UK economic growth picks up as stockpiling bolsters manufacturing

Manufacturing increased by 1.5% in January but by only 0.9% in March. Photograph: Si Barber/Bloomberg News Britain’s economy strengthened in the first three months of the year, with growth of 0.5% helped by unprecedented stockpiling by manufacturersfearful of the impact from a no-deal Brexit. It was an improvement on 0.2% growth in the previous three months and was bolstered by the strongest quarterly performance for manufacturers since 1988, with factory output up 2.2%, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics. However, widespread uncertainty about the Brexit negotiations proved to have a…

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SC relaxes norms: Is the jig against Maharashtra’s dance bars finally up?

Even after the Supreme Court (SC) partially struck down the 2016 law governing dance bars, the state government is confident about strict regulation of such bars. While hoteliers welcomed the order, they are also sceptical whether they will be able to run the bars like before. On Thursday, the apex court, on pleas of hotel and restaurant owners , relaxed stringent conditions set by the state that made it virtually impossible to get licences for dance bars. The court ruled that it was okay to regulate the bars, but that…

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Campus connect: E-learning gets thumbs up from Pune’s student community

However, in the midst of increasing e-learning centres in the city, many have raised concerns about the challenges posed to the traditional methods of learning. “The education sector is changing everyday and in a few years, it is bound to experience a drastic change when students can literally shop online for the courses they want to study. That can pose a threat to traditional forms, but the paradigm shift in the scenario needs to be adapted to,” said Swati Mujumdar, director, Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning and principal director of…

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IAS officer B Chandrakala, a rage on social media for her videos, raided in UP mining scam

B Chandrakala, the 38-year-old IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh made headline news on Saturday when CBI teams raided her houses in Uttar Pradesh and Telangana as part of its probe into the politically-sensitive UP’s mining scam. It appeared to be an irony. The 2008 batch IAS officer was best known for taking action against her subordinates, mostly due to the widely-circulated videos of the officer going out on surprise inspections and pulling up civic officials, sometimes over lack of quality in building material and at others, some lack of sanitation.…

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Green Coffee Benefits: Just Another Healthy Reason to Drink Up

          Whether sipped early morning to get you out of bed or downing a cup with a late-night dessert, you’ll have to agree that there isn’t a more universally loved hot beverage than coffee. Taste is a personal thing, so it’s never right or wrong. But the perfect cup is all about choosing the right beans. I found an exciting new variety that you might have not discovered yet. The coffee bean has an adventurous life. They are actually seeds enclosed in a red berry. These…

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5 Natural Ways to Remove Make Up

Parties, weddings or any special occasion calls for a little makeup. No matter what you wear, a little dab of blush and a stroke of eyeliner or a peppy lip colour can elevate your look from ordinary to glam. While most of us dedicate a good amount of time in applying makeup on our face to perfect our look, we often neglect to remove it after the party. Sure, post party can get very tiresome, but this little mistake can be the cause of your beauty woes in the long…

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How To Make The Perfect Sunny Side Up

              Sunny Side Up. You see it on your breakfast table almost every other day. You also see a version of it on your favourite cooking show. But why is it that you always end up with an oozing yolk, and they get it right each time they crack open an egg over the pan? You have the same egg in hand, you have cracked it in the same way, but your yolk just refuses to stay firm in its place. The sunny side up can be perfected with the…

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Online degrees soon to be recognised in India, 15% universities likely to set up such courses

India will allow 15 percent of its universities to offer degrees online, excluding engineering and medicine, according to a report in Mint. This will be the first time India will be allowing universities to offer degrees, i.e., undergraduate and postgraduate courses to be taken up online.  The norms of these degrees are in the process of getting formulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and is likely to be out within a month. Although online degrees have existed in India, many a time the UGC has termed it to be an invalid…

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