US, India pledge to work together to fight Covid-19


NEW DELHI:  US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendera Modi have pledged to work together to fight deadly coronavirus pandemic  as this is so great challenge that cannot be eliminated by a single country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked US President over his announcement of providing ventilators to India and said that the COVID-19 pandemic is being fought “collectively by all of us”. This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us. In such times, it is always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make our world healthier and free from COVID-19. More power to India-US friendship,” Modi tweeted in response to a tweet by the US President.

Donald Trump, Narendera Modi

“I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and @narendramodi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!” Trump had said in a tweet earlier.

Later, speaking to reporters at White House, he reiterated that the US will be sending ventilators to India. “We are sending quite a lot of ventilators to India. I spoke to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and we are sending quite a few ventilators to India. We have a tremendous supply of ventilators,” Trump said.

Last month, India had allowed the export of millions of Hydroxychloroquine tablets to treat COVID-19 patients in America. Trump had lauded Modi for his “strong leadership” in helping “not just India, but humanity”.

New measures:

Meanwhile,Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the measures and reforms announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will have a transformative impact on health and education sectors. He also stressed that the economic stimulus will boost entrepreneurship, help public sector units and revitalise the village economy.

“Measures and reforms announced by the Finance Minister today will have a transformative impact on our health and education sectors. They will boost entrepreneurship, help public sector units and revitalise the village economy. Reform trajectories of the states will also get an impetus,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

Under the final tranche of the economic package, Sitharaman earlier  announced that the Centre has allocated an additional amount of Rs 40,000 crore under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). (ANI)