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Emirates becomes the first airlines to conduct on-site rapid COVID19 tests for passengers

Coronavirus tests in 10 minutes, conducted by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) at Terminal -3.



Where all governments across world fighting and exploring ways to control Coronavirus spread while Emirates airlines’s out of the box thinking has got the new and best way to control the spread.

Emirates team is conducting rapid Coronavirus tests at Dubai Terminal 3. This takes 10 minutes’ time to provide the certificate which is required by some countries before immigrating to their territory.

This Rapid COVID19 tests conducted by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and conveniently done at the group check-in area at Terminal 3.

Other countries / aviation authorities should get details on such best practices to implement. It can be a way out to avoid countrywide lockdown and COVID19 import can be halt.

check this out on Emirates site : COVID19 tests at Dubai Airport which takes 10 minutes

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ADB, India sign $177 million loan for state road improvements in Maharashtra



ADB India Funds for road developments

ADB, India sign $177 million loans for state road improvements in Maharashtra

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India today signed a $177 million loan to upgrade 450 kilometres (km) of state highways and major district roads in the state of Maharashtra.

The signatories to the Maharashtra State Road Improvement Project were Shri Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance who signed for the Government of India, and Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission who signed for ADB.

After signing the loan agreement, Shri Khare said that the project will improve connectivity between rural areas and urban centres in the state enabling rural communities to better access markets, employment opportunities and services. Improved mobility will expand development and livelihood opportunities outside of the state’s major urban centres to second-tier cities and towns thus reducing income disparities.

Mr Yokoyama said that the project will also strengthen road safety measures by developing a road safety audit framework that will protect vulnerable groups such as the elderly, women, and children, following the international best practice. Giving more details, Mr Yokoyama said that another feature of the project is to update the road maintenance system by encouraging 5-year performance-based maintenance obligations to contractors to sustain asset quality and service levels.

Overall the project will upgrade 2 major district roads and 11 state highways, with a combined length of 450 km, to 2-lane standard across seven districts of Maharashtra, and improve connectivity to national highways, interstate roads, seaports, airports, rail hubs, district headquarters, industrial areas, enterprise clusters and agricultural areas.

The project will also focus on training the Maharashtra Public Works Department project staff to build their capacity in climate change adaptation and disaster-resilient features in road design, road maintenance planning and road safety.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

Source: India Ministry of Finance – Press Release.

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