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I had to read this news (related to student suicides in Kota) a couple of times to see if I was missing something - The IIT entrance examination is tough, and requires more than just proficiency with the Class XII syllabus. That prompts students to take up coaching classes, Irani explained. To address that, "for the first time, the government, in conjunction with the IIT Council, will ensure that the question papers (of JEE) conform to Standard XII syllabus". "If degree-level questions are asked, we cannot expect a school student to answer," the minister added. She said the present system was encouraging students of various school boards to go to places such as Kota "to get that knowledge". So, the minister believes making an entrance examination dumber (one of the few that actually works well) is the solution to student suicides! Wow!


Entertainment
John Boyega to join ‘Black Panther’ cast
John Boyega to join ‘Black Panther’ cast
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" actor John Boyega is rumored to be joining Chadwick Boseman in upcoming "Black Panther".


Entertainment
Made ‘Sarbjit’ keeping in mind sensitivity of family: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Made ‘Sarbjit’ keeping in mind sensitivity of  family: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan said "Sarbjit" has been made keeping in mind sensitivity and emotions of the family of the Indian convict.


Entertainment
Boundaries between commercial, content-driven cinema dissolving: Swara Bhaskar
Boundaries between commercial, content-driven cinema dissolving:  Swara Bhaskar
Swara Bhaskar says boundaries between commercial and content-driven films are fading away.


Entertainment
Nagesh Kukunoor keen to screen ‘Dhanak’ for Shah Rukh Khan
Nagesh Kukunoor keen to screen ‘Dhanak’ for Shah Rukh  Khan
Nagesh Kukunoor says he wants to hold a special screening of his upcoming film "Dhanak" for superstar Shah Rukh Khan.


Entertainment
Kammati Paadam marks Dulquer Salmaan’s maiden stint with action
Kammati Paadam marks Dulquer Salmaan’s maiden  stint with action
Dulquer Salmaan will be seen in his first ever full-length action avatar in Kammati Paadam.


Entertainment
Michael Buble cancels shows to undergo vocal cord surgery
Michael Buble cancels shows to undergo vocal cord surgery
Michael Buble has cancelled his upcoming shows as he needs to undergo a vocal cord surgery.


Sports
GL vs KKR, IPL 2016: GL beat KKR by 6-wickets, Suresh Raina stays 53-unbeaten in Kanpur
GL vs KKR, IPL 2016: GL beat KKR by 6-wickets, Suresh  Raina stays 53-unbeaten in Kanpur
Dwayne Smith (4/8) and Suresh Raina (53*) ensure GL leapfrog RCB to go second in IPL standings.


Sports
I would like to see Rahul Dravid as India coach, Zaheer Khan as bowling coach: Harbhajan Singh
I would like to see Rahul Dravid as India coach, Zaheer  Khan as bowling coach: Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh said Rahul Dravid is ideal to be the next chief coach of Indian cricket team with Zaheer Khan as bowling coach.


Sports
Andy Murray the form player but Novak Djokovic the man to beat at French Open
Andy Murray the form player but Novak Djokovic the man to beat  at French Open
Novak Djokovic's loss to Andy Murray in Rome was only his second in their last 14 meetings but it will have planted a few doubt in Serb's mind.


Sports
Ashish Nehra ruled out of IPL 2016 with hamstring injury
Ashish Nehra ruled out of IPL 2016 with hamstring injury
Press release issued by Sunrisers Hyderabad stated that Ashish Nehra has sustained a significant hamstring tendon injury during the match against KXIP.



Retail
IFC to invest Rs 134 crore in Biyani's Future Consumer
IFC to invest Rs 134 crore in  Biyani's Future Consumer - Business Standard
Joins global investors such as Proterrra, Verlinvest

Retail
Flipkart's courier seeks to monetise logistics investments, build data for e-commerce
Flipkart's courier seeks to  monetise logistics investments, build data for e-commerce - Business Standard
Ekart goes live next week, with cross country delivery in 4 days; by June, it will service 3,800 pin codes, enable pickups in 8 cities

Retail
Amazon, Flipkart or Snapdeal: who will win India's e-commerce wars?
Success will be more a function of how Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal deal with the regulatory and market conditions than how they do with each other

Retail
Make in India, PM may tell Cook
Make in India, PM may tell Cook  - Business Standard
Getting an assurance from the Apple CEO on manufacturing in India will mean much to the NDA government


Politics
Assembly Election Result 2016: Big Comeback For Mamata, Jaya, BJP Wins Assam; Left Takes Kerala
Assembly Election Result 2016: Big Comeback For Mamata,  Jaya, BJP Wins Assam; Left Takes Kerala
Celebrations broke out outside the homes of incumbents J Jayalalithaa and Mamata Banerjee as the two politicians marched home a second time in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal even as a resurgent Bharatiya


Politics
In Victory, Mamata Banerjee Proves She Was The Only Candidate In All 294 Seats In West Bengal
In Victory, Mamata Banerjee Proves She Was The Only  Candidate In All 294 Seats In West Bengal
KOLKATA--The final tally is not out but it’s clear Mamata Banerjee’s great gamble has paid off. She had shrugged off the demons of Saradha and Narada, syndicates and flyovers and declar


Politics
Braving A Lifetime Of Electoral Reverses, O Rajagopal Becomes First BJP MLA In Kerala
Braving A Lifetime Of Electoral Reverses, O Rajagopal Becomes  First BJP MLA In Kerala
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again" — this old proverb seems fitting for the Bharatiya Janata Party's O Rajagopal, who on Thursday became the first BJP candidate to wi


Politics
Who Is Sarbananda Sonowal? The Incredible Rise Of Assam's Next Chief Minister
Who Is Sarbananda Sonowal? The Incredible Rise Of  Assam's Next Chief Minister
Sarbananda Sonowal was only 30 when he became the president of the All Assam Students Union (AASU), the youth wing of the state's regional party, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP). Today, 23 years later, S



Telecom
Net neutrality debate is back
Net neutrality debate is back -  cellular operators seek clarity on TRAI's stand - YourStory.com
COAI has asked for clarity in the norms on differential pricing for CECN by the regulatory body. TRAI issued a consultation paper on net neutrality today.


Telecom
As 4G network rolls in, this is the right time to be here: Tim Cook
As 4G network rolls in, this is  the right time to be here: Tim Cook - Economic Times
Reliance Industries is likely to team up with Apple for a long-term relationship wherein the tech giant will supply a couple of million VoLTE iPhones compatible with Reliance Jio's upcoming 4G network, as per reports.


Telecom
Tax issue between Indian govt and Nokia not to impact its phone business: ICA
Tax issue  between Indian govt and Nokia not to impact its phone business: ICA - ETtech.com
Nokia has announced plans that will see its brand return to the mobile phone and tablet market


Telecom
We are in India for the next thousand years, says Apple boss Tim Cook
Apple is looking at India as an investment destination, in addition to pushing the sales of its products in the country.

 




Software
Software developer of TOR Browser on FBI radar : Moves out of US to evade arrest
Software  developer of TOR Browser on FBI radar : Moves out of US to evade arrest - Firstpost
Software developer of popular Anonymous software, Tor Browser, Isis Agora Lovecruft has left US after dodging FBI.


Software
Apple opens Maps development office in Hyderabad, says ‘right time’ to be in India
Apple opens Maps development  office in Hyderabad, says ‘right time’ to be in India
Though the California-based company did not reveal the quantum of investment, it maintained that the capital will help accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.


Software
Tata Communications to sell 74% stake to ST Telemedia for $630 million
Tata  Communications to sell 74% stake to ST Telemedia for $630 million
Tata which provides data services through its network of undersea and terrestrial cables, has been looking to sell non-core assets to cut debt.


Software
Global smartphone sales up 3.9% in Q1 2016, says Gartner
Global smartphone sales up 3.9%  in Q1 2016, says Gartner
Samsung led the market with 23.2 per cent share, followed by Apple (14.8 per cent), Huawei (8.3 per cent), Oppo (4.6 per cent) and Xiaomi (4.3 per cent).



Construction
Pune Smart City Development Corporation will be headed by Kareer
Pune Smart City Development  Corporation will be headed by Kareer - ET Realty
Nitin Kareer earlier served as Pune municipal commissioner and has cordial relations with all party leaders in the city.


Construction
183 illegal buildings on land meant for Koyna dam PAPs gets clearance
183 illegal  buildings on land meant for Koyna dam PAPs gets clearance - ET Realty
Around 90 chawls had come up on a four-acre land in Thakurpada area of Pimpri village that was reserved for developing amenities for project affected ..


Construction
10 flats to adopt eco-friendly waste disposal method in Kozhikode
10 flats to adopt eco-friendly  waste disposal method in Kozhikode - ET Realty
CREDAI has already successfully executed the scheme in Kochi. It will set up the two units of waste disposal facility at the apartments opting for sch..


Construction
Two applications get cleared out of four applications received by SEBI for Infrastructure Investment Trusts
Two applications get cleared  out of four applications received by SEBI for Infrastructure Investment Trusts - ET Realty
No application has been received for Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), although the regulator has been getting a lot of enquiries from potential co..



Digital
New technology media startup FactorDaily that aims to be India's Wired, gets $1 million funding from Accel, Blume, and Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma
New technology media startup  FactorDaily that aims to be India's Wired, gets $1 million funding from Accel, Blume, and Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma  - TechCrunch
FactorDaily, a newly formed media startup in India, has raised $1 million to kick start its efforts to build a consumer tech publication for, and from, India.


Digital
Infosys forms committee to oversee startup investments, acquisitions; Omidyar Network India head Roopa Kudva to head this committee
Infosys forms committee to  oversee startup investments, acquisitions; Omidyar Network India head Roopa Kudva to head this committee
Omidyar Network India head Roopa Kudva will lead this committee. Other members of the committee include Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and Bank of Baroda chairman Ravi Venkatesan.


Digital
Ratan Tata invests in artificial intelligence startup Niki.ai
Ratan Tata invests in  artificial intelligence startup Niki.ai - VCCircle
Ratan Tata invests in chatbot niki.ai, his 10th investment in a startup so far in 2016 - Niki.ai has also received funding from existing investor Ronnie Screwvala-led Unilazer.


Digital
Trai exploring free internet solutions within net neutrality
Trai exploring free internet  solutions within net neutrality - Times of India
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking inputs on free data offers.



Finance
HSBC to close nearly half its India branches, focus on digital banking
HSBC to close  nearly half its India branches, focus on digital banking - Livemint
About 300 employees might be hit by closure of 24 branches


Finance
India’s biggest task is to find capital to fund growth: Piyush Gupta
India’s  biggest task is to find capital to fund growth: Piyush Gupta - Livemint
DBS Group Holdings CEO Piyush Gupta on how India is at the bottom of a curve that is going to take off and why Raghuram Rajan should stay on at RBI


Finance
RBI eases norms around FDI in credit information companies
RBI eases norms around FDI in  credit information companies - Livemint
RBI to consider allowing higher FDI limits for entities which have an established track record in running a credit information bureau


Finance
PSU banks’ top brass may miss bonus for not meeting targets
PSU banks’ top brass may  miss bonus for not meeting targets - Economic Times
To add to the banks woos, their earnings remained muted as loan growth slowed to a 50-year low in 2015-16 even as recovery from defaulters remained a challenge.




Ecommerce
Myntra suffers tech glitches; spams its app users with notifications of products being dispatched and delivered without users ordering them
Myntra suffers tech glitches;  spams its app users with notifications of products being dispatched and delivered without users ordering them - Economic Times
Myntra app users took to Twitter to complain of incessant notification being sent on their phones.

Ecommerce
Location-based offline retail discovery platform Appie raises a bridge round of funding worth around $1 million
Location-based offline retail  discovery platform Appie raises a bridge round of funding worth around $1 million - VCCircle
Location-based offline retail discovery platform Appie, which is operated by Mumbai-based Appie Mobiquity Pvt. Ltd, has raised a bridge round of funding worth

Ecommerce
Fashion curation apps like LimeRoad, WithMe, Voonik are carving a business out of recommending what to wear
Fashion curation apps like  LimeRoad, WithMe, Voonik are carving a business out of recommending what to wear - Economic Times
Startups like WithMe , Styledotme boast of a stickiness that keeps users coming back, but is this a winning model?

Ecommerce
BHIVE Workspace raises $1 million; Funds to be used to expand base in Bengaluru and six other cities
Funds to be used to expand base in Bengaluru and six other cities, increase headcount, build on technology, processes and brand building


HR
Maersk Invests in Ship Recycling Yards in Alang, India
Maersk Invests in Ship  Recycling Yards in Alang, India - Waste Management World
Having recently made a long term commitment to create more responsible recycling options in Alang, India, Maersk Group has reached an agreement for the landing of the first two vessels.


HR
Infosys revamps processes across verticals to boost productivity
Infosys revamps  processes across verticals to boost productivity - Economic Times
The initiative, which is internally being called the “Process Plus Plus Initiative,” was actually conceptualised nearly 12 months ago.


HR

HR
Volvo India recruits 8 candidates from RD Tata Institute
Jamshedpur, May 18: World top automobile company Volvo conducted campus placement drive at RD Tata Technical Education Institute in Golmuri on May 9 and se



Logistics
SpiceJet reports profit of Rs 73 crore in Q4, the highest profit of Rs 407 cr was recorded on march ended '16 vs a loss of Rs687 cr in fy'15
SpiceJet reports profit of Rs  73 crore in Q4, the highest profit of Rs 407 cr was recorded on march ended '16 vs a loss of Rs687 cr in fy'15 - News
The airline also said that they have reported the highest-ever profit of RS 407 crore during FY 2016 as against a loss of Rs 687 crore during FY 2015.


Logistics

Logistics
Titagarh, Cimco win Indian Railways' order for 2118 wagons
Titagarh, Cimco win Indian  Railways' order for 2118 wagons - Daily News Analysis
Titagarh, Cimco win Indian Railways' order for 2,118 wagons - Texmaco came in second with an order for 1,338 wagons.


Logistics
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee raises hope for GST passage
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee  raises hope for GST passage - Newsx
Hailing the landslide victory of Trinamool Congress in West Bengal assembly polls, industry leaders on Thursday said the state can play an important role in the passage of long-stuck GST legislation with chief minister Mamata Banerjee reiterating her support to the bill.



Marketing
Tap Your Inner Marketing Seer : A Conversation With Futurist Garry Golden
Tap Your Inner  Marketing Seer : A Conversation With Futurist Garry Golden - CMO
If you were hiring for the marketing department of the future, would you rather hire someone who’s highly technical and knows how to crunch the data, or someone who understands the art and is very creative?


Marketing
Are Chatbots Ready For Brands? : Report
Are Chatbots Ready For Brands?  : Report - CMO
Consumers can finally have a chat with a bot—Miss Piggy on Facebook Messenger. But it might not be wise to jump on the bot wagon just yet.


Marketing
Google users can now buy products through image search ads : Report
Google users can now buy  products through image search ads : Report - Medianama
Search giant Google has introduced shopping ads on its image search, through which ads related to products will show on the platform, where they can be clicked to buy. The company adds that an advertiser’s ad will automatically be eligible to show on image search under its Google Search Network.


Marketing
Apple Hires Samsung Exec Rajiv Mishra To Lead Apple Marketing in India
Apple Hires  Samsung Exec Rajiv Mishra To Lead Apple Marketing in India - I4U News
India still accounts for a small proportion of Apple sales, but the market is expanding rapidly. Indian officials would like Apple to do more high-tech production there.






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