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Domestic workers demand Covid relief, stage protest- The New Indian Express

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BENGALURU: Domestic workers, who were badly affected by the Covid-induced lockdowns, gathered outside the Labour Commissioner’s office on Saturday stating that they had not been provided any kind of compensation. They also claimed that they had to deal with a regressive ration card policy and virtually no laws to ensure regular job benefits and security for them. They demanded designated paid leave, regular salaries, pensions, medical insurance and bonuses.

“We don’t get any holidays, we have to go whenever our employers call us. Whether we’re sick or have an emergency, we can’t decline work as they’ll dock our pay. If we take more than a day off, they’ll fire us,” Bharati Muniraju, one of the workers, told TNSE. Her sister Uma fills in if she isn’t able to come to work. “They don’t give  paid leave. If I go in her place, I get paid for the day, said Uma. 

Venkatamma had a wound on her hand. “I was still forced to work. I work from 8 am and get home only around 10 pm almost every day,” she said. Issues that the women highlighted were regarding smart ration cards as well as the need for laws to regulate placement agencies that hire young girls as domestic workers. 

After the lockdown, the government restarted the ration card scheme where they added a BPL/PPH card criteria. “Ration cards issued under the APL card are completely useless, the way they calculate who’s eligible for BPL cards is ridiculous. If you own a small black and white TV that the government gave you, or you earn more than Rs 1 lakh a year, you’re above the poverty line and you’re ineligible for a smart ration card,” Geeta Menon, joint secretary of Domestic Workers Rights Union and founder of Stree Jagruti Samiti told TNSE.

“There are no laws to help unorganised workers.  While we can’t monitor every individual household where they work, there is a need for laws,” Meena Patil, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Karnataka State Unorganised Workers Social Security Board told TNSE. While Labour Commissioner Ákram Pasha was unavailable to meet the workers, Meena announced that they will conduct a meeting in the first week of December to address the issues.

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Netflix reveals release date for Vikings: Valhalla, other shows

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There’s a ton of good genre stuff either on right now or about to drop, from The Wheel of Time to The Witcher to The Book of Boba Fett and beyond. And it looks like 2022 will be just as packed. Netflix has unveiled its genre lineup for the new year, and it’s robust.

So what sci-fi, fantasy and history shows are coming to Netflix next year? The biggest news is probably that Vikings: Valhalla — Netflix’s sequel series to History’s Vikings — will premiere on February 25. The announcement also came with some new images:

The reveal was short on other specific release dates, but there were a few, including Archive on January 14, In From The Cold on January 28, and Raising Dion season 2 February 1. As usual, Netflix is very busy.

The Umbrella AcademyStranger ThingsThe Sandman and more are all coming to Netflix in 2022

There were a lot of other shows and movies Netflix confirmed are coming out in 2022 but didn’t give exact premiere dates for, including Magic: The Gathering, Resident Evil, The Sandman, The Umbrella Academy season 3, The Witcher: Blood OriginAlice in Borderlandi season 2, All of Us Are Dead, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, First KillLocke & Key season 3, Stranger Things season 4 and The Cuphead Show!

A bunch of these came with neat little synopses. For example:

  • The Umbrella Academy season 3: After putting a stop to the 1960s doomsday, the Umbrella Academy returns home to 2019, convinced they have fixed the timeline. But after a brief moment of celebration, they realize things aren’t exactly how they left them… Welcome to the Sparrow Academy.”
  • Stranger Things season 4: “Top-secret government experiments and a dangerous gateway that connects our world to a powerful yet sinister realm? Sounds like Hawkins.”
  • The Sandman: “A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy by Neil Gaiman
    (Good Omens, Coraline) that follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.”
  • Resident Evil: “A live action, scripted series building on Capcom’s legendary video game franchise starring Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker. Nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-virus, an outbreak reveals the Umbrella Corporation’s dark secrets.”
  • Magic: The Gathering: “An all-new animated event series…following the lore of the compelling characters, and fantastic worlds that have entertained and delighted fans for more than 25 years.”
  • Locke & Key season 3: “The Locke family uncovers more magic within Keyhouse, while a new threat – the most dangerous one yet – looms in Matheson with plans of his own for the keys.”

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Donald Trump tested Covid-positive three days before Biden debate, claims ex-chief of staff in book, World News

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Donald Trump’s last chief of staff has claimed that the former US president had tested positive for COVID-19 just three days ahead of his debate with Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden in 2020.

Mark Meadows, who served as Trump’s fourth chief of staff, made the shocking claim in his new memoir called ‘The Chief’s Chief,’ according to media reports that accessed the book.

Explaining how ”Nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there,” Meadows said Trump was aware about the norm ”to test negative for the virus within 72 hours of the start time” of the debate, which was held on September 29 last year.

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Yet after receiving confirmation that he had tested positive, Trump went ahead with the debate, potentially endangering several lives. He had called the novel coronavirus, which has claimed millions of lives worldwide, as a ”hoax.”

According to Meadows, ”I didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks. But I also didn’t want to alarm the public if there was nothing to worry about – which according to the new, much more accurate test, there was not.”

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Since the positive test was done by an old kit, Trump suggested a new one be performed using the Binax system, hoping that it was a false positive. This proved beneficial as the second test came back negative.

Meadows has also provided the House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly January 6 US Capitol riot with records and agreed to appear soon for a deposition.

“Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney. He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition,” Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House select committee, said in a statement.

Trump has urged his associates not to cooperate with the committee, calling the Democratic-led investigation politically motivated and arguing that his communications are protected by executive privilege, although many legal experts say that legal principle does not apply to former presidents.

On January 6, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid to prevent Congress from formally certifying his 2020 presidential election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

Shortly before the riot, Trump gave a speech to his supporters repeating his false claims that the election was stolen from him through widespread voting fraud and urging them to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell” to “stop the steal.”

Meadows was a Republican House member until he left in 2020 to join Trump’s administration.

(With inputs from agencies)

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