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We have got a lot of information, and it is not good. Whether it came from the lab or came from bats, it all came from China, and they should have stopped it. They could have stopped it at source….It got out of control.

__ Donald Trump, US President

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If some areas, cities, States or what have you jump out those various check points and prematurely open up without having the capability of being able to respond effectively and efficiently, my concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks. The consequences could be really serious.

__ Anthony Fauci, Leading US infectious diseases expert

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Our challenge now is to find a way forward that preserves our hard won gains while easing the burden of lockdown.

__ Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister

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What the country needs at this time is clarity and reassurance, but at the moment both are in pretty short supply.

__ Keir Starmer, Opposition Labour Party Leader, Britain

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What we are fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy – that has become a stronger impulse in American life. And by the way we’re seeing that internationally as wel. It is part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anaemic and spotty.

__ Barack Obama, former US President

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What is necessary, without being on the defensive, is to assure Islamic nations that India is not moving away from its constitutional moorings by ensuring harmony and effective action against those who disturb it irrespective of party affiliations. It is also necessary not to show disdain for global liberal opinion, but to engage with it.

__ Vivek Katju, a former diplomat

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Bold, not incremental reforms, will help to boost the productive capacity, productivity of economy.

__ Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog

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Many states are amending labour laws. We are together fighting against corona, but this cannot be an excuse to crush human rights, allow unsafe work places, exploit workers and suppress their voice. There cannot be any compromise on these principles.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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The BMS demands the government to take smooth arrangements for free train travel for the migrant workers who want to meet their family members in their home states. Those workers who want to resume work should be given free transport facilities to work places in the absence of public transport.

__Virjesh Upadhyay, BMS general secretary

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Modi to attend SCO summit
Modi to attend SCO summit
We have been hearing for many years that the 21st century will be India’s century, and this crisis is, I believe one that carries a message that we have to move forward not just to combat the crisis but to prevail. That can happen when we are self-reliant. Local production helped in this crisis, and when you look at several global brands, they began as local but were marketed and raised to a global level. We have to do the same with our produce. We need to be vocal about local.

__ Narendra Modi, Indian PM

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If this Rs.20 lakh crore were an additional amount this should be enough. People who are scraping through the details are saying that it is not additional and it includes what RBI has already done. If the additional amount is half (of what is announced) it is not enough. Immediate concern should be hundreds of thousands who are walking hundreds of miles only to go home, those who are walking in large groups but all are alone.

__ Kaushik Basu, former chief economist at the World Bank and chief economic advisor to Govt. of India

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The first step must be to create separate emergency fund and budget for meeting the expenses that will be incurred in creating two safety nets -- one to meet employers’ fixed costs while they are producing anything , and the other to fed and shelter workers while they are earning nothing. Since both the central and state governments are strapped for cash, the fund will have to be created by the ministry of finance through the issue through the issue of Treasury bills.

__ Prem Shankar Jha, Senior journalist and author

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Given the implications of the lockdown for those living hand-to-mouth, there is simply no time to screen and document poor, uncovered households. Nor is there time to be concerned about plugging holes in the food distribution architecture -- policy makers must make do with what they have. While there is risk that some of these resources will make it to unintended beneficiaries, this is not the time to starve the poor to fight corruption.

__Rohini Pande, Henry J Heinz II, Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Centre at Yale University, Simone Schaner, Asst Professor (Research) of Economics, University of Southern California and Charity Troyer Moore, Director, South Asia Economics Research, Yale University, Macmillan Centre.

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Writing in these columns (Hindustan Times) after the first lock down was announced, I had argued that the lockdown would put the State through a severe test. Seven weeks later, rather than coming out on top, the lockdown has exposed critical fault lines in the State, laying bare serious gaps in its already weakened capacity. The challenge of exiting the lockdown, will require the State to reset its response frameworks in ways that credibly navigate these fault lines to build trust and confidence in people and markets. This is a tall ask for a State that has so far failed to rise to the challenge. But if he fail to press the reset button now the consequences will be disastrous.

__ Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research

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GEM OF THE WEEK

One can’t control his/her tears after seeing the pathetic condition of migrant labourers shown in the media for the past one month.

__The Madras High Court

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Fiscal discipline is now so mechanically hard-wired in the minds of most FMs and the North Block bureaucracy that they can’t see Covid 19 is one of the greatest threats.

__ Omkar Goswamy, Chairperson, Corporate and Eonomic and Research Group (CERG) Advisory

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If migrant workers had social security, they would not have fled to their villages.

__Kathyayini Chamaraj, Executive Trustee of CIVIC, Bengaluru

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As locking down a large area will create social resentment, officials should delineate ‘mini hotspots’ covering few hundred metres around the place of dwelling of Covid positive patients.

__Dr Devi Shetty, cardiac surgeon and Chairperson, Narayana Health and Kiran Mazumdar Shah Chairperson, Biocon Ltd

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My understanding of public health tells me that unlike private healthcare, public health strives for the greatest good to the largest numbers. Lockdown may have inconvenienced the largest numbers, but mass quarantine should be the last step in our armamentarium. A total lockdown is like a nuclear weapon unleashed on society – with short term and long term collateral damage across the board.

__ Mathew Verghese, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, St. Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi

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We need to look at how we develop targeted interventions even when we are taking broad-based steps. You create a “red zone” where the poorest people saturate that area with resources. I don’t think we have done that yet.

__ K. Vishwanath, Director, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, India Centre

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Test cricket will die the day India gives it up. I cannot see countries other than India, Australia and England investing in young cricketers to take up test cricket.

__Greg Chapell, Australian legend and former India coach

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It depends on the character, Virat (Kohli) is such an imposing character. All encompassing, it would be difficult for him to hand over he wouldn’t want anything to hand over. Whereas with England, we have (Eoin) Morgan and (Joe) Root, two likeable, laidbacks (characters).”

__ Nasser Hussain, former British Captain, on split captaincy

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

It is not hours that you put in your work that counts. It is the work that you put in the hours.

__ Sam Ewing

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