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Rashi Bisaria | January 19, 2021

Global economic outlook remains highly uncertain: IMF chief

The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday the global economic outlook remained highly uncertain given the coronavirus pandemic, and a growing divergence between rich and poor countries required the IMF to find more resources. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said a new allocation of the IMF's own currency, Special Drawing Rights, would help give countries more fiscal space to tackle the health crisis and shift to a digital and green economy.

Centre confirms bird flu cases in poultry; 9 states report disease in crows, migratory birds

The Centre has said the bird flu has been confirmed in poultry birds in five states so far,  while nine states have reported the disease in crows, and migratory and wild birds. The central team formed for monitoring the situation in the affected areas of the country is visiting these sites and conducting epidemiological studies.

Signal a non-profit company unlike Facebook's WhatsApp; India prime focus: Brian Acton

California-based messaging app Signal's co-founder Brian Acton lauded Indian users' strong stand in favour of data privacy saying that India has been a "focus" for the company for many years. The app, backed by the non-profit Signal Foundation, is being pitched against WhatsApp as one of the top alternatives to the latter following uproar over its privacy policy update, which has sparked fears over user data and privacy.

Jobs in Japan for Indians! 14 industries to absorb skilled workers for 5 years

Indians may soon find job offers from Japan in sectors like healthcare, construction, aviation, food services, agriculture.  A memorandum of cooperation on movement of specified skilled workers to Japan for a maximum period of upto five years has been signed by India and Japan on January 18.

Maruti Suzuki hikes prices up to Rs 34,000 over higher input costs

Indian auto market leader Maruti Suzuki has increased the prices on account of higher input costs. The prices have been raised up to Rs 34,000 across models and ranges. The new rates have come into effect from Monday. The price hike from Maruti Suzuki comes days after competitor Mahindra & Mahindra announced to increase prices of its passenger and commerical vehicles by 1.9 per cent

COVID-19 vaccination Day 3: Further dip in turnout; just 8 get jabs at AIIMS

As many as 3,600 healthcare workers were vaccinated against coronavirus in Delhi on January 18, very less than the opening day of the nationwide COVID-19 immunisation drive. Only eight medical staff got their first jab at AIIMS on Monday. Besides, 20 healthcare workers got vaccinated in Safdarjung Hospital and 69 medical staff got their first jab at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital. Several reasons are being attributed to low vaccination turnout such as technical glitches in the CoWIN app and apprehensions around side-effects of COVID-19 vaccine.

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