Amazon to foray into food delivery space with Prime Now

Amazon India has long been eyeing the food delivery business in India. As per market reports, the e-commerce giant’s Prime membership plan had logged more than 10 million users in the country in 2018 and Amazon is confident that the addition of a food delivery segment to its Prime offering will not only bring in more daily users but also boost the number of transactions. People aware of the company’s plans told The Times of India that Prime Now, Amazon’s two-hour grocery delivery platform, could be the primary vehicle for…

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If Someone Invites You to the Fashion Cafeteria, Sit on the Floor

This week, a meme seized fashion Twitter and beyond like a midsummer fever: “Fashion stan Twitter: where are you sitting?” The accompanying image was a cartoon of an empty cafeteria, done up in classic operating-room blue, with fashion’s leading lights seated in groups of three across the cafeteria. The premise was tantalizing: Whose table would welcome you? Who would shun you? And most important of all: What sick, twisted spirit trapped all these fashion designers in a cafeteria? It was all fun and games, I guess, until people starting making…lists? Just like, straight-up…

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Yemen’s Houthis, WFP reach deal to resume food relief

The United Nations’ food agency and Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have reached a deal to resume food deliveries to rebel-controlled parts of the war-torn country after suspending the aid in June. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a spokesman for the Houthis, tweeted late on Saturday that the rebel group, which toppled the country’s internationally recognised government from power in Sanaa in late 2014, had inked a deal with the World Food Programme (WFP).  Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for the WFP, said the “high-level agreement” was “an important step towards safeguards that guarantee the accountability of…

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Zomato row: Food aggregator app is right to call out bigotry, but its own virtue-signalling raises problematic questions

There’s nothing like a good controversy to stir things up on a slow news day. On Wednesday, Zomato became a national talking point over its response to a customer who wanted the food aggregator app to change its delivery agent because he was a Muslim. Zomato refused to do so, following which the customer, one Jabalpur-based Amit Shukla, canceled the order and demanded a refund. Zomato refused to comply with Shukla’s demands — changing the “Muslim rider” or a refund — and requested the customer to pay cancellation charges because the…

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AP Assembly passes Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill to regulate school fees

AP Assembly passed Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill which intends to regulate school fees. (Image: IANS)   Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Monday passed Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill which intended to regulate school fees so that burden on parents will be reduced. “This is a historic bill. The education system in the state is collapsed to such a level that private schools are collecting exorbitant fees yet nobody can question them. There was a minister in the past government who owns such a big group of educational institutes.…

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The “Effective Dose” of Work You Need to Feel Fulfilled Is Surprisingly Low

Now that the World Health Organization has officially recognized the symptoms of ‘workplace burnout’, it’s clear that the mental health effects of too much work are a global concern. While it may feel tempting to walk away from work altogether, scientists warn that not working is also linked to mental health issues. As a paper published Tuesday in Social Science & Medicine, there’s an “effective dose” of work we should be doing each week to reap the rewards — and it’s not that much. Indeed eight hours a week would be enough for average worker.” As part of…

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Punjab education minister’s directions to private schools regarding books and uniforms

Punjab School Education Board, came after taking note of reports suggesting exploitation of parents of school children by certain private schools. Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla Saturday directed all private schools in the state to not force parents to buy books and uniforms from particular shops. The sale of uniforms and books within school premises has also been prohibited. The directives, meant for all private schools affiliated to the CBSE, ICSE and the Punjab School Education Board, came after taking note of reports suggesting exploitation of parents of school…

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Microsoft partners with 10 educational institutes in India to launch AI digital labs

New Delhi: US technology giant, Microsofthas partnered with 10 higher educational institutes in the country to launch artificial intelligence (AI) digital labs. As part of this partnership, these institutes would emerge as learning centres of emerging technologies and solutions. Some of these institutes include BITS Pilani, BML Munjal University, SRM Institute of Science & Technology, ISB, KL University, among others. This is a three-year programme that the company would be running at these institutes with an intention to collaborate with more such institutes in the country. “We are in talks with leading institutes and…

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Kaiser Permanente mental health workers threaten to strike

About 4,000 mental health workers at Kaiser Permanente will go on strike next week at facilities throughout California if they and the healthcare giant fail to reach a new contract before then, the workers’ union said Thursday. The main issue, the National Union of Healthcare Workers says, is that Kaiser is being too slow to enable its patients to access mental health care. NUHW President Sal Rosselli said the strike would start Tuesday if the separate contracts for Kaiser’s Northern California and Southern California mental health workers are not reached…

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PepsiCo to build food plant in UP at $70 million

NEW DELHI: PepsiCo India will invest $70 million to build a food manufacturing plant in Uttar Pradesh, the company said on Friday. PepsiCo, the makers of Lay’s chips and Kurkure snacks, said it is part of its efforts to expand capacity in India’s growing packaged foods market. The local arm of the American company also said that it is true to its commitment to invest $2.1 billion in India by 2022, which is part of the $5.5 billion it had promised in November 2013. The announcement comes a day after Prime…

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