Forbes list of 100 richest Indians sees 50% wealth rise, Mukesh Ambani retains top spot

The fortunes of India’s richest have witnessed a 50 per cent rise during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Forbes list of 100 richest Indians in 2021. A soaring stock market, high levels of liquidity and demand for new-age digital services helped India’s wealthy cash in during the pandemic, evens as millions…

Explained: Do I still need a pulse oximeter?

When my daughter returned to school this fall, I sent a care package that was perfect for a college student living through a pandemic. It included cookies, a coffee mug and a pulse oximeter. A pulse oximeter is a small device that clips on your finger and measures your blood oxygen levels. Even though my daughter and…

No Milk Or Water: Shortage Of Basics At London Grocery Stores

The supply chain troubles caused by Brexit and the pandemic have been so bad for Satyan Patel that the shelves at his convenience store in central London are seriously lacking water and soft drinks. “Last week I ran out of Coca-Cola. I haven’t had large bottles of Evian for three weeks,” said Patel.…

Opinion: Third Wave Likely This Month, India Not As Ready As It Thinks

Memories of India’s devastating second wave of Covid-19 are slowly receding. The pandemic has once again fallen out of the headlines; malls and mountain resorts are crowded with shoppers and tourists. Business activity is nearly back to pre-pandemic levels, as it had been just before the second wave hit in March.…

Saath Kya Nibhaoge song: Sonu Sood returns to his macho avatar in Altaf Raja’s recreated song, watch

Sonu Sood is back to doing what he’s known for – being a macho man while saving a girl from the goons on screen. The Bollywood star, who might have gone missing from action owing to his incredible philanthropic work during the pandemic, is romancing Nidhhi Agerwal in a new single titled “Saath Kya…

“Perfect Storm About To Happen”: UN Warns Against Fall In Childhood Vaccination

The UN warned Thursday that a “perfect storm” was brewing, with a raging pandemic disrupting access to routine vaccinations, leaving millions of children at risk from measles and other deadly diseases. A full 23 million children missed out on basic childhood vaccines last year, as routine health services…

23 states borrowed additional Rs 1.06 lakh crore through special reforms: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic was formulated to ensure that solutions do not follow a ‘one size fits all’ model.He asserted that “reforms by conviction and incentives” were undertaken on the back of “Centre-state bhagidari…

Inspiring, says Chidambaram on PM Modi’s G7 speech, then adds a taunt

Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram said that PM Modi was the only guest not physically present at the G7 Outreach meeting, highlighting that India is the “most infected and least vaccinated country” against Covid-19. Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at G7 Outreach…

Undeterred by pandemic, Skoda Auto eyes going past all-time peak sales volume next year

Czech car maker Skoda Auto is confident of crossing its historic peak sales volumes in India achieved nearly a decade ago by the middle of next year as it continues ramping up and launching new products despite businesses being hit by the second Covid-19 wave, according to a senior company official. Skoda Auto India,…

Saudi Arabia To Allow 60,000 Vaccinated Residents To Perform Hajj

The hajj ministry said this year’s pilgrimage would be “open for nationals and residents of the kingdom, limited to 60,000 pilgrims”, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it will allow 60,000 vaccinated residents of the kingdom to perform the annual hajj, state…