EDUCATION & CULTURE

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Education a top priority in India ties, says Australian envoy

In a major step to take forward its widening outreach to India, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, - one of Australia's premier varsities -  inaugurated its new premises in the Indian capital as Australia announced its intent about making India a major focus of its economic and diplomatic strategy with education as a "flagship sector".

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Please don't try and remake India, undermine its soft power

For a decade and a half now I've been a tireless advocate of India's soft power, arguing that in the information age, it is not the side with the bigger army that wins, but the side that tells the better story. In the past India has successfully managed to be what I've called the "land of the better story": As a society with a free press and a thriving mass media, with a people whose creative energies are daily encouraged to express themselves in a variety of appealing ways, India has an extraordinary ability to tell stories that are more persuasive and attractive than those of its rivals

Education institutions need to focus on research and employability

It's April and time to celebrate for millions of young Indians (and South Asians) who have just finished their school-leaving class XII examination. The days that follow help unwind after months of exam preparation. The celebrations, however, are short-lived. The next many weeks and months get consumed preparing for admission tests for entry into a wide variety of disciplines.

Indian cinema needs to ride the change - or die

In several of my recent articles I have written about the crisis facing the Indian film industry, specially Bollywood. To reiterate a few of the problems again one can talk about few screens (less than 9,000) dwindling footfalls in cinemas, increasing entertainment options, over-production, lack of innovation and so on. Yet in a peculiarly perverse sort of way, tinsel town will survive for now. Why this will happen in spite of mounting problems is interesting. Let's look at some of the reasons.

Italy, India celebrate 70 years of ties with culture and concert

A series of cultural exchanges, including exhibitions and musical concerts, have been planned to celebrate 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Italy.

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,

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UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...

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