Ministers under fire as student loan interest hits 6.3%

Ministers under fire as student loan interest hits 6.3%

The rate rise affects students who started after 2012. Photograph: Alamy Ministers are facing renewed criticism over university funding after an increase in student loan borrowing costs using a “flawed” measure of inflation. The interest rate on loans for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will rise by up to 6.3% from September, up from the current 6.1% for anyone who started studying after 2012. The change is a consequence of the increase in the retail price index (RPI) for last month to 3.3% from 3.1% in March a…

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Iker Casillas’ 1000th match of career ends on dismal note as Porto suffer defeat at Belenenses

Iker Casillas’ 1000th match of career ends on dismal note as Porto suffer defeat at Belenenses

Lisbon: Iconic Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas played the 1000th match of his career on Monday as Portuguese title contenders Porto suffered a damaging 2-0 defeat at Belenenses. File image of Porto’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas. AFP Casillas was making his 108th appearance for Porto, having previously turned out 725 times with boyhood club Real Madrid while earning 167 caps for Spain. He captained his country to their first World Cup title in 2010 as well as consecutive European Championships, in 2008 and 2012. The 36-year-old broke through into the Real first…

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Conflicts break out as institutes take over coastal lands

Conflicts break out as institutes take over coastal lands

The social and economic problems related to acquisition of private property have gained much media attention in recent years. The debates have shown that government decisions over property are not the last word. However, what has been far less stated is how the government deals with lands that are not under individual ownership. Coastal common lands A big part of India’s development story unfolds in what is called common lands, popularly known as the ‘commons’. They come in myriad forms such as forests, grasslands, riverbeds or wetlands and have been…

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Fall in enrolment in state-run schools as English medium trumps mid-day meals

Fall in enrolment in state-run schools as English medium trumps mid-day meals

The lure of an English medium education might be replacing the allure of free mid-day meals, the Union human resource development ministry has indicated to a parliamentary panel that sought reasons for the fall in enrolment in state-run primary schools. The house panel asked why new admissions to government primary schools had come down by 15% while they had gone up by 33% in private schools between 2010-11 and 2014-15. The human resource development (HRD) ministry replied in its action-taken report on January 5 that a mushrooming of private institutions…

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The Career Audit You Should Conduct As We Head Into The New Year

The Career Audit You Should Conduct As We Head Into The New Year

According to research by The Conference Board, 52.3% of Americans are unhappy at work. This is significant, considering that about three decades ago the percentage of people unhappy at work was just 39.9%. Research from Gallup also shows that a whopping 51% of the U.S. workforce are unengaged. As 2017 is coming to an end, especially if you’re not satisfied with your current job, it might be a good idea to perform a career audit. Here are some areas to look at when conducting a career audit: 1. REVIEW YOUR ROLES One of the…

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Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms

Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms

Spain will move to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy unless the region’s leader drops his push for independence, the deputy prime minister says. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría gave the warning a day before a Spanish deadline to Carles Puigdemont was due to expire. Catalonia’s government has insisted it will not meet Madrid’s demands in the wake of a disputed vote on secession. There have been protests over the detention of two leaders of the separatist movement. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart are being held while they are investigated for sedition – a…

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Retail As Marketing: Redefining The Retail Experience

Retail As Marketing: Redefining The Retail Experience

Shutterstock In the pre-digital era, the relationship between brick-and-mortar retail stores and their customers was largely transactional— places to fulfill supply and demand. Yet as online commerce continues to grow exponentially, the role of the retail store is shifting from purely pragmatic to more experiential. Moving forward, the key to survival for retail stores may rely on their ability to act as a living showcase for products and brands. Take Coach, for instance, which has made some radical yet effective changes in its approach. Last year, the company pulled its…

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Kuldeep Yadav identified as major asset, career to be closely monitored by Indian team management

Kuldeep Yadav identified as major asset, career to be closely monitored by Indian team management

 The core group of Indian team management wants to have a proper plan in place for young Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who is expected to play a big role for the national team across formats in the long run. With Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja plying their trade in English county circuit, young Kuldeep will lead the spin attack against Sri Lanka. However skipper Virat Kohli, chief coach Ravi Shastri and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad want to handle the UP youngster with a lot of care. Kuldeep is certainly in…

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Venezuela’s Maduro claims poll victory as opposition cries foul

Venezuela’s Maduro claims poll victory as opposition cries foul

Electoral officials in Venezuela say turnout in the controversial election for a constituent assembly was 41.5%, a figure disputed by the opposition. The opposition coalition said 88% of voters abstained and it refused to recognise the election. It also called for more protests on Monday. Sunday’s election was marred by violence, with widespread protests and at least 10 people killed. President Nicolás Maduro hailed the poll as a “vote for the revolution”. Image copyrightEPAImage captionPresident Maduro hailed the vote as a victory Vote highlights polarisation – Katy Watson, BBC South…

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Bill Declaring 15 IIITs as Institutes of National Importance Passed

Bill Declaring 15 IIITs as Institutes of National Importance Passed

  The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed a bill to declare 15 IIITs set up through public-private partnership mode as “institutions of national importance” as well as to set up such institutes through collaboration. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017, provides for the establishment of these institutes through the partnership among the Centre, the state governments concerned and industry partners, which could be individuals, trusts, companies, or societies. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in April. In order to establish such an institute, the…

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