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Sharada Peeth Corridor: A Ray of Hope for Hindus Pilgrims

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In a major breakthrough for the Indian Government, the Pakistan Government has given a nod for construction of a corridor that will allow the Hindu Pilgrims and especially Kashmiri Pandits, for whom it is one of the most important tirtha, to visit the Sharada Peeth.

This corridor would be second in line after Pakistan approved the construction of Kartarpur corridor which will allow Sikhs to visit Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan.

Meaning of Sharda Peeth

Now you must be wondering what Sharada Peeth is and what is its significance? Basically, Sharada Peeth derives its name from Sharada, Kashmiri name for Hindu Goddess Saraswati, who is the Hindu Goddess of Learning. By Sharada Peeth we mean the Seat of Sharda.

It is one of the 18 Mahashakti Peeths that are believed to be the fallen body parts of Hindu Goddess, Sati, the first wife of Lord Shiva.

Significance for Hindus

Having mentioned that it is an important tirtha for Hindus, let us first know what a tirtha is. A tirtha is a Hindu place of pilgrimage where the Hindu Gods are worshipped, a temple in short which has its location along a river. So, what makes it different from a normal temple? A tirtha is thousand years old and is of historical significance whereas a temple may not be that old.

The Sharada peeth along with Martand Sun Temple and the Amarnath Temple form the three most important tirthas for the Kashmiri Pandits.

 Access to Sharda Peeth has been denied to Hindus since 1949, after Pakistan occupied part of Kashmir.

Historical Significance

Sharada Peeth has been the school of learning for various Indian Scholars such as Kalhana, Adi Shankara, Vairotsana, Kumarajiva and Thonmi Sambhota. Also, texts written by Panini and other Hindu scholars were stored in Sharda School of Learning.

There is a strong belief among Kashmiri Pandits that three forms of Goddess Shakti namely Sharada (goddess of learning), Saraswati (goddess of knowledge) and Vagdevi (goddess of speech, which articulates power) reside here.

There is a strong belief that during the Sharada Peeth pilgrimage, if the devotees bathe in the confluence of rivers Kishenganga and Madhumatī streams will get rid of all their sins.

Location

After discussing the importance that the temple holds, a brief scenario of its location is obviously required. The temple lies in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. It is 150 kms away from Muzaffarabad and 130 kms away Srinagar (capital of Jammu & Kashmir). It is also 10 kms away from LoC and is along River Neelam in village Sharda, the valley of Mount Harmukh, which is believed by Kashmiri Pandits to be the abode of Lord Shiva.

Although most of the structure is in ruins, it is immaterial for Hindus because of its religious significance.

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U.S President Donald Trump prohibits entry of Foreigners from Brazil indefinitely

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On Sunday the United States President Mr. Donald Trump introduced new travel restrictions on Brazil. It has been extremely affected because of the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions will not allow foreigners to travel to the U.S. if they have travelled to Brazil any time during the 14-days prior to when their travel which is scheduled to the U.S.

“The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from Brazil threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security,” said the suspension order published by the White House on Sunday.

The travel ban exempts the permanent U.S. residents, legal guardians of permanent residents under the age of 21, their spouse and others.

“Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

“These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil.” added Kayleign McEnany.

The South American nation recently became the world’s second major hotspot for coronavirus cases.

Brazil has accounted for more than 360,000 cases and over 22,000 people have died with the virus, announced the country’s health ministry on Sunday.

The number of cases can be seen to diminish in Europe and East Asia whereas they are escalating rapidly in Brazil. The World Health Organization is calling South America the center of the pandemic.

“We hope that’ll be temporary, but because of the situation in Brazil, we’re going to take every step necessary to protect the American people,” Mr O’Brien said.

He added that “we’ll take a look at the other countries on a country-by-country basis for sure”.

China, Iran, the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland had been prohibited from entering the US earlier

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Happy Eid-ul-Fitr 2020: Eid Mubarak​ Images, Wishes, Shayaris, Quotes And Messages

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Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan (or Ramzan) during which Muslims observe Roza (fast from dusk to dawn). Being the most auspicious festivals for the Muslim community, the festival is celebrated worldwide with feasts, prayers and charity or zakat. The word Eid symbolizes feast and Mubarak means blessed. On this day, people get up early, chant their salat ul-fajr (daily prayers), apply ittar, wear new clothes, and exchange greetings by saying “Eid Mubarak”.

Eid Ul Fitr aka Meethi Eid, also known as ‘festival of breaking fast’, is celebrated with great zeal and fervor. The grand festival also marks the beginning of Shawwal, another month, and one cannot fast on the day of Eid. The occasion commences only after the crescent moon is sighted. Muslims will soon celebrate Eid al-Adha after Eid al-Fitr. But, this year celebrations will be a little different due to lockdown.

With Eid-Ul-Fitr 2020 is being celebrated today i.e- May 25, 2020, take a look at some quotes, wishes, Shayari, messages to wish your loved ones on WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook on this auspicious festival.

Eid Mubarak Wishes 2020

  1. Eid Mubarak! May Allah bless your life with happiness, your soul with spiritual thoughts, your heart with love, and your mind with wisdom.

  1. Home full of smiles and laughter, heart filled with love so true, get success in everything you do, and happy life ever after, these are my wishes on Eid for you. Stay Blessed.

 

  1. Let there be happiness, light, and positivity in your life and may there never be any dearth of good friends. Eid Mubarak Mere Dost!

 

  1. I wish you a very happy, joyous and peaceful Eid ul Fitr. May Allah forgive your sins, ease the suffering of all people around, and accept your good deeds. Bakrid Mubarak!

 

  1. May the blessings of Allah be with you always and with your family forever. Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak Messages 2020

  1. Let all join our hands to thank God Almighty for this wonderful and peaceful day. Eid Mubarak!

 

  1. Our month-long wait is finally over. I hope you enjoy this day peacefully with joy and laughter and seek Allah’s blessings. Eid Mubarak!

 

  1. Take a break from stress and let’s celebrate Eid with a peace in a mind and forget worries for a moment! You are welcome to join us as Life is so endlessly delicious. Let’s enjoy together, Happy Eid Day!

 

  1. May every silent prayer of yours get answered, your dreams get fulfilled and opportunities seek your way. May Allah shower his Rehmat and Barkat on you, your family and your loved ones. Happy Eid!

 

Eid Mubarak Wishes in Hindi/ Eid Shayaris

  1. Chand ki pehli dastak pe Chand Mubarak kehte hain, Sab se pehle hum aapko Eid Mubarak kehte hain.

 

  1. Eid Ka Chand kare sabki muradein puri, Mile sabko dheron khushiyan aur na rahe koi tamanna adhuri…Eid Ka Chand Mubarak.

 

  1. Kuch is qadr pak ho rishta tere aur mere darmiyan, Jaise Taqreeb-e-Eid Aur Mah-e-Ramzan Ka. Eid Ka Chand Mubarak mere dost.

Eid Mubarak Wishes 2020

  1. Koi tumhare itne naaz uthaaye to batanaa, Koi itna chahhe tumhe to batana, Eid Mubarak to har koi keh dega tumse, Koi hamari tarah kahey to batana, Eid Mubarak!

 

  1. Mubarak Mauka Allah ne atah farmaya, ek baar fir bandagi ki raah pe chalaaya, adaa karna apna farz tum Khuda ke liye..khushi aur shanti se bhari ho Eid apke liye!

Eid Mubarak Messages 2020

Eid Ka Chand Mubarak. Eid Mubarak to you all!

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Tennis star Jamie Hampton announces retirement

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Former World Top 25 and US tennis star Jamie Hampton has announced her retirement from her profession/ professional tennis. She is 30 years old and played the last six years ago as she suffered numerous injuries after reaching heights in her career. She reached on the world ranking of 24 in 2013.

The talented player from Alabama began the 2014 season with a run to semi-finals of the ASB Classic in New Zealand’s Auckland but could not play against Venus Williams due to injury in hips.

After this, she underwent 6 surgeries in over following 18 months including 2 on her right hip.
She announced her retirement through Twitter where she tweeted, “This has been a long time coming. Those of you who’ve followed my tennis career know that I have undergone numerous surgeries in the past few years. Unfortunately, they weren’t successful enough for me to return to tennis”.

She further added, “Confronting this reality couldn’t have been more disappointing and it’s taken many years to work through. Tennis was my first love, and even though it’s been years since I’ve completed, it’s still heartbreaking to officially say goodbye.”

She also reached one WTA doubles final, alongside Anna Tatishvili at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City in 2011 where they finished as runner-up to Abigail Spears and Raquel Atawo.

“Competing on the biggest stages of tennis was a dream come true, but it wouldn’t have been possible nor would it have meant much without the support of my family, friends, coaches, sponsors and of course fans”, she added.

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PM eVidya Programme to Online Education: All you need to know

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Online Education 2020: PM eVidya programme has been launched by the government to give importance to online education in the country and make e-learning feasible for students and teachers. FM Nirmala Sitharaman has added this programme as a special package under the 20 lakh stimulus package, focusing on the technology to aid learning. Students, teachers and learners will get multi-mode access to various courses by May 30, 2020.

PM eVidya Programme: All you need to know

  • The programme is a technology-driven initiative in terms of education to make learning feasible and accessible by all.
  • Muti-mode access to online education will be launched
  • For school education, DIKSHA will be available for teachers and students that will provide e-content and QR coded Energized Textbooks for all grades (One Nation-One Digital Platform)
  • A special TV channel will be launched for classes 1 to 12 (One Class, One Channel)
  • Keeping in mind for visually and hearing impaired, special e-content will be added.
  • Top 100 universities will start online courses by May 30, 2020. This will include institutions like Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other institutes of national importance.

Other Programmes for Online Education

1.  Manordarpan, an initiative for psychological support and counselling of teachers, students, and families for mental health and emotional well-being which will be launched immediately.

2. New National Curriculum & Pedagogical framework for school, teachers and early childhood which is integrated with global and 21st-century skill requirements.

3. National Foundational Literacy & Numeracy Mission will be for launch in India by December 2020 that will ensure that every child attains learning levels in grade 5 by 2025.

Provisions have been undertaken to telecast live interactive sessions through Skype. Doordarshan’s broadcast learning channel – Swayam Prabha has effectively contributed in making education feasible in India during these difficult times. To increase the reach of Swayam Prabha, tie-ups have been made with private DTH providers.

Initiatives For Online Education in India

Swayam Prabha is a group of 32 DTH channels which teaches arts, science, commerce, social sciences performing arts and humanities subjects, engineering, medicine, technology and agriculture. It also helps students to clear doubts by calling on a dedicated helpline. ePathshala portal, another educational platform where 200 e-textbooks were added.

The study app Diksha has had 6 crore hits from March 24 till date. DIKSHA has content in 14 languages – Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Sindhi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Chhattisgarhi.

There will be extensive use of community radio among students for learning purposes. This included the use of 289 Community Radio Stations which will be attempted for school education.

A podcast called Shiksha Vani of CBSE provides audio content for students on various subjects of class 9 to 12, in a timely, educative, and seamless manner. The app is available on Play Store for Android phone users with approximately 400 pieces of content in the form of audio files on the NCERT curriculum.

Digitally Accessible Information System (DAISY) is a special e-content platform for visually and hearing-impaired children.

Also read: IIM Bangalore Invites For Retail Management Online Certificate Course through Swayam platform

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Vande Bharat Mission: 169 people to come back from Dhaka

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After the launch of the mission “Vande Bharat”, the Vande Bharat flight is all set to bring 169 people from Dhaka to Kolkata. The special flight will be of Air India. They will bring people on Monday, say media reports.

 

Since a large number of people from West Bengal are in Bangladesh, the High Commission of India in Dhaka will identify those who want to back to India with genuine reasons and will be given priority. The first flight to Kolkata had 73 students, 16 elderly people, 45 stranded tourists, 16 medical emergency cases and 1 pregnant woman.

 

People who are coming back will put under quarantine. Only after that, they will go back to their homes across 20 districts. The Ministry of External Affairs had on Thursday announced that it is ready to facilitate flights if the West Bengal government announces quarantine facilities to the people coming back.

 

The people will not only be back from Dhaka only but from the other states of Bangladesh.

 

Earlier 168 people were bought back home from Chicago and USA under this mission. The flight landed on Hyderabad International Airport on Sunday. All arriving passengers were sanitised properly at the International Arrivals.

 

One flight on 16 May landed on the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport oh Hyderabad. This flight came from Newark, New Jersey and had around 121 people. India started this mission on May 7,2020 in the third phase of lockdown to bring the people in crisis to their homes back.

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World Bank announces $1 Billion to rekindle the Indian economy

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The World Bank has announced USD 1 billion to India to combat the after effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday. The total commitment from the world bank to provide assistance to the poor and vulnerable in India has added up to USD 2 billion as the World Bank announced assistance of USD 1 billion to India last month.

The bank said that the focus of this fund will be to enable India to integrate all of its 400-plus society security schemes at a technology level.

“The project will be crucial to rebalance social security towards urban poor, as much as rural.  I think PMs ‘Atma nirbhar mission’ is very important in terms of directions and India is not making distinction between life and livelihoods in the aftermath of Covid-19,”” said Junaid Ahmad, country director, World Bank.

India was the largest beneficiary of the first wave of programme with a facility for US $1 billion.

Shrayana Bhattacharya, senior World Bank official said, “The World Bank said the support in collaboration with the government is aimed at integrating platforms so that people should not have to run around from one place to another to access a myriad of social schemes.

The deadly virus had caused several countries to announce a nationwide lockdown. India, with one of the largest lockdowns, has been severely impacted. It resulted in bringing the economic activities to a grinding halt, a huge percentage of the population now lack job opportunities especially in the informal sector. They have no source of income.

Out of the USD 1 billion commitment, USD 550 million will be financed by a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) – the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm and USD 200 million will be a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), with a final maturity of 18.5 years including a grace period of five years. The remaining USD 250 million will be made available after June 30, 2020.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 20 lakh crore support package on Tuesday for boosting the economy as this will help to mitigate the damage caused by the lockdown which was announced to prevent further transmission of coronavirus.

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U.S President Trump’s immunity claim most likely to be rejected by Supreme Court

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The supreme court heard several arguments regarding the American President, Mr. Donald Trump’s tax returns on Tuesday. It is most likely to reject President Trump’s claim of being immune from criminal investigation while in office.

Elena Kagan, like Sotomayor an Obama appointee, told Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow, “fundamental precept of our constitutional order is that the President is not above the law”.

The New York prosecutors, Lawyers from Trump’s Justice Department and Attorney’s representing the President himself were presenting their arguments by telephone for a duration of three hours and 22 minutes. The world listened in.

The court, which includes six justices at the age of 65 or older have been discussing the matter remotely for the second week due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump has not released his tax returns since the 2016 election despite his promise to do so. President Trump seems to be the first one to do this, say facts. Every president since Nixon, who was elected in 1968, had released tax information even though there is no legal compunction to do it.

Democrats in Congress are attempting to figure out whether Trump is breaking ethical laws and constitutional safeguards against profiting from the presidency.

Cyrus Vance Jr, The New York prosecutor, wants to find out if hush money payments were made to women who claimed affairs with Trump involved illegal business practices.

Trump’s lawyers are contending that he should not be so constrained by Congress and cannot be prosecuted while in office as it gets in the way of his Presidential duties, this is supported by the justice department.

The justices sounded particularly concerned in arguments over congressional subpoenas about whether a ruling validation of the subpoenas would lead to harassing future presidents.

“In your view, there is really no protection against the use of congressional subpoenas for the purpose of preventing the harassment of a president,” Justice Samuel Alito said to Douglas Letter, the lawyer for the House of Representatives.

The justices will meet by telephone before the end of the week to take a preliminary vote on how those cases should come out, final decisions are expected by early summer.

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GATE Free Online Coaching In Andhra Pradesh: Register for free on or before May 7, 2020

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GATE Online Coaching 2020: Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE) will be coordinating GATE online coaching classes in adherence to the direction of the Ministry of Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh. The interested engineering students can register for the on-line GATE coaching classes on or before May 7, 2020, at jntua.ac.in. B.Tech third and fourth-year students of Andhra Pradesh are also eligible for the online coaching class. The classes will begin on May 11, 2020.

To know about the list of subjects and faculty details for GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Online Classes, click here.

About the GATE Free Online Classes

Candidates who have registered for the online classes will be taught by the faculty of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada (JNTUK), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur (JNTUA), Yogi Vemana University and YSR Cuddapah.

Each GATE subject will be taught in 12 days in 12 sessions, with each session being two-hours long: one session will be held in the morning and another class in the evening. Two subjects will be taught by the Faculty members per day and the online attendance will be recorded. The schedule of online classes will be informed to student and teacher through mails.

Students from Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering / Information Technology, Civil Engineering are eligible for the registration and brush their skills.

Students may register for the on-line GATE coaching classes in the following web portal:

www.jntua.ac.in/gate-online-classes/registration

Important Instructions:

  • Registration is free.
  • Online registration form is available up to 11.30 pm on May 7, 2020.
  • Students can make any changes in online registration until 11.30 pm on May 7, 2020.
  • For any clarifications, students can send mail to gateonline@jntua.ac.in.
  • The schedule of classes will be informed to the concerned students by E-mail.
  • Attendance will be monitored

GATE is an online national level examination jointly conducted by the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee and Kanpur) for Masters in Technology (MTech), Master of Engineering (ME), and direct PhD admissions.  The GATE scores are also used for recruitment purpose by some PSUs. About 858,890 students have applied for GATE 2020 examinations this year and around 1402 colleges accept GATE scores.

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JEE Main, NEET 2020 fresh dates to be announced on May 5 (Tomorrow): HRD Minister

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JEE Main, NEET 2020 Exam Date Update: The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) will announce the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main fresh dates on May 5, 2020 (tomorrow). Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union HRD minister, will interact with students online to address their queries from 12 noon onwards. There are roughly 9 lakh candidates registered for JEE (Main) 2020 examinations and 16 lakh for medical entrance test NEET 2020.

Check the latest twitter update by Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank for JEE Main, NEET 2020 fresh dates and related queries.

Initially, the NEET UG exam 2020 was scheduled for May 3 while the JEE Main April session exam was scheduled to begin from the April 5, 7, 8, 11. However, both the examinations were postponed after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a nationwide lockdown till April 14 due to the global coronavirus outbreak. The lockdown was then extended till May 3 which has now again extended till May 17, pushing the exam dates even further.

Prior to this, HRD Minister has also communicated with the parents on April 27 in which more than 20 thousand parents participated the webinar. The issues with respect to online classes by students and other difficulties along with mental health issues were discussed.

Other entrance exams including JNU, NET, UGC and IGNOU PhD, ICAR exam, NCHM-G and management courses were also postponed due to nationwide lockdown. The exam updates by HRD will sure bring relief to lakhs of aspirants and will put uncertainty for the students.

There are also fake news and rumours around the corner, and it’s better to rely on trusted education websites and main entrance exams portal. We have mentioned the link below to get the official notification for revised dates.

JEE Main, the first phase of the IIT Joint Entrance Exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for students aspiring to pursue undergraduate courses in India top engineering institutes. The examination is conducted in two sessions: in January and in April. From JEE Main, top, 2,50,000 students qualify to appear for JEE Advanced. The JEE official website: jeemain.nta.nic.in

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) also conducted by NTA for admission to medical courses like MBBS, BDS, and Post-Graduation in both private and government medical colleges. The NEET official website: ntaneet.nic.in.

 

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NASA – Developed Ventilator Approved by FDA for Emergency Use 

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NASA gave another public statement on May 1, 2020, affirming that the new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use under the FDA’s March 24 ventilator Emergency Use Authorization.

Called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), the device was developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California to free up the nation’s limited supply of traditional ventilators so they may be used on patients with the most severe COVID-19 symptoms.

“This FDA authorization is a key milestone in a process that exemplifies the best of what government can do in a time of crisis,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

The Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships at Caltech, which manages JPL for NASA, is offering a free licence for VITAL and is reaching out to the commercial medical industry.

“Now that we have a design, we’re working to pass the baton to the medical community, and ultimately patients, as quickly as possible,” said Fred Farina, chief innovation and corporate partnerships officer at Caltech. “To that end, we are offering the designs for licensing on a royalty-free basis during the time of the pandemic.”

Prior to the FDA’s review, the VITAL prototype passed a critical test April 21 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. VITAL poses several benefits in the national response to COVID-19. Battling the infection and treating patients during this unprecedented global pandemic requires innovative approaches and action. It can be built faster and maintained more easily than a traditional ventilator, and is composed of far fewer parts, many of which are currently available to potential manufacturers through existing supply chains. Its flexible design means it also can be modified for use in field hospitals being set up in convention centres, hotels and other high-capacity facilities across the country and around the globe.

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