African Countries Complain of Racism in Chinese City’s Pandemic Controls

Allegations that a southern Chinese city’s pandemic controls are discriminating against Africans have stirred anger in their home countries, setting off a diplomatic row that threatens to undermine goodwill Beijing has built on the continent through large infusions of investment and propaganda.

African nationals living in Guangzhou say they are being subjected to forced coronavirus testing, have been barred from hotels and restaurants and must observe arbitrary self-quarantines, regardless of symptoms or travel history, according…

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Covid pandemic may pull the plug on basmati exports

The Covid-19 outbreak in Iran, one of the largest importers of basmati rice from India, has extra to the woes of the rice sector.

With the virus nonetheless spreading rapidly in key export destinations, logistical constraints and organization shutdowns are anticipated to have a adverse bearing on the sector. Very similar constraints will also impact the domestic marketplace, in accordance to an ICRA exploration report.

Value tumble predicted

Basmati rice costs in the domestic marketplace are also anticipated to tumble with weak desire in export marketplaces in the initially fifty percent of this fiscal.

Sheetal Sharad, Vice-President, ICRA, mentioned that following witnessing a strong progress of 25 per cent in FY ’18 and 22 per cent in the adhering to fiscal, basmati rice exports moderated in the initially 9 months of FY’20 owing to weak offtake throughout key marketplaces, which includes Iran.

The worth of exports fell from ₹32,804 crore

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