Cisco experiments cloud-based remote class near Bangalore

Cisco is experimenting its remote education system in government schools using the Cisco Education Enabled Development (CEED) platform under its Inclusive Growth initiative. The pilot will deploy specialized remote supplementary teaching for five government schools in Hoskote Taluk, Bangalore Rural District in the state of Karnataka. AN MoU has been signed with the government of Karnataka. “Using the CEED platform, ...

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UK buyer wins £101-million worth lottery in Euromillions jackpot

A Euromillions ticket sold in the United Kingdom won  £101 million on Friday with numbers 18, 26, 34, 38 and 42 and the Lucky Star numbers 5 and 8. It had reached the amount after a series of rollovers. The details of the winner are not known immediately. This is the third largest lottery jackpot in UK history. In July, ...

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Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 goes to 3 women – Sirleaf, Gbowee and Karman

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is to be divided in three equal parts between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa’s first democratically elected female president.  Since ...

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Will Taj Mahal collapse?

The Taj Mahal will collapse within five years unless its foundation is re-worked, say local leaders and green activists. The 358-year-old marble mausoleum attracts four million visitors a year and was an architectural wonder constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the city of Agra. It was also a symbol of love as the emperor built it in memory ...

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Forest ranger murdered by poaching gang in Cameroon

Another incident involving poachers in Cameroon in West Central Africa who are turning violent came forth and a forest ranger has been killed, another seriously injured outside a national park in Cameroon on Sept. 27 about 10 kilometres from Cameroon’s border with Central African Republic. The two rangers were on patrol near Lobéké National Park, where WWF provides critical support ...

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Nobel 2011 Literature Prize goes homeward, to poet Tomas Transtromer

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011 was awarded to Poet Tomas Tranströmer and the citation said, “through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”. Tomas Tranströmer was born in Stockholm on 15 April 1931. His mother Helmy was a schoolteacher and his father Gösta Tranströmer a journalist. After graduating in 1950 from Södra Latin grammar school ...

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Retracing the spirit in Steve Jobs’ last mail

Here is a copy of the last e-mail sent by Steve Jobs to the  Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community on August 24: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day ...

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Tim Cook’s e-mail on Steve Jobs death

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent the following e-mail to Apple employees notifying the death of Steve Jobs. “Team,I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today. Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough ...

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Steve Jobs dead: Remembering his India connection

It’s finally curtains down for legendary CEO Steve Jobs who co-founded technology giant firm Apple that is better known for its latest iPhones and iPads than its early Macintosh computers. Steve Jobs, who had undergone a liver transplant after suffering from pancreatic cancer and opted out of the CEO position in August this year, may remain as the company’s unforgotten ...

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Apple’s iconic hero Steve Jobs passed away

Apple’s chairman and its iconic CEO for decades Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday. Born on Feb. 24, 1955 to an American mother and Syrian father, Steve was given away in adoption. He later grew up in California and was among the first to foresee the technological innovation in the field of computers. He was one of the co-founders of ...

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Obama to dedicate King’s memorial on Oct. 16

U.S. President Barack Obama will dedicate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, which opened to the public in August in Washington, DC on October 16. Designed by Roma Design Group, the memorial occupies a four-acre site on the Tidal Basin on axis with the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The design strengthens the relationship between the King, Jefferson and Lincoln ...

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iPhone 4S could have saved Michael Jackson?

iPhone 4S would have saved Michael Jackson, had it been released before he was dead. It could have sent out messages which could have alerted his hospital to send the rescue team without depending on his doctor alone. Going by the latest revelations in the ongoing trial of his doctor who had used his iPhone during the last moments of ...

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Don’t even smell sewage, it has 234 known viruses: study

Don’t ever smell sewage, a new study reveals that there are 234 known viruses in it besides harmful bacteria, germs and, of course, insects. Scientists have identified 234 known viruses so far in sewage flushed out in three cities of  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Barcelona in Spain and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The finding reverses the widely-held belief that only ...

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Samsung tops US mobile industry: comScore report

comScore’s latest report on key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending August 2011 shows that in a survey of more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers, Samsung was found to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.3 percent market share. Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 43.7 ...

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Forget iPhone 4S, here’s ‘iPhone 5’ on sale in China

As Apple disappointed iPhone 5 enthusiasts, Chinese grey market has come out with its own version of iPhone 5 which is on “sale” and the price tag is merely $50, making it one of the cheapest smartphones. Officials have swooped down on a mall in Shanghai and seized fake iPhone 5 devices on Wednesday, which were reportedly 90 percent replicas ...

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Telangana agitation update: Roadblocks in Nalgonda, no power in many districts

Andhra Pradesh is under siege as vehicles from Andhra region were stopped by anti-Telangana protesters from entering Hyderabad near  Vijayawada while many travellers to the state capital were left stranded with no hope in sight for the 24-day-old agitation. On the other side, in Telangana districts like Nalgonda, roadblocks were held by protesters and many of them had to be ...

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Raw sewage contains 234 known viruses too, reveals study

Scientists have identified 234 known viruses, besides harmful bacteria and insects in sewage flushed out in three cities of  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Barcelona in Spain and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The finding reverses the widely-held belief that only bacteria and germs were present in sewage and it may revolutionize the way we keep ourselves clean. While 17 viruses found ...

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