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Pay Cuts, Job Loss Force 46% Indians To Borrow Money During COVID: Report

A Home Credit India's report has indicated that pay cutoffs and job losses during the COVID-19 have forced around 46% of Indians to borrow money to run their households. The percentages were as high as 27% in cities like Bhopal and Mumbai, followed by Delhi (26%). People however have leaned towards informal sources like friends and family to take loans as it would give them plenty of time to repay. 

Wed, 04 Nov 2020 - 09:45 AM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: Economy, COVID, National news, Coronavirus

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Belgium: COVID Positive Doctors Treat Patients To Support Medical System

Belgian Association of Medical Union's chief Dr Philippe Devos stated that they have requested COVID-19 positive doctors to treat patients to prevent the collapse of medical system. Reportedly, ten hospitals have asked the doctors, who are asymptomatic, to treat patients in the city of Liège. Though Devos agreed that it might be risky, he mentioned that they have "no-choice". Earlier, Belgium's Health Minister warned for a new wave of… read-more

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 - 02:23 AM / by Mahadevan K V

Tags: COVID, Asymptomatic, Belgium, Doctors

Courtesy: BBC

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No Lockdown Would Have Caused 1.4 Crore COVID-19 Cases By June: Report

A government-appointed expert panel stated that if no lockdown had been imposed in India, the country would have reported 1.40 crore COVID-19 cases by June. It mentioned that timely actions avoided an "overload" to our unprepared healthcare system. The report asserted that if all protocols are followed, the spread of disease can be controlled by February 2021. It also opined that the impact of migrants in increasing cases was minute.

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 - 08:20 PM / by Mahadevan K V

Tags: COVID, Expert Report, February 2021, Lock Down

Courtesy: Deccan Herald

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US Scientist Accuses Trump Of Misusing His Comments

US scientist Dr Anthony Fauci has accused President Donald Trump of using his comments out of context. Reportedly, a part of Fauci's statement, where he mentioned that he "can't imagine that anybody could be doing more" against COVID-19, was misattributed to Trump and used for election campaigns. Dr Fauci said, "I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate." However, Trump and his campaign manager have denied the accusations.

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 - 11:00 AM / by Mahadevan K V

Tags: Trump, Anthony Fauci, US Elections, Ad Campaigns, COVID

Courtesy: BBC

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Karnataka CM Announces 3-week Mid-term Break As COVID Cases Rise

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa announced that schools in the state will go for a three-week mid-term break from October 12-30. The order came after several teachers and students tested positive for COVID-19 in the state. Reportedly, the Vidyagama program, under which teachers visit the areas of public school students to teach them, will also be halted. Earlier, the CM was criticised for cancelling the scheduled mid-term break.

Sun, 11 Oct 2020 - 05:02 PM / by Mahadevan K V

Tags: Education, Schools, karanataka, COVID

Courtesy: Deccan Herald


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US Based Koniku Designs Robot for COVID-19 Detection

US-based bio-technology startup, Koniku has designed a robot, 'Konicore', to detect COVID-19. Reportedly, the robot creates a 'smell cyborg', to identify various smells. In its clinical study, it has successfully detected Influenza A. The company's CEO Oshiorenoya Agabi said, “We should have a device in every home in America to screen for disease,” and added that, in future, they intend to be able to screen diseases in real time.

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 - 02:31 PM / by Mahadevan K V

Tags: Koniku, COVID, Robot, Bio-Tech

Courtesy: Live Mint

Sugar exports time limit extended until December 2020.

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Government Increases Time Limit For Sugar Mills To Export Mandatory Quota

The Centre on September 28 extended the deadline till December for sugar mills to export the least mandatory quantity of sugar this year. Reportedly, the extension has been granted since the mills faced logistics issues during the COVID-19 lockdown. Food Ministry's Joint Secretary Subodh Kumar Singh stated, “Out of 6 million tonnes, 5.7 million tonnes of sugar have been contracted. And about 5.6 million tonnes have been moved from mills.”

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 - 07:19 PM / by Mahadevan K V

Tags: Sugar, Export, business, COVID

Courtesy: The Indian Express

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Jamia Millia Islamia Admission Exam to Start From October 10

The Central University, Jamia Milia Islamia on September 27, announced that the entrance exams for undergraduate, post graduate and diploma courses will commence from October 10. The university reported that due to the pandemic, only 4,000 candidates can be accommodated for the examination at a time. Admits cards for the exam will be released on the portal a week before the exam begins.

Sun, 27 Sep 2020 - 07:31 PM / by Debanshi Das

Tags: Jamia Millia Islamia, Admission, Exam, COVID

Courtesy: Outlook India

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Brazil: Rio Carnival 2021 Postponed Due To COVID-19

Brazil’s iconic Rio Carnival 2021 has been postponed for the first time in 100 years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Carnival organiser, League of Samba Schools LIESA stated that it is impossible to safely conduct the parades during such times. The decision is likely to impact thousands of Brazilians dependent on the Carnival for livelihood. The country had reported its first COVID case a day after the Carnival 2020 in February. 

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 - 03:56 PM / by Mahadevan K V

Tags: Rio Carnival, Brazil, Samba, COVID

Courtesy: The Indian Express

S P Balasubrahmanyam

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Veteran Playback Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam Passes Away at 74

Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on September 25 in Chennai. He had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in August, and negative in September. Reportedly, he was doing well until September 24 when his health conditions worsened. Music composer AR Rahman tweeted that he was "devastated" to know about Balasubrahmanyam's demise. The 74-year-old singer had sung more than 40,000 songs in various languages, and had won six… read-more

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 - 01:41 PM / by Mahadevan K V

Tags: SPB, COVID, SINGER, Chennai

Courtesy: The Hindu