‘Reconsider holding board exams on schedule in Kashmir Valley’

Kashmir Private Schools Association (KPSA) on Wednesday appealed to the government to reconsider its decision to hold annual board examinations as per schedule in the unrest-hit Valley, saying students were not ready for exams and extreme stress could give rise to suicidal tendencies among them. “Students did not learn anything, so they will perform poorly. That will also result in students being unable to qualify competitive exams like NEET, JEE, CET,” KPSA president GN Var said in a statement in Srinagar. Var said students would suffer in exams which would…

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Silicon Valley Fashion Week Is No Joke

At any given moment, it seems there’s a fashion week happening somewhere in the world, be it Sydney, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Moscow, Toronto, Copenhagen or Lagos (to name a few). But the latest entrant to the list may be the most surprising: Silicon Valley. Or, as the organizers style it: Silicon Valley Fashion Week?! The punctuation marks as part of the title are a self-aware nod to the incongruity of marrying the location, known for its allegiance to hoodies, Tevas and T-shirts, to a fashion event. But that does not…

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Congress seeks dialogue to bring Kashmir Valley out of unrest

Accusing the ruling coalition of betraying people in Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Monday sought a “sustained and meaningful” dialogue with all stakeholders, including the separatists, to address Kashmir issue and bring the Valley out of the nearly four-month-long unrest. “We have been seeking talks with the Hurriyat for over three months now. We told the Governor that this government is committed to dialogue but they have kept dialogue at the backdoor (sic) now, which is a betrayal with the people. “There should…

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How Silicon Valley gurus shaped Shenzhen’s rise

Outside Shenzhen’s bustling Huaqiangbei market, a mecca for bargain-hunters addicted to gizmos, video games and much more, crowds gather around toy vendors, haggling for the best price. Loud music blares in the background, forcing the buying and selling to a much higher decibel. But beyond the noise, a generational shift in market demand is equally eye-catching. Most of the toys are cheap plastic imitations of real drones— a signature industry of Shenzhen. Remotely controlled copies of flashy fighter jets are also a market favourite. It is evident that popular imagination…

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