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Cholera vaccination drive starts in Mozambique after cyclone

Cholera vaccination drive starts in Mozambique after cyclone

Health
A cholera vaccination campaign is kicking off to reach nearly 900,000 cyclone survivors in Mozambique as officials rush to contain an outbreak of the disease. Vaccinations are beginning on Wednesday morning in the hard-hit city of Beira, where most of the more than 1,400 cases have been reported since the outbreak was declared a week ago. Mozambican authorities have reported two deaths so far from the acute diarrheal disease, which can kill within hours if not properly treated. Cases also have been confirmed in some outlying communities and vaccinations will begin there on Thursday. Overall the campaign aims to vaccinate some 884,000 people in Beira, Dondo, Nhamatanda and Buzi. More than 100,000 survivors of Cyclone Idai are still living in displacement camps with little access to clean w...
After Paytm, Amazon starts physical KYC verification

After Paytm, Amazon starts physical KYC verification

Finance
BENGALURU: Deep-pocketed financial technology players are setting up physical infrastructure to provide know-your-customer (KYC) services for users, following the Supreme Court verdict restricting Aadhaar usage by private entities. Paytm has done it: It put a number of executives on-ground to nudge users to complete their KYC process after the verdict. Now, Amazon has started rolling out doorstep KYC services for its e-wallet users. Verifying user credentials physically is costly, but after the SC verdict, these companies have few options left to safeguard their existing user-base and add new ones. With Aadhaar, it was a simple matter of swiping a finger on a fingerprint reader. Physical verification involves submitting physical documents and having people verifying the authenticity of th...
To check fraud, CVC starts examining audit reports of state-run banks, insurance companies

To check fraud, CVC starts examining audit reports of state-run banks, insurance companies

Finance
Probity watchdog Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has started examining audit reports of state-run banks and insurance companies to check incidents of fraud and suggest corrective measures, officials said Wednesday. The move assumes significance with banks reporting large scale fraud cases and the high number of bad loans or non-performing assets, they said. Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin told PTI the CVC is getting a review done of central statutory reports, concurrent auditors' reports and other auditor reports through chief vigilance officers of all public sector banks and insurance companies. "The same (audit reports) are analysed in the Commission and a corrective action plan is advised for time-bound implementation," he said. Chief vigilance officers act as a distant arm of the ...
Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site

Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Fracking for shale gas has begun for the first time in the UK since it was linked with earthquakes in 2011. Energy firm Cuadrilla confirmed the controversial process had started at its site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire after a legal challenge failed on Friday. Protester Ginette Evans said there was a "mood of disappointment" but insisted the fight was "not over".Cuadrilla insisted the process was safe and would be of "enormous" benefit.The company's chief executive Francis Egan said: "These are the first exploration wells that will be tested... we have high hopes for them but we have to wait and see what comes out."If successful, he said it would "lead to tens of thousands of jobs and could be a very signific...
Watch: National Park Service starts replenishing Isle Royale's wolf population

Watch: National Park Service starts replenishing Isle Royale's wolf population

Science
Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The National Park Service has introduced new wolves to Isle Royale, an island in Lake Superior. On Wednesday, wildlife officials captured two wolves, a four-year-old female and five-year old male, from two different packs living on Minnesota's Grand Portage Indian Reservation. The wolves were airlifted to and released on the remote island, all of which is a national park. NPS shared photos and video of the release on their website. Wolves and moose first made their way to the island more than a century ago, trekking across the winter ice from the mainland. NPS scientists began studying the wolf and moose populations, as well as predator-prey interactions, in the 1950s, and have been ever since. But while the moose population remains relatively stable, the wolf populatio...