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The Supreme Court on Friday directed that no coercive action should be taken till July last week against private companies, which have failed to pay full wages to their employees during the coronavirus-induced lockdown period.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M R Shah said industries and employees need each other and they should sit together to arrive at a settlement on the issue of payment of wages.

The bench asked the state governments to facilitate such settlement process and file its report with the labour commissioners concerned.

It also asked the Centre to file an additional affidavit within four weeks with regard to the legality of ministry of home affairs' March 29 circular which had mandated payment of full wages during the lockdown period.

The bench posted the petitions filed by various companies against the March 29 circular, for further hearing in last week of July.

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The bench also passed the following directions :
 1) A date for conciliation and settlement may be effectuated by the MHA. 
2) Directions for participation of employees for effectuating this settlement may be publicised for the benefit of all employers and workers.
3) State governments to facilitate such settlements and initiate the process for the same and submit reports before the concerned labor commissioners.
4) Workers who are willing to work should be allowed to work notwithstanding disputes regarding wages. The case will be next taken up during the last week of July.
The SC direction against coercive action against employers on the MHA Order will continue till then.
Centre and states have been directed to circulate court order through labour departments to facilitate settlements.
The MHA direction was in force for 54 days, before it was withdrawn with effect from May 18.
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Industries, labourers need each other, efforts should made to resolve disputes: SC
The Supreme Court mentioned that industries and labourers needed each other and efforts should be made to resolve disputes over payment of wages. The apex court has also asked states to facilitate settlement between firms and employees over wage payment, submit reports before labour commissioners, reported PTI.
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Six more people, including three Army personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the total number of cases in the state to 67, a health department official said on Friday.
Three Army men tested positive for the disease in Singchung sub-division of West Kameng district on Thursday night, while two persons were detected with the infection in Changlang and one in Longding, he said.
The Supreme Court took serious view of alleged non-payment of salary and non-arrangement of proper accommodation for doctors and healthcare staff for quarantine purposes.
The apex court also expressed anguish over allegations about doctors being not paid full salary for months both in private and government hospitals. The top court said, "this issue should not engage court's and it should be settled by government."
The plea filed in the Supreme Court to ensure a cosmetic artificial approach will be taken up on Wednesday next week.
The Supreme Court on Friday observed that no coercive action be taken against private firms, which have failed to pay full wages to employees during lockdown period. The apex court was hearing the matter on on MHA notification on full wages during 54-day lockdown.
There are a total of 2,028 coronavirus positive cases in Mumbai Police and a total of 82 in the State Reserve Police Force, ANI reported on Friday.
The former US diplomat Nicholas Burns commented on the leadership of President Donald Trump on dealing with the COVID-19 situation. He said, "Trump does not believe in cooperation, he wants to go alone."
Crises like COVID-19 are existential, the pandemic will reshape world relations, said Ambassador Nicholas Burns on Friday to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
The United States, India and China need to put differences aside to combat a crisis like COVID-19, but that has not happened, said former US diplomat Nicholas Burns to Rahul Gandhi on Friday.
India registered over 2.97 lakh COVID-19 infections on Friday after 10,956 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours, said health ministry. After 396 deaths were reported in a day, the COVID-19 toll in the nation reached 8,498.
India reported a record jump of 10,956 new COVID-19 cases and 396 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data released by the health ministry on Friday.
For the second consecutive day this week, Gujarat reported more than 500 positive cases making it nearly 2,000 cases since Monday. Over 22,000 infections registered in the state on Thursday.
Morbi district which has reported only six cases so far, reported its first death. Thirty-eight deaths were reported across the state on Thursday.
The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognisance on reports of improper handling of COVID-19 patients and undignified disposal of victims' bodies, Live Law reported.
The case is listed for hearing on Friday at 10.30 am before the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah.
Maharashtra reported surge in COVID-19 infections and fatalities on Thursday, adding 3,607 cases and 152 deaths, both highest for a day so far.
The state's total caseload touched 97,648 — overtaking Canada's tally of 97,472— and is inching close to the one lakh mark. Its toll is 3,590.
The nationwide COVID-19 case count neared 2.9 lakh on Thursday with a record one-day increase of nearly 10,000 cases taking the count of infections detected this month to almost one lakh.
Media reports said that India now has the fourth-highest number of cases in the world according to a tally maintained by Worldometer. The country is now behind only the US, Brazil and Russia.
The government, however, said the virus infection has not entered the community transmission stage as the lockdown and containment measures prevented a rapid spread. The country's first sero-survey on COVID-19 spread has found that lockdown and containment measures were successful in preventing a rapid rise in infections, but a large proportion of the population still remains susceptible, the government said.
On the positive side, the number of recoveries exceeded the active cases for the second consecutive day. The ministry said the number of active cases stood at 1,37,448 as of 8 AM on Thursday, as against more than 1.4 lakh having recovered so far -- giving a recovery rate of over 49.2 per cent.

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