International Women’s Day: A rise in number of women-only bikers in India

Vroom….and she is zigzagging through traffic and narrow streets. No, we are not talking about a 20-year-old girl from an affluent class, in fact,she is a middle-class woman, above 40, who is riding on a motorbike to enjoy the new-found feeling of happiness and peace. Source: http://www.thebetterindia.com Seeing a woman revving up her motorcycle, wearing a leather jacket and gloves before going off on a ride to a far-flung area might seem like a plot of Hindi film. But it is a reality now, as Indian women are breaking gender…

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Questions posed by the Pisa international school tests

In both your news report (UK schools failing to climb global league table, December 7) and your editorial (Slicing up the Pisa results) you make the mistake, common throughout the media and across many commentators, of assuming that the results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, tell us anything useful about the relative performance of different educational systems. Each of the 70 or so countries taking part in Pisa has a unique educational curriculum, structure and method of delivery, that reflect tradition, politics and social norms, and it makes…

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Sogo operator Lifestyle International wins Kai Tak site for HK$7.39b

Sogo department store operator Lifestyle International Holdings has won a large commercial site in Kai Tak that could house the city’s first iconic twin towers. The Lands Department awarded the site to Lifestyle for HK$7. 39 billion, or HK$6,733 per square foot, the highest price for a government commercial site. “It sets a new benchmark for commercial land,” said Denis Ma, the head of research for Hong Kong at JLL. The price also broke the previous record for a site in Kwun Tong, which was sold for HK$5.8 billion, or…

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International solidarity helps Iraqi teachers organise

The Iraqi Teachers’ Union received a recent boost to its organisational efforts through a workshop organised by Education International’s Arab Countries Cross-Regional Structure and the British National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers.   Twenty-five Iraqi Teachers’ Union (ITU) leaders and heads of ITU branches participated in a capacity building workshop organised from 6-7 September in Beirut, Lebanon, by the Education International Arab Countries Cross-Regional Structure (EI ACCRS). The informative workshop was organised in coordination with the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) which was represented…

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