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Miscellany

Run Queen Elizabeth’s twitter account, earn £30,000 ...

Buckingham Palace is offering a 30,000 pounds annual package for a job to run Queen Elizabeth’s (in pic) personal twitter account, having 2.77 million followers.
A job advertisement has been placed on the Queen's official website seeking a new 'digital communications officer' to join a “fast-paced” and “dynamic” team. The full-time role will involve managing the Queen's Twitter account and letting the world know about her work and the Royal Family's public role.

Limaye to get Rs 8 crore salary at NSE

Leading stock exchange National Stock Exchange (NSE) has proposed a pay package of Rs 8 crore per annum for its new chief Vikram Limaye and will seek approval of its shareholders on March 7 for his appointment as MD and CEO for five years.
The NSE will seek their approval at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders. Recently, NSE’s board approved the appointment, which is also subject to clearance from the market regulator Sebi. NSE will also seek the shareholders' nod at the EGM for the remuneration package to be paid to Limaye, who is joining the exchange from IDFC.

UK varsity offers PhD in chocolate!

A UK university is offering a 15,000 pounds-per-year grant for the perfect course for chocoholics - a PhD in chocolate.
The University of the West of England is offering the grant to study the genetic factors that influence the flavour of the UK's favourite treat.
The successful candidate will study how the fermentation of cacao beans leads to specific flavour profiles, according to the prospectus.
The three-year position has been created in response to demand from the chocolate industry for more forensic knowledge of different cocoa strains, The Mirror reported.

Tyre prices: be ready to pay more

Tyre prices are set to go up in the coming weeks as rising raw material prices continue to squeeze the margins of tyre manufacturers. Natural rubber prices have moved up by over 30 per cent from their recent low. This has come at a time when crude oil and steel prices were already trading higher.

Sikka writes to staff in a bid to keep morale high

In an internal mail to co-workers, Infosys CEO and managing director Vishal Sikka (in pic) has asked them not to get distracted by gossip. This comes against the backdrop of reported rising tension between Infosys founders and its management. Sikka has asked employees not to get distracted by speculations that question the company’s commitment to “governance, integrity and values.”
Sikka asked the employees to keep a “sharp focus” on executing the company’s strategy, which is bolstered by its services like Mana, Skava, Edge, Panaya and cloud services.

Smartphones have an unexpected new rival

Last week, an Indian government official announced that iPhones will start rolling off an assembly line in Bangalore by the end of April, targeted at local customers.
It's a big moment for Apple Inc., which is counting on India's emerging middle class to make up for slowing sales in other markets. But don't bet on the iPhone conquering India, or any other emerging market, just yet.

Chandrasekaran elected as board chairman

N Chandrasekaran, chairman designate of Tata Sons and currently the CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services, was on Tuesday elected as chairman, Tata Steel Board.
"The board of directors elected N Chandrasekaran as the chairman of the board. Chandrasekaran was appointed as a member of the board on January 13, 2017," Tata Steel said.

Burgers Aren’t the Only Fast-Food Products That Could Harm You

The risky chemicals that keep cooking grease from leaking out of fast-food containers are widespread, according to a peer-reviewed study released this week.
Researchers said they detected fluorine in nearly half the 400 container samples from 27 fast-food chains, including the four largest in the US, McDonald’s Corp., Starbucks Corp., Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Yum! Brands Inc. That’s an indication that potentially dangerous chemicals, called PFAS, were present in wrappers for popular items like burgers, burritos and pastries, the authors said.

Little Chocolate’s Big Moment

Dandelion Chocolate’s two-ingredient, single-origin, small-batch bars are bundled in gold foil and custom wrappers. Its café and factory in San Francisco’­s Mission District is filled with freelancers on laptops, children on scooters, and well-heeled couples on first dates. At the counter, a blue-haired server blowtorches s’mores while another grinds locally roasted coffee beans. The employee-controlled Pandora playlist changes depending on who’s working.
Dandelion Chocolate is hip. The guys running it, however, are not. They’re nerds, and not the hip kind.

This Scientific Breakthrough Could Cure Jet Lag Forever

The longest flights in the world are just getting longer. Emirates’ latest route from Dubai to Auckland clocks in at a startling 16.5 hours flying East and 17.5 hours on the way back—it’s the lengthiest flight on the market. Qantas plans to launch a new 17-hour route between Perth and London in 2018. But as painful as long-haul flights can be, it’s their aftermath—jet lag—that you should really be dreading.

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