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Years of conflict in Iraq hit health services in Basra

Years of conflict in Iraq hit health services in Basra

Iraq’s vast oil wealth once paid for some of the best health services in the Middle East. But decades of conflict and political unrest have led to, as the government admits, a crisis in hospitals. Things are particularly bad in Basra province where people have long complained of government neglect. Around 70 children are being [...]

June 16, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Years of conflict in Iraq hit health services in Basra

Vedanta to challenge winding up of Zambian business in court

Vedanta to challenge winding up of Zambian business in court

LUSAKA: Vedanta Resources on Tuesday plans to challenge the appointment of a provisional liquidator and the intended winding up of its Zambian business without the chance to be heard through lawyers of its choice, documents filed in court show. According to a notice filed in court on June 6, Vedanta wants to be represented by lawyers Nchito [...]

June 12, 2019 Loknath Das Business Comments Off on Vedanta to challenge winding up of Zambian business in court

Policy | Does NEP 2019 address the rot in higher education?

Policy | Does NEP 2019 address the rot in higher education?

At 484 pages, the National Education Policy 2019 (NEP) is not only the longest policy draft by any government, it is also repetitive, didactic and verbose. Much of it has been ignored by the media, except the plan to impose Hindi as a national language — which was later redacted. More important issues such as school education, [...]

June 10, 2019 Loknath Das Education Comments Off on Policy | Does NEP 2019 address the rot in higher education?

Glimmers of Hope and Reform in the National Education Policy Draft

Glimmers of Hope and Reform in the National Education Policy Draft

A first review makes for a collective sigh of relief – the draft report of the new National Education Policy 2019 is devoid of any strong saffron colouration and is instead a call for a significant restructuring of the educational system and its governance. It assigns a key role to both public and private capital [...]

June 7, 2019 Loknath Das Education Comments Off on Glimmers of Hope and Reform in the National Education Policy Draft

Storing Energy in Salt—Vattenfall Testing Technology at Berlin Plant

Storing Energy in Salt—Vattenfall Testing Technology at Berlin Plant

Swedish power company Vattenfall is testing a technology that stores energy in salt, with a goal of proving whether the process would be useful for storage of renewable energy such as from wind and solar farms. The pilot project, commissioned April 11 at the Reuter thermal power plant in Berlin (Figure 1), is being conducted [...]

June 3, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on Storing Energy in Salt—Vattenfall Testing Technology at Berlin Plant

America still leads in technology, but China is catching up fast

America still leads in technology, but China is catching up fast

Arare thing happened in an industrial park near Washington, dc,last November. Construction began on a $3bn extension to a semiconductor foundry owned by Micron Technologies, a maker of advanced memory chips, based in Idaho. “A few years ago, opening that sort of extension would have people saying, well, that is going to be moving to China soon, [...]

May 18, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on America still leads in technology, but China is catching up fast

Private equity funding in real estate spikes but fewer developers raking it in

Private equity funding in real estate spikes but fewer developers raking it in

India’s real estate market, which has attracted top dollars from global and domestic investors over the years, is going through an interesting phase where each asset class in the segment has taken a journey of its own. The residential real estate segment, for instance, is emerging from the much-needed regulatory reform of Real Estate (Regulation [...]

May 13, 2019 Loknath Das Real Estate Comments Off on Private equity funding in real estate spikes but fewer developers raking it in

Indian-origin doctor gets 9 years jail for health care fraud in US

Indian-origin doctor gets 9 years jail for health care fraud in US

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin doctor has been sentenced to nine years in prison by a US court for committing health care fraud and illegally distributing prescription painkillers. Pawankumar Jain, 66, a former physician, was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release for [...]

May 11, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Indian-origin doctor gets 9 years jail for health care fraud in US

Technology, Fears of Cultural Submergence, and Video Regulation in India

Technology, Fears of Cultural Submergence, and Video Regulation in India

The practice of determining the legality of a publication based on its ownership and on the nature of its contents has existed for almost as long as recordable communication has existed. We are, of course, no longer confined to the basic forms of communication such as the written word, and content laws, once unabashedly censorship [...]

May 8, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on Technology, Fears of Cultural Submergence, and Video Regulation in India

In health care debate, price control techniques weighed

In health care debate, price control techniques weighed

BOSTON — State Rep. Jon Santiago, a Boston emergency room doctor, recalled an elderly patient named Mike who recently came to the hospital with life-threatening complications from diabetes. Conversations with the man’s family revealed he had not been keeping up with his insulin — it was too expensive. Mike pulled through, Santiago said. But the [...]

April 14, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on In health care debate, price control techniques weighed

Venture Catalysts launches new health tech accelerator, to invest in 20-25 early stage startups

Venture Catalysts launches new health tech accelerator, to invest in 20-25 early stage startups

Venture Catalysts (VCats), one of India’s top integrated incubators, has teamed up with London-based Well Tech (a health-focused innovation platform) to launch a health tech accelerator – HealthCare Catalysts – which will foster technological innovation in the field of healthcare. The new accelerator will have offices in India, Sri Lanka, and the UK. Mumbai-based VCats told YourStory that it plans to invest $15 million [...]

March 26, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Venture Catalysts launches new health tech accelerator, to invest in 20-25 early stage startups

Home buyers stepping in to bailout stressed real estate developers

Home buyers stepping in to bailout stressed real estate developers

But experts feel the move has it’s own set of hurdles Home buyers are increasing resorting to bailing out stuck real estate projects which the developers are unable to deliver for want of funds. The amended Bankruptcy Law which treats homebuyers on par with secured financial creditors is also facilitating this trend. However, experts are [...]

March 9, 2019 Loknath Das Real Estate Comments Off on Home buyers stepping in to bailout stressed real estate developers