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Stephen Hawking’s The 71st Birthday

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 9, 2013

Stephen Hawking, Cambridge, Jason Bye, 19/09/08Sitting in a wheel chair since the age of 28 due to paralysis because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) related motor neuron disease, Stephen William Hawking, (born 8 January 1942) became world renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. He can’t speak thus he communicates through a speech generating device with a vocal supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

His doctor told him that he won’t survive long because in the world ALS survival for more than 10 years after diagnosis is uncommon. however now he is 71 years.

Among his significant scientific works have been a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularities theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vocal supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of thePresidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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Recession Is Having a Devastating Impact on Our Young People

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 27, 2012

By Ginny Lunn, Director of policy and strategy at youth charity The Prince’s Trust

The recession is already damaging the hopes of thousands of young people who are struggling to find a job.

Now young people in schools could be next in line.

Today, we are releasing new research showing that seven out of 10 secondary school teachers (70%) are increasingly worried their pupils will end up on benefits, while more than one in three (37%) feel their efforts are in vain, due to high levels of unemployment.

As a former teacher myself, I know that they do all they can to support students. It is now more important than ever for government, charities and employers to work closely with teachers to support young people who may be struggling.

Young people can fall out of the education system for many reasons – and all too often they end up feeling that they can never achieve anything.

There are thousands of young people that fall into this vicious cycle, feeling like they have ‘failed’ in school and leaving with few qualifications and little confidence to help them find a job in the future. This can breed low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness and sometimes even depression. Read the rest of this entry »

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School League Tables 2012: 107 Secondaries Fail To Meet Government Targets

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2012

Thousands of teenagers are being let down by under-performing schools, despite tough government targets introduced to raise standards, new league tables have revealed.

More than 100 secondaries in England did not meet the targets while young people are still failing to get good GCSE results.

Ministers took a tougher stance toward education institutions in 2010, saying schools failing to meet the strict thresholds face closure or being taken over if they do not improve.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb commented on the tables, saying: “We should have high expectations for all children regardless of their circumstances. Today’s figures reveal a shocking waste of talent in many schools across the country.

The tables show 107 secondary schools were below the Government’s target in 2011.

This means that less than 35% of their pupils got at least five C grades at GCSE, including English and maths, and fewer youngsters made two levels of progress between 11 and 16 than the national average in these two core subjects.

The tables also suggest hundreds of secondaries are failing their poorest pupils.

A mere third (33.9%) of teenagers from disadvantaged homes gained at least five Cs in their GCSEs last summer, including English and maths, compared to 58.2% of all pupils attending state schools.

And while nearly one in six pupils nationally achieved the Government’s new English Baccalaureate, the same was true for only one in 25 poor youngsters, the Department for Education (DfE) admitted.

To gain the EBacc, pupils must score at least a C in English, maths, science, history or geography and a language at GCSE.

Gibb added: “All too often, pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds aren’t given the same opportunities as their peers. But there are great examples of schools achieving the best for their disadvantaged pupils. If they can get it right, then so can all schools.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Indonesian Children Cling To Collapsed Bridge To Get To School (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 20, 2012

Children have been risking their lives to get to school as images released show students precariously crossing a broken suspension bridge in Indonesia, after it was damaged by flooding.


The bridge, which was built in 2001, provides a route over the Ciberang river to the school in Sanghiang Tanjung. Despite nearly collapsing after a pillar supporting the bridge was damaged on Monday by floods, the children are clinging onto the bars – all to avoid taking a detour to the next bridge which would add half an hour to their journey.


The children, some as young as five, are putting their lives in danger to get to school.


According to The Daily Mail, locals have already reported sections disappearing overnight.


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Simon Cowell, The Messiah: Quarter Children Think X Factor Boss Born On Christmas Day

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 21, 2011


One in four children think Christmas Day celebratesSimon Cowell‘s birthday, while nearly a quarter think God was born in Essex, a survey has found.

The same number of five to seven-year-olds also thought Jesus was born either at 10 Downing Street or Buckingham Palace, with more than a third not even knowing whose birthday it is on Christmas Eve.

The survey, conducted by, found children’s perception of Christmas populated with celebrities. More than a third (35%) of the youngsters could not name a single one of Father Christmas’ reindeer. Of the children questioned, 12% thought singer Tulisa was the name of a reindeer. Other names suggested were:

And they fared no better when it came to identifying the three wise men, either. More than a third thought Gary BarlowMark Wright from reality show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) and Prince Charles were the gift-bearing visitors in the nativity scene. In a sign of the times, 30% presumed these “wise men” heard about the birth of Jesus through Facebook.

Other interesting facts included 28% thinking Lapland was a nightclub and 35% never having heard of Rudolph before.

Woolworths spokesperson said: “Christmas is such a special and magical time of year for children, so it’s surprising that there is so much confusion going around.

“Obviously Christmas means different things for different families but it’s a big shock that 35% don’t even know who Rudolph is.

“We’re not saying that celebrity culture has ruined the traditions of Christmas but from these results it certainly seems to have had an effect on how children think about the big day!”

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London School Of Economics Admits ‘Mistake’ In Accepting £300,000 From Colonel Gaddafi

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 1, 2011

The head of the London School of Economics says a report criticising its acceptance of a £1.5 million donation from Libya showed “failings in our governance and management”.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s most high-profile son, Saif al-Islam, studied at the school from 2002 until 2008, gaining a doctorate.

In 2009 the LSE received £300,000 from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF), prompting protests from students and widespread criticism.

The payment was the first of a proposed five donations totalling £1.5 million, but the others were never received.

In March this year Sir Howard Davies resigned from his post of director at the LSE over the university’s links to the Gaddafi family.

A comprehensive report by Lord Woolf into the scandal was published today, and found “the links which the LSE developed with Libya have clearly brought to light shortcomings in communication and governance within the LSE”.

Professor Judith Rees, director of LSE, said: “It’s a fairly forensic exercise.

“Obviously it’s very hard hitting, it’s very detailed, and it does show that there were clear mistakes made, and failings in our governance and management.

“It’s sad, and certainly very painful reading for someone like me who has spent most of their career at the school.”

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Exams Unreliable For University Selection, AC Grayling Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 6, 2011

All persons could not have the same quality. This is the beauty of creation. Some are good with writing, some with speaking, some with writing poems and some with singing. Some could write wonderfull­y but could not present well and some could present wonderfull­y, but could not write good. And presentati­on and writing skill could be wonderful with some. That’s why we have this kind of wonderful diversity and hence everybody is different from another. This fact also could be very important in this case.
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University Students Back To BBC ‘Young Ones’ Era: 80 Per Cent Live In Filthy Conditions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 6, 2011

God! so mess.
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Daily Collective Worship Law Ignored By Schools, BBC ComRes Poll Shows

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 6, 2011

A large number of schools in England are ignoring a statutory requirement to provide daily collective worship, a survey has found, renewing debate over whether the law should be repealed.

Almost two thirds of parents questioned said their children don’t attend daily collective worship at their schools.

The research, conducted by ComRes on behalf of BBC Local Radio suggests maintained schools are forgoing their statutory duties to provide worship to reflect the “broadly Christian” traditions of England.

Of the 500 parents questioned, 64 per cent said their child did not attend worship assemblies. But the Church of England insisted the results of the poll were unreliable saying it did not differentiate primary and secondary schools where the former regularly had daily worship or reflection.

A spokesman for the C of E said: “Collective worship is when pupils of all faiths and none come together to reflect – it should not be confused with corporate worship when everyone is of the same belief. Evidence collected in Church school inspections shows that schools place a high value on collective worship.

“The Church strongly supports the law – although it is not its job to enforce it – as it provides an important chance for the school to focus on promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of its pupils. Read the rest of this entry »

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Studying In The UK Main Reason For Net Migration

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 25, 2011

No job, more migration. Existing people will suffer more and migrated will too suffer beyond their expectatio­n.
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More Than 200,000 Students Miss Out On University Places

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 21, 2011

This will create another big problem in UK
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A-Level Results Reach Record Highs

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 18, 2011

These better result holders are going to pay better fee to Universiti­es with doubled price.
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Social Mobility ‘Restricted’ By University Tuition Fees, Report Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 18, 2011

Doubled tuition fee is the problem.
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