"In the current scenario, even those who are receiving any kind of formal or non-formal education will face a lag. While the government has initiated several measures to enable continuity of education during lockdown through online means as well as initiatives using radio, community radio and television, special efforts would have to be made to ensure these children get access to these mediums of communication," she said. … [Read more...] about Migrant children at risk of dropping out of school after moving back to hometowns: Experts
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Israel, on the other hand, is gearing up for large scale serology tests in order to gauge the proportion of population which has developed antibodies against the novel coronavirus. Israel, whose aggressive response to the coronavirus has held its fatality rate to a fraction of those of the United States and other hard-hit nations, is readying a nationwide serological test of 100,000 citizens. Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov, director-general of Israel’s Health Ministry, said that if antibody tests show a sizable portion of the population has developed antibodies, that could mean Israel is on its way to “herd immunity” and would be well equipped to withstand further outbreaks. Meanwhile, studies have estimated the percentage of Israelis with antibodies range widely, from less than 1% to upward of 10%. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
"In a lot of ways what people were trying to look for was behaviour change which is the hardest change to make happen. Imagine ten years ago there was no Ola, Uber or Flipkart...many of these brands did not exist...you cannot imagine your daily life without them now... somebody had to subsidise their market creation," Khanna said justifying the move of VC firms who poured in millions of dollars in India. … [Read more...] about India’s startup ecosystem in a correction mode: Trifecta Capital
Transit ridership has dropped 92% in New York City and 94% in San Francisco. With people still wary of COVID-19 spreading through crowds, transit systems can’t go back to the high level of occupancy they had right away. Without that same occupancy, Fried says, it’ll be important for trains and buses to come more often, and for agencies to redistribute service in the system to routes that are in need, like to medical facilities and in neighborhoods where people with essential jobs live and work, rather than to downtown business districts that rush-hour service previously catered to. … [Read more...] about Post-pandemic public transit may not end up looking all that different—but its goals may have to change
Corie Mattie, another Los Angeles artist, was keen to paint an image of herself as a dealer in a trenchcoat parceling out symbols of hope (rather than something illicit) during this crisis. She found an available wall at a shopping mall in West Hollywood through Beautify. Within 24 hours of contacting the owner, Matthew Lavi, in late March, Mattie completed her mural “Cancel Plans Not Humanity.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Murals send a message of hope in grim times