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India evacuation operation ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ updates

 

 

The first flight evacuating Indian nationals stranded abroad landed in Kerala’s Kochi International Airport at 10:20 pm on Thursday from Abu Dhabi, with 177 passengers and four children. The second flight landed in north Kerala’s Kozhikode airport from Dubai, with 177 passengers and five children.

In an earlier announcement, India has said that 64 flights and three Navy ships would be operated to bring home nearly 15,000 Indians stranded overseas. The operation is titled ‘Vande Bharat Mission’. The Indian nationals stranded in Bahrain, UAE, USA, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Singapore will be airlifted on Friday. Meanwhile, the passengers who landed in the two flights were ushered in batches into a triage area, where they were made to undergo mandatory health screening.

In the mission that started Thursday, nearly 15,000 Indians stranded overseas are expected to return on special Air India flights from 12 countries over a week. Of the 64 flights, 15 would be to Kerala, 11 each to Delhi and Tamil Nadu, seven each to Maharashtra and Telangana, and the rest to Gujarat, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh.

A special Air India 'Vande Bharat Mission' flight from Singapore took off with 234 passengers on Friday morning. The flight, AI381 will land in Delhi at 11:35 am.

Security checks are being conducted for the special Dhaka-Delhi flight that will take off from Bangladesh's Dhaka at 11:00 am and will land in Delhi at 1:00 pm. The flight will bring Indian nationals stranded in Bangladesh to the country.

The passengers who are symptomatic will be shifted to COVID hospitals, while the asymptomatic will be moved to institutional quarantine centres for 14 days in their home districts.

Meanwhile, pregnant women, the elderly, children below 10 and the indisposed have been allowed to travel to their homes, where they will have to stay under strict home quarantine. There were around 60 pregnant women in the first two flights.

Airport authorities said baggage will be handed over to passengers only after strict disinfection procedures – a spray of sodium hypochlorite, followed by exposure to ultraviolet rays by passing the luggage through two tunnels. The ultraviolet disinfection system, developed by DRDO, was recently installed at Kochi airport.

Five special flights will bring the Indians stranded abroad to the country today. The following are the flights that are operational today:

  • Singapore to Delhi (Dept: 0835 hrs, arrival 1135 hrs),
  • Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) to Kozhikode (Kerala) (Dept:1245 hrs, arrival 2030 hrs),
  • Dhaka (Bangladesh) to Delhi (Dept: 11:00 hrs, arrival:1300 hrs).
  • Manama (Bahrain) to Kochi (Kerala) (Dept:16:30 hrs, arrival: 2330 hrs)
  • Dubai (UAE) to Chennai (Tamil Nadu) (Dept: 1450 hrs, arrival 2010 hrs)

Nasal rinsing, gargling has the potential of preventing the contract of COVID-19

 

 

The report in international health journal 'Lung India' published on Tuesday points out the significance of nasal rinsing and gargling with saline water in preventing the contract of the virus in the present scenario when the world is reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report, based on a systematic analysis of articles on nasal rinsing and gargling, says that hypertonic saline (three tea spoons in half litre of water) has the potential of preventing the contract of COVID-19.

"This practice may have the potential of add-on therapy in prevention of diseases like COVID-19," Dr Sheetu Singh, one of the authors and a chest specialist at SMS Medical college, Jaipur told reporters.

She said gargling and nasal rinsing may prevent viral diseases entering through nose and throat."Like hand wash, nose and throat wash may also remove or reduce viral load," she said.

Noted pulmonologist Dr Virendra Singh, who co-authored the report, said the practice can saves lives.

"The current emphasis is on preventive strategies such as social distancing, wearing mask, and hand washing. The technique of nasopharyngeal wash to prevent the virus from inhabiting and replicating in the nasal and pharyngeal mucosa has been suggested to be useful in reducing symptoms, transmission, and viral shedding in cases of viral acute respiratory tract infections," the report said.

It said that hypertonic saline gargles and nasal rinse may also be useful in prevention and care of COVID-19 patients.

"The present evidence emphasises the need of randomised controlled trials to evaluate the role and mechanism of nasopharyngeal wash in COVID-19," it said.

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Tips to protect your privacy online

 

 

Today, we are practically online all the time. Security has hence become hygiene for us. We deserve to have the security of experts without having to be experts ourselves.

Here are five pointers for users to build sustainably secure environments amid COVID-19 lockdown:

Frugality in permissions

Applications often have the tendency to ask for permissions beyond what they require.Users should be careful around such permissions by disallowing all unnecessary ones.In fact, in 2020, applications asking for permissions that don't make sense aren't exactly trusted or much used for that matter.

Update products

For products like browsers, messaging apps that users use every day and depend a lot on, users should be in the habit of updating them regularly to their latest versions. Teams behind such products are typically working on security patches for vulnerabilities they discover around the clock.

Smaller digital footprint

Your digital footprint is essentially the amount of identifiable data we leave behind on the various products we use online. Reducing that, means releasing lesser information to strangers. Everyday we share locations, signup to services, give credit card info etc to new services.These actions happen so many times through the week that the sheer probability of one of them backfiring for us is considerable. Like most habits, exercising control on this is something we should act on atomically.It's easier to think twice every time you share some data with a new service, than to dig out everything you've shared over a period of time to a multitude of products.

Using Social Signups

When given an option of signing up to a service that is new to you, check for social signups via established products like Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.This allows limiting security vulnerabilities to a single point of failure which is heavily backed by teams supporting millions of customers online on products which have abundant resources backing their own security.It's easier to trust Gmail than to trust an established chain of hotels whose prime concern isn't tech or security.

Multi-Factor Authentication(MFA)

In an environment where password thefts are getting increasingly sophisticated, having multiple touchpoints to create layered authentication is vital.We should use MFA by leading brands like Google to secure our passwords wherever supported.General guidelines like these take users a long way towards staying protected online.However, it's always wise to think before you click; it's hard to undo mistakes in the digital realm.

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Vande Bharat Mission-5 flights from Kuwait to most of the Indian destinations

 

 

Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express are all set to embark upon one of the world's largest evacuation operations on Thursday. The two airlines following the laid down Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) which were released on Tuesday have tested their pilots and crews for COVID-19.

Accordingly, the two airlines will at different time slots operate the first 'special ferry' flights from New Delhi, Cochin and Kozhikode to Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively.

Air India and Air India subsidiary Air India Express will operate to 64 flights in seven days to bring back 14,800 stranded Indians from 12 countries. Both the companies will work under India's massive effort named 'Vande Bharat Mission'.

The airlines have readied the aircraft type and taken care of all other logistical aspects to embark on this mission.

Air India will operate the Delhi-Singapore flight on Thursday around 11 p.m. from IGI Airport. The flight will arrive back to Delhi at 7 a.m. on Friday morning.

Similarly, Air India Express will operate Cochin-Abu Dhabi-Cochin and Kozhikode-Dubai-Kozhikode services. These will be the first in the 64 ferry services which will be operated by the two airlines from May 8-14.

Besides one-way ferry service, Air India invited passengers, who qualify under the government's new international travel norms to apply for passage from India to various destinations the airline will send its aircraft to conduct evacuation flights.

Overall, more than 190,000 Indian nationals, who would have to pay a one-way ferry service charge, are expected to be brought back in the airlift operation.

In comparison, three decades ago, Air India led a group of airlines which included Indian Airlines and Aeroflot as well as IAF to rescue an estimated 111,711 Indians from the Gulf, after Iraq invaded Kuwait in the year 1990.

The 59-day operation involved 488 flights and was conducted before the first Gulf war. This time, the exercise will encompass flights to the US in the West to Philippines in the East.

As per the plan, 10 flights will be operated to the UAE to bring Indians from May 7-13, while seven will be sent to the US, seven to Malaysia and five to Saudi Arabia, amongst others.

Lately, despite its precarious financial position, the flag carrier has emerged as one of the few airlines in the world that have evacuated more than 9,000 passengers during the COVID-19 crisis.

The airline to date has carried out massive flight operations to China, Japan and Europe to bring back stranded Indians, mostly students and pilgrims.

Additionally, the airline has been instrumental in repatriating foreigners to Israel, UK and Germany. Moreover, Air India and its subsidiary Alliance Air has reached every corner of the country to supply essential medical equipment.

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UN agencies laid down guidelines for reopening of schools amid COVID-19 lockdown

 

 

Warning that widespread closures of educational facilities present an unprecedented risk to children’s education and wellbeing, the UN agencies have laid down guidelines for reopening of schools that have been closed in most parts of the world due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the guidelines framed by UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, and the World Food Programme, the best interests of children and overall public health considerations, based on an assessment of the associated benefits and risks to education, public health, and socio-economic factor, must be central to national and local authorities’ decisions to reopen schools.

The guidelines note that while there is not enough evidence yet to measure the impact of school closures on the disease transmission rates, the adverse effects of school closures on children’s safety and learning are well documented. Gains made in increasing access to children’s education in recent decades risk being lost and, in the worse cases, reversed completely.

As per UNESCO estimates, over 154 crore students are severely impacted by the closure of educational institutions across the world amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Widespread closures of educational facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic present an unprecedented risk to children’s education and wellbeing, particularly for the most marginalised children who rely on school for their education, health, safety and nutrition.

“Schools do much more than teach children how to read, write and count. They also provide nutrition, health and hygiene services; mental health and psychosocial support; and dramatically reduce the risk of violence, early pregnancy and more. And it’s the most vulnerable children who are the hardest hit by school closures, and we know from previous crises that the longer they are out of school, the less likely they are to return,” the guidelines read.

According to a UNESCO representative, the guidelines aim to inform the decision-making process regarding school reopening, support national preparations and guide the implementation process, as part of overall public health and education planning processes.

“It is designed to be a flexible tool that can be adapted to each context and updated as the situation changes. The guidelines outline six key priorities to assess the readiness of those schools and inform planning,” she said.

As the countries grapple with when to reopen schools, UNESCO, UNICEF and WFP, as part of the Global Education Coalition, have urged governments to assess the benefits of classroom-based instruction compared to remote learning, and the risk factors related to reopening of schools, noting the inconclusive evidence around the infection risks related to school attendance.

Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, had told that shutting down of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic comes with a warning of “potential for increased drop-out rates that will disproportionately affect adolescent girls, further entrench gender gaps in education and lead to increased risk of sexual exploitation, early pregnancy and early and forced marriage”.

New seating matrix, staggered classes, different mess and library rules, revamped hostels and canteens, could be part of students’ socially distant lives in schools and colleges when they return.

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Indian Govt declares dates for JEE and NEET

 

 

A month after the Union government deferred all competitive tests scheduled in April, May and June due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the HRD Ministry Tuesday made the first major announcement to bring higher education back on track.

The JEE Main, the gateway exam for admission to the NITs, will be held over five days between July 18 and July 23. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical programmes will be held on July 26. Originally, JEE Main was scheduled to be held between April 7 and April 11, and NEET on May 3.

Asked why the ministry decided to push the two entrance tests to July, “The thinking (behind this schedule) is that there will be no restrictions on the use of public transportation by then and candidates will be able to reach test centres easily.”

As many as 9 lakh candidates have registered to take JEE Main and approximately 16 lakh for NEET. According to sources in the National Testing Agency (NTA), JEE (Main) results will be announced July-end and NEET results are expected August-end..

With JEE Main scheduled mid-July, JEE Advanced would be held in August. IIT-Delhi, which is organising JEE Advanced this year, will decide fresh dates based on when NTA announces JEE Main results. Candidates aspiring to appear for JEE Advanced have to first qualify JEE Main.JEE Advanced is likely to be held on August 23.

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Returning Indians have to undergo a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine upon arrival in India

 

 

All stranded Indian citizens returning home have to undergo a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine upon arrival in India, at their own cost, said the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday.

All travellers will also have to give a written undertaking that they are travelling at their own risk, according to a standard operating procedure (SOP) for movement of Indian nationals stranded outside the country released by the ministry on May 5.Travellers would also have to provide a written undertaking that they would undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in India, according to the SOP. The ministry mandates there will be mandatory quarantine for all Indian nationals being evacuated from abroad. Thermal screening will be done at the airports. All passengers shall be asked to download the Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices. Those found to be symptomatic during screening will be taken to a medical facility as per health protocol.

The remaining passengers will be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by respective state/UT governments. These facilities may be as far as possible, in the district headquarters, of the district to which the arriving passenger belongs.Furthermore, the cost of travel, as specified by civil aviation ministry, will be borne by travellers.

Priority will be given to compelling cases in distress, including migrant workers and labourers who have been laid off, short-term visa holders faced with expiry of visas, persons with medical emergencies including pregnant women and elderly persons. Priority will also be given to students and those who have suffered a death in their family.

All passengers will travel to India by non-scheduled commercial flights to be arranged by the aviation ministry, and naval ships to be arranged by the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). Only those staff and crew who have been tested negative will be allowed to operate the flights/ships, said the circular.The Ministry of External Affairs will display, with at least two days’ notice, the schedule – day, place, and time of arrival – of the incoming ship/flight, on their digital platform.

A self-declaration form (with health and personal details) in duplicate will be filled well in advance by passengers coming in from any point of entry – land, sea, or airports, and a copy of the form will be given to the health and immigration officers present at the airport/ seaport.

Wearing of masks is mandatory while on flights, said the MHA. Health protocols issued by the MoCA and DMA must be strictly adhered to. “Respiratory hygiene, environmental hygiene must be observed by all airline/ ship crew and passengers,” said the MHA.

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Seven injured in massive fire at Sharjah residential tower

 

 

As many as seven people were injured in a massive fire that broke out at a residential building in Al Nahda in Sharjah late on Tuesday. While these seven were treated at the site, five others were rushed to a hospital after they complained of suffocation, according to Khaleej Times.

The fire erupted on the tenth floor of the Abbco Tower at 9.04 pm, Colonel Sami Al Naqbi, Director-General of Sharjah Civil Defence, told Khaleej Times. According to eyewitness accounts, the fire erupted in the building located next to the Taj Bangalore restaurant. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

The high-rise has 47 floors, excluding parking, according to a report by the Gulf News. The fire was doused and no casualties have been reported. Authorities had evacuated residents of the building and from the neighbouring high-rises, the report said.

The fire also damaged a number of cars parked in the area as it spread due to strong winds. More than 250 families were evacuated from the building, which was constructed in 2006.

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Holiday notice from Embassy of India, Kuwait

 

 

Holiday notice from Embassy of India, Kuwait

The Embassy of India shall remain closed on Thursday, 7th May, 2020 on the occasion of ‘Buddha Purnima”. However, emergency consular services will be rendered by the Mission.

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Effective and tasty immunity booster ABC drink

 

 

Given the growing focus on immunity and the need to stay fit, it is a good idea to fall back on vegetables and fruits owing to their many health benefits. And what better than beetroot and carrots along with some apples? If you too are looking for an effective and tasty immunity booster, let us tell you that the combination makes for an appetising drink that should be had at least once a day. From boosting immunity to giving the skin a natural glow, the combination of apples, beetroots and carrots have varied health benefits that should not be neglected.

*Beetroots and carrots together help relieve constipation by stimulating the metabolic system. The phyto-nutrients in these veggies help improve digestion due to the presence of fibre that helps keep the gut healthy.

*The flavourful combination also helps balance the blood sugar levels. This, in turn, helps keep the heart healthy. But how? Beetroot and carrot contain lutein, beta-carotene and alpha that are nutrients which are good for the heart.

*Considering there are four ways to push out toxins from one’s body — fat soluble toxins through the liver, water soluble toxins through the kidney, undigested toxins through the intestines and metabolic toxins through the skin — this detox drink works on all these toxins and helps clean all these organs.

*The combination is considered good for the eyes as it protects them from dryness and tiredness, usually caused by long exposure to screens. The high vitamin A content strengthens the ciliary muscles of the eyes that are responsible for adjusting the focal length of the eye lens.

*The ABC drink helps the skin glow and also makes it spotless — so you can bid adieu to blemishes, black spots, acne or pimples and even blackheads. Vitamin A in the vegetables is known for its anti-aging properties while the beta-carotene in the carrot acts as an antioxidant which slows down the ageing of cells.

*With minimum calories, the drink helps boost energy levels while satiating hunger pangs. The drink has a low glycemic index and is super rich in fibre; an ideal combination for weight loss.

*The drink helps in detoxification of vital organs and promotes blood purification which reflects on skin health and protects the skin from ageing by fighting against free radicals. It also increases the production of red blood cells, hence increasing haemoglobin levels in the body.

Ingredients

300g – Beetroot
300g – Carrot
100g – Apple
1/2tsp – Lemon
Ice cubes for chilling and cold servings
Salt according to taste, optional

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Our new diplomat to lead the Indian delegation to the UN in New York

 

 

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At a critical time in the history of the United Nations, when the global order itself may be reshaped, following a devastating pandemic, India has chosen an experienced, charming and upright diplomat to lead the Indian delegation to the UN in New York.

Permanent Representatives to the UN have always been selected with great care as the post is considered the second highest in the Indian Foreign Service, next only to the Foreign Secretary. There have even been cases of officers preferring to be the Permanent Representative in New York rather than being Foreign Secretary.

Our Permanent Mission in New York is almost exclusively manned by Indian Foreign Service officers, specially selected and trained for multilateral diplomacy. Many countries retain their multilateral diplomats at UN postings for many years. 

To echo Wordsworth's famous lines, bliss it is to be posted to the Mission, but to be the PR is like very heaven! Multilateral diplomats require special qualities to deal with 193 nations all at the same time. On bilateral postings, the host country becomes the centre of the world for a diplomat and it is only at the UN that one realises the relative influence of various countries.

At this juncture, it is particularly important for us to have, as the head of our UN delegation someone with multilateral experience, economic expertise, innovative thinking, the knowledge of the dynamics of our neighbours and, who has, above all, efficiency and integrity. That job description fits T S Tirumurti to a T.

He has excelled in both bilateral and multilateral postings in different parts of the globe and at the Ministry of External Affairs. A very good academic record, a charming personality, capacity for hard work and firmness in his convictions add up to make him capable to meet the challenges of a turbulent UN in 2021 and beyond. India's non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the next two years will be an additional opportunity and a challenge.

As the son-in-law of Ramanathan Krishnan, the greatest tennis player that India has seen, Tiru, would be an ace tennis player, but he prides himself as the non-playing captain of a tennis family with his wife and daughter as the stars.

Living in Tirumurti Nagar, named after his grandfather, he is a true Chennaivasi, to go by the title of his third book.His first novel, Clive Avenue, captures the life in Chennai in all its variety and beauty.

Accomplished as he is for the tasks ahead, Tiru will have a hard task to follow his predecessor in New York, Syed Akbaruddin, who had many firsts in New York.

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353 New corona cases and 4 deaths today - total cases to 4377

 

 

Kuwait today reported highest number of coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. Ministry of Health announced 353 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of infections to 4377, while four deaths were reported as well, bringing the total fatalities' toll up to 30.

During its daily briefing, Health Ministry spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad said that 70 patients were in intensive care, 36 of them are in critical condition. Those currently receiving treatment at hospitals reached 2,745 patients said the spokesperson. Today's death case is a 72-year-old Kuwaiti, 50 year old Bangladeshi, 45 year old Indian and 61 year old Egyptian.

Today's reported case include 78 Kuwaiti citizen, 103 Indians, 30 Bangladeshi, 18 Pakistani and 47 Egyptians and rest others.

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Indian embassy begins registration of expats who wish to go back to India

 

 

Indian Embassy in Kuwait published a form for Indian nationals in Kuwait who seek repatriation to India to fill up. According to embassy announcement in it social media account, embassy stated that  the purpose is only to collect data and no decision has been taken yet regarding resumption of flights to India. Indian expats can register their details on http://indembkwt.com/eva/.  However no confirmed decision is taken by the government regarding the repatriation of Indian citizen.

Indian embassies in other GCC countries had earlier made the registration for Indian nationals in their country who wish to go back to India. It is also reported that India's national carrier Air India and Indian Navy have been asked to be on standby with their aircraft and warships for the mass evacuation of Indians from Gulf countries as Covid-19 pandemic continues.

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63 Coronavirus recoveries in Kuwait, total at 1602

 

 

Kuwait’s Health Minister Dr. Basel Al- Sabah announced Friday, the recovery of 63 people from the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the tally to 1,602. In remarks to KUNA, the minister said analyses and medical examinations and tests proved that these cases were cured of the coronavirus.The recovered will be transferred to the hospital recuperation ward, pending their discharge within the next few days, he said.

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Amensty period ends with 23,500 registered for travel

 

 

The Ministry of Interior concluded the amnesty campaign for residency violators which was conducted for all nationalities in Kuwait throughout the month of April based on the decesion of Govt.Residency violators were called on specific dates based on their nationalities and were given enough time to leave the country without paying any fines with free travel and chance of returning back to Kuwait.On the last day of amnesty thousands of violators took part and availed the amnesty given by the government.A total of 23,500 violators have finished the procedures and 21,000 of them moved to the shelters.For 2,500 expats travel dates have been fixed.

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Kuwait PM inspects field hospitals and quarantine facilities

 

 

His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah inspected, on Thursday, field hospitals and quarantine facilities constructed as part of efforts to counter the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kuwait. His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled visited first the facility in Al-Ardhiya -- erected in coordination between the ministries of Health and Public Works -- then inspected the facility in Mishrif area, which was established by the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC).

The Prime Minister thanked all those who participated in the efforts to establish the facilities, saying that it came in line with directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in this regard. Several state officials and ministers accompanied His Highness the Prime Minister during the inspection.

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TN unveils website to bring back Tamils from foreign countries

 

 

 A website has been unveiled by the Tamiladu government to take steps to bring back Tamils who are stranded in other countries due to Covid-19 lockdown People from Tamilnadu who are abroad and who would like to return home can register themselves on this portal  nonresidenttamil.org, the Tamilnadu government said.

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12 Delivery boys arrested for violating work visas

 

 

12 delivery boys were arrested during a security campaign as they were working for restaurants not their sponsors in the records. They were considered visa law violators as they were under the sponsorship of others and were not working for the company but acting as delivery workers for others. The security authorities revealed that most of them are domestic workers, and were referred to the concerned authority and the sponsors were summoned for interrogation.

Municipal teams are manning various security checkpoints in the Capital Governorate to check the visa permits of the food delivery workers working for restaurants and are adhering to the health requirements. The Municipality has issued 4,260 work permits to food service delivery workers.

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284 New corona cases today - total raised to 4024

 

 

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H.E. Sibi George will be the India’s new Ambassador to Kuwait ???

H.E. Sibi George will be the India’s new Ambassador to Kuwait

sibi George1993 batch IFS officer Sri Sibi George will be the new Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, Indian newspaper The Hindu reported. Mr Sibi George is currently the Ambassador of India to Switzerland.

Government of India has appointed T.S. Tirumurti as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and announced the new ambassadors to various countries including Deepak Mittal as India's next Ambassador to Qatar, while Piyush Srivastava goes to Bahrain in the same capacity, as per an official release of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued on Wednesday.

“The Hindu” reported that Mr Sibi George will be appointed as the New Ambassador to Kuwait. Sibi George joined as Ambassador of India to Switzerland in November 2017, Ambassador of India to the Holy See in December 2017 and Ambassador of India to the Principality of Liechtenstein in March 2018.

Ambassador George joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1993.  He began his diplomatic career in Cairo where he served in the Mission as Political Officer. Subsequently he moved to Indian Embassy in Doha where he handled Consular, Community, Information and Media affairs as First Secretary. Later he served as Political Counsellor in Indian High Commission in Islamabad and as Political Counsellor and Commercial Counsellor at Indian Embassy in Washington DC. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Indian Missions in Tehran and Riyadh. 

At headquarters of Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, he served in East Asia Division and also as coordinator of India - Africa Forum Summit. He later headed Administration, Establishment and Welfare Divisions in the Ministry of External Affairs. In 2014, Ministry of External Affairs conferred on him the S.K. Singh Award for Excellence in Indian Foreign Service.

Hailing from Kottayam District in the southern state of Kerala in India, he belongs to Podimattam family of Pala. A gold medallist both for his graduation and post-graduation, he also holds diploma in Arabic Language. 

He is married to Joice John Pampoorethu, an artist by profession. They have two daughters Elhita Thampuran and Ayilya Thampuran and a son Jeff VakhanThampuran.

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