HRW Warns Of Education Crisis As Girls Drop Out Of School

  Human Rights Watch has said the world is looking away as an education crisis involving girls grips Afghanistan. The World Bank, along with the Afghan government and its donors, should use its new education program to reverse the declining number of girls in school in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday in a letter to the bank. The anticipated $300 million donor-funded World Bank project, Education Quality Reform in Afghanistan (EQRA), is to be submitted for approval to the World Bank’s executive board in the coming weeks. A…

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Sphero raises $12M as it focuses on education

This year has been a rough one for Sphero. The Colorado-based toy robotics startup kicked off the year with dozens of layoffs, a result of tepid interest in its line of Disney-branded consumer products. Here’s a little good news, however. The company has raised another $12 million, bringing its total up to around $119 million, according to Crunchbase. The latest round will go into helping shape the BB-8 maker into an education-first company. “The recent round of funding has currently raised $12 million, and we anticipate at the time of final closing…

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Huawei-Samsung Patent Case Shows Chinese Courts’ Rising Clout

A smartphone patent fight between Huawei Technologies Co and Samsung Electronics Co could reach a global resolution through a ruling by a Chinese court, a development that reflects the growing attractiveness of China as a quick and effective forum for intellectual property disputes. The size of the US market and the strength of the country’s independent judiciary have historically given its courts the final say in most big cross-border patent disputes. Legal experts say US courts’ pre-eminence in intellectual property matters has helped foster a culture of innovation that China wants to emulate. The case is…

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In 3 Looks, Alia Bhatt Shows That She Owns The Desi Look

Fresh off the success of her movie Raazi and now shooting for her upcoming movie Kalank, Alia Bhatt has a lot going on for her. Of course, we haven’t forgotten the rumours of her dating Ranbir Kapoor but we are still processing that one. And through all this, Alia still finds time for things like an outing with Ranbir and family, chilling with friends. Oh, and more than enough time to give us some serious style goals. But really, what else is new? From the girl who Sonam Kapoor on Koffee With Karan once said…

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JAC 10th result: Jharkhand board says matric pass percentage lowest since 2006, boys outdo girls

The Jharkhand matriculation, or class 10 results, declared on Tuesday witnessed the lowest pass percentage since 2006, with just 59.48% of over four lakh students clearing the exams this year. Of the 4,28,379 students who took the exam at 954 centres across the state, only 2,54,830 have passed, the Jharkhand Academic Council, which declared the JAC 10th result, said. “We will review the reasons of falling pass percentage,” JAC chairperson Arvind Prasad Singh said. Former education secretary AP Singh, who is currently on training, said, “Prima facie it seems strict…

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High protein diet for weight loss may backfire as it increases risk of heart failure

High protein diet have always enjoyed a lot of popularity among fitness conscious folk. Many people who are looking to shed some weight are recommended a high protein diet. But is it really healthy, asks a new study. According to this study, a high-protein diet could increase the risk of heart failure in middle-aged men. However, proteins from fish and eggs were not associated with heart failure risk in this study. “As many people seem to take the health benefits of high-protein diets for granted, it is important to make…

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World No Tobacco Day 2018, here’s why you should switch to e-cigarettes

On World No Tobacco Day, experts from different parts of the world suggest that e-cigarette is the most practical option for smokers as it is less harmful and can reduce the health burden of smoking significantly. RN Sharan, a senior professor in the department of biochemistry at the North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong, who has been researching on cancer and its causes for many years now, says consuming electronic cigarettes reduces the risk of cancer by around 90-92 per cent compared to the conventional ones. “Cancer is caused by carcinogenic…

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Lose weight in a month, simple diet and exercise tips for quick results

While fasting during Ramzan is primarily for a religious purpose, it’s also the perfect time to detox. If you’re wise about what you consume during sehri and iftaar, you can shed the extra kilos. Here’s how: Plan your sehri to keep you sustained “Recipes involving oats and wholegrain bread should be included in pre-dawn meal as they help stay full,” says Alka Lohia, nutrionist and dietician, 6 Meal, Delhi. “Consumption of caffeine should be avoided as it can lead to de hydration and longing for water.” Include proteins and complex…

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V&A launches Quant appeal for exhibition on 60s fashion pioneer

 Models wearing Mary Quant designs in 1967. Photograph: Keystone-France/Thames & Hudson The demure Peter Pan collars and teeny tiny skirts, wet-look plastic dresses and hot pants, see-through raincoats and paper patterns offering the dream of designer fashion at pocket-money prices will be celebrated in an exhibition at the V&A museum next year on the work of Dame Mary Quant, the designer whose name became synonymous with the swinging 60s. Quant’s clothes made international headlines when they were worn by the supermodels of the day including Jean Shrimpton, Pattie Boyd, Cilla…

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McQueen directors: ‘Fashion creates icons, then isolates them’

Cutting room … Alexander McQueen in a still from the documentary. Photograph: Tribeca Film Festival Before there was Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen, the chic, highly finessed and now financially successful fashion label, there was the Alexander McQueen of its namesake that – as this touching new documentary tells it – could barely sustain the creative dysfunction its creator and his companions wrought upon it. The man at its core, we know, killed himself aged just 40. What story is left to tell? McQueen left behind five distinct silhouettes, or reimaginings for the…

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