The rupee has fallen 5.2% in the current financial year, from close to 65 on March 28 to an 18-month low of 68.42 against the dollar. As worries for importers, travellers and even students rise steadily, analysts are watching the currency’s steady march towards the 70-mark as international crude oil prices continue to rally and … Continued
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Infection with the Nipah virus has killed at least 10 people out of 12 confirmed cases in Kozhikode and Malappuram of Kerala. While underlining the dangers of the disease, which has a high mortality rate, experts stress that there is no reason to panic because outbreaks, usually caused by fruit bats, have been generally localised. … Continued
With a view to integrate farmers with bulk purchasers including exporters, agro- industries etc. for better price realization through mitigation of market and price risks to the farmers and ensuring smooth agro raw material supply to the agro industries, Union Finance Minister in the budget for 2017-18 announced preparation of a “Model Contract Farming Act” … Continued
About the launch China launched a relay satellite as part of a groundbreaking programme to be the first to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year. The satellite, lofted into space aboard a Long March-4C rocket, will facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the Chang’e 4 mission, the … Continued
e-wallets vs UPI Digital transactions got a leg-up post demonetisation, in turn giving a boost to mobile wallets, or e-wallets, and the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform. While mobile wallets dominated the market immediately after the cash ban, since November 2017, the UPI platform has beaten e-wallets hands down in terms of the value of … Continued
What is the scheme? The Permanent Residency Status (PRS) scheme provide for a host of facilities for foreigners who invest at least Rs.10 crore under the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). It was launched two years ago. The scheme is not applicable to Pakistani citizens or third-country nationals of Pakistani origin. The scheme is open … Continued
Green Good Deeds, the societal movement launched by the Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan, to protect environment and promote good living in the country, has found acceptance by the global community. Adopted at BRICS Environment meeting The ongoing BRICS Ministerial on Environment at Durban, South Africa, has agreed to … Continued
Three people have died from the infection in Kerala so far Last evening, the health department of Kerala confirmed the first Nipah virus infection in the State after testing the blood samples of two persons who died of viral fever in Kozhikode district. Private and government hospitals are on high alert to monitor the disease … Continued
What is the trigger? Brent, the international benchmark for oil prices, crossed $80 a barrel this week, touching the highest level since November 2014. The current price is almost three times the cost in early 2016 when it was $29 a barrel. The trend may continue in the coming weeks and months, according to most … Continued
What is it? The World Health Organisation has listed viral hepatitis as a major public health problem throughout the world and particularly in India. “… it is a serious health concern in India, with over a crore people suffering from hepatitis C. This is six times the number of HIV/AIDS patients,” according to . Poonam … Continued