On August 4, Thursday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the King of Saudi Arabia has given instructions to help the thousands of Indian workers stuck in the Gulf kingdom, including giving them free passage back home.
The minister informed the Rajya Sabha that the Saudi King has instructed his officials to resolve the crisis faced by Indians.
“The Saudi King has instructed his officials to solve the problem in two days. General (Retd) VK Singh is there. He met the Labour Minister there on Wednesday, he said instructions have been given to give the Indian worker’s exit visa; they will send them back in their own flights, at their own expense,” Sushma Swaraj toldRajya Sabha.
“They have also permitted that those who are found suitable may be given another job,” she said.
The leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad also welcomed the move. “This is a very good thing. we must thank them on behalf of people of India,” he said.
Some 7,700 Indian workers employed with a company in Saudi Arabia are facing a financial crisis after it shut down and laid off workers. Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is in Riyadh to sort out the problem, including arranging to bring back those workers who want to return. (IANS)
Google has refused to pull out a controversial government app from Saudi Arabia which lets men track and control women who travel, saying it does not violate its Play Store policies.
According to a report in the Business Insider on Sunday, the tech giant told the office of California Democrat Representative Jackie Speier, who had called for the removal of the app called “Absher”, that the app does not violate its terms of service.
The US Representatives Speier, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and 11 others have demanded that Apple and Google must both remove the app.
Speier called Google’s response “deeply unsatisfactory”.
“The responses received so far from Apple and Google are deeply unsatisfactory. As of today, the Absher app remains available in both the Apple App store and the Google Play Store even though they can easily remove it,” Speier was quoted as saying.
Apple was yet to announce its decision.
Absher allows Saudi users to access government services and also offers features which allow “Saudi men to grant and rescind travel permission for women and to set up SMS alerts for when women use their passports”.