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Bridge Covid-time gaps in learning, kids appeal to MPs | India News

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NEW DELHI: Ahead of the winter session starting on November 29, a group of kids urged parliamentarians on the occasion of World Children’s Day to work towards bridging the learning gaps, which emerged during the pandemic.
The interaction with MPs was part of a “virtual children’s parliament” convened by Parliamentarians’ Group for Children (PGC) in partnership with UNICEF. Children shared their anxieties and concerns in the presence of 35 MPs, including PGC Chairperson Gaurav Gogoi — Congress MP in Lok Sabha. PGC is a multiparty, non-statutory, selfconvened group of MPs who are interested in advancing child rights. It provides a platform for the MPs for cross-fertilization of ideas to discuss issues and ways to advance children’s rights.
Suggestions ranged from state and Central-level policy initiatives to enable access to sustainable online education solutions to creating peer groups in schools to help in dealing with anxiety arising out of the pandemic and ensuring a more diverse curriculum in keeping with the National Education Policy 2020 to make education an empowering and interesting experience. Representing 1,500 children from 16 states, 14 children shared their experiences and presented a “Charter of Demands” to the PGC. The Charter focuses on safe school reopening as well as equitable access to online learning, reducing the size of the syllabus and prioritising vaccination for children. PGC chairperson said, “I want you to know that we have your best interests at heart”. One PGC convener, Heena Gavit, said the most urgent issue at hand is how to make up for the learning loss to prevent children, especially girls.

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Entertainment District Arc Release Date & What to Expect

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Demon Slayer rounded out its Mugen Train Arc on Nov. 28, bringing Tanjiro’s mission with the Flame Hashira to a bittersweet end. Although “Set Your Heart Ablaze” will no doubt have fans feeling emotional, the conclusion of this arc also gives them a reason to be excited. The anime will officially move into never-before-seen territory with its next episode, which will kick off Demon Slayer Season 2’s Entertainment District Arc. What can fans expect from this new chapter, and when will it begin?

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Official poster art for the 'Demon Slayer' Season 2 Entertainment District Arc being adapted from the manga to the anime.

Official art for ‘Demon Slayer’s Entertainment District Arc | ©Koyoharu Gotouge/SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable

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Biden signs slate of bills aimed at supporting veterans

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“We have many obligations, but we only have one truly sacred obligation, in my view. And that is prepare those we send into harm’s way, care for their families when they’re gone and care for them and their families when they’re home,” Biden said at the bill signing event. “And that’s a lifetime commitment.”

One bill directs the Government Accountability Office to study whether there are disparities associated with race and ethnicity when it comes to Veterans Affairs compensation benefits, disability ratings and rejections of claims for benefits. Another directs the VA to recruit military medical personnel to work in federal health care occupations.

The third bill is aimed at reducing out-of-pocket education costs for surviving spouses and children of military veterans, and another piece of legislation is geared toward addressing maternal mortality among female veterans by authorizing $15 million for the VA maternity care coordination programs.

“We’ve heard from veterans of color, who upon returning home from their service, are treated differently from white veterans. This bill will help us understand how this happened, keep better records, expose the facts of the light of day and allow us to do the necessary work making sure that all of our nation’s veterans — all of them — are treated with equal dignity and equal quality throughout their entire time,” Biden said ahead of the bill signing.

Biden noted the Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 was championed by Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is a US Army veteran who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq, as well as Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and others. Duckworth is the first female double-amputee to serve in the Senate and was also the first senator to give birth while in office.

Biden also noted the legislation was one of Vice President Kamala Harris’ “pet projects” when she was a senator.

“Our country continues to have the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world … especially among Black and Native American women. For many years, Vice President Harris has led the fight to address this tragedy in maternal mortality in our nation,” Biden said.

The President was joined at the White House by Harris, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, members of Congress and advocates.

“Earlier this month, I commemorated Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. On that solemn day, we lay a wreath and renew our oath,” Biden said. “But keeping faith with American veterans required much more than laying wreaths or making more oaths. It requires acts. That’s what you’ve done today, all of you. Acts.”

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