There are few global events that impact the world and changes the way it functions. If global recession of 2008 was one, the COVID-19 is another. This will continue to dominate the global events in the coming months. Let us look at what is in store for the week ahead :
1. India leads the world in fighting COVID-19
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the lead in fighting the effects of this virus. During a video conference with all leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), he announced a USD 100 million fund.
It is expected this week, the Prime Minister will lead the G-20 group and is expected to discuss the issue with the grouping.
India has also rescued 1,444 of its nationals from China, Iran, Italy and Japan, after establishing temporary laboratory facilities and checking the samples collected before bringing back the citizens.
2. Global COVID-19 scare
The virus has spread to more than 148 countries and has resulted in the death of more than 6,500 people.
The number of cases are increasing day by day resulting in the shutdown of cities, nations, borders and affecting the movement of individuals.
Economic activities have been reduced, stock markets and capital markets including the Bombay Stock Exchange crashed previously.
China, Italy and Iran have been the worst affected.
3. Turkey’s aggression goes beyond Asia
Turkey continue to propagate its acts of aggression, this time in not just Syria but is also threatening Greece with coercive actions. It is pushing migrants from Syria and other countries into Europe. These refugees are those who have been driven out of their homes in Syria, due to illegal Turkish aggression.
In the coming weeks, this will continue to affect relations between Europe and Turkey.
4. Israeli political scenario
After not being able to secure a majority in the Knesset, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to give way to Benny Gantz, who the President has invited to form the government. He has formed the government now, the stability of which is unknown.
5. Centenary birth anniversary celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujhibur Rahman
Bangladesh is all set to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary celebrations of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of Bangladesh and the individual who took the lead during the liberation war in 1971.
It will be a Low key affair and most of the celebrations will be carried out through video-conferencing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was supposed to have attended the event, Will now participate through video-conferencing.