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Budget may raise health spending by 11%

Health       Jan 18, 2018

New Delhi: India is poised to raise its public health spending by 11 percent in the annual budget next month, after rejecting the health minister's demand for a much bigger increase to ramp up disease control, according to government sources and documents.    Health Minister JP...

As PM2.5 emission norms kick in, threat from finer particles will emerge: Experts

Health       Jan 17, 2018

Better technology may not end the pollution crisis. Rather, it would allow one to monitor even finer particles which would become new health threats.  While currently particle effluents in air -- PM10 and PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 10 and 2.5 micrometers --...

India has enormous potential, says World Bank, projects 7.3% growth in 2018

Economy       Jan 10, 2018

New Delhi: Even as the Indian  government on Wednesday relaxed FDI norms in various sectors such as single brand retail and allowed foreign airlines to invest up to 49 per cent in Air India, World Bank has said that India has enormous potential and has...

Nissan-Renault partnership plans $1 bn fund for auto tech startups

      Jan 10, 2018

The world’s largest automotive alliance will invest as much as $1 billion to fund mobility startups over the next five years as it looks to make inroads with new technology at a time of rapid upheaval for the transportation sector. Carmaking partners Renault SA, Nissan...

400 deaths a day are forcing India to take car safety seriously

Risk Management       Jan 10, 2018

Mumbai: In India, more than 150,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents. That's about 400 fatalities a day and far higher than developed auto markets like the US, which in 2016 logged about 40,000.  Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is attempting to...

The wait for the self-driving future is coming to an end

Technology       Jan 04, 2018

The wait for the self-driving future is coming to an end. The earliest real-world applications of autonomous vehicles will arrive in 2018.  Starting in Phoenix this year, a small number of commuters will be riding in driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans as part of a trial...

China becoming an increasingly difficult environment for reinsurers: AM Best

      Jan 03, 2018

Singapore: China’s reinsurance industry—the world’s third-largest life insurance market and second largest non-life insurance market by premium1 —has been going through a structural transformation in recent years, driven by changes in both the primary market and the regulatory environment, says the latest report by the...

10,000 seaplanes to floating cities, e-highways: Gadkari's infra plans

Economy       Jan 01, 2018

New Delhi: Clear water bodies dotted with 10,000 seaplanes, 'floating cities' in the form of ocean cruises and electric vehicles zipping on dedicated highway lanes -- that's the future as envisioned by Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.   For the 'go-getter' minister at the helm of affairs...

Indian GDP growth to pick up in 2018; oil, inflation risk factors

Economy       Jan 01, 2018

New Delhi: With the effects of demonetisation and the transition hiccups of the GST firmly behind, India's economic growth is likely to pick up in the new year but rising oil prices and a firming inflation may spoil the party.   Some believe 2017 is best...

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