Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Goyal asks BIS to cut quality testing charges for MSMEs, startups and women entrepreneurs

NEW DELHI: Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said the charges for testing quality of products should be reduced for MSMEs and initial phase of startups and women entrepreneurs to encourage them to get their products certified and meet standard norms. Goyal,...

4 charts show how the UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout is starting to work

Pharmacist, Murtaza Abdulkarim (L) administers a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine to a patient at a temporary vaccination centre, staffed by pharmacists and pharmacist assistants, at the Al-Abbas Islamic Centre in Birmingham, West Midlands on February 4, 2021. Oli Scarff | AFP | Getty...

Shipping group says tackling trade curbs can lift post-Covid GDP

Governments must look again at eliminating practices that hinder trade if they want to fire an economic recovery once Covid-19 has been tackled, according to new research by a group representing many of the world’s shipowners. Gross domestic product would jump by an average 1.1%...

New York Attorney General ready to oversee investigation into Cuomo sexual harassment allegations

New York State Attorney General, Letitia James Lucas Jackson | Reuters New York Attorney General Letitia James said Sunday that she's ready to oversee an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo but requires an official referral from the governor's office that...

Gadkari urges MSMEs to avail concessional finance and install solar rooftops

NEW DELHI: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday invited MSMEs to avail concessional debt finance to install rooftop solar for business efficiency. The Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Road Transport & Highways said rooftop solar offers an excellent value proposition to...

Biden tells Congress Syria strikes are consistent with U.S. right to self-defense

President Joe Biden arrives at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 26, 2021. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters President Joe Biden on Saturday told Congress that the airstrikes he ordered in Syria this week were consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense, as...

Global container shipping rates high but unsustainable: Fitch

LONDON: Global container shipping companies' performance will be strong in 2021 after a profitable 2020, according to Fitch Ratings. Spot freight rates will remain high in the short term which will flow through to contracted rates for 2021. However, Fitch said the current rates are...

FDA approves Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot Covid vaccine for emergency use

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving the United States a third tool to fight the pandemic as highly contagious variants start to take root across the country. The FDA's emergency use authorization Saturday kickstarts the...

Govts should support businesses, especially MSMEs: Jaishankar

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Friday said that governments should support the businesses in their countries, specifically the MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises). Speaking at the Asia Economic Dialogue 2021, Jaishankar said, "People expect today the government to bat for...