Friday, 24 March, 2023

Topic: COVID-19

Clothes, cars & travel: Festive season spending surge despite inflation woes, global slowdown

Early data indicate sales would include nearly $15.2 billion offline sales & $11.8 billion online sales on platforms like Amazon, based on Redseer, a market consultancy.

Europe under threat of new Covid-19 wave, booster campaign makes slow start

Public health experts warn that vaccine fatigue & confusion over available vaccines will limit booster uptake. Cases in the EU are rising as global numbers decline, based on WHO data.

Covid reversed poverty decline, made 7.1 cr people poor, says World Bank. At least 1/3 from India

According to World Bank, no. of global poor increased by 7.1 crore in 2020, of which at least 33% were in India. Other methods used to estimate poverty in India due to lack of govt data.

‘Xi re-election bid, less effective vaccines’: Why China’s sticking to draconian zero-Covid policy

Strict restrictions have affected China’s economic growth & compelled officials to use all resources to contain outbreaks. Bureaucrats are unwilling to take chances, say experts.

China’s Golden Week holiday looks ‘gloomy’ amid growing Covid-19 concerns

Golden Week marks one of the longest stretches of public holidays in China when travel and spending traditionally peak. However, analysts foresee travel hitting lowest in years this time.

You can holiday in Bhutan again, but there’s a development fee of Rs 1,200/day

This 'sustainable development fee' being levied by Bhutan is meant to 'mitigate negative impact of tourism on cultural landscape and natural environment' of country.

Active Covid-19 cases nearing 48000, data shows

The Union Health Ministry data on Sunday showed that India's total tally of COVID-19 cases has risen to 4,45,34,188, with 47,922 active cases.

Drug authority clears use of India’s first nasal Covid-19 vaccine made by Bharat Biotech

The Covaxin maker’s nasal shot will be used in emergency situations for the 18+ age group, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.

Delhi farmer who flew workers home during 2020 migrant crisis, found hanging in Shiv temple

The deceased has been identified as Pappan Singh of Tigipur village. The 55-year-old farmer got popular after he paid employees' flight tickets from Delhi to Patna during the Covid lockdown.

‘Out of options’ — new NMC rules add to confusion for medical students back from Ukraine, China

National Medical Commission Thursday issued a circular with rules on how foreign medical students forced to return from Ukraine & China can continue their education.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...


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In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.