Jet employee on leave without pay for a year commits suicide

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April 28,2019

Mumbai, Apr 28: A Jet Airwaysemployee undergoing treatment for stomach cancer died after jumping off the terrace of his four-storey building in Nalasopara on Friday afternoon, a day after he was discharged from hospital.

Police suspect Shailesh Singh (52), a senior technician, committed suicide as “he was suffering from depression”.

Singh, who was on a leave without pay for over a year, had been with Jet, which temporarily shut on April 17, for over 23 years. Inspector Daniel Ben of Tuling police told media that Singh’s family said he was depressed due to his ailment and his son, who too is employed in Jet’s engineering department, had not received salary for two months.

Residents of the building saw Singh, a fourth-floor resident of Sai Pooja building, sitting on the terrace parapet minutes before he jumped off around 3.30pm, said Tuling police. Singh fell into a drain that runs alongside railway tracks parallel to the building.

A source in the Jet Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ Association said that Singh was financially drained due to the mounting treatment expenses. “While he was on leave without pay, his son Saurabh (23) was bearing the burden of the household. A few months ago, the staff had collected money for Singh’s treatment,” he said. He is survived by his wife and four children.

A member of the association, requesting anonymity, said that Singh’s suicide was a fallout of the Jet crisis. He said that many employees and their families were finding it difficult to meet medical expenses.

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UAE extends grace period on visit visas for another month

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August 10,2020

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Dubai, Aug 10: In the wake of delay in resumption of international fights, UAE’s Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship has announced a month's extension of grace period on visit visas that expired after March 1. 

The authorities announced the extension on August 10, which was the initially announced deadline for these visit visa holders. The one month additional grace period is to start on August 11.

The tweet announcing the grace period stated: "The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship extends the grace period for holders of expiring entry permits, starting from 11 / 8 / 2020 for a period of one month, with the aim of enabling them to leave the country with exemption from all fines during this period."

Earlier, authorities had announced that holders of entry permits expired before March 1 would have to leave the UAE by August 18 - this remains unchanged as of now.

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Global COVID-19 cases cross 18 million-mark

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August 3,2020

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New York, Aug 3: The number of coronavirus cases confirmed all over the world has surpassed 18 million, while the global COVID-19 death toll stands at over 687,000 according to data from the Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center.

As of 06:00 Moscow time on Monday (03:00 GMT), there are 18,017,556 confirmed coronavirus cases in the world. The global death toll from COVID-19 stands at 687,930. The number of recovered individuals stands at 10,649,108.

The United States remains the country with the largest number of cases (4,665,932) and the highest COVID-19 death toll (154,841), according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.

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India reports spike of 48,916 COVID-19 cases, total count surge to 13,36,861

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July 25,2020

New Delhi, Jul 25: India reported a spike of 48,916 coronavirus cases on Saturday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The total COVID-19 positive cases stand at 13,36,861 including 4,56,071 active cases, 8,49,431 cured/discharged/migrated. With 757 deaths in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll reached 31,358.

Maharashtra has reported 3,57,117 coronavirus cases, the highest among states and Union Territories in the country.

A total of 1,99,749 cases have been reported from Tamil Nadu till now, while Delhi has recorded a total of 1,28,389 coronavirus cases.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 4,20,898 samples were tested for coronavirus on Friday and overall 1,58,49,068 samples have been tested so far.

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