COVID-19 crisis

  • Set up helpline to address problems of LGBTQ community: NHRC to govt
    New Delhi, October 19 (IANS): In a bid to safeguard the LGBTQ+ community and ensure that the basic human rights of this community are not compromised due to the COVID-19 crisis, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued fresh guidelines in this regard. The human rights body has suggested a separate 24x7 toll free helpline number for the LGBTQI+ community. "A separate helpline number may be set up to provide support in different regional languages for cop
  • 'A matter of survival': Lebanon's hospitals on the brink as COVID cases surge
    BEIRUT, October 5 (Reuters): A drastic rise in COVID-19 infections has pushed Lebanon's hospitals to the edge, and experts warn they will soon be unable to cope as the country buckles under a succession of devastating crises. Lebanon's healthcare system was already struggling before several hospitals were badly damaged by a massive explosion at the port of Beirut in early August. Now medical supplies are dwindling thanks to a shortage of dollars due to an ongoing fin
  • Modi pledges to use India vaccine-production capacity to help 'all humanity'
    NEW YORK, September 26 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged at the United Nations on Saturday that his country's vaccine production capacity would be made available globally to fight the COVID-19 crisis. "As the largest vaccine-producing country of the world, I want to give one more assurance to the global community today," Modi said in a pre-recorded speech to the U.N. General Assembly. "India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will
  • World's youth rallies against climate change
    BRUSSELS, September 25 (Reuters): United under Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, young people rallied across the world on Friday to demand urgent action to halt catastrophic climate change, in their first global action during the coronavirus pandemic. With wild weather wreaking havoc across the world – from fires ravaging the U.S. West, to abnormal heatwaves in the Siberian Arctic and record floods in China – organisers said the protests would remind politicians that
  • Governments urged to invest more in green cities to beat coronavirus slump
    TBILISI, September 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): From planting more trees to saving on energy use in old buildings, governments should look at greening their cities to create jobs and spur growth as they seek to revive economies hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, researchers said on Monday. Home to more than half of the world's population, cities have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis, which is projected to cost the global economy more than $12 trillion over two
  • ATMA Akuhaito holds training on agri investment during COVID-19 crisis
    Zunheboto, August 27 (MExN): ATMA Akuhaito block under Zunheboto district conducted one day training and demonstration on the topic “training on agriculture investment during the COVID-19 crisis to meet the local needs” at Aotsakili and Lokobomi Village on August 26.  Kaiho Achumi, ATM Akuhaito Block, the resource person stated it is evident that the crisis is putting a lot of pressure on the financial assets of the farmers and agricultural value chains in the entir
  • Telcos lose over 56L mobile users subscribers in May: TRAI
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26 (IANS): The telecom industry lost around 56.11 lakh wireless subscribers in May amid the lockdown, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) data reveals. The overall telecom subscriber base for wireless connections stood at over 114.39 crore in May, compared to 114.95 crore in April. Although there was an overall erosion of subscriber base, Reliance Jio continued to lead the subscription race and added over 36.57 lakh subscribers during the month unde
  • Digital lenders are busy helping Indian MSMEs stay afloat: Report
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 21 (IANS): As the Covid-19 crisis forces micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) in India to stay afloat in the absence of incoming revenue and kick-start their business again, digital lenders have come of age as they have the advantage of speed and adaptability to assess and disburse loans faster, according to a new report. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) estimates the total addressable credit demand by the country's MSMEs at $490 billion and the over
  • Behind fortress walls, Macron and Merkel to chart Europe's course
    PARIS, August 20 (Reuters): Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron met behind the walls of a medieval island fortress in the Mediterranean on Thursday to chart the next steps for a partnership that is the driving force behind the European Union. In the grounds of Fort de Bregancon, Merkel was greeted on arrival by Macron and his wife Brigitte, who exchanged bows instead of handshakes. "The best place in the world," Merkel told her hosts in Eng
  • 40% restaurants may not reopen at all in India: Zomato
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 19 (IANS): While the online food delivery space is somewhat returning to normal, the dining out industry in India has been hit hard and is operating at only 8-10 per cent of the pre-Covid levels, a new Zomato report revealed on Wednesday. Out of the 83 per cent restaurants that are not open for business, 10 per cent have already shut down permanently. "We anticipate an additional 30 per cent restaurants to not reopen at all. Remaining 43 per cent are closed
  • Indian auto dealers need to invest more in digital resources: Google
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 4 (IANS): With Covid-19 changing consumer behaviour, automotive brands that further digitise the car-buying experience are better poised for post-pandemic success, suggests new insights from Google. Expectations are changing, and now more than ever, people want the ability to buy and engage with the brand from the comfort of their home, Nikhil Bansal, Head of Industry, Automotive, Google India, said in a blog post on Monday. As a result of the pandemic, there is
  • Global economy may lose over $100 bn of remittances in 2020
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 3 (IANS): As the world goes through an unprecedented recession amid the pandemic, global remittances may fall by $108.6 billion in 2020 if the economic impact of Covid-19 persists throughout the year, says a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The report published on Monday noted that the pandemic continues to weigh heavily on economic systems and employment around the world. Migrant workers are among the hardest hit groups, with many facing scant job secur
  • IndiGo to go for deeper pay cut for senior management, pilots
    NEW DELHI, JULY 27 (IANS): Airline major IndiGo will institute deeper pay cut for its senior management and pilots to tide over Covid-19 induced economic turbulence. Accordingly, IndiGo's Chief Executive Ronojoy Dutta conveyed the management's decision to employees via a letter which was reviewed by IANS. "In May of this year, we had implemented pay cuts of varying percentages, across the board for all employees, except for bands A and B. As part of our ongoing effor
  • India to remain key global supply chain partner: Boeing India
    NEW DELHI, JULY 27 (IANS): Despite Covid-19 induced economic turbulence, aero space major Boeing India plans to maintain its systems and components sourcing activity in India. The company sources components close to $1 billion a year from more than 200 suppliers in India. "India will continue to be a key contributor to our global supply chain. Our sourcing from India stands at close to $1 billion a year from more than 200 suppliers who are manufacturing critical systems and
  • Govt ready with incentives, development schemes to boost manufacturing in India
    NEW DELHI, JULY 23 (IANS): Government will soon come out with new stimulus packages to boost manufacturing in the country, a senior official of the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. This would be in addition to Rs 20 lakh crore economic package announced by the government recently to help different sectors of the economy, tide over the crisis due to the outbreak of COVID-19. According to Tarun Bajaj, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), government is working on offer
  • British PM Johnson seeks to revive strained relations with Scotland
    LONDON, July 23 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will seek to play down tensions with Scotland during a visit on Thursday, saying the COVID-19 crisis has shown the collective power of the United Kingdom. The ties that bind the kingdom's constituent parts - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - have been badly strained by Brexit and the coronavirus outbreak. Scotland's pro-independence government opposes leaving the European Union and accuses Joh
  • British ministers hold first face-to-face cabinet in months
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was holding his first face-to-face cabinet meeting of top ministers since March 17 on Tuesday, underlining his push to encourage others to go back to work and boost an economy hurt by the coronavirus crisis. The weekly cabinet meeting inside Johnson's Downing Street office was ditched when the COVID-19 crisis threatened to run out of control. Johnson, his health minister and other top officials all caught the v
  • Nagaland: Livelihood of daily wage earners robbed amid COVID-19 lockdown
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | July 20  Even as the COVID-19 crisis deepens in the state, thousands of daily wage earners continue in their struggle to make ends meet. An estimated number of over 20,000 people in the daily wage and unorganized sector have been robbed of their livelihoods under the impact of the lockdown. Although a study has not been conducted in this regard, Neichute Doulo, CEO of Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) revealed that with the construction industr
  • Israelis protest against Netanyahu, government handling of COVID-19 crisis
    JERUSALEM, July 19 (Reuters): Israeli police used water cannons to disperse demonstrators around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence on Saturday as protests mounted against him over alleged corruption and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.   Hit by high unemployment, a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and reimposed coronavirus curbs, Israelis have taken to the streets in almost daily demonstrations against the government.   Public anger has bee
  • 'Colour-blind' France avoids gauging COVID impact on ethnic minorities
    PARIS, July 16 (Reuters): Back at the start of France's COVID-19 crisis in February, epidemiologist Cyrille Delpierre encountered a problem when trying to find out what groups of people were falling sick.   While other nations had data showing a worryingly disproportionate infection rate among ethnic minorities, France had no such information due to a long-standing taboo on compiling citizens' race intended to prevent discrimination.   In the end, 42-