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07 June, 2020, 11:50 AM IST

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German economy shrinks 2.2 per cent in 1st quarter as virus hits

The figures from the Federal Statistical Office offered a first glimpse of the damage caused by the coronavirus crisis to Europe's biggest economy, which the government is trying to limit with a raft of rescue programs. The decline in the January-March period was the biggest since 2009. March was the month in which the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe.

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  • The UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which approached the Supreme Court to be made amicus curiae in a case that has challenged the validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), has a history of filing such petitions in various courts worldwide.

    Several Indian diplomatic missions in the Gulf, Southeast Asia and key European capitals will soon have new envoys in one of the biggest revamps undertaken by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in recent years. India’s permanent missions in New York and Geneva as well as that in London will have new envoys.

    The closure came as novel coronavirus cases climbed to 18 in the country.

    French commentators initially praised the ability of China’s regime to impose lockdown to fight Covid. But the French mood changed in late March, says Marc Julienne, China researcher at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI).

    Despite all our past glory, the “potential” India has, the love you have for your country, that answer won’t change. We don’t have money. Our people are poor. Our government is poor. Hence, when we carry out a lockdown like Europe or the US, we suffer more. For them, the lockdown creates an itch. For us, we bleed.

    The decision was taken by the FIFA-Confederations working group which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Brent crude was down 55 cents, or 1%, to $54.40 a barrel by 1432 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was 24 cents, or 0.5%, lower at $49.66 a barrel.

    In India, which partly relaxed its lockdown this week, health authorities scrambled Wednesday to contain an outbreak at a huge market. Hard-hit New York City shut down its subway system overnight for disinfection. Experts in Italy, which just began easing some restrictions, warned lawmakers that a new surge of virus infections and deaths is coming.

    Italy, the largest buyer of Indian coffee, started relaxing the restrictions from Monday much to the relief of the Indian coffee industry. However, the exporters fear intense price pressure from Brazil which is expecting a normal crop.

    "This includes the play-off matches for UEFA Euro 2020 and qualifying matches for UEFA Women's Euro 2021," said European football's governing body in a statement.

    The Chinese city of Wuhan was the epicentre of the pandemic that is still sweeping across the world with Western Europe and USA being the worst hit currently. The OCA has decided to hold the Asian Youth Games from November 20 to 28. The host city was decided by the OCA in 2019 but the dates of the multi-sporting event was announced on Wednesday.

    Health officials reported 10,581 new infections over the last 24 hours, only 52 less than Sunday’s record, and bringing Russia’s total to 145,268 cases and 1,356 deaths. Russia is emerging as a new hotspot for the coronavirus as many countries in western Europe begin steps to ease lockdown measures.

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