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China sticks to its guns, absolves itself of all Covid blame

A whitepaper by Chinese govt just gave a lengthy explanation to refute the allegations of cover up and delay.

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07 June, 2020, 01:50 PM IST



Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates DRDO mobile testing lab

The mobile lab, which can be positioned anywhere in the country, will also be helpful to carry out the diagnosis of COVID-19, virus culturing for drug screening, convalescent plasma derived therapy and early clinical trials specific to the Indian population, the defence ministry said.

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  • COVID-19 is upending the banking sector while simultaneously forcing it to transform radically.

    In a Whatsapp message sent by the offline cellphone retailer lobby, All India Mobile Retailers Association (AIMRA), to the trade on Friday evening said retailers will boycott "Samsung business for three (11,12 & 13th February) days.

    Emails from small and regional retailers across the country to officials at the Centre and state CM, accompanied by hard lobbying by their national bodies with the PMO and key ministers may have played a part in the govt not allowing resumption of sale of non-essential products on ecommerce platforms.

    The US has emerged as an important energy supplier for India, with total crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports worth an estimated $6.7 billion, officials said. Imports of the two commodities in April-December 2019 have already surpassed the shipments during the entire previous fiscal year.

    The home ministry on Sunday changed its earlier decision and disallowed sale of non-essential items through e-commerce platforms after opposition from political parties and traders.

    In a recent letter to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Indian Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) said the hike in the GST rate to 18% effective April 1 from 12% would “draw out Rs 15,000 crore from the ecosystem and devastate the retail sector already under attack from Covid-19" and further impact 80 crore consumers at a time when their spending capacity could come under pressure.

    The company said that it has received over two lakh e-mails and 3.5 lakh requests in the comments section for delivering laptops, mobile phones, headphones, trimmers, chargers, academic books and other study materials, consumer electronics as well as white goods since the lockdown was imposed to contain coronavirus infection.

    It has been observed that a new Android mobile malware named EventBot is spreading.

    “We would appreciate it if the Finance Ministry could approach the RBI or the respective authorities to direct NBFCs and Banks to waive off DBD (dealer by down) and MDR (merchant discount rate) charges to retailers on paper finance and on digital transactions for at least 6 months post lockdown,” All India Mobile Retailers Association said in a letter to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

    BSNL has rented out 2,761 towers to Airtel, 892 to Vodafone, 941 to Idea Cellular and 127 to Sify, according to the data.

    Startups that understand the new definition of ‘normal’ will try to bring out the best in themselves by grabbing new opportunities and identifying new customers.

    In its recommendations, seen by ET, the Confederation of India Industry (CII) also called on the government to declare the entire electronics industry as an ‘essential industry’ as the Centre looks at ways to restart industries and allow mobility of goods and services restricted due to the Covid-19 induced nationwide lockdown.

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