Current Affairs - March, 2020

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Islamic State claims responsible for Gunmen attack in Sikh Gurudwara, Kabul

On March 25, 2020, 11 people were killed in a terror attack that targeted a “Dharmashala” in Kabul. The Dharamshala is reported to have sizeable number of Hindu and Sikh minorities. The Islamic State Organization has claimed to take responsibility to the attack.

Highlights

Around 150 were praying in the Gurudwara when it was attacked. The Shor Bazar area of Kabul, where the attack took place was once home to several Gurudwaras. However, many were destroyed during fighting in 1980s.

What is the issue?

The Conflict between Afghan Muslims and Sikhs has routes to 18th century. The conflict began with series of wars between Islamic Durrani Empire in Afghanistan and Sikh Empire in Punjab. The conflicts existed since the days of Dal Khalsa. Dal Khalsa is a Sikh Army that operated in 18th century.

The Battle of Attock was the first war that took place between the 2 communities.

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E-Commerce Giants: Flipkart suspends services, Amazon stops taking new orders

The E-Commerce Giants Flipkart and Amazon has temporarily stopped their services in India following lock down in the country.

Highlights

While Flipkart has suspended its services completely, Amazon is to follow on pending orders alone. It will temporarily stop taking new orders. All the grocery deliveries are also to be suspended.

The Government entities working with essential services are to continue working despite the lock down according to the Guidelines issued by Home Ministry.

Impacts

Today around 40% of the Indian Population uses E-Commerce sites to make their purchases. India has the second largest user base in the world after China. The E-Commerce market in India has grown from 3.9 billion USD in 2009 to 38.5 billion USD in 2018.

India has always been cautious in promoting its local and small traders. Today in the scenario of Lock Down in the country, local farmers, vendors and small traders have permission to supply essential goods. On the other hand, though no separate rules were imposed over these E-Commerce, they are unable to continue their supply due to transport restrictions.

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