Prepare and act on a blueprint to meet earthquake

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‘Earthquakes do not kill people; buildings do’ goes an old saying. Indeed, earth earthquake is the only natural disaster where we can be certain of containing the damage. However, every time hundreds and thousands of people are killed in the wake of an earthquake, rather than taking into account human failings, people tend to pass the catastrophic consequences off as a natural calamity. The same has been repeated in the aftermath of the powerful quake, 7.9 at Richter scale, in Himalayan state of Nepal on May 25.

Written by Rashaé K
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English overdose: How much is too much?

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With an increase in English medium public and international schools; the emphasis on English as a spoken medium of interaction in the educational institutions is increasing like never before. Parents too are keen on seeing their little ones chatter away in the much preferred language, just as they hop out of the cradle. It all might sound good, the fact that this whole concept of English speaking has a less noticed yet strong flip side as well.

While English is a language accepted globally and its mastery is a skill which needs to be acquired naturally, we forget the basics of child rearing here. If the acquired skills are making children acceptable in the society in general, an overdose of the same might end up curbing their innovative and creative sides. For, it is a known fact that creativity is best addressed in ones native language or the mother tongue.

The children of today are sounding a more confused lot as far as the language is concerned, as the onslaught of these foreign words begins from the first day of school itself and maybe sooner in many cases.
Today studies have even started showing proofs that an infant’s cries and screams when recorded and analysed have shown that a baby cries in his or her native language; the one his or her parents had been using while he was inside the womb. The mother tongue, therefore, becomes the child’s thinking language. This clearly is an indication of the importance of mother tongue and the need for a child to have the freedom to express in it.

The level of confusion a child goes through listening, talking and thinking in his mother tongue and suddenly being bombarded with a foreign language is enormous. Learning English is important to make the students competent at the global level but that cannot replace the mother tongue of the kids.

Hence, there is the need to lessen the difference between the thinking and spoken language. They felt that the schools should give equal importance to both the languages and exposure of the child to both should be balanced.

For this, school curriculum should ensure gradual and continuous exposure of a child towards the language, where the child moves from spoken skills to writing skills and finally literature.

Written by Ishpreet Bindra
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वायदों के इस मरहम से क्या भर पाएंगे प्रवासी मजदूरों के जख्म?

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भारत में लॉकडाउन हुए पूरे 54 दिन हो गये हैं और उम्मीद यही है कि 31 मई तक फिर से लॉकडाउन में ही रहना पडे़गा। पूरा देश संकट की स्थिति से गुजर रहा है। केन्द्र और राज्य सरकारों के प्रयास भी नाकाफी साबित हो रहे हैं। ऐसा लग रहा है कि स्थिति पूरी तरह से हाथ से निकलती जा रही है। सारी इंडस्ट्री ठप्प पड़ी है। प्रवासी मजदूर शहरों को छोड़कर अपने घर की ओर पलायन कर रहे हैं।

Written by RAJ KUMAR
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UNFPA: COVID-19 pandemic has many fatal effects on women's health

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A few days ago, The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) shared a shocking report. It has been mentioned that in low and middle-income countries, there are more than 47 million women who are not able to use modern methods of contraception due to the interruption of multiple services of family planning (FP) during the worldwide corona (COVID-19) epidemic. Which may cause more than 7 million unwanted pregnancies in such countries. This disruption of family planning (FP) services can lead to the death of many women and children worldwide. In these countries, many health workers and even experts in the family planning department currently treat patients suffering from corona. These women specialist doctor like Gynecologist and Pediatrician are serving the patients suffering from COVID-19.

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