Over 52 Million Parcels Recorded On Australia Post’s Biggest Month Yet

December 2020 had been the biggest month Australia Post had in 211 years, with more than 52 million parcels delivered.

Australia Post had noted a 20 per cent increase the previous December due in part to the pandemic and more people preferring to shop online.

In just 19 days of the month, more than two million parcels were delivered across the country.

As per Rodney Boys, Australia Post’s Acting Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, while he expected the delivery service to have its busiest Christmas ever, the true volume exceeded expectations.

“There is no denying that online shopping grew strongly through 2020, and this reached a new level in December as millions of people chose to buy their Christmas gifts online. Ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and reduced domestic flights coupled with significantly higher parcel volumes meant that delivering Christmas 2020 for all Australians was always going to be incredibly challenging.”

Mr Boys added that 60 new or re-purposed facilities were opened, 3000 vehicles added to the fleet and more than 2700 labourers undertook supplementary training.

“These results were only made possible through the absolute commitment and dedication of our incredible team and our licensed post office and delivery contractor partners across the country that worked tirelessly under difficult circumstances for their communities to deliver a truly phenomenal Christmas,” Mr Boys said.

Meanwhile, Paul Fletcher, the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts thanked Australia Post workers for dealing with the “unprecedented demand”.

It was just last December food and liquor sales skyrocketed up to 50 per cent, fashion rose 37 per cent and there was a 36 per cent increase in the sale of garden products in comparison to 2019.

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‘New Acts will turn farmers labourers in their own fields’

The Bharath bandh called by different organisations was a grand success on Tuesday. The bandh was complete with shutters downed at many mandal headquarters and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) activists taking an active role.

The bandh was observed in support of the farmers agitating in New Delhi demanding repeal of three farm Acts passed in Parliament.

At several places, tractors with party flags flying high were parked on the highway at Toopran whike police remained mute spectators.

At Sangareddy, traffic came to a standstill. All the three highways — Nanded -Akola, Mumbai Highway and Nagapur Highway — were blocked for more than five hours. Slogans were raised against the Union government

People struck in vehicles suffered for want of water and food.

Addressing a gathering here, Finance Minister T. Harish Rao, who led the agitation, said the entire nation was supporting the agitation by farmers. He said that in 1967, minimum support price of ₹65 per quintal for wheat was introduced by the then agriculture minister Jagjivan Ram and presently 23 crops were covered by it.

“The new farm Acts will benefit corporate organisations and harm the interests of farmers. More than 92.5 % farmers across the State are having less than five acrest. The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has issued orders that only 40 quintals per farmer will be procured for acre. The Centre has warned that 60 lakh metric tonnes of paddy will not be procured from the State if bonus is given to fine variety paddy. Let us create awareness among farmers on these Acts. Even while Prime Minister of Britain has responded on the agitation of Indian farmers, our Prime Minister is silent,” said Mr. Harish Rao.

Referring to the farm Acts, he questioned whether small farmers would be in a position to sell the produce at far-off place as majority were small farmers. Farmers would become labourers in their own field with corporate farming. On removing the limit of godown stock, the Minister said this would also benefit corporate entities as farmers could not stock produce for long.

“For the past one month, farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been on the road. We have to save farmers. Now, roads were dug to prevent farmers entering New Delhi,” said Lok Sabha member K. Prabhakar Reddy.

MLC Farooq Hussain, and Forest Development Corporation chairman Onteru Pratap Reddy were present.

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7 labourers killed, several injured after bus collides with truck in Raipur

Seven labourers were killed and many others injured after a bus ferrying them to Surat in Gujarat from Odisha collided with a truck.

Seven labourers were killed after a bus they were travelling in collided with a truck (Photo: ANI)

At least seven labourers were killed and several others were gravely injured after a bus ferrying them to Gujarat from Odisha collided with a truck at Cheri Khedi in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur on Saturday morning.

The labourers were being ferried from Ganjam in Odisha to Surat in Gujarat. The bus collided with a truck when it was passing through Cheri Khedi in Raipur.

The incident took place in the early hours of Saturday.

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