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Enroll your children for music lessons, that’s the best investment for them

Parents should not only put kids in music classes because it could help boost cognitive functions, but because it's also an activity that, even when very demanding, will provide joy.
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Google launches new ‘hum to search’ feature to help you identify that song stuck in your head

Users can tap the mic icon on the Google app and ask, “What's this song?” and hum it for the software to suggest potential song matches. This is also available on Google Assistant.
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Trump, who avoided Vietnam draft, is ‘Fortunate Son’, but his song choices aren’t winning fans

Music bands aren't too thrilled their songs are being played at Trump's rallies. The latest is Credence Clearwater Revival.
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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
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Facebook set to get legal rights to show music videos

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Thursday said the company is trying to expand into video features where creators can build a 'community' of fans or supporters.

World’s first socially distanced concert is being planned in Arkansas, US — Here’s how

With 'fan pods' that limit audience members, a six-feet apart rule and prepackaged beer, Travis McCready's concert on 15 May could show us how live gigs can return.
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I Gotta Wash My Hands: World turning to The Beatles in Covid crisis, 50 yrs after it broke up

Beatles’ songs are being sung by those in lockdown from their windows and being played for those coming out of hospitals. It’s a band that never dies.
A still from Masakali 2.0 | YouTube | T-Series

One hour of Arnab shouting on Republic TV is better than one minute of Masakali remix 

Masakali 2.0, which is categorised as a song and not a biohazard, got red flagged by A.R. Rahman who had composed the original song in Delhi 6.
Seven-year-old piano prodigy Stelios Kerasidis | YouTube screengrab

7-yr-old Greek piano prodigy has composed an ‘isolation waltz’ and the world is loving it

Stelios Kerasidis dedicated his waltz to those under quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic and his video has garnered over 2 lakh views.
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Kumar Gandharva, the musical prodigy inspired by his battle with tuberculosis & Kabir

On the 96th birth anniversary of Kumar Gadharva, a glimpse into the life of one of the most revered Hindustani classical singers who was unafraid of breaking tradition.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.