March quarter GDP data As India nears the end of the fourth phase of lockdown, economists are wondering what's the cost of nation-wide lockdown that has been in place since March 25. As per SBI's research team, the cost of lockdown for the seven days of March may cost India Rs 1.4 lakh crore, which it says may drag India's GDP for FY20 to 4.2 per cent from 5 per cent estimated earlier. Decline in global markets Global stock markets fell and safe havens such as bonds and the Japanese yen gained on Friday, as investors awaited Washington’s response to China tightening control over the city of Hong Kong, Reuters reported. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 1.1 per cent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.2 per cent. Record spike in Covid-19 cases The coronavirus pandemic in India grew by the highest number yet on Friday when 7,466 fresh cases were detected across the country, taking the total count to 165,799 cases. Around 175 deaths … [Read more...] about Fag-end buying drives Sensex 224 points higher; all eyes on GDP data
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May 13 to 19 was globally launched as Myopia Awareness Week last year after the World Council of Optometry and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness predicted that by 2050 half the world’s population will be myopic. “But in 2020, the tables are turned with online learning and working from home becoming the new normal to stay safe from coronavirus,” says Dr R Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Puducherry. … [Read more...] about Are you in digital overdrive?
Google Maps is the most-used navigation app in the world by a big margin. One of the upcoming new features is the inclusion of a speedometer on the navigation screen. If you’re driving with the phone in a mount, it will help you be more aware of the speed. The app itself will notify you if you are over-speeding. This new addition is a great step for enhanced safety. The feature has already started rolling out in some countries and is expected to be available in India within a few months. … [Read more...] about Google Photos will now let you manually tag faces that it can’t recognise
By Amar Patnaik According to the 2018 Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), 22% of women in India above 15 were part of the labour force, as against 71.2% men between July 2017 and June 2018. In Nordic countries, almost three in four working-age women are part of the paid labour force. This rate is currently 46.8% in the US, 47.3% in Canada and 48% in France. India lags far behind countries like China (61%), Vietnam (73%), Singapore (60%), Bangladesh (36%) and Pakistan (24%). Ironically, soon after the Covid-19 lockdown kicked in, the country, particularly in states like Odisha and Kerala, experienced the productivity and resoluteness of women force in its fight against the pandemic, be it in making masks, gloves and sanitisers, door-to-door vegetables retailing in containment areas, and distributing dry ration and cooked food to vulnerable households. They also spread awareness among communities about preventive protocols for breaking the chain of the virus. All the work they did … [Read more...] about How to bolster the presence of women in India’s labour force
In my third year of engineering I got a placement in Infosys through a campus interview. I didn't take it because 9 to 5 was not at all something that I wanted to do. Still, I accepted the appointment letter because I wanted to show it to my family and prove that I was capable of getting a job, but I just didn't want to do it. … [Read more...] about ‘Not sure I can kiss convincingly on screen’