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10 Andaman tribals test positive for COVID-19 in a population of 50 August 29, 2020 13:07

The tribal population in this place in Andaman has just a little over 50 people of which 10 are tested positive. Despite the routine checks to all the visitors to the island are in place, 10 dwellers of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago test positive for the coronavirus as the pandemic continues to affect almost all regions of the country. There are only 59 residents at present on the strait island in the Andaman and Nicobar region. A team of health care workers has already sailed to the island to carry out the COVID-19 tests after 6 members of the tribe who had traveled to the region’s capital Port Blair for work have tested positive for the virus. Surprisingly, the samples showed that four members of the tribe who had tested positive for the virus had never left the island even once. Dr. Avijit Roy who is the regional senior health director said that the virus had reached the island even though the COVID-19 tests were being carried out on every person traveling to any of the 38 inhabited islands. He said that over the last few months, every person who has been traveling to these islands particularly to the restricted areas had been tested but it seems that someone carrying the virus has gone undetected. As of Thursday, India has reported a record daily tally of 75,760 new coronavirus cases taking the total to 3.1 million. There were almost 1023 deaths reported in the span of 24 hours taking the country’s death toll to 60,472. COVID-19 has affected 2,985 people in Andaman and Nicobar islands out of which 2309 people have recovered from the virus. The island has recorded a total of 41 deaths as of now. The four tribal people who tested positive for the virus were aged between 26 and 55 years and all of them have been admitted to hospital for treatment. By Gayatri Yellayi

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All Motor Vehicle Documents will be valid until December 31: What it means? August 24, 2020 19:45

Driving licenses, permits, and vehicle registrations which are soon to expire will be valid till the end of this year. The Central government on Monday extended the validity of various motor vehicle documents like driving license, permits, and vehicle registration till December 31, 2020, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. The ministry of road transport and highways said that it has decided to extend the validity of fitness, permits, licenses and registrations, and other documents related to vehicles under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle rules, 1989 till the end of this year. The ministry had earlier issued two advisories on March 30 and the other one on June 9 regarding the extension of the validity of these documents till June 30 and September 30 respectively. The first advisory was issued during the lockdown period in the country in March which extended the validity of those documents which had expired after February 1 and has been extended till June 30, 2020. The extensions mean that all motor vehicle documents like licenses, permits, vehicle registrations and insurances that expired between February 1 and December 31 will be valid till December 31 this year. The ministry said in a press release that due to the conditions prevailing in the country and in order to curb the spread of novel coronavirus across the country, it has further revised the validity of all the motor vehicle documents whose validity could not be extended due to the lockdown conditions in India. Any of the vehicle documents that have been expired after February 1st this year will remain valid till the end of this year and it is not mandatory to get the documents renewed before December 31. All the enforcement authorities across the country will treat all the vehicle documents as valid in every state in the country. This step by the ministry of road transport and highways will help the commuters and citizens in availing all the transport related services across the country. The ministry also urged all states and Union Territories to implement the letter in the spirit so that citizens, transporters and various other organizations which are operating in these difficult times may not face any difficulties while commuting. The citizens of India are soon going to receive the guidelines of Unlock 4.0 by the end of this month from the central government and it is unclear if the metro services, schools, colleges and cinema theatres would be reopened or not. By Gayatri Yellayi

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North Koreans ordered to hand over pet dogs for meat amid food shortages August 19, 2020 18:34

Dog meat is considered a delicacy in North Korea and parts of South Korea. However, a traumatic order comes from Kim Jong-un that pet dogs must be handed over at meat shops amid food crisis. Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader has been running dictatorship for long and is issuing bizarre orders to people. As the food crisis seems dominant in the country, he has issued another unprecedented order. Pet dogs are treated as family members in the households but Kim Jong-un seems insensitive towards emotions. He had ordered people to give away their pet dogs at meat shops so that they can be turned into meat for restaurants. North Korea is currently facing a food supply crisis. According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, this bizarre move by the North Korean leader is supposed to be aimed at quelling the rising discontent among people as the economic condition in the country is crumbling and food shortage has become a worry. Kim Jong-un also seems to be playing to the emotions of ordinary and poor people as the latter own pigs and other forms of livestock while only the elite class owns dogs and other domesticated pets. In July, he banned the ownership of pet dogs by the higher class people saying it is a tainted trend of bourgeois ideology. As per reports, the government officials are identifying the households with pet dogs and are forcing them to denounce their pets. Some of the dogs are being sent to the state-run zoo’s and others being sold out to restaurants. Though pet owners are cursing Kim John-un behind his back as they have very little to do on his decision. Dog meat is considered a delicacy and an appetizing dish, however, the trend is gradually decreasing in Korea. But, it is not a dead tradition and continues to survive sporadically. Almost 1 million dogs are reared on farms to be consumed every year in South Korea. A recent report from the UN stated that as much as 60% of North Korea which is estimated that 25.5 million people are facing widespread food shortages and have been worsened after the International sanctions imposed on the regime for its nuclear missile programs. Moreover, flooding due to heavy rains in North Korea has caused severe damage to the paddy crops and the coronavirus pandemic has caused the food supply to suffer. China too has a similar food shortage problem and the Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua recently asked the governors of each province in the country to make sure that the crop yield is not lowered this year or they would be severely punished. By Gayatri Yellayi

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Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine trials to start in Mumbai: All you need to know August 18, 2020 20:09

Oxford’s COVISHIELD vaccine’s phase 2 and 3 trials will begin in Mumbai’s King George hospital by the end of August. The King Edward memorial hospital in Parel, Mumbai will soon start the phase 2 and 3 of human trials of the Oxford’s and AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Covishield. India is among the handful of the countries where human trials for this vaccine are being carried out outside of the UK. Dr. Hemant Deshmukh, dean of the King George hospital spoke to India Today and said that the trials would begin by the end of August. Covishield has bagged the world’s attention after it showed promising results in the phase 1 human trials conducted in the United Kingdom. In a latest development, ICMR has granted approval to Mumbai’s King George Memorial hospital to conduct phase 2 and 3 trials of the Oxford University’s coronavirus vaccine. As per latest reports, the Mumbai’s hospital has already started enrolling volunteers for the trial process. Here are some of the details of the Phase 2 and 3 trials to be conducted in Mumbai: How many people will participate in the trials? According to King Edward hospital, a total of 160 healthy people from Mumbai will take part in the phase 2 and 3 trials of COVISHIELD. Who all are eligible for the trials? Dr. Hemant Deshmukh said that anyone above 18 years of age with no ailments or any persistent diseases are eligible to volunteer for the trials. Can the COVID-19 positive patients participate? The hospital rules state that the person participating in the human trials should not have been exposed to COVID-19. Moreover, the hospital staff will be carrying out the RT-PCR test on all participants to ensure none of them are infected with the virus. Can recovered patients participate? As the recovered people will already develop the antibodies in their immune system they will not be allowed to participate in the human trials of phase 2 and phase 3. How will the trials be conducted? The trials will be carried out on an outpatient basis which means the participants need not get admitted to the hospital. An intramuscular injection will be given and the participants may suffer with mild fever after getting the injection shots. How can people opt for trials? The King George Memorial hospital staff has already been receiving calls of participants willing to take the shots and the hospital has given two dedicated numbers- 24133767 and 24174420 for people who want to enquire on their eligibility for the trials. The phase 2 and 3 of the Oxford’s vaccine will be carried out at 10 centers in India for which 1600 people will be roped in to participate. By Gayatri Yellayi

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CBSE to hold Compartment exams for classes 10, 12 in September August 14, 2020 15:03

CBSE has declared the final exam results for class 10 and 12 in July this year. The students have been evaluated by their scores in the pre-final and internal examinations. CBSE holds compartment exams every year for class 10 and 12 students after result declaration every year. The board will give a chance to those students who were not able to pass in the final examinations to reappear in these compartment exams as no student would wish to repeat the same class in the next academic year. In general, a candidate who has appeared in the mains exam and has scored below the level marks will be automatically placed in the compartment list by the CBSE board. The candidate can appear for the compartment exam in July the same year of result declaration or second chance would be given in March/April next year and a third chance in July of next year. This year CBSE will be issuing two circulars for appearing in the compartment exams. CBSE board on Thursday said that compartment or improvement examinations are proposed to be conducted in September 2020 for the candidates who have got their results in July 2020. Two circulars will be issued by the board- one for regular candidates appearing through schools and the other candidates applying privately through CBSE website. The CBSE said that for class 12 regular students who appeared in February/March 2020 through schools affiliated to the board and have been placed in the compartment list are eligible to apply only for one subject which was placed in the compartment. Meanwhile, for Class 10 regular candidates who appeared in February/March through schools affiliated to the board and have been declared as a compartment are eligible to apply in one or more subjects which were placed in the compartment. The normal fee that would be levied by the CBSE board for Class 10 or 12 compartmental examinations is Rs. 300 for the schools in India. For the schools outside India, the fees would be Rs.2000 per subject. The schedule for online submission of fees for class 10 and 12 students is from August 13 5 pm to August 20. Candidates if missed this deadline, can pay late fee of Rs. 2000 in addition to the regular fee for late submissions up to 5 pm on August 22. By Gayatri Yellayi

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Govt Issues Guidelines for Reopening of Gyms and Yoga Centers: What Should You Know? August 04, 2020 19:37

Before you hit your gym once again, make sure you follow these guidelines issued by the government. Gyms and Yoga centers will reopen from August 5. As a part of Unlock 3.0, the ministry of Health and Family welfare on Monday issued guidelines for reopening of gyms and how should they function. It is important to heed to the point that Centre doesn’t recommend people to step out of their houses except for essential needs. Here are the new guidelines you need to follow to make sure you could stay away from contracting COVID-19. All the gymnasiums and yoga centers will remain closed in the containment areas of the country. Only asymptomatic people will be allowed to enter the premises of gyms and yoga institutes. People above 65 years, people with ailments, pregnant women and children below 10 years will not be allowed. Those people either staff or the members not wearing face masks will not be allowed to enter the gyms. Individuals must maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance inside the centers. Everyone must practice hand washing frequently though there is no presence of dirt. Face masks can be removed while performing exercises or doing yoga as the use of masks while exercising can cause breathing difficulty. Spas, steam bath and swimming pools will be closed. The floor area of 4 square meters per person must be planned. Equipment including cardio and strength machines must be placed 6 feet apart to ensure social distancing. If feasible, try to relocate the equipment to outdoor areas. All the surfaces and areas shall be disinfected with using clinically approved disinfectants every now and then. Ensure 6 feet distance between trainer and customers during the training sessions whenever feasible. Ensure to conduct sessions that do not include personal contact between trainer and the client including the set up and the use of equipment. Limit the number of clients per session to ensure adequate distancing. The temperature setting of all air conditioners inside the premises of gyms must be between 24 to 30 degrees Celsius. Relative humidity should be in the range of 40 to 70 percent. Intake of fresh air must be allowed as much as possible and cross ventilation must be enabled. While group classes are also allowed, the gyms and yoga centers must provide online classes whenever possible. A minimum of 15 minutes gap must be ensured between sessions to avoid overlap between members coming and leaving. Restricted number of people must be allowed per class based on size of the room and the nature of the physical activity. Hand sanitizer dispenser should be made available at the entry and exit points and temperature checks must be done before allowing the clients and staff into the interiors. Equipment must be sanitized before and after the session. Before using the equipment, mainly cardio equipment, clean your middle finger with alcohol swab and measure the blood oxygen level using pulse oximeter. If the reading is below 95, the client must not be allowed to exercise. If feasible, separate entry and exit routes must be provided to the clients. Anyone showing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 must be sent to medical care facility as soon as possible. By Gayatri Yellayi

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Street Vendors to Resume Services in Delhi- Here are the Details July 29, 2020 20:15

The order from Delhi government to street vendors comes as a relief as they were worst affected by the coronavirus and the lockdown. The Delhi government on July 27 has allowed street vendors and hawkers to reopen their services between 10 am to 8 pm. The order comes after Delhi has recorded its lowest ever daily coronavirus positive cases with only 613 cases within 24 hours. The order comes as a relief to the street vendors and hawkers who were deeply affected due to the lockdown and coronavirus crisis across the National capital. While street vendors were allowed to open their stalls and markets during Unlock 2.0 itself, many of the vendors did not reopen their businesses due to some confusion. Considering the confusion rose, the Delhi government had specially issued orders to the street vendors to reopen their businesses. However, Unlock 3.0 is just about to start from August 1 which will ease many of the restrictions in the Union Territory. However, street vendors in Delhi can resume their services and earn their bread and butter across all areas in the National capital except the containment zones. This indicates that the street hawkers and vendors can start their services in areas or market places like Chandni Chowk, Sarojini nagar, Janpath and other such areas. As of July 27, the Delhi government has said that the ban on the weekly street bazaars will continue till further notice is issued by the government. So, the relaxations are applied only for permanent street hawkers from today. Moreover, there is no limitation on the number of street vendors can work in a given street. As of now, any number of street vendors can operate in a given area. Yet, the Delhi government has issued some guidelines to the street vendors to follow for the safety of themselves and also for the people who come out to shop. These include, Adequate physical distancing between two street vendors or hawkers in a given area in Delhi. Social distancing is the primary measure to be followed to prevent coronavirus. It is made mandatory for street vendors and hawkers of Delhi to wear face masks as they step out of the house. Every street hawker or vendor must carry a hand sanitizer with him/her and sanitize their hands at regular intervals. If any of the street vendors develop coronavirus symptoms, he must immediately shut down his stall and go into self isolation at home. No spitting will be allowed and fine would be charged by the government if found. By Gayatri Yellayi

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About One-Fourth of Delhi Residents Exposed to Coronavirus Already: Sero Survey July 22, 2020 19:42

If Delhi’s population is around 2 crore, already 47 lakh people have been affected by Coronavirus according to sero survey. About 23.5 % of total samples which were tested to assess the true spread of COVID-19 IN Delhi were found to have antibodies against coronavirus or any past history of infection. Nearly 47lakh people may have been already contracted with the virus, given the population of Delhi is 2 crore. This also implies that 1 in every 4 in Delhi have already had the infection by the first week of July. Till July 10, as per the official cumulative figure, only 109,000 cases were reported which is less than 0.5% of the actual cases. Dr. Sujeet k Singh, Director of National Center for Disease Control, who was the head of the sero survey, said to a press briefing that the efficiency of the testing kit used for the sero survey was 92%. The highest positivity of 27.87% was found in New Delhi district, the lowest, 12.95% was seen in south-west district. In a nut shell, there are 8 out of 11 districts with more than 20% of the population infected. He also said that their team however could not conclusively say that Delhi has crossed the peak of infections. The sero survey was carried out across 21,387 samples and was carried out on all age groups. The Centre has said that the team has carried out multi-stage sample study between June 27 and July 10. The blood samples were collected from the individuals and were tested for antibodies using ELISA approved by Indian Council of Medical Research. According to Government, this sero survey was the biggest study conducted in the country using ELISA testing. As the antibodies appear three weeks after the infection, those who have found positive for antibodies in the survey might have exposed to the virus by mid-June or earlier. This survey also signals that even more number of people could have been affected by the coronavirus till now. Virologist Dr. Shahid has said that Delhi has already seen 3,663 infection deaths so far and the fatality rate in Delhi turned out to be 0.08% which matches the seropositivity rate of 0.73%. Experts from ICMR say that Delhi is among the highest world wide and goes in line with hardest-hit cities like New York and Stockholm. The health ministry on the other hand said that the sero prevalence rate below 25% can be attributed to the proactive efforts towards imposing a lockdown in the state. By Gayatri Yellayi

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100 Covid-19 patients break out of Hospital in Assam, claiming no food and water July 17, 2020 21:14

Around hundred patients broke out of a COVID-19 care Centre in Assam’s Kamrup district. The patients also blocked the National Highway 31. The patients accused the hospital of not providing them with food and water during their stay. . Assam where there were no cases a few weeks back has been struggling to keep up with the pandemic alongside the floods happening in the state. The state of Assam has been fighting the raging floods for the past few days with more than 80 dead because of the floods and damage and now there has been an increase in coronavirus cases in the state of Assam. India just crossed the 1 million mark and Assam stands at 20,646 confirmed cases and more than 600 cases were reported on Thursday which makes it the highest one day hike. In one Hospital in Assam, around 100 patients escaped the hospital claiming that they were not provided with food or water. This incident happened in the Kamrup District in Assam. The patients broke out of the hospital and blocked the National Highway 31. The Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup, Kailash Kartik rushed to the hospital in Changsari as soon as he heard about the break out of patients. He reached the facility along with the police officials. He reached the highway where the patients blocked the roads and asked them to reach to the hospital facility where the further matter can be discussed and hopefully resolved. There was a lot of back and forth between the patients and the commissioner and after which the patients agreed to go the Centre to resolve the issue. They only agreed because the commissioner gave them the assurance of solving the matter. Thepatients broke out of the Covid care facility in the first place as they accused the hospital of not providing them with food or even water. Not just that, the condition in the hospitals was also not very habitable as Covid-19 patients are supposed to be maintaining social distance and the hospitals were keeping more than 10-12 patients in one single room. After these entire allegations the commissioner said he will try solving the issueand the patients reached the Covid care facility immediately. The deputy commissioner gave the patients an assurance that he will personally look into the accusations and allegations made by the patients and he also mentioned that they would take the efforts required to solve this matter. On the other side, Himanta Biswa Sharma who is the Health and Family Welfare Minister gave a statement saying that patients should opt out of the facility if they are not satisfied there and instead choose home quarantine. There was a press conference regarding this issue where Mr. Sharma the Health and Family Welfare minister of Assam spoke out the concerns of the patients. He was seen mentioning that the facility was only for the patients’safety and if they are no happy with any of the things they can opt out of the facility and go into home quarantine. In one of his statement he said, “We have brought them to the facility so that they can be cured and they do not infect others. If they are not happy there, they can sign the undertaking and go under home quarantine.” He was also seen mentioning the over burden on front line workers especially the health workers like doctors and nurses who are working day and night to fulfill their duties and how they are over-burdened with the rise in number of coronavirus cases in the state of Assam. The health workers are on duty day and night and there may have been some delay as they are overburdened, he said. Assam has been conducting the Covid-19 tests free of cost and also bearing the Covid-19 care facility expenditure unlike other states who have been charging for the Covid-19 tests as well as the treatment. The food, water, stay and the tests costs everything is being borne by the Assam government. By Deepika Agarwal

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Why there’s dip in New Coronavirus cases every Monday? July 08, 2020 12:43

The number of COVID-19 cases across the country fell by 3000 this Monday from Sunday’s count which is according to the same pattern that is happening since two months. Reaffirming a pattern that is being seen since the start of coronavirus testing in India, about 3000 cases fell this Monday too when compared to the previous day. The pattern which the country is seeing goes like this: The number of cases increases in the week days, reach the peak during weekends mostly on Sunday and then see a sudden dip on Monday. The trend has held the country for 9 weeks in a row which is being called a statistical quirk. For example, the new cases recorded this Monday were 22,007 which is big drop from Sunday’s count which is 24,976. In the earlier week too, the number of fresh cases reported on Monday across India was 18,870 whereas on Sunday the number was 19,741. The same pattern is being witnessed for 10 weeks now except for the first week of testing. The best explanation for this dip in fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday’s can be given when a careful observation is made on the testing figures. The numbers of tests conducted see a fall every Sunday which is reflected on the Monday’s count and sometimes on Tuesday’s count too. This is because the results of RT-PCR tests take 24 to 48 hours to arrive. According to Covid19India.org website, on July 4, around 2.4 lakh tests were conducted. The number fell to 1.8 lakh on the next day which is Sunday and again rose to 2.41 lakh on Monday. Surprisingly, the daily figures of COVID-19 deaths do not show the dip as seen in number of cases registered. The “Monday Dip” is also a parameter that determines the relationship between testing and detection of COVID-19 cases, which also indicates the need to ramp up the number of tests conducted across the country. India has so far recorded 7,42,000 COVID-19 positive cases of which 2.8 lakh cases are active as on Wednesday. The death on the country has reached to 20,642. While some of the states have re-imposed lockdown to curb the infection spread many of the metro cities are implementing Unlock 2.0 though the COVID-19 cases are seeing a surge day by day. By Gayatri Yellayi

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Kerala Government announces “Triple Lockdown” in Thiruvananthapuram July 06, 2020 15:15

Kerala Government, after a meeting, presided by CM Pinarayi Vijayan has announced that the state capital will go into triple lockdown for a week starting from Monday at 6 am. After 22 of the 38 new COVID-19 patients in Thiruvananthapuram were infected through local transmission, the state government took heed to the situation and announced a triple lockdown. What is a triple lockdown? The shut down in the capital city will be in a triple lock manner which covers all sectors to be put under lockdown. Lock 1 – This would restrict the movement of people across the district where only a few relaxations would be allowed. Lock 2 – This lock will be enforced in the hot spots of the city where people should mandatorily stay at home except for some medical requirements. Lock 3 – The third lock will be applied in the houses of primary and secondary contacts of the patients to make them stay in mandatory home quarantine. Additionally, all roads leading to the capital city would be closed except entry and exit roads. All essential services like groceries, banks, pharmacies will be allowed to operate. All the non-essential services will be closed. With a security guard recently being tested positive for COVID-19, the Secretariat will remain closed. All the public transport will be shut. Only one grocery store would be allowed to operate in one area in the city and the Police will help the public in delivering the essentials to houses. The movement of passengers from airport and railway stations will be allowed but with precautions. Public examninations across the capital will remain canceled. Trucks or lorries carrying essential supplies, electricity, and water supply workers will be allowed to commute through containment areas. All these restrictions will be applicable in Thiruvananthapuram for a week. However, the origin of community transmission of these 22 cases is yet to be ascertained. Meanwhile, during this lockdown, health officials are planning to carry out large scale antigen tests in areas that reported more COVID-19 cases. This lockdown aims to carry out extensive contact tracing and isolate those who have tested positive for COVID-19. By Gayatri Yellayi

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NEET and IIT JEE Exams Postponed Till September July 04, 2020 16:59

NEET 2020, JEE Mains 2020 and JEE advanced examinations have been postponed till September 2020 as announced by HRD Minister on Friday. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and JEE Mains have been postponed to September. HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal took to twitter to announce the decision on Friday. The new date for NEET 2020 has been scheduled for September 13 and JEE mains have been pushed to September 1 to September 6. JEE advanced which was scheduled to be held in August has also been postponed and the new date for this exam would be September 27. Ramesh Pokhriyal took to twitter to announce the news of postponement and also said that the decision was taken to ensure safety of the students and also to provide quality education to them. The news has brought joy among many students who were waiting for the decision of the central government. Several students have been rallying for the delay and this news has come as a feast to them. National Students Union India (NSUI) has welcomed the decision by the centre to defer the dates of exams. NSUI President Neeraj Kundan congratulated the students saying this was their victory and the student unions have let the government to take the right decision at the right time. However, those students who have dropped a year for the preparation of JEE are in a state of shock and confusion after the news of deferment is announced. Though the news of postponement has brought smiles on many faces, this decision has let another concern rise to fore, which is the enforcement of next academic calendar. With the delay in present schedule, authorities have said that it would impact the next academic calendar and syllabus. Experts are in a quandary. While the safety of the students cannot be compromised, COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on the education system and the academic cycles are turning out to be worrisome according to them. However, government is yet to take a decision on this situation. By Gayatri Yellayi

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