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13 UK universities on brink of collapse without COVID-19 bailout: Report

LONDON July 7: An estimated 13 UK universities, educating around 5 per cent of students in the country, would not be able to survive the coronavirus pandemic lockdown without a government bailout support, a new report claimed on Monday. Continue reading “13 UK universities on brink of collapse without COVID-19 bailout: Report”

Rishi Sunak is urged to give EVERY Briton a £500 voucher

LONDON July 6: A think tank has urged the Chancellor to give every adult in the UK a £500 shopping voucher in a bid to boost struggling high streets.
The Resolution Foundation has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to hand out vouchers totalling some £30 billion to get high streets back on their feet in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The vouchers proposed by the think tank would be valid for a year in areas including face-to-face retail, tourism and hospitality, The Mirror has reported.
They would include £500 for every adult, and £250 per child.

What you can and can’t do after today (4 July): Essential read for those living in the UK (Govt Guidance)

LONDON July 4: The UK government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and the NHS.
The government has published guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your home.
This page sets out key FAQs to cover the next set of changes planned for 4 July. This guidance applies in England – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.
1. Gatherings, public spaces, and activities
2. Vulnerable groups, shielding, 70 year olds and over, and care homes
3. Going to work / Closed businesses / Safer spaces
4. Workers’ rights
5. Public Transport
6. Schools and Childcare
7. Borders / international visitors
8. Devolved administrations

OICC UK says NORKA and Kerala Loka Sabha let down Non Resident Keralites; thanks Incas and KMCC to bring back those stranded

By A Staff Reporter
LONDON July 4: The Overseas Indian Cultural Congress (OICC) UK has come out criticising the Kerala government and its functionaries for letting down the Non Resident Keralites at the time of the Covid pandemic.
In a press note issued to this website, OICC UK, joint convenor KK Mohandass raised queries on the way on how the Kerala government and its functionaries NORKA Roots and Kerala Loka Sabha functioned which wasn’t of any benefit to the Non Resident Keralites.
What benefit did Non Resident Keralites have with NORKA and Kerala Lok Sabha at the time Covid? What help did they offer?, Mohandass asked.
He alleged that those who registered on Norka-Roots web portal have found it of no use, as only those who registered with the various Indian Embassies are being considered. He said that the Norka-Roots department has been relegated to just a web portal and the only job they did during the pandemic time was to open a portal where all who wished to return from abroad had to register.
The state government has sanctioned funds to NORKA-Roots to renovate its offices, conduct pravasi meets (Kerala Loka Sabha) and engage private agencies for NORKA Business Facilitation Centre (NBFC) at a time when Non Resident Keralites (NRKs) are flying back home in their thousands due to the Covid pandemic.
“At a time when hundreds of the expatriates are dying, Norka has allocated crores to build the NORKA building. How does this benefit for ordinary expatriates who have spent nearly Rs 5 crores for the protection of the expatriates, to improve the labour zones of Kerala, to rehabilitate the lost expatriates and to solve the problems of the expatriates”, asks.
He alleged that the Kerala Loka Sabha became only a group formed by people those had close allegiance to the Kerala government and they are using the organisation only for get-together in 5-star hotels in Kerala and waste public money.
He said that the Kerala government hasn’t done anything to help those families who lost their lives in foreign countries. He asked NORKA and Kerala Loka Sabha to be disbanded as its not serving the purpose it was intended for.
When the poor expat suffered for food and medicine earlier, OICC, Incas, KMCC and other community organizations helped Air India and chartered aircraft of expatriate organizations to return. The Government of Kerala has only taken necessary steps to stop the journey of those who are coming.
This loot, which is run on behalf of non-expatriates, is a reminder that the Kerala Loka Sabha and the Norka should be dissolved, the note added.
OlCC is grateful for the collective efforts of the Incas and the KMCC, who helped with the return and hardship of the expatriates, the press note ended.
Meanwhile, Harikrishnan Namboothiri, CEO, K,NORKA-Roots, as per another report said there is nothing controversial about this as these orders are just administrative sanction for the fund allocated in the last budget. “The decision regarding fund allocation had been taken before the Covid outbreak. Moreover, the orders are just administrative sanction and we have not spent any money in this regard so far,” he said.

British Airways Sacks 350 Pilots And Puts 300 In “Pool” For Rehire

LONDON June 29: British Airways, which has said it needs to cut 12,000 jobs and proposed pay cuts for cabin crew, has reached a deal with its pilots that will see 350 laid off and another 300 put in a ‘pool’ for rehiring when needed, The Sun on Sunday reported. Continue reading “British Airways Sacks 350 Pilots And Puts 300 In “Pool” For Rehire”

We can always rebuild economy, but we can never bring someone back to life: West need to learn from Kerala: MP Martyn Day

By Balagopal

June 28: International media, academicians, scientists, economists have all applauded Kerala’s successful approach taken in regards to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, we have a MP from the parliament in the UK asking the West to learn from Kerala on how to fight the virus. Continue reading “We can always rebuild economy, but we can never bring someone back to life: West need to learn from Kerala: MP Martyn Day”

UK schools to abolish social distancing in September

LONDON June 25: Britain’s schools will not follow social distancing rules when students return to their classes full-time in September, The Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday.
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Different households can meet from July 4: Hairdressers, gyms and fitness facilities

LONDON June 24: Boris Johnson has announced that members of two different households can meet “in any setting, inside or out” from July 4 in a landmark easing of lockdown measures. Continue reading “Different households can meet from July 4: Hairdressers, gyms and fitness facilities”

Leicester mayor refuses to tear down statue of Mahatma Gandhi following online petition

LONDON June 21: The mayor of Leicester has refused to tear down a statue of Mahatma Gandhi despite claims he was a ‘facist, racist, sexual predator’.
Sir Peter Soulsby’s words come as an online petition, which has gathered more than 6,000 signatures, was set up calling for the statue of the Indian independence leader to be removed.
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak speaks out about racist abuse he faced as a child growing up in Britain

London June 15: UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday spoke out about the racist abuse he faced as a child growing up in Britain, but stressed that the country has made enormous progress over time.
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