The cost of clean water: $150 billion a year, says World Bank

Sophie Hares Thomson Reuters Foundation   Countries need to quadruple spending to $150 billion a year to deliver universal safe water and sanitation, helping to reduce childhood disease and deaths while boosting economic growth, said the World Bank.   Investments should be better coordinated and targeted to ensure services reach the most vulnerable, and governments […]

In a high-tech world, car designers still rely on clay

In a high-tech world, car designers still rely on clay

General Motors senior creative exterior designer Maxwell Sullivan sights a line on a model of a 2018 Buick Enclave frame, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at the GM Tech Center in Warren, Mich. (AP Photo)   Dee-Ann Durbin Associated Press   Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want […]

BSNL expects to start 5G service trials by March 2018

BSNL expects to start 5G service trials by March 2018

(Source: Reuters)   New Delhi, September 6 (PTI) The state-owned telecom firm BSNL expects to start field trial of 5G services by the end of this financial year, company’s chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava said today.   “We had interaction with Nokia last week (on 5G). Next we are going to present about our requirements […]

Amid criticism, PM justifies demonetisation

Yangon, September 6 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today justified demonetisation which has come in for criticism, asserting that his government was not afraid of taking “big” and “tough” decisions in the interest of the country.   Addressing the Indian diaspora here in Myanmar, he said his government could take such decisions because it considers […]

Journalists, activists protest murder of Gauri Lankesh

Journalists, activists protest murder of Gauri Lankesh

A protester displays a placard during a protest rally against the killing of Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist, in New Delhi, India, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi   BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 6 (REUTERS): Indian journalists and rights activists protested on Wednesday against the murder of an outspoken publisher of a weekly tabloid amid growing concerns about […]

Lankesh killing a bid to create fear in society: Media veterans

New Delhi, September 6 (IANS) Journalists, civil society activists and students gathered in good numbers at the Press Club of India here on Wednesday to condemn and protest the killing of Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, and said that by gunning the journalist-activist down the killers want to spread fear among those critical of fundamentalist forces. […]

Goa journalists union, Church body condemn Lankesh’s murder

Panaji, September 6 (IANS) The Goa Union of Journalists, as well a Church organisation on Wednesday, condemned the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.   In a protest meeting organised here, Union President Kishor Naik Gaonkar said that the murder of the Bengaluru-based journalist is not an attack on an individual journalist, but an attack on […]

Blue Whale: 12 rescued, alert sounded across Assam

Guwahati, September 6 (IANS) The Assam Police have alerted all the Superintendents of Police in the state to take measures to stop the spread of the macabre online game Blue Whale Challenge after 12 youths were rescued in the nick of time.   The police also organised awareness meetings involving parents and school authorities, state […]

Catalonia announces law to formalise Oct. 1 vote on split from Spain

Catalonia announces law to formalise Oct. 1 vote on split from Spain

Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont attends a news conference at Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona, Spain September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea   MADRID, September 6 (Reuters) – Catalonia on Wednesday announced a law to make formal its plans for an Oct. 1 referendum on whether to declare independence from Spain, a vote the government […]

India-Japan discuss enhancing defence ties

Tokyo, September 6 (IANS) Deepening cooperation in defence and security, India and Japan have agreed to enhance exchanges between their forces which is likely to translate into more bilateral exercises, as well as more exchanges in the field of technology and equipment as India looks towards increasing its domestic defence production.   This comes after […]