Marijuana may up psychosis risk in teenagers: Study

Daily consumption of marijuana may increase an adolescent’s risk of having recurrent psychotic-like experiences by 159 per cent, according to a new study. The psychotic-like experiences include the experiences of perceptual aberration — for example feeling that something external is part of their body — and thinking that they have been unjustly badly treated. “Our findings confirm that becoming a more regular marijuana user during adolescence is, indeed, associated with a risk of psychotic symptoms,” said lead author Josiane Bourque, doctoral student at the Universite de Montreal (UdeM) in Canada.…

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More women join IIM Lucknow this year, 3.4% up from 2016

Lucknow: The new postgraduate programme batch at Lucknow’s Indian Institute of Management (2017-19) has more women than previous years. Some 30.4% students (156) out of the batch of 451 this year, are women as compared to 27% last year. The batch of 2013-2015 had 38% female candidates, an official said. IIM believes this will ensure diversity without compromising on merit. “This is a good sign. More participation of women students brings diversity and adds different perspective as well,” said IIM Lucknow director Ajit Prasad while talking to HT. IIM-L said that…

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What happened when I started throwing my legs up a wall every day

Google throws up a lot of weird things when you search for something online. During one of such searches, I came across the legs-up-a-wall pose that helps relieve lower body stress. It didn’t look tough and what it promised was worth a try! Game for trying this new technique, I took my yogamat, got my legs up on the wall. While my dog didn’t really fancy the move, sniffing me constantly to figure what was going on, the asana indeed was quite easy to get into. Different websites suggested differing duration,…

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Harvard’s secretive social clubs: Time for them to finally wind up?

A committee is considering a recommendation that could fundamentally change the social fabric of Harvard. The committee, of faculty and staff members and students, suggested calling for numerous exclusive social clubs — including the secretive “final clubs,” fraternities and sororities — to be “phased out” over the next five years. If enacted, the recommendation would end a centuries-old tradition of rarefied clubs at a university that have been criticised as deeply exclusionary. A preliminary recommendation circulated to students and faculty members on Wednesday would bar students from joining “final clubs,…

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Education department to lead ‘mission Aadhaar’ for school children in UP

The primary education department has been tasked with making Aadhaar cards of students of classes 1 to 8 in Uttar Pradesh. A government order issued by special secretary, (primary education department) Dev Pratap Singh says the students who still do not have an Aadhaar card issued in their name will be provided one latest by July 31, 2017. The order is dated July 3, 2017. Two computers and a kit, comprising iris scanner and finger printing machine, have been provided at each of the 852 development blocks present in Uttar…

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Feeling Overqualified May Trigger Stress in Workers: Load Up on Nuts and Chocolates to Feel Better

Stress can be triggered due to a host of factors. Unfortunately, professional dissatisfaction is one of the biggest reasons for most young professionals to succumb and give in to acute stress. Experts at the Florida Atlantic University in America have found that employees who feel overqualified for their current job are likely to feel dissatisfied with their work and feel stressed. It was also found that as people age their sense of feeling overqualified also diminishes gradually. Occupational stress is actually a thing of this world, which means that the place one works…

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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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Cheating in exams: UP to bring in anti-copying bill in upcoming assembly session

Lucknow: An anti-copying bill to stop rampant cheating in examinations in Uttar Pradesh and a skill development university for improved employability bill are part of the UP government’s plans to improve the education system in the state. A significant 60,61,034 candidates registered for the high school and intermediate examinations in the state this year. They included 34,04,715 examinees for Class 10 and 26,56,319 for Class 12 . However, due to strict vigilance following reported cases of cheating in previous years, an unexpected 5,94,503 candidates left the examination hall midway through the…

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Lucknow University first institute in UP to start GST course

Lucknow: Lucknow University (LU) will start a six-month certificate course on Goods and Services Tax (GST) from this academic session. The faculty of commerce has been asked to initiate the certificate course. The dean, faculty of commerce, was asked to initiate the six-month course, LU vice chancellor, Prof SP Singh, said on Saturday. With this LU has become the first state university to launch it. Forms will be available from the first week of August 2017. It will be a 4-credit course and include 2 credits on skill development/training and 2…

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Childhood Asthma May Up Risk Of Heart Failure: Try Simple Ingredients to Get Speedy Relief

Asthma is one of the major respiratory ailments in the world with close to 300 million people suffering from it globally. 10% of Indian population suffers from it with more and more children falling prey to the ailment. Experts suggest that childhood asthma may have sever repercussions later on in life with some people even falling prey to heart failure in adulthood. The study was published in the journal JACC and showed that childhood asthma may lead to thickening in the left ventricle, causing the heart muscle to lose elasticity…

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