Kids feeding on ‘digital junk food’

Streaming giants are exposing them to unsuitable content, say TV programme makers With YouTube replacing Disney as the most-loved brand among young children in the U.S., and streaming giants encouraging binge viewing, a whole generation risk being brought up on cultural junk food, some of the world’s top kids television …

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‘High lead exposure in Indian kids’

High levels of lead contamination in the blood of children living in India may have a significant impact in lowering their IQ and increasing the risk of other diseases, a study has found. Researchers from Macquarie University in Australia conducted the first ever meta-analysis of Indian blood lead levels. They …

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Cambodia’s ‘rubbish man’ schools kids for trash

Children are taught the value of using rubbish in a useful way Sitting in a building made from used tyres, plastic bottles and old sneakers, Cambodian student Roeun Bunthon jots down notes during an English lesson at the “Rubbish School” where tuition is paid for with trash instead of cash. …

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Now, an institute for aspiring politicians

U.P. govt. plans Rs. 198-crore training institute in Ghaziabad Good news for aspiring politicians. They will soon have an institute in Ghaziabad to learn the nuances of the profession, the Uttar Pradesh government said on Wednesday. The decision to establish a sprawling political training institute at a cost of Rs. …

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Enter ‘sextortion’, now a reality in India

Criminals are collecting browsing history of those visiting porn sites and using it for extortion ‘Sextortion’, a cyber crime which has been observed in the West, has officially arrived in India. The Cyber police in Mumbai have received at least five complaints over the last two months where citizens, after …

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Leave God out of the examination, says university

RGUHS bans writing of religious names or symbols on answer sheets It is a truth universally acknowledged that students desperate to do well in an exam will turn not only to their notes for last-minute revision but also to God. Evaluators have often noticed religious words such as ‘Om’ and …

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U.K. guidelines to curb kids’ social media use

The British government is drawing up guidelines to limit the number of hours children spend online on social media sites and apps, authorities announced on Sunday. U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he has ordered the plans to be drawn up and attacked social media giants, such as Facebook, for …

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‘Moral advice’ for Mizoram poll

The Mizoram Presbyterian Church, the largest Christian denomination in the State, has issued “moral guidelines” for political parties and candidates ahead of the election to the 40-member Assembly this year-end. More than 87% of the 1.12 million people in the State are Christians, mostly associated with churches of 14 denominations. …

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PM should take a call on Shastri files: CIC

The classified papers on the death of the country’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, should be placed before the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to consider their declassification, the Central Information Commission has said. In his order on Monday, Central Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu ruled on a Right …

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