UK government gets green light to use personal data from citizens’ mobile phones to help fight coronavirus – but privacy experts brand the move ‘extremely concerning’ and warn it could lead to invasive surveillance

The National Institutes of Health in the US, and Baylor University in Waco, Texas, say they are working on a vaccine based on what they know about coronaviruses in general, using information from the SARS outbreak. But this may take a year or more to develop, according to Pharmaceutical Technology.

India’s coronavirus cases surge past half a million with another record jump of 18,552 infections and 384 new deaths in 24 hours

‘One of our residents lost his life just because he couldn’t get a bed in time. Then we thought we should do something at our level,’ said Lokesh Munjal, the head of a west Delhi housing society.

The UK’s private debt crisis will make this recession so much worse

The UK is drowning in private debt. At least £6bn of household debt – and probably much more – has been racked up by 4.6m people during the pandemic. More than one in eight people on furlough have defaulted on a payment. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned of a wave of “zombie companies”, […]

New UK obesity plan fails to address underlying problems

The new plan, launched in an emergency, does everything that can be done in a hurry. It meets a lot of campaigning targets – principally the junk food advertising ban on TV before 9pm and online; and limits on buy-one-get-one-free (bogof) offers. Sweets will no longer be allowed at the checkout (some supermarkets did that […]

Times Network launches India Revival Mission; sets the agenda to revive Indian economy from the impact of COVID-19

MK Anand, MD & CEO, Times Network said, “The pandemic has created unprecedented impact on Business and economy globally. As we come to terms with its persistent nature and adjust our lives around it with a view to restart parts of the economy that have been suspended for months, we realise the need for actionable […]

‘Case of failed regulation’: UK environment agency chief on Bhopal gas horror

“This happened, in 1984 in a place called Bhopal in India. I’ve been to Bhopal and visited the site. The chemical plant is still there, derelict and rusting away. People still live all around it, many of them the victims of the explosion or their children. The land is still poisoned and the water is […]

Cipla witnesses 3 senior-level exits including India biz CEO

The company’s rich legacy of care and strong sense of purpose rooted in a culture of meritocracy and high performance standards have made Cipla an employer of choice for several industry leaders, it added.

Queen’s doctor Peter Fisher hit and killed by lorry while cycling in central London

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0208 991 9555 or contact via Twitter @MetCC, quoting CAD 1899/15AUG. You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

Cyclist killed after being hit by lorry in central London on Cycle to Work Day

Did you see what happened? Email [email protected] “A40 High Holborn (one-way street) is closed at A4200 Kingsway due to a serious collision at the Newton Street junction.” TfL tweeted.

London coronavirus rates soar in more than half of boroughs amid travel ban fear

Hackney and City of London – 20.1, up from 17.7 Barking and Dagenham – 14.6, up from 4.7 Barnet – 8.7, up from 5.6 Harrow – 8.0, up from 4.0 Redbridge – 7.6, up from 5.3 Brent – 7.6, down from 7.9 Lambeth – 7.1, up from 5.8 Hounslow – 6.6, stayed the same Newham […]