According to the saying "If your neighbor gets laid off, it's a recession. If you get laid off, it's a depression," (courtesy - of Harry S. Truman). It is a fact that any drop in economic growth results in ripple effects in society. Recently, most of the countries had experienced a drop in economic growth due to the impact of Covid – 19. Technically, a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) which was equally occurred in India also.
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Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is a mobile app-based payment system that brings multiple bank accounts to one platform. It results in an effortless funds transfer experience which is quite unique in the industry. UPI combines various banking services, smooth fund routing, plus merchant payments into a single mobile application (of any participating bank). It also handles "Peer Peer" collection requests, which can be scheduled and paid according to need and convenience.
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Spanish flu or ‘influenza pandemic of 1918’ has been considered a similar pandemic as we experienced in Covid – 19 in the recent past, per reports. Spanish flu was reportedly caused by the H1N1 virus, which has a gene of avian origin. The flu or its virus was circulating around the world between 1918 and 1919, according to media reports. It was identified in the United States, in the spring of 1918, among the soldiers in the beginning.
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The foreign currency reserve is a metric to judge a nation's economic well-being. Any drop in foreign currency reserve indicates the falling ability of a country to pay for its critical imports.
Countries utilize their foreign currency reserves to maintain a fixed exchange rate for their currencies. China is an excellent example since its currency, the yuan, is pegged to the dollar. When China accumulates dollars, it increases the dollar's value relative to the yuan. This reduces the cost of Read more [...]
Cryptocurrencies have lately been the most popular asset to be exchanged throughout the exchanges. The asset has garnered attention despite its ambiguity and volatility. The key reason is its independence from the physical world, which makes the asset resistant to any political, economic, or environmental changes in the international community. Of course, security and profit are also the major components that enable the growth of Bitcoins. The maturation of the asset has attracted institutional investors, Read more [...]
The recent drop in the Sri Lanka economy is an interesting topic to analyse. The country has faced huge forex reserves are depleting, resulting in currency depreciation, inflation, and a supply crunch. Due to the supply shortages, people are waiting outside shops to stock up on essential goods. The unexpected surge in demand and panic purchasing has resulted in rising prices. This prompted the Sri Lankan government to declare an emergency, which allowed authorities to confiscate goods and determine Read more [...]
Semiconductor chips widely now as the new oil or gold are made of silicon, which is a strong electrical conductor. These chips are incorporated into microcircuits, which power wide range of contemporary electronic products and components. These semiconductor materials are used in all active components, integrated circuits, microchips, transistors, and electronic sensors. With technological advancements in many industries, semiconductors are literally the "heart" of billions of goods ranging Read more [...]
The name Pegasus has brought a lot of curiosity among the public, of late. Here is an outline of the company, as found in media, to explain what the company stands for, and an indication about the purpose of developing and promoting the software Pegasus.
Pegasus is a software product or its brand name. Pegasus is a cyber intelligence software that remotely and secretly extracts and monitors data from any mobile device. This software was developed by a private Israeli company known as NSO Group Read more [...]
The word ‘Unicorn’ is a word coined with those successful start-ups. The “unicorn” was primarily a concept among U.S. companies in the beginning. In summary, Unicorn is for describing a start-up with a valuation of over $1 billion. The unicorn was first coined by venture capitalist Aileen Lee in 2013. Today, it spans across the globe identifying new unicorns rising through the ranks each year in different geographies. Globally, the last two decades have witnessed the start-up boom, and Read more [...]
COVID-19 vaccination has begun and it is available to citizens in different phases. There are two vaccines available as on today, one is COVAXIN and the other is COVISHIELD. Sputnik V is the third vaccine approved as of now. Here is a quick overview of all three vaccines:
Bharat Biotech developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - National Institute of Virology (NIV).
Oxford University and Read more [...]