Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to India which reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

India: Consulates extend deadline to convert from PIO to OCI

Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders now have until 31st December 2021 to convert their PIO cards to the new Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards …

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India: Labour code bills passed by Indian parliament

In a landmark labour reform, the Indian Parliament has recently cleared three labour code bills amalgamating the federal laws on social security, occupational safety and industrial relations …

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India: GDP shows worst quarterly slump in decades

Over the quarter from April to June 2020, India’s economy contracted officially by 23 …

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India: Surat’s textile industry faces labour shortage

Textile employers in the Guarat city of Surat in west India are appealing to the central government to provide additional public transport to bring back workers from Odisha on the eastern side of the country …

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India: Assam Assembly amends labour laws to ”boost economic growth”

The Assam Assembly has just passed two related Factories Amendment Acts and an Amendment of the Industrial Disputes Act …

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India: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot plans 100% job quota for locals

There is some discussion within the government of the Indian States of Madhya Pradesh and Assam about restricting government jobs to those born in those states …

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India: ESIC increases monetary grant paid to pregnant women to Rs 7,500

The grant paid to, or for, a pregnant woman covered by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is to be increased to Rs7,500 (US$99 …

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India: New Gujarat labour bill passed

The Gujarat government has just passed the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) (Gujarat Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 …

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India: Major rehaul of labour laws in Karnataka

The government of Karnataka has amended Chapter 5 (b) of the Industrial Disputes Act 1947 …

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India: Labour laws reform

The health emergency has severely interrupted the national government’s programme to reform labour laws …

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India: Labour laws relaxing

A heated dispute continues between the Federal government and a growing number of states that are relaxing labour laws, and, in particular, removing job security and allowing the working day to run unchecked (and without overtime premia) well beyond 8 hours a day …

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India: Payment of wages to workers for period of lockdown

A sometimes bitter confrontation has been taking place since March between the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Supreme Court over the obligation of employers to continue paying wages during the first 50 days of the lockdown period, when employees could not work …

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India: Deregulation

Although Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have relaxed labour laws to help attract investment, Maharashtra – the state that embraces Mumbai – has decided to use other means towards that end …

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India: Government wants to dilute its Disabilities Act – to enable ease of doing business

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has proposed an amendment to the Right of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act 2016, to remove a range of offences that discourage business investment …

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India: Don’t charge migrant workers bus or train fare, says Supreme Court

Over 122 million people lost their jobs in April 2020 alone …

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