- Unlock 1: India relaxes visa rules; engineers, healthcare professionals can now enter country
Government of India on Wednesday decided to ease travel restrictions for a limited section of foreign nationals. As per the new guidelines, foreign nationals that can be placed in selective categories will be allowed to enter the country. First and foremost, foreign healthcare professionals, researchers, engineers, and technicians whose services are required in laboratories, factories and other facilities part of the Indian healthcare sector will be allowed to enter the country. To avail of this relaxation, the individual will have to secure a letter of invitation from a recognized and registered healthcare facility, registered pharmaceutical company or accredited university based in India.
- PM Modi holds virtual meet with Australian PM Scott Morrison, says perfect time to strengthen relations
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi began the first-ever virtual summit with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Thursday, the Indian PM said the summit has come at a perfect time to further strengthen relations between the two countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison will be discussing bilateral, regional and global issues, including the novel coronavirus pandemic in the first virtual meet. Modi was responding to a tweet by Prime Minister Morrison, who said he is looking forward to catching up with his Indian counterpart for the virtual summit. The two leaders are likely to review the broad framework of bilateral strategic ties and explore ways to expand cooperation in areas of trade and defence.
- Nations must uphold human dignity as Covid-19 impacts migrants, refugees: UN Chief
Refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants are among the hardest hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, UN chief Antonio Guterres said, calling on nations to uphold human dignity and respect human rights as travel restrictions and border controls are implemented by governments to control the spread of the virus. During his new policy brief “Covid-19 and People on the Move”, Secretary General Guterres said Covid-19 continues to devastate lives and livelihoods around the globe – hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. He stressed that the international community “must uphold human dignity in the face of the pandemic and learn from the handful of countries that have shown how to implement travel restrictions and border controls while fully respecting human rights and international refugee protection principles.”