August 09, 2020 23:14 (IST)
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Musings in the time of Corona: Positive vibes amidst the clutter

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts” Robert H. Schuller

40 million children miss out on early education in critical pre-school year due to COVID-19: UNICEF

Dhaka: At least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on early childhood education in their critical pre-school year as COVID-19 shuttered childcare and early education facilities, according to a new research brief published today by UNICEF.

JEE Main, NEET, JEE Advanced to be held in Sep

New Delhi/UNI: The JEE and NEET examinations, for admission to undergraduate engineering and medical courses respectively, have been postponed and the Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-Main) will be now be held from September 1-6, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

All monuments, including Taj Mahal and Red Fort, to open from July 6

New Delhi/IBNS: The government has decided to throw open the gates of all monuments across the country, including the world-famous Taj Mahal, from July 6, as the country gradually steps out of lockdown even as many states continue to clamp restrictions due to rising coronavirus cases.

Shiva Texyarn launches anti-viral fabric with technology that deactivates Coronavirus

Kolkata/IBNS: Indian textile company Shiva Texyarn has recently launched an anti-viral fabric with HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 which the firm claimed would deactivate most viruses including the deadly Novel Coronavius, that has kept the world on an edge, in the shortest-possible time.

In response to Kolkata social worker Sundeep Bhutoria, government assures support to folk artistes and artisans

Kolkata/IBNS: Responding to an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Kolkata-based cultural and social activist Sundeep Bhutoria, Prahlad Singh Patel, Indian Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC), has assured that the government will take suitable measures to support the poor folk artistes and artisans who faced immense hardship in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: UGC sets up task force to monitor concerns of students

New Delhi/UNI: The University Grants Commission has constituted a task force to monitor concerns of students, teachers, and institutions related to examinations and other academic activities arising due to this pandemic and redress them accordingly.

We are all in this together: How a pandemic transforms student lives in USA and India

Every spring, students from the University of Missouri in USA join with peers in India to work on story projects together, exploring subjects that link the world’s two largest democracies. They reach across oceans and time zones to share and learn and gain a new appreciation of all that unites people. IBNS with University of Missouri brings you the voices of today's youth in Covid-19 times

Coronavirus: Before and after

The Coronavirus pandemic raging across the world could be a watershed event in modern times as was the Black Death pandemic in Europe in the Middle  Ages. Many things changed in the European society after it was over, as it surely will after the current pandemic ends in not too far a future. But questions are already being asked how this event will change the way we have been living, writes Ranjita Biswas

Universities and colleges to reopen from August, new entrants to start from September: UGC

New Delhi/IBNS: College sessions will resume for current students from August and September for the new entrants while the examinations for the final semester students will be held in July, University Grants Commission(UGC) said on Wednesday, reported media.

No change in stand on holding class 10 exams: CBSE

New Delhi/UNI: Central Board for School Education (CBSE), on Wednesday, sought to nip speculation regarding cancellation of Class 10 exams, clarifying that there had been no change in the board's decision regarding holding of the remaining exams for class 10 and 12.

When the world hibernates, going 'online' is the new normal

Amidst a scary predicament, the world is currently passing through, the internet has emerged to be the sole connector in the new normal of social distancing. At a time when heads of the countries across the globe are constantly preaching the one mantra of social distancing, essentially demanding people to shrug off socialising, internet happens to unleash freshness in the lives of otherwise bored and quarantined social animals. 

Looking anew at yesterday’s favourite

As the Coronavirus pandemic ravages the world and people are locked down in houses, they are looking anew at places in houses and buildings long dismissed as being ‘just there’, Ranjita Biswas writes

UberMedic scales to 10 Indian cities for transporting frontline healthcare workers

New Delhi/IBNS: Uber’s recently launched UberMedic service for transporting frontline healthcare workers helping contain the spread of COVID-19 is now live across ten Indian cities: New Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Lucknow and Patna.

Online predators put millions of children at risk during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown

New York/IBNS: Self-isolation has driven more and more children to move online during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to an unprecedented rise in screen time and raising safety risks for millions of young people, the UN said on Tuesday.