Covid pandemic biggest challenge facing the world since WW-II: Modi at G20

The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge the world is facing since World War-II and is an important turning point in the history of humanity, Prime Minister said at the on Saturday, as he offered India’s IT prowess for efficient functioning of the grouping.

Modi also said that “Work from Anywhere” is a new normal in the post-COVID world and suggested creation of a virtual G20 secretariat.

The prime minister also suggested developing a new global index for the post-corona world that comprises four key elements — creation of a vast talent pool, ensuring that technology reaches all segments of society, transparency in systems of governance and dealing with Mother Earth with a spirit of trusteeship.

Based on this, the G20 can lay the foundation of a new world, he said.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened the Group of 20 summit as the pandemic overshadows this year’s gathering of heads of state that is being held in the virtual format. India is scheduled to host the in 2022.

“Had a very fruitful discussion with G20 leaders. Coordinated efforts

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Byju’s raises $200 mn in fresh funding; valuation surges to $12 bn

Less than two months after it raised $500 million in a financing round, decacorn Byju’s is learnt to have raised $200 million in a fresh round of funding. This has lifted the Bengaluru-based firm’s to $12 billion, about $1 billion more since the previous round.

Sources close to the development said private equity players and also participated in the new round. While is an existing investor in Byju’s, T Rowe has joined as a new investor. A Byju’s spokesperson declined to comment on the development while and could not be reached immediately.

With this investment, Byju’s has raised over $2.3 billion from investors in 18 funding rounds so far.

During the ongoing pandemic, the Byju Raveendran-founded company has seen a significant rise in its valuation, as education has largely moved online with schools and colleges being shut down to prevent the spread of the virus. After achieving the decacorn status in July, when it had received a funding from Mary Meeker’s Bond Capital at a of around $10.5 billion, the firm had seen its rising further to $11.1 billion in September

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4 tips for anyone starting a new property development business

The British have an ongoing love of property with the phrase ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’ still resonating.

There is a continuous flow of TV shows too that feed our knowledge and inspiration with ‘Grand Designs’, ‘Selling Houses’, ‘Old House, New Home’, ‘Location, location, location’, and so on.

As well as inspiring the next generation of homeowners to make the most out of their investment, there is also a growing breed of entrepreneurs with a desire to make it their day job.

But is being a property developer that easy?  Like most things in life, if it were easy then everyone would be doing it, and so our top 4 tops for anyone starting a new property development business may help.

Have a Plan

All businesses need a clear strategy that will help focus on the key income generating issues as well as the things that might go wrong.  There are plenty of online resources that will help in creating a business plan, but the key elements will include:

  • Business objectives – where you are going to invest, types of property, size of project, etc
  • Your mission statement and ethos – what is going to make your business stand

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