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Air India domestic, international flight bookings closed till April 30
By: FE Online|
Updated: April 3, 2020 10:33:41 PM
Bookings now closed till 30th April from today for all domestic and international routes. We are awaiting a decision post 14th April, Air India said in a statement.

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Air India has suspended domestic, international operations in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak. (File Photo)

Air India flight booking news: Air India on Friday said that booking for all domestic and international routes will be closed till April 30. “Bookings now closed till 30th April from today for all domestic and international routes. We are awaiting a decision post 14th April,” ANI reported Air India as saying.
The government has announced a 21-day lockdown in the country in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak. The lockdown will be ending on April 14. While the government has said that there is no plan to extend the lockdown, reports suggest that restrictions may continue as number of Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly in the country on a daily basis.

There are speculations that the government may only lift partial lockdown after April 14.
Railway services also remain suspended in the country amid the lockdown and only good trains are plying to ensure supply of essential commodities.

Meanwhile, Air India’s pilot unions are unhappy with the 10 per cent cut in employees’ allowances amid the Coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Air India chief Rajiv Bansal, the unions stated that the the cut was against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to companies not to cut salaries of the employees.
“We, the flying crew of Air India feel, immensely let down by the self-serving approach of the Executive Management Committee in the name of cost cutting measures. The committee has completely disregarded the appeal made by the prime minister and the advisory from the labour and employment ministry,” the letter said.
Soon after the 21-day lockdown was announced, Air India decided to reduce 10 per cent of allowances paid to all employees, except cabin crew, for a period of three months to tackle the COVID19 fallout.

Air India domestic, international flight bookings closed till April 30


Air India stops bookings till end of April
The airline has closed bookings for both domestic and international routes till the end of this month.

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Last Updated: Apr 03, 2020, 11.49 PM IST

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/air-india-stops-bookings-till-end-of-april/articleshow/74972847.cms
 

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pradeep pandeyप्रदीप पाण्डेय Updated Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:05 PM IST


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कोरोना वायरस पूरी दुनिया के लिए इस वक्त सबसे बड़ी मुसीबत बन चुका है लेकिन कुछ देश ऐसे भी हैं जो कोरोना वायरस के साथ मजबूती से लड़ रहे हैं और उसे हराने की सफल कोशिश कर रहे हैं। इन्हीं देशों में सिंगापुर का भी नाम है। सिंगापुर कोरोना वायरस को लेकर पहले से ही सजग था। सिंगापुर ने कोरोना को रोकने के लिए समय रहते ही अंतरराष्ट्रीय यात्राओं पर प्रतिबंध लगा दिया था। बता दें कि चीन के बाद कोरोना वायरस सिंगापुर ही पहुंचा था लेकिन सरकार की तैयारी जबरदस्त थी जिसकी बदौलत सिंगापुर में कोरोना संक्रमित लोगों की संख्या 1,114 है, लेकिन अब एक दिन 24 नए मामले सामने आने के बाद सरकार के कान खड़े हो गए हैं और एहतियातन सिंगापुर सरकार ने एक महीने का लॉकडाउन घोषित कर दिया है।


कोरोना से निपटने के लिए सिंगापुर सरकार की नई योजना
सिंगापुर में कोरोना वायरस के संक्रमण को रोकने के लिए सरकारी स्कूल और अधिकतर कार्यस्थलों को एक महीने के लिए बंद कर दिया गया है। सिंगापुर के प्रधानमंत्री ली सियेन लूंग ने एक महीने के लॉकडाउन की घोषणा करते हुए कहा कि आवश्यक सेवाओं और प्रमुख आर्थिक क्षेत्रों को छोड़कर अधिकतर कार्यस्थल अगले मंगलवार से बंद हो जाएंगे। स्कूल भी बुधवार से बंद होंगे लेकिन बच्चों की पढ़ाई बंद नहीं होगी। इसके लिए सरकार ने होम बेस ई-लर्निंग का इंतजाम किया है। सिंगापुर का शिक्षा विभाग स्कूल और कॉलेज के साथ मिलकर इसकी तैयारी कर रहा है। सिंगापुर में खाद्य संस्थान, बाजार या सुपरमार्केट, मेडिकल स्टोर, अस्पताल, जनसुविधाएं, परिवहन और बैंकिंग जैसी सेवाएं चलती रहेंगी।

प्रधानमंत्री ने सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग की अपील की
प्रधानमंत्री ली सियेन लूंग ने एक प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस करके लोगों से सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग करने की अपील की। उन्होंने कहा, 'मुझे पता है कि एक-दूसरे से दूर रहना इतना आसान नहीं है लेकिन कोरोना को रोकने का इससे बेहतर कोई रास्ता नहीं है। हमें हर हाल में चेन (श्रृंखला) को तोड़ना होगा, तभी हम कोरोना को हरा सकते हैं। अब हर रोज 50 से अधिक कोरोना के मामले सामने आ रहे हैं। ऐसे में आपसे गुजारिश है कि आप घरों में ही रहें सिर्फ जरूरी सामान के लिए अकेले बाहर जाएं। लॉकडाउन के दौरान सुपरमार्केट खुले रहेंगे लेकिन मैं चाहूंगा कि आप सप्ताह के अंत में शॉपिंग करने ना जाएं, क्योंकि इस दौरान काफी भीड़ होती है। आप सप्ताह के बीच में किसी दिन जरूरी खरीदारी कर लें। भीड़ से हर हाल में बचें। घर में बुजूर्गों का खास ख्याल रखें।'

फिर से होगा मास्क का वितरण
प्रधानमंत्री ली सियेन लूंग ने कहा कि रविवार से मास्क का वितरण फिर से शुरू किया जाएगा। बता दें कि इससे पहले सिंगापुर में अस्वस्थ होने पर ही लोगों को मास्क पहनने को कहा गया था, लेकिन बढ़ते मामले को देखते हुए सरकार ने अपने फैसले को वापस ले लिया है। पीएम ने कहा कि मास्क पहनने से उनलोगों से संक्रमण का खतरा नहीं रहेगा जिनमें संक्रमण तो है लेकिन उसकी जानकारी नहीं है। सिंगापुर ने किसी भी विदेशी को किसी भी तरह का काम करने से मना कर दिया है।

सिंगापुर ने शुरुआत में ली जासूसों की मदद
इससे पहले सिंगापुर ने कोरोना के संक्रमण को रोकने के लिए जासूसों की मदद ली है। जनवरी के मध्य में चीनी नए साल पर चीन शहर गुआंगशी से 20 पर्यटक सिंगापुर आए थे और उन्होंने पारंपरिक चीनी दवाइयां बेचने वाली दुकान पर से खरीदारी की थी। रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक दवाई की दुकान पर काम करने वाली महिला ने पर्यटकों को सामान दिखाया था और दवा वाले तेल से उनके हाथों पर मसाज भी की। उस वक्त सिंगापुर में सिर्फ 18 कोरोना के मामले थे लेकिन 4 फरवरी को सिंगापुर की सरकार ने कहा कि कोरोना वायरस स्थानीय समुदाय में फैल चुका है। इसके बाद सरकार ने जासूसी की मदद ली।

जासूस संदिग्ध लोगों को फोन करके पूछते थे कि क्या वो किसी टैक्सी में बैठे या किसी जगह गए थे। लोगों के हां कहने पर घर में ही क्वारंटीन में रहने के लिए कहा जाता है। इसके बाद अगले दिन स्वास्थ्य अधिकारी लोगों के पहुंचते थे और चेकअप करते थे। लक्षण मिलने के बाद मरीज को अस्पताल में भर्ती कराया जाता था। सरकार ने इन कॉन्टेक्ट ट्रेसिंग जासूसी की मदद से कोरोना का संक्रमण काफी हद तक रोक दिया था, लेकिन अब मामला बिगड़ रहा है।


 

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Singapore shuts schools and closes most workplaces temporarily to stem the spread of coronavirus
PUBLISHED FRI, APR 3 20204:17 AM EDTUPDATED FRI, APR 3 202010:00 AM EDT

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  • Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday announced stricter social distancing measures in the city state.
  • The measures include shutting most workplaces except those offering “essential services” and closing all schools temporarily, said Lee.
  • Lee said the situation in Singapore is under control, but noted that the number of reported cases have increased from fewer than 10 a day to more than 50 new infections daily.
  • The prime minister also said his government is rethinking its advice that only those who are ill need to wear masks.
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A man wearing a face mask walks past a mural in Chinatown in Singapore on April 1, 2020.
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Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday announced stricter social distancing measures in the city state, and said the government is rethinking its advice that only those who are ill need to wear masks.
Lee said the situation in Singapore is under control, but noted that the number of reported cases have increased from fewer than 10 a day to more than 50 new infections daily. The Southeast Asian country reported 65 new cases on Friday, taking its tally to 1,114 with five deaths.

“Looking at the trend, I am worried that unless we take further steps, things will gradually get worse or another big cluster may push things over the edge,” the prime minister said.



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“We have decided that instead of tightening incrementally over the next few weeks, we should make a decisive move now, to pre-empt escalating infections,” he added.
Lee announced the following measures, which he called “a circuit breaker” that will help to reduce the risk of a larger outbreak:
  • Shutting most workplaces except those offering “essential services” such as food establishments, hospitals and transport starting Tuesday, April 7.
  • Closing all schools temporarily and move lessons online starting Wednesday, April 8.
  • Advising people to stay at home and avoid socializing with others beyond their own household.
“This circuit breaker will apply for one month, in the first instance,” said Lee.

Wearing a mask may help to protect others, in case you have the virus but don’t know it. This is so that you keep your droplets to yourself.
Lee Hsien Loong
PRIME MINISTER OF SINGAPORE
Singapore joins a chorus of countries globally that have tightened people’s mobility to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Globally, the disease — which has been named COVID-19 — has infected over 1 million people across more than 180 countries and territories. More than 53,000 people worldwide have died from the coronavirus so far.

Rethinking advice on masks
The Singapore leader said his government is rethinking its advice that only those who are ill need to wear masks. He added that the government will no longer discourage people from wearing masks as there has been evidence of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections. Asymptomatic cases are people who test positive for the virus but may not show any flu-like symptoms — these people may still be infectious.
Lee’s comments came as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said they would review their respective guidelines on the use of masks.
“Wearing a mask may help to protect others, in case you have the virus but don’t know it. This is so that you keep your droplets to yourself,” said Lee.
“It can also protect yourself a little better, especially if you are elderly, or vulnerable because of pre-existing conditions,” he added. “But remember, mask or no mask, you still need to wash your hands, and keep a safe distance away from other people.”


Singapore shuts schools and closes most workplaces temporarily to stem the spread of coronavirus
 
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तमाम एक्सपर्ट का मानना है कि कोरोना वायरस के कारण पूरी दुनिया को बड़ा आर्थिक नुकसान होने वाला है। कोरोना वायरस के कारण हुए लॉकडाउन की वजह से देश-दुनिया को आर्थिक मंदी का भी सामना करना पड़ सकता है। कोरोना वायरस का गंभीर परिणाम देश के किसानों को भी भुगतना पड़ रहा है। गांवों की हालत ऐसी हो गई है कि ग्वाला लोगों से दूध नहीं खरीद रहा है, क्योंकि मिठाई की दुकानें बंद होने से दूध की सप्लाई नहीं हो रही है। कोरोना वायरस के कारण हुए लॉकडाउन का खामियाजा उन किसानों को भी भुगतना पड़ रहा है जिनकी पूरी खेती ही मजदूरों के भरोसे है।


24 मार्च को लॉकडाउन की घोषणा के बाद बढ़ी मुसीबत


24 मार्च को प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने पूरे देश में 21 दिनों के लॉकडाउन की घोषणा की थी, उसके बाद जो जहां पर था, वहीं अटक गया। कुछ लोगों ने पैदल और रिक्शा से पलायन भी किया। 27 मार्च को लॉकडाउन के नियमों में संशोधन हुआ और कृषि कार्य को आवश्यक सेवाओं की सूची में शामिल किया गया, लेकिन शायद संशोधन करने में सरकार की ओर से देरी हो गई। इसी बीच दिल्ली, पंजाब, मुंबई और नागपुर जैसे शहरों में मजदूरी कर रहे मजदूर घबरा गए और गांव के लिए पलायन कर गए।

मजदूरों के इस पलायन का सबसे बड़ा नुकसान पंजाब के उन किसानों को हो रहा है जिनकी खेती बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश के मजदूरों के भरोसे थी। इस वक्त गेहूं की फसलें पक गईं हैं और उन्हें काटने का वक्त निकला जा रहा है लेकिन मजदूरों की कमी के कारण फसल खेत में बर्बाद हो रही है। इसी बीच मौसम का भी डर है, क्योंकि यदि खुदा-ना-खास्ता मौसम का मिजाज बदला और आंधी-तूफान के साथ बारिश हो गई और ओले गिर गए तो किसानों पर आफत का पहाड़ टूट जाएगा।


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27 मार्च के आदेश में लॉकडाउन से मुक्त होने वाली गतिविधियों में फसल की कटाई, कटाई की गई फसल की बाजार में आवाजाही, कस्टम हायरिंग केंद्र जो कि हार्वेस्टर और ट्रैक्टर जैसी मशीनरी किराए पर देते हैं और खाद, बीज और कीटनाशकों का निर्माण करते हैं शामिल हैं। अखिल भारतीय किसान सभा के संयुक्त सचिव विजू कृष्णन के मुताबिक गेहूं और धान जैसी फसलों का उत्पादन करने वाले किसानों के लिए अब कटनी की फसल को मंडियों में ले जाने को लेकर समस्या है। उन्होंने कहा कि लॉकडाउन की स्थिति में कृषि गतिविधियों को छूट की बात सिर्फ कहने की है। व्यवस्था ऐसी होनी चाहिए कि अनाज और अन्य फसल सीधे खेत से उठाकर सरकार द्वारा मंडी में पहुंचाया जाए।


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इंदिरा गांधी इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ डेवलपमेंट रिसर्च में एसोसिएट प्रोफेसर शुदा नारायणन ने कहा कि केंद्र के आदेश में राज्यों के साथ समन्वय की कमी नजर आ रही है। उन्होंने बताया कि कई राज्यों ने इस स्थिति से निपटने के लिए कई कदम उठाए हैं। उदाहरण के तौर पर तेलंगाना को ले सकते हैं। तेलंगाना ने किसानों को मंडी में जाने के लिए एक टोकन प्रणाली का इंतजाम किया है। इसके अलावा राज्य ने फसल की खरीद में पूर्ण विकेंद्रीकरण का वादा किया है, जिसके तहत फसल की खरीदी प्रत्येक गांव में संबंधित प्राथमिक कृषि सहकारी समितियों के माध्यम हो रही है। नारायणन ने कहा कि ओडिशा और मध्य प्रदेश जैसे अन्य राज्यों में पहले से ही विकेंद्रीकृत खरीद नियम लागू है। ऐसे में वहां किसानों को परेशानियों का कम सामना करना पड़ रहा है।


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तमिलनाडु के कृष्णागिरि जिले के होसुर ब्लॉक के एक किसान नेता टी कोदंडारामन सब्जी और फूल किसानों की स्थिति को लेकर परेशान हैं। ज्यादातर सब्जियों का उत्पादन कर्नाटक पहुंचने वाली अधिकतर सब्जियों का उत्पादन होसुर में होता है, लेकिन लॉकडाउन की वजह से किसान सब्जियों को लेकर कर्नाटक तक नहीं पहुंच पा रहे हैं। फूल की खेती करने वाले किसानों की भी यही हालत है, क्योंकि वेंडर्स ने फूल खरीदना बंद कर दिया है। यहां गौर करने वाली बात यह है कि लॉकडाउन की घोषणा में आवश्यक सामान जैसे फल, अनाज और सब्जियों को ले जाने की अनुमति दी गई है।



 

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APRIL 1, 2020 / 2:57 PM / 2 DAYS AGO

Coronavirus lockdown leaves no-one to harvest India's crops

Rajendra Jadhav, Mayank Bhardwaj, Naveen Thukral
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NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A severe shortage of labor, triggered by India’s 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, will disrupt harvesting of winter crops in the world’s second largest producer of staple food grains, such as wheat.


A farmer carries harvested cauliflower for sale at her field in Kolkata, India, February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
The northern bread basket states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh rely on farm laborers from eastern India, but after the lockdown began on March 24, most of them returned home to their villages.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Ramandeep Singh Mann, a farmer from Punjab, whose family grows wheat, rice and cotton on more than 45 acres (18 hectares) and would employ about 10 workers if they used mechanical harvesters.
“We’ve no-one at all for harvests.”
Mann is just one of thousands of farmers concerned he will be unable to get mechanical harvesters to fields or even manage to gather by hand crops likely to be ripe in mid-April.
Late harvests mean lower yields, reduced returns, and a smaller window to plant next season’s crops, as well as leaving crops vulnerable to rain and hailstorms.
India has stockpiles of wheat, rice and sugar for its own population and has not been exporting wheat, so international grains markets are unlikely to be affected for now by the labor issues.

But trade and industry officials say delays in arrival, berthing and other shipping operations could affect rice exports, while the lack of workers could limit exports of fresh vegetables, such as onions.
Even if farmers manage to bring in the harvest, they could struggle to get produce to market because of a lack of drivers for the trucks that can carry large volumes.
Most farmers sell produce at wholesale markets, which depend on large numbers of laborers to unload produce and weigh and pack grain. The staffing shortage could also delay farmers’ payments for produce.
“Who is going to put grains in the bag, bring produce to wholesale markets, and then transport it to various storage facilities?” asked Jadish Lal, a merchant at the Khanna grain market in Punjab.
In sum, the labor shortage is likely to paralyze activity at the wholesale markets, Sudhir Panwar, head of the farmers’ group Kisan Jagriti Manch said, adding vegetable and horticulture growers are likely to struggle to sell produce, as well as the wheat and rapeseed farmers.
India has forecast wheat output at a record 106.21 million tonnes this year, and farmers are likely to produce 7.8 million tonnes of rapeseed.
Some farmers harvested early sown wheat and rapeseed varieties in March, but most growers will collect ripening crops by mid-April.

India has so far seen 1,251 infections and 32 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, which has caused more than 850,000 cases worldwide, with more than 42,000 deaths.
Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.



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In lockdown, farmers despair about future
The plight of Kumar, Sigh and Hiregudar illustrates a larger problem confronting India -- a disruption of the agricultural supply chain -- in the aftermath of the nationwide, three-week lockdown.

BENGALURU Updated: Apr 03, 2020 16:28 IST

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A farmer, feeds strawberries to his cow during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Darewadi village in Satara district in the western state of Maharashtra.


A farmer, feeds strawberries to his cow during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Darewadi village in Satara district in the western state of Maharashtra. (REUTERS)


Vegetable farmer Jagdish Kumar cultivates cabbage and cauliflower on his farm inTheog, in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district . The crop is ready for harvest, but Kumar has a problem:there are no farm workers around in the village.
“Even if I myself harvest the produce, there is no way I can send it to the market [for lack of transport]. It will rot in fields, I have no option,” Kumar said.
In neighbouring Punjab’s Ludhiana, Sukhwinder Singh, who grows cauliflower and peas, is confronting the same problem.”We have a large amount of vegetables waiting to be moved out of our fields. We need to remove them to prepare the fields for the upcoming kharif (monsoon crop) season but there is no labour,” Singh said.
Down south, in Karnataka’s Koppal, grape farmer Sharanabasappa Hiregoudar is heartbroken -- he is letting a bountiful harvest of seedless grapes on his seven-acre plot rot on the vines. In previous years, he has sold them at Rs 23-25 a kg; this year, he was offered Rs 2-3.

The plight of Kumar, Sigh and Hiregudar illustrates a larger problem confronting India -- a disruption of the agricultural supply chain -- in the aftermath of the nationwide, three-week lockdown that took effect on March 25 as part of an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
The lockdown prompted an exodus of migrant workers back home to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal from the farming states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, depriving farmers of labour to harvest their crops. Transport too has been disrupted because of strict enforcement of the lockdown by the police although essential services are exempt from the restrictions.

In many states such as Karnataka, Assam and West Bengal, there have been reports of farmers dumping their vegetables and milk because of the absence of buyers and a dip in the prices of fruits and vegetables.
In Haryana’s Yamunanagar district, farmer Sushil Kumar of Radaur village sold cauliflower for Rs 10 per kg on Wednesday compared to Rs 24-27 per kg before the lockdown came into effect.

Minister of state for animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries Sanjeev Kumar Balyan admitted to problems in these sectors, adding that the central government has already issued an advisory allowing the transportation of all farm and dairy products.
“We have also asked cooperatives to purchase more milk from farmers. Already, the collection has increased by 8% since the lockdown started,” he said.

States governments have been asked to operate wholesale markets to ensure supplies across India even as Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have deferred procurement of rabi (winter) crops. Uttarakhand has allowed harvest because wheat is ripening in the terai belt bordering Uttar Pradesh. Karnataka has asked its horticultural co-operative to open more centres.
In Uttar Pradesh, farmers have not able to sell their produce since March 22, the day of the Janata Curfew, said two of them, Satendra Pal of Malihabad and Aslam Khan of Dubagga. Similar reports came in from Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan.
A food industry representative, who requested anonymity, said factories engaged in processing and producing packaged foods were running at half their capacity primarily because of a shortfall in the supplies of raw materials. He said input provisions were running at a fifth of the normal supplies. A major dip in supplies from farmers has disrupted the entire chain from markets to wholesale buyers to factories, this person said.

According to the agriculture ministry’s website, agmarknet.gov.in, which monitors daily arrivals and sales at various wholesale markets, the arrivals after the lockdown have dipped by up to 70%. For instance, at the Azadpur market in New Delhi, 132,000 tonnes of cabbage arrived on March 1; this fell to 19,500 tonnes on March 31.
Similarly, cauliflower arrivals in Mumbai’s wholesale markets totalled 145,000 tonnes on March 1. On March 31, just 17,200 tonnes arrived. In states with poorer road connectivity such as West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha, the arrival of several vegetables was in single digits in tonnes, a fall of 80% since March 1.
Narender Thakur, a vegetable merchant in Shimla’s fruit and vegetable wholesale market, said that everyday arrivals at the market had dipped by around 50% since the nationwide lockdown took effect.


Dairies
While vegetable farmers are struggling to sell their produce, milk producers in states that do not have a strong cooperative network of collection centres and milk processing units, such as the one that exists in Gujarat, are in dire straits.
Ajit Singh, a dairy owner in Uttar Pradesh’s Gosaiganj, said the demand for milk has declined because sweet shops were closed. “I use to sell milk for Rs 50 per litre but now I am not getting even Rs 25-30 per litre. I am left with no option but to throw unsold milk,” he said.
In Karnataka, unverified videos emerged of people purportedly dumping 1,500 litres of milk into a drain and a river in Belgavi. Similar videos were put up on social media from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Sixty per cent of the milk produced in Bengal every day is used by confectioners, but with eateries, most of the milk is going waste. “One of the main reasons behind this crisis is that retail outlets are either closed because of the lockdown or operating only for limited hours,” said Bhaskar Nandy, managing director of Bhagirathi Milk Cooperative Society in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district.
Ranjit Singh, procurement manager at the Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation (HDDCF), known as VITA, said, “There is no demand; we are able to sell only 5,000 litres per day against 20,000 litres before the lockdown. Even we don’t have enough containers to keep the remaining 95,000 litres of milk we procure daily as there is no demand for milk products like khoya, cheese, curd and kheer”.
InJorabat area of Assam’s Kamrup district, dairies have piled up heavy losses in the past eight days. They are seeking the state government’s intervention to save the livelihoods of hundreds of families associated with dairy work every day.

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Poultry
Sandeep Punia, a farmer in Ambala’s Nagla village, said poultry farmers were selling broiler chicken at Rs 20 per kg whereas the rearing cost is Rs 80 and were also losing money on the sale of eggs.
Atul Sonkar, president of the Chandigarh Meat Market Welfare Association, said the it was the “worst of times” for the business and if the pandemic continues to rage, the industry would be dead. In some places such as Mohali in Punjab and Panchkula in Haryana, poultry owners have started home delivery of chicken and eggs.
Balyan said the government was talking stock of the situation on a daily basis.
“We have also issued an advisory to the states to ensure that meat and poultry items are included in the list of essential commodities that should be exempt from the lockdown,” he said.
(With inputs from state bureaus)


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Coronavirus: Maruti, Noida firm get nod to supply 10,000 ventilators

AgVa Healthcare will use its technology and expertise while Maruti Suzuki would provide manpower and additional space to manufacture ventilator

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Coronavirus: Maruti, Noida firm get nod to supply 10,000 ventilators


Agva Healthcare, in a joint venture with Maruti Suzuki India, will deliver 10,000 ventilators to central government in a month

In a bid to bridge the shortage of ventilators in the country amid rising cases of coronavirus, the Uttar Pradesh government has given approval to Noida-based Agva Healthcare to manufacture and supply 10,000 life-supporting devices in partnership with Maruti Suzuki India. AgVa Healthcare, in a joint venture with Maruti Suzuki India, will deliver 10,000 ventilators to central government in a month, a state government official said.
"A Noida-based firm AgVa Healthcare, in conjunction with Maruti Suzuki (automobile giant), in association with several firms, are going to do the job. Chief executive officer (CEO), Noida, has facilitated what all the UP government needs to do," Additional chief secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi reportedly said.
"Ventilators are vital towards saving the lives of such coronavirus patients, whose illness attains severity. Making 10,000 ventilators, a highly specialised and complicated lifesaving machine, in a month is no mean task. It will be a record of sorts, but more than the record, it will be a swift response to the epidemic," he said.
On March 28, auto major Maruti Suzuki India had announced that it entered into an arrangement with AgVA Healthcare to produce up to 10,000 ventilators per month to help bridge the shortfall.
According to state government official, AgVa will use its technology and expertise while Maruti Suzuki will provide manpower and additional space to manufacture ventilator. State-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) will provide electronic chips for the ventilators.
The official said that the ventilator manufacturer has been facing problems due to the lockdown and manpower crisis. The government has sorted the issue by providing 126 passes to manpower for their movement under the lockdown, he added.

Meanwhile, Narendra Bhooshan, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Noida Authority, has been asked to assist Maruti in issues related to the manufacturing and supply of ventilators to hospitals across the state.
Amit Mohan Prasad, principal secretary, health, said the government needs extra ventilators for installation in COVID-19 dedicated hospitals.
With the number of COVID-19 cases in India rising every day and the death toll reaching over 50, the shortage of ventilators in the country is likely to get woefully exposed in the days to come. According to a Brookings report, if the number of cases spirals in India, it may need as many as 1,10,000-2,20,000 ventilators as early as mid-May. It estimated the number of ventilators today in the country at a maximum 57,000.
The Indian government has reached out to other companies including Mahindra and Mahindra, Tata Motors and Hyundai to look at ways to manufacture ventilators expeditiously.

By Chitranjan Kumar with agencies inputs

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India's toaster-sized ventilator to help in fight against virus
The portable machine, which is cheaper and easy to install, can be useful amid shortage of conventional ventilators.
2 Apr 2020

With the toll rising in India, where a nationwide lockdown is in force, production of AgVa's portable ventilator has shot up from 500 a month to 20,000 [Prakash Singh/AFP]

With the toll rising in India, where a nationwide lockdown is in force, production of AgVa's portable ventilator has shot up from 500 a month to 20,000 [Prakash Singh/AFP]
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Originally created by a robot scientist and a neurosurgeon to help India's poor, a toaster-sized ventilator is offering hope in the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and demand for it is booming.
The virus, at its most lethal, attacks the lungs, making ventilators - which pump air into the lungs - critical for hospitals around the world as they are swamped with COVID-19 cases.

With the toll rising in India, where a nationwide lockdown is in force, production of AgVa's portable ventilator has shot up from 500 a month to 20,000.
"There was no way we could have foreseen something as big as this," said neurosurgeon Deepak Agrawal, who co-developed the device with robot scientist Diwakar Vaish.
Priced at approximately $2,000, the AgVa ventilator is a fraction of the price of conventional ventilators, which go for more than $10,000.
India, like most countries, has a critical shortage of beds and ventilators for its 1.3 billion people. The South Asian nation has so far reported more than 1,600 cases and 38 deaths from COVID-19.
To boost preparedness for a surge in cases, the Indian government has banned the export of coronavirus-linked medical exports, including ventilators.

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Priced at about $2,000, the AgVa ventilator is a fraction of the price of conventional ventilators [Prakash Singh/AFP]

The AgVa plant near the capital New Delhi has been given permission to work flat-out to make what could be a key weapon when India has to fully confront the pandemic.
The makers say the AgVa - which weighs just 3.5 kilos (7.7 pounds) - will help move less critical patients back to their homes as their machine is easy to transport and install, and does not need much power.
"In case you want to convert a hotel into an ICU, you can simply put this device and start working as it doesn't require other infrastructure," said Vaish.
Maruti Suzuki, India's biggest passenger car maker, has pledged to help AgVa ramp up production after the government called on all auto firms to contribute to the anti-coronavirus effort.
Seeing people queue for life-support equipment at the All India Institute for Medical Science in Delhi in 2016 convinced Vaish and Agrawal that there was an acute need for a cheap and portable ventilator.
"ICU care is very expensive. In the private sector, even the richest of rich can't afford it for a long time," said Vaish.
They avoided expensive imported parts to keep the cost low, Agrawal added.

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An AgVa Healthcare employee assembles a ventilator during a demonstration at the research and development centre in Noida [Prakash Singh/AFP)]

With its cash-starved health system, India only has about 40,000 ventilators, and experts who have seen the coronavirus crisis explode in Europe have warned this could become a catastrophic shortage for India.
RV Asokan, secretary-general of the Indian Medical Association, said the AgVa portable ventilator was the kind of innovation needed to fill health gaps.
"It is a basic model which will serve in the current scenario as it is a straightforward oxygenation device," said Asokan, who added that while the device would not support patients who had had transplants or other major surgeries, it would be very useful for COVID-19 patients and others with less severe needs.
Sunita Sharma, whose son was hospitalised for five years with a crippling nerve condition, was given one of the machines for free.
"My husband and I had to take turns to stay with him at the hospital, and that affected our lives," Sharma told AFP.
"I was devastated when the doctors told me my son would have to spend the rest of his life on a ventilator bed.
"At least now I can stay home to take care of him and the rest of the household."
SOURCE: AFP NEWS AGENCY

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Australia sees more signs of coronavirus spread stabilising.


Australia on Saturday reported more signs that the spread of the novel coronavirus has been stabilising, as New South Wales (NSW) health authorities defended the disembarking in mid-March of a virus-hit cruise ship. According to the federal health ministry data, there were 230 new cases of the coronavirus in the 24-hour period to early Saturday in Australia, bringing the total to 5,454 cases. This suggests the daily increase rate has continued to stay at around 5% in recent days, significantly lower than the 30% jumps seen two weeks ago. Twenty-eight deaths so far have been related to Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. Seven deaths and more than 600 coronavirus cases have come from one cruise ship alone - Carnival Corp's Ruby Princess, which disembarked in Sydney in March despite health officials knowing of the risk of coronavirus aboard the ship. NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard defended criticism of health officials who allowed the ship's more than 2,700 passengers to leave. \"Each of the staff of the chief health officer made the decision made it to the best of their ability,\" Hazzard told reporters in televised briefing. \"And those people are experts in their fields.\" Cruise ships are responsible for at around 20% of Australia's coronavirus cases and several remain floating in waters off the coast after being refused entry to ports. Although the spread of the coronavirus cases has shown signs of slowing, Australia has been strengthened its efforts in the global race to halt the coronavirus pandemic, cases now past 1 million worldwide and fatalities at more than 53,000 fatalities. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's top biosecurity research agency, said on Saturday it has received A$220 million ($132 million) from the government to update its facilities. On Thursday, Australia's national science agency, which is operated by CSIRO, said it had commenced pre-clinical testing of two potential vaccines at its high-containment biosecurity facility near Melbourne. IndiaToday.in has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, check out our data analysis of cases in India, and access our dedicated coronavirus page. Watch India Today TV live here. Catch the latest TV debates and video reports here. COVID-19 | Singapore announces lockdown; European countries grapple with case surge







 
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