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2020 Tokyo Olympics cost estimate reportedly comes in 7 times over budget

e 2020 Olympics and Paralympics — to be held in Tokyo, Japan — are estimated to cost seven times more than what was originally budgeted, Japanese newspaper The Mainichi reported on Friday. Hosting the mega-events would cost Japan 801.1 billion yen ($7.03 billion), the report said, citing the country’s Board of Audit. That’s the agency that reviews government expenditure. Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, had earlier estimated that the games would cost around 112.7 billion yen, according to the report. Hosting the Olympics has become an expensive venture, and a number of past hosts…

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Study: Health costs of pollution in India 8 times of govt’s fuel subsidy

India spent $16.9 billion on oil, gas and coal subsidies in 2013 and 2014 but the health costs to meet the burden of air pollution-linked diseases was eight times more at $140.7 billion, says a report by an European environmental non-profit organisation. The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) assessed the spending of seven economically powerful countries on fossil fuel subsidies, and the health costs associated with fossil fuel subsidies. The report, `Hidden Price Tags’, said India can provide 375 million households with solar lamps or train nearly 32,000 extra doctors for rural…

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Early Childhood Cancer Deaths 4 Times More Common Than Estimated

                  One of the biggest menaces of the medical world – cancer – shows no mercy to even the youngest of its victims. While scientists and medical experts across the globe are working day and night to curb the fatal disease, the recent study released in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has come up with findings bound to leave the world startled. The study suggests that the death rate for infants afflicted by cancer is about four times higher than previously estimated…

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We touch our smartphones at least 2,617 times a day

  Did you know touching your phone multiple times throughout the day makes you prone to infections? If you didn’… Read More We touch our smartphones around 2,617 times a day, according to new research which found that phone screen time was 2.42 hours for the average user, and 3.75 hours for the heavy user. For the study, a research firm in the US recruited a demographically diverse sample of 94 Android users from a pool of more than 100,000 participants. Then they built a supplementary smartphone tool to track…

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