By: Express News Service | Published: June 12, 2018 7:52:03 am Only one of the seven zonal toppers among girls is in the top 10 in the common rank list (CRL), and only one more is in the top 100. (Representational Image) Top News Of the 18,138 candidates who cleared JEE-Advanced this year, only 2,176 were girls, which translates to 11%, or 1 girl for every 8 boys. This year, 800 supernumerary seats have been created specifically for girls, following a directive of the HRD Ministry, with the objective of improving the gender balance in undergraduate programmes. The disparity between boys and girls also shows in the list of toppers from region to region. Only one of the seven zonal toppers among girls is in the top 10 in the common rank list (CRL), and only one more is in the top 100. Out of the top 10 (both genders), five boys have topped their respective zones, besides the girls’ topper in Delhi zone (see chart). The 18,138 qualifiers, out of 1.55 lakh … [Read more...] about Explained Snippets: In list of JEE-Advanced qualifiers, boys out number girls 8 to 1
The Yorkshire dialect can be tricky to understand if you’re not from the area, and with so much variety across the region, it’s easy to be confused by some of our unique turns of phrase. Even if you’re local, you might be surprised to learn the origins behind some of the city’s signature slang. Loiners The term Loiners has long been used to refer to natives of Leeds. While its exact origin still remains unknown, there are three competing theories to explain how the nickname came about. The most common theory is that it could stem from the name Loidis, which was used in the 8th century to refer to the district around modern day Leeds. Loidis later became known as Ledes or Leedes, and eventually Leeds. Another theory suggests that in the 19th century there were many yards and closes around Briggate, the back entrances of which were known as ‘low ins’ or ‘loins’, sparking the term Loiner. And a third argument has it that locals used to … [Read more...] about Why are people from Leeds called Loiners? Yorkshire slang explained
FACEBOOK is caught up in a data breach controversy that saw info on 50 million users exposed – but what actually happened? Here's a simple guide to the Facebook data breach fiasco. What's the Facebook data breach controversy about? This weekend, a report by The Guardian revealed that a company called Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal data of 50 million Facebook profiles. This information was allegedly used to map out voter behaviour in 2016 for both the Brexit campaign and the US presidential election. Cambridge Analytica is a British company that helps businesses "change audience behaviour", and supposedly helped get US President Donald Trump elected. How was the Facebook data harvested? Back in 2015, a Cambridge psychology professor called Aleksandr Kogan built an app called "thisisyourdigitallife". The app was a personality quiz that asked Facebook users for information about themselves. Kogan's company Global Science Research had a deal to share info from the app … [Read more...] about Facebook data breach explained – what happened with Cambridge Analytica and are you safe?
ATTEMPTS to curb rising levels of obesity has led to a new tax on sugary soft drinks. But will fizzy drinks become more expensive and how much sugar do they actually contain? Here's what you need to know. What is the sugar tax? The sugar tax was announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his budget statement in 2017. The money from the tax will go to the Department for Education. The new levy is being put on drinks companies, who will be taxed according to how much sugar is in their beverages. Two categories of taxation are set to come into force. One relates to the total sugar content on drinks with more than 5g per 100ml, while a higher levy is imposed on drinks with 8g per 100ml or more. When will the price of fizzy drinks increase? The sugar tax came into force on April 6, 2018, after hopes of a U-turn by PM Theresa May were dashed. The tax is estimated to raise around £520 million which will be used to fund sports in primary schools. How much will fizzy drinks increase … [Read more...] about Sugar tax 2018 explained – how much is the new tax on fizzy drinks and does it apply to diet Coke?
DISCUSSIONS surrounding gammon may usually involve nominating a family member to make a roast. But it is now being used to insult middle-aged Brexiteers. We fully explain Gammongate. What is the gammon row? Labour supporters have been accused of mocking right-wing males by likening the colour of the meat to their supposed red-faces. A social media user first used the term during Brexit Question Time debates, saying he had grown tired because the "Great Wall of Gammon" have had their way long enough. His tweet read: "Whatever happens, hopefully politicians will start listening to young ppl after this. "This Great Wall of gammon has had its way long enough." Whatever happens, hopefully politicians will start listening to young ppl after this. This Great Wall of gammon has had its way long enough. pic.twitter.com/N0ZWI3wMuM— Ben Davis (@bendavis_86) June 8, 2017 Matt Zarb-Cousin, Jeremy Corbyn's former spokesman also used the term to describe a man who was protecting Jacob … [Read more...] about What is the gammon row and the Great Wall of Gammon all about and is the insult racist? Gammongate explained