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Cyclone Amphan even more destructive than Cyclone Aila: UNRediff.com2 days ago
The world organisation said UN humanitarians and partners were working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of the cyclone, which made landfall on Wednesday, wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse.
COVID-19: 13% museums around the world may never reopenRediff.com5 days ago
On the occasion of International Museum Day Monday, two studies by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the International Council of Museums said that museums have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 90 per cent of them, or more than 85,000 institutions, having closed their doors for varying lengths of time during the crisis.
COVID-19 effect on healthcare may kill 6,000 kids daily: UNICEFRediff.com14 May 2020
As the coronavirus outbreak enters its fifth month, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) requested $1.6 billion to support its humanitarian response for children impacted by the pandemic. The health crisis is 'quickly becoming a child rights crisis. And without urgent action, a further 6,000 under-fives could die each day', it said.
Indian-origin techie charged with $10m COVID-19 relief fraudRediff.com14 May 2020
Shashank Rai, 30, allegedly sought millions of dollars in forgivable loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act from two different banks by claiming to have 250 employees earning wages when, in fact, no employee worked for his alleged business.
New York City to be closed till June: MayorRediff.com12 May 2020
New York has been recording a decline in daily hospitalisations, ICU admissions and fatalities but the mayor said such progress must continue further before officials consider reopening the city.
66% of Covid-19 cases in New York are those who stayed at homeRediff.com7 May 2020
The state received 1,269 survey responses from 113 hospitals over three days and found that the majority of individuals hospitalised were not working or travelling, predominately located in downstate New York and were predominately minorities, older individuals, non-essential employees and those that were staying at home.
80,000 COVID-19 cases reported daily in April: WHORediff.com7 May 2020
'Every single case is a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a brother, sister or friend'
New York state's schools, colleges to remain shut for the academic yearRediff.com2 May 2020
The academic session will go till June and schools re-open around September for the next session.
New York, New Jersey see drop in COVID-19 deathsRediff.com28 Apr 2020
As the states showed progress in fighting the deadly contagion, governors Andrew Cuomo and Philip Murphy have begun to offer details on reopening in the months ahead.
2 NY cats first pets in US to test positive for COVID-19Rediff.com23 Apr 2020
The agencies said that both pets had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery. COVID19 infections have been reported in very few animals worldwide and mostly in those that had close contact with a person with COVID-19.
Single-day toll in New York falls below 500 in 3 weeksRediff.com20 Apr 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said three-day average in number of hospitalised virus patients was also lower for the sixth straight day to 16,428, down from a peak of nearly 19,000.
Stimulus packages: Panagariya cautions Modi govt about going overboardRediff.com19 Apr 2020
India should take 'measured approach' with stimulus packages to deal with COVID-19 by limiting interventions to the provision of food, shelter and basic necessities of life for all; forbearance on payments of outstanding loans; and extra provision of working capital including what will be necessary to cover outstanding wages from lockdown period to enterprises.
COVID-19 could cause deaths of thousands children: UNRediff.com17 Apr 2020
It said an estimated 42-66 million children could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the crisis this year, adding to the estimated 386 million children already in extreme poverty in 2019.
New York City has more COVID-19 cases than China, UKRediff.com13 Apr 2020
According to the data from the New York City government, an increase of at least 5,695 cases on Sunday put New York City's total number of coronavirus infections at over 1,04,410 as of April 12 and 27,676 hospitalisations. The city's death toll is 6,898.
India's 20-21 GDP growth to slow down to 4.8%: UN reportRediff.com9 Apr 2020
India's GDP growth for the current fiscal is expected to slow down to 4.8 per cent, a UN report has said, warning that the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to result in significant adverse economic impacts globally. The UN 'Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 2020: Towards sustainable economies' said that Covid-19 is having far-reaching economic and social consequences for the region, with strong cross-border spillover effects through trade, tourism and financial linkages.
Coronavirus may push 400m Indians into poverty: UN reportRediff.com8 Apr 2020
"Workers and businesses are facing catastrophe, in both developed and developing economies. We have to move fast, decisively, and together. The right, urgent, measures, could make the difference between survival and collapse," ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said on Tuesday. Worldwide, two billion people work in the informal sector (mostly in emerging and developing economies) and are particularly at risk, the report said, adding that the COVID-19 crisis is already affecting tens of millions of informal workers. "In India, Nigeria and Brazil, the number of workers in the informal economy affected by the lockdown and other containment measures is substantial," ILO said.
New York registers 731 coronavirus deaths in 24 hoursRediff.com7 Apr 2020
The state has a total of 138,836 coronavirus cases and as of Tuesday 5,489 people have died, up by 731 from Monday morning.
In NY, 1 person dies every 2.5 minute from COVID-19Rediff.com5 Apr 2020
New York State, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, continued to record the highest count of daily deaths from COVID-19 as a staggering number of 630 people died in a 24-hour period.
Global economy could shrink by almost 1% in 2020: UNRediff.com2 Apr 2020
With nearly 100 countries closing national borders during the past month, the movement of people and tourism flows have come to a screeching halt. The contraction could be even higher if governments fail to provide income support and help boost consumer spending.
6-week-old baby dies of coronavirus in USRediff.com2 Apr 2020
The news report said that a model prepared by the University of Washington projects that as the coronavirus hits a peak in Connecticut on April 15, hospitals here will fall dramatically short on available beds.
US COVID-19 toll surpasses that of China, higher than 9/11 deathsRediff.com1 Apr 2020
According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, more than 4,000 people in the US have died due to COVID-19 and nearly 190,000 have been infected by it.
COVID-19 most challenging crisis since WWII: UN chiefRediff.com1 Apr 2020
"We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations -- one that is killing people, spreading human suffering, and upending people's lives. But this is much more than a health crisis. It is a human crisis," Guterres said.
Infant infected with COVID-19 dies in USRediff.com29 Mar 2020
The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 3,491 cases, including 47 deaths, in 43 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.
COVID-19: UN, WHO praise India for its lockdownRediff.com25 Mar 2020
In an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus in India, Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday announced a nationwide lockdown for three weeks.
New York epicenter of Coronavirus crisis in US; cases cross 5,000Rediff.com21 Mar 2020
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that the metropolitan city is the 'epicenter' of the coronavirus crisis in the United States, as government officials announced some of the most stringent measures to slow the spread of the pandemic that has claimed over 200 lives in the country.
Stop capital punishment: UN on Nirbhaya convicts' hangingRediff.com21 Mar 2020
The UN calls on all nations to stop the use of capital punishment or put a moratorium on it.
Indira Gandhi features in TIME's '100 Women of the Year'Rediff.com5 Mar 2020
TIME also named freedom fighter Amrit Kaur as 'Women of the Year' for 1947
Coronavirus to shave $50 bn off global exports in FebRediff.com5 Mar 2020
UN economists announced a likely USD 50 billion drop in the worldwide manufacturing exports in February alone as the extent of the damage to the global economy caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) moved further into focus. Citing the China Manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI), Pamela Coke-Hamilton, who heads UNCTAD's Division on International Trade and Commodities, said that it had fallen to 37.5 -- a drop of about 20 points -- the lowest reading since 2004. "This also correlates directly to exports and also implies a two per cent drop in overall exports," she said, with a resulting "ripple effect" worldwide "to the tune of a USD 50 billion fall in exports."
Coronavirus may pull down India's trade by Rs 25 bn: UN reportRediff.com5 Mar 2020
The trade impact of the coronavirus epidemic for India is estimated to be about 348 million dollars (approximately Rs 25 billion) and the country figures among the top 15 economies most affected as slowdown of manufacturing in China disrupts world trade, according to a UN report. Estimates published by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on Wednesday said that the slowdown of manufacturing in China due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is disrupting world trade and could result in a 50 billion dollar decrease in exports across global value chains.
UN chief following Delhi situation, says spokespersonRediff.com26 Feb 2020
UN chief Antonio Guterres is closely following the situation in New Delhi and stresses that demonstrators should be allowed to protest peacefully and security forces should show restraint, his spokesperson said.
India-born Arvind Krishna elected CEO of IBMRediff.com31 Jan 2020
Krishna's appointment as head of the global IT giant adds to the growing list of Indian-origin executives at the helm of some of the biggest multinational companies. Krishna joins the club that includes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, PepsiCo's former CEO Indra Nooyi and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.
Indian green economist wins 'environment Nobel'Rediff.com28 Jan 2020
Renowned Indian environmental economist and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) goodwill ambassador Pavan Sukhdev has won the 2020 Tyler Prize, regarded as the 'Nobel Prize for the Environment', for his ground-breaking "green economy" work. Sukhdev, 59, who will receive the award alongside conservation biologist Gretchen Daily, has been acknowledged for his work on bringing the economic consequences of environmental degradation and loss to the attention of corporate and political decision-makers.
India among top 10 FDI recipients in 2019Rediff.com20 Jan 2020
India attracted an estimated $49 billion FDI in 2019, a 16 per cent increase from the $42 billion recorded in 2018.
China-backed Pak bid to raise Kashmir at UN fails yet againRediff.com16 Jan 2020
The attempt failed as other member countries felt Kashmir is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.
At 67,385, India has most babies on New Year's DayRediff.com2 Jan 2020
An estimated 3,92,078 babies were born around the world on New Year's Day, according to UNICEF. Of this, an estimated 67,385 babies were born in India, the most globally. China came in second with 46,299 births.
China withdraws request for discussion on Kashmir at UNRediff.com18 Dec 2019
The matter was expected to be discussed in the Security Council Consultations Room under "other matters" during closed consultations Tuesday afternoon.
UN wades into citizenship row, says analysing situationRediff.com13 Dec 2019
"We're aware that the lower and upper houses of the Indian Parliament have passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, and we're also aware of the concerns that have been publicly expressed. The United Nations is closely analysing the possible consequences of the law," Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq said on Thursday during the daily press briefing.
Follow 'Israeli model' to settle Kashmiri Pandits: Indian diplomatRediff.com28 Nov 2019
His remarks sparked a controversy with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan targeting the Indian government over its Kashmir policy.
Fortune names Nadella as businessperson of the yearRediff.com20 Nov 2019
"In a year dominated by political chaos and bluster, it was a rare brand of steady -- even quiet -- leadership that won the day in the business world. And no one epitomises that brand of obsessively results-driven, team-based leadership more than our new No. 1 Businessperson of the Year," Fortune said.
Man kills wife over liking Hrithik, kills self: ReportRediff.com12 Nov 2019
Dineshwar Budhidat of Queens fatally stabbed his wife Donne Dojoy, 27, who worked as a bartender and then hanged himself from a tree on Friday, a report in The New York Post said.