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IARI soil-testing technology tweaked, private firm has monopoly

Since December, Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Agro Chemicals Private Limited has sold over 5,000 kits and refills worth Rs 83 crore through NAFED alone, without any tender. (Representational Image) Despite objections raised by senior officers, a low-cost digital soil-testing technology developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), has been tweaked by a sister Read More


Real estate authority to go after violators

Show-cause notice to be issued to builders across the State The Real Estate Regulatory Authority will start issuing show cause notice, to real estate project promoters and agents who have failed to register with the authority. Local bodies such as the Chennai Corporation will start sharing information on planning permission applications and building approval data with the Authority shortly. “We Read More


Coal Mining Health Study Is Halted by Interior Department

A mountaintop removal project in Blair, W. Va., a site that was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, but was reevaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency. CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Interior Department has ordered a halt to a scientific study begun under President Obama of the public health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining. The National Academies Read More


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10 podcasts about mental health

A few months ago, after an urgent care visit, an overnight stay in the hospital and a slew of medical exams, I discovered my blood pressure was abnormally high. The high blood pressure symptoms were just a manifestation of a deeper health issue I was experiencing — chronic anxiety. Wasting no time, I threw myself into self-care. I wanted to find the right Read More


Education secretary to head private schools regulatory body

Earlier a minister was supposed to head the institution. PHOTO: FILE PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has amended the recently promulgated Private School Regularity Authority Bill-2017, allowing the regulatory body to be headed by the secretary elementary and secondary education department. Under the original bill passed by the provincial assembly, K-P Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education was supposed to head the Read More


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‘I couldn’t tell my parents I had started a business’

  Shoko Takahashi is a rare example of a female boss in the Japanese bio-tech sector. The founder and owner of Gene Quest, she says her parents would not have approved of her starting her own business, so she didn’t tell them for six months. As part of the BBC’s Jumpstarting Japan series – meeting the Asian giant’s young entrepreneurs Read More


20 Small Business Ideas in the Growing Cannabis Industry

The cannabis industry is growing fast. And that means there are plenty of potential business opportunitiesavailable for entrepreneurs who are interested in this expanding niche. Serge Chistov, Chief Financial Advisor for the Honest Marijuana Company and president and founder of Serge Import LLC spoke to Small Business Trends in a phone interview about all the possibilities. Chistov explained, “It’s a lot like any other Read More


Samsung Galaxy On Max Review

HIGHLIGHTS The Samsung Galaxy On Max is priced at Rs. 16,900 Performance of both rear and front cameras stands out in this price band Overall, Gadgets 360 rates the phone 8 out of 10 A good camera is a prerequisite for anyone buying a smartphone today. We keep getting asked by our readers to recommend smartphones at every price point that Read More


Lenovo K8 Note Review

HIGHLIGHTS Lenovo’s K8 Note is an Amazon India exclusive The phone fares well in terms of overall performance Gadgets 360 rates the phone 8 out of 10 There has been a sudden increase in the number of powerfully-specced smartphones in the sub-Rs. 20,000 market, and the new Lenovo K8 Note is the latest to join them. The new Lenovo device Read More


From the Vaults: Josephine Wiggs on the Bon Bon Lifestyle

A pillar of strength on the bass, Josephine Wiggs was the one member of the alt-rock powder-keg Breeders who never lost her composure. She has an elegant, statuesque quality about her. Young fans used to delight in taunting her at the band’s live shows—”Smile, Josephine!”—to no avail. Now that Wiggs has released Bon Bon Lifestyle with the Josephine Wiggs Experience (John Mattock on drums, Read More