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| 23 September, 2020, 02:55 AM IST | E-Paper



    Coronavirus outbreak: Govt in talks with Iran to bring back Indians

    A flight from Iran is expected to land in the country tonight and would be bringing around 300 swabs of Indians there who are suspected of having coronavirus.

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    • Iran says it is ready for unconditional prisoner swap talks with the United States because of fears that the coronavirus could put the lives of the prisoners at risk, Iranian media reported Sunday.

      “Concluded a detailed review meeting of Vande Bharat Mission... The focus of the meeting was to ramp up the scale of VBM and enhance its efficiency. Arrangements being made for amnesty beneficiaries in the Gulf and naval evacuation of our fishermen in Iran will happen in June,

      The five men were involved with some dispute with Huawei. Weeks after the chat arrested all five were arrested and interrogated. The arrests came about two weeks after Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter were arrested in Canada on charges of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.

      Iran has tried to contain the spread of the virus by shutting schools, universities, cinemas and stadiums among other public spaces since March.

      "Fourth batch of 53 Indians - 52 students and a teacher - has arrived from Tehran and Shiraz, Iran. With this, a total of 389 Indians have returned to India from Iran. Thank the efforts of the team @India_in_Iran and Iranian authorities," External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted.

      A petition, seeking evacuation of medical students from Bangladesh, said there are about 581 students stuck there and they are looking for help from Indian authorities.

      Khamenei spoke to the nation in a 30-minute speech aired on state television, as other officials in the past gave the keynote speech. He repeatedly referred to Israel as a “cancer” or “tumour” during the speech, criticizing the US and the West for equipping it with “various kinds of military and non-military tools of power, even with atomic weapons.”

      A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant, which heard the matter through video-conferencing, issued notice to the Centre on the plea which has sought a direction to the government to provide adequate medical support to these Indian citizens who are stranded in Iran till their evacuation.

      Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rohit Kumar Singh said that 273 of the evacuees are pilgrims. He said that among the people were 149 women and girls. The defence spokesperson said that the facility has a dedicated team of Army doctors, who will be constantly monitoring the health parameters of the evacuees for the duration of their stay.

      In a media interaction in Tehran recently, Indian envoy to Iran Gaddam Dharmendra said that in just one year, Chabahar has seen traffic of 6000 TEU and over a million tons of “bulk cargo”, that is rice, wheat, sugar, etc for both Iran and Afghanistan. But the port is still in its development phase, he said. “We’re working on Chabahar, we’re buying equipment for Chabahar, we’re preparing for Chabahar,” he said.

      West Asian nations led by Iran have also placed orders for basmati rice, but traders are likely to miss the crucial Ramzan period, April 23-May 23, as it takes 40-45 days to ship the consignments.

      U.S. officials have said they fear long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran denies U.S. assertions that such activity is a cover for ballistic missile development and says it has never pursued the development of nuclear weapons.

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