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Slowdown effects more pronounced in India: IMF

The new International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Kristalina Georgieva warned that the global economy is witnessing ‘synchronised slowdown’ which will result in slower growth for 90% of the world this year. The largest emerging market economies like India are experiencing an even more pronounced effect of the global downturn. Despite this overall deceleration, close to ..

WHO launches first World report on Vision

Recently, WHO has released first of it’s World report on Vision. Key Outcomes: At least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed. The burden of eye conditions and vision impairment is not borne equally: it is often ..

Health Ministry launches WHO India Country Cooperation Strategy

The Union Health Ministry has launched the ‘World Health Organisation (WHO) India Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2019–2023: A Time of Transition‘. Significance: It helps in providing a strategic roadmap for the WHO to work with the Indian government towards achieving its health sector goals. It focuses on improving the health of its population; and bringing ..

GEMINI system to aid fishermen

To avoid communication blackouts that led to 20 fishermen going missing in the aftermath of Cyclone Okchi in 2017, a slew of government departments, research agencies and private companies have developed GEMINI. What is GEMINI? It is a portable receiver linked to ISRO-satellites, that is ‘fail-proof’ and warn fishermen of danger. The Indian National Centre ..

United Nation Cash crunch

United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns that the United Nation is facing cash crunch since a decade and now on the risk of defaulting on payments of staff and vendors. Why cash crunch? Most of the nations have not paid their annual dues. The United States is the largest contributor – responsible for 22% of ..