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Google makes it easier for users in India to take calls and messages while driving – Times of India
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Google makes it easier for users in India to take calls and messages while driving – Times of India

Texting or even taking a call while driving is an extremely dangerous thing to do. However, many people across the world continue to do so while putting their and others lives at great risk. Google is now rolling out a feature that will make it easier for users to take calls and reply to messages while driving their cars. According to Google’s support page for Maps, Google Assistant driving mode is now rolling out in Google Maps to Android users in India. “Thanks to the new driving-friendly Assistant interface, you can easily get more done while keeping your focus on the road. Use voice to send and receive calls and texts, quickly review new messages across your messaging apps in one place,” noted Google on the support page. Google Assistant will also read out texts so that people don’t...
Telecom companies’ letter to DoT reveals how sale of repeaters, boosters online is hurting mobile internet users – Times of India
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Telecom companies’ letter to DoT reveals how sale of repeaters, boosters online is hurting mobile internet users – Times of India

Telecom industry body COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) has sent a letter to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) asking to take strict measures to curb the illegal sale repeaters and boosters, offline or online via e-commerce websites. The trade body has sought the government's urgent intervention to "curb this menace". The body wants DoT to "Ensure complete ban on sale of these illegal repeaters and boosters, offline or online thru e-commerce websites/platforms through an appropriate notification to sellers of illegal repeaters in the country." In a letter dated April 16 to telecom secretary Anshu Prakash, COAI says that these illegal repeaters have "become a major nuisance" and one of the biggest causes for customers facing mobile network issues like call drops and...
Students lead US push for fuller Black history education – Times of India
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Students lead US push for fuller Black history education – Times of India

TRENTON: Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she said, and the year before that. Then came George Floyd's death in May, and she wrote to the administration at her school in Cherry Hill, in New Jersey's Philadelphia suburbs, to ask for more than the same lessons. “We learned about slavery, but did we go into the roots of slavery?” Ebele, 12, said in an interview. “You learned about how they had to sail across, but did you learn about how they felt being tied down on those boats?" Her letter went from the principal to the superintendent and then began to make h...
UPCATET 2021: Here’s the exam preparation guide
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UPCATET 2021: Here’s the exam preparation guide

Uttar Pradesh Combined Agriculture and Technology Entrance Test (UPCATET 2021) is the state-level agriculture entrance exam. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology (SVPUAT) will hold the exam on June 16 and 17, 2021, for admission in Agricultural UG, PG and PhD programs. The UPCATET 2021 application form is available right now and the last date to apply is April 30. Candidates can pay the fee until May 1. Candidates who are planning to take the exam need a proper preparation strategy to score well. To make a good preparation guide, check these points below. Concentrate on basics: Experts believe that this exam is all about strong basics. Basic intermediate math, physics and chemistry, and basic general knowledge are good enough if prepared with ...
Designer Manish Malhotra tests positive for COVID-19
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Designer Manish Malhotra tests positive for COVID-19

Fashion designer Manish Malhotra has tested positive for COVID-19. He took to Instagram to share that he has “isolated” himself. “I have tested positive for COVID-19. I have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I am following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors. Please stay safe and take care,” said the 54-year-old. Soon, celebs and fans wished him a speedy recovery. Huma Qureshi wrote, “Get well soon”, as Tahira Kashyap said, “Get well soonest”. Many celebrities have tested positive for the virus in recent times. In an earlier interview with indianexpress.com, the designer spoke about the pandemic and its effects on the fashion industry. “More innovation and re-invention. It has helped us tap into our true potential and the su...
Restriction for visitors at KU headquarters – Times of India
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Restriction for visitors at KU headquarters – Times of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In view of the rise in Covid-19 positive cases, Kerala university has announced a week's restriction for visitors to varsity headquarters here. The restriction, from April 17 to 24, has been put in place in view of the health advisory issued by the central and state governments. Those who want to contact the university headquarters for various purposes may contact the university enquiry phone numbers from 10 am to 5 pm. The enquiry numbers are: 9188526670, 9188526674, 9188526671, 9188526675. Meanwhile, all fees, including examination fees, can be submitted using an online facility, a statement from the varsity said here on Friday. Revised Exam Dates The sixth-semester CBCSs/CR, UG degree examinations originally scheduled to be held on April 15 and 17 have been resc...
MP Board cancels final exams of class 9 and 11 – Times of India
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MP Board cancels final exams of class 9 and 11 – Times of India

BHOPAL: After postponing class 10 and 12 exams, the MP school education department has cancelled the final exams of classes 9 and 11 on Friday. The exams have been cancelled for the government schools affiliated to the MP board. Issuing the notification department said that the result will be declared on April 30 on the basis of the revision test taken in November and the half-yearly examination held in February. Exams that have better marks will be considered. The school education department issued an order a week ago that the final exams of classes 9 and 11 will be on the basis of the open book system. However, the department has revised its order and stated that there will be no final exams. The new order stated that the result of both classes will be calculated on the basis of b...
CISCE defers class 10, 12 exams in view of surge in COVID cases – Times of India
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CISCE defers class 10, 12 exams in view of surge in COVID cases – Times of India

KOLKATA: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Friday decided to defer the ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) board examinations scheduled to be held from May 4. The decision was taken due to the nationwide surge in Covid 19 cases. While the Council will review and take a final decision on the conduct of the Board examinations by the first week of June after closely monitoring the pandemic situation, the ISC examination will be held at a later date. Those candidates who were appearing in the ICSE examinations can either write the offline examination, along with the Class XII candidates or not appear in the pen and paper exam. “For those ICSE students who decides to skip the offline examinations when they are held, the CISCE will develop a fair and an unbias...
IIT-H incubated startup launches affordable, long-lasting hygiene products – Times of India
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IIT-H incubated startup launches affordable, long-lasting hygiene products – Times of India

HYDERABAD: With the number of Covid-19 cases on the rise, the union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal virtually launched a range of hygiene products that kills 99.99 percent of germs instantly and leaves behind a long-lasting protective nanoscale coating up to 35 days till next wash. A startup EaffoCare Innovation Pvt Ltd., incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H), has developed innovative DuroKea long-lasting technologies to combat Covid-19 virus spreading. Starting at Rs 189, the range includes an ethanol based long-lasting surface disinfectant, hand sanitizer, antiviral coating spray for masks and a long-lasting foam hand sanitizer for sensitive and baby skin. All the products ensure instant killing (within 60 sec) and prolonged protection during the pan...
JKBOSE 11th result 2020 for Leh region declared; here’s direct link – Times of India
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JKBOSE 11th result 2020 for Leh region declared; here’s direct link – Times of India

NEW DELHI: JKBOSE 11th result 2020 for Leh region has been declared by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of Secondary Education on its official website. The candidates who have appeared for the 11th exam from Leh region can visit the official website of the Board — jkbose.ac.in — to check and download their result. Candidates will be able to obtain their JKBOSE 11th result from the Board's website by logging in with their roll number. The candidates can check their JKBOSE 11th result 2020 either from the official website or from the direct link provided below. Direct link to download JKBOSE 11th result 2020 for Leh region How to check JKBOSE 11th result 2020 for Leh region? Candidates can follow the step-by-step instructions given below to check and download the JKBOSE 11th result 2020 f...
Tripura suspends classes in schools, colleges, varsities indefinitely from April 17 amid Covid surge
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Tripura suspends classes in schools, colleges, varsities indefinitely from April 17 amid Covid surge

With Covid-19 cases on the rise, Tripura government Friday announced that classes in schools, colleges and universities, as well as professional education colleges and institutes, will stay suspended from April 17 for an indefinite period. However, the ongoing examinations at schools, colleges and universities would remain unaffected. “All kinds of cultural events, sports or assembly in schools have been prohibited for the time being. Though offline classes have been suspended as part of precautionary measures, they could go online. Only students from classes 9 to 12 can visit schools to discuss their queries or academic problems with their teachers,” Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath told the media persons at the Civil Secretariat during a late evening press conference. Th...
Telegram:  Telegram working on two new web apps: Report – Times of India
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Telegram: Telegram working on two new web apps: Report – Times of India

User privacy-focussed cloud-based instant messaging platform Telegram is looking to improve its presence on the web by working on two new apps, as per a report by DroidMaze. The two apps -- Telegram WebK and Telegram WebZ -- are already available on the Telegram website. The apps come with features like chat folders, support for stickers, search and other new options. However, they lack some of the important features required for regions that may be going into lockdown mode again because of the COVID-19 virus: video and voice calls. The report says that both the apps are being developed by different developers. It could be the case that only one app gets chosen to be the one main app. In an earlier report by TestingCatalog, Telegram has added the ability to schedule voice chats in chann...
Tripura suspends classes in schools, colleges and varsities indefinitely from April 17
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Tripura suspends classes in schools, colleges and varsities indefinitely from April 17

Amid rising cases of COVID-19, Tripura government Friday announced to suspend classes in schools, colleges and universities including professional education colleges and institutes from April 17 for an indefinite period. However, the ongoing examinations at schools, colleges and universities would remain unaffected. “Any kind of cultural events, sports or assembly in schools has been prohibited for the time being. Though offline classes have been suspended as part of precaution, online classes have been encouraged. Only students from Class 9 to 12 can visit schools to discuss with teachers about their academic problems,” Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath told the media at the Civil Secretariat in a late evening press conference today The government has made 50 per cent atte...
Zebronics:  Zebronics launches smartwatch ‘ZEB-FIT2220CH’ at Rs 2,999 – Times of India
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Zebronics: Zebronics launches smartwatch ‘ZEB-FIT2220CH’ at Rs 2,999 – Times of India

Domestic brand Zebronics has launched the ZEB-FIT2220CH smartwatch for Rs 2,999. The watch is available in three different variants: a gold case with a rose gold strap, a black case with a black strap, and a silver case with a cadet grey strap. It is available on Amazon India website. The watch features a 3.3cm, TFT full-touch colour display with a round dial. It comes with features like pedometer, heart rate monitor, calories, distance tracker, sleep monitor and sedentary reminder. Apart from the fitness features the band also has pre-built watch faces with customised options. It offers blood pressure and SpO2 monitoring on the go. The fitness band has a caller ID, call reject option, alarm, remote camera shutter, and music control, so you can remotely control functions once paired wit...
We can’t get enough of Dino Morea’s recent black and white photos; check them out
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We can’t get enough of Dino Morea’s recent black and white photos; check them out

Dino Morea need not be introduced to the 90s kids. But if his Instagram handle and selfies are anything to go by, he need not be introduced even to the Gen Z crowd. The former supermodel and actor recently shared a few black and white pictures and the results are stunning! Even though words fail, let us try. In one of the pictures, styled by Aastha Sharma, the Tandav actor was seen in an ensemble from Péro. The striped blazer was teamed with matching pants as he posed looking into the distance and quietly breaking the Internet. In another photo, he was seen in a shirt from Dash and Dot which was teamed with trousers from Péro. This was further paired with a trench coat from Chatenya Mittal as he struck a pose with his hair tied in a bun. If these have your attention...
OnePlus 9R gets OxygenOS 11.2.1.1 update with bug fixes and system improvements – Times of India
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OnePlus 9R gets OxygenOS 11.2.1.1 update with bug fixes and system improvements – Times of India

OnePlus has started rolling out the latest software update to the OnePlus 9R Phone. The smartphone has started receiving OxygenOS 11.2.1.1 and is available for users in India. The update changelog suggests general bug fixes and improvements like charging stability, and vibrating performance of alarm tones among others. It also improves haptic feedback for Call of Duty Mobile and fixes loading speed of the gallery. Here’s the complete list of the changelog: SystemImproved the charging stability to provide a better user experience Improved charging stability Improved the haptic feedback for Call of Duty Mobile Fixed the abnormal change of incoming ringtone with dual SIM cards Fixed the delay in incoming calls when the device is in charge General bug fixes GalleryImproved the loading speed...
Students turn teachers for underprivileged kids in Covid times – Times of India
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Students turn teachers for underprivileged kids in Covid times – Times of India

NEW DELHI: At a time when an outbreak of coronavirus has forced the school students to stay at home and continue their studies online, children of labourers and daily wage workers have no choice but to skip their studies as they can merely afford a smartphone or 24 hours Internet connectivity. Keeping this in mind some Delhi Samaritans, who themselves are students, have started teaching these children. "Yamuna Khadar Pathshala" runs under a flyover at the banks of river Yamuna in Delhi's Mayur Vihar, Phase-1. Around 250 students from the nearby slums every day come here to continue their studies offline. This 'under the flyover' school is being run by six teachers who are also students. One of these teachers is Panna Lal, a 12th pass and has done a one-year computer course while anoth...
NATA 2021 answer keys released: Here’s how to check
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NATA 2021 answer keys released: Here’s how to check

The Council of Architecture (CoA) Friday released the answer keys of the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA 2021). Candidates who appeared in the exam can download the answer keys available on the official website at http://www.nata.in. The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2021 first exam was scheduled to be conducted on April 10. How to download the answer keys: Step 1: Visit the official website of NATA Step 2: Log in with necessary credentials Step 3: Download the answer keys Step 4: Take a printout for further references To qualify in the examination, candidates must score at least 75 out of 200. Based on the scores obtained in the examination, the result will be prepared. As per the revised notification, the Council of Architecture (CoA) has...
CISCE postpones ICSE, ISC exams, class 10 results to be based on objective criterion
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CISCE postpones ICSE, ISC exams, class 10 results to be based on objective criterion

After CBSE and several other state boards, the Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations on Friday announced that the ICSE or Class 10 and ISC or Class 12 board examinations will be postponed in light of the rising COVID-19 cases. “The Covid situation will be closely monitored and the deferment of the ICSE & ISC 2021 Examinations will be reviewed and a final decision on the conduct of the board examinations will be taken by the 1st week of June 2021,” CISCE said in a statement. The board said the Covid situation will be “closely monitored and the deferment of the ICSE & ISC 2021 Examinations will be reviewed and a final decision on the conduct of the board examinations will be taken by the 1st week of June 2021.” Read | Class 10th, 12th Board Exam 2021:...