Business and Economics
Alibaba launches free online medical consultation to ease hospital pressure

China’s internet giant Alibaba has launched free online medical consultation services in an effort to relieve hospital pressure amid the novel coronavirus spread.

Users can access the consultation service and view real-time epidemic data nationwide from the National Health Commission on Alibaba’s online shopping platform Taobao or mobile payment app Alipay.

Hundreds of professional doctors from all over the country are providing services through the app, with more than 70 percent of them being respiratory and general practitioners, the company said. As of 12:00 am Sunday, the service homepage received nearly 400,000 visits after being launched for 24 hours, with 97 percent of them from Central China’s Hubei province, where the epidemic is most severe, according to data from service provider AliHealth. More than 90 percent of the questions are focused on the prevention and treatment of the novel coronavirus and pneumonia, the data showed.

New iPhones Fuel Strong Profit for Apple

Apple found renewed growth with an increase in phone sales as well as younger products, like the Apple Watch, AirPods and its subscription services.

Apple’s profit grew for the first time in a year with the help of an old friend: the iPhone.

Sales of Apple’s flagship product had fallen sharply for the past year, but Apple said iPhone revenue was growing again. The company said customers spent heavily on its latest models, increasing iPhone sales by 7.7 percent to nearly $56 billion in the latest quarter from a year ago.

That growth helped lift Apple’s profit by 11.4 percent to $22.3 billion. The numbers easily beat Wall Street expectations and were welcome news to Apple investors, who had watched the company’s typically strong growth suddenly evaporate over the past year.

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Annexures and Exhibits of all five Forensic Audit Reports submitted to parliament – CBSL

Annexures and Exhibits of all five Forensic Audit reports on bond transactions of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) have been submitted to Parliament, The Deputy Governor of Central Bank Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe said.

Dr.Weerasinghe made this remark while responding to a query by a journalist at the monetary policy press briefing which was held today (30).

Journalist- Will the Central Bank release the missing Annexures and Exhibits of all five Forensic Audit reports as requested by Parliament?

Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe -That has been already submitted to Parliament.

Journalist- But they say there are some missing parts?

Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe - You have to ask that from parliament. First, the Central bank submitted the main report. but later, as per the request made by the Speaker of Parliament, we submitted the rest after consulting the Attorney General.

Meanwhile, the communication department of the parliament issued a confirmation statement in this regard.

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