9 NRIs lose jobs in Kuwait for celebrating Ram Mandir inauguration in workplace

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January 24, 2024

Kuwait City: As many as nine Indian expatriate workers in Kuwait have lost their jobs for celebrating the inauguration of the controversial Ram Temple built in Ayodhya after demolishing a historic mosque. 

The nine Indians who have been fired from two different companies in Kuwait, have also been asked to leave the country, sources said. 

According to reports, on January 22, the nine Indians distributed sweets in their respective workspaces, expressing their happiness. Their respective employers took immediate action against them and they were reportedly repatriated.

It was on January 22 that Ram Temple in Ayodhya was inaugurated at a function mostly dominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended by officials of the temple construction trust besides political leaders of the Hindutva school. 

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February 28,2024

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Mangaluru: The 12th Karnataka state convention of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) resolved to oppose casteism, communalism, and the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

At the valedictory of the three-day convention held at Thokkottu on Tuesday, February 27, the DYFI declared communalism as an evil in the society that promotes hatred and triggers intolerance.

“Communalism has been made a tool to gain political power by raking religious sentiments. There is a need to fight against it. Meanwhile, the implementation of CAA will affect the unity and integrity of the nation. The concept of CAA and UCC are unconstitutional. Hence, those laws should be repealed,” the convention demanded.

All the vacant posts should be filled and thereby youth should be given jobs. While the sanctioned posts in the state are 7.3 lakh, 2.8 lakh are lying vacant. Under the central govt, out of 40 lakh sanctioned posts, 9.6 lakh are lying vacant. The number of job aspirants keeps rising every year. For every 1,000 people, there are 36 unemployed in Karnataka, the resolution noted, adding that despite the Supreme Court’s order, daily wage labourers and outsourced employees are not given equal pay.

Welcoming the state govt’s Yuva Nidhi scheme that provides financial support to the unemployed youth, the DYFI urged that all youth, who have failed to get a job in the last several years, should be brought under the purview of the scheme. The conference also resolved to oppose atrocities on women and girls. The recommendations of the Justice Verma Committee should be implemented to allow for faster trials and harsher punishments for sexual assault against women and the PCPNDT Act also should be implemented effectively in the state.

Further, the DYFI also resolved to demand reservations in the private sector and welfare schemes for the Gulf expatriates. Condemning attacks on freedom of speech and minorities, the DYFI state committee demanded stringent laws to maintain harmony, unity, and integrity in Karnataka.
 

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February 28,2024

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An Indian businessman and philanthropist donated 1 million dirhams (approximately Rs 2.5 crore) to secure the release of 900 prisoners from jails across the Gulf nation since the beginning of 2024. He aims to get 3,000 prisoners released this year.

Firoz Hussain Merchant, 66, owner of Pure Gold Jewellers, donated 1 million dirhams to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities. He is based in Dubai.

This is a message of humility, humanity, forgiveness and kindness ahead of Ramadan, Firoz Merchant's office said.

"Prominent Dubai-based Indian businessman and philanthropist Firoz Merchant of Pure Gold has donated close to Rs 2.25 crores (AED 1 million) to ensure the release of 900 prisoners from jails across the Arabian nation," said the statement from his office.

Merchant, known for his 'The Forgotten Society' initiative, has already facilitated the release of 900 prisoners since the beginning of 2024.

This included 495 prisoners from Ajman, 170 prisoners from Fujairah, 121 prisoners from Dubai, 69 prisoners from Umm Al Quwain, and 28 from Ras Al Khaimah, according to Maagulf news portal.

Merchant also paid their debts and provided airfare for them to return home, aiming to reunite families and offer a second shot at life, according to Maagulf, an online news portal for the Telugu community residing in the Gulf.

His goal for 2024 is to help over 3,000 prisoners go free.

In conjunction with the Director Generals of Police at the Central Jails across the UAE, Merchant's initiative has helped over 20,000 prisoners over the years, earning him accolades from government officials and prisoners alike.

"I am grateful for the collaboration with the government. The Forgotten Society believes that humanity knows no borders, and we work together to offer these individuals the chance to reconcile with their families and communities," said Merchant.

Colonel Mohammed Yusuf Al-Matrooshi, a UAE official, commended Merchant's dedication to prisoner rehabilitation.

"He has helped countless individuals, and his quiet generosity offers genuine hope to those struggling to pay their fines," Al-Matrooshi said.

Who is he?

Born in 1958 as one of the nine children of Gulam Hussain and Malekbai in Mumbai, Merchant had a childhood of struggles after his father's real estate business failed. At the age of 11 Merchant dropped out of school to help his family financially. 

He found his calling in the gold business during a trip to Dubai at the age of 22 and established the first Pure Gold Jewellers in 1989, which has now grown to more than 120 outlets.

Pure Gold Group consists of FGM Holding, Pure Gold Jewellers, Pure Gold Real Estate Development, La Moda, and Pure Gold Manufacturing.  

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February 27,2024

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Bengaluru, Feb 27: Karnataka Large and Medium Industries Minister M.B. Patil on Monday assured that henceforth 24.1 per cent of the land in industrial areas developed by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) will be reserved for Dalit entrepreneurs, as per rules.

In a meeting convened with the delegation led by the Karnataka Dalit Entrepreneurs Association Working President Srinivasa, he said that violations of rules will not be allowed.

The delegation brought to the minister's attention that while regulations mandate 24.1 per cent reservation for Dalit enterprises in KIADB-developed industrial areas, the effective allocation stands at only 16 per cent. Particularly in 12 industrial areas of Bengaluru city, Bengaluru Rural, and Kolar district, 653 acres of land remains to be allotted to Dalit entrepreneurs, Srinivasa said.

In response to this, the Minister stated that nothing could be done in industrial areas where already enterprises are set up. However, moving forward, 24.1 per cent of the land will be reserved for Dalit entrepreneurs in neighbouring industrial areas, he added.

He said that the government remains committed to the cause and authorities concerned will be instructed to adhere to the norms. He said that further discussions would be held with the association.

The Minister Patil said that the issue of unequal treatment towards Dalit entrepreneurs predates the current administration and has persisted through previous governments. He also assured the delegation that necessary actions would be taken accordingly. Principal Secretary, Industries, S. Selvakumar and KIADB CEO Dr. Mahesh were present at the meeting.

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