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COVID Katha: A multimedia guide on COVID-19 pandemic

Anamika Ray Memorial Trust in Guwahati has produced a multimedia guide on COVID-19 pandemic which was released recently by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

‘COVID Katha’ is a multimedia guide on the pandemic which was conceptualized by Manoj Kumar Patairiya, head at National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), DST, Government of India. The project was produced by a team of Anamika Ray Memorial Trust (ARMT), Guwahati, headed by Ankuran Dutta, managing trustee of ARMT and head of the Department of Communication and journalism at Gauhati University.

The multimedia guide was designed by cartoonist Nituparna Rajbongshi and Sanjib Bora and edited by Anupa Lahkar Goswami and Raja Das of ARMT. COVID Katha was released on May 3.

During the launch, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “I have found it as extremely useful and exemplary science communication solution for the people at large in the present scenario. It is freely accessible on smartphones, desktop computers as well as other electronic devices.”

Anamika Ray Memorial Trust, a registered educational and charitable non-profit organization, had carried out a campaign #CheckTheFake on the COVID-19 issue. The aim of the campaign was to make people aware of fake news.

As a part of this campaign, a cartoon was published in the Assam Tribune and news portal Northeast Now. The cartoon featured two-characters – ‘infodemic’ and ‘pandemic’ who, through witty one-liners talked about misleading and fake information as the world if fighting COVID-19 pandemic.


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