Recent news

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

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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India: Punjab drops hike in minimum wage, says situation ‘not appropriate’

The Punjab government has recently withdrawn its 1st of May Order, which announced a hike in the “dearness allowance” (DA) component of the minimum wage by over 4% …

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India: Record jump in Covid-19 cases

The country took just one week to go from 100,000 to 200,000 cases of COVID-19, with 6,000 fatalities …

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India: Chemical incidents

The gas leak at the LG Polymers factory in Visakhapatnam on the 7th of May has brought back memories of the Bhopal disaster in 1984 …

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India: Suspension of labour laws in UP, MP, Gujarat

Because of the health crisis, the state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat have suspended the majority of their labour laws, whilst Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan have increased maximum daily working time to 12 hours …

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India: Covid-19 contact tracing app

The national government is enforcing the use of a tracking App “Aarogya Setu” during the health crisis …

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India: 25% lost jobs

In a country where the informal economy accounts for between 80% and 90% of the workforce, it is always going to be difficult to estimate the true impact of the current crisis on jobs …

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India: Greater use of automation

A recent auto-industry roundtable of experts from across India has agreed that greater use of automation and, in particular, robotics could reduce the reliance of the industry on people – and thereby also help minimise vulnerability to a future pandemic …

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India: Home Ministry extends visa of stranded foreigners till May 3

Foreign nationals with eVisas that have expired will automatically have them extended until the 3rd of May …

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India: Northeast Indian states have banned foreigners’ entry as precautionary measure against coronavirus

The north-eastern Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Sikkim have banned the entry of all foreign nationals because of the global epidemic …

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