– Indonesia’s state revenue is expected to decline significantly this year as the government rolls out tax incentives, including corporate income tax cuts, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has triggered declines in commodity prices and business output.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on April 6 that the state revenue would amount to 1.76 quadrillion IDR (65 billion USD) this year, a year-on-year decline of 10 percent compared to last year. The figure is also lower than the 2020 state budget target of 2.23 quadrillion IDR.Tax income will fall 5.4 percent year-on-year, while non-tax income will contract 26.5 percent due to lower oil and coal prices. … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s 2020 state revenue forecast to decline 10 percent due to COVID-19
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The image of health is part of his cult of personality. State TV regularly shows him lifting weights in the gym, or cycling on his bike. He is the main driver of "health and happiness" campaigns in which state employees wearing identical uniforms do their morning exercises. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Why has Turkmenistan reported no cases?
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Also, even before the outbreak, Indian farmers were struggling. Low crop prices had led to a massive slowdown of rural consumption. "Even in normal times," said Mr Chowdhary, "farming has become unviable." Some 200,000 farmers have committed suicide in India since 1997. Most of the suicides have been linked to poverty, debt, a sharp rise in costs and crop failures due to pest attacks … [Read more...] about Will coronavirus lockdown cause food shortages in India?
Alderman Jason Ervin, who chairs Chicago council's black caucus, told the Chicago Tribune that "rates of non-compliance in some parts of the city with the stay-at-home orders" might also be contributing to the statistics. BBC … [Read more...] about Coronavirus wreaks havoc in African American neighbourhoods