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SWADES Skill Card: Skill mapping of overseas returning citizens by Government of India

SWADES Skill Card: Skill mapping of overseas returning citizens by Government of India

Government of India is conducting skill mapping of overseas returning citizens through SWADES Skill Card. Info will be shared with Private Indian Companies and Foreign companies to reach out directly for future employment opportunities. If this interests you, please fill your details at http://nsdcindia.org/swades

Indians returning on Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights and seeking jobs in India may register for SWADES Skill Card. Please fill in the details on http://nsdcindia.org/swades and register for SWADES Skill Card.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a Public Private Partnership mandated to involve the private sector in skilling 150 million Indians by 2022.

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Air India will shortly shift to direct ticketing to facilitate bookings abroad : Dr. S. Jaishankar – External affairs minister of India

Air India will shortly shift to direct ticketing to facilitate bookings abroad : Dr. S. Jaishankar – External affairs minister of India

Under the Vande Bharat Mission, Indian government has been bringing back Indians from abroad in phases. 173 flights and 3 ships has been involved so far covering 34 countries. So far under Vande Bharat Mission, 9 flights with 1520 passengers plus 45 infants has been repatriated from Qatar.

Dr. S. Jaishankar, external affairs minister of India had a detailed review meeting of Vande Bharat Mission on Tuesday. He held this review meeting with officials from all the agencies and ministries involved in the repatriation exercise.

The government plans to bring back 1,00,000 Indian nationals stranded in as many as 60 countries in the on-going second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM), said Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar. He also added that, Air India will shortly shift to direct ticketing to facilitate bookings abroad.

Dr. S. Jaishankar in a series of tweets on after concluding the review meeting with officials from MEA India, MoCA GoI, Air Iindia, MHA, DMA, Bureau of Immigration he said,

  • Focus of meeting was to ramp up the scale of Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) and enhance its efficiency.
  • Phase 2 of Vande Bharat Mission extended from 17 May to 13 June 2020. So far of 173 flights and 3 ships covering 34 countries. Target 100,000 passengers from 60 countries.
  • Preparations for 3rd phase – widening our footprint has commenced.
  • Increase in entry points and expanded feeder flights being planned.
  • Arrangements being made for amnesty beneficiaries in the Gulf.
  • Air India will shortly shift to direct ticketing to facilitate bookings abroad.
  • Center is working with state governments for more efficient use of cumulative quarantine capacity.

Under the Vande Bharat Mission, Indian Nationals abroad having “compelling reasons” are being brought back to India which includes elderly people, students, pregnant women and nationals who are facing the prospect of deportation.

Source: @DrSJaishankar


Covid-19 helpline numbers of Indian Embassy Doha55647502 and 55667569 | Queries will be answered only by WhatsApp / SMS. Do not to communicate on these numbers for repatriation and consular service related queries.


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Lockdown 4.0 till May 31 : Air Travel and Metro Services suspension continues | Schools, Cinemas, Hotels Remains Shut

Lockdown 4.0 till May 31 : Air Travel and Metro Services suspension continues | Schools, Cinemas, Hotels Remains Shut

India is all set to enter Lockdown 4.0 from tomorrow (18th May) as the novel Corona virus COVID-19 total confirmed cases crossed 90000 with death close to 3000 as on date. The centre has announced the next phase (Lockdown 4.0) of lockdown for 2 more weeks starting from tomorrow (Starts from May 18 and continues till 31st May 2020).

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued new guidelines for Lockdown 4.0 with list of things which are allowed and remains prohibited during this lockdown phase. It has announced several relaxations outside the containment zone to ease the economic situation.

Find here the complete list of activities which will remain prohibited and activities which are allowed in Lockdown 4.0

The following activities shall continue to remain prohibited throughout the country:

Curfew after 7 pm: Except for essential activities, movement of individuals between 7 pm to 7 am (12 hours) strictly prohibited. Local authorities shall issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders [Curfew] under Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance.

Air Travel: All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA. However, evacuation of foreign nationals from India and return of stranded Indian nationals from abroad will continue to be allowed.

Metro Rail: All Metro rail services remains suspended until May 31

Educational Institutions: Schools, Colleges, Training Institues, Coching Institutions will continue to remain closed.

Hotels, Restaurants and Hospitality Services: Hotels and Restaurants closed until 31 May with few exceptions. Kitchen to prepare food at restaurants for home delivery, canteens at bus and railway stations, airports, Stranded persons and for quarantine facilities; Permitted which are meant for Government and healthcare employees

Shops and Markets: Shops and Markets continue to operate with limited hours ensuring social distancing with not more than 5 persons at one time. Respective State and Union territories authorities to decide on the regulations.

Malls, Cinemas and other facilities: Shopping Malls, Cinemas, Gyms, Parks, Bars, Halls and similar places not permitted. Stadiums and Sports complexes are permitted to open while spectators will not be allowed.

Gatherings: Any means of gatherings which includes social, political, religious, sports, cultural and any other large gatherings continue to be prohibited until 31 May 2020.

Places of worship: All religious places and places of worship remains closed.

Red, Green, Orange, Containment and Buffer Zones:

  • States and Union Territories will decide the classification of Zones in their respective areas after considering guidelines shared by Government of India (GoI) and Ministry of Health & parameters laid out by the Health Ministry.
  • States and Union Territories will decide the zones, it can be a district or a municipality or even smaller administrative units.
  • Further, States/ UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain other activities in the various zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.

The following activities will be permitted except in Containment Zones:

Passenger Vehicles and Buses: Inter-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses are permitted with mutual consent of the respective states and union territories involved.

Online shopping and e-commerce websites are now allowed to operate in all zones, except containment zones.

Containment Zones: In the Containment Zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones expect for emergencies as per ministry guidelines.

Protection to Vulnerable Persons: Children below 10 years, Pregnant Women, Male and Female above 65 years, Persons with co-morbidities shall stay at home unless it is for essential and health purpose.

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Indian Railways “gradually” restart train operations from May 12 | Booking only on IRCTC website

Indian Railways “gradually” restart train operations from May 12 | Booking only on IRCTC website

The Indian Railways has shut the train services since the beginning of the lock-down which began on 25th of March 2020. The Indian Railways has announced on 10th May that it will “gradually” restart the train operations from May 12. The railways ministry announced that the operations will start with 15 pairs of trains initially.

These special trains will run between New Delhi Railway Station to Ahmedabad, Agartala, Bengaluru, Bilaspur, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Dibrugarh, Howrah, Jammu Tawi, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Patna, Ranchi, Secunderabad and Thiruvananthapuram.

Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for Covid-19 care centres and adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains everyday as Shramik Special for stranded migrants.

  • The reservations starts from today (Monday) 4 pm and tickets can only be booked online through irctc website
  • No tickets will be sold at the counters
  • Platform tickets will also not be sold at the counters
  • Passenger who booked tickets on irctc website will be allowed inside the railway stations with valid confirmed tickets
  • No Non-AC coaches. All coaches are AC
  • Ticket fares will be equivalent of Rajdhani AC Class fare.
  • It is mandatory to wear masks without which entry is not permitted.
  • Passengers has to undergo medical screening and passengers who are asymptomatic will only be allowed to enter the railway stations and to board their trains

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Air India Express to operate special flights to Doha from India – Kochi to Doha | Kozhikode to Doha

Air India Express to operate special flights to Doha from India – Kochi to Doha | Kozhikode to Doha

Air India Express announced that, the airline will operate special flights to Doha from Kochi and Kozhikode. IX 475 from Kochi to Doha. The flight IX 373 will operate on May 10 between Kozhikode and Doha.

Air India Express opens booking for these flights. Bookings can be made after checking whether the passenger fall under the approved category to travel. Eligibility to travel on these special flights must be checked at both departure and arrival (Doha) destination before you make the booking.

Only permanent residents can travel on these special flights, according to Air India.

The airline will operate IX 475 from Kochi to Doha, IX 395 from Kochi to Kuwait, IX 443 Kochi to Muscat, IX 682 from Tiruchirappalli to Kuala Lumpur and the flight IX 183 will operate from Delhi to Sharjah.

Very few passengers are travelling from India to other destinations where special flights are operated. It is noted that just one passenger travelled from India to Singapore in a flight departed recently.

Air India Express operates repatriation flights from Doha to few Indian destinations to bring back the Indians stranded abroad.

Source Credit: With Inputs from CNBC TV18

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Indian Nationals stranded abroad will be brought back in a phased manner : Process to begin from 7th May 2020

Indian Nationals stranded abroad will be brought back in a phased manner : Process to begin from 7th May 2020

The Indian government yesterday made a press announcement that it will facilitate the return of stranded Indian nationals abroad in a phased manner. As per the press release, Indian government is planning to bring back the stranded Indians who struck abroad in a phased manner starting from 7th of May (Thursday).

Various actions has been taken by Indian government to control the spread of corona-virus COVID-19. As a part of that arrival of international flights has been banned in India since 23rd March 2020 and on 24th of March Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the 21-day lock down. It was then extended till 3rd of May and then extended again till 17th of May 2020.

Millions of Indian nationals are living in Gulf region and wanting to return to India due to various reasons which includes people who are in short-term visas, people with medical emergencies, loss of jobs and students.

Arrangements are planned to bring the Indians back on aircraft’s and naval ships. “Government of India will be facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner.” according to the press release by the Indian government. It also states that, a standard operating procedure (SOP) has been prepared for this plan.

Indian Embassies and High commissions in the respective countries are preparing database of Indian nationals those who wanted to return to India. Indian consulate in Qatar and other countries has already started e-registrations to collect information of Indians who wanted to go back to India for various reasons. (Click here to register)

  • It has also been clarified that it is not a free service. It is a non-scheduled commercial service and and those who want to return will have to pay for the service.
  • Passengers will be screened medically before the departure and only asymptomatic persons will be allowed to board flights.
  • During the travel, passengers must follow the health protocols and other protocols as instructed by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Civil Aviation
  • Upon arrival at the destination in India, passengers will have to download and register on the Arogya Setu app.
  • After which passengers will have to go through medical screening followed by a quarantine period of 14 days. This quarantine will be in a hospital or in an institutional quarantine on a payment basis as per the state government.
  • Medical test for COVID-19 will be repeated at the end of the 14 days quarantine period and based on the results further action will be decided as per the respective state government health protocols.

Press release stated that, The Ministries of External Affairs and Civil Aviation will soon share detailed information about it through their websites. Also it states that, The state governments are being advised to make arrangements, including for testing, quarantine and onward movement of the returning Indians in their respective states.

Frequently asked questions in regard to repatriation

Is it a free service where everyone can fly back to India for FREE?

No. It is not a free service and everyone will have to pay for it.

Where the medical screening will be done? Is it at the departure or at the arrival destination?

Medical screening for COVID-19 will be done both at the departure and on arrival. Along with the medical screening at the arrival, everyone has to go through 14-day quarantine period.

Is there a quarantine and if so what is the quarantine process?

Quarantine will be done at a hospital in respective state or in an institutional quarantine on a payment basis. Also after the 14 days quarantine period, one more test will be taken and you will be asked to proceed further according to the report and decision taken by the concerned state government health protocols.

Press Release: Indian Nationals stranded abroad will be brought back on a phased manner : Process to begin from 7th May 2020

Press Release Image Credit: Embassy of India, Doha

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India split in to Red, Orange and Green Zones | Find out which zone does your home district lie?

India split in to Red, Orange and Green Zones | Find out which zone does your home district lie?

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has classified each district in to Red, Orange and Green Zones based on the probability of occurrence of COVID-19 cases, rate at which it doubles, testing and surveillance feedback. For the week which starts from 3rd May, Red Zone (130) | Orange (284) | Green (319)

Find here the complete list of districts and which zone it is categorized as (for week 1 starting from 3rd May)

Each zone has been issued guidelines and restrictions in place during this extended lockdown period.

Red Zone: Districts with very high numbers of COVID-19 postive cases are categorized as Red Zones. Red Zones will face complete restriction and respective governments will try to provide door step services. If incase no postive cases were registered in the next 21 days then this zone may be categorized as Orange Zone.

Orange Zone: Districts with limited number of cases and no recent surge in positive COVID cases are categorized as Orange Zone. Restricted activities are allowed in Orange Zones.

Green Zone: No positive cases fall under green zone. Exemptions within the district and limited movement of people only for essential services and business may be given extension.

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India will be under complete lock-down from midnight today | PM Modi announces 21-day nationwide lock-down

India will be under complete lockdown from midnight today | PM Modi announces 21-day nationwide lockdown 

PM Modi announces a nationwide lockdown from midnight. Forget about stepping outside for 21 days, says PM Modi.

Summary of his speech:

  • I have requested all states that health services should be first priority in this situation
  • Centre allocated Rs 15,000 crore to strengthen health infrastructure
  • All steps being taken by central and state government to ensure supply of essential items
  • Don’t spread any rumors in these difficult times: PM Modi appeals to people
  • Today India is at the stage where our actions today will decide to what extent we can bring down the impact of this disaster
  • In these troubled times, poor are going through a crisis, many are coming forward to help them
  • PM shows a poster saying corona means ‘Koi Road Par Na Nikle’
  • “Jaan he tho Jahaan he”, says PM while appealing to the nation to follow lockdown
  • With folded hands, I appeal to people not to go out of their homes
  • Countries trying their best to control the virus yet it is accelerating
  • Coronavirus spreading rapidly among nations; experts say the only option against it is social distancing
  • Coronavirus has made many powerful countries helpless; challenges are increasing despite all efforts
  • If we will be negligent towards observing social distance India will have to pay a heavy price.
  • We may have to pay a financial cost for this lockdown but it is important for the safety of people
  • This lockdown is in a way curfew and would be more stringent than Janta curfew
  • If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days, we will be pushed back 21 years
  • WHO says the pandemic infected person can transmit hundreds in a week
  • Whatever may happen, people should stay at home

Please take care of yourself and your family, friends, says PM Modi and signs off.

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Nirbhaya case: All 4 convicts hanged in Tihar Jail today | Justice has prevailed

Nirbhaya case: All 4 convicts hanged in Tihar Jail today | Justice has prevailed

7 Years Later, All four convicts of Nirbhaya case – Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) were hanged in Tihar Jail today in the early hours. The four convicts were hanged for the savage assault to a paramedical student who came to be known to all of us as Nirbhaya.

Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi said minutes after four of her daughter’s rapists and killers were hanged, “We will continue our fight for justice for India’s daughters. Our wait for justice was painful and agonising. We finally got justice,”

“I hugged my daughter’s photo,” Asha Devi said. “The beasts have been hanged.”

“I want to thank everyone, judiciary, government for this. The courts proactively dismissed all petitions. The country was ashamed in 2012,” Asha Devi said.

It is a crime that shocked India and after 7 years convicts of the Nirbhaya case have been hanged finally. A three-judge Supreme Court bench rejected the final plea by the convicts in a late-night hearing of the Nirbhaya case. Justice has prevailed. The pre-dawn execution took place less than two hours after the Supreme Court dismissed the final petition of the convicts.

Stating that “Justice has prevailed”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for a united effort to build a nation where the focus is on women’s empowerment while ensuring dignity and safety for them.

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Janata curfew on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm | PM Modi requested all the citizens to abide

Janata curfew on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm | PM Modi requested all the citizens to abide

Janata curfew – A curfew of the people and by the people

What is Janata Curfew?

In an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested all the citizens to abide by the Janata Curfew on March 22 from 7 am till 9 pm.

How Janata Curfew will work?

People in India to stay off the roads and public places on Sunday, March 22 from 7 am till 9 pm.

Who will not have to take part in Janata Curfew on March 22?

Janata Curfew is not applicable for people working in essential services such as police, medical services, media, home delivery, firefighting and serving the nation, etc.,

Salute and encourage the people working in essential services On Mar 22, at 5 pm

All the citizens are requested by PM Modi to encourage the people working in essential services, in the times of coronavirus, by standing in their doorways and clapping and ringing their bells at 5 pm on 22 March 2020. PM Modi said in his speech that, “For the past two months, millions are working day and night in hospitals and airports and those serving others by not taking care of themselves. On Mar 22, at 5 pm, we should stand on our doorways, balconies, in our windows and keep clapping hands and ringing the bells for five mins to salute and encourage them,”.

Spread awareness to at least 10 people about Janata Curfew

PM Modi has requested the citizens to inform at least 10 people of the Janata Curfew. “If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the ‘Janta Curfew’ as well as the measures to prevent,” PM Narendra Modi said.

Summary of speech by PM Narendra Modi:

  1. Do not be complacent about Covid19. Do not get swayed by numbers. Unless we are really careful it will go up.
  2. I need the next few weeks of your time, cooperation, and discipline
  3. Do not treat social distancing lightly. Please do not step out. Stepping out not only risks you, but you are also putting pressure on the system. There are people who need to be out, so don’t make it worse for them also
  4. People over 65 at no cost to step out
  5. On March 22, Sunday, please follow a self-imposed Janta curfew. Please do not step out of your house (even to the common area of your society) from 7 am to 9 pm
  6. At 5 pm on that day pl clap from your windows and appreciate people who have been working relentlessly during tough times (like medical care professionals, services, delivery, etc)
  7. Do not hoard, we will ensure necessities are in place
  8. Do not cut the salaries of people missing work
  9. Do not worry about funding and the economy for now. Let’s first fight the health crisis. We are setting up task forces to bring the economy back in place – (economic response taskforce)
  10. Priority is now Corona’s fight. Humanity has to win. Nothing else.

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