Besides this, nearly ten international associations are believed to have recently drafted a joint letter flagging concerns with some of the proposed clauses of even the personal data protection bill, which too mandates local storage of certain types of data. … [Read more...] about WhatsApp builds system to store payments data in India
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Arun Kumar: You are absolutely right. I agree with Dr. John on masks, incomes for people to survive. What he is also pointing out is that our public health system is broken, not able to take care of the poor. For instance, rural and semi-rural areas have very poor facilities, and as the disease spreads there, the death rate could go up. What we needed to do was focus on building up our health infrastructure rapidly - doctors, nurses, testing. We have never paid attention to social infrastructure, on education, health, drinking water, etc and that’s why we are facing the problem, and could not implement the lockdown. Unlike China which could implement and control it and within three months there were no reports of fresh disease. It is because of the failure of governance, that we could not implement the lockdown better. We are paying for what we have not done for the past 70 years. I see the divide between the organised and unorganised sectors. The organised sector can use … [Read more...] about Can India’s workforce have a safe return to business?
Last week Hike Messenger , the messaging app, became the latest startup to join the so-called ‘unicorn’ pack in India—companies valued at at least $1 billion. Hike has been the fastest of the pack to reach the milestone, in just about three and half years after launch. It took e-commerce major Flipkart five years, rival Snapdeal seven years and analytics firm Mu Sigma nine years to become unicorns. Hike is also the lone company in the unicorn pack that is free. It is yet to make money. Hike will only “start to try making money by 2018, perhaps 2020”, says 28-year old founder Kavin Bharti Mittal. Yet, thanks to the $175 million collected from a clutch of overseas investors (see Plenty of Funds), the app is valued at $1.4 billion. Mittal believes the $175 million raised by Hike “is like Flipkart raising $1 billion. That’s the value we see and we are the only local rich messaging app with scale in the country.” Says Vishal Tripathi, … [Read more...] about Is Hike Messenger worth the hype and $1.4 billion?
“It’s not specific to the President, these doctors. But they just talk in general about what they’ve seen. For instance, Sarah Lofgren, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis - they’re testing hydroxychloroquine there to prevent COVID-19. And she said, ‘When used alone, we’re not seeing major issues. Out of the thousands of patients, we’re not seeing things that some people are concerned about’,” she said. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump took two-week dose of hydroxychloroquine, feeling ‘absolutely great’: White House
Southeast Asian healthcare platform BookDoc is also playing an active role in the region's fight against COVID-19 by offering virtual health advisory services, including mental health teleconsultations. Based in Malaysia, the platform is among the largest of its kind in the country, with more than 500,000 domestic users. Its footprint spans more than 20 Asian cities in countries such as Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. … [Read more...] about Demand for remote digital consultations rises across Asia under lockdown