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No coercive action against employers for not paying wages to employees during lockdown: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday said no coercive action can be taken against private employers till the end of July for not paying wages to workers during the coronavirus lockdown. The apex court’s direction is a major relief for employers who were unhappy with the Centre’s diktat making it mandatory for them to pay their...

Amitabh Bachchan arranges 4 special flights to send around 700 migrants to UP

Stepping in to help stranded migrants reach their villages, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday arranged for four special flights to send about 700 people to their homes in Uttar Pradesh. Sources close to Bachchan said he wanted to book a train for the migrants but the logistics did not work out. The flights were...

Send migrant workers home within a fortnight, SC tells Centre

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre and state governments to ensure that all migrants are sent home within a fortnight. It has also asked that a skill mapping of such migrants be done so that the government can formulate employment schemes for them to ensure their rehabilitation. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan,...

SC plans to give 15 days to Centre, states for transporting stranded migrants

The states will get 15 more days to transport migrants home from the cities amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Supreme Court said on Friday, adding it will pass an order on the issue of stranded migrants on Tuesday. Friday’s hearing came days after the Supreme Court took up the issue on its own and passed...

Migrants leaving quarantine centre in Bihar given condoms

In a bid to promote safe sex and prevent unwanted pregnancies, thousands of migrant labourers who are leaving quarantine centres and those who are under home quarantine across Bihar are getting condoms from State Health Society amid the coronavirus lockdown. “Migrant labourers are going to their homes after completing the 14-day institutional quarantine. Since there...

198 migrants lost lives in road accidents during lockdown: Report

One hundred and ninety eight migrant workers lost their lives in road accidents during the lockdown period, according to the data compiled by the SaveLIFE Foundation, a road safety NGO. There were at least 1,461 accidents over the course of the nationwide lockdown from March 25 to May 31 in which at least 750 people...

Pain of poor and labourers hit-hard by coronavirus pandemic cannot be explained in words: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said poor and labourers have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus crisis and that their pain cannot be explained in words. In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcast, Modi said all classes of people have suffered during the pandemic but it is the poor who have suffered the...

After arranging buses, Sonu Sood now airlifts 167 Odias stuck in Kerala

When the news of women labourers stuck in Kerala reached actor Sonu Sood, who has been hailed for providing buses for migrant workers stranded due to the coronavirus lockdown, he immediately swung into action. Stuck in Kerala’s Ernakulam, 167 women, engaged in stitching and embroidery work at a local factory were seeking to return to...

Railway vendors not ready to open stalls on platforms despite order

At a time when the migrants travelling through Shramik Special trains are dying enroute their destination due to starvation and dehydration among the scorching weather conditions, the Railways Food Vending Association has said it is not ready to begin services on platforms due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and urged officials not to pressure it...

9 passengers died on Shramik Special Trains since Monday, say Rlys

Nine passengers have been found dead in various ‘Shramik Special’ trains since Monday, an agency report said. The Railways said most of the deceased had pre-existing health conditions. The nine deaths were reported from different trains heading to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. A video of a toddler playing with the shroud of his dead mother...

2 found dead in Shramik Train from Mumbai that reached Varanasi today

Two people were found dead in a train that arrived from Mumbai in Varanasi on Wednesday. The Shramik Special train that arrived at Manduadih station in Varanasi had 1500 passengers on board. Officials said the bodies were found after all other passengers had alighted from the train. One of those found dead was a disabled...

SC takes up migrants cause suo motu, seeks reply from Centre

The Supreme Court on Tuesday took suo motu cognizance of the problems and the miseries of migrant labourers who are desperately trying to return home after being stranded at their place of work due to the COVID-19 lockdown. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M R Shah issued notice to the...