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Blood cancer cases may be rising among young adults in India, say experts

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) — a rare, yet treatable type of blood cancer — is significantly rising among young adults, aged 30 to 40 years, in India, warned doctors on Tuesday.

CML affects the bone marrow and is characterised by the uncontrolled growth of white blood cells (WBC), specifically granulocytes, in the bone marrow.

Globally, CML affects a significant number of people, with estimates ranging between 1.2 to 1.5 million individuals.

Despite its prevalence, CML remains relatively rare compared to other forms of leukaemia, comprising nearly 15 per cent of all leukaemia cases.

A recent study published in the journal Lancet showed that the condition is found in much younger persons, with the majority of patients being diagnosed between the age of 30 to 40 years, in India.

In comparison, the average age of diagnosis in Western countries is 64 years.

“In my practice, I see about 5-10 new patients being diagnosed with CML every month, with an additional 10-15 patients coming in for follow-up,” K.S. Nataraj, Senior Haematologist and Haemato-Oncologist, HCG Comprehensive Cancer Care Hospital, Bengaluru, told IANS.

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“This high number is largely because more people are nowadays diagnosed on time, as they regularly go for general check-ups and doctors advise testing, for example, when suspiciously high WBC counts are detected,” he added.

CML is largely curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages.

The common symptoms of CML include night sweats, weight loss, fever, bone pain, and an enlarged spleen.

“CML is indeed a treatable form of blood cancer. However, achieving treatment success requires a delicate balance. Consistent medication intake and regular checkups are important in this journey. With vigilant monitoring and personalised treatment strategies CML can be managed,” Tulika Seth, Professor Haematology, AIIMS, New Delhi, told IANS.

“Living with CML is a journey that comes with unique challenges at each stage. Prioritising frequent monitoring, compliance with treatment aiming for optimal treatment goals, and embracing advancements in therapy is key,” she added.

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Communication, analytical most in-demand soft skills in India’s BFSI sector: Report

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Communication skills (27 per cent), English proficiency (10 per cent), and analytical skills (8 per cent) are the most in-demand soft skills in India’s Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) sector, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

According to the global hiring and matching platform Indeed, communication skills were highly valued, highlighting their importance, reflecting the sector’s focus on customer-centric services and the need for clear communication of complex financial information.

“The BFSI sector is undergoing a transformation, recognising the pivotal role of soft skills in driving innovation, customer satisfaction, and overall organisational success,” said Sashi Kumar, Head of Sales at Indeed.

The report calculated the percentage of specified jobs that contain BFSI skills and benefits in the job description.

While soft skills are gaining importance, technical proficiencies remain vital for BFSI professionals.

The most sought-after technical skills include — Accounting (12 per cent), Microsoft Excel (9 per cent), Microsoft Office (9 per cent), SAP (7 per cent), Sales (5 per cent), Microsoft PowerPoint (5 per cent) and Agile Methodologies (4.5 per cent).

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“By mastering the integration of soft and technical skills, individuals can position themselves as highly sought-after assets, capable of driving organisational success,” said Kumar.

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EV sales up by 40 pc to 1.75 million units in FY2024 in India

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) India’s Electric Vehicle (EV) sales soared to 17,52,406 units in FY 2023-24 with a growth of 40.31 per cent on a Year-on-Year (YoY) basis.

According to a report by JMK Research & Analytics, the growth in EV sales was led by two-wheelers and three-wheelers, which contributed 94 per cent to the total sales.

EV two-wheelers sales were up 29 per cent on YoY basis to 10,09,356 units.

This category’s contribution to the total EV sales stood at 57.60 per cent.

In EV three-wheelers, which include passenger and cargo vehicles, sales increased by 56 per cent to 6,34,969 units on YoY basis.

According to the report, “Lower running cost, increasing logistics demand and last-mile connectivity are the key factors for growth in this segment.”

The electric car segment sales shot up by 82 per cent on a YoY basis, registering sales of 99,085 units in FY 2024.

Electric bus sales soared to 3,708 units in FY2024 with a growth of 85 per cent on a YoY basis.

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D2C skincare brand Foxtale raises Rs 150 crore led by Panthera Growth Partners

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) D2C skincare brand Foxtale on Wednesday said that it raised about Rs 150 crore in its Series B round of funding, led by Singapore-based Panthera Growth Partners (PGP).

The round also saw participation from the company’s existing backers Matrix Partners India and Kae Capital.

“We hope to continue the relationship of a shared vision as we welcome PGP to Foxtale. The fresh round of funds will be deployed towards expanding our digital footprint and introducing newer categories in our portfolio of products,” Romita Mazumdar, Founder, Foxtale, said in a statement.

Foxtale provides a targeted collection of skincare products to address specific skin concerns, including acne, ageing, hyperpigmentation and more.

“Romita and her team have built an incredible business in a short time with a sharp focus on product and innovation. We are excited to support them as they continue on an ambitious growth journey,” said Shilpa Kulkarni, Founder and Managing Partner, Panthera Growth Partners.

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The company closed FY24 at Rs 172 crore GMV sales, primarily driven by its D2C website foxtale.in. Foxtale holds a high retention rate of over 50 per cent, which validates the consumer love and consequent growth that the company has seen.

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Starlink is now present in 100 countries, says Elon Musk

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Starlink, the satellite internet service, is now present in 100 countries, said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday.

“Starlink is now available in 100 countries!” Musk shared this in a post on X.

Sierra Leone in Africa is the 100th country to join the list. It is the 10th African nation to be connected to Starlink.

“This marks the 100th country, territory, or other market around the world where Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency internet is available,” Starlink shared on X.

Sierra Leone’s National Communications Authority (NATCA) approved Starlink’s licence, after about a year of technical evaluations that began in 2023.

Chief Minister David Moinina Sengeh reportedly called it a “pivotal step towards the government’s goal of universal connectivity and educational transformation”.

Last week, the company got approval from Sri Lanka to launch the satellite service.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe said the launch “will revolutionise our connectivity, opening up new horizons, especially for our youth”.

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In May, Musk launched Starlink in Indonesia and Fiji.

According to Musk, no long-term contract is required to order the high-speed internet service with Starlink.

It is “easy to order online in 2 minutes,” said Musk.

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AI Flagship killer realme GT 6 delivers the perfect performance trio: Battery, VC cooling and charging

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Mobile phones have become indispensable tools in our daily lives, largely due to their portability and ability to connect us to the world. This constant connectivity hinges on some crucial components: long-lasting batteries, efficient cooling systems, and blazing-fast charging.

As our reliance on smartphones grows, so does our demand for a that can keep pace, offering extended battery life, smart performance and rapid charging capabilities.

Recognising this need, realme, a leader in smartphone innovation, is set to revolutionise the industry with its upcoming AI Flagship Powerhouse, the GT 6. The GT 6 delivers an exceptional Performance Trio: a robust battery, an advanced Iceberg Vapor Cooling (VC) system, and ultra-fast charging technology, setting new standards in smartphone performance.

The realme GT 6 boasts a powerhouse battery setup designed to cater to even the most demanding users. Its massive 5500mAh battery, comparable in capacity to a portable power bank, ensures you can power through your day without the constant need to search for a charger. Whether it’s for work, entertainment, or staying connected with loved ones, the GT 6 promises to keep you powered up throughout the day.

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When you do need a boost, the GT 6 doesn’t disappoint. Its 120W SUPERVOOC charging technology is truly remarkable, taking the battery from 0 to 50 per cent in a mere 10 minutes — a testament to its innovative dual-cell battery design. This feature not only saves time but also offers the convenience of quick top-ups during short breaks or while on the move.

Complementing this robust battery is the GT 6’s industry-leading Iceberg Vapor Cooling System. This state-of-the-art cooling technology features a 10,014 square millimetre 3D tempered dual VC, significantly enhancing cooling efficiency.

The phone is able to achieve sustained performance, even when playing large games, without overheating. Including the VC, the GT 6 has a total of 9 layers of cooling materials, making it one of the most efficient cooling systems in the market.

But realme hasn’t just focused on speed and performance; they’ve prioritised battery longevity as well. The GT 6’s battery retains over 80 per cent of its capacity even after 1,600 full charge cycles, double the industry average, and promises roughly four years of healthy use. This is a significant advantage for users who prefer to hold onto their devices for longer periods.

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Additionally, intelligent features like Smart Charging monitor battery health and adapt charging speeds for optimal performance and safety, even in extreme cold. This smart technology ensures that your battery not only charges quickly but also safely, prolonging the overall lifespan of the device.

With its Performance Trio of cutting-edge display technology, a long-lasting battery, and incredibly fast charging, along with the advanced Iceberg Vapor Cooling System, the realme GT 6 seems poised to redefine the standards of flagship smartphone excellence.

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