India budget 2021: Can the government help consumers spend more?

Anurag Katriar used to run a chain of 25 restaurants across India before COVID-19 struck last year. By mid-March 2020, he was forced to close all of them as the country went into one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to control the spread of the virus. Even after the lockdowns began to be eased in […]

Big Tech: Biden urged to protect consumers’ online privacy

As Joe Biden was being sworn in as president of the United States, digital rights groups called on him and legislators to curb the power of technology firms and guard consumers’ online privacy. Advocacy groups want Biden to ban facial recognition technology on his first day – which critics say can perpetuate discriminatory policing – […]

Use pandemic to protect forests, WWF urges consumers, politicians

The world has lost tropical forest equivalent to the size of California over a 13-year period, environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said on Wednesday, calling for COVID-19 recovery plans to revitalise conservation efforts. In a new report, WWF analysed 24 deforestation hotspots across Asia, Latin America and Africa, and found that more […]