How has Covid 19 impacted AM NS India plans? What is your outlook on steel demand and price?Covid 19 is an unprecedented global crisis. Even though the lockdown started on March 24, there was a quantum jump in performance in Q4FY20, year on year. The first quarter of 2020 21 has also been quite satisfying considering the pandemic, lockdown and slowdown in the economy. Since June, we are running at full capacity. Domestic demand is reviving with rural economy taking the lead. Domestic sales are certainly not a substitute for exports.The Hazira plant produces flat products. Long products used in infrastructure projects are in great demand in India.Steel is front and centre in India s recovery, a point that we, representing the ISA, have placed before the steel ministry and the government for uniform policy implementation for the sector. Infrastructure projects must be front loaded to further speed up the economic growth and steel consumption.We do not plan to get into manufacture of long products immediately. In future, we may consider it.Is there a plan to set up a plant in a state with high mineral deposits for long products?The Gujarat government has been providing a lot of support to industries. . I am sure the state will provide the right environment. I must say that Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, where we have pellet facilities, have also been very supportive, especially during the Covid 19 crisis. The second pellet plant will come into operation in Odisha in another six months, taking our pellet capacity in India to 20 million tonne. We already have acquired two mines to meet our iron ore requirement partially.As the head of Indian Steel Alliance, how do you see the association ''s role, especially after Tata Steel ''s exit?The vision of ISA is to work towards transforming the Indian steel industry as a responsible global leader acclaimed for its competitiveness while focusing on health, safety and environment. This is a collective approach and we will try our best to take steps for the betterment of the industry at large.India may be one of the world s largest economies by GDP, but our per capita steel consumption is very low. We simply do not use steel in the multiplicity of ways that is common in a developed economy. That must change if we are to grow in commercial and value terms.Yes, one of the key tasks is to bring back Tata Steel into the association and we are in consultation with them.You have been batting for border adjustment tax , but going by the total value of imports in June, 56% were those products which are available domestically and are the most basic products such as scrap. Doesn t it indicate that domestic prices are at an elevated level or is it a case of dumping?Indian steel manufacturers bear multiple local taxes electricity and cross subsidy duties, clean energy cess and royalties on ore and there are more. There is no input credit available. These taxes make up 12% of the price of steel. In rival markets, these levies either do not exist or are comparatively lower. So, Indian steel is subjected to unfair competition even before it leaves our plants. So, if taxes are reduced or BAT introduced, it would create a level playing field. For the same reasons, the export incentives also need to be enhanced. The steel ministry shares these concerns.India s steel exports have more than trebled in just three months to stand at 1.55 MT in June, mainly due to higher volume to China. Since China is ramping up production, will this trend continue for months to come? Or is just a temporary phenomenon?Indian steel s guiding light is a steel ministry vision of 300 MT of capacity by 2030. We are currently at about 138 MT. The pandemic will put additional pressure on this target. Recent stimulus packages as well as monetary policy adjustments to improve liquidity and credit for MSMEs, reflect the enormity of the challenge. But, the Indian steel industry has to be more competitive, enhance the overall export ratio, and government can support the endeavour by creating a level playing field in the sector. Export incentive must be enhanced to make us more competitive in the international market and BAT in the domestic market. In spite of many such odds, exports formed a significant portion of sales in Q1FY21. The exports to China will come down in the coming months. Right now, they are importing because of the price arbitrage.
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This faith in Indian exceptionalism pervades and defines India s external relations. For Indians, the country is unique and thus deserving of global power status. In a speech in March 1949, India s first prime minister and foreign minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, stated that it was inevitable for India to play an important global role not because of any ambition of hers, but because of the force of circumstances, because of geography, because of history .Indian exceptionalism rests on the belief that there is something unique about the nation, which enabled it to gain independence without violence, revolution or war. Indian discourse often speaks of an Indian character that will overcome odds and circumvent difficulties. In this case, they are not just feel good avowals, but, rather, reflect a deep seated way of thinking, similar to the messianic vision of the United States.
Many organisations are not supporting their staff with the appropriate training. In fact, just 29% of staff received cyber security training in 2019, compared to an incredible 81% of directors, trustees, or senior management.Yet the odds are that many of your employees, if not all of them, can access sensitive information held by your company, making it more important than ever that they are properly supported.
The institutional preference for English in the United States is at odds with our changing sociocultural dynamics. This disconnect disadvantages both Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and English proficient (EP) monolingual Americans alike. In theory and in practice, American educational institutions embody those material disadvantages by failing to address the marginalization of LEP students and failing to adequately prepare EP students for our globalized communities and workplaces. While some reforms have been made, our faulty framework and disregard for the benefits of culturally supportive and multilingual education will continue to perpetuate these failings if left unaddressed. In the 20th century, public policy practitioners and reformers made efforts to provide visibility and decrease barriers for LEP students in the United States. Meyer v. Nebraska was the first judicial opinion involving American education in foreign languages; striking down a Nebraska law preventing public and private schools from instructing in any non English language as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause. Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Amendments of 1967 is one of the first recognitions of a state s responsibility to accommodate the needs of LEP students. Over the next twenty years, amendments to the act, court cases including Keyes v. School District No. 1, Denver, Lau v. Nichols (the case which coined the term limited English proficiency ), and Casta eda v. Pickard, and subnational action helped create guidelines for the implementation of those accommodations. These guidelines intended to help LEP students obtain instruction in their native language across all levels of education. These efforts also provided substantial funding, disbursing more than $162 million in 2000 and helped fund programs in more than 560 school districts.
Sagan was pessimistic about civilizations being able to survive their own technological adolescence the transitional period when a culture s development of, say, nuclear power, bioengineering or a myriad of other powerful capabilities could easily lead to self annihilation. In essentially all other ways, he was an optimist about the prospects for pangalactic life and intelligence. But the scientific basis for his beliefs was shaky at best. Sagan and others suspected the emergence of life on clement worlds must be a cosmic inevitability, because geologic evidence suggested it arose shockingly quickly on Earth: in excess of four billion years ago, practically as soon as our planet had sufficiently cooled from its fiery formation. And if, just as on our world, life on other planets emerged quickly and evolved to become ever more complex over time, perhaps intelligence and technology, too, could be common throughout the universe.In recent years, however, some skeptical astronomers have tried to put more empirical heft behind such pronouncements using a sophisticated form of analysis called Bayesian statistics. They have focused on two great unknowns: the odds of life arising on Earth like planets from abiotic conditions a process called abiogenesis and, from there, the odds of intelligence emerging. Even with such estimates in hand, astronomers disagree about what they mean for life elsewhere in the cosmos. That lack of consensus is because even the best Bayesian analysis can only do so much when hard evidence for extraterrestrial life and intelligence is thin on the ground.
A native of Bermuda who settled in the UK after World War II, he performed "against the odds, " he once said to perform in 40 feature films as well as numerous TV movies and series. "His big screen roles ranged from James Bond ''s secret service minder Pinder in Thunderball (1965) to the dictatorial president in Sydney Pollack ''s thriller The Interpreter (2005). " - The Guardian
Learn more from Brookings scholars about the global response to coronavirus (COVID 19) FixGov Trump s reelection campaign is in crisis William A. Galston Monday, June 29, 2020 FixGov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrintSMSEmailMoreReddit The past three months have been a catastrophe for President Trump. With the odds against his reelection lengthening, and just 126 days until the election, the time to turn things around is dwindling. The president could still win a narrow victory, but only if everything breaks right.
Facebook Share to TwitterTwitterTwitter Share to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Share to WhatsAppWhatsAppWhatsApp Share to MessengerMessengerMessenger Share to TelegramTelegramTelegram By AuthorM. Sai Gopal Published: 22nd Jun 2020 12:05 amUpdated: 21st Jun 2020 10:42 pmDoctors at Gandhi Hospital, on an average, are dealing with about 300 Covid 19 positive patients who do not recover in the stipulated recovery period of 14 days.Hyderabad: Despite increased reporting of Covid 19 positive patients from across Telangana, doctors at Gandhi Hospital since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic have managed to save lives of more than 600 critically ill Covid 19 patients who suffer from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).In countries like United States and United Kingdom, the survival percentage of Covid 19 positive cases with ARDS is only 20 25 per cent. Despite high odds, so far 600 such patients have recovered while another 300 are under ICU care at Gandhi Hospital.
The US President might pander to his base but his illogical order on immigration will harm his countryIt has not been a great couple of weeks for US President Donald Trump. As the Black Lives Matter protests have gathered steam following the brutal murder of a Black man, George Floyd, by a White Minneapolis police officer, Trump has been floundering, incapable of leading the reconciliation his nation desperately needs. Indeed, he has been pressing all the buttons that will lead to greater factionalism, possibly worsening the crisis. As he remains at odds with the US Congress as well, he has taken to ruling by executive fiat. While his options might be limited, he can take action on immigration. Trump s crackdown on the US southern border with Mexico has led to much human tragedy as well as a realisation that hundreds of those trying to sneak into the country from Mexico are from India. But now he wants to act against letting legitimate visa holders, particularly those on H 1B work visas, into the US in order to protect, preserve and even benefit American jobs. Particularly since millions of Americans have found themselves unemployed as the pandemic ripped through their economy. The COVID 19 outbreak and the economic downturn it engendered have swelled the ranks of unemployed Americans by more than 14 million, from 6.2 million in February to 20.5 million in May 2020. Trump has been a vocal critic of the H 1B programme. He had once vowed to end forever the use of the H 1B as a cheap labour programme and make it an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration programme without any exception. But during the first three years of his presidency, the US economy created more than 6.5 million jobs. This weakened the argument that H 1B workers are depriving US citizens of livelihood. But now with the pandemic, as more than 33 million jobs have been lost, voices against H 1B are being raised more than ever. Recent data released by the United States Citizens Immigration Services revealed that the denial rate of this visa has soared since Trump took office.
Netflix s new release What Are the Odds? is the tale of Vivek and Ashwin. They are two young school going teenagers in Mumbai whose personalities are poles apart. Vivek is an idiosyncratic, socially awkward, and seemingly rebellious raccoon who does not want to give a scholarship exam. She has an incredible talent for music (oh, you thought Vivek is a boy ). Ashwin, on the other hand, is an ambitious, know it all school head boy. He could be called a social butterfly and he has never missed an exam in his life.The plot begins when Vivek steals her hall ticket so that she would not be able to give her an exam. However, she accidentally pockets Ashwin s ticket too which renders him ineligible for the test. This innocent mistake of hers goes on to show how, through different (mis)adventures, the duo form an unlikely companionship. The trailer provoked my interest in the film since it was portrayed as a story of Indian teens in their local surroundings. I began the film with some expectations based on the trailer. However, all of them were shattered.
Data from several studies have indicated the need for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as early as possible, according to a report published in The Lancet Rheumatology.1 Early arthritis treatment has been used to improve long term outcomes and minimize structural damage resulting from both local and systemic inflammation. In addition, many researchers believe that treatment will be most effective with early intervention (eg, within 6 weeks after symptom onset).2 A recent study that included patients at risk for RA also found that multiple pathologic processes can be observed before symptoms develop, promoting the need for early intervention.3 Furthermore, data from a meta analysis4 found that patients who consulted with a rheumatologist 6 weeks vs 7 to 12 weeks and gt;12 weeks after symptom onset were 1.7 times more likely to achieve disease modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) free remission. This trend of being less likely to achieve DMARD free remission was observed to continue with initial visits after 12 weeks of symptom onset. Since DMARD free remission is considered a highly desirable outcome for patients with RA, the evidence supports more aggressive treatment during early stages of the disease. Authors of this report indicated that further assessing remission data (eg, at 5 years of DMARD free remission) could be useful in determining rates of sustained remission. Despite these findings, there was little difference in structural damage among patients with different time to encounters, which may be at odds with the long standing hypothesis that earlier intervention leads to minimized structural damage; however, this lack of correlation could suggest that small degrees of damage are less important for outcomes in patients who receive early treatment.Continue ReadingOverall, the authors of this report concluded that findings from various studies confirm the need for rapid referral and treatment of RA after symptom onset. References 1. Emery P, Dequenne L. It s never too soon to treat rheumatoid arthritis: finally, some supportive evidence published online April 28, 2020 . Lancet Rheumatol. doi:10.1016 S2665 9913(20)30103 X 2. Combe B, Landewe R, Daien CI, Hua C, Aletaha D et al. 2016 update of the EULAR recommendations for the management of early arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017;76:948 959. 3. Nam JL, Hensor EMA, Hunt L, Conaghan PG, Wakefield RJ, Emery P. Ultrasound findings predict progression to inflammatory arthritis in anti CCP antibody positive patients without clinical synovitis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2016;75:2060 2067. 4. Niemantsverdriet E, Dougados M, Combe B, van der Helm van Mil AHM. Referring early arthritis patients within 6 weeks versus 12 weeks after symptom onset: an observational cohort study published online April 28, 2020 . Lancet Rheumatol. doi:10.1016 S2665 9913(20)30061 8 Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis Loading...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi s nationwide addresses during the lockdown are reminiscent of his barnstorming election campaign speeches of the past that have so successfully embedded his image as the Supreme Leader across the country. They are also similar to the public interventions in the past few months made by US President Donald Trump, who has gone to lengths to project himself as a superman leading America to a pinnacle of glory.The two leaders are, however, operating in completely different political scenarios. Obsessed by elections just a few months away, Trump seems to not care much about combating the pandemic, or the economic grief ahead. By pointedly not wearing a mask and encouraging anti lockdown protesters, Trump wants to convince his core constituency that he remains in total control against all odds so that it rallies around him on polling day.
Perhaps what polarizes the responses to Normal People is that the book is full of contradictions. It s a literary romance novel, a familiar post Millennial coming of age story that s also a Marxism inflected manifesto of sorts on how love might make the world a bit more equitable. It s full of sex, but there are no quote unquote sex scenes rather, physical and emotional connection are the story, and one can t be divorced from the other, or from anything else that happens in the book. I definitely think that my approach to writing about sexuality and sexual intimacy is somewhat at odds with the dominant discourse, Rooney told me back in January, in an interview to promote Hulu s new adaptation of Normal People, the first six episodes of which she co wrote. And that s not to say I write about those things to respond to whatever s the dominant discourse; I don t at all. But the kinds of sexual experiences I write about are almost exclusively between people in very intense, committed relationships. Not that the people are married, but they re really in each other s lives. That s what interests me about intimacy.
Common logic dictates space is so impossibly huge, the right conditions for alien life must exist somewhere out there. Scientists also continually underestimate life ''s ability on Earth to survive or even flourish in the most inhospitable places.But the discovery of alien life is not at odds with religion and faith could even thrive, a theologian has claimed.
Will Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun make amends by 2021? Time will tell Photo by Jana Beamer (Flickr) CC License . Taylor Swift and Hollywood super manager Scooter Braun are locked in a heated feud With intense debate and drama surrounding the pair;s animosity, you can place bets on whether or not the pair will reconcile This is the latest in Swift;s long line of celebrity feuds. Will this one wrap by the end of next year? Taylor Swift once famously sang that she and an ex would ;never ever getting back together.; But with this pop star, you must take everything with a grain of salt.Swift has a long list of famous feuds. She ''s fought with industry colleagues Katy Perry and Kanye West, ex boyfriends Joe Jonas and Calvin Harris, and pretty much anyone else you can think of who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Yahoo Sports integration of BetMGM is officially off the ground.Starting November 14, Yahoo Sports app users in New Jersey can place bets by clicking on the stated odds, which will move them through to the BetMGM platform.
The odds of poor or middle income countries achieving the stardom of the Asian Miracles within a generation or two, or even three, are small. Between 1960 and 2014, only 16 developing economies worldwide were able to vault into high income status, and many of those were fortunate enough to have discovered oil or join the European Union.The miracles such as Hong Kong SAR, Korea, and Singapore as well as Japan, Germany, and the United States before them, veered from the standard growth recipes and instead aimed high. What they had in common was ambition, accountability, and adaptability. They strove to develop sophisticated industries that were far beyond their prior technological abilities and experience. They focused on building robust export powered economies. And, they created fiercely competitive businesses.