Author Archives: Loknath Das

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Chinese, Russian visitor surge push Dubai toward 20 million target

The number of Chinese and Russian visitors to Dubai surged in the first three months of the year, boosted by the United Arab Emirates’ recent decision to grant visas on arrival to citizens of the two countries. Overnight Chinese visitors jumped 64 percent to 230,000 in the three months to March 31, making it Dubai’s fourth largest source market during Read More


Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales creates news service Wikitribune

Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales is planning a news service that combines the work of professional journalists and volunteers. His goal is for Wikitribune to offer “factual and neutral” articles that help combat the problem of “fake news”. The service is intended to be both ad-free and free-to-read, so will rely on supporters making regular donations. One expert said it had Read More


UK MOOC to signpost path to HE for refugees

Designed with input from organisations including Refugee Council, German-based online provider Kiron Open Higher Education, the British Council and UCAS, Aim Higher will ‘signpost’ the journey to university for refugees and asylum seekers, from deciding where to study right up to the support services on offer once they arrive. “There’s a lot of information available but there’s a real need for Read More


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In late April Dutch tulip bulb farmers chop off the flowers’ heads

As the end of April approaches, Dutch tulip farmers prepare for “topping”, when they run cutting machines through the fields across the north and west of the country, lopping off the colorful flower heads and leaving the stalks and plants to wither. Throughout the month, the tulip fields are in full bloom and tourists flock to attractions such as the Read More


Exercise keeps the mind sharp in over-50s study finds

Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found. This remained true in those who already showed signs of cognitive decline. Taking up Read More


How To Make Sour Cream At Home

You find them in dips, you find them in dressings and you even find them in desserts. Sour cream has become our favourite relish, ever since we have gotten too familiar with the American and European cuisine. Used majorly as a condiment in culinary preparations hailing from Europe and North America, sour cream is traditionally used as a topping for Read More


France’s Presidential Runoff Is A Victory For Global Business

Preliminary results for Sunday’s French president runoff election set up a stark choice on May 7 between finalist presidential candidates Marine Le Pen’s isolationism and protectionism and Emmanuel Macron’s focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and globalism. As Macron himself said on Sunday, “The French have expressed their desire for change. We’re clearly turning a page in French history.” Macron represents the Read More


An Ayurvedic Treatment For Cancer in The Pipeline?

After creating ripples in the country and abroad for it’s home-based and natural cures, Ayurveda may soon be eying the territory which has had doctors and scientist abroad worked up since decades- Cancer. So says, the Union Minister of State AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik The ancient medicinal practice of Ayurveda has taken the global circuit by storm with its cure Read More


Starbucks is entering a new era and 4 jokes reveal the biggest problems haunting its business

Starbucks is sandwiched between inexpensive fast-food chains and high-end “Third Wave” coffee shops.  While it built its empire on its cool, Euro-inspired image, Starbucks is increasingly known for “basic” drinks like the Unicorn Frappuccino.  Moving away from the core brand sent Starbucks “over its skis” in the past, the CEO told Business Insider – and he’s well aware of past mistakes. Starbucks’ new mission: to be everything to everyone.  The Read More


Life and Technology April 23rd

Listen to the full show podcast for April 23rd Shout Outs Netgear’s Arlo security updated with rechargeable battery, alert siren Google is launching a new version of Google Earth next week TPG to build fourth mobile network in Australia with intent to cover 80% of the population Interviews Alfred Boyadgis This week on Life and Technology, Charlie spoke to CEO Read More