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India feeds thousands of Gulf workers 'in crisis' NEW DELHI: New Delhi was working Sunday to feed more than 10,000 Indian labourers stranded in the Gulf with no wages after losing their jobs, in what Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj called a "food crisis".In a series of tweets, Swaraj said the migrant workers were facing "extreme hardship" and that two junior foreign ministers will be sent to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to take up the issue with authorities."Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The employers have not paid wages (and) closed down their factories," Swaraj said late on Saturday."As a result our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are facing extreme hardship. While situation in Kuwait is manageable, matters are much worse in Saudi Arabia."The number of Indian workers facing food crisis in Saudi Arabia is over ten thousand."Indians are among millions of poor Asians working in the Gulf states ...

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Saudi Arabians among three dead in India prison fight GUWAHATI: Three prisoners including two Saudi Arabian nationals were killed in a fight in a jail in India's remote northeastern state of Manipur, officials said.A police spokesman said the incident took place just before dawn at the Manipur central jail in the state capital Imphal."Two Saudi prisoners attacked and killed another inmate lodged in the same cell, and on hearing about the incident other inmates counter-attacked and killed the two foreign jail inmates," P. Doungel, ...

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China accuses Vietnam officials of passport profanity HANOI: China has urged Vietnam to investigate claims that a Chinese visitor's passport was defaced with profanities by officials at Ho Chi Minh city airport, in an apparent reference to a bitter territorial spat between the nations.Photographs circulated in online Chinese media this week purported to show a Chinese passport with the words "fuck you" scribbled on two pages next to maps of China and its hotly contested "nine-dash line".Beijing says the line demarcates its ...

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UN rights body raps Malaysian govt over security law KUALA LUMPUR: The UN's human rights body said Friday it was "gravely concerned" by a new Malaysian security law coming into force next week that grants the government extraordinary emergency powers.The government rammed the National Security Council Act through parliament last December, giving it powers to declare virtual martial law in areas of the country determined to be under security threat.But critics of Prime Minister Najib Razak say he enacted the law as ammunition against ...

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Thousands stranded near New Delhi as rains flood roads NEW DELHI: Thousands of Indians were left stranded overnight Friday as major traffic gridlock paralysed roads leading to a key business city near New Delhi and authorities struggled to get the situation under control.Television images showed thousands of partially submerged cars stranded in miles-long jams on a key highway and link roads connecting New Delhi with the satellite town of Gurgaon. Office-goers and locals were pictured wading through knee-deep water after heavy monsoon rains deluged ...

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India's Jaitley meets state ministers to rescue stalled tax reform NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley met his state counterparts on Tuesday to forge a political consensus on a much-awaited sales tax reform that is held up in parliament, but made little progress in breaking the impasse.The proposed tax reform, the biggest since India's independence from Britain in 1947, seeks to replace a slew of federal taxes and levies in 29 states, transforming the nation of near 1.3 billion people into a customs union.Analysts ...

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India's Jaitley to meet state ministers to push tax reform NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will meet state ministers on Tuesday to put pressure on the opposition Congress party to back a long-delayed sales tax reform whose chances have again been thrown into doubt by a parliamentary standoff.The proposed tax reform, the biggest since India's independence from Britain in 1947, seeks to replace a slew of federal taxes and levies in its 29 states, transforming the nation of 1.3 billion people into a ...