On Day 1, MBBS counselling fails to take off amid row over cap on fee

With the state’s department of medical education and research failing to release the seat distribution and fee structure for MBBS admission till Friday late evening, Baba Farid University for Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, the nodal agency, did not start the first round of scheduled counselling. There are 1,025 MBBS seats in eight medical colleges. BFUHS had uploaded the merit list on its website, but MBBS seats and fee in three private medical colleges including Adesh Medical College, Bathinda, Guru Ram Das Medical College, Amritsar and Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, are not uploaded….

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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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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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A cash crunch amid a boom in the food industry

For a city that has a food and beverages industry the size of that of the rest of the State, and an unimaginable variety to tickle anybody’s palate, eating out is now a part of life. “Earlier, there used to be a time when people used to go out only to celebrate an occasion. Now, going out to eat is a part of life. Over the years, their palate has matured and like people want to go to new places or do new things. They want to try new foods….

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Wellbeing of girls a concern amid report citing a widening gender gap among children’s life experiences

Three new reports from the United Kingdom show that the number of girls reporting to be unhappy is increasing at disturbing rates, with much of the rise related to bullying and body issues. UNESCO photo: Niamh Burke   Instead of happily anticipating the new school year, more and more girls are experiencing stress, according to The Good Childhood Report, a study produced by the Children’s Society and the University of York. Over a five-year span the report shows that the number of girls aged 10 to 15 expressing unhappiness has…

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