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‘Left-wing’ lessons in schools about slavery, racism to blame for protests in US, Trump says

Donald Trump calls school curriculum radical, claims students are taught that US was founded on oppression, not freedom, and that they should feel ashamed of their own history.
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Robot server at Seoul restaurant, UAE okays vaccines for health workers & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Pal in general teaches matchs, but during exams he teaches English and science as well | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Are schools safe to reopen? Norway and Germany offer a clue

Evidence suggests schools reopening hasn’t been the primary cause of flare-ups in Covid-19 cases. Nevertheless, the coming months will bring some challenges.
A Delhi school student studies online via WhatsApp | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Vitamin D deficiency, speech delay, dry eyes — the impact of ‘Covid lifestyle’ on children

Doctors have also been seeing an increase in emergency cases among children, typically because they've swallowed something dangerous like buttons and magnets.
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Schools to reopen this month, but parents remain worried & experts advise caution

Shorter hours, reduced strength, masks & sanitisers will be the norm when schools reopen, according to SOP announced by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
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Children are getting Covid sitting at home, reopening schools can help them & the community

Keeping 250-plus million children away from school is impacting learning severely, and their mingling in school can hasten population or herd immunity.
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Delhi, Haryana want to reopen schools in Aug, Kerala in Sept, most states & UTs yet to decide

States and UTs gave their responses on reopening of schools at a virtual meeting with HRD ministry last week. But no final decision has been taken yet.

MHRD seeks parents’ opinion on when to reopen schools — August, September or October

In a letter to education secretaries of all states, HRD ministry has also sought parents' feedback on the measures they expect in schools when they reopen.
Rajat Bansal | Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

‘Seekh’ mitras to Amcho Radio — How children of Bastar are learning with schools shut

The district magistrate of Bastar in Chattisgarh writes how UNICEF, volunteers, and loud speakers came together to educate the children in the tribal district during Covid crisis.
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Children as likely to spread Covid as adults, says new study, adding to confusion

Geneva-based researchers analysed viral shedding in symptomatic children & found that they have similar viral loads & shedding to adults.

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File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
File image of the Life Insurance Corporation of India headquarters in Chennai | Wikimedia Commons

Modi govt to seek cabinet approval to sell 25% stake in LIC in tranches

Mumbai: India is planning to seek cabinet’s approval to sell 25% stake in the nation’s largest life insurer, people with knowledge of the matter said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks resources to plug a widening budget gap. The government plans to amend the act of parliament under which the state-run Life Insurance Corp. of India was set up to prepare for the sale, the people said, asking not to be identified as the discussions were private. The timing of the insurer’s initial public offering will be depend on market conditions, and the sale is likely to be done in tranches, they added. A finance ministry spokesman was not immediately available for a comment. A stake sale in LIC through a public offering of shares will help the government bolster its finances after the coronavirus pandemic stalled growth and threatens the fiscal deficit target of 3.5% of gross domestic product set for the year ending March 2021. The administration has raised...

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.