A highly infectious and novel virus, Covid-19 has pushed the state and central governments into the uncharted policy and action territory, without the availability of any vaccine or treatment. Unlike China, which militarily enforced the lockdown of a similar scale and scope, doing so in a democracy like India – a socially and federally diverse, but economically weak country – poses a unique challenge. The migrant crisis is emblematic of this, and needs special initiatives. … [Read more...] about The migrant worker crisis needs a multipronged response
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States decide on extension and enforcement of lockdown, and are responsible for providing relief. The Centre had to persuade the states to agree to the mass transportation of workers with the attendant risks of contagion. Some chief ministers such as Yogi Adityanath have been proactive, while others are hesitant and unprepared. In the future, Centre-state protocols must be established for instant implementation in disasters. … [Read more...] about Support and empower India’s migrant workers
7. After getting a learner’s licence, you will be allowed to drive on roads provided you are accompanied/supervised by a person holding a valid driving licence. You need a ‘L’ sticker/board both in the front and back of the vehicle. You are allowed to drive between 10 am and 5 pm. … [Read more...] about Do you know these basic rules of driving?
“The pilot was directed by the air traffic controller to take the aircraft to 3,000 feet, but he managed only 1,800. When the cockpit was reminded to go for the 3,000 feet level, the first officer said ‘we are trying’,” the report said. … [Read more...] about ‘Technical glitch or pilot’s error?’: Preliminary report of PIA plane crash raises doubts
NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has awarded a contract to Nokia worth $1 billion to expand and modernise its 4G network in nine circles, including rural areas, where the Finnish company has already provided equipment to the telecom operator.By giving this contract, Airtel is expediting its network expansion and ramping up capacities especially in rural areas, and will lay foundation for its future 5G network.The telco’s chief technology officer Randeep Sekhon confirmed signing the new contract with Nokia to ET Telecom.Under the deal, both companies will deploy around 300,000 radio units across several spectrum bands, including 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 Mhz and 2300 Mhz. The roll out is expected to be completed by 2022., according to Airtel, which said that the deal will lay the foundation for providing 5G connectivity in the future.“Renegotiations were on for some time where Airtel was seeking reduced prices under the newly constructed agreement. Such talks are already on with other … [Read more...] about Airtel inks $1bn deal with Nokia to expedite 4G network expansion; in talks with Ericsson, ZTE, Huawei