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Acrylic pours often look like the marble patterns one can commonly find in nail art

Dirty pour: Here's an interesting beginner's guide to fluid painting

Free-flowing liquid paints are the key ingredients for the pouring process. Though the pouring and creation part is easy, it is the after-care and preservation that requires more time

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12 Apr 2018

Promising employment asks for leadership skills and here's how you can stay ahead of the game 

Every person has leadership quality but the ones who get ahead in life are people who realise this potential and work on it

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12 Apr 2018
The youth can make use of numerous steps to identify their leadership qualities
English has become a language of career success. Those who are able to communicate effectively in the language can heighten the chances of success

Here's how you can improve your fluency in English language

The only way to improve your English communication skill is by speaking more and by reading. With the advent of technology, there are numerous e-books, apps and materials online which you can refer

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12 Apr 2018

Salman Khan row: Our justice system has proven that certain people are above the law

A trial court in Jodhpur on April 4, 2018  convicted actor Salman Khan in the two-decade-old blackbuck poaching case and sent him to five years in prison.

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12 Apr 2018
The case dates back to October 1998, when Khan, Saif, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali went on a hunting expedition in Kankani and killed two blackbucks
The government needs to rethink their policies to punish the perpetrators of paper leaks so that such events don't repeat itself in the future

CBSE exam leak: Why not punish the offenders than making the students take a retest? 

The leaking of exam papers is a perennial feature of the Indian exam scene for the last several years, causing much trauma to the students

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08 Apr 2018

How and where to use it: The difference between the gerund and the infinitive words in English

A gerund is a verb in its ing form that functions as a noun that names an activity rather than a person or thing and an infinitive is a verb form that acts as other parts of speech

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08 Apr 2018
While gerund forms the ing (Present Particle) words, infinitive words are + base form of the verb
Some of the popular destinations for outstation summer camps in India include Bandipur, Coorg, Wayanad, Yercaud, Pondicherry, Kotagiri, Manali and Shimla

This summer, be cool: This is why you shouldn't be a couch potato during this school vacation

Summer camps, while keeping children engaged, also helps in building character, accountability and social skills and enable them to fend for themselves

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03 Apr 2018

Students 'caste' Kerala in doubt: This is more about hegemony than technology

Does the 'casteless Kerala' rumour tell us more about the weakness of the system or the secularism of the society?

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31 Mar 2018
Remember being shocked about Kerala students going caste-less. Well, it was all an illusion
Over the years,  many busybodies have tried moral policing the love arena

Couples at public spaces or violence in the streets: What should be the real problem?

The recent incident in Mangaluru where villagers appealed to authorties to prevent couples from 'indecent' activities, speaks volume about how our society is unreceptive to something as simple as love

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30 Mar 2018

The know-how of the usability of transitive and intransitive verbs in sentence construction

English grammar with all its dos and don'ts can be quite daunting for some, but there is a sheer joy in mastering the language in its true essence. Do you agree?

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30 Mar 2018
Here's how you can use transitive and intransitive verbs correctly in a sentence
According to expert, the more you speak, more the scope for your improvement

Do you go numb when asked to speak in front of an audience? Here's how you can beat your fear

The only thing stopping us from effective communication in most part is our very own fear. Only by working hard and honing our skills can we better our communication

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30 Mar 2018

How the purpose of signage art changed throughout the ages

The reliance of human beings on signs and symbols for comprehension is as old as human history itself. However, as time elapsed, they took newer forms, shapes, and meanings

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30 Mar 2018
While most signs are universal, many are quirky in their own aspect
Academics and Universities with autonomy can now embrace holistic learning where a theoretical education is deeply integrated with experiential and practical learning | PTI

From funkier courses to foreign profs, here’s what red-tape free autonomy means to varsities

A professor from one of the private universities that received autonomy from the UGC last week, talks about what it means to a varsity to be 'set free'

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26 Mar 2018

Do schools need to change their approach to homosexuality?

The school in West Bengal, which asked ten "lesbian" students to tender a written confession accepting their sexuality brings to the fore the divide between understanding and ignorance to the LGBTQ

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22 Mar 2018
India's modern version of the witch-trials seems to be hunting and humiliating lesbians and others from the LGBTQI+ community (representative image)
The two main forms of communication are direct and indirect, the latter which is on a rise now through technology

Why effective communication is a sign of good leadership 

It is common to see the youth fall between the continuum of being excellent communicators, average or moderate communicators and poor communicators

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22 Mar 2018

Why you need to know the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs

Grammatical errors can make or break a sentence, especially in the English language, and getting them right is as basic as it gets

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22 Mar 2018
One of the most common errors in the English language is using intransitive verbs as transitive verbs (representational image)
Stephen Hawking died at his residence in Cambridge, England

How Stephen Hawking’s discovery has changed the way we look at black holes

The list of things for which the scientific community looks up to the late cosmologist may be infinitely long, but we give you a quick peek into his most significant contribution

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14 Mar 2018

Call of duty: Do husbands expect wives to put everything on hold for the home?

Women in the country often ended up being overly dutiful under the tense scrutiny and pressure expected of by society

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14 Mar 2018
Women in the current generation are expected to fulfill their domestic duties first, before fulfilling their dreams
Identofying and using appropriate 'chunks' is imperative to forming words

Effective communication requires context and collocation. Here's how

Merely knowing a word is not enough in a conversation and the communicator has to pay attention to both context and collocation 

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14 Mar 2018

Group discussions seemingly the new recruitment tactic for companies

Several recruiting agencies and HR departments resort to group interactions to test a candidate's skill in such situations as opposed to the old individual interview technique

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09 Mar 2018
Group discussions are crucial in showcasing out individual leadership skills and qualities (representative image) | IBS India Blog
Family and students carry the casket of Scott Beigel, one of the three teachers who died rescuing students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School | AP

Have educators responsibilities shifted from being teachers to human shields?

Teachers are now contemplating their current role, which has strayed away from education and is now concerned with the overall well being of their students, fighting students with guns included

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09 Mar 2018

Do you know the usage of all the English words in your dictionary?

Several terms in British English are often changed to both mean and depict things that signify something different than that of the original meaning

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09 Mar 2018
Several words have different usages but are not known to learners of the English language
Indian Englishes refers to indigenised versions of the language

Indian Englishes: What it means and how often we use it 

The English language is no longer the sole property of the English as English has transformed into “Englishes”

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05 Mar 2018

Fat or thin, dark or fair, clear or scarred: Here's why you should love your body

Everybody deserves to be loved and that's exactly what dancer and educator Shabari Rao aims to convey through her performances 

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26 Feb 2018
Shabari Rao at a performance
Western society already has bitter experiences of this but instead of protecting our children from it, we are following the same path

Gurgaon teacher rape threat: Threatening teachers is a Western concept that has crept into India  

It's no secret that the student-teacher relationship is not what it was a decade ago — here's an expert opinion on how and why it changed and what can be done to save the remains of it

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24 Feb 2018

Find it hard to focus? These tips might help you and your career

Social media and other "time consuming" activities are drawing young people away from focusing and prioritising important things 

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23 Feb 2018
Focus is the last thing on many young people's mind in the current generation
Does India still need foreigners to teach us how to do things? (representative image) | travellinghigh.wordpress.com

Should foreigners teach us manners or is it time we start building more toilets?

Several foreign travellers and artists take it upon themselves to do their bit to clear the walls of paan stains and urine stench. But do we really need foreigners to teach us toilet etiquette?

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23 Feb 2018

The evolution of words, from Oxford language to cyber-slang

English Professor Albert P Rayan says words have, over time and with the boom of the internet, evolved and changed to carry completely alternate, modern meanings along with the original versions

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16 Feb 2018
Netspeak or cyber-slang is what is trending; the language used by most cyber-users
The new notes have been called by a chunk of the Indian population for its stark contrast to the old currency | PTI

Why we didn't fall in love with our new currency notes

The Reserve Bank of India was entrusted with the behemoth task of designing new 500 and 2000 rupee notes

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16 Feb 2018

Kids shamed for not paying fees: Why we are failing the kids who need support the most

What's the point of making children feel humiliated for their parents' inability to pay money? Does it force parents to pay faster or does it merely scar a child to the point where they commit suicide

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15 Feb 2018
Every night, she would go home, and try to be brave in front of her parents, for she knew they had done everything they could to provide for her | Representative Image | Courtesy: FranchiseIndia
A candidate's external aura goes a long way in helping their potential employers assess and react in the positive (representative image)

Say no to stress: Impress your future employers with some of these desirable qualities

The author feels that young people need to equip themselves with certain desirable qualities and prepare themselves instead of being overcome by stress and regretting it later

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15 Feb 2018

Should the differently-abled be denied a normal education?

The petitioners argued that the boy was slow but not incapable of giving the exam, which the school refuted calling him "unfit" to give the Class X Boards

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08 Feb 2018
The court said it was better for all parties if the boy was shifted to a school with a more suitable curriculum (representative image)
Fear can be overcome by paying a lot more attention to small strategies (representative image)

Hear are 3 easy ways to overcome your fear factor

One needs to be able to control their fear and explore alternatives that help you overcome it and flourish

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08 Feb 2018

Have you ever said Mea Culpa? Find out what it means

The word has existed for decades yet is seldom used, and little known to many an English-speaker. Albert Rayan explains significance and meaning of the Latin word

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07 Feb 2018
The meaning of he word is one that has over the years ceased to be used both in speech and effect (representative) | Pinterest
A country where a woman's features, especially her hair are of prime importance. And if you cut it...? Awkward silence*

What's it like to be a young girl with short, choppy hair in India?

Girls are told that hair is a matter of pride, even if they feel nothing of the sort. The pressure is immense, with many admitting that they would love to cut ther hair but won't because you know why!

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03 Feb 2018

Here's why positive mental attitude is a must in an employment scenario

Nicholas Francis is a HR mentor based in Madurai. He serves as a memeber of board of studeies of Social Work in colleges and contributes to the professional training and development of institutes

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24 Jan 2018
Young graduates can defeat negativity and lack of confidence only by developing a very strong sense of positive mental attitude | Representative image
Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra clarified that it is not mandatory to play the anthem before screenings in cinemas | Representative image

Do we or do we not need to be patriotic?

The writer, John Monterio, is a lecturer who drifted into writing and Journalism. He has authored three books and is the founder of the Bondel Laughter Club in Mangalore 

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22 Jan 2018

Gnani kept the anti-nuke agitation in Idinthakarai alive: SP Udayakumar

Anti-nuclear activist and writer SP Udayakumar writes about his friend and collaborator on various social campaigns - Gnani Sankaran who passed away on January 15

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15 Jan 2018
SP Udayakumar says that Gnani Sankaran was agreat stroy-teller, always popular with children.
Zainab was raped and murdered near her house in Pakistan

Yes, 8-year-old Zainab was from Pakistan. Here's why every Indian should take it personally 

Being a citizen of a progressive country, we should express solidarity and help to unify against such atrocities irrespective of political boundaries

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14 Jan 2018

Dear Trollanmaar, think you've hit Parvathy where it hurts? Perhaps. But your time will come SOON!

The internet has been mercilessly trolling Parvathy over her opinion on misogyny in cinema. But the trolls don't realise that what goes around comes around

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05 Jan 2018
Parvathy's latest film 'My story' is facing a lot of hate comments