Calcutta High Court on Thrusday (March 5, 2020) asked if the Foreigners Act, 1946 were relevant now while hearing a petition by a Polish student who has been asked to leave India for allegedly taking part in an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act rally. The court of Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya also stayed the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO), which comes under the Union Home Ministry, order asking Jadavpur University Polish student Kamil Sedchinski to leave India by March 9 for anti-government activities till March 18 when the court will pass an order on his petition.
Kamil Sedchinski, studying for his post-graduate degree in the Department of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, was summoned by the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office and interrogated after which he was served a ‘Leave India Notice’ dated February 14, 2020. Since he received the notice on February 24, he was required to leave the country by March 9.
During the hearing, Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharya also raised a question on the Foreigners Act, 1946 which was enacted when India was under British rule.
Kamil Sedchinski’s lawyer Jayanta Mitra argued that several laws have been changed over time and since rules and regulations are made on the basis of the society, hence a change is required in the above law too. He argued that there should be a reasonable reason behind a foreign student being asked to leave India.
However, this was countered by FRRO lawyer Phiroj Edulji who pointed out that even if Sedchinski is a good student, but that does not mean he could raise a question on the sovereignty of the country. The FFRO lawyer added that a student, who is not a citizen of India, could not get such a preference in the name freedom of speech.
Tamil Nadu govt issues new testing guidelines for all incoming travellers, amid spike in coronavirus COVID-19 cases
In view of the rising coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, considering the risk of increased transmission given the high number of inter-state, inter-district travellers (based on government-issued E-passes) and ongoing repatriation of Indian nationals from foreign countries, the state government has issued a new set of guidelines for testing incoming travellers.
So far, nine persons who had landed in Chennai via Vande Bharat repatriation flights had tested positive for the coronavirus. While there is a sharp spike in cases over the last week, the state government has permitted a gradual return to normalcy. This has meant that private companies and most standalone shops are open in all non-containment zones of the state, as per stipulated timings and social distancing norms.
Persons from other countries: All persons to be tested on arrival and if tested positive the individual(s) would be admitted in a hospital. In case of a negative result, they will be kept in government-provided institutional quarantine/hotels (on a paid basis). A follow-up test would be taken after the initial 7-day quarantine, and if that result is also found negative the person/s can be sent for home quarantine for the next 14 days.
Persons from other States/Union Territories:
Tests will be conducted on all persons coming into Tamil Nadu from all states and Union territories. In case of a positive result, they would be admitted to hospitals. In case of a negative result, the passengers would have to be under government-provided institutional quarantine facility for 7 days (for persons coming from hotspot states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi). After 7 days if they display no symptoms, they can be sent for home quarantine for 7 days, or they can continue in government quarantine if they do not have facilities at home to be under quarantine.
Persons from non-hotspot states who test negative may be sent into a 14-day home quarantine or institutional quarantine (in case of facilities are not available at home).
Persons travelling between Tamil Nadu’s districts: Testing to be done only for those coming with symptoms, all individuals to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.
* Terminally ill patients, individuals requiring immediate medical attention in a hospital
* Persons who are due to attend the funeral and ritual associated with the death of an immediate family member
* Pregnant women
* Elderly persons over the age of 75 years and requiring assistance
All the above categories claiming medical emergency will be subjected to check up by a medical team to confirm the emergency. Relaxation will not be given for any other category. Persons who seek an exemption in the above categories must submit full detail along with their representation in advance to concerned authorities.
Avalanche hits Indian Army post in north Sikkim, soldier missing
A soldier went missing after an Indian Army post was hit by an avalanche in North Sikkim on Thursday.
SIKKIM: A soldier went missing after an Indian Army post was hit by an avalanche in North Sikkim on Thursday.
According to reports, am Army patrolling-cum-snow clearance party of 17-18 personnel was hit by snow slide in the Lugnak La area of Sikkim on Thursday.
Except for one soldier, all others trapped under snow had been rescued, the Army said.
“A patrolling-cum-snow clearance party, comprising 17-18 soldiers, came under snow slide. All recovered except one soldier. Intense search is in progress,” the army said.
In a similar incident earlier, Lance Naik Sanjeeva Reddy, who was operating a dozer in the snowbound high-altitude areas of Sikkim, was hit by an avalanche on April 11.
Maharashtra government likely to extend lockdown till May 31 amid rising cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in state
In view of the increasing cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Maharashtra, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown till May 31, said sources on Thursday. However, the government’s decision will be officially announced within a couple of days.
A two-day meeting of the ministers of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress reviewed the situation arising out of the deadly virus in the state. Simultaneously, there was a discussion on extending the lockdown and bringing the economy back on track in a phased manner in the state.
According to sources, in the meeting, it was agreed to extend the lockdown. Also, it was decided to relax the areas which are not in the containment zones, but the areas which are in the red zones will not be given any exemption.
Extending the lockdown doesn’t harm the state’s economy, so business establishments and industry businesses may be given a conditional exemption to start their operations in areas where coronavirus has little impact.
It is worth noting that the first lockdown in Maharashtra began on March 25, just like the entire country. The second lockdown began on April 14. The third lockdown began on May 3, ending on May 17. After this, the fourth phase in Maharashtra can be from May 18-31.
Significantly, Maharashtra is the most coronavirus infected state in the country. On May 13, the number of coronavirus positive patients in Maharashtra increased to 25,922. By evening, the death toll from coronavirus in Maharashtra had risen to 975. As far as Mumbai is concerned, by the number of coronavirus positive patients stands at 15,747. At the same time, a total of 596 people have lost their lives from coronavirus in Mumbai.
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