In Brief: Meditation helps as health is wealth

Meditation helps as health is wealth

DAVOS (Switzerland) • Seated in suits and ties with snowy treetops glistening through the window, visitors to the Davos business summit listen to meditation leader Jayanti Kirpalani's soft voice guiding them towards inner peace.

"Ten years ago, doing morning meditation sessions at Davos would have been unthinkable. Now, it has become fashionable," said Mr Matthieu Ricard, a French Buddhist monk who took part in the summit.

Beyond prosperity and justice, for many delegates, the World Economic Forum's (WEF) stated mission of "improving the state of the world" starts with health - and increasingly mental health, the subject of several panel discussions at Davos.

According to data presented at the WEF, 320 million people suffer from depression worldwide.


Jack Ma urges govts to avoid trade war

DAVOS (Switzerland) • Alibaba Group Holding's executive chairman Jack Ma pleaded with governments around the globe not to use "trade as a weapon".

"It is easy to launch a trade war but so difficult to stop the disaster of this war," Mr Ma said at a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday.


"I am scared. I am concerned. Don't use trade as a weapon."

Mr Ma's comments came just days after Mr Donald Trump imposed tariffs on the imports of solar panels and washing machines, the US President's first major move to level a global playing field he said is tilted against American companies.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2018, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe