Author Archives: Loknath Das

Education donors favour Kenya, UN report shows

Kenya has continued to be prioritised by donors in funding of the education sector as compared to other countries in the region, states a report published by UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM). The report indicates that this is contrary to global trends, which indicate that amount of aid allocated to education has been falling for six years in a row. Read More


Freshdesk rebrands as Freshworks to reflect bigger business management software ambition

Girish Mathrubootham, Chief Executive Officer and Founder , Freshworks Image: Sri Manikandan for Forbes India Freshdesk, the first Indian startup to be backed by Google’s CapitalG, has changed its name to Freshworks to reflect the growing portfolio of products for the flatter organisations of the digital age. Freshworks will be a new umbrella brand that will bring together the company’s Read More


Skype Gets a Facelift! How Will the Big Redesign Change Your Business?

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has launched a new and revamped Skype featuring a host of new features that are obviously inspired by messaging rivals such as Snapchat and Messenger. That basically means that the Microsoft application now features a redesign that puts the camera only a swipe away as well as a Stories-like feature dubbed “Highlights.” The ‘Next Generation of Skype’ Highlights Read More


SkySlope Lets Real Estate Brokers Manage Business Online

Real estate has always been one of America’s most lively industries. Every year, some two million licensed agents and 86,000 brokerage firms work day and night to move billions of dollars worth of commercial and residential properties. Bearing that in mind, it’s not difficult to imagine why so many young professionals flock to join the industry. But it takes a lot of hard Read More


50 Rules for Online Business Meeting Etiquette

If you’re like other small business owners, you’ve probably spent an increasing amount time in online meetings in recent years. But there are tricky situations involved in these types of meetings, versus the old school meeting held around a conference table or in a client’s office, you may want to remember. To ensure that you’re courteous to all other meeting Read More


Air India to sell prime real estate

Air India is planning to sell its properties and land parcels across the country. Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju met finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday to decide the process. Sources privy to the discussions say the idea is to sell real estate assets in cities, airport locations, and airline offices at prime locations. A consultant will be appointed Read More


Minister bats for a minimalist lifestyle on Environment Day

No meeting like the one in Paris or any law can preserve the environment if people don’t come forward to address the issue, Union minister Harsh Vardhan today said on the eve of World Environment Day. Addressing a function, the minister said it is futile to celebrate World Environment Day if people don’t inculcate in themselves the idea of conserving Read More


‘Technology can help teacher, but can never replace one’

CHENNAI: CAN an android and a smart board ever replace a great teacher in the classroom of tomorrow? Absolutely not. That’s what speakers at the gala TNIE EdEx 40 Under Forty Awards event held at Feathers on Saturday night all agreed on. Chief guest for the evening, Supreme Court Judge Justice J Chelameswar spoke about his own teachers and the Read More


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$8.2 billion education proposal moves forward in Legislature

SALEM — An $8.2 billion proposal to fund Oregon’s K-12 education system cleared its first hurdle in Salem on Thursday — the biggest school budget to-date and the state’s single-largest obligation for the 2017-19 budget. The funding figure represents the state’s share of the K-12 budget, known as the State School Fund, the biggest source of school district funding that Read More


The five signs your mental health is under strain and why you should not ignore them

A leading mental health charity has warned people not to ignore the five less familiar symptoms of depression and anxiety. As Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8-14) gets under way the government and health charities remain committed to increasing awareness of mental health and its symptoms. Licy Lyus, the information manager at the charity Mind, set out the less well-known symptoms of Read More