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Covid-19 pushes India’s middle class toward poverty

Eco/Invest/Demography       Apr 17, 2021

  Karan Deep Singh and Hari Kumar Ashish Anand had dreams of becoming a fashion designer. A former flight attendant, he borrowed from relatives and poured his $5,000 life savings into opening a clothing shop on the outskirts of Delhi selling custom-designed suits, shirts and pants....

Latest Covid-19 wave deadlier in Brazil than India: No one knows why

Eco/Invest/Demography, Life, Non-Life, Pandemic       Apr 16, 2021

  Chris Kay & Andre Romani Facing a sudden surge in coronavirus infections, India is once again home to the world’s second-largest outbreak, overtaking Brazil after the latter moved ahead in March. But behind the bleak statistical jockeying is an epidemiological enigma over why the Latin...

Has China's $16 trillion economy fully recovered?

Eco/Invest/Demography       Apr 16, 2021

  Stella Qiu, Ryan Woo   China’s GDP expanded by a dizzying 18.3% in the first three months of 2021 from a year earlier, sealing its status as COVID-19’s “first in, first out” economy. It was the only major economy that showed an increase in gross domestic...

As U.S. cities embrace tech, cyberattacks pose real-world risks

Eco/Invest/Demography, Non-Life, Technology       Apr 07, 2021

  Washington DC: The word "cyberattack" usually brings to mind hackers breaking into a company or government agency, wreaking havoc and stealing valuable data. But for an employee at a Florida water treatment facility, an even scarier event took place in February. On his shift at...

With poor data on variants, India's Covid surge remains a mystery

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Life, Non-Life, Pandemic       Apr 07, 2021

  Bibhudatta Pradhan & Dhwani Pandya India’s failure to quickly examine Covid-19 samples for new variants risks hurting its battle against a record surge of infections, with scientists warning the delays could damage everything from vaccine efficacy to effective hospital treatments. The South Asian nation has...

How can we vaccinate the world? Five challenges facing the UN-backed COVAX programme

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic, Policy       Apr 04, 2021

The aim of the UN-backed COVAX scheme is to get two billion vaccine doses into the arms of around a quarter of the population of poorer countries by the end of 2021. What are the main challenges that need to be overcome, if this historic...

India's on its way to become the world's pharmaceutical hub

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Mar 31, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic might have pushed several economies and businesses to the brink, but what stood strong at such a crucial period was India's pharmaceutical industry. The government's focus on supporting the growth of the domestic pharma sector amid the pandemic couldn't have been timed...

Jérôme Haegeli, Swiss Re Group chief economist

Global nat cat insured losses at $ 89 billion in 2020, fifth-costliest year since 1970:Swiss Re

  Zurich: Global insured losses out of natural catastrophes in 2020 were USD 89 billion, making it the fifth-costliest year on sigma records since 1970. According to Swiss Re's Sigma report, released on Tuesday, natural catastrophes in 2020 caused global economic losses of USD 190 billion ...

Global fertility rate: Are we heading towards a population crash?

Eco/Invest/Demography, Life       Mar 29, 2021

  Tyler Cowen How worried should we be about global depopulation? Some East Asian countries have fertility rates near or even below 1.0, while much of the core population of Europe is shrinking. In the U.S., fertility rates have fallen below replacement rates, hitting a historic...

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