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From factory to faraway village: behind India's mammoth vaccination drive

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Jan 25, 2021

  By Devjyot Ghoshal, Jatindra Dash KORAPUT: Reena Jani rose early, finished her chores in the crisp January cold and walked uphill to the road skirting her remote tribal hamlet of Pendajam in eastern India.Riding pillion on a neighbour’s motorcycle for 40 minutes through hillsides dotted...

Allianz Risk Barometer 2021: Covid-19 trio tops global and Asia Pacific business risks

  A trio of Covid-19 related risks heads up the 10th Allianz Risk Barometer 2021, reflecting potential disruption and loss scenarios companies are facing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Business interruption (#1 with 41% responses) and Pandemic outbreak (#2 with 40%) are this year’s...

Private sector should be an ally In India's big vaccine push

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       Jan 05, 2021

By  Mihir Sharma The Indian state faces one of the world's most formidable challenges: rolling out a Covid-19 vaccination program for 1.3 billion people. To succeed, many things have to go right in a country that usually gets a lot wrong. The government would be...

Wildlife, land-use change and health infra: Scientists identify ways of preventing next pandemic

  How to prevent the next pandemic? As 2021 begins with Covid-19 continuing its global spread, scientists have spotlighted three approaches to at least reduce the risk of pandemic potential diseases - screening animals, reducing land-use change and improving health infrastructure. There can be no one...

Labour codes to herald new wave of reforms in 2021; job creation likely to be major challenge

  New Delhi, Dec 30: The implementation of four labour codes in one go from April 1 next year will usher in a new wave of reforms in industrial relations and also help in attracting more investments but employment generation will remain a key challenge in...

Hungry for change: Faulty food systems laid bare by COVID-19 and climate crises

  By  Thin Lei Win and Cormac O'Brien From wildfires in California and locust attacks in Ethiopia to job losses caused by pandemic lockdowns in Italy and Myanmar, climate change and COVID-19 disrupted food production and tipped millions more people into hunger in 2020. Now there...

Virus, vaccines and volatility: Stock market takes a wild ride in 2020

Eco/Invest/Demography, Wealth Management       Dec 26, 2020

By Abhishek Mukherjee From the depths of despair to an adrenaline-pumping ascent, equity investors traversed the whole gamut of emotions in 2020 as a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic followed by equally unprecedented stimulus measures whiplashed global stock markets, upended conventional wisdom and blurred the lines between investing...

Nine in 10 India Employees Feel Prepared to Work Remotely for the Long-Term

  Dell Technologies has released a new research revealing the readiness of India employees for long-term remote work. Surveying over 7,000 working professionals[i] aged 18 years and above from the Asia Pacific & Japan[ii] (APJ) region (of which 1,027 were from India), the Remote Work Readiness...

From insurers to landlords, retailers to restaurants, COVID tarnsforms  Economies

By  Paul Wiseman and Alexandra Olson It  would be just a temporary precaution. When the viral pandemic erupted in March, employees of the small digital insurance firm Thimble fled their Manhattan offices. CEO Jay Bregman planned to call them back soon — as soon as...

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