Miniwalla: The Forest Story, Free New Educational App for Young Children from Award-winning Composer Shirley Choi

HONG KONG, July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Miniwalla is an animal sanctuary located in the unique setting of Java in Indonesia. Children ages four and up will enjoy meeting fun new animal friends and diverse human characters as they explore the forest alongside Henry, a young boy who lives with his parents in Miniwalla. From parrots to tigers to komodo dragons, young audiences will learn about animals they might not ever have heard of before. They will also learn of the threats to these creatures as they watch Henry take care of his…

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Artificial sweeteners may not be risk free

People hoping to lose a few pounds by substituting artificial sweeteners for regular sugar may end up disappointed, suggests a fresh look at past research. The review of 37 studies suggests the use of so-called non-nutritive sweeteners could be linked to weight gain and other undesirable outcomes like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. “From all that research, there was no consistent evidence of a long term benefit from the sweetener, but there was evidence for weight gain and increased risks of other cardiometabolic outcomes,” said lead author Meghan Azad, of the University…

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IIT-KGP to help eastern India students learn more about free online courses

Kolkata The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will approach institutes of higher education in eastern India to familiarise students and teachers with free online courses offered by National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). NPTEL, a joint initiative of the IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, offers 160 courses in various categories like agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities. While over five5 lakh students had enrolled for NPTEL courses this year, only about 7% of them were from Eastern India. “The biggest…

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Disabled students won’t get free hostel facilities at rehab university if they fail in exams

Divyang (specially abled) students who fail in their exams at Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University will not be eligible for the university’s free hostel and mess facilities. Vice chancellor prof Nishith Rai chaired an important meeting on Wednesday to deliberate on this and other new rules governing hostel allotment and occupancy. The new hostel regulations were approved in the meeting after the discussion, said Prof AP Tiwari, academic advisor to vice chancellor and spokesperson for the university. Only those specially abled students, who clear their exams and have at…

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UP govt allocates Rs 50cr for free wifi in varsities, degree colleges

The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday allocated Rs 50 crore to enable free data services for students of universities and degree colleges across the state while presenting its first budget. The state finance minister Rajesh Agarwal presented a Rs 3.84 lakh crore budget, which provides Rs 36,000 crore for waiver of crop loan for farmers, in the assembly. The first budget of the Adityanath government, which has a deficit of Rs 7469 crore, also provides Rs 55,781 crore for new schemes with some named after the RSS…

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