IIT Madras Student Found Hanging, Second Suicide in a Month

19th October 2015

CHENNAI:  A student of the IIT or Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, was found hanging in his hostel room this morning. The student was in his fourth year of electrical engineering. The police say no suicide note has been found. The boy’s parents in Kerala’s Kollam are expected to arrive in Chennai tonight. This comes nearly a month after another student of the same institute, 23-year-old Nagendra Reddy, was found hanging…

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Has Salman Khan Finally Lost His Bachelor Tag?

19th October 2015

Salman reportedly introduced Iulia to his family at his sister Arpita’s wedding THE NEWS SEEMS TO HAVE FILTERED IN FROM IULIA’S HOMETOWN, BUCHAREST, AFTER SHE WAS SPOTTED WITH A ROCK ON HER FINGER. HER PUBLICIST HAS REPORTEDLY EVEN CONFIRMED THAT SHE IS NOW ENGAGED AND WILL GET MARRIED NEXT YEAR Strong rumours about the eternal bachelor Salman Khan having finally lost his bachelor tag have been doing the rounds. (Also…

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Dutch authorities set to release findings on downing of flight MH17

13th October 2015

SERGEI KARPUKHIN / REUTERS Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 lies in the Ukrainian countryside.  The Dutch Safety Board, investigatng the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, is expected to say it was downed by a Russian-made Buk missile but not say who was responsible for firing it. A total of 298 people were killed when MH17 was blown out of the sky on July 17…

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I’ll always be a boy from Donegal, says Professor Bill after winning Nobel Prize

6th October 2015

Professor William C ­Campbell, originally from Ramelton, and Professor Satoshi Omura were jointly awarded the prize for ­discovering a drug which fights infections caused by roundworm parasites. The drug, Avermectin, has radically lowered the incidence of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. The drug has also shown effectiveness against a growing range of other parasitic diseases. Health Minister Leo ­Varadkar said the professor’s work “is already bringing benefits to people across…

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During their ”rough patch”, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs sought solace in Indian temple?

1st October 2015

New Delhi: During a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s best kept secret got unravelled. None other than Zuckerberg himself revealed that when his company Facebook was going through a ”rough phase”, Apple founder Steve Jobs had advised him to visit an ashram in Uttarakhand to overcome the crisis. While sharing some candid moments with PM Modi, the Facebook CEO told of finding inspiration to continue…

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The Digital Makeover of McGraw-Hill Education

29th September 2015

American educational publisher McGraw-Hill, known for long in India for its books published in collaboration with the Tatas, is now independently charting out the new course of the future – in digital learning. With the international publishing market being flat for a while, McGraw-Hill, under its new owners, private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which acquired the business from McGraw-Hill Companies in March 2013 for $2.4 billion (roughly Rs. 15,842…

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Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale to Be App-Only, Start October 13

29th September 2015

Flipkart on Monday announced that this year’s Big Billion Days sale will kick-off October 13, and end on October 17. Last year’s Big Billion Day sale enraged buyers for ‘cheating’ on discounts and problems faced by users while making purchases, from site crashes to wrong prices and other errors. “As an app-only shopping event, our ‘big billion days’ have exciting offers and discounts across 70 product categories for customers,” Flipkart…

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Indian Startup Process 9 Eyes $2.5 Billion Language Translation Vertical

29th September 2015

Gurgaon-based startup Process 9, a software firm providing localisation solutions including translation and transliteration across 9 Indian languages, on Monday said it is eyeing the $1-$2.5 billion language translation market opportunity in India. “While the translation market opportunity for the world stands at $40 billion (roughly Rs. 2,64,314 crores), India stands at approximately $1-$2.5 billion (roughly Rs. 6,607 crores – Rs. 16,519 crores). Our solution will not only aid businesses…

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Indian Railways Knowledge Portal Launched

29th September 2015

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Monday launched “Indian Railway Knowledge Portal” for dissemination of information about the Indian railroads. “Knowledge, innovation and research plays a very important role in any organisation; the spread of knowledge must be such that whole society contributes towards the development of the nation,” Prabhu said at an event to launch the web-based portal. According to the ministry, the initiative is in line with the…

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Mumbai Central to be first station to get Google’s wi-fi network

28th September 2015

RailTel ties up with Google to set up Wi-Fi network at 400 railway stations RailTel Corporation of India, a PSU under the Ministry of Railways, said that it has partnered with Google to set up a high-speed Wi-Fi network at 400 stations across the country. As a part of this engagement, Mumbai Central is the first station where the Wi-Fi design prototype is being set up and validated and is…

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First French airstrikes destroy IS training camp in Syria

28th September 2015

The future of Syria cannot be with Bashar al-Assad, says French President Francois Hollande. Six French jet fighters targeted and destroyed an Islamic State training camp in eastern Syria, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday, making good on a promise to go after the group that the President has said is planning attacks against several countries, including France. The airstrikes were the first in Syria by France as it expands…

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