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Govt must bring back Indians stranded abroad: Cong

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New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) After the government eased inter-state travel and allowed special trains to help migrant workers reach their homes, the Congress, here on Sunday, demanded measures for return of workers and students stranded abroad.

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said the government was not willing to handle this humanitarian issue. “India has rich precedent of evacuating Indians stranded abroad. For the first time, they have been left to the mercy of god,” Shergill told IANS.

Stating that the Prime Minister says Indian passports hold strength, he said then why these passport holders were not being treated well. “The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not respecting Indians stuck abroad. No assurance. No evacuation,” Shergill said.

While the government was helping foreigners by deploying Air India to evacuate them, it was ignoring Indian tourists and students stranded abroad, he said.

The Congress, which also raised the issue at its working committee meeting, feels evacuation of stranded Indians has already been delayed too much. “A large number of Indians are stranded abroad, waiting to return home and join their families. Onus lies on the government to ensure their safe return, after adequate testing, by operating special flights,” the CWC had said.

As per the Ministry of External Affairs, over 20,000 foreign nationals have been evacuated to different parts of the world by the government. “Why the government is not showing the same zest towards Indians,” the Congress said.

According to reports, of the 31 million Indians abroad, 8.5 million are in the Gulf nations. They constitute 30 per cent of the expatriate work force in the Middle East.

Around 200,000 Indians study in the USA, 16,000 in the Philippines, and many in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and other countries.

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Over 1700 challans issued on Dussehra for violating Covid norms

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New Delhi, Oct 25: The Delhi Police issued over 1,793 challans on Sunday on the occasion of Dussehra for violation of COVID-19 norms, officials said.

A total of 1,711 challans were issued to those who were found not wearing masks, 18 challans for spitting and 64 challans were issued to those found violating social distancing norms, according to the Delhi Police data.

A total of 1,793 challans have been issued for various violations till 4 p.m. on Sunday, officials said.

Citing the collective data, the Delhi Police said since June 1,54,26,561 challans have been issued for mask violation, 3,112 challans for spitting and 33,439 challans for violation of social distancing norms.

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IndiGo bars nine journalist for 15 days for ‘unruly behaviour’

The incident occurred onboard flight ‘6E 264’, which was on its way to Mumbai from Chandigarh, on September 9.

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New Delhi, Oct 25 : IndiGo has banned nine journalists for 15 days for alleged unruly behaviour on a flight with Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut onboard.

The development comes after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked the airline to take action against the passengers responsible for unruly behaviour and protocol violations on the flight.

The incident occurred onboard flight ‘6E 264’, which was on its way to Mumbai from Chandigarh, on September 9.

The ban is underway and would end on October 30.

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RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus

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Mumbai: Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, he announced in a Twitter post.

“I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic.Feeling very much alright.Have alerted those who came in contact in recent days.Will continue to work from isolation. Work in RBI will go on normally. I am in touch with all Dy. Govs and other officers through VC and telephone,” Governor Das wrote.

Governor Das is one of the many high-profile individuals who have been infected by Covid-19 in recent months in India as the pandemic raged. However, the rate of growth of positive cases has come down off-late.

India now has recorded a total of 77,61,312 COVID-19 cases, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. The death toll from COVID-19 has now touched 1,17,306.

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