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Eat, play and sleep right for a good life, says fitness expert

The Times of India – Staff Writer

“Wednesday morning started on a high-energy level at Mysore Auditorium in Matunga at The Times of India’s Mumbai for Kids workshop with Mickey Mehta. Mehta, a holistic fitness guru, conducted an interactive session with parents as well as children and have tips on mental and physical wellbeing…Mehta taught the children that nothing was impossible to achieve—becoming a good person, a doctor or a financial analyst. Nothing is impossible with a positive state of mind, healthy food habits, proper exercise and sleep patterns, he said. The session commenced with a chronological chart of ideal habits that should be inculcated—food, exercise, sleep and others…The essence of inculcating good habits is to build a strong parent-child relationship and ensuring complete commitment from both sides. “(more)

Ni Hao! Say Hyderabadis

The Times of India – Preeti Biswas

“As trade relations with China are poised to grow deeper across the twin states, hundreds of people are opting to learn Mandarin, which has already emerged as the trade language in Asia…”Mandarin is becoming a widely spoken language across the world. Unlike French, which has reached a saturation point, the demand for Mandarin is quite high. We are teaching the language to students at a young age keeping in mind the opportunity in the language,” said Emerald Chio, a Chinese national, who now lives in Hyderabad.”(more)

Mathematics Education in India: Does It All Add Up?

Education Week – Duriya Aziz

“How many times have you heard that the U.S. needs students who are good at math in order to produce more engineers and compete with those in India? Yet, as Duriya Aziz, Senior Vice President, International Education, Scholastic Inc., argues below, math is for more than just engineering…The purpose of learning mathematics has to change from ensuring entry into engineering courses to developing the child’s intellectual capabilities to become better thinkers and effective problem solvers. This holds true not only for India, but also for students around the world.”(more)

Go multilingual


“Language is one of the ways a culture expresses itself. It weaves a rich tapestry of a culture’s ideas, philosophy and ways of looking at the world. By learning a new language, one is opening the portals to understanding and appreciating the diversity and richness of human experience…subtle differences in ideology have become increasingly important in today’s world. With workplaces becoming globalised, these cultural differences are being valued. Companies look for people who have the skills not only to speak the language, but navigate through cross cultural diversity.”(more)

Nepal earthquake: ‘Million children left out of school’

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“Nearly a million children in Nepal will not be able to return to school in the wake of last month’s earthquake unless urgent action is taken, says Unicef. The international charity says nine out of 10 schools have been destroyed in the worst-affected districts. Almost 24,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the disaster that hit the country 12 days ago, it adds. Unicef is attempting to set up temporary learning spaces for children. Currently, all schools are closed in Nepal, although many of those still standing are being used as emergency shelters. They are due to reopen on Friday, 15 May.”(more)

Gadgets deny kids good night’s sleep

The Times of India – Ekatha Ann John

“The dark circles under his eyes reveal the nights seven-year-old Bharath Guru lay awake afraid that Babadook (a character in a horror movie) would come and gobble him up if he slept. He was among four children who sat in the waiting room of a clinic to seek help for what has eluded them for months-sound sleep. While Bharat suffered from sleeplessness owing to his terror, two of the children snored loudly. A 12-year-old boy hadn’t slept for a month. Although sleeping disorders in adults are quite common owing to stress, obesity and alcoholism, doctors say they are increasingly seeing children being brought with problems related to sleep. Most of these children – aged between three and 12 years – have poor concentration levels and are drowsy through the day. Dr N Ramakrishnan, director of Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences, says two in every 10 patients he sees is a child. “In most cases, the reason for disturbed sleep is the external environment. In the case of the 12-year-old boy, his restlessness was traced to his friend `unfriending’ him on Facebook. This caused him a lot of stress and anxiety, which disturbed his sleep,” he said.”(more)