World food prices decline amidst coronavirus, low oil prices, comments FAO

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday world food prices declined sharply in March, driven mostly by demand-side contractions linked to the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and the drop in global oil prices. Prices declined mostly due to expectations of economic slowdown as governments roll out restrictions designed to respond to the health crisis, FAO said in a monthly bulletin.FAO said its Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in international prices of commonly traded food...

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A Masterclass In Tackling COVID-19 From Kerala, India

COVID-19 has gripped its reins on most sectors this year and restricted everyone to the confines of their home with school closures and Big Tech companies announcing Work From Home (WFH). We’ve read news about pre-apocalyptic grocery shopping (and stocking) and panic’s crippling effect has even trickled down into the stock markets.A state in the Indian subcontinent tucked away into the southwestern Malabar coast has always been a little different from the rest of the country- whether it’s related...

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276 Indians, including 255 in Iran, infected with coronavirus abroad: MEA

As many as 276 Indians have been infected with coronavirus abroad, including 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE and five in Italy, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the total number of Indians infected by coronavirus is 276 -- 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE, five in Italy, and one each in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.A fourth batch of 53 Indians returned to India from Iran on Monday,...

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Conversations, food and movies: How India’s first coronavirus patients survived isolation

Twenty-three-year-old Abdul recalls sleeping well during those 14 days, the ceiling fan blowing on his hair and ruffling the sleeves of his loose hospital gown.On January 30, the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in India from Thrissur. It was Abdul’s classmate from Wuhan University. As soon as he heard the news, Abdul and his parents drove to the Alappuzha Medical College Hospital where he got admitted to the coronavirus isolation ward.Three days later, on February 2, it was confirmed that...

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Coronavirus precaution: All UAE schools, universities likely to implement e-learning until June 2020

The Ministry of Education is expected to announce that the distance e-education system will be extended until the end of the current academic year ending June 2020. This will cover all students of schools and public and private universities. Only examinations will be held within these educational institutions. This is as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of coronavirus, Gulf News has learnt.The ministry has not yet announced its final decision on the matter, but it is expected to announce...

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Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday following his sexual assault and rape conviction last month in a case hailed as a victory for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.The sentence was handed down in Manhattan criminal court by Justice James Burke, who presided over Weinstein’s trial. A jury on February 24 found Weinstein, 67, guilty of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actress Jessica...

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More than $200bn wiped off Gulf markets in huge one-day slump

Hundreds of billions of dollars were wiped off Gulf markets on Sunday after they were hit with their biggest one-day fall sell-off in 15 years. More than $180bn was wiped off from the region's biggest bourse, Saudi Arabia's Tadawul, while trading in the Kuwait Premier Market index was suspended for the second time in six days after hitting a daily decline limit of 10 per cent in company share values.The rapid downward decline in local markets followed a slump across global markets on Friday due to fears...

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Indian Man In UAE Suffers 90 Per Cent Burns While Trying To Save Wife

A 32-year-old United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Indian man sustained severe burn injuries while he tried to save his wife from a fire at their apartment in Umm Al Quwain,Dubai, police said on Wednesday.Anil Ninan, sustained 90 percent burn injuries and is fighting for his life at the Mafraq hospital in Abu Dhabi, a close relative told Khaleej Times."Doctors said his condition is very critical. We are all praying for him," said July, Anil Ninan's relative who is in the hospital.His wife Neenu is also...

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Dubai: Job seeker from Kerala told to join Shaheenbagh CAA protests

A Keralite job seeker in Dubai has been left aghast after his prospective employer wrote back chiding him for looking for work and suggested that he should make a living (sic) by joining protestors in Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.Shaheen Bagh is the epicentre of ongoing mass demonstrations against India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.Abdulla S.S., 23, who had applied for a mechanical engineer’s position in Dubai said he is still reeling from the shock of the email he got from UAE-based...

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Loan defaulters, others who fled UAE: UAE civil court verdicts can be executed in India

The long arm of the law will no longer take a long time to catch loan defaulters and other civil case convicts in the UAE who have fled to India, Gulf News can reveal.India on January 18 issued a gazette notification declaring the UAE as a "reciprocating territory" for the Code of Civil Procedure and identifying the superior courts here, thereby facilitating the execution of UAE civil court orders through Indian courts.Pavan Kapoor, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, confirmed to Gulf News that the notification...

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