Day: May 14, 2020

Temporary visa holders denied exemptions to travel to Australia on ‘compassionate grounds’ seek clarity on assessment criteria

With no end to the travel ban in sight, Tushar Sen, a temporary visa holder who had travelled to India to attend his father’s death anniversary, applied for an exemption to return to Australia. Mr Sen says he filed for a request to travel on compassionate grounds not one but four times, but his application was rejected every single time. The 26-year-old who works as a quantity surveyor with a multinational construction company in Melbourne, says he has every right to travel back into the country as he continues to pay taxes to the Australian government. “I have been...

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Hard to predict when pandemic will be over: WHO officials

Officials of the World Health Organization (WHO) have said it is hard to predict when the pandemic will be over, but countries should stay positive and collaborate closely. “We have a new virus entering the human population for the first time, and therefore it is very hard to predict when we will prevail over it,” Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said on Wednesday at a press conference in Geneva, Xinhua reported. “I think it’s important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities and this...

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