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We are fighters: Morgan after rejection of equal back pay claim

Seeking back pay of $66 million under the US Equal Pay Act the United states women’s national soccer team (USWNT) suffered a huge setback.

Star players Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan both were surprised by Judge Klausner’s decision holding that their case for claiming equal wages, was unwarranted because there was evidence the women had previously turned down an offer in the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations to be paid along the lines of the US men’s team.

To which Rapinoe said, “The men’s contract was never offered to us and certainly not the same amount of money”. Adding that, “I think so many women can understand what this feeling is of going into a negotiation, knowing equal pay is not on the table, knowing anywhere close to your male counterparts is not even on the table “.

While star Morgan said: “We were just shocked. This decision was out of left field for us. I think for both sides it was very unexpected. We will definitely be appealing and moving forward. If anyone knows anything about the heart of this team, we are fighters and we will continue to fight together for this.”

USWNT clinched back to back World Cup titles and has been a constant talent factory for women soccer across the globe. USWNT ‘s case might spark many feminist-based organizations to come forward and plead for the cause which has dethroned them for their actual status since centuries.

Homeguards and NCC to act as second line of defence: MHA
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Home guards and NCC to act as second line of defence: MHA

Ministry of home affairs has released an order confirming the role Homeguards and NCC might play in the COVID 19 battle. Both the forces along with Civil defence can act as a steam off for Police personnel which has suffered the most in the fight against COVID. 

The Order released by MHA stated that to ensure sustainable control strategy for COVID19, police forces need to prepare “an effective second line of defence to make up for the police personnel who may be rendered ineffective due to COVID infection during the pandemic”.

“Home Guards, Civil Defence, NCC cadets, Scouts and Guides and Student Police Cadets may be utilised in areas where there are not imminent law and order issues. They can especially be of help in maintaining order at the relief centres and in facilitating the maintenance of supply chain and for coordinating other essential services, ” it added.

While it is likely that a majority of police personnel are deployed for attending to COVID-l9 related duties and other policing duties, Head of Police Forces (HoPFs) may consider the option of Work from Home for personnel not deployed on frontline and where feasible.

It has also asked police to adopt a humane approach in enforcing lockdown specially towards poor people. While performing COVID related duties, the Police Security personnel have been advised to help general public and deal with them with empathy and compassion especially with the weaker sections of the society.

It has asked police to strictly apply self-quarantine rules to its members when needed. It has also asked states to give police all necessary protective gear including face shields.

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China has history of infecting the world – United States

United States’ Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Sunday said “enormous evidence” showed the new coronavirus originated in a lab in China. Pompeo went further than Trump, citing “enormous” evidence that the virus originated in a Wuhan lab.

“China has a history of infecting the world and running substandard laboratories,” Pompea stated. He said that early Chinese efforts to downplay the coronavirus amounted to “a classic Communist disinformation effort. That created enormous risk. President Trump is very clear: we’ll hold those responsible accountable.”

There has been growing discomfort between the two global powerhouses and has huge mistrust between them. This mistrust and discomfort were once evident at the time of Cold War between the US and USSR which led to severe global institutional crisis. US accusing WHO and going further by hindering the funding is one such step. 

Globally the virus has been taking a toll on lives and now it’s killing the world order and institutions of governance. Pompeo’s comments were reportedly called ‘insane’ by the Chinese media and have previously called him a ‘clown’ along with Steve Bannon. 

Modernity calls for Unity and post modernism calls for propaganda and vendetta. Both the superpowers need to understand the need of the hour not only for now but for generations to come for a peaceful global order

NAM for global solidarity - PM
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NAM for global solidarity – PM

From Being the first Indian PM to miss Non-Alignment summit to addressing the first e-Non-Alignment Movement summit, Prime minister Modi has ushered a new era in India Foreign Policy.

Speaking at a virtual Non-Aligned Movement Summit through Video Conferencing this evening, the Prime Minister said that the Non-Aligned Movement can help promote global solidarity and it must remain inclusive. He mentioned that the humanity is facing a major crisis in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and NAM can contribute in dealing with it, the world needs a new template of globalisation post COVID-19 based on fairness, equality and humanity.

During this crisis India has shown how democracy, discipline and decisiveness can come together to create a genuine people’s movement. He added that Indian civilization sees the whole world as one family and while caring for its own citizens, New Delhi is also extending help to other countries.

India is regarded as the pharmacy of the world especially for affordable medicines and despite its own needs during COVID 19 pandemic, it has ensured supply of medicines to 123 partner countries including 59 NAM members. He also said the country is active in global efforts to develop remedies and vaccines for COVID-19. 

NAM represents one of the largest groupings outside the United Nations and is described as one of founding pillars of Indian foreign policy. It gives India the opportunity to handle its own affairs without considering umbrellas of any other global powerhouse. NAM reflects India’s freedom to take decisions at the Global stage. 

After being elected to office, the PM has ignored NAM and had not participated in any of its summits. Many cited NAM has Nehru’s chief linchpin as one of the reasons of Indian Prime Minister’s silence on the Summit’s grouping. 

Relevance of NAM was being discussed and one of the chief relevance is its numerical strength and pan coverage of communities which India can help to bolster its image and help achieve its fundamentals of foreign policy. It can help India showcase its case against the Pakistani Government which PM even hinted at. He revealed that even as the world is fighting COVID-19 crisis, some people are busy spreading other deadly viruses like terrorism, fake news, doctored videos to divide communities and countries.  

Further Attempts must be made to harness the capabilities of NAM in order to fulfil our national interest.

2020 an exceptionally difficult year: IMF chief
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2020 an exceptionally difficult year: IMF chief

The IMF has remarked that the world will be facing the greatest economic fallout since The Great Depression. 

Just three months ago, the IMF was forecasting that 160 nations would enjoy positive income growth on a per capita basis. Now the expectation is that over 170 nations will have negative per capita income growth this year, Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director said.

The Managing Director said “I stress there is tremendous uncertainty around the outlook. It could get worse depending on many variable factors, including the duration of the pandemic.”

She also mentioned that the IMF is prepared to commit its $1 trillion in lending capacity to providing support to nations that need help dealing with the pandemic. “We are responding to an unprecedented number of calls for emergency financing from over 90 countries so far,” she said.

The IMF’s executive board has agreed to double the loan levels it will provide from its emergency facilities that she said should allow the IMF to provide around $100 billion in financing to low-income countries.

Georgieva said there was no question that 2020 will be an “exceptionally difficult” year. She said if the pandemic fades in the second half of the year, allowing the gradual lifting of containment measures and the reopening of the global economy, the IMF is forecasting a partial recovery in 2021.

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