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Don’t disseminate unverified news capable of causing panic: SC to Media
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Policy Indications
April 01, 2020 Wednesday 05:07:38 IST

Don’t disseminate unverified news capable of causing panic: SC to Media

The Supreme Court of India has directed the Media, including print, electronic and social media, to maintain a strong sense of responsibility and ensure that unverified news capable of causing panic is not disseminated. The apex court has noted that the migration of a large number of labourers working in the cities was triggered by panic created by fake news that the lockdown would continue for more than three months. The Court observed that it was not possible for it to overlook the menace of fake news by electronic, print or social media because the panic-driven migration has caused untold suffering to those who acted on such news, causing some to lose their lives.The Court has said in the order that it does not intend to interfere with the free discussion a

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Policy Indications
March 31, 2020 Tuesday 09:11:10 IST
China's control measures may have prevented 700,000 COVID-19 cases

China's control measures may have prevented 700,000 COVID-19 cases

China's control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic may have delayed the spread of the virus to cities outside of Wuhan by several days and, by interrupting transmission nationwide, prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country, according to an international team of researchers. The findings has been pub

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Policy Indications
March 31, 2020 Tuesday 05:00:00 IST
Office of Principal Scientific Adviser issues manual on homemade masks

Office of Principal Scientific Adviser issues manual on homemade masks

The Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India has issued a detailed manual on homemade masks : “Masks for Curbing the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus”. Quoting the World Health Organization , the manual states that “Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alco

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Policy Indications
March 31, 2020 Tuesday 04:56:53 IST
Apprentices will continue to get their full stipend during COVID-19 Lockdown

Apprentices will continue to get their full stipend during COVID-19 Lockdown

As a part of the Government’s commitment to fight the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and fully support the public, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today notified all the establishments under designated and optional trade to pay a full stipend to apprentices engaged with them. Additionally, reimb

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Policy Indications
March 30, 2020 Monday 03:00:46 IST
Lessons from the Spanish flu: Early restrictions lowered disease, mortality rate

Lessons from the Spanish flu: Early restrictions lowered disease, mortality rate

Stefan E. Pambuccian, MD, a Loyola Medicine cytologist, surgical pathologist and professor and vice chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has reviewed published data and research from three papers dating back to the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic, which infected

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International Edu News
April 03, 2020 Friday 01:43:15 IST
New research on COVID-19's impact on youth mental health

New research on COVID-19's impact on youth mental health

A new research survey has been launched from experts at the University of Oxford to track children and young people’s mental health throughout the COVID-19 crisis to identify what advice, support and help can actually protect their mental health.Professor Cathy Creswell, Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford,

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International Edu News
April 03, 2020 Friday 01:36:38 IST
Oxford University launches world’s first COVID-19 government response tracker

Oxford University launches world’s first COVID-19 government response tracker

The first-ever tool to track and compare policy responses of governments tackling the coronavirus outbreak around the world has been launched by the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government last week. The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker is available online at www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/covidtracker; it is freely available and will

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Science Innovations
April 03, 2020 Friday 06:17:51 IST
University of Pittsburgh Covid-19 Vaccine Undergoes Animal Trials Successfully

University of Pittsburgh Covid-19 Vaccine Undergoes Animal Trials Successfully

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have announced the development of a potential vaccine agaisnt SARS-CoV 2, the new coronavirus that is causing the pandemic. It was tested in mice through a fingertip-sized patch. The results were promising as it produced antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 thought to be sufficient for neutraliz

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Science Innovations
April 03, 2020 Friday 10:09:17 IST
Covid-19 -Tracing the Route Map of the Clever Spiky Protein

Covid-19 -Tracing the Route Map of the Clever Spiky Protein

SREEKUMAR RAGHAVAN The Kerala Model of Public Health that was effective in containing the Nipah virus and now the Covid-19 followed a Route Map tracing procedure to identify and isolate potential people affected by the virus. Once a patient was identified, the most important step apart from isolating him or her was 'contact tracing'-find

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Education Information
April 01, 2020 Wednesday 05:12:57 IST
National Testing Agency postpones Joint Entrance Examination (Main) April-2020

National Testing Agency postpones Joint Entrance Examination (Main) April-2020

In continuation of PUBLIC NOTICE dated 18.03.2020 issued by the National Testing Agency regarding postponement of the ensuing JEE (Main) April 2020 examinations scheduled on the 5th, 7th to 9th and 11th April 2020, NTA has further notified that as of now the examination is proposed to be held in the last week of May 2020. Exact date will be announc

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Education Information
April 01, 2020 Wednesday 05:04:26 IST
TIFR initiative to spread awareness on Covid-19

TIFR initiative to spread awareness on Covid-19

To dispel the myths and provide a basic scientific understanding of the public health measure behind the pandemic, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) comes out with a package of engaging and illuminating communication materials. Researchers have created a set of multi-lingual resources (youtube videos) in explaining why social distancing

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Round Table March 17, 2020 Tuesday 11:17:12 IST
Vacations - Time to Reboot

Vacations - Time to Reboot

The dreary drill of daily life, wares down everyone, regardless of what gender or age they are. The young and old crave that ultimate break from the mechanical monotony, and get a chance to replenish and re-energize their spirits. Everyone likes a good vacation. There is a popular phrase, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Child