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Mahindra electric vehicles to power Amazon India deliveries

Facts       Feb 23, 2021

BENGALURU: Amazon.com Inc’s Indian unit said on Tuesday it will deploy close to a hundred electric three-wheeler vehicles made by Mahindra Electric in seven cities across the country. The move will help Amazon India meet its target of employing 10,000 electric vehicles in its fleet...

Workers' rights under threat as online work surges five-fold - U.N

International News       Feb 23, 2021

. Digital platforms have soared five-fold over the past decade, offering opportunities to some but also eroding workers' rights, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday. From ride-sharing apps like Uber and online marketplaces like UpWork linking freelancers and clients, to software that allows...

NGT directs NTPC to pay Rs 58 lakh for damaging environment in Uttarakhand

Indian News       Feb 23, 2021

New Delhi The National Green Tribunal has junked a plea by NTPC seeking review of an order passed by Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board (PCB) imposing a penalty of Rs 57.96 lakh for damaging the environment. The state-owned power major was found to have violated muck...

Climate change a big challenge, disaster resilient infra need

Indian News       Feb 23, 2021

  Kharagpur:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said climate change and the resultant natural disasters posed a huge challenge to the world and asked the IITs to help develop disaster resilient infrastructure that can withstand their effects. He said India presented to the world its concept...

India's health sector overcame trial by fire during COVID-19:PM

Indian News       Feb 23, 2021

New Delhi: The prestige of India's health sector and trust in it has increased manifold across the globe after it successfully overcame the trial by fire during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and asserted that time has come...

Aviva sells French business to Macif's Aéma Groupe for $3.9 billion

International News       Feb 23, 2021

  LONDON : Aviva has agreed the sale of its operations in France for 3.2 billion euros ($3.89 billion) to French insurer Macif’s Aéma Groupe, it said on Tuesday. The London-based insurer, led by boss Amanda Blanc, said that the sale would increase excess capital by...

India's COVID-19 active caseload falls below 1.5 lakh; no fresh deaths in 21 states, UTs

Indian News       Feb 23, 2021

  New Delhi: India's tally of active COVID-19 cases fell below the 1.5-lakh mark on Tuesday and was pegged at 1,47,306, comprising 1.34 percent of the total caseload, the Union Health Ministry said, highlighting 21 states and UTs have not reported fresh fatalities in a 24-hour-period....

Indian vaccine makers say can quickly adapt to tackle variants

Indian News       Feb 23, 2021

  NEW DELHI: Indian pharmaceutical companies Bharat Biotech and Biological E. Ltd said on Monday they could quickly rework their COVID-19 vaccine products to fight new variants once their genetic sequence is known. In recent months, India has confirmed the presence of the variants first identified...

US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

International News       Feb 23, 2021

  Baltimore: The COVID-19 death toll in the US has topped 500,000, a staggering number that all but matches the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. The US recorded an estimated 405,000 deaths in World War II, 58,000 in the...

Damage to United Boeing 777 engine consistent with metal fatigue: NTSB

International News       Feb 23, 2021

  WASHINGTON: U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Monday that damage to a fan blade in a Pratt & Whitney engine that failed in a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 is consistent with metal fatigue, according to a preliminary assessment.At a news briefing,...