International Current Affairs - 2020

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Corona Virus: SAARC Video Conference; India proposes COVID-19 Emergency Funds

On March 15, 2020, SAARC leaders participated in a video conference to frame a strategy in order to fight Corona Virus. PM Modi attended the video conference on behalf on India.

Proposals of the members

India proposed creation of Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Also, India is to set up disease surveillance portal in order to trace the virus carriers in better way.

Afghanistan suggested to create a common platform for tele-medicine suggestions. Sri Lanka proposed to set up ministerial level group. Other countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives agreed on joint cooperation to fight against the disease. Bangladesh suggested for a creation of health ministerial group.

Pakistan raised Kashmir issue at the conference demanding to life restricting in Jammu and Kashmir region to deal with the threat.

India’s measures

India is fighting Corona Virus with the strategy, “Prepare, don’t panic”. India had started screening people entering India in mid-January. Gradually India imposed travel restrictions and then travel ban. This has helped India to contain the disease spread and keep the numbers lowest to around 100.

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Corona Virus: National Emergency in the USA

The President of United States of America Donald Trump has declared national emergency over the spread of corona virus. Also, the government has allocated 50 billion USD to fight against the disease.

History

This kind of emergency in the country is rare. Earlier, the same kind of emergency was declared by President Bill Clinton over widespread of West Nile Virus.

National Emergencies Act

The Emergencies in the US are declared under National Emergencies Act. So far, 61 national emergencies have been declared in the country. There are 136 statutory situations under which emergencies shall be declared in the US sub-continent.

Emergency in India

In India Emergency shall be proclaimed under Article 352. Also, it shall be proclaimed only when the president is satisfied. The article allows emergency only when there is security threat to the country or to a region.

The President shall proclaim emergency only when the union cabinet under the Prime Minister advises him to do so.

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