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A ‘vacuum’ in education: We need to teach kids, not just hold exams

A ‘vacuum’ in education: We need to teach kids, not just hold exams

The intention is to guide teachers as well as students through the entire syllabus without leaving any gaps in the teaching-learning process. (Photo: Representational image) India does not have a system of education,” proclaimed Prof. Krishna Kumar in his recent talk on “Teaching the Indian Constitution” at a conference in Kolkata. “We have a system [...]

August 13, 2019 Loknath Das Education Comments Off on A ‘vacuum’ in education: We need to teach kids, not just hold exams

India needs education, not Hindi chauvenism

India needs education, not Hindi chauvenism

It is just as well that the government has junked a proposal in the K Kasturirangan education panel’s report—the official line is that this was a ‘draft’, not the final policy—that suggested reviving the three-language formula with a focus on mandatory Hindi in non-Hindi-speaking states. Protests, spearheaded by Tamil Nadu, against the “imposition of Hindi”, [...]

June 4, 2019 Loknath Das Education Comments Off on India needs education, not Hindi chauvenism

Health screening ‘not meeting targets’, report finds

Health screening ‘not meeting targets’, report finds

None of the three main health screening programmes in England – bowel, breast or cervical – met their targets last year, according to a report by the National Audit Office. There were also delays in cervical screening results reaching half of women tested, with a backlog of nearly 100,000 samples. Bowel screening performed best, narrowly [...]

February 1, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Health screening ‘not meeting targets’, report finds

It’s Not Marriage, But Money That Keeps Most Urban Housewives Away From Starting Own Business: Study

It’s Not Marriage, But Money That Keeps Most Urban Housewives Away From Starting Own Business: Study

The last five years saw an unprecedented entrepreneurial boom in India with small to mid-scale start-ups proliferating at a dime a dozen rate. However, a new study reveals that not all men and women have benefited equally from this growth spurt which has remained largely male dominated. In a study called ‘Britannia Marie Gold Indian [...]

January 20, 2019 Loknath Das Business Comments Off on It’s Not Marriage, But Money That Keeps Most Urban Housewives Away From Starting Own Business: Study

Cramer’s lightning round: I’m not a fan of Netflix’s stock as an end-of-year buy

Cramer’s lightning round: I’m not a fan of Netflix’s stock as an end-of-year buy

Netflix Inc.: “Candidly, I’m not a fan of Netflix. I’m not a fan of Netflix because I think that a lot of it depends on the content and I just don’t find the content as compelling as it once was. I think it’s a good story, but not a great story, because it’s up so [...]

December 3, 2018 Loknath Das Home Deco Comments Off on Cramer’s lightning round: I’m not a fan of Netflix’s stock as an end-of-year buy

Russians tease Trump for canceling his G-20 meeting with Putin, blame US politics, not Ukraine

Russians tease Trump for canceling his G-20 meeting with Putin, blame US politics, not Ukraine

Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) looks at U.S. President Donald Trump during the welcoming ceremony prior to the G20 Summit’s Plenary Meeting on November 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Senior Russian officials publicly chided U.S. President Donald Trump following his announcement on Thursday that he would no longer meet [...]

December 1, 2018 Loknath Das Business Comments Off on Russians tease Trump for canceling his G-20 meeting with Putin, blame US politics, not Ukraine

Children, Teens Should Not Be On A Paleo Or Gluten-Free Diet

Children, Teens Should Not Be On A Paleo Or Gluten-Free Diet

The low-carb paleo diet has been one of the most searched diets online in recent years. Many of the leading paleo programs actively market to teens, and a few years back, a celebrity chef in Australia even co-wrote a paleo cookbook for babies and kids. Public health officials there warned that the paleo diet, which [...]

August 28, 2018 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Children, Teens Should Not Be On A Paleo Or Gluten-Free Diet

Exercise may not help combat mental decline in dementia patients

Exercise may not help combat mental decline in dementia patients

A new research suggests that moderate to high-intensity exercise does not slow cognitive decline in people with dementia. Although the exercise programme improved physical fitness, it cannot be recommended as a treatment option for cognitive impairment in dementia, say the researchers. Nearly 47.5 million people worldwide have dementia and the view that exercise might slow [...]

May 22, 2018 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Exercise may not help combat mental decline in dementia patients

Not just your diet: Weight-loss surgery may halve risk of death in adults

Not just your diet: Weight-loss surgery may halve risk of death in adults

Obese middle-aged men and women who undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss may have reduced their risk of death by 50 % than those tackling their weight through diet and behaviour alone, finds a study. Weight loss in bariatric surgery is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through [...]

January 19, 2018 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Not just your diet: Weight-loss surgery may halve risk of death in adults

Not just a ‘woman’s problem’: Here are causes, symptoms, treatment of male infertility

Not just a ‘woman’s problem’: Here are causes, symptoms, treatment of male infertility

Infertility, both in men and women, has become quite common these days and is on the rise in India. As per estimates, there has been a 20% to 30% rise in infertility in the country in the last five years. Infertility is neither an urban phenomenon nor is it confined only to women. Studies have [...]

January 19, 2018 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Not just a ‘woman’s problem’: Here are causes, symptoms, treatment of male infertility

Worried about diabetes? Drinking 100% fruit juice will not affect your blood sugar levels

Worried about diabetes? Drinking 100% fruit juice will not affect your blood sugar levels

Drinking 100% fruit juice does not raise blood sugar levels, according to a study. The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100% fruit juice is not associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and supports a growing body of evidence that 100% fruit juice has no significant effect on glycemic [...]

January 19, 2018 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Worried about diabetes? Drinking 100% fruit juice will not affect your blood sugar levels

Pixel 2 Not Detecting Voice Input Over Bluetooth, Pixel 2 XL Users Report Unresponsive Edges

Pixel 2 Not Detecting Voice Input Over Bluetooth, Pixel 2 XL Users Report Unresponsive Edges

HIGHLIGHTS Pixel 2 largely restricts Google Assistant on Bluetooth headphones Google acknowledges the issue and confirms its fix Pixel 2 XL reported to have unresponsive edges A stable experience is what Google needs nowadays to counter the iPhone X. However, following the massive criticism over the blue-tint display and some premature screen burn-in issues on the Pixel 2 XL, Google’s Pixel 2 is [...]

November 18, 2017 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on Pixel 2 Not Detecting Voice Input Over Bluetooth, Pixel 2 XL Users Report Unresponsive Edges