He said the working group is in Pakistan with three missions, including field survey to understand the situation to help Pakistan develop an emergency response to control the locust swarms, formulating an emergency assistance program and developing a sustainable system and mechanism to prevent and control the locust attacks, as well as establishing long-term cooperation on locust control with Pakistan. … [Read more...] about China to help Pakistan counter locust attacks: Chinese experts
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Warning that it is “not in a sound financial state”, Vodafone Idea said the company would be in a position to meet its liabilities only if the government initiates steps including allowing set offs for GST credit accumulated so far, and permitting staggered mechanism for payment of balance amount of interest, penalty, and interest on penalty. … [Read more...] about Unable to pay dues, can meet liabilities only with govt help, says Vodafone Idea
By Sandeep Dutta Being so-called ‘woke’ is getting increasingly important to Gen Z as they struggle to come to terms with the flaws of the society that they have inherited from their predecessors. ‘Woke’, an American term which refers to a heightened awareness of issues concerning social and racial justice is now a part of the Gen Z lingo and has come to mean sharp social consciousness. Millennials for long were known as the altruistic generation but Gen Z seems to have surpassed them. Millennials, after all, were raised during the boom times and relative peace of the 1990s, only to see their sunny world dashed by terrorist attacks and recessions. Generation Z, by contrast, has had its eyes open from the beginning, coming along in the aftermath of those cataclysms in the era of the war on terror, hardening of national borders and economic uncertainty. A 24-hour news cycle that relentlessly pushes out information via myriad channels means these avid digital … [Read more...] about GenZ wants to ‘stay woke’. Can brands help?
By Bibek Debroy & N Sajeesh Kumar The 15th Finance Commission report for 2020-21 was tabled in Parliament on February 1. Every finance commission decides the vertical distribution of divisible pool of taxes between GoI and state governments, and the horizontal distribution of the share between states. For the latter, we are now used to the idea of a formula. For instance, the 2020-21 report gives 15% weight for population, 15% for geographical area, 10% for forest and ecology, 45% for income distance, 12.5% for demographic performance and 2.5% for tax effort. Population, area, and forest and ecology are described as being need-based, income distance as equity-based, and demographic performance and tax effort as performance-based. Make for a Better Spread This idea of a formula evolved with time. There was a shift with the 8th Finance Commission, and yet again with the 10th. Geographical area has had varying weights since the 10th commission, increasing from 7.5% in the 10th and … [Read more...] about View: By using a formula involving topographical area, Finance Commission can help states equitably
Key points:Australian scientists have become the world's first outside of China to copy the coronavirusThe discovery will enable scientists to develop a test to identify people who might be infected, even before they show any symptomsIt will also help speed up work towards a vaccine for the disease, which has claimed more than 100 lives in China and infected six Australians … [Read more...] about Australian lab first outside of China to copy coronavirus, helping vaccine push