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Are the BRICS breaking up?

There appears to be an identity crisis over attempts to turn it into a platform for Chinese and Russian interests COMMENT | SHASHI THAROOR | The recent virtual BRICS summit, which brought together the heads of state and government of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, was interesting as …

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Why do men often die before women?

| AMY NORTON | Scientists have unearthed a possible reason why men tend to die at younger ages than women: Those who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may be more vulnerable to heart tissue scarring and heart failure. The research is the latest to look …

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Kidney disease test fails on Africans

Researchers say Africans have inadequate nutrition, short stature and low muscle bulk | THE INDEPENDENT | A commonly used blood test which measures how well a person’s kidneys are working may not pick up kidney disease for people in Africa, according to a study published in `The Lancet Global Health’. …

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URA’s Shs25trillion target plan

Commissioner General John Musinguzi outlines ways of hitting this target | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General John Rujoki Musinguzi has outlined his plan that will make it possible for him to achieve the Shs25.1tn target for FY2022/23 set by the Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development. …

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Pension sector regulator turns 10 years

Assets under management have increased from Shs4tn in 2014 to Shs20tn but sector players want Ugandans to save more Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | As the Uganda Retirement Regulatory Authority continues to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, experts have challenged its executives to support innovations in the sector so as …

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Sri Lanka crisis

How family rule fails | THE INDEPENDENT | The Rajapaksas; one of Sri Lanka’s most powerful political families, were once revered as liberators. They initiated many urban development projects that pushed their country into the upper middle income status with per capita income of US$3,852 in 2019. Despite that, after …

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Filling natural gas supply gap

Senegal and Mauritania have laid the groundwork to be front-runners in the mix to replace Russia to EU | NJ AYUK | Mauritania and Senegal have laid the groundwork necessary for BP, Kosmos, and their contractors to establish an offshore production complex, with development wells connected to a floating production …

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Getting the benefits of exercise in a pill?

Science is closer to that goal Researchers have identified a molecule in the blood that is produced during exercise and can effectively reduce food intake and obesity in mice. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine and collaborating institutions reported on July 07 in the journal `Nature’ …

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