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India has limited room to ease fiscal policy due to high debt: Fitch

India has limited room to ease fiscal policy due to high debt: Fitch

Finance
Fitch Ratings on Tuesday forecasted India's economic growth at 6.6 per cent during the current year, down from 6.8 per cent in the previous year, and said the government has only limited room to ease fiscal policy because of high debt. It said GDP (gross domestic product) growth is likely to rebound to 7.1 per cent next year. Keeping India's rating unchanged at BBB- with a stable outlook, it said the rating balances a strong medium-term growth outlook and relative external resilience with sturdy foreign reserve buffers, against high public debt, financial sector fragilities and some lagging structural factors. In its Asia-Pacific Sovereign Credit Overview, Fitch said India's GDP growth decreased for a fifth consecutive quarter in the April-June quarter to 5 per cent, the lowest in six year...
Police use of facial recognition is legal, High Court rules

Police use of facial recognition is legal, High Court rules

Technology
The High Court has ruled it is legal for police to use facial recognition technology after a crowdfunded challenge against the practice.Ed Bridges, 36, brought a case against South Wales Police after claiming the force had caused him "distress" and violated his privacy and data protection rights by processing an image taken of him in public. He said his face was scanned while out Christmas shopping in 2017 and again at a peaceful anti-arms protest in 2018, and was backed by the human rights group Liberty in a first-of-its-kind legal challenge. Image: Ed Bridges' image was captured in Cardiff But the case has been dismissed by the High Court, which ruled police had acted legally in its use of the tech - known in this instance as AFR Lo...
Florida, Bahamas on high alert as Hurricane Dorian reaches Category 3 strength

Florida, Bahamas on high alert as Hurricane Dorian reaches Category 3 strength

World
Aug. 30 -- Hurricane Dorian became a major hurricane on Friday as government officials and residents in the United States and Bahamas continued to prepare for the potentially devastating storm that is forecast to unleash a three-pronged assault of extreme winds, devastating storm surge and severe flooding. Dorian will make a turn toward the west and continue to strengthen throughout the Labor Day weekend tracking along a path that will take it across the northern Bahamas Sunday and to the Florida coast, perhaps between West Palm Beach and Cape Canaveral, early next week. More than 20 million Americans face the possibility of feeling impacts from Dorian, including about 3.7 million senior citizens, based on the current forecast. As of 8 p.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center said the ...
Suicide risk nearly three times as high for those with restless legs syndrome

Suicide risk nearly three times as high for those with restless legs syndrome

Health
Aug. 23 (UPI) -- People with restless legs syndrome have nearly three times the risk of suicide or self-harm, even if they didn't have underlying conditions like depression, diabetes and insomnia, a new study says. Researchers say this is a warning that health professionals should monitor the mental health of patients with the condition, according to findings published Friday in JAMA Network Open. "Our study suggests that restless legs syndrome isn't just connected to physical conditions, but to mental health, as well," said Xiang Gao, a researcher at Penn State University and study author, in a news release. "And, with RLS being under-diagnosed and suicide rates rising, this connection is going to be more and more important. Clinicians may want to be careful when they're screening patie...
One in 10 shops now empty as high street slump hits four-year high

One in 10 shops now empty as high street slump hits four-year high

Business
The number of stores left vacant in high streets has reached its highest level in the past four years, figures show.Figures from a survey by the British Retail Consortium and Springboard show more than one in 10 stores were left empty in July - the highest since January 2015. The report said the number of shoppers also fell by 1.9% last month, marking the worst decline for July since 2012.It comes as a wave of restructuring and bankruptcies have hit retailers as they struggle to compete with online rivals with towns such as Doncaster in South Yorkshire seeing one in five shops sitting empty.Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard, said the rising vacancy rate "highlighted the ongoing challenges faced by bricks and mortar destinations". ...