Eco/Invest/Demography

India open to launching own app store as start-ups criticise Google - government source

Indian News       Oct 01, 2020

  New Delhi: India open to launching own app store as start-ups criticise Google - government sourceNEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is open to launching its own mobile app store or expanding an existing one if it receives enough demand from domestic firms for an alternative...

Supreme Court orders airlines to refund bookings during coronavirus lockdown

Indian News       Oct 01, 2020

  NEW DELHI: India’s top court on Friday ordered airlines to refund passengers who were forced to cancel tickets booked during a two-month, nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Supreme Court told airlines to refund the money within three weeks in...

No clear link between school opening and COVID surge, study finds

International News       Oct 01, 2020

  LONDON: Widespread reopening of schools after lockdowns and vacations is generally not linked to rising COVID-19 rates, a study of 191 countries has found, but lockdown closures will leave a 2020 “pandemic learning debt” of 300 billion missed school days.The analysis, by the Zurich-based independent...

India's coronavirus infections rise to 6.31 million

Indian News       Oct 01, 2020

  BENGALURU: India’s coronavirus case tally increased by 86,821 in the last 24 hours to 6.31 million by Thursday morning, data from the health ministry showed, as the country eased more restrictions to combat the economic hit from the pandemic. Deaths from coronavirus infections rose by...

Private sector must focus on PPP to develop modern healthcare facilities in rural area:Venkaiah Naidu

Indian News       Sep 30, 2020

  New Delhi: Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India today urged the private sector to come forward and expand their footprint through public-private partnership and set-up modern healthcare facilities in the rural areas. "Private players have added to the capacity and capability of our healthcare system...

Unlock5: Centre permits schools, colleges, cinemas to reopen from October 15

Indian News       Sep 30, 2020

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday issued new guidelines for permitting more activities in areas outside the containment zones that include opening up cinemas, theatres and multiplexes with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity from October 15. States and UT...

HDFC Life launches ‘Futurance’ phase 3 to incubate startups in association with IvyCamp

Indian News       Sep 30, 2020

  Mumbai: HDFC Life and IvyCamp, an initiative of IvyCap Ventures, today jointly launched the third phase of Futurance - the corporate engagement program to identify startups that are building innovative and next-gen capabilities in the insurance sector. Last year in June, HDFC Life and IvyCamp...

IFRS Foundation Trustees consult on global approach to sustainability reporting

International News       Sep 30, 2020

  London: Amid heightened focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, developments in sustainability reporting and increased calls for standardisation of such reporting, the The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation  are now seeking stakeholder input on the need for global sustainability standards and gauging support...

Indian monsoon rains above average for second year in a row

Indian News       Sep 30, 2020

MUMBAI: India’s monsoon rains in 2020 were above average for the second year in a row, the first time that has happened in more than six decades, weather department officials said on Wednesday. The 9% above-average rainfall replenished reservoirs and built up ground water, helping...

COVID-19 controls turn Asia into global surveillance hotspot, analysts say

International News       Sep 30, 2020

  KUALA LUMPUR: Asia has become the world's surveillance hotspot and is at risk of serious privacy breaches as measures rolled out to contain the spread of COVID-19 become permanent in many countries, researchers warned on Thursday. The Right to Privacy Index (RPI) published by British-based...

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