Omicron spread: Vaccinate teens in mission mode, says PM Narendra Modi Coronavirus News 

Omicron spread: Vaccinate teens in mission mode, says PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chairing a high-level review meeting on Sunday, called for accelerating vaccination in the 15-18 age group in mission mode and ensuring adequate health infrastructure in districts. The review meeting, held to take stock of the country’s Covid preparedness, came on the day India registered around 160,000 cases and the daily positivity rate crossed 10 per cent. India has given the first dose of the Covid vaccine to 31 per cent the adolescents aged 15-18 years so far within seven days. The prime minister said even as…

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Google hit with 150 million euro French fine for cookie breaches Business 

Google hit with 150 million euro French fine for cookie breaches

France’s data privacy watchdog CNIL said on Thursday it had fined Alphabet’s Google a record 150 million euros ($169 million) for making it difficult for internet users to refuse online trackers known as cookies. Meta Platforms’ Facebook was also fined 60 million euros for the same reason, the CNIL said. “The CNIL has found that the facebook.com, google.fr and youtube.com websites do not allow to refuse cookies as easily as it is to accept them”, the watchdog said in a statement, also citing Google’s video-streaming platform. The authority said the two companies had three months to…

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Rising Covid cases dampen hopes of India box office touching Rs 2,000 crore in Q1 India 

Rising Covid cases dampen hopes of India box office touching Rs 2,000 crore in Q1

Just when India’s box office business was seeing a strong recovery, rising cases of Covid-19 and its new variant, Omicron, have slowed the growth momentum. The release of big-budget films has been pushed after some states asked theatres to close and others restricted capacity. These factors are once again putting pressure on the box-office business. According to film producer and trade business analyst Girish Johar, Indian films were estimated to earn Rs 1,500-2,000 crore during the first three months of 2022. However, the concerns over a likely third wave of coronavirus infections has dampened hopes of…

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IMF delays release of new forecast to January 25 to factor in COVID-19 developments Economic News 

IMF delays release of new forecast to January 25 to factor in COVID-19 developments

The International Monetary Fund has delayed the release of its World Economic Outlook by one week to January 25 to factor in the latest COVID-19 developments, a spokesperson for the global lend. The World Economic Outlook update will be launched on January 25 to allow our teams to incorporate the latest developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic into the economic forecasts,” the spokesperson said. IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice had told reporters last month the update to the fund’s forecast would come on January 19.

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Alka Mittal becomes first woman to head ONGC as CMD Moneycontrol News 

Alka Mittal becomes first woman to head ONGC as CMD

Alka Mittal, director of human resources at energy major Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC), has been given the additional charge of chairman and managing director, the company announced on January 3. With this appointment, Mittal has become the first woman ever to head ONGC as its CMD. She will hold the post for six months or until a regular appointment for the position is announced, whichever is earlier. ONGC has not had a full-time chairman and managing director since former chief Shashi Shanker retired on March 31, 2021. Typically, the government select…

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West Bengal announces fresh curbs, restricts flights from Mumbai, Delhi Covid-19 

West Bengal announces fresh curbs, restricts flights from Mumbai, Delhi

The West Bengal government on Sunday said flights from Mumbai and Delhi were being restricted to twice a week from January 5 as new Covid cases in the state mounted to 6,153 from 1,089 on December 29. In a letter to the civil aviation ministry, the state government said that in view of the rising Covid cases it had decided that with effect from January 5, all incoming domestic flights from Mumbai and Delhi to West Bengal will be temporarily allowed only twice a week on Monday and Friday till further orders. This is…

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