A non-AC sleeper coach of a train is converted into an isolation ward for patients suffering from COVID-19 in Guwahati (Pic: ANI)

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

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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

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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

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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

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This Kolkata art group is posting quotes from books on Facebook and getting kids to artify those

Through its initiative Get Creative, ThinkArts is asking children to create a piece of art or a write-up based on famous lines

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There might be a food riot soon: Why these JNU profs have started a petition to help unorganised labourers during lockdown

Are the provisions announced enough for the labourers, rickshaw pullers, washermen and people who make the biggest service sector of the country? ask the professors and suggest ways to deal with it

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How the lockdown gave us an opportunity to be with our family and realise their importance

In today's busy schedule, we have almost ruined our social life and relationships. We hardly get any time to know and listen to each other. The lockdown has given us the time to touch base

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NSUI writes to MHRD seeking fee waiver for students stuck in cities amid lockdown

The students' body appealed concerned authorities to make sure that the students stuck outside their hometowns are provided with proper meals, sanitation facilities and don't face rent issues

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COVID-19: Indian-Americans offer free accommodation to stranded Indian students

From Los Angeles to Hawaii and New York, the Indian-American community has managed to rope in 5,000 plus rooms offering free stay

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The Quarantunes is bringing the world together through its open-mic sessions on Facebook. Here's why you must tune in

Bored? Lockdown getting you low? Tune in to The Quanrantunes' Facebook page to watch a virtual open mic where people from all over the world are participating

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Arrange for students' food and transport, NSUI tells DU

The Congress' student wing has also demanded that the varsity administration must also arrange for transportation facilities for the students stuck in national capital away from their hometowns

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Sit back, behave, wash hands and be proud of US: Trump advises kids 

Speaking to reporters on Friday, President Trump was asked what would he say to millions of school kids across the county who are staying at home

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UK charity Medical Detection Dogs trying to train dogs to smell coronavirus

Dogs would be trained in the same way as those already trained to detect diseases like cancer, Parkinson's and bacterial infections

The medical college and hospital is run by the Gujarat Medical and Education Research Society

Dean among 100 quarantined at medical college in Ahmedabad as wife tests positive for Coronavirus

100 people including the dean, doctors and health staff of a medical college and hospital have been quarantined following the dean's wife contracting the virus

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KIIT, KISS to provide food packets to cows, dogs and monkeys across Odisha

Earlier, it was decided to distribute food packets containing flattened rice, sugar and dry food to nearly 40,000 needy and poor families and daily wage labourers

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Rahul Gandhi writes to HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to ensure well-being of students

Rahul said that adequate precautionary measures should be adopted, and institutions must ensure proper access to medical facilities

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NEET 2020 admit card not released on March 27 amid lockdown, no decision yet on new date

The agency was supposed to release the admit cards on March 27, which has now been delayed until April 14, when the 21-day long nationwide lockdown ends

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Now, an app to allow students to continue studies during the Coronavirus outbreak in Kerala

The app, which is already being used by close to 100 higher education institutions in the country, entrusts the head of a department or school with the authority to direct the conduct of classes

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IIT Kharagpur study explores the urgent need for COVID-19 lockdown, people's travel behaviour and more

The work will eventually help formulate potential strategic interventions and policy measures for combating any future events of a similar nature

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Living in the moment while planning ahead helps manage stress, says new US study

The researchers found that engaging in proactive coping was beneficial at limiting the effect of daily stressors

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Scientists develop new tool to help determine if epidemic is natural or man-made 

The assessment tool called called GFT (mGFT) contains 11 criteria for determining if an outbreak is of unnatural origin

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This residents' forum from Bengaluru is providing groceries for free to the migrant workers

Rajarajeshwari Nagar Residents Forum has been providing groceries to 5,000 migrant workers families and helping them with masks, sanitisers

Vippin's work reflects real life through observed sketches

This Kannur-born artist sketches moments from daily life through his realistic paintings

Vippin KP speaks about finding inspiration in everyday life and using his own experiences to add more colour into the world. The artist shares his work through Instagram on the handle Sketchplore
 

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Battling COVID-19: LPU's suraksha 'Kawach' vibrates, glows if someone steps into user's 1-metre safe space

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended a minimum of one-metre distance between oneself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing

This quarantine period could be hard for everyone

COVID-19: Here's how you can help friends who are stressed out during these uncertain times

The findings, published in a virtual special issue of the Journal of Communication, suggests that your comforting words can have different effects based on how you phrase them

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Language, Cultural Centres in WB shift events, classes to digital platform due to COVID-19 outbreak

Shifting to the digital mode in the present situation, Alliance Franaise du Bengale, a cultural centre and a French language training institute, will organise two online demo classes of French languag

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Jadavpur University teachers to donate one day's salary to CM's relief fund

Teachers will be sent a consent form where they can mention how much they each want to contribute and that sum will be deducted from their salary

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COVID-19: IIT Delhi extends last date for admission to PG and PhD programmes till April 20

A lot of exams, projects and events have been postponed in light of the COVID-19 breakout, IIT Delhi is also following suit 

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Stay stylish with these Sambalpuri masks by the Beat Corona Campaign

Odisha-born Samit Kar had quit his job in the year 2016 and came to Bhubaneswar in the year 2018, from Gurugram. He has worked with several corporate companies, after which, he started Graphic Sutra 

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This NIFT dropout joined Insta to attract students. Here's why her art classes are unique

She has also been a photo stylist, a textile lampshade designer and has done commissioned paintings and sculptures for collectors. Recently, renowned designer Shilpa Reddy attended her workshop too 

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This Noida woman is cooking and handing out meals to security guards who are working 36 hours shifts

A management professional, Nikhat Khan provides hygienic food and groceries to people in need, while ensuring that she follows social distancing

Samantha currently holds a record of 402 seconds

How Samantha D'Souza became the fastest female drag racer in India

Having set the record among men and women nationally, this drag racer  from Maharashtra is all set to conquer a number of other obstacles 

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Battling COVID-19: Here's how you can help workers through Zomato's 'Feed the Daily Wager' initiative

Zomato Feeding India has initiated ‘Feed the Daily Wager’ to ensure that fewer people sleep hungry during this period of lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak

The family is procuring money through crowdfunding to feed stray dogs during the lockdown

How this Gurgaon family that feeds thousands of stray dogs is powering through during the lockdown 

This organisation in Gurgaon raises money from the public to buy food to feed stray cats and dogs in the area since the Coronavirus lockdown 

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Angelina Jolie does her bit to feed underprivileged kids

She has given $1 million to the charity No Kid Hungry, which says it has so far spread $2 million across 30 states to feed low-income children and their families

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White House is fast-tracking COVID-19 vaccine development: Here's how

Despite the speedier process, the likely timeline of vaccine delivery is still being pegged at 12-18 months

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With NTA about to postpone NEET, will students get time to prepare during COVID-19 lockdown

The National Testing Agency, on Thursday announced that it will not release the NEET admit cards on March 27

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Bored during lockdown? This group will send you Science audio clips over WhatsApp everyday

Mango Education initiated Mango Science Radio in the wake of lockdown such that people can listen to Science stories and share a bit of knowledge to their friends and folks

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Meet Chris Parsons, the UK lawyer who cycled from Srinagar to Kanyakumari to help widows and kids in India 

The Loomba Foundation's global mission has always been to eradicate discrimination against widows and help their children along the way too. This is just one of their initiatives and Chris helped out

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Can robots help combat the COVID-19 pandemic? Researchers find out

According to the study, robots can be used for clinical care such as telemedicine and decontamination; logistics such as delivery and handling of contaminated waste

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Tamil Nadu Governor donates one month salary for Corona relief

State Government is taking a lot of preventive measures and making elaborate arrangements to overcome the prevailing critical situation of COVID'19 pandemic

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Kara Seva's 'Bottle Brick' room in government school to reduce plastic pollution

The innovative bricks are easy to use and build and could lead to the creation of new jobs for women and youth in rural areas

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Audible offers free content for all ages including books for teens amidst the global lockdown

This free service is available to anyone worldwide. Simply visit stories.audible.com, choose a title, and start listening!

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IIT Gandhinagar launches 'Project Isaac' to engage students in critical thinking during Corona lockdown

The project is inspired by Sir Isaac Newton, who 350 years ago was similarly sent home by Trinity College, Cambridge, because of the Great Plague of London in 1665

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NIIT develops actionable roadmaps, toolkits to help learning and development organisations minimise COVID-19 impact

These actionable plans and roadmaps have been designed to help L&D organisations take control and minimise disruption

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Want to know how many cases a place has in real time? This tracker by Hyderabad engineering students can help

The tracker allows you to move the cursor to any part of the map and one can find out the number of cases and deaths in the area

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Railway units now preparing sanitisers and medical equipment to meet demand

In view of the Prime Ministe's special address on COVID-19 and his announcement of a three-week countrywide lockdown, the railways has suspended passenger trains until April 14

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Meet the team of IIT Guwahati students, researchers who are developing a COVID-19 vaccine

The lab at IIT Guwahati is exploring the possibilities round cloning the immunogenic proteins of SARS-CoV-2 to be used in diagnostics and possible vaccine candidates, the institute said

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How these Kerala youngsters are ensuring that the Attappadi's tribal folk are safe from COVID-19

Home to 192 hamlets and various tribal groups, around 400 volunteers are spreading awareness in Attappadi

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Appreciate lockdown, but require more aggressive measures to combat COVID-19: WHO

A Bloomberg report quoted Ghebreyesus suggesting several measures that countries need to adopt in order to check the disease

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COVID-19: Jaipur hospital uses robot to serve patients, could reduce need of medical staff in isolation wards

Once the robot comes in service, it can deliver food and other small things as required by patients, thereby reducing the rounds of medical staff they need to make in isolation wards

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International team finds almost 70 drugs that could potentially be used to treat COVID-19

Around 332 human proteins were found to interact with the SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins, the researchers, including Advait Subramanian, Srivats Venkataramanan, and Jyoti Batra, all from UCSF, said

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Hundreds of research scholars working at chem, bio labs across India want to help test COVID-19. But the govt isn't letting them

Hundreds of researchers from Pune, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Varanasi, Kolkata, Mohali and even tier-II and tier-III cities are willing to contribute as volunteers in any way possible

Previously, their handwash videos had gone viral

COVID-19: After handwashing techniques, Kerala Police's latest video teaches Yoga

The video has been shot in the sprawling lawns of the State Police headquarters in the state capital city and is available on the YouTube channel of the Kerala Police

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Meet the start-up, students who will spray disenfectant from 300 drones across TN to combat COVID-19

The Garuda Aerospace and student engineers from Agni College of Technology have come with an innovative strategy to utilise the drone technology to combat the spread of COVID-19

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Don't want money, we want protective equipment: Doctors react to CM's offer of a month's salary as COVID-19 bonus

Some PG students have already been exposed and are in quarantine, they want to help but they also want to know if they'll come out of this alive. So now, the question is will they get PPEs in time?

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Lockdown tales: Police 'rescue' 16 youngsters while walking home from UP to Bihar

The youths reached the Kuchman railway station when Superintendent of Police Hemant Kutiyal came to know and he rescued them

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It's corona times: This UP couple did a virtual 'I do'

Through video conferencing, the cleric Maulana Tahir solemnised the 'nikaah' and the respective families held mini-celebrations in their homes

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NBT offers free download of books to encourage reading during Coronavirus lockdown

As part of the #StayHomeIndiaWithBooks initiative, over 100 books are available for download from the NBT website, an autonomous body under the HRD Ministry

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I clapped for myself on Janata Curfew: Why this Glasgow student quarantined herself in a Kolkata flat

Pritha Sen, hailing from Kolkata, currently, a student at the University of Glasgow takes us through her journey from the airports to being self-quarantined at home. She explains why it is important

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KONE Elevator India and Chitkara University offer course on vertical transportation

The three-year Diploma in Vertical Transportation teaches students the basic skills like manufacturing, installation and maintenance

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202 schools converted into Home Quarantines in Bihar's Munger

Civil Surgeon Dr Purushottam Kumar said that the family members of the suspected patients, in case of admission in the Home-Quarantines

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Zomato, Swiggy still there but no food to order, delivery executives stopped by local authorities

There was nothing for millions of food lovers to order as restaurants went 'unserviceable'. Wherever there were food outlets some open, delivery boys were stopped by the local authorities

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Follow PM Modi's lockdown call in letter and spirit, Tamil Nadu Governor tells people

Stressing the need to stay at home to stem the spread of the deadly virus, he also said all essential services will be provided to the people by the state government

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Students of  Classes 1 to 9 will be promoted without exams: TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami

Examinations for these students would be conducted separately and the date would be announced later, said the Chief Minister

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Panjab University issues guidelines for online teaching through Google classroom

They have advised teachers to upload e-lectures (texts/slides/presentations) through Google Classroom and also clear doubts of students

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Kerala Police to conduct 'CODE-VID-19' hackathon to develop IT-enabled system for checking the spread of Coronavirus

A police team led by Cyberdome nodal officer Manoj Abraham will coordinate the online Hackathon competition titled 'CODE-VID-19'

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Jammu Police begin 'We Care' campaign to provide essential goods at people's doorsteps

Locals have welcomed this initiative of police to reduce gathering of people so that social distancing can be accepted by all to prevent the spread of the disease

The translated guidelines could reach more people

Students from IIT Kharagpur upload videos on WHO guidelines in regional languages

Within a day, videos in five different languages were uploaded on social media, and in another two days, the count reached 12

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COVID-19: Pondy govt cancels all exams for classes 1-9, students be given automatic promotion

Goud told PTI that the schools adopting the State Board syllabus are covered by this announcement and it is applicable for all the private schools also

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University of Otago plans to move select courses online

The University is remaining open as it currently has no cases of COVID-19 and there remains no community spread in New Zealand

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COVID-19: Engineering student creates device that glows if user is not maintaining 'social-distance'

The device which can be worn as a pendant comes equipped with a 'hand wash reminder' feature that beeps every 30 minutes to remind the user to wash his/her hands

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Flipkart ceases operations, Amazon stops new orders. Seek cooperation of police, state to ensure safety of delivery executives

Ecommerce giant Amazon said that it has prioritized available fulfilment and logistics capacity to serve products that are currently critical for customers

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India's young techies begin Corona Hackathon to find immediate app solutions to battle COVID-19

Teams were formed online and the hackathon will happen virtually. Chat platform Slack is being used for people to discuss projects and form teams

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YouTube reduces video streaming quality in India

In India, YouTube will temporarily default HD and ultra-HD streaming to SD content at bitrates no higher than 480p on mobile networks

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Learn why this Class XII student from Trivandrum is selling soaps right after school every day

Learning to make soaps at school, Akhilraj SC started selling them to his teachers, a move that was welcomed widely. Now, he's selling them on the streets after school

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Check out Swapped, the second book by this Mumbai 17-year-old 

Neeha Gupta, a Class XII student is out with her second book, titled Swapped. Her first book was out two years back

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COVID-19: Panchayat Raj Teachers' Union members of Telangana donate Rs 16 cr to CM's relief fund

According to CMO, Tandur MLA Sri Pilot Rohit Reddy also donated his one month's salary of Rs 2.50 lakh to the CM's relief fund through a Cheque to the Chief Minister

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Wuhan buses hit the road after a two-month lockdown

The once hardest-hit city in central China's Hubei Province during the COVID-19 outbreak took unprecedented traffic restrictions on January 23

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Lockdown in hostels, students spend time reading, playing 

Institutes have been closed since March 16 over the coronavirus outbreak, and here;s how boarders of hostels of Jadavpur, Presidency and Visva-Bharati universities are spending their time 

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Psychologists to study mental health and social impacts of COVID-19

The psychologists also hope to understand how these changes are related to appropriate changes in health-related behaviour