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Worst-ever economic slump for China ahead

World Bank has warned that COVID-19 pandemic's economic fallout could cause China's growth to come to a virtual standstill and drive 11 million more people in East Asia into poverty.

Aaditya Mattoo, the WB chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific, said that the pandemic is causing "an unprecedented global shock, which could bring growth to a halt and could increase poverty across the region."

According to a report on the pandemic's impact on the region, even in the best-case scenario, the region will see a sharp slowdown, with China's growth slowing down to 2.3 per cent from 6.1 per cent in 2019.

31 Mar 2020
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IFS Association contributes 21 lakhs to PM-CARES Fund

The Indian Forest Services (IFS) Association in one of the tweets informed that it had contributed Rs 21 lakhs to the PM-CARES Fund. The IFS fraternity reiterated its deep sense of commitment to serve the nation collectively to fight against the outbreak of COVID-19.

30 Mar 2020
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Worst-ever economic slump for China ahead

By 31 Mar 2020

World Bank has warned that COVID-19 pandemic's economic fallout could cause China's growth to come to a virtual standstill and drive 11 million more people in East Asia into poverty.

Aaditya Mattoo, the WB chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific, said that the pandemic is causing "an unprecedented global shock, which could bring growth to a halt and could increase poverty across the region."

According to a report on the pandemic's impact on the region, even in the best-case scenario, the region will see a sharp slowdown, with China's growth slowing down to 2.3 per cent from 6.1 per cent in 2019.

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IFS Association contributes 21 lakhs to PM-CARES Fund

By 30 Mar 2020

The Indian Forest Services (IFS) Association in one of the tweets informed that it had contributed Rs 21 lakhs to the PM-CARES Fund. The IFS fraternity reiterated its deep sense of commitment to serve the nation collectively to fight against the outbreak of COVID-19.

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IAS Association contributes Rs 21 lakh to PM-CARES

By 30 Mar 2020

IAS Association, in one of the tweets, has mentioned that it has decided to contribute Rs 21 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund as its initial contribution to resolve towards alleviating the hardships being faced by the citizens, especially the poor and most vulnerable in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The association members have opted to contribute a day's salary to help the country overcome the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

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Shobha Oza’s appointment scrapped

By 27 Mar 2020

After the cancellation of political appointments in boards and commissions, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday wiped out the appointment of Congress leader Shobha Oza as the chairperson of MP Women’s Commission with immediate effect. The then outgoing CM Kamalnath had appointed her to the post days before submitting resignation   

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Tharoor applauds DCP for responsive steps

By 25 Mar 2020

Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor in his latest tweet has underlined the need for pro-active measures by the authorities to deal with the problems related to country-wide lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak. In particular, he appreciated the initiative of Eish Singhal, DCP, Delhi Police to enlist taxi, auto, Uber and Ola drivers into food and medicine delivery to minimize the gathering of people looking for essential commodities. Such measures are really the need of the hour to help the people cope with the current lockdown.

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Singhal envisages free Covid-19 Medical Helpline Seva

By 25 Mar 2020

A free Covid-19 Medical Helpline Seva has been made by Ira Singhal (IAS), Director, Community Services, North MCD in association with Vision Divyang Foundation to handle mental health related issues of people on call, message, video call or WhatsApp to help all those in need.
Following are the contact numbers of qualified counsellors:
Timing: 9am to 1pm-: 
91-9810682881, 9869972078, 9310961055, 8802132559, and 8447674732
Timing: 1pm to 5pm-:
91-9313905550, 9810958654,7982169245,7006120827, 9899354186, and 9811746265.
The above-mentioned helpline numbers will function up to 14th April, 2020.

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AF, Army and Navy workout protocols to deal with Corona outbreak

By 25 Mar 2020

Indian Air Force and Indian Army too have announced certain protocols to deal with the swift spread of Covid-19 in view of an Army personnel tested positive. It decided to ban persons showing symptoms from boarding service aircraft advising pilots not to step out of the cockpit and restricting movement of army personnel in 82 districts that are in lockdown.

Army directed soldiers to maintain a daily log of who they meet. With the confirmation of its first case of Covid-19 -- a 34-year-old soldier had tested positive in Leh. It had then banned all entry and exit to and from the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre where the man was posted.

Cancellation of all non-essential training, conferences and travel has already been effected including avoiding any assembly of more than 50 personnel. New instructions to combat Covid-19 were also issued by the Navy after the lockdown of 82 districts that include key bases such as Mumbai and Vizag.MoSPI decides to utilize MPLADS funds to address COVID-19 crisis

MoSPI has decided to utilize funds under MPLADS to address challenges in the fight against COVID-19. This is besides Rs 15000 that the government has earmarked to deal with the Coronavirus. This will facilitate MPs to recommend funds for the purchase of equipments for Government Hospitals / Dispensaries for medical testing and screening of patients and also facilitate in setting up other related facilities in their respective constituencies. As per the amendments to MPLADS Guidelines, Members of Parliament can now utilize funds under MPLADS for the following:

Infra-Red thermometers (Non-contact) to enable doctors and medical personnel to record and track a person’s temperature

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Kits to keep the medical personnel well-protected and enable them to function efficiently by minimizing the risk of transmission

Thermal imaging scanners or cameras for railway stations, airports and other points of entry which allow detecting of temperature from a safe distance.

CORONA testing kits approved by M/o Health and Family Welfare

ICU Ventilator and Isolation/ Quarantine Wards within their approved facilities. Face masks, gloves and Sanitizers for medical personnel.

Any other medical equipment recommended by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19.

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Moment of introspection: A peculiar case of COVID 19

By 23 Mar 2020

The story of a young teenage boy of Kolkata has grabbed the headlines. He was tested positive for the COVID-19 and advised twice to immediately get admitted to the hospital but he and his family refused to follow the advice of the doctor.  Although the media did not highlight the name of the family and pictures, his mother is a civil servant and father is a doctor but surprisingly both of them failed to bear their responsibilities as citizens to protect themselves against coronavirus, and thereby, keep their society and the nation safe. This shows that power and privilege can be used to cover up even the most serious offences like hiding the presence of dreaded Covid-19 infection. At a time when the government officials at large has a great responsibility to prevent further spread of coronavirus in India, this incident calls for a lot of introspection on the part of responsible citizens like bureaucrats and doctors who need to rise above being blind, doting parents.


By: Neha Sharma

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