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He sounded a global alarm, warning leaders about the survival of humanity and the planet. In language that was sometimes downright undiplomatic, he called out those he blames for the perilous state of the world. It was Antonio Guterres’ strongest, most striking speech since he took the helm of the United Nations in 2017.
COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. The distress it has caused globally is immeasurable. The deadly pandemic has launched a war on humanity on two fronts — health and economy.
The warning by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres that the COVID-19 pandemic could push nearly 50 million more people into extreme poverty deserves serious attention and countries should act immediately to shore up global food security.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 2005 is a shining example of a radical and rational systemic change. It is radical because it transferred power to the poorest of the poor and enabled them to escape hunger and deprivation. It is rational because it puts money directly in the hands of those who need it most. It has proved its worth in the years it has been in existence, even enduring six years of a hostile government.
One of the interesting aspects of Open AI’s flip-flop over CEO Sam Altman is the financial angle. It was Altman who struck a deal with Microsoft and raised Open AI’s market value to $80 billion. When Altman was sacked by the now melted board of directors, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella offered Altman a job,
Boris Johnson is expected to apologise for “unquestionably” making mistakes in his handling of the pandemic during his appearance before the Covid Inquiry. But the former prime minister will argue that his controversial decisions ended up saving “tens if not hundreds of thousands of lives”.
The slow but inexorable pace of social change sometimes leaves political parties stranded. One hundred years ago on Wednesday, Labour won more seats than the Liberals in the general election, and six weeks later Ramsay MacDonald formed the first Labour government after negotiations in a hung parliament.
It’s so unfortunate that the Russia and Ukraine war is still going on despite heavy losses recorded from both sides. There is no solution to any conflict through the use of force and attacks. It’s the need of the hour to start meaningful peace talks so as to avoid any further human and financial losses