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Far and Wide | April 2024 (I)

This week’s headline features a story from Asia: India and Japan agreed on the need for new steps to prepare the bilateral relationship to respond to emerging geopolitical and geo-economic trends as external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Japanese counterpart Yoko Kamikawa held talks in Tokyo. 

Europe: European regulators have launched a series of probes against Big Tech. Apple, Meta Platforms and Alphabet's Google could receive hefty fines by the end of the year for alleged breaches including disparaging rival products on their platforms. 

North America: A survey by plastic packaging manufacturer Alpla reveals that over half of younger consumers prioritise sustainability in their purchasing decisions, with more than three-quarters willing to pay extra for sustainably packaged products.

South America: President Emmanuel Macron and counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrated the launch of Brazil's third French-designed submarine, which will help secure the country's immense coastline, dubbed the "Blue Amazon."
Asia: Wipro GE Healthcare on Tuesday said it will invest over Rs 8,000 crore in India over five years to increase local manufacturing and research and development (R&D) initiatives. The company, a leading global medical technology, pharmaceutical diagnostics, and digitals solutions provider, said as a part of the investment, its 'Made in India' PET CT Discovery scanner will be exported to 15 countries.

Australia: Genomics research projects in Australia receive $9M funding; Monash University researchers pioneer AI-driven MRI scans, reducing time to five minutes.

Africa: The development of a transgenic mosquito strain in Africa offers promising prospects for malaria eradication, marking a pivotal milestone in genetic biocontrol efforts amidst persistent challenges and the need for comprehensive engagement within the African Genetic Biocontrol Consortium. Read Now!