Author Archives: Loknath Das

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Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog

A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance, a budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday. The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan group of experts who analyze U.S. legislation, said the bill would Read More


Himalayan blunder: Pakistan’s Indus Cascade plan will reduce food and water security

AmmarHussain777/Wikimedia Commons [Licensed under CC BY 3.0] The five dams forming the North Indus River Cascade that China has just promised to finance and build in Pakistan – including Pakistan-administered Kashmir – has the potential to generate over 22,000 megawatts in an energy-starved country. But the dams will also stop the flow of silt, which is the lifeline of agriculture Read More


Getting that real estate kind of feeling again?

Getting those real estate itchy fingers? Stock markets have been on a roll and the upswing in markets is usually a precursor of a jump in real estate prices as investors book profits and sink their money in land. The breathless expectations from a new real estate regulator, combined with an overall upswing in the mood of the economy, is Read More


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Republicans voice opposition to Trump’s budget: ‘Dead on arrival’

‘The president’s budget, as we all know, is a recommendation,’ Mitch McConnell told reporters in Washington DC. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters Donald Trump’s proposal to reduce spending by $3.6tn, mostly by slashing antipoverty programs that provide social safety nets for the poor, ran into bipartisan opposition on Capitol Hill, where a number of Republican lawmakers rejected the cuts as “draconian” and Read More


When western lifestyle diseases migrate south

66-year-old Orah Bessit tends to vegetables in a garden at her home in Johannesburg. Bessit exercises regularly and switched from white bread to whole-grain. A growing urban middle class is defying the image of Africa as poor by fighting or avoiding obesity, diabetes, lung cancer, strokes and heart disease. But the urban poor are increasingly falling victim. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Read More


ABC mental health quiz results help experts shape future campaigns

Were you one of the more than 16,000 people who completed ABC’s How ‘mental health smart’ are you? quiz a couple of years back? If so, a team of Melbourne University researchers would like to thank you. Your answers have provided important insights that could help shape future mental health education campaigns. “We certainly have data from large population surveys,” Read More


Without urgent investment in education, Iraq’s future generations risk being left behind

BAGHDAD 21 May, 2017 – The future of Iraq, its economic security and prosperity depends on increasing investment in education today. And while the price of investing in Iraq’s education sector is high, failing to do so will cost the nation far more in the future. “The Cost and Benefits of Education in Iraq” a UNICEF-supported report released today by Read More


Who has the best persistency ratio?

Persistency ratio, which tells you what percentage of an insurer’s policies are still in force after a certain period of time, such as one, three or five years, is a criterion you should definitely look up when choosing your life insurer. This data gives you an idea of whether policyholders are retaining their policies with the insurer or exiting it Read More


Real Estate Content Strategy: SEO And Your Blog

If content writers had cocktail parties, I imagine things would go along quite swimmingly for a half hour or so: interesting conversation would be peppered with the most random factoids that only content writers would ever know.  Then, somewhere around the bottom of everyone’s first glass, I can envision some disagreements breaking out. You see, we’re not all of the Read More


Checklist of Essential Small Business Technology in 2017

A growing number of small businesses rely on technology to increase efficiency, manage expenses, grow profitability and improve performance. According to SMB Group’s 2015 SMB Routes to Market Study (PDF), 29 percent of all small businesses view technology as helping them to improve outcomes significantly. Keeping up with the fast pace of technological change can be difficult for the business Read More