TOKYO: You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you're going to die: smoking, car accidents, the flu. None of it seems to matter. As the number of cases rise — more than 76,000 and counting — fear is advancing like a tsunami. And not just in the areas surrounding the Chinese city of Wuhan, the site of the vast majority of coronavirus infections. Subway cars in Tokyo and Seoul look more like hospital wards, with armies of masked commuters shooting dirty looks at the slightest cough or sneeze. A restaurant owner in a South Korean Chinatown says visitors have dropped by 90%. You've probably got a better chance of winning the lottery than buying face masks in parts of Asia. Conferences and events have been disrupted from Beijing to Barcelona to Boston. Quarrels in Japan; riots … [Read more...] about Stress, rumors, even violence: Coronavirus fear goes viral
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Defaults can be contained by the rise in bank reserves, says the BoE, while the big numbers are in the mortgage business. The car finance market is propped up by the finance arms of the car companies as much as it is the banks, leaving the motor industry to pick up much of the debt overhang. And anyway, said Carney last week, interest rates make up very little of the cost of a car finance package. Suffice it to say, the car industry’s fate lies outside the bank’s remit. … [Read more...] about Can the Bank get Britain to kick its cheap credit habit?
Biometrics can be used for many things by service providers. For example, you can get a mobile phone connection by just putting your fingers on a fingerprint scanner. How safe is this information that you’re sharing with the telecom service provider? According to UIDAI, this method is foolproof, as the information is encrypted as soon as you put your finger on the scanner. Only the encrypted information is sent to the Aadhaar database. This information is not stored in any way by the service provider. … [Read more...] about Aadhaar Myths & Facts: Nine Myths & Facts About Aadhaar You Should Know
If the law on manual scavenging is to be effective, the penalties must be uniformly and visibly enforced. It is equally important for State governments to address the lack of adequate machinery to clean septic tanks. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in its manual of 2016 on toilet design acknowledges that in rural areas, mechanical pumps to clear septic tanks are not available. In the southern States, sanitation has expanded along with urbanisation, but it has brought with it a higher number of deaths as workers clean septic tanks manually. For instance, Tamil Nadu recorded 144 fatalities of workers engaged for septic tank cleaning in the past three years, according to official data. On the other hand, toilet designs proposed by the government include those in which fully composted waste must be removed from pits every two years. The Centre must ensure that this does not become a fresh avenue to oppress members of some communities who are expected to perform such … [Read more...] about Lethal filth: India’s manual scavenging problem