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150-175 million people will fall into extreme poverty due to Covid fallout, says UN expert

Special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter said most of those who will fall into extreme poverty will be informal sector workers or in precarious employment conditions, especially women.
People at a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata (representational image) | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Wealth of Indian, Chinese households grew in 2020 first half despite pandemic, report says

Only China & India saw gains, growing by 4.4% & 1.6%, respectively. Latin America suffered the most, with a 13% plunge, as currency devaluations aggravated losses.
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1 in 6 kids lived in extreme poverty before Covid, condition to worsen globally — UN report

Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia consisted of 84 per cent of the world's extremely poor children, out of which India and Nigeria accounted for the most.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

Comparison between India and Bangladesh GDP misleading — former chief economic advisor

In a Twitter thread, Arvind Subramanian said that GDP per capita is only an estimate for one indicator of the average standard of living or welfare in a country.
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What it is like to watch a movie at a theatre now that cinemas have opened after seven months

Alternate seating, with no one directly in front of or behind another person, pre-packed food and longer intervals for more stringent sanitisation are some steps being taken.
Covid centre in Kerala

How Kerala and Punjab became ‘worst performing states’ in their handling of Covid

In episode 594 of the #CuttheClutter, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta explains the Covid hits and misses of Punjab and Kerala in dealing with the pandemic.
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Demonetisation, GST, lockdown sans relief dealt body blow to Indian economy — Raghuram Rajan

At ThePrint's OTC, the former RBI governor said if huge levels of debt and financial distress hold back the economy, it will be a lost decade for growth.

A ‘Rheality check’ for all of us, and what the TRP scandal says about India

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
A Chinese flag and an effigy of President Xi Jinping are burnt during a protest against the Galwan Valley clash, in Kolkata Thursday | Representational image | ANI

Negative opinions of China soar to record high in major economies, Pew poll says

Beijing: Negative perceptions of China have reached record highs in the U.S. and other major economies, according to a global survey by the Pew Research Center. The polling found that a majority of respondents across 14 surveyed countries held an unfavorable opinion of China. In nine of the countries -- including the U.S., Germany, the U.K., South Korea, Australia and Canada -- negative opinion reached its highest point since the nonpartisan organization began polling on the topic more than a decade ago. “Views of China have grown more negative in recent years across many advanced economies, and unfavorable opinion has soared over the past year,” Pew said in the report published on Tuesday. The worsening global views of Beijing come as national leaders have criticized China’s early handling of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the country’s human rights record and its increasingly assertive stance in international affairs. China has emerged as...
Students wearing face masks and keeping their social distance arrive at Newton scientific high during classes after pandemic related closure in Rome, Italy | Photo by Antonio Masiello | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Global economic recovery from pandemic seen extending past 2021

The WTO & IMF said while the early days of pandemic recovery were stronger than expected, the rebound is likely to take longer than earlier predicted.

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Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad, Wednesday, 14 October, 2020.| PTI

Pollute oceans and it’ll come back at us like it did in Andhra, Telangana: Manpreet Badal

We don't seem to have learnt the lesson from cyclones Ockhi and Amphan and continue to dump toxic wastes in the Indian Ocean. Our punishment this time could be severe.

Kotak Mahindra Bank is exploring taking over IndusInd Bank

IndusInd, however, denied any sale talks, calling it a rumour. It said the bank’s founders reiterate their full support 'now and always'.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.