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The economic damage caused by novel coronovirus to the Chinese economy is likely to be larger than SARS, leading to GDP estimates being revised downwards. VOA

The China lockdown owing to the deadly novel coronavirus has little impact on 3DExperience platform major Dassault Systemes as the company has no dependency on China for supply chain kind of activities, Bernard Charles, Vice Chairman and CEO, Dassault Systemes, said on Wednesday.

The overall confirmed cases in Mainland China reached 44,653 by Wednesday, with 1,113 deaths being confirmed by the Chinese authorities.


“We do have big labs in India but not in China. So we do not have any specific dependencies related to the supply chain kind of activities. But we are concerned about the slowdown in the industry globally,” Charles told IANS.

“Our customers use the 3DExperience Cloud platform online. So even if people are working from home with good Internet access, they can perform design and training as usual,” he added.

The economic damage caused by novel coronovirus to the Chinese economy is likely to be larger than SARS, leading to GDP estimates being revised downwards.

“We have a very sizable client list from China. It has been a strong dynamic market for us for many years. It is difficult to know at this point how long this is going to continue. We are concerned,” Charles noted.


The China lockdown owing to the deadly novel coronavirus has little impact on 3DExperience platform major Dassault Systemes as the company has no dependency on China for supply chain kind of activities, Bernard Charles, Vice Chairman and CEO of Dassault Systemes said. Wikimedia Commons

Citigroup has cut China’s GDP forecast for the first quarter of 2020 to 3.6 per cent from the initial 4.8 per cent.

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Citigroup said the economic damage from coronavirus will be more than the SARS virus, assuming that the virus will be contained by the end of March. (IANS)


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As per a statement, the new driving licence will have an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC). The new RC will have the owner's name printed on the front while the microchip and the QR code would be embedded at the back of the card.

The cards earlier had embedded chips, but chip reader machines were not available in the required quantity with both the Delhi Traffic Police and the Enforcement Wing of the Transport Department. Moreover, chips were designed and implemented by the states concerned, which resulted in difficulties in reading the chip and retrieving information, especially in case of defaulters.

"Now with the QR based smart card, this issue is resolved. This will enable unification in linking and validating one's information to smart cards with Sarathi and Vahan, the two web-based databases of all driving licenses and vehicle registrations," the release added.

The QR is also being implemented nationwide, the QR code reader is easily procurable and will do away with the requirement of any manual intervention altogether. The new cards will also allow two specific materials for their card manufacturing -- PolyVinyl Chloride or PVC, or PolyCarbonate which is slightly more expensive but more durable. (Card Size - 85.6mm x 54.02 mm; Thickness minimum 0.7 mm)

An October 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made changes to the Driving License and Registration Certificate. The new Smart card based DL and RC, will have chip based/ QR code based recognition system. At the same time, documents such as driving license or registration certificates in electronic formats on DigiLockers and mParivahan were also made valid in place of physical documents and treated at par with original documents.

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