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Gandhian Collective to organise day-long fast-from-home in support of people hit by lockdown

The participants will be observing the fast in their own respective homes and with family members who are healthy and will be speaking up for a plethora of causes

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TN medical students asked to stay on demand salary, certificates, postponement of MRB exam to work in COVID-19 wards

The Association also pointed out that the extension would cause several delays with regard to their certification and preparations for exams and other career plans  

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Auto driver turns good samartitan and offers free ride to patients in Gudalur

The 51-year-old helps the patients at Government Gudalur Hospital by dropping and ferrying them free of cost

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8,882 school teachers become jobless in Tripura

The state government filed an online application for urgent hearing on a petition seeking the apex court's direction for an providing an alternative employment 

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Online doctor consultation sees a boost as hospital OPDs remain closed during lockdown

In India, OPD services of hospitals have been suspended in an attempt to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19

Professor BS Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad proposed the idea to the government

IIT Hyderabad Director B.S Murty calls for adopting alternatives to Ventilators like ‘Bag Valve Mask’

The mask is already in consideration in other countries, it is portable and could be used in villages without power supply and is inexpensive enough to be manufactured in bulk

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In heartening gesture, students, samaritans and security guards keep feeding Anna University's stray dogs during lockdown

Now with no students, there can be no canteens, which means the dogs are left hungry. But not the ones at Anna University, who have these people to thank for their daily bread...uh...dog food

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Here's how Harry Potter helped the Govt underline importance of staying indoors to fight COVID-19

With the post, the Government has tried to educate netizens about the importance of staying indoors as a precautionary measure to combat the spread of COVID-19

Masks are being advised all over the world

COVID-19: Srinagar residents make own masks, PPE to battle shortage of protective gear

Aayat Tanweer (10), a resident of Karan Nagar area of the city here, not only turned to mask making, but also made a video tutorial on how to make them

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With no way home, DU students return to hostels without food, water or electricity

The girls tried to go back to the hostel when they had nowhere else to go. But the authorities were not only reluctant to let them in but also threatened to take disciplinary action

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This app can trace users who have come in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient. Here's how

The DROR app processes information based on machine learning and an artificial intelligence-based algorithm. It informs the users of their social distancing score in real-time

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This deep learning-based AI system can empower doctors in diagnosing skin diseases

Skin diseases are common, but it is not always easy to visit a dermatologist quickly or distinguish malignant from benign conditions

Oxyfind allows doctors and patients to connect using QR codes placed at convenient locations

This start-up in Assam allows patients to book doctor's appointments through just QR codes

Want to avoid long queues at hospitals? Worried about the one-metre distancing? Oxyfind has solutions to all of your COVID-19 conundrums

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This Kovai start-up has 3D printed about 1800 face shields to help medical workers tide over shortage during COVID-19 crisis

Virtual Frontier Robotics Private Limited started manufacturing the face shields to give additional protection. The masks are advisable for frontline workers

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National Commission for Women assures stranded students of helping them get home

On Tuesday, Sharma also held a meeting with NCW members to discuss the matter and assured the students that they would be able to help those who are stranded

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Jamia Millia Islamia to conduct programme to equip faculty with online teaching tools

The varsity's vice-chancellor on Wednesday wrote to faculty members about organising a seven-session JMI-Online Faculty Development programme

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Puducherry unit of BJP urges govt to bear tuition fee expenses of all govt, pvt school students

BJP state president V Saminathan in a statement said that the government should write off the electricity and water tariff for the next three months as well

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Over 300 IIT alumni, students, profs extend support to soon-to-be-jailed academic Anand Teltumbde

Members of the pan-IIT community - faculty, scientists, researchers, students and alumni issued a joint statement condemning the actions of the state 'in their individual capacities'  

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Over 200 courses moved online by FLAME University, 100 faculty to conduct classes

A Digital Learning Task Force was formed to train and support faculty members to transition to conducting courses online

Ramayan started re-airing earlier this week

DD's 'Ramayan' triggers off feminism debate on Twitter

The discussion over the past 24 hours or so has taken a gender-based turn with some viewers calling out queen Kaikeyi for hurling abuses at her maid Manthara

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Study finds that Pilates significantly improves blood pressure in young, obese women

Though it is well-documented that exercise is a key factor in preventing and managing cardiovascular health problems, obese women tend not to maintain traditional workout routines

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Study links brain function changes to genetic risk in ADHD diagnosis

In the study, researchers focused their imaging analyses on selected brain regions, looking specifically at the communication between those regions and the rest of the brain in children with the diagn

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Here's why every parent should check out Timios' healthy, age-appropriate snacks for children

Timios' Co-Founder Aswani Chaitanya tells Shreesha Ghosh why it is important for children to develop the correct dietary habits at an early age

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Facebook expands Community Help feature for COVID-19 efforts

The social networking giant is starting to roll it out in the US, the UK, France, Australia and Canada in the next few days

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BHU women scientists develop Corona testing kit

According to reports, a group of women scientists at the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Institute of Science, BHU, have developed a novel test method with 100 per cent accuracy

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After 'Corona' girl, a boy named 'lockdown' in UP

Pawan said that he and his family have been observing the lockdown and have even asked their relatives not to visit them until the lockdown is lifted

The team started their work in areas like Mylapore and RA Puram in Chennai

This 16-year-old Chennai high school boy has created a team to deliver essential food to the elderly

Arnav Rathore works with the help of his parent's NGO and police permission to deliver basic food to the houses of the elderly free of charge

Azooka has been researching safe dyes for testing for a few years now

This IISc start-up has created a faster and cheaper diagnostic kit to test the Coronavirus

Azooka Lifesciences, a research hub incubated at the IISc could possibly have the answer to a more rapid and cost-effective COVID-19 diagnostic kit

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ABVP calls Jadavpur University students cooking for daily wagers 'carriers of Chinese virus' in FB post

The post was later deleted from the Facebook page. The AFSU has condemned the act and urged people not to believe it

Geographical mapping of COIVD-19 cases

This group of data geeks joined forces to set up Kerala's most reliable COVID-19 tracker 

While the Kerala government does put up daily updates on the number of cases, this tracker provides additional information like gender, age and location, and is easy to use

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This PhD student's family is stuck with no safety gear or soap in COVID-19-riddled UK

Mohit Bansal Rudraksh and his wife Neha moved to the UK six months back.They have two six-year-old daughters and don't know when they will be able to return

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AYUSH Ministry to explore therapies for containment of COVID-19 outbreak, seeks online suggestions

One of the follow-up action being initiated by the Ministry of AYUSH on the PM's call to work for scientific evidence-based solutions from the AYUSH systems is to set up an online channel

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Bhag Corona: Why this game created by XLRI students featuring PM Modi shooting vaccine at a virus is a great stressbuster

Called Bhag Corona, the game aims to spread awareness about how to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic and what we can do to flatten the curve in the next two weeks

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Government's scientific advisor issues manual for homemade masks, says they are 70% effective

The Principal Scientific Advisor on Tuesday issued a detailed manual to prepare homemade masks using easily available items like old vests, t-shirts and handkerchiefs

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COVID-19: Kota DM advises coaching students not to head to their native states during lockdown

In a video message, the DM of Rajasthan's Kota district Om Kasera applauded the thousands of coaching students here as they are adhering to prohibitory orders

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National Testing Agency extends application deadline for various exams, all details here

The dates for submission of form for the UGC-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET)-June 2020 has also been extended to May 16

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T-Hub asks students to come up with solutions to COVID-19 linked issues in their innovation challenge

T-Hub, in collaboration with Q City, is asking students of Telangana to come up with ideas to combat Coronavirus and is ready to virtually mentor them along the way through two webinars and experts

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Academics send open letter seeking bail for Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj during COVID-19 crisis

The Supreme Court has already directed the state governments to consider granting bail to remand prisoners, accused of committing crimes punishable with a maximum of seven years imprisonment

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You can now win a free vacation in Darjeeling by staying at home during lockdown. Here's how

The aim of this 21-day challenge is to support the three-week lockdown in the public interest and also to motivate the countrymen to stay at home safely

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How homeschooling and online classes can solve India's Coronavirus-afflicted education system

The EdTech sector was already booming but the COVID-19 outbreak made it the only way of learning. How will this shift the paradigm of India's education sector?

The campaign began at the same time as the lockdown

SFI activists sent vital COVID-19 alerts to migrant labourers as WhatsApp messages in their native tongues

The organisation recently kickstarted a campaign called Mere pyaare changaayi, exclusively for the 'guest labourers' and is helping them avoid fake news and get government circulars out there

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COVID-19: Maharashtra Education department warns schools against demanding fees, threatens derecognition

Errant institutions, who collect fees despite the warning, will lose the Maharashtra government's recognition

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COVID-19: Aurangabad police warn against April Fools' Day pranks on social media

Offences would be registered against the WhatsApp group admin and the member posting such messages on the mobile messaging app

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COVID-19: National Gallery of Modern Art celebrates 66th Foundation Day with virtual tour of artworks

The artistes included in the tour are Amrita Sher-gil, Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Ramkinkar Baij, and Nandlal Bose, among others

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South Korean schools to reopen with online classes

Although South Korea has one of the best telecommunications networks in the world, there are doubts as to how the country's infrastructure will support such a nationwide deployment

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COVID-19: Odisha govt sanctions Rs 54 lakh to feed stray animals during lockdown 

Thousands of stray animals in the state are having a hard time finding food as markets, eateries and hotels are closed due to the 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus outbreak

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US-based university develops hand-held, automatic ventilators to fight coronavirus 

A total of 782,365 COVID-19 cases have been reported across more than 175 countries and territories with 37,582 deaths reported so far, according to Johns Hopkins University data

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Paper-based test to detect coronavirus in wastewater: Study

According to the scientists, including those from the Cranfield Water Science Institute in the UK, this approach may provide an effective way to predict the potential spread of the virus

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COVID-19 quarantine keeping your kids at home? Online music lessons could bring you some rhythmic calm

Furtados has also started introductory courses and voice lessons for those who don't have instruments at home

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This man in Bengaluru has been giving refuge to stranded Tibetans during the lockdown 

Tashi Wangdu, a Tibetan based in Bengaluru has been accomodating stranded Tibetans in his guest house, and also delivering food packets to nearby slum dwellers

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Registration now open for DSAT (Dayananda Sagar Admission Test) 2020

Successful candidates can pick choice programmes in Engineering, Pharmacy and Management

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Karnataka govt to take action against schools that forces parents to pay fee for the next academic year

Several parents who had received notice and SMS from schools about payment of the free within April 10 or 14, failing which they would be fined each day approached the Education Minister

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JNU sanitation workers unpaid for months, have no safety gear?

The JNUSU members say that despite the lockdown, the workers regularly come to the university and do their work

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IIT Guwahati is in the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic in India

Students and staff of the institution have been providing scientific support, sophisticated instrument facilities as well as being involved in the immediate development of life-saving equipment

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These Kerala women are making 300 cloth masks a day to deal with the mask shortage during COVID-19 outbreak

Jeevanam is an initiative by a group of women who are now stitching cloth masks to meet with the mask shortage

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Mumbai University appeals to staff for donating to CM's COVID-19 relief fund

The Maharashtra Health Department has confirmed that five cases have been reported from Pune, three from Mumbai, two from Nagpur, one each from Kolhapur and Nashik

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This community radio station in Kolkata is spreading awareness about COVID-19. here's why it's so popular

Discussions on contemporary issues, including coronavirus outbreak, story-reading sessions and experience of ordinary citizens on social isolation are being presented to the listeners.

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JNU extends deadline for entrance exam amid COVID-19 scare

The administration said that the students can visit the Nation Testing Agency website for more details on the matter

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Vietnam govt uses TikTok account to spread information to the public about COVID-19 

Local media sources have reported that the Ministry's account will help spread its messages quickly to an active and growing community of TikTok users in Vietnam 

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IIT Madras to collaborate with industry partners for research in AI-software tools, magnetic nanoparticles-based products

MagGenome Technologies is a Chennai-based nano-biotechnology start-up that focuses on developing magnetic nanoparticles-based technologies

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Ola Cabs gives 500 vehicles to transport doctors and for other Coronavirus-related activities

These vehicles by the cab provider giant will be used by the government for commute by doctors and COVID-19 related activities

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Battling Corona: This young entrepreneur from Jammu awaits Govt response on sale of stitched cotton masks

Hailing from Bhaderwah town of Doda district, Arjun Singh, presently putting up in Jammu, has come up with a noble idea to meet a shortage of masks with the help of a group of tailors

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Here is a quarantine challenge to show-off the cook in you and get featured as well

Quarantine Cooking Challenge was initiated recently by Rotary Club of Madras Central. The aim of the initiative is to celebrate the quality time at home, usefully

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COVID -19: Pearson launches Quikik, a free AI-based Math learning app for students to learn at home

In addition to this, the company also announced support for IIT-JEE students and institutes in the form of free access to its MyInsights Online Mock Test Series

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Quarantine and Corona: How to get into the 'working mode' while at home effectively

Taking a break, in fact, is quite important to make your work from home effective, according to Bain & Company

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Here's how this Ladakhi student confronted a racist man who blamed him for the Coronavirus

Stanzin Rabka uploaded a video on Instagram of him confronting a man in a local market in Jammu and gathered the support of people who have faced the same discrimination

Ventilators are the need of the hour

IIT-H calls for adopting alternatives to ventilators like 'bag valve masks' to meet high demand 

The Professors note that while 'bag valve mask' are currently hand-powered and therefore not suitable for continuous use as a ventilator, it would be easy to design a similar device

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How CMC Vellore staff traced patients with chronic diseases in the Javadhu Hills and supplied their monthly medication during lockdown 

The health workers came up with strategies to be carried out in two specific areas where people would have difficulty accessing their medicines

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Why everyone should listen to this mechanical engineer's debut single which mixes Hindustani and EDM perfectly

Pratham, a mechanical engineer, hailing from Chandigarh originally, has always been a musician at heart. He tells us about his journey

People in Etawah school

Primary schools in UP city turned into temporary quarantine centres for those arriving from other states

A list of people who have come from other states is being made; right now they have three people under quarantine

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Only half a hospital bed for every 1000 Indians. Why we need to worry about Corona patients who need critical care

We are not only behind when it comes to hospital beds but we are also lagging in the number of doctors and nurses

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Chandigarh University distributes cooked meals twice a day to 6 neighbouring villages

The distribution drive started from the first day of the lockdown and will be continued throughout the 21 days period

Abhinav is a X grader

This 15-year-old from Dehradun asked PM Modi to make all religious trusts cough up 50% to PM's Relief Fund

Abhinav Kumar Sharma, a X grader has written a letter to the Prime Minister, mentioning that has a cc to all the gods

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Study links salt-rich diet to a weaker immune system

The research was conducted on mice that were fed a high-salt diet. Later, they were found to suffer from much more severe bacterial infections

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SFI gets Bengal its first 24x7 sanitary pad delivery during lockdown

The initiative took shape because the women in the organisation felt that essentials do not just mean rice, pulses and medicines but sanitary pads as well

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WhatsApp reduces Status video time limit to 15 seconds in India

At the time of launch, WhatsApp allowed 90 seconds to three minutes of video and if the existing video is larger than 16MB if gave an option to trim the length

Coronavirus is causing chaos

COVID19: US teen booked for coughing on groceries as a 'prank'  

The incident took place at a time when confirmed cases of novel coronavirus are on the rise in Houston area

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COVID-19: Train coaches being prepared to be used as isolation wards in Lucknow

A total of 10 coaches will be modified at Rail Carriage Workshop in Alambagh. Each coach is being equipped with 220-volts power supply wiring to run the medical equipment

Many of the tribal children whose families Vanavil is trying to help are studying at the school

How this school in Tamil Nadu is helping tribal families stock up on food to tide over COVID-19 lockdown

The school felt it was best to send the children home because they felt they might feel better with their family. But that was only because they thought the lockdown would be for 5 days

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This BCom student in Azamgarh is picking up food from homes and giving it to the hungry, during lockdown 

Three days ago, Abdur, a second year BCom student and the Students' Union President of Shibli National College asked people on Facebook to contact him if they were struggling for  food  

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COVID-19: Sweet! UP sugar mills to produce hand sanitisers from today

29 sugar mills have sought permission from the state government to manufacture alcohol-based sanitisers in the wake of coronavirus outbreak

The transgender community in Thoothukudi

By the time we get documents to get supplies, we'll be dead: How India's Transgenders have been hit by lockdown

Most transgender persons do not have government ID proofs like Aadhaar, DL, Passport, PAN, Ration, Voter ID cards and end up getting excluded even out of Food Security despite the Food Security Act  

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This researcher from Trivandrum chose to stay in Wuhan and work through the worst of COVID-19 for this reason

Anila P Ajayan, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Hydrobiology decided to stay back in Wuhan and tells that it was her best decision 

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COVID-19: Digital payment app, Paytm to contribute Rs 500 crore to PM CARES Fund

Paytm has also started collecting contributions to buy personal hygiene products for people in need, they have urged their users to do their bit as well

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Arvind Kejriwal urges migrant workers to stay back in Delhi, says all arrangements made

In a tweet, he requested people not to get desperate and get back to their homes. He assured them that the Delhi government has made the necessary arrangements for their food and stay

The challenge began on March 25

How about a dose of positivity during the lockdown? Check out this Kochi guy's Instagram challenge

An NLP practitioner, 24-year-old Safal Adam kickstarted a challenge to inculcate positivity and gratitude among people

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Is the cap on hand sanitiser prices killing the start-ups who can manufacture it by the thousand? 

Amid all the panic-buying of hand sanitisers, there have been reports of non-availability in the markets. But who is to blame for the dwindling stocks?

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I serve because I must: An Indian Physician Assistant in New York talks about how COVID-19 has flipped life on its head 

Keren Mariam Paul, a physician assistant says that there is a concern of running out of intensive care facility, among other things

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How Bengaluru-based Beforest can help you to live a life close to Mother Nature, in your city 

Lead an agreeable and sustainable life in a community of like-minded people by opting for the ways of Beforest, a Bengaluru-based start-up that seems to have found the right way to live the good life

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Here's why Abinas Nayak, winner of the MasterChef India Season VI, wants you to try out Odia cuisine

Odisha-based Abinas Nayak is on top of the world and from there, he wants to ensure that everybody gets a taste of Odia cuisine. We find out about his motivations, his dreams and all his future plans 

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Friend of all start-ups: How Rakesh Kumar Gupta is helping other entrepreneurs

Rakesh opines that, "A start-up should plan the business model accordingly and should have the proper knowledge of business scalability, valuation and the equity to be diluted to generate funds"

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NIT Warangal's Innovation Garage is open 24x7 to let your imagination run wild

As many as 70 prototypes that have come out of Innovation Garage. They have conducted six workshops for over 620 students. And have though 60 kids under the Summer Programme for underprivileged kids

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This Bengalurean can teach you some Kannada slang that are witty and can be part of your lingo

Have you heard of Slangaluru? It's a page on social media started by Ikyatha Yerasala that's teaching non-Bengalureans witty slang and it's got Rashmi Patil's interest piqued

Children learning Capoeira at Centre For Capoeira India

This master from Mumbai teaches one of the rarest form of martial art to kids and even adults

Capoeira master Reza Baba Massah, Founder of the Centre For Capoeira India speaks about how this Afro-Brazilian form of martial art can help women and children fend for themselves

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Why everyone must watch Sharanya Ramprakash's famous play Akshayambara

Theatre artist Sharanya Ramprakash speaks about her theatre journey and the reason behind writing the critically-acclaimed play Akshayambara. She also talks about the Modern Indian Theatre

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afdindia, India oldest coaching institute for design entrances launches online learning classes amid lockdown

The institute is planning flipped classroom and active learning strategies, where students can view & listen to tutors, during live classes at scheduled times

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More than 350 Indian students stranded in COVID-hit UK with no sanitisers, masks or food

UK has more than 14,000 confirmed COVID19 cases. The British PM and Prince Charles too are affected by the virus

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COVID-19 vaccine on the way? UoH faculty member develops potential epitopes for experimental testing

Usually, vaccine discovery takes 15 years, but the powerful computational tools helped in quickly enlisting these vaccine candidates in about 10 days

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Duke University starts decontamination of N95 masks for reuse as critical shortage looms ahead

In addition to specialised equipment that aerosolises the hydrogen peroxide, the decontamination process requires a closed facility where the masks can be exposed to the vapour