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North Korea confirms 21 new COVID-19 deaths as it scrambles to slow the spread of the virus
World

North Korea confirms 21 new COVID-19 deaths as it scrambles to slow the spread of the virus

The country imposed nationwide lockdowns on 12 May, after confirming its first COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic

Global tourism recovering, but yet to return to pre-pandemic levels
World

Global tourism recovering, but yet to return to pre-pandemic levels

International tourist arrivals worldwide have more than doubled, up 130 per cent in January 2022 on the same period last year, according to UN World Tourism Organization figures

Anurag Kashyap and Navin Shetty's Lords of Lockdown premieres at the New York Indian Film Festival 2022
Entertainment

Anurag Kashyap and Navin Shetty's Lords of Lockdown premieres at the New York Indian Film Festival 2022

The Mihir Fadnavis directorial documentary, Lords of Lockdown is centred around the nationwide lockdown in India in 2020.

New Zealand welcomes back tourists as COVID-19 pandemic rules eased
World

New Zealand welcomes back tourists as COVID-19 pandemic rules eased

International tourism stopped altogether in early 2020 after New Zealand imposed some of the world's toughest border restrictions

It may take 12 years for Indian economy to overcome COVID losses, says RBI report
Business

It may take 12 years for Indian economy to overcome COVID losses, says RBI report

The RBI released the Report on Currency and Finance (RCF) for the year 2021-22 on Friday whose theme is ‘Revive and Reconstruct’ in the context of nurturing a durable recovery post-COVID and raising trend growth in the medium-term

Increased infectious disease risk likely from climate change, says new study
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Increased infectious disease risk likely from climate change, says new study

Researchers said not all viruses will spread to humans or become pandemics the scale of the coronavirus but the number of cross-species viruses increases the risk of spread to humans

Delhi government gives Rs 1 crore each to families of two frontline workers who died of COVID-19
India

Delhi government gives Rs 1 crore each to families of two frontline workers who died of COVID-19

Delhi government had announced that it would provide financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to the families of all the frontline workers who contracted COVID-19 on duty and died

COVID-19 pandemic has taught Singapore valuable lessons, says PM Lee Hsien Loong
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COVID-19 pandemic has taught Singapore valuable lessons, says PM Lee Hsien Loong

Lee also added that Singapore 'cannot thoughtlessly revert to the status quo ante' after the pandemic

Adar Poonawalla warns against return to business-as-usual approach
Business

Adar Poonawalla warns against return to business-as-usual approach

He pointed out that there is rising vaccine fatigue among the public as the main reason for the low off-take of the vaccines even after the firm has massively slashed the price from Rs 600 to Rs 225 a dose

India's R value increases above 1 for first time in 3 months, says researcher
India

India's R value increases above 1 for first time in 3 months, says researcher

The country's R value, steadily increasing over the last few weeks, is 1.07 for the week between 12-18 April, according to Sitabhra Sinha. In the preceding April 5-11 week, it was 0.93

IMF unveils Resilience and Sustainability Trust to help 'vulnerable' countries
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IMF unveils Resilience and Sustainability Trust to help 'vulnerable' countries

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the goal of the trust is to redistribute funds from wealthier countries to more vulnerable ones as members look to support global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

Continuing to monitor 'several descendent lineages' of Omicron COVID-19 variant, says WHO
Health

Continuing to monitor 'several descendent lineages' of Omicron COVID-19 variant, says WHO

The COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update, released by WHO on Tuesday, said that the Omicron variant remains the dominant variant circulating globally.

As regulations against workplace harassment gain ground, it's time we turn to abuse against home-based workers too
Arts & Culture

As regulations against workplace harassment gain ground, it's time we turn to abuse against home-based workers too

In a new Homenet South Asia study, respondents from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India shared their experiences of physical, financial, verbal, psychological, and emotional abuse.

Flexible working models must be implemented to catalyse 'new normal' for women at workplace, say experts
World

Flexible working models must be implemented to catalyse 'new normal' for women at workplace, say experts

According to an analysis by UN Women, 740 million women work in the informal economy and their income fell by 60 per cent in the first month of the pandemic

Latest Omicron strain unlikely to cause new wave of pandemic, says Russian expert
World

Latest Omicron strain unlikely to cause new wave of pandemic, says Russian expert

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a warning against XE, a new variant of Omicron first detected in the UK.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa asks experts to plan debt restructure to help Sri Lanka out economic crisis
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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa asks experts to plan debt restructure to help Sri Lanka out economic crisis

A critical foreign currency shortage has left Sri Lanka struggling to import essential goods, with the pandemic torpedoing vital revenue from tourism and remittances

China reports 13,146 COVID-19 cases as outbreak spreads, says National Health Commission
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China reports 13,146 COVID-19 cases as outbreak spreads, says National Health Commission

China is among the last remaining places following a zero-COVID-19 approach to the pandemic

Data required for suggesting mixing of COVID-19 vaccines, says Centre
India

Data required for suggesting mixing of COVID-19 vaccines, says Centre

"Adequate scientific data is required for NTAGI to make a recommendation on mixing of COVID-19 vaccines, at present this information is not available," Minister of State for Health said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

How blue economy can help rewrite India’s growth story post pandemic
India

How blue economy can help rewrite India’s growth story post pandemic

With bright possibilities in India, the blue economy should get a much needed framework for unlocking the potential for inclusive economic growth

After COVID-19 pandemic, India tries to deal with 'silent killer' tuberculosis
India

After COVID-19 pandemic, India tries to deal with 'silent killer' tuberculosis

An estimated half a million people died of tuberculosis in 2020 in India— a third of the global toll