While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has the largest budget of any municipal corporation in India, it also administers a population of about 13 million with one of the largest slums in Asia. The considerable short-term expenses for tackling the pandemic are coming from the BMC’s Rs 850 crore contingency fund. It spent Rs 95 crore between March and April to upgrade existing healthcare capacity and anticipated an additional spending of about Rs 200 crore over the next two months. Finding funding for medium- and long-term urban upgrades that will serve the dual purpose of making Mumbai more productive and more resilient to public health shocks will be trickier. … [Read more...] about How can the BMC help Mumbai recover?
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In a series of Twitter posts, Shah, who has been feeding the poor, helping migrants, and taking care of street dogs amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, wrote that he was detained by the Mumbai Police for ferrying migrant workers to their destination in Mumbai. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus lockdown | Activist praised by PM Modi in Mann ki Baat alleges harassment by Mumbai Police for helping migrants
In May, Qatar began requiring all residents to use a virus-alert and quarantine enforcement app or face fines of up to $55,000. The app assigns each user a digital color code — green for people who are healthy with no symptoms, red for confirmed cases of COVID-19 — that dictates whether a person must stay home or may go out. It can also track users’ real-time locations to monitor whether those infected with the virus are complying with government self-quarantine orders. … [Read more...] about Virus-tracing apps are rife with problems. Governments are rushing to fix them
Notably, the database of migrant labourers and overseas citizens, who returned during the coronavirus outbreak and filled the SWADES Skill Card, has been integrated into the ASEEM portal. That apart, candidate data coming from government schemes such as PMKVY, National Urban Livelihoods Mission, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, and Seekho aur Kamao, will also be integrated into the portal. … [Read more...] about Govt launches AI-based ASEEM portal to help skilled workforce find suitable jobs
On June 29, India banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including the hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, for engaging in "activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order." The ban also comes in the backdrop of the current stand-off along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh with Chinese troops. … [Read more...] about Days after government banned TikTok, Instagram begins testing Reels in India