Eco/Invest/Demography

India reports daily rise in COVID-19 cases of 259,170

Indian News       Apr 20, 2021

New Delhi: India's daily COVID-19 cases retreated from record levels on Tuesday, but stayed above the 200,000 marks for a sixth straight day, with cases increasing by 259,170 over the last 24 hours. Deaths from COVID-19 rose by a record 1,761 to reach a total...

Non-stop cremations cast doubt on India's counting of COVID dead

Indian News       Apr 20, 2021

  New Delhi: Gas and firewood furnaces at a crematorium in the western Indian state of Gujarat have been running so long without a break during the COVID-19 pandemic that metal parts have begun to melt. "We are working around the clock at 100% capacity to...

Centre working to save lives, livelihoods, FM Sitharaman tells India Inc

Indian News       Apr 19, 2021

  New Delhi: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the Centre is working with state governments to save lives and livelihoods. She said this during an interaction with industry chambers on concerns of India Inc with respect to the second wave of the pandemic....

UN warns of climate 'abyss' as 2020 confirmed as one of 3 hottest years on record

International News       Apr 19, 2021

  UN: 2020 was one of the three hottest years on record, marked by wildfires, droughts, floods and melting glaciers, a United Nations report said on Monday, prompting the U.N. Secretary-General to say the world stands "on the verge of the abyss". In a "double blow"...

Everyone above 18 years eligible for COVID-19 vaccine from May 1: Govt

Indian News       Apr 19, 2021

New Delhi: Everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 from May 1, the central government said on Monday as it liberalised the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from...

China launches first class-action lawsuit in war against corporate fraud

International News       Apr 19, 2021

SHANGHAI: China launched the country’s first class-action lawsuit against a listed company on Friday, targeting Kangmei Pharmaceutical Co, as regulators vowed “zero tolerance” against accounting fraud and other capital markets “tumors”. The China Securities Investor Service Centre (CSISC), a government-affiliated body, is suing Kangmei on...

Covid: In both waves, 70% of patients above 40 years, says ICMR chief

Indian News       Apr 19, 2021

  New Delhi: More than 70 per cent of Covid-19 patients over 40 years of age in both the waves and older population continues to be more vulnerable to the infection, the Centre said on Monday. Addressing media, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said there is...

Delhi locks down as COVID chokes Indian health system

Indian News       Apr 19, 2021

  New Delhi: India's capital region of Delhi ordered a six-day lockdown on Monday as daily COVID-19 cases nationwide hit a new record and the health system crumbled under the weight of new infections. India's hospitals are struggling with a shortage of beds, oxygen, and key...

Susceptibility to Covid high immediately after vaccination

Facts       Apr 19, 2021

The susceptibility to Covid infections appears to be particularly high immediately after vaccination either due to lower immunity or due to unsafe behaviour. Lancet Covid-19 Commission India Task Force made this observation in its report and recommended an advocacy campaign on the need to remain...

India may build new coal plants due to low cost despite climate change

Indian News       Apr 19, 2021

  New Delhi: India may build new coal-fired power plants as they generate the cheapest power, according to a draft electricity policy document seen by Reuters, despite growing calls from environmentalists to deter use of coal. Coal’s contribution to electricity generation in India fell for the...

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