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The Fletcher School at Tufts University to Extensively Focus on Sustainable Business Education in Fall 2023


    The Fletcher School, the graduate school of global affairs at Tufts University, Massachusetts is now upgrading its popular Master of International Business (MIB) degree course to address the evolving requirements of both employers and students.

    The comprehensive two-year residential master’s degree program will include an optional STEM-designated quantitative methods track in fall 2023 and will also focus on sustainable business training. The STEM track will serve as a rewarding opportunity for students pursuing a career in finance, data analytics, economics, consulting, and technology as well as for international graduates with global work experiences who wish to study and work in the United States.

    Moreover, MIB graduates from outside the United States who pursue this track will garner the opportunity to qualify for an extra two-year STEM extension of their Post-Completion OPT work permission.

    Holistically incorporating the paradigms of sustainability—Environment, Social, and Governance, the course has been meticulously framed to enable students to evolve as the change agents of tomorrow.

    “Today’s challenges from inequality to climate change demand the private sector, government and civil society working together to deliver solutions,”said Rachel Kyte, Dean at The Fletcher School. “Tomorrow’s leaders need strong business skills paired with a global, situational understanding, which they gain from studying international business at a global affairs school.”  

    Some of the salient features of the MIB degree course include-:

    • A two-year residential programme on Fletcher’s Boston-area campus
    • An international cohort of classmates and alumni
    • Two to five years of business experience preferred
    • No GRE/GMAT requirement

    “The MIB program prepares the business and policy leaders the world sorely needs,” said Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School. “Our graduates understand the drivers of and barriers to sustainable development and can bring together the tools of finance, consulting, entrepreneurship, policy and the law to solve problems and make the buzz around ESG a real thing. With a brand new STEM track, the MIB degree will open doors for students from across the globe to pursue jobs and practical training in the U.S. while bringing data and technology to bear to make management decisions that sustain businesses while sustaining the planet and building equitable societies.’’

    The deadlines for the application for MIB 2023 enrolment are as follows-:

    • Scholarship Priority: Jan. 10
    • February application deadline: Feb. 20
    • Final application deadline: April 1

    For more information about The Fletcher School’s Master of International Business course please visit: https://fletcher.tufts.edu/programs/masters/MIB

    About The Fletcher School at Tufts University

    The Fletcher School at Tufts University has been a pioneer in the study and practice of international affairs for more than 90 years. The school boasts a highly proficient faculty of experts and practitioners who invest personally in your academic journey. The Fletcher School education features an exceptionally diverse student body who enrich and inform the experience inside and outside the classroom. For more information visit: https://fletcher.tufts.edu

    Soundarya Rajinikanth reacts to Aishwaryaa’s divorce

    Superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Aishwaryaa and Dhanush’s divorce announcement is creating panic among their followers. It is known that Dhanush announced his separation from his wife Aishwaryaa through social media and requested everyone not to disturb their privacy. Reacting to their divorce, Rajini’s daughter Soundarya seems to extend her support to her sister by changing her Twitter profile with a picture in which one can catch a glimpse of Soundarya, Aishwaryaa and Rajinikanth.

    It is their childhood picture along with their father Rajinikanth and Soundarya didn’t reveal why she changed the profile picture.

    Doctors contracting COVID at an alarming rate

    Male and female doctors discussing while standing in ICU. Healthcare workers are protective workwear. They are at hospital.

    Hyderabad: The daily case count of COVID has been increasing sharply since last week, and the number of patients requiring medical care is also seeing a sharp rise. As a result, the number of doctors who are falling prey to the virus has also been increasing at alarming rates. Whether this is due to the high transmission rate of the new variant Omicron, or due to the winter season, has still not been established.

    In a recent outbreak at the Institute of Mental Health in Erragadda, 9 doctors and 57 patients were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus. Health officials claimed that more data is required to find out whether the patients contracted the virus from doctors or the other way around. In addition to the above, taking into account the confirmed cases from Gandhi Hospital, Osmania, Niloufer Childrens’ Hospital, MGM Hospital in Warangal, a total of 220 doctors and post-graduate medical students have tested positive for COVID in the past few days.

    Experts say that this is a particularly tricky situation, because with increasing number of patients, we need an increasing number of medical staff, and if staff is falling sick, we are left with patients who are not going to get the care that they need.

    Some government colleges and hospitals have began to issue informal orders on shorter quarantine periods. Even though the central body Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has mandated a 7-day quarantine for anyone who is testing positive, doctors and other staff are being asked to stay in isolation for only 3 days if they are asymptomatic. If they are suffering from COVID symptoms, then they are being asked to stay in isolation for 5 days before reporting back to duty.

    Opposition minister N. Chandrababu Naidu tests COVID positive; goes into home isolation

    Ex-chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, prominent politician N. Chandrababu Naidu has tested positive for COVID. He took to Twitter to mention that he has quarantined himself at home, and is taking all necessary precautions. On Monday, his son, who is also a senior party member of TDP, Nara Lokesh had tested positive for COVID.

    On another side, TDP members have been organising Seva programs on account of NTR’s death anniversary, which is today. Naidu was scheduled to attend special programmes in NTR Bhavan in Amaravati, but has now suspended the plans due to recent developments.

    Distribution of fruits in hospitals, organising of blood banks are some of the activities that are being carried out by the party members on this occasion.

    Kick-start 2022 with these 5 must-read motivational books


      The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life

      This book was first published in 2018. The author Robin Sharma, who is also the author of the famous book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” introduces The 5 AM Club concept that started over twenty years ago, based on a revolutionary morning routine that has helped his clients maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity. This book emphasizes on how just waking up at 5 AM every morning will make you a highly efficient individual. Then it describes good strategies to actually implement this plan in your life. A great number of readers have reviewed this book as life-changing, and have attributed their own success to this habit.

      The Psychology of Money

      First published in 2020, this book is famous for its timeless lessons on wealth, greed and general happiness in life. All of us know the basic rules about investing money, but it is really hard to follow through them when it comes to practice. The author, Morgan Housel, uses story format to explore the strange ways people think about money. The book will surely motivate you to start saving your money and investing it for your future. Readers have particularly liked the simple language Morgan has used in the book. If you are in your 20s or 30s, this book becomes a must-read, because the best returns you get are on your earliest investments.

      The Rudest Book Ever

      Shwetabh Gangwar, the author of this book, is a Youtube star and a social media influencer. First published in 2019, this book is actually a straight-forward account on how to manage your expectations from society. Some topics that it presses on, are dealing with rejection, your perception of society, maintaining individuality, and aiming for satisfaction in life rather than happiness. It contains great insights that are helpful in our day-to-day lives. Though some readers have mixed reviews on this book, it is a must-read to help build a good perspective towards life on the whole.

      Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

      First published in 2017, this book helps you to find your “Ikigai”, which means “purpose of life” in Japanese. The authors Héctor García and Francesc Miralles start with an interesting proposition, that having a purpose in life leads to living longer. It contains tips on how to find your purpose and how to live a healthy lifestyle, and emphasizes that the secret to a longer and fulfilling life does not depend on whether you are rich or poor, modern or old-fashioned. It depends on the choices you make and actions you take. We all have heard these tips on finding purpose here and there, but this book lists them in an organized manner, and it will surely motivate you to adopt a fulfilling lifestyle.

      Do Epic Shit

      This is a new book, first published in 2021. The author Ankur Warikoo is an entrepreneur and a content creator who has rode on waves of success and failure and has decided to publish what he has learnt from his experience. The book focuses on the importance of creating processes for long-term success, and touches on topics like money management and relationships. Most importantly, it has some good notes on embracing failure and how seeing it as a step on the path to success will enable you to focus on what is important.

      Have you read any of these books? Let us know your reviews in the comments!

      Amazon EMIfest: 7.5% instant discount on Kotak & Bank of Baroda cards. Click to view atest mobile phone launches!


        Did you miss year-end sale on Amazon by any chance? Now, Amazon.in has started a new sale by name EMIfest, and is offering up to ₹1,500/- off on Kotak bank credit & debit cards and Bank of Baroda credit cards. This offer is available on select Electronics, Mobile Phones, Furniture items. The offer is not available on Bank of Baroda debit cards.

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        Night curfew in Telangana: All you need to know


        In view of rising COVID-19 cases in Telangana, the government has taken a key decision to implement a curfew during night time. The government has declared that, starting from today, i.e. April 20 until May 1, a curfew will be in effect during the time 9 PM to 5 AM. All offices, institutions, shops & businesses must be closed by 8 PM. Hospitals, diagnostic labs, pharmacies, and other emergency services are exempt from this curfew.

        Some emergency services are as follows:

        • Print, Electronic Media
        • Telecommunications, Internet services, Broadcasting & Cable services, IT & IT enabled services
        • e-Commerce delivery
        • Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG gas outlets
        • Electricity generation and transmission
        • Water transmission & purification
        • Cold storage & food storage warehouses
        • Private security services

        This decision was taken in the backdrop of an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases across India, which is being termed as the second wave. Various states & cities across India have already declared lockdown / curfew orders. A week-long lockdown in New Delhi, 2 week long lockdown in Rajasthan are currently being enforced to curb the spread.

        Telangana has seen 5,926 new positive cases and 18 deaths due to COVID-19 yesterday. Of these new cases, 793 cases are from inside GHMC premises. Since the beginning of this epidemic, a total of 1,856 people in Telangana have lost their lives due to complications arising from this virus. The state currently has 42,853 active cases as per the government’s latest press release.

        Read the complete government order below

        Share this article with your friends & family to increase awareness on the government’s decision. Do you support this decision? Let us know in the comments.

        Update: Internship opportunities in IT field


        Are you looking for an internship in the IT field? We found some interesting opportunities for you

        The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and six oil and gas companies have launched an online internship programme for 100,000 students. Last date: April 1. Stipend: None.

        Market regulator SEBI has invited applications (pdf) for internships in its IT department. The interns will get to work on data analytics and fintech. Last date: April 10 . Eligibility: BCA. Stipend: from Rs. 25,000/- per month.

        Cisco is offering 20,000 virtual internships in cybersecurity, in association with AICTE and NASSCOM. Last date: March 31. Stipend: None.

        Decathlon is hiring business development interns at Noida for a period of six months. Last date: April 5. Stipend: from Rs. 10,000/- per month.

        Fashion TV is looking for research and development interns in Mumbai. Upon successful conversion to a permanent employee, the candidate can expect a salary of ₹1-3 lakh. Last date: April 5. Stipend: Rs. 5,000-7,500/- per month.

        Bharti Airtel wants business development interns for three months in Kolkata. Last date: March 30. Stipend: Rs. 10,000/- per month.

        HCL Technologies is offering human resource internships in Lucknow. Last date: March 31. Stipend: Rs. 3,500-6,000/- per month.

        OYO is offering virtual internships for its operations function. Last date: April 6. Stipend: Rs. 10,000/- per month.

        Career Launcher is offering virtual internships for its marketing function. Last date: April 5. Stipend: Rs. 10,000/- per month.

        The National Highways Authority of India is offering internships to civil engineering students across cities. Last date: April 4. Stipend: Rs. 5,000/- per month.

        Source: https://www.linkedin.com/news/story/heres-whos-hiring-interns-4375537/

        If you are not interested in these opportunities, still you can forward it to your friends and colleagues. It might help someone!

        COVID-19: How to get the vaccine?


        The government of India is calling on all citizens to join the fight against COVID-19 by registering for the vaccine here: https://www.cowin.gov.in/home .

        For now, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India has identified certain priority groups for early vaccination. You are eligible for vaccination if you match with any of these cases:

        • You are a healthcare / frontline worker
        • You are above 60 years of age
        • You are above 45 years of age with a history of diagnosis for a critical illness

        Two vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorization by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in India are Covishield® (AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin® (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited). However, as of now, you cannot choose which vaccine you will be getting. That will be decided based on local availability in your region.

        From one mobile phone number, one can register up to 4 people, however, each person will need their own photo identification document. Once you complete the registration process, you will receive SMS on your registered mobile number about the due date and venue. Once you receive the first dose, a provisional certificate would be provided to you. On completion of second dose, when you receive the message for completion of schedule, it would include a link to download digital certificate of vaccination. You will need to save this certificate for future use.

        Regarding safety of the vaccine, both the Indian COVID-19 vaccines have completed their Phase I & II trials (few hundreds of participants). Covishield® has completed its Phase III trials (thousands of participants) in UK and the bridging trial in India. Some contraindications (cases where you should avoid the vaccine) have also been mentioned for the vaccine, that include history of allergic reaction to vaccines, pregnancy, people already having COVID-19 symptoms, etc.,

        If you have any more doubts regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, you can read the complete FAQ on this MoHFW page: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/covid_vaccination/vaccination/faqs.html#vaccine-registration

        For those of us who are not eligible for the vaccine yet, there is not much we can do at this point to get the vaccine. But we can aid the fight against COVID-19 by wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, following guidelines laid out by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

        How are you taking care of yourselves in these critical times? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

        No lock-down in Telangana: Sigh of relief? Not so much…


        Lock-down or No lock-down? This is the question that had become a hot discussion topic since a week in Hyderabad and Secunderabad areas. Bringing down the curtains on suspense, today Telangana CM KCR has announced in the Assembly session that the state government has no plans to impose lockdown in the near future.

        He advised the public to wear masks, maintain social distancing and to follow guidelines laid out by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

        This comes under the backdrop of an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Telangana. Not only Telangana, several regions in India are currently seeing a worrisome rise in the number of new cases. Maharashtra (15,397 new cases) and Chattisgarh (1,384 new cases) were the most affected states yesterday in this new wave of infections, with Karnataka (1,321 new cases), MP (957 new cases) and Punjab (883 new cases) following them. Telangana has seen 311 new active cases yesterday, with 3,995 total active cases. But the figures seem to be rising sharply. 3 people in the state lost their life to the battle with COVID-19.

        Vaccination drives in Telangana have not yet started in full swing, as even 2% of total population in the state has not been vaccinated with one dose yet. The state is currently ranked as the third worst in terms of pace of vaccination. Totally, more than 5.5 crore Indians have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

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