COVID-19 daily wrap: Three-step plan to lift restrictions


The National Cabinet has introduced a three-step framework on easing coronavirus restrictions, with states and territories to decide on their own pace. Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday will announce which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in Western Australia

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How India can make its economic recovery clean, sustainable post Covid-19


In reviving its economy post-Covid-19, India could turn a crisis into an opportunity by resetting its energy spending to favour clean energy, enabling citizens to continue enjoying the unprecedented clean air and blue skies bestowed by the lockdown.

As a start, Prime Minister Narendra Modi could solarise over 39,000 unelectrified health sub-centres—the first point of contact between the primary health care system and the local community — serving 230 million people in rural India. That is the recommendation of 20 leaders from top think-tanks, renewable energy companies, industry groups, and health care services, who wrote to Prime Minister Modi on April 30, while there is still time to tilt policy.

Another way of shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy, say experts, is for the government to transfer some of the massive subsidies currently given to fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Other recommendations on how to follow a green pathway to are not only pouring in from India’s think-tanks (such as here and here) but some of the world’s biggest economic institutions (read here, here and here).

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IndiGo’s pay cuts for senior employees to remain effective through FY21


After announcing on Friday that it was reinstating pay cuts of up to 25 per cent for its senior employees, IndiGo airlines said it would take a decision on restoring original salary “closer to the end of this financial year”.

The country’s largest domestic airlines had on Friday announced pay cut ranging between 5 and 25 per cent, in addition to its leave-without-pay programme for May, June and July, for senior employees.

The aviation sector has been hit hard due to the suspension of all commercial passenger flights during the coronavirus-induced lockdown in the country which began on March 25. Bookings for flights have been cancelled till further orders.

The announcement, made through internal emails, came after a series of flip-flops on the matter as India’s largest domestic airline struggled to stay afloat amid grounding of all commercial passenger flights due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.

In the emails accessed by PTI, the airline said the salary cut will be effected from May till the end of the 2020-21 financial year. It has already paid the full salary for April to its employees.

The airline had first announced

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