Prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships awarded to 150 Sri Lankan students

The prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships for 2017-18 were awarded to 150 Advanced Level school students from all 25 districts across Sri Lanka by Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education of Sri Lanka, Vijayakala Maheshwaran, State Minister of Education of Sri Lanka, and Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India, at a special ceremony held at the Ministry of Education Auditorium, Battaramulla today.This is the twelfth year in continuum that India has provided Mahatma Gandhi scholarships to bright students across Sri Lanka. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam appreciated the assistance provided by India including for the new trilingual school in Polonnaruwa and Saraswathy College Kandy. India offers around 750 scholarships annually to the Sri Lankan students. For more details on the scholarship programmes and other educational assistance, please visit the High Commission of India’s website  (Colombo Gazette) He underlined the aspect of island-wide coverage of India’s development projects in Sri Lanka.India is constructing new classrooms in 27 schools in the North, out of which are 10 are already handed over. Last year, India handed over the largest University Auditorium in Sri Lanka in University of Ruhuna, in the South, all under pure grant. He also thanked India for providing training to teachers in Sri Lanka. High Commissioner of India said that it was special occasion where 150 Sri Lankan students were awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships while the world is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He also spoke about how young India uses technology in their everyday lives to create transformative stories, and cited the recent launch of world’s lightest satellite, Kalamsat made by Indian students.High Commissioner urged the students in Sri Lanka to connect with the youth of India and told them to take advantage of scientific and educational developments in India.He said that Indian Institutes of Technology, and Indian Institutes of Management, have become a global brand name and the IIT Joint Entrance Examination and the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) are now being held in Colombo for benefit of Sri Lankan students. Sri Lankan students have also now been allowed to take National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to Medical and Dental streams in Indian medical colleges. The High Commissioner noted that India has recently launched a new Portal titled “Study in India”.  More than 25000 seats are earmarked in Indian Institutions for foreign students. He expressed hope that Sri Lankan youth would make full use of the opportunities in India. read more

Comcasts 1Q earnings rise 30 on Super Bowl advertising more broadband

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast Corp., the country’s largest cable company, reported a 30 per cent profit increase in the first quarter, beating expectations on the strength of Super Bowl advertising and its popular broadband service.The Philadelphia-based cable company said Wednesday that its net income rose to $1.224 billion, or 45 cents per share, for the January to March period from $943 million, or 34 cents per share, a year ago.Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting earnings of 42 cents per share for the latest quarterRevenue rose to $14.9 billion, above analysts’ expectation of $14.4 billion. The increase was 9.6 per cent compared with the combined cable and NBC Universal results a year ago.Comcast’s acquisition of a majority stake in NBC Universal, which owns TV channels and movie studios, closed at the end of January last year.NBC Universal’s results shone in the quarter. It accounts for a third of Comcast’s revenue, but grew much faster, at 18 per cent from last year. Revenue at the NBC broadcast network grew 37 per cent thanks to the Super Bowl. Fox broadcast it last year.Excluding the Super Bowl, NBC’s revenue grew 17 per cent, helped by improving prime-time ratings and shows like “The Voice” and “Smash.”At Universal Studios, revenue grew 22 per cent on the theatrical success of “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” and “Safe House.”Comcast’s more predictable cable business revenue grew at lower pace — 5.7 per cent from last year.CEO Brian Roberts has suggested that Comcast might be able to reverse the long-standing industry-wide trend of cable-TV subscribers cancelling in favour of satellite and phone-company TV services, but that prospect was not in evidence in the first quarter: Comcast lost 37,000 cable subscribers, roughly the same number it lost in the same quarter last year.“We believe we can continue to make steady progress” in retaining video subscribers, Roberts told analysts on a conference call Wednesday. As one of the improvements the company is making, he mentioned Streampix, a Netflix-like Internet video service that Comcast launched in February, only for its video customers. “A couple of million” of customers have access to it, he said.Comcast added 439,000 Internet subscribers. That was the best quarterly result in four years. Meanwhile other cable companies report a slowdown in the recruitment of new subscribers, since most households already have broadband. Comcast appears to be gaining subscribers from households with slower phone-company “DSL” broadband.Comcast shares fell 83 cents, or 2.7 per cent, to $29.77 in morning trading Wednesday. On Tuesday, the shares hit $30.88, the highest price in 12 years. Comcast’s 1Q earnings rise 30% on Super Bowl advertising, more broadband by News Staff Posted May 2, 2012 11:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more