rs. 12,499. HMD Global, the company that holds the licence to the Nokia mobile brand, recently made headlines in the country with the global…

Read More

10 Best Chicken Recipes in Hindi

India and its rich vegetarian fare may be a global phenomenon, that doesn’t mean its rich meaty delights are in any way less celebratory. Ask Britain who can’t stop going ga-ga over the ever so spicy and flavourful Chicken Tikka Masala and Tandoori chicken. An excellent source of lean, low fat protein chicken is one of the favourite meat, savoured in many different forms and preparations. Be it soups, broths, appetizers, tikkas, sizzlers curries or biryanis, chicken rarely disappoints. The ever so versatile meat blends in with every preparation to…

Read More

For baby: Pasta shells with salmon and veggies in a ‘cheats’ cheese sauce

Total time: 0:45 Prep: 0:15 Cook: 0:30 Level: Easy Yield: 6 child portions Ingredients 200 g. skinless, boneless salmon fillet 1 Knob of butter 150 g. mini shell pasta 150 g. broccoli florets 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 200 g. peeled butternut squash, deseeded and diced 250 mL unsalted or weak vegetable stock 200 g. full fat creme fraiche 150 g. cherry tomatoes, halved 50 g. grated parmesan cheese squeeze lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Put the salmon in the centre of a…

Read More

Parents, keep in mind: Less than 20% urban kids in India eat fruits once a day

Only 18% of urban children in grade six to 10 in India eat fruits every day, show the results of a survey, revealing poor eating habits of a vast majority of kids in the country. At 14%, the proportion of children eating protein once a day is even lower, showed the survey by Podar Education Group which runs over 100 schools spread across the country. The survey involved responses from 1,350 parents of children studying in grade six to 10 in India’s metro cities. The results showed that only 35%…

Read More

Catering Ideas to Make Your Diwali House Parties in Mumbai Memorable

Soon after I moved to Mumbai twenty years back, I realized that Diwali is to Mumbai what Durga Pujo is to Kolkata. Offices in Mumbai give the longest break of the year at this time as they combine Diwali, Bhai Dooj, Gujarati New Year and sometimes add a day or two bring in the weekend too. This is time to distribute bakshish, bonus and dry fruits too. With time I made lots of friends in Mumbai and then came across a Diwali phenomenon that I was not familiar in the Kolkata that I had…

Read More

Students with disabilities exempted from paying fees in Odisha schools

The Odisha government has decided to exempt fees for students with disabilities, in government and government-aided educational institutions, in order to motivate them for higher education. The secretary to the higher education department has written letters to all higher educational institutions to implement the government’s decision immediately, said Ananta Das, Higher Education Minister. “The differently-able students like blind students who use Braille for studies, hearing impaired and dumb students, orthopaedically handicapped students with disability more than 75 per cent will be exempted from tuition fees and examination and certificate fees…

Read More

Students with disabilities exempted from paying fees in Odisha schools

The Odisha government has decided to exempt fees for students with disabilities, in government and government-aided educational institutions, in order to motivate them for higher education. The secretary to the higher education department has written letters to all higher educational institutions to implement the government’s decision immediately, said Ananta Das, Higher Education Minister. “The differently-able students like blind students who use Braille for studies, hearing impaired and dumb students, orthopaedically handicapped students with disability more than 75 per cent will be exempted from tuition fees and examination and certificate fees…

Read More

Benne Dosa: Bengaluru’s Favourite Dosa Dipped in Butter

Dosa is probably one of the most famous dishes from South India, but if you ever happen to travel down South, you will be baffled with the huge variety of dosasprepared and served there. Of course, you’ve heard about the popular ones like the Mysore Dosa or the Rava Dosa, but what about the Neer Dosa or the famous buttery delight from Bengaluru – Benne Dosa? The word ‘Benne’ literally means butter and as the name suggests, this delicious treat is definitely not for the faint hearted. Doused in butter, these dosas are…

Read More