Sources in the RSS told ThePrint that the organisation has already conducted the first such survey in Karnataka where it interviewed migrant workers leaving the state. We have started this exercise to know the real mood of migrant workers who are facing various problems in the cities. With a sample size of 25,000 migrant workers, the first such survey was conducted in Karnataka, a top RSS functionary told ThePrint. We had a surprising result as 60 per cent of those interviewed showed a willingness to return to their workplace, 25 per cent said they will explore job opportunities near their villages before making any decision but 15 per cent said they will never return.
The poor and vulnerable beneficiaries of PM JAY have been from both urban and rural locations in India. Pooja Thapa, the one crore th beneficiary, a housewife with two small children, and a husband serving in the army, is from Meghalaya, and she got her treatment in a Shillong hospital. During her interactions with PM Modi, she thanked him and said that she underwent free surgery including free medicines, and is on the road to recovery.PM JAY is a giant step towards a healthy India, as it aims to make affordable, accessible healthcare a reality for all. PM JAY has crossed a significant milestone of one crore hospitalisations, worth over Rs. 13,412 crore, in less than 20 months since its launch on September 23, 2018. Delivering one crore free and cashless treatments in this time period shows that there was a lot of demand and people needed a scheme like PM JAY. The efforts of the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, para medical staff and all others associated with Ayushman Bharat, across all states, have helped in making it the largest healthcare programme in the world.
THE GUARDIAN newspaper recently called Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja the coronavirus slayer for saving the state from Covid 19. The interviewer, Laura Spinney, who has written a well received book on how the Spanish Flu changed the world, referred to Shailaja as a rock star . As the story went viral across the world, Shailaja Teacher, as she is popularly known, managed to visit her home in Kannur for a day. She was meeting her husband and children for the first time in three months.Shailaja is leading thousands of women who are fighting the virus in various capacities. Kerala s Covid 19 story, which is an ideal case of humanitarian politics, is also the story of its unleashed women power. Dr B. Iqbal, who chairs the expert committee on Covid 19 that advises the state government, told THE WEEK that this is a unique aspect of Kerala s successful resistance against the virus. From our health minister to the ASHA workers (accredited social health activists) on the ground, they are the frontal warriors in this fight, he said.
Lawsuits can do tremendous financial and emotional damage, but there are smart ways to handle employee lawsuits to ensure that you protect your company and its finances, and are able to focus on business cash flow, sales and your other employees.Irrespective of the level of care, concern, great pay, and good working environment you provide your employees, there may still be unsatisfied workers who feel they #39;ve been treated unjustly. And if that #39;s the case, these workers may take extra steps to show their displeasure, and that may be evident in litigation.
Robert MackeyDonateDonateIn 1938, Henry Ford accepted Nazi Germany''s highest honor for foreigners, The Grand Cross of the German Eagle, for his service to the Third Reich. The award was presented by two Nazi diplomats in Detroit, along with a personal message from Adolf Hitler. Photo: Associated Press FileIn 1938, Henry Ford accepted Nazi Germany''s highest honor for foreigners, The Grand Cross of the German Eagle, for his service to the Third Reich. The award was presented by two Nazi diplomats in Detroit, along with a personal message from Adolf Hitler. Photo: Associated Press FileTrump Hails Good Bloodlines of Henry Ford, Whose Anti Semitism Inspired HitlerRobert MackeyRobert MackeyMay 22 2020, 4:50 a.m.In 1938, Henry Ford accepted Nazi Germany''s highest honor for foreigners, The Grand Cross of the German Eagle, for his service to the Third Reich. The award was presented by two Nazi diplomats in Detroit, along with a personal message from Adolf Hitler. Photo: Associated Press FileIn 1938, Henry Ford accepted Nazi Germany''s highest honor for foreigners, The Grand Cross of the German Eagle, for his service to the Third Reich. The award was presented by two Nazi diplomats in Detroit, along with a personal message from Adolf Hitler. Photo: Associated Press FileDonald Trump;s campaign to change the subject from the coronavirus pandemic took a bizarre turn on Thursday, as the president paused during a speech at a Ford Motor Company plant in Michigan to praise the ;good bloodlines; of the family descended from the firm;s founder, Henry Ford, a notorious anti Semite and favorite of Adolf Hitler.In an apparent ad lib, Trump looked up from his prepared remarks #8212; which praised the firm for teaming up with General Electric to produce ventilators and face shields for medical workers #8212; to observe that Henry Ford ''s descendants, like the current chairman, Bill Ford, who had introduced the president, have "good blood. "
BENGALURU : A decade ago, as China s labour costs began to rise by double digits in industrial provinces such as Guangdong, the Hong Kong based Epic Group rapidly expanded its garment factories in Bangladesh to take advantage. Today, Epic, which makes casual shirts, lounge and work clothing, and now masks and scrubs, has 25,000 workers working in Bangladesh and a couple of thousand each in Vietnam and Ethiopia. Orders from its retailer customers in the US are communicated electronically to its warehouses and back to Epic s factories in Asia.Until last year, the company, founded by Ranjan Mahtani after he left Mumbai to make a career in Hong Kong in his late teens, had no investments in India. Last year, Mahtani progressed rapidly with permissions to set up a factory in Jharkhand that was to open last month. Epic was about to lease land when the covid pandemic struck.
Companies are waking up to a dangerous new reality how to deal with the risk of coronavirus infections as they restart businesses after workers at smartphone maker Oppo s facility in Greater Noida tested positive this week.Oppo s factory production was halted after nine workers were found to be infected. Another two tested positive at a construction facility for a Vivo factory, another phone maker in Noida a grim reminder that such an outcome might await any company, industry executives said.
While you re at it, do check out an ethical hacker s small victory against that mobile app. CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar wants more actions and less words from the Narendra Modi government on the migrant workers crisis. And he is not happy about the labour law reforms announced by the Uttar Pradesh government.
PIB Fact Check tweeted, "Claim A WhatsApp message circulating, claims that workers who worked during 1990 2020 are entitled to receive Rs 120000 from Labour Ministry.#PIBFactCheck: Its #FakeNews There is no such announcement by Govt. of India. Beware of such fraudulent websites."
NEW DELHI : The Union government on Sunday injected an extra 40,000 crore into the national rural jobs programme, extending a helping hand to millions of rural poor, as well as urban migrant workers returning to villages.This takes the total yearly allocation for the scheme to 1.01 trillion a record since it was started in 2006 up from 61,500 crore set in the Union budget.
Chandigarh: Police in Yamunanagar town in Haryana cane charged migrant workers on Sunday who were trying to move towards the border of Uttar Pradesh some 20 km from there. The labourers were seen running back to the shelter. Some left their luggage and cycles at the place and ran away.Officials told IANS they were allowing only those migrants to cross over to UP who have been registered and staying at rescue centres set up by the government. A sudden influx of migrants from neighbouring states (Punjab and Himachal) reached there and they were marching towards UP border. They were warned not to move towards home in UP, and when they tried to continue their journey, police caned them, an official said.
AAP national spokesperson Raghav Chadha asked the BJP led government to pay attention to the migrants. "After 1947, this is the first time that there is migration of workers across the country. The BJP government is solely responsible for the ill treatment of migrant workers, headed to their homes," he said. While the BJP arranged luxurious ships and private chartered planes to bring the rich and the capitalists back to India from abroad, he said, "It didn'''t make any arrangement to send the poor labourers and migrants to their home states."
Around 23 per cent of migrant labourers had already resumed work in the week preceding 11 May, as before lockdown , the survey found.Every four out of five respondents also reported having sufficient income and savings to sustain during the lockdown. One out of every five workers also received excessive food from the government, it said.
New Delhi: Worried over the mass exodus of migrant workers to respective home states, industries now want them to return so that economic activities could restart at the earliest, once the lockdown is over. According to a quick survey by the trade body PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) to assess the impact of Covid 19 pandemic on businesses and maintaining profitability, 49% of the respondents said that retaining the full workforce would be a major challenge. The respondents in the survey said that payment of salaries to employees and working capital would be the major challenges while businesses prepare for increasing sales volumes, competitiveness and cost cuttings. Migration of workers is still going on across the country. While a large number of them have already travelled back to their respective villages on foot or by buses, arranged by the state governments, the Centre has so far operated more than 800 Shramik Special trains ferrying more than 10 lakh such workers to their home states. PHDCCI president Dr D.K. Aggarwal said: Since the inception of the lockdown period, most of the migrant workers had moved to their native places. Further, due to the absence of public transport services like buses and railways, migrant labourers are not able to reach their work places and, therefore, full resumption of exempted activities has become difficult. Apart from these issues, country s supply chain has been massively disrupted due to the ongoing Covid lockdown. The Centre, on its part, has initiated discussion with employers bodies like CII, FICCI and Assocham. Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar held a webinar with these bodies to discuss issues like restarting economic activities, job creation and measures to improve the situation of MSMEs to enable them to discharge their liabilities under labour laws. There was a general demand to suspend labour laws, barring some key provisions across the country for the next two three years to help industries come out of the crisis induced by the lockdown to combat the Covid 19 pandemic. The industry bodies suggested a slew of measures and sought relaxations like increasing working hours to 12 hours per day from the existing eight hours per day to help them revive operations, according to a statement by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. The statement said that the industry associations suggested to suspend the labour laws for the next 2 3 years except for provisions like minimum wages, bonus and statutory dues, to help the industry come out of the present crisis . According to survey, besides retaining the full workforce, other challenges for businesses in the post lockdown include maintaining price cost margins profitability (61%), payment of wages salaries to employees (60%), availability of working capital (58%), repayment of loans payment of EMIs (53%), high costs of capital (52%), availability of finances loans (51%), costs of social distancing (51%), weakening of demand (51%) and compliances of labour laws (50%). Due to the lockdown, majority of the factories businesses companies are shut with no or little revenue, all export orders are getting cancelled and units unable to repay loans. Majority of the respondents have responded that this will make them less likely to retain of the full workforce. Further, most of the retrenchment is likely to take place in labour intensive sectors. Thus, 49% of respondents opined that retention of the full workforce will be highly challenging in the post lockdown scenario, Aggarwal said. The survey revealed key plans of the businesses in post lockdown such as increasing the sales volume (67%), enhancing competitiveness of business (65%), cost cutting of business operations (64%), enhancing business operations in the domestic market (60%), focus on innovation, research and development (58%), enhancing the price cost margin (53%), reducing the workforce in business operations (50%), increasing the scale of business operations (44%), diversify business operations (43%) and enhancing business operations in the international market (36%). The PHDCCI has said that the labour laws in India need to be made more effective, flexible and in sync with emerging economic and industrial scenario. Most of the respondents have responded that given the disruptions caused by Covid 19 and the resultant lockdown, following the relatively rigid provisions in different labour laws prevalent in the Indian economy will become difficult and hamper the revival of industry. Thus, 50% of respondents opined that compliance of labour laws will be highly challenging in the post lockdown scenario, the trade body has said. It has demanded that the government should pay 75% of salary of the workers of the lockdown period and employer contribution in EPFs during the lockdown period should be brought down to zero to ease the financial burden of the industry. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, interestingly, has announced reduction in the statutory PF from 12% to 10% for three months. She also said that government will pay the PF for firms with 100 staff, earning less than Rs 15,000, as announced earlier under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Scheme.
The Magma project just published new research on censorship concerning womenonweb.org, a non profit organization providing support to women and pregnant people. The article describes how the major ISPs in Spain are blocking womenonweb.org s website. Spanish ISPs have been blocking this website by means of DNS manipulation, TCP reset, HTTP blocking with the use of a Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) infrastructure. Our data analysis is based on network measurements from OONI data. This is the first time that we observe Women on Web being blocked in Spain.About Magma: Magma aims to build a scalable, reproducible, standard methodology on measuring, documenting and circumventing internet censorship, information controls, internet blackouts and surveillance in a way that will be streamlined and used in practice by researchers, front line activists, field workers, human rights defenders, organizations and journalists.
A series of posts on the Reflections in War and Society blog will begin May 15, published by the Dale Center for the Study of War amp; Society at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). On March 31, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the Covid 19 pandemic is the worst crisis since World War II because the virus threatens every nation. Other world leaders joined him in making that historical comparison. At the epicenter of the pandemic, President Xi Jinping invoked the People s War, fought against the Japanese Army during World War II, to explain how China would win the battle against the disease. Queen Elizabeth II, in a rare broadcast, urged her subjects to emulate the discipline and resolve that Britons displayed in World War II. President Donald Trump said U.S. efforts to fight the virus called for shared sacrifices like Americans had made during World War II, drawing a parallel between young men volunteering to serve in the military and workers sleeping on the floor of PPE factories. These historical references to a global conflict that symbolizes duty, unity, and above all victory make sense for leaders who need to rally their countrymen, but one has to wonder: are they true?
Michael Lauber, the Alpine nation''s top prosecutor, will be quizzed at the Swiss Parliament''s Judicial Committee''s next meeting on May 20.The overwhelming majority of Covid 19 cases were found among the migrant workers who started arriving in hordes since the beginning of the month.
Rights11 May 2020Ultimately, their deaths proved how closely, during the lockdown, their fates were linked with trains. The trains they waited for to take them home, which did not come; the train they were not expecting but which came with a sense of finality early Friday morning (May 8), cutting short the homeward journey of 16 migrant workers near Aurangabad.
GovernmentRights21 hours agoNew Delhi: On Friday, 16 migrant workers were crushed to death by a goods train when they were attempting to make their way to Aurangabad railway station with the hope of catching a train to their homes in Madhya Pradesh. They were walking along the railway track to avoid being thrashed by the police on the roads and with the knowledge that trains aren ''t running.