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WeChat Seeks Even More China Clicks With New Mini-Apps

In a cluster of refurbished Mao-era industrial buildings in Guangzhou, developers at China’s top messaging app, WeChat, are redesigning key parts of its product to spread its tentacles to just about every aspect of Chinese life. Around 1,500 developers, mainly twentysomething males, have been tasked with increasing user engagement through new ‘mini-programs’ on WeChat that look and operate much like apps on Apple Inc’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems – but are far less data-intensive. WeChat, owned by Tencent Holdings, says it’s not a direct challenge to the dominant…

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L&T Realty to ink deal with Nirmal Lifestyle to develop Mulund land

Nirmal Lifestyle, which builds malls and corporate offices apart from residential projects, has been in talks with several developers to monetise its land parcel to repay debt, which stands at over Rs1,000 crore. Mumbai: L&T Realty Ltd is close to signing an agreement with Nirmal Lifestyle Ltd to jointly develop a 16-acre plot at Mulund in Mumbai. As part of the deal, L&T Realty would pay an upfront deposit of Rs400 crore to Nirmal Lifestyle, which owns the land, according to two people aware of the development. The land parcel…

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Thailand reaches for the stars with new Michelin Guide

Thailand will be the latest country to have a Michelin Guide, its state tourism agency said on Monday, taking its place on the culinary world map just days after authorities announced they would shut down Bangkok’s vibrant street food scene. The dining publication was introduced by the French Michelin tire company in 1900 to encourage people to take road trips. Its star system began in the 1920s. The guide to hotels and restaurants, which will be released in Thai and English, will be the company’s sixth in Asia. It has…

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States tinker with education indicators

WASHINGTON — How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place? States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores. The plans are required under a federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015 and takes effect in the coming school year. Under the new law, states are focusing more on academic growth, meaning not…

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Life’s illusions catching up with Japan’s middle-aged parasite singles

Their youth long gone, members of Japan’s generation of “parasite singles” face a precarious future, wondering how to survive once the parents many depended on for years pass away. Some 4.5 million Japanese aged between 35 and 54 were living with their parents in 2016, according to a researcher at the Statistical Research and Training Institute on a demographic phenomena that emerged two decades ago, when youthful singles made headlines for mooching off parents to lead carefree lives. Now, without pensions or savings of their own, these middle-aged stay-at-homes threaten…

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Get onboard with the best institutes for ultimate grooming

With the growing number of courses and specializations, often it gets tough for students to decide about the right course, depending on their abilities and skills. Most students are confused whether they should take up b.sc or b-tech for their graduation level and they need to get their thoughts clear before they proceed. The top btech colleges in Uttar Pradesh and in India undoubtedly enhance your skills and take you to a greater level of success. Why should you opt for b-tech There are a number of reasons why you…

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