The results of Let's Debate - Senior Category are here | Edex Live

TNIE Let's Debate: And the winners of the Senior Debates are...

After nine preliminary debates, here are the winners of the debates and the list of people who will go to the finale. Are you ready? Well then, read on

Taking out the competition, Odisha's Sai International School's Arush Sarma emerged the winner of the first edition of the debate | Pic: Edex Live

TNIE Let's Debate Senior Finals Winner: Who bagged the grand prize?

The New Indian Express' Let's Debate is India's largest inter-school virtual debate competition and it was held in association with Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Meil and Linc Pens  

The New Indian Express conducted Let's Debate, India's largest inter-school virtual debate competition, in association with Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science and MEIL (Pic: EdexLive)

TNIE Let's Debate Junior Final Winners: Who are India's best young debaters?

The very witty and humourous Advait Anand from Chennai's Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan won the Let's Debate Junior category this year

K Ponmudi

TN's new Higher Education Minister holds a PhD and three master's degrees 

K Ponmudi will be the most educated minister of the cabinet. The School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh holds an MCA degree

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Uttarakhand IAS officers to contribute to CM's Relief Fund to fight COVID-19 

President of the Uttarakhand IAS Association and Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Panwar has written to the Finance Secretary informing him about the decision

IIT Kharagpur

Software start-up created by IIT Kharagpur students gets funded at India Innovation Championship hosted by Chitkara University

With a mission to promote novel and practical innovations, India Innovation Championship witnessed record participation by teams from across the nation and abroad

MK Stalin

Stalin to be sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM along with 33 ministers on Friday

According to Raj Bhavan, Stalin had sent a list of persons to be appointed as Ministers along with their portfolios on Thursday. Stalin's Cabinet will have two women

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As COVID cases rapidly rise in Bengaluru, this school is setting up a 120 bed oxygen facility on its campus

As part of the first phase of the campaign, CIS intends to equip around 50 beds in the shortest  time to meet the current demand. In the second phase, the plan is to support the costs of 120 beds

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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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Nationwide lockdown only option left to check COVID-19, says Gehlot

He warned that there is already a shortage of oxygen, medicines and other medical equipment needed for controlling COVID-19

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Fingernail hygiene important to stop COVID-19 infection spread, say experts

Every time you wash hands, ensure you dry them completely. Moist hands may attract germs that proliferate in a damp environment and facilitate their spread

Press Council of India

Include journalists in 'COVID warriors' category: Press Council to Centre and State governments

Fresh coronavirus cases and fatalities in India hit a record daily high with 4,12,262 new infections and 3,980 fatalities being reported, taking the tally of cases to 2,10,77,410

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Centre makes it mandatory for disability certificates to be issued online 

The sector had been demanding such a move, especially during the coronavirus crisis where people with disabilities were unable to get their certificates due to the prevalent restrictions

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Chattisgarh government suspends COVID-19 vaccination for 18-44 age group

The Chhattisgarh High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to fix the ratio of allotment of vaccines in an equitable and well-distributed manner

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Research data doesn't establish N440K variant is 'very virulent', says Andhra COVID Command Centre chief

N440K Strain of coronavirus (B136) was detected in the month of June-July last year from the samples of South India including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana

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What the FAQ: What is a vaccine patent? How will waiving it help India during the pandemic?

In today's What the FAQ segment, we talk about vaccine patent, who are supporting its waiver and how it will help India

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Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport deploys AI to curb pandemic spread

At present, the Delhi Airport has the largest 'Cargo Hub Airport of South Asia' region, with two integrated 'Cargo Terminals' having annual cargo handling capacity of 1.8 million MT

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Biden hits the goal for schools even as many students continue their learning remotely

Almost 4 in 10 students continued to take all their classes remotely, the survey found, and another 2 in 10 were split between classroom and remote learning

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South Korea's Krafton to launch Battlegrounds Mobile India to regain PUBG Mobile glory

Following the ban, PUBG Corporation -- a subsidiary of Krafton -- had said China's Tencent Games would no longer be authorised to distribute the PUBG MOBILE franchise in India

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Indian students to benefit as Canada to give permanent residence to 90,000 people

Under it, 40,000 international students, 30,000 temporary workers in selected essential occupations and 20,000 temporary workers in health care will get permanent residence

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Kerala imposes complete lockdown from May 8 to 16 in the wake of rising COVID cases

Strict lockdown-like restrictions are already in place in the southern state and the Pinarayi Vijayan government decided to clamp the complete shutdown

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Delhi HC seeks CCI stand on Facebook, WhatsApp appeals against order on privacy policy

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh issued notice to the CCI that had ordered the probe and sought its response by May 21, the next date of hearing

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International study links brain thinning to development of psychosis

Psychosis is an umbrella term for a constellation of severe mental disorders that cause people to have difficulty determining what is real and what is not

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Karnataka shuts schools owing to #CovidSecondWave, to reopen only on June 15

The high school teachers have been directed to help SSLC students to prepare for their board exams. They need to contact students and be in touch with them over the phone

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New research analyses alternatives to control COVID-19 spread

Researchers analysed more palatable alternatives to the kind of social distancing mandates that threw a wrench at how businesses, schools and even family gatherings work

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DRDO setting up makeshift COVID-19 hospital with 750 beds at BHU

In the first phase, 250 ICUs will start functioning and we will start admitting patients soon

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Parents are worried about toddlers losing out on learning in the pandemic

According to the survey results, a high degree of parental concern towards education is evident as 95 per cent of the parents have enrolled their child in some form of learning 

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IIT-K launches Mission Bharat O2 to address oxygen crisis

The mission aims to address the oxygen crisis in the country as the second wave hits

Throwback

#ThrowbackToday: Looking back at the Aarogya Setu privacy issue that made ripples last year

The app is the government's mobile application for contact tracing and disseminating medical advisories to users in order to contain the spread of COVID-19

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BHU closes down till May 15: No online classes, office to be closed. Exams only after June 30

The notification said that the Vice-Chancellor had a meeting with the top officials including the Dean of Students and the Controller of Examinations

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Study finds 16 per cent of people who got vaccinated still tested positive for COVID-19. Here's why

Of the people who tested positive, 17 incurred the infection after the second dose. Except for one person who required hospitalisation, all others had mild COVID-19

Sadhguru

Follow Sadhguru's yogic kriya for fitness in COVID times: Goa government

The circular issued by under secretary GAD Shripad Arlekar also says that the yogic kriya link was originally shared online by the Union Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs

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Delhi University teachers warn against termination of 12 ad-hoc teachers

According to the DU SC/ST/OBC Teachers' Forum, of the 12 ad hoc teachers, five have tested positive for Covid-19. The overall condition of teachers suffering from the infection is quite bad

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Koo to make it easier to find hospital beds, plasma donors amid COVID crisis

The homegrown microblogging platform is also adding a new automated tab, which takes any mention of COVID, vaccination, beds and other resources

IIM Calcutta

IIM Calcutta welcomes 15th batch of executive MBA programme in a virtual ceremony amid ongoing pandemic

The batch consists of 80 professionals, including doctors, engineers, chartered accountants, defense personnel, and start-up-enthusiasts

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Researchers find a new map revealing genes that control skeleton's 'master regulator' cells

Osteocytes are the most abundant cell type in bone but have proved difficult to study because they are embedded within the hard mineral structure of the skeleton

The series will be out on May 14

This documentary will take you inside the IIT Kharagpur campus and into the lives of its students. Check it out

This documentary series that will soon be out on Netflix was shot for over a year at IIT Kharagpur. We spoke to its creator

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Ayush app in UP to help treat Coronavirus patients in home isolation

The Ayush department has prepared a pragmatic plan for the promotion of Ayurveda in the treatment of COVID-19

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ISRO trials Garuda drones for veggies and medicine delivery in Sriharikota

About 200-300 people in the ISRO staff quarters - employees and their family members were affected by COVID-19

What the FAQ

What The FAQ: What is President's Rule? Will Mamata-led West Bengal now come under Gov Dhankar?

Under Article 356 of the Constitution of India, if a state government is unable to function in accordance with Constitutional provisions, the Union government can take direct control of the state

Following an illustrious career, George Koshy retired in 1991

Notes from a 90-year-old professor: Finding the meaning of life in George Koshy’s classroom

Having worked as a teacher for decades, George Koshy shares some of the greatest lessons he has learnt from his long and admirable journey as an English teacher

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These new Signal ads on Instagram reveal how FB, Instagram collect your data

To reveal how this targeting ad game is being performed, Signal said it created a multi-variant targeted ad designed to "show you the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to

Dr SR Chowdhury with his research scholars

These IIT Mandi researchers have invented a technique to easily identify ischemic strokes in patients 

Led by Dr Shubhajit Roy Chowdhury, the invention will make it easier for people in rural areas to choose the right medication and treatment method according to the type of stroke they suffer from

Delhi High Court

What is Centre's stand on Facebook and WhatsApp's new privacy policy? Asks Delhi High Court

WhatsApp told the bench that private conversations of individuals are protected by end to end encryption

The group organises workshops on mental health

A splash of yellow can help you deal with any mental health issues through The Yellow Club's counselling sessions

The Yellow Club has been offering affordable mental health support through its app and social media which aims to normalise conversations about asking for help

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#ThrowbackToday: Looking back at The Nickel Boys and the America that took the world by storm

The Nickel Boys was called a "spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida that is ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance and much more

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Scientists find dangerous chemical pollutants in disposable face masks

The research reveals high levels of pollutants, including lead, antimony, and copper, within the silicon-based and plastic fibres of common disposable face masks

Ashish Raj

This 24-year-old who worked as an Uber driver to pay for his education is now an engineer. Here's his story

Ashish Raj's journey to becoming an engineer is nothing short of an inspiration. We bring you his inspiring story

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Microsoft Teams to soon help students boost reading fluency

The tool offers teachers the ability to assess accuracy rates, mispronunciations and more,

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This 21-year-old from Jhansi is India's youngest panchayat election winner

Rajni said that she contested the panchayat elections because she felt that as an elected representative, she would be able to work as a bridge between the people and the district administration

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Priyanka lauds Sonu Sood's free education for COVID affected kids appeal, Smriti Irani replies

Soon after the 'Quantico' star shared the post, Irani took to her comments section and dropped the helpline number through which people can reach out to the authorities regarding the same

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Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur appoints Fr Paul Fernandes as new Director

An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, he (BM ’86 Batch) had worked at XLRI for many years in various capacities

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Researchers design a 3D lung-on-a-chip model to test new therapies for COVID-19, other lung conditions

Additionally, the lung-on-a-chip model successfully stimulated breaths of air at the normal frequency for humans

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PUC-II exam postponed in K'taka, first PUC students promoted to next class without exams

The fact that many states such as MP, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh Rajasthan, Punjab, and Telangana had postponed the exam was discussed at the meeting

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COVID-19: NTA postpones the May session of JEE (Main) 2021, advices students to use extra time to prepare better

The decision was made after the number of COVID cases in the country started rising exponentially. The April session too was postponed recently

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COVID crisis: Delhi Govt to provide free ration, financial aid to auto, taxi drivers

However, the decision to provide free ration does not mean that the lockdown imposed in the city to break the chain of transmission will continue for two months, he said during an online briefing

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This IITM start-up's solar-powered device can turn plastic waste, PPE into usable furnace oil

Samudhyoga Waste Chakra is an IIT Madras-driven start-up that is ensuring plastic waste is properly treated

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Free vaccine to everyone including those above 18 years in Chandigarh

According to the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), the night curfew will continue from 6 pm to 5 am every day along with a complete weekend curfew

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Over 48 lakh vaccine doses to be provided states, UTs in the next 3 days: Centre

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and also the Central government have so far provided nearly 16.69 crore vaccine doses (16,69,97,410) to states and UTs "free of cost"

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At least 80% Indian companies struggle to educate employees on cybersecurity, finds new survey

Despite increasing cyberattacks, budgets on cybersecurity have remained stagnant and executive teams continue to underestimate the level of damage threats can do to organisations

May4

#ThrowbackToday: Is the Fourth with you this May 4? How was Margaret Thatcher involved?

The first reference of the phrase being used was on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took the oath as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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What the FAQ: What are the adoption laws in India? Can you adopt anytime you want?

With so many children losing their parents owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, we break down the adoption laws in India

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Govt postpones NEET-PG, asks final year MBBS students, medical interns to join COVID-19 workforce

The state and union territories have been asked to make all efforts to reach out to each such prospective NEET candidate and request them to join the COVID-19 workforce

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COVID takes down IPL: League suspended indefinitely after multiple cases in bio-bubble

On Monday, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji along with Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy had also returned positive results

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COVID-19 vaccination centre set up at Bhopal's drive-in cinema site

According to Union Health Ministry, Madhya Pradesh has 85,750 active COVID-19 cases. In the last 24 hours, the state registered 1,439 fresh cases and 93 related deaths

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Anyone able to communicate, is distressed, says the head of Psychiatry at AIIMS

Covid patients admitted to the Covid and emergency wings of PGIMER are screened for mental distress by the residents from the psychiatry department

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India reports 3.57 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 3,449 deaths in the last 24 hours

As many as 3,449 people succumbed to the disease in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative death toll to 2,22,408

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The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given in India crosses 15.89 crore

Across 12,739 sessions, 8,38,343 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 8,70,047 beneficiaries received the second dose of vaccine

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Kerala Medical College forces students to vacate hostel owing to increasing COVID cases among medicos

The students' union representatives stated that the situation is such that the number of cases among students is increasing daily, but nothing has been done to ensure the safety of medicos

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This influencer duo is decoding policies, economics, history and more for millennials online. Here's their story

Abhi and Niyu, as they are popularly known, help millennials understand a great many things about the world today. Shreesha Ghosh finds out more about their content and how they keep it fresh

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Twitter Spaces available for users with at least 600 followers

After first testing Spaces with a small group of people on iOS, Twitter in March expanded the test to Android users in India, to give them a chance to join

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Study finds pulse oximeters more useful in COVID screening for older adults

Researchers proposed that taking a temperature is a less useful indicator of infection in older adults and that a pulse oximeter be used instead

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Scientists create new tool to rapidly screen molecules for anti-COVID properties

Scientists have created a unique tool to help drug researchers quickly identify molecules capable of disarming the virus before it invades human cells

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Study says consumers' decision to buy product is based on its recommendation online

Researchers found that people who like to think and solve problems for themselves, a personality type they describe as 'high need for cognition' find content-based recommendations more persuasive

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Offline exams in higher institutions postponed across the country

In a letter addressed to heads of centrally funded institutions, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare has urged these institutes to postpone all offline examinations to be held in the month of May

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World's largest airplane now closer to use for space vehicles

Stratolaunch took to the skies over southern California's Mojave Desert in a second successful test flight at its wingspan of 117.3 metres

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My classmates called me 'the mask': How 24-year-old Prarthana Jagan overcame vitiligo and is a beacon of skin positivity 

We speak to 24-year-old Prarthana Jagan from Bengaluru about her skin condition and how she overcame all her inhibitions to accept herself as it is

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Deploy AYUSH, Homeopathy doctors and students for COVID relief: ABVP to PM Modi

The RSS' students' wing had submitted a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a set of demands pertaining to education

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Did TMC 'goons' attack ABVP Kolkata office in retaliation against Didi's loss in Nandigram?

The ABVP said that they are facing this issue across Bengal and today's attack was being planned from yesterday when 150 bikes circled their office

SEBI Bhavan

India Pesticides, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences get SEBI's go-ahead to launch IPOs

Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and India Pesticides obtained Sebi's observation on April 28 and April 30, respectively, an update with Sebi showed on Monday.

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Harassing people seeking COVID-related help to result in coercive action, SC warns Centre and states

The Supreme Court had earlier made clear that any attempt to clamp down on the free flow of information on social media, including a call for help, would be treated as contempt of the court

IGIMS

Only 150 beds in IGIMS and 108 in PMCH available for treatment of COVID patients

The Bihar government recently declared the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Patna, as a COVID-dedicated hospital with 500 beds

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Punjab declares accredited, yellow card journalists as frontline warriors; to be vaccinated on priority

According to the state government, all Power Corporation employees in the state have also been brought into the ambit of frontline workers and will be vaccinated accordingly

Sonu Sood

Sonu Sood requests free education for children affected by COVID-19 backed up by Priyanka Chopra Jonas 

In a Twitter video shared last week, Sood had requested the central and state governments, private institutions and influential personalities to support children going through financial distress 

Mariam Nahidha

This interior designing student adds colour and history to walls and public spaces

The 21-year-old self-taught artist gravitates towards themes of culture and history which she recreates on a range of canvases from notebooks to walls across public spaces

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Delhi Airport sets up a dedicated facility to place imported relief materials for COVID-19

As per the statement, in a span of just five days - April 28 to May 2, the Delhi airport has handled around 25 Covid relief flights totaling around 300 tonnes cargo

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This Chennai start-up's aeronautics summer camps are delivered using theatre, the epics and lots of Science

Vaayusastra, incubated at IIT Madras, is combining theatre, stories with Science in their unique summer classes for students aged 5 to 22

These students have only attended online lectures

I'm a college student but I haven't been to college: Why the freshmen of 2020 will never be like anyone else

The students who began studying their bachelor's courses in 2020 haven't seen their college campuses yet. They recount their stories

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High Court tells medical panel looking into the need for breath analyser test on pilots

The court asked the committee to consider the concerns of the ATC Guild and listed the plea on May 5 with a similar one moved by the Indian Commercial Pilots Association 

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Single COVID vaccine dose boosts protection against variants in previously infected: Study

The findings, published in the journal Science, show that in those who have not previously been infected and have so far only received one dose of vaccine

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FM calls for sharing of technologies on COVID vaccines; says no space for vaccine nationalism

She also pitched for examining Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic

The project is now in its nascent stage and the team will come up with a cost-effective product, they assured (Pic: GL)

Smile Please: How this app by Chennai students can mark attendance using facial recognition

The paper on their research explains the workings of the app and how Deep Learning helps take any frame and enhance it to match the right person

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Secondary schools reopen, domestic ban lifted in France as country gradually reopens

The French are now allowed to go further than the 10-kilometre (six-mile) from home limit that has been applied for four weeks in efforts to slow down the spreading of the virus

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TMC sweeps Bengal assembly polls with 213 seats, BJP fails to cross double digits 

The mercurial Mamata Banerjee, however, lost by 1,956 votes in Nandigram to former protege-turned-BJP adversary Suvendu Adhikari

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Govt has released full advance for Covishield vaccine to SII on April 28: Health Ministry

Additionally, 100 per cent advance of Rs 787.50 crore (after TDS Rs 772.50 crore) was released on April 28 to Bharat Biotech India Ltd (BBIL) for five crore Covaxin doses during May, June and July

FAQ

What the FAQ: What are solar storms and how are they formed?

In today's What the FAQ, here's all you need to know about solar storms, its causes and impact

The setup (Pics: Ikram Khan)

This IIT-M alum's device can grow your cells to make quicker diagnoses outside the body

Ikram said that the device can be of utmost importance to cancer patients and completely change the way we look at pathology tests

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PM Modi discusses COVID-19 situation with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen

PM Modi expressed his appreciation of the EU and its member states for mobilising quick support for India's fight against the second wave of COVID-19

The MyOSin platform

Here's how the MyOSin platform is helping colleges conduct campus placements amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The app was launched three months ago and since then has been conducting various virtual job fairs on the platform to help students and colleges

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Social distancing not enough to cut COVID-19 risk indoors, say US researchers 

However, scientists have now been increasingly speaking about the role of aerosols, smaller particles that linger in the air longer, in COVID-19 transmission

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Indian Railways delivered nearly 1125 MT of LMO to various states across the country

Third Oxygen express to Delhi carrying 120 MT of LMO is on its way from Durgapur and is expected to reach the national capital on Tuesday

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Ten states account for over 73 per cent of new COVID-19 cases including UP, TN, Maharashtra

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 56,647. It is followed by Karnataka with  37,733 while Kerala reported 31,959 new cases, the ministry said