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Pointers to demonetisation

2019-08-16

Pointers for demonetisation capsule 1 & 2 will be uploaded by tonight... stay tuned!

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Bitcoin use causing huge CO2 emissions

2019-06-18

Bitcoin mining has increased rapidly in recent years, raising the question of whether it is imposing an additional burden on the climate. The use of Bitcoin — a popular virtual currency — emits over 22 megatonnes of carbon dioxide annually, comparable to the total emissions of cities such as Las Vegas and Vienna, a study has found. Researchers from Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany carried out a detailed calculation of the carbon footprint of the Bitcoin system. For a Bitcoin transfer to be executed and validated, a mathematical puzzle must be solved by an ..

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Saudi Crown Prince warns countries against ‘exploiting’ Khashoggi murder

2019-06-17

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has warned against “exploiting” the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi for political gains, in what appeared to be a veiled attack on Turkey. Turkey’s ties with Saudi Arabia have come under strain since the brutal murder last October of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials were the first to report the murder and have continued to press Saudi Arabia for information on the whereabouts of his dismembered body, which has yet to be found. “The death of Jamal Khashoggi is a very painful crime,” Princ..

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Flipkart cash burn at $1 billion under Walmart

2019-06-17

Walmart-owned Indian ecommerce company Flipkart has burned nearly $1 billion since the US retail giant acquired a majority stake in it, regulatory filings showed, as it pushes aggressively to stave off rival Amazon for control of the country’s online marketplace. Walmart last week disclosed in regulatory filings that Flipkart had $1.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents on its books as of April 30, down from the $2.2 billion the Indian company held in August 2018 when the US retail giant invested $16 billion for a 77% stake. Of the $2.7 billion in cash globally that Walmart said was ..

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Govt move to cut internal marks leaves parents of CBSE, ICSE students miffed

2019-06-17

Parents said that it was wrong to say that internal marks allotted by CBSE and ICSE Boards were given “arbitrarily” by teachers. These 20 marks were inclusive of the terminal exam and two unit tests, notebook keeping, practical and oral exams, and projects.

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I gifted ₹2.5 crore flat to my yoga teacher: Kangana

2019-06-17

Actress Kangana Ranaut has revealed that she is not on social media as she cannot invest so much time on something that doesn’t deal with an issue. “My sister Rangoli says though I have helped people build hospitals and gifted a ₹2.5-crore flat to my yoga teacher, nobody knows about these things as I don’t talk about it,” she added.

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Shake It Habibi! Saudi Arabia Will Soon Have A ‘Halal Nightclub’ And People Can’t Keep Calm

2019-06-15

There’s much more to Saudi Arabia than camel-riding Bedouins, palm tress, extremely hot weather and sacred places for Muslims. Yes, we have all seen high-end cars zooming through the crystal smooth roads and Arab men and women feasting on more than enough food. What next: A vivacious nightlife? Yes, if all goes by the plan, the Kingdom will have its first ever nightclub.    Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman is all out to bring reforms in the Kingdom, leaving behind certain traditions that are clearly of medieval taste. And now, according to reports, the..

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Nepal schools make Mandarin compulsory after China offers to pay teachers' salaries

2019-06-15

proposal of covering salaries of teachers in Nepal who teach  Mandarin  have prompted many private schools in the Himalayan nation to make it mandatory for students to learn the language, according to a media report.   The move came at a time when the Chinese involvement in Nepal is surging, largely on the back of Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a project boycotted by India as it comprises the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.   Many schools across Nepal have made i..

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Avengers Endgame needs a miracle to surpass Avatar’s worldwide collection

2019-06-15

What looked certain not long ago is looking more and more difficult now. Avengers: Endgame will likely not be able to cross Avatar’s worldwide box office earnings by the time it is out of theaters. A report in Forbes says Endgame has crossed what could be its final benchmark. It has crossed the domestic total of Jurassic Park, when adjusted for inflation. So far Endgame has earned 825.82 million dollars in North America. It will be a miracle if Endgame breaks any more records.     At the worldwide box office, it has minted 2.73 billion dollars so far. Avatar ended i..

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48 Bihar children dead; litchi to blame?

2019-06-15

Is the recent deaths of 48 children aged below 10 years in Muzaffarpur and its neighbouring districts linked to the luscious Litchi? If the advisory issued by the Bihar government on Wednesday is taken into account, it seems so. The officials of the health department have advised the parents not to feed their children litchis empty stomach. And also, avoid gulping either half-ripe or unripe litchis as a precautionary measure. Besides, the Muzaffarpur civil surgeon S P Singh, who is closely monitoring treatment of the children admitted to the government run hospitals and the primary health cen..

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Fact Check: 63°C claim from Kuwait — is it really a world record?

2019-06-14

Last Saturday, Kuwait reportedly recorded the highest temperature on Earth at 63°C under sunlight (and 52.2°C in the shadows). The claim was reported Thursday in Gulf News, which quoted the Al Qabas newspaper, and added that Al Majmaah in Saudi Arabia recorded 55°C. Unless the Kuwait temperature is verified, however, the world record stands at 56.7°C, recorded at Death Valley in Furnace Creek Ranch, California, on July 10, 1913. The United Nations agency World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has often examined claims of weather and climate records. One temperatur..

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