Current Affairs - March, 2020

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“Stranded in India” Portal launched to help Foreign Tourists

On March 31, 2020, the Ministry of Tourism had launched “Stranded in India”, a portal aimed to support foreign tourists.

Highlights

The portal aims to disseminate information to the foreign tourists stuck far away from their homeland amidst COVID-19 threats and Lock Down. The tourists can use the portal to learn information about steps or measures being made by the Indian Government and the foreign government to take them home safely. The portal also holds contact details through which the stranded tourists can contact Ministry of Tourism. The Tourism ministry will help them contact concerned authorities and will also ensure their well being.

Other Features

The website also holds contact details of list of officers that are appointed to assist the stranded tourists. Every officer has been given charge of a country. Currently the service has been extended to tourists from US, Spain, Italy, Japan, Russia, China and Latin America. Slowly the service is to be extended to other countries as well.

Significance

This will help curb fake news that is being spread on social media. Recently the Indian High Commission in the UK took it to Twitter to clarify that no evacuation flights are being arranged for Indians in the UK. The fake news was spread through Whatsapp couple of days ago.

Extraordinary G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meet

On March 31, 2020, the “Extraordinary G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Virtual Meet” was held through video conferencing. The Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal represented India at the meet.

Highlights

India had called for easy movement of health professionals and enhanced access to affordable medicines across national borders. Amidst the threat of COVID-19, India is supplying affordable medical products to nearly 190 countries in the world.

India urged the G20 countries to come up with G-20 Global Framework to improve access to medicines. The framework should include diagnostic equipment, critical medicines, health professionals and medical kits.

G-20

A week back a G20 video conference was hosted by Saudi Arabia. As a member of the grouping, India was represented by PM Modi. During the meet, the leaders pledged to infuse 5 trillion USD into the global economy. The idea was to reduce the impact of the global recession in the world due to the increasing threats of COVID-19.

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