Singapore celebrates Diwali with this beautiful themed train!

Festivals bring people together, and keeping that spirit alive, the transport authority in Singapore has joined in on the Diwali celebrations in a unique way. This year, Singapore’s famous Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) launched its first Diwali-themed train on October 15. In a series of pictures that were shared on the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) Facebook page, one can see the decked up coaches with rangolis, diyas, festoons and the works. Continue reading “Singapore celebrates Diwali with this beautiful themed train!”


Reliance Jio’s fullfledged 4G services available to all from Monday

Consumers across the country can avail Reliance Jio’s services from
tomorrow, as the company opens its doors to all potential users having any 4G enabled handset in an aggressive quest to garner 100 million subscribers. Continue reading “Reliance Jio’s fullfledged 4G services available to all from Monday”


D-Day: A time to remember and learn from the past

Our country’s finest hour was its fight against Nazism. When we landed at Normandy with our allies and pushed forward against the enemy fire, it was a heroic gamble for victory. The price was 4,413 Allied soldiers killed – around a quarter of them British. But the prize was a beachhead in a war that would end with the liberation of Europe and the opportunity to build a better world.
The task of honouring such sacrifice is an immense one, but yesterday’s commemoration rose to the challenge. Barack Obama’s speech at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial was interrupted by a standing ovation as he acknowledged the veterans around him. In his words, D-Day was a triumph of America’s democratic ideals. As his predecessor Franklin D Roosevelt put it, the US came “not for the lust of conquest. They [fought] to end conquest.”

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US sees dramatic surge in graduate applications from India

Applications from prospective Indian students to US graduate schools surged dramatically while those from China slowed down a bit in 2013, according to a new report from the council of graduate schools (CGS).A 32 per cent increase in applications from India, which accounts for 18 per cent of all international graduate students at US institutions offset a one per cent decline in applications from China, from where one third of the students come.Thus, the preliminary number of applications from prospective international students to US graduate schools increased 7 per cent in 2014, up from the 2 per cent increase seen in 2013, according to the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey.

This year’s encouraging increase is more consistent with the growth trend in international graduate applications seen between 2006 and 2012, after a post-9/11 decrease said the survey.


China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Canada are the top five countries of origin for international graduate students in the United States, the report said. The survey covers in detail seven countries — China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil) and three regions — the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Altogether, the seven countries and three regions highlighted in the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey are home countries to about 86 per cent of all international graduate students in the US.

CGS president Debra W. Stewart noted the 7 per cent gain is a positive sign for US graduate institutions, which collectively draw 15 per cent of their overall graduate enrolments from international students.

“Yet this year’s increase is not necessarily a sign of ongoing stability in international graduate applications and enrolments,” she said, “especially since a large share of the growth appears to be driven by a single country” — namely India.

“Historically, our ability to recruit the best and brightest international graduate students has enabled the US to become a leader in ground-breaking research and innovations,” she said.

“International students stimulate the US economy and research enterprise in many important ways, and we must develop policies that encourage strong, stable growth in international graduate applications and enrolments,” Stewart said.

Preliminary increases in applications varied by broad field, the report said. The three most popular fields of study — engineering, physical and earth sciences, and business — together account for 64 per cent of all international students enrolled in US graduate programmes

They were also the fastest growing, at 14 per cent, 16 per cent, and 7 per cent, respectively. Gains in applications were also found in 2014 in arts and humanities (3 per cent) and other fields (2 per cent).

Rates of international applications to social sciences and psychology programmes were unchanged from the prior year.

Applications in education declined 1 per cent and life sciences fell, 6 per cent.