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Remittances will fall sharply, due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

The World Bank has observed that global remittances will fall sharply this year, due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic are the lockdown result in job losses in developed countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. The flow of remittances as well from these countries to South Asia is expected to decline by 22% this year. Last year the flow of remittances from these countries to South They had actually increased by 6.1%. But in stark contrast, this year's flow of remittances are expected to decline by 22%. as a direct result of the pandemic and the lockdown in these countries, India is one of the largest recipients of remittances in the world, it is expected to witness a 23% decline in this year's flow of remittances. See last year, India's remittances had grown by 5.5%, and it had received a total of $83 billion. But this year's remittances are expected to decline by 23%. and India is expected to receiv…

The reason why a country like India is vulnerable to the pandemic like COVID-19

The paradigm shift that has been brought in by the COVID- 19 which pandemic, should force us to rethink the policy choices that we have made in the past that the reason why a country like India is vulnerable to the pandemic because they have not made sufficient investments in critical domains, such as health care and education and this is an outcome of our policy choices of the past. Ever since India introduced the LPG reforms in the 1990s, India has made an ideological shift towards private investments and greater privatization, at the cost of public investments, even in critical sectors, such as health care and education.
 For example, as a result of this ideological shift, the permanent appointment of doctors and teachers was stopped in the 1990s. At these critical sectors were opened up to private enterprises. This is one of the reasons why India's healthcare system won't be able to cope if the COVID-19 cases rise exponentially.   Then, as liberalization and privatization…

How pandemic like COVID-19 push the world towards building solidarity at the global level

We can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we can draw upon these lessons to focus on building shared programs of knowledge and work towards the collective welfare of the world to build solidarity at the global level, instead of focusing on building walls and fortresses, which divides us into the lines of nationality.
How the pandemic has made us realize that individuals and communities can respond effectively against a global crisis. It has made us realize that governments can promote behavioral change, such as the adoption of social distancing, practicing personal hygiene, etc. Through strong leadership and effective communication and messaging. The pandemic has made us realize that both individuals and governments are capable of empathizing With those who have been the most affected, such as the patients, the frontline workers, the migrant workers, and those who have lost their livelihoods. It has also made us realize that non-state actors such as NGOs, can fill the gaps tha…

Are humans responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic

Humans responsible for the pandemic According to the UNDP. The spread of a zoonotic disease such as COVID-19 can be directly attributed to the overexploitation of biodiversity and ecosystems by human beings. The UNDP has said that several zoonotic diseases have affected human beings because of increased contact of humans with animals. Especially wild animals. So these diseases with a jump from animals to human beings are referred to as zoonotic diseases or zoonosis. And it is a direct outcome of the overexploitation of biodiversity and ecosystems through human activities. The UNDP report even says that it is not just COVID-19 but even tuberculosis, rabies, malaria, toxoplasmosis h1 none SARS, burst, Ebola Zika, etc. They are all examples of zoonosis that have jumped from animals to human beings. And in each case, the source can be attributed to the destruction of the environment and biodiversity through human activities
It is found that the coronavirus outbreak certainly comes from t…

The ongoing crisis in the global oil markets

The ongoing crisis in the global oil markets.  Oil as a commodity has always been very volatile, and its price and demand and supply has always been subjected to geopolitical developments and economic developments around the world. One major crisis that we can think of in the oil markets is the 1973 oil crisis when Arab oil-producing states had placed an embargo on the supply of oil to Western countries that were pro Israel. This top edge in the supply of oil from Arab producers to the Western countries resulted in a 400% increase in oil prices from $3 to $12 per barrel. Back then, in 1973, this was considered an unprecedented crisis in the oil market and this is what led to the establishment of the International Energy Agency in 1974. Right now in 2020, we are Witnessing yet another unprecedented crisis in the global oil markets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide lockdown, which has locked up more than half the world's population.
Along with this, the geopoli…

The decision of the Government of India to ban foreign direct investments under the automatic route

The decision of the government of India to ban foreign direct investments under the automatic route that is coming from neighboring countries that share a land border with India. If you look at the countries that share a land border with India, we have Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and China. So by looking at this group of countries, we can clearly say that this policy decision to ban FDI from neighboring countries has been aimed at curbing the flow of FDI, specifically from China. The objective of this policy is to prevent Chinese companies and Chinese investors from exploiting the current weak economic situation and to prevent that hostile takeover or opportunistic takeovers of Indian companies. See the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown have had a significant impact on the Indian economy and as well as the global economy and as a result, the valuation of most of the major Indian companies has fallen. And the fear of the Indian government is that this w…

How lockdown having a disproportionate impact on women

A disaster or catastrophic ends to have a disproportionate impact on women. According to the writer, this is because of the traditional gender-based role of women in society. For example, during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, it was observed that the disaster had a disproportionate impact on women, mainly because of their gender-defined roles. Since women are generally seen as the traditional caregiver in the family, they lacked the required life-saving skills, and as a result, a relatively higher number of deaths count was registered amongst women during the tsunami. Then after the disaster, women who were rendered homeless were accommodated in relief camps. And it was observed that at these relief camps, women had to face abuse and molestation, and they even had to face hygiene and sanitation issues at these relief camps. similar challenges have been faced by women in the United States as well, which is frequently hit by tornadoes. similar challenges were noted during the 2018 19 f…

Lockdown push the global economy toward The Great Depression of the 1930s

The growth estimates of IMF and makes a case for India to provide for a broad-based fiscal stimulus to revive economic growth. See, the International Monetary Fund has said that nationwide shutdowns around the world are going to have an unprecedented economic impact and it is comparable in scale only to the Great Depression of the 1930s. The IMF has said that the economic impact of these shutdowns is going to be many times higher than the global recession of 2008 2009. It has been predicted by the IMF that we are going to witness the sharpest decline in global growth since the Great Depression of the 1930s. See, at the start of this year, the IMF had predicted the global economy to grow at 3.3%. But after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposition of nationwide shutdowns around the world. The IMF has slashed global growth by 6.3 percentage points, and it predicts the global economy to register negative growth at minus 3%. This makes it quite clear that the economic cris…

Need for a social vaccine fight against COVID-19 pandemic

Our current strategy of fighting against COVID-19 is based on mitigation and hence, we are trying to flatten the curve to contain the spread of the pandemic. To mitigate the spread of the pandemic. countries around the world are relying upon a hybrid strategy of imposing lockdowns and scaling up testing. But this strategy has severe socio-economic consequences, and it cannot be sustained in the long run. So instead of waiting for a biomedical vaccine to be developed, it is better to develop a social vaccine that will help us build societal immunity. against the pandemic. Recently, even India's Health Minister refers to the lockdown as a social vaccine against the COVID-19 pandemic. So in this context, first let us understand what is a social vaccine. See, a social vaccine is not a physical vaccine, like the biomedical vaccines that we have. Instead, the term social vaccine is a metaphor that is used to refer to a series of social and behavioral measures that can be employed by th…

Intangible heritage culture

This article here is speaking about intangible cultural heritage. When you look at the traditional meaning of cultural heritage, it basically looks into the monument and the collections of objects which are archaic in nature, but with time, there has been a new meaning to the cultural heritage and what is added value to it is the intangible cultural heritage. What do we mean by intangible cultural heritage? Let's say, for example, there are some traditions or living expressions that which has been inherited from our ancestors, there have been generations together, which have been practicing a particular thing and that has been transmitted from one generation to another and passed on to the future descendants, how, through the oral traditions or by performing arts or through social practices or by performing rituals or celebrating the festivals and these type of knowledge and practices, which happens to be transferred from one generation to another from one discipline to another i…

Why most online content on child sexual abuse is from India

Let's have a bird's eye view about the definition of child sex abuse material and virtual child sexual abuse material. What does the child sexual abuse material, basically, it is also called as child pornography? This refers to any representation by whatever means of a child who's engaged in sexual activity. This is any representation of a sexual part of a child who is less than 18 years of age for sexual purposes. So whenever we do have a child who's engaged in sexual activity, or who's enticed into sexual activity is passed on through a video or through an image is what is called as child sexual abuse material. Kindly note any person who is less than 18 years of age, it can be a boy or a girl who is engaged in such activity is what is called childhood Sexual Abuse material.
 And at the same time, we also have to know the meaning of virtual child sexual abuse material. On one side, when you look at child sexual abuse material, it happens in the real-time scenario…

Plasma Enrichment technique and Antibodies

We came across a concept called antibodies. What are these antibodies? These are mechanisms device by the body to fight a microorganism, which is alien to the body. Let's say if there is a virus or a bacteria that enters and what the natural immunity does, it comes up with an antibody to fight this particular microorganism. So what happens in this plasma enrichment technique? Let's say there is a person A and this person was infected with Coronavirus. Now he's overcome this particular challenge. Now. He has immunity for Coronavirus. So it means some antibodies are produced in this body. So what this plasma enrichment technique will do is it will extract these antibodies, so the plasma within his blood will be enriched, and such antibodies will be injected into a person's bloodstream who is currently suffering from this disease. So, what this does, the minute this is injected into a person who's currently infected, there is a hope that he will recover soon. So, thi…

Impact of the US cutting its funding to the WHO

US President Donald Trump has decided to freeze funding to the World Health Organization. He has accused the international organization of mismanaging the COVID-19 crisis. The war of words between the WHO and the US president was going on over the last few days. The US president had threatened to cut the funding alleging that the WHO had failed to stem the crisis in the initial stages itself. See over the last four months, even we have discussed that the WHO has often failed to act proactively against infectious diseases. We have seen this happening concerning H1 N1, SARS, Ebola, and we have seen the same happening about COVID-19 as well. There are definitely certain deficiencies on the part of WHO but the allegation of Mr. Trump, that WHO chose to be politically correct over saving lives is uncalled for during this time of crisis. When international cooperation is of utmost importance. The accusation of the United States is that in the initial stages of the pandemic, the WHO chose …

Impacts of the crash at global oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread to the Gulf countries as well, including major oil producers, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia. Plus, the imposition of lockdowns in major economies around the world has led to a drastic reduction in demand for crude oil. In fact, according to a report, the pandemic has brought down the global demand for crude oil by 28 billion barrels per day. So this drastic fall in demand has led to a crash in global oil prices and the only way in which the oil prices can be stabilized is by cutting supply or by cutting production. So to work out a production cut, the cartel of OPEC plus countries had met but due to conflict between Russia and Saudi Arabia, who happened to be one of the largest producers of oil, the deal fell apart and as a result, the oil prices crashed further. So due to the combined impact of the pandemic and the conflict between Russia and Saudi Arabia, oil prices have crashed by 55% in March alone, and this happens to be its lowest level in the…

COVID-19 statistics shown gender balance that is present in different societies

If study the COVID-19 statistics from various countries, it will help you understand the skewed gender balance that is present in different societies. For example, if you look at the data from developed countries and advanced economies, you will find that nearly 50% of those who have been infected are women. You can see in this graph that countries such as South Korea, Australia, China, Italy, Japan, etc. Nearly 50% of those who have been infected are women, and it also reflects gender equality in their societies. But in developing countries, such as India and Pakistan, have the majority of those who have been infected or men. In the case of India, men account for 76% of the infections and in the case of Pakistan, men account for 72% of the infections. So this is a reflection of employment trends in a developing country. And it shows how in a patriarchal society, far more men are employed than women. This also reflects the limited mobility options that are available to women in a pat…

Soft power and hard power of a country

In diplomacy, a country can project its influence power. hard power refers to the military mind and economic might of a country where a soft power refers to the cultural and civilizational heritage of the country.

Why the WHO failed to tackle the COVID-19 Pandemic

The World Health Organization has failed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic because the primary responsibility of the WHO was to monitor such threats and issue suitable advisories and inform the member states.  The WHO has clearly failed at this responsibility. In this context,  the lack of international cooperation amongst countries to fight the COVID-19 pandemic that the sole international organization which had those kinds of powers, that is the United Nations has also failed at this responsibility.  Especially the UN Security Council, which has been paralyzed due to the blame game, which is going on amongst the P5 countries. The United States and China have been busy blaming each other instead of working together and making use of the UN platform to provide for a coordinated approach against the pandemic. It is quite shocking that the UN Security Council has failed to meet even once to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. And this is mainly because China was holding the chair of the UN…

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