We don’t want fly-by-night operators: Kapil Sibal on US varsities

WASHINGTON, DC: Union Minister of Human Resources and Development Kapil Sibal was in Washington, DC, last week to attend the first US-India Higher Education Summit, which was held on October 13th. Chaired by the minister and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the education dialogue is part of a series of cabinet-level engagements between the two countries in a number of ...

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Sony’s Xperia hits Japan smartphone market via Emobile

Sony Ericsson has brought its smallest Android smartphone to Japan as part of new partnership with EMOBILE last week to debut Sony Ericsson’s Xperia mini line, as the ‘Sony Ericsson mini’. The partnership will drive further growth and expand Sony Ericsson’s market share in Japan by providing a high-specification product well suited to the highly mobile, data-hungry customers. EMOBILE is ...

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iPhone 4S sales racing towards 5 million

Apple said on Monday it has sold over 4 million of its new iPhone 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14. This is far above than what its rival Samsung Electronics sold in the first one week. Samsung could sell 10 million units of its Galaxy S II in the first five months. Apart from the latest ...

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Kerala needs a new development ‘model’

By Javad K. Hassan Ever since the Center for Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram came out with a study highlighting Kerala’s accomplishments in the areas of its material quality of living, health and education some four decades ago, the phrase “Kerala model” has had a life of its own. An array of eminent academics and public intellectuals — most notably, Nobel ...

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IIT alumni meet in New York ponders success

By Sujeet Rajan NEW YORK: Sixty years ago, on August 18, 1951, when the first Indian Institute of Technology was inaugurated at Kharagpur, the New York Times ran a front page story which emphasized that in course of time, the “IITians will be known for their loyalty to their alma mater and many Alumni Associations will be active in India ...

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OPINION: Pakistan Puzzle for US Remains

OPINION: By M. Osman Siddique WASHINGTON: The relationship between the United States and Pakistan is slipping from bad to worse. To say that there exists a “trust deficit” between the two countries is simply an understatement. Pakistan is the only Islamic country that has its own nuclear armaments. Although at odds today, Pakistan and the United States remain deeply co-dependent ...

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Former BJP CM of Karnataka Yeddyurappa sent to jail

In a final twist to the ongoing saga over Bellary illegal mining row, former chief minister of Karnataka B.S. Yeddyurappa was also sent to jail on Saturday by a Lokayukta court, rejecting his bail plea. He will be held in Bangalore’s Parappana Agrahara jail until Oct. 22. Yeddyurappa, who was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the Saginaw Valley State University ...

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iPhone 4S hits stores, sold out on Day One

iPhone 5 lovers were initially disappointed as Apple unveiled its latest  iPhone 4S with voice navigation feature that it calls “Siri” early this month. But the latest feature Siri voice navigation was nonetheless impressive as record sales on day one show. Apple lovers queued up to lay their hands on the latest Apple iPhone 4S which hit the stores on Friday ...

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PSLV-C18 successfully launched, 4 satellites placed in orbit

The Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C18 ( PSLV-C18) and placed four satellites in their designated orbits. The Indo-French satellite Megha-Tropiques will track the weather, and two satellites are for educational institutions, and the fourth is from Luxembourg. “The launch was a great success and it demonstrates the reliability and versatility of PSLV ...

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comScore Releases September 2011 U.S. Search Engine Rankings–Google tops

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly search analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in September with 65.3 percent of search queries conducted.   U.S. Explicit Core Search Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in September with 65.3 percent market share ...

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CEO Confidence Declines Again, The Conference Board Reports

The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence, which had declined in the second quarter, fell further in the third quarter. The Measure now stands at 42, down from 55 last quarter (a reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses). Says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: “CEO Confidence has declined substantially ...

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Occupy Wall Street: A temporary phenomenon?

ORC International’s comprehensive social media analysis* over the last 30 days of Occupy Wall Street, shows sentiment is split toward the Occupy Wall street movement with 39% positive, 33% negative, and 28% mixed sentiment.  Additionally, the global market research firm showed that while social dialog peaked on October 6- post President Obama’s response- with an estimated one million posts, the ...

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ISRO begins countdown for PSLV-C18 Megha-Tropiques mission’s launch

India’s ISRO has begun countdown for the launch of PSLV-C18/Megha-Tropiques mission, at Satish Dhawan Space Centre(SDSC) – SHAR, Sriharikota on Wednesday morning. It is scheduled to be lifted off at 11:00 hrs (IST) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The 50 hour countdown commenced at 09:00 hours today (October 10, 2011). During the Countdown, propellant-filling operations of the liquid propellant second ...

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Post-Jobs, Apple gears up for new iOS 5 launch

The new version of iOS 5 from Apple will be launched on Wednesday, for the first time without the legendary CEO Steve Jobs guiding the stage from behind. Though iOS 5 made its debut early in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the latest version is an update with 200 plus new features, making Apple’s hand-held devices break from the ...

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Apple’s iPhone 4S gets 1 million pre-orders on Day One

Apple said pre-orders of its   iPhone 4 S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order ecord of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iphone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual core A5 chip for blazing fast performance  and stunning graphics ; an all new ...

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Sony ropes in Wolfman to write for multiplayer online game PlanetSide 2

Sony Online Entertainment said award-winning author Marv Wolfman has joined its team to write the historic fiction for the upcoming massively multiplayer online first person shooter (MMOFPS), PlanetSide2. This will be the first time the PlanetSide franchise narrative has been detailed. “Marv is an extremely talented writer and was an instrumental partner in the creation of DC Universe™ Online; we ...

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Cambridgeshire couple come forward to claim £101 million Euromillion jackpot

A couple in the United Kingdom has come forward to claim the Euromillion’s jackpot of £101 million that was announced on Friday. Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire is the couple who won in Friday’s draw and scooped £101,203,600.70, an impressive jackpot from this pan-European lottery. The win sees the couple claim the third biggest lottery prize in ...

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