At the end of July, Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government agency for disease control and prevention, warned that he was "very concerned about the latest developments" after daily COVID-19 infection cases started to rise again. … [Read more...] about German companies expect COVID-19 restrictions on public life to continue for months: survey
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ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has launched ICICI Pru Precious Life, offering life cover to customers by factoring in the nuances of various health conditions. According to the company, it is the industry’s first term plan specifically designed for customers who find it difficult to get access to life cover due to existing health conditions. This product provides a route to customers with existing health conditions to ensure their families have the necessary financial resources to continue with their lives in their absence, it added.Term insurance plans provide protection against the loss of income by the family due to the demise of the earning member. Individuals who have existing health conditions e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity or even those who have successfully recovered from cancer or any other surgeries, find it difficult to get life cover and hence are unable to fulfill their responsibility to protect their families. Read Also: Mahindra … [Read more...] about ICICI Prudential Life launches ICICI Pru Precious Life to cover individuals with health conditions
Sanjay WaliA young couple in Chandigarh arguing about the items that they need to remove from the shopping list; this is something that they have never done before. There are millions of couples across the world, who given the uncertainty, have started this unpleasant practice of pruning their shopping list. For most countries around the world, COVID-19 pandemic is fast turning into an unprecedented health and economic emergency. While many countries have resorted to a lockdown in order to “flatten the curve”; most are struggling with balancing the health concerns with that of restarting economic activity. The situation in India is no different, after a prolonged lockdown of 50 days, the government and corporates in India are treading cautiously towards restarting economic activity, whilst keeping the pandemic under control. How well our country navigates through this tough situation is anybody’s guess; but it is evident that it will have a massive impact on our GDP. … [Read more...] about Navigating the uncharted : COVID-19 and beyond
Currently, it is blended with the fossil fuel in the proportion of 2%, 5%, 20% and so on, although technically it can be used as a pure fuel with some minor modifications in existing engine systems. The chosen blend ratio is based more on the available quantity of biodiesel rather than on any technical reasons. Filling stations in the European Union countries and the United States supply everything from B2 to B100. Except B100, these blends can be used in any existing diesel engine without any modifications. It is compatible with the currently used materials in automobiles. However, when used in pure form, the compatibility of seal materials may need to be looked into. … [Read more...] about The road to cleaner air
But policy should not get ahead of technological and financial feasibility — and options should be realistically laid out for farmers. There is also a need for caution in using surplus foodgrain to produce ethanol. And while removing the shackles on raw material supply can have definite benefits, it cannot make a significant difference to biofuel production as long as the supply-chain infrastructure that is required to deliver biofuels to the final consumer remains inadequate. To address this issue, the new policy envisages investment to the tune of ₹5,000 crore in building bio-refineries and offering other incentives over the next few years. The government should also take steps to remove policy barriers that have discouraged private investment in building supply chains. Until that happens, India’s huge biofuel potential will continue to remain largely untapped. … [Read more...] about Policy on biofuels: Green push?