January 18, 2022

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Indian telecom service providers have seen a 10 per cent surge in overall traffic as more and more offices switch to ‘work from home’ or people go into self-quarantine in their homes to combat the spread of


The demand for data dongles has also doubled in the last few days and many retailers are asking for a week to replenish their stocks due to the spurt in demand.



Rajan S Mathews, director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India, said feedback from its telecom members indicated a 10 per cent increase in traffic, but rejected fears of choked networks. “The networks have enough capacity to manage this increase and there is no reason for worry,” he said.


Telcos currently use 65-70 per cent of the network capacity. In other words, they have enough additional capacity to handle

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India on Friday reported 50 (Covid-19) cases, highest in a single day, taking the tally to 223, even as Prime Minister discussed with chief ministers ways and preparedness of the states to check the virus spread. Several states went under partial lock down to halt the virus, with offices and shops shut in Mumbai and Pune. Here’s a wrap up of all the developments during the day related to Tune in for LIVE updates


How to check virus spread? PM Modi, Chief Ministers discuss ways


Prime Minister deliberated ways to check the spread of with chief ministers of various states. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and top health ministry officials were also present in the meeting held via video link.

Lenders seek relaxation in NPA norms





The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) is set to

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The launched new bond purchases worth 750 billion euros at an emergency meeting late on Wednesday in a bid to stop a pandemic-induced financial rout shredding the euro zone’s and renew concerns about the bloc’s viability.


With much of Europe in lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak, economic activity has come to a near standstill and markets have been in a tailspin, foreshadowing a deep recession on par with the 2008 global financial crisis and raising questions about the euro zone’s cohesion at times of stress.



Under pressure to act to bring down borrowing costs for indebted, virus-stricken countries such as Italy, the launched a new, dedicated bond-purchase scheme, bringing its planned purchases for this year to 1.1 trillion euro with the newly agreed buys alone worth 6{eea793315c04bed757fa19a249176c043672b2f5b83c5077e1e62b11581ae8d2} of the euro area’s GDP.


“Extraordinary times

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The director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Balram Bhargava, said on Tuesday that the country’s apex health research body had not discovered any evidence of community transmission of Covid-19 yet and that all 500 random samples had tested negative for


“We at ICMR are regularly monitoring for community transmissions. Our labs are looking at random samples of patients who suffer from influenza like illnesses/ severe acute,” he said.



Bhargava further said that ICMR has activated more laboratories to test for COVID-19 and revised the testing criteria.


“ICMR has been approached by several private players who want to contribute and talks are on with 51 Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accredited private laboratories to understand the modalities of increasing access to the test in the endeavour to prepare for future,” he

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Independent researcher Kumar Sambhav, who has co-founded Land Conflict Watch – the first and largest database of ongoing land conflicts in India – tells Aditi Phadnis that while India has enacted laws to protect the rights of marginalised communities, these are either not implemented, or violated and bypassed. Edited excerpts:


You have just come out with a study on land conflicts in India. Tell us about its findings.



Land Conflict Watch undertook a 3-year intensive research on 703 ongoing land conflicts across India. Over 40 researchers, spread across the country, collected granular data on the different economic sectors involved, social factors at play, laws involved, and land types involved in these conflicts.We distilled data based on regional political-economic realities, such as the existence of Left-wing extremism (LWE) — the violence caused by armed rebellious groups claiming adherence to extreme-Left ideologies

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