COVID-19: Govt repatriates 330 Indonesians from India, more to come home

first_imgAs many as 330 Indonesians have been repatriated from India since May, amid an international travel ban imposed by the Indian government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi has reported. Forty-seven Indonesians arrived in Jakarta from New Delhi on Saturday, the latest batch in a series ongoing repatriation efforts by the Indonesian government.“More people will be repatriated from Mumbai on July 23. We hope to send as many Indonesians as possible back to Indonesia on the next flight,” Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto Suryodipuro said on Saturday, as quoted in an embassy statement. According to the statement, most of the repatriates were tourists, while others were students and professionals who worked at international organizations, Indian companies and as ship crew. “After months of separation from their families due to the pandemic, those celebrating will be able to enjoy Idul Adha with family,” Sidharto said.The first repatriation flight from New Delhi arrived in Indonesia on May 20 with 59 Indonesians on board, followed by 117 Indonesians on the second flight on May 22. The third repatriation flight on July 4 brought back 107 Indonesians from Delhi.The 47 most recent returnees will undergo 14 days of home isolation or, if found to be symptomatic, quarantine in government-arranged facilities.As many as 169 Indian nationals who had been stranded in Indonesia because of the travel restrictions were also brought home on July 9 aboard an Air Asia flight from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. The repatriation effort was made possible through cooperation between the airline, the Indian Embassy in Jakarta and Indian community center Indonesia Tamil Sangam.Topics :last_img read more

President and his Cabinet should do the right thing

first_imgDear Editor,In light of the ticking constitutional clock, the suspicious silence of the unilaterally appointed GECOM’s Chairman Justice (retired) James Patterson, puts GECOM under the radar for highest scrutiny. Whatever the reason for President David Granger’s unilateralism, no skullduggery will be accepted as we arrive at the crossroads.The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mr Keith Lowenfield are bungling with the necessary preparation for Regional and National Elections which are constitutionally due not later than March 19, 2019. This lack of accountability and transparency is very awkward, invites a crisis, and will have significant consequences for all and sundry.In the past, Chairman Patterson publically spoke about the confidence he has in the GECOM staff. Further, the GECOM Public Relations Officer (PRO) reassured Guyanese that GECOM will be ready to carry out its function when called upon. This column, therefore, demands in the interest of all citizens, drastic changes to their ‘pussyfooting’ approach by the CEO and Chairman. This column definitively calls for swift decisive action in executing the business of their obligated constitutional responsibilities.We note the calls of Commissioners and Staff members at GECOM who are very worried and have asked serious questions about the inventory of the existing stocks at the GECOM head office located at Coldingen, East Coast Demerara. The fact that there ought to be tens of millions of dollars in stock there and the lack of audit over several years is of strongest concern. It sets up the pitch for limitless and the familiar fraudulent practices already exposed by the Auditor General to be repeated as an excuse for short procurement timelines.I urge the immediate commencement of refresher updates for the thousands of staff recently trained and used at the Local Government Elections, and a strong criteria-based approach for persons who are selected to work by the Commissioners at the Secretariat. GECOM must also move to procure voter education delivery service in a fair and transparent way, towards the mandatory polls.We call on the President and his Cabinet to do the right thing and answer the Guyanese people at the Polls.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more