Eco/Invest/Demography

Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan

Centre urges states,UTs to effectively address mental health issues

Indian News       Jul 08, 2020

  New Delhi:  The Centre has urged states and Union Territories to put in place and strengthen mechanisms to spread awareness about rising psychosocial concerns among people during Covid-l9, saying acceptance of mental health issues is relatively low due to the stigma attached. Asserting that mental...

IRDAI forms panel to explore possibility of an ``Indian Pandemic Risk Pool'', to address BI risks arising out of a Pandemic event

Indian News       Jul 08, 2020

  Hyderabad: In line with the global trends in other major economies,the insurance regulator IRDAI, on Wednesday,has constituated a nine- memember  panel under the chairmanship of Suresh Mathur, executive director, IRDAI, to explore the possibility of forming an ``Indian Pandemic Risk  Pool’’ to  address various risks...

WHO acknowledges 'evidence emerging' of airborne spread of COVID-19

International News       Jul 07, 2020

  GENEVA: The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.“We have been talking about the possibility...

Unite human,animal and environmental health to prevent the next pandemic: UN Report

Facts       Jul 07, 2020

  Nairobi:  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take lives and disrupt economies across the world, a new report warns that further outbreaks will emerge unless governments take active measures to prevent other zoonotic diseases from crossing into the human population, and sets out ten recommendations...

Panel probing deadly south Indian gas leak finds LG Polymers negligent

Indian News       Jul 07, 2020

  CHENNAI/SEOUL:  A committee probing a gas leak at an LG Polymers-run plant in southern India that killed 12 has found the company was negligent and had no preventive mechanisms or warning systems, an Indian state government said on Monday.   Toxic styrene gas leaked from the...

Insurers can now offer mandatory Arogya Sanjeevani Policy without Rs 5 lakh cap in sum assured: IRDAI

Indian News       Jul 07, 2020

  Hyderabad:: The insurance regulator IRDAI has now allowed the general and health insurers to offer mandatory,“Arogya Sanjeevani Policy” for a minimum sum insured of less than Rs.1 lakh and maximum sum assured of above Rs 5 lakhs . According to the earlier IRDA norms,the standard...

Climate battles are moving into the courtroom, and lawyers are getting creative

Facts       Jul 07, 2020

  LONDON/WASHINGTON/GENEVA: Climate change may be having its day in court. With the slow pace of international climate negotiations, lawyers from Switzerland to San Francisco are increasingly filing lawsuits demanding action. And they are getting creative — using new legal arguments to challenge companies and governments...

India's COVID-19 tally crosses 7-lakh mark

Indian News       Jul 07, 2020

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally raced past the seven-lakh mark on Tuesday after a single-day spike of 22,252 infections, five days after crossing the six-lakh post, while the death toll breached the 20,000 mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data. It took 110 days...

Japan household spending slumps as curbs hit travel, dining out

Facts       Jul 07, 2020

TOKYO  Japan's household spending fell at the fastest pace on record in May as consumers heeded the authorities' calls to stay home to contain the coronavirus pandemic, pushing the world's third-largest economy deeper into decline. The large spending drop will add to growing pressure on...

Trump admin says foreign students must leave US if classes go online

Facts       Jul 07, 2020

  New York: International students in the US are scrambling to make sense of a new immigration policy that says they must leave the country or transfer to another college if their universities offer only online classes this fall. "Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools...