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China's richest man Jack Ma teams up with Columbia University to find cure for COVID-19

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       Feb 21, 2020

  BEIJING: China's tech billionaire Jack Ma has pledged over $2 million to support the development of antiviral drugs to combat the new coronavirus which has killed 2,236 people in the country and infected more than 75,000 others.   The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the...

Coronavirus: China tries 3,000-year-old traditional remedy to treat patients

  SHANGHAI/BEIJING : China is administering its centuries-old traditional medicine on patients affected by the coronavirus disease, a top health official said.   Treatment in Wuhan hospitals combine Traditional Chinese Medicine, popularly known as TCM, and western medicines, said Wang Hesheng, the new health commission head in...

18 PSBs hit by fraud cases of Rs 1.17 trn in Apr-Dec of FY20

Mumbai: A total of 8,926 cases of fraud involving Rs 1.17 trillion hit 18 public sector banks during the first three quarters (April-December) of the current fiscal, a reply to an RTI query has revealed.   The country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) was...

Coronavirus: Scientists develop realtime interactive map to scan global spread

  Washington: Scientists in the US have developed an interactive map of the novel coronavirus spread, that allows users to see the number of cases worldwide, recoveries and deaths, as well as trends in realtime.   The map updates every few hours with data from the US...

Robot with coronavirus advice hits Times Square

  NEW YORK : Worried about the spread of coronavirus? A five-foot tall (1.5 meter) Promobot might have your answer.   The robot with a friendly face rolled into Times Square on Monday to help provide information about the new virus.   Curious passersby stopped, filled out a...

WHO outlines steps to save 7 million lives from cancer

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       Feb 09, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) today spells out the need to step up cancer services in low and middle-income countries. WHO warns that, if current trends continue, the world will see a 60% increase in cancer cases over the next two decades. The greatest increase...

Most cities in India turning into 'Urban Heat Islands': warns IIT Study

  Kolkata: A team of researchers from IIT Kharagpur has found that most cities in the country are turning into "urban heat islands" in all seasons during day and night, officials said.   In their study, researchers from Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences (CORAL)...

Nissan Autonomous Car completes 230-mile journey in Britain

Eco/Invest/Demography, Non-Life, Technology       Feb 06, 2020

CRANFIELD, England: A Nissan car has completed a 230-mile journey autonomously in Britain, the longest and most complex such trip in the country as carmakers race to develop the driverless technologies set to revolutionize travel.   Britain has been wooing developers of autonomous vehicles, hoping to...

Female genital mutilation exacts a crippling economic & human cost:WHO

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       Feb 06, 2020

  Geneva: Female genital mutilation (FGM) exacts a crippling economic as well as human cost, according to World Health Organization (WHO).   “FGM is not only a catastrophic abuse of human rights that significantly harms the physical and mental health of millions of girls and women; it...

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