Eastern Mirror https://easternmirrornagaland.com The latest and breaking news from Nagaland, northeast India, India and the world. Current affairs and news of politics from around the world, latest updates on business news, sports, arts and entertainment Thu, 02 Jul 2020 05:57:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-FavIcon-32x32.png Eastern Mirror https://easternmirrornagaland.com 32 32 If elected, will revoke H1-B visa suspension: Joe Biden https://easternmirrornagaland.com/if-elected-will-revoke-h1-b-visa-suspension-joe-biden/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 04:57:00 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319529 Washington, Jul 2 (PTI): Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice president Joe Biden has said that he will lift the temporary suspension on H-1B visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, if he wins the November presidential elections. On June 23, in a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration suspended the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election year. Biden, in a digital town hall meeting on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues organised by NBC News, praised the contribution of H-1B visa holders. He (US President Donald Trump) just ended H-1B visas the rest of this year. That will not be in my administration, Biden, 77, said responding to a question during the town hall. He was referring to the temporary suspension of the H-1B visas and other foreign work visas by Trump for the rest of the year. The people on the company visa have built this country, Biden said when asked what his administration will do in the first 100 days of his presidency. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa...

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Washington, Jul 2 (PTI): Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice president Joe Biden has said that he will lift the temporary suspension on H-1B visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, if he wins the November presidential elections.

On June 23, in a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration suspended the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election year.

Biden, in a digital town hall meeting on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues organised by NBC News, praised the contribution of H-1B visa holders.

He (US President Donald Trump) just ended H-1B visas the rest of this year. That will not be in my administration, Biden, 77, said responding to a question during the town hall. He was referring to the temporary suspension of the H-1B visas and other foreign work visas by Trump for the rest of the year.

The people on the company visa have built this country, Biden said when asked what his administration will do in the first 100 days of his presidency.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

“On day one, I’m going to send the legislative immigration reform bill to Congress to provide a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants who contribute so much to this country, including 1.7 million from the AAPI community.

My immigration policy is built around keeping families together, modernising an immigration system by keeping families, unification and diversity as pillars of our immigration system, which it used to be,” Biden said.

He alleged that Trump’s immigration policies are cruel and humane.

Biden said that he will take immediate action to protect dreamers, including more than 100,000 eligible dreamers from East and South Asia.

The former vice president also said that he will rescind Muslim travel ban and immediately restore refugee admission in line with the values and historic leadership of the United States.

Biden also told town hall participants that he will make it easier for qualified Green Card holders to move through this backlog.

Trump, in April, gave an executive order to suspend green cards for 90 days. In June, he issued a proclamation which extended the suspension till December 31, 2020.

The US every year allocates only 1,40,000 green cards for all employment-preference immigrants, including accompanying family members.

Currently, there is a backlog of almost 10 lakh foreign nationals and accompanying family members lawfully residing in the United States. These applicants have been approved but are yet to receive employment green cards.

In his policy paper on immigration, Biden says that his high skilled temporary visas should not be used to disincentive recruiting workers already in the US for in-demand occupations.

An immigration system that crowds out high-skilled workers in favour of only entry level wages and skills threatens American innovation and competitiveness, the policy paper said.

Biden will work with Congress to first reform temporary visas to establish a wage-based allocation process and establish enforcement mechanisms to ensure they are aligned with the labour market and not used to undermine wages, it said.

Then, Biden will support expanding the number of high-skilled visas and eliminating the limits on employment-based visas by country, which create unacceptably long backlogs, it added.

The immigration policy paper also talks about increasing the number of visas offered for permanent, work-based immigration based on macroeconomic conditions. Currently, the number of employment-based visas or Green Card is capped at 140,000 each year, without the ability to be responsive to the state of the labour market or demands from domestic employers, it said.

As president, Biden will work with Congress to increase the number of visas awarded for permanent, employment-based immigration and promote mechanisms to temporarily reduce the number of visas during times of high US unemployment, it said.

He will also exempt from any cap recent graduates of PhD programmes in Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in the US who are poised to make some of the most important contributions to the world economy.

Biden believes that foreign graduates of a US doctoral programme should be given a Green Card with their degree and that losing these highly trained workers to foreign economies is a disservice to our own economic competitiveness, the policy paper said.

Biden is challenging the 74-year-old Republican incumbent President Trump in the November 3 presidential elections where Trump is seeking his re-election for his second four-year term.

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Top tech CEOs agree to testify before US House judiciary committee https://easternmirrornagaland.com/top-tech-ceos-agree-to-testify-before-us-house-judiciary-committee/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 04:35:00 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319526 San Francisco, July 2 (IANS): Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet CEOs have agreed to testify before the US House Judiciary Committee that is working on proposals to reform and regulate the digital market. According to a CNBC report, the hearing would mark the first time all four top executives testify together in front of Congress, virtually or in-person depending on the panel’s call in the Covid-19 pandemic times. The House Judiciary Committee announced its antitrust probe into the four tech giants in June last year. Last month, the committee sent letters to technology giants Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet (Google’s parent company), asking them to confirm if their chief executives will testify as part of the committee’s tech competition investigation. In a statement to Axios, committee chair David Cicilline said the documents that the investigators sought were “essential” to the probe and that requests like this were part of the “appropriate process” to obtain them. The lawmakers want the tech giants to furnish documents that have been produced in relation to other competition probes and internal communications. The letters that the committee sent also posed questions related to possible harms to competition in the market. “While the House probe will not...

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San Francisco, July 2 (IANS): Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet CEOs have agreed to testify before the US House Judiciary Committee that is working on proposals to reform and regulate the digital market.

According to a CNBC report, the hearing would mark the first time all four top executives testify together in front of Congress, virtually or in-person depending on the panel’s call in the Covid-19 pandemic times.

The House Judiciary Committee announced its antitrust probe into the four tech giants in June last year.

Last month, the committee sent letters to technology giants Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet (Google’s parent company), asking them to confirm if their chief executives will testify as part of the committee’s tech competition investigation.

In a statement to Axios, committee chair David Cicilline said the documents that the investigators sought were “essential” to the probe and that requests like this were part of the “appropriate process” to obtain them.

The lawmakers want the tech giants to furnish documents that have been produced in relation to other competition probes and internal communications.

The letters that the committee sent also posed questions related to possible harms to competition in the market.

“While the House probe will not result in enforcement actions against the company, investigations by federal and state regulators could,” said the CNBC report on Wednesday.

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Manchester United confirm Angel Gomes departure https://easternmirrornagaland.com/manchester-united-confirm-angel-gomes-departure/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 04:00:00 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319523 London, July 2 (IANS): Manchester United have confirmed that Angel Gomes has left the club as the 19-year-old rejected the offer of a new contract. Gomes joined the Reds youth academy when he was six years old and made his first-team debut at the age of 16 in 2017. The attacking midfielder made 10 senior appearances for the team in total. His last game for the Reds was the 4-0 win over Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League in January, reports Xinhua news agency. “Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the club,” said Manchester United in a statement on Wednesday. According to British media reports, the talented footballer rejected an offer of 30,000 pounds ($37,400) weekly wage from the Reds as he was not assured of regular playing time under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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London, July 2 (IANS): Manchester United have confirmed that Angel Gomes has left the club as the 19-year-old rejected the offer of a new contract.

Gomes joined the Reds youth academy when he was six years old and made his first-team debut at the age of 16 in 2017. The attacking midfielder made 10 senior appearances for the team in total. His last game for the Reds was the 4-0 win over Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League in January, reports Xinhua news agency.

“Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the club,” said Manchester United in a statement on Wednesday.

According to British media reports, the talented footballer rejected an offer of 30,000 pounds ($37,400) weekly wage from the Reds as he was not assured of regular playing time under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Christian Forum Dimapur urges for sustainable solution https://easternmirrornagaland.com/christian-forum-dimapur-urges-for-sustainable-solution/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 01:30:00 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319498 Dimapur, July 2 (MN): Christian Forum Dimapur (CFD) has appealed to the government and the Governor of Nagaland to seek the will of God and the people for an acceptable, amicable and sustainable solution. CFD has made this appeal during its meeting with executive and advisory board on June 30 at Bishop’s House, Dimapur. The meeting began with an invocation by its advisor Dr. P Dozo, while the welcome addressed was delivered by its chairman Rev. Moses Murry. An update from the forum stated that the members decided to appeal to individuals, different governmental and civil society organisations of the state after intense discussion and deliberations on various issues faced by the civil society and understanding the struggle of the public. The forum has requested the government to control the exorbitant price rise of commodities in the market. The members felt that the business community should not take advantage of the pandemic crisis to make profit but rather co-operate with the struggling public to help alleviate their suffering during the unprecedented Civid-19 pandemic. The forum also appealed to all the churches in Dimapur and the state to collaborate with government and other skill development institutions to help the unemployed youth...

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Dimapur, July 2 (MN): Christian Forum Dimapur (CFD) has appealed to the government and the Governor of Nagaland to seek the will of God and the people for an acceptable, amicable and sustainable solution.

CFD has made this appeal during its meeting with executive and advisory board on June 30 at Bishop’s House, Dimapur. The meeting began with an invocation by its advisor Dr. P Dozo, while the welcome addressed was delivered by its chairman Rev. Moses Murry.

An update from the forum stated that the members decided to appeal to individuals, different governmental and civil society organisations of the state after intense discussion and deliberations on various issues faced by the civil society and understanding the struggle of the public.

The forum has requested the government to control the exorbitant price rise of commodities in the market. The members felt that the business community should not take advantage of the pandemic crisis to make profit but rather co-operate with the struggling public to help alleviate their suffering during the unprecedented Civid-19 pandemic.

The forum also appealed to all the churches in Dimapur and the state to collaborate with government and other skill development institutions to help the unemployed youth especially the returnees find job for their sustenance.

It also requested the churches to organise spiritual awakening programmes and crusades for the youths by strictly following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in all the public places.

In this regard, CFD has decided to organise workshops, seminars and training to generate employment for the youth.

The forum also appealed to the individuals and organisations, who are involved in extortion and collecting money during this poignant and pandemic situations, to eschew such activities especially during this troubled time.

The forum also requested the youth to be creative and develop a strong work culture in seeking job to sustain day-to-day life. They are further asked to cooperate and collaborate with the churches, government and skill development organisations, entrepreneurs associations and training institutes to get registered for suitable job oriented trainings and make the state a model for entrepreneurships and small scale industries.

The meeting concluded with a benediction said by its advisor Rev. Dr. Paphino.

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Nagaland’s Covid-19 cases breach 500-mark https://easternmirrornagaland.com/nagalands-covid-19-cases-breach-500-mark/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:07:31 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319516 Our ReporterDimapur, July 1 (EMN): The number of Covid-19 positive cases in Nagaland breached 500-mark as 42 new cases were detected on Wednesday. The minister of Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom, updated in a series of tweets on Wednesday that 42 new Covid-19 cases were detected in the state out of 235 samples tested and 14 patients (10 from AR Hospital, Sukhovi and 4 from DH, Dimapur) were declared recovered. He added that all the fresh cases were from quarantine centres: Peren- 31, Phek- 8, Kohima- 2, and Dimapur- 1. “As on today (on Wednesday), the total number of positive cases in the state stands at 501. Out of this, the total active cases are 319, and 182 have recovered. All the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated Covid-19 Hospitals. As per the severity of symptoms, all the 319 active cases are asymptomatic,” informed Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha in his daily briefing. “Till date, a total of 12,268 samples have been tested. Results of 11,630 have been received. Out of the total of 12, 268 samples, 8,070 samples have been received at the BSL-3 lab at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) and a total...

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Our Reporter
Dimapur, July 1 (EMN):
The number of Covid-19 positive cases in Nagaland breached 500-mark as 42 new cases were detected on Wednesday.

The minister of Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom, updated in a series of tweets on Wednesday that 42 new Covid-19 cases were detected in the state out of 235 samples tested and 14 patients (10 from AR Hospital, Sukhovi and 4 from DH, Dimapur) were declared recovered. He added that all the fresh cases were from quarantine centres: Peren- 31, Phek- 8, Kohima- 2, and Dimapur- 1.

“As on today (on Wednesday), the total number of positive cases in the state stands at 501. Out of this, the total active cases are 319, and 182 have recovered. All the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated Covid-19 Hospitals. As per the severity of symptoms, all the 319 active cases are asymptomatic,” informed Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha in his daily briefing.

“Till date, a total of 12,268 samples have been tested. Results of 11,630 have been received. Out of the total of 12, 268 samples, 8,070 samples have been received at the BSL-3 lab at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) and a total of 7,881 samples have been tested, out of which 388 samples have tested positive. In addition a total of 5,669 samples have been tested by TrueNat, out of which 110 samples tested positive and sent for confirmation by RT-PCR,” he added.

It was also informed a total of 4408 persons are presently under facility quarantine.

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From stress to stigmatisation, they face it all but work diligently https://easternmirrornagaland.com/from-work-stress-to-stigmatisation-they-face-it-all-but-work-diligently/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:03:44 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319509 “For the past three months, only those working here will understand the pressure we go through” Livine KhrozhohKohima, July 1(EMN): This year hasn’t been easy for everyone due to the outbreak of Covid-19 but nobody sacrifices like the doctors in this battle against the pandemic. Leaving the comfort of their homes, they work in close proximity with the patients knowing the risk involved and fight the disease, one recovery at a time. On the occasion of National Doctors’ Day on July 1, which is observed to acknowledge the contributions of medical professionals to the society, Eastern Mirror spoke to some doctors to have a glimpse of their lives during this pandemic. 4-hour of sleep a day since February “I usually start my day by 5 am and since we have to keep up with the reports, we check and crosscheck and stay in the office till 7-8 pm,” said Dr. Nyanthung Kikon, State nodal officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme. He said that even after going home, he had to contact all the districts and also speak to media persons to answer their queries, clarifications and verifications, before making the last call of the day to BSL lab at around...

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“For the past three months, only those working here will understand the pressure we go through”
Interior of Health and Family Welfare department building in Kohima.

Livine Khrozhoh
Kohima, July 1(EMN):
This year hasn’t been easy for everyone due to the outbreak of Covid-19 but nobody sacrifices like the doctors in this battle against the pandemic. Leaving the comfort of their homes, they work in close proximity with the patients knowing the risk involved and fight the disease, one recovery at a time.

On the occasion of National Doctors’ Day on July 1, which is observed to acknowledge the contributions of medical professionals to the society, Eastern Mirror spoke to some doctors to have a glimpse of their lives during this pandemic.

4-hour of sleep a day since February

“I usually start my day by 5 am and since we have to keep up with the reports, we check and crosscheck and stay in the office till 7-8 pm,” said Dr. Nyanthung Kikon, State nodal officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme.

He said that even after going home, he had to contact all the districts and also speak to media persons to answer their queries, clarifications and verifications, before making the last call of the day to BSL lab at around 11 pm.

‘I usually sleep by 1:00 am, so basically I sleep around four hours a day,’ he said exhaustedly. He updated that they started the whole activity by the end of January though the nationwide lockdown started in March.

“The work is not the same every day, but Covid-19 is such that we are faced with new challenges, new issues, social issues and other issues come up regularly, and therefore it is not only the health issues we are trying to deal with but so many other problems,” he stated.

In the districts, people working at the ground level like quarantine centres and district hospitals that have been turned to Covid hospitals are working much harder since they are facing the real time issues with the quarantine people and positive cases, he informed.

He said that he was not able to spend quality time with his children though they had returned home months back.

“The teams at the district have been working very diligently and no rest till now, but we are not immune or free from making mistakes. We sometimes make mistakes but I believe that gross-mistakes have not taken place,” he opined, adding that all the frontline workers are trying to give their best and will continue to do so.

Do not discriminate healthcare workers

“We want to let the public know that whatever we are doing is for their safety and benefit, so the day our staff finish their duty and go back home after finishing their facility quarantine and tested negative, they should not discriminate them,” said Dr. George Thira, senior specialist and spokesperson of Covid-19 hospital, Dimapur.

He shared that the healthcare workers are taking utmost care and precaution not to get infected, so if they are tested negative after duty, public should not have any fear.

The doctor said that healthcare workers initially faced lots of challenges with many colonies not allowing them to return to their houses, forcing the authorities to accommodate them in different hotels. He added that things are better now but it is still happening, and that is one of the social challenges they are facing.

24-hour coverage in wards

Dr. Thira informed that doctors and nurses work on roster system, wherein they are divided into three groups with 8-hour duty, covering 24 hours in the ward. After working for seven days, they are put in institutional quarantine for seven days before taking a test. If they are tested negative, they get back to work after three days, he said.

“We have a good team of doctors working here so we could pull through in a very good way,” he said, adding that converting District Hospital Dimapur to Covid hospital wasn’t easy as the building was very old.

“We need to think for the safety of the healthcare workers and also for the comfort of the patients; and with whatever resources we could manage, we built an infrastructure to a certain level,” he informed.

The doctor said that many patients had recovered and left the facility but when he called them to check their well-being, he was told that they had a comfortable stay at the hospital. ‘That’s the satisfaction we get after they are discharged from the Covid hospital,’ he said, adding that only family members could be contacted over the phone as the patients are advised to stay in isolation for some more time even at home.

“For the past three months, the work pressure we went through, only those working here will understand,” he said.

He shared that at one point of time, when the number of patients in the hospital rose to 88, they did not sleep. “Those who are working inside did not sleep and few of us who were outside managing all the necessary things, we hardly slept during those days,” he said.

He said that they didn’t get time to sit and relax for the past three months but the workload has come down after Covid care centres were set up in Chümoukedima and Sukhovi.

Work stress

A doctor from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal, one of the main hospitals in Manipur that tests and treats Covid-19 patients, said they go through so much stress as they also fear being infected and wearing PPE suits during summer is very

‘As the patients could have their own complains due to anxiety, doctors have to not only tend to their physical health but also mental well-being etc., and then we have to be quarantined again after the duty,’ said the doctor, who wished to remain anonymous.

“The doctors are not free; it is not like our usual duty before Covid-19,” he said, adding that they cannot go home but have to be quarantined after their 7-day duty.

For now, not all the doctors are assigned to the Covid-19 ward, but maybe things will change when the demand increases, he said.

The doctor said that the public should not treat the positive patients ‘badly’.

“Deal compassionately those who are tested positive and receive them warmly when everything is over,” he said. “We have to be careful as we are fighting against a virus and not the person.”

Asking the public not to take things lightly but live with more precautions, the doctor said there is no confirmed community spread as of today but “once it starts, it will be very difficult to contain and it will keep on spreading”.

“Healthy people may not suffer much but unfortunate persons may respond differently to the virus,” he cautioned, adding that everyone should take precautionary measures like wearing mask, maintaining social distancing and restrain from social gatherings.

“The whole world is affected, and so at this juncture we should we prayerful and humble ourselves as a Christian, and not be arrogant and break precautionary measures,” he concluded.

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Address prevailing impasse, contain spread of virus, Zeliang tells Rio https://easternmirrornagaland.com/address-prevailing-impasse-contain-spread-of-virus-zeliang-tells-rio/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:00:02 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319508 Dimapur, July 1 (EMN): With Covid-19 cases continuing to increase in Peren district, the leader of opposition, TR Zeliang, has sought the attention of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, requesting him to “initiate immediate necessary action” to arrest further spread of the virus. It is unfortunate that Peren has become among the worst-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, wrote Zeliang, while reminding the June 3 incident where a positive case was sent to the district from Dimapur along with 16 other returnees. He added that no action has been initiated on the matter despite representation from the JAC on Covid-19 asking for action on the erring personnel and the subsequent ultimatum served by the Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Nagaland. “The alarmingly high number of Covid-19 positive cases detected from among the 96 Haryana returnees, 54 males and 42 females who are now settled in their respective villages under Peren district, portrays a perilous future for all of us,” the former chief minister wrote. He said that the returnees, who had arrived Peren from quarantine centres in Dimapur, were sent to their respective villages without completion of their 14-day quarantine and without ascertaining their Covid-19 status at the district-level. He went on to claim...

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Dimapur, July 1 (EMN): With Covid-19 cases continuing to increase in Peren district, the leader of opposition, TR Zeliang, has sought the attention of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, requesting him to “initiate immediate necessary action” to arrest further spread of the virus.

It is unfortunate that Peren has become among the worst-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, wrote Zeliang, while reminding the June 3 incident where a positive case was sent to the district from Dimapur along with 16 other returnees. He added that no action has been initiated on the matter despite representation from the JAC on Covid-19 asking for action on the erring personnel and the subsequent ultimatum served by the Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Nagaland.

“The alarmingly high number of Covid-19 positive cases detected from among the 96 Haryana returnees, 54 males and 42 females who are now settled in their respective villages under Peren district, portrays a perilous future for all of us,” the former chief minister wrote.

He said that the returnees, who had arrived Peren from quarantine centres in Dimapur, were sent to their respective villages without completion of their 14-day quarantine and without ascertaining their Covid-19 status at the district-level. He went on to claim that their samples were collected only after reaching their respective villages and sent to BSL-3 lab in Kohima for testing; out of which “many tested positive while more results are awaited”.

“The prevailing impasse has to be addressed by the state government on priority basis and unless immediate necessary measures are adopted to contain the spread of the virus, community transmission may unfortunately become a reality very soon,” he added.

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UPSC allows civil services prelims’ candidates to change exam centres https://easternmirrornagaland.com/upsc-allows-civil-services-prelims-candidates-to-change-exam-centres/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:09:08 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319481 New Delhi, July 1 (PTI): The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has allowed candidates to change their centres for the civil services preliminary examination, scheduled on October 4. Keeping in view the large number of candidates of the civil services (preliminary) examination, 2020 (including the Indian Forest Service (preliminary) examination, 2020) and requests received from the candidates for changing their centers, the Commission has decided to give an opportunity to them to submit their revised choice of centre, the UPSC said in a statement on Wednesday. Besides this, the option to change the centers for the civil services (main) examination, 2020, and the Indian Forest Service (main) examination, 2020, is also being made available, it said. The window of submitting the revised choice of Centers by the candidates will be operational in two phases i.e. 7th-13th July, 2020 (6 PM) and 20th-24th July, 2020 (6 PM) on the Commission’s website https://upsconline.nic.in. “The candidates are advised to visit the website and submit their choices of centers of the above examination, if required,” the statement said. The request for change will be considered against the enhanced capacity intimated by the centers for accommodating additional candidates, it said. The candidates may please note...

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New Delhi, July 1 (PTI): The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has allowed candidates to change their centres for the civil services preliminary examination, scheduled on October 4.

Keeping in view the large number of candidates of the civil services (preliminary) examination, 2020 (including the Indian Forest Service (preliminary) examination, 2020) and requests received from the candidates for changing their centers, the Commission has decided to give an opportunity to them to submit their revised choice of centre, the UPSC said in a statement on Wednesday.

Besides this, the option to change the centers for the civil services (main) examination, 2020, and the Indian Forest Service (main) examination, 2020, is also being made available, it said.

The window of submitting the revised choice of Centers by the candidates will be operational in two phases i.e. 7th-13th July, 2020 (6 PM) and 20th-24th July, 2020 (6 PM) on the Commission’s website https://upsconline.nic.in.

“The candidates are advised to visit the website and submit their choices of centers of the above examination, if required,” the statement said.

The request for change will be considered against the enhanced capacity intimated by the centers for accommodating additional candidates, it said.

The candidates may please note that their requests for change in the centers will be considered based on the principle of first-apply-first-allot’ basis (which is followed in all the examinations of the Commission and was mentioned in the examination notices of the civil services (preliminary) examination, 2020 and Indian Forest Service examination, 2020) and once the capacity of a particular centre is attained, the same will be frozen, the Commission said.

The candidates, who cannot get a centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a centre from the remaining ones, it said.

Originally, the civil services preliminary examination 2020 was scheduled to be held on May 31, but it had to be postponed to October 4, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The civil services examination is conducted annually in three stages preliminary, main and interview — by the UPSC to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

Lakhs of aspirants take the examination every year to be part of the country’s coveted civil services.

The UPSC has also decided to make a withdrawal window’ available to the candidates on the Commission’s website during the period from 1st-8th August, 2020 to allow them to withdraw their application from the test, the statement said.

All the terms and conditions of the withdrawal of application will be the same as have been mentioned in the examinations notice issued in February this year, it said.

Candidates must note that once the application has been withdrawn by the candidate, it cannot be revived in future under any circumstances, the statement added.

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Rajnath Singh to visit Ladakh, may go to forward areas also https://easternmirrornagaland.com/rajnath-singh-to-visit-ladakh-may-go-to-forward-areas-also/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:58:51 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319479 New Delhi, July 1 (IANS): Amid ongoing tension with China at the borders, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting the eastern Ladakh region to interact with soldiers deployed there. The minister would be flying from Delhi to Leh on Friday and would also interact with the soldiers injured during the barbaric attack carried out by Chinese People’s Liberation Army on June 15. In the attack, India lost 20 soldiers and Chinese Army too had casualties, but their figures are still unknown. Sources said that Rajnath Singh may visit forward locations where Indian troops are deployed. Reacting to the killing of Indian soldiers, the Defence Minister had stated that the loss of soldiers in Galwan Valley is “deeply disturbing and painful”. He said that Indian soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. “The nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers,” he had said. On June 22, Rajnath Singh went to Russia for three days to attend the Victory Day Parade at Red Square in Moscow to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Soviet...

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New Delhi, July 1 (IANS): Amid ongoing tension with China at the borders, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting the eastern Ladakh region to interact with soldiers deployed there.

The minister would be flying from Delhi to Leh on Friday and would also interact with the soldiers injured during the barbaric attack carried out by Chinese People’s Liberation Army on June 15.

In the attack, India lost 20 soldiers and Chinese Army too had casualties, but their figures are still unknown.

Sources said that Rajnath Singh may visit forward locations where Indian troops are deployed.

Reacting to the killing of Indian soldiers, the Defence Minister had stated that the loss of soldiers in Galwan Valley is “deeply disturbing and painful”.

He said that Indian soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

“The nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers,” he had said.

On June 22, Rajnath Singh went to Russia for three days to attend the Victory Day Parade at Red Square in Moscow to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Soviet Russia’s victory in the “Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945” (Second World War), and also discuss about ongoing defence deals.

He had said that the India-Russia bilateral relationship is a special and privileged strategic partnership, the future of which remains strong.

Singh reviewed the bilateral defence relationship in a meeting with Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov. Russia had assured India that ongoing defence contracts will not be just maintained but in a number of cases, will be taken forward in a shorter time.

India and Russia have inked defence deals worth $16 billion. Moscow has stated that they are committed to the timely implementation of contracts, including the supply of S-400 air defence systems and production of Kalashnikov rifles and Kamov helicopters.

India and Russia signed the S-400 deal worth more than $5 billion in 2018 and the missile systems are currently due in December 2021.

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Neyveli boiler blast: Shah assures TN CM of all possible help https://easternmirrornagaland.com/neyveli-boiler-blast-shah-assures-tn-cm-of-all-possible-help/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:50:48 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=319477 New Delhi, July 1 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday talked to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami over Neyveli power plant boiler blast, assuring him of all possible help. The Home Minister took stock of the situation of the incident in a telephonic conversation with Palaniswami. “Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to a blast at Neyveli power plant boiler in Tamil Nadu. Have spoken to @CMOTamilNadu and assured all possible help,” Shah tweeted. The Home Minister further said that Centre’s paramilitary wing Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is already on the spot to assist the relief work. “Praying for the earliest recovery of those injured.” More than four people were killed and 17 others injured in a boiler blast at Neyveli Thermal Power Station in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The blast occurred in the fifth unit of the second station as workers were resuming work this morning. Neyveli, a township in Cuddalore district, is about 200 kilometres south of Chennai. Wednesday’s blast is the second in two months. On May 7, two workers were killed and eight injured in a similar incident.

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New Delhi, July 1 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday talked to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami over Neyveli power plant boiler blast, assuring him of all possible help.

The Home Minister took stock of the situation of the incident in a telephonic conversation with Palaniswami.

“Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to a blast at Neyveli power plant boiler in Tamil Nadu. Have spoken to @CMOTamilNadu and assured all possible help,” Shah tweeted.

The Home Minister further said that Centre’s paramilitary wing Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is already on the spot to assist the relief work.

“Praying for the earliest recovery of those injured.”

More than four people were killed and 17 others injured in a boiler blast at Neyveli Thermal Power Station in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The blast occurred in the fifth unit of the second station as workers were resuming work this morning.

Neyveli, a township in Cuddalore district, is about 200 kilometres south of Chennai. Wednesday’s blast is the second in two months. On May 7, two workers were killed and eight injured in a similar incident.

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