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Five developers approach govt with SEZ cancellation plea

Five special economic zone (SEZ) developers including Abex Infocom have approached the government to surrender their IT sector tax-free zones. The Board of Approval (BoA) chaired by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia would take a decision on these applications in its meeting on April 28. All the five zones are from IT/ITeS sector. In all these cases, “formal approval has been Read More


Nottingham Trent scoops Whatuni’s int’l award

The International award, which is based on results exclusively from international students, saw NTU edge ahead of second place Swansea University and St Mary’s University Twickenham in third. British comedian Jimmy Carr presented the awards and higher education representatives from across the UK attended the lavish ceremony in central London. “We all just really enjoy working with international students, that is Read More


ALTO outlines portal plan in drive to standardise study travel

The concern over education agencies selling language school courses “based on what makes us the same, not what makes us different”, was an argument pitched against standardisation of language study booking in the Big Debate at the IALC Workshop last week. Thiago Espana explains ALTO’s plans to the audience of IALC member schools and agencies. Photo: IALC Amy Baker is a Read More


Odd-even 2.0 in Delhi: Real test begins Monday

The Odd-even Phase 2 is all set to debut in the national Capital on Friday. However, the acid test is expected to be from Monday onwards after the city get backs to routine after the weekend hangover. This extended weekend – beginning with Ambedkar Jayanti and Ram Navami – has seen all of Delhi’s and central government offices closed. Markets Read More


Zika virus ‘does cause birth defects’

“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … has confirmed that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects,” BBC News reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that “a causal relationship exists between prenatal Zika virus infection and microcephaly”, where babies are born with unusually small heads and brains. The media coverage explains that despite Read More


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Tata Steel: potential Port Talbot bidder says he is yet to decide on offer

Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty House is touted as possible saviour, but there are doubts as to whether it has resources to buy steelworks Sanjeev Gupta has met with the business secretary, Sajid Javid, to discuss a potential deal for Tata’s UK steel business. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters The Indian metals tycoon who has emerged as a potential saviour of Tata’s UK steel Read More


Concern As Reddit Kills ‘Warrant Canary’

Reddit has deleted a so-called “warrant canary” from its website, suggesting that it has received a user surveillance request from the US government. Websites are typically banned from revealing that they have been ordered to hand over user information, so some sites use a warrant canary to get round this. They post a notice on their site saying they have Read More


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Doing a PhD is as tough as training for a marathon – and I’m doing both

I used to wake up full of doubts about being a student again, but running has taught me to pace myself and stay focused ‘I’ve learned to embrace the freedom that my PhD provides, using it to my advantage.’ I used to have a normal job, with set working hours, drinks with colleagues on a Friday night and a desk Read More


‘Dying of heartache?’ Heart problems linked to bereavement

“You can die of a broken heart, study indicates,” The Guardian reports. The study found that people who lost a partner – especially if the death was unexpected – had an increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat up to a year after the death. The study specifically looked at a type of heart condition called atrial fibrillation that causes an Read More


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UK watchdog asks banks to check for ties to Panama Papers

Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority has asked 20 banks and other financial firms to check if they have any ties to Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, the regulator said on Thursday. A massive leak of documents from the firm released this week detailed how the world’s rich skipped through loopholes to park cash in low-tax jurisdictions. “We have written to the Read More