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Have a great story? With TNIE's Summer Stories Contest you could be a published author this summer 

Do you have a story to tell? The New Indian Express invites entries from budding authors from all around the country who want to get their work out there

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St George’s Univ, Ramaiah work together to enable aspiring med students to obtain internationally recognised degree

Both Ramaiah Group and SGU have medical schools with over 40 years of successful teaching and an excellent track record of top-rung medical candidates

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Living a little in the times of Corona: Here are 11 tips to keep calm and carry on during COVID

Fear and anxiety during this unforgiving pandemic are natural, but we also need to understand that our fear gets us nothing and does nothing to make us feel better

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This parking solutions start-up is organising drive-through vaccination across 5 cities. Here's how they started

The first camp was organised at the DLF City Centre Mall, Gurugram on May 14, followed by camps in Cyberhub, Ambience Mall, DLF Mall of India Noida and World Square Mall Ghaziabad

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#ThrowbackToday: After much resistance, the first T20 match was played on June 13, 2003

In today's #TBT, we take you through the developments that led to the birth of the T20 format in cricket and how it just clicked with the crowd. These matches are short yet sizzling with energy

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Normalcy in many countries may return by 2022, WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan

Swaminathan said that the governments should consider spending on health and education as an investment and not an expenditure

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They’re only human, after all: Why we should treat our doctors better and more sensitively

From sleep to time with their families, doctors sacrifice a lot to help keep us in good health. The Coach tells us how we should treat them 

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Welcome to Reason: In COVID edu-emergency, the tortoise is set to win  

The CBSE, sources said, will set up a committee to decide the alternative scheme for tabulating results. A student’s performance in internal school assessments will be a crucial part of the scheme

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Reopen schools, says WHO. But is it really possible in India?

The UN's health body, in its most recent piece, said that COVID doesn't pose a lot of risk to children. They said that prolonged closure of schools has had negative impacts on children's mental

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E-Canteen Fundas: What you are worth is what you weigh in on

Pro Tip: To do justice to your talents and potential, build healthy self-esteem and have a clear aim about what you want to do

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English Blues: A letter to a communication apprehensive reader

Awareness of these rights, I am sure, will give you the confidence that you need to fight your communication apprehension

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The Trainer Brainer: Your career suits your personality, how would you find out?

In the end, the purpose of this column is to sensitise you as a fresh graduate that you need to look within yourself and approach career development with all seriousness

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We even made chaukidars' and rickshaw wallas' children doctors: Aakash Group's JC Chaudhry

JC Chaudhry, who started Aakash Educational Services 31 years ago, spoke to us about his entrepreneurial journey and the recent BYJU's deal

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New study finds new links between high-fat diets, colon cancer and a hoard of other issues

For decades, physicians and dieticians have urged people to limit their intake of high-fat foods, citing links to poor health outcomes and some of the leading causes of death in the US

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IIT Kanpur professor Mukesh Sharma appointed honorary member of WHO body

Sharma has been associated with WHO, Geneva, International Council for Clean Transport, Clean Air Asia United National Environmental Program, Bangkok, and the World Bank

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This doctor in Kerala is dancing to woo tribals to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Arun attached to the Agali health centre along with his staff have been trying their best to get the tribals convinced about the need for vaccination

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Chennai school sexual harassment: TNCPCR told that Siva Shankar Baba suffered heart attack right before hearing

The self-styled spiritual guru was accused of sexually harassing students of his schools and was summoned by the Tamil Nadu Commission for Protection of Child's Rights for a hearing

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Army sets up 50-bed COVID centre for the people of Kashmir to combat the surge of the virus

The facility has been established at army's 216 Transit Camp at Batwara and was inaugurated by Mohammed Aijaz Asad, DC Srinagar

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Students to mail storm Prez Kovind about UGC's blended learning, lack of stipends on June 15

This is the umpteenth letter the students will write to the President on issues that they are facing. Never in his tenure has President Kovind entertained their demands 

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Gujarat University Prof accused of forcing students to pursue PhD under him to boost API score

There are some allegations about the concerned professor's behaviour as well. A female student who worked under the professor said that they always had a high-handed attitude

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AI will predict how patients with past viral infections will respond to new ones, find researchers

One, a set of 166 genes, reveals how the human immune system responds to viral infections. A second set of 20 signature genes predicts the severity of a patient's disease

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Want COVID resources on WhatsApp? This student-run platform volunteers.covihelp will come to your rescue

The team accepts any kind of request for COVID-19 resources like oxygen cylinders, medicines, hospital beds

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What the FAQ: What are asteroids? Which was the latest asteroid that passed by the Earth?

As Google celebrates the 99th birthday of Margherita Hacks, an Italian astrophysicist and scientific disseminator, we try to dig out more information on what asteroids are and how they are formed

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IIT Bombay announces the launch of its new Centre for Digital Health

KCDH will be the first of its kind in India, focused on driving academic programs, research and industry collaboration in Digital Health

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Anatomy of a witch-hunt in modern India: Why you need to watch Sachin Mudigonda's docu Testimony of Ana

The film has taught him the importance of faith, Sachin Mudigonda tells Prajanma Das. But it has also made him a different man. Here's how

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Centre to provide over 10 lakh vaccine doses to states, UTs in next 3 days

The Union Health Ministry has informed that nearly 24,96,00,304 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive

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IIM Calcutta holds city meet in virtual mode for the new batch of students 

Each city had multiple hosts from the current batch who welcomed all the participants and encouraged conversations

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Facebook acquires VR game developer BigBox VR

'POP: ONE' will continue to be supported on all its current platforms. Facebook said that it is exploring many ways to accelerate VR, including investments in third-party content, AAA IP, hardware

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India reports 84,332 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, its lowest in 70 days 

The number of active cases further declined to 10,80,690, accounting for 3.68 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.07 per cent

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#ThrowbackToday: Another study forewarns about the Himalayan glaciers melting, but do we care?

In today's #TBT, we take you through the much-talked-about topic, the rapid melting of the Himalayan glaciers. But that's the problem, there are talks and research, but is there any action at all?

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Karnataka tells teachers to identify kids who don't have access to internet, smartphones: Draws up detailed guidelines for classes that begin on July 1

With schools going to reopen on July 1, 2021, the Education Department in Karnataka has issued a different set of guidelines for students who has access to gadgets and who doesn't have

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Kerala Higher Education Minister Dr R Bindu: Rajiv Gandhi introduced privatisation, NEP strengthened it and made education a commodity

We spoke to Kerala's new Higher Education Minister Dr R Bindu who talks about the challenges the sector faces

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Over 30,000 children risk death in famine-hit Tigray: United Nations

UNICEF spokespoerson said the UN children's agency was working with other organisations to help address the crisis, but was lacking access to large parts of the region.

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AISHE 2019-20: Delhi has only 8 colleges for every 1 lakh citizens, K'taka has 59. Here's how the rest of India fared

Major states and UTs, including Delhi, Bihar and West Bengal have deplorable figures when it comes to the density of the colleges

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AISHE 2019-20: Nearly 80 per cent of India's colleges are privately-run, AP tops the list

This data was revealed in the All India Survey on Higher Education 2019-20, which was recently released by the Ministry of Education

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AISHE 2019-20: 60 per cent of medical colleges in India are in these 6 states  

Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the states that have the lowest number of allopathic medical colleges in India with just a single college in each

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Russia slaps new fines on Facebook, Telegram over failure to remove illegal content

The court, in particular, considered four protocols against Facebook earlier in the day, with the overall fine amounting to 17 million rubles ($236,000)

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AISHE 2019-20: Rural India has 60% of our colleges, but how robust is the primary education there?

There are 92,275 elementary and secondary schools in India that have only one teacher, the Ministry of Education (then MHRD) had said in 2019

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The crowdfunding story: Why are young Indians raising money online to study abroad?

Why do so many young people turn to crowdfunding to raise funds for overseas education? Is there a flip side to this? We take a look

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Aamir Khan to play against chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand to raise funds for COVID relief

All the proceeds of this charity event will go towards serving individuals and families from vulnerable communities who are at a high risk of hunger during this devastating second wave of the pandemic

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Greta Thunberg gets back in front of Swedish parliament for climate change protests

Thunberg began staging her one-woman protests in front of Sweden's Parliament building in August 2018, calling on politicians to ramp up the fight against climate change

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THE Asia University Rankings 2021: KIIT ranked 30th in overall category, 15th in general engineering

Staff, students, management and well-wishers of both KIIT and KISS profoundly thanked and expressed gratitude to Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS for his vision to get such rankings

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Slow Clap: Why the Delhi hospital was right in banning nurses from speaking Malayalam

The circular made absolute sense even for the author, who claims to be a Malayali! All good things must come to an end

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Postpone INI-CET to July 16, Supreme Court tells AIIMS

The petition was moved by the Indian Medical Association and the Medical Student Network (Chhattisgarh Chapter) along with 35 serving doctors, who are currently on COVID duty

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COVID orphans in Tamil Nadu mount to 1400, of this 50 have lost both parents to the virus

These details include those who died due to post-COVID complications and was compiled by Bala Swaraj portal on the basis of data collated from the states

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Construction major JCB India to support children's education of employees who succumbed to COVID

The company said, from April, over 2,000 employees and their families have been vaccinated at camps held across its Ballabgarh, Pune and Jaipur facilities

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Developed by two brothers from MP, this device will help conserve up to 60% oxygen in every cylinder

Rupesh and Gunendra Mahore have come up with Oxyserve, a device aimed at conservation of the resource that is the need of the hour — oxygen. Here's all about the working of this new device 

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Risk of COVID among fully vaccinated healthcare workers significantly lower compared to unvaccinated HCWs, finds study

The data of this study as shared by the researchers states that two doses of Covishield gave the said HCWs 65 per cent protection against infection, 77 per cent against hospitalisation

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Senior Govt officials in UP form volunteer group to help students affected by COVID-19

The initiative, put together by 2017-batch Indian Revenue Service officer Shashank Shekhar Singh, focusses on students whose studies have been hit

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IIIT-H alumni war room comes to rescue of COVID-hit families during the second wave of the pandemic

The COVID War Room (CWR) was set up in response to a deluge of appeals for crucial assistance for COVID patients during the second wave in April-May

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Go Corona Go: Check out this game by a Class 10 student where you use safety protocols to defeat COVID

The game has three levels in which the gamer has to jump over hurdles, including the virus itself, to get to win each level

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No admissions in Karnataka's PU colleges until SSLC results are declared: DDPUE Director

A few reputed private colleges were found violating the rules by admitting SSLC students in PUC 1 even before the completion of their final exams. The SSLC exams are likely to begin in June last week

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Survey says over 60% students do not want CBSE to grade them based on internal assessments

While the CBSE has not confirmed its evaluation criteria, there have been speculations that the board might resort to internal assessments

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Chinese children aged three and up may soon be able to get COVID-19 vaccine

Experts say inactivated vaccines are generally considered safe for children, as the technology has been in use for a long time

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Mumbai students travelling abroad for studies express happiness over prioritised vaccination 

Students said that it was a huge support amid the struggle to book a vaccination appointment when the slots are gone within a minute

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What the FAQ: How did the BTS fandom force McDonald’s to close their Indonesian outlets?

After introducing the BTS Meal, celebrating the South Korean pop sensation, the restaurant received a large number of orders that threatened to break COVID restrictions in the South Asian country

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Google updates Search algorithms to prevent online harassment

Google will automatically apply ranking protections to help prevent content from other similar low-quality sites appearing in search results for people's names

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Pulitzer Prizes to be finally announced today after being delayed due to the pandemic

Winners will be announced during a livestream that begins at 1 pm. This is the second such ceremony to be pushed back amid the pandemic

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Apollo Hospital releases 56-chapter textbook on COVID-19

The book also includes statistical insights, scientific data and plethora of new reports collated from the World Health Organization

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Want proof of climate change? Visit the Himalayan and Karakoram Ranges where the glaciers are melting

A new research, Glacio-hydrology of the Himalaya-Karakoram, released in the journal SCIENCE on Thursday, emphasises that total glacier melt and seasonality of flow are projected to increase

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India records 91,702 new COVID-19 cases, daily positivity rate drops to 4.49 per cent

The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,63,079 with 3,403 fresh deaths, the data updated at 8 am showed

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#ThrowbackToday: How American Idol changed the tune of reality television 

In today's #TBT, it's going to be all about American Idol. The reality show that gave us its spin-off, Indian Idol, shook up a lot of things when it comes to prime time television. Here's how

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Pandemic effect: Parents can't drop off students at US varsities, slots for visa applications to open from June 14

The US encourages students to travel within the country during their study and there aren't restrictions in place for them to visit a different state

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JNU students involved in 'breaking into' library not affiliated to any political organisation: JNUSU

Why would someone break into a library? Saket said that the library was open as the staff had started coming back to office. There were no locks to break

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Are you all set to study in the USA? Here's all you need to know about visa, vaccinations and more

The US Mission to India on Thursday, June 10 conducted a Facebook Live session for student visa applicants to answer queries  

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Assam CM hands over FD certificates and laptops to children orphaned due to COVID-19 

The deputy commissioners will identify and make a list of all such children in their respective districts for the implementation of the Shishu Seva Scheme

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School for differently-abled children in Visakhapatnam demolished as it illegally occupied civic body land

According to the commissioner, Srinivas, who is running the school, produced a letter given to him by a commissioner in 2012 of which the GVMC has no official record

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Pinarayi Vijayan asks telecom providers to ensure that there is not digital divide among students

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that their aim is to ensure that each and every student in the state gets proper internet connectivity because no one should miss online classes

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TN panel on the impact of NEET for socially disadvantaged aspirants to submit its report in a month

On June 5, Stalin had said that Tamil Nadu always had the historic duty of upholding social justice and to fulfill that duty continuously in the academic world

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Ashok Gehlot instructs officials to speed up the process to set up three institutes of higher learning in Rajasthan

The CM also approved an additional budget of Rs 7.29 crore for the procurement of safety equipment and ambulances for all district jails and the high-security jail of Ajmer

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Organisations align hiring to scale up for operational roles despite pandemic, finds survey 

According to Indeed's India Hiring Tracker Q4 FY21, as many as two-thirds (64 per cent) of all employers surveyed hired talent during the fourth quarter of 2020-21

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JNU: Group of students broke into central library and clashed with staff; FIR registered

According to the police, the incident took place on June 8 and based on a complaint from the varsity's chief security officer, a case was registered on Wednesday

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Teach students foreign languages like French, Chinese and Arabic in school: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

These languages could be instrumental in improving their chances of employability across the globe, the Chief Minister was quoted as saying in an official statement

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Bombay HC asks Maharastra government to publicise COVID preventive measures for children 

The directions came after Maharashtra Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni informed the court that the state had constituted a task force to tackle paediatric cases of COVID-19 

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LLB exams to be held according to COVID restrictions, Bar Council accepts panel recommendation

The committee was also asked to consider evaluation of the mode of examination before issuance of degree for final year law students

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Israel's Ben Gurion University launched a new Master's programme in Environmental Physics and Solar Energy. Here are the deets

After the successful completion of this two-year programme, students will be able to get MSc in Environmental Physics and Solar Energy. Students who have pursued BSc, BE can apply for this programme

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Over 18% increase in enrolment of girls in higher education over the last five years: AISHE report 

Some of the key features of AISHE 2019-20 report revealed that the total enrolment in Higher Education stands at 3.85 crore in 2019-20 as compared to 3.74 crore in 2018-19

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QS Rankings: IIM Bangalore tops in Management Studies for third time in a row

IIMB’s focus is on providing thought leadership through high-quality research and offering an environment that nurtures innovative global business leaders through holistic education

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KGMU survey reveals vaccines produce stronger, long-lasting antibodies than in COVID-recovered patients

The study further found that the desirable herd immunity which can break the chain of viruses, can only be achieved by mass vaccination and not through the natural course of transmission of infection

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Bharat Biotech to release results of Phase 3 trials of Covaxin in July

This comes amid a raging debate on a recent pre-print study which said that while both Covaxin and Covishield showed a good immune response, Covishield produced more antibodies than Covaxin

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Gujarat launches central control centre to monitor activities of government-run schools in the state

Through this control room, senior officials can monitor the implementation of various schemes and initiatives, such as home learning and periodic assessment

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Monoclonal antibody therapy is safe, helps prevent serious illness for transplant patients with mild COVID, finds study

The study is important because transplant patients who are infected with COVID-19 have a higher risk of severe illness and death

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UK, Indian scientists develop low-cost sensor to detect fragments of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater

The technique, developed by researchers from the University of Strathclyde and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, could be used to enable widespread monitoring of COVID-19 prevalence

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DU profs urge DU to renew tenure of 12 ad-hoc teachers from Vivekananda College, remove Principal

It's been more than 15 days but Dr Nandrajog has not yet implemented the decision taken by the governing body

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Doctors urge Delhi HC to postpone Foreign Medical Graduate Examination scheduled for June 18 due to COVID

After hearing submissions of both the sides, Justice Amit Bansal asked the counsel to place on record certain documents and listed the matter for further hearing on Friday

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IIT Madras to develop indigenous Vehicle Traffic Software for smooth management of maritime traffic

This software could eventually be used for monitoring maritime traffic in all ports across India. The focus will be on the operation, manning and maintenance of the vessel traffic system


What the FAQ: What are the symptoms of COVID-19 among animals?

All you need to know about COVID-19 in animals, how they get affected and what you should do if your pet tests positive

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UPSC to commence interviews for civil services exam from August 2

It had in April this year deferred interviews for the prestigious examination due to increase in coronavirus cases

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Google introduces Paced Walking feature to help you meet your best walk goals

Available on Google Fit, the Paced Walking feature will help you find your preferred walking speed — a pace that feels natural


#Askthechancellor: Puducherry Lt Guv responds to students' queries on exams, vaccination on Twitter

The engineering students of JNTU also expressed apprehensions over conducting examinations offline due to the prevailing 'risky' conditions

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Ministry of Education drops Odia from national edu-platform Swayam

Dr Omkar Nath Mohanty, trust member of Institute of Odia Studies and Research (IOSR), said the MoE move has deprived bulk of rural and economically weaker students

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How Varun Agarwal and his mom honoured his brother's legacy by raising Rs 50 lakh to help COVID patients get private care

In Daily Positivity today, we write about a mother and son duo who have been raising funds for people in the need of COVID-19 treatment and beds in the memory of elder son who passed away due to COVID

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Microsoft's index suggests 74 pc of Indian workers are keen on flexible remote work options

Microsoft said last year's move to remote work boosted feelings of inclusion for workers because everyone was in the same virtual room

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NHRC seeks comprehensive report on prevention of sorcery, witchcraft from Odisha

Issuing a fresh direction recently on a petition filed by civil rights lawyer and noted human rights activist and Supreme Court advocate, Radhakanta Tripathy, the NHRC passed the order

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Facebook joins hand with leading health organisations to form global alliance for online healthcare

The partners include the Bay Area Global Health Alliance, the CDC Foundation, Facebook, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Merck, Sabin Vaccine Institute and many more

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After CBSE and other state examination board, Telangana cancels intersecond year exams due to pandemic

While advising the students to keep checking the official website, tsbie.cgg.gov.in for the latest updates, the TSBIE officials said that the result will be out in the next few weeks

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Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa congratulates IISc for being ranked top research varsity in the world

The IISc secured a perfect score of 100 out of 100 for the citations per faculty (CPF) metric in the analysis by London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

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This Class 12 student from UP's Aligarh is going to Stanford University with a full scholarship. Here's his story

Manu was able to secure admission to VidyaGyan, where only 250 students are selected out of the approximate 250,000 applicants every year

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India reports highest single-day death toll of 6,148, recoveries continue to outnumber daily cases

The active cases in the country have reduced to 11,67,952 after 60 days comprising 4 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID recovery rate has improved to 94.77 per cent

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#ThrowbackToday: The big 'Asian brown cloud' hanging over the Indian ocean

In today's #TBT, we tell you about one of the many ill-effects of the rising pollution levels across the country, the Asian brown cloud. And this is why we all should be very, very sacred

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How two Madurai students got a Madras HC judge to educate himself on homosexuality and deliver a landmark judgment

Having understood a once alien concept, he ruled to prohibit attempts to “medically cure” people from being queer

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Karnataka's MAHE to vaccinate students across all its institutions for free

The Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) campus was declared a containment zone in March, 2021 by the Udupi administration after 59 people tested COVID-19 positive