Video PlayerClose by Peter Mertz DENVER, the United States, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Trump administration plans to open the skies to more harmful pollutants are not just bad for the air Americans breathe but also economically unwise, scientists and environmentalists are clamoring. "When it comes to costs the administration is being myopic," Lisa Nurnberger, media director of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), told Xinhua on Thursday. On Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was gutting another Obama administration initiative to protect the environment from harmful Greenhouse Gas emissions by allowing each state to regulate its own coal factory output. "The administration is clearly intent on swinging its wrecking ball at two of the most important national policies that address climate change," UCS President Ken Kimmell said. After Trump officials announced in March they would relax auto emissions standards, a Fortune article noted, "Reducing fuel economy and emissions … [Read more...] about News Analysis: Trump administration coal emissions rollback bad business
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Many internet customers continue to experience underperforming services that never achieve close to their maximum advertised plan speed, according to the latest ACCC data. The findings were included in the watchdog’s fifth Measuring Broadband Australia report after it recently launched a broadband monitoring program to give consumers a better understanding of how retail service provides (RSPs) like Telstra, iiNet and TPG compare on speed promises and performance. In February 2019 about 13 per cent of the 1000 internet users who volunteered to be involved with the program (a sample size that is growing) were labouring under speeds that never reached what they were paying for. But that number increased to 25 per cent for those on a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) connection, on plans with a maximum speed of 50 and 100 Mbps. FTTN connections rely on existing copper infrastructure to make the final connection from the street to the home and are the most common access technology in the … [Read more...] about Internet providers improving on speed but the NBN remains a disappointment for many
Most shops and other business establishments in Kashmir were closed on Friday, the third consecutive day of a Valley-wide shutdown following a brief semblance of normalcy. On Wednesday, posters warning shopkeepers against opening their shutters as well as public transport operators appeared at several places in the city and elsewhere in the Valley, officials said. This ended the sense of the last few weeks that life was getting back to normal. Main markets in the city and most other areas in the Valley were shut and shops did not open even for a few hours in the morning as they had been doing for the last few weeks. Public transport was also largely off the roads and there were fewer private vehicles than usual, officials said. However, some auto-rickshaws and inter-district cabs were plying. Jamia Masjid, the grand mosque of Kashmir, was closed for prayers for the 16th consecutive Friday — ever since August 5 when the Centre announced the revoking of Jammu and Kashmir’s … [Read more...] about Kashmir shuts down: Shops, business establishments closed for third consecutive day
From PhonePe to Jio, everyone wants to be a Super App but it is still unclear if they will actually work in India. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com A Business Standard news report recently stated that Jio is preparing to launch 100 services soon including e-commerce. The report hinted it would be a super app. Meanwhile, PhonePe, for a while, has been talking about the need to be a super app. It wanted to imitate the likes of WeChat in China or rather be an Indian version of the very popular chat and commerce unicorn. So serious was Sameer Nigam, founder of PhonePe, about his vision to create India’s first super app that he flew his team to China. They surveyed the market, tried to understand the nuances and will now use those learnings to replicate it in India. PhonePe got in Oyo, Faasos, Gaana, Ola and Flipkart all within the same ecosystem. Does this sound familiar? In fact, in March this year, Paytm, too, tried to replicate this. Paytm got Zomato and MakeMyTrip as part … [Read more...] about Will India ever have a successful Super App?
November 26this celebrated as National Milk Day in India. This isn’t the same as World Milk Day, which is marked on June 1st, and was established by the Food and Agricultural Organisation. The Indian date was fixed in 2014 when the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), the Indian Dairy Association (IDA), along with 22 state level milk federations agreed on this date to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Verghese Kurien, the father of India’s White Revolution. It was a testament to the impact one man has made on the milk supply of a country. Another sign of the muscle that the dairy sector has achieved is the way in which its objections to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership that is being formed by China, South-East Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand, played a driving role in India refusing to sign on. Joining RCEP would mean India accepting substantially increased imports of dairy products from New Zealand and Australia and India’s dairy industry … [Read more...] about National Milk Day and the man who made it possible