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When an epidemic of a highly contagious disease spreads across a large region (even worldwide) it is called a pandemic. It is different from a widespread endemic disease that infects a sizable population across the world simultaneously, such as influenza. It is different from a disease like cancer, which also has thousands, but is not contagious. Dr Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General and interim for Health Security and Environment, WHO, has said: “An easy way to think about pandemic ... is to say a pandemic is a global outbreak. Then you might ask yourself ‘what is a global outbreak?’ A global outbreak means that we see both the spread of the agent ... and then we see disease activities in addition to the spread of the virus.” The Black Death or Plague, which ravaged the world in the 14th century, is believed to have been the most fatal pandemic in history; it killed approximately 75 to 200 million people. Some other pandemics that affected a huge population across the world are tuberculosis, the Russian flu, the Asian flu, Cholera, the Hong Kong flu, and the most recent and ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25 percent. “The information we have now about the impact of COVID-19 on the world’s mental health is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. More

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  • Chinese unrest over lockdowns upends global economic outlook Nov 29, 2022 11:49 AM IST

    Chinese unrest over lockdowns upends global economic outlook

    Millions of China’s citizens have chafed under a tight lockdown for months and anger turned to widespread protests after an apartment fire killed 10 last week, leading to questions over whether the lockdown had prevented the victim’s escape

  • Scientists find tailor-made pocket feature shared by coronaviruses causing severe disease Nov 27, 2022 10:07 PM IST

    Scientists find tailor-made pocket feature shared by coronaviruses causing severe disease

    An international team of researchers scrutinised the spike glycoproteins decorating all coronaviruses. During the study, the researchers found that while the tailor-made pocket was present in all deadly coronaviruses, including MERS and Omicron, the feature was missing in variants which cause mild infection with cold-like symptoms.

  • ADB, Wabag Sign Rs 200 crore debt facility to support sanitation and water security in India Nov 25, 2022 07:15 PM IST

    ADB, Wabag Sign Rs 200 crore debt facility to support sanitation and water security in India

    The board of Va Tech Wabag approved the proposal for fundraising by way of issuance of non-convertible debentures up to Rs 200 crore to ADB on a private placement basis.

  • Six ministries submit logistics efficiency plans: DPIIT joint secretary Nov 23, 2022 06:40 PM IST

    Six ministries submit logistics efficiency plans: DPIIT joint secretary

    The other seven ministries are identifying bottlenecks that affect logistics efficiency and will come out with their plans soon.

  • Pratt & Whitney aims to supply 20-25 engines every month to India for next three months: Sources Nov 23, 2022 05:17 PM IST

    Pratt & Whitney aims to supply 20-25 engines every month to India for next three months: Sources

    The company, which provides aircraft engines to around 200 Airbus A320Neo flown by Go First and IndiGo, is aiming to clear its backlog of engine deliveries by end of FY2022-23. Over 50 aircraft of Go First and IndiGo have been grounded due to lack of engines and spare parts. IndiGo has begun leasing to meet demand, while Go First is struggling to meet capacity and maintain its schedule.

  • India jumps 2 spots to ranks 8th on Climate Change Performance Index Nov 22, 2022 06:54 PM IST

    India jumps 2 spots to ranks 8th on Climate Change Performance Index

    India is the only G-20 country in the Top 10 on the index, an independent monitoring tool for tracking the climate protection performance of 59 countries and the EU

  • Six years later, DVC to start coal production from this month Nov 19, 2022 11:45 AM IST

    Six years later, DVC to start coal production from this month

    DVC, which has mostly been an electricity generator, now getting back into coal production signifies India’s renewed thrust on expanding its thermal power generation capacity to meet its growing demand.

  • Jet Airways cuts salaries, sends several employees on leave without pay as revival plan hits hurdle Nov 18, 2022 04:10 PM IST

    Jet Airways cuts salaries, sends several employees on leave without pay as revival plan hits hurdle

    New owner the Jalan-Kalrock consortium informs NCLAT of its inability to pay additional money to clear provident fund and gratuity dues of around Rs 250 crore

  • COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says Nov 17, 2022 07:27 PM IST

    COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says

    The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control report said reported cases of two highly drug-resistant pathogens increased in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, then sharply jumped in 2021.

  • Will find it difficult to maintain profit margin going forward: RITES CMD Rahul Mithal Nov 17, 2022 07:26 PM IST

    Will find it difficult to maintain profit margin going forward: RITES CMD Rahul Mithal

    Rites will find it tough to maintain its operating margin at around 25 percent as the company was unable to win any new high-margin export orders during the pandemic. However, it is aggressively pitching for new export orders in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Mozambique.

  • Aviation ministry seeks industry feedback to amend slot allocation guidelines Nov 17, 2022 06:52 PM IST

    Aviation ministry seeks industry feedback to amend slot allocation guidelines

    As part of the new proposal, airport slots will be reallocated every 'season' or every six months to airlines, departing from the current practice of reviewing it after a year.

  • MC Explains: Why are GoFirst operations hit and what next? Nov 16, 2022 07:37 PM IST

    MC Explains: Why are GoFirst operations hit and what next?

    The situation has become very dire in the last few weeks with passengers in Bengaluru protesting against flight delays on November 13 and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation also saying that it will launch an investigation into the airline's operations.

  • In Bad Shape: Bridge collapses can be easily prevented in India Nov 15, 2022 07:06 PM IST

    In Bad Shape: Bridge collapses can be easily prevented in India

    : The number of bridge collapses has come down over the years, but even one bridge that crumbles is one too many.

  • Indian aviation sector to grow at CAGR of 6% over the next 20 years: IATA Nov 15, 2022 12:27 PM IST

    Indian aviation sector to grow at CAGR of 6% over the next 20 years: IATA

    The government is looking to make it mandatory for airlines in India to use sustainable aviation fuels, Rajiv Bansal, secretary in the ministry of civil aviation, said while addressing IATA Aviation Energy Forum

  • SpiceJet widens net loss for September quarter to Rs 838 crore Nov 14, 2022 07:34 PM IST

    SpiceJet widens net loss for September quarter to Rs 838 crore

    The airline reported a net loss of Rs 577.7 crore in Q2FY2023. It had reported a net loss of Rs 561.7 crore in the second quarter of 2021-22.

  • Domestic airfares unlikely to drop back to pre-COVID levels as airlines battle cost surge Nov 11, 2022 07:22 PM IST

    Domestic airfares unlikely to drop back to pre-COVID levels as airlines battle cost surge

    Airlines are in no mood to start a fare war at a time when global supply chains are disrupted and fuel prices are still at very high levels after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  • In Bad Shape | What NHAI is doing to help halve road accidents by 2024 Nov 11, 2022 02:19 PM IST

    In Bad Shape | What NHAI is doing to help halve road accidents by 2024

    The government will audit roads more frequently, get rid of accident-prone areas and deploy drones to survey projects.

  • In Bad Shape| India's most dangerous highways—why they are taking a toll on lives Nov 08, 2022 10:41 AM IST

    In Bad Shape| India's most dangerous highways—why they are taking a toll on lives

    Due to poor road infrastructure and maintenance, at least 12 people died in road accidents in India every day in 2021. The figures will be higher if the number of cases that go unreported is taken into account

  • What’s next for cement sector after multi-year low margins in September quarter? Nov 07, 2022 04:07 PM IST

    What’s next for cement sector after multi-year low margins in September quarter?

    As construction resumes after the monsoon and input costs start cooling, the next two quarters are likely to be good for the sector.

  • IndiGo working on proposal to wet lease planes to meet FY23 capacity addition guidance: CEO Pieter Elbers Nov 04, 2022 06:55 PM IST

    IndiGo working on proposal to wet lease planes to meet FY23 capacity addition guidance: CEO Pieter Elbers

    IndiGo's management also added that it was reasonably confident that it will achieve operational profitability in October-December as they expect passenger load factors to improve in the ongoing quarter and don't expect ticket prices to fall.

  • NHAI starts accepting electronic bank guarantees Nov 02, 2022 05:48 PM IST

    NHAI starts accepting electronic bank guarantees

    The move is expected to help improve the efficiency and transparency of internal processes and take forward the adoption of digital technology, the regulator has said

  • Akasa Air adds Pune to its network, Bengaluru to get more flights from Nov 23 Nov 02, 2022 02:13 PM IST

    Akasa Air adds Pune to its network, Bengaluru to get more flights from Nov 23

    Akasa will have 20 daily flights from Bengaluru to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Guwahati, and Pune

  • MC Interview | We aim to diversify our business to generate a third of our revenue from non-road segment in the next five years: TCI MD Vineet Agarwal Nov 01, 2022 06:35 PM IST

    MC Interview | We aim to diversify our business to generate a third of our revenue from non-road segment in the next five years: TCI MD Vineet Agarwal

    Agarwal said that his company plans to invest Rs 200-250 crore as capital expenditure to boost capacity of its non-road assets in the next four years. Most of that will be used to acquire new ships, containers and working assets, and for the construction of warehouses.

  • NHAI has enough cash to speed up road building: Gadkari at NCD listing event Oct 28, 2022 10:36 AM IST

    NHAI has enough cash to speed up road building: Gadkari at NCD listing event

    Gadkari while speaking at the listing ceremony of the National Highways Infra Trust's non-convertible debentures called the NHAI a gold and said that there is no shortfall of funds for infrastructure development in India.

  • The bear market blues: A diagnosis for our times Oct 26, 2022 07:03 AM IST

    The bear market blues: A diagnosis for our times

    Relatively new fields in psychology and economics examine investor behaviour, herd mentality, panic, mania and hidden biases that affect decision making - often in ways that negatively affect portfolio performance