Halliburton to pay $275,000 to Syrian, Indian origin employees for discrimination

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October 9,2019

New York, Oct 9: Leading American multinational corporation Halliburton will pay USD 275,000 to two of its Muslim employees of Indian and Syrian-origins who were subjected to religious discrimination and accused of having links with terrorists by the company's employees.

The Houston-based company, one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry with over 55,000 employees, has agreed to pay the amount and furnish significant relief to settle a national origin and religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The lawsuit alleged that oilfield workers Mir Ali, a Muslim co-worker of Indian-origin and Hassan Snoubar of Syrian-origin were subjected to a hostile environment.

According to the EEOC's suit, Snoubar began working for Halliburton as an operator assistant oil field worker in approximately August 2012.

During his employ­ment, Snoubar, a US citizen, was subjected to taunts and name calling regarding both his national origin and his Muslim religion.

He was frequently called derogatory names and was accused of being associated with ISIS and terrorism by supervisors and co-workers, according to the suit.

Ali "was similarly subjected to the hostile environment".

"The EEOC said the two men were made to openly suffer insults including radio broad­casts of the offensive characterizations," a statement said.

After being continually criticised about cultural attire and his appearance, Snoubar expressed his concerns to management and human resources, and was then fired as retaliation.

The EEOC filed its lawsuit in US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

In addition to paying USD 275,000 in monetary relief to Snoubar and Ali, the decree enjoins Halliburton from engaging in national origin or religious discrimination or retaliation in the future.

The company has also agreed to provide training on national origin and religious discrimination to managerial and human resources employees, post a notice of employee rights and report future complaints of national origin and religious discrimination to the EEOC.

"Individual identity is understandably often rooted in a person's religious affiliation and ancestry," EEOC Dallas District Office Regional Attorney Robert Canino said.

EEOC Senior Trial Attorney Joel Clark said the employees should be able to come to the workplace without fear of intimidation or taunts based on where they are from or what religion they observe.

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With highest single-day spike of 55,079 cases, India's COVID-19 tally breaches 16 lakh mark

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July 31,2020

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New Delhi, Jul 31: With the highest single-day spike of 55,079 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, India's coronavirus tally breached the 16 lakh mark on Friday, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

With this latest spike, the total cases in the country stand at 16,38,871. Among these cases 5,45,318 are active. A total of 10,57,806 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated.

779 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 35,747.

As per the Union Health Ministry, Maharashtra has a total of 1,48,454 active cases and recorded 14,729 deaths due to COVID-19.
Tamil Nadu has a total of 57,962 active cases and 3,838 deaths in the state.

Delhi has a total of 10,743 active cases and 3,936 deaths.

The Indian Council of Medical Research on Friday informed that a total number of COVID-19 samples tested up to 30th July is 1,88,32,970 including 6,42,588 samples tested yesterday.

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With highest single-day spike of 49,931 cases, India's COVID-19 tally crosses 14 lakh mark

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July 27,2020

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New Delhi, Jul 27: India's COVID tally on Monday crossed 14 lakh mark with the highest single-day spike of 49,931 cases reported in the last 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The total COVID-19 cases stand at 14,35,453, including 4,85,114 active cases, 9,17,568 cured/discharged/migrated, it added.

With 708 deaths in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll reached 32,771.

India had crossed 13 lakhs COVID-19 cases on July 25.

Maharashtra has reported 3,75,799 coronavirus cases, the highest among states and Union Territories in the country.

A total of 2,13,723 cases have been reported from Tamil Nadu till now, while Delhi has recorded a total of 1,30,606 coronavirus cases.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 5,15,472 samples were tested for coronavirus on Sunday and overall 1,68,06,803 samples have been tested so far.

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'Kargil Vijay Diwas' symbol of India's proud, valour and steadfast leadership: Amit Shah

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July 26,2020

New Delhi, Jul 26: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday saluted the valour and grit of the Indian soldiers on the occasion of 21st anniversary of the 'Kargil Vijay Diwas'.

Shah took to Twitter and said that 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' is a symbol of India's proud, valour and steadfast leadership.

"Kargil Vijay Diwas is a symbol of India's proud, valor and steadfast leadership. I bow to the soldiers who, with their indomitable courage, drove the enemy from the inaccessible hills of Kargil and waved the tricolor there again. The country is proud of the heroes of India, who are dedicated to protecting the motherland," Shah tweeted (translated from Hindi)
The country is celebrating the anniversary of the 'Kargil Vijay Diwas'.

The Indian armed forces had defeated Pakistan on July 26, 1999. Since then, the day is celebrated as 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' to rekindle the pride and valour of the soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay.

The day marks the victory of Indian soldiers in recapturing the mountain heights that were occupied by the Pakistani Army on July 26, 1999, known as the Kargil War. 

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