76 per cent students from this university suffer in basic English language skills

A survey conducted by a group of students came across that 76 per cent of students from Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) suffer problems in English language skills.

76% students from this University suffer problems in basic English language skills

76% students from this University suffer problems in basic English language skills

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A survey conducted by a group of students came across the fact that 76 per cent of students from Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) suffer problems in basic English language skills i.e. lack of vocabulary, grammatical problems, and problems in sentence formation.

Details of the report:

  • The survey was conducted by the Progressive and Democratic Student Community (PDSC) between October and November 2016
  • A total of 410 students were surveyed
  • The students were from BA, MA, MPhil and PhD batch
  • “A total of 76 per cent students from government schools face problems related to basic English language skills i.e. lack of vocabulary, grammatical problems, and problems in sentence formation and so on. On the other hand, students from private schools face problems with academic jargon, complexity of ideas and lack of confidence among others,” the group noted according to an Indian Express report
  • As per the reports, “The purpose of such a survey is to remind students, professors, and the administration that the question of language is extremely sensitive, pervasive and complex.”

Students who are affected by this problem include:

  • Women and those from ‘lower’ castes, in particular the poor, Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi
  • “This creates a sense of deficiency and inferiority amongst them within the campus. Thus, it is evident that the question of language is a question of social justice,” the group included.
  • 70 percent of men are affected, while the count rate for women is 82.3 per cent
  • source”cnbc”

Intel pursues Moore’s Law with plan to make first 7-nm chips this year

Intel fab worker

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Intel’s next big Moore’s Law advance will be a 7-nm pilot plant it is establishing this year to explore the upcoming manufacturing process.

The chipmaker announced it was establishing the pilot plant during an earnings call on Thursday.

For decades, Moore’s Law has been the guiding light for Intel to make teenier, faster, and more power-efficient chips. The effort has helped PC makers continuously shrink laptops and mobile devices while adding longer battery life.

Intel is trying to hang onto the long-standing observation as a way to push its chip technology forward. However, some experts argue Moore’s Law is expiring as it becomes physically impossible to cram more features on smaller chips.

The pilot plant will test and iron out kinks in manufacturing 7-nm chips. Intel hasn’t said when it’ll start shipping 7-nm chips in volume, but it won’t be in the next two to three years.

“The pilot line is about figuring out how to make billions of chips,” said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research.

The pilot plant has limited production, but it sets the stage for Intel to invest billions in larger factories to make smaller 7-nm chips.

“Once they have the process locked down, it’s replicated in the other plants,” McCarron said.

Intel’s latest chips, based on Kaby Lake, are made using the 14-nanometer process, and the company is now moving to 10-nm with its upcoming Cannonlake chip, which was shown in a PC at CES earlier this month. The 7-nm chips will come after the 10-nm process.

Cannonlake chips will ship in small volumes by year-end, and their availability will expand next year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during the earnings call.

Moore’s Law has also helped Intel roll out new chips on a yearly basis like clockwork. Intel first interpreted Moore’s Law as a way to double the number of transistors in chips every 18 to 24 months, which doubles performance.

But that interpretation didn’t work on the 14-nm process, where it became a challenge to cram more transistors in smaller geometries. Intel dealt with embarrassing product delays and had to move away from its decades-old schedule of advancing the manufacturing process every two years.

Intel also broke away from its history of making two new chip technologies with each manufacturing cycle. It made three new chip technologies — Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake — with the 14-nm process.

The chipmaker now isn’t worried about doubling the transistor count with every new chip generation. Instead, Intel is now interpreting Moore’s Law more in line with the economics related to cost-per-transistor, which would drop with scaling. That’s an important part of Moore’s Law.

Intel last year said it was trying to get back to a two-year manufacturing cycle with the 7-nm process, but with smarter chip designs.

The 7-nm process could bring radical design changes to chips, which will be much smaller and power efficient. Intel’s planning on using exotic III-V materials like gallium-nitride for faster chips that could bring laptops longer battery life.

Intel is looking at the 7-nm process to alleviate some of the challenges it faces on the 14-nm and 10-nm processors. The company has hinted it would introduce EUV (extreme ultraviolet) tools in the manufacturing process. EUV will help etch finer features on chips, but its implementation has been delayed multiple times.

The pilot factory will help validate all those features, and then allow Intel to order equipment for the new factories, McCarron said.

Competitors like Globalfoundries and Samsung are getting a head-start on the 7-nm process. Globalfoundries has said it will start making 7-nm chips by 2018, and ARM has released tools for the design of 7-nm chips. It’s not clear if Globalfoundries will do 7-nm test runs or start making chips in large volumes.

Samsung and Globalfoundries have just started making 10-nm chips like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, which will appear in smartphones soon.

Globalfoundries is a close partner with IBM, which produced the first 7-nm chips last year.


This week in games: Dirt 4 revealed, Square Enix teams up with Marvel’s Avengers, and more

Dirt 4

I hope you like videos, because we have about a million of them this week. Launch trailers, announcement vids, Planet Coaster rides, the works.

This week: A Dirt 4 teaser, Bossa’s new skateboarding turf war, Square Enix teaming up with Marvel, Ni No Kuni II on PC, the Pillars of Eternity documentary, the end of Star Wars recreated as a roller coaster, and so much more.

This is your gaming news for the busiest week of January, a.k.a. January 23 to 27.

Tony Hawk: American Paintland

Bossa’s Worlds Adrift isn’t even released yet, but apparently the studio’s been working on two games simultaneously. This week the Surgeon Simulator dev announced Decksplash, some sort of skateboarding game that involves painting an arena with sweet tricks. Literally.

I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. There’s video though:

The long tail

There are two releases I’m excited about this week. The surprising part? Both are related to games that launched way back in ye olde 2015. Some of 2015’s best games, actually. First up, Crypt of the Necrodancer, which released its Amplified DLC prequel into Early Access.

And then there’s Cayne, a free (FREE!) prequel chapter to isometric horror game Stasis. I haven’t gotten a chance to play Cayne yet and don’t know how good it is, but Stasis itself was brilliant. Highly recommended.


Another new announcement: Dirt 4, which is set to release a mere four months from now on June 6. Presumably 2015’s Dirt Rally will live on as the sim-oriented half of the series and Dirt 4 will be more arcade-y—a bit of a Forza and Forza Horizon dynamic. We’ll see! For now, there’s just a short teaser.


When’s the last time there was a good Marvel game? Maybe one of the Lego titles? Point being: Marvel may have taken over Netflix and movie theaters, but its video games have been either bad or nonexistent since the PS2 era.

That might change, though. This week Square announced a partnership with Marvel, with both Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal apparently working on an Avengers game. Let’s hope it’s as interesting and innovative as Spider-Man 2 was at the time.

A trailer for every star in the galaxy

BioWare’s certainly making up for the fact we had no Mass Effect news for months and months and months. This week? Two trailers, one cinematic (below) and another focusing on the crew.


When’s the last time Quake was the focus of QuakeCon? Been a while, eh?

But with Bethesda announcing Quake Champions at E3 2016, it’s safe to say it’ll take center stage at this year’s QuakeCon. If that piques your interest, Bethesda announced it’ll return to Dallas from August 24 to 27. And hey, it’s free so…

Pray for release

The star of QuakeCon 2016 will probably not make another appearance this year though, considering it releases on May 5. That’s Prey of course, which nabbed an official release date.

Ni No Kuni on PC

The original Ni No Kuni and its painterly art style may be forever stuck on the PS3, but its sequel is making moves. Bandai Namco announced this week that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be coming to the PC day-and-date with the PS4.

Lamentations of the players

Conan Exiles hits Early Access next week, and if you’re curious what to expect then here’s a trailer featuring a crucifixion, a burly man, and a sabertooth with a scorpion tail.

Thimbleweed Park

This post is reaching its trailer capacity, but I somehow missed a Thimbleweed Park trailer last week so I’m going to rectify that now because, well, the game looks great. This one centers on Ransome, the swear-filled clown.

Building Pillars

Pillars of Eternity II launched a Fig campaign just yesterday and it’s already blown past its $1.1 million goal. Excellent. If you’re curious what goes into game development though, you might be interested in watching The Road to Eternity, the documentary that chronicled development of the first Pillars of Eternity (originally for backers only). Set aside an hour and a half this weekend and watch.

That’s no moon, it’s a roller coaster

Planet Coaster’s been out for a bit and we’re starting to see some really impressive projects—like “Death Star Strike,” a Star Wars-themed coaster replete with a Millenium Falcon, X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and the trench run from A New Hope. Created by Chuck Maurice and Co., the coaster apparently took over 100 hours of work and all I can say is “Wow.” (Via Rock Paper Shotgun)



Thursday and Friday brought a lot of news from the Galaxy S8 rumor stack including a leaked live-image and a full list of alleged specs, including a strange resolution that ends up being higher than the LG G6’s. But anyway, the following is an image of what is believed to be an official render of the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Now, if you compare the render to the live image we saw on Thursday, they coincide pretty well. The proportions of the camera module next to the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor look spot-on in the image.

If we look at the front of the render, and then look back at the supposed front-glass panel for the Galaxy S8, the two aren’t consistent with the leaks we are getting. So either this is fake, or that glass is.

More will reveal itself in the coming weeks. We are still looking at a March 29 Unpacked event, as well as an April 21 official sale date. Check out the full list of recently-leaked specs here.


Microsoft to cut 700 jobs this week

Microsoft will cut down the jobs of 700 employees in the coming fiscal year, i.e. 2017.

Microsoft to cut 700 jobs this week

Microsoft to cut 700 jobs this week

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In the last one year, all the newspapers have had screaming headlines of loss of thousands of jobs across the Information Technology/ IT software sector.

As reported by Business Insider, Microsoft Corp is expected to conduct other mass layoffs this week when the company will be reporting its quarterly earnings on Thursday, January 26.

According to reports, the company is planning on cutting 700 jobs in total.

More on the job cut:

  • According to CNBC, the cuts will not be concentrated in one particular area, but are a part of an effort to update skills across the company
  • Moreover, the layoff is a part of Microsoft’s previously announced plan to cut 2,850 jobs by June 2017 – which is the end of Microsoft’s 2017 fiscal year
  • Therefore, it can be seen that the total planned job cuts have reached up to 4,700, or about 4 per cent of its workforce
  • As reported by CNBC, the company is in the middle of a years-long transition to a cloud model, where customers are required to buy software subscription services.

Not only this, under its Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has witnessed several rounds of layoffs, including cutting nearly 7,400 jobs in its last fiscal year — primarily from the smartphone business,  as per the IANS report.

In June last year, Microsoft reportedly had more than 114,000 employees with more than 1,000  positions ready to fill, as reported by Inquisitr.

Major job-cuts by Microsoft:

  • The company’s previous job cuts have come in areas including its smartphone business and global sales team
  • In September 2016, Microsoft had shut down its Skype’s London offices.

The tech giant continues to hire in many areas, even as it cuts some jobs


This battery case will give your LG V20 more than 5 days life

The LG V20 has a 3,200 mAh battery that can easily get you through the day without any trouble. But if you are more extreme and power user probably even this wouldn’t be enough. And instead of buying a secondary battery, why don’t you actually consider the ZeroLemon option.

The case company released on Amazon their case at just $60. It comes with a 10,000mAh battery that goes in the same slot where the usual one goes. The removable back metal panel of V20 is substituted by the rubber bumper case that goes around the whole device plus, of course, the enormous battery.

There’s a cutout on the back for the fingerprint sensor/power button and the dual-camera module.

It looks bulky but doesn’t act like it. The whole package weights 230g but when you combine it with the V20 (without the original battery and back panel) it goes to just 330g.

Now this is a setup that can literally go a long way.


Commit to a new lifestyle this season

Exercising should be a habit (Thinkstock)Exercising should be a habit (Thinkstock)
Wanting to lose weight and staying healthy is among the top resolutions globally, for the New Year. Experts say that getting fit, eating right and losing weight is all about committing to a completely new lifestyle. However, staying on track is essential. Here are a few ways to help you…

Exercising should be a habit
Integrate movement into your day, however small — even a five minute round of stretching or a 15-minute run/brisk walk should be done daily. Being consistent is important. Take help of activity trackers to monitor progress.

Make goals, not resolutions
General resolutions don’t last. Instead make meaningful, trackable goals with specific deadlines. For instance, to be healthier (resolution) vs resolving to workout thrice a week (actionable, trackable goal).

Keep a food diary
Keep a track of what you are consuming to know where unexpected or extra calories come from. Knowing what you’re eating is the first step to understanding how to change it.

Cut back on alcohol

Excessive consumption of alcohol leads to belly fat. Try reducing your intake.

Take professional help

Professionals can help you in a way that you cannot ever do yourself. They have years of collective experience, which helps you omit mistakes that spoil your fitnessplans.

Non-surgical techniques

Lipolysis, ultrasound lipolysis are non-surgical treatments that targets extra fat deposited in different parts of the body. The extra fat in your tummy, sides, back, calf, chest, face and chin can be reduced through this treatment, say experts. Most of the time, slimming or fitness-related goals remain unachieved, due to lack of time and these techniques take care of that (only 60 minutes per week). Done in established clinics, by qualified doctors these nonsurgical, pain less, no anaesthesia treatments are considered to be safe


Your thyroid will thank you if you do this

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Your thyroid will thank you if you do this
Last year I hit 40, the big four-zero, and a lot of things started to change for me. I felt my body metabolism slowing down – leading to constipation, weight gain, fatigue; my skin and hair began to lose the lustre and shine it had during my 30s and emotionally I noticed myself becoming a bit sluggish, disinterested and less enthusiastic. Just as a routine check up, I got my blood tests done, and was devastated to find out that all my symptoms, which I was attributing to my age, were in fact symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Without wasting any time, I started the medicines as prescribed by my Homeopath. My symptoms started improving, but my doctor also told me that to truly enhance my thyroid’s functioning, I had to change certain aspects of my life pronto. It was then that I realized that the extra effort needs to come from ME if I wanted to go back to my old (or younger) self.

Modifying My Diet

* Constipation was uppermost on my mind because it was my most distressing complaint. And the biggest fighter of constipation is FIBRE. I ditched the chips, biscuits and junk foods and started snacking on salads, beans and fruits instead.

* As far as vegetables were concerned, I had to avoid cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and kale as they can block the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine, which is essential for normal thyroid function.

* I also switched from sea salt to iodised salt. Iodine is the precursor for the production of thyroid hormone and hence an essential nutrient for thyroid functions.

* Another important nutrient I included was selenium because it helps the thyroid function properly. Snacking on a handful of nuts (Brazil nuts, Macadamia nuts, almonds, cashew nuts, hazel nuts, etc), and adding them to my salads or stir-fries also helped to break the monotony.

Remodelling My Life

* We all know how good exercise is for us, and whenever we go to a doctor, they almost always ask us to exercise as a solution to most of our health issues. But doing the right exercise is extremely important.

* After consulting my doctor, I increased the amount of cardio-respiratory exercises such as swimming, running and brisk walking. Not only did it help me in losing weight but also improved my thyroid function.

* Yoga was another blessing for me. It helped me relax, de-stress and improved my flexibility and energy levels.

* Another thing my physician mentioned was adequate sleep. I avoid staying awake too late at night, and hit the sack early. As a result, I woke up feeling fresher and more energized than before.

Today, I am more in control of my health and this has helped tremendously in improving my thyroid meter as well as my overall wellness meter.

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Disclaimer: This article is written by our Sponsor and we do not take any responsibility for the accuracy of their views. This should not be considered as a substitute for Physician’s advice. Please consult your treating Physician for more details


Quiz: Know if you are stressed by taking this color quiz

TNN | December 02, 2016
Are you stressed? Find out!

1/8Are you stressed? Find out!
“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that colors your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.,” said Allen Klein. The colors that you perceive around you reflect on you in a certain way. Take up the following quiz and know if you are stressed, melancholic, or relaxed and happy.
(Picture courtesy: Vinoth Chandar/Flickr)


Which color speaks to you the most?

2/8Which color speaks to you the most?
A. Pink B. Green C. Red D. Yellow E. White F. Deep Red G. Black
Which color speaks to you the most?

3/8Which color speaks to you the most?
A. Blue B. Yellow C. Navy Blue D. Violet E. Pink F. Red G. Dark Green
(Picture courtesy: Sonya Bobb/Flickr)
Which color speaks to you the most?

4/8Which color speaks to you the most?
A. Yellow B. Pink C. Red D. Green E. Blue F. Dark Violet G. Shades of Grey
Which color speaks to you the most?

5/8Which color speaks to you the most?
A. White B. Peach C. Orange D. Yellow E. Blue F. Red G. Black
(Picture courtesy: Faith Goble/Flickr)
Which color speaks to you the most?

6/8Which color speaks to you the most?
A. Light Pink B. Mustard C. Yellow D. Hot Pink E. Rosewood Pink F. Black G. Flaxen
Which color speaks to you the most?

7/8Which color speaks to you the most?
A. Blue B. White C. Orange D. Shades of Green E. Brown F. Red G. Black
Find out here!

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Disclaimer: This should not be considered as a substitute for Physician’s advice. Please consult your treating Physician for more details.

CBS All Access will start streaming live NFL games this weekend

Sling TV, Twitter, YouTube, and now CBS All Access. The NFL and CBS just announced that CBS All Access subscribers can watch the network’s NFL broadcasts starting on Sunday, December 4 and continuing through the post-season—including Thursday night games. This is a multi-year deal, which means NFL on CBS will return to CBS All Access for the 2017 season beginning with the pre-season games.

There are also a few extra benefits for CBS All Access subscribers. Apparently subscribers will also be able to “sample content” from NFL Game Pass beginning next season. Game Pass is the NFL’s subscription game streaming service, which is full featured outside of North America, but heavily restricted inside football’s heartland. It’s not clear what this “sample content” will be, but this could mean CBS All Access subscribers will get to see content from the NFL Network and RedZone. Both NFL-owned channels are part of Game Pass subscriptions.

Next season, the NFL on CBS may also be available to All Access subscribers on NFL sites and apps as well.

And now for the bad news

So here’s the thing. This is not going to be wide open streaming, where you get to pick any game that CBS is broadcasting that day. You will only see the games that are broadcast by your local CBS station, and only if you get local CBS broadcasts as part of your All Access subscription. All Access currently offers local broadcasts in 150 markets across the U.S.

This restriction is pretty standard for live NFL streaming. Sling TV, for example, only offers local Sunday day games with Sling Blue.

The other issue is that you cannot use CBS All Access to stream NFL games on your phone. Verizon has an exclusive deal for the NFL on phones, and that’s not going to change with CBS All Access.

That said, you can watch CBS All Access’ NFL games on pretty much anything else, including tablets (iPad, Android, Windows 10), consoles (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4), TVs (Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick), and PCs via the web.

Why this matters: Despite the NFL’s deep ties to television and restrictive broadcast deals, the league keeps working on ways to extend its reach into the digital realm. The CBS deal follows NFL’s agreement to stream games via Twitter and deals to bring the NFL Network and RedZone to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. The NFL also recently rolled out a new virtual reality series on YouTube called NFL Immersed.