NEET 2017: Tamil Nadu makes ‘last effort’ to exempt its students from entrance

TN Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan on Monday made the “final effort” to approach the centre to ask for the state’s exemption from the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017. The ministers met Union Health Minister JP Nadda and Minister of State at the PMO Jitendra Singh to discuss the issue. “As a final effort, Vijayabaskar met Nadda and Singh to pressure them for an exemption for Tamil Nadu from the National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET),” an official release said, adding that this comes after several efforts by…

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How we believe meat is raised may influence its taste: Study

Our beliefs about how animals are raised – whether on ‘factory farms’ or in more humane conditions – can shape our meat eating experience and influence its taste, a new study has found. Researchers from Northeastern University in the US paired identical meat samples with different descriptions and then reported on participants’ eating experiences. They found that meat samples paired with descriptions of animals raised on factory farms looked, smelled and tasted less pleasant to study participants than meat samples paired with descriptions of animals raised on humane farms. Participants’…

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For the University of Mumbai, at 160, it’s time to introspect

A liberal education aims at the ‘making of men’, said Sir Raymond West, vice-chancellor of the University of Bombay, speaking in the convocation address in July 1882. “It [education] is not to be diverted into a process of manufacturing human tools wonderfully adroit in the exercise of some technical industry, but good for nothing else,” added West. His words are interesting to revisit as the University of Mumbai (MU) turns 160 this month. The former VC would probably have had some things to say about how the university has conducted…

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H1N1 virus claims its first victim in Navi Mumbai this year

H1N1 influenza has claimed its first victim of the year in Navi Mumbai as a 44 year-old truck driver from Rabale succumbed to the viral fever. According to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s health department, Shahaji Dhondiram Dangade, a resident of Katkari Pada, who was admitted to DY Patil hospital, Nerul on June 30, was tested positive. He succumbed on July 7. “According to the hospital records, Dangade was a truck driver who made regular trips en-route Gujarat and Pune. After one such trip, he complained of uneasiness and breathless and was…

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Does your child grind her teeth in sleep? It’s a sign she is being bullied at school

Teeth-grinding in teenagers during sleep could be a sign that they are being bullied at school, a study suggests. The study by an oral health charity in the UK found that adolescents who suffer from bullying are far more likely to grind their teeth in their sleep, a sign which could help parents identify victimised children sooner. The research, published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, found that teenagers who were subjected to verbal bullying in school were almost four times as likely to suffer from sleep bruxism (65%) compared…

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A fresh coat of paint, better plumbing and drinking water: How 5 teachers gave a Rajasthan school, and its students, a new life

When she joined the Girls’ Upper Primary School (GUPS) in Alwar’s Shivaji Park in December 2016, Hemlata Sharma, 47, had been teaching for 27 years. This was her first posting as head teacher and never before had she been so appalled by the condition of the school. Classrooms leaked in the rain, plaster peeled off the wall. The entire building was in a state of disrepair and housed just 100 students from classes 1 to 8. Sharma took up a challenge to bring the school back to life before the…

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It’s a Wrap

Gurgaon-based food researcher and consultant Pritha Sen talks about how momos went on to become a popular street food in India Could you please talk about how momos became a popular snack in India? After the 1959 Tibetan uprising, a large number of refugees arrived in Delhi. As with refugees from any culture, the entrepreneurial lot set up local businesses, especially around food. I remember going to the Tibetan dhaba in the settlement near the Delhi University where a plateful of momos were sold for as less as Rs 2…

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OnePlus 5 Speed Test Shows 6GB RAM Variant Holds Its Own Against 8GB Model

The OnePlus 5, which was recently launched in India, boasted of some top-of-the line specs that looked to challenge flagship smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung. Apart from the dual rear camera setup, the OnePlus 5 also highlights an 8GB RAM variant. While many feel that 8GB of RAM in a smartphone is a bit of an overkill, OnePlus clearly felt differently. But just how much of performance difference does is there in comparison to the 6GB of RAM variant? A YouTube channel tries to find out. We already know that the 8GB variant of the OnePlus…

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GST Effect: Tata Motors Announces Price Reduction For Its Commercial Vehicle Range

Having extended the GST benefits for its passenger vehicle customers, Tata Motors has now announced that it will be extending benefits under the new tax slab towards its commercial vehicle business as well. Following the roll out of GST, the company has decided to pass on the entire benefit to customers on the ex-showroom prices. Tata’s commercial vehicle range for cargo with a price reduction between 0.3 per cent and 4.21 per cent, while commercial vehicles for passenger transportation will see a reduction between 0.6 per cent and 8.2 per…

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