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Private health firm loses NHS treatment centre contract

 The treatment centre contract has been awarded to Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA A private health firm has lost one of the biggest and longest-running contracts to treat NHS patients, in a significant blow to the creeping privatisation of care. Circle is losing the contract it has held for 11 years to run the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre, which provides 240,000 operations and checkups a year. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust (NUH) has been handed a £320m contract to run the centre for the next five years after a bitter legal…

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Facebook to Invest $1 Billion in First Asian Data Centre in Singapore

HIGHLIGHTS The data centre is slated to open in 2022 Facebook’s facility will be located in the west of the island Data centre isn’t country specific to where users are located: Facebook Facebook said on Thursday it will invest more than $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,100 crores) to build its first data centre in Asia in Singapore, slated to open in 2022. Facebook’s facility will be located in the west of the island, near where Google is expanding its Singapore data centres in an $850 million (roughly Rs. 61,000 crores) investment as mobile…

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Samsung Electronics to Set Up AI Research Centre

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it would create an artificial intelligence (AI) research centre and strengthen an executive role to look for new business areas for all its three major business groups. The minor changes to the tech giant’s business structure were to “quickly respond to market changes,” Samsung Electronics said in a statement. The move follows last month’s appointment of a new generation of top managers that dispelled lingering worries about a leadership vacuum from the detention of Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee. The new AI research centre would be under a…

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We give people their humanity back’: inside Croatia’s pioneering mental health centre

High walls still surround the oldest asylum in the Balkans, an 18th-century building pocked with the artillery scars of last century’s civil war, but the gates are no longer locked. Handles have been replaced on internal doors and bars removed from windows. “The jail,” said Darko Kovaoic, a 53-year-old poet with schizophrenia who lives here, “has broken open.” The institution in Osijek, eastern Croatia, is run by Ladislav Lamza, a former social worker who is taking on the government, the health minister, and his own staff to transform the lives of…

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Amazon opens largest fulfilment centre near Hyderabad

E-commerce giant Amazon on Thursday opened its largest fulfilment centre near Hyderabad with the view to enhance customer experience ahead of the festive season. The four lakh square feet facility with a massive storage capacity of 2.1 million cubic feet has come up at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad, about 20 km south of Hyderabad. This is Amazon’s fifth fulfilment centre in Telangana and the largest in India. Amazon has ramped up the storage capacity to 3.3 million cubic feet in Telangana to enable faster deliveries to customers…

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Karnataka Bhawan (Karnataka Food Centre): From Maharaja Thali to Bisibele Bath

The perks of living in the capital city is that whenever the urge to try different regional Indian cuisines kicks in, you can just head to one of the State Bhawan canteens or restaurants and enjoy a hearty meal. They are among the best places to savour traditional dishes and learn a great deal about the various regional cuisines. So after a ‘fulfilling’ experience at the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Bhawan Canteen (read here), which is considered as a food institution in Delhi, the following weekend we headed to the…

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