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CPEC: Unit price of Chinese, Pakistani labourers needs to be rationalized: PC

CPEC: Unit price of Chinese, Pakistani labourers needs to be rationalized: PC by  TANVEER AHMED  on  April 12, 2020 Business Recorder, Pakistan The Planning Commission of Pakistan has identified huge disparity in unit prices of Chinese skilled labourers and that of Pakistani labourers in ML-I project in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to comments of the Employment & Research Section of the Commission, the unit price has been calculated at the rate of US$59.65 and US$4.50 per man per day for Chinese and Pakistani labourers respectively. The unit price of Chinese skilled labourer is more than 1,300 percent higher as compared with the Pakistani labourer which needs to be rationalized, the Commission proposed. Moreover, the ratio of Chinese labourers to Pakistani labourers for different categories of work is 1:9, but in case of equipment installation and tunnel work, this ratio has been shown as 3:7 which needs to be reduced to an appropriate level for the purpose of

Big Tech moves into virus vacuum

AXIOS.com Yesterday afternoon,  Apple and Google, rivals who manage the world's two dominant smartphone ecosystems,  announced  a joint project to enable phone-based contact tracing using their phones' Bluetooth signals. They'll offer  programming interfaces and operating-system integrations for iOS and Android — allowing governments here and abroad to provide apps that tell users when they've crossed paths with people who've tested positive. The companies  undertook this collaboration without direction from the federal government, but in consultation with governments and health authorities around the world. Amazon is planning  to build its own virus testing facility to screen its workers, The Washington Post  reported . As millions  of newly unemployed workers flooded state websites, Google helped provide New York with  a new portal  to manage the surge. Our thought bubble:  The pandemic response is breaking from the normal pattern in which government calls for act

How the pandemic deepens the nation's great divides

Axios AM Deep Dive:  Mike Allen     : The gaping virus inequality Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios   America is facing  what feels like a Darwinian moment where the strong in business, wealth and health are more likely to survive, while many others will sadly wither,   Axios CEO Jim VandeHei and I write. Many of the people  who are disproportionately hurt by the virus have the least control over or say in the system. Why it matters:  The pandemic is exposing — and deepening — many of the nation's great divides. Sadly,  it’s predominantly the old — and the previously or already ill — who are getting hit the hardest.   As we told you  in last week's Deep Dive, it's exposed long-standing health care inequities and communities of color and low-income families are bearing the brunt. All week,  we saw a stream of new data showing a shockingly disproportionate toll among African Americans. But the imbalance  transcends demographics: Those without health insurance  are less likely to

Doctors: Sewa Bharati Telangana, India

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Pandemic forces startups to shift gears

      PRESENTED BY DELOITTE   Login By Ina Fried ·Apr 10, 2020     1 big thing:  Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios   Spaces CEO Brad Herman  had an early warning about the coronavirus because his startup supplies VR attractions to a number of theme parks in China. Realizing that the business he spent the last few years building was going to evaporate, Herman quickly found a new way to apply his team's know-how: helping companies host Zoom teleconferences in VR. Why it matters:  Many startups are rethinking the viability of their core businesses in the wake of the coronavirus. Spaces' move is one of many such pivots likely to crop up in the coming months. There's a variety of reasons  companies are now pivoting (credit to Bloomberg Beta's Roy Bahat for much of this list): The previous business was never going to work. The idea could have worked before, but won't work now given the economic environment. The industry the company was looking to transform has itself be

Timeline: How the U.S. fell behind on the coronavirus

AXIOS.com Marisa Fernandez Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios Early missteps allowed the new coronavirus to spread throughout the U.S for weeks before state and local officials implemented strict lockdowns designed to keep the pandemic from spinning further out of control. Why it matters:  The U.S. missed the boat on the kind of swift, early response that would have been most effective, and has been scrambling to catch up ever since. This timeline, compiled from official sources as well as media reports, shows how that all-important time was lost. Dec. 31, 2019:  China reports the novel coronavirus to the World Health Organization. Jan. 6:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China. Jan. 15:  The first U.S.  case  is confirmed, in a man who traveled from Wuhan. Jan. 17:  The World Health Organization publishes a  protocol  for manufacturing coronavirus tests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opts to develop its own test instead of u

OUTPOST OF EMPIRE: BASE POLITICS WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS

06 APR 2020 - 09:39  DOWNLOAD POLICY BRIEF  (PDF) China’s first overseas military base in Djibouti represents a shift in Beijing’s foreign and security policy, as it indicates China’s increasingly flexible approach to its traditional non-interference principle. The base in Djibouti not only signifies its expanding military presence in Africa and the Indian Ocean Region, but also its securitisation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Moreover, the infrastructure network developed under the BRI illustrates China’s security ambitions of protecting its global trade and communication routes. Beijing is establish itself as a global maritime power by financing and building dual-use ports and infrastructure in strategic littoral states along the Indian Ocean. This strategic basing of overseas facilities has a historical familiarity to it, as aspects of it resemble American post-World War II base politics. Download  policy brief . Follow  @Dannypronk2  and  @clingendaelorg  on Twitter.

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PARTNERSHIPS: FORGING AN EU-INDIA-JAPAN TRILATERAL IN AFRICA

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PARTNERSHIPS: FORGING AN EU-INDIA-JAPAN TRILATERAL IN AFRICA In this  paper , Clingendael’s Maaike Okano-Heijmans and Jagannath Panda (IDSA, Delhi) argue that trilateral cooperation with India and Japan may contribute to the EU’s set objective of recalibrating relations with Africa. After all, India and Japan are strong regional powers in Asia that share liberal democratic values with the EU. Moreover, the three have demonstrated complementarities - in terms of historical ties, presence, competitive edge and funds - that can be leveraged towards more effective use of limited capabilities. Here, the EU can benefit from concrete steps that India and Japan have already taken in this direction. This paper was written in the framework of the EU-India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative 2018-2019 - a public diplomacy project aimed at connecting research institutions in Europe and India funded by the EU. Follow  @MaaikeOh  and  @Clingendaelorg  on Twitter

EIGHT REASONS WHY COVID-19 MAY LEAD TO POLITICAL VIOLENCE

  09 APR 2020 - 10:31 Clingendael Spectator What the aftermath of the corona crisis will bring us is a valid question, but often we are very bad at reading the signs. We do know however what the ingredients and indicators are for outbreaks of rebellion and political violence. Peter Knoope sees eight reasons why the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to political instability inside and even between countries. In recent days US President Trump and Brazilian President Bolsonaro have dramatically changed their approach to the corona outbreak. From downplaying the crisis initially, they both turned to a hands-on and active approach. This should not surprise us. Both Presidents depend on popular votes to stay in power after the crisis. It is known that during a crisis situation, when it is a matter of life and death, people demand strong leadership: tell me ‘what to do’, ‘when to do it’ and ‘how to do it’ – and tell me in clear language. People want to, and will, obey. They also want to belong to an

ABOUT DECLARING A NEW PANDEMIC WORLD ORDER

  09 APR 2020 - 11:11 https://spectator.clingendael.org/en/publication/about-declaring-new-pandemic-world-order As we are inclined to focus on the present, and not on the far future, the corona pandemic has caught us unawares. And once the dust of this crisis has settled we will, again, refocus on the nearer term. Meanwhile, we are advised to exercise caution with geopolitical interpretations of current events. We have been reminded, this time literally, that when in the global village someone sneezes we all may be infected. The epic scale and speed of this pandemic prompts us to consider it a game-changer, although we can’t determine yet in what ways. In the midst of the storm, observers are tempted to start sketching the contours of a new world order stemming from this plague. Many of these outlines attribute a multiplier effect to this crisis in that it accelerates ongoing developments, primarily relating to the US relinquishing its leading role in the world and China (switching fro

Quote of the Day

JOSEP BORRELL High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union Statement on the EU’s role in the coronavirus pandemic " There is a global battle of narratives going on in which timing is a crucial factor. China is aggressively pushing the message that, unlike the US, it is a responsible and reliable partner. We must be aware there is a geo-political component including a struggle for influence through spinning and the politics of generosity. "

What they are saying on BRI

MILAN BACEVIC Serbian Ambassador to China Interview on the Serbia-China bilateral relationship " I notice that in this situation, China is already coming out of the combat phase and is shifting to the global stage as the new battlefield.  " LUIGI DI MAIO Foreign Minister of Italy Dismissing concerns about Chinese influence in Italy " There are no geopolitical risks, there are only friendly relations. We have invested in friendship with China and Russia, and we have done well given the help they are giving us. Diplomacy saves lives.  " RONNIE LIU Chairman, Chinese Investors Association for Development and Promotion in Nigeria Statement on U.S. damage to China’s relationships with African countries " Let’s say African countries default eventually in paying for the projects and China takes them over as [claimed] by the U.S. At least they brought them here, so if Africa can’t pay back and the Chinese take them over, these things would still be in use by Africans an

ITALY’S RECIPE FOR DISASTER

ITALY DESTROYED  Who could have seen this in Italy, everything was hushed up!  ITALY’S  RECIPE FOR DISASTER Published March 24, 2020 | By Giacomino Nicolazzo [2] _Giacomino Nicolazzo_ [1]_ is one of Italy’s most beloved writers. Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania USA, he lives in a small village in Lombardy where he writes his books. __ [3]_Montecalvo, Lombardy, Italy_.  As I sit here in my involuntary isolation, it was just reported that overnight 743 more people died and 5.249 new cases have been reported. This brings the total cases of infection to 69,176 and the body count to 6,820. We take relief in knowing that 8,326 people have recovered so far. (Numbers as of 3/24, 8:30pm in Italy [4].) Most towns here in Italy, from the upper reaches of the Alps to the ancient shores of Sicilia and Sardenia, while not deserted, are closer to being ghost towns than the bustling centers of tourism, business and daily life they were just a few weeks ago. Stores and shops have been shuttered.

Hopes for Peace in Yemen

AXIOS World two-week unilateral ceasefire announced  last night by Saudi Arabia officially came into effect today in Yemen, though the Houthi rebels say they'll keep fighting until the "siege on Yemen" ends. Why it matters:  There's little to show for five years of war in Yemen beyond one of the world's most dire humanitarian crises, which would only deepen in the event of a coronavirus outbreak — a threat the Saudis said influenced their decision to suspend military activity. The backstory:  The Houthis overthrew Yemen's Saudi-aligned president in late 2014, after which Saudi Arabia and allies including the UAE began a fierce bombing campaign. The Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, waged with American-made weapons, has been widely criticized internationally due to its high civilian death toll and the massive humanitarian crisis that has put millions on the brink of famine. The Saudis now appear to want out, but the Iran-aligned Houthis want to proceed on their term

Earliest outbreaks were traced to religious services or pilgrimages.

AXIOS.com As the coronavirus  spread beyond China, some of the earliest outbreaks were traced to religious services or pilgrimages. South Korea's outbreak  intensified rapidly after the virus was spread at a secretive church in  Daegu . Israel’s virus hotspot  is Bnei Brak, where some ultra-Orthodox people defied the nationwide lockdown to attend services and weddings. The initial epicenter  of Iran’s outbreak was the holy city Qom. But as much of the world  has moved inside, places of worship have emptied. Catholic services  were suspended last month in Italy and in other countries since. This weekend, Pope Francis will celebrate Easter Mass in a near-empty St. Peter’s Basilica. Saudi Arabia  closed the holy mosques in Mecca and Medina in early March and is considering canceling the hajj, which was expected to draw some 3 million pilgrims in late July. The call to prayer  still sounds in Kuwait, but people  are urged  to pray in their homes.

AXIOS Future: Pandemic sparks tech workers' interest in unions

      PRESENTED BY DELOITTE   Login By Ina Fried ·Apr 09, 2020 I recently had the chance to  sit down  with the Technology Policy Institute for their Two Think Minimum podcast, discussing all manner of issues related to tech and the pandemic, and also  appeared yesterday on Cheddar  to discuss the recent story I did on domestic violence amid the outbreak. Situational awareness: Yelp is  laying off 1,000 employees  and furloughing another 1,100 as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the small businesses that power its revenue engine. TikTok is  donating $250 million , plus offering $100 million in ad credits, to coronavirus relief for health care workers, local organizations, educators and small businesses. Today's Login is 1,225 words, a 5-minute read.     1 big thing: Pandemic sparks tech workers' interest in unions Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios   Tech and gig economy workers  are talking to unions about organizing as they worry the industry isn't doing enough to protect