It isn't just China. South Korea, a democracy, has been hailed for its handling of the coronavirus spread in the country. While the focus has been on testing and isolating, South Korea, too, has used a surveillance mechanism to identify those who need to be tested first. According to reports, the country's authorities used CCTV and monitoring bank card and mobile phone usage to track down potential carriers. … [Read more...] about In Depth | Pandemic, people and power — how the coronavirus crisis is reshaping strongman politics across the world
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So, is there anything that we can say with certainty about women leaders? It’s hard to conclude, because any leader, male or female, who reaches the top echelon of political order has to be unusual in some way, but a thing that stands out among women is this: for women leaders to be elected at all, they have to be highly competent and outstanding. This is especially true for countries where entry barriers for women are already set high. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 | That women leaders are faring better is simplistic and flawed thinking
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese outbound M&A recorded a steady growth of $59.6bn via 946 deals in Q1 2020. This is not at an average score compared to several deals and the total investment figures. Some of the M&A activities in past three weeks show the consistency at which Chinese companies made headways in Australia, the United States, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Russia, Holland, including some usual suspects around such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and others from South East Asia, to name a few. … [Read more...] about China’s M&A diplomacy: Endgame or endless game?
There are multiple crises within the COVID crisis. TB patients are not allowed to access any hospitals at the moment, and they need treatments every day. HIV patients, the same. We have war traumas. Some of the facilities have been repurposed, so it’s not easy for us to run surgeries. Malaria kills millions of people. We have the treatments, but [they’ve] been affected a little bit because of all these debates about the chloroquine. We [also] have a rapid test for malaria. [But] the company that is producing this test has decided now that there’s much more profit by repurposing it into a rapid test for COVID. We have to rethink health systems. It’s obvious that only public health systems and national health systems are going to provide the solution.” … [Read more...] about Healthcare will never be the same: 8 experts on the future of medicine around the globe
The Rs 20 lakh crore package includes Rs 1.7 lakh crore package of free foodgrains to poor and cash to poor women and elderly, announced in March as well as the RBI's liquidity measures and interest rate cuts. While the March stimulus was at 0.8 percent of GDP, RBI's cut in interest rates and liquidity boosting measures totalled to 3.2 percent of the GDP (about Rs 6.5 lakh crore). … [Read more...] about COVID-19 relief| Is India spending more than rest of the world to revive its economy?