Day: May 5, 2020

Temporary visa holders stranded in India write to PM Scott Morrison to allow them to return to Australia

A group of 200 skilled visa holders and international students from India have written a letter to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appealing to him to relax border restrictions for temporary visa holders stuck offshore. Hundreds of work visa holders, international students and bridging visa holders who were on a visit to India when the border closed are now anxious to return to their work and lives in Australia. Adversity has now forced them into a group and together they have appealed to the Prime Minister requesting him to “alter” the current border restrictions imposed to stem the spread...

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COVID-19: Trust in social media is very low in India

A C-Voter nationwide survey indicates that the trust levels of Indians in social media is very low, particularly compared to mainstream media platforms like newspapers and TV channels. One of the most dangerous phenomenon during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic is the viral spread of misinformation and outright lies through social media platforms. But as per the on going nationwide tracking poll conducted by C-Voter between April 23 and April 30, policy makers in India can sigh a breath of relief. As per the C-Voter survey, the proportion of Indians who display “a lot of trust” in social...

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105 people repatriated from UAE to Pak test COVID-19 positive

At least 105 Pakistanis who were flown to Islamabad from the United Arab Emirates on a repatriation flight have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a top official has confirmed. The 105 passengers were among 209 nationals who were brought home on an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi on April 28, according to the government’s COVID-19 portal. The people who tested positive were shifted to the Rawalpindi Institute of Urology (RIU) while 79 others who tested negative were allowed to go home with directions to self-isolate, Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner retired Capt Anwarul Haq told Dawn News on Monday...

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