West Bengal: Make changes in new bill, teachers request Education Minister

Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

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After meeting education minister Partha Chatterjee in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday, a five-member team of various teachers’ organisations submitted a seven page deputation requesting to introduce changes in the new education bill that was passed recently.

However, several teachers’ organisations participated in a march to assembly that was stopped by police at Y-channel in Esplanade, and the teachers alleged police for using force.

Views of WBCUTA general secretary

Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

“The police used force to stop us from marching towards Assembly. Later a five-member delegation was allowed to meet the education minister. We have requested him to look at our demands and make a few changes in the West Bengal Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill, 2017. He gave us a patient hearing and also condemned the act of the police,” Praharaj said, as reported by Indian Express

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With per capita income at Rs 1 lakh, Indians splurging; here’s where to make money

When Titan surprised this month coming out unscathed from the impact of demonetisation and posting solid topline growth for December quarter, it confirmed that India’s discretionary spending story thrived through a tough phase of cash squeeze in the domestic economy.

Some other data points also confirm this. The much-talked-about Aamir Khan movie ‘Dangal’ crossed the Rs 300 crore mark during the December quarter to become the highest grosser of 2016.

This January, India’s car sales grew 10 per cent, with C2 category cars – those priced between Rs 8 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh – growing 22.8% to 48,100 units from 39,145 units in the same month last year. Growth in this segment was driven by cars such as the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The three cars saw a 20 per cent – plus growth in sales during the month.

Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, has underlined this trend in his blog, saying: “The growth of the middle class and rising incomes in many emerging markets mean more discretionary income is available for leisure pursuits. We think this area represents interesting opportunities for investors – one that’s quite fun to explore.”

Is it a theme that is going to stand out as India comes out of the demonetisation pain? Is leisure spending going to emerge the next best bet for equity investors?

Investment gurus are pretty confident themes like leisure spending and discretionary consumption are going to work in an economy, where the per capita income is projected to cross Rs 1 lakh in FY17 from Rs 93,231 in FY16, Rs 86,879 in FY15, Rs 79,412 in FY14 and Rs 71,050 in FY14.

Cinema chains, high-end bike producers, operators of theme parks and quick service restaurants (QSR) stand out within this theme.

Ever since India slapped the cash ban on November 8, share prices of PVR, Westlife Development, Eros International, Wonderla Holidays and Jubilant FoodWorks climbed 1.30 per cent, 15.20 per cent, 9 per cent, 1 per cent and 2 per cent, respectively, till February 10.

Market watchers believe the dining out culture is likely to grow fast in India.

In his blog, Mobius said quick-service restaurants are the name of the game in India. They have experienced a compounded annual growth rate of 25 per cent. About half of India’s total population eats out at least once every three months and in bustling urban metro areas, the number rises to eight times in a month. With a young population, rising disposable incomes and more women in the workforce, it’s easy to see why the ‘eating out’ culture looks set to continue growing in India.

Multiplex chain operator PVR recently reported a 20.76 per cent drop in consolidated net profit at Rs 23.89 crore for the December quarter due to higher expenses. The company had reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 30.15 crore for the corresponding quarter of the last financial year. PVR’s total income from operations during the quarter under review grew 7.44 per cent to Rs 537.71 crore from Rs 500.46 crore for the same period last financial year.

Comparing Bollywood with Hollywood, Mobius said, “Movies produced in the United States (Hollywood) have depended on international sales when revenue at home has been disappointing. Today, China, India and other countries in and outside of Asia are beginning to compete. The ‘Bollywood’ name has become globally recognisable with an annual output of more than 1,000 films, which is double that of Hollywood, although Bollywood’s revenues are much lower and only about 15 per cent of which come from international sales. Low cost of producing animation in India and other Asian countries has added another dimension to the film industry that could spur further growth.

Some analysts say Jubilant FoodWorks, PVR, Westlife Development and Wonderla are some of the cool bets to play under the discretionary spend theme.

Global brokerage houses such as CLSA, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanely are bullish on Jubilant FoodWorks.

CLSA has maintained a ‘buy’ rating on Jubilant FoodWorks and raised target price to Rs 1,250 from Rs 1,100 earlier. Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are overweight on Jubilant FoodWorks with target prices of Rs 1,230 and Rs 1,150, respectively.

Morgan Stanley believes the impact of the currency replacement programme was rather lower than estimates and sees a 100 basis points increase in operating margins for the company after GST implementation.

Jubilant FoodWorks operates Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’s Donuts chains in India under franchising agreement with the parent companies.

Westlife Development reported 13.20 per cent year-on-year increase in gross sales at Rs 238.04 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. It had reported revenue of Rs 210.28 crore in the same quarter last year.

Domestic brokerage house Anand Rathi Financial Services is bullish on Westlife Development with a target price of Rs 270 (Rs 210 earlier).

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Tokyo wants to make Olympic medals from old smartphones

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Japan will kick off a drive this week to collect old smartphones and other portable gadgets so that they can be turned into medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The project will be launched on Thursday by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government with a goal of collecting up to 2 million used devices to recycle.

Gadgets like smartphones contain small amounts of precious metals in their chips and circuit boards. The quantities are tiny but they’re valuable enough to make recovery worth the expense.

In the case of a smartphone, there’s about 0.048 grams of gold, 0.26 grams of silver, and 12.7 grams of bronze. To make the roughly 5,000 medals that will be awarded in 2020, organizers will need 10 kilograms of gold, 1,230kg of silver, and 736kg of bronze. (The amount of gold is much less because those medals are plated and not solid gold).

The campaign is asking citizens to turn in used smartphones, digital cameras, video cameras, audio players, portable game devices, remote controls, electronic calculators, GPS units, and AC power adapters.

While the project will begin small with a single collection point at a convenience store in the Metropolitan Government building, it will go national in April when consumers will be able to donate used gadgets at 2,400 shops of mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo

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Intel pursues Moore’s Law with plan to make first 7-nm chips this year

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Credit: Intel

Intel’s next big Moore’s Law advance will be a 7-nm pilot plant it is establishing this year to explore the upcoming manufacturing process.

The chipmaker announced it was establishing the pilot plant during an earnings call on Thursday.

For decades, Moore’s Law has been the guiding light for Intel to make teenier, faster, and more power-efficient chips. The effort has helped PC makers continuously shrink laptops and mobile devices while adding longer battery life.

Intel is trying to hang onto the long-standing observation as a way to push its chip technology forward. However, some experts argue Moore’s Law is expiring as it becomes physically impossible to cram more features on smaller chips.

The pilot plant will test and iron out kinks in manufacturing 7-nm chips. Intel hasn’t said when it’ll start shipping 7-nm chips in volume, but it won’t be in the next two to three years.

“The pilot line is about figuring out how to make billions of chips,” said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research.

The pilot plant has limited production, but it sets the stage for Intel to invest billions in larger factories to make smaller 7-nm chips.

“Once they have the process locked down, it’s replicated in the other plants,” McCarron said.

Intel’s latest chips, based on Kaby Lake, are made using the 14-nanometer process, and the company is now moving to 10-nm with its upcoming Cannonlake chip, which was shown in a PC at CES earlier this month. The 7-nm chips will come after the 10-nm process.

Cannonlake chips will ship in small volumes by year-end, and their availability will expand next year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during the earnings call.

Moore’s Law has also helped Intel roll out new chips on a yearly basis like clockwork. Intel first interpreted Moore’s Law as a way to double the number of transistors in chips every 18 to 24 months, which doubles performance.

But that interpretation didn’t work on the 14-nm process, where it became a challenge to cram more transistors in smaller geometries. Intel dealt with embarrassing product delays and had to move away from its decades-old schedule of advancing the manufacturing process every two years.

Intel also broke away from its history of making two new chip technologies with each manufacturing cycle. It made three new chip technologies — Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake — with the 14-nm process.

The chipmaker now isn’t worried about doubling the transistor count with every new chip generation. Instead, Intel is now interpreting Moore’s Law more in line with the economics related to cost-per-transistor, which would drop with scaling. That’s an important part of Moore’s Law.

Intel last year said it was trying to get back to a two-year manufacturing cycle with the 7-nm process, but with smarter chip designs.

The 7-nm process could bring radical design changes to chips, which will be much smaller and power efficient. Intel’s planning on using exotic III-V materials like gallium-nitride for faster chips that could bring laptops longer battery life.

Intel is looking at the 7-nm process to alleviate some of the challenges it faces on the 14-nm and 10-nm processors. The company has hinted it would introduce EUV (extreme ultraviolet) tools in the manufacturing process. EUV will help etch finer features on chips, but its implementation has been delayed multiple times.

The pilot factory will help validate all those features, and then allow Intel to order equipment for the new factories, McCarron said.

Competitors like Globalfoundries and Samsung are getting a head-start on the 7-nm process. Globalfoundries has said it will start making 7-nm chips by 2018, and ARM has released tools for the design of 7-nm chips. It’s not clear if Globalfoundries will do 7-nm test runs or start making chips in large volumes.

Samsung and Globalfoundries have just started making 10-nm chips like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, which will appear in smartphones soon.

Globalfoundries is a close partner with IBM, which produced the first 7-nm chips last year.

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iBuypower’s,Snowblind,case,will,make,your,PC,look,absolutely,insane,for,a,very,low,price

Most trade show tech demos never actually wind up as retail products. But that won’t be the case for iBuypower’s mesmerizing Project Snowblind case, which will go on sale next month.

Did you see the video above? Look at it! Snowblind is nuts.

The concept, which iBuypower developed with help from Intel, takes a transparent LCD display typically used in digital signage, and integrates it into the side of an NZXT N450 case.

This means video or system diagnostics can be displayed on the case window, all without obscuring the high-end components inside. Since it’s an LCD panel, the window requires power—and content—so it plugs into the system’s graphics card. In the near-final Snowblind system iBuypower showed me, the case display appeared in the OS as a second monitor, and Snowblind widgets were running on the free Rainmeter desktop skinning tool.

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Gordon Mah Ung

iBuypower’s Snowblind case window is driven just like a normal monitor over DVI.

The transparent display effect looks best when running over an all white interior. And because these LCD screens are delicate, iBuypower protects them with a layer of glass. The screen size is about 19 inches diagonal with a resolution of 1280×1024. iBuypower also said the final iteration will support color images and video, though it will be somewhat washed out.

Theat 1280×1024 resolution may sound absurdly low for a modern display, but for a case window, the video and the images appeared quite sharp to my eye.

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Gordon Mah Ung

Snowblind didn’t appear to need external AC power to run, but it does require this box to slot into an expansion port.

Transparent digital signage isn’t new technology, but iBuypower looks to be first to integrate this kind of display into a PC, and actually sell it for an affordable price.

That last point is the kicker. When iBuypower showed off Snowblind at Computex in June, most thought it was cool but expected it to be far too expensive to ever be implemented.

iBuypower, though, says the cost of a Snowblind window will add just $250 to one of its PC builds, and will be available as soon as February.

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Make education free and compulsory till Class 12: MPs give suggestion on New Education Policy

inisters expressed their concerns about unfilled vacancies, on the issue of languages including Sanskrit, out of school children and also difficulties faced by children belonging to minorities

Make education free and compulsory upto class 12, suggested MPs

Make education free and compulsory upto class 12, suggested MPs

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In a discussion with the Human Resource Development Ministry on New Education Policy, the Member of Parliament (MPs) gave some of the suggestions like make education free and compulsory up to class 12, emphasis on skill-based learning and focusing on the needs of rural India. It is learnt that the ministry may hold another such consultation with more MPs.

Later, addressing an event HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said that over 40 parliamentarians had expressed their views while several gave their suggestions in writing also.

More on the report:

  • It is also learnt that Javadekar have told the Parliamentarians that the draft of the panel led by TSR Subramanian is not final and the government will appoint another committee “headed by an educationist” to draft the NEP
  • Shashi Tharoor of the Congress, initiated the discussion and among others who were present were Satyanarain Jatiya of the BJP, C P Narayanan of the CPI(M), Dhananjay Mahadik of the NCP, Derek O Brien of the TMC, Hussain Dalwai (Cong)
  • Sources said some of the members spoke about their views while others expressed concerns about unfilled vacancies, on the issue of languages including Sanskrit, out of school children and also difficulties faced by children belonging to minorities
  • “Javadekar provided the members with suggestions from time to time and also took suggestions. He also explained that the draft is not ready yet and the suggestions would be considered,” a source said
  • Among other suggestions, the MPs sought installation of CCTVs in schools and colleges to make them more secure, mainstreaming out of school children etc.
  • source”cnbc”

Make Vedic maths a moral education part of CBSE syllabus: Madhya Pradesh govt recommendation

Vedic maths and moral education based on the Bhagavad Gita might be included in NCERT books as a part of the CBSE syllabus.

Representational image, The government will request the centre to give its approval for inclusion of lessons on ancient scientists and alternate methods in different streams by including them in NCERT (Image source: www.globalpartnership.org)

Representational image, The government will request the centre to give its approval for inclusion of lessons on ancient scientists and alternate methods in different streams by including them in NCERT (Image source: www.globalpartnership.org)

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The vedic mathematics and moral education based on teachings of ‘Bhagavad Gita’ need to be included in the syllabus of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools, recommends Madhya Pradesh government to the centre on Tuesday.

Views of State Public Relations Minister Narottam Mishra:

  • State Public Relations Minister and Cabinet Spokesperson Narottam Mishra told reporters, “The state cabinet, at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has decided to recommend to the Centre to teach vedic maths and impart moral education based on (the holy scripture) ‘Bhagavad Gita’ to the students of CBSE-run schools by incorporating it in the NCERT books.”
  • “The government decided to introduce NCERT syllabus in the state-run schools in the stream of science, maths and commerce in two-phases – initially from class 1 to 7, 9 and 11 standards in 2017-18, and classes 8, 10 and 12 in the 2018-19 academic year,” Mishra said

More on the report:

  • It is learned that the government will request the centre to give its approval for inclusion of lessons on ancient scientists and alternate methods in different streams by including them in the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks
  • The cabinet also took a decision to introduce the NCERT books in state-run schools in two phases
  • Presently, textbooks prepared by Madhya Pradesh Textbook Corporation (MPTC) are taught in the schools run by Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE)
  • A presentation was made at the meeting on the newly-constituted Ministry of Happiness
  • The chief minister directed to ensure “the maximum participation” of people in the programmes organised by the ministry and said these programmes should not be confined within the government alone, Mishra said
  • He also informed that the government has decided to organise ‘Anand Utsav’ from January 14 to 21 at the village panchayat level at 10,000 locations across the state
  • “Each panchayat will get Rs 15,000 for organising events under the programme,” he added.
  • source”gsmarena”

‘Night mode’ (eye strain reduction) could make a return on Nexus devices

Many were upset that ‘Night mode’ went missing on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X once the Android Nougat 7.1 beta OTA was installed. After much buzz about the omission of Night mode, Ian Lake from Google spoke about why the feature went missing: “it requires driver support that is no present on Nexus devices,” This was about a couple of weeks ago.

“Night Light” feature from Google PixelMany users submitted feedback for the beta (as this is what the program is meant for), and many of them reported the lack of night mode as a bug: saying that night mode should be in the settings, but it is not, and that the issue is happening 100% of the time. Google must have heard everyone loud and clear because today someone at Google has marked the issue as “closed” with a status of “FutureRelease”.

This technically means that the issue has been resolved and that the fix for the issue will be applied in a future update. Perhaps Google only removed Night mode because it was inconsistent with the Google Pixel’s “Night Light”, as that’s what it is called on the new phone.

In any case, we expect to see the eye strain reduction feature make its way back to the Nexus 6P and 5X on the Beta program. Thanks Google!

source”gsmarena”

Make Vedic maths a moral education part of CBSE syllabus: Madhya Pradesh govt recommendation

Vedic maths and moral education based on the Bhagavad Gita might be included in NCERT books as a part of the CBSE syllabus.

Representational image, The government will request the centre to give its approval for inclusion of lessons on ancient scientists and alternate methods in different streams by including them in NCERT (Image source: www.globalpartnership.org)

Representational image, The government will request the centre to give its approval for inclusion of lessons on ancient scientists and alternate methods in different streams by including them in NCERT (Image source: www.globalpartnership.org)

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  • Niti Ayog organises workshop on school education quality index
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The vedic mathematics and moral education based on teachings of ‘Bhagavad Gita’ need to be included in the syllabus of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools, recommends Madhya Pradesh government to the centre on Tuesday.

Views of State Public Relations Minister Narottam Mishra:

  • State Public Relations Minister and Cabinet Spokesperson Narottam Mishra told reporters, “The state cabinet, at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has decided to recommend to the Centre to teach vedic maths and impart moral education based on (the holy scripture) ‘Bhagavad Gita’ to the students of CBSE-run schools by incorporating it in the NCERT books.”
  • “The government decided to introduce NCERT syllabus in the state-run schools in the stream of science, maths and commerce in two-phases – initially from class 1 to 7, 9 and 11 standards in 2017-18, and classes 8, 10 and 12 in the 2018-19 academic year,” Mishra said

More on the report:

  • It is learned that the government will request the centre to give its approval for inclusion of lessons on ancient scientists and alternate methods in different streams by including them in the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks
  • The cabinet also took a decision to introduce the NCERT books in state-run schools in two phases
  • Presently, textbooks prepared by Madhya Pradesh Textbook Corporation (MPTC) are taught in the schools run by Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE)
  • A presentation was made at the meeting on the newly-constituted Ministry of Happiness
  • The chief minister directed to ensure “the maximum participation” of people in the programmes organised by the ministry and said these programmes should not be confined within the government alone, Mishra said
  • He also informed that the government has decided to organise ‘Anand Utsav’ from January 14 to 21 at the village panchayat level at 10,000 locations across the state
  • “Each panchayat will get Rs 15,000 for organising events under the programme,” he added.
source”cnbc”

YouTube adds HDR support to make videos more vibrant

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YouTube’s adding another buzzword to its stable of video technology.

The Google-owned service already rolled support for 4K resolution, 360-degree video, spatial audio, and 60 frames-per-second videos (in a hat-tip to gamers) in recent months. Now, YouTube’s pulling the trigger on high-dynamic range (HDR) videos, nearly 7 months after Netflix first introduced HDR support.

HDR’s the up and coming display technology for encouraging more people to upgrade their TV sets. HDR offers truer colors than standard displays thanks to a wider range of dark and light. Improving colors using HDR has a few noticeable side effects, including better contrast, more vibrant visuals, and a generally clearer picture.

As of Monday, YouTube supports HDR, but right now there are only a limited number of videos that take advantage of the new feature. Google suggests that audio/visual fans check out this YouTube HDR playlist featuring content from MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob + Katie Schwarz, and Abandon Visuals.

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Google

A simulated look at the difference between SDR and HDR.

YouTube creators can now upload HDR videos to YouTube to keep the high quality colors rolling. Hoping to encourage more HDR content, the YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles and New York are equipped with HDR-capable gear for creators.

The impact on you at home: To view HDR vidoes you’ll need an HDR-equipped television set as well as an HDR-capable device, such as the $69 Chromecast Ultra. Google says 2016 Samsung 4K TVs will also soon support YouTube HDR. Unfortunately, PC monitors featuring HDR have yet to hit the streets.

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