Author Archives: Loknath Das

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

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Learndirect blames government cuts for damning Ofsted report

Overhead view of a student studying FT21P1 Overhead view of a student studying Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Learndirect, the UK’s largest adult training provider, has blamed the government’s austerity programme for its failure to meet the education regulator’s minimum quality standards. The company, which was privatised by David Cameron’s coalition government in 2011, on Thursday complained that being forced to “manage Read More

Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Targets are to be set to reduce calories in pizzas, burgers and ready meals as part of the government’s drive to tackle child obesity in England. Health officials believe the move is needed as people are consuming 200 to 300 calories too many each day. It could see the size of products reduced or ingredients changed in food and drinks Read More


Shatadal housing society in Andheri has been successfully composting for three years 50 housing societies were distributed compost tumblers to encourage recycling of waste. As the country celebrated its 71st Independence Day on Tuesday, 50 societies in Mumbai’s western suburbs pledged to join the fight against city’s mounting waste predicament and vowed to recycle and reduce their waste. Thousands of Read More

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Patients suffering from too much medicine, peak health bodies say

A review of screening mammography placed overdiagnosis of breast cancer at about 30%. Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters Australia’s peak independent cancer authority, the Cancer Council, has endorsed a statement calling for a plan to stop patients being harmed by the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of diseases. The statement developed by doctors and researchers was published on Thursday morning and described growing evidence and concern Read More