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IITs have been the pride of the nation: President Murmu

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New Delhi: IITs have been the pride of the nation, President Draupadi Murmu said on Saturday while speaking at the closing ceremony of IIT Delhi’s diamond jubilee celebrations here.

The president said that the IITs have demonstrated to the world India’s capabilities in the domains of education and technology.

“In more ways than one, the story of IITs is the story of independent India. The IITs have greatly contributed to the enhancement of India’s position in today’s world arena. IIT faculty and alumni have shown the world our brainpower,” he said.

“Some of those who studied at IIT Delhi and other IITs are now at the forefront of the digital revolution sweeping the world. Furthermore, the impact of IITs has gone beyond science and technology. IITians are leaders in all walks of life: in education, industry, entrepreneurship, civil society, activism, journalism, literature, and politics,” the president said.

Murmu said that the latest example of social concern from IITs was seen during the initial phase of the pandemic. Rising to the challenge of containing the virus, IIT Delhi launched major research and development projects.

It designed and developed rapid antigen test kits, PPE, antimicrobial fabrics, high-efficiency face masks, and low-cost ventilators, among other things, it said.

IIT Delhi’s contribution to India’s fight against the coronavirus has been a model for how engineering and technology institutions can play a role in a public health crisis, he added.

“By 2047, when we will celebrate the centenary of Independence, the world around us will have changed dramatically, thanks to the fourth industrial revolution. Just as 25 years ago we were not in a position to imagine the contemporary world, today we cannot visualize how artificial intelligence and automation are going to transform life.

“With our high population numbers, we need to have foresight and strategies to deal with the forces of the future where disruptions will be a new normal. The nature of employment will change completely,” he noted.

Pointing to the fact that climate change poses a serious challenge, the president said that as a developing country with a high population base, our energy requirement for economic growth is very high.

“So we must move from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” the president said.

Speaking at the occasion, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the IITs will further motivate our educational fraternity to achieve the goals of ‘Amrit Kaal’.

He also congratulated IIT Delhi on its illustrious 60-year history, saying the institute has played a crucial role in promoting national progress.

“It is a source of great pride that today many developed countries are showing interest in establishing and hosting IIT campuses abroad in their countries. This is a reflection of the skill, strength and quality of our prestigious IITs,” said Pradhan.


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Popular Indo-Canadian TikToker dies ‘unexpectedly’ at 21

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toronto: Indo-Canadian TikToker Megha Thakur, known for spreading messages of body positivity and self-confidence, passed away “suddenly” and “unexpectedly” last week, according to an Instagram post from her parents.

The Brampton influencer with 93,000 TikTok followers died last week at the age of 21.

He came from Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the light of our lives, our kind, loving and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 24, 2022 in the early hours of the morning,” Megha’s parents wrote, sharing the tragic news on Instagram.

“Megha was a confident and independent young woman. We will miss her very much. She loved her fans and she would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we ask for her blessings on Megha. Her thoughts and her prayers will be with her on her journey forward.”

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

A funeral was held in his memory on Tuesday.

“Megha knew how much strength she had in the influencer space and how many women looked up to her, I told her all the time. We lost an angel too soon,” wrote an Instagram fan in response to the post.

“Your posts brought so much confidence and light when I was struggling. She was always an angel, and beautiful inside and out. I am sorry for the loss of her and may she rest in peace,” another Instagram user wrote.

Megha was also active on Instagram with close to 101,000 followers.

Her latest TikTok video, posted on November 18, was captioned: “YOU ARE in charge of your destiny. Remember it.”

In the video, Megha was wearing a gray and beige mini dress, white sandals and dark sunglasses, walking through the streets of New York.

She finished her graduation from Mayfield High School and started making TikTok videos in 2019.

His first video got around 3,000 likes and 60,000 views.

(IANOS)


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Around 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since war began

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kyiv: A senior government official in kyiv has revealed that up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia launched its ongoing war on February 24.

Speaking to Ukrainian media on Thursday, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said: “We have official assessments from the General Staff, official assessments from the commander-in-chief (Zelensky), and they range from 10,000 to 12,500-13,000 dead.” reported the BBC

He said the number of civilians killed could also be “significant”

Podolyak further suggested that as many as 100,000 Russian soldiers had been killed since the invasion began, and that between 100,000 and 150,000 more had been wounded, missing, or unable to return to combat.

However, the Ukrainian military has not confirmed the count given by Podolyak.

The latest figures come after Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last month that around 100,000 Russian and 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded to date.

But the last update from Moscow in September said that only 5,937 soldiers had been killed since the start of the war.

The US general had also pointed out that between 15 and 30 million refugees have been created since Russia launched its invasion.

The UN has registered 7.8 million people as refugees from Ukraine across Europe, including Russia.

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Jubin Nautiyal falls from building staircase; Elbow broken, ribs cracked

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Mumbai: Singing sensation Jubin Nautiyal suffered injuries after he fell from the stairs of a building and is being treated at a hospital in Mumbai.

The incident occurred early Thursday morning.

A statement read: “The singer broke his elbow, fractured ribs and injured his head after falling down a building staircase.”

“Jubin will undergo surgery on his right arm after his accident. He has been advised not to use his right arm.”

Singer Jubin has firmly established himself as one of the leaders of the Indian music industry with global hits like ‘Raataan Lambiyaan’, ‘Lut Gaye’, ‘Humnava Mere’ and ‘Tujhe Kitne Chahne Lage Hum’, ‘Tum Hi Aana’ and ‘Bewafa Tera Masoon Chehra’.

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