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28 pc Indians plan to travel in Aug-Sept; risk of third COVID-19 wave set to rise: Report

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

  Mumbai: With as many as 28 per cent Indians planning to travel in August-September, which is also the time for some of the major festivals in the country, the risk of the third wave of the pandemic is set to rise, according to a survey....

PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to kin of those killed in Kinnaur bridge collapse

Disaster & Management, Eco/Invest/Demography       Jul 25, 2021

  New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of the people who lost their lives in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur after a bridge collapsed. "An ex-gratia...

Maha monsoon fury: 113 dead, 100 missing; CM visits rain-battered Chiplun

  Mumbai: The number of deaths due to flooding, landslides and other rain-related incidents in parts of Maharashtra reached 113 on Sunday with one more casualty reported in the last 24 hours, while 100 people were missing after the monsoon fury, the state government said. So...

Rajasthan's healthcare scheme benefits over 120,000 people in 3 months

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Policy       Jul 25, 2021

Jaypur: Over 1.2 lakh people have benefitted from free treatment in the first three months of the Rajasthan government's MukhyaMantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojna. As per a statement, over 1.3 crore families have been registered in the cashless facility scheme so far, nearly 80 per...

Need for relaunch of PMAY scheme with in-built credit-linked insurance: CII

Eco/Invest/Demography, Non-Life       Jul 25, 2021

  New Delhi: Industry chamber CII on Sunday called for relaunch of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme with mandatory life insurance for all borrowers to ensure that the intent of providing 'Housing for All' does not take a hit due to death or disability...

Kerala vet doc gets patent for biodiesel from chicken waste

After waiting for more than seven years, John Abraham, a veterinary-doctor-turned-inventor, has finally received the patents for inventing biodiesel from slaughtered chicken waste that offers a mileage of over 38 km a liter at around 40 percent of the current price of diesel and lowers...

About 90% consumers in India willing to pay a premium for buying EV: Survey

Climate, Environment, Renewable Energy       Jul 25, 2021

New Delhi: With global electric vehicles (EVs) sales expected to boom in the next 12 months, nearly 90 per cent of consumers in India are willing to pay a premium for buying an EV, according to a survey by consultancy firm EY. The EY Mobility...

Gold imports jump multi-fold to USD 7.9 bn in April-June quarter

  New Delhi: Gold imports, which have a bearing on the country's current account deficit, jumped multi-fold to USD 7.9 billion (Rs 58,572.99 crore) during the April-June 2021 quarter due to the low base effect in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from...

IFC lends USD 250 mn to HDFC to promote affordable green housing finance

  New Delhi: International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, has decided to provide a loan of USD 250 million (about Rs 1,875 crore) to promote affordable green housing finance for low-income borrowers. Low and middle-income borrowers will be...