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Children of migrant labourers in Odisha face an uncertain future -Satyasundar Barik

-The Hindu COVID-19 forced many to discontinue studies and join their labouring parents. BHUBANESWAR: Unlike his three siblings, Arjun Naik, 11, had never stayed in a dingy room near a brick kiln along with his parents. All these years, he was a student at a residential school run by the Odisha government. His classmate, Somu Naik, was put up in such accommodation for months. It was not a pleasant experience. Almost a year...

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Amid online classes, schools devise digital detox routine -Tanu Kulkarni

-The Hindu Bengaluru schools are working with teachers and parents to help students overcome screen fatigue The ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic has not only upended the way we socialise or interact with each other, but has also altered the learning patterns of lakhs of students with online classes becoming the norm. For the last nine months, students in private schools have been glued to their screens for hours on end where otherwise they would...

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India’s Pandemic generation: 375 million children will suffer poor health, educational losses, says Centre for Science and Environment study

-The Hindu The Pandemic also has its hidden victims — over 500 million children forced out of school globally and India accounted for more than half of them. The country is all set to usher in a ‘Pandemic generation’, with 375 million children (from newborns to 14-year-olds) likely to suffer long-lasting impacts, ranging from being underweight, stunting and increased child mortality, to losses in education and work productivity, according to the State...

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77% customers in India postponed decision to buy vehicle due to COVID-19: Survey A majority of respondents opted for nationalised banks as the preferred financing option for purchasing a vehicle, the survey by CarWale revealed. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 Pandemic, online platforms have emerged as a preferred marketplace to buy vehicles digitally, according to a survey by auto research platform CarWale. The survey found that 60% of its respondents showed a willingness to buy their vehicle online,  with good deals and convenience...

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Government withdraws order on online science meetings -Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu The restrictions would have made it impossible for many scientists to participate in online conferences. After a backlash from scientists, the government has withdrawn a controversial order that required scientists and researchers, among others, participating in online, international scientific seminars and conferences, to get prior clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). “In view of the easing of restrictions on travel and assembly of people guidelines issued regarding political clearance...

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