Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Death toll reaches 136 in Tanzania ferry disaster with scores missing

Rescuers in Tanzania have retrieved at least 136 bodies a day after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, the top police official said, but scores more are missing.

The ferry MV Nyerere capsized just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island, which is part of Tanzania. Initial estimates suggested that the ferry was carrying more than 300 people.

In an address to the nation, President John Magufuli declared four days of mourning and warned against politicizing the disaster.

India calls off planned meeting with Pakistan's foreign minister

India called off on Friday a planned meeting of its foreign minister with her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly later this month.

India has decided to drop the idea of the proposed meeting, the first such high-level talk planned in years between the nuclear rivals, to protest about the killing of Indian security personnel and the glorification of a militant and militancy by Pakistan, India’s foreign office said in a statement.

2,000,000,000 youth at risk of being left behind

Global workforce is not able to keep up with the current rate of change that em­e­rging technologies are brin­ging to wo­rkplace, and ne­arly two billion youth wo­rldwide stand to be left behind, says a Deloitte report.

Around 1.8 billion global youth are between the ages of 15 and 29, and the fourth industrial revolution will significantly shape their roles as the future workers, consumers, and competitors.

Social commerce in India catching up fast

Social media is not just limited to conversations and sharing of images and thou­ghts. Social commerce is fast catching up in India, with almost one-third of the users having transacted through the sites. India is a more socially savvy country and hen­ce has stronger growth pros­p­ects for social commerce, finds a study conducted by PayPal in Asian region.

The social network users have moved up from 168 million in 2016 to 258 million in 2019. The study found that one in three consumer respondents in India have bought goods and services online before.

FinMin pegs dollar value at Rs 73.65 for computing import duty

The finance ministry on Th­ursday pegged the exch­a­n­ge rate for dollar at Rs 73.65 for calculation of import duty with effect fr­om September 21 against Rs 72.55 a fortnight ago.

Similarly, in case of po­u­nd sterling, the value has be­en fixed at Rs 97.40 as compared with Rs 94.30 earlier. As regards to euro, the conversion rate for ca­l­culating taxes on imported goods has been fixed at Rs 86.55 agai­nst Rs 85.05 on September 6, according to a finance mi­n­istry statement.

As US-China trade row grows, India urges China to drop meal import ban

India has urged China to drop a years-long ban on rapeseed meal imports from the South Asian nation at a meeting with government officials and feedmakers as it aims to boost sales of critical farm goods amid growing US-China trade tensions.

The meeting was held at India’s embassy in Beijing on Wednesday, according to an Indian government official and a soymeal purchasing manager at a pig farmer who attended and spoke to Reuters on the sidelines of an industry conference here on Thursday.

Diphtheria infection kills 12 kids in 14 days at Delhi hospital

In a shocking case of neglect at Delhi government’s Maharishi Valmiki Infectious Disease Hospital, 12 children have died in the past 14 days. All dead were aged 6-12 years and were suffering from severe diphtheria infection. The deaths were reported between September 6 and 19.

All children were from outside Delhi and were referred to the hospital for the treatment. At present, there are roughly 300 diphtheria patients admitted in the hospital.

Pilot error or aircraft defect? Only thorough probe can tell

A probe will establish the reason for drop in cabin pressure that left dozens of passengers bleeding through nose and ear onboard a Jet Airways flight, but experts are not ruling out possibilities other than pilot error.

In case there is malfunction in aircraft systems or defects, the role of aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will come under question.

India to be $10 trillion economy in next decade: PM

Prime minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that his government will continue to take tough decisions and expressed hope that the size of the Indian economy will double to $5 trillion in the next five-seven years.

Swaraj, Qureshi to meet on UNGA sidelines: MEA

India is toying with the idea of opening parleys with Imran Khan government as it agreed to a meeting between foreign ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of the upcoming UN general assembly in New York although with a rider that it should not be construed as resumption of dialogue.

The announcement came a day after a BSF jawan was brutally killed by Pakistani troopers along the International Border (IB) near Jammu. Pakistani troops had slit the throat and mutilated the body of BSF Head Constable Narender Kumar after fatally shooting him on September 18.