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Indian workers left stranded in Gulf countries

In case of coronavirus deaths the bodies of migrants are stuck in these countries due to stringent lockdown regulations.

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Indian workers left stranded in Gulf countries

The population of migrant workers continues to suffer due to ongoing lockdown and isolation, a result of Covid-19. Be it India where the lockdown put millions of lowskilled migrant workers in danger of starvation as they lost the daily wages on which they depended for survival. Horrific accounts of reverse migration surfaced with many opting to walk thousands of kilometres, or being stuck due to strict border closures. The story is no different in the Gulf countries where many Indian migrants are stuck at the Arabian Sea working at oil rigs. Their ships are not being allowed to dock at any of the ports. The workers fear being jailed for complaining and about 7,000 workers have been stuck at the Arabian Sea for the past two months. Chandrasekhar Reddy, the president of Itchapuram Pravasa Seva Samithi,t told The Daily Guardian: “I hail from Loddapuddi village in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh. We have been stranded in Arabian Se past four months.

I work for an Abu Dhabi company, in their oil field. These countries are not allowing us to enter the land.” Same is the case with a Telangana worker Arjun Tummalapalli, Karimnagar. He explained, “I have been working in oil field in the Arabian sea for a UAE company. I wanted to come back to India but it is not possible. Life here is difficult and we are not paid properly these days.” The workers allege that the authorities in UAE are not taking the health of these workers seriousely and even in cases of workers testing positive for Covid-19, isolation and quarantine is not being observed properly. They confirmed six workers hailing from Andhra Pradesh and Kerala testing positive in the Azman labour camp, Dubai. In case of Covid-19 deaths, the bodies of migrants are stuck in these countries due to stringent lockdown regulations. In UAE alone, mortal remains of five workers from Telangana , who died due to cardiac arrest or in accident, are lying in mortuaries.

T.R. Srinivas, BJP NRI co-ordination committee chairman, told The Daily Guardian, “I Managed to get one dead body from Sweden to Viskhapatnam . Duo to Covid-19 , many people have lost their jobs and they can’t return to India. Six people were tested positive and were kept in the same camp with other workers and after many requests they were shifted to a hospital.” Here, the Indian Home Ministry has set strict guidelines regarding bringing back dead bodies to India from abroad. Bheem Reddy, president of Gulf Emigrants forum, said, “Indian embassies in Gulf countries are trying to get our people back, if anyone is stuck, they will just have to contact our embassies. The dead bodies will be brought through cargo planes with WHO guidelines, but this process will take time. As of now, we are not exactly aware of how many dead bodies are stuck there.”

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Bank licences to corporates a ‘bad idea’: Rajan

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New Delhi: Days after an Internal Working Group (IWG) of Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) recommended allowing large Indian corporates to enter the banking sector, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and Deputy Governor Viral Acharya have hit back at the suggestion and questioned the timing for it. Terming the recommendation as a “bombshell”, in a blogpost, they said that although several recommendations of the report are worth adopting the one to allow corporate houses into banking should not be taken up. “To the contrary, it is even more important today to stick to the tried and tested limits on corporate involvement in banking,” said the article.

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Foreign Secretary to visit Nepal on 26 November

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Kathmandu: Resuming the high-level visit and exchanges with Nepal, India is sending its top diplomat to Kathmandu on 26 November. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will pay an official visit to the Himalayan country on November 26-27, Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday. The announcement was made in New Delhi too. The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two neighbours and the priority India attaches to its relations with Nepal, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in its statement. Shringla’s visit comes after two back-to-back high-level visits from new Delhi by Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane (November) and Research and Analysis Wing head Samant Goel (October).

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Market opens higher, Sensex hits fresh high

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Mumbai: The key Indian equity indices opened in the green on Monday with the BSE Sensex touching a new record high within just minutes into the trade. Healthy buying was witnessed in metal, energy and oil and gas stocks. Sensex touched an all-time high of 44,271.15 points. The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was trading at 12,930.85, higher by 71.80 points or 0.56 per cent from its previous close.

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Covid-19: Vibrant Gujarat summit may be postponed

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The biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, organised by the Gujarat government to attract investors, is unlikely to be held this year, due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in Gujarat. The summit, considered the foremost among all industrial summits of Gujarat, may be postponed till January 2021.

A senior Gujarat government official told The Daily Guardian that Vibrant Gujarat would be held in the first or second week of January. However, given the pandemic situation at the moment, it is difficult to say whether the summit will take place in just a month and half’s time for sure. However, an official decision is yet to be taken. No announcements have been made about cancelling the January event.

Narendra Modi started the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in 2003 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat to attract foreign investors to the state.

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Military storage bunkers spotted in Chinese village near Doklam

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NEW DELHI: China’s new villages close to the Line of Actual Control, meant ostensibly for settling civilians from far-flung areas close to the border, are part of strategy to enhance its military infrastructure in the area, top sources said.

One such village has also come up near Doklam where military storage facilities have been observed, as per intelligence reports. Construction of the new hardened bunkers appears to be an effort at militarily reinforcing the larger Doklam region, the source said.

There are dozens of similar settlements along the LAC, most of them coming up in areas facing Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Part of their integrated model villages that the Chinese intend to put to dual use – for civil and military purposes, some villages however remain uninhabited and are only turning out to increase military infrastructure to cater to additional deployment of the People’s Liberation Army.

Shelters have also come up at Bumdro which is opposite Kameng. Six to seven concrete huts have been constructed at Bumdro near Domsongrong to accommodate PLA personnel during their patrolling activity in Mera La, Thag La and Yangtse Area.

China has also constructed a road from Tirkangto Shivung La. The work was being undertaken from uphill side of Tirkang village in the south west direction towards Shiyung La.

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Farmers’ union refuses to budge, Punjab CM expresses concern

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CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

Expressing serious concern over the decision of one farmers’ union not to allow passenger trains to ply till the Centre accedes to their demands on the issue of farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday said this would put the people to major inconvenience and could have grave consequences for the state.

Reacting to the announcement of Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Piddi) that they would not budge on their rail blockade of passenger trains till the farm laws’ issue is resolved, the Chief Minister said that, by striking this discordant note, the union was acting against the interests of Punjab and its people.

When all the other 31 farmers’ organisations had decided unanimously to withdraw from the tracks to allow both goods and passenger trains to move in the state for the next 15 days, this one union’s decision was not understandable, said Captain Amarinder, adding that this would alienate Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Piddi) from the people.

He cautioned the Committee against taking such a harsh stand, which could lead to them losing the support of the masses, who had so far wholeheartedly backed the farmers’ agitation against the farm laws. “When the state government and every person in Punjab has been extending their full support to the farmers, why is this Union taking a stance against their own state?” he asked.

Given that both the Centre and the other farmers’ unions had taken conciliatory steps to resolve the crisis triggered by the agricultural laws, the Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Piddi) should not do anything to derail the process of negotiation and discussion, he added. It was in the interest of all, including the farmers themselves, to find a solution to the problems unleashed by the central laws, on which every section of Punjab’s populace, as well as his government, was standing shoulder to shoulder with the farming community, said the Chief Minister.

The message that was emanating from the stand of the Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Piddi) was that the union was not really interested in breaking the stalemate on the farm laws issue, Captain Amarinder said. In any case, said the Chief Minister, blocking a one-odd track would serve no purpose even for the Committee, which, incidentally, had chosen to stay away from the meeting convened by him on Saturday to urge the farm unions to lift their blockade.

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