World Looking Away From China, It’s Blessing For Us: Nitin Gadkari To NDTV

Every country in the world, right now, does not want to trade with China: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi:

The world does not want to do business with China and this is a blessing for India, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari told NDTV on Saturday, during an extensive discussion on the government’s plans to support MSMEs (micro, small and medium-scale enterprises) incurring losses during the coronavirus outbreak and steps to boost the national economy after the end of the lockdown.

In his interview Mr Gadkari also touched upon the migrant crisis that has made headlines across the country, warning against allowing the lakhs of stranded men and women to return to their home states for fear of the virus spreading.

The comment on China comes days after Asia’s largest economy hit out at the government over new rules for FDI (foreign direct investment), describing them as a violation of WTO (World Trade Organization) principles of non-discrimination and saying they were against free and fair trade.

“World over every country is facing an economic crisis. (But) every country in the world, right now, does not want to trade with China, even though it is a super economic power. This is a blessing in disguise for us. This is an opportunity for us…” he told NDTV.

Mr Gadkari also appeared to indicate this could be the opportunity for the government to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition of making India a five-trillion-dollar economy by 2025.

“(We) will assign a joint secretary to convert new technology to investments to fulfil the Prime Minister’s vision of making India a five trillion-dollar economy,” he added.

Both India and China are likely to be badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicting a growth rate of 1.2 per cent for the Asian giant in 2020; its lowest in over four decades.

The contraction in its economy – GDP shrank 6.8 per cent in January-March as compared to the same period 12 months ago – was indicated by fall in industrial output in March and a nearly 16 per cent fall in retail sales.

China has also faced criticism, some guarded and some open, over its role in the coronavirus pandemic; the virus originated in the country’s Wuhan district in December last year.

This week United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed the Chinese government had failed to report the outbreak in a timely manner and was in breach of WHO (World Health Organization) rules.

Meanwhile, the IMF predicted a 1.9 per cent growth rate for India this year, and also said it expected both China and India to rebound strongly in 2021, assuming the coronavirus pandemic was contained.

The COVID-19 pandemic has infected 28.25 lakh worldwide and led to the deaths of nearly two lakh people. In India, where the government today claimed a lowest daily growth rate in cases since late March, nearly 25,000 cases and 779 deaths have been reported.

World

28,25,140Cases
18,29,648Active
7,97,826Recovered
1,97,666Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 185 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 28,25,140 and 1,97,666 have died; 18,29,648 are active cases and 7,97,826 have recovered as on April 25, 2020 at 5:36 pm.

India

24,942 1490Cases
18,953 1038Active
5,210 396Recovered
779 56Deaths
In India, there are 24,942 confirmed cases including 779 deaths. The number of active cases is 18,953 and 5,210 have recovered as on April 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases
Mumbai3029
Mumbai Sub Ur67
Yavatmal32
Aurangabad30
Ahmednagar27
Sholapur21
Buldhana21
Palaghar17
Ratnagiri7
Osmanabad3
Sindhudurg (kudal)2
Chandrapur2
Nandurbar1
Details Awaited*2153

6817 387

5559 252

957 117

301 18

DistrictCases
Ahmedabad1298
Vadodara188
Bhavnagar32
Gandhi Nagar17
Panchmahal11
Banaskantha10
Chhota Udepur7
Porbandar3
Mahisagar3
Gir Somnath3
Sabarkantha2
Details Awaited*749

2815 191

2423 169

265 7

127 15

DistrictCases
Tj From Quaritine1080
Others Non Tracable213
Central Delhi184
South East130
West Delhi122
South Delhi70
North Delhi60
Shahadara48
South West Delhi42
East Delhi38
New Delhi37
North West Delhi32
North East Delhi25
Details Awaited*433

2514 138

1604 86

857 49

53 3

DistrictCases
Jodhpur228
Bharatpur102
Banswara60
Iran Evacuees60
Jhunjhunu37
Jaisalmer32
Bhilwara28
Jhalawar20
Dungarpur5
Sawai Madhopur5
Hanumangarh3
Pratapgarh2
Details Awaited*558

2034 70

1777 70

230

27

DistrictCases
Khandwa (east Nimar)32
Hoshangabad25
Jabalpur25
Sheopur-kalan4
Alirajpur3
Chindwara2
Tikamgarh1
Details Awaited*413

1952 100

1650 84

210 7

92 9

DistrictCases
Lucknow167
Gautam Budha Nagar98
Saharanpur72
Firozabad58
Moradabad58
Ghaziabad41
Bulandshahar18
Varanasi14
Maharajganj6
Pratapgarh6
Muzaffar Nagar5
Lakhimpur Kheri4
Kanshi Ram Nagar (kasganj)3
Kaushambi2
Rae-bareilly2
Sultanpur1
Bara-banki1
Sant Kabir Nagar1
Shahjahanpur1
Sant Ravi Das Nagar (bhadoi)1
Allahabad1
Details Awaited*602

1778 174

1504 130

248 42

26 2

DistrictCases
Chennai303
Coimbatore133
Tiruppur109
Dindigul76
Tirunelveli62
Chengalpattu53
Tiruchirapalli50
Namakkal50
Thiruvallur48
Thanjavur46
Nagapattinam44
Villupuram36
Thoothukudi27
Thiruvarur27
Cuddalore26
Virudhunagar19
Tirupattur17
Nagerkoil (kanyakumari)16
Sivagangai12
Tiruvannamalai12
Ramanathapuram11
Udagamandalam9
Kancheepuram9
Perambalur5
Kalllakurichi3
Pudukottai1
Details Awaited*235

1755 72

867

866 114

22 2

DistrictCases
Kurnool158
Prakasam44
West Godavari35
Anantapur29
Chittoor28
East Godavari24
Visakhapatnam20
Details Awaited*415

1061 106

859 78

171 26

31 2

DistrictCases
Hyderabad472
Suryapet75
Nizamabad56
Vikarabad36
Hyderabad Rural (ranga Reddy)35
Gadwal (jogulamba)32
Warangal25
Adilabad19
Karimnagar19
Nalgonda15
Mahaboobnagar12
Kamareddy11
Sangareddy8
Asifabad (komarambhim)5
Kothagudem (badadri)4
Siricilla (rajanna)3
Bhupalpally (jayashanker)3
Nagarkurnool2
Peddapally2
Mahabubabad1
Details Awaited*65

984

705

253

26

DistrictCases
Kolkata184
North 24 Parganas46
Purba Mednipur21
South 24 Parganas9
Kalimpomg7
Paschim Burdwan7
Jalpaiguri5
Darjeeling4
Paschim Mednipur4
Diamond Harbour-hd3
Murshidabad2
Basirhat-hd1
Purba Burdwan1
Nandigram-hd1
Details Awaited*179

571 57

450 54

103

18 3

DistrictCases
Belagavi42
Vijayapura32
Kalburgi27
Bengaluru (u)23
Bagalkote21
Chikkaballapur16
Dakshin Kannada14
Bengaluru (r)12
Uttara Kannada11
Davanagere2
Chitradurga1
Details Awaited*81

489 26

318 23

153 3

18

DistrictCases
Bandipora81
Srinagar79
Baramulla43
Udhampur20
Ganderbal14
Details Awaited*104

454 27

340 10

109 17

5

DistrictCases
Kasaragode170
Cannanore(kannur)92
Ernakulam24
Kozhicode (calicut)20
Malappuram20
Pathanamthitta17
Thiruvananthapuram14
Thrissur13
Alappuzha5
Details Awaited*43

451 3

116

331 7

4 1

DistrictCases
Sasnagar61
Jalandhar48
Pathankot24
Nawanshahr (sbs Nagar)19
Ludhiana16
Amritsar11
Hoshiarpur7
Kapurthala2
Fatehgarh Sahib (sarhind)2
Gurdaspur1
Firozepur1
Details Awaited*53

298 21

214 18

67 2

17 1

DistrictCases
Faridabad42
Panchkula18
Yamunanagar3
Kurukshetra2
Fatehabad1
Charkhi Dadri1
Details Awaited*32

272

113

156

3

DistrictCases
Begusarai9
Gopalganj3
Bhagalpur1
Lakhisarai1
Details Awaited*115

228 52

180 52

46

2

DistrictCases
Khurda (bhuvaneshwar)46
Kalahandi2
Kendrapara2
Sundargarh2
Dhenkanal1
Details Awaited*26

94 4

60 4

33

1

DistrictCases
Hazaribagh3
Details Awaited*14

59 4

47 3

9 1

3

DistrictCases
Dehradun24
Udhamsingh Nagar4
Pauri Garhwal1
Details Awaited*2

48 1

23

25 1

0

DistrictCases
Details Awaited*1

40

21

18

1

DistrictCases
Rajnandgaon1

36

6

30 2

0

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro2
Hailakandi1
Karimganj1
Lakhimpur1
S Mancachar1
Details Awaited*1

36

16

19

1

DistrictCases
Chandigarh26
Details Awaited*2

28 1

13

15 1

0

DistrictCases
South Andaman16
Details Awaited*11

27 5

16 5

11

0

DistrictCases
Leh (ladakh)14
Details Awaited*6

20 2

6 2

14

0

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills11
Details Awaited*1

12

11

0

1

DistrictCases
Puducherry6
Details Awaited*1

7

4

3

0

DistrictCases
North Goa6
South Goa1

7

0

7

0

DistrictCases
Imphal West1

2

0

2

0

DistrictCases
North Tripura1

2

1

1

0

DistrictCases
Aizwal West1

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases

1

0

1

0

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