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Data | Students turn to private coaching during the pandemic

Data | Students turn to private coaching during the pandemic

In all the States except Kerala, the proportion of children opting for private coaching increased in 2021 compared to 2018 Nearly 40% of school students enrolled in private tuitions to supplement their education in 2021, according to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). This is significantly higher than the levels recorded in 2020. Also, between 2018 and 2021, students ...

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Mini Schools in the light of a new learning scheme

Mini Schools in the light of a new learning scheme

During the pandemic months when institutions were shut, Asha teachers ran this initiative on terraces. Will they get to be volunteer-teachers in the template offered by the government? “Illam Thedi Kalvi” scheme has parallels with “Mini Schools”. When schools were shut down, the latter were being run by a voluntary organisation to fill gaps in learning resulting from children’s long ...

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Data | An unusually wet October fills up reservoirs in Kerala

Data | An unusually wet October fills up reservoirs in Kerala

In 10 of the 14 districts, rainfall received in October was twice the Long Period Average In the first 20 days of October 2021, every district in Kerala received more than 250mm of rainfall. In 10 of the 14 districts, rainfall received in October was twice the Long Period Average (LPA). As rainfall increased, water inflow to reservoirs also increased ...

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Gates Foundation working with Centre to eliminate elephantiasis through triple drug therapy

Gates Foundation working with Centre to eliminate elephantiasis through triple drug therapy

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working with the Indian government to accelerate elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF), commonly known as elephantiasis, through the nationwide roll-out of a triple drug therapy, said Dr. Helen Jamet, foundation’s deputy director, vector control, malaria. In an e-mail interaction with The Hindu, on the eve of World Mosquito Day, Dr. Jamet said the primary ...

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‘China wants global public opinion confused about India’

Indian negotiators have an edge with flexible diplomacy, says former Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale The Chinese hide behind diplomatic walls to deploy an array of tools not available to democracies, said former Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Wednesday, remarking that the flexibility displayed by Indian negotiators can accord them an edge over their Chinese counterparts reluctant to engage with informal ...

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Maharashtra’s active cases rise again, exceed 64,000

Maharashtra’s active cases rise again, exceed 64,000

Maharashtra’s cases outweighed its recoveries for the third consecutive day on Sunday, with a mere 3,710 patients being discharged as against 4,797 new COVID-19 cases. The active case tally has risen to 64,219. As many as 130 deaths pushed the State’s cumulative fatalities to 1,35,039. The case fatality rate stands at 2.11%. The total cases have reached 63,92,660 while its ...

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W.B. removes HS council head for ‘communal profiling’

W.B. removes HS council head for ‘communal profiling’

A few weeks after a row erupted over alleged communal profiling of a higher secondary topper, the West Bengal government on Friday removed Mahua Das, the president of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE). Chiranjeev Bhattacharya, Pro Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University, has been appointed as the new president of the WBCHSE. While announcing the results of ...

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Robust recoveries bring Maharashtra’s active COVID-19 cases down to 66,000

Robust recoveries bring Maharashtra’s active COVID-19 cases down to 66,000

Pune, Sangli, Ahmednagar remain hotspots; State reports 137 deaths; 239 new cases in Mumbai Maharashtra reported a robust 7,720 recoveries on Tuesday as against 5,609 new COVID-19 cases which saw the State’s active case tally dip further to 66,123. The death toll, however, rose sharply with 137 fatalities pushing the State’s cumulative deaths to 1,34,201. The case fatality rate stands ...

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