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Bird population in India sees a dip, but peacocks stands apart with a dramatic rise in population

House sparrow population has gone up in rural areas, although declining in metropolitan cities, according to the State of India's Birds Report 2020

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Another West Bengal university conducts its convocation without the governor's presence

However, the West Bengal Vice-Chancellors' body said that the Cooch Behar varsity VC acted as per the new rules

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45-year-old Osmania University PhD student found dead in hostel room, suicide suspected

The deceased, identified as Narsaiah, was pursuing PhD in the Geography Department of Osmania University

The parents of the boy demanded action against the mall authorities

Hyderabad tribal teen dies under 'suspicious circumstances' after being caught shoplifting

They suspect cardiac arrest could have been the cause of death, but only a post-mortem would reveal the exact reason

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Only one out of eight colleges in KA, KL have got NAAC accreditation. Here's why

According to UGC official, out of 800 colleges in the South Western Region of the University Grants Commission, which includes Karnataka and Kerala, only100 odd institutes have NAAC accreditation

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UMass researchers' device can generate electricity out of thin air. Here's how  

According to Derek Lovely, another co-author of the study from UMass Amherst, the device has significant advantages over other forms of renewable energy including solar and wind

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We condemn this betrayal of Desh Drohi Kashmiri students: How KLE reacted to their students' 'anti-national' slur

The institute refuted media reports that they were trying to get the police to recant their case or go easy on the students, who have now been placed in judicial remand

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Bangalore University to set up Inter-University Yoga centre for all students to rock their asanas

Bangalore University campus will soon have Inter-University Yoga Centre to teach Yoga and Buddha Dhyana Kendra that can occupy 3,000 people. BU has also made yoga compulsory for affiliated colleges

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Hubballi cops release, re-arrest Kashmiri KLE students in sedition case: Protestors fling shoes at them

The police took them to a court on Monday and they were quickly remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. The college has rusticated them and their future appears to be bleak at this point

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Broke and drained, IIT Guwahati whistleblower prof posts public appeal for help to pay legal fees

They have inflicted huge personal, financial and professional damages on me by conspiring against me, Brijesh says  

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Youngsters from Belagavi have made Rajhunsgad a clean spot and it is attracting many tourists. Here's how

The Yuvak Mandals in and around Belagavi have made Rajhunsgad fort a clean and tidy place. Since, then it is attracting many tourists as well as people from neighbouring districts 

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Gujarat college principal who forced girls to strip, suspended

The hostel warden and peon, who were also involved in the incident, were also suspended

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My government is ensuring development happens without harming environment: PM Modi

The Prime Minister also said that India is one of the few countries whose actions are compliant with the Paris Agreement goals

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Here's why college and university teachers in West Bengal are unhappy with Mamata's New Year pay hike

The teachers demanded that the revised pay scales must be implemented effectively and not just notionally from January 1, 2016, as per the UGC recommendation

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100-year-old Mysore University to have 700 CCTV cameras on 739-acre campus

Though some locations of the campus were already under camera surveillance, they were said to be inadequate considering the size of the campus and new facilities that have come up

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'Little Mufflerman' was star attraction at Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony on Sunday

Many people, including party lawmaker Bhagwant Mann, were seen shaking hands with the boy and taking pictures with him as Kejriwal took oath as the national capital's chief minister for the third time

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Three Kashmiri students from Hubbali institution booked for sedition for raising anti-India slogans

The principal came to know about the incident on Saturday when the video went viral on social media after they uploaded its footage to their friends' WhatsApp groups

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Centre for Assistive Tech at National Speech and Hearing Institute to offer internships to engineering graduates

Sensitivity to disability and rehabilitation is an important requirement, an official statement said here on Sunday

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Kerala 'Sahitham' programme to help students harmonise social, emotional skills along with academics

The program was devised as directed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during the Public Education Rejuvenation Mission's review meeting.

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World's first Yoga University outside India to now start postgraduate courses in the USA

The Vivekananda Yoga University (VAYU) has established its initial campus in Los Angeles with a budget of USD 5 million.

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These students organised a PR campaign to raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition

Strike Hunger was organised by students who conducted food drives and flash mobs to bring attention to a number of social issues like hunger and malnutrition

The initiative has introduced a number of programmes for special needs children

This hospital in Kerala treats differently-abled children free of charge

NIMS Spectrum offers special needs children under the age of 18 with a range of specialised programmes and therapeutic care  

DREAM TEAM: The team that worked towards setting up the Railofy app

Railofy offers vacant flight seats for travellers who are stuck on railway waiting lists

Railofy was set up by IIT-B and ISB alumni who wanted to offer commuters guaranteed options when it comes to their travel plans

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DU student claims his family was denied hotel room because they're from Kashmir

The student's family had come down to Delhi from Doda for two days. The hotel had told him allegedly that it cannot accept an ID issued in J&K

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How Parikrama's Sonam Sherpa inspired a generation of Indian rock guitarists

Parikrama was started in 1991 in Delhi by Subir Malik (keyboards), Nitin Malik (vocals), Chintan Kalra (bass), Prashant Bahadur (guitars), Rahul Malhotra and Sherpa

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Understanding singular vs plural: How to use words and phrases 'group', 'number of' and more

Collective nouns such as audience, class, crowd, family, committee, team, panel, and staff can take either singular verbs or plural verbs depending on the context

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Do we need a Class VII exam barrier today? The debate is still on

In what comes as a major relief, Class VII students will not have to write public exams but instead, take up Comprehensive Continuous Evaluation Exams (CCE)

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Canteen fundas: Are you treating yourself well? Then others will too

Pro Tip: If you want to be treated well by others, treat yourself well first. If you want others to treat you with respect and seriousness, start treating yourself like that first

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JNU will not fill vacancies till further notice: Delhi HC on plea against 'illegal' teachers' recruitment

According to the petition, in the advertisement, the selection criteria contained an additional requirement of a PhD in the specialisation concerned, which was done away with subsequently after select

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Valentine's Day: Why this gay Afghan author's love story is the dash of romance you need

Afghan-born author and activist Nemat Sadat talks to us about his debut book 'The Carpet Weaver' and how it is to live as a gay man in Afghanistan

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Why Delhi's Hindu College is worshipping the Virgin Tree on V-Day for the past 70 years

Even though Principal Dr Anju Srivastava had criticised the ritual and said that this should stop as soon as possible, there has been no notice banning the event, said students

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Go Girl Go campaign set to hunt for 'fastest girl in Maharashtra' to represent India in Olympics

The campaign was initiated by Department of Sports and Youth Services of Maharashtra last month during the Khelo India Youth Games 2020

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If your plane flies 2000 feet lower or higher it will help save the climate, says study

The diversion in flight paths caused less than a tenth of a per cent increase in fuel consumption. However, the researchers said the reduced contrail formation more than offset the CO2 released

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This Divyang man from Jharkhand chose education to fight all odds. Here's how he is inspiring others

Defeating all odds with his will power, Deepak completed B Tech from National Institute of Technology, Raipur in 2019

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Kolkata Publishers and Booksellers Guild pays tribute to Vidyasagar with a special calendar

The calendar traces Vidyasagar's life's journey in a chronological order. The calendar curates the photocopy of the petition made by Vidyasagar for the remarriage of Hindu widows

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Don't burden your children: CBSE chairperson's tips before board exams start from February 15

The letter from CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal also asked parents not to burden their children with the pressure of expectations

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As Pondicherry University fee strike intensifies, admin announces convocation  

The students who launched their protests eight days ago have been going steady with their demonstration    

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Bangladesh PM rejects request to allot quota for English-medium students in Engineering University

MP Harunur Rashid asked her whether the government would take steps to stop the "brain drain, especially top students of the English-medium institutions" from going abroad

School children can now enjoy digital versions of their magazines

Digital magazines of over 2000 Kerala schools to be published in School Wiki portal for public view

It is the first time ever in India that digital magazines are made available in a public domain in such a large scale

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Kerala's Sree Sankaracharya University violated reservation norms during admissions, reveals SC/ST cell

After the SC/ST cell's report, the university will now admit a student from the SC/ST category, as an additional candidate

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On Valentine's Day, lovebirds in Patna may exchange 'pyaar ka paudha' in line with a state government initiative

Couples in the capital of Bihar are being encouraged to exchange a sapling instead of roses during this year's Valentine's Day

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Assam to convert government-run Madrasas and Sankrit Tols to high school and higher secondary schools

The Assam government is making the decision citing the reason that they cannot fund the religious institutions any longer

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Narendra Modi to inaugurate Centre for Vedic Sciences at BHU

The Centre has been set up to explore Vedic corpus for knowledge, related to various sciences, and conduct multi-disciplinary research and promote scientific approach into the vision of seers

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No entrepreneur will succeed without financial smarts: ACCA's Helen Brand

Helen Brand, Chief Executive, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants speaks about ACCA's programmes for Indian students and how it helps them in becoming efficient accountants

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Why Aarti V Raman's latest book — The Worst Daughter Ever — is the chick lit you need

Mumbai-based author Aarti V Raman tells us about her latest book - The Worst Daughter Ever - which is a mix of sugar, spice and everything nice! If you love romantic novels, you should check it out

Self-Defense training for students at Adugodi Government School (Pics: Nagaraja Gadekal)

This IPS officer is training students, woman constables in Bengaluru in self-defense. And it's awesome

DCP Isha Pant's mission is to implement programmes that are pro-people and one such programme is the self-defense classes for girls studying in schools and colleges. We speak to her to find out more 

Thamizhachi Thangapandian handing over the petition to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

Fifty days on, MP Thamizhachi Thangapandian asks Pokhriyal to urge IIT Madras to reopen Krishna Gate

During her visit to the campus, she promised the students that she could submit a petition to MHRD regarding their concerns and fulfilled the promise as well by meeting Pokhriyal on February 10  
 

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With climate changes issues, sustainable development is the need of the hour: Kaushik Raju 

Kaushik Raju,Technical Director of Atria Institute of Technology in Bengaluru speaks about his entrepreneurial journey and today's education system where he wants to implements new teaching methods

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No place for free speech? Researchers accuse authorities at IIT Kharagpur of calling off citizenship debate

They said they were given permission to organise the programme at the IIT employees-run staff club within the campus, but later informed that it had been withdrawn for unknown reasons

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Meet the Belagavi man whom 55 HIV positive children fondly call 'appa'

Very few people can think about giving back to society and Mahesh Jadhav is one of those people. We chat with him to trace his journey that led him to start an NGO for HIV positive kids

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This Bengaluru youngster has over a thousand ink pens — and only writes with them!

Do you fancy yourself some fountain pens? Harsh Makkar sure does. We speak to him about his collection of rare fountain pens and how he puts them to good use every day
 

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UoH student bags a package of Rs 43 lakh, highest in the varsity's history

The student who successfully bagged this salary package from Adobe Systems is V Nandini Soni. She talks about opting for Computer Science and participating in the Smart India Hackathon

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Madras University, several Chennai colleges to send students for gaana competition on Int'l Condom Day  

This is the 13th edition of 'International Condom Day' that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is organising but it is the first time, the event is happening in Chennai    

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Why you'll love indie noir film Lorni – The Flaneur, directed by Wanphrang Diengdoh

The movie premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held from November 15 to December 1, 2019, and was the only film from India that competed in the First Feature competition category

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Kitaabshaala in Bhubaneswar is the go-to space for all those who love to read and value silence

All the books at Kitaabshaala have been donated and many of them have been donated by Santwana Sagnika and Rhiti Chatterjee Bose. They are still open to accepting donations in the form of books

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This Yatra in Telangana is taking 120 students to rural areas to understand grassroots innovation!

The three-point objective of  Telangana Innovation Yatra, which will begin on February 19, 2020, is — inspiration, interaction and learn. Lots of fun is in store for participants!   

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Puzzle your way through stress: This Chennai start-up is changing the way grown-ups spend their free time

Chennai-based Untangle founder C Senthilnathan tells us how solving puzzles can be a stress reliever and work as a gym for your brain. Here's how you can also 'untangle' after a tiring day!

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Forget your diary, have you ever heard of a visual journal? Check this out

Manasa Jagiri's concept is to try and get people to open up about what they're going through and use a combination of words and artforms to document that in a visually appealing way

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These students from Hyderabad may have cracked the code to healthy ice cream. Seriously!

The other two competitions that were conducted at TYE (TiE Young Entrepreneurs) challenges were One Minute Elevator Pitch and Maker Faire Prototype. And the boys aced it all in some style

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Love Kuchipudi? Head for one of dancer Srilekhya Karamchati's meetups in Hyderabad

Srilekhya Karamchati was just 11 years old when she gave her first-ever Kuchipudi performance. It was clearly the first of many for the young dancer, whose meetups are now all the rage

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Here's why Amala Akkineni wanted to watch this AISFM student-theatre director's play

Madhur Rawat admits that acting in a play one is directing is difficult and he has at times given away the role when he knows that there is too much on his plate already

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Now, BJP General Secretary asks Kejriwal to make Hanuman Chalisa mandatory in all Delhi schools

Kailash Vijayavargiya's comment came right after Arvind Kejriwal thanked Lord Hanuman for his blessings — many social media users thought it was an empty jibe

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SoCh a great idea: How Anusha Bharadwaj is transforming the lives of Telangana's young women

SoCh For Social Change is reaching out to young women and adolescent girls through their programmes to let them experience life in the social sector and cash in on their yen for it. Interested?

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West Bengal governor irked over not being invited to a varsity convocation 

Dhankhar, who is also the chancellor of the state universities, said he has "no information" about the third convocation programme of the Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University

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IIMC suspends 11 students for hosting talk on affordable education on the wrong date

The talk on affordable education was held on the institute's premises on February 9, the day of its alumni reunion. The authorities said that they had agreed to the talk on a different date

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 Like funky pins? Then check out these enamel pins made by Perpetual Gomes

We are in conversation with Mumbai-based enamel pin-maker Perpetual Gomes who calls herself 'a maker of cute things who turns dreams into reality through her art'. This is her pin-tastic journey!

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Is CMC Vellore, the only institute that stood up against NEET, about to lose the decade-long battle?

With the SC saying that an alternate exam could cause 'lawlessness' and there was no need to go against a properly effective system, the chances for CMC Vellore to win their right to handle their own

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School Principal in UP suspended for making children carry heavy sacks of food grains on a handcart

As the video clip of these students went viral, the Principal had earlier that they took the help of students because the person who operates the cart was not available on that particular day

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This Coimbatore woman is battling a rare bone disease but she's got her own doll-making business

Radhika AJ was diagnosed with a disease similar to brittle bone disease when she was five years old. Though she is restricted from the outdoors, she has found a way to make a living with her art

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School built in Nepal with Indian government's grant of NPR 39.57 million opens it's door for children today

Aiselubhume Secondary School, affiliated to the National Examination Board, Government of Nepal, was established in 1990. The school provides quality education to nearly 637 students

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Pondy varsity Students' Union refutes allegations of 'holding admin hostage, shouting dirty slogans'

The Union is continuing its struggle for the fifth day in a row and is not planning on calling it off any time soon  

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JNUTA writes letter to Delhi Police Commissioner for their inaction towards people who caused violence on campus 

More than 30 students of the university including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh were injured and taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre after a masked mob attacked students and college professors 

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Pondy varsity students continue protest against fee hike for fifth day  

The students say they will continue to protest till there is a proper deduction of the fees and the transportation fee is withdrawn    

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Gargi College students demand Principal's resignation, police investigation into fest incident

The College's cultural fest took a tragic turn on February 6 when drunk men infiltrated the campus, harassed, molested, stalked female students on campus

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JNU gets notice from Delhi High Court after students and teachers file petition over open-book or take-home exams for the monsoon semester

ABVP members staged a demonstration in JNU, demanding an increase in non-NET fellowship, the conduct of entrance exams in two languages, sports quota in admission and other demands 

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25-year-old college lecturer in Wardha set ablaze by a man who was her friend for two years

Ankita Pisudde, the resident of Hinganghat town in Wardha, had been critical after sustaining 35 to 40 per cent "grade III" burns on February 3 when she was set afire allegedly by one Vikesh Nagrale

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Assam to get first anganwadi made of plastic bottles. Here's why it's so cool

Apart from the district administration, UNDP, the state education, social welfare and PWD departments are part of the project

'Walking Postbox' man becomes show-stopper at International Kolkata Book Fair

The presence of postbox man, a person donning giant red cardboard model of a postbox has increased footfall in the stall

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Fee hike was decided democratically. Why are students protesting now, asks PU Vice-Chancellor

Gurmeet Singh says that the students started protesting out of the blue. He was gheraoed by the students on Thursday  

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Rs 42,500 fine slapped for allowing minor to drive in Odisha

The minor hails from Nuapokhari village of Bhandaripokhari block in Bhadrak district

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Here's why marathon runner Barefoot Mallu ran from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 27 hours

Bengaluru-based Aakash Nambiar, 30, a native of Kerala, began his long-distance run along the E11 highway on January 25 from the Abu Dhabi Corniche 

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These ninth graders have an eco way to deal with water crises. Here's how

Are you fed up of seeing plastic waste all around you? We speak to Prajwal Erappa, who, along with his friends, has found the best use of all that plastic — to purify water!

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This Coimbatore-based start-up offers DIY kits to all age groups. Check 'em out!

ActiveDabba is a Coimbatore-based start-up that offers activity kits for all age groups, starting as young as two years old. It includes aero-modelling kits, art and craft kits and is truly amazing

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This portable smartphone lab may diagnose NCoV in a jiffy. Here's how

The small lab delivers the results very fast and can diagnose infectious diseases including coronavirus

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PES's Modern College in Pune cancels Tushar Gandhi's talk after receiving threats from right wing organisations

Tushar Gandhi was invited to deliver an inaugural address at a two-day national seminar 'Revisiting Gandhi', organised to mark Gandhiji's 150th celebrations  in collaboration with SPPU

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JNU VC decides to hold exams via Whatsapp and email, faces backlash from JNU Students' Union

In its statement, the JNUSU attacked the administration and vice chancellor of unilaterally deciding on conducting examinations via WhatsApp and email, in the face of boycott by some students

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Major tech companies like IBM, Adobe have launched programmes to skill youngsters through Skill India Mission: R K Singh, Union Minister 

The Minister said that the Directorate General of Training in collaboration with Adobe has launched a training programme for Digital CV, Graphics, Videos, Web pages

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TN Forest Minister apologises to the tribal boy for making him remove his footwear during forest visit 

The Minister said that he had called the boy who was like his grandson to remove his footwear, and there was no other intention whatsoever. However, the boy's mother filed a police complaint

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School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Shoolini University gets NBA accredition

The School is one among five institutions in the Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, and Punjab region and the only University of Himachal Pradesh with an NBA accredited B

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One year-old baby dies after getting entangled in his pram when he fell down

The incident took place in the Garhi Daulat village in Shamli when parents left their one-year-old son and went on terrace. After returning, they saw the baby lying lifeless

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Great News! Secondary school dropout rates have dropped in 61% of India's states

Data released by the MHRD states that the dropout rate among secondary school students have gone down in 22 States and Union Territories

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Blackout in the Valley: How these Kashmiri students survived six months without internet, calling home

Two young Kashmiri students talk to us about how August 5 had changed things upside down for them and the people around them — and the fear and concern that they felt as they were disconnected from th

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Less than 1% ST, 5% SC teachers get promoted to 'coveted' Professor grade in Central Universities

According to data revealed by the Ministry of Human Resources, the General Category makes up the majority of teachers in all 40 Central Universities  

The country is still far behind in filling up its quota

Half of India's Central Universities still fail to fill SC, ST quotas in 2019, reveals HRD Ministry  

According to the data, out of 40 Central Universities, 19 haven't met the quota that should be allotted to SC, ST students — as many as 17 don't fulfil the OBC quota  
 

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#FeesMustFall: Pondy University students boycott classes after administration fails to rollback fee hike  

The Students' Council previously went on an indefinite hunger strike against the imposed transportation fee and hiked academic fee, the issue has still not seen an end
 

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'Yogi of JNU' Raghavendra Mishra, who claimed to have started Hindu Defence League, arrested for sexual harassment

Raghavendra Mishra was arrested under IPC Section 354 and 323 by the Delhi Police on Wednesday. He has had a colourful couple of years at JNU as he earned the moniker Yogi of JNU

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Meet the University of Queensland researchers who're hustling hard to find a vaccine for Coronavirus

The researchers at the University of Queensland have already started working towards this. The vaccine will probably be ready for human trials in six months, if their plans work out

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Shocking video of TN Forest Minister asking a tribal boy to remove his slippers gets flak online

The Minister asked the to unbuckle his shoes for him as he had to take them off to enter a shrine in the Tiger Reserve

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West Bengal govt to install lockers in state-run schools to lighten school bags

Parimal Bhattacharya, the headmaster of Jadavpur Vidyapith, told PTI that he was yet to receive any official communication in this regard, but the move would be of immense help to the students.