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Employees at a mobile phone plant in Sriperumbudur | Photo: Karen Dias | Bloomberg

Just under half of India’s labour force digitally skilled, WEF’s Future of Jobs report says

World Economic Forum’s 'Future of Jobs' report also found that automation of work will displace 85 million jobs globally in the next five years.
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China split on vaccine doses, South African teachers demand pay raise & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

No salary hikes means India’s economic recovery will have to wait even if hiring resumes

Slowing wage growth risks squeezing private spending in a country where consumption accounts for about 60% of gross domestic product.
Representational image of shops shut during the Covid-19 lockdown in Varanasi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Engineers, pilots, journalists — job losses have spared none & no one knows if worst is over

Many sectors have been impacted due to the pandemic, the lockdown and uncertainty. Only some who lost their old jobs have managed to get new ones.
India has been arranging special flights to brings back citizens stranded abroad in countries like UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia.

Kerala’s next crisis: How to deal with return of lakhs of ‘Gone to Gulf’ people

More than 5 lakh Keralites are expected to return from Gulf & state has to deal with plight of those losing jobs there and erosion of its remittance economy.
People wear masks as they walk inside a mall west in Florida.

Another Covid wave in 2020 could result in loss of 340 million full-time jobs: ILO

An International Labour Organisation report said there was 14% drop in global working hours during second quarter of 2020, equivalent to loss of 400 million full-time jobs.
A health worker checks the temperature of a woman, during distribution of food among the needy, amid the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Sec-33 in Noida. | PTI

India could afford to overlook economic inequality until now. Covid has changed that

For two decades, I had maintained that unlike the developed West, India should not be overly concerned about inequalities because our economy was in the growth phase.
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Covid-19 lockdown hits working mothers harder than fathers

UK mothers are one-and-a-half times more likely than fathers to have either lost their job or quit since the lockdown began, study shows.
Priyanka at Pakur, Jharkhand

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slams Centre over shutting of factories, loss of jobs

The Congress leader called out the govt's hypocrisy, saying it was promising economic packages and employment, while in reality, factories were being shut.
Santosh Kumar in Nagepur village, Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh

Job and trade loss will be common in Covid-hit world. But for India, it’s just another storm

Developing countries are expected to be hit harder in the economic downturn. But PM Modi’s steady and resilient leadership will surely guide India to calmer waters.

On Camera

Cyclists ride along the Venice Beach boardwalk on May 25.

Social distancing or herd immunity? A combination of both needed to contain Covid

The US desperately needs a solid strategy unlike what the Trump administration has in place — doing almost nothing and telling people the disease will go away.

India at the doorstep of economic revival, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at a book launch, Das said India followed the fiscal expansion path to deal with Covid-related challenges and govt will have to spell out a fiscal roadmap post-Covid.

Defence

File photo of INS Kavaratti | Indian Navy

Navy to commission INS Kavaratti, an indigenously-built warfare stealth corvette tomorrow

Like its predecessors, the new corvette does not have air defence systems than the close-in weapons deployed on board and the Navy is looking at getting new Short Range Air Defence System.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.