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Prithvi, the robot

Delhi student invents robot to help medical workers and COVID-19 patients reduce contact

The robot can provide food and medicines to patients and also has a video conferencing option for better communication between the doctor and patient

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COVID-19: IIITM-Kerala develops information dashboard for state govt to identify stock, demand, supply of essential items

It maps major wholesale and retail traders dealing in essential commodities across all districts, and will capture and analyse their daily stock position and demand

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28 students of FIITJEE Punjabi Bagh Centre, New Delhi earn prestigious KVPY Fellowship

Harshvardhan Agarwal, resident of Sonipat in Haryana, studying in Class XII, secured All India Rank 3, this year 28 students secured KVPY fellowship from FIITJEE Punjabi Bagh Centre

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COVID-19: Teachers' union appeals to Mumbai University to promote first, second year degree students

BUCTU further said that any plans by the varsity to announce tentative exam schedules would add to the woes of stressed and stranded students

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Ed-tech startup Illumnus creates innovative campaign April School Month to deal with lockdown

The unique campaign will help people fight boredom and restlessness due to the long-term lockdown

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Despite being chased, harassed and hounded, Radhika Vemula cooks food for migrant workers during lockdown 

Radhika and Raja Vemula were chased away from the house they were living in by their neighbours accusing them of entering from 'outside'  

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Students up to Class 9, those in Class 11 in Jammu region to be promoted without annual exam

The annual examinations of students in Jammu region got postponed during a nationwide Coronavirus lockdown

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AIIMS asks healthcare workers to reuse N95 masks after disinfecting them

According to the circular, AIIMS will provide the N95 masks to each healthcare worker, involved in direct patient care

The Quarantime Fest is open for 5 different categories of people

This dance studio in Kochi is urging children and housewives to get moving during quarantine

Mudhra Dance Studio has introduced the Quarantime Dance Fest to inspire people to find some positivity and embrace their passion for dance

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Zomato begins grocery delivery in 80 Indian cities, extends paid Gold memberships by two months for free

The food delivery platform has extended all paid Zomato Gold memberships by two months at zero cost. This will be valid across India, the UAE, Australia, Indonesia, and a few more countries

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Varsities to directly contact students by phone, email and social media amid COVID-19 lockdown

Students are also being made aware of the Coronavirus and the situation arising because of this. COVID-19 support groups have been formed for the students living in hostels

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COVID-19: North Central Railway makes masks, sanitisers for its personnel and families

Apart from this, the North Central Railway (NCR) has distributed over 23,000 food packets to needy people living in the vicinity of railway stations

KITE was originally started in 2001 and it is formally known as IT@School (pic: Edexlive)

Kerala government sets up edutainment content via KITES for school students during lockdown

The content which is jointly developed by SCERT and KITE is available through the government's Samagra portal

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Here's how Coursera is filling the gap in the education sector by providing online courses for free during lockdown

Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India and APAC, Coursera tells us how the edtech platform is offering courses for free to institutes amid the Coronavirus lockdown 

Low-cost UVC LED system developed by IIT Guwahati

IIT Guwahati develops low-cost UVC LED system to disinfect areas amid COVID-19

UVC system is a proven technology to sanitise the microorganism infected non-porous surface. 90 per cent killing rate can be achieved by UVC

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WhatsApp limits frequently forwarding messages to one chat at a time to curb fake news

WhatsApp which has over 400 million users in India last year introduced users to the concept of messages that have been forwarded many times

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These three sisters from Italy started their own academy to groom students for hospitality industry. Here's why

At the AIMS Hospitality Week, we caught up with Marta Cotarella from Intrecci Academy to talk about how they started their own academy and programmes they are offering for students in India

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This IT firm will deliver essentials to the elderly and vulnerable across Bhubaneswar at the press of a button

Ajatus Software is in talks with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation to get the required official permissions. They are also making sure that strict hygiene standards are maintained during delivery 

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Hasiru Dala is helping 2.5k families of ragpickers across South India amidst the lockdown

They work in Bengaluru, Tumakuru, Mysuru and many other cities in Karnataka. They recently started working in Coimbatore and Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu and Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh
 

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Jamia withdraws closure of two centres, UGC to renew extension soon? 

The Jamia administration had on April 1 decided to discontinue the two centres thus rendering the 27 teaching and non-teaching staff jobless amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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Researchers find unexpected way by which brown fat cells can burn energy

The new study was led by researchers in the lab of Joslin's Yu-Hua Tseng, Ph.D., a Senior Investigator in the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism

Just call!

Tring tring: Give counselling hotline One Life a call if sitting at home amidst the lockdown is driving you crazy

Bhubaneswar-based One Life has always offered free counselling and for COVID-19, they are stepping up their game and helping both adults and youngsters through these testing times. Give them a call

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4 in 10 Indian adults victim of identity theft, men more prone

The report revealed that 61 per cent of respondents feel well-protected against ID theft but 63 per cent would have no idea what to do in case of identity theft

Chess was the word of the day

Lockdown: Teen chess wizards keep composure; stay busy with online events 

The teen chess wizards R Praggnanandhaa, D Gukesh and P Iniyan are looking to make optimum use of the time available and work on their games.

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This Bengaluru start-up is providing essential monitors to people stuck in quarantine. Here's why it's awesome

Dozee provides dependable and non-intrusive solutions to monitor vital signs of COVID-19 patients

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This railway employee from Nagpur feeds thousands daily — without taking a rupee!

In the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, he has single-handedly managed to collect food and aid materials worth more than Rs 4 million, which has benefitted over 6,000 families

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Kolkata sweet shop chain gives out Corona Sandesh for free to raise awareness

During the India-Bangladesh pink-ball Test at the Eden Gardens last November, the chain's Pink Ball Sandesh had sold like hotcakes

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PepsiCo India to provide over 50 lakh meals to the poor, 25,000 COVID-19 testing kits to support the medical fraternity

PepsiCo India has partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation to provide cooked meals to the underserved communities through its centralised kitchens

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John Collins, the Paper Airplane Guy, tells us why you should tune into his online workshops soon

Guinness Book of World Records holder for designing and flying farthest the world's paper airplane, John Collins tells us why making it is not child's play 

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This Hyderabad start-up is developing face shields, goggles for COVID warriors. Here's how

Using 3D printing technology, four young engineers have developed low-cost products which can provide additional protection to the face and eyes of the medical professionals

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What about students with no access to net, Pondicherry University student asks VC about online classes

Shalini pointed out that many students are in regions that don't get any network at all and she also threw light not he fact that not all children have access to a laptop either  

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This man in Lucknow has offered to serve as a specimen for human trial of any COVID-19 vaccine

Harkeerat Singh, 44, who is based in Lakhimpur Kheri but currently serving the lockdown with his father and brother at his village in Prayagraj, has written to health authorities

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Give us answers, no time for diyas: TN education activists slam government handling of COVID-19

The State Platform for Common School System – Tamil Nadu (SPCSS-TN) has released a statement asking the government to answer questions regarding the virus

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This group of friends is trying to feed the marginalised amid lockdown, all they want is Rs 100

While Debottam and Soumyadeep provide the backend support from Kolkata, Debayan is on the ground, distributing the ration to localities in Bengaluru with the help of the police

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COVID-19: Vishwanathan Anand and six Indian champs to play online chess on April 11 to raise funds

Along with Anand, India's men and women champions such Koneru Humpy, P. Harikrishna, B. Adhiban, Vidit Gujrathi and Dronavalli Harika will play against global chess fans and players

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IIT Madras researchers develop algorithms to detect disease-causing dysfunctional proteins, genes in biological networks

The IIT Madras team comprehensively analysed existing module identification algorithms and developed an improved system that achieved 50 per cent performance improvement

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From spraying disinfectant to drone patrols, here's how T-Hub incubated start-up is fighting COVID-19

Developed by Marut Dronetech, whose founders were recently included in the list of the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30, these drones can even deliver medicines and help with crowd control as well

The MeeBuddy team

Battling COVID-19: Here's how the MeeBuddy app is delivering essentials to remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh so people stay home

MeeBuddy offers groceries, vegetables, fruits, branded foods, breakfast and snacks, household products, and several other essential goods

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COVID-19: Chandigarh University uses 3D printing technology to design ventilator splitters 

Chandigarh University had constituted a core research group on the call made by Department of Science and Technology 

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COVID-19: Parents complain about demand of school fees, admin worried about paying salaries

Private schools, however, believe that the period is not a "holiday" period and the staffers are working as much as they would have in schools

Many students could be stressed out by the lockdown

COVID-19: UGC directs universities, colleges to set up mental health helplines for students under lockdown

The commission has suggested that there should be regular mentoring of students through interactions and appeals to remain calm and stress-free

Ranveer Brar

Chef Ranveer Brar conducts largest online culinary masterclass, exclusively for IIHM students

Students across all ten campuses of IIHM had the unique opportunity to watch Chef Brar at work

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The crisis of the migrant workers in India amid the Coronavirus outbreak

Whose job is it to think of migrant workers, who migrate from their home states to other states for work? Whose responsibility should it have been to organise transport for them to return home?

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How red tape, government delays have left biotech start-ups struggling to ramp up their war against COVID-19

We speak to a few research labs and institutes about how recent restrictions have come in the way of stellar innovation that could help contain the Coronavirus outbreak

Pondicherry University students during protest

Will student protests across the country pick up where they left off after the COVID-19 lockdown ends?

Students of several universities across the country were protesting for various issues, right before the pandemic hit the world. What will happen to them now?

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Why co-living at Zolo could be your new nirvana, in a post-lockdown India

Nikhil Sikri, Founder of Zolo Stays speaks about the quality co-living spaces they provide for students at reasonable rates across different cities in India including Bengaluru, Hyderabad and others

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KGMU expands its COVID-19 testing facilities

KGMU VC ML Bhatt said that they have started using two machines from the Centre of Advanced Research for the testing of the samples and a total of four machines were being used for testing

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen delivers special COVID-19 address, says 'we will succeed and we will meet again'

The Queen, who has been based at Windsor Castle with her 98-year-old husband Prince Philip since last month, called on the British public to draw on their inherent traits

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Telangana students stuck in Maharashtra learn yoga during lockdown 

The authorities also made arrangements for their stay for 14 days at an industrial training institute building in Deglur tehsil, located around 80 km from the district headquarters 

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Aurangabad: Resident doctors protest, demand PPE, N95 masks 

Two patients and a staff member of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) have so far tested positive for coronavirus at the medical facility

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How these Bahujan JNU researchers' teachers' training module addresses role of caste in sexual violence

Through her module, Shweta, the founder, wants to give the children a language through which they can speak up about their abuse  

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US researchers design low-cost plastic face shields to battle shortage of PPEs

The face shiels help in protecting the eyes and prevent contamination of N95 masks worn by the frontline workers

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Survey suggests that people feel 50-80% of COVID-19 news stories on social media are fake

The respondents said that they knew it was fake after they saw an official clarification or correction from a government source

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COVID-19: Gujarat firm makes low-cost ventilators in 10 days, 1000 machines distributed in hospitals

The company has manufactured ventilators which cost around Rs 1 lakh whereas the usual ventilators cost around Rs 6.5 lakhs

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Melbourne University reserachers find risk of armed conflict higher after climate-related disasters

According to the researchers from the University of Melbourne, the risk for armed conflict is higher after a climate-related disaster

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This school principal in Kerala cooks food and cycles around looking for people to feed during lockdown

Usha Venkatesh, founder and principal of Brightland Discovery School makes about 20 boxes of food every day and distributes it to the poor moving around on her cycle

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Rs 1000 for 1000 families: How Mitti Ke Rang is helping daily wagers, labourers and maids through the lockdown

Six days into the crowdfunding mission, Mitti Ke Rang has raised around Rs 3.86 lakh and distributed funds to over 200 families

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Video conference, mobile apps aid OPDs amid COVID-19 crisis

While some hospitals are using phone calls others are using Whatsapp video calling to address the issues of the patients

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This app can help manage anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic

'PanicMechanic' uses the camera on a cell phone to measure the body's panic response, using an approach similar to photoplethysmography

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JNU students accuse security guard of misbehaviour and being drunk during duty

The students say that the incident occurred on Friday night when they stepped out of the hostel gate to feed strays

Indian policemen wearing virus-themed helmets ride on horses during an awareness rally in Hyderabad (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)

Go Corona Go: How law enforcers are using Corona dolls, helmets and songs to spread awareness amid lockdown

Local authorities, social workers and some other people are using unique methods to spread awareness about COVID-19 and to tackle the violators amid the lockdown. Check it out!

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Make donation to PM fund voluntary, use money for buying protective gear: AIIMS RDA to admin

While appreciating the AIIMS administration for stepping up to the challenge of handling the pandemic, the AIIMS RDA said the notice for donation without consulting them violates an individual's right

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ABVP apologises for abusive post on FB about Jadavpur University students, lauds them for feeding the poor

The right-wing students' group put up a post on their Facebook page recently stating that the previous post from the ABVP page was by an "unscrupulous miscreant with the page access, to cause chaos"

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How Raj Janagam and Co are ensuring Telangana's corporate samaritans know exactly whom to help 

Co-founder and Advisor of T-Social Impact Group, Raj N Janagam and his team of 15 members are coordinating between donors and CSR wings and the needy day and night to mitigate hunger amidst lockdown 

Pinarayi Vijayan had asked the government employees to take part in the salary challenge

Research scholars in Kerala asked to donate a month's stipend to CM's Relief Fund as COVID-19 relief

The Fellowship Challenge has come up right after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reintroduced the salary challenge

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Need some lockdown positivity? This group will write a personal letter of hope and mail it to anyone you want

The Goodwill Tribe has restarted their letter-writing event, where anyone in the world can send letters to people in distress

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Declaring war on fake news: Hariharan and his band of celebs have a new lockdown track for you

Led by Hariharan, the band also has Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, playback singer Roop Kumar Rathod, celebrity chef Ranveer Brar and nine others

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Stay Home, Save Lives: Google Doodle lists measures to prevent coronavirus

The new tagline 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' is displayed in big, bold capital letters whenever a user clicks on the doodle

Vishesh Pal

Social worker in Moradabad wears Coronavirus-themed helmet to spread awareness

Vishesh Pal, a social worker, also works as a delivery agent for the Agarwal Community Kitchen which is providing food to the marginalized sections of the society during the lockdown

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Tamil Nadu prisoners make masks for police

According to officials, the tailoring units in the state jails make about 23,000 pieces per day. Each mask costs about Rs 10

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AI can predict Coronavirus patients' risk, their need for ventilators or intensive care

Although the models will not be used as a basis for treating individual patients, they will be used as a planning tool that can still make a big difference for hospital staff

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Coronavirus lockdown: Students to take global exams like TOEFL and GRE at home

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are crucial exams for admissions in top universities across the globe

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This NGO in Bengaluru is providing groceries to sex workers across Karnataka during the lockdown

Sangama is raising funds to help sex workers and transgenders. You can also do your bit and contribute your share to help thousands of families across Karnataka  

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Uber partners with BigBasket to deliver essentials to consumers' doorstep amid lockdown

The service will enable BigBasket to serve its customers in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Noida. There will be no charge for service and all hygiene and traffic regulations will be followed

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On April 5, will Modi's call to light up dispel some darkness from Dharavi's famous diya potters?

Dharavi, the largest slum in the world, houses more than 2,000 potter families, who make diyas for the entire country

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Two UP sisters donate their piggy bank savings to PM's relief fund for the fight against Coronavirus

Maysha Arora (6) and Alia Arora (10), daughters of businessman Gaurav Arora and students of La Martiniere Girls' College in Lucknow, have contributed Rs 5,000 each

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Robotic nurses to deliver medicine, food to Coronavirus patients at Tamil Nadu hospitals

Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar visited the Stanley Hospital here and checked the functions of 'robotic nurses' deployed in Corona wards

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IIT Roorkee's 'Prana-Vayu', a closed-loop ventilator can be useful for COVID-19 patients. Here's why

The automated process controls the pressure and flow rates in the inhalation and exhalation lines. Besides, the ventilator has feedback that can control tidal volume and breathe per minute

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New US-based study reveals most people consider becoming vegetarian for their health

The results showed that the main motivation for nonvegetarians to consider being vegetarian is their health, with environmental and animal rights motives being less common

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COVID-19: You can now contribute food to daily wage, migrant workers through Safa Society's Youth Feed India campaign

Safa Society's initiative called Youth Feed India is a fundraising campaign to provide packets of dry ration to the poor across cities in India, who are the most affected by the lockdown

Noor Zahira along with her team with food packets

How this Mount Carmel student and team are helping Bengaluru's homeless and cops find food and fortitude 

Noor Zahira is an Arts student from Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru. She along with her team of 11 members have been providing food and masks to the poor people on streets and in slums

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KITE introduces a new edutainment portal for students in Kerala who are at home due to the Coronavirus lockdown

The new content development process is being undertaken by over 160 teachers along with education experts from various districts in the state from their homes during the lockdown period

The Times of Corona website

This website by two young professionals in Kolkata is creating hope in the 'Times of Corona'. Here's how

The website 'The Times of Corona' was launched recently by two youngsters in Kolkata. The platform aims to create, educate, share and empathise in the time of distress

‘Jeevan Lite,’ the low-cost, portable, emergency-use ventilator

IIT Hyderabad-incubated start-up develops 'Jivan Lite', a low-cost, portable emergency use ventilator

Pursuant to device certification, Aerobiosys Innovations aims to produce at least 50-70 IoT-enabled units per day through collaboration with an Industrial Partner

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Oxford University Press India offers free online access to its educational resources on Coronavirus

OUP will also support the teacher fraternity by providing them with free online access to its online teacher training modules and webinars

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How UK student body NISAU is handling the COVID-19 panic among Indian students like a pro

Over the years, members of the NISAU organically grew and their success with the post-study visa issue also got them the attention of the High Commission

Women standing next to the supplied that the BAPSA handed to them

How JNU student body BAPSA has been working to provide food, aid for stranded migrant workers

Since many had already gone home, BAPSA decided that the members could help out in their individual capacities in their own hometowns  

Anas delivering dinner to the residents (Pic: Adhikar Foundation)

This specially-abled Delhi boy is feeding 12k migrant labourers two meals a day during lockdown

Adhikar Foundation has raised around Rs 3 lakhs till now through online crowdfundings and the contributions are still pouring in — both in cash and kind

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Technical supervisor from Chandigarh University designs trolley to distribute food among needy while maintaining 'social distance'

The trolley can handle 30 kg of food at one time and is useful to maintain the necessary precautions while distributing the food

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This Coimbatore food start-up is cooking food at community kitchens, closed restaurants to feed the hungry

No Food Waste is a surplus food management startup which was established in the year 2014. They continue to feed the needy by setting up kitchens due to unavailability of surplus food

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Here's how Jaipur's SMS hospital used meds to 'unexpectedly' cure 14 COVID-19 patients

Rajasthan's Chief Secretary of State D B Gupta tells us about the state's success in treating COVID-19

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Human ancestor Homo erectus older than previously thought: Study 

According to the study, the skull is dated to be two million years old, making it the most ancient fossil Homo erectus known, and pushing back evidence of the first appearance of the species 

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Amidst the lockdown, this NGO is distributing relief material in the slums of Ganjam and Bhubaneswar

VIEWS is an NGO which is distributing food baskets and hygiene kits so that those living in the slum areas in Bhubaneswar and Ganjam don't face the brunt of the severe lockdown implemented in Odisha

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Born during lockdown, Raipur twins named 'Corona' and 'Covid' 

The names, they said, would remind them about all the hardships they conquered amid the lockdown, ahead of successful delivery on the intervening night of March 26-27

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Modi asks people to light up lamps on Sunday to display collective strength to defeat coronavirus 

In a video message of over 11 minutes, Modi also asked people to maintain the "lakshman rekha" of social distancing by staying indoors and not getting together in groups during the exercise

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How FICCI FLO is helping Bhubaneswar's migrant workers amidst lockdown

The focus of both the organisations is on the elderly, pregnant women, migrant workers, daily wage labourers and other vulnerable people in Odisha. They have reached out to over 1,000 people

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COVID-19 lockdown: Madras Uni asks faculty to go online with lectures on Skype, WhatsApp and Zoom

The University of Madras VC has urged its faculty to use suitable online teaching methods to help students amid the Coronavirus lockdown

Disruption in routine affects children with autism

World Autism Day: What's life in a lockdown like for people with autism?

Vidya Anand, whose 15-year-old has autism, shares how the lockdown affects their mental state and the challenges of creating a sense of routine and normalcy