IIT Kanpur suspends 22 students over ragging

“16 students have been suspended for three years and six others for one year,” IIT Kanpur deputy director Dr Manindra Agarwal said. Kanpur: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur has suspended 22 of its students for a period ranging from one year to three years on ragging charges, an official said on Tuesday. The decision was taken by the IIT senate on Monday, he added. “16 students have been suspended for three years and six others for one year,” IIT Kanpur deputy director Dr Manindra Agarwal said. He said that…

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Flashback mode: The best of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show over the years

  At the end of November, some of the most stunning women on Earth will be jetting off to Shanghai, China, to star in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (VSFS) — one of the world’s most hotly followed events. The show, which this year brings a collaboration with fashion house Balmain, will be broadcast November 28 on CBS. Ahead of the big day, here’s a look at some standout moments from previous editions of the VSFS, since it began in 1995. In 2006, iconic model Gisele Bündchen said goodbye to the Victoria’s…

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Bad and boujee: the lifestyle that took over TV

When Donald Glover kicked off a great year for television at the Golden Globes this January, the soundtrack to his success was obvious: “I really want to thank the Migos,” he said as he accepted Atlanta’s award for best TV series – musical or comedy. “Not for being on the show, but for making Bad and Boujee. Like, that’s the best song ever.” The next day, as if to prove the deeply felt sincerity of these comments, footage of Glover getting down to the track at an afterparty turned up on Instagram. Is Migos’…

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Samsung wins Korean lawsuit over Galaxy Note7

Last year, a group of Galaxy Note7 owners filed a class action lawsuit against Samsung in South Korea. They sought KRW 300 thousand ($267) per person for the inconvenience called by the recall. Since then, the number of claimants has grown to 1,900 and the money to of KRW 935 million ($822,000 total, $433 per person.) Now a local court has ruled in favor of Samsung, saying that the recall and any inconvenience it might have caused was not “unacceptable”. A similar suit was filed against Samsung in the US, but that is still…

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Ruckus at DU college over cut-off ‘misprint’

A ‘misprint’ in the fifth cut-off led to ruckus at Shaheed Bhagat Singh (Evening) College Tuesday, after several students who reached to take admission for the BCom Programme were told they were not eligible. “Yesterday (Monday), when the cut-off was being uploaded, the clerk typed eight instead of nine by mistake, making it 80% instead of 90%. When we came to know about it in the morning, we immediately sent it to the university, and the corrigendum was up by 10 am. Since we are an evening college, admission was…

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Republican voters criticize health bill amid fears over pre-existing conditions

Matthew Frankic: ‘I am not for what they brought out.’ Photograph: Justin Gilliland for the Guardian Matthew Frankic, a health insurance broker and Republican voter, makes his living signing people up for the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Since the law went into effect in 2014, he has seen flaws. Each year, health insurance in his section of southern Indiana has seemed to cost more, and fewer doctors and hospitals seemed to accept it. But he supported the unpopular Republican effort to reform the law until he heard…

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Health fears grow over fashionable ‘grumpy’ flat-faced cats

First it was dogs, now its flat faced cats who are paying the price of being in fashion. Persians, British and Exotic Shorthair cats are increasingly suffering from health problems because their characteristic shortened muzzle features have become more extreme through breeding. Vets have warned that this can lead to breathing difficulties, along with eye and skin infections, because of constricted nasal passages. In some cases the cats even have problems picking up food because of their flattened ‘grumpy’ faces. A recent study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh…

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German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears

An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data. The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications. Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it. But the UK Toy Retailers Association said Cayla “offers no special risk”. In a statement sent to the BBC, the TRA also said “there is no reason for alarm”. The Vivid…

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Trump defends Putin over Russia killings allegations

US President Donald Trump has defended Vladimir Putin when questioned over allegations of murders carried out by the Russian state. In an interview with Fox News, he said: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?” Mr Trump said he respected President Putin and would prefer to “get along with him”. He said he wanted help from Russia in the fight against “Islamic terrorism”. Excerpts of the interview with Bill O’Reilly, carried out at Mr Trump’s Florida home,…

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DeVos Set to Take Over Education System Where Test Scores Have Stalled

If confirmed as education secretary by the U.S. Senate, Betsy DeVos will take over a national education system with an improving graduation rate but stagnant test scores, despite a reform effort under the Obama administration that pumped billions into the worst-performing schools. Ms. DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee, is awaiting a Senate committee vote Tuesday. She would likely maintain her commitment to expand the use of charter schools and vouchers for students to attend private school, a departure for a top administrator of an education system built largely on traditional public…

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