India can become a global toy hub: Modi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon start­ups and entrepreneurs to “team up for toys”, pointing out that India’s share in the ₹7 lakh crore global toy market is minuscule. He asserted that the country has the potential to be a hub for the industry.
  • Asking start­ups to be “vocal for local”, Mr. Modi urged them to develop computer games in and based on India, citing the recently conducted App Innovation Challenge by the government.
  • “Our country has so many ideas, so many concepts; our history has been very rich. Can we make games based on that? I call upon the young talent of the country — make games in India and make games based on India too. It is said let the game begin! So, let us start the game,” he said.
  • He reiterated the slogan of Do gaz ki doori, Mask hain zaroori [Maintaining six feet distance and wearing mask are essential].


Panel looks at lockdown impact on mental health

  • As India heads towards completing six months of being in a virtual mode and restricted mobility because of the COVID­-19 pandemic in September, the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Home Affairs is examining the impact of the lockdown on citizens’ mental health.
  • Including mental health and the “adverse” health impact on children from prolonged exposure to online classes. “Continuous exposure to computer or phone screens will surely have an impact on eyesight.
  • While some families are unable to own gadgets even in urban areas, students in rural and semi­urban areas are facing network issues.