In Social Policy Bill, Businesses See a Lot to Like. They Oppose It.

“People say they’re for this new stakeholder economy, that they’re committed to sustainability,” said Mr. Hollender, now the chief executive of the liberal American Sustainable Business Council. “But at the same time, there is a system of incentives designed to maximize profits, and when those profits are threatened, businesses don’t like it.” More mainline business … Read more

Iran says it will allow UN nuclear watchdog to service monitoring equipment

The agreement comes ahead of a key IAEA meeting on Monday — and has been touted as a sign that the relationship between Iran and the IAEA is moving forward following its breakdown in the past few years. “The parties recalled and reaffirmed the spirit of cooperation and mutual trust and its continuation and emphasized … Read more

Bhupendra Patel’s appointment is a message to other communities that only PM should matter to people of the state

Having appointed Bhupendra Patel, a Patidar as the chief minister of Gujarat, the upcoming challenge for the BJP would be to build confidence among other communities, particularly the OBCs who form a significant chunk of the state’s voter base. The party, in the run-up to the 2022 assembly polls, has to work to not only … Read more

Election-bound states focus of organisational Changes in BJP

Apart from changing chief ministers, BJP has also reshuffled its organisational structure in election-bound states. Over a month ago, Ratnakar (former joint general secretary in Bihar BJP) was appointed general secretary of the party’s Gujarat unit. He replaced Bhikhu Bhai Dalsania, the longest serving leader on the post. Dalsania was general secretary (organisation) from 2005 … Read more

Factory output up significantly in Q2: Ficci Survey

Business outlook in the country has improved significantly in the ongoing quarter with a majority of companies reporting higher production, a Ficci survey released on Sunday showed. Around 61% of the respondents expect higher year-on-year production in the second quarter (July-September) while 72% expect a higher number of orders than in the previous quarter, as … Read more

Digitisation key to financial inclusion, Nirmala Sitharaman tells banks

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said public sector banks were in better position now, as she urged all banks embrace digitisation to ensure government schemes reached the poor. Speaking at the centenary celebrations of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank, Sitharaman said Rs 1,500 was given out in three installments to the needy directly in their bank accounts during … Read more

What would it take for antivaxxers and climate science deniers to ‘wake up’? | Clive Hamilton

In 1927, an article in the venerable medical journal the Lancet commented on the opposition to smallpox vaccination in terms that have an eerie resonance today. “We still meet the belief … that vaccination is a gigantic fraud deliberately perpetuated for the sake of gain … The opposition to vaccination … like many emotional reactions, … Read more

Liverpool’s Elliott suffers serious injury

Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott suffered a serious injury during the Premier League game with Leeds United at Elland Road. Elliott, 18, was hurt following a tackle by Leeds defender Pascal Struijk, who was shown a red card in the 60th minute as a result. Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah immediately called for the medical staff and … Read more

Prince Charles’ charity faces fresh investigation after reported donations from Russian banker

The Sunday Times reported that Prince Charles wrote a thank-you letter to Dmitry Leus and offered to meet him in person after receiving a large donation for The Prince’s Foundation in May 2020. In the letter, Charles reportedly wrote that he was “incredibly grateful” for Leus’ “immense generosity” and that the donation had given him … Read more