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Are you 50 and above? Be prepared for vaccinations this winter to prevent from flu and Covid

LONDON July 27: The UK is set to launch its most expansive flu vaccination in September, with all over-50s in England offered the jab for the first time in order to combat a second wave of Covid-19. Continue reading “Are you 50 and above? Be prepared for vaccinations this winter to prevent from flu and Covid”

Signature campaign for award all Nursing Staff in the NHS a pay rise of 10 per cent backdated to 1st April nearing target

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON July 27: A signature campaign requesting the UK government to award all nursing staff in the NHS a pay rise of 10 per cent backdated to 1st April 2020 is nearing target. As of yesterday the signatures have reached nearly 83,000. Continue reading “Signature campaign for award all Nursing Staff in the NHS a pay rise of 10 per cent backdated to 1st April nearing target”

Britain unveils details of post-Brexit immigration system: How many points do you need?

LONDON July 14: Britain has added further detail to its post-Brexit points-based immigration system, first announced in February, including new provisions for health workers and graduates. Continue reading “Britain unveils details of post-Brexit immigration system: How many points do you need?”

Won’t Be Able To Protect Every Single Job: Rishi Sunak Warns Of Recession

London July 10: UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday reiterated his previous warnings that he would not be able to save every job and that the UK is  headed towards a “significant recession” hit by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Continue reading “Won’t Be Able To Protect Every Single Job: Rishi Sunak Warns Of Recession”

Why the Catholic Church wants me back in India? What is behind it? And WHO is behind it? And why does it pop up right now?

July 08: According to reports in the New Indian Express, the Interpol (International Criminal Police Organisation, commonly known as Interpol) has now issued issued Red Notice against Sanal Edamaruku after the Central Bureau of Investigation, the premier investigating agency of India, sought the help of the global agency to trace the 65-year-old, who is accused of swindling Rs 15 lakh from a woman after promising her to provide Finnish visa. Continue reading “Why the Catholic Church wants me back in India? What is behind it? And WHO is behind it? And why does it pop up right now?”

UK Visa Application Centre in Kochi and other selected offices to be reopened from July 6 By A Staff Reporter

By A Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI June 30: From 6 July UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services and the following Visa Application Centres in India will be open from the same date, VFS Global website said.

The centres that will be opened are: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru (Global Tech Park), Chandigarh, Chennai (see note below), Cochin, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Mumbai (South), New Delhi, Pune.
Customers who were unable to attend an earlier appointment, will be able to log into their account to book a new appointment. Customers who have completed their application on GOV.UK, but didn’t previously book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre, can do so from June 29, 2020.
Customers who wish to visit Chennai Visa Application Centre should return to this page once the local lockdown is lifted, for information on when they will be able to book an appointment.
The remaining Visa Application Centres and Enrolment locations in India will not be open for some time. VFS will be contacting customers who had previously booked appointments at these centres to arrange for you to complete your application at a different location.
For safety reasons customers visiting Visa Application Centres are requested to observe physical distancing, undergo temperature checks or be required to wear facemasks, subject to local authority guidelines. Customers must have an appointment to visit the Visa Application Centre.
Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius), cough or difficulty breathing will be helped to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.
Due to restrictions still in place globally, VFS are not currently able to offer services such as Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa Service (visit), Priority Visa for settlement or migration Service and Walk-in services.

 

VFS strongly advise all customers to purchase Courier Return of their documents, so they do not have to visit the Visa Application Centre again, after a decision is made.

If a decision has been made on your application, and you need to collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre, VFS will be contacting you to arrange this.

Overseas British Passport Applications
If you’re a British national and you wish to renew or apply for a British passport from India; please visit gov.uk/overseas-passports for details on how to do this.
There are new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check the latest information before you travel at gov.uk/uk-border-control.

Guardian journalist responds after Congress leader pokes fun at KK Shailaja saying article termed her “modern dancer”

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON June 21: Laura Spinney, The Guardian correspondent who wrote an article about Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja, titled “How Kerala’s rock star health minister helped save it from Covid-19” had to come out and correct a Kerala politician who poked fun at the minister saying that she was called “modern dancer” by The Guardian.

On Friday Mullappally Ramachandran, the Congress party’s president in Kerala, was delivering a speech which was actually meant to inaugurate a day-long hunger strike by co-party member and Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala.

However, he decides to pick on Kerala health minister KK Shailaja and started calling her names such as Nipah Rajakumari (Princess of Nipah), Covid Rani (Queen of Covid), Guest Artiste, all which has now become a subject of controversy.

The Congress leader had a copy of The Guardian news article about Shailaja which was published a month ago, Mullappally said: “It says: How Kerala’s rock star health minister helped save it from Covid-19 (the headline).

What does it say? Kerala’s rockstar! You would know better. I don’t know about these modern dance forms. She’s being called a rock dancer.” For some reason, the Congress leader is convinced that ‘rockstar’ means ‘modern dancer’.

A social media user pointed this out to Laura Spinney, The Guardian correspondent who wrote the story, and the journalist responded on Twitter. “If @MullapallyR wishes to politicise the story that’s his prerogative.

When I used the term “rockstar”, I was quoting others. @shailajateacher has however been the subject of a feature film for her successful handling of another outbreak -Nipah virus: https://bit.ly/3ev7KoA,” Laura wrote.

@shailajateacher has however been the subject of a feature film for her successful handling of another outbreak -Nipah virus: https://t.co/mmHnxIIq3u https://t.co/bn6fxyUFGT

— Laura Spinney (@lfspinney) June 20, 2020

India government to conduct skill mapping of citizens returning from overseas

NEW DELHI June 6: The India government has decided to conduct a skill mapping of citizens returning from overseas. The initiative titled SWADES, is a collaborative of the Ministries of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Civil Aviation and External Affairs.

Universities have an obligation to assist students with accommodation: Home Office informs NORKA UK representative

By A Staff Reporter
LONDON May 17: Universities have an obligation to ensure that students in the UK who are unable to travel have continued accommodation and access to essential services in the UK for the duration of their stay, the Home Office has informed T Haridas, NORKA (Non Resident Keralites Affairs) representative in the UK.

Returning of expats: Kerala to make necessary arrangements in all four airports

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While interacting with the representatives of Non-Residential Keralites from various countries through video conference, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said that the state government will make necessary arrangements in all four airports to conduct screenings to detect COVID-19 when the expats return to Kerala.
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