The pandemic is permitting governments all over the world to trace individuals extra carefully than earlier than as a result of speedy digitization of private knowledge, Alibaba Group’s Joseph Tsai warned on Monday. Digitization of knowledge has accelerated previously few months as international locations attempt to hint individuals to curb covid-19, Tsai mentioned on the digital launch occasion of the Singapore Fintech Pageant. Singapore is planning a web based and bodily fintech competition in December, the place members meet at key bodily places and hook up with an “on-line metropolis”. Singapore mentioned final month it’s making ready for resumption of enterprise occasions, and is creating a framework for occasions of as much as 50 attendees. For the remainder of the nationwide and world information, right here’s Mint Lite.

Exercise in a masks

Gyms and yoga studios are set to open from Wednesday after months of closure due to the covid-19 outbreak, and the health ministry on Monday released standard operating procedures for them

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Gyms and yoga studios are set to open from Wednesday after months of closure as a result of covid-19 outbreak, and the well being ministry on Monday launched customary working procedures for them

Gyms and yoga studios are set to open from Wednesday after months of closure as a result of covid-19 outbreak, and the well being ministry on Monday launched customary working procedures for them. Masks or face shields are obligatory, tools needs to be spaced out, individuals have to keep up six-feet distance, exercise periods must be staggered and the premises must be disinfected commonly. In the meantime, Union Regulation Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad went into isolation as a precaution as a result of he met residence minister Amit Shah, who has examined constructive for covid-19, on Saturday. Six workers members of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s workplace have examined constructive for the virus, a day after he was admitted to hospital with the an infection. On Monday, India’s case depend crossed 1.Eight million, whereas the worldwide circumstances surpassed 18 million on Monday, with the pandemic now including 1,000,000 infections each 4 days.

Covid toll on diesel gross sales

Sale of diesel has fallen sharply across India, as states imposed regionalised lockdowns to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus

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Sale of diesel has fallen sharply throughout India, as states imposed regionalised lockdowns to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus

Sale of diesel has fallen sharply throughout India, as states imposed regionalised lockdowns to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus. The drop in demand in India may have a follow-on impact on world markets. Diesel gross sales of Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum, the three greatest oil advertising and marketing corporations, dropped 13% in July from the earlier month. Their gross sales figures are down 21% from a yr in the past, Bloomberg reviews. It’s a reversal from a number of months in the past when rising diesel gross sales have been seen as proof the economic system was on the mend after one of many strictest lockdowns on the planet. Whereas diesel demand usually falls at the moment of the yr as a result of monsoon, the decline exceeds the 8% month-on-month drop on the identical level final yr. India is the world’s third largest crude importer, and any drop in demand right here will affect international gross sales at a time when oil producing international locations are returning to pumping extra oil.

India steps on the fuel

India’s fossil fuel imports

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India’s fossil gas imports

Indian energy vegetation used probably the most liquefied pure fuel (LNG) within the final three years within the quarter ended June, going by authorities knowledge. The price of importing LNG is just not a lot increased than coal proper now as covid-19 places a squeeze on the world economic system. Energy producers say the pattern is prone to proceed till a minimum of September, Reuters reviews. Energy vegetation on the western coast of India, that are nearer to LNG producing international locations reminiscent of Qatar, will profit much more from the decrease costs. Gasoline consumption by India’s energy vegetation rose 11.7% to 104.83 million customary cubic metres per day (mmscmd) within the three months to June in comparison with the identical interval final yr, knowledge from the Central Electrical energy Authority confirmed. Imports accounted for 37.4% of general fuel consumption by energy vegetation, up from 35% a yr in the past. The elevated use of fuel comes as India’s general electrical energy demand is predicted to fall this yr for the primary time in many years. Coal-fired era can be declining and imports of coal by energy vegetation additionally fell to the bottom in seven years in the course of the June quarter.

Pink zones, extra home violence

There’s been a rise in cases of domestic violence during enforced stays at home during the pandemic, but a new working paper draws an even stronger line between the two

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There’s been an increase in circumstances of home violence throughout enforced stays at residence in the course of the pandemic, however a brand new working paper attracts a good stronger line between the 2

There’s been an increase in circumstances of home violence throughout enforced stays at residence in the course of the pandemic, however a brand new working paper attracts a good stronger line between the 2. Researchers from the College of California discovered that districts with the strictest lockdowns, or purple zones, in India, recorded a larger rise in home violence than others. Revealed by US Nationwide Bureau of Financial Analysis, the paper, titled ‘Unintended penalties of lockdowns: Covid-19 and the shadow pandemic’, by Saravana Ravindran and Manisha Shah, makes use of knowledge from the Nationwide Fee for Girls and maps it towards the federal government’s purple, orange and inexperienced covid containment zones. They discovered that purple zone districts recorded a 131% enhance in home violence complaints in contrast with inexperienced zone districts. The determine for cyber-crime complaints was 184%. Rape and sexual assault complaints declined extra in purple zones.

House butterfly

The stunning space butterfly is actually a planetary nebula, or a bubble of gas that’s formed around an ancient star that hasn’t exploded yet

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The gorgeous house butterfly is definitely a planetary nebula, or a bubble of fuel that’s fashioned round an historic star that hasn’t exploded but

It’s a floating splash of blue, purple and purple formed like a butterfly in outer house, a number of thousand mild years away—and it’s the primary time the European House Observatory’s Very Giant Telescope in Chile caught {a photograph} of it. The gorgeous house butterfly is definitely a planetary nebula, or a bubble of fuel that’s fashioned round an historic star that hasn’t exploded but. It’s named NGC 2899, and it’s between 3,000 and 6,500 mild years away from Earth within the constellation Vela, seen within the southern hemisphere. Because the mum or dad star collapses, it releases hydrogen, oxygen and different gases, and ultraviolet radiation heats them to temperatures upwards of 10,000 levels. The superheated hydrogen fuel within the nebula types the reddish halo across the oxygen, which glows blue. It’s uncommon for planetary nebulae to type this type of form. This one has two central stars—as one star reached the top of its life and forged off its outer layers, the opposite interfered with the stream of fuel, forming the two-lobed form. The “butterfly” will most likely disappear in a number of thousand years—which is perpetually for us however actually not very lengthy for the universe.

Curated by Shalini Umachandran. Have one thing to share with us? Write to us at [email protected] or tweet to @shalinimb

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