Disaster & Management

Tokyo Olympics at risk if coronavirus mutates, gets stronger:Japan adviser

International News       Jul 15, 2020

TOKYO: The Tokyo Olympics may have to be postponed again if the novel coronavirus mutates into a stronger pathogen, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a prominent Japanese government adviser, said on Wednesday.However, a recent spike in cases in Tokyo is due to a failure to stick to guidelines...

Afghanistan faces 'catastrophe' as COVID-19 cases grow: Red Crescent

International News       Jul 15, 2020

KABUL: Afghanistan faces “catastrophe” as growing COVID-19 cases stretch a health infrastructure already severely weakened by decades of war, the Afghan Red Crescent Society said on Tuesday. Some 34,740 coronavirus cases and 1,062 deaths from the respiratory pandemic have been officially reported in Afghanistan, according...

Govt approves Rs 107 cr for fire-fighting facilities at Haldia Dock

Indian News       Jul 14, 2020

  New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said it has approved Rs 107 crore for modern fire-fighting facilities at Haldia Dock Complex of Kolkata Port to ensure safe cargo operations, especially petro-chemical goods. Kolkata Port is one of the top 12 major ports in the country....

Human clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccine initiated in India:ICMR

Indian News       Jul 14, 2020

New Delhi: Human clinical trials for a vaccine for Covid-19 has been initiated in the country with approximately 1,000 volunteers participating in the exercise for each of the two indigenously developed vaccine candidates, the ICMR said on Tuesday. Since India is one of the largest...

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Russia requires firms to develop financial/insurance contingency plans for oil spills

International News       Jul 14, 2020

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring companies involved in oil production or handling other hydrocarbons to have adequate resources for a contingency plan in the case of a spill. The law makes it mandatory for companies to have sufficient financial reserves to...

India's COVID-19 tally crosses 9 lakh with 28,498 fresh cases; death toll climbs to 23,727

Indian News       Jul 14, 2020

  New Delhi: With 28,498 fresh cases recorded in a day, India's COVID-19 tally sprinted past nine lakh on Tuesday, just three days after it crossed the eight-lakh mark, according to the Union health ministry data. The total coronavirus caseload in the country surged to 9,06,752...

UK Plans to spend $6.6 billion on building flood defenses through 2027

International News       Jul 14, 2020

  London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed 5.2 billion pounds ($6.6 billion) of spending on flood defenses through 2027 as his government seeks to protect hundreds of thousands of British homes. Under the plan, billed as “the most comprehensive in a decade,” the UK will build...

India's tech hub Bengaluru, other towns back in lockdown amid COVID-19 surge

Indian News       Jul 14, 2020

  BENGALURU/MUMBAI: India’s high-tech hub of Bengaluru will go back into a coronavirus lockdown for a week on Tuesday after a surge of infections, threatening to derail government efforts to revive a stuttering economy.Places of worship, public transport, government offices and most shops will close again...

Antibody immunity to coronavirus may be short-lived: UK study

Facts       Jul 13, 2020

Patients who recover from the novel coronavirus may have an antibody response that makes them immune to the deadly virus only for a few months, a new study in the UK has found. A paper titled Longitudinal evaluation and decline of antibody responses in SARS-CoV-2...

Climate change, COVID-19 stoke wildfire's economic risk, Fed says

International News       Jul 13, 2020

Wildfires threaten the economy of the western United States to a greater extent than the rest of the country, and the coronavirus pandemic and climate change will only make that worse, according to research from the San Francisco Fed on Monday. Some 52% of economic...

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