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Five reasons why global investors are quivering

By Sudeep SonawaneSurat, October 2, 2020Fear and uncertainty prevails among investors over five key reasons that affect markets and global stability.The first is political. Global community health scare is second. The next two are stock market volatility and last is economic policy decision.Investors are concerned over the probability of a disputed outcome of US presidential election on November 2, a second backlash of coronavirus pandemic, … Continue reading Five reasons why global investors are quivering

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‘Eureka moment’ for experts in the global fight against Covid-19

Experts link some severe cases to genetic mutations or antibodies that attack the body ‘Men are more likely to develop severe forms of Covid-19’ By Sudeep SonawaneWashington, September 27, 2020Weak areas in immunity of some people explain why Covid-19 symptoms vary a lot, experts say after two recent studies that open new directions for treatment.Mutations in vital immunity genes of 3.5 percent patients and auto-antibodies … Continue reading ‘Eureka moment’ for experts in the global fight against Covid-19

Impact of pandemic and disruptive new technology on economy

By Shoeb MohammadDoha, July 29, 2020Pandemic and disruptions are old. When the world grappled with Spanish flu in 1918 and impact of the World War-I, two new industries – oil and automobile – emerged. Within 10-20 years all the horse-drawn- carts and carriages disappeared from roads in New York and other big cities. This was a major disruption in the transportation. Horses used move carts … Continue reading Impact of pandemic and disruptive new technology on economy

Shutdown reduces Earth vibrations caused by human activity by 50pc globally

By Caroline BroganLondon, July 27, 2020New research by five global institutions shows Earth vibrations caused by human activity dropped by 50 percent between March and May 2020.This period saw governments strictly enforcing shutdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.Researchers say this quiet period could be triggered by social distance rule, closure of services, industry, and drastic drop in tourism and travel, according to the research paper … Continue reading Shutdown reduces Earth vibrations caused by human activity by 50pc globally

Gas exporters forum launches analytics tool to forecast market trends

By Mohammad ShoebThe Peninsula, June 21, 2020The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) announced last Saturday it has developed a more powerful tool to analyse data and forecast gas market trends such as demand, supply and expected prices in regional markets.Using time-series data and other information, the advanced econometric-model provides member countries and customers with valuable insights to make informed decisions.The enhanced Global Gas Model will … Continue reading Gas exporters forum launches analytics tool to forecast market trends

A lonely boy’s despair turns into hope in a Kathmandu cafe

By Pradeep AdhikariKathmandu, June 5, 2020What hope did I have? What future did I have? I did not know how my life would unfold. I had no choices. Darkness engulfed me. I could not cling on to any person for help. There was no one. My life was a mess. I was desperate, alone and had no money. In my dark, depressive life that had … Continue reading A lonely boy’s despair turns into hope in a Kathmandu cafe

Mull over British philosopher Philippa Foot’s trolley dilemma

Let’s imagine that a madman has tied five innocent people to a trolley track, and they are unable to move. A trolley car that is out of control is hurtling towards them, and is only a few seconds away from running them over. Luckily, we can pull a lever that will divert the trolley to another track. The only problem with doing this is that… Continue reading Mull over British philosopher Philippa Foot’s trolley dilemma

US could look at natural gas sanctions as Iran oil exports dip

Brenda ShafferSenior Advisor for EnergyFoundation for Defense of DemocraciesWashington, May 11, 2020The Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign is having a significant impact on Iran’s macroeconomic stability and draining the government’s export earnings and reserves. As Iranian oil exports plunge, Iran’s regional and non-oil trade remains an important sanctions target. Iran is the world’s third-largest producer of natural gas, and it holds the world’s second-largest gas … Continue reading US could look at natural gas sanctions as Iran oil exports dip

The financial consultant

Sudeep Sonawane, April 2007 –  RIIIIIIIIIIIING, riiiiiiinnnnng. .. “Hello?”“Haallo! Is it the Editor?” said the unfamiliar voice.“Yes! It is he!”“He?? Err… em. . . hmmm. .. I would like to speak with you!”“You are already speaking!”A moment of silence followed.“Hmmm. .. I would like to meet you,” said the man.“You are welcome to my office,” I replied.“Day after tomorrow, preferably in the morning. May I … Continue reading The financial consultant

Indian restaurants add spice to living in Qatar

By Sudeep SonawaneJune 2014Around half past seven in the evening, the middle grade Indian restaurant in Najma,(1, Notes) Doha, buzzes with life. Waiters scurry around attending diners either conversing with one another, eating or waiting for their order.Amid this bustle, a fraillooking waiter stands quietly in the aisle, head bowed, as the diner scolds him in Hindi.“Mei yahan dus minute say baitha hoon, aur tumh … Continue reading Indian restaurants add spice to living in Qatar