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Education secretary has long history of financing politics

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s education secretary, built her political resume by raising and contributing millions of dollars to support the cause of giving parents choices on where their children go to school. The daughter of one wealthy businessman and the wife of another, DeVos has headed a series of groups that help rich contributors spend large sums on elections, Read More


“War Paint,” the ugly fight over the business of beauty

Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden in the Broadway musical “War Paint.” “WAR PAINT” A new musical ON BROADWAY brings to life a historic rivalry that was anything but pretty. With Richard Schlesinger, we take a look:   “All of my life’s work lost. All because of her: Second-rate imposter. She appropriated half my line. Read More


14 droolworthy rolls that every foodie must try

1. These rolls will definitely make your day   Rolls are like two sentence love stories that pack the punch in a small pocket. Filled with mystery ingredients rolls have always been a favourite of gourmet lovers and chefs who like to make myriad experiments with food by putting them in interesting wraps. We have brought to you some delectable Read More


Samsung Z4 Tizen 3.0-Powered Smartphone With 4.5-Inch Display Launched, Coming First to India

Samsung on Friday launched its newest Tizen-powered smartphone – the Samsung Z4 – and it runs on Tizen 3.0 OS. The smartphone will be launched in select markets across the world, starting with India in May. The Samsung Z4 will be made available in Black, Gold, and Silver colour variants depending on the market. For now, the company has not Read More


Mustard set to be India’s 1st GM food, gets regulator nod

India is one step away from commercial production of its first GM food crop with the central biotech regulator on Thursday granting clearance for the commercial cultivation of genetically modified mustard that will now be considered for final approval by the Centre. The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recommended that the environment ministry approve GM mustard. The decision on commercial Read More


LeEco Said to Plan Sale of $420-Million Beijing Real Estate Amid Cash Crunch

HIGHLIGHTS LeEco is trying to raise funds amid a severe cash crunch The company recently scrapped a $2 billion deal to acquire Vizio Sale would allow LeEco to revert focus to its core businesses Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco is in talks to sell a prized property asset in the heart of Beijing it acquired in a $420 million deal last Read More


Alphabet’s Verily to Embark on Health-Mapping Study

HIGHLIGHTS Verily (then Google X) started Project Baseline in 2014 It aims at collecting human health data for optimum health needs of human Verily was spun into a separate unit in 2015 after Alphabet was formed Alphabet’s life sciences unit Verily on Wednesday announced a study to track people for years, right down to their genetics, in a quest for Read More


How Silicon Valley and the Circle Help Explain Our Love-Hate-Can’t-Live-Without Relationship With Technology

If it hadn’t happened in real life, the HBO comedy Silicon Valley surely would have invented Juicero. Pitched as “Keurig for juice,” the Wi-Fi-enabled product collected over $120 million in venture capital with the promise that tech-savvy health nuts would shell out $400 for the hardware and $5 to $8 for disposable, pre-cut “produce packs.” But in mid-April, Juicero turned Read More


The Unique Use of Dals in Our Favourite Indian Desserts

The way we use lentils in India is unique. Dals are an intrinsic part of the meal for vegetarians in almost all parts of the country, but they are also one of the most versatile ingredients of the Indian kitchen. As we all know, dals can make for delicious snacks and desserts too and across the country there is a Read More


Hooked on Painkillers? It Could Lead to Heart Attack Risk

Regular use of commonly prescribed painkillers can increase the risk of a heart attack as early as in the first week of use and especially within the first month of taking high doses, suggests a study. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain and inflammation can increase the risk of a heart attack from about 20 to Read More