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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Morkel may put Test cricket first as career winds down

Morkel may put Test cricket first as career winds down

Morne Morkel could consider playing only one format of international cricket, and it may well be Tests, as he reaches the twilight of his career. At 32, Morkel considers his career “nearly finished” and will meet with CSA at the end of the ongoing tour to England to discuss his future. Unlike some of his senior team-mates such as AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, Morkel does not appear to be eyeing the 2019 World Cup as a swansong, despite recent reappearances in the one-day team. Asked how long he…

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Students as customers in management institutes

Students as customers in management institutes

NATION Economy & Nation Students as customers in management institutes Chandraprabha Venkatagiri 21 June 2017 0 A director of a well-known management institution in Mumbai was a man who believed in discipline. Nothing wrong with that. However, he treated the faculty members in such a condescending manner that attrition became severe in a couple of years. One of my students who returned to India after completing his doctorate from Cornell and had joined this institute, recalled with horror – “This man was over 60 and had a strong hold with the…

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Punjab’s pvt colleges refuse to enrol SC students on scholarship as state fails to pay

Punjab’s pvt colleges refuse to enrol SC students on scholarship as state fails to pay

Unaided private colleges in Punjab have decided not to enrol Scheduled Caste (SC) students under the centrally-sponsored post-matric scholarship scheme from the coming session. Reason: The state government has failed to release its share of Rs 1,250 crore for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic sessions. The decision will affect over three lakh SC students admitted to around 1,000 private colleges across the state. Under the scheme, which was launched in 2007, SC students studying in post-matric classes are awarded scholarship ranging from Rs 230 to Rs 1,200 per month. The…

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Assess Online Programs as a New, Soon-to-Be Parent

Assess Online Programs as a New, Soon-to-Be Parent

There are times when 31-year-old Erin Kendrick turns on her computer and logs into her online classes with her 10-week-old daughter sitting nearby or atop her lap. Kendrick is pursuing her MBA online through the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. As a new parent who until recently traveled often for work, she says the flexibility of online education simply made sense for her and her husband, who’s also an online MBA student. “We were nervous about potentially moving somewhere that wouldn’t have good internet, or having a…

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Pupils at London school asked to clean their classroom as cuts bite

Pupils at London school asked to clean their classroom as cuts bite

A cash-strapped primary school is asking pupils to vacuum classrooms at the end of the day because it cannot afford to replace the cleaner, while the headteacher’s husband is doing the plumbing for free. In a stark example of how the government’s funding cuts are hitting schools across the country, Furzedown primary school, in the London borough of Wandsworth, has been forced to make cutbacks to try to balance the books. It is one of thousands of schools struggling to make ends meet during the funding crisis. Thousands of parents,…

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