New Zealand achieves milestone…

New Zealand is free of COVID-19

The Health Ministry of New Zealand declared for the first time since February 28 that New Zealand is free of COVID-19 now. The country has no active cases for the first time since February 28.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that all coronavirus measures will be lifted from Tuesday barring border closure restrictions, as the virus had been eliminated from the country.

75 days of lockdown –

This has happened because of the 75 days of restrictions in which 7 weeks were of strict lockdown. During strict lockdown almost all businesses were shut, only essential services were allowed to operate. Ms Ardern thanked the entire nation for the support in achieving this milestone. She also said that restrictions will be moved down to level – 1 from level – 2 from Monday midnight.

Decide > Commit > Succeed

New Zealand had not only decided to curb the spread of the virus in public but also to eliminate the deadly virus from the country. This is not the point of a success but the result of sustained efforts. New Zealanders cheered the lifting of curbs. Ms Ardern, 39, has won global praise for her leadership during this pandemic and her popularity has seen stratospheric growth over the last few months.

Economic Rebuid will be needed –

The recent opinion poll tells that Mr Ardern is well placed to win the second term in office in September elections. Even so, the government will need to show it is up to the task of reviving the economy, which is expected to sink into recession.

Resume dialogue with Nepal now (@the_hindu_editorial)

“India should take the lead in ending a deadlock that goes against the interest of bilateral ties with Nepal”

Experts say that in the time of a pandemic it is not wise to have a hostile neighborhood. Contrary to that India, in the recent times have had reached a new low in bilateral relations. In the South East Asia, Nepal & China are our neighbors with whom our relations are not suitably up to the mark these days.

What are Official statements from Nepal –

The Oli government’s sharp reaction was unexpected – as the road was being built for years. The Nepalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed regret at India’s move. It said, “As per the Sugauli Treaty (1816, all the territories east of Kali (Mahakali) River, including Limpiyadgura, Kalapani and Lipulekh, belong to Nepal. Several times in the past had also Nepal warned India of this construction, said the Nepal officials.

Nepal wants to solve – so should India

Nepal said it believed in resolving the pending boundary issues through diplomatic means. It said that Kathmandu had proposed twice the dates for holding the Foreign Secretary-level meeting between the two countries. The Ministry of External Affairs assured Nepal that talks would begin after the lockdown was lifted.

India is delaying the matter for no reason –

The delay in the talks is beyond comprehension. When the road inauguration can take place then why can’t the talks? Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali asked said that such an important matter should be solved without wasting a single day.

The unhappy Nepal PM K. P. Sharma Oli termed the “Indian virus” as more damaging than the “Chinese virus”. He also questioned India’s faith in “Satyameva Jayate”.

India should restore faith and peace…

It is time restore the faith and peace through dialogue and resolve the matter. In good and bad times, India and Nepal have to live together. Embassies on bot sides should be allowed to function freely. India should not shy away from a dialogue even during the COVID-19 crisis.

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