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Budget 2017: Philip Hammond hopes to prove grim forecasts wrong

The chancellor said clarity around Brexit would increase consumer confidence and lead to higher growth in the economy. But a new report has warned of the longest fall in people’s living standards since records began over 60 years ago. Labour said Mr Hammond was “cut-off from the real lives of people”. The reduced growth forecasts, blamed on the economy’s flat productivity, threatened ... Read More »

Bigger share of aid budget for education, say MPs

Education should receive a bigger share of the UK’s overseas aid budget, a cross-party report from MPs says. The International Development Select Committee said education is vital to improving lives in the world’s poorest countries. The proportion of the UK’s aid budget spent on education was about 7% in 2015, according to MPs. Stephen Twigg, who chairs the committee, said ... Read More »

Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale: Samsung, Micromax, Panasonic, Infinix Offer Discounts on Budget Smartphones

HIGHLIGHTS Samsung On5, On7, and J3 Pro are all priced under Rs. 7,000 The Infinix Hot 4 Pro is going to priced at Rs. 6,499 Flipkart’s Big Billion Days smartphone sale will begin on September 21 Flipkart’s annual Big Billion Days sale will commence on September 20 and go on till September 24 in the country. The smartphone sale will ... Read More »

Meizu A5 Budget Smartphone Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

HIGHLIGHTS The smartphone has expandable storage of up to 128GB The Meizu A5 is available in China for now It supports 4G VoLTE as well Chinese manufacturer Meizu has launched a new ‘A’ series smartphone. The Meizu A5’s big highlight is its budget price tag. The smartphone is listed on the company’s website, and the price of the smartphone is at CNY ... Read More »

Education budget: A paradise lost

“But all was false and hollow; though his tongue Dropp’d manna and could make the worse appear the better reason.” John Milton, Paradise Lost, II.I.112 W e had a vision of a more perfect nation where democracy and equality were more than aspirations. We believed we could make this piece of paradise real with the unity of the people and ... Read More »

Education Budget Cuts, Student Aid Problems And More

National K-12 and higher ed news came fast and furious this week. Here are our highlights to help you keep on top. The president’s “skinny budget” has cuts for education The biggest story of our week happened early Thursday morning when President Trump released his budget outline, historically known as a “skinny budget” because it has few details. The U.S. ... Read More »

Budget 2017: Spend on education sector seen falling short

Sidhartha Shukla Moneycontrol Budget 2017-18 was billed as ‘no-nonsense’ by many, but its impact on the education sector is not yet clear. The government has allocated roughly Rs 80,000 crore for the sector, about 10 percent higher than last year. While the number may seem huge, one has to view it in proportion to the total expenditure. Compared to peers, India ... Read More »

Budget 2017: IRCTC Service Charge Waived on Booking Tickets Online

HIGHLIGHTS IRCTC service charge has been removed permanently Service charge for online tickets was Rs. 20 for Sleeper class tickets Rs. 40 service charge was levied for AC tickets With Union Budget 2017-18, the government has permanently waived off the IRCTC service charge levied on booking railway tickets online from the website. Making the announcement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said ... Read More »

Budget 2017: Payments Industry Hails Proposal to Cap Cash Transactions and More

The payments industry has hailed Budget proposals to cap cash transactions at Rs. 3 lakh and reduce the levies on digital payment equipment, saying the moves will fasten the less-cash drive. “We welcome various measures to promote digital economy announced in the new Budget,” ItzCash head and Chairman of the industry lobby Payments Council of India said in a statement. ... Read More »

69 Percent of SMBs Focus IT Budget on Emerging Tech

Sixty-nine percent of small and medium-sized businesses are devoting part of their IT budget for 2016 to newer and emerging technologies. These include technologies like 3D printers and wearable devices, as well as dashboard and data visualization software applications. The stat comes from a new survey-based whitepaper by technology company Insight Enterprises Inc. (NASDAQ: NSIT). That figure raises to three in ... Read More »