What’s the Worst Corporate Buzzword?


But elsewhere, several readers raised a compelling point: What if these words aren’t so bad after all? Some defended their simplicity. “What else are people supposed to say? ‘Let me dial your phone number so we can converse about a relevant work related topic’?” Ryan Freeman asked. That justification made sense to Karlee as well. “It’s an understandable ‘script’ when you need to communicate a meaning quickly and smoothly,” she explained—benefits that are even more important with so many meetings occurring remotely now.

Others disagreed, and piled buzzword on top of buzzword to call their efficient communication into question. “This is the kind of client-focused, solution-driven content that stakeholders want,” John Boudet wrote. Nathan Freehling took perhaps the deepest dive into corporate lingo: “Gotta tactically evaluate this strategic initiative from 40,000 feet before proving out whether it’s going to upcycle productivity or negatively impact the cross-functional team members that are coordinating the multi-pronged approach to synergizing the year-over-year growth strategy,” he wrote.

Readers revealed how ridiculous the jargon of office life could be—“‘Interrogate’ the data, like we’re going to torture it into making false confessions,” Lia Maland mused—but also, crucially, how pervasive. “Today I said, ‘outside the box,’” Nancy Farmer admitted. “I don’t know how that happened.” Buzzwords are “probably half of my lexicon,” Angelica Verba wrote. This very pervasiveness may help explain why these terms are so hated. “Like everyone’s loud tipsy uncle,” Khazan noted in her article, “the buzzwords people know best tend to be the ones that irritate them most.”

After weeks of voting, a winner for our bracket emerged. The phrase coasted through the first two rounds, easily winning over double click and ping. Value proposition offered a strong performance in the finals, but the winner was too formidable an opponent to shake. Ultimately, lean in, a term for grabbing opportunities without hesitation popularized by Sheryl Sandberg, claimed victory as the worst buzzword.

Despite the fact that few of us are in a physical office these days, videoconferencing apps such as Zoom and Google Hangouts replicate work conversations we would otherwise have in person. Even in these virtual environments, buzzwords persist. So as you listen to your co-workers—and now roommates and partners—communicating with other employees, do be understanding of those not yet indoctrinated. “Don’t mind me,” one Atlantic Twitter follower wrote to us, “just reading through these phrases that I thought were totally innocuous (minus synergy and disrupt) and learning that apparently my coworkers hate me.”

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Disqualification is worst moment of Djokovic’s career, says Becker


September 6, 2020

(Reuters) – Novak Djokovic’s stunning disqualification from the U.S. Open on Sunday for striking a line judge with a ball is the most difficult moment in his career, said his former coach Boris Becker.

World number one Djokovic was defaulted at 5-6 down in the first set of his match against Pablo Carreno Busta after a ball he swiped in frustration struck a female official in the throat, leaving her in distress.

“I’m as shocked as anybody. Novak and me go way back. We call each other family,” Becker, working as an analyst for broadcaster Eurosport, said. “This is probably the most difficult moment in his entire professional life. He did break the rule, the decision is correct.”

Djokovic, a huge favourite to win his fourth U.S. Open title, was becoming exasperated after failing to convert three set points and then falling heavily and requiring treatment on his shoulder.

The 33-year-old, bidding to claim an 18th Grand Slam title and move within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record, then had his serve broken at 5-5 by the Spaniard.

“Thankfully there were no people, no spectators, but he has a habit sometimes of hitting the ball in the stands. Frustrations started boiling up,” Becker said.

“The ball was hit in the lineswoman’s throat, she fell backwards and she was looking for air. This wasn’t intention, he didn’t want to hit the line judge, but he did hit the ball and those are the rules. Tough one.”

Djokovic spent 12 minutes pleading his case but eventually walked off looking stunned at what had happened.

“Maybe leaving the court at the end was the toughest moment in Novak Djokovic’s career,” Becker, a former U.S. Open champion, said. “He was in the form of his life, undefeated this year, on his way to collecting Grand Slam number 18. None of that, now he’s going to go home.

“It’s only the middle Sunday and we already know we will have a new men’s winner — what a crazy tournament.”

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)





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‘Worst review ever’ can’t stop England’s thrash Australia by six wickets


England have piled more pain on the Australian cricket team in the white-ball tour, sealing the T20 series after just two matches with a six wicket win in Southampton with seven balls remaining.

The day went downhill fast after winning the toss and batting when David Warner immediately called for a review on the third ball of the innings after an appeal for caught behind.

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There was a clear spike as the ball brushed past the gloves, costing Australia a review to go along with the first wicket.

Aussie legend Shane Warne was incredulous.

“I just find it so weird that David Warner would review it so quickly,” he said. “You would have to feel it, it’s 90 mile an hour, you’d have to feel it on your glove wouldn’t you?”

But not to be outdone, England stepped up to the plate.

Having lost the wickets of Alex Carey for 2 and Steve Smith for 10, Australia were in a precarious situation at 3/40 off seven overs.

It wasn’t enough for England, who left the commentators in stitches after pulling off arguably the worst review ever when spinner Adil Rashid floated a leg break towards the stumps, which skipper Aaron Finch defended back down the pitch.

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler appealed loudly, prompting Rashid to spin around and see if umpire Mike Burns was interested.

Although Burns immediately shook his head, Buttler believed the ball might have scraped Finch’s front pad first, so England opted for a review.

However, they were made to look foolish when replays showed the ball had not come in contact with Finch’s pad at all, but had instead struck the middle of his bat.

The commentators could be heard giggling in the background as the third umpire advised Burns to stay with his original decision.

Buttler and Rashid were also filmed laughing at their own expense before the match continued.

On Sky Sports, former England captain Michael Atherton explained: “Buttler probably heard two sounds didn’t he, and it was just the bat flicking the pad.”

After a forgettable start, Australia completed their 20 overs with 7/157.

Finch topscored with 40 of 33 balls, while Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins provided some fireworks towards the end of the innings.

A stellar piece of fielding from England captain Eoin Morgan was required to remove powerhouse batsman Steve Smith, who was run out for 10 in the fifth over.

Paceman Mark Wood was the pick of the bowlers for England, claiming 1/25 from his four overs.

However Buttler made up for the terrible review with bat in hand, guiding England to the win with a glorious 77 not out off 54 balls.

The win was rarely in doubt as Buttler and Dawid Malan combined for a 87-run stand to guide England to needing just over a run a ball late in the innings.

Adam Zampa was tapped to bowl the penultimate over with 18 needed from 12 balls, but with Moeen Ali hitting 12 off the first four balls of the over, Buttler sealed it with a six, hitting the ball into the top tier of the stadium.

Captain Aaron Finch said Australia were “a few runs short of where we needed to be” but said Buttler stole the match.

“When you fail to get one of the opposition openers out who’s a great player, that’s always going to make it tough,” he said. “I felt if we could match their power play with our power play with the ball that we’d be in with a shot but we just didn’t pick up enough wickets through that period.”



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Former TV producer Marion Farrelly reveals worst pitches for new shows


An award-winning TV producer has opened up about the worst pitches she’s ever received for new shows.

Marion Farrelly, who has worked on shows including Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars, X Factor, Celebrity Apprentice and Farmer Wants A Wife, has sat through thousands of pitches during her career.

And she’s getting ready to sift through thousands more in her role as a judge for the AACTA Reg Grundy Award which is offering up $50,000 for the Aussie who comes up with the best concept for a new show. More on that later.

Speaking to news.com.au, Ms Farrelly said that when it comes to the “worst pitches” she’s received “two in particular really spring to mind because when I heard them I thought to myself, ‘on the way to the meeting did you take some acid?’”

“One was a weight loss show,” she said. “But, and this is absolutely true, it was a weight loss show for rabbits.”

People with “fat rabbits” would be invited to enter their pets and the show would follow the rabbits’ progress as they attempts to shed some weight.

“As soon as they left the room, we all looked at each other and went, ‘was that real?’” Ms Farrelly recalled.

media_cameraMarion Farrelly is a former reality TV producer. Picture: SBS/The Feed

The other pitch that was memorable for all the wrong reasons was a show called Crime Scene Clean-ups.

“Sometimes ideas are good on paper and then you see the reality of it and you think, ‘this is the worst thing ever made,’” Ms Farrelly told news.com.au.

The premise of the show was simple – viewers would see how horrific crime scenes are cleaned.

Speaking about the show, Ms Farrelly said: “Imagine you were watching One Born Every Minute which shows the joy of giving birth and you get see this beautiful baby come into the world and you see the parents reaction and it’s just wonderful.

“Now, imagine you don’t see any of that but what you see is just someone coming in and cleaning up the forceps and a bit of a blood and a tiny bit of poo. That’s what Crime Scene Clean-ups would have been like.

“You’ve taken away the joy and what you’re giving me is just the birthing table with no baby and no parent and no happiness.”

Obviously Ms Farrelly passed on the pitch, but she did point out that a not too dissimilar show aired in Russia.

“There was a show in Russia that went on for years and it was shown at like 5 or 6 o’clock in the evening when people are eating,” she said. “It was Russia’s Worst Road Accidents and they would show all the gory shots that we would never show here in Australia. It was phenomenal!”

THE WORLD’S CRAZIEST SHOWS

“TV shows are so crazy that stuff that you think will never get made will be made,” Ms Farrelly told news.com.au.

“I lived in LA for a while for the BBC and when I finished my contract we pitched a load of shows. We went into MTV and we pitched them three ideas. One was sensible, one was slightly crazy, and we pitched a really crazy one for a laugh.”

The really crazy show she pitched was called to be called Make Me Britney.

“It was a makeover show where you have plastic surgery to look like your idol,” Ms Farrelly explained. “We pitched it as a laugh and they said, ‘oh no, we’ve got one just like that in development already.’”

Ms Farrelly then ran through a series of other outrageous shows that have been made around the world.

“I’ll start with Yule Log. This was a show for Christmas morning and it was just four hours of a fire burning. It’s absolutely real and it went on for 23 years. It was just a fire burning!

Marion Farrelly worked on several seasons of Big Brother Australia.
media_cameraMarion Farrelly worked on several seasons of Big Brother Australia.

Hotter Than My Daughter is about mums who think they are better looking than their daughters and they get dressed up and people judge them,” Ms Farrelly said.

Just Tattoo of Us is a show where pals go on and they suggest tattoos for each other. They do a reveal at the end where they get to see what tattoo their friend picked for them, and it always ends in disaster.”

High Class Hooker High School was a show where the world’s best, most qualified sex workers would come together and they would run a school where you could come and learn the best sex techniques,” Ms Farrelly said. She then revealed, “that didn’t actually get made, but I did pitch it!”

HOW YOU CAN PITCH YOUR OWN SHOW AND WIN $50K

As mentioned before, Ms Farrelly is a judge for The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Reg Grundy Award.

It’s open to any Australian who has an idea for a new, unscripted entertainment TV program.

“If you’ve ever said, ‘I could come up with a better idea than that,’ write it down and enter,” Ms Farrelly told news.com.au.

“I love stuff that’s returnable and repeatable. They’re my two big words in TV. It has to be different, there has to be a unique selling point, something that isn’t available at the moment.”

Ms Farrelly continued: “I think there are two things you can do in life or in business or in TV: You do the same as everyone else but you do it better (which is what The Voice did when I was making X Factor and I hated them for it) OR you do the exact opposite.

“I really like quiz shows,” she said. “Because you can build the set and all you have to do is insert the people. They work really well because it means you can film 10 episodes in a day and keep the costs down.

“If you come up with a really good format that’s really simple … you will not be able to spend the amount of money you’ll make, it’s impossible,” she said.

If you’ve got an idea for a TV show, you can submit an entry for the AACTA Reg Grundy Award here

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Bondi Bowling Club the state’s worst venue; concerns as emergency department worker tests positive


Police are now conducting an operation at a second, larger Sydney protest at Olympic Park, Homebush, which is ongoing.

It’s unknown how many arrests have been made and PINs issued at that site, but video footage of the protest shows a number of confrontations between police and protesters.

Another eight protesters were arrested at an anti-lockdown protest in Byron Bay in the state’s north, the spokeswoman said

The anti-lockdown advocates planned rallies across the country on Saturday, including in Melbourne where large gatherings are prohibited under COVID-19 restrictions.

A man is seen bleeding from a head wound during a dramatic arrest in Hyde Park. Credit:Brook Mitchell

Police earlier confirmed that the allegedly assaulted officer “did not require medical treatment”.

People gather at an The anti-lockdown protest in Hyde Park.

People gather at an The anti-lockdown protest in Hyde Park. Credit:Brook Mitchell

Eyewitnesses said about 50 to 60 people were in attendance at 11am and described “a few violent arrests”.

A man is arrested by police after attending a protest in Hyde Park.

A man is arrested by police after attending a protest in Hyde Park. Credit:Brook Mitchell

Protesters chanted at police that “the police had no authority to arrest” “what is your ABN number” “Covid is a hoax” “ People are Sheep” and “Wake up Sheeple”.

One arrest turned violent with a man suffering what appeared to be a serious head wound during an altercation with Police.

Online, organisers have also said they would protest at Sydney Olympic Park later on Saturday.

A woman was questioned by police in Hyde Park before being given a fine.

A woman was questioned by police in Hyde Park before being given a fine.Credit:Brook Mitchell

Meanwhile, an eastern suburbs venue has become the state’s worst offender for COVID-19 breaches, as NSW Health investigates a new COVID-19 case in an emergency department health worker who potentially worked across two hospitals while infectious.

The state’s liquor authority said the Bondi Bowling Club was “the worst venue to date” for failing to comply with health orders, issuing a double fine of $10,000 for physical distancing and hygiene issues last weekend.

It comes as NSW Health recorded five new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to 8pm Friday, including one traveller in hotel quarantine and four locally acquired cases linked to the CBD cluster.

NSW Health also recorded a new case overnight, involving a health professional who worked at two Sydney hospitals, which will be included in Sunday’s official numbers.

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The health worker attended two shifts while potentially infectious: one at the Concord Hospital emergency department on September 1, and another at the Liverpool Hospital emergency department on September 3.

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“The health professional wore full personal protective equipment at all times while in contact with
patients and a surgical mask at all other times,” a NSW Health statement said.

“Investigations into the source of this infection and contact tracing are underway. All patients and staff members who were in contact with the health professional are being contacted and advised to get tested and self-isolate.”

One case attended Kuleto’s Cocktail Bar on King Street, Newtown last Friday night, and NSW Health is asking anyone who was at the venue for more than an hour between 6.30pm and 9.30pm to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

It brings the cluster associated with the City Tattersalls Club to 61 cases.

Liquor and Gaming’s director of compliance, Dimitri Argeres, encouraged the public to provide feedback – including complaints, compliments and suggestions – about venues’ COVID-safety while the state was “still on a cliff edge” in dealing with the virus.

Bondi Bowling Club has been named the worst for COVID-19 breaches.

Bondi Bowling Club has been named the worst for COVID-19 breaches.

When inspectors visited Bondi Bowling Club on August 29 they found multiple group bookings of more than 10 people, no social distancing in bar queues, people mingling while drinking alcohol and inadequate signage.

“While we came across Bondi Bowling Club’s breaches during a routine visit, we also use information and feedback from the public along with other sources of intelligence to focus our inspections on venues posing a higher risk,” Mr Argeres said.

He said the club was operating “as though the COVID safety measures were optional”. “This presented a pretty grim picture of patrons and staff who are simply ignoring the restrictions everyone else has to live with and putting the entire community at risk,” he said.

He said the Garry Owen Hotel in Rozelle – previously dubbed the most neglectful venue – was now complying at a satisfactory level. Eleven fines were issued to venues last week.

NSW Health issued a reminder that Sydneysiders, as well as residents of the Central Coast and Blue Mountains, should not visit aged care facilities for Father’s Day on Sunday.

“This decision has been reached after careful consideration of the risks of COVID-19
being introduced into an aged care facility while the CBD cluster is brought under control,” its statement said.

“While we understand and acknowledge this will be difficult for many families on Father’s Day, our
priority is to prevent the spread of the virus to the most vulnerable people in the community.”

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Bondi Bowling Club slammed as ‘worst venue’ for COVID-19 safety breaches, hit with $10k fine


Bondi Bowling Club has been hit with a $10,000 fine after inspectors called it the “worst venue to date” for breaches of coronavirus rules.

Officials from Liquor and Gaming NSW visited the venue on August 29 and spotted multiple breaches of physical distancing and hygiene regulations.

Offences included groups of more than 10 people, no social distancing at the bar, patrons mingling, dirty cups and plates left on tables and inadequate sign-in processes.

Liquor and Gaming director of compliance Dimitri Argeres said the breaches had been discovered on a routine check.

“We are still on a cliff edge, but you wouldn’t know it if you went to Bondi Bowling Club on 29 August,” he said.

“The venue was operating as though the COVID safety measures were optional.

“This presented a pretty grim picture of patrons and staff who are simply ignoring the restrictions everyone else has to live with and putting the entire community at risk.”

A large group of people spotted at Bondi Bowling Club.
A large group of people spotted at Bondi Bowling Club.(Supplied)

It came as the liquor authority launched a new safety feedback portal at the NSW Government website for people to submit complaints and suggestions about businesses under COVID-19 regulations.

To date, government inspectors have issued 105 fines totalling $469,000 for COVIDSafe breaches.

Previously, the Garry Owen Hotel in Rozelle had been tagged the worst offender by inspectors.

The pub, in Sydney’s inner-west, was slammed for “blatant non-compliance” with public health orders.

Bondi Bowling Club is a popular venue.
Bondi Bowling Club is a popular venue.(Facebook: Bondi Bowling Club)

Man’s bid to bribe NSW-Vic border police

On the state’s southern border, a man allegedly offered a police officer $1,000 in an envelope in a bid to enter NSW from Victoria.

A vehicle was stopped by police at the Barmah Bridge checkpoint on Friday afternoon.

The 66-year-old man could not produce a valid border permit and instead offered the money to police.

He was arrested and charged with bribing a member of the police.

He was given strict conditional bail and will appear before court in November.



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Australia’s worst postcodes for mortgage stress during a recession and what they have in common


Australia’s worst postcodes for mortgage stress have been revealed amid fears that the first recession in three decades will trigger a wave of foreclosures.

Digital Finance Analytics calculated that more than three-quarters of borrowers were struggling to pay their bills in parts of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and some regional areas, as coronavirus lockdowns cripple the economy.

The national average of people who lacked sufficient funds to pay their bills had crept up to 40 per cent, up from 33 per cent before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.

Six-month mortgage repayment holidays had shielded struggling mortgage holders from the full effects of the lockdown but the banks are now asking for their money and pressuring borrowers to sell if they can’t pay up.

Australia’s worst postcodes for mortgage stress have been revealed amid fears the first recession in three decades will worsen an already dangerous situation. Digital Finance Analytics calculated that in parts of south-east and northern Melbourne, more than 85 per cent of borrowers are in mortgage stress

Young families were in particular danger last month with 73.1 per cent of them in dire straits compared with 66.4 per cent for battlers living in the urban fringes of Australia’s major cities.

Postcodes where borrowers in trouble

3178 Rowville in Melbourne’s south-east: 84 per cent

2770 Lethbridge Park, Minchinbury, Mount Druitt in Sydney’s west: 82 per cent

3076 Epping in Melbourne’s north: 78 per cent

6030 Clarkson, Merriwa and Mindarie in Perth’s north: 76 per cent

4034 Carseldine, Geebung and Zillmere in Brisbane’s north: 76 per cent 

3350 Ballarat in western Victoria: 76 per cent

Source: Digital Finance Analytics mortgage stress figures for August 2020

Digital Finance Analytics said the problem in outer-suburban areas was set to worsen in March as extended mortgage repayment reprieves ended.

‘This is a social disaster not just a financial disaster,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Some of these people have some of the lowest savings and therefore are only a month away from not being able to pay for all of the bills,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It translates into both social and economic pressures as well and it translates into things like violence and drugs.

‘This is the foothills of the problem not the pinnacle of the problem.’

At Rowville in Melbourne’s outer south-east, 84 per cent of home borrowers were in stress in August.

Epping in the city’s north had 78 per cent of borrowers in stress.

In western Sydney, 82 per cent of borrowers were struggling at Lethbridge Park, Minchinbury and Mount Druitt.

Sydney’s south-west was also in bad shape with 74 per cent of mortgage holders in duress in Abbotsbury, Bossley Park and Edensor Park.

Mr North said these outer-suburban areas with new houses had a higher proportion of migrants. 

‘A lot of people, often migrants, coming in and buying those properties – the McMansions on small lots,’ he said.

‘Big mortgages are reliant on multiple incomes and unfortunately, it’s all going a bit wrong now.’ 

Australia’s biggest cities weren’t the only areas in trouble, with 76 per cent of borrowers struggling at Clarkson, Merriwa and Mindarie in Perth’s north.

In western Sydney, 82 per cent of borrowers were struggling at Lethbridge Park, Minchinbury and Mount Druitt. Sydney's south-west was also in bad shape with 74 per cent of mortgage holders in duress in Abbotsbury, Bossley Park and Edensor Park

In western Sydney, 82 per cent of borrowers were struggling at Lethbridge Park, Minchinbury and Mount Druitt. Sydney’s south-west was also in bad shape with 74 per cent of mortgage holders in duress in Abbotsbury, Bossley Park and Edensor Park

Three-quarters of borrowers were also in dire straits in the northern Brisbane suburbs of Carseldine, Geebung and Zillmere

Three-quarters of borrowers were also in dire straits in the northern Brisbane suburbs of Carseldine, Geebung and Zillmere

Three-quarters of borrowers were also in dire straits in the northern Brisbane suburbs of Carseldine, Geebung and Zillmere. 

Ballarat in western Victoria has a 76 per cent distress rate and the highest number of struggling borrowers at 7,462.  

At a state level, Tasmania was in particularly bad shape, with 48.8 per cent of borrowers in mortgage stress, as the island state keeps its border closed.

In Victoria, 44.2 per cent of mortgagors were struggling amid the strict Stage 4 coronavirus lockdowns with 437,191 distressed mortgages.

That put it ahead of Western Australia (43.2 per cent), the Australian Capital Territory (41.3 per cent), New South Wales (37.6 per cent), South Australia (37.5 per cent), Queensland (36.4 per cent) and the Northern Territory (30.2 per cent). 

Digital Finance Analytics data is based on monthly telephone and Zoom focus group surveys of 4,700 people across Australia. 

Australia's biggest cities weren't the only areas in trouble, with 76 per cent of borrowers struggling at Clarkson, Merriwa and Mindarie in Perth's north

Australia’s biggest cities weren’t the only areas in trouble, with 76 per cent of borrowers struggling at Clarkson, Merriwa and Mindarie in Perth’s north

Digital Finance Analytics calculated that as many as 40 per cent of Australia's home loan holders were struggling to pay their bills in August 2020 as the coronavirus lockdowns crippled the economy. Pictured is Melbourne's Bourke Street mall during the Stage 4 lockdowns

Digital Finance Analytics calculated that as many as 40 per cent of Australia’s home loan holders were struggling to pay their bills in August 2020 as the coronavirus lockdowns crippled the economy. Pictured is Melbourne’s Bourke Street mall during the Stage 4 lockdowns

In February, before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, 33 per cent of home borrowers lacked sufficient funds in the bank to meet their expenses. Pictuerd is a house for sale at Kellyville in Sydney's north west

In February, before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, 33 per cent of home borrowers lacked sufficient funds in the bank to meet their expenses. Pictuerd is a house for sale at Kellyville in Sydney’s north west



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Coronavirus: India’s economy shrinks by a quarter, in worst slump for at least 24 years | World News


India’s economy has suffered its worst slump in 24 years as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

Official data shows the economy shrunk by 23.9% in the quarter from April to June – its worst performance since the government began releasing quarterly data in 1996.

And economists say the impact on GDP is likely to be much higher, given the scale of the country’s gig economy and the number of workers on temporary, short-term or part-time contracts.

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The contraction followed a slow 3.1% growth in the previous quarter, which was itself the worst performance in at least eight years, the National Statistical Office said.

While the pandemic has caused economies around the world to contract, India’s growth was slowing even before the COVID-19 crisis struck.

India's economy has seen its worst slump in 24 years
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India’s economy has seen its worst slump in 24 years

But the country’s lockdown since 25 March has brought the chain of manufacturing, marketing, sales, transport and income to an unprecedented halt.

Construction was the worst-hit sector, declining by half during the quarter, following by growth in trade and hospitality -which contracted by 47% – and manufacturing, which fell by 10%.

The economy has contracted three times before this; in 1965 it shrank by 2.6%, in 1972 by 5.5% and in 1979 by 5.2%.

There are more than 3.6m coronavirus cases in India
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There are more than 3.6m coronavirus cases in India

The latest figures are also a sharp contrast to the economy’s growth of 8.1% in the same quarter last year.

Many economists believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation of currency in 2016, along with a hasty rollout of a goods and services tax, inflicted blows to manufacturing.

Hopes persist for a tentative recovery during the next quarter as tens of thousands of migrant workers who returned to their villages after losing jobs during the lockdown slowly go back to work.

However, the picture remains grim for many of the jobless.

Around 19 million people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy.

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In June, a report by the International Monetary Fund projected an economic contraction of 4.5% for India for this year.

India has reported over 3.6 million cases of coronavirus and over 64,000 deaths, and has the third-highest confirmed caseload after the US and Brazil.

On Sunday, the country reported a record 78,761 new coronavirus cases – the world’s worst 24-hour spike ever recorded in a single country during the pandemic.



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Canada's economy experiences its worst plunge in history



Canada’s economy suffered its worst contraction on record in the second quarter, though more recent data suggests a rebound is well underway.





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