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15-year-old Indian-American Gitanjali Rao becomes TIME’s first-ever kid of the year

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Indian-American Gitanjali Rao, a “brilliant” young scientist and inventor, has been named by TIME magazine as the first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’ for her “astonishing work using technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying.”

“The world belongs to those who shape it. And however uncertain that world may feel at a given moment, the reassuring reality seems to be that each new generation produces more of what these kids have already achieved: positive impact, in all sizes,” Time said.

Ms. Rao, 15, was selected from a field of more than 5,000 nominees as TIME’s first-ever Kid of the Year. She was interviewed by actor and activist Angelina Jolie for the TIME special.

“Observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicate,” Ms. Rao told about her process during a virtual talk with Ms. Jolie from her home in Colorado.

She spoke about her astonishing work using technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying, and about her mission to create a global community of young innovators to solve problems the world over.

“Even over video chat, her brilliant mind and generous spirit shone through, along with her inspiring message to other young people: don’t try to fix every problem, just focus on one that excites you,” Time said.

“If I can do it,” she said in the interview, “anybody can do it.”

Ms. Rao said her generation is facing many problems that they have never seen before.

“But then at the same time, we’re facing old problems that still exist. Like, we’re sitting here in the middle of a new global pandemic, and we’re also like still facing human-rights issues. There are problems that we did not create but that we now have to solve, like climate change and cyberbullying with the introduction of technology,” she said.

“I think more than anything right now, we just need to find that one thing we’re passionate about and solve it. Even if it’s something as small as, I want to find an easy way to pick up litter. Everything makes a difference. Don’t feel pressured to come up with something big,” she said.

“When asked when she knew that science was her passion,” Ms. Rao said she always wanted to put a smile on someone’s face. “That was my everyday goal, just to make someone happy. And it soon turned into, How can we bring positivity and community to the place we live?”

Ms. Rao added that she doesn’t look like “your typical scientist.”

“Everything I see on TV is that it’s an older, usually white man as a scientist. It’s weird to me that it was almost like people had assigned roles, regarding like their gender, their age, the colour of their skin. My goal has really shifted not only from creating my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well. Because, from personal experience, it’s not easy when you don’t see anyone else like you. So I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it,” she said.

She said when she was in second or third grade, she started thinking about how she can use science and technology to create social change. She said she was 10 when she told her parents that she wanted to research carbon nanotube sensor technology at the Denver Water Quality Research Lab.

When asked by Ms. Jolie if Ms. Rao does things that kids her age do, she said: “actually I spend more time doing 15-year-old things during the quarantine. I bake an ungodly amount. It’s not good, but it’s baking. And, like, it’s science too.”

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കവിയും ​ഗാനരചയിതാവുമായ അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാൻ അന്തരിച്ചു.

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തിരുവനന്തപുരം: പ്രശസ്ത കവിയും ​ഗാനരചയിതാവുമായ അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാൻ അന്തരിച്ചു. തിരുവനന്തപുരം കിംസ് ആശുപത്രിയിൽ രാത്രി എട്ടരയോടെയായിരുന്നു അന്ത്യം. കൊവിഡ് ബാധിച്ചു ചികിത്സയിൽ ആയിരുന്നു.

ഞായറാഴ്ച രാവിലെ തലകറങ്ങി വീണതിനെത്തുടർന്ന് ആദ്യം മാവേലിക്കരയിലെയും പിന്നീട് കരു​ഗപ്പള്ളിയിലെയും സ്വകാര്യ ആശുപത്രികളിൽ ചികിത്സ തേടി. പിന്നീട് ​ഗുരുതരാവസ്ഥയിലായതോടെ തിരുവനന്തപുരത്തെ ആശുപത്രിയിലേക്ക് മാറ്റുകയായിരുന്നു. ഹൃദയാഘാതമാണ് മരണകാരണമെന്നാണ് പുറത്തുവരുന്ന വിവരം.

ആലപ്പുഴ ജില്ലയിൽ കായംകുളം ഗോവിന്ദമുട്ടത്ത് വാരണപ്പള്ളി പനച്ചൂർ വീട്ടിൽ ഉദയഭാനു- ദ്രൗപതി ദമ്പതികളുടെ മകനായി 1965 നവംബർ 20നാണ് അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാന്റെ ജനനം. അനിൽകുമാർ പി.യു. എന്നാണ്‌ യഥാർത്ഥ പേര്. നങ്ങ്യാർകുളങ്ങര ടി.കെ.എം. കോളേജ്, തിരുവനന്തപുരം ലോ അക്കാദമി, വാറംകൽ കാകദീയ സർവകലാശാല എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിലായി വിദ്യാഭ്യാസം പൂർത്തിയാക്കി. ഭാര്യ: മായ, മകൾ:ഉണ്ണിമായ.

ലാൽ ജോസിന്റെ അറബിക്കഥ എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലെ ചോര വീണ മണ്ണിൽ നിന്നു, എം. മോഹനന്റെ കഥ പറയുമ്പോൾ എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലെ വ്യത്യസ്തനാമൊരു ബാർബറാം ബാലനെ എന്നീ ഗാനങ്ങൾ അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാനെ പ്രശസ്തിയിലേക്കുയർത്തിയവയാണ്.

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HBO channel ceases broadcasting in India

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WarnerMedia International has announced the cessation of the HBO SD and HD linear movie channels in India and Pakistan, as well as the WB linear movie channel in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives with effect from December 15.

This means that WarnerMedia International will have presence in India through its kids’ channel brands – Cartoon Network and POGO in the South Asia region. The broadcaster said in a statement that it will sharpen focus on the kids’ segment in India, including increasing local animation production in this region.

“After 20 years of successes for the HBO linear movie channel in South Asia and more than a decade with the WB linear movie channel, this was a difficult decision to make. The pay-TV industry landscape and the market dynamics have shifted dramatically, and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for further change,” said Siddharth Jain, senior vice president and managing director, WarnerMedia’s entertainment networks in South Asia.

He added, “We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all our partners and fans who have made HBO and WB household names. We also owe a debt of gratitude to all our employees who have worked so passionately on these well-loved brands. WarnerMedia has a strong interest in India and are committed to assessing optimal opportunities to serve valued customers here.”

WarnerMedia will continue to have employees based in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to manage its kids’ channel brands operations, sales and marketing as well as the distribution of CNN International.

The HBO brand will also continue to have presence in India through it content deal with Disney+Hotstar. The video streaming platform houses HBO Original titles like WestWorld, and Game of Thrones.

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