Wednesday, 18 March 2020

LEAD launches LEAD School@Home to Ensure Continued Learning in View of COVID-19

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Chandigarh 18th Mar, 2020:- LEAD School, an integrated academic excellence system, with six owned and over 800 partner schools across India, initiated LEAD School@Home program starting March 16 to ensure continuity in learning for all its students. The measure has been taken in the wake of schools closures due to incidences of COVID-19 in the country.
With school closures the live online schooling is estimated to benefit over 3 lakh students in the coming days.
Under its program, LEAD School will conduct live online sessions for the unfinished portions of the curriculum. Given the integrated curriculum offered by LEAD School that combines technology and curriculum, a student from any class will essentially be able to pick up the lesson or chapter from where it was last taught in school before closure. This will help students pick up quickly and prepare for their exams without spending any extra time in redoing the entire lesson or unit.
Sumeet Mehta, Co-founder and CEO, LEAD School said that we believe that continuity and integration of learning is vital to our goal of imparting quality education to our children. While schools may have to consider closing due to outbreak of COVID-19, LEAD School is supporting all its partner schools to ensure that students do not stop learning. Our integrated system allows us to know the unfinished units in each grade across all our schools and helps us serve up the modules as required online for course completion before exams.
Additionally, students who are unable to attend live sessions will also have access to recorded sessions, which can be viewed as per their convenience.  The LEAD School Parent App will provide students with the homework and assessments to ensure that no part of learning is missed out until their schools resume.
For information on live classes, homework and assessments, LEAD school students and their parents can call 86828 33333 or log on to 

Ola- Bike-Taxis Offer Potential to Generate Over 2 Million Livelihoods

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Chandigarh 18th Mar, 2020:- Ola Mobility Institute (OMI), today released an in-depth report that underscores the importance of two-wheelers in India and the potential of bike-taxis to stimulate economic and social development. The report titled, ‘The Power of Two Wheels-Bike Taxis: India’s new shared mobility frontier’ offers insights and recommendations and calls for an enabling policy framework to widen the scope of bike-taxis. 
With the emergence of ride-hailing services, bike-taxis have gained popularity as a made-for-India solution. OMI in its detailed study has conducted an empirical analysis of bike taxi operations in Gurugram and Jaipur. The study found that bike taxis are an ideal first mile-last mile solution as 70-85% of customers prefer to use bike-taxis to travel distances less than 7 kms. In Gurgaon, it has been observed that 1 in 3 trips are to and from metro stations with the majority of trips happening during peak hours. 
The report further quantifies the benefits of bikes-taxis in providing affordable and safe first and last mile connectivity, income augmentation and job-creation. It provides a detailed explanation of how States and UTs in India stand to gain socially and economically by legitimising the operations of bike taxis.
Speaking on the report, Anand Shah, Head, Ola Mobility Institute said that India has one of the largest numbers of two wheelers plying on the roads in the world. Shared mobility and hyper local delivery are witnessing strong uptake and bikes have emerged as the preferred choice for both passenger and goods movement. The report comes at a critical time when India needs to create 55-60 lakh new jobs annually over the next decade. Bike taxis will be key in achieving this target, democratising access to mobility and building an inclusive mobility ecosystem.
The report estimates the revenue potential of bike taxis is at USD 4-5 billion along with generating over 2 million livelihood opportunities. It suggests that the key to effectively governing bike taxis as a mobility category lies in providing coherent legal clarity, integration of public transit systems, allowing access to formal credit for driver entrepreneurs and creating a level-playing field for all stakeholders.
The Central Government has paved the way for States to formulate policies for bike-taxi operations, however, currently, only a few States and Union Territories regulate this category. State governments can unlock the potential of bike-taxis as an affordable, efficient, fast and a safe mode of transportation to help India become a five trillion-dollar economy.

Will Pandit Ramakrishna kill the Queen of Vijayanagar in Sony SAB's Tenali Rama

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Chandigarh 18th Mar, 2020:- Sony SAB’s show Tenali Rama has kept the viewers intrigued with a double dose of wit, intelligence and drama as both Rama and Bhaskar (Krishna Bharadwaj) have come together to delight all the fans.  
Pandit Ramakrishna is yet again faced with a unique challenge, this time by a little kid, Raghavan (Hearty Singh). The young man, claiming to have defeated all masterminds in the world and hence losing purpose in life, dares Rama to defeat him in a challenge of intellect by solving 3 questions. Rama’s victory will ultimately give him the purpose to live, to try defeating Rama. However, if Rama loses, Raghavan will give away his life, putting all the blame for his death on Rama.
While Rama successfully completes the first task, he is faced with than even more difficult question to solve- that of flying above Raghavan’s Eagle. As impossible this sounds, Rama yet again finds a solution to it. Everyone is amused to see how he manages to fly above an Eagle. Now in order to win the challenge, Rama has to solve the last and the most difficult riddle. He has to cut the Queen (Neetha Shetty) in two parts, without killing her. This has left Rama, along with entire Vijayanagar and the Queen herself, extremely worried.
Krishna Bharadwaj, playing the role of Pandit Ramakrishna said that Rama enjoys solving riddles and with the role of Rama, he find it really amazing himself to always know the solutions to such tricky yet simple riddles. But this riddle of splitting a person in 2 parts is very challenging for Rama as well. It will be intriguing for our viewers to see whether Rama finds a solution or will this eventually kill the queen. Along with solving these challenging riddles, Rama is also dedicated in his efforts to stop Pralay and the Queen from destroying the Kingdom.

Obesity & Diabeties-A Growing & Disturbing Health Crisis: Dr.Anupam Goel

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Ambala 18th Mar, 2020:- Obesity is the fastest emerging life-risking disease and the mother of all other ailments. The 2019 Lancet Commission report has warned that obesity is the first amongst the three biggest threats to humanity (the other two being under- nutrition and global warming) yet there is no concrete action plan to stop this monster. India faces major health challenge from “obesity in young” and unless this rapidly spreading epidemic is not checked in time, it will continue to predispose to a host of related disorders like Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, infertility and lipid disorders. A recent study also linked morbid obesity to 13 types of cancer.
India is the third most Obese nation with more than 13.5 Cr people suffering from Obesity surpassed only by China and the US. Although, these disorders existed in State earlier too, but in the last one decade, the proportion of population with these conditions has increased drastically, says  Dr. Anupam Goel (MS) , Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon & Consultant Paras Hospitals , Panchkula, who sees scores of patients with obesity related issues every day, he warns that obesity was spiking state’s burden of “lifestyle diseases”. People with high fasting glucose and high total cholesterol have more than doubled too.
Dr. Anupam Goel (MS), Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon & Consultant Paras Hospitals , Panchkula, while interacting with media persons, here in Ambala explained that why obesity should not be taken lightly. He said that obesity is a complex disease that can impact the physical, mental and socio-economic well-being of the individual. In my clinical experience, obesity in women is associated with depression. This can fuel a vicious cycle – if you don’t feel good, you eat comfort food. Unfortunately, the impact is not only devastating for the individual but also for their personal life – increasingly, obese patients are reporting marital problems that even lead to divorce.
Asked if anything could be done to address this health risk, Dr. Anupam Goel responded that the global surveys, research and studies have all observed that our physical activity is constantly on the decline whereas the mental activity and stress is continuously on the rise. The food intake is on the rise with abundant calories but there is no provision to burn the excess calories in the body. It is possible only by physical activity. Once obesity sets in all the organs of our body need to overwork and finally, they fail giving rise to diseases.
Dr. Anupam Goel added that Obesity is a complex disease that can impact the physical, mental and socio-economic well-being of the individuals. Obesity in young women has seen steep increase in trend, 1 in 10 adolescent girls and young women in India are suffering from Polycystic ovarian disease, leading to many related issues such as delay in menstrual cycle or no menses and hirsutism features. Weight reduction can help these young women in reversing the health issues to a great extent. If they are slightly overweight, they can go ahead with diet and life style Modifications and exercise but if their BMI goes above 32.5 then we have key hole surgery option for treating their obesity and related issues.
Dr. Anupam Goel stressed that Obesity has been associated with an increase in all-cause mortality rates. According to reports, this disease which has reached epidemic proportions reduces life expectancy by 9 years in women and 12 years in men, studies show that young children are also falling prey to this health disorder, lack of outdoor activities is fueling childhood obesity. These days, children are given mobile phones and laptops which they may find more entertaining than playing outside. Not only does this lead to the risk of obesity, but also to Vitamin D deficiency – which is a risk factor for both obesity and diabetes!”
Despite the consequences of leaving obesity untreated, obese patients do not always consult a medical professional. Dr. Anupam Goel observed that in the Indian scenario, more than 60% of individuals wait more than 6-10 years to seek out medically sound weight-loss procedures. Usually such patients are diagnosed with two or more co morbidities, such as diabetes. In my practice, He has observed a rapid rise in the incidence of infertility, depression, NAFLD, kidney failure, cancers, sleep apnea and heart attacks in patients.”Obesity treatment plans aim to limit weight gain, and eventually help patients reach and stay at a healthy weight. Treatment plans usually include diet and lifestyle recommendations, medications and bariatric surgery for eligible patients. Dr. Anupam Goel explained that when obesity is treated effectively, many co morbid diseases also show improvement. For instance, bariatric surgery is proven to help control Type 2 Diabetes in obese patients and other co morbidities, which helps reduce mortality.
Dr. Anupam Goel pointed out that patients can proactively consult a physician to understand whether they are eligible for bariatric surgery – before problems develop most patients seek bariatric consultation when they develop Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or when they are refused a knee replacement surgery by an orthopaedician. But with increasing awareness about the role bariatric surgery can play in controlling obesity and diabetes, patients can proactively seek medical advice before their conditions worsen. Once there is a steady and uncontrolled weight gain, it is best to consult a medical expert who can help identify the cause and advise corrective measures.
Dr. Anupam Goel added that Worldwide, of the four million deaths attributed to excess body weight in 2015, nearly 40% occurred among those whose body mass index (BMI) was above the threshold of obesity, i.e., 30 or above. Stigma associated with Obesity leads to patients not seeking the right treatment and blaming them for the condition, obesity is a Disease which needs treatment by obesity specialist, and government is also taking it seriously and taking strong steps to halt the increasing incidence. Goverment is very serious about tackling this epidemic through initiatives like Ayushman Bharat and #FitIndiaMovement. He informed that in a major relief for those suffering from obesity-related co morbidities, insurance cover is now provided for obesity treatment as per medical advice. Insurance will cover medically advised treatment as per new IRDAI regulation effective October 2020. He said that in his experience, many patients avoid seeking obesity treatment due to financial concerns. Some even question whether they should spend money on a ‘cosmetic’ need. Obesity is a serious medical condition. Covering its treatment with insurance would cement awareness and encourage many patients to seek appropriate medical treatment.

Bhavan Vidyalaya Wins Child Rights Award

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Chandigarh 18th Mar, 2020:- Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, won the prestigious CCPCR award for its exemplary practices and initiatives in empowering its differently abled students and children of special needs.
The award was given away by the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) in a ceremony organised at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18.
Harjinder Kaur, Chairperson of the Commission presented the Award to the School.
Established in 1987, the Special Cell at the Bhavan Vidyalaya has been catering to the educational and social needs of children with various educational disabilities such as Downs Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and other multiple disorders.
Managed by a devoted team of highly motivated and well experienced special educators, under the able guidance of mentor, Senior Principal Ms. Vineeta Arora, the Special Cell offers inclusive integrated education imparting basic life- skills and vocational training, aimed at making the students emotionally and economically independent and develop financial acumen.
A comprehensive fitness training programme promoting physical well-being and self-esteem is also implemented systematically during the school year. Excursions and school trips to places of interest keep them in touch with the world outside and enable them gain self-confidence. These special children have done the school proud through their various achievements in various international and national sporting events - Special Olympics, Asia Pacific Regional Games, Summer World Games among many others.
The Special Cell at the school currently caters to over 60 students and strives to integrate them seamlessly with the mainstream.

NHS UK Turns to India to Plug their Shortage of Nurses

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Mohali 18th Mar, 2020:- Nurses and nursing associates wish to work & settle in the United Kingdom are set to get benefitted with the launch of a top-notch education wing for nurses called Bikham Academia.
As part of the Bikham Academia (organization's name) commitment to further reinforce its hold on the healthcare industry, the education wing has been set up to offer aspiring nursing professionals a pathway to join the UK workforce in order to carry out their role of delivering world-class healthcare services.
Bikham Academia's CEO Mr. Harman Dhawan expressed his great enthusiasm and said that we have recognized the crisis in UK about the shortage of nurses. Having an extensive experience of 15 years in the healthcare industry, we are now launching an academia wing for nurses - Bikham Academia. With our strong tie-ups with the NHS in the UK, we will be able to send Indian nurses to the UK in about 6 months.
International recruitment of nurses has long played a role in helping the NHS meet its recruitment needs. Qualified nurses from abroad can earn around 20,000 pounds per annum initially. After getting the PIN (Personal Identification Number), the salaries can go up to 35,000 pounds per year. Nurses will work in very well-structured shifts of 37.5 hours per week there and be compensated for any time over that.
Currently the NHS is offering many benefits to international nurses like free flights to the UK, paid accommodation upon arrival, re-imbursement for tests like the OET and OSCE which are required. One very good benefit is that spouses and dependents can go with the nurses and are allowed to work there.
The United Kingdom is a country with heaps of career opportunities especially in the healthcare sector. Every year, thousands of people from overseas come into the country for work. For majority of international nurses, the main appeal of working in the UK is the country's excellent National Healthcare system. However, apart from a fantastic healthcare system, the UK is also extremely multicultural , offering people from all backgrounds and cultures worldwide a very popular place to settle permanently.
UK is one of the most favoured destinations for Indians to work  and settle in. With excellent public schooling system, world-class healthcare and plenty of support  for families in need; Indian nurses will find all the comforts of home in their local communities making their transition from India to the UK an exciting and hassle-free process.

अपने नए पंजाबी ट्रैक -ड्रीम- के प्रचार हेतु माणिक भतेजा पहुंचे सिटी ब्यूटीफुल

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Chandigarh 18th Mar, 2020:- दिल्ली में पले बढ़े युवा गायक कोरियोग्राफर माणिक भतेजा हाल ही में पीटीसी द्वारा जारी किए गए उनके नए पंजाबी सिंगल ट्रैक -ड्रीम- की प्रमोशन के लिए सिटी ब्यूटीफुल पहुंचे। इस अवसर पर उनके साथ प्रोड्यूसर रोबिन धवन और म्यूजिक डायरेक्टर अमन ओरिजन्लस भी साथ थे। काबिलेजिक्रक है कि माणिक भतेजा हनी सिंह, रफ्तार, बोहेमिया, अल्फाज बादशाह जैसे नामी कलाकारों के साथ काम कर चुके हैं और इससे पहले माणिक के गाडी स्लो, मोरनी बनके (मैशअप) तथा बांब स्क्वैड आदि गीत कर चुके हैं।
चंडीगढ़ प्रैस क्लब में आयोजित एक पत्रकारवार्ता में माणिक ने बताया कि वे गैर फिल्मी गैर संगीतमय परिवार से ताल्लुक रखते हैं परंतु उन्हें अपने परिवार से बहुत स्पोर्ट मिली है, जिसके चलते आज वे इस मुकाम तक पहुंच पाए हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि मैं डांसर और कोरियोग्राफर अपनी मेहनत से बना हूं और आवाज मुझे सरसवती माता की देन है।
उन्होंने बताया कि इस गीत में वे कैटरीना कैफ के फैन बने हैं और फोटोग्राफ्री कर रहे हैं। दर्शक इस गीत को पसंद कर रहे हैं और कमेट भी बहुत बढिय़ा रहे हैं मुझे उम्मीद है कि यह गीत कैटरीना तक पहुंचेगा और मुझे उनसे मिलने का अवसर मिलेगा। उन्होंने बताया कि इस गीत की शूटिंग दिल्ली में हुई है।
उन्होंने बालीवुड को अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर से जोड़ते हुए बताया भारतीय गीतों को विदेशों में भी लोग बहुत पसंद करते हैं। जैसे कि केन्द्रीय एशिया में मिथुन और राज कपूर, मिस्त्र में अमिताभ बच्चन, यूरोप में शाहरुख खान और चाईना में आमिर खान को लोग बेहद पसंद करते हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि उनके कुछ प्रोजैक्ट अभी लाईन में हैं जिन्में कुछ हिन्दी रोमांटिक और पंजाबी टै्रक शामिल हैं।