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With COVID-19 Cases Still Rising, Should Schools Re-open?

With COVID-19 Cases Still Rising, Should Schools Re-open?

Column, Education
More than half of the academic year has gone, the trade-off between access to education and safety during a pandemic is not an easy decision to make. With an increase and spike in cases in most parts of India, parents are worried about sending their children to school and this is very much evident by surveys conducted in multiple cities. The safety of our loved ones is paramount! Most parents believe that the winter smog would only make the current situation worse. According to a local survey conducted last month, more than 60% of parents were against sending their kids to school due to the current situation. Even though research has shown that children are not likely to spread the virus, many experts say that schools cannot safely reopen while community transmission is out of contro...
Time to Reimagine The Purpose of Education

Time to Reimagine The Purpose of Education

Column, Education
This is a universal crisis and, for some children, the impact will be lifelong.-UNICEF With the COVID-19 pandemic onslaught across the globe, the closure of schools continues to ensure tremendous learning loss across the world. The UNESCO states that the education of nearly 1.6 billion pupils in 190 countries has so far been affected – which means roughly around 90% of the world’s school-age children! A recent World Bank report estimates that sans any drastic remedial action, there could be losses of $10 trillion in earnings overtime for this present generation of students. The report also stated that the impact of the pandemic could lead to countries being driven away from achieving their learning poverty goals. Closer home, the report states that South Asia alone could have close to 5...
Growing Significance of Blended Learning and Teaching in the Post Covid-19 World

Growing Significance of Blended Learning and Teaching in the Post Covid-19 World

Column, Education
Covid-19 has had a major impact on nearly all spheres of human life, and education too has witnessed a significant disruption. As per statistics put out by UNESCO on its website, over 190 countries faced disruption in formal learning and teaching impacting nearly 1.5 billion learners at one point. As per the same report about 320 million learners have been impacted in India alone. (*Source: https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse) However, quite commendably, despite the scale and impact of this pandemic, private education enterprises, as also Governments across the globe, were swift in putting out resources for the benefit of learners. In India, in addition to the efforts of all major education content and service providers, various Government initiatives such as SW...
Safety Tips for Dogs on Diwali

Safety Tips for Dogs on Diwali

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The festive season, especially Diwali times can be difficult for dogs. While this year people are expecting a more subdued celebration due to the ongoing pandemic, one can never be sure. As a pattern, the festive season witnesses an increase in holiday-related emergencies, including fall injuries as a result of pets jumping from balconies, accidental injuries as animals attempt to escape noises from crackers and get hit by vehicles, burns, and wounds from fire and firecrackers, and cases of severe anxiety.  Additionally, the number of pets that run away or get lost increases many folds during this time. Hence, it becomes important that as pet parent/s, one prepares for the onset of the festive season, so that one can decrease the chance of pet injury or panic. Enclosed are 6 thin...
Fostering Your Child’s Mental Health During The Pandemic

Fostering Your Child’s Mental Health During The Pandemic

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The Coronavirus pandemic has an everlasting impact on global health and economies. The societies across every nation are experiencing an impact on psychosocial well-being. The impacts of the crisis will be felt diversely among different age groups and amongst these, children will face added challenges to comprehend, absorb, and deal with the sudden fluctuations that the pandemic has brought to our world. In the present context of lockdown, being cocooned within the confines of home and restriction of movements, kids have inhibited access to socialization, absence of playtime, isolation, and lack of physical contact with peers. These aspects are vital for their psychosocial wellbeing and growth. School closures have further curbed children from access to face-to-face learning and have limi...
How a CRM Platform Streamlines Ticket Management Process & Automates Remote Work

How a CRM Platform Streamlines Ticket Management Process & Automates Remote Work

Column, Technology
Customer support is no longer just about long telephone calls with unhappy customers. Time and technology have revolutionized how brands stay connected and serve their customers. High-quality customer support directly translates to high customer satisfaction rates, increased retention, and revenue. Recent research shows that customer-centric companies are 60% more profitable than companies that don’t focus on their customers.  SaaS-based customer relationship management (CRM) solutions have been game-changers in the customer support sector. Businesses around the world are increasingly using CRM helpdesks to manage their sales and support processes remotely amid the ongoing widespread pandemic. A customer support automation platform can streamline and simplify the ticke...
Brands Latching onto Festivities to Communicate their Initiatives

Brands Latching onto Festivities to Communicate their Initiatives

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The world, as we know, has entirely changed since last Dussehra. The pandemic has changed the way we live, think, and even celebrate. And, the brands and marketing leaders are hyper-aware of this seismic change.   Hence, festive campaigns this year are bound to reflect this change. The tone, tenor, and storytelling will be different, keeping in mind the general mood of the nation. It must be said that the festive season brings with it a whole lot of positivity, cheer, and merriment with it. And is a definite tailwind as far as trade and business in the country are concerned. Despite the current mood, after a prolonged economic slump, sectors such as retail, F&B, and even travel to some extent are reviving, all thanks to the festive season.  In fact, according to a r...
Indian App Ecosystem Witnessing a Stream of New Entrants

Indian App Ecosystem Witnessing a Stream of New Entrants

Column, Technology
The Indian app ecosystem is gathering steam, ever since about 224 Chinese apps were banned due to security reasons, by the Indian government. The call for Atmanirbhar Bharatby Prime Minister Narendra Modi also boosted the morale of the country’s entrepreneurs. Some of the finest and hardworking are venturing into creating consumer-friendly utility apps and social media platforms which are ingenuine, safe, and Indian! These apps are offering a cutting-edge user experience, new-age technology, and some are even proving to be a reliable alternative to the banned apps. The consumer is also supporting these businesses to go ‘Vocal for Local’.  The beauty of this developing ecosystem is that it is made in India for the world! From Kaagaz Scanner to Mitron TV, the latest Indian apps ...
Can We Get Past The Gatekeepers?

Can We Get Past The Gatekeepers?

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It has been a few months of noisy outrage. It started on 14th June with the shocking news that a rising star Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his apartment. Few bought the 'suicide theory' and started calling out nepotism and ill-treatment of 'outsiders' in the film industry. A few weeks later, a book on the 2020 Delhi riots was canceled by its publisher abruptly. People started raising alarms about the threat to freedom of expression, and the blame was put on ‘influential authors’ who allegedly lobbied to get the book blocked. In other news that week, Congress President Sonia Gandhi offered to resign but was reinstated as the President after a lot of drama. The people, one more time, rued the fact that just one family was controlling an organization with a rich legacy. One can...
How does Cancer Affect Dental Health?

How does Cancer Affect Dental Health?

Column, Health
Oral health is one aspect of the human body that is taken casually. On the contrary, it is fundamental to one’s overall health. Dental health is more complex than one comprehends. It is way beyond the alignment of your teeth, healthy gums, and cavity. Have you ever wondered why your General Physician asks you to open your mouth wide during a routine check-up? It is because oral health is a gateway to one’s internal health and issues with signs from digestion to respiratory glitches that make regular dental screening imperative.  What is oral cancer and its cause? Nearly 20 per 100000 population in India are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. One of the common facts about oral cancer is that it is reported more commonly among men aged above 35 years as compared to women, the prim...