"While the media and entertainment sector is currently grappling with various challenging issues, with the economic activities returning to normalcy, we are assured that eventually with the allowance of 100 per cent FDI in the media and entertainment industry and effective hand holding by the government, the industry will bounce back and continue to provide to each citizen the much-needed information and entertainment," he said. … [Read more...] about Media one of most adversely affected sectors due to COVID-19
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Further complications arise as the laws on the books are often not enforced. Urmila Chatterjee and Ravi Kanbur find that the Factories Act is characterised by a widespread non-compliance. Despite the non-compliance, these laws still seem to impose costs on some firms: In a recent paper, Amrit Amirapu and Michael Gechter find that the de facto costs imposed by type-1 regulations on firms can be very high (up to 40% of labour costs), but only in states with high levels of corruption or those which have not reformed their inspector rules. This implies that if there are corrupt inspectors, labour laws are sufficiently complex and opaque to provide them with leverage to extract bribes. Yet, they fail to generate full compliance, leaving workers under-protected. This might explain why, according to the 2014 World Bank Enterprise Survey, only 11% of (medium and large) Indian firms reported that labour regulations are a “major constraint”, while 36% thought corruption to be a … [Read more...] about Disentangling the labour law debate: What does the evidence really say?
Thackeray further said, “Also, the Maharashtra government needs to look into this matter seriously. In future, whenever migrants do enter our state, they will need to be registered and their personal details and their identification proof will need to be submitted to the police station. Only if these requirements are met with diligently, will they be allowed to enter Maharashtra. A strict adherence to the above needs to be followed by Maharashtra.” … [Read more...] about Yogi for expediting setting up of migration commission
It was the call that Lance Hansen, gravely ill with liver disease, had been waiting weeks for, and it came just before midnight in late April. A liver was available for him. He got up to get dressed for the three-hour drive to San Francisco for the transplant surgery. And then he panicked. “Within five minutes after hanging up, he started hyperventilating,” his wife, Carmen, said. “He kept saying: ‘I’m going to get COVID, and then I’m going to die. And if I die, I want my family there.’ I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.” She promised she would wait outside the hospital, as patients’ families were barred from entering. She warned that he might not get another chance at a new liver before it was too late. She told him he could die if he didn’t go. Still, Hansen, 59, refused. In a world seeded with anxiety, fear is gripping not just people who are ill with the coronavirus but also those in urgent need of other … [Read more...] about Fear of COVID leads other patients to decline critical treatment
New Delhi: With the graded easing of the lockdown, India’s food regulator has said all claims pertaining to immunity-boosting products such as biscuits, snacks, salt, water and even khakra must conform to regulations. “We have issued a guidance note to be followed and it is on the Covid page of our website,” said a spokesperson for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. During the Covid-19 outbreak, FSSAI has provided online application processes as well as e-inspections to avoid delays in approvals. Sales of immunity-boosting foods have shot up by an estimated 20-40%. Online searches for such products have gone up six-fold, with ayurvedic home remedies, giloy and vitamin C dominating, according to a report by Google. “Heightened awareness online on Instagram, TikTok and WhatsApp is leading to health taking mindshare, leading to growing consumption of categories including health supplements, chyawanprash, health bars, mixes and even branded health … [Read more...] about As lockdown starts opening up, sales of immunity boosting foods double; FSSAI issues guidelines