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new delhi: the niti aayog has suggested a synchronised two-phase lok sabha and assembly polls from 2024 so as to ensure minimum 'campaign-mode' disruption to governance. outlining the details, the policy think-tank has said implementing the proposal may necessitate "a maximum one-time curtailment or extension of some state assemblies". it has made the election commission the nodal agency to look into the suggestion and recommended setting up of a working group of stakeholders for deciding a road-map for synchronised elections. a report in this regard need to be finalised within six months and final blueprint will be ready by next march, as per draft three-year action agenda for 2017-18 to 2019-20. the draft report was circulated among the governing council members (consisting of chief mini...

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by scott hartleystudents in the us vie for placements into top universities. increasingly, they’re choosing universities known for engineering. perhaps due to the 2008 financial crisis, or the rising cost of college and burden of student debt, or growing fears of machine automation that will erode all but technical jobs, students are flocking to stem: science, technology, engineering, math. like an iit in india, it’s seen as a golden ticket to a future of singular relevance, and of vocational and financial security.but having spent years on the fabled sand hill road, where venture capitalists consider the winds of innovation, and place investments in entrepreneurial companies showing grit and promise, i was struck by a counterintuitive reality. the greatest secrets in silicon valley ar...

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don't let dave bautista's tough exterior fool you — the guardians of the galaxy vol. 2 star is a total softie when it comes to his three dogs. bautista, who plays drax the destroyer in the marvel movie franchise, gushed about his pets in a new video for the humane society.dave bautista as drax the destroyer in ‘guardians of the galaxy’marvelcelebrities and their pets"my wife and i, we're such animal lovers," the 48-year-old former wrestler says in the clip. "we've always wanted to get officially involved. obviously animals can't speak for themselves, so we need to speak for them, but also encourage other people to step up."dave bautista with his three dogsbautista and his wife, sarah jade, have three dogs. "frankie, he's very quiet," the actor says. "he's funny, he'll sit out in fron...

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dean martin had it all: a killer smile, a drink in his hand, all the women in the world swooning over him, and the ability to entertain the masses with absolute ease. he was a man who will forever be cemented in entertainment history as a true legend. lucky for us, he didn’t only leave behind some great music, but some great words of wisdom as well....

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the planet's second-richest man jeff bezos said on thursday that amazon india is the country's most popular web marketplace, signaling the seattle giant's intent to invest billions more to win the leadership race in the $16-billion online shopping industry.the performance in india was the hallmark of the amazon ceo's post-result comments that happened to be his first on the country's internet marketplace after local rival flipkart recently raised $1.4 billion from a raft of strategic investors, including ebay inc. flipkart is currently ahead of amazon india on the value of goods sold through its platform.“we're grateful that customers are responding -amazon.in is the most visited and the fastest growing marketplace in india. it's still day 1 for ecommerce in india, and i assure you that ...

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photo: peter dasilva kendra baker, owner of penny ice creamery. kendra baker, owner of penny ice creamery.chef kendra baker’s first memories of santa cruz are of as a child in the backseat of her family’s car, heading south from their sacramento home to hike henry cowell redwoods state park or scream their lungs out on the historic wooden roller-coaster on the boardwalk.the laid-back, beach-side community with its rich agricultural heritage made such a lasting impression that baker chose to attend college at the university of california at santa cruz, majoring in chemistry before switching to language studies.when it came time to open her first business after attending johnson & wales culinary program in rhode island, and working at tartine in san francisco and manresa in los gatos, th...

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new delhi: a young ramdev was so moved by the writings of dayanand saraswati that he quit the government school as the curriculum was a leftover of the colonial education policy, fled from home and enrolled himself in a gurukul. saraswati's book "satyarth prakash" had a deep impact on ramdev. while greeting someone over phone, ramdev never says hello. instead he chants 'om'. the first chapter of "satyarth prakash" explains the etymology and significance of om. after reading the book, ramdev wanted to follow the path shown by the ancient sages. as the path of ancient sages also meant practice of celibacy, so he took a vow - to never marry. a new book "the baba ramdev phenomenon: from moksha to market" by kaushik deka has these nuggets of information. "satyarth prakash" was written in hindi ...

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new delhi: the election commission is set to ask the government to amend laws to disqualify candidates listed in charge sheets for bribing voters, a move which comes days after it cancelled a tamil nadu assembly bypoll following allegations of use of money to influence electors. the poll watchdog has decided to write to the law ministry seeking changes in the representation of the people act to ensure that candidates contesting lok sabha and assembly polls are disqualified for up to five years once they are chargesheeted by a court, sources in the poll panel said. earlier this month, the commission had indefinitely cancelled the r k nagar assembly bypoll after it found that money power was used to influence voters. the bypoll was to be held on april 12. it was necessitated following the de...

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photo: peter dasilva / peter dasilva image 1of/8captioncloseimage 1 of 8the giant dipper at the santa cruz beach boardwalk.the giant dipper at the santa cruz beach boardwalk. photo: peter dasilva / peter dasilva image 2 of 8sawyer land & sea supply.sawyer land & sea supply. photo: peter dasilva image 3 of 8verve coffee roasters in santa cruz.verve coffee roasters in santa cruz. photo: peter dasilva image 4 of 8verve coffee roasters.verve coffee roasters. photo: peter dasilva image 5 of 8paul burgin and his son dax, 3, try on hats at sawyer land & sea supply.paul burgin and his son dax, 3, try on hats at sawyer land & sea supply. photo: peter dasilva image 6 of 8museum of art and history.museum of art and history. photo: peter dasilva image 7 of 8the santa cruz museum of art and history.the...

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photo: mason trinca, special to the chronicle chad greer, co-owner and chef of earthbelly in santa cruz, reads orders in the kitchen. chad greer, co-owner and chef of earthbelly in santa cruz, reads...when andrea nguyen, noted asian culinary expert and cookbook author, left los angeles for santa cruz county 19 years ago, she was surprised to encounter a rather dispirited food scene.despite local farmers’ markets carrying the most vibrant of produce, the dining landscape was lackluster, dominated by the frozen, the fried and far too many flabby clam chowders.but thankfully, times have changed — in the most delicious of ways.nguyen, who moved to santa cruz in 1998 when her husband, rory o’brien, became a political science professor at cabrillo college in aptos, has witnessed this beach...

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new delhi: the much-awaited real estate act comes into force from tomorrow with a promise of protecting the right of consumers and ushering in transparency but only 13 states and uts have so far notified rules. the government has described the implementation of the consumer-centric act as the beginning of an era where the consumer in king. real estate players have also welcomed the implementation of the act, saying it will bring a paradigm change in the way the indian real estate sector functions. the government has brought in the legislation to protect home buyers and encourage genuine private players. the real estate (regulation and development) bill, 2016 was passed by parliament in march last year and all the 92 sections of the act comes into effect from may 1. "the real estate act com...

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