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New Delhi, May 5 : Amid the nationwide lockdown, the Indian government on Tuesday allowed travel to the destination countries for foreigners, Green as well as Overseas Citizenship Of India (OCI) card holders on their own cost.

Besides, those who hold visa of at least one year duration of that foreign country and in case of medical emergency or death in the family of those Indian nationals holding six month visa can also be allowed, the Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)on Tuesday said.

Such persons will apply to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) or to any agency designated by the ministry for this purpose along with necessary details, including the places of departure and arrival, as prescribed by it. Before the tickets of such persons are confirmed, the SOP clarified the MoCA will ensure that the destination country allows entry of such persons in that country.

“The conditions, if any, imposed by the destination country, will have to be fulfilled by the persons intending to travel,” the SOP reads.”The travel from India shall be on the non scheduled commercial flights that are being arranged by MoCA for bringing back stranded Indian nationals from abroad and the cost of travel, as specified by MoCA, will be borne by such travellers.”

At the time of boarding the flight, MoCA will ensure that all travellers undergo thermal screening as per health protocol. “Only asymptomatic travellers would be allowed to board the flight.” While on board the flight, health protocol as issued by MoCA will be strictly followed, said the SOP, adding this would include wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene to be observed by airline staff, crew and all passengers.

The SOP came amid the ongoing lockdown which prohibited the international travel of passengers in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The government decided to provide travel facilities to the stranded persons in India who desire to travel abroad urgently for various purposes and they are stuck here since the lockdown was announced on March 24. The lockdown is in its third phase which will end on May 17.

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Will commit suicide but won’t end protest until farm bills are repealed: Rakesh Tikait

Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said that farmers will remain firm in their agitation and won’t vacate the site until they hold discussions with the government.

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New Delhi: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday said, I will commit suicide but won’t end protest until farm bills are repealed.

Tikait also said that he will hang himself but he will not surrender now and urge the farmers to save their tents that have been in place since November 26 last year.

“There is a conspiracy against us. Now, I will not surrender even if the police fires bullets at us, “he announce from the dais of the farmers’ protest site.

The farmer leader broke down at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Ghazipur farmers protest site, alleging, that the administration was tying to crush their movement.

Tikait, who has been named in the Delhi Police FIR in connection with the violence at several parts of the city during the ‘Kisan Gantantra parade’ on Republic Day, made his appearance at the protest site two days later, saying: ‘We were ready to surrender peacefully but the BJP’s local MLAs have been called to beat the protesting farmers.’

Speaking to media, an emotional Tikait said that the administration was trying to conspire against the farmers to end their peaceful movement.

‘We had come here to protest against the three farm laws demanding their repealing,’ he said.

He alleged that the people of the BJP are trying to kill the farmers. ‘This is injustice to farmers of the country. The three laws must be repealed and our movement will keep on going till the time the three laws are not rerpealed,’ he said.

‘I will keep on fighting for the farmers’ right,’ he added.

The Ghaziabad administration has served notice to farmers to vacate the protest site.

Earlier in the day, there was heavy deployment of police personnel and security forces at the Ghazipur protest site, where the farmers have been camping since November 26 last year.

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Delhi riots: Court dismisses bail pleas of Pinjra Tod activist Natasha Narwal in UAPA case

Pinjra Tod (Break the Cage) was founded in 2015 with an aim to make hostels and paying guest accommodations less restrictive for women students.

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JNU student and Pinjra Tod member Natasha Narwal,

New Delhi, Jan 28 : A court here on Thursday dismissed the bail plea of JNU student and Pinjra Tod member Natasha Narwal, booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a north east Delhi riots case.

Narwal was arrested in the case for allegedly being part of a premeditated conspiracy in the riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat said in a case of conspiracy of such a large scale, not having a video was not so vital as generally conspiracy, by its very nature, is hatched in secrecy and not having videos of such a conspiracy was obvious rather than doubtful.

Communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 last year after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

Pinjra Tod (Break the Cage) was founded in 2015 with an aim to make hostels and paying guest accommodations less restrictive for women students.

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Farmers’ protest: Heavy police deployment at Ghazipur protest site

On Thursday afternoon, there was a heavy deployment of Delhi Police, Uttar Pradesh Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force in the area.

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There was heavy deployment of security personnel at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur border, where farmers from Uttar Pradesh have been protesting against the three farm laws for last two months.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait, who has been named in the Delhi Police FIR for the January 26 violence during the ‘Kisan Gantantra parade’ also made his appearance at the site and said that he will raise the issue of snapping of water and electricity supply at the site with the administration.

On Thursday afternoon, there was a heavy deployment of Delhi Police, Uttar Pradesh Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force in the area.

The police also pressed drones for surveillance at the Ghazipur protest site, where the farmers have been sitting on protest against the three farm laws since November last year.

Addressing media, Tikait said: “I will meet the police and administration as they have cut the electricity supply and also stopped the drinking water facility since last night. And when there is no electricity and water supply, then it will affect our movement.”

The Ghazipur protest site has seen several people leaving the protest site after the January 26 violence at several places in the national capital.

On Thursday, there were around 500 farmers and over 100 tractors, against the thousands there for last two months.

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