Friday, 28 January, 2022

Topic: WEF

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.

The world’s rising tide of data can be used for good. But first we need to share it

Trading data, like in a stock exchange, would allow it to be transferred in an open, efficient and accountable way.

Covid-19 pandemic disrupted vital cancer care. The next global health crisis awaits

The medical community’s speedy response to Covid-19 is encouraging. We can prevent cancer from becoming the next global health crisis.

We need a new social contract for the 21st century. Post-war era model isn’t working

A social contract fit for contemporary society should address three fundamental challenges and be based on five core principles.

Income has fallen for 99% of the global population. Oxfam report shows inequality in 2022

Over 160 million more people have been forced into poverty, leading to the death of at least one person every four seconds, says Oxfam.

Digital economy firms faced 270 cyberattacks on average in 2021, each ‘success’ cost $3.6 mn: WEF

Companies are looking to go beyond cybersecurity to move to cyber resilience, with practices like buying insurance, says WEF's 'Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2022'.

Modi can’t speak? Tech glitch during WEF speech triggers bogey of ‘teleprompter PM’

A few seconds into his WEF address Monday, PM Modi could be seen pausing before looking to his left. He eventually had to restart his speech after a near 2-minute interruption.

The world could have 75 million metric tonnes of e-waste by 2030. Here’s how we can avoid it

E-waste tends to contain harmful chemicals that can leach onto the environment. Changing the way we consume is at the heart of the solution.

Achieving COVID-19 vaccine equity is a long road. Overcoming hesitancy is the first step

While high-income countries now have vaccination rates well above 60%, in the poorest countries, the distribution and supply have been badly delayed.

Scientists have found a ‘creativity sweet spot’. It was tried and tested by Thomas Edison

Researchers at the Paris Brain Institute have found a creativity ‘sweet spot’ called hypnagogia by engaging in a novel experiment.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
An Assicurazioni Generali SpA logo sits above an entrance to their offices in Rome | Bloomberg

Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.


The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.