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Representational image | File photo of a woman receiving a Covid vaccine in London | Bloomberg

Covid-19: Thailand opens for vaccinated tourists, island nation Tonga locks down after 1st case

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.
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‘My daughter’s studies can wait’: Covid pushes girl child out of school as family incomes drop

Education ministry data shows 35 lakh children are currently out of school, which includes those who dropped out during the pandemic.
Jayalakshmi at her tiny nuts and bolts manufacturing unit in Hyderabad’s Kushaiguda neighbourhood | Photo: Rishika Sadam/ThePrint

‘Where’s Atmanirbhar package?’ — Telangana MSMEs struggle to pay wages, rent for 1-room business

Increasing raw material prices, plummeting demand, delayed payments and high labour charges are posing several hurdles to MSMEs in Telangana.
A handloom unit at Bengaluru’s Bhuvaneshwari Nagar | Photo: Anusha Ravi Sood/ThePrint

Small units pack up, weavers prefer to be guards: How Covid ruined Karnataka garment industry

Handloom weaving, among smallest components of textile MSMEs, took a massive hit due to the lockdowns, which saw consumer demand plummet, crippling garment industry as a whole.

Dialysis, rent, EMI — cash-strapped after Covid, Indians are pawning gold to make ends meet

In the first half of 2020, personal loans extended by banks against gold jewellery stood at Rs 1.9 lakh crore, which grew to 3.54 lakh crore in the first half of 2021.
Children spend their days playing or helping their parents while schools in Hardoi remain shut | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Nobody knows the fate of our ‘out-of-school’ children. Enrolment data is insufficient

Enrolment data is no longer a strong enough indicator to measure drop-out rates; attendance data must be closely monitored as well.
Representational image. | A school in New Delhi. | Photo: ANI

Include past years in student assessment, recover learning loss: Teachers in Premji Univ. study

Study is based on responses of 363 primary school teachers across 5 states, and aimed to find ways to integrate students back into the classroom as schools start opening.
Representational Image | Students wearing masks in a classroom | Photo: ANI

School lockdowns in India have robbed a generation of upward mobility

India's edtech market is thriving but millions of children still don't have access to online education. Physical classes must resume or else learning gaps may become impossible to reverse.
File photo of Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan | Twitter | @vijayanpinarayi

Kerala to enforce night curfew from 30 August to prevent spread of Covid

A review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided to impose night curfew from 10 PM to 6 AM, as new Covid cases crossed the 30,000 mark in the state Saturday.

Threat, fear were most common police tools during Covid lockdown, study finds

Forty-nine per cent police personnel said they frequently used force against migrant labourers, Lokniti-CSDS-Common Cause survey in 19 cities finds.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.