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Indian economy set for a near double-digit contraction this FY: Reuters poll

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       Oct 22, 2020

  Mumbai: Even as Reserve Bank of India(RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said that the Indian economy India is “at the doorstep of the revival process” from the coronavirus pandemic, economsts have cautioned that Indian economy will suffer its deepest contraction on record this fiscal year and...

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Pope says same-sex couples should be covered by civil union laws

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Life, Non-Life       Oct 22, 2020

ROME: Pope Francis has said that same-sex couples should be protected by civil union laws in the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay people, prompting praise from liberals and calls for urgent clarification from conservatives.He made his comments in a new...

Pandemic speeds labour shift from humans to robots, WEF survey finds

ZURICH: Robots will destroy 85 million jobs at mid-sized to large businesses over the next five years as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates changes in the workplace likely to exaggerate inequalities, a World Economic Forum (WEF) study has found. Surveys of nearly 300 global companies found...

Riding without helmet will now lead to 3-month suspension of driving license: Karnataka Govt

Eco/Invest/Demography, Non-Life       Oct 20, 2020

  Bengaluru Karnataka's Transport Department has made helmets mandatory for all people riding on the two-wheelers and imposed a three-month suspension of driving license for non-compliance. "As per new directives, helmets are mandatory for all two-wheeler riders who are over four years of age. State govt...

Retail cheque payments down to a trickle in FY20 to 2.96%: RBI data

  Mumbai: The aggressive push to a digital payments and settlement system has paid rich dividend to the Reserve Bank as the share of paper clearing in retail payments has come to trickle in FY2020, show the latest RBI data. In FY2020, the share of paper...

Air pollution hypertension among top 5 risk factors for death in India in 2019 Study

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life       Oct 17, 2020

New Delhi: Air pollution, hypertension, tobacco use, poor diet and high blood sugar levels were the top-five risk factors for death in India in 2019 according to a new study. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study, published in the Lancet journal on Friday, assessed...

Living coronavirus detected, isolated on frozen food packaging in China

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       Oct 18, 2020

China's health authority has confirmed the detection and isolation of living novel coronavirus on the outer packaging of imported frozen marine fish the port city of Qingdao. It is for the first time in the world that living novel coronavirus has been isolated from the...

Pan-India Covid-19 genome studies suggest virus genetically stable: PMO

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       Oct 17, 2020

  New Delhi: As the work continues to develop an effective vaccine for Covid-19, the government on Saturday said two pan-India studies on the genome of the virus in India suggest it is genetically stable and has shown no major mutation. There had been concerns in...

India ranks 94 in Hunger Index; experts blame poor implementation, siloed approach

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       Oct 17, 2020

New Delhi: India ranked 94 among 107 nations in the Global Hunger Index 2020 and was in the ''serious'' hunger category with experts blaming poor implementation processes, lack of effective monitoring, siloed approach in tackling malnutrition and poor performance by large states behind the low...

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