Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Pinarayi Vijayan hold talks in Dubai. File / WAM
Chief Minister of South Indian State of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, has expressed full appreciation about the work being done by the UAE government in protecting expatriates from his state living in the UAE.
The government of Kerala has asked Keralite community organisations in the UAE to coordinate their efforts with the UAE agencies to provide relief to the victims in the face of the mayhem unleashed by the new coronavirus, COVID-19, he said in a statement issued to WAM on Monday.
There could be some hardships due to restrictions on people’s movement just as in India, but the need of the hour is to adhere to the protocols envisaged by the authorities, the chief minister pointed out.
"We have also looped the government of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the representations received from our expatriates in the UAE. I am sure the government of India would be talking to the UAE government through the Indian embassy and the consulate general in the UAE on all matters concerning the expatriates," Vijayan noted.
"The relations between Kerala and the UAE go back many decades centuries, if we consider the trading relations between Kerala and the Arabian Peninsula. We can never forget the care and concern shown to us by the UAE’s wise leadership and people during the floods in Kerala," he reminisced.
"In fact, we remember with gratitude seeing a tweet in Malayalam [language of Kerala] by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, exhorting all to support us in our dire situation. We also gratefully remember the UAE’s generous offer of help during the floods," the chief minister emphasised.
"We are all together in this fight against a deadly virus that is wreaking havoc across the world. We are sure the UAE and its able and efficient leadership is doing its best to protect the people living in its blessed soil – citizens, residents and visitors," he stressed.
"While I wish Emirati brothers and sisters a speedy triumph over the virus, we reiterate our utmost regard and respect for the UAE and its leadership and people. Our warm and fraternal bonds have always been symbiotic and will remain so for ages to come," the chief minister concluded.
The UAE Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, adopted a resolution to grant paid leave to select categories of employees at the federal government.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi received a phone call from Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church.
The number of economic incentives launched by the Federal Government and local governments in the country’s emirates exceeded 100 over 45 days, as per a survey conducted by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority.
These incentives include providing banking facilities to various economic sectors and small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, in addition to individuals, as well as granting exemptions, postponing dues and opening other related facilities, which will result in positive outcomes during the second quarter of 2020.
An official said that MoHRE is looking into revising current partnerships concerning labour relations with nations refusing to cooperate with evacuation measures undertaken by the UAE to repatriate private sector expatriates who wish to return home.
"People ran out of their houses and were reciting the Quran," an AFP correspondent in Rawalpindi said, with similar reports coming from the capital Islamabad, Lahore and elsewhere in the country.
The committee said, “The Crescent for the month of Ramadan was NOT SEEN in Saudi Arabia today, subsequently Thursday 23rd March 2023 will be the first Day of Ramadan. Taraweeh Prayers will begin following Isha Prayers tomorrow."
The Shariah courts across the country will monitor and notify the committee of any sightings, while the Lunar Calendar Committee at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department will continue to gather evidence and report its findings to the Moon-Sighting Committee.