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Ex- Foreign Minister of Singapore is new chancellor of Nalanda University

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Former Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo will be the new chancellor of Nalanda University, announced Indian external affairs ministry today.

“George Yeo, former Foreign Minister of Singapore is to be the new Chancellor of Nalanda University,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Mr. Yeo is currently on the governing board of prestigious university.

He will take over from Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who withdrew his candidature for a second term as Chancellor of the Nalanda University in Bihar in February 2015.

Professor Sen, whose term ends in July, had written a letter to his colleagues on the board, withdrawing from seeking a second term, since the Narendra Modi government had not given its approval to his nomination.

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Cloud Major Oracle Postpones “OpenWorld Asia” in Singapore Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The company also told employees to refrain from scheduling meetings that required flights until at least the end of April

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Oracle joins the growing list of tech companies who have either cancelled or postponed their conferences and meetings recently. Wikimedia Commons

Cloud major Oracle on Tuesday announced it is postponing the flagship OpenWorld Asia, currently scheduled for April 2020 in Singapore, owing to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

“In the light of the ‘COVID-19’ outbreak and the recent pronouncement of a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation, we are postponing Oracle OpenWorld Asia,” the company said in an email.

Oracle joins the growing list of tech companies who have either cancelled or postponed their conferences and meetings recently.

Google has cancelled its ‘Global News Initiative’ summit in northern California in April while Facebook has called off its flagship F8 developer conference in May. Microsoft has cancelled its ‘IoT in Action’ conference in Melbourne while Intel has also cancelled briefing sessions for its flagship conference.

In mid-February, Cisco cancelled its flagship Cisco Live conference in Melbourne and later in the month, Salesforce cancelled its physical regional World Tour event for Sydney.

Meanwhile, Amazon has confirmed that two of its employees have been infected with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy.

Amazon spokesperson Drew Herdener said that the company was “supporting the affected employees, who were in Milan and are now in quarantine”.

A Google employee in Switzerland was tested positive for COVID-19 last week at its office in Zurich, Switzerland. Amazon has halted all non-essential travel, including trips within the US.

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Cloud major Oracle on Tuesday announced it is postponing the flagship OpenWorld Asia, currently scheduled for April 2020 in Singapore, owing to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. VOA

The company also told employees to refrain from scheduling meetings that required flights until at least the end of April.

Twitter said that it would also restrict all nonessential business travel for its employees and partners.

“We have continued to monitor the situation closely and are adjusting our internal policies to respond to this rapidly-evolving situation. On February 29, we informed our people and started notifying partners that we are suspending all non-critical business travel and events,” the micro-blogging platform said in a statement.

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The death toll due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China has risen to 2,943, authorities said on Tuesday, while the number of confirmed cases has reached 80,151. (IANS)

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Advantages of Enrolling Your Kids in Singapore

Singapore is a rich country and you can expect nothing less when it comes to education

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Enrolling your kids to study in Singapore is definitely a great choice. This is perfect for parents who work a lot in Singapore so you get to settle down with the entire family rather than going back and forth for few days of vacation only. Wikimedia Commons

Singapore is known to be one of the leading countries in the world in terms of global commerce, finance, tourism and education. It is the world’s capital for global affairs. Thus, it is not surprising that many expats are living in the country. Growing numbers of families from different parts of the world decide to settle down and build a life in this small but very rich country.

In this article, we will discuss some advantages of enrolling your kid to an International School in Singapore maybe under IB DP or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This is perfect for expats who are running a business in the country or to those who are looking to settle down and start a family.

  • Highest quality of education in the world

The government of Singapore takes education very seriously. As a country taking great pride with strong economy, they wish to see future leaders that will continue the efforts of today’s leaders and with that, they ensure that schools in the country starting from preparatory to university offers the highest possible quality of education any parent would want for their children. 

  • Cost effective

Highest quality education does not necessarily mean highest tuition fee too, at least not in Singapore. Your children will surely get a world-class education and the best part is that the price you pay is not ridiculously high compared to those in Europe and USA Still, Singaporean credentials are highly acknowledged and demanded in the world.

  • Safe campuses

Living in a foreign country can be scary in the beginning most especially sending out your kids to school for the first time. As parents, you wish to ensure safety of your kids when they are not at home. Choosing to enroll your kids in an International School will give you assurance that your kids are in safe hands. The campuses are safe for the kids with security personnel in different areas of the school as well as security cameras. They guarantee you of your kid’s safety and wellness while inside the campus.

  • Modern technology and advanced facilities

Singapore is a rich country and you can expect nothing less when it comes to education. Schools and universities are equipped with modern technology and advanced educational facilities to provide highest quality of education for the students. Every technology, facility and design has been carefully formulated to give the students the best academic and extracurricular activities they need to eventually become the best versions of themselves.

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Singapore is known to be one of the leading countries in the world in terms of global commerce, finance, tourism and education. Pixabay
  • Happy and friendly community

School is the second home of children. They develop not only their wisdom but also their personalities and behaviours. Researches have shown that school has a great impact in the development of growing children. They deserve to have not only the best education but also great sets of friends and classmates and supportive and caring teachers and faculty. Also, enrolling your kids to international school in Singapore widens their perspective as they are being exposed to children and teachers from different parts of the world. It is indeed a great experience for them.

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Enrolling your kids to study in Singapore is definitely a great choice. This is perfect for parents who work a lot in Singapore so you get to settle down with the entire family rather than going back and forth for few days of vacation only. 

 

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Nearly Half Of Government Takedown Demands on Netflix Comes From Singapore

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, YouTube, and even Wikipedia often receive and comply with requests from government bodies to remove content from its platforms in those countries

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The media streaming behemoth Netflix revealed the details in its first report, named "Environmental Social Governance", which it said would provide more transparency on the impact of its platform on society and its governance structures. Pixabay

Netflix has removed movies and TV shows from its global platform at the demand of foreign governments and the majority — five of such requests — came from the Singapore government.

The media streaming behemoth revealed the details in its first report, named “Environmental Social Governance”, which it said would provide more transparency on the impact of its platform on society and its governance structures, ZDNet reported on Sunday.

The takedowns all occurred between 2015 and 2020.

The streaming giant said in its report: “We offer creators the ability to reach audiences all around the world. However, our catalog varies from country to country, including for [broadcasting] rights reasons [and] in some cases, we’ve been forced to remove specific titles or episodes of titles in specific countries due to government takedown demands.”

It is pertinent to note that government takedowns aren’t a new phenomena for online media platforms.

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Netflix has removed movies and TV shows from its global platform at the demand of foreign governments and the majority — five of such requests — came from the Singapore government. Pixabay

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, YouTube, and even Wikipedia often receive and comply with requests from government bodies to remove content from its platforms in those countries.

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The reasons for such requests often range from local laws banning certain kinds of content to the publishing of unauthorised material to straight up attempts of censorship, according to Mashable. (IANS)