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New H-1B legislation in the US could benefit Indian students

A new legislation proposing major reforms in the H-1B work visas by giving priority to the US-educated foreign youths has been introduced in both the chambers of the US Congress. The bill, introduced a bipartisan group of lawmakers, could benefit Indian students already in the US. The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act, as introduced […]

India reports record jump in COVID-19 cases; 137 deaths in a day

THE COVID-19 cases in India saw the biggest spike for the second consecutive day on Saturday (23) with 6,654 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 125,101. With 137 fresh deaths, the toll rose to 3,720, the health ministry said. The active cases rose to 69,597, while 51,783 people have recovered […]

UK offers ‘peace of mind’ to stranded foreigners by extending visa reprieve to July end

THE UK government has announced a further extension of all expiring or expired visas of foreign nationals unable to return to their home countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, until end of July. The extension, initially announced until May 31, will apply to anyone whose leave to remain in the UK expired after January 24 […]

Ivanka Trump draws derision in India for praising migrant’s hard journey home

THE US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump’s praise of an Indian teenager’s bicycle ride home hundreds of kilometres away is drawing criticism in India for being insensitive to the plight of impoverished migrant workers struggling in a lockdown. The girl carried her father on the back of her bicycle for about a week for 1,200 km […]

UK court directs Anil Ambani to pay over $700 million to Chinese banks

A LONDON COURT has directed Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani to pay nearly $717 million (about £590mn) to three Chinese banks pursuing the recovery of funds owed to them as part of a loan agreement within 21 days. At a remotely held hearing on Friday (22), in line with procedures in place for the COVID-19 […]

97 dead, 2 survivors from Pakistan plane crash: health ministry

Ninety-seven people were killed and two survived when a passenger plane crashed into homes in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, health officials said Saturday (23). The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane had made multiple approaches to land at the city’s airport when it came down in a residential area, damaging buildings and sparking a rescue […]

UK teaching unions challenge government’s June 1 school reopening plans

BRITISH teaching unions on Friday (22) urged the government to reconsider plans to reopen schools on June 1, after the government released scientific advice on easing the coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month announced plans to begin a phased return of the youngest pupils as part of a slow easing of the […]

British celebrities urge Muslims to celebrate Eid at home in video message

BRITISH celebrities such as chef Nadiya Hussain, comedian Adil Ray and cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq have come together in a video to encourage Muslims to maintain social distancing norms while celebrating Eid. Globally, over two billion Muslims observe the holy festival with communal congregations, group prayers, and feasts with loved ones. The online video urged British […]

June Sarpong commits to ‘hardwire’ diversity and inclusion at the BBC

The BBC’s director of creative diversity June Sarpong has committed to hardwire diversity and inclusion throughout the BBC – within its creative decision making, production values and content. The BBC’s annual plan has set diversity and inclusion as the top priority for the organisation. Its mission statement on the International Day of diversity reaffirms the […]

Pakistan’s counter-terrorism steps important but not irreversible: US

The Trump administration is pressing Islamabad to take “credible steps” to dismantle the terror groups operating from its soil, a top US diplomat has said, describing Islamabad’s recent counter-terrorism mesaures like the prosecution and conviction of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed as important but not irreversible. Speaking at an Atlantic Council-organised virtual discussion, Alice Wells, the […]