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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Fashion e-commerce firm Fynd targets southeast Asia amid expansion plans

Bengaluru: Come April, fashion e-commerce platform Fynd is going on an expansion drive. It will start servicing some international markets in Southeast Asia from April and expand beyond clothing, footwear and accessories to kidswear, décor and furnishing. Fynd is run by Shopsense Technologies Pvt. Ltd, which counts Facebook Inc executive Anand Chandrasekaran, Arvind Sports chief executive Rajiv Mehta and Snapdeal founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal and Kae capital as investors. The company, which claims a pan-India presence, currently offers same or next day delivery in 11 cities and has…

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Samantha Cameron models her debut clothing line in Vogue as she reveals her plans to crack the British fashion industry

Since she exited Downing Street in July, speculation has been rife over what Samantha Cameron will turn her hand to next. And fans now finally have an answer, as the so-called First Lady of Fashion has just unveiled her latest venture, a clothing line, in a stunning shoot in Vogue magazine. Mrs Cameron’s label, named Cefinn, has been kept closely under wraps until now and the debut collection, which will feature 40 pieces, is to be stocked at Net-a-Porter and Selfridges as well as on its eponymous website. +5 Samantha Cameron models a…

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What a Betsy DeVos appointment would tell us about Trump’s education plans

President-elect Donald Trump’s busy weekend included meetings with at least two potential education secretary picks. Michelle Rhee, the former D.C. schools chief and StudentsFirst founder, has been a household name ever since she appeared on the cover of Time magazine with a broom, highlighting her efforts to sweep out teachers deemed ineffective. Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos is less well known outside her home state. She has chaired the Michigan Republican party and played a key role in some major education policy decisions there in recent years. But unlike Rhee and…

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Beware of high-pressure telemarketers hawking health insurance plans, department warns

Consumers should beware of high-pressure telemarketers selling health plans that won’t protect against tax penalties for being uninsured, the Nebraska Department of Insurance says. Telemarketers are pushing the plans now because consumers may be hearing about the upcoming Nov. 1-Jan. 31 open enrollment period for individual insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, which requires people to have health insurance or face tax penalties. The federal website HealthCare.gov is the place to sign up for health plans, not through telemarketers saying they are from the “national enrollment center” or the “national…

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Thailand Plans No-Go Zones For Pokemon Go

BANGKOK:  Thailand will make places such as the Royal Palace grounds, Buddhist temples and hospitals off limits to players of Nintendo Co Ltd’s wildly popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go, the Thai telecoms regulator said on Tuesday. The measures come after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) met with five telecoms operators to discuss safety measures and the preservation of landmarks, Takorn Tantasith, secretary general of the NBTC, told a news conference. The five operators are Advanced Info Service Pcl, Total Access Communication Pcl, True Corp and two state…

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Arvind Kejriwal To Announce Plans To Contest Gujarat Polls

NEW DELHI: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal will announce the party’s plans to contest the Gujarat assembly election at a rally in Surat on October 16, party sources said. Aam Aadmi Party leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh will hold a public meeting in Surat on August 9, a party source told IANS. And on October 16, Mr Kejriwal will also hold a rally there and announce that the AAP will contest the next assembly election, the source added. Mr Kejriwal has visited Gujarat twice in the past month and the AAP has…

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