Panjiri: A Warming Winter Favourite Like No Other

The early winds of winter have taken over the Northern belt of the country and seasonal staples are slowly, but surely, making inroads into our kitchens. If you happen to reside in the Northern part of the country, or have friends who live here, you would be aware of the perennial love-hate relationship we share with winters. When the temperatures dip to a point that you can’t even feel your hands, when none of the woolen clothes are able to save you from the nasty cough, cold and sore throat,…

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Are MOOCs, Bootcamps and Other Alternative Education Options Effective?

The House has passed one bill, and is likely to pass another, that would provide funding for people to enroll in certificate programs, apprenticeships, bootcamps and other technical education programs. But a new study questions the quality of these programs, as well as the evidence that demonstrates their efficacy. The courses, many of them online, have been called the perfect solution for education seekers put off by the time and expense of traditional college degree programs. Praised as shorter, cheaper and more tailored to practical skills than four-year degree programs,…

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NEET 2017: Students from other states seek medical seats, Gujarat HC seeks government reply

NEET 2017: After hearing a petition challenging the government order that granted only students who studied class 10 and 12 within the state the eligibility to seek admission to medical courses in the state, the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday has issued a two week notice seeking the state government’s reply on the matter. A group of students called the amended rule 4(3) of the Gujarat Professional Medical Educational Courses (Regulation of Admission in UG Courses) Rules a violation of article 14 of the constitution. “The said rule, if permitted to…

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AMD Threadripper grab: Dell’s Alienware shuts out other major vendors for 2017

For PlayStation 4 – Deal Alert Clarification: Alienware claimed a worldwide exclusive on Threadripper, but that exclusive is only among major PC vendor rivals such as HP and Lenovo. Smaller boutique OEMs will indeed be able to build Threadripper-based PCs at launch, as will DIY PC builders. If you can’t wait to order a new PC with AMD’s crazy 16-core Threadripper CPU, there’s bad news and good news. The bad news is, Dell subsidiary Alienware announced Monday afternoon that it has secured an exclusive deal for AMD’s high-end chip through the…

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President and Manager vacancies at SBI: Registration and other details

The State bank of India (SBI) has released an employment notification inviting candidates to apply for the positions of Senior Vice President, Vice President and Senior Manager. The last date for submission of online application is June 2. President and Manager vacancies at SBI The State bank of India (SBI) has released an employment notification inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the positions of Senior Vice President, Vice President and Senior Manager on contract basis. Vacancy details Total posts: 5 Name of the posts: Senior Vice President: 1 Vice…

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Shocking truth: 20% of health-care expenditures wasted in US and other nations

A new OECD report released Jan. 10 reveals a shocking truth: About 20 cents of every dollar spent on health care in OECD countries is wasted in some fashion. That waste represents more than 20 percent of total health expenditure in the United States. The findings of the report, entitled “Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health,” will be discussed at a meeting for OECD Ministers of Health in Paris on Jan. 16–17. According to the report’s author, Agnès Couffinhal, a senior OECD health economist, it is alarming that around one-fifth of…

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Opportunities open for students from other nations in US

Thiruvananthapuram: The United States would continue to draw students from other countries to pursue their studies in universities and colleges in the country, a senior official of the US Consulate General here said Saturday. “I do not think so”, said Charles Luoma Overstreet, Consular Chief when asked if there would be any slowdown in students travelling to United States for studies in the wake of Donald Trump becoming the President-elect of America. He said universities and educational institutions in the United States are strong and offer a lot of opportunities…

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Why do Jains fare well in higher education while other communities lag?

For Martina George, 21, putting together Rs 20 lakh to pursue a degree in Medicine in Australia would have been impossible. “Coming from a middle-class background, my family couldn’t pay that amount,” George says. So, instead, her community stepped in. The Bombay Catholic Panchayat and a church from Kerala contributed with a loan and scholarship to meet those expenses. “My school and junior college education in India was almost free because I went to Christian institutions,” George adds. Now in her final year in Australia, her graduation will cap an…

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Google unveils new Pixel smartphones, other gadgets

Google launched an aggressive challenge to consumer electronics giants like Apple and Samsung on Tuesday, introducing a new line of smartphones called Pixel and other gadgets designed to showcase a digital helper the company calls “Google Assistant.” The new devices represent a big push by Google to make and sell its own hardware, instead of largely just supplying software for other manufacturers. At a starting price of roughly $650, the new Pixel phones are aimed at the same markets as Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy flagship phones. GADGETS ON PARADE…

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Dialysis used more often in U.S. than other developed nations

– Compared to other developed countries, a significantly higher portion of chronic kidney disease patients in the United States received renal replacement therapy, or dialysis, raising questions about decision-making among clinicians who prescribe it. More than 85 percent of patients in a recent study either received dialysis treatment or were preparing to start, according to a review of data published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. In most countries, dialysis is age-dependent and is less likely to be prescribed at older ages because it does not…

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