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Donald Trump signs $900 billion Covid relief bill

Trump said he’ll send lawmakers a marked up version of the bill and request they remove the funds he deems wasteful from the bill.
Representational image | Cargo ships docked at the Mumbai Port | Photographer: Amit Bhargava | Bloomberg News

What happens when tycoons abandon their giant cargo ships

Covid has wrought havoc everywhere, but in the nominally regulated shipping industry it’s fueling a worrying practice: the abandonment of ships, cargo & seafarers.
Pedestrians wear protective masks in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. The study was conducted across six hospitals in the city | Paul Yeung | Bloomberg

Global economic revival could be hurt by uneven recovery in Asia

Asia is an important barometer for world economy because it accounted for more than two-thirds of global growth in 2019 & houses a majority of the young.
Representational image of a Covid patient in a hospital bed | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s Covid tally rises to 97.35 lakh, death toll reaches 1,41,360

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 92,15,581, pushing the national recovery rate to 94.66%, while the fatality rate stood at 1.45%.
Singapore skyline | Representational image | Pixabay

Davos WEF 2021 moves to Singapore as Covid cases rise in Europe

The World Economic Forum, which attracts leaders across government, finance and economics, will be held in Singapore from 13-16 May and return to Davos, Switzerland, in 2022.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, speaks during the "Business Russia" conference in Moscow, Russia

Putin has weathered Russia’s Covid toll by shifting blame

The Kremlin & Russian PM's govt have played a cynical game, shoving off responsibility for handling Covid crisis onto regional governors but holding on tightly to the financial reins.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Vaccine can’t undo Covid damage that will stretch for decades, says UN chief Guterres

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Guterres pointed out that extreme poverty is rising, the threat of famine looms and the world faces the biggest global recession in eight decades.
Representational image | ThePrint

Airlines set to lose record $157 billion in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 pandemic

IATA predicts airline industry won't turn cash positive till Q4 of 2021, which is earlier than expected, thanks to the hope of Covid vaccines coming soon.
A cyclist protects himself with a handkerchief against air-pollution as he rides through smog, at ITO Bridge in New Delhi

How Covid has worsened Delhi’s air pollution crisis

A shortage of migrant farm workers seems to be pushing Punjab's stubble burning season further into the winter months when smog settles most persistently.
Representational image | School staff member sanitise school building for the sitting arrangements in the classrooms at Drona Public School, in Gurugram on Friday | ANI

Secondary schools, colleges in Gujarat to reopen from 23 November

Schools will reopen for students of Classes 9-12 and attendance isn't mandatory. Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama also said online classes will continue.

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