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Namaste SAARC
In the wake of Corona Pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the lead to sensitize the world about the need to use digital technology to strategize for cooperating and controlling this viral existential threat. As such the leaders need to stay home to contend with the threat unless you are the Pakistani President who could go to any length to stand by and show solidarity with their all-weather friend China- the original architect of this human tragedy.
Insights from Sri Ramakrishna
Indian scriptures and texts contain a rich fund of ideas that can help us navigate through the practical-moral labyrinth of life. Modern saints continue to illumine our minds with insightful solutions to ethical problems. No exception in this respect was Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886). While being the embodiment of the effulgent light of divinity, Sri Ramakrishna had very incisive solutions to offer to some of the worldliest problems of the world. As he himself had pointed out—be simple, but not foolish.
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, March 26, 2020
In a press briefing on March 25, Pompeo mentioned that the US had tried to work with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) throughout by sending US scientists and experts to Wuhan, but the CCP wouldn’t permit that to happen. He mentioned that China knew about it, they were the first country to know about the risk to the world from this virus, and they repeatedly delayed sharing that information with the globe.
COVID-19 reaches Myanmar: Why India Must React Fast
In an article on 23 March 2020, noted Myanmar author and journalist Bertil Lintner raised the alarm about a number of respiratory disease related deaths in Myanmar and questioned the Government’s claim that there were indeed zero cases of COVID-19 in the country.
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, March 25, 2020
Saudi Arabia's King Salman will chair an extraordinary virtual summit of G20 leaders on March 26 to advance the global coordinated response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As well as the leaders of the G20 group, the heads of state of Jordan, Spain, Singapore and Switzerland will also participate in the summit.
Indo-Pacific meeting on COVID-19
On 20th of March a teleconference was held amongst some countries of the Indo-Pacific on the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was called by US and the participating countries included India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand and Vietnam. The objective of the meeting was to take stock of domestic situation, national responses to the pandemic, and ways to cooperate during the crisis. As per the official statement:
COVID-19 in India: Strategy Has to Address Human Behavior
In the wake of the global crisis triggered by the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Jim O’Neill’s comments about Indian governance was not only uncharitable but also uncalled for.1 The discussion was about how Western countries should learn from China the art of fast and aggressive measures in the context of containing the fatal Coronavirus. He didn’t need to mention India, but he did, by exclaiming “Thank God it didn’t start in somewhere like India” where the governance structure would not have allowed such effective containment.
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