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Audi, EnBW to turn electric car batteries into grid support tools

Facts       Jul 04, 2020

  German carmaker Audi and utility EnBW are setting up an electric car battery operation at EnBW's Heilbronn plant to build scaleable storage facilities by the end of this year, drawing on retired batteries to help power grids.   Electric vehicle battery recycling and reuse has become...

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear power

International News       Jul 04, 2020

  German lawmakers have finalized the country’s long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn’t ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers’ money. Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday envision shutting down...

Traffic at India's major ports falls 20% in June quarter due to coronavirus lockdowns

Indian News       Jul 04, 2020

Major ports in India, which handle more than half of the country's seaborne trade, had a nearly 20 percent fall in traffic during the quarter ended June, the Indian Ports Association (IPA) said, as coronavirus lockdowns slowed economic activity.   India's twelve state-run major ports handled...

WHO urges focus on first wave of coronavirus

Facts       Jul 04, 2020

  Geneva: The World Health Organisation's emergencies chief says “we need to put up a fight now” during a peak in the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic — rather than focusing on when a second wave might come. Dr. Michael Ryan said the world will...

Bajaj Auto unions demand factory halt after 250 workers catch COVID-19

Indian News       Jul 04, 2020

Pune: Workers at Bajaj Auto, India's biggest exporter of motorbikes, are demanding the temporary closure of one of its plants after 250 employees  tested positive for coronavirus, its unions said on Saturday, as companies struggle to ramp up operations.   India went into complete lockdown in...

Kolkata bans flights from 6 cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai

Indian News       Jul 04, 2020

New Delhi: No passenger flights will operate to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Nagpur and Ahmedabad between July 6 and July 19, the Kolkata airport said on Saturday as novel coronavirus cases continue to rise in the country.   India resumed domestic passenger flights from...

Health ministry revises remdesivir dosage for Covid-19 patients

Facts       Jul 04, 2020

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Friday has revised the dosage of the antiviral drug--remdesivir, being administered to hospitalized COVID-19 patients from the earlier six-days to five-day treatment course.   According to the Health Ministry, remdesivir drug is only for restricted emergency use on patients...

In highest single-day spike,nearly 23k test positive for COVID; death toll rises to 18,655 in India

Indian News       Jul 04, 2020

New Delhi: With 22,771 people testing positive for coronavirus in the highest single-day spike so far, India's COVID-19 tally climbed to?6,48,315 on Saturday, while the death toll rose to 18,655 with 442 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data.   The western state of...

Domestic air traffic to decline by 41-46% in FY21 due to Covid-19: Icra

Indian News       Jul 03, 2020

  New Delhi: The recommencement of commercial passenger flight services in a graded manner is unlikely to help the domestic aviation industry recover in the current financial year with domestic air traffic expected to shrink by 41-46 per cent and international travel demand by a negative...

Coronavirus mortality in Italy is highest among poor, study shows

Facts       Jul 03, 2020

  ROME:  Poor Italians are significantly more likely to die of the coronavirus than higher-income groups, the country’s first significant study into the disease’s disproportionate social impact showed on Friday.   Italy is one of the world’s worst-hit countries with almost 35,000 COVID-19 deaths since its outbreak...