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WHO says deal with Pfizer to allow poor countries to start vaccinating in February

International News       Jan 23, 2021

GENEVA: The World Health Organization said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Pfizer for 40 million doses of its vaccine against Covid-19, allowing it to begin vaccinating people in poor and lower-middle-income countries under its COVAX programme next month. The COVAX programme has...

Elon Musk targets telecom for next disruption with Starlink internet

International News       Jan 23, 2021

Elon Musk became the world’s richest person this month by upending the global auto industry and disrupting aerospace heavyweights with reusable rockets. Now he’s setting his sights on another business dominated by entrenched incumbents: telecommunications. Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has launched more than 1,000...

Pay business insurance claims or face enforcement, UK watchdog says

International News       Jan 22, 2021

LONDON: Insurers face enforcement action if they don’t pay up as soon as possible on business insurance claims following a landmark court ruling, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority said on Friday.The Supreme Court earlier this month ruled that many business insurance policies should cover losses caused...

Air quality panel ropes in top institutions; to use AI to improve air quality in Delhi-NCR

Indian News       Jan 22, 2021

The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has roped in top technical institutions to set up a decision support system (DSS) which will use artificial intelligence to help improve the air quality in Delhi and NCR. Sources from the Union Environment Ministry said the Commission...

India proposes stricter regulations for large shadow banks

Indian News       Jan 22, 2021

  MUMBAI:  The Reserve Bank of India has proposed tighter, bank-like regulation of the so-called shadow lending sector to prevent the turmoil caused by the collapse of an infrastructure financing firm in 2018. The country’s central bank has gradually moved towards tighter norms for the sector...

British PM says new variant may carry higher risk of death

International News       Jan 22, 2021

  London: Bitish Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday the new English variant of COVID-19 may be associated with a higher level of mortality although he said evidence showed that both vaccines being used in the country are effective against it. Johnson said that the...

At least five mine workers killed in blast in southern India

Indian News       Jan 22, 2021

BENGALURU: At least five mine workers were killed in southern India when their trucks carrying blasting material exploded, officials said on Friday. Local media said the toll could be higher. The workers were transporting gelatin sticks used commonly as explosive material in stone mining quarries,...

Cash for Covid? UK says no decision on reported plan for positive tests

Facts       Jan 22, 2021

LONDON: Britain's environment minister said on Friday no decision had been taken on plans to give everyone who tested positive for Covid-19 a payment after newspapers reported people could be given 500 pounds ($683.75) to incentivise them to take tests. Newspapers said the government was...

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

WHO expects 100 million global Covid-19 cases by January end

International News       Jan 22, 2021

  Geneva: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the global Covid-19 caseload is expected to hit 100 million by the end of January, but vaccines have the potential to bring the pandemic under control. In his address to the extraordinary...

Three govt agencies launch probe in Serum Institute fire causing Rs 1000 cr losses

Indian News       Jan 22, 2021

Pune: Top officials from fire wings of three Maharashtra government agencies on Friday launched a probe to ascertain the cause of the blaze that killed five workers at Serum Institute of India's premises here. Heads of fire departments of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pune...