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A Rajya Sabha member and former union minister, Veerendra Kumar was the Managing Director of Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi and a member of PTI's Board of Directors

  • JNU strongly advised students stranded in its hostels to return to their native places as special trains and some intra-state bus services have become operational following relaxations in Covid-19 lockdown norms. In a circular, JNU said “as per MHA and Delhi government guidelines...

    The petition included the demands such as immediate relief to stranded workers for ferrying them safely to their homes, food to be made available to all, ensure wages to all for entire lockdown period and cash transfer of Rs 7,500 to non-income tax paying households, including unorganized labour force for at least three months to June.

    Chairman of the panel and senior Congress leader Anand Sharma has convened a meeting of the panel on June 3, and notices have been sent to all members as well as the Union home secretary, sources said.

    They have sought cash incentives and free rail tickets for workers, along with cash benefit of Rs 7,500 per month for three months for non-income tax paying families, to help them tide over the financial crunch. Ten trade unions collectively raised these demands in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.

    The clause, which defines as ‘strike’ even an event of at least 50% of employees of a unit proceeding on “concerted casual leave” on a particular day, should be renegotiated, the committee suggested to stakeholders in industrial units including the management, trade unions and representatives of the labour department.

    The unions have further requested PM to ensure that migrant workers are not charged anything for being transported by the government.

    The country has registered 175 deaths and a record 7,466 fresh coronavirus infection cases in the last 24 hrs till Friday 8 am, according to the Union Health Ministry.

    According to Labha Ram Gandhi, chairman of West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, nearly one lakh Pakistani refugees who migrated to J&K during Partition are now entitled to the ‘Permanent Residence Certificate’ which enable them to enjoy the right to government jobs and a host of other facilities available to permanent J&K domiciles.

    Before the draft is taken to the Union Cabinet, the broad features of the proposed all-India service will be shared with the higher judiciary to seek its views, sources in the government said.

    Thousands of Indian seafarers are currently stuck aboard cruise ships and cargo vessels in far off waters, and maritime bodies have been demanding from the government strategies for bringing them home fearing that delays might result in disruption in supply chain.

    S Q Zama, Secretary General INMF said: “Allotment of coal blocks to private companies and even to government companies under Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 did not take off except for few exceptions.

    Elaborating on the steps taken by the central government for the convenience of migrant workers since March 25, when the nationwide lockdown began, Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said 35 lakh migrant workers have reached their destinations using 'Shramik' special trains, while 40 lakh have travelled in buses to reach their destinations.

    Amid reports of migrant workers escaping from quarantine shelters in Odisha, Union minister Pratap Sarangi has sought round-the-clock security at the COVID-19 quarantine centres to prevent inmates from fleeing and infecting others.

    A tariff policy that does not burden consumers with distribution companies' inefficiencies will be guaranteed, FM Nirmala Sitharaman said while presenting the fourth tranche of economic stimulus package.

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