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Miscellany

Team India’s zest for fitness goes up with DNA test

It’s fitness first for Team India now. After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently made it mandatory for cricketers to pass an endurance trial, known as the yo-yo test, to guarantee a spot in the team, Virat Kohli and Co are now raising the bar to a new level. In a first, Team India players are now undergoing DNA test, which reveals the genetic fitness outline of an individual. The BCCI has introduced the new method with an aim to chalk out an all-inclusive fitness regimen for the Men in Blue. 

GE breast cancer device to reach 500 million women

GE Healthcare in partnership with US-based UE Lifesciences has launched a breast cancer detection device, iBreastExam (iBE) in India.  GE wants to take this device to over 500 million women across India, South Asia, Africa and SEast Asia.

 Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer in women worldwide with 1.67 million new cases diagnosed annually. Of this, India has a share of 150,000 cases, said GE Healthcare (sustainable solutions) president and CEO Terri Bresenham.

Don’t expect large increments in 2018

Though the in­dustry is ho­ping to achieve a better growth in 2018, your salaries are not going anywhere. Willis Towers Watson predicts that at 10 per cent, 2018 will see salary hikes similar to this year and slightly lower than 2016 and 2015. There is also a likelihood of India Inc providing average single digit increments. The only silver lining is that Indian salary hikes are better than some of the key markets in the Asia Pacific region.

India now home to 2,19,000 millionaires, says report

India is home to the fourth largest population of millionaires in the Asia Pacific region with 2,19,000 ultra-rich individuals with a combined wealth of $877 billion, says a report. According to the 2017 Asia-Pacific Wealth Report (APWR) released on Tuesday by Capgemini, India stood at fourth position with its contribution of 4 per cent in terms of individual market share in HNWI population growth in APAC (Asia Pacific) region.

Pollution in Delhi reaches critical levels

A public health emergency was declared in New Delhi on Tuesday as a choking blanket of smog descended on the world's most polluted capital city.

The Indian Medical Association's declaration came as the US embassy website said levels of the fine pollutants known as PM2.5 that are most harmful to health reached 703 -- well over double the threshold of 300 that authorities class as hazardous.

"We have declared a state of public health emergency in Delhi since pollution is at an alarming level," the head of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Krishan Kumar Aggarwal said.

How Many Robots Does it Take to Fill a Grocery Order?

The U.K.'s biggest online grocer hit a milestone this year: Ocado Group Plc put together an order of 50 items, including produce, meat and dairy, in five minutes. Fulfilling a similar order at one of the company’s older facilities takes an average of about two hours. The secret: a fleet of 1,000 robots that scurry about a warehouse snatching up products and delivering them to human packers.

US business schools to give intense software training

US business schools are beefing up training in the software that underlies digital currency bitcoin, a technology expected to be a game changer in many industries. The move makes sense as more students seek careers in financial technology, or "fintech," which has captivated leading Wall Street banks and been called "the most important technology since the internet."

Varsities not focusing on deep tech

Most educational institutions in India are rich with papers and patents but are unable to support innovators and product ecosystem with deep technologies unlike their peers in Israel or in the US.

Indian diamond industry may lose monopoly

With some of the diamond trading hubs and mining countries building up capacities to process rough diamonds, India is under the threat of losing out its monopoly in the processing business. Indians are known for their diamond processing skills and in many of these countries Indians are training the native manpower. For decades India has been maintaining its monopoly in cutting and polishing small diamonds. The country also grabbed a good portion of the large diamond processing business from other nations like Israel and the US after the 2008 global meltdown.

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