Indian returns home after UAE waives over ₹ 1 crore visa fine

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September 15, 2020


Dubai, Sept 15: A 47-year-old Indian man, who stayed in the UAE without any documents for over 13 years, has been repatriated home after getting a waiver of half a million Dirhams (Rs 1,00,21,000) in visa dues, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Pothugonda Medi, a migrant labourer from Telangana, approached the Indian Consulate in Dubai after he lost his job following the coronavirus outbreak, the Gulf News reported.

"During the COVID-19 pandemic, he came to us as he could not find any odd jobs that he used to do earlier for his survival," Jithendra Negi, Consul, Labour and Consular, at the Indian Consulate, was quoted as saying by the paper.

Mr Pothugonda told the Indian mission that he had come to the Gulf on a visit visa in 2007, however his agent abandoned him soon after.

The agent had not returned Mr Medi's passport, the paper reported.

The mission found it difficult to assist Mr Medi as there were no documents to prove his citizenship.

The consulate sought the help of a charity group in Hyderabad to track down his family.

"With the support of social worker Sriniwas we managed to get the copies of his old ration card and election ID card from his native place. Some of the details that he gave were not matching, but still we could establish that he is an Indian," Mr Negi said.

After the consulate provided a free flight ticket to Mr Medi, the officials applied under the UAE government's visa expiration exemption scheme.

According to the scheme, expatriates whose visas have expired before March 1, 2020 can leave the country before November 17 without paying visa dues.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs in Dubai has so far waived millions of dirhams in visa penalties.

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of 399 people with over 80,000 confirmed cases in the UAE so far.


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October 22,2020


Washington, Oct 22: Former US president Barack Obama delivered a diatribe against his successor Donald Trump on Wednesday, accusing him of mismanaging the pandemic, as he appealed to the people to come out and vote in favour of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Jumping into the electoral campaign in support of his former vice president Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris, Obama appealed to the people to defeat Trump and elect the Biden-Harris team on November 3.

"They have a plan for the economy and the coronavirus pandemic," Obama said in his maiden campaign appearance, asserting that the "Biden-Harris team will bring character and leadership back to government".

Obama spoke as the sun set, the sky going from pink to gray, framed by the clouds and the Lincoln Financial Field behind him. He stood by himself on stage, far from even the cars in the lot. His podium was sanitized before he spoke, and though he was without a mask for the speech, he put a 'VOTE mask' on soon after he finished, before walking off.

"We cannot afford four more years of this, Philadelphia," Obama said in his blistering attack against Trump, which is quite unusual for a former president against an incumbent one.

"The idea that this White House has done anything but screw this up is just untrue," Obama said at a drive-in rally.

"Tweeting at the television doesn't fix things. Making stuff up doesn't make things better. You've got to have a plan. We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook... They probably used it to prop up a wobbly table somewhere," he said.

Referring to a recent news report that Trump maintains a bank account in China, the former US president said, "He's got a secret Chinese bank account. How is that possible? Can you imagine if I had had a secret Chinese bank account when I was running for re-election. You think Fox News might have been a little concerned about that. They would have called me Beijing Barry."

"Donald Trump isn't going to protect us. He can barely take the basic steps to protect himself. If he'd actually been working the whole time, it never would have gotten this bad," Obama said.

"Trump tweeted about secret cabals running the world or that Navy SEALs didn't kill (Osama) bin Laden. Think about that. The president of the United States retweeted that. Imagine that. What? What?" he said.

Describing it as the "most important election of the lifetime", Obama urged his countrymen to go out and vote and not to be complacent like they did in 2016.

"We've got to turn out like never before. We cannot leave any doubt in this election. We can't be complacent. I don't care about the polls," he said.

"Our democracy is not gonna work if the people who are supposed to be our leaders lie every day and just make things up," Obama said. "This notion of truthfulness and democracy and citizenship and being responsible these aren't Republican or Democratic principles. They're American principles. ... We need to reclaim them," Obama said.

At an earlier campaign stop in Philadelphia, Obama said that over the last four years, he has lost hope. "And reason is because I never expected progress to move in a straight line," he said.

Afterward, Obama made a very brief stop at a canvassing event where he was greeted by two young children whose parents encouraged them to get closer, but he kept his distance, waving at them.

"At the end of the day, people connect with people. And obviously this is an extraordinary election, because we're in the midst of a pandemic, and we've got to make sure that we're doing it safely, which is the only reason I'm not hugging and squeezing this cutie-pie," he said, pointing to the little girl, "because I'm trying to model good hygiene. But nevertheless, folks seeing your effort out there is going to be inspiring."

Obama exuded confidence that Biden will win. "We are going to be able to restore the kind of spirit of hope and change and possibility we all believe in," he said.

In a statement, Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director, said Biden is "clearly not up to the rigors" of campaigning for president, so he's calling in Obama as a reinforcement.

"And it begs the question: How much did Obama know about his White House being for sale to the highest foreign bidder while Joe Biden was his Vice President? We now know that Hunter Biden was on a world tour, selling access to his powerful father," he said.

There's a reason Obama waited until there were no Democrats left in the primaries before he finally endorsed Joe Biden, Murtaugh said.

"It's because Biden has been a failure for 47 years in Washington and is now compromised by the Communist Party of China. And Obama can't help Biden defend his own record of putting foreign interests ahead of working Americans in bad trade policies, crushing our energy jobs under massive regulations, killing manufacturing jobs, and refusing to enforce our borders," he alleged.


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October 21,2020


Kasaragod, Oct 21: Priests were taken aback when a crocodile made an appearance at the Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Lake Temple in Kumbla in Kasargod district last evening.

The crocodile is Babiya which resides in Ananthapura Lake.  According to the local legend, Babiya feeds only on the temple prasad which is offered every day after the noon worship of the deity. The vegetarian prasad comprises of cooked rice and jaggery, and is fed to the friendly croc by the devotees fearlessly, by their hands.

According to temple sources, this is the first time in the temple's history that Babiya has stepped out and entered the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.


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October 19,2020


Pune, Oct 19: During next 24 hours, strong winds of speed 40-50 kmph very likely over westcentral and northwest Arabian Sea, westcentral Bay of Bengal(BoB) and north Andaman sea.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into these sea areas.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Odisha, Andaman-Nicobar Islands, Mizoram, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Telangana, Rayalaseema and interior Karnataka.

Thunderstorm with lightning very likely at isolated places over east Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gujarat, madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Konkan, Goa, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.

Southwest monsoon has been active over madhya Maharashtra whereas it has subdued over West Bengal, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Bihar, east Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Konkan, Goa, Rayalaseema and Kerala.

In the regions from where the monsoon has withdrawn, day temperatures were above normal in some parts of Punjab, Uttarakhand and west Uttar Pradesh.

Day temperatures were appreciably above normal in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh; below normal in some parts of Saurashtra and Kutch.

The highest maximum temperature recorded was 37.5 degrees Celsius at Ganganagar in west Rajasthan.

Night temperatures were above normal in some parts of Uttarakhand; appreciably above normal in some parts of west Rajasthan and markedly above normal in remaining parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Night temperatures were below normal in remaining parts of west Uttar Pradesh. The lowest minimum temperature recorded was 12.7 degrees Celsius at Hisar in Haryana.

From 0830 hours Sunday to 0830 hours Monday, thunderstorm was observed at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, west Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra, Kutch, Konkan, Goa, madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam.

Rain or thundershowers occurred at many places in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, madhya Maharashtra, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Rain or thundershowers occurred at few places in Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Saurashtra and Kutch, Marathwada, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka, Kerala, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Sikkim, east and west Rajasthan, Gujarat region, Konkan and Goa, Telangana, Rayalaseema, and coastal and north interior Karnataka.

Mainly dry weather prevailed in Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, and Lakshadweep.


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