PIX: Janhvi, Katrina, Kartik light candles

Akshay Kumar writes, ‘Together we stand and together we will come out of this dark phase. Till then stay strong, stay safe.’

U.S. barge lines beef up crew safety as virus threatens crucial cargo

March 19 (Reuters) – The world has radically changed since towboat captain Terry Hall boarded his vessel late last month in Wood River, Illinois, for his four-week shift hauling bargeloads of crude oil, chemicals, scrap metal and other goods up and down the Mississippi River.

UPDATE 1-Dubai’s Emaar pauses luxury tower work, as virus adds to real estate woes

Dubai, a regional tourism, trade and business hub, has faced a real estate slowdown for most of the past decade as the global financial crisis and weak oil prices burst a price bubble and left the market oversupplied with homes and offices.

INSIGHT-Death at home: the unseen toll of Italy’s coronavirus crisis

“We are used to seeing people die, but normally it feels like you are accompanying them at the end of the road,” said Maura Zucchelli, a nurse at Itineris, a private company which provides medical assistance at home in the Bergamo area.

UPDATE 1-Tabreed buys 80% of Emaar Properties’ Dubai cooling business for $675 mln

He said the deal had attracted a lot of interest from international companies and infrastructure funds. “A lot of people were vying for this asset, because of how important it is.” The deal comes during a two-week lockdown in Dubai that began on Saturday to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

UPDATE 1-Austrian economy to shrink 3.2% in ‘moderate’ coronavirus scenario – ONB

Austria has closed schools, restaurants, bars, theatres and other gathering places, including non-essential shops. People have been told to stay at home and work from there if possible. Most of those measures are in place until Easter Monday, April 13, and are widely expected to be extended for a long time.

Tech giants such as Google, Facebook seek to defer Indian digital tax – sources

India and the United States remain at loggerheads over a wide array of tariffs. The digital tax has alarmed the U.S. government, which has reviewed it, but Washington is not immediately likely to raise concerns with New Delhi given priorities over the coronavirus, said a fourth source aware of the U.S. government’s thinking.

U.N. chief calls for global truce so world can focus on coronavirus

“End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world,” he said. “It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now. That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.” (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Jonathan Oatis)