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President calls for greater involvement of society to achieve literacy

On September 8, President Pranab Mukherjee sought greater involvement of the society in achieving higher literacy targets and said that without education India cannot claim its pride of place among nations. While presiding over the celebration of International Literacy Day in New Delhi, the President said, “Literacy alone can bring development, empowerment and sustainability and achieve desired goals set under ... Read More »

Tripura to achieve 100 percent literacy soon

On Tuesday, the Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar said that the state’s literacy rate will soon increase from the existing 96.82 percent to 100 percent and the neo-literate would become economically self-reliant in a phased manner. “After three phases of literacy campaign since 2011, the literacy rate now stands at 96.82 percent and it would touch 100 percent soon,” ... Read More »

Delhi school principals to get more autonomy: Sisodia

On September 8, the Delhi government announced that it has decided to do away with “administrative formalities” for routine matters in its schools and give more autonomy to principals for removing bottlenecks so that basic facilities can be provided to the students at the earliest. The announcement was made during the “State teachers award function”, where 75 Delhi government school ... Read More »

Mega Founder Kim Dotcom Extradition Hearing Opens in New Zealand

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom’s long-awaited extradition hearing opened in New Zealand Monday with the flamboyant founder of now-defunct Megaupload confident he can avoid being sent to the United States to face online piracy charges. The German insists he is a legitimate Internet entrepreneur, while US authorities allege his Megaupload empire promoted online theft on a grand scale. They claim Megaupload ... Read More »

UK Researchers Seek Permission to Use Human Embryo Genome Editing

Researchers have applied to Britain’s regulators to use new “genome editing” techniques on human embryos, says a statement released by the Francis Crick Institute. Genome editing techniques on human embryos are still seen as “forbidden fruit” in many countries. Once the the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) approves the application, the research project will focus on understanding the genes ... Read More »

NDTV Gadgets Is Now Gadgets 360

No, you haven’t accidentally stumbled upon some other site. NDTV Gadgets is now Gadgets 360. A new name, the same trust. So why the change? Before we get into that, some background. Over the last few years, NDTV Gadgets has established itself as the leading technology news and reviews website in India. That’s not just a claim we make, it’s ... Read More »

3D-Printed Guide Helps Regrow Nerve After Injury

Nerve damage is often permanent, but a team of US researchers has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. “This represents an important proof of concept of the 3D printing of custom nerve guides for the regeneration of complex nerve injuries,” said the study’s lead researcher Michael McAlpine, ... Read More »

Chinese Sperm Bank Attracts Donors With Promise of iPhone 6s

An online advertisement urging people not to sell their kidneys but instead donate sperm to win the latest iPhone 6s has gone viral in China, media reported. “No need to sell a kidney… Shanghai sperm bank can make your iPhone 6s dream come true,” said the advertisement which has gone viral on social networking app WeChat this week, reported Global ... Read More »

Artificial Intelligence Could Improve Breast Cancer Treatment

Using artificial intelligence, researchers have found a way to predict with over 70 percent accuracy a patient’s response to two common chemotherapy medications used to treat breast cancer. Based on personal genetic analysis of their tumours, patients with the same type of cancer can have different responses to the same medication. While some patients will respond well and go into ... Read More »

Twitter Says It’s Bigger Than Facebook, Depending on ‘How You Measure It’

With the Facebook user base touching 1.49 billion – or roughly 20 percent of the world’s population – can any social networking site claim to be bigger than this? Well, Twitter does. Although it has reported 316 million users in the second quarter – around five times less than Facebook’s figure – and its stocks not doing very well either, ... Read More »