A village in the Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh has gone into a self-imposed lockdown after four Covid-19 related deaths in the area. The 3,500 residents of Hinota Kalan village are avoiding all public rallies and gatherings organized by leaders for the upcoming by-polls in the district on April 17. Moreover, they agitated at the government's Covid-19 management protocols and they decided to shut down all shops over the weekend.
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Karnataka Public Instruction department has decided to not conduct written exams for students from class 1-9. While students from class 1-5 will be promoted directly to the next class, oral examinations will be conducted for the students from grades 6-9 along with an assignment-based approach. The decision was made after analysing the effect of learning and accessibility of online classes to several students citing the pandemic.
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Spicejet released an exclusive aircraft livery on its Boeing 737, esteeming actor Sonu Sood for his relentless social work amidst the unprecedented advent of the coronavirus pandemic. The airlines and Sood's partnership goes long back to the initial months of 2020, both collectively enabling countless abroad-stranded Indians to retreat to their homes safely. Spicejet lauded the actor and unveiled its tribute on Twitter. Relatedly, Sood… read-more
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Around 25 class10 students in Karnataka's Mandya were stripped from their answer sheets mid-exam as the authorities alleged that they paid only 50% tuition fees. Moreover, the authorities allegedly had humiliated the students and drove them out of school premises. Reportedly, Srirangapatna's block education officer has assured of appropriate action over the school. Earlier, Karnataka's High Court had ordered schools to settle with lower fees… read-more
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According to a UNICEF data, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly 247 million children in India as 1.5 million schools were forced to shut down. The data stated only one in four students, enrolled in elementary and secondary schools, had access to digital devices and internet connectivity. It also indicated that nearly six million students alarmingly dropped out even before the COVID-crisis began. The data suggested that approximately 888… read-more
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Hit by the pandemic blues, the national-level archer and gold medal winner from Dhanbad, Mamta Tuddu has resorted to selling pakodas (fritters). The eldest daughter of a retired government-employee, Mamta has been the sole earning member of her family. She returned home in between training amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Besides, Mamta claimed that she did not receive any aid from the authorities. After knowing Mamta's plight, the Dhanbad Archery… read-more
A medical intern's death at the AIIMS-Rishikesh, just 11 days after getting the COVID-19 vaccine shot, has cast doubts on the inoculation drive. Reportedly, the intern had taken the vaccine shot on February 5 after which he developed medical complications. However, AIIMS officials have denied of any vaccination mishap and claimed that the intern had co-morbid illnesses. Meanwhile, a medical practitioner, Dr Satendra Singh, has demanded a… read-more
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In a report, Google Maps has revealed that searches for wine and liquor shops on its platform declined by 11% and 6% respectively in January 2021 in parallel with previous year's data. However, searches for healthy food hiked 46% from December 2020. The search for fast food restaurants fell by 1.5% compared to 20% in January 2020. As an interesting trend, searches for sweets and ice-cream shops have increased in contrast with December 2020.… read-more
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As an endeavour to facilitate public visits to the state's historically relevant prisons, the Maharashtra government will launch its latest jail tourism initiative on January 26. CM Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar will inaugurate the jail tourism drive at Pune's Yerawada Central Jail. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, only 50 visitors will be allowed per day. Reportedly, tickets will be priced from Rs 5 to Rs 50.
Social media giant Facebook, while sharing its annual milestones reported that over 1.4 billion voice and video calls were made through whatsApp on the New Year's Eve (NYE) 2020. Resulting from higher digitalization during pandemic, WhatsApp calls were 50% higher than in NYE 2019. However, WhatsApp had also exceeded the group calling limit from four to eight users. Moreover, the global usage of live broadcasts also surged to 55 million on… read-more
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