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Early home learning improves kids grades: Study

The positive effects of a rich home learning environment during a child’s early years continue into adolescence and help improve test scores later in life, says a study. Published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement, the research shows preschoolers whose parents regularly read and talked about books with them scored better on math tests at

SC agrees to hear plea against Maratha quota

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a petition challenging s Bombay High Court judgment, allowing reservations for Marathas in jobs and educational institution. The matter will come up for hearing on Friday. The Bombay High Court in June upheld the validity of reservations in education and government jobs granted to the Maratha community

Jharkhand witnesses 35% rainfall deficit

Jharkhand is witnessing a 35 per cent rainfall deficit in this monsoon season, a Met Department official said here on Monday.”Jharkhand has received only 181 mm rainfall against the normal 276 mm till now. In the last two days, the rainfall has improved and it will continue for next 48 hours,” S.D Kothal, Director of

Karnataka Congress ministers ready to resign: Deputy CM

In a bid to save the year-old coalition government, the Congress ministers are ready to resign for the sake of accommodating rebel legislators in the cabinet, said Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara on Monday. “All of us (Congress Ministers) may resign to accommodate our rebel legislators in the cabinet. If my party asks me to

29 passengers killed in Yamuna Expressway accident

At least 29 people were killed on Monday when a passenger bus fell into a gorge on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.The bus, after hitting the divider, fell into the 40-feet-deep gap between two flyovers on the Yamuna Expressway near Milestone 161 (Jharna nallah) under Etmadpur police jurisdiction of Agra district at around 4.15 a.m. The double-decker

Feeling safe most important for hospitalised kids

A feeling of safety and good night’s sleep are the things that matter the most to sick kids in hospital. Published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, the study fills a gap in our understanding of how children are feeling in hospital settings. For the study, researchers developed the ‘Needs of Children Questionnaire’ (NCQ), the

Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce dies at 20

Actor Cameron Boyce, best known for his performance in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, has died at age 20. According to ABC News, the actor passed away on Saturday morning after suffering a seizure as a result of “an ongoing medical condition”. “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that

Crab mentality exists in small towns: Super 30’s Anand Kumar

Educationist and founder of the ‘Super 30‘ programme Anand Kumar says he faced several problems in continuing his journey to educate underprivileged children in Patna.He blames the “crab in the bucket” mentality of people in small towns for all the obstacles which came his way while educating the children. “When it comes to a big

M.S. Dhoni: Not just a name, but an emotion

Remember in 2005, then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had become a fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his hairstyle. In fact, Musharraf was so much in awe of Dhoni’s hairstyle during the Pakistan tour of 2006, that he advised him to not get a haircut.However, he did change his hairstyle, probably disappointing the former Pakistan

Budget for more power to customs officers, industry fears misuse

While the government on one hand claims to ensure ease of doing business, the Budget proposal authorising customs officers to detain a person for verification in the interest of revenue or for preventing smuggling has serious scope for misuse. Such persons would be required to undergo authentication and an enabling provision has been proposed in

12 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

At least 12 people were killed and 80 others injured on Sunday in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan Ghazni city, authorities said.The bombing, which appeared to target a military base, has been claimed by the Taliban. “The attack took place in the morning at around 8.30 a.m. near a local base of the National

UP man kills wife for refusing sex, cuts his own genitals

In a bizarre incident, a man killed his wife for refusing to have sex with him and then cut his own genitals.The 24-year-old accused is undergoing treatment in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur. According to police reports, the incident took place in Pokhara village in Siddharthanagar where the husband Anwarul Hasan lives.The

Mystery of Punjab vanishing players in foreign shores

It’s a game of sportspersons from Punjab being sent abroad illegally for economic reasons by dubious sports bodies.These sports federations are, in fact, selling dollar dreams to Punjabis, say experts. Police officials admit it is a multi-million-dollar ingenious migration racket being run as there is no mechanism to keep a close tab on the modus

‘Gandhipedia’ being developed as social media portal: Culture Ministry

The ‘Gandhipedia’ is being developed as a social media portal that will contain original works related to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, a Culture Ministry official told. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had mentioned about Gandhipedia during the course of her Budget speech in the Parliament on Friday. The Central government has planned

3 booked for raping 4-year-old dog in UP

Three people have been booked in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly raping a four-year-old dog in Hathras district.According to the police, the three accused kidnapped the dog from its owner’s house and later took turns to rape the female canine in Jalesar Road area. An FIR has been registered against Dinesh Kumar and two unidentified persons

Over 81,000 perform Amarnath Yatra in six days

At least 81,630 pilgrims have performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra since it began on July 1, while another batch of 4,773 pilgrims on Sunday left Jammu for Kashmir Valley, officials said. The yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys. “Of these, 2,022 yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 2,751 are

Kolkata Police bans burning of waste material

The Kolkata Police has banned the burning of waste material like plastic, tyres, pulp or organic and solid waste, diapers and garbage, it said in an order on Friday. The order, issued by the commissioner of city police, has come into force with effect from July 3, and will be valid up to August 31

Gurinder Singh Khalsa, who won a turban battle in America,won the award

In the US, the award for a turban warring film written by Gurinder Singh Khalsa, and a short film made by Punjabi Sikh Gurinder Singh, who fought the turban battle in the US, got the honor. It is worth mentioning that the story of this movie is based on the incident when in May 2007

Halle Berry congratulates Halle Bailey on her ‘Little Mermaid’ casting

Oscar winner Halle Berry has extended best wishes to her namesake Halle Bailey for bagging the lead role in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of “Little Mermaid”.Bailey, who with her sister forms R&B duo Chloe x Halle, will be portraying Ariel in the Rob Marshall-directed film. Berry, 52, took to Twitter to congratulate the young actor

This BP drug may up risk of bowel condition

Researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have identified a blood pressure-lowering drug — non-dihydropyridine, a calcium channel blocker — that may increase the risk of a bowel condition called diverticulosis. This condition causes small bulges or pouches to appear in the lining of the intestine. Particularly affecting the elderly (as many as 65 per cent


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