Congressional panel votes to impose stiffer H-1B norms

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

In a move that could potentially hurt Indian IT companies with US operations, a key Congressional committee has cleared a legislation that proposes tougher H-1B visa norms, including a steep hike in minimum annual salary from $60,000 to $90,000. The legislation, called the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act”, introduced...

Army: Rohingya can return only if Myanmar’s ‘real citizens’ accept

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | AFP | Yangon

Rohingya refugees cannot return to Rakhine state until “real Myanmar citizens” are ready to accept them, the country’s army chief said on Thursday, casting doubt over government pledges to begin repatriating the persecuted Muslim minority. More than 6,00,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army...

China: Not aware of Pak’s move to exclude PoK dam from CPEC

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | PTI | Beijing:

Amid reports of Pakistan’s move to withdraw its bid to include Diamer-Bhasha Dam in PoK from the CPEC framework, China on Thursday said it was not aware of Islamabad’s decision but the project to connect Xinjiang and Gwadar port is “progressing smoothly for the time being.” Pakistan’s Water and Power...

ASEAN fails to condemn attacks on Rohingya

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | AFP | Manila:

Southeast Asian leaders kept silent over accusations of ethnic cleansing carried out by Myanmar’s army in a statement on Thursday, instead expressing support for the country’s efforts to bring peace and harmony to northern Rakhine state. More than 6,00,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled mainly Buddhist Myanmar since a military...

Graft buster: Corruption in China could lead to Soviet-style collapse

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | Agencies | Beijing

China must step up its battle against corruption in order to safeguard against a Soviet-style collapse, the country’s second most senior graft buster said in an editorial on Wednesday. Yang Xiaodu, the deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, who was promoted to the ruling Communist Party’s 25-strong Politburo...

Germany’s conservatives, Greens at odds over migration

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | AP | Berlin

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens are setting out contrasting positions on migration as the prospective partners in a new German government seek compromises to enable a coalition. Merkel’s Union bloc, the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens aim to decide this week whether to start formal coalition...

Zimbabwe Army has Mugabe, wife in custody

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | AFP | Harare

Zimbabwe’s military was in control of the country on Wednesday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest, although generals denied staging a coup. Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be fading as military vehicles blocked roads outside the Parliament in Harare and senior soldiers delivered a late-night...

Globe Trotting

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | Agencies

Saudi has ‘detained’ PM Hariri: Lebanon Prez Beirut: Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun on Wednesday accused Saudi Arabia of having “detained” Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation in a statement from the kingdom earlier this month. Aussies cheer over ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage Canberra: Rainbow flags fluttered and champagne corks flew...

Putin to intervene in Ukraine prisoner swap

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | Agencies | Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will hold talks with leaders of eastern Ukraine’s self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics, in a rare public move to get involved in a prisoner exchange deal with Kiev. His apparent willingness and ability to intervene will add fuel to western Government statements that Putin has been...

Research: Modi used political humour, sarcasm to refashion his political style

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | AFP | Washington

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has over 36 million followers on Twitter, used political humour and sarcasm to become broadly appealing and refashion his political style, according to a study of his tweets by a US university. Published in the International Journal of Communication, the research carried out by University of...


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Modi pays tribute to Rang Avadhoot

19 Nov 2017 | PNS | GANDHINAGAR

Addressing a gathering of people via video conferencing in Bharuch district of poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked them to unite against casteism, terrorism, black money, corruption and communalism. “It is a strange environment…We must hold each others hand and move ahead…...

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State Govt to celebrate “Helmet and Seat Belt “ diwas every wednesday

20 Nov 2017 | PNS | Lucknow

To control the rising number of road accidents and deaths in the state, Uttar Pradesh government has decided to observe every Wednesday of the week as “Helmet and Seat Belt “ diwas. State principal secretary transport Aradhana Shukla, in an order on Sunday said that on every Wednesday, the department officials would hold rigorous checking of helmet for the driver and the pillion riders of the two wheeler and...

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