Exclusive: CBSE plans Class 10, 12 Board exams on same date in two shifts

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) proposes to hold the finals for classes 10 and 12 on same dates in two shifts, a move that will reduce the examination period and give teachers extra time to check answer-scripts more thoroughly. The new plan was designed after the board met principals of some of the top schools in New Delhi and its satellite cities. The CBSE, which has two panels committees to suggest ways to improve the system, will review the suggestions before a final decision is taken. The country’s…

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World’s toughest maths competition: Two UK girls to make rare appearance on a platform for brainy boys

The rarefied world of international mathematics competitions has traditionally been where brainy teenage boys show their genius for problem solving. This year however, for the first time in a quarter of a century, two girls have made it into the UK squad for the International Mathematical Olympiad , the largest, oldest and most prestigious of international maths contests. The competition starts next week in Rio de Janeiro, when 17-year-old Rosie Cates from Cambridge will become the first female in the six-strong UK team for almost a decade. Naomi Wei, also…

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These tattoos changes colour depending on blood-sugar level and could be the next big boon for diabetics

Love getting inked? With time we have come across various tattoo trends, from minimalist tattoos to elaborate colourful tattoos, that says a story of their own. But do you think it’s just a fashion statement? While there may have been few bizarre and unusual tattoo trends in the last couple of years, from people donning eyeball tattoos to freckles. There are many who have used tattoos for a good cause. scare-hiding tattoos have been there for quite some time now, that helps patients with big surgical scars and acid attack…

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11 hygiene tips for women before going on a date

If you get drenched in rain, take a shower afterwards before getting ready for a date. This will help to prevent any possible infection, say experts. Aashmeen Munjal, beauty and make-up expert, and Ridhi Arya, Dermatologist, Me clinic, have shared tips on how to maintain hygiene during monsoon season: * Shower after shower: In case you get caught up and drenched in rain, always take a shower afterwards before getting all dolled up to prevent any possible infection and monsoon related diseases. * Hair: The season and the drizzle apart…

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Go for ‘Grills on Fire’ to relish heavenly kebabs at The Ancient Barbeque

Ever wondered how a dish named drunken fish or wine-glazed mushroom would taste? Head for the ongoing Grills on Fire — a fiery feast at The Ancient Barbeque (TAB) in this suburb of the national capital where an array of 24 kebabs — vegan and non-vegan — await the opportunity to tickle your tummy. TAB specialises in grilled delicacies and this makes it an ideal place for foodies who enjoy digging into starters more than the main course. “There are too many restaurants with the same menu. We thought of coming up with…

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Pineapple topping on pizza? This President hates it so much, he wants to ban it

Over the years, food connoisseurs and, of course, the Reddit community have generated endless ‘pineapple-on-a-pizza’ debates. Believe it or not, there are online forums that hotly debate “pineapple on pizza?” followed by discussions between purists and adventurists. The most recent one being the heated pineapple-pizza debate of 2017 with the hashtag #pineappleonPizza trending on Twitter. Looks like the series of confrontations are going to continue now with President of Iceland Guðni Th Jóhannesson adding fuel to the fire. During a recent Q&A session at a high school in Akureyi, North…

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What’s in your sandwich? Subway disputes study on chicken

How much chicken is actually in your chicken sandwich? A study by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s consumer affairs show “Marketplace” says researchers conducted DNA tests on several chicken sandwiches from fast-food restaurants and found that Subway’s chicken breast contained only about half chicken. The rest was mostly soy. Subway said the report was absolutely false and misleading and that its chicken is 100 per cent white meat with seasonings, marinated and delivered to stores as a finished, cooked product. The study said DNA researcher Matt Harnden at Trent University’s Wildlife…

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From Oik to Apong: On a gastronomical journey in Arunachal Pradesh

Starting with the locally-famous “achin pinam” (spiced rice) to smoked beef platters, or the “amin” made out of rice cake and chicken, every dish cooked in Arunachal Pradesh’s Basar town gives out a flavour of the hills and wilderness that surrounds the place. The quaint hill town at the centre of the northeastern state, which boasts a breathtaking natural backdrop, also entertains its visitors with a rich culinary experience — and to top it all, the food cooked in bamboo containers and served on plates made out of local leaves,…

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Heaven On Your Plate: From kebabs to biryani, food is serious business in Lucknow

Lucknow’s famous poet Ghulam Hamadan Mushafi (1747-1824) is not the only one to use a kebab simile to describe the anguish and fire in a lover’s heart. So engrained has the kebab been in the lives of the people of Awadh, that it is difficult to think of Lucknow without it. However, Awadh wasn’t just kebabs. It was about refined tastes, tehzeeb o adaab or etiquette, hospitality and its syncretic culture. From the setting of the dastarkhwan which would have duas for blessing the food and house printed on it,…

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IGNOU to offer three distance courses on solar applications

In collaboration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will offer three Open Distance Learning (ODL) courses on solar applications from the coming session. The courses will target international students. ISA is an international alliance of 120 ‘sunshine countries’ (abundant in sunlight) with a focus on solar power utilisation. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2015, at the CoP21 climate conference in Paris, and has its headquarters in Gurgaon. “All of the courses will be available on the international platform. They’ll be translated into…

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