Industries hobbled by curbs on mobility of men, material

  • Almost half of the industries which have been allowed to reopen still face hurdles in obtaining permits to function and passes for employees, according to a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) survey.
  • The industry group demanded that businesses should be allowed to function without need of permits in non­containment areas, with workers allowed to commute to work in their own vehicles on the basis of a letter issued by the employer without need of a government pass.
  • CII suggested that permits may be granted on a self ­certification basis by State governments, at least in areas which are not hotspots of infection.


Australia cancels premier air exercise

  • Australia has informed India that its premier multilateral air combat training exercise — Pitch Black 2020 — scheduled from July 27 to August 14 has been cancelled due to the COVID­19 situation.
  • Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), in a letter to Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria.
  • The exercise is also an opportunity to interact with forces from across the globe, a second defence source said. The next edition of Pitch Black is scheduled for 2022.