Economy in safe hands; worry not, Mr Guha, says Nirmala Sitharaman


A war of words broke out on twitter between Finance Minister and with the minister asking the historian not to worry about the economy as it is in “safe hands”.

Earlier in the day, Guha tweeted quoting British writer Philip Spratt’s comment in 1939 that Gujarat was economically strong but “culturally backward”.

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Sitharaman then posted a weblink to an article published in September 2018 about the Poland government organising event to honour former Jamnagar king, Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji Jadeja, for giving shelter to 1,000 Polish children during World War II.

“In 1939, when Philip Spratt, from Britain, belonging to the Communist International wrote, (who @Ram_Guha quotes) this was what was happening in Gujarat: Jamnagar… Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji Jadeja… saved 1,000 Polish children #Culture,” Sitharaman tweeted.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also responded to Guha’s tweet saying that Indians would not fall for “tricks” of dividing them.

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Soon after, Guha tweeted: “I thought it was only the Gujarat CM, but now it seems even the FM

Covid-19 impact: Xiaomi, Oppo turn to expensive imports as units struggle


China’s Corp and are importing some smartphone models into India as their local plants struggle to get back to production levels needed to meet demand that built up during lockdown, sources familiar with matter said.

The move is a costly one as the world’s second-largest smartphone market imposes steep tariffs on imports of devices and components – part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to boost manufacturing in India. Most foreign brands in India make nearly all of their locally.

It also underscores the challenges India faces in kick-starting production as new cases soar to nearly 300,000 while more than 8,000 people have died.

Manufacturing facilities in India have been allowed since May to resume operations but several smartphone plants are still grappling with labour shortages, three sources told Reuters.

At the same time, demand is high because phones – not deemed essential goods by the government – were not allowed to be sold during the nationwide of nearly two months.

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WHO Warns Pandemic Accelerating In Africa


The speed the new coronavirus jumped from 100,000 to 200,000 confirmed cases in Africa shows just how quickly the pandemic is accelerating on the continent, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

According to an AFP tally, Africa topped the 200,000 mark on Tuesday.

“It took 98 days to reach the first 100,000 cases, and only 18 days to move to 200,000 cases,” Doctor Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, told a video briefing hosted by the UN press association in Geneva.

“Even though these cases in Africa account for less than three percent of the global total, it’s clear that the pandemic is accelerating.”

The novel coronavirus has infected nearly 7.4 million people worldwide and killed at least 416,000 since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

Africa has reached 5,635 deaths from 210,519 confirmed cases, according to AFP’s count at 1100 GMT on Thursday.

In Africa, “the pandemic is still concentrated in and around capital cities but we are seeing more and more cases spread out into the provinces,” Moeti said.

World map showing official number of coronavirus cases and deaths per country, as of June 11

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