Porsche India logs sales of over 400 sports cars in 2016

Porsche India logs sales of over 400 sports cars in 2016
NEW DELHI: German sports carmaker Porsche sold over 400 cars in India last year, and said that the company will further expand its retail presence in the country as it adds to its product portfolio.

The company drove in two mid-engine sports cars in the market, the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster, adding to a range that includes Cayenne and Macan SUVs, Panamera sedan and 911 sports.

Pavan Shetty, Director for Porsche in India, said that the company expects sales in the country to witness a gradual growth as it makes deeper inroads through new dealerships.

The company is a part of the Volkswagen group, and started self-owned operations in India in 2012, when it disbanded an importer-led sales model.

Shetty said that the company will soon open a new dealership in Kochi, adding to its retail presence that is spread across Gurgaon, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bangalore. “We will not stop at this. As and when new opportunities come up, we will surely look at further increasing our presence.”

While the 718 Cayman roadster is priced at Rs 81.6 lakh, the Cayman coupe will cost Rs 85.5 lakh (both ex-showroom Delhi).

The models deliver the same performance, as the 2-litre engine powering them has a strength of 300 horse power and a maximum torque of 380 Newton metres. The top-end versions race from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and have a top speed of 275 km/h.

Deesch Papke, CEO of Porsche Middle East and Africa, said that India has a long-term potential, though actual sales here are quite a long distance from the volumes realised in key markets such as China, US, and the western European region.

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The company sold nearly 2.4 lakh units globally last year, and at 65,000 units, China was the single-biggest market.

“The Indian buyers are as well discerning as those in any other market. The majority of them are businessmen who are in their early forties,” Papk

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Prakash Javadekar: Fresh norms to be issued for CBSE schools to reduce school bag burden

At an event organised by the CBSE, Prakash Javadekar said that in order to reduce the burden of school bags on students, the ministry is working on fresh norms for CBSE schools.

Fresh norms to be issued for CBSE schools

Fresh norms to be issued for CBSE schools

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At an event organised by the CBSE, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that in order to reduce the burden of school bags on students, the HRD ministry is working on fresh norms for CBSE schools. He also gave the Green Schools Awards, instituted by the Centre for Science and Environment, among others to a school in Punjab’s Moga, a Kendriya Vidyalaya from Hebbal in Karnataka, and a sports school from Sonipat, Haryana.

Children from various schools were present at the event.

“I am going to reduce the weight of school bags… Carrying heavy bags is not necessary. It will definitely happen. We are preparing norms for CBSE schools that bundles of books and notebooks do not have to be needlessly carried,” he said.

While CBSE has directed its schools that students upto class 2 should not bring school bags and the restricted the number of books carried till class 8, the HRD ministry is looking at these aspects to make the norms more effective, broad based as well as comprehensive, ministry officials said.

Other changes expected

Javadekar added that another change he plans to make is regarding project work assigned to school children. He said that most of the time parents have to pitch in to complete the projects assigned to their wards.

Referring to an instance in his family, Javadekar said he once saw his granddaughter working on project-work at home with the help of her mother. When asked what was happening, he was told that without the assistance of adults, the teacher would not mark a ‘star’ for the assignment.

“…But the real education is where the child learns even if he makes a mistake. The seniors can guide though…The parents too need to be educated,” he said.

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94,832 candidates apply for MBA entrance exam in Maharashtra

As the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) received as many as 94,832 applications, several experts have attributed the growth to its better job prospects.

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As MBA courses are becoming popular among students due to its job oriented programmes, over 94, 000 aspirants in Maharashtra have applied for MBA entrance exam.

As the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) received as many as 94,832 applications, several experts have attributed the growth to its better job prospects.

Aspirants opt for CET

Following the implementation of state-held Common Entrance Test (CET), a single window for MBA admission, the need of taking multiple entrance tests has been considerably eased .

Earlier, aspirants have to take multiple tests such as Association of Indian Management Schools Test for Management Admissions and Common Management Admission Test for admission to MBA courses in the state.

Moreover, several coaching classes providing preparatory courses to aspirants have seen many students opting for CET.

“We have seen more students applying for CET this year. More students want to study in Maharashtra colleges than in previous years,” said Prasanth Nair, TIME manager, according to Indian Express.

He however observed that even if there is an increased in number of application which may indicate a rise in demand, it did not indicate a change in the management sector.

“The demand for MBA courses was at its peak around 2011 and today’s demand is not even close to what it was back then,” said Nair.

Aspirants may race for seats

As the number of applicant rapidly increased, the competition too has become tougher. Although the availability of seats is not exactly figured, it is speculated that there could be around 25,000 seats across the state.

According to DTE’s Director Dayanand Meshram, every three students will be competing for one seat.

Unlike this year’s increased in number of application, over 10,000 seats had remained vacant in the last academic session. Considering the huge proportion of seats lying vacant in many institutes over the last few years, some institutes have applied to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for reduction of intake capacity.

“The apex body for professional courses is likely to grant the permission to reduce intake. A final seat count will be available by April 30 when the AICTE grants Extension of Affiliation to all colleges,” said Ramesh Unnikrishnan, AICTE Western Region Director.

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Puducherry seeks exemption from NEET: CM Narayanasamy

“We will not be able to accept NEET based selection as schools in the Union Territory are not fully equipped to adopt the CBSE syllabus, which is the criterion for NEET based selection for medical courses”, Narayanasamy said.

In picture, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy (File photo)

In picture, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy (File photo)

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Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Wednesday pleaded to centre to exempt Puducherry from NEET based selection for admission to medical colleges during the 2017-2018 academic year. “I have written a letter to the Centre, making this plea,” he said.

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Presently, admissions to medical colleges, including privately managed institutions in the Union territory, are carried out through the Centralised Admission Committee on the basis of marks scored in the plus two public examinations. Besides a state government run medical college, there are seven private institutions in the union territory.

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Narayanasamy recalled that a resolution tabled by him on the floor of the assembly on January 24 on the matter had been adopted unanimously and it had since been sent to the Health Ministry to exempt Puducherry from the NEET purview.

“We will not be able to accept NEET based selection as schools in the Union Territory are not fully equipped to adopt the CBSE syllabus, which is the criterion for NEET based selection for medical courses”, Narayanasamy said. He said he would reiterate the plea during his coming visit to Delhi and meeting with the Union Health Minister.

Narayanasamy said air service from Puducherry would be revived soon and Air India had come forward to operate the service from Puducherry to Bangalore via Tiruchirapalli. The expansion of the runway would be taken up once land needed for the purpose and which was in the territorial limits of Tamil Nadu (the airport is close to Tamil Nadu border) was available from the neighbouring state.

“We will work out necessary modalities and logistics to operate the service between Puducherry and Bangalore through negotiations with Air India in New Delhi shortly” the Chief Minister said.

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Star Wars now part of UK academic courses

It is part of a range of courses that are open to the general public but do not carry degree credits, BBC News reported.

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Star Wars now in UK academic

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A new course for all Star Wars fans has been introduced by one of the leading universities of UK.

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This course has been inducted in the curriculum to explore the deeper meanings of George Lucas’ epic sci-fi film series of  that has enthralled the audiences for decades.

To enroll into this course, students need not travel to galaxies far away; they can just take admission in the University of Glasgow, where the day-long open access course is being run.

More about the philosophy course:

  • The University of Glasgow is conducting a day-long open access course on Star Wars on May 4
  • The course is named ‘Star Wars and Philosophy: Destiny, Justice and the Metaphysics of the Force’
  • Further, this course will examine how far people can be responsible for their own actions when their destiny is governed by “the Force”

Statements from university officials:

  • “The Star Wars universe is one in which a mysterious force, the Force, governs all and directs the destiny of individuals and civilisations alike”
  • “But what does the notion that a person has a destiny – a fixed future – tell us about how free that person’s actions really are, and how morally responsible for those actions they can legitimately be held to be?” it added
  • “This day event will examine this and associated questions concerning the relationship between there being a fixed future, free will, and moral praise or blame, all against the backdrop of George Lucas’ epic tale of the triumph of good over evil in a galaxy far, far away,” the university said

According to a recent BBC report, the Philosophy teacher John Donaldson will introduce concepts of free will and moral responsibility against the backdrop of the epic space drama.

It is part of a range of courses that are open to the general public but do not carry degree credits, it reported.

Here’s what the professor said:

“It’s a way of making philosophy more accessible. It’s an unfortunate fact that philosophy tends to be hidden away in universities,” said Donaldson.

Moreover, this is not the first time that the university has come up with this course, the varsity has previously run courses exploring the philosophical questions raised by The Sopranos, The Wire and The Simpsons.

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Gujarat Board decides to hold exam at two blacklisted exam centres

While as many as 468 students were apprehended of copying in mathematics paper alone from these three examination centres, only the Choila centre in Aravalli will not be holding the board examination.

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Following the cancellation of three examination centres in the tribal districts of Gujarat due to the alleged practice of mass copying during the examination in March last year, the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) is still considering holding the exam in the two centres as no alternative means were provided by the DEO.

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Of the three blacklisted exam centres — (Sabarkantha), Choila (Aravalli) and Bhikapura (Chhota Udepur), the board has decided to hold the exam next month at Lambadiya in Sabarkantha district and Bhikapura in Chhota Udepur district.

While as many as 468 students were apprehended for copying in the mathematics paper alone from these three examination centres, only the Choila centre in Aravalli is debarred from holding the board examination.

“These two centres stands as alternate arrangements could not be made by the respective district education officers. Though the board had issued orders for the cancellation last year but we have no other option than to continue conducting examinations,” said a GSHSEB Officer on Special Duty (OSD) M A Pathan, as reported in The Indian Express.

When contacted by IE, DEO of Sabarkantha R S Upadhyay said, “I have written to the board (GSHSEB) as well as the state government that the nearest examination centre is in Khedbrahma which is 35 kilometre far. For alternate arrangement, there is no building of required rooms and blocks where nearly 400-500 Class 10 students can take their exams. So, we are helpless and cannot shift the students to other centres.”

What happened in March last year?

According to an Indian Express report, while nearly 500 students scored over 90 per cent in the objective section in Class 10 mathematics, they scored zero in subjective section, which was detected by the board.

Subsequently, students who scored above 90 per cent in the objective section were apprehended during the hearing as these students were unable to even identify a triangle from a circle and even failed to solve simple arithmetics.

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Delhi Nursery admission: HC to deliver verdict today

Justice Manmohan will deliver the order on February 14 as the court has concluded hearing of arguments from counsels of the Delhi government and the petitioners

Delhi Nursery admission

Delhi Nursery admission

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday will render its judgment on petitions filed by two school bodies and a couple of parents to challenge circulars on guidelines for nursery admissions in the national capital for the 2017-18 academic session.

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The notifications by the Department of Education have made “distance” the primary criterion for admission of tiny tots.

Justice Manmohan will deliver the order on February 14 as the court has concluded the hearing of arguments from counsels of the Delhi government and the petitioners.

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The Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education, along with a few parents, had approached the court against the Delhi government`s notifications dated December 19, 2016, and January 7 that restricted 298 private schools built on public land to admit toddlers only by using the neighbourhood or distance criterion.

One of the major problems faced by these 298 private schools built on Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land due to the new guidelines is that they can no longer deny admission to any student from their neighbourhood who seeks admission.

The government’s January 7 notification said that these private schools “cannot refuse admission to the residents of the locality” and have to fill 75 per cent of their student seats. The remaining 25 per cent seats are reserved for children whose parents’ annual income is less than Rs 1 lakh.

The notification accorded priority to students living within a radius of 1 kilometre from the school concerned. In case the seats remain vacant, those living within a distance of 3 km will get the chance for admission.

There are 1,400 private unaided schools in the capital, of which, 298 are built on land allotted by the DDA.

The school associations claimed the notification was “illegal, arbitrary, whimsical and unconstitutional”.

The Delhi government has defended its decision, saying that land allotment letters to the schools clearly and explicitly mention that the “lessee school had willingly accepted the terms of allotment and on the same very terms of allotment, the lessee has been enjoying the property since the time of allotment”.

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Kids who love maths have higher chances of getting good marks

Scientists found that positive emotions and success at learning in math mutually reinforce each other.

Kids who love maths have higher chances of getting good marks

Kids who love maths have higher chances of getting good marks

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With not even a one month left for the CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 Board 2017 to begin, everyone is struggling with their weakest subjects. One subject that is like a nightmare to kids is Mathematics.

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According to latest study, children who love doing mathematics are more likely to have higher academic achievements.

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Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich in Germany conducted a research and studied how students’ emotions in a school context relate to their achievement.

The study focused on achievement in math, which is not only important for education and economic productivity but is also known to prompt strong emotional reactions in students.

Here’s what scientists revealed:

Scientists found that positive emotions and success at learning in math mutually reinforce each other.

Further, they said students’ learning and cognitive performance can be influenced by emotional reactions to learning, like enjoyment, anxiety and boredom.

Statements from researchers:

  • “We found that emotions influenced students’ math achievement over the years,” said Reinhard Pekrun, professor at LMU Munich and Australian Catholic University
  • “Students with higher intelligence had better grades and test scores, but those who also enjoyed and took pride in math had even better achievement,” Pekrun added
  • Moreover, Pekrun who led the study said, “Students who experienced anger, anxiety, shame, boredom, or hopelessness had lower achievement”
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India’s first floating elementary school in Manipur to render education to homeless

The school has been opened at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur under the initiative undertaken by All Loktak Lake Fisherman’s Union with the support of an NGO – People Resources Development Association (PRDA).

In picture, Loktak floating elementary school ( Image source- .facebook.com/vishwanath.waikhom)

In picture, Loktak floating elementary school ( Image source- .facebook.com/vishwanath.waikhom)

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The largest freshwater lake in the country, Loktak lake has now become home to the first of its kind loktak floating elementary school.

Situated about 50 km from Imphal, the school has been inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur.

Loktak lake: ‘Lifeline of Manipur’

The Loktak Lake is referred as the “lifeline of Manipur” as it is highly productive and many lives depend on the lake for endurance. The lake is also an Important Bird Area as it’s a potential breeding site for waterfowl and is a staging site for migratory birds.

This ancient lake serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. It is also a source of livelihood for the rural fisherman who lives in the surrounding areas and on phumdis, also known as “phumshongs”.

School aims to provide education to dropout students and illiterate adults

Now, the Loktak Lake has added another feather to its cap by supporting the first of its kind floating elementary school. The school was recently inaugurated at the Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village in Manipur. It aims to provide education to dropout students, who were rendered homeless due to the recent evacuation of phumdis.

The school has been opened under the initiative undertaken by All Loktak Lake Fisherman’s Union with the support of an NGO – People Resources Development Association (PRDA). The school will not only cater to the need of the children but to illiterate adults as well, and will accommodate 25 students and two teachers from the community.

The honorarium of the volunteers will be sanctioned by the PRDA, under the project called ‘Empowering vulnerable local communities for sustainable development’, which is funded by Action Aid India.

Views of a local

“As most of us are uneducated and mostly depend upon on fishing as a meagre source of income, we are unable to send our children to school to another place. So, looking at the current scenario, we decided to set up a primary school here initiated by All Loktak Lake Fishermen’s Union in collaboration with People Resources Development Association,” said Oinam Rajen Singh, a local.

“Once the programme is successful and provides quality education to students, we will expand our project and increase the classes as well. Based on India govt. drive on free education to all, we will increase the class up to 8th standard so that opportunities are also given to the drop-out students,” he added.

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IIM Calcutta and IIM Shillong to be renamed

Two of the best management institutes of the country– IIM(Indian Institute of Management) Calcutta and IIM Shillong– will now be renamed according to the IIM Bill.

IIM Calcutta and IIM Shillong to be renamed

IIM Calcutta and IIM Shillong to be renamed

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Two of the best management institutes of the country– IIM(Indian Institute of Management) Calcutta and IIM Shillong– will now be renamed according to the IIM Bill which was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. While former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s name will be dropped from IIM Shillong, IIM Calcutta will be renamed as IIM Kolkata.

As per a Live Mint report, the bill mentions that the name of the existing IIM in Calcutta, registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 will change. The “name of the institute incorporated under this Act” will be “Indian Institute of Management Kolkata”, says the bill.

While that may be in keeping with the change in the official spelling, IIM Bangalore name is not about to change to IIM Bengaluru. While Calcutta changed to Kolkata in 2001, Bangalore changed to Bengaluru in 2014 to better reflect local language usage.

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The Calcutta name change will also change its brand name from IIM-C to IIM-K. However, IIM Kozhikode is already referred as IIM-K. Besides, the top three IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta have commonly referred as ABC in the IIM community and industry for decades. However, the National Democratic Alliance government has removed former Congress Prime Ministers’ names from various government schemes.

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