The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for re-opening of entertainment parks outside containment zones. Besides general guidelines on physical distancing and sanitisation protocols, the SOP also prescribes provisions of hand sanitisers at entry and exit of ride stations and mandatory hand sanitisation by visitors before getting on the ride. Staggered timing and regulation of physical numbers on these rides will also need to be ensured by entertainment park operators.

“The crowd density does not remain the same throughout and usually peaks on weekends and holidays. Planning should specifically factor-in requirement for these peak days. Provision for online tickets must be encouraged and tickets sold shall be commensurate with the floor area per person that is required for fulfilling the physical distancing norms,” the Ministry said adding that adequate counters for tickets sale at the venue should also be maintained.

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The Union Labour Ministry on Monday clarified that raising the threshold of workers in an organisation for getting Government approval before retrenchment will not affect workers’ right.

Both houses of Parliament approved three Labour Codes — Industrial Relations (IR) Code, Occupational Safety, Health & Working Conditions Code (OSH) and Social Security (SS) Code. Now, these are expected to be assented by the President before they become laws. Raising the threshold to 300 from 100 for organisation for seeking Government’s approval for lay off is part of IR Code.

Allaying various apprehensions and doubts over the Codes and pointing one particular clause becoming headline, the Ministry underlined that Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee had also recommended an increase in threshold for seeking prior permission for retrenchment, lay-off and closure.

Prior permission

“It is only the aspect of prior permission of the appropriate Government which has been removed and other benefits and workers’

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Google has announced plans to help businesses, job seekers, educational institutions and vulnerable populations as they grapple with the “new normal” and begin to rebuild and recover from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis locally and across the Africa continent.

The tech company’s initiatives will address the need for funding, training and services across identified sectors, including support for 500,000 SMBs and 25,000 teachers.

This support includes a partnership with the Nigerian Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, a statement by the company said Tuesday.

The partnership will provide support for youth-owned SMEs and jobseekers in Nigeria, in order to help them acquire marketable skills through certification and training programs.

It will also involve supporting programs that enable and improve access to quality education across the region.

Google has set up a digital hub providing free tools and resources to businesses and individuals, the statement said.

Through the hub, 500,000

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Throughout the COVID-19 pan- demic, the government of Saudi Arabia, like any other government around the world, has had to move quickly and substantively with its stimulus packages for businesses to get through this crisis. However, in addition to that, the government of Saudi Arabia has not allowed the crisis to pause or slow down its ongoing and ambitious plans for boosting the Kingdom’s economy. According to Dr. Ahmed H. Altheneyan, Deputy Minister for Digital Capacities for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s ambitious social transformation projects are aimed at driving diversification across its economy, “with the government today acting as more of an enabler and facilitator through its policies and regulations, as well as funding.”

He explains

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe’s largest economy is set to continue recovering from the coronavirus crisis in the remainder of 2020 and will likely grow strongly in the third quarter but it probably will not reach its pre-crisis level until 2022, the German Economy Ministry said.

The trough of the recession was reached in the second quarter and the easing of lockdown measures since May led to a rapid recovery in industry and in some service sectors, the ministry said in its monthly report on Monday, adding that the revival has lost some steam lately though.

“The German economy is continuing to pick up, albeit at a more moderate pace,” the ministry said.

Economists expect Europe’s biggest economy to show a return to growth in the third quarter after a record 9.7% contraction in the second quarter as consumer spending, company investment and exports all collapsed.

The ministry said significant economic

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe’s largest economy is set to continue recovering from the coronavirus crisis in the remainder of 2020 and will likely grow strongly in the third quarter but it probably will not reach its pre-crisis level until 2022, the German Economy Ministry said.

The trough of the recession was reached in the second quarter and the easing of lockdown measures since May led to a rapid recovery in industry and in some service sectors, the ministry said in its monthly report on Monday, adding that the revival has lost some steam lately though.

“The German economy is continuing to pick up, albeit at a more moderate pace,” the ministry said.

Economists expect Europe’s biggest economy to show a return to growth in the third quarter after a record 9.7% contraction in the second quarter as consumer spending, company investment and exports all collapsed.

The ministry said significant economic

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The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on Friday launched the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0, along with the ‘Streets for People Challenge’ in a virtual event organised by the Smart Cities Mission.

The objective of CSCAF is to provide a roadmap for cities for combating Climate Change while planning and implementing their actions, including investments, said Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs.

The framework has 28 indicators across five categories: (i) Energy and Green Buildings, (ii) Urban Planning, Green Cover and Biodiversity, (iii) Mobility and Air Quality, (iv) Water Management and (v) Waste Management.

The Climate Centre for Cities under National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is supporting MoHUA in implementation of CSCAF.

Meanwhile, the Streets for People Challenge is the response to the need for making our cities more pedestrian friendly.

“The Challenge builds on the advisory issued

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India has managed Covid-19 induced food insecurity remarkably well, and relaxation in restrictions given to farm sector helped to have better rabi harvest as well as the higher area under Kharif crops, Ministry of Agriculture officials told a regional meeting of UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) started in Thimpu on Tuesday.

“Indian government has taken prompt measures to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic which coincided with rabi harvesting,” said Alka Bhargava, Additional Secretary in the Ministry while participating in the 35th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of FAO, remotely.

Apart from official delegates from 46 FAO member countries, representatives of the private sector and civil society organisations are participating in the four-day conference, convened to plan responses and recovery work to address twin pandemics—Covid-19 and hunger.

The Covid-19 has led to a setback in the fight to end hunger and malnutrition. Food production and supply has been hit hard in

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Metro services across the country can resume operations in a graded manner from September 7, the Home Ministry said on Saturday, releasing the Unlock 4.0 guidelines, which come into effect from Tuesday next.

In this regard, Standard Operating Procedure will be issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Also, all social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons from September 21. However, such limited gatherings can be held with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand washer or sanitiser.Open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from September 21.

However, Cinema Halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres ( excluding open air theatres) will not be opened. Also, international air travel of passengers will be prohibited except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs, an official release said.

All Schools, colleges, educational

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IN efforts to curb unemployment burden in the country, Youths under the age of 35 years are being encouraged to innovate business ideas so that they can be supported technically and financially to develop.

This was revealed here by Dr Ameir Haji Sheha- Director, Department of economic empowerment, Ministry of Labour, empowerment, Elderly people, Children and Women when officially launched the six month ‘Business Innovation competition’ project which ends on August 31, this year.

“Youth should utilize this opportunity, come-up with the best business ideas. We are ready to help you develop your idea,” said Sheha as he thanked the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) – Tanzania for supporting the competition targeting the best five ideas.

Speaking to journalists at a press conference held at the ‘Zanzibar Technology & Business Incubator (ZTBI)’- Karume Institute Science and Technology (KIST), Mbweni area, Dr Sheha mentioned priority areas for competition are

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